Have you thought about what you are going to do with all your flowers after your wedding or event? Have you thought about donating them? Donating your flowers could bring joy to someone else, and that would be a pretty amazing feeling, wouldn’t it?!
Throughout my years at FiftyFlowers, I have had the privilege of talking to a few people who do just that… they take flower donations and bring joy to others. Carol, of Towne & Country Event Rentals & Venues in Greeneville, TN, has a program where they take donations from weddings, they break them down and redo them and then they send them to local hospitals and nursing homes. Carol says, “These flowers go to those that do not have families, we want them to feel special and just to see a smile on their faces is a great feeling!”
And there’s Loretta and her BLT girls! BLT stands for “Bringing Love to Tables” and over the years they have accepted donations from local florists as well as leftovers from events to create flower arrangements for the Deerfield Episcopal Retirement home in Asheville N.C.
Not in Greeneville or Asheville? Don’t worry, there are lots of organizations across the U.S. that take donations. There is Random Acts of Flowers in Chicago, IL, Knoxville, TN, Pinellas Co., FL and Silicon Valley, CA. There is Petals with Purpose in West Palm Beach, FL, Petal Share in Washington, D.C. and Floranthropy in Seattle, WA. If you are interested in donating your flowers, a quick google search should let you know about local organizations in your area, but if there aren’t any, you may be able to contact a local hospital or nursing home directly to see if they are willing to take donations, then check with your wedding or event planner or a friend to help coordinate delivery after your event.
So, will you donate your flowers after your wedding or event? Or is there a local organization in your town that accept donations? Tell us in the comments below!