Post # 1
So, I met with some florists this weekend, and two of them told me that they would not charge me for the vases they used for my centerpieces, as long as I returned the vases to them. Sound like a nice idea, but has anyone actually done this?
I can’t expect that my family, bridal party, groom, etc… will stick around after the reception to dump out all the flower arrangements and box up the vases. Do I ask the venue coordinator to do this?
Has anyone done this for their wedding? Did it work out ok? My mother is also concerned that some people will take home the centerpieces, and I won’t have all the vases at the end of the night.
Post # 3
You could always have an announcement at the end of the night that anyone is welcome to take the flowers home but not the vases.
Post # 4
Both of the florists I have gotten quotes from include set-up and break-down in their fees. If you can’t figure out a way to have a non-wedding party member or guest clean up the centerpieces and get them back to your florist, I’d recommend finding a florist that will or trying to work out your budget so you can afford the extra expense. After a wedding, the last thing I want to do as a guest or bridal attendant is clean up.
Post # 5
No one has actually done this, though?!?
Post # 6
Our venue held the centerpiece containers for the florist. She had someone pick them up on Monday. Our DJ made an announcement telling people that they are welcome to take the centerpiece flowers (but not the urns). Any remainding flowers went to both of our parent’s homes. I sort of regret not having my bouquet sent for preservation.
Post # 7
Our florists did that same thing. We used about 80% their vases, 20% ones we provided. The florists came and retreived the vases from the venue for a really reasonable fee (maybe $25) so noone had to worry about it at the end of the night. It worked out perfectly!
EDIT: and no one tried to take home the centerpieces. Whenever people have intended that to happen, I’ve always had to have an arrangement put in my hands or reminded to take one. I would never just grab one as a guest!
Post # 8
Our florist had the same policy. Except most of the vases we brought ourselves – minus the cocktail/random little flowers. We just asked the wedding party to do it. I had no one else to so they helped! I actually have no clue who really helped since we were gone but I think our parents, siblings, wedding party helped and got it done. We dropped the non cleaned vases off a week or 2 later. It was fine.
Post # 9
Our florist rented most of the vases that were used at our reception and at the end of the night we put them back in our car, drove them home and brought them back to the rental place on Monday. Worked out great and really wasn’t a big deal! If you like this guy and his prices fit your budget, go for it!
Post # 10
I work for a flower shop that rents vases to brides ALL the time. I’m sure the florist would be more then happy to pick them up after the wedding if you can’t find anyone to do that. Another idea instead of wasting the flowers after the wedding just so you can return the vase is we offer a plastic sleeve (similar to the ones you see around flowers at groceries stores but nicer) so late in the evening someone can take the bouquets out of the rental vases and package them up in the plastic for guest/family that want to take them home. Maybe your florist has something similar you can use.