i have to tell you - especially after putting all the love and energy i can in to creating wedding bouquets and arrangements - when i see photos from weddings with the bouquet laying on its side on the cake table or near the bride’s place setting, it makes me cringe. so today’s tip is a quick one: make sure you ask your florist to drop off vases for your bouquet (and your bridesmaids’ bouquets) so you can repurpose them for decor throughout the reception! i always provide my brides with pretty vessels that match their overall wedding style, so they can easily be popped on a cocktail table or around the bar, or replace a centerpiece on one of the tables, or even around the cake. then, once bridal party photos and introductions are over, i collect the bouquets and put them in the empty vases, so everyone can enjoy their beauty (and they get some water to help them last longer after the big day!)

if you are debating on the number of centerpieces or accent florals throughout your venue, make sure to count in the bouquets - once in vases, they look just like a pretty arrangement and save you from paying for additional florals you just might not need. and, you and your girls will then have a vase/container to bring them home in at the end of the night :)      // image + floral design by lovely little details

  • Jenna @ Little Bit Heart says on January 9, 2013 Reply

    This is a GREAT piece of advice! That bouquet is gorgeous, by the way :)

  • Bellenza Wedding Bistro says on January 10, 2013 Reply

    So thoughtful of you to think of providing vases for your bridal bouquets. Your creations certainly deserve it, too!

  • Navya (@aLittleCottage) says on January 12, 2013 Reply

    I tell my brides this all the time too! No sense in letting those beauties go to waste. Gorgeous bouquet!

  • Anni says on January 14, 2013 Reply

    I wish I would have thought of this! I didn’t have a florist, my mom did all the flowers from the farmer’s market, but I ended up just setting my bouquet down on the table. I loved it so much, would have been nice to have a vase handy for it.

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