(Closed) Don't touch my centerpieces!!!!!!!!!!

posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Miss Beanstalk just posted with this same worry!  Maybe some of the suggestions there will be a help (signage?)  

I would hope people wouldn’t take things without asking – what if you had rented the items, say, from your florist – they wouldn’t be yours to give away!

Post # 4
1375 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t think you need to worry – I think guests will check with  you before taking centerpieces, since as PP mentioned, some florists just rent out their vases, and the bride and groom could be charged for missing items.

Post # 5
4961 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Hm, not sure. I gave away all of mine because I didn’t need that many of the same thing. But people only took them after I said “Please, take the centerpieces home if you’d like!” I can’t imagine someone taking them without being allowed!

Post # 6
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

What about an annoucement made of the sort that the centrepieces are not to be taken home by guests? It may seem bold, but at least you would have made it clear that the centrepieces are not “favors”…

Post # 7
12621 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d task someone close to you to just keep an eye on them and make sure no one takes them.  I’d never dream of taking a centerpiece from an event, but there have been threads about it before!

Post # 8
2495 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You could always have the DJ or Emcee say a little schpiel about them..

Post # 9
1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Watch the old ladies. They like to walk out with the centerpieces. LOL. No one took the centerpieces at my wedding, so it wasn’t an issue. But, I was at a wedding where 2 centerpieces went missing and I was one of many guests who got a call from the bride a week later, to see if I knew where they went-unfortunately they were rented, and expensive. It turned out her elderly great aunt took one and the other ended up with her grooms grandmother. She got them back, but it was an awkward situation. 

Post # 11
45629 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You might think that you want to keep your centerpieces now, but seriously, most of us don’t have the room or a use for 10-25 lanterns.

It is your choice however. There have been many posts from bees who did lose their centerpieces to guests. Apparently in some places, it is common for the guests to take home the decor.

If you don’t want that to happen, I wouldn’t have an announcement simply  asking the guests not to take them. It might come off as you are expecting your guests to be thieves.

I would have the DJ make an announcement that the lanterns were rented . Sometimes a little white lie is the best way to handle things.

Post # 12
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Firinne: Yes, I think it would be weird… either let them take everything (and make new ones for yourself) or dont let them take anything at all. 



Post # 13
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I posted a thread about this a little bit ago actually… I included a poll, and the majority of people thought it was a good idea to either have one person keep an eye on all the centerpieces, or to add a little sign to each centerpiece that said please do not remove, maybe in your case ‘please do not remove lantern’.  Another really great suggestion (for my case; I didn’t want ANYTHING taken), was to arrange to have the staff remove the centerpieces after dinner and replace with coffee service or something similar (dessert?).

eta the thread I had in case you want to see all the options people suggested: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/best-way-to-keep-guests-from-taking-centerpieces

Post # 14
11239 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m worried about this, as well. Our centerpieces are, for the mostpart, going to be okay to take pieces of, but I’ll be using milk glass pieces from mine and my grandma’s collections, so I’m really hoping that no one takes those. I don’t know why they would, but you never know.

ETA: I’m going to put people on centerpiece patrol, haha.

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