Post # 1
Hi Bees —
I have just begun the process of getting quotes from florists. I notice that most of them have you rent the vases that the centerpieces are in (standard clear glass cube). Has anyone ever done their centerpieces like this? What happens at the end of the night to the flowers? Are then just put into a bucket or something? I am wondering how I can let people take the flower arrangements home without anything to put them in.
Post # 3
Depending on how much the florist is charging you, consider buying your own cubes and having the florist make the arrangements in them. That way people could take them home or you could pass them along to another bride. I always thought that most florists included the container in the cost for the arrangement.
Post # 4
We rented buckets from our florist for our flower arrnagements. Instead of offering for guests to take them home, we donated all our flowers to a local nursing facility at the end of the night. The florist came and picked everything up after the reception; she also dropped off all the flowers the next day to the nursing facility. They had enough empty vases laying around that they didn’t need to use the rentals from the florist.
If you want your guests to take them home, I think lampshade’s idea is a good way to go. Buying your own vases might make it a little more expensive, but it will be easier in the long run for guests to take the flowers home.
Post # 5
In a situation in which you weren’t encouraging guests to take home the arrangments, the florist will typically make arrangements with the venue or event coordinator to come pick up the vases the next day. The flowers typically get tossed.
Some florists will give you the option to purchase the vases. If you express interest in that, they may be able to sell them to you at or near cost. I would ask if they are willing to go that route. Florists typically have access to wholesalers where the vases are much cheaper. Buying them through the florist at or close to cost might cost you less than buying them elsewhere. I would ask.