Made on Long Island: Don’t Toss the Bouquet in Patchogue

It’s a place many brides across Long Island go to the day after their wedding.

Jenn Seelig

Aug 22, 2023, 9:43 AM

Updated 337 days ago

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One Patchogue mom started a business to make memories last a lifetime – she preserves flowers!
It’s a place many brides across Long Island go to the day after their wedding.
News 12’s Jen Seelig takes you inside the “Don’t Toss the Bouquet” shop in Patchogue.
Owner Christa Morris preserves flowers, but it started as a do-it-yourself project at home.
“I love giving gifts. Christmas doesn't stress me out — I like finding the perfect gift so, when all of my friends were getting married, I wanted more than just what was on their registry," says Morris.
Morris researched floral preservation while planning her wedding in 2010. She later planted the seed to open her store.
In 2014, she started her business, Don't Toss the Bouquet.
She has over 80 displays -- from shadow boxes, frames, ornaments and trays.
Morris says it's a job that revolves around love. She sees people on their happy days and their darkest days.
"Most of my clients are all Long Island brides and funerals or whatever —we've had some pretty crazy pilgrimages, like one girl came from South Carolina — she drove her bouquet all the way up," says Morris. 
Morris let her dreams blossom and hopes the business will continue to grow. 


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