We at The Garrett-Bullock House also have many brides ask us for solutions on what to do with many of the elements of their wedding once the day is complete. To us, these are also gifts that you can share with others. Here are some of our favorites!
Your Wedding Flowers -- After the wedding, we have many couples ask what to do with the flowers since they are going on their honeymoon immediately afterwards.
For our couples, we always offer the opportunity to allow us to take them to the Cancer Center where my Mother received her chemotherapy. I wish there was an adequate way to describe the expression on both patients and caregivers faces as we enter the room with flower arrangements in hand to place throughout the room. They are a wonderful distraction from what is truly going on as they try to guess what types of flowers are in the arrangements, stand near them to enjoy the fragrance, ponder what the wedding was like, or even begin a conversation of their own wedding day. It is amazing of how the joy of your day can be shared for days afterwards.
In the same light, nursing homes are also a wonderful place to share your flowers. We have worked with many of our couples families who separate the flowers into smaller vases and take them to nursing homes for the residents to enjoy. One of my favorite stories came from a man who would never get out of his bed. Frustrated about his new living situation, he just stared out the window. When they delivered the flowers, he sat up and moved to the end of the bed just to get near the arrangement and was changed by their kindness.
Your Wedding Favors -- Many people struggle with what to give their guests for favors so why not donate the money you would have spent on it and donate to your favorite charity or cause. Place signage out to let your guests know that the donation was made in their name toward your favorite worthy cause.
Your Wedding Dress -- You took so much care into selecting the perfect dress and now that you're married -- now what?
You can always have your dress cleaned and preserved to pass along to future generations to consider. Our sister company, Celebrate Tuxedos, can assist you with that process if you would like to do that.
You can donate your dress. There are many organizations like Brides For A Cause you can donate it to have it resold but I would like to share with you about an awesome reuse of your dress.
You can donate your wedding dress to organizations like NICU Helping Hands and Rachel's Gift where they use your wedding dress to make baby gowns for those who have lost their infants from pre-maturity or being stillborn. These gowns made from bridal gowns are provided to NICU units so that the parents can lay to rest their child in a beautiful gown provided to them instead of going through the pain of having to go shop for something after this tragedy occurs.
No matter what you choose to offer just know that the gift will always be accepted with arms open wide and the recipient is very grateful to be thought of as part of your day!