(Closed) Possible stupid question about Floating Candles

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would steer very clear of fish in your centerpieces.  It may seem like a good idea to you now, but it never ends well. 

I say this as a wedding coordinator who’s seen a few brides (both as clients and as friends along the way) who attempted it.  Let’s just say fish in centerpieces + drinks = your guests getting a little crazy and adding ‘sushi’ to your menu.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I agree with @thewheelsonthebus:, stick with the flowers and the candles and leave the fish out. If you do a search on ‘fishbowl’ or ‘fish centerpiece’ you’ll find a ton of info and opinions on this.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Personally I say stay away from fish centerpieces! They may look attractive and sound cool but in reality most fish end up dying and thats just not something guests want to see while eating their dinner. A dead little goldfish belly up in the middle of the table just kinda makes me a little queezy. Definitely LOVE the first picture you posted with the candle and royal purple flowers and in my opinion you should totally stick with flowers and just a floating candle. It will look gorgeous and you won’t have to worry about your fish kicking the bucket during your special day. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

Search “fish centerpieces” and you’ll very quickly see that this isn’t a great idea. 

The inspiration pics are pretty though!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I love the floating candle and flowers.  If there were fish centerpieces and I was a guest…I might even be tempted to ‘play’ with them after a few drinks. So funny thewheelsonthebus…

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@thewheelsonthebus: Guests eating the fishes in the centerpieces?! How terrible. You’d think adults would learn to behave themselves a little better.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@ChocolateApple: I have seen this…it’s terrible. We had fish centerpieces at prom and the guys were swallowing them πŸ™ Those dumb, sober, high school boys grow up to be dumb, drunk, adult wedding guests. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@thewheelsonthebus: That’s pretty disgusting that people would do that!

 

@woodwindwaker:  I would not have the fish especially if you have kids at the wedding, they may want to dip their hands in to touch them.  I can just imagine little boys doing that and their jackets/shirts catching on fire and the water spilling.  Plus I like submerged flowers.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

You could do this but I would have to nicely suggest you dont use fish. a few reason. What if they die.. Goldfish expecially the feeder cheep ones die. You dont want a fish to go belly up when your guests are eating. What if they poop (and they will) You dont want fish poop etc floating around among your flowers in front of your guests etc. In theory the fish centerpieces look very cool and sound great, but it could end up being bad by the middle of the night. I lOVE the first picture you posted.. or something simalar to this very beautiful and elegant. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

One of our family friends had the fish with candles at their wedding.  As far as I know, the fishies did just fine — the candles don’t generate enough heat to affect them.  And they didn’t topple the candles over either. πŸ™‚

They just had my 2 SIL’s go around and check for any dead fish, then they had replacements in the back.  My SIL’s actually got to keep the rest of the fish and they loved it!

Personally, I think the fish are cool and very entertaining, but I understand why many people don’t like it.  If you really want it, go for it!!  I would just have some extra fish handy, and ask a few people (teenage cousins? friends?) to periodically check on the fish to make sure none need to be… replaced. πŸ˜‰

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Oh, and if you want to just make yourself at ease, do a mock up without the fish with candles burning and take the temperature of the water just to be sure it won’t get too hott.  I am sure it’ll be ok, though!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i vote flowers and floating candles. NO fish. the ladies all made great points lol

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Please don’t use live fish in your vases. It is not a healthy environment for them.

Many a bride has found her fish doing the backstroke before the reception was over- some before it even started.

If you don’t care about what happens to the fish, think what the sight of a dead fish will do to your guests.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I love your first inspiration picture – so beautiful and classic.

To be honest, when I see a picture of live fish in a centerpiece, I cringe a little.  The first picture you have is just so beautiful!

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