Flowers and floral arrangements are an integral part of any wedding, and an aspect that requires a little more planning in the Turks and Caicos than at other destinations.
Flowers for sale in the Turks and Caicos, like many specialty food and wine products, are typically imported, and it's necessary to schedule well in advance to ensure that they're ready on time. The usual local market for fresh flowers isn't significant, so florists typically maintain a very limited selection of live flowers, which is complemented by a broader selection of gift baskets, chocolate arrangements, cards, and non-perishables, with a collection suitable for every occasion, from a birthday to an anniversary. Flower delivery is available on the island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos.
A few shops, such as Flowers by EA, are dedicated florists, and Graceway IGA, the country’s largest supermarket, sometimes offers a limited collection of live flowers.
Planning Your Floral Decorations
Bougainvillea flowers come in brilliant variety of pinks, purples, peaches and white.
There are a few local flower shops, each of which offers services for weddings. As expected, all decorations are handmade from imported flowers in bulk, so every design and bridal bouquet is 'bespoke' to a degree. The best approach is to give your chosen florist or wedding planner sufficient notice. If flowers need to be specially ordered, they will have to be flown in or shipped via refrigerated shipping container (which is how the majority of produce is transported to the Turks and Caicos).
Locally Grown Turks and Caicos Flowers
Often, wedding couples have expressed interest in using local flowers. It’s actually not often feasible to use native flowers from the Turks and Caicos, yet locally grown introduced flowers that are common in landscaping are an option. Some common and beautiful examples include the bougainvillea, which may be purple, pink, peach, white, or salmon, the yellow elder, the sky blue plumbago, beach morning glory, hibiscus, cork tree and mahoe, royal poinciana, wood rose, several types of white lilies, and the larger introduced variety of frangipani.
Red flower theme at a corporate event on Providenciales. Photo by Paradise Photography.
Some of our really exquisite native blooms include several types of rare orchid, (the butterfly orchid, tall orchid, Caicos orchid, and Inagua orchid, to name some), the sacred lignum vitae, wild apricot, sea sage, and yellow alder, yet the plants and trees that produce these flowers are very rare globally, and in cases are considered critically endangered, so it’s best to avoid them so as to reduce harmful impacts to the limited local flora populations.
The intense heat and sun will make flowers and floral decorations more prone to wilting. You may wish to consult with your wedding planner (or florist directly) on their recommendations. It's especially important to consider the time between your wedding and reception to ensure that flowers haven't been kept out for too long.
The two dedicated florists on Providenciales offer delivery, which in the case of large orders for events, is typically free.