Wedding flowers are the main staple to completing your big day's vision. They provide elegance and glamour, a pop of color, a familiar fresh scent, and they can come with a little bit of sticker shock when shopping. So what can you do with all of the flowers after you’ve said: “I Do”? Here are 13 creative ways we recommend when it comes to getting the most out of those beauties!
SEND THEM HOME WITH GUESTS
At the end of your wedding reception, ask your coordinator to have the DJ make an announcement that guests can take centerpieces, floral arrangements, or a bouquet home with them. It’s one less thing you have to clean up at the end of the night, and you know those flowers are going to a good home to be enjoyed even longer!
IN ADDITION TO GRATUITY
Nothing says thank you like some flowers and offering them to the staff that helped bring your wedding to life! Besides the basic wedding gratuity, It is a beautiful gesture that shows you're thinking of another way to express your gratitude.
Pressing your bouquet is simple and sentimental. There’s a variety of items to choose from to press in, and we recommend choosing one that’s most sentimental to you! You can use a journal, a book, your guest book, your vow book, a bible, a clear picture frame, or even a shadow box. Some local vendors will professionally press your flowers into beautiful pieces of art, like Annie Fentz Smith + her pressed gardens!
"Our non-profit organization repurposes donated flowers from weddings, events, florists, and retailers. We restyle these donated flowers into bedside bouquets and arrangements which are then delivered to those in need within the community. Our drop off locations include infusion centers, nursing homes, cancer treatment facilities, homeless shelters, schools and more. We currently offer services in most U.S States."
PASS ON A GIFT
Tis the season of giving, and a simple way to jazz up some gift wrap is to add a few flowers and greenery to the front of the packages. We recommend drying the flowers out first; so they are not as fragile. Have a friend having an upcoming surgery? Or birthday? Nothing says I am thinking about you more than passing on those beautiful arrangements; you can even personalize and purchase your own vase.
MAKE YOUR OWN SCENTED ROOM SPRAY Looking for a way to freshen up your house as newlyweds? You can look up recipes to mix your flowers with essential oils & alcohol for your customized room spray. You can also turn these into a thank you gift post-wedding if you aren't sick of DIY projects by now!
ADD THEM TO YOUR PHONE CASE
If you are one of those sentimental people and want to keep a little bit of your wedding day with you at all times, press your bouquet flowers into the back of a clear phone case. We guarantee that people will notice the show stopper and you have constant memories of your happy wedding day.
POTPOURRI GIFTS Potpourri is more than just for your grandma's bathroom decorations; it’s an easy way to savor those florals and showcase them around your entire house! Simply dry out the flowers, remove the stems, and select a vessel to display them in. You can get crafty with the design and add different elements to your home decor!
DRAW YOURSELF A FLORAL BATH Wedding planning is stressful, and when it's all said and done, you're going to need a lot of hot baths and glasses of wine! Toss in some of those flowers and create a romantic experience. Whether it’s just for you or for the newlyweds, you deserve it!
MAKE A CANDLE
Truth be told - if you have leftover wedding flowers, you most likely have leftover wedding candles. Combine the two to recreate your own customized candle - keep it for yourself, or better yet, gift them for your closest friends and family.
ADD THEM TO A JAR OR DECANTER
Find some clear vessels to place the flowers in - such as a mason jar, or decanter or hand soap dispensers. Add the flower petals to water or soap to add a pop of color and elegance to any room.
Gather up your favorite stems and wrap them in a string to dry upside down. Check them after a few days to make sure they are dry, and then turn them upright and place them in a vase; no need for water! These make for fabulous memories you can place around your home.
Are you sharing your wedding weekend with a bestie? Did you become close to a local bride you met on social media (Join us at Bride to Bride Austin + Surrounding Areas!) that has become your wedding weekend date buddy? Ask them if you can brighten their day by gifting them to the bride the next day!