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Centerpieces after the wedding...

Tamara, on December 8, 2018 at 10:31 AM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 28
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What does everyone plan to do with the flowers from your centerpieces after the wedding? Will you just let people take them or will you have something under peoples chair to help the table decide who gets them? I saw somewhere that there are flower bags that you can have for your guests to be able to take the flowers home, but can't seem to find them. Would love to know what everyone plans to do.

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Latest activity by Erica, on January 4, 2019 at 1:22 PM
  • Kenisha
    Champion June 2019
    Kenisha ·
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    I really want to take my centerpieces to a retirement home after my wedding.

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  • Tamara
    VIP August 2019
    Tamara ·
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    That centerpiece is beautiful and giving them to a retirement home is a very sweet gesture. Smiley smile I am trying not to have a bunch of things that need to be taken out of the venue at the end of the night. I just want to be able to leave at the end of the night without having to think about all of the stuff I am responsible for removing from the venue. I have rented the vases, candles, and candle holders for the centerpieces for this reason. My planner will handle packing things up, but someone (probably Mom) will need to take whatever isn't rented home and I don't want to overburden my mom. I think so far, it's only pictures from our memorial table and I'd like to keep it that way if I can. Sigh, so many little decisions that need to be made. :/

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  • Chandra
    Master May 2019
    Chandra ·
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    I'm not sure yet. Most of guests are travelling so they probably wont take any. I might save one for me depending on how we end up doing them. They wont be in a vase....
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  • Tamara
    VIP August 2019
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    I am thinking very far in advance since I still have 8 months to go, but I am trying to make decisions on things ahead of time so that I can realize my end goal...... not have a bunch of stuff that someone will have to be responsible for at the end of the night.


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  • Chandra
    Master May 2019
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    Better to be over prepared than under!!
    I'm still trying to make sure all the other stuff gets ordered Haha
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  • M
    Super November 2019
    Melissa ·
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    You could donate your centerpieces to nursing homes. They would really appreciate it and itll brighten up their rooms.
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  • MOB So Cal
    January 2019
    MOB So Cal ·
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    We're planning to let local family members, close friends, etc. know in advance that they can take one at the end of the night. We'll probably end up with a couple that come home with us, but not too many.

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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Legend March 2017
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    That is such a sweet idea!!! Do you have someone who can do this for you? You may be tired the day after your wedding.
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  • Officiallymrs
    Super May 2010
    Officiallymrs ·
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    I had also planned to take mine to a nursing home the next day but since I bought my vases I told my guest they could take them if they wanted and there weeent any left over :/
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  • Kenisha
    Champion June 2019
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    Well our wedding will be over at 3; I want us to go deliver it to the nursing home personally 😊
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  • Tamara
    VIP August 2019
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    I would love to be able to donate the flowers, but our wedding isn't over until 11pm and we will be going to a hotel that night and our honeymoon the next day so it would leave that responsibility to a family member to do. Smiley sad

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  • Summerbride77
    VIP July 2019
    Summerbride77 ·
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    Most of my guests are out of town, so taking flowers home is impractical. I plan to donate them to a memory care facility or nursing home.

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  • Summerbride77
    VIP July 2019
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    That's my plan. I don't think it's a huge ask to have someone help donate the flowers. You can also reach out to the place you want to donate them, they may be able to help coordinate.

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  • MOB So Cal
    January 2019
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    There have been posts from others who found youth/service groups who would pick up the flowers at the end of the reception and deliver them a nursing home, etc. Maybe your church or another organization you belong to has a group who would be willing to do this. It's a lovely idea!

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  • Jeanelle
    Super September 2018
    Jeanelle ·
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    I wrote cards to hand to the moms, grandmother's, and some uncle's and aunts to tell them to take floral arrangements. We so had a sign that said to take them home as well-- flowers and vase-- and had craft paper bags for favors and flowers in case they needed them. Even when you're saying hi to your guests you can tell them to take the centerpieces home. I had guests that even brought them home to China!
    I took the rest of the flowers home to press and dry. Ended up framing them and I absolutely love them. There are also services that turn your flowers into dye to dye a scarf!

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  • Danielle K
    VIP June 2019
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    We plan to take ours to the local retirement home. We will have notes unter each centerpiece to request people not take them as the boxes are rented and the flowers already have a home.

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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Legend March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    Oh that would be sweet!!!
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  • Gloria
    Super March 2019
    Gloria ·
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    I want to go ahead and have like a raffle game for each table and see who at that table take them
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  • Asia
    Dedicated December 2018
    Asia ·
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    All my centerpieces are eucalyptus garland so I’m really not sure anyone would want to take them lol. But if not, as other ladies have said, nursing homes would be the place I would donate them.
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  • Tamara
    VIP August 2019
    Tamara ·
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    Thank you ladies for all of your advice. I decided to reach out to a couple of organizations that might be willing to either pick up the centerpieces or have a family member take them into their care at the end of the night so that they can hand deliver them to a local retirement home for donation. You ladies are good eggs with tremendous hearts. Smiley smile Thanks again!
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