(Closed) How to keep guests from taking centerpieces! Help!

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I would probably put a small, politely worded note on the table, next to the centerpieces….but I’m sure that’s not “proper” either! 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

You may be able to include it in the program, or a small note on the table… “Centerpieces rented from XYZ Floral.”  Maybe people will get the hint not to take anything.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Use some florist or poster putty under the items. If it is stuck to the tablecloth, even momentarily, it should give your guests time for thought. You could also attach a label to the bottom of each item “This item is borrowed and must be returned. Thanks for your help.”

You could also ask your MC to  thank the friend and the florist for the use of the items. He can ask the guests to help assure that the tiems do not go astray. You need not tell your Mom that you are planning on doing this.

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@angelalsmith3:  +1

Also, I’d put word out with the female relatives and have them mention something like, “I just love Mochibride’s centerpieces.  It’s so great she was able to rent the vases”  

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My suggestion would be to go to your local dollar store and buy some of those collapsable vases – I think they have them at my local store for 2/$1. Then have your DJ or emcee mention that anyone who would like to take some FLOWERS can grab one of those to take home an arrangement. At this point the DJ/emcee can mention how some of the glass pieces are rented so please leave them and use the other vases provided.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’d be a jerk and bolt them to the table. But that’s just me.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@MochiBride:  My guy’s sister had the MC make a quick anouncement as people were sitting to please not uncork the bottles of wine as they are decoration and not to take them – there would be wine with dinner. I think if you just have someone make a short and polite anouncement it’s fine. No one was bothered by it.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

While centerpieces from MANY weddings I’ve been to are taken home, our vases were rented from the florist and we had no problem with anyone taking them, even without a note. But at the weddings I’ve been to, usually if the centerpieces are taken home, the MOB or someone lets the aunts know who can take which ones.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We are incorporating antlers into our centerpieces.  My fiance is really nervous about this since these are all his “finds” and he doesn’t want anyone walking off with them.  We have no qualms with having the DJ make a short, polite announcement along the lines of “The bride and groom request that you do not take the centerpieces with you”.  If anyone takes offense to that… well, they’ll get over it!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We are incorporating antlers into our centerpieces.  My fiance is really nervous about this since these are all his “finds” and he doesn’t want anyone walking off with them.  We have no qualms with having the DJ make a short, polite announcement along the lines of “The bride and groom request that you do not take the centerpieces with you”.  If anyone takes offense to that… well, they’ll get over it!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

My sister also rented her vases from the florist.  I, being the Maid/Matron of Honor, stood rather close to the exit and stopped anyone from taking the vases.  I just told them that they were more than welcome to have the flowers or even the candles off the table, but that we rented the vases and they needed to be returned to the florist. I think I really only had to say that to one or two people.  Some guests asked me about taking the centerpieces during the reception, and I gave them the same speech then.  In my opinion, I think it is rather rude to think you can just help yourself to the whole centerpiece….vase and all!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MochiBride:  She feels that since she’s taken centerpieces from other weddings, we should extend the same courtesy to others.

Haha! What? Is she paying for the centerpieces?

@julies1949:  +1. This, along with informing the DOC (and maybe some of the bridal party) of the potential problem, should help.

 

You could also donate the flowers to a nursing home or hospital after the wedding, but say that “the centerpieces” are being donated. They might think it includes the vases as well.

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