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

posted 9 years ago in Decor
Post # 17
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would keep looking for jars. I have gotten all of my jars for centerpieces from garage sales and thrift shops and have spent less than $30. You can even buy them in bulk from canning places online.

I then tinted my jars to make them look like that “antique” glass aqua color, but you can tint them any color you want with mod podge and food coloring!

Post # 18
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

The double sided tape is a good idea.  Also, maybe spread the word among some of your friends, so if they see anyone about to take one or hear anyone asking if they can be taken, your friend can put a stop to it. 

Post # 19
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Bumble bee

I encouraged people to take the centerpieces, and the ones that weren’t taken I took home.

Post # 20
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

It absolutely blows my mind that anyone thinks this is okay. Unless the bride and groom offer a centerpiece to you, do not take it upon yourself to jack their shit. I would never dream of taking something that wasn’t given to me. I’ll be mentioning this to my DOC so she can keep an eye out. If anyone is going to take our centerpieces it will be those who I choose to give them too. 

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

At a wedding I attended in NJ, the couple asked the guests to take the flowers home, but to leave the vases as they belonged to the venue.

Post # 22
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

you can buy mason jars at walmart real cheap and dye or paint them yourself. problem solved.

Post # 23
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Like ohheavenlyday I collected milkglass and really do not want people to take it. I live in an area where guests are often encouraged to take centerpieces and I’m marrying into a family that will take them even without encouragement, sad to say. I am thinking about flat out making an announcement of “Please do not take the centerpieces.” No explanation, no cute way to say it, no double sided tape. If your guests are the kind that WILL take them, there is no tactful way to get around that.

Post # 24
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

At most of the weddings I’ve been to, you play some sort of game with your tablemates (hot potato with the napkin for example) and the winner takes home a centerpiece because most often bride and groom buy theirs, and who wants 20 of whatever they picked? However if it is not announced as a game, I’ve never seen someone just take one.

Post # 25
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

People asked us before taking our centerpieces. I hadn’t even thought of it before, but I was glad they wanted them.

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

At every single wedding I’ve been to people have taken the centerpieces home. Usually there’s a silly game that the DJ has everyone play (pass different items around the table) and someone at the table wins. I’ve won 3 times now! I would never take the centerpieces if I wasn’t explicitly told that I could. 

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

At every wedding I’ve attended as an adult there has been some form of game regarding who takes the centrepiece at the end of the night. The last one was simple: Guests were assigned to a specific table as per the seating chart, but there were no placecards. You pick a seat at your table, look under your dinnerplate, and if you have the winning “ticket” you take the centrepiece from your table. Though, like many have said here before, if I was not specifically told beforehand to take the centrepieces, I wouldn’t DREAM of it! People can be so cheeky!

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@MrsSawyer: haha your post probably showed up as I wrote mine! 

Post # 29
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

If you are really worried about it – don’t use them – use something less expensive – I don’t think you will have time to control this during the reception

Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I still dont know y people would take them at all.I was at a wedding where the bride was desperate that people take them.I dont think she wanted to deal with them.My Fiance wanted me to take 3 or 4!! I told him that I have absolutely no use for any of them in the first place.

If u want to keep them dont use them.Just in case u have people who would want one.

Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Usually the DJ makes an announcement like a trivia question or whomever at the table has the closest Bday gets the centerpiece.  Typically it’s floral centerpieces that are given away this way.  I’m using moraccan lanterns and candles for ours and I definatly do not want to give them away.  I want to re-sell them afterwards to get back some money, but my mother has different ideas…grrr.  So she’s going to pay for them and they will be “auctioned off” to the winning table member.  Every wedding I’ve been too, someone gets the centerpiece, but only if it’s actually given away.

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