Post # 1
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
I’m starting to research ideas for companies or organizations that we could donate the flowers and leftover food to after the reception. I know nursing homes often love to take the flowers, but has anyone done something different? Also, did the orgs you chose come and pick things up or did you have to deliver to them?
Post # 2
food is trickier than flowers – what food are we talking here? Is it things that won’t have been opened or the slightly curly dry sandwiches left over from a buffet? Depending on what it is you can try homeless shelters or give it to the same nursing home as the flowers so they can have a bit of a buffet party. Food hygenie though might mean no one can take your leftovers.
If that is the case, I would get some doggy bags and put them out near the end of the reception with a sign asking guests to take anything left over for the journey home.
Post # 3
We had planned to donate the flowers to a nursing home but there was another wedding on Friday and they called to suggest we try elsewhere, first. We donated them to our local library instead – it was really nice to see our arrangements on the circulation desk, at the study tables, in the community classroom etc. I was in there recently and one of the librarians mentioned how much they loved having the flowers. It was over three years ago!
Post # 4
Our flowers were donated to a nursing home. Our wedding planner gathered our flowers and delivered them. We didn’t donate our leftover food because we didn’t have much aside from a ton of cake, but one of my friends donated her leftovers to a nonprofit operated by a church that feeds homeless people. I think the nonprofit picked up the food and they weren’t able to use all of her leftovers but they took quite a bit of it.
Post # 5
Try a hospice. They will always take flowers. It is not “happy” but some morgues take flowers for people without much money or family.
I also work at a homeless shelter and we are always happy to take food.