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 (www.secondharvest.org).
4. Also, visit http://www.thespeciale.com/ to find some helpful info on how and where to donate.