Post # 1
What are you going to do with all those beautiful floral arrangements and decorations after the wedding and reception?
I’d like to share an option that I have been sharing with brides for a year now. This is a signature service I offer as an event coordinator but is completely doable yourself.
Spread the joy and love by donating your extra/left over floral arrangements and decorations to patients or residents at a local hospital or nursing home. Many patients have no family or few friends that visit them or send much needed pick me ups. You cannot believe what this does to brighten someone’s day or how it aids in healing. I always call ahead to let them know how many arrangements I will be bringing. I ask them to give them to the patients they believe would benefit from them the most. I always leave the couple’s names and an address with the contact person at the hospital or the nursing home, many couples have received heart felt thank you notes from the recipients. Some couples have even included a general note with the arrangements telling the recipients that they hope the flowers carry with them the joy of their wedding day.
Many times I see all those expensive arrangements thrown out the day after the wedding, seems like such a waste of perfectly beautiful flowers. A bride made that comment to me about it feeling wasteful and this is an idea I came up with that she embraced and it gave us such a good feeling paying it forward and multiplying the joy of their day many times over.
Post # 3
When I only read the title of this post, I thought you might be asking what you should do with yours. I was actually going to suggest donating them to a retirement or nursing home! I LOVE this idea, and my family does it with all floral arrangements after family funerals. I will be continuing the trend by taking some to my grandfather’s nursing home after the wedding!
Post # 4
What if they’re not flowers? I am going to have large elephant palm leaves :-/ Would love to repurpose or donate but who’s going to want such large green things?
Post # 5
@TheyCallMeMrsC: Anyone who has read a Collin Cowie style book ever.
Post # 6
This is an AWESOME idea! Thanks so much for sharing.
Post # 7
Thank you for bringing this up. I was an Activity Director at a Nursing Home, and it was wonderful to share fresh flowers with the residents.
It is better when you give a heads up, because then I was able to get vases ready, and even plan an activity of having the residents arrange the flowers themselves.
So not only could they enjoy the flowers, but also take part in decorating their dining tables themselves, as well.
Post # 8
@Bracelet00: Sorry I don’t know how to respond to that, I don’t know who that is and whether or not you’re being sarcastic?
Post # 9
Great idea. I always knew I wanted to donate them, but I didn’t know to call ahead!
Post # 10
@TheyCallMeMrsC: you might be surprised what some retirement homes will take for foliage. Maybe not for a specific resident’s room but in common areas. Everywhere is going greener with real plants. Check hospitals, retirement homes, libraries, schools, etc.
Post # 12
@TheyCallMeMrsC: Not sarcastic. He’s an event planner (among many other things) And is pretty fond of the look of one giant tropical leaf in a vase.
Post # 13
I was going to do this for my wedding flowers, but when I looked up nursing homes/assisted living homes in the area, I couldn’t find any! I was disappointed but such is life in a vacation town sometimes. So they just decorated the two rental houses I had rented, and a few went home with family.
Donating flowers to a nursing home or assisted living is just such a beautiful gesture! I really think all brides should do this more often!
Post # 14
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
If any are left after the reception (which I doubt), we will definitely consider doing this.