Post # 1
I am having a beach theme wedding. I was thinking of beta fish for my cocktail hour centerpeices. At my local pet store they sell small beta tanks with gravel and food for $5 and the fish are about $3. I was going to have the DJ do some game so the guest could win them. As it would be cheaper to do a small glass bowl, I think it would be easier for the guest to want to take them home if they were in a tank already. I likes the idea of the betas becuse they are beautiful and hearty. I have had one in the small five dollar tank for the past two years and he seems happy (although my Fiance thinks I am crazy because I talk to him while making dinner and take him off the kitchen counter if I am making seafood) I really don’t want to be veiwed as being cruel by using a life as decor. I also contacted a local assisted living home and they are will to take as many fish as we have leftover to give to their residents as long as they are in a tank suitable for living. Please let me know your thoughts and suggestions.
Post # 3
I could not morally or ethically support using a living thing for a centerpiece.
Post # 4
I personally don’t like the idea. Even if a guest takes it home, you don’t know what it will do with it. I know they are “just” fish, but it’s not fair to pawn them off on someone who didn’t sign up for a pet.
Post # 5
RUN!!! My suggestion is to run from this post and never look back! The fish topic seems to get a lots of negative comments on here.
My girlfriend did it and it looked good and she gave them as gifts to her bridal party and my fishy is still living happily in my office after a year…
Post # 6
Nothing says love like a floating fish, lol. I wouldn’t do it, there are just way too many things that could go wrong and I would stress all night wondering if any of the fish had died.
Post # 7
I just wanted to say that the fact you take your fish off the counter while making seafood made me laugh out loud and is also very sweet. 🙂
Post # 8
Please do not use live creatures for center pieces. This is cruel and not a very good idea.
I would recommend probably deleteing this post you def get a lot of negatives.
Post # 9
I get the idea behind it but I think that you should avoid it. Many pet stores won’t sell betas in bulk (I used to work at Petco) because they don’t want them sold for weddings. My biggest thing with it is that even if someone wins one it doesn’t mean they want one. Especially if they are out of town guests it will be next to impossible for them to get them home. I would leave live things out of the wedding.
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I’ve had fish before, and adored them, but I would not want drunk people being responsible for taking one home.
Post # 11
It’s cruel. And because it is cruelty, there will be people who are upset by it. There’s no way around that fact. It is a living creature and you can’t possibly know the distress you will be causing to the fish. It could die and end up floating upside down which would upset your guests. Please don’t do this.
“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” ~Immanuel Kant
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” ~Gandhi
Post # 12
@rebwana: Yes, and I could also see someone getting drunk and being dared to swallow a fish.
Please don’t do this, just the logistics alone would make me want to run away. Plus, if I went to a wedding, I would not want to haul a fish back with me in the car/plane. Also, if they die, you will have dead fish floating around on the tables at your wedding.
But, it is your wedding, do what you and your Fiance want.
Post # 13
@amandabones: Sorry you’re getting “flamed” for this thread, but I think the posters are trying to warn you of what may happen. Sadly, guests may drop or pour things in the bowls and tap on the glass throughout the night. Unfortunately, it typically gets worse as your guests become more intoxicated and at the end of the night you’ll have many dead, dying, or stressed out fish that nobody wants.
Post # 14
Sure why not? They’d be pretty. You’ve got a good after home for extras. If you think this could be an ethical concern, just get a bunch of feeder fish and then feed them to a turtle afterwards, seriously some people overreact so much about thsi fishbowl thing.
Honestly you’re better off asking people IRL about this because I guarantee this will turn into a 10 page thread with people equating bringing 10 fish into a wedding venue with killing your own mother.
Post # 15
Not a good idea. How about rubber goldfish or something else cute/decorative like that?
Post # 16
Well I think its a cool idea. 🙂