(Closed) How to keep your centerpieces from walking away?

posted 8 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
46647 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Have the MC include a little comment about how you hope they are enjoying all the lovely pieces in the table decor which “are part of the bride’s personal collection”. He can also announce that the flowers can be taken home and that you have bouquet wraps available.

In addition, ask family members and close friends to monitor the situation.

Post # 4
5889 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

i second the MC announcement idea

Post # 6
3667 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I’ve heard of people taping them to the tables… if someone tries to take one and it won’t come off, they should get the message!

Post # 7
2588 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Dude, people STEAL centerpieces? I’ve never heard of this! Who looks at a centerpiece and thinks, “Oh, hey, this’d look good in my house! I think I’m going to have this.”?

Post # 8
937 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010


Post # 9
1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Statutory Grape: haha that’s pretty much my thought, but in some parts of the country it’s tradition, I know my mom wouldn’t think twice about taking a centerpiece, maybe that’s just what they did back then. I hope mine aren’t stolen!

Post # 11
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

Maybe you can just have a table with bags or something to put the flowers in and have a sign saying something like feel free to take the flowers at the end of the night.

I did the same thing, spent forever finding my favorite vases/pitchers at thrift stores, garage sales, antique stores, etc. I didn’t think about it before, and everyone started asking if they could have them. I figured I wasn’t going to do anything with them and they’d just take up space, so I let them go.

Post # 12
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@Baby_PebbleS: lol yes!


@tinylittlebird: yea i think this is kind of weird bc most weddings I’ve been to (or at least half maybe) the centerpieces have been at least in part rented from a florist or decorator! I think an MC announcement is definitely the way to go. 

Post # 13
683 posts
Busy bee

I don’t know if this would work with your flower vision- but could you make little bouquets (already tied,) to sit in the vase? Then maybe tape down?

Post # 14
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Along with the MC’s announcement, you can make a game out of it. The person who gets to take home the flower part is….the next person with a birthday or something (you make it up). That way, the MC isn’t just making an “announcement”, which I can apprecate may look tacky, but if you’re announcing who gets to take home the centrepiece, make a game out of it, people will forget about the glass.


Post # 15
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We planned to re-use our centerpieces the next morning at our brunch.  Honestly, no one touched a single one of the centerpieces or tried to take anything.  I saw you are in IN too so I bet you also wouldn’t have an issue.  If it is common anywhere (because I’ve certainly never seen someone walk off with a centerpiece), I don’t think it is common in IN.

Post # 16
375 posts
Helper bee

Please inform your caterers and/or the people helping at your wedding in advance. I was at a wedding a few weeks ago. I asked a server if I could take the centerpieces (the servers were lining them up at the end of the night) and she said to please take it. It turns out the bride was planning on selling them and I felt AWFUL. I had asked and had checked for a note on the bottom of the vase, there was nothing, so I carried it home.

A note on the bottom would let people know as well. Or if they do take your vase, they’ll return it. “These are heirloom, please return to the bride. Thanks.”

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