(Closed) Please DON’T Take The Centerpieces and Decorations!!!

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Do people actually do this? I have never in my life seen someone take a centerpiece home with them.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’d let a few people know, like family. Then they can kinda watch for it. However, I’ve never heard of guests taking the centerpiece home & wouldn’t even think to do that.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper

Is there someone that can collect the ceremony cones after the ceremony?  I’d think people would be less prone to take those in general.

Re: Centerpieces – I think if there was an announcement that was made by the DJ, that would suffice.  How many tables will you have?  Honestly, what I’d do is have a couple people I knew would stay late kind of police the centerpieces and stop people (politely) if they see them being moved.  They only start getting taken towards the end of the night – and, it seems that once one person sees them being moved, then everyone makes a grab for them.

I wouldn’t put anything about it on the website.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Kittyachi:They do. It is common practice to take the centerpieces home…kind of like wedding favors. The bride and groom usually don’t have a need for say 20 rose centerpieces. I was going to rent some really cool glass centerpieces but didn’t because I would have to pay the replacment cost if someone took them home. YIKES.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think the best thing to do is tell as many close family members/ friends and ask them to please kindly spread the word at the reception.  I have seen people do this and asked my florist about it…he said it is fine.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

What you could do is place a pretty note card next to each centerpiece stating “Please leave me on the table at the end of the night” or “This centerpiece belongs to  xyz vendor”

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Wow I had no idea that people took these? Is it maybe just a geography thing? I can honestly say I’ve never been to a wedding where people took the decorations, but maybe I just never noticed! Now I’m worried 🙁

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Oh man.  This does happen, but I think it depends on the area.  I had never seen this happen, until I started dating my fiance.  Her family has a very different cultural background than mine, and when we were at her cousins wedding, the centerpieces were gone before the party was even over.  I was shocked, but she said it was completely normal……..

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

It’s pretty common with the weddings I go to.  Usually the MC announces that they’re free for the taking or makes a game out of it (the couple sitting at the table who’s been married longest or the person with the closest b-day etc get to take the centrepiece home).  But I have gone to weddings where the centrepieces are rented or borrowed, so the MC and/or DJ make a point of telling the guests to not take them.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

if someone is going to be dj-ing your reception or ceremony, have the dj make a small announcement.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I read some good advice on this topic on another post. The poster suggested writing a note and leaving it under the centerpiece that said, “Please don’t take centerpiece, it must be returned”  or something along those lines.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My Mum has a gold horse shoe in her display cabinet at home that was from my Aunts wedding.  Its what she used to anchor the ballons around the room. But my Aunt told her to take it.  I can remember her going around telling everyone to take them so she didnt have to clean them up in the end. So we had the balloons in our Laounge room for a few days and now Mum still has the horse shoe.

At my Sisters Wedding she had the dance floor covered in balloons, and she had gold bowl centerpieces that she made and had wanted to keep. It was arranged that we would go back the next day to clean up (My Mum and I and a couple of others) so we were going to collect everything then.  And Mum had planned on putting the Ballons in my sisters bedroom for when she and her husband returned home the following day.  The recpetion hall had also taken a booking for a school camp in their grounds (something we were unaware of until the day) and it rained that whole weekend so they moved the kids into the building (it was horrible to have the uninvited kids running through the bridal photos and in / out of the recpetion without at all being supervised. And also the contract had promised the use of a few bay windows for photos but because the kids were in the rooms we werent allowed in there.  My Sister was so angry). But when we went back early the next morning to clean and pack up the teachers had helped themselves to the centrepieces and given the balloons to all the kids. That just absolutley capped off a crappy recpetion experience for us, and we NEVER recommeneded that venue to anyone.  It doesnt exsist anymore either, it got bulldozed a couple of years ago because a developer is trying to build a marina on the old location. It was a beautiful building, but my sister didn’t feel any nostalgia about its loss, she was more like good!  Karma! lol

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The women at my work just informed me that it is very common for guests to take home the centerpieces a the end of the night. I think it is so odd and I would never think to pick up somones beautiful glass vase full of orchids and walk out with it.  Isn’t that what wedding favors are for?  Im just going to give my wedding party a heads up not to let anyone leave with my centerpieces (very nicely).

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