Post # 1
My partner and I are planning a rustic but elegent wedding theme.For our table centrepieces we are wanting to have antique bird cages with flowers circling the cage and real living birds in the cages. Nothing huge just 1 little canary per table. We were just wondering what people thought of this as we are a little worried about what our guests will think about eating with a bird fluttering around in front of them. What are everyones thoughts???
Post # 3
I’d feel a bit sorry for the birds if I was there, won’t that be a bit scary for them and what would happen to them afterwards? They can live around 10 years I think. Pets are for life not just for weddings 😛
Plus they do poo and shed feathers, maybe not terribly hygienic or attractive. I’d also be worried that people would try and poke their fingers in the cage and get a painful peck from a scared bird.
Post # 4
As a bird lover and owner I think this is a very bad idea.
Post # 5
It sounds pretty, but the logistics and animal cruelty make it a “definitely not” in my books. As others have said, what will happen to the canaries after the wedding, they will be frightened, they may peck someone, not to mention the hygiene issues. And all of that is assuming your venue would allow it! Most venues would be a little hesitant to allow live animals (even tiny ones in cages) into the reception, let alone onto the dining tables!
Post # 6
Birds will poop in the cages and throw seed everywhere. It sounds cute and romantic, but in practice would be a bit gross (I would personally prefer not to eat at a table with a live animal on it). And as the others have said, what would you do with all those birds afterwards? Birds are real live animals, not props.
Post # 7
Birds aren’t my thing. If I were a guest I’d be a little grossed out eating next to a bird. Plus what if a guest gets rowdy and lets the birds out of the cages? I’d freak out lol
Post # 8
you can get really lovely ceremic ones, im doing the same theme and they are everywhere right now.
Post # 9
Please do not confine these beautiful creatures to a cage for pretty decoration!
Toddlers/babies dressed up as cherubs in cages is just as cute but no one ever suggests that as a centrepiece idea. They poop just as much as birds and throw food around so the same amount of clean up!
Post # 10
Please don’t use live animals. What happens to the birds later? Plus, those little decorative bird cages aren’t for real birds – they’re too small and the birds would be miserable.
But if you love birds, you could use images of birds in things, and then having the cages as part of your centerpieces would help pull things together.
Post # 11
I agree with all the PPs, especially in regard to how inhumane this idea sounds. If the cruelty doesn’t stop you, maybe this will: my family used to have a parakeet, and when she was eating her seed, parts of it would fly out of the cage. When she would preen herself or ruffle her feathers, bits of feather would fly out of the cage. It would be really gross to eat with bits of seed and feathers flying into your food and face.
Post # 12
Yes, I agree with PP – do not use live animals as centerpieces. Sometimes people will post here asking about using live fish, and it’s the same response. They are animals and not decor!! You can find all sorts of fake bird alternatives that would achieve the same look without risking the lives of live birds. Good luck and I hope you find an alternative that works for you!
Post # 13
I would not use live animals as centerpieces. I don’t like the idea one bit — what happens to the birds afterwards? How many tables are y’all having? I mean, you could potentially end up with a lot of pets. Plus, they poo and throw stuff around. They could be noisy — it just could be kind of gross >.< and it’s unfair to the animals.
We got cute little wooden birds for our cake topper. Look into etsy — they have lots of wood or ceramic birds you could get. You can also get them from Michael’s with coupons. Animal loves may get ticked off about you having real animals in the cages. =/
Post # 14
I agree with everyone else. Please do not use live birds. It will likely be very traumatic for them, and they could suffer. They are living creatures and they deserve our respect and care.
Besides that – as a guest, I would be quite upset at having to sit at a table with a bird. They are not hygenic and I would be paranoid about germs. And I love birds!
There are many beautiful bird ornaments out there, just check out craft stores. I have gotten a lot of lifelike but fake, feathered tree ornaments over the years.
Post # 15
I agree with PPs. Living animals should NEVER be used as props or decor for a party. It sounds like a cute idea, but it’s not – it’s cruel. A wedding would be an extremely stressful environment for the birds (lots of people, drunk people, loud music, etc.). Also, I doubt the cages that would be good for a centerpiece would actually be big enough to comfortably house a bird.
Plus, it would be gross to eat next to a bird. Birds smell. They poop and they throw their seeds. I would just try and find ceramic birds or some other sort of fake bird to use.
Post # 16
Birds poop…a lot.
You may want to have one large cage at the entrance near the sign in book, but as far as on each table, I would go with stuffed ones which look lovely with the smaller decorative cages with added leaves, flowers, butterflies, candle light or whatever else you want to add. Live things are lovely, but not when people are eating. So do something cool just at the entrance. They also chirp and that could be distracting and be sure to have a home for them should you decide not to keep the real ones. I would not buy more than 2 – and don’t get canaries, buy love birds and make a cute sign “Welcome to the Wedding of Love Birds “_____ and _______.”
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