Please don't take my centerpieces

posted 2 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Is there speeches at the party? Make an announcement that you have cellophane for people to wrap up the flowers if they wish to take them but to pls leave the vases behind. 

Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I would make an announcement/have the DJ make an announcement. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

I just wouldn’t use them at all. Someone might miss the announcement or maybe just really want to have it and I think it’s too risky considering how valuable they are to you.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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thequeenbee :  If it’s customary in your circle that people take the centerpieces, people are going to try to take the centerpieces. In my area, it is very common that centerpieces are up for grabs. If you have decided to go against the norm, you will need to have an announcement made and hope that people hear it. Someone will inevitably not hear, and will happily say their goodbyes with a centerpiece in hand — you should be prepared to have that awkward conversation or let it go. 

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

When this is a cultural expectation it is best to expect that it will happen–if these items are precious to you use something else. 

FWIW I attended a friend’s birthday party at a golf club recently and the hostess was concerned that the guests would take the florist’s vases with the arrangements and there was no reasonable expectation that this would happen. Yet sometimes it does.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper

It’s not cultural, it’s theft. Despite how common it might be in some circles to GIVE away centerpieces, that never makes it okay for people to TAKE them without express permission. 

My advice, other than picking better friends is to have a few people keep an eye out toward the end and spread the word when and where appropriate. 

Post # 9
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Worker bee

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weddingmaven :  it really is a cultural thing. I’m buying our centerpieces fully expecting most or all to be taken. My family have done this for every party theyve thrown since I can remember. Advising her to pick better friends is a little harsh. 

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper

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thequeenbee :  Then design centerpieces you don’t care about. Changing them to avoid theft half way through the reception only comes across as suspicious of your company. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

If they’re so expensive and precious, why are you even using them? What if someone accidentally knocks one over & it breaks? 

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would have someone make an announcement that the centrepiece items were borrowed from a close family friend. People are more likely to pay attention if they think someone else will be hurt by their actions.

I wouldn’t switch them out for mason jars immediately after dinner, but shortly thereafter that.

Also make sure you ask close family to keep an eye on the tables for you.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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thequeenbee :  OK I come from a background where centrepieces are given as a gift to someone at the table too. Our solution at the wedding was to get the Master of ceremonies to tell people to take the flowers but not the vase as they belong to the venue. Just do something similar. 

We also assigned centerpieces to people  sitting at each table. We put a star sticker on their table name tag. If you got a star sticker, the centrepiece at your table was yours to take. This lessened the chance of people walking off with the vases too. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I help a wedding florist friend to set up and tear down sometimes. The vases are hers and she always takes the flowers out of the vases and puts the flowers on one table by the door. She also tells people they can take them when they walk by and see them. She packs up the vases before the event officially ends, so they are safe and sound. People just take the bundle of flowers. That’s an option. 

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