A DIY flower-arranging station lets your guests enjoy your blooms for another day.

Bouquet Favors
Credit: Johnny Fogg

We all know that weddings and flowers go hand in hand. On the big day, you'll carry an exquisite, cascading bouquet down the aisle, or accessorize your wedding dress with a leafy flower crown. At your reception, your guests will marvel at the colorful sprays that adorn each table, bringing your venue to life. Blooms add natural elegance to every nook and cranny of your wedding, but, as beautiful as they are, they're generally forgotten following the reception.

If you're looking to use flowers in a not-so-typical way, and to get more life out of them than just a few hours, you might want to consider offering up your florals as favors. Allow guests to put together mini-bouquets from the arrangements used during the ceremony and reception, so they can bring a piece of your wedding back home. This also allows you to recycle your pretty arrangements. Our motto? No stem goes to waste.

Create a charming interactive station near the exit of the reception-and let your flowers delight for another day. As the dancing winds down, have a helper arrange a flower-market stand for centerpieces and other blooms (transfer them to flower buckets for the cutest display). Outfit the table with a roll of butcher paper and, for an extra bit of personalization, washi tape designed with your monogram or a nod to the theme of your day. Then let guests browse the blooms on their way out, choosing a few stems or a handful to take home.

Thank You Washi Tape
Credit: Peter Ardito

The Details: Uline Butcher-Paper Roll, in White, $36 for 18" by 1,100'; and Horizontal Paper Cutter, 18", $30, uline.com. White Enamel French Flower Buckets (similar to shown), from $9, greatroomsdecor.com. Custom Washi Tape, price varies, printedcustomtape.com.


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