Post # 1
I would like to give the centerpiece flowers away to guests, but keep the vases. I payed a decent amount for 70 vintage vases on ebay, and would like to resell them to recoup the costs. I’m sure most guests would prefer their own vases from home anyway. Any idea on how to do this gracefully?
Post # 3
@shebang: I had the DJ make an announcement towards the end of the night. We had a mix of rented vases and ones I provided. I wanted to give away centerpieces but keep the rented vases, so the DJ announced exactly which vase was up for grabs, and that all flowers were, too. Worked like a charm.
Post # 4
@littlemisst08: Thanks. I guess we’ll have to arrange something like this. Just taking the flowers probably won’t work for the centerpieces with the floral foam, but the rest are in vases.
Post # 5
Personally, I think it would be weird to take the flowers with the foam and all but not the vases. If I were a guest, what would I do with dripping wet flowers and where would I put them? The seat of my car? Hold them, getting my dress all wet?
Is there a way you could have some cheap vases available for people to take them home in? Buy a bunch of mason jars at walmart or some used vases at the thrift store? Or some of those plastic floral covers you get at the floral shop?
Post # 6
@shebang: I would suggest making SEVERAL announcements.
We went to a wedding on Friday where someone was trying to walk away with the centerpiece, vase and all, despite the DJ telling us otherwise. People when busy or preoccupied (or ignorant) might think it is okay.
Post # 7
@shebang: My friend and I were just talking about this. Our plan is to get those disposable plastic frosting bags (they are cone shaped and pretty heavy duty) and go around at the end of the night, put the flowers in a bag so they don’t drip, and give them to the oldest lady at the table or something. The vases stay.
Post # 8
People are not paying attention at the end of the night. I think all that some people will hear are-take them, not just take the flowers. I would either get cheap vases like a PP suggested or just not do it at all. If you do decide to do it, know that not all of those vases are coming home with you.
Post # 9
You could hit up the thrift stores for cheap vases.
My mom was a little tipsy by the end of the night and was trying to give away dripping flowers to people…it doesn’t go well, lol.
Post # 10
@shebang: Our coordinator just removed all the flowers right after dinner and tied them with ribbon in small bouquets and put them by the door, storing the vases. The DJ announced that guests should take the flowers home. No vases were lost!
Post # 11
We had our coordinator and my bridesmaids watch out for runaway vases. Once a few noticed they could take the centerpiece home and not the vases, I think the rest followed suit. No public announcement though as it seemed… not polite? Our florist had all the centerpieces sitting on an acrylic bowl base, so no mess there – all the guests had to do was lift the centerpiece off by the base (it made for easy watering too once at their homes).