The party may be over, but the flowers on every table still look fresh. Instead of throwing them in the bin or sending them home with tipsy family members, donate the whole bunch to a group of people who could use some cheering up.
There can be a lot of waste involved when throwing a huge event, such as a wedding. Some of those decorations could find a second life at a nursing home, per the experience of Reddit user Bebop0420, who wrote on r/LifeProTips that their flower arrangements went to good use:
Just got married on Saturday and dropped off our flowers Monday at the local retirement home. They were over the moon and told us they always try to put flowers out but has never had any that nice before. It made both us and them really happy.
Other commenters shared their donation success stories, like ec20 who said they donated an enormous amount of leftover cake to a nearby convent. The nuns loved it. Then bobbysr mentioned that the flowers at their mother’s funeral ended up back at her former nursing home, and the funeral director was willing to deliver them. A poignant, beautiful gesture.
It’s worth looking into what nearby facilities might be able to enjoy the leftovers from your event; be sure to contact them before the drop off, so they’re prepared to (or even want to) receive it. If they can’t take in a bunch of roses, for whatever reason, they might be able to suggest who could make use of bouquets and cake. Let your flowers spread joy for a second round!