When I was a kid, my favorite thing were leftovers (particularly leftover meatloaf, which made an excellent sandwich). And, the same can be said about your wedding too, if you want it to be! For all you summer brides, as you are figuring out who is taking your presents at the end of the night and if you're going to box up your top tier, consider donating your flowers or leftover food as part of the night's wrap up as well!
Flower Power is an amazing organization founded in 2003 that will collect your centerpieces at the end of the night and then repurpose them as gift bouquets for the terminally ill, the elderly and victims of domestic violence. They have re-distributed over $2.5 MILLION worth of flowers in New York and LA. So, when you say to yourself "all that money, and they'll just go to waste"- well, now they won't!
The same is true with your food. That friend from law school that RSVPd yes and flaked, well, don't fret that wasted food. The 10% overage that every good caterer prepares- consider it the worthiest doggy bag. There are food banks in every major metro area that can arrange for a pick up of your left overs with your caterer or venue, but Second Harvest is the largest network of foodbanks, serving all the states and PR. They can help put your in touch with your nearest bank. The food is sent to soup kitchens, shelters for battered woman and more.
And it's all sooo much greener too!