(Closed) Giving flowers after Weddings

posted 9 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Umm… I haven’t had my wedding yet, but I doubt very many people do that. Most guests take the centerpieces home. The bridesmaids bring their boquets home. The brides toss their boquet to a group of single women or preserve their boquet. The groomsmen buottonieres are probably just tossed after a couple of days when they dry up. I guess the only flowers that may have a shot at being donated would be the huge altar flower displays, but the requires some serious planning. I doubt most brides put someone in charge at the end of an exhausting day/night to remember to take it home and then drive it to a hospital the next day. I know that I’m asking alot from my bridal party and that would be an added responsibility that I wouldn’t want to burden them with. Plus, what would the hospitals do with giant flower displays? I guess they could put it in a lobby, but they would be way too big to put in a patient’s room. Good luck!

Post # 4
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2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’ve never heard of people doing this.  However, I’m Catholic and you can always tell when there was a wedding on Saturday because it is pretty routine for the altar decorations to be left at the altar to decorate the church for the week.  So, in a way, the flowers are donated to the church.

Post # 5
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2365 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We became members at a church, and since have fallen in love with it. I will leave the flowers at the church so they can be decoration, but I’ll speak to the priest to make sure I’m following what they would prefer!

As for the reception, do people normally like to take the flowers home? I am not sure. I hope that I could find a charity so that they could put the flowers to use!

Oh, and I really would like to preserve a few of the flowers so that I can have them forever!!! I love that idea.

Post # 6
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2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I don’t plan on having a lot of flowers (Bridesmaids will be carrying baby’s breath and other small blooms… centerpieces will be primarily candles/nonfloral). Whatever flowers I have in the church I will be "donating" to the Church as they have weekly flowers anyway.

If I did have more blooms, and guests didn’t take them, I may consider donating them to a hospital or nursing home. It would be a nice gesture to those who don’t have loved ones bringing them to brighten their day.

Post # 7
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85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I ran into a couple who’s daughter was getting married. They told me their venue had asked if they would leave their centerpieces for a charity event the next day. They are doing it and getting a tax deduction as well. 

Though, I took it from the type of their wedding that these are not the type of centerpieces that a guest would take with them. (big, EXPENSIVE!)

After my aunts funeral, the funeral home took the flowers to my grandmothers assisted living home. They seemed happy to have them, even though some of them screamed funeral flowers.  

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