(Closed) Help me figure out the best way to do this…..

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
46613 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Are you keeping the vases, or are they rentals? If the vases are yours, I would have the moms enter their name in a raffle bowl when they enter the reception, then do a draw for the whole centerpiece. Sending each mom home with four flowers doesn’t really do much for any of them.

If the vases have to be returned, I would still do the draw for the centerpieces but take some waxed tissue paper and some plastic bags and have some family or friends volunteer to make bouquets at the end of the evening.

Alternatively, you could make prior arrangements with a local nursing home to give the centerpieces to mothers who are likely to be alone on Mother’s Day, or give them the flowers alone for their own volunteers to make little posies for the moms at the dinner table.

Post # 4
4035 posts
Honey bee

@hampysgirl2013:  I would ask the DJ to announce, “In honor of Mother’s Day and all the amazing mother’s in attendance, the Bride and Groom invite each mother to take a flower from the table centerpieces.”

That way, people who want them take them.

ETA: Might be cheesy, but you could also make the announcement and say this quote first to your own mother, “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.”

Post # 5
593 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I think recognizing the moms would be cute!! 

Post # 6
7689 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Sweet! and if you have leftover flowers -you might consider donating them to a nursing home.  An activity director could take care of this for you.  It might be nice to let her/him know ahead of time, so they could get vases ready 🙂  

Post # 7
6741 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@julies1949:  +1

Julies – you have some really great advice!

Post # 8
1299 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I dont knwo what your centerpieces look like but if they are bouquets of flowers, could you have them tied off in smaller bundles with some unobtrusive twine or yard?  That way if there are 100 moms, each mom could get a small bundle of 4 stems.  You could have however many bundles of flowers in the vase.  Otherwise, You could have someone gather them up and place them in a basket at the end and have the moms take a few on the way out.  I too was thinking about donating my flowers to a local nursing home after the reception.  So if you have any leftovers, maybe you could do that?

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