As lush, vibrant, and beautiful as the New York City Flower Market appears to be, it’s pretty obvious that it’s not the type of place you just venture into without a little bit of know-how.
Anyone who is familiar with this Manhattan institution can advise you that the experience of shopping there can be quite overwhelming—crowds, endless variety, and all of the tips and tricks for making it out alive (and without breaking the bank) make picking up a bouquet, or choosing the flowers for your DIY Big Day arrangements, a bit more daunting than you probably imagined.
It was with all of this in mind that Valley Forge Flowers owner Barbara King decided she wanted to make the NYC Flower Market a more approachable experience for people who are hesitant to navigate the hustle and bustle of it all alone. So, on September 17, King will be hosting a bus trip from Philly to NYC where she'll teach 40 locals how to make the most of your shopping experience at the flower market—something that brides who plan on DIY-ing their wedding-day bouquet and centerpieces (we are always so impressed to talk to you brave, creative ladies!) could certainly do well to learn. (And in fact, King had these very brides in mind as she put this event together!)
The best part? Although the currently invite-only outing is filled, you, lovely readers, can win a seat on the bus by participating in Valley Forge Flowers's social media contest! All you have to do is check in at the VFF shop in Eagle Village Shops in Wayne on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram between now and September 3, use the hashtag #VFFNYC, and you'll be entered to win one of five reserved seats on the bus (the winners can even bring a guest along with them).
And, if you do end up going, please feel free to pass along any helpful tips that you learned with the class! We'll be waiting right here.