People taking centerpieces home?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’ve never heard of anyone taking center pieces home before, hopefully it’s not normal.  

Post # 4
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would find it pretty rude if someone took home centerpieces without being told they could.

I mean.. what if it was rental property?!

Nobody does that around here.

Post # 5
4072 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I think it’s typical around too. At least I’ve heard of people taking centerpieces home, and my mother has the same concern.

You could maybe have the DJ announce something? Or have something about it posted somewhere? And definitely just spread it by word of mouth that the centerpieces are to stay. Have the coordinator and wedding party keep their eyes out to politely let guests know at the end of the night if there are any walking out with centerpieces.

Post # 6
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

All the weddings I’ve been to where people take them home It’s been Announced

Post # 7
2429 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Not all weddings I’ve been to have people taken home centerpieces.  At the ones where they have the DJ made some sort of announcement or at the last one they made people play a game to win the centerpiece.  If no one announces they can be taken, people usually leave them.  Mine were rentals so they couldn’t be taken.  If people had wanted to they could have taken the flowers out of the candleabra but I don’t think they did. 

Post # 8
1311 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

I don’t think I have heard of people taking them home.

Post # 9
4015 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Lol no one took our centerpieces but all of our table numbers were gone! It probably doesn’t help that they were super cute 🙂

Post # 10
187 posts
Blushing bee

@MoonlitMagnolia: I don’t know if it’s typical in my area, but at all the family weddings I’ve ever been to (on both sides of my family), people have taken home the centerpieces. 

Post # 11
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’ve only seen them taken when it’s been announced.

Post # 12
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@MoonlitMagnolia:  Our “vases” were rented and nobody took those… The flowers within them were taken though. My parents didn’t want all 30 arrangements (there were 3 per table) and we left straight for honeymoon. My grandmother took one to place on my grandfathers grave… Just ask a few people to pass the word around and I’m no-one will take them… 🙂

Post # 13
9204 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

I am worried about this too although I have never seen it happen. Ours will consist largely of books, our own books so I would be REALLY pissed if anyone took them!

Post # 14
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

The only weddings I have been to where people take centerpieces are when they have been told to. I think it would be odd for someone to take one without asking.

Post # 15
641 posts
Busy bee

It’s a regional thing. But it sounds like you’re in the region for it. I would say communicate it to your parents, and to your bridal party, and ask that they keep an eye on them as the night winds down. Your parents in particular, will be able to nip any family members in the bud, if they know the family members are the type to take decor home.


Whatever you do, don’t follow the example of a bride who actually put notes under each item indicating how much guests could buy them for if they wished to take them home. HORRIBLE.

Post # 16
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MoonlitMagnolia:  people took the centerpieces home but only the floral arrangement part. I rented the centerpieces from a florist. So people might just do that thinking they cant take the base home.

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