Post # 1
Just curious…. the bouquets, aisle decor, the centerpeices??
I am having a destination wedding and will be paying for fresh floral arrangements in the chapel and dinner reception. I am overpaying for what I want in the chapel as they provide it (vegas) and will have someone collect those for me just out of principle. It’s not like I am donating to local church or something-they are strictly in the making money business (maybe offer the photogrpaher, officient or guitarist but definitely not the hotel). I was also thinking about sending special guests “home” with arrangements from reception to brighten up their hotel rooms for the week??
I would love to keep my actual bouquet but we will not be home for 3 weeks and do not see how?
Post # 3
Hmm.. I think offering them to your vendors might be nice [providing they take them]. Maybe a venue coordinator or someone else who did a really great job or helped out alot?
Guests would be okay, too.
I plan to have those plastic bouquet things on hand for guests to take our flowers home… we’ll be on our honeymoon for 2 weeks after our wedding so they will most likely be dead by then. We aren’t spending a huge amount on flowers though.
We would like to keep our vases though, as I plan to resell after the wedding to recoup some of the money.
Post # 4
We re-used the biggest arrangements the next day at a breakfast we hosted. Gave away centerpieces to guests. We were able to save some of the hardier plants to keep.
Post # 5
We had ours delivered to a nursing home. I asked the staff to give the flowers to someone who didn’t normally receive flowers from family or friends.
Post # 6
We gave ours away to guests. Honestly once my bouquet died, I threw it out!
Post # 7
I have no idea what they did with the flowers after. I’m sure the sheer size of the arrangements made them toss them in the trash unfortunately.
Post # 8
I’ve read online that if you donate your flowers to a nursing home you can write it off on your taxes the next year as a charitable donation.. so its win-win.. you make someones day and you get a tax write off.. not sure if this is true or not, but I saw it on pinterest… so I would definitely look into it!
Post # 9
I had my bouquet preserved through Keepsake Floral. It is now part of a beautiful jewelry box that I use each day! I had my mother ship the flowers the next day in the box they provide. Easy! It took a couple months to come back.
Post # 10
Thanks everyone for responding.
@julies1949: that’s a great idea.
@Rosybee: thanks so much, good to know. I will ck that out.
Post # 11
@soinlove79: I put my bouquet on my mother’s grave. For the centerpieces, we put a sticky note under one chair from each table. Whoever, had the sticky note under their chair got to take the centerpiece home with them.
Post # 12
our bouqets– i still have mine-its in a vase in my front window of our house. my girls probably threw theirs out- our church got the main flowers the day after- after a week- they were up for grabs -anyone who wanted to take a little got too. we didnt have table centerpieces that were floral.
i like the donating to nursing home idea
Post # 13
my bouquets were brooch bouquets so I kept both those of course……. the centerpieces my guests were alllowed to keep
Post # 14
@greenidlady: wow, that’s beautiful (tears).
Post # 15
@soinlove79: We’ll be donating floral arrangements to the nursing home my grandmother stayed at.
Post # 16
@greenidlady: a friend of mine had a DJ led centerpiece giveaway. She was so dissappointed more people didn’t take her flowers. I know my table wasn’t interested.
After my bouquet dried out I tossed it. Our dinner table ddidn’t have flowers on it.