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The Bridal Bouquet: Beyond the Wedding


Often, couples allow guests to take tabletop and other arrangements home, but you can also give them to anyone working at your wedding including bartenders and waitstaff. Or, have them delivered to a nearby assisted living center — just be sure to make arrangements with the center ahead of time. You can also remember a late relative or another loved one by leaving flowers from your wedding at their gravesite.


To preserve your wedding bouquet, hang it upside down for several weeks to dry. Experts say it will last another six months to a year. Another unique way of preserving your posies? Pluck petals and leaves out of the bouquet, press them between wax paper, iron and add them to a frame that includes your wedding invitation.

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