Happy Earth Day!

Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle

Let’s go back just a bit to the time and place that planted the seed for Cocroft & Delbridge’s flowers!

It’s Spring 2011 and we have just met with a florist who is helping us plan the floral part of my daughter’s fall wedding  (thank you Francie owner of Botanical Splash in Chadd’s Ford, PA).  Courtney came prepared with vision pages for bouquets, corsages, boutonniere’s, arrangements for the Chapel and arrangements for the Reception Venue.   Cha-ching, cha-ching…Courtney LOVES flowers.  Francie did a fabulous job!  See the photos below.

Gorgeous bouquets!

Gorgeous bouquets!


Courtney's bouquet

Courtney’s bouquet


Tip 1:  Go into your meeting with a budget.  Florists are very willing to work within a budget.


Tip 2:  Have the Chapel/Church Arrangements moved to the venue.  Ask family or friends that are not part of the Wedding Party to take on this responsibility.  Or if you have a wedding planner they will do this.


Fast forward to September 2011 (one month to go) I was beginning to wonder what happens to all of those flower arrangements after the reception?  Have you ever wondered that?  I asked the folks at the venue what happens to all of those beautiful arrangements?  I was told that:

A. You can take them or give them to friends and family to take home

B.  Dipsty dumpster out back!  After spending a lot of money I did not want to hear, that after less than 24 hours of use they would hit the trash!  Our venue did offer to drop any remaining flower arrangements off at a nursing home.


Tip 3:  Send home the arrangements with friends and family to enjoy or have them dropped off at a local hospital or nursing home to share.


On October 8, 2011 Courtney married her groom Erik Jenks! Everything was beautiful and we had a great time.  We invited friends and family to take arrangements and the rest were delivered to a nearby nursing home.  But, what to do with all of those bouquets?   Options:  If you are on top of things, you could have them preserved by a flower preservationist, or like us you try the hanging them upside down in a dry area (didn’t work well for us).


Tip 4:  Arrange ahead of time with a floral preservationist to preserve your bouquet or hire Cocroft and Delbridge to create your wedding party flowers from the beginning!

The great thing about our bouquets is that they can be taken apart and repurposed to make an arrangement for a vase or several vases.  It can be a great bridesmaids gift!


Help keep the world Beauty Full!


Until next time,



Thank you also to John Barone Photography


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