(Closed) Idea for a centerpiece

posted 5 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
2894 posts
Sugar bee

My only concern would have been : what will you do with Jeremy’s friends after the reception, because you can’t keep these fishes all together. But if you’re willing to give them to people who will take care of them properly, it’s fine.

As of how it looks, I really wouldn’t change a thing. It looks beautiful. 

Post # 4
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Chrysoberyl:  While I can appreciate all of the work you’ve put into keeping your fish comfortable, I strongly urge you not to include fish in your centerpieces.  They’re live animals, not accessories.  As a guest I would be very upset by this and would not want to have to look at it all night.  What happens with the fish at the end of the evening?  What happens when drunk guests decide to entertain themselves with the fish?  What happens when one or more of them go belly up in the middle of dinner?  


There are plenty of other ways to incorporate your theme without using live fish.  

Post # 8
8424 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Chrysoberyl:  Please do not use live fish in your centerpieces…..not a good idea! It will be just as pretty without them…..I wouldn’t like the idea of the fish possibly dying and your guests having to look at dead fish floating around during dinner…….

Post # 9
46416 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


@Chrysoberyl:  I really hate the idea of using living things as centerpieces.

I understand that it is much harder to come up with ideas that say ” under the sea”, not “beach”.

You could use fake coral

You can spray paint branches with red laquer to look like red coral


Post # 10
1332 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I worry about the fish poo that will be in the water, it makes it icky and cloudy and just gross.  I would go with the corals, and shells, I think they are much more elegant.  You can use sunken boat items as well to help it look more under the sea.

Post # 11
1101 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

A huge stress for fish, especially bettas, is temperature flucuations.  How will you keep the temperature constant while transporting them?  How will you (mildly) heat the water/vase at your venue since these environments tend to be too cold for the fish (Bettas should be kept around 78-80 degrees).  They can be acclimated slowly to new temperatures–do you have access to your venue a few days in advance to do this (while slowly dropping the temperature)?  

Will you be able to change 1/4 of the water on all of them the day before/day of (and the days/weeks leading up to your wedding)?  

Will you be able to sterilize the decor (you mentioned flowers, will they withstand the boiling water sterilization)?

Do you really want people running around yelling/remripmanding people for tapping on the glass, bumping the table (no fun for anyone).  Despite assigning the task of fish police to some of your guests, it will still happen.

Keep in mine that purchasing fish from a store (even a high quality aquarium shop) there is 30% fish casuality rate because the trasport and change is so stressful.  So, it is highly likely you will have a dead fish as a centerpiece on at least one of your tables.  

Even the ones that survive, will simply hide/sit on the bottom due to the temperature change (and it being so cold).  

If they survive the reception, the guests  (who may or may not know who to take care of them) that take them home (yet another highly stressful event for the betta) will likely wake up to a dead fish within the next day or so. Not a great memory of your wedding.  

There will be at least some guests that will be upset by this.

And when a vase gets knocked over at your wedding…


Live animals are not props for a reason.  A basket of kittens would be cute too, but not necessarily a good idea 🙂

I’m sorry if I come across as snarky, but I beg you not to use live fish (please). It is not a good idea for you (all the work, and people like me upset by it), the guests, and definitely not for the fish.

How about the moving fake fish?  They have moving fins and weights and are tropical.  You can get them so they float mid-way in your vases.


Post # 12
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@wabanzi:  Or those fake jellyfish you can buy for an aquarium. They would look great with some fancy lighting…..I’ve always fancied some for my aquarium.


@Chrysoberyl:  I love the idea, but also feel uncomfortable with the use of live animals.

Can you have an aquarium with fake fish/jellyfish etc. or maybe even one with fake coral that is just for display.

Post # 13
662 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I agree with PP….seeing live fish in a centerpiece as a guest would make me very uncomfortable. They’re living creatures, not toys! However, these are toys and would give the same vibe:


If you use something like these, I’d still put a note near the centerpiecea noting that the “fish” aren’t real.

Post # 14
1101 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@LilLis:  Those are so cool!  Want!



Post # 16
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@Chrysoberyl:  It reminds me of something I could see in a off strip Vegas casino. I guess if that is the look you are going for then you nailed it. It is very colorful!

That being said I have to chime in with all the other posters and suggest that you look for an alternative to a live fish. I have attended weddings using betas and goldfish and I guarantee by the end of the evening that at least one, if not more, dead fish will be floating around for all your guests to see. Mmmm deliciously appetizing, right? Not to mention the fact that while you can put a  note out asking your guests to be courteous to the fish that doesn’t mean they will.

It has nothing to do with you being a fish killer, no one is accusing you of such. It is just common sense. Fish are sensitive to change and meant to be transported home and that’s it. Instead this fish will be transported several times without any guarantee of protection, especially after the wedding. I also know from experience that a few of the take home fish from a wedding were forgotten after a long night and left in the car, only to sadly go belly up.


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