CRESS FLORAL DECORATORS is a wedding florist that has been in business for over 100 years and serves Manhattan to Montauk and beyond. Owners Tom and Lori, who have worked together in the floral industry since 1986, both have their own expertise to bring to the company. Lori worked in the garment industry for 10 years and now brings her sense of fashion to the floral business, working with customers to put beautiful color combinations together and design unique arrangements based on the customer’s personality. Tom was born into the floral business. His grandfather started Cress Family Florists in 1903. With this background, Tom has the creative skills to provide decorating ideas and create stunning floral combinations.
Tom and Lori will meet with couples throughout each important phase of the planning process. For weddings, CRESS FLORAL DECORATORS offers the following products:
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Samantha Thomas · Married on 12/07/2018
Full of Heart
The first time I called Lori, was from a grocery store wandering up and down the aisle in tears because I couldn’t find a florist that wasn’t trying to price gauge me because of where my wedding was being held. She didn’t know me, it was 7pm, and she talked to me until I was calm and told me flat out what pricing for specific flowers were. I felt so confident working with her, I would text her photos and she knew every flower just by looking at them for 2 seconds. She worked with me to build an environment for romance, she didn’t tell me what I had to spend “for a wedding at the garden city hotel” like other vendors. Instead she worked with me to create the atmosphere “I” wanted. She made me a sample centerpiece before I committed to ensure it was exactly what I wanted. I felt so confident signing with her, which is more than I could say for any other vendor. My mom even used her for my bridal shower Bc no florist could recreate the intricate French centerpieces that they wanted- but LORI did! The day of my wedding I was terrified. Not to marry my husband- that was the only part I wasn’t nervous for. But let’s be real these Long Island weddings are intense! So much money for one Day, and it’s all worth it if it all goes RIGHT. But what if it goes wrong? Is it wasted? That’s all I could think about and I hated that. I still remember getting my hair done, so nervous, and all of a sudden LORI walked in with this giant smile, this gorgeous bouquet filled with spray roses and ranunculus and anemone. I was so blown away and realized how everything had come together, I was holding in my hands the first real evidence of my wedding, and proof that something had gone right if not better than I imagined! I had entrusted role of florist to a real artist and a responsible woman, and I am so relieved and happy that I did. All my worries went out the window and I started to enjoy my day. I got my giant dress on, and in my hand was the most amazing bouquet. Holding it felt like an Olympic trophy and completed the picture. My wedding would not have been the same without her flowers. My favorite photo would not be the same without that perfect bouquet. When I went down for pictures lori had done exactly as I asked. A few centerpieces were ready and set for pictures by the couch. They were all set on time! When I saw my husbands boutonnière I was so thrilled. It was the cutest double ranunculus in the most beautiful burgundy which I told her how much I wanted. When it was time to walk down the aisle, I saw Lori, crying and taking photos behind the scenes. Everyone thought she was my aunt! I can’t tell you how much it meant to work with someone with so much heart. This is a business, but it is also important to remember this is a business that deals with love and she is the only vendor I worked with out of the (20+) that remembered that. Working with her made me feel like a BRIDE. The moment I saw my arch to get married under and then the centerpieces on my tables- was just the most amazing and reassuring moment for a high anxiety working woman like me. Speaking bride to bride, I’m telling you this is the florist YOU WANT. I had the most gorgeous flowers. They were fresh, fabulous and romantic. Lori and her team were so fluid and on time. The flowers were the only thing I didn’t have to worry about. I will keep using Lori as she and her busniess are a treasure.
Raul · Married on 09/30/2018
Raul & Ruben, Giando on the Water
Working with Cress Florist was by far one the most memorable experiences we had during the wedding planning process, and here's why--they managed to create an experience that assured us we were working with quality people and professionals completely deserving of all their accolades while simultaneously making us feel as if we were talking to lifelong friends hanging out in our living room having a laid-back chat over coffee. There was a casual-exceptionalism about them that instilled confidence in us and we just knew the flowers were going to be exactly what we hoped for. Except we were wrong. They were much better than we hoped for. In fact, one guest was sure we paid a fortune for our flowers, citing an amount that was more than double what we actually paid. Needless to say, we were beyond grateful for Cress and their team. They truly delivered and contributed to us celebrating the best day ever--with the best flowers ever.
If you want to know a bit more about the specifics of the process, here it is:
1. We found and met with other florists. We really liked some of them but wanted to do our due diligence.
2. We went on The Knot and searched "Best Florist in New York" and found Cress Floral Decorators.
3. We called and talked with Lori and scheduled a consultation with her and her team.
4. We arrived at Cress and were greeted by Lori and her husband where she set-up coffee, pastries, and tea in front of a flatscreen with different floral arrangements displayed for us to enjoy.
5. We land on our colors, inspiration, and examples.
6. A few weeks pass, as we're emailing back and forth with pictures of flowers over Pinterest.
7. A few more weeks pass, we head to Cress for a sample viewing and leave a deposit.
8. Two weeks before the wedding, we emailed/called with final changes and Lori responded that day confirming the changes.
9. The wedding day arrives and we show up to truly spectacular floral arrangements.
We highly recommend Cress Floral Decorators! You will not be disappointed!
Susan · Married on 09/29/2018
We were recommended to several florists but after having met with Lori it was obvious that she would be our choice. Her attention to detail, willingness to work within our budget, creativity and enthusiasm made myself and my daughter feel as we were the absolute most important event on their calendar ! Which of course is not true but its great to feel that way. The most fun was the trial appointment where they painstakingly went thru each item and made sure we were 100% pleased.
Cress Floral Decorators are very professional and very creative. We worked with them for years and they provided flowers for many Weddings, Sweet 16's Bar and Bat Mitvahs, Birthdays and all other types of events here at the mansion of the years. The people are very friendly and easy to work with. The floral pieces are absolute top notch and flower quality is always the best & beautiful. They are very budget friendly and work great with all brides needs. We highly recommend their work. And the owners Tom and lori cress are gems!!!!!
Thanks CRESS FLORAL DECORATORS~!!! The best floral decoration and design~!!! We expect our coopration soon~!!! Happy Chinese Dragon New Year and all the best with you~!!!
KEA Event Planners, LLC. endorses Cress Floral Decorators. We utilized their services for our August 2011 Brides's wedding. They provide great customer service in a friendly environment. Their centerpieces, bouquets and displays are wonders to behold. They were able to replicate our vision down to the smallest details. We would definitely use them again and recommend them to others. We even have them listed on the 'Preferred Vendors' page of our website. -KEA Event Planners, LLC. www.keaeventplanners.com