(Closed) Do people often steal centerpieces??

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 31
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We had looked at renting vases for our centerpieces though it turned out purchasing them ended up being cheaper than the rental.  Thankfully we did because people took some of our centerpieces by the end of the night.  Most asked, some didn’t.  One guest even took almost everything that wasn’t nailed down!  But her son was getting married so she wanted to show him our ideas, lol.

Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base

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cristalgolightly:  Thank goodness my family has some class.  I have see dragged out fights over centerpieces.  

Post # 33
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

And now I’m worried.  I’m buying the blue mason jars (a sort of tribute to a grandmother who passed away) and the majority of them will be donated to our venue as part of our “cost”.  They aren’t commn around here and if people take them, I might end up having to donate an extra $200 to cover the loss of any missing jars.  Bummer.

Post # 34
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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saschasoulrebel:   Our centerpieces were intended to be taken home by our guests.  We had boxes and packing ready, and indicated on the place card who would get the centerpiece.   I learned later that some of our guests who were not getting a centerpiece badgered those intended to get them out of them.  I felt horrible about it.  

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

People walked off with everything not nailed down at the last wedding I attended. They even took off with the buffet food and cupcakes. There wasn’t a single centerpiece left. The bride didn’t care too much, but she was amazed and a bit horrified.

Post # 37
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Its rude to take them without being told its ok.  I had to stop my mom from taking the centerpiece at my niece’s wedding (they were rented!)

having said that – please come take my centerpieces after the wedding! lol I dont want to have to pack them and cart them home.

Post # 38
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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saschasoulrebel:  

 

Oh my goodness – that’s horrible!  WWII mail from her grandfather and her family’s china from when they immigrated?!  How can these people take such obviously important things?  Yeesh.  She might need to get tougher with people – that is unacceptable.

This reminds me to label all my props with “belongs to ____” stickers!  Flowers are fine, but not things I’m renting, or spent money on with the intention of keeping!

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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saschasoulrebel:  its funny that you brought this up. at mine i had all different types of shells and starfish… like real starfish. with wine bottles wrapped in lace and burlap with flowers. but there was a lot of people who later confessed to grabbing the shells and starfish. but no one was brave enough to actually walk off with a whole bottle. but i thought eh must have been some cool shells and sh*t that we picked out. 

Post # 40
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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saschasoulrebel:  She should file a police report, honestly or at the very least let everyone know that if the items aren’t returned by “X” that she’ll be filing one.  That’s entirely unacceptable of her guests to have taken such obviously precious things.  I may sound and be a bit callous but I’m thinking if someone took my grandparents’ wedding rings that will be attached to my bouquet, I wouldn’t be able to be polite and would involve the police if they weren’t returned.

Post # 41
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Buzzing bee

On a side note to some brides. WTH is someone going to do with 10 or more centerpieces? will you seriously have all those laterns and merucry glass around your house?

If someone rented them or if they are antiques(i would never use my antiques) then I can understand being upset, but if you have flowers, laterns, glass, candleholders etc. etc then common. What are you seriously gonna do with all that stuff? sell it? Keep them all?

The tradition around here is that people take the centerpieces. But perhaps we are just hillfolk and know no better.

Post # 42
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I certainly hope nobody takes mine.. we have over $400 invest in candle holders and candles, and another $200 in candleabras.. I plan to repaint them for our future home after the wedding.

Post # 43
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY

OMG, this thread brought back memories from weddings in Puerto Rico.  There is a tradition, or at least there was back then when I lived there, that the 1st person arriving to the table scored the centerpiece.  I remember in my cousin’s wedding, people almost running to the tables, high heels, big hair and all, to grab the centerpiece…I witnessed at least one family feud over a centerpiece…oh, soo classy!  

Post # 44
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Busy bee

Wow. That’s crazy, and so sad that her sentimental items went missing. I can MAYBE understand people wandering off with a common looking vase…but WII letters?! 

I’ve never heard of this happening in the UK – I’ve been given them the day after having stayed overnight at the wedding location, but there’s no way I would ever take anything without the bride or groom pretty much handing it to me.

Post # 45
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My sister was tempted to do this at my wedding until I expressed to her that they belonged to the venue. I told her that she could have the butterflies and other small items that were scattered around the centerpieces. She walked up to our sweetheart table and grabbed some, sigh… She also took something from the centerpiece at our cousin’s wedding! Yes, people do this… I wish that folks would ALWAYS ask first, but I am guessing that they do not many times. That is a darn shame… I think that people will be too embarassed to admit they took something and give it back. So ridiculous…

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