(Closed) Fish centerpieces?

posted 9 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

My fiancee and I have had several beautiful fresh and salt water aquariums, and one thing to know about this fish (that we learned the hard way) is that it prefers to hide behind gravel or in little caves. If it doesn’t have an opportunity to do so, it can become stressed and either attempt to escape its tank or just die. ๐Ÿ™ I doubt you want fishies jumping out of their containers onto your guests’ plates, so just keep that in mind when you’re choosing what to do. 

Also, (regardless of the type of fish you use) what would you do with the fish at the end of the night when the wedding is over? I would be sure to have a plan (maybe you could donate them to a local school teacher to use as classroom pets or find a local nursing home or dentist’s office that has an aquarium and could accomodate them) so that you don’t have to simply kill or flush any of the animals when you’re done with them.

This fish also prefers "room temperature" water (around 75-78 degrees), so keep that in mind if you’re having either a summer or winter wedding where temperature could become an issue. ๐Ÿ™‚

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’ve been to a soupke of wedding with fish in the bowls and they looked great.  They just had to put de-stresser in the water and make sure that the water temp is right and you shouldnt have any problem.  I think its a great idea.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Our friends used one siamese fighting fish (beta fish) in a tall vase with pebbles on the bottom.  They were on a crazy tight budget and it was a really nice centerpiece and conversation starter.

You can buy plastic traveling containers (basically a tupperwear looking thing with a breathing hole at the top that doesn’t spill) and little fish nets and give the fish to attendees as wedding favors.

The wedding was over two years ago and our little Turner is still swimming. We, of course, named him after the couple’s last name. So you could say that we think of them often ๐Ÿ™‚

Here he is.  He’s such a ham [attachment=100898,727]

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Betta fish are great because they’re very tough fish, and they come in gorgeous colors! Just be sure not to put more than one in each vase or put them where they can see either their own reflection or another nearby fish.

I think it’s a beautiful idea (as an aquatic life lover!), and it could really make your centerpieces both creative AND fun to look at!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I’ve heard quite a few horror stories with people doing this and ending up with dead fish floating at some tables.  I know my old neighbor brought home a beta and when she was changing the water in the tank, the fish died.  It can be cute, but I would definitely be careful.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I agree that fish are quite beautiful, but I don’t think a living thing should ever be used as, or even thought of as, a "decoration". MightySapphire and any other ladies thinking of using this idea, I know you can come up with a creative centerpiece that doesn’t involve animals. Weddings should be full of love and happiness for the bride, groom, and their guests- not a place for little creatures to suffer!

Post # 10
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Busy bee

to be honest, i would find fish centerpieces quite unappetizing.  especially if they didn’t make it through the reception and i had to watch the dead fish float while i was eating dinner!

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

A looooong time ago when I was a child, my family attended a wedding that used beta fish as part of the centerpieces.  I’m not sure what happened, but by the end of the reception, the majority of the fish had died and were floating belly-up.  ๐Ÿ™  As a kid, I was REALLY upset, and a lot of the adults were (obviously) grossed out.  I’d just be 110% sure you know how to keep the fish alive and stress-free during the reception or else it’s bad for the fish…and bad for your guests.  Good luck!!

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Betas are very strong fishs so im suprised to hear the horror stories, Maybe they didnt use distilled water or it wasnt at room temp.  I love fish they are very beautiful and would look great as part of your centerpieces.  What is your theme and colors for your wedding does having fish keep with it?

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

When I saw "bright yellow" I immediately thought of lemons.  I’ve seen some gorgeous centerpieces with lemons and limes, and they’d be perfect for a summer wedding.  Plus, I think they look more modern than the fish idea–I just remember beta fish being really big about 10 years ago, so they seem a bit dated to me (which also makes me sound so old!). 

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Sorry but a living creature as a centerpiece?  I don’t like it at all.  It reminds me honestly of going to a country fair and seeing the game where you win a fish by tossing something. 

How about candles and some of these colored stones or something ELSE say flowers suspended in water?  Not something alive. 

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