Paid Content by Jackie’s Wedding Flowers Unlimited – Renting Flowers


>>JIMMY: WE LOVE OUR KIDS AND WE SPENT A LOT OF MONEY ON OUR KIDS AND NEXT TO A COLLEGE EDUCATION, PARENTS PROBABLY SPEND MORE MONEY ON A CHILD’S WEDDING THAN ANYTHING ELSE AND YOU KNOW FLOWERS ALONE CAN RUN INTO THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.>>LISA: I’M LEARNING ALL OF THIS. I’M GETTING ALL OF THIS BUT I ALSO FOUND OUT THERE IS A LESS EXPENSIVE WAY TO DECORATE THE CHAPEL AND RECEPTION TO MATCH THE BRIDE’S COLOR SCHEME. RENT THE FLOWERS. FLOWERS ARE ALL IN THE FAMILY FOR JACKIE CASSIDY AND HER DAUGHTER, KATHY.>>MANY YEARS AGO MY HUSBAND LEFT HIS JOB AND WAS LOOKING FOR A JOB AND DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN SOMEONE SAID TO HIM WHY DON’T YOU GO INTO THE FLOWER BUSINESS.>>LISA: JACKIE WASN’T PART OF HIS PLAN.>>MY HUSBAND SAID I COULDN’T WORK IN THE BUSINESS. AND THAT REALLY GAVE ME THE INCENTIVE TO LEARN TO DO EVERYTHING I COULD ABOUT LEARNING ABOUT FLOWER ARRANGING AND MAKING THEM. SO WHEN SOMEONE TELLS YOU THAT YOU CAN DO SOMETHING, THAT’S WHEN YOU DECIDE YOU’RE GOING TO DO IT.>>LISA: THEY STARTED WITH FRESH FLOWERS IN THE DC AREA BUT WHEN THEY MOVED TO SALSBERRY IN THE 70S, THEY EXPANDED THE BUSINESS.>>I BEGAN TO DO SILK WE BEGAN TO RENT THEM AND NOW WE DO MORE OF THAT THAN EVER.>>LISA: THE BUSINESS IS SPLIT BETWEEN FLOWERS UNLIMITED, A FRESH FLOWER SHOP THAT KATHY RUNS AND JACKIE’S WEDDINGS WHERE BRIDES CAN RENT EVERYTHING TO MAKE THEIR >>WE DO THE WEDDING AND THE CENTERPIECES AND BOUQUETS, CORSAGES AND FRESH ONES, TOO. BUT A LOT OF CELL.>>WITH MORE THAN 40 YEARS OF WEDDINGS UNDER HER BELT, JACKIE HAS SEEN TRENDS COME AND GO.>>EVERYTHING IS ROUND AND THE BRIDES GET THEIR IDEAS FROM THE INTERNET . SO WE USED TO HAVE TO HAVE LOTS OF BOOKS WITH PICTURES FOR BRIDES TO LOOK AT WHEN THEY CAME IN AND TOOK A LONG TIME TO LOOK AT ALL THE PICTURES IN THE BOOKS. BUT NOW, I CAN ASK THE BRIDE TO BRING ME OR EMAIL ME PICTURES OF THE TIME SHE COMES, I KNOW WHAT SHE IS LOOKING AT. I KNOW WHAT SHE LIKES AND I HAVE SOMETHING READY FOR HER TO SEE.>>LISA: MANY OF THE ARRANGEMENTS ARE MADE WITH SILK FLOWERS AND LED LIGHTS.>>EVERYTHING IS LIGHTED. EVERYTHING HAS LED LIGHTS IN THE TOP AND THEN THERE IS LED LIGHTS IN THE VASE IS ALSO.>>LISA: JACKIE SAYS USING SILK SAVES THE BRIDES MONEY BUT SOME BRIDES TO USE A COMBINATION OF SILK AND FRESH FLOWERS. POPULAR ARRANGEMENTS INCLUDES ROSES, HYDRANGEAS, CALLA LILIES AND SUNFLOWERS AND SOMETHING THAT’S MAKING A BIT OF A COMEBACK, JACKIE SAYS BRIDES ARE BREAKING TRADITION WHEN IT COMES TO MATCHING THEIR FLOWERS TO THE SEASON.>>THE AMAZING THING ABOUT THAT IS MOST BRIDES GETTING MARRIED IN THE FALL ARE NOT HAVING FALL FLOWERS. THEY’RE HAVING FLOWERS WHICH MATCH THE BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES. USUALLY, THEY ARE IT’LL BE IN BURGUNDY IN THOSE COLORS RATHER THAN THE ORANGES AND THE YELLOWS. THERE WOULD BE SOME OF THOSE COLORS BUT EVEN AT CHRISTMAS TIME I FIND THE BRIDES ARE DOING THEIR COLORS >>LISA: JACKIE KEEPS HERSELF BUSY BY THE BUSINESS STARTED BY HER HUSBAND SO MANY YEARS AGO AND SHE HAS NO PLANS TO SLOW DOWN ANYTIME SOON.>>I JUST WANT TO DO THIS FOREVER. IT’S FUN. IT’S MY RETIREMENT, BUT I LOVE DOING IT BECAUSE IT KEEPS ME BUSY AND GIVES ME SOMETHING MEANINGFUL TO DO.>>LISA: IF YOU EVER TRAVEL UP AND DOWN ROUTE 13 OVER THE YEARS, YOU’VE SEEN FLOWERS UNLIMITED AT THEIR OLD LOCATION ON NORTH SAULSBERRY BLVD. THE FLOWER SHOP AND JACKIE’S WEDDINGS HAS A NEW LOCATION. THEY ARE ON E. MAIN ST. AND YOU CAN SEE JACKIE’S FLOWERS HERE IN OUR STUDIO RIGHT HERE BETWEEN.>>JIMMY: GORGEOUS.

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