Post # 1
Hello fellow bees!
My fiance is really pushing for beta fish centerpeices. I’m thinking that it’s a really cute idea as they have some sentimental ?value (the idea anyway..) to us. (We had a beta fish as our first pet when we moved in together).
Anyway, I went out and bought a glass vase and some aquarium rocks and a little beta fish today. I threw it all together and we both really like how it looks, even with just the vase and pebbles. I’m thinking of placing a floating flower on top and maybe getting a taller, skinnier glass vase to put beside the beta fish vase and throw some water and maybe a lilly in it. I’ll also put some tea light candles around the vases.
What do you guys think? I’ll have 14 tables at the wedding, and 1 head table. I’m thinking I could do this all for about $15 a centerpiece.
Anyone have any advice or pictures?
Post # 3
Nothing says love like dead fish floating on a table at dinner,lol. I would strongly recommend something else.
What would your plan be for the 14 fish after the reception?
Post # 4
I am not in favor of using living things as centerpieces.
Have you done a search here on WeddingBee? There have been many previous posts on the same subject. You will see many opinions and valid concerns raised.
Like- How do you feel about dead fish doing the backstroke at your wedding?
What do you plan to do with them following the wedding?
Count me as a “no”. Have you looked into using artificial fish?
I suggest you add a poll. You will likely get more responses.
Post # 5
I agree with PPs. I don’t think using live animals as wedding decor is a good idea.
Post # 6
@julies1949: Pretty much this.
What will be your plan after the reception? Will you take them all home? Will your guests take them home? What happens if they die at some point during the evening – how will this be handled? Do you have backups waiting to go or do you just let the dead one float there?
Post # 7
My SIL had beta fish at her wedding for the centerpieces. And while it looked cool…you don’t even want to know what some people did with those poor little fishes after quite a few beverages. Disgusting!
We ended up taking three fish at the end of the night (one for my classroom, two for our house), because my SIL didn’t know what to do with them all. She thought more guests would want to take one with them.
Maybe save the beta fish for the centerpiece at your headtable or sweetheart table. And choose something else for the other tables. Just a suggestion.
Post # 8
Dont do it! Its cruel… and dead fish will scare your guest!
Post # 9
Hi KendraLeigh, I’m sorry, but you may have just opened up a firestorm. This topic has been discussed on this site in the past and many, many people don’t like this idea. You might want to save yourself the trouble and request that the topic be closed.
Others, please be kind…
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Considering how some of our friends were throwing tic tacs (our favors) into our votive centerpieces to watch them melt, I hate to think about what people would do to fish.
Post # 11
OP, please don’t do this! It does seem like a cute idea but it’s very cruel. Betta fish need AT LEAST 1/2 gallon of water – would your vases even hold that much? How are you going to transport them? What are you going to do with them after? Transporting them and changing the water is a big shock for fish and not good for them (if not life-threatening). Plus they would be surrounded by loud noise and drunk guests. Not a safe environment.
Plus, if one dies or poops it’s going to be very disgusting and your guests will not be impressed.
Why not get little glass or plastic floating fish instead?
Post # 12
I strongly suggest against it. You wouldn’t use a puppy or a hamster as a centrepiece, why a fish?. Think later in the night people pouring left over beer or wine into the water, thinking it’s funny.
Post # 13
DO NOT DO THIS. This is animal cruelty.
Post # 14
As a lover of beta fishes, I Think this is a cool centerpIece. Beta fishes can live in a puddle and thrive! I think it’s a cute idea, and if you want to have like 15 beta fishes at the end of the wedding, go for it! I think guests will LOVE it!!! :)I might be the only one though.. And I love animals.. So dont misunderstand me and say I’m cruel to animals, I love animals more than people probably.. Haha. I actually have a beta fish on my wall, like in a glass flat vase in our bathroom, and he’s been alive for 4 years. 🙂 his name is Edward.
Just make sure nobody like.. Does anything to them! And maybe don’t put a fish at the kids table, if you’re having them. 🙂 i don’t know if there is a for sure safe way to do it, so unless you solve that problem, maybe don’t rush into it..
Post # 15
Agreed with the other posters…nothing living should be used as decoration. Candles around the base? What if this heats up the water? Where will they all go afterwards? Are you sure they won’t be bothered all night? Are you having kids, if so, what happens when little Timmy sees a dead fish floating at his table? LOVE the floating or glass fish idea by RunsWithBears.
Post # 16
Please don’t do this! Do a search for this on the Bee and you’ll find horror stories about drunk guests pouring alcohol into the fish bowls and even drinking the fish.