The wedding vows have been said, the champagne bottles are empty and the wedding dress has been sent out for cleaning. Think the wedding charm has ended?
Think again. Wedding guests may have one more surprise coming to them – the thank you notes! No, the surprise isn’t that the bride actually writes them. The surprise is the thank-you card itself, made from the recycled remains of the beautiful wedding bouquet! And there’s a twist.
Now, before you gasp in horror at such treatment of your a once beautiful (and expensive) wedding bouquet, hear me out, because this is a fantastic idea.
Just imagine how much fun it would be for guests to receive their written thanks on exquisite, colorful handcrafted paper with 12 different perennial wildflower seeds embedded in it. Not only do they receive heartfelt gratitude for their gifts, the bride gives them a gift in return – a wildflower garden that they can enjoy for years. Yes, these thank you cards are so eco-friendly, they’re meant to be planted in gardens by family and friends.
While brides often consider drying their wedding bouquets as keepsakes, many bridal bouquets are simply discarded once the flowers are wilted. Now instead of contributing to a landfill, brides can extend their charmed wedding day by repurposing one of the most important symbols.
FloralNotes.com, a division of Walter Knoll Florist located in St. Louis, Mo, is the company behind this recycled wedding bouquet cum wildflower garden concept. The process couldn’t be simpler:
- Before the wedding, you find a florist who specializes in this bouquet treatment on www.floralnotes.com
- The florist sends you a box to ship the wedding bouquet, which generally occurs the day after the wedding
- In about 10 days, the bride receives her thank you cards, ready for a personal sentiment, plus recycled envelopes, preprinted with a return address.
See? I told you it was easy. I should also mention that for the “brown thumbs” on the wedding guest list, each card comes with instructions on how to plant the floral note card, taking the guesswork out of the process.
Such a lovely recycling effort shouldn’t be limited to just wedding bouquets, though. So FloralNotes.com also turns any flower arrangement into note cards, stationery, and pretty much anything else that can be made of paper.
These special florists can also make cards from flowers they have in stock. So, you don’t need a formal event requiring bouquets or corsages to love this idea. FloralNotes is a unique way to say “thank you” to all the important people in your life, like friends, family, bosses and clients. Spread them around (and watch the idea grow!)
Originally posted 2009-06-02 09:00:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter