(Closed) Centerpieces: How to let guests know they can’t take them home

posted 8 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Ask the MC to make an announcement. It’s been done many times.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I agree with @julies just have the MC make a simple announcement that the centerpieces must stay at the venue. I think it’s rude of anyone to take a centerpiece without an announcement that it is ok to take the centerpiece!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Does this really happen a lot? Yikes. I know that many folks use favors as centerpieces or potted plants that guests can take home, but I agree that it’s a bit shocking to have folks just walk off with them when there isn’t a note announcing that they are looking for new homes. 

We’re doing silk centerpieces, so I wonder if people will think they’re favors. I mean we’re having individual favors, dessert buffet favors, and CDs of the wedding music, so hopefully people will be happy enough with the 3 other things they’re already getting 🙂

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Same problem here. FMIL told me that FI’s family is notorious for taking the centerpieces home.  Something like that would have never occured to me. Our venue provides the centerpieces, so I will need to give them a heads up about this.

The idea with the DJ is not bad. But I am worried an announcement like this might offend some guests.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Really? I’ve never seen people take centerpieces from weddings before?  But if it’s a real concern, I guess I’d have the MC say something or include it in the program maybe?

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Oh. Ew. How tacky. People really take those?? I guess I need to worry about that too! Hahah.. Come to think of this, I can actually picture my younger cousin and her new boy toy, grabbing and running! And then there’s me, tripping over my dress, chasing her and trying to smack it out of her hands… Not funny.

It is pretty sad that this needs to be considered and announced. I mean, for us NORMAL humans, who DON’T steal from peoples weddings, there are going to be some surprised faces either from that announcement, or from watching people grab and run, if there is no announcement. Geezz.. wedding BS never ends…  Undecided

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have always heard it announced only if it was ok to take them home! I would NEVER assume such a thing! People are so odd!

Have the MC tell ’em hands off! lol

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’ve seen this done at every wedding and shower I’ve been to in the Northeast. In my experience, it’s pretty much expected, and it’s the reason why I’ll be getting the cheapest vases I can find.

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