Post # 1
I’m trying to figure out what I should do with wedding flowers after the big day from my own bouquet to centerpieces. I won’t have much since it’ll be a tiny wedding (35 ppl), but since it’s sort of a destination wedding (it’s on the Oregon coast, my family and most of our friends are traveling from MN), I won’t be able to take anything back with me.
After readings some posts, I’m rethinking doing a bouquet toss even though most of the gals there will be single. Also, I think it’d be nice to be able to preserve my bouquet, but I haven’t read about anyone doing this before. Does anyone have any ideas on this?
For centerpieces, would it be a big hassle for guests to take it with them? If our wedding were in town, I’d love to give them away to our guests. Another idea I had was donating to a local nursing home or hospital, but I personally don’t know anyone who has done this either.
Thanks in advance! This is also my first post! How exciting 🙂
Post # 3
Professional bouquet preservation can be costly, and, being that you will be out of town, not very practical. Its a wonderful idea if its very important for you to keep the bouquet. As an alternative, maybe consider removing a flower from the bouquet and pressing it in a book if you would like a memento.
Donating the centerpieces to a nursing home is a thoughtful and sweet gesture. Not to be morbid, but funeral homes do that rather frequently.
Post # 4
where most of my extended family live, we took the flowers to our family’s grave site for our deceased family members in remembrance of their prescence at the wedding/baptism etc.
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2018 - Outdoor ceremony, banquet hall reception
Donating them to a hospital or nursing home is really sweet. It’s nice to know that they’ll brighten someone’s day after you’re through with them. 🙂
Post # 6
I agree, the nursing home/hospital idea is a great one and something I never thought of!
Post # 7
Have any of you done it before or known someone who’s done this? I was wondering if it’d be best to just drop it off or go bring it to a resident yourself. And, would it be too cheesy to ask people at the wedding to go with?
Post # 8
I love the idea about the nursing home. How exciting would it be to see all of their faces to see that someone was thinking about them. Or you could even do it to a Pediatric Hospital; it’s so sad seeing kids laying up in hospital beds; I think flowers could not only brighten up the child’s day but also the family.
Post # 9
I’m keeping my bouquet. One of my bridesmaid said that she was keeping her bouquet, if I didn’t mind. Which I don’t care one bit. But the leaves and decor, I’ll probably sell.
My mother works at a nursing home, and I’m sure the residents would love the bouquets that the girls didn’t want. Just to decorate the lunchroom, or lobby, or even their rooms!
Post # 10
We’re planning on doing the nursing home & children’s hospital donation idea with our flowers. We’ve asked our wedding planner to take care of making sure they get delivered properly.
If you have a WP or a DOC, she’d likely be happy to orchestrate that for you!
Post # 11
At my FI sister’s wedding the DJ played a game with the guests. "Pass the spoon" while he played music. Sort of like musical chairs. Then he would stop the music and say okay the person to the right of the person holding the spoon gets the centerpiece! It was neat because the guests were entertained and most of them happy to take home the beautiful centerpiece of flowers.
Post # 12
My florist recommended that we give them to nursing homes (flowers always brighten the residents days) and then we are giving them to guests. And probably keep an arrangement or two for us.
Post # 13
I had a friend donate her flowers to the maternity ward at the local hospital. All the new moms got flowers! I thought it was very cute.
Post # 14
Just make sure you call the hospitals you plan on donating flowers to. Some hospitals/wards won’t accept them (Oncology Units, some children’s hospitals) since the flowers may cause a bit of allergies, attract bugs etc.
~Just a side story. We had a breakout of mosquitos at my hospital. We de-bugged for weeks to no avail. And finally we discovered an elderly in-patient from the stroke ward water some fake plants- which was attracting mosquitos to the stale water. I know it isn’t the same thing when we talk about real flowers. But some hospitals do have strict policies on this as a result. So get approval first by speaking with the volunteer services coordinator at the prospective places you plan to make a drop off at.
Post # 15
If I don’t toss my bouquet, I’ll be taking it to my grandmother’s grave the following day. The rest of the flowers will be donated between the rehabilitation hospital and the hospice my grandmothers were in.
Post # 16
I know you said it was kind of a destination wedding for a lot of your relatives and friends, but you could put a piece of tape underneath one chair at each table and announce towards the end of your reception for each guest to take a gander and see if they are the lucky person to inheriate your centerpiece.
I have heard of donating to the nursing homes and such which is a great idea.
Your maid of honor / bridal party may be the person(s) you want to designate to take of care dropping them off for you.