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I had a meeting at 11am to finalize a event that already had been in process with Janet Silver of Event Creations, I was so pleased that I had my 1pm planning meeting with a bride come down to Carl's and placed another order for another wedding!!!!! Excellent 5 STARS!!!!
Highly Reccomend Carl Alan Creations!. I can't say enough about how wonderful Carl Alan is to work with! Carl and I have worked together for more than 3 years on a large scale high profile non-profit event in Philadelphia. Every year Carl and his team blow me away, in addition to the fact that the flowers are always spectacular, Carl's team is wonderful to work with. Whether its creative ideas about how to achieve a fabulous look with a limited budget or working with his delivery crew on setup, every person on the team is a top notch professional. I can't wait to work with them again next year!
We would highly recommend Carl Alan. The entire team was fantastic to work with. Our venue had recommended Carl Alan and said that they are one of the more reasonable florists they work with, so we decided to check them out. Then we found out the best part. Carl Alan asked us to send them pictures of all the flowers and arrangements we like, and they ordered all of the flowers in the pictures we sent for our appointment. By the time we left our appointment, we had designed our centerpieces, bridesmaid bouquets and bridal bouquet and seen everything in person.
Also, we live in Washington, DC, so we had limited time to meet with vendors, and Carl Alan agreed to meet with us on Christmas Eve – how’s that for dedication? We had a fixed idea of the maximum amount we wanted to spend, and we had met with a florist in the suburbs that didn’t understand our vision and didn’t think it would be possible to meet our budget. The appointment with the other florist involved putting dusty cloth flowers into a dirty cloth bowl… you might say it lacked vision. The team at Carl Alan worked with us to give suggestions on how to meet our budget and still have flowers that we would be very happy with, and the cost of the flowers came in under our budget. Cal Shaw, the owner, was amazing. As he said, it’s not how much money you can spend on flowers, it’s how much money you want to spend. His approach was very refreshing.
On wedding day, the flowers were incredible. Everyone told us how amazing the room looked. We could not have been happier, and we would recommend Carl Alan to anyone getting married anywhere remotely close to the Philadelphia area. They are hands down the best florist you can find, and it’s not typical at all to find a florist that will order all the flowers you like just for an appointment.
My husband and I just got married a week ago and we used Carl Alan for our florist. They did an amazing job from our centerpieces to our card table to our unbelievable paper flower chuppah which Adam put together. My husband and I made over 600 paper magnolias and daffodils to use in our chuppah. Adam adorned them on the chuppah with other ivory/white flowers. It was truly the most gorgeous unique chuppah I have ever seen. Thank you for doing an unbelievable job. Carl Alan is truly a top quality florist and I would recommend them to anyone getting married.
Arielle and Arielle
Above and Beyond.
I recently had an absolutely amazing experience with Carl Alan Creations. I called to make and appointment a couple months before my wedding and was blown away by the service. I spoke to Kate over the phone and described the color selection and some ideas that I had for the arrangements. When the day of my appointment came, I sat down to speak to Cal, and went over what I was looking for, then we went into another room where there was an incredible selection of various shades of my colors, and all kinds of different types of flowers in my colors. We started picking out what I wanted, and we ended up with a gorgeous group of bouquets and centerpieces. They did all of this without pressuring me to hire them to do my wedding. They did such a good job with just the trial run, that I knew that the actual day would be amazing. The other thing we discussed was my mother who was in a wheelchair, and they were happy to agree to decorate it for her, like she wanted. I decided to hire them, and signed the contract and gave the deposit. Two weeks before my wedding, my mother passed away. They were kind enough to re-do the contract to accommodate things that would have been for my mother. They were so kind with everything from talking to me on the phone about every detail, to making last minute changes. Not only that, but they sent me a beautiful bouquet of flowers because of her passing. This is first class treatment. They were under no obligation to do anything, but they went above and beyond, and that really made a difference. The day of the wedding, I was overwhelmed by how beautiful and perfect all the flowers were. My bouquet, my bridesmaids bouquets, my card table arrangement, my table arrangements, my cake, everything was just magical. Not only did they do a remarkable job with all of the flowers, but they were so personal and kind with everything involved, I would HIGHLY suggest working with them. I will use them for every floral need I have from now on.
Fabulous Flowers, Amazing Experience.
As the mother of the bride, this was my second experience with Carl Alan Creations. My first (in 2005 )was exceptional. I was thrilled to be going through the process again with my younger daughter. I knew that Carl & staff would help her create her perfect bouquets. We were not disappointed.
Carl designs a plan to fit your needs & works to make it fit your budget. He assembles hundreds of flowers in the colors you request. Then comes the fun part...you choose your flowers & his wonderful staff starts assembling the arrangements. In the end, my daughter got EXACTLY the look she wanted...it's as though they read her mind! We were thrilled!
I can not say enough good things about this whole experience. Carl is a very special individual. His staff is professional & extremely talented. They work to meet your budget. Their knowledge & advise is invaluable. And we know her flowers will be beautiful on her wedding day, just as they were for her sister.
BEST FLORIST - creative and reliable.
We chose Carl Alan as our florist for our June 2009 wedding, and it was one of the best decisions we made. Admittedly, flowers were not that important to me at first. However, after seeing my bouquet and the reception room, I changed my mind. The flowers were a wonderful touch to an already perfect day!
Carl Alan staff are friendly, professional and reliable. On my consultation visit, the staff prepared several flower arrangements (bouquets and centerpieces) for me based on pictures I had sent them as well as my personal preferences/suggestions. There was no obligation to hire them. I got to see exactly what I was going to get, and there was no pressure! Cal Shaw said "if I can't make you happy, there's no obligation to buy."
The original arrangements were above my price range so Cal Shaw worked with me to bring down the cost while still having centerpieces that I loved. I was skeptical that he could modify the arrangements, bring the price down into my budget, and still give me what I wanted, but he did! My bouquet and the bridemaids' bouquets were gorgeous. My guests raved about my centerpieces at the reception. All of the flowers were fresh, delivered on time and perfectly arranged!
I highly recommend Carl Alan for any special occasion! If I wasn't extremely impressed and grateful to Carl Alan, I would not have taken the time out of my busy work day to write this review. Thanks, Carl Alan Creations!!
Simply the best!.
Carl Alan provided flowers for our June 2009 wedding at the Crystal Tea Room. Our experience with Carl and his team couldn't possibly have been any better, and we would highly highly highly recommend him to anyone who wants gorgeous flowers presented by a florist who genuinely cares about making the bride and groom happy.
Carl's level of service is unparalleled and never waned through the entire planning process, even after we signed a contract to work with him. As an example of this, he invited us to view our flowers the day before the wedding and allowed (even encouraged) us to change around some of the flowers in the bride's bouquet because he sensed we were having a nagging feeling about them. What other florists would let you do that?!?
Carl and his team are so incredible that we found ourselves wanting to give him more business because we enjoyed working with him so much (placecards, lighting, you name it!). On the day of the wedding, when the personal flowers arrived at the hotel and we saw the flowers at the church and reception, we were floored by how beautiful everything was. Carl really is the best!
I used Carl Alan as my florist for my January 2009 wedding. We started working with Cal in the summer of 2008, after receiving 3 glowing recommendations from friends. I visited other florists, but Cal had the best prices, hands down. In addition to that, Cal and his team gave me 2-3 (free!) sessions in which they put together sample bouquets and centerpieces. No other florist would do this for me and Cal did it more than once. His staff spent probably 4-5 hours with us before the wedding on samples. Cal was always very focused on what I wanted and my happiness.
The day of the wedding, he did not disappoint! My bouquets were beautiful (even more so than the samples!) and our centerpieces were exactly what we wanted! The flowers and chuppah for the ceremony were also amazing... we didn't see these before the ceremony and we were very pleased.
I highly recommend Cal and his team! They were professional, polite and incredibly easy to work with!!
Incredible Flowers, Incredible People.
As many of my friends and family members would tell you, I had a dream since I was a little girl that I would have the most dreamy Christmas wedding you could ever imagine. There would be huge arrangements of white flowers, Christmas trees, candles everywhere, and a red bouquet that would put any other arrangement that I have ever seen to shame. I knew that making this dream come true would not be easy, but when I got engaged over a year ago, I was determined to make it happen.
Cal Shaw and his group were the last florist I met with during my search. I knew from the first appointment that Cal was completely dedicated to help make all of my Christmas dreams and visions come true. And that is exactly what he and his team did. They listened to what I had in mind and brought it to life. Everything was absolutely gorgeous and our guests are STILL talking about the arrangements and bouquets.
Thanks to Cal and Kate, I felt completely stress-free the days leading up to the wedding. I completely trusted their work and they were a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend this group to anyone who is engaged and is really looking to add a very special and personal touch to his/her incredible day.
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