Post # 1
Hello crafty bees,
I was asked recently what I would be doing with my centerpieces after the wedding. Mine are made of lanterns I have spray painted, fall leaf wreaths and little animal figurines. Some of the items, like the wreaths, I wouldn’t mind if someone took but I was hoping to use the lanterns later because they are so darn cute. My co worker kept saying “You can let them have them.” and I got really offended by how casual she was saying this like she thought I was being selfish for wanting to keep something I have worked hard on and paid for. Also my concern is that people will take them regardless and I don’t know how to prevent this.
Are you worried about people taking your DIY centerpieces after the night? What are some ideas you have had to prevent this?
Post # 3
Miss Beanstalk just posted with this same worry! Maybe some of the suggestions there will be a help (signage?)
I would hope people wouldn’t take things without asking – what if you had rented the items, say, from your florist – they wouldn’t be yours to give away!
Post # 4
I don’t think you need to worry – I think guests will check with you before taking centerpieces, since as PP mentioned, some florists just rent out their vases, and the bride and groom could be charged for missing items.
Post # 5
Hm, not sure. I gave away all of mine because I didn’t need that many of the same thing. But people only took them after I said “Please, take the centerpieces home if you’d like!” I can’t imagine someone taking them without being allowed!
Post # 6
What about an annoucement made of the sort that the centrepieces are not to be taken home by guests? It may seem bold, but at least you would have made it clear that the centrepieces are not “favors”…
Post # 7
I’d task someone close to you to just keep an eye on them and make sure no one takes them. I’d never dream of taking a centerpiece from an event, but there have been threads about it before!
Post # 8
You could always have the DJ or Emcee say a little schpiel about them..
Post # 9
Watch the old ladies. They like to walk out with the centerpieces. LOL. No one took the centerpieces at my wedding, so it wasn’t an issue. But, I was at a wedding where 2 centerpieces went missing and I was one of many guests who got a call from the bride a week later, to see if I knew where they went-unfortunately they were rented, and expensive. It turned out her elderly great aunt took one and the other ended up with her grooms grandmother. She got them back, but it was an awkward situation.
Post # 10
Do you think it would be weird to say, you can take the wreaths, but not the lanterns?
Post # 11
You might think that you want to keep your centerpieces now, but seriously, most of us don’t have the room or a use for 10-25 lanterns.
It is your choice however. There have been many posts from bees who did lose their centerpieces to guests. Apparently in some places, it is common for the guests to take home the decor.
If you don’t want that to happen, I wouldn’t have an announcement simply asking the guests not to take them. It might come off as you are expecting your guests to be thieves.
I would have the DJ make an announcement that the lanterns were rented . Sometimes a little white lie is the best way to handle things.
Post # 12
@Firinne: Yes, I think it would be weird… either let them take everything (and make new ones for yourself) or dont let them take anything at all.
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
I posted a thread about this a little bit ago actually… I included a poll, and the majority of people thought it was a good idea to either have one person keep an eye on all the centerpieces, or to add a little sign to each centerpiece that said please do not remove, maybe in your case ‘please do not remove lantern’. Another really great suggestion (for my case; I didn’t want ANYTHING taken), was to arrange to have the staff remove the centerpieces after dinner and replace with coffee service or something similar (dessert?).
eta the thread I had in case you want to see all the options people suggested: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/best-way-to-keep-guests-from-taking-centerpieces
Post # 14
I’m worried about this, as well. Our centerpieces are, for the mostpart, going to be okay to take pieces of, but I’ll be using milk glass pieces from mine and my grandma’s collections, so I’m really hoping that no one takes those. I don’t know why they would, but you never know.
ETA: I’m going to put people on centerpiece patrol, haha.
Post # 15
@julies1949: Well, we are having a small wedding so really it will only be about 5 or so lanterns, so I do believe we will use them. I always loved the idea of putting lanterns in your trees for a cozy outdoor atmosphere at home. So this was my plan with the lanterns in my centerpieces for after the wedding.
Post # 16
@CanadianMermaid: That was my gut feeling.