(Closed) How do you politely keep guests from taking centerpieces?

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I’ve never seen people try to take the vases, just the flowers. Hvae your ushers and bridal arty around at the end of the evening to let guests interested in taking flower know that they cannot take the vases. Also, make sure your parents know that you need the vases back. Most of the guests who took flowers from our reception asked my mom if they could.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Never seen someone take a centerpiece

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Is it common in your family/culture/area for people to take centerpieces?  If you’ve seen it before, it probably will happen!  I’ve worried about this situation too (made a thread a while ago! LoL), although my centerpieces won’t be rented.  Definitely make sure to let as many people as you can know (parents, bridal party, etc.) so that they can spread the word.  Also, it may be a good idea to add a little placecard in front of your centerpieces that say something like “Please feel free to take these flowers home after the reception, however the vases are rented and we ask that you do not remove them.”  Also, in my thread it seemed like people would be offended and more likely to take the centerpieces if you had your DJ make an announcement, so while that is an option I’d advise against it 🙂

Also, I wouldn’t worry about getting extra cheap vases like your Fiance suggested… if people want them, they’ll find a way!  However if you definitely want other people to take flowers home, maybe get a stack of those grocery store plastic cone bag things they put bouquets in??  Just a thought, that might look ugly as well, but at least they wouldn’t take up a lot of space set to the side?

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@mspartridge:  I’ve never seen anyone take flowers until the very end, when the DJ is breaking down, the lights are back on, and the staff is stripping the tables. And, yes, they’ve just taken the flowers out of the vase.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

How are your centerpieces set up? We had the arrangements in trays that are balanced on top of the vases, so the few people that wanted one asked and took home the trays and left the vases (which are very heavy and filled with water anyway). If you like, you can have your DJ announce it or have your coordinator or a BM/MOH go from table to table and politely let people know that, if they like, they may take the flowers (and vases are available, if needed, by the door – if you offer the dollar store vases).

At ours, the only people that took them were family members and one very close friend that stayed until the end. Everything else stayed, including the tiny arrangements on the cocktail tables.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Maybe you can have the DJ or Mc make an annoucement that if people stay to the end of the night, they can take home the flowers. ai have never seen anyone do this mid reception, only at the end. You could even have a contest to take th flowers home as a bouquet, that way they stay together and belong to one person and don’t get raided.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

at my wedding nobody took the centerpeices until the very end, when we were packing up the car. We even had to ask people if the wanted them. And no one took them with asking first

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