Father's Day P.R.E.P. (Plan, Review, Execute, Profit) - by Rio Rose

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As we head into the Summer months, the focus is on weddings and graduation ceremonies.

But don’t forget Father’s Day! This is a gift-giving holiday that can be used to your advantage in many ways. Spouses, children and grandparents are always looking for a new, interesting gift idea for the Dad in their life, so why not make things a bit easier by showing them how flowers fit the bill?

CREATE A FATHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

To make customers think “flowers” when they think “Father’s Day”, create a gift guide featuring a few interesting arrangements that any father would love. Share the gift guide on your social media sites, your own website, and in tailored emails to targeted lists. Offer a discount to any customer who mentions the gift guide when they make a purchase.

PROVIDE EXTRA INCENTIVES TO PURCHASE FLOWERS

Promote to those who will be buying the flowers, in a way that makes them want to purchase from your store. One example would be to offer a BOGO promotion (“Treat Dad and Yourself Too!”), where anyone purchasing a flower arrangement for Dad would get an arrangement for themselves at half off. What better way to create a long-term customer?

PARTNER UP WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES

Form partnerships with other local businesses, for example a menswear shop or a restaurant, and offer a “Father’s Day Bundle” with a percentage off of both the flowers and a menswear purchase or restaurant gift card. This is also a great way to make a lasting connection with other businesses in your area, which can profit you for years to come.

GET THE KIDS INVOLVED

Hold an event in your shop where children can come in and select their own bouquet or arrangement just for Dad. If you have the ability, create a workshop for the kids to make their own arrangements; there is nothing more special than a handmade gift. Promote the event through email and on your website and social media pages, and make sure to take lots of pictures on the day of the event to share across social media.

Father’s Day marketing ideas that work must be interesting, unique and give your customers a reason to come into your store and purchase. With these ideas and your own creative input, you can be a big winner this Father’s Day!

Wedding Season P.R.E.P. - by Rio Roses

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Wedding season is upon us, and it's going to be a busy one. Make sure you're fully prepared to reap the benefits by knowing what the modern bride is looking for, and how to exceed her expectations. Here are a few tips to help you say "I do!" to increase sales and profits. 

Wedding season is upon us, and it’s going to be a busy one. Make sure you’re fully prepared to reap the benefits by knowing what the modern bride is looking for, and how to exceed her expectations. Here are a few tips to help you say “I do!” to increase sales and profits.

Know current wedding trends

When it comes to success this wedding season, knowledge is key. Learn as much as you can about current wedding trends. For example, beiges and pinks are popular colors, so roses like Mother of Pearl and Quicksand will be in high demand this wedding season; the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year is Ultraviolet, so there will be a large demand for lavender varieties such as Ocean Song and Avant Garde; living greenery bouquets and succulents are also more common now, as well as textured foliages like jasmine, acacia, dusty miller, and foxtail grass. These are just a few of the trends, so make sure you do your research!

Prepare your staff

Prepare your buyers and sales team this season by educating them on current wedding trends. You may want to create a “Wedding Season 2018” binder that includes information from your research on floral trends as well as examples of ceremonial design trends like archways, wall decorations, and floral chandeliers. With a thorough understanding of this season’s trends in floral color and variety, you will be prepared to deliver what your customers will be requesting and even offer things they didn’t know were possible!

Partner with others in the wedding industry

Connect with wedding planners in your area, who can be an excellent partner to your shop. Wedding planners can recommend your flowers to brides, and you can keep the wedding planner’s information on hand for any brides who enter your storefront. It’s a great way to increase wedding season business for years to come!

Make your website “wedding friendly”

Review your website and adjust your product descriptions to market them for weddings. Include the keywords “wedding”, “engagement” and “bridal” in as many of your product descriptions as possible. Feature photos of items in wedding settings, so that customers can see how your products can make their wedding dreams come true.

Be the wedding expert in your area

While many brides will come in knowing what they want, there are those who will have a general idea but will need your expertise to make that idea come alive. Why not put together a “2018 Wedding Trends” book for your customers to review? Include traditional and non-traditional flowers, as well as interesting ideas for arrangements reflecting the latest trends. Make yourself into a trusted resource, and watch the referrals roll in.

With thorough planning and knowledge, from buying to selling to creating final arrangements, your shop can become the “go-to” location for brides this wedding season!

Summer Wedding Color Trends 2018 - by Rio Roses

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From chic and swanky to bright and airy, you can find a color combinations for any Summer wedding with these eight color pallets.

VOGUE    Silver, Ivory, Orange, Gray   Sleek, cool silver combines with ivory and gray to create a muted neutral palette. Add to this a sweet melon orange and you have a dreamy summer sunset vibe. This sophisticated palette is perfect for a romantic, industrial-style wedding in an airy loft.

VOGUE

Silver, Ivory, Orange, Gray

Sleek, cool silver combines with ivory and gray to create a muted neutral palette. Add to this a sweet melon orange and you have a dreamy summer sunset vibe. This sophisticated palette is perfect for a romantic, industrial-style wedding in an airy loft.

SHINE    Sage Green, Gold, White, Mauve   Chic and sophisticated, sage green continues to be a wedding favorite. White and mauve tones combine with the green to create a fresh, slightly feminine look, and gold adds a modern touch. This combination works beautifully in an open, airy venue.

SHINE

Sage Green, Gold, White, Mauve

Chic and sophisticated, sage green continues to be a wedding favorite. White and mauve tones combine with the green to create a fresh, slightly feminine look, and gold adds a modern touch. This combination works beautifully in an open, airy venue.

EXQUISITE    Orchid, Hunter Green, White   This soft, romantic shade of pinkish purple works well with almost any other color. Combine it with deep hunter green and white, and you have a gorgeous palette that can work equally well in casual and formal weddings.

EXQUISITE

Orchid, Hunter Green, White

This soft, romantic shade of pinkish purple works well with almost any other color. Combine it with deep hunter green and white, and you have a gorgeous palette that can work equally well in casual and formal weddings.

ROSY    Rose, Gray, Burgundy, Orange, Pale Peach   Rich, romantic mauve rose is a vintage jewel tone and combines beautifully with burgundy and peach to create an elegant, feminine look. Metallic gray adds a punch and helps create this dazzling, slightly moody palette.

ROSY

Rose, Gray, Burgundy, Orange, Pale Peach

Rich, romantic mauve rose is a vintage jewel tone and combines beautifully with burgundy and peach to create an elegant, feminine look. Metallic gray adds a punch and helps create this dazzling, slightly moody palette.

CRUSH    Plum, Violet, Orchid, Lavender   Purples of every shade are hot for weddings this Summer, and are forecast to be popular for years to come. This stunning, monochromatic palette is full of depth and richness, with plum, purple, violet and soft lavender intertwining in the most romantic way.

CRUSH

Plum, Violet, Orchid, Lavender

Purples of every shade are hot for weddings this Summer, and are forecast to be popular for years to come. This stunning, monochromatic palette is full of depth and richness, with plum, purple, violet and soft lavender intertwining in the most romantic way.

DELIGHT    Blue, Red, Pink   Royal blue is back in style this year, and combines beautifully with red and pink to create a bright, harmonious palette. This approachable combination is perfect for creating the handmade look and feel of a bohemian Summer wedding.

DELIGHT

Blue, Red, Pink

Royal blue is back in style this year, and combines beautifully with red and pink to create a bright, harmonious palette. This approachable combination is perfect for creating the handmade look and feel of a bohemian Summer wedding.

OASIS    Lime Green, Beige, Peach, Brown   Think of beaches and palm trees, and you have this palette: subdued peach and neutral tones combine with pops of lime green to create a bright, cheery feeling. Sophisticated and fun, this is a perfect combination for a casual outdoor wedding.

OASIS

Lime Green, Beige, Peach, Brown

Think of beaches and palm trees, and you have this palette: subdued peach and neutral tones combine with pops of lime green to create a bright, cheery feeling. Sophisticated and fun, this is a perfect combination for a casual outdoor wedding.

COMFY    Brown, Rose, Blue-grey   This warm, caramel-brown tone is everywhere in the fashion world these days. Add a creamy rose and dusty light blue, and you have a soothing, comforting palette that would look wonderful in a wedding merging vintage and modern.

COMFY

Brown, Rose, Blue-grey

This warm, caramel-brown tone is everywhere in the fashion world these days. Add a creamy rose and dusty light blue, and you have a soothing, comforting palette that would look wonderful in a wedding merging vintage and modern.