As a planner, I get asked by almost every single bride what she should do with her left over flowers. Sometimes brides are sentimentally attached to their bouquets and want to keep them. Other times, they can't give them away fast enough. Sometimes centerpieces make a great gift/favor for someone special like grandma or an aunt or uncle. But, if they don't live nearby, flowers are not the best travel companions (not to mention the hay day security would have with said relative at the airport). So what's a bride to do with her leftover flowers? Donate them!
I've worked with several out of state and destination brides who have no way of caring for the beautiful flowers that their 'maids carried or the centerpieces that adorned guest tables at the reception. I know it's hard (especially to myself and the caterer, who end up doing the dirty work at the end of the night) to throw away all of those beauties and (let's be honest, the money spent on them). As a "not so common" tidbit of knowledge...hospitals, cancer centers, nursing homes, assisted living centers, recreation centers, and tons more locations will happily accept wedding leftovers! The best thing about that you ask? As Ralph Waldo Emerson puts it, "Flowers. . . are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world."
So, if you are a planning bride (in state or out of state), keep in mind that at the end of the night when the music has stopped, all of your guests have gone home, and your special day is coming to an end, you can extend that "good feeling" and the price you paid for those blooms to someone who will appreciate it more than you know. If you need recommendations for donation centers, ask your planner, caterer or florist!
Until next time, Cheers!