What to do with the Flowers after your Wedding so they don’t go to Waste

What to do with the Flowers after your Wedding so they don’t go to Waste

We spend months, even years, planning the who, what, when, where, and how when it comes to your wedding flowers. But have you ever thought about what happens to the floral arrangements after your event? The wedding and event industries create a lot of waste, but here at Roots Floral Design we’ve aimed to become a completely waste free company. This will take months, possibly even years, to perfect but with each passing season we continue to get creative and we keep chipping away at our waste block.


A question I get asked often is, where do the flowers go after a wedding? 


Flowers themselves are a large part of what can be thrown in the trash after an event. While the question above is valid, in the past it often depended on the event itself. Some couples and families do not desire to take home any flowers after the event. Other times my team and I will stroll into the venue finding family and friends picking over each arrangement trying to get each and every last stem. With the first scenario, we found ourselves throwing entire floral designs away. While we wish we could keep them, my team must prepare for the next event. In the second scenario, my team found that centerpiece vases and vessels would often go missing or become damaged. This was a pain point I was determined to solve.


And that’s how my Flower to Vase program was born. So what exactly is this program?


The quick gist of it is that we take your table arrangements and rearrange them into mini centerpieces for your guests and vendor staff to take home. Your wedding flowers will last up to 8 additional days after your event. Not only do we ensure that I receive all my rental items back; but your wedding flowers will continue to bring joy long after your special day is over. 


Let’s dive into the program a little deeper.


I will be coordinating with your wedding planner and venue coordinator to secure our arrival time and to ensure we have everything that we need to execute the program. I prefer my team to be rearranging in an area not seen by guests so we are not a distraction. I provide the right height vases (centerpiece stems are very short!) and ensure that each mini arrangement is beautifully designed. We have a cute sign that we place on the table so that when your guests start to leave they know that it is okay to go ahead and grab a vase!


Why is this program beneficial?


Typically at the end of the night my couple and their families are busy socializing with their guests and attending to other responsibilities. Since my team needs to be in compliance with the venue and their strike time, my team tears down extremely fast. It always pains my heart when we clean up and then the family asks to take home the flowers. To avoid going into the trash or adding additional stress to family and friends, I would much prefer that a beautiful arrangement is created for them to take home and enjoy instead!


This is great! So, how much is it?


My Flower to Vase program is $350 for 50 arrangements. It is an additional $50 per 25 arrangements. 


It’s no wonder that more than half of my clients have added on this program since I’ve started. Be sure to reach out to me if you would like to add my Flower to Vase program on, too!


Looking for a florist for your 2021 wedding? Want to make sure your wedding flowers don’t go to waste? Reach out to Roots Floral Design! We specialize in fully custom designs that are unique to the Cincinnati area.

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"Highly recommend Roots Floral Design - absolutely beautiful! I can’t say enough good things about Kaytee and her team. The flowers for our wedding far exceeded our expectations. They were stunning and our guests raved about how beautiful the bouquets and decor were! Kaytee understood our vision and created a beautiful setting for the wedding. Last but not least, Kaytee worked well within our budget and made good recommendations. Thanks Kaytee and team!"

-Megan, Mother of the Bride, Spring 2019 Wedding

Highly recommend Roots Floral Design - absolutely beautiful!

“Kaytee is an absolute GEM! She has so much passion and care for what she does, that you feel like she's a friend more than a vendor. She walks you through each step of the floral process with organization, examples, cost, and detail -- all things that make my detail-oriented heart happy. The end result far exceeded anything we could have hoped for or imagined. ALL. THE. GREENERY. Future brides, run, don't walk to Roots for your wedding. From start to finish, she took care of every single floral need to make our day positively beautiful.”

-Laura, Summer 2019 Wedding


"Kaytee became so much more than a vendor for us. The first time I met her I felt as though I met a long lost friend. She was the very first vendor I chose for the wedding (even before the venue) and she lived up to all my expectations and went above and beyond.  Each time I met with her I felt confident that she completely comprehended my wants and would fashion them into something that looks put together, yet natural. The day-of she silently transformed a bland rustic space into an enchanting, romantic barn. I couldn't have asked for anything more beautiful or unique."

-Grace, Spring 2019 Wedding


"Kaytee was so great to work with!!! I provided her with some floral inspirations from Pinterest and Instagram but gave her a lot of free rein coming up with the flowers for our wedding and she went above and beyond expectations. Our photographer was obsessed with all the bouquets and we got so many great pictures of them! She did such a good job making my smaller budget work to make high impact arrangements. She's also the sweetest person to be around!"

-Bo, Spring 2019 Wedding