Post # 1
I am on a budget and am trying to buy stuff for our wedding that I will or can possibly reuse. Recently I started to learn to can, So I thought…. Mason Jars for centerpieces!!!
Exactly antique blue tinted mason jars with paper flowers as centerpieces. I have been looking online and the prices for the jars are expensive.
So what do you think the chances are that people would take them after the reception? I want them all so I can reuse them in my kitchen.
I am not willing to go around and retrieve them from guests. Hmm maybe I shouldn’t use them.
Post # 3
I hear a lot of people nervous about this, but I’ve never been to a wedding where people have taken the centerpieces. Is this a thing? Hope they don’t take yours! 🙂
Post # 4
People definitely took my centerpieces, maybe have the DJ make an announcement?
Post # 5
In my circles, most people think the centerpieces are up for grabs. But, what I’ve noticed at most events, is if someone starts taking them, then more people start taking them. Could you just have a few people pay attention? Like your BM’s or other family members? So, if people start taking them, they know to say: the centerpieces aren’t for taking home.
If will really bum you out if it happens, go with another option.
Post # 6
Ive heard of the Mothers of the Bride and/or Groom giving away some of the centerpieces, but its usually the Bride’s decision. I dont know that i have ever met anyone that just says, “Well I’m leaving, going to take this centerpiece with me.” LOL I’d probably linebacker tackle someone if it was my wedding! HAHAHA
Post # 7
I’ve never seen anyone take a centerpiece, nor would it ever cross my mind to take one. I would think the opposite – you wouldn’t touch them unless there was an announcement made that you could.
Post # 8
Have you been to any weddings in your area where people have taken the centerpieces home? From what I’ve seen on the Bee, it does sometimes seem to be a regional thing.
If you are worried about people taking them, maybe ask the venue staff or anyone else who wouldn’t mind keeping an eye out to watch for anybody who might be about to squirrel one away. There’s also the passive-aggressive route of putting a little sticker on the bottom of each jar saying “I stole this from milissae’s wedding” or “Please put me back on the table where I belong! :)”.
Post # 9
Designate a person who will pay attention, like your mom or Future Mother-In-Law, to keep an eye out for this. I spent MONTHS collecting milk glass for my centerpieces and told my Future Mother-In-Law I was worried the same thing would happen, as I’d like to keep some of the pieces and resell the rest. She told me, “Nobody has ever done that at a wedding I’ve been at,” but assured me if she saw someone trying to take one, she’d stop them.
Post # 10
Is that normal? How annoying. People better not take mine, I’m planning on selling mine after to make a little extra cash for my honeymoon.
Post # 11
In my circle, it’s expected that guests will take the centerpieces. Maybe write something like “Please do not take the centerpiece” and tape it to the table under the centerpiece.
Post # 12
Oh dear! The vases belong to the florist, I sure hope my guests don’t think they are up for grabs! :/
Post # 13
@linguo42: Thanks I like the sticker idea a lot. Super cute.
At the last couple of weddings I was at I saw people taking the fresh flower centerpieces. But I think someone told them they could. I am probably getting detail obsessed.
Thanks for all the advice bees!
Post # 14
You can always have the DJ announce that they’re from your “private collection” and that people should kindly leave them where they are. If you use fresh flowers, provide bags for people to take the flowers home in (hopefully they’ll get the picture if you do all of these things!).
Post # 15
Ask the MC to announce that the centerpieces are rented or borrowed and not to be taken by guests. I would think that people who would take a centerpiece are less likely to take something that doesn’t belong to you.
Double-sided tape could also be used on the bottom-that should give people an additional hint.
As a fallback position, do what pp’s have suggested-ask someone to watch and intercept any light-fingered guests.
Post # 16
People will take them. My co-workers and I were laughing about this cause one co-worker had to issue several warnings to people because the centerpieces were already spoken for. Someone also took their personalized glasses.
If you have a DOC, have her/him let each table now that the centerpieces aren’t gifts. Also have the DJ announce. But to be honest, I wouldn’t risk it.