- Give arrangements to guests to take home and enjoy. Florists can arrange bouquets so that they are giveaway friendly or come and wrap flowers at the end of the night to give your guests. They will be coming to pick up their vases anyway.
- Donate them to a non profit: hospital, orphanage, senior center, homeless shelter, women’s center, VA hospital, or others. You can even get a tax deduction for doing so. Simply get a receipt from the charity for about half the original cost (you used the flower at your wedding first so half the cost is an appropriate amount).
- Leave it up to the fates. Some may go to bold guests, staff may take some after clean up is done, some will go to the garbage.
- If you prefer to go green, old flowers can be composted, which in my opinion is better than them going into a plastic bag and into a landfill.
Enjoy your flowers on your big day and if you can extend that beauty and joy for another day, more power to you!