“BEST quality I’ve seen”
I had a unique situation for my Philadelphia-area wedding: I’m a freelance floral designer in LA and had a friend here who I knew was the only person I’d want to do my flowers. But unlike some cities, Philadelphia does not have a central “flower market” and so I began my search for a local wholesaler. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for me to come across Younger and Son. We really thought we’d be FedEx’ing flowers across the country to get some of the stuff I wanted but that ended up not being the case at all. I emailed Younger and Son and quickly had a reply from Peter who let me know they were more than happy to work with us. He was great throughout the ordering process – quick to reply both by email and phone and just plain friendly (which we all know is not always the case in our beautiful yet exhausting industry.) I gave them a long list for my order along with some back up items as some of the stuff was out of season. Not only did absolutely everything we ordered come in as some of the BEST quality I’ve seen of these particular flowers, they were able to supply us specialty items such as fiddle heads (came in a good 2 ft long!), slipper orchids, mixed herbs, succulents and beautiful garden roses. Additionally, I had on my “not-in-a-million-years-wishlist” yellow peonies (they have a pretty magenta center) which were about 4 weeks past season – we got those too and they weren’t some shriveled little ball that rots before opening. They were huge, perfect, fragrant showstoppers. After receiving the order we did from Younger and Son, I am confident they are they kind of wholesaler that does not compromise quality. And I’m sure that even if you do not have a resale license as we did, they are willing to work with you. My advise to anyone doing their own flowers or at least their own ordering is to pay attention to seasonality, be flexible and have backups to your wishlist and trust this wholesaler to give you what they know is coming in best that week. As a side note, this is a full-service floral supplier so we ordered a number of hard goods from them as well. An excellent resource in the Philadelphia area!