(Closed) Stolen items at reception??

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

The only thing that I know of that was stolen was some of our table numbers.  I guess people liked the pictures of us when we were little.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

at my nephews wedding a few years ago people were walking out with the floral centerpeices (inc the vases that were rented!) while the bride & groom were still at the reception!

oh, and a guest’s camera was stolen by someone (guest or staff – no idea who)

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

I was just thinking about leaving out my digital camera for guest book photos and also started worrying about theft and/or wedding crashers since out venue has a large deck. I don’T have any horror stories but the last wedding I attended, the DJ mentioned several times that the vases could not be taken home, only the flowers. I think it is pretty common for guests to assume the centerpieces can come home with them. My mom already warned me that I should not expect mine to be there at the end of the night.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I’ve always wondered why people think the centerpieces are like a free for all? Haha I bet a lot of brides are really aggravated with whoever started that tradition at the end of the night when they look around and all of their centerpieces are gone or demolished.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

We did just last month at my daughter’s wedding! The perpetrators were dumb enough to post pictures of the things they’d taken,thinking it was funny. I was livid,even tho the items were not of much value (candy buffet spoon and ladle) as well as the hotel’s sugar bowl…….who DOES things like that? This was done by the groom’s Aunts to use in some family Christmas exchange they do every year. When I asked my daughter about it after I saw the pictures and captions,she asked the Aunts. They said they ALWAYS do it! They think its hilarious to steal things at weddings! Besides…they thought the items were the hotel’s property. HUH? That makes it right or better?

Several years ago,my BIL was missing half his wedding cards. Yep. Someone stole them,full of cash.

We’re also still missing a pair of shoes! One guest switched to flip flops at the reception,and afterwards,her shoes disappeared.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I have been to a few weddings and the only thing I know for sure will be taken are the centerpieces… that is if the guests like them and can re-use them. My friend recently went to a wedding where people were trying to take things that weren’t bolted down, lol. My only concern are the platters that I am either purchasing or making for the dessert table. Those I definitely do not want touched so I recruited people to take guard of that table.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2018

The only thing I know of that got taken at our wedding was our cake topper. It was also the only thing I really wanted back for sentimental reasons!

 

What are other brides doing to protect their property? Is anyone thinking of having their MC make an announcement about centrepieces and such?

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

I’ve never been to a wedding where something was stolen, but our event coordinator did suggest we have our gift table inside the room, instead of close to the doors.  Our space was a public building with another weddng taking place down the hall, so he said that they have had trouble in the past with people stealing gifts if they’re right near the door.

If it were me, I think I’d try to spread the word via-word-of mouth that the centerpieces (or whatever) were not to be taken before the wedding.  I’d also assign a family member or two (or the event coordinator/DOH/banquet captain) to make sure to collect everything at the end of the night.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh no, how awful!!! This didn’t happen at our wedding, but we were at a private venue, so either our guests would have had to steal it or the few workers (there were only a few working that night and two of them were the owners!) and plus, our card/gift table was near the head table and far far away from the door (like the opposite side). I did have a friend who had her reception at a Harrah’s Casino and a worker took off with a handful of cards with money in them.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

I don’t necessarily think they are wedding crashers.

I’m asian and it’s a little typical around here that guests will be walking away with various items that are not stapled to the ground.  Centerpieces and decoration usually are quite popular, especially if they’re not the tall ones.  If you don’t want this to happen, just spread the word around quietly and guests will respect that. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We didn’t have anything stolen, luckily (but we did give away the centerpieces!). I can’t believe people would do something like that.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Yikes I hadnt thought of this!  if someone takes something of mine Ill throw a sh*tfit!  We are the only event going on at our venue, but I think we’ll place the birdcage for the cards closer to the crowd so there is less temptation for sticky fingers.  People are really slimy, who steals from a wedding?! (not saying people tkaing centerpieces – I men the people that steal the bride and groom’s money!)

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I work for a police department and I’ve read reports numerous times where couples have had their gifts or gift cards stolen. Even though I’m having like 50 people at my wedding, and they are close family and friends, I don’t think I’m going to have a problem; however, I do plan to have the gift table and gift card box still not by the front entrance—-you can’t see the gift table and entrance door from the room because of a windbreak half curved wall so you never know who is sneaking in.

Post # 17
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Newbee

To be honest, I know this sounds really dumb, but I didn’t know that you couldn’t take some stuff off of the table. My friend had these manzanita branches w/orchids on them and I asked if I could have one. I later learned that she really was scared of people taking her expensive sticks! LOL I later apologized but she let me keep the stick. Oh well- i asked at least

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