Post # 1
Like most people, I just assumed I would sell the 15 flower pots I am using for centerpieces and other decorations after the wedding via Weddingbee or Craigslist. However, my mom was helping me add ribbon to the centerpieces and she commented on how guests would like to take them home something I never considered. I see a lot of people posting items for sale on here from future weddings and wonder, do guests assume they can take things like the centerpieces home if they are not asked to do so? Should I plan on the guests leaving with items of decor? Has anyone had any experience with this? I thought if they were not told they could take the centerpiece via some sort of game guests would leave them but now Iäm not sure what to expect.
Post # 3
I would hope that guests would not take the centerpiece unless told to do so. How rude! Not to mention that people often rent the centerpiece items, so they are not even the bride or groom’s to give away in the first place.
If you decide to let your guests take the centerpieces, just imagine how empty your tables are going to look near the end of your reception too…
Post # 4
I think the guests only take the centerpieces if they are told that they can. Usually the DJ makes an announcement about it. Some people use a game to see who gets to take it home (closest birthday to the wedding day is an example). If you don’t want people to take them, don’t announce anything. Your DJ/band should ask you this when you go over the final details.
Post # 5
I didn’t know of this "tradition" either!
I am still unsure what I am going to do about this. On the one hand the whole point of my centerpiece is so it does not completely go to waste. On the other hand everyone is travelling to the wedding. So who wants to take the centerpiece on a 2-6 hr car ride with them?
If we do give them away I think I might just go with a number under the seat thing but announcing it at the very end of the party. Dunno.
Post # 6
@Gerbera: If you are worried about waste, you could always reuse the centerpieces for a brunch on the next day, if you are going to have one…or donate them to someone (church?) for their use….I guess it depends on what your centerpiece is.