Post # 1
I’m donating all of the flowers from my reception to charity and I was wondering if any of you have done this before and if so, how did you prevent your guests from taking your centerpieces?
I am thinking about putting something on the table that says that all of the flowers from the day are being donated to such and such charity and/or having the band leader make an announcement and tell guests that we’re donating the flowers to charity and that the flowers and vases are not up for grabs.
Would it be tacky to do that?
Post # 3
I would just put a note on each table and if an announcement is made, don’t say anything specifically about them “not being up for grabs,” not that I thought you would anyways 😀
Post # 4
I wouldn’t say anything, but I would make up a nice little note that says that the centerpieces are being donated to “such and such” charity. Most people don’t even think to take them home as it is.
Post # 5
… I really, really hope people don’t think it’s okay to walk off with our centerpieces!!! We’re using alot of my OWN apothecary jars and I totally love them! And the rest are the florist’s stuff.
Post # 6
we were missing two of our centerpieces. I assume people took them. Who knows. Our flowers were really bad by the end of the night and everyone threw them away during the clean-up. Made me kinda sad!
Post # 7
I wrote about this a while back, but for a different reason (my flower vessels are family heirloom teapots), and the main advice was to get a few people to spread the message that they’re not for taking. Also, to maybe put a note UNDER the centrepiece, so nobody has to be told not to unless they try to take it.
Post # 8
What about doing something to make them really heavy?
Post # 9
I’m thinking that I’ll make sure to include a little sign on a table tent next to the centerpieces mentioning how we’re donating them to charity and I’ll also have the band leader reiterate this.
Most weddings that I’ve been to, people expect to be able to take home the centerpieces and I just don’t want to have any problems with this.
Post # 10
I think a small tented placecard right by the centerpiece would be nice. I think it would be nice to say which charity the flowers are being donated to.
I personally have also attended many weddings were centerpieces are taken, so I was thinking of doing the same thing.
Post # 11
If you are making programs or menus, perhaps you could place a little note in either one. I feel like there are lots of little details of our ceremony and reception that need explaining (because we’re doing so many cultural bits), and I’m including it all in the program. I don’t want a million post-it notes hanging around, like that one episode of The Simpsons where they go to Ned’s beach house and there are notes on every piece of furniture (“PUT FOOD IN ME”).
Post # 12
Yes just make a little note please do not take centerpiece. I remember one wedding where they allowed you to take the centerpiece and a lot of guest left in the middle of the reception and took the centerpiece and the room just looked a mess without them : /
Post # 13
I think the note next to the center piece is fine. That or word of mouth. = )
Post # 14
Maybe I’ll put my DoC on top of that. I have a list of things that are a priority and that seems like it’s one of them, all of a sudden.
Post # 15
the little note is a great idea and i think it will work perfectly