If you’re the type of bride who really loves flowers, seeing the wedding bouquets—yours and your bridesmaids’—for the first time is a really exciting moment. While these beautiful arrangements are usually built to last through the ceremony and photos, there can also be a life for them later in the day if you plan accordingly. Here are a few of the things you can do with bouquets after the ceremony.
Many couples opt to have portraits with their wedding party taken after the ceremony. You’ll want to have your bouquet and your bridesmaids’ bouquets available for some of these photos.
During the reception, you can place the bouquets in a place where they can be used as part of the décor. Your florist can bring vases and have the bridal bouquet placed next to the other bouquets on a table in the reception area, or on a mantle. The point is to add décor to an area you wouldn’t otherwise spend money to decorate.
The guest book table, dessert table, and coffee tables in any lounges also work well for bouquet placements.
They are less common at modern weddings, but if you are having a bouquet toss, it’s nice to send the bouquet home with a glass vase so whoever catches it can enjoy it for another day or two. This is something you can coordinate in advance with your florist. Alternatively, rather than throwing the bouquet and risking the flowers getting smashed in the process, you might choose someone specific to send the bouquet home with—maybe an extra helpful guest who lives nearby, or a creative bridesmaid who loves preserving dried flowers.
If you’re planning to use your bridal bouquet and bridesmaids’ bouquets as décor during the wedding, you might also ask one of your attendants to help collect all of the arrangements at the end of the night to take home. You may want to bring your bouquet with you when you exit the party, too—something your maid-of-honor can remind you of at the end of the night.