I really want to give brides the heads up that they should really donate the left over food and flowers to hospitals and shelters.

Here are some ways:

1. Call any local hospital close to your venue and see how you can bring your flowers over.

2. Call the event coordinator at a nursing home to donate your centerpieces there.
Most nursing homes will actually come pick up your flowers after the ceremony!

3. Food – Local food rescue programs will pick up leftovers from the wedding reception, and deliver them to a homeless shelter the same day. Couples should know that most food banks only deal with non-perishable food items. A food rescue picks up perishable and non-perishable foods. Anything not being used at a wedding falls under the heading of perishable. For more information and to locate a local food rescue program, please visit America’s Second Harvest (

4. Also, visit to find some helpful info on how and where to donate.

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