How to donate your wedding flowers to hospitals, shelters, or the elderly #Wedding trends#centerpiece#charities#flowers September 4 2015 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Katrina and Joshua's centerpieces. Photo by Jennifer Rice Photography Donating flowers, leftover catering, and dresses is totally a thing, and you can get in on it. We'll talk fashion and catering another day, but for now, let's talk about how to donate your wedding flowers to hospitals, senior living facilities, and other locations. If you didn't opt for non-floral bouquets and centerpieces, what would you do with all those perishable flowers anyway, right? Related Post If you're giving away your centerpieces, how are you doing it? I’ve heard lots of different fun ways of giving away centerpieces at your wedding reception, and I’m just curious what other Offbeat Brides have come... Read more There are a number of services who will take care of the donations for you directly from your venue, or you can arrange with your florist or wedding planner (if you have one) to designate a drop-off location. Some organizations even provide a tax deductible note so you can claim the market value. Here is a list of organizations you can use to donate your wedding flowers. Random Acts of Flowers Chicago, Knoxville, Pinellas, Silicon Valley Flower Angels, Massachusetts Petals with Purpose, Florida Blooms from the Heart, California The Flower Shuttle, North Carolina Floranthropy, Texas Floranthropy Seattle, Washington Petals for Patients, Wisconsin and Illinois Related Post 15 ways to throw an *affordable* eco-friendly wedding Eco-friendly wedding products too frequently = ZOMG 'SPENSIVE. But we've got 15 ways to save the Earth on the cheap. If there isn't a specialty company near you, Google one of the following locations in your area and ask about arrangements for donations: local hospice senior citizen community or retirement home women's shelter hospital homes for the developmentally disabled More ways to inject philanthropy into your wedding: What organizations did we miss? Let us know in the comments! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS How to use Google Docs to create an online wedding RSVP tool NEXT 10 pairs of adorable custom-painted wedding shoes Show/Hide comments [ 10 ] I never even thought about donating my flowers! What a great idea! I found this place in the DFW area if anyone is interested: http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp811447.jsp 1 agrees Reply This is SUCH a brilliant post – thank you for sharing this! We went with handmade paper flowers for our wedding (due to my husband's allergies). We had a destination wedding, and when considering plants like succulents and ferns rather than flowers, one of my main concerns was that our guests were flying home the next day. They can't take home the stuff like you would at a local wedding… Would the floral arrangements just get tossed? Where COULD they go if we opted for actual plants? This post is a truly helpful reminder there are other lovely options out there. Reply I'm so glad you posted an article on this! I was super bummed to discover there isn't an option to donate flowers on Maui so unfortunately we have to just discard them since you also can't take them off the island. Hope others can find options in their wedding locales if they are interested. Reply Can they at least be dropped off at a gardening center or someplace that composts them properly, to be used again? Reply I wish! Unfortunately, it's just not something that is possible at our location on the island as we would have to take and store all the flowers the night of the wedding and then go handle dropping them off the next day as we can't leave anything at the venue. Reply Fab idea. For UK / London based weddings, there's Floral Angels: http://www.floralangels.com Reply This is a great inspirational post! And super advice for upcoming brides and grooms to share their special day with the less fortunate among us. What else could a wedding couple donate, their shoes and accesories? Reply Great post. We directly benefited from someone donating their wedding flowers once. My twins were in the NICU for 3 months. Walking past the maternity ward, waiting to be buzzed into the NICU waiting room, scrubbing in, and then finally entering the NICU was a daily torture. One morning as I walked into the waiting room to begin the hand washing process I was greeted by a half dozen colorful bouquets. They brightened up the grey waiting room so nicely. I asked our nurse where they came from and she told me a woman came by and dropped them off after her wedding. The nurses and this woman decorated the waiting room and the nurses locker room with all the left over wedding flowers. Reply There's also a young organization in NYC called Love Buds! Love how many people want to spread the happiness. 1 agrees Reply Loudoun Rebloom in Purcellville, VA is another flower repurposing organization located in "DC's Wine Country", west of Washington, DC. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.