(Closed) Centerpieces – I am afraid people will take them.

posted 10 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I hear a lot of people nervous about this, but I’ve never been to a wedding where people have taken the centerpieces. Is this a thing? Hope they don’t take yours! 🙂

Post # 4
5839 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

People definitely took my centerpieces, maybe have the DJ make an announcement?

Post # 5
7172 posts
Busy Beekeeper

In my circles, most people think the centerpieces are up for grabs.  But, what I’ve noticed at most events, is if someone starts taking them, then more people start taking them.  Could you just have a few people pay attention?  Like your BM’s or other family members?  So, if people start taking them, they know to say:  the centerpieces aren’t for taking home.

If will really bum you out if it happens, go with another option.

Post # 6
3363 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Ive heard of the Mothers of the Bride and/or Groom giving away some of the centerpieces, but its usually the Bride’s decision. I dont know that i have ever met  anyone that just says, “Well I’m leaving, going to take this centerpiece with me.” LOL I’d probably linebacker tackle someone if it was my wedding! HAHAHA

Post # 7
1842 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve never seen anyone take a centerpiece, nor would it ever cross my mind to take one.  I would think the opposite – you wouldn’t touch them unless there was an announcement made that you could.


Post # 8
3482 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Have you been to any weddings in your area where people have taken the centerpieces home? From what I’ve seen on the Bee, it does sometimes seem to be a regional thing.

If you are worried about people taking them, maybe ask the venue staff or anyone else who wouldn’t mind keeping an eye out to watch for anybody who might be about to squirrel one away. There’s also the passive-aggressive route of putting a little sticker on the bottom of each jar saying “I stole this from milissae’s wedding” or “Please put me back on the table where I belong! :)”.

Post # 9
2312 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Designate a person who will pay attention, like your mom or Future Mother-In-Law, to keep an eye out for this. I spent MONTHS collecting milk glass for my centerpieces and told my Future Mother-In-Law I was worried the same thing would happen, as I’d like to keep some of the pieces and resell the rest. She told me, “Nobody has ever done that at a wedding I’ve been at,” but assured me if she saw someone trying to take one, she’d stop them. 

Post # 10
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Is that normal? How annoying. People better not take mine, I’m planning on selling mine after to make a little extra cash for my honeymoon. 

Post # 11
1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

In my circle, it’s expected that guests will take the centerpieces.  Maybe write something like “Please do not take the centerpiece” and tape it to the table under the centerpiece.

Post # 12
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Oh dear!  The vases belong to the florist, I sure hope my guests don’t think they are up for grabs! :/

Post # 14
6390 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

You can always have the DJ announce that they’re from your “private collection” and that people should kindly leave them where they are. If you use fresh flowers, provide bags for people to take the flowers home in (hopefully they’ll get the picture if you do all of these things!).

Post # 15
47412 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Ask the MC to announce that the centerpieces are rented or borrowed and not to be taken by guests. I would think that people who would take a centerpiece are less likely to take something that doesn’t belong to you.

Double-sided tape could also be used on the bottom-that should give people an additional hint.

As a fallback position, do what pp’s have suggested-ask someone to watch and intercept any light-fingered guests.


Post # 16
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

People will take them.  My co-workers and I were laughing about this cause one co-worker had to issue several warnings to people because the centerpieces were already spoken for.  Someone also took their personalized glasses.

If you have a DOC, have her/him let each table now that the centerpieces aren’t gifts.  Also have the DJ announce.  But to be honest, I wouldn’t risk it. 

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