(Closed) Live Fish Centerpiece?

posted 9 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
5493 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I heard horror stories of the fish dying due to stress and having dead fish floating in your centerpiece during the wedding is so unappetizing and SAD.  Plus what if not everyone wants one?  How many are you prepared to house?

Post # 4
8736 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

How many centerpieces and how many fish?

How long before the wedding would they be living in these centerpieces?

This idea makes me a little uncomfortable because I wonder:

a) What will happen to the fist afterwards?

b) What happens if one (or a few) go belly up during the wedding?

Are you prepared to keep and care for every single fish if no one wants them?

Also, depending on your guests, I’d worry about someone getting drunk and swallowing one live (like a shot).

Post # 5
3525 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

awww…I’m sorry I’m not all about the using live fish in a centerpiece. ๐Ÿ™

I like your inspiration centerpieces….sans fish.

Post # 6
3126 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I think it looks cool but don’t think it is a good idea for the reasons PP listed.

Post # 7
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I really like them– they are very pretty and definitely unique. I wish I thought of it. It’s a really cute idea in my opinion. Does it fit with the feel of your venue?

Also, you’ll want to think about providing some food to start the new owners off with.

The only other thing I would mention is to make sure the flowers you are submerging are not toxic to the fish. I don’t even know if that’s possible or anything about what is bad for these fish, but that came to mind. ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S.: You can get cherry blossoms in Texas in July?

ETA: You can always put someone on “fish patrol” (meaning get rid of dead ones, making sure no one harms them and making sure your guests know they are available to be taken home.)

I would take one home. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
1227 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Like @Meowkers: said, the fish can die. They did at my cousin’s wedding, and it was a big downer. I think that the submerged cherry blossoms are gorgeous all on their own, and you really don’t need the fish to make them unique and cool.


Post # 9
1506 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Those are cute, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Water needs to be properly treated before a fish can live in it safely. The PH level or temperature of the water could kill your little fishies.

Post # 10
296 posts
Helper bee

I think it could work, but you can’t have the fish living in those vases for days on end. Maybe try to arrange with a pet store to pick them up the day before the wedding or something. I wouldn’t worry too much about the fish dying if they’re only in there for a day; they are surprisingly hardy, so unless they are already in very bad condition, they will probably be fine.

I love the idea!

Post # 11
1003 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Please don’t do live fish. Even though Siamese fighting fish are very hardy and can survive upto 5 hours without being in water, are you going to be able to house them all if no one takes them. They are a smart and amazing fish, my last one lived for 4 years and would know when I came home. 



Post # 12
3756 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I actually LOVE the idea! but that might be just me. I don’t see beta’s just dying in the middle of the reception lol

Post # 13
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had thought about the same idea, as far as using fish.  But the feedback I received really made me think twice about it.  I didn’t want any fish dead before my reception started, didn’t want to have them all at the end of the night. And even if people would want to take one home, are they taking your whole centerpiece home? And what if your guest is leaving early and wants one.  There are alot of things to consider when you think about it.

Post # 14
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think they are really pretty as long as you are prepared to take home any that other people don’t want. Maybe have someone prepared to run out and get some more/dispose of any that might not make it though the night?

Funny story based on what KatNYC2011 said about someone taking one as a shot… we had live fish centerpieces during my junior prom and someone took one and put it in one of the chocolate fountains. Totally not funny at the time. My mom helped to clean up and said that when they unplugged the machine it made horrible noises and it plopped out the top ๐Ÿ™

Post # 16
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Mrs Hedgehog: Oh! That makes sense. Well if you do decide to go the live fish route, you’ll want to make sure the dye on the blossoms won’t bleed into the water.

ETA: I don’t know how many centerpieces you’re going to have, but you could talk to people (bridal party, close family) ahead of time to see if they would be interested in taking one home. If you get some good responses from reliable people, then that potentially solves one issue.

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