(Closed) Fish Centerpieces

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@BAC0327: I am always wondering how the fish live– you dont want your guests to be viewing nemo floating upside down

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Sounds fun! But what would you do with the fish after?? Let the guests take them home?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@BAC0327:

My primary concern would be, what are you doing with the fish afterward? (I know they’re just fish, but they’re also living, breathing animals that don’t deserve to be flushed down the toilet or something like so much garbage.)

(And then there’s the post in the bad weddings thread about the groom and gm that got drunk and starting daring each other to drink the fish… *shudder*)

But, I do think they’re beautiful, and if you can find good homes for them after the reception (and nobody gets drunk and swallows them) it could be lovely. Oh, and don’t put candles or heat too close to their bowls, or you might cook them. Dead fish as centerpieces would not be attractive.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@BAC0327:

Yah, I figured I would have the DJ announce that the guests can take the fish home!

What if nobody wanted them? (Or didn’t want all of them?)

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

There have been threads about this before and general consensus is its not a good idea. The fish either poop or die and then afterwards nobody wants them so they get flushed. Oh and the reception is loud so the fish are terrified/freaked out the entire time.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My sisters high school did that for her prom and half of the fish were dead before the kids all arrived and the rest were dead by the end of the night. The problem is that they get very stressed out very easily from noise and lights and moving them from tank to tank to bag can very easily make them sick and they will die. Often betta die no matter how careful you are in transitioning them. It could be cute but when you introduce living things into your plans you cant control them and the potential for disaster skyrockets. You do not want a bunch of dead fish for centerpieces, another thing to consider is that most of your guests will not have a proper set-up to care for bettas and have no clue what to do with them. People think bettas are easy to care for but thats because nobody has any idea how to do it right and they have one of the highest death rates for any species, most of them will be flushed by the next day because they will die. Please dont use living things for decorations unless you know for sure they have a good home to go to afterwards.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I dont like the idea of fish as centerpieces..

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

sis in law did this for her wedding this july.  she did about 50 or so beta fishies.  her colors with purple and red.  she ordered them ahead of time.  i remember we had to go feed them the night before and we also prepared packets of fish food for people to take home with them.  the servers came by later in the evening with fish containers and food for guests who wanted to take them home.  all 50 plus fishies found new homes.  betas are pretty hardy fish.  i was concerned about them dying but they all survived. 

she had this elaborate setup of large glass vases and other containers.  the bottom level had purple rocks and led lights.  then a clear plate looking thing went on top of that and then the large vase.  the fish were in the large vase with bear grass.  we decided to put the tulips on the plate area instead of submerging them because we were not sure about the flowers changing the ph of the water too drastically for the fish.

we showed the hotel staff how to arrange them and they put everything together.  the fish were poured in about an hour before the reception.

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I agree very much with Annabelle86. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@profiterole: Any idea how much all that added to the total wedding costs?

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