Post # 1
Please help. My centerpieces for the wedding will be laurel branches and hanging silk flower pomanders and hanging votives. The problem is that the silk pomanders are rentals and I dont want the guests to think that they centerpieces are “give aways” and take them home. But how do I tell them so? A card on the table? too tacky?? OH NO
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I don’t think a card on the table is tacky… it might be even stranger to have the DJ announce something. 😉 Can you put a groomsman or two in charge of visiting each table and just letting people know that the pomanders are rentals? Hm. This is a difficult problem!
Post # 4
Do people do this often in your group or where you’re from? I don’t know, I’ve never seen someone walk away from a wedding reception carrying a centerpiece… I wouldn’t worry about it.
Post # 5
I personally very much dislike taking center pieces home wiht me, but for some reason whenever I go to a wedding the mother of the bride is always chasing me around trying to get me to take one home! I didn’t realize there were people who actually wanted to take one! It’s so inconvenient to lug around and I’m always exhausted and just want to crash at the end of the night.
If I were you I would leave it up to the venue staff or caterer. Tell them to keep an eye out for people even moving the centerpieces around and ask them to inform those guests that they are rental property.
Post # 6
Urgh I feel your pain on this one. It seems that at every wedding I go to the older ladies are fighting over who gets the centerpieces.
The only idea I have is to put a card under the centerpieces that says not to take them. That way is someone lifts it up, they’ll see the card but it won’t be out and about for everyone to see unless the situation occurs.
Do you have a DOC? maybe ask her to keep an eye on guest leaving with centerpieces at the end of the night? Sorry I can’t be more help.
Post # 7
um yes, my family always tries to take centerpieces at weddings..so please have someone in charge to go around tables and let them know not to do so!
Post # 8
People do this? This is a new one for me. I like the card under the centerpiece idea or assigning a DOC or someone else the task of making sure people don’t take them.
Post # 9
happened at my eldest nephews wedding – and they were rented vases so designated family members had to be centerpeice police and just say sorry but they are rented so we need to return them when we saw people picking them up/try to leave. people were ok about it but there were still some freaky people from his fathers side of the family that still tried to take them after being told, but then his father side of the family would steal anything that wasnt nailed down and even then they would still try
Post # 10
If people in your social circle take centerpieces then some sort of not is necessary and appropriate. Maybe something like Centerpiece Pomandors on display from “vendor”, please do not take them with you. I don’t know… something like that…
You could also let any staff at the venue know that if they see someone leaving to kindly as them to return the centerpiece.
Post # 11
Oh, also, if you want to let people know by word of mouth, do it BEFORE the event. Think of a game of telephone if you do it at the event. People will hear “take the centerpiece” and forget the “don’t”
Post # 12
Get the word out to friends and family in all the circles so that a few people at each table know and if anyone is making a move on the centerpieces, they can inform them. Also, whoever is acting as your day of coordinator should know to keep an eye out.