Post # 1
The other thread about people taking centerpieces got me thinking about what we’re going to do with ours after the wedding.
Our are basically gold votive holders that we got on sale around Christmas time. I might sell pieces of it, but I’d like to keep the votive holders to decorate our house around Christmas.
Are you guys selling, keeping or just hoping guests take them home? 🙂
Post # 3
We had so many pinecone trees and branches and snowflakes, I was hoping people would swipe them!
I took a few things home to keep, figuring I could use them for Christmas/Winter – we had a few tall vases on the bar with lighted branches, I kept those.
Whatever was left behind I asked the venue to donate or take home themselves.
Post # 4
we’re renting them (candleabras)
then we’re maybe putting some flowers on the table somehow, and maybe will announce who will get the flowers? but the candleabras belong to the venue!
Post # 5
@ellabee: I edited the poll, sorry, for some reason I didn’t think about people returning their rented centerpieces :).
Post # 6
We’re doing simple centerpieces: an underwater orchid, some votive candles, and a pretty jeweled frame with an egagement picture of us. I plan on using the frames that people don’t take around the house and sending the rest out to family with birthday/christmas gifts, filled with a picture of them from the wedding.
I’ll use the votives and vases that people don’t take around our house, too 🙂
This post has me wondering: is it customary for guests to take frames and vases? I never take anything from weddings!
Post # 7
There are organizations that take donated flowers from banquets, weddings, and other formal events and donate them to hospital patients. Blooms from the Heart is one, and FlowerPower Foundation is another.
I’m hoping there’s something like this set up in my area. If not (and if I have the time) I’d love to go to a hospital or hospice and just give them out. That seems like a really nice gesture.
But knowing my family…they’ll probably all be swiped. lol
Post # 8
We donated ours to a nursing home close to our house (my Dad nicely schlepped them over there the day after the wedding). They were big flower arrangements, so not re-usable, and the residents of the home loved them!
Post # 9
Ours will be a mix of rented vases, diy pots, venues votives and purchased figurines. Here is what I plan to do:
Rented and venue votives – Pray no one swipes them. The vases are 24″ tall, so we would see if someone tried to haul one off. LOL
DIY Pots (clay pots and trays painted gold with candles and gems) – I’d like to keep at least one. I think I will give to my wedidng party and parents. There are six of these.
Figurines (with flower petals surrounding them) – kill anyone who walks off with them! Keep one pair and then offer them for sale after the wedding
Post # 10
They are DEFINITELY being sold off to another needful bride. I will have no need for any of my decor when it’s over.
Post # 11
People swipe centerpieces? Ok, now that’s another thing on my worry list. Crazy!!
Anyway, all vases etc go back to the florist and any leftover flowers that still look good in the morning will be reused on our brunch table.
Also, while we’re on it — my florist is reusing the bridesmaid bouquets in 4 of the table centerpieces as a way to save money. She’s also using the aisle decorations from the ceremony to decorate tables at the cocktail hour. Love reusable decorations.
Post # 12
Gifting them to very special people in my life!
Post # 13
I voted other because we’re doing a combination. I plan to use what I can for my home decor and offer up whatever people want to my mom, sister in law, etc. Then whatever is left i’ll sell or give away.
Post # 14
We’re doing alternating centerpieces. One will be floral (an arrangement inside of a hollowed out pumpkin) and the other will be non-floral (pillar candle in an apothecary jar with leaves and fake berry vines). Both will be surrounded with votives. The floral centerpieces I plan to give to our closest family members (both moms, my SIL and a few aunts) but the apothecary jars are not cheap so those I will probably try to sell after our wedding.
I would not be a happy camper if our guests try to swipe our centerpieces without being given permission. This will be one of the things that our DOC will handle. All centerpieces will be packaged up at the end of the night and those family members who will be getting the florals will be given them the following day at our morning after brunch.
Post # 15
We are going to take them back to my mom’s house to use as decoration for the party she is having the day after our wedding. It will be Mother’s Day weekend so I’m hoping after her party we can give them to the moms 🙂
Post # 16
If someone steals my centerpieces I am sending them a bill!!!!!!!!!