5 Ways to Re-purpose Your Flowers After the Wedding
We are so excited to be featuring a guest post from Wedding planner and stylist Becky Hart of Event Crush. We have known Becky since we both started our businesses 4 years ago and we have loved watching her kick butt in the wedding world. Definitely go check her out: here!
Today, Becky is talking about ways to repurpose your flowers after your wedding, which is something we LOVE! If you want to repurpose your flowers, these are some really cool ways to save a piece of your wedding.
Hi! I'm Becky and I'm a wedding planner and designer located in Eugene, Oregon and providing services all over this beautiful state. Me and Joanna and Taylor go way back; in fact we started our businesses right around the same time! We did our first styled shoot together, and I was even lucky enough to coordinate each of their weddings. Since then we’ve worked on countless weddings and shoots together and I am always blown away by their creativity and design skills.
I'm excited to share on a topic today that I thought would be perfect for those perusing a floral design blog - what to do with the flowers AFTER the wedding! As a wedding coordinator, I cannot tell you how many flowers I've seen thrown in the trash at the end of the night. It honestly breaks my heart (and just feels wrong!) throwing away these gorgeous blooms that still have life left in them. Thankfully there are lots of ways that your wedding flowers can be re-purposed and given new life following the wedding – read on for a few of my favorite ways!
1. Send them home with guests
The easiest way to give new life to your flowers is to send them home with guests as favors. You can have the DJ make an announcement that the centerpieces are available to take home, and you won't have a single one left. This involves zero work on your part (unlike the other options), which is super nice! Just make sure that if you do this, the centerpieces are in "disposable" containers (aka they don't need to be returned to the florist/rental company), or you have other containers you can move the flowers in to at the end of the night for guests to take them home in.
2. Donate them
Flowers can bring so much joy, and donating your flowers to a nursing home, hospice, hospital, or other local organization or business is a wonderful way to spread some love and make someone's day. Be sure to arrange this ahead of time as not all locations will take flowers without notice or they may have policies which don’t allow fresh flowers. You will also need a friend or family member(s) who are willing to take all of the flowers home at the end of the night and deliver them the next day, so plan this out well ahead of time if you choose to take this route.
If you're in the Portland area, consider connecting with the Bloom Project! They are a wonderful non-profit who donate leftover event flowers to local hospices.
3. Preserve them in a unique way
If you are sentimental (who isn't?), consider preserving some of your wedding flowers by drying or pressing them and turning them in to keepsakes. Whether it's your entire bridal bouquet or just a few of the petals, you can save these sweet mementos to last forever. Create a shadow box, place your hubby's boutonniere in a scrapbook, or even turn petals in to potpourri. There are even several companies who will turn your flower petals in to jewelry.
For more ideas, check out this post with 40 pressed flower ideas. The possibilities are nearly endless!
4. Honor loved ones
There are a couple of ways you can do this. One of my couples getting married this summer is planning to do the “anniversary dance” during the reception, which will leave the couple whose been married longest last on the dance floor. She is then going to honor that couple by passing along her bouquet to them.
Alternatively, if you have a loved one who has passed away, you could bring your leftover wedding flowers to their grave site following the wedding to honor their memory.
5. Say thank you
For a fun twist on the traditional thank you card, press flower petals and leaves leftover from your wedding and use them to make unique, one of a kind thank you cards that your guests will adore. Here is a great step-by-step tutorial. I don’t know about you, but I would LOVE getting such a thoughtful memento in the mail!
Flowers have so many amazing qualities – they smell incredible, they bring joy to others, they’re beautiful to look at, and they deserve to be enjoyed for longer than a single day in my opinion. If you can, I encourage you to take that extra step with your flowers rather than just having them thrown away at the end of the night (I know this can be tricky, especially for those having a destination wedding). Definitely check with your wedding planner or venue coordinator to see if they will help you make it happen!
Thank you guys for hanging out with us and Becky! If you want more wedding or event planning tips, you can sign up for becky's newsletter at the bottom of the page here!