(Closed) Guests taking centre pieces??

posted 8 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

put a sticker under the arrangement on the table that says “please put me back down :P”?

I have never has this issue, but I would not want to loose those heirlooms either

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I recently went to a wedding and was shocked when the DJ said , please take centerpieces with you.     I have never heard of this policy.  Our DOC says it is a growing trend and YOU have to otherwise state they are not for “give away”…. 

 

we’re working on that ….

for we are renting vases

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I can’t imagine that someone would just take them if they weren’t told that they were allowed to, I know that some couples give their centrepieces away to the person who has the closest birthday or wedding anniversary to their day. But I agree with the other posters – if you’re concerned then I would place a good sized sticker underneath the piece saying “Please Leave Me Here” or something along those lines.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Myabe just put a note on them that explains where they came from and stuff, then maybe they would get the hint that they are important to you so don’t take thme!!!!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

pass the word around to the dominate women in both families (mothers, granmothers & a couple aunts) to start with.  They will keep their eyes open and be able to politely explain why the CPs are to be left.

also, if you are using a planner of DOC, they would be able to make sure non get taken.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’re also using old silver teapots and candlesticks as our centrepieces, but I’ve been raiding my local thrift shops and picking them up for about $4/piece. Maybe you could try picking some up for cheap rather than risk losing family heirlooms. Centrepieces are a common giveaway, and although I would never take one without it being announced “Person with the closest birthday at your table gets the centrepiece” or whatever, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone took one. I know at a wedding I was at last year they never “offically” gave away the centrepieces and I was confused about whether guests were supposed to take them or what “etiquette” was. They were pretty! LOL!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

I would do it via word of mouth. Make sure the dominant family members pass the word around!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

I would let them know via word of mouth. Make sure the dominant family members pass the word around!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Why not highlight that they are heirlooms? I think that would make a lovely way to name your tables! You can do cute names, and only an idiot would take something labeled an heirloom. Like:

Table #1 is Grandma’s Christmas Best

Table #2 is Aunt Becky’s Victorian Delight

Table #3 is Grandma’s Comfort Tea

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re hoping our guests will take the centerpieces. My only concern is with the bridesmaids bouquets. The florist is providing the vases for them to rest in for free, and we’re going to use them (and the bouquets) as part of the decor for the cocktail reception. I’m thinking I might make ribbons with the ladies names on them to convey “these are not for you to take home” – otherwise if the vases go missing, I have to pay the florist for them.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Definately ask the DOC to spread the word to the banquet manager and staff. The staff is usually the ones that can stop guests from walking out as the DOC is long gone by the time you eat dinner…The staff can nicely say that you’ve requested to keep your centerpieces because of sentimental value…and the idea of certain family members spreading the word will help!

good luck!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I like taking centerpieces, if they’re available, but never just assume that I can.  I always presume that the centerpieces are rented or what-not, unless given the OK by the bride or bridal party.

I would say that if you think people are going to take them, tell your DOC (if you have one) or bridesmaids to keep their eyes open for guests with sticky fingers, so they can go and personally explain to them that the centerpieces aren’t available to take.

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