What to Know About Reusing Floral Décor from Wedding Ceremony During Cocktail Hour or the Reception
The dos and don'ts of getting the most bang for your floral buck.
Reusing floral décor is a great way to ensure you get as much use out of your wedding flowers as possible-though you know the flowers won't last forever, the money you spend on them feels more worthwhile when you know they'll be enjoyed from the beginning of the day until the very end. If you're planning to reuse any of your arrangements or décor, here are some dos and don'ts you should be aware of. Follow our advice and you'll feel confident that you're get the most out of your beautiful big-day blooms.
Do have a logistics plan in place that isn't disruptive.
If you're planning to reuse your ceremony flowers during some later portion of the wedding, you're going to need a dedicated staff to handle the move. You might lean on your floral team or event planners, or you might be able to enlist the help of a couple of close friends if your wedding is a simpler occasion. Whoever is on the floral moving squad should plan for this to be executed during a discrete window, as you want this to happen without guests noticing. Moving arrangements from ceremony to cocktail hour is likely too tight a window, but you can instead plan to reuse your ceremony arrangements as coffee table toppers in the lounge area of the reception.
Don't plan to move statement pieces.
Your helpers should only be moving things they can easily carry by themselves-there should be no rearranging involved unless your floral team is contracted to manage reuse for another wedding event. Don't plan to move large arrangements or statement pieces, as these are really designed for one-time use.
Do speak with your florist about choosing hardy blooms.
If you're planning to move any arrangements, this is something you'll want to discuss with your floral designer so they can take this into account when building them. Not only can they make the arrangements easier to move, but they can also select hardy blooms that can sustain more movement and longer use.
Don't think of this as a major budget saver.
This isn't always the case, but often when flowers are reused, it's in a place where you wouldn't otherwise have prioritized paying for an arrangement. For example, you might relocate an arrangement from your cocktail hour to the dessert table, but you may have skipped having an arrangement on the dessert table if it wasn't an easy option and something you've already paid for. If, however, you're planning your event entirely around reusing arrangements-like your day-after brunch-the savings can feel more significant.
Do consider reuse for other events.
If your wedding itself isn't the only event you'll be hosting during the weekend, you might consider reusing your arrangements in other ways. For example, if you're having a rehearsal dinner with floral arrangements, you may be able to reuse the arrangements at your wedding day luncheon with your bridesmaids.