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At the end of your wedding, your vendors will break down your wedding tables, pack away your decor, and potentially trash your floral arrangements. If you’re wondering what to do with wedding flowers after your wedding that doesn’t involve trashing them, these ideas will be a big help!
Do be aware, these plans need to be predetermined and arranged prior to your wedding week. Don’t wait until the day of your wedding to decide this!
Send Floral Arrangements Home with Guests
Close loved-ones will be thrilled to accept an arrangement. You can plan who to send these home with ahead of time or make an announcement at the reception. Of course, this usually only works if you have local guests who can enjoy them at home for more than a day or two.
Do keep in mind that if you are using any rented vases or vessels that the guests will not be able to take these home. You should make plans for your florist to prepare the arrangements for the guests to take home. It will likely cost extra to do so, although it’s totally worth it knowing your flowers won’t go to waste.
Another option is to send flowers home with one or some of your vendors. I certainly would love to have flowers to take home, although my cats have a tendency to eat them.
Donate Your Flowers
Donating your wedding florals to a local hospital, senior living facility, or to hospice patients can spread joy and thoughtfulness to others. This generous action will make someone’s day!
Be sure to contact specified locales beforehand to ensure they accept flower donations and to learn their procedures. Your florist should be able to provide you with a list of local organizations that would love to receive your donated wedding floral arrangements.
Save and Preserve Your Wedding Flowers
If you’re not having many floral arrangements at your wedding, you can just opt to preserve your bouquet. Some brides choose to preserve the entire bouquet in its original shape with the stems intact; however, a more modern and stylish option entails deconstructing the bouquet and simply framing all of the flowers without their stems.
If you’d like to preserve your bouquet, make the arrangements with a professional (too risky to DIY) at least a month before your wedding. A simple Google search will provide you with a great list of vendors who offer this service.