(Closed) take home centerpieces

posted 12 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1297 posts
Bumble bee

I’ve never seen anyone take home a wedding centerpiece, but at other parties I’ve been to (engagement, anniversary, etc.) usually there is some game so that one person at the table will win the centerpiece.  Unless something like that happens so it is absolutely clear that people are supposed to take the centerpieces, then I think it’s rude to take them, especially wedding centerpieces since they’re so expensive or rented.

I’m not really sure what preventative measures you could take.  Do you have a wedding coordinator or someone in charge that could perhaps guard the exit? Sounds silly, but I can’t think of any other way to prevent people from taking them.  I think any type of sign will seem really out of place at a wedding.

Post # 4
486 posts
Helper bee

Hrm – that’s strange. I would never take unless it were offered … seems weird to me – but I’m not sure what you would do to prevent it, honestly.

Post # 5
5280 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

yeah people always take them, perhaps have a sign or something on the table… or even in the program saying please don’t remove the centerpieces (but that seems so tacky to me to even say it)… but hey you gotta do what you gotta do

Post # 6
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Most weddings I’ve been to, the centerpieces were for guests to take home.  And even still, sometimes people are rude about it- hording them or swiping them off other tables.

At the only wedding where they weren’t for guests, the staff came around and got them before the reception ended.  I wouldn’t recommend that, because the room looked disheveled afterwards and it was kind of strange having them come around and take away the centerpiece while the party was still supposed to be going on.

I might make a little placecard type sign to put on the table saying something like, “centerpieces property of XYZ floral, please do not remove”

Otherwise, perhaps have venue staff be on the lookout for people trying to take them home.

Post # 7
1013 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Pretty much every wedding that I’ve been to, there has been a game dedicated to winning & bringing home the centerpieces.  That being said, we’re not doing that at our wedding, 1st of all b/c our guests are all out-of-towners, so they wouldn’t be able to enjoy any take home centerpieces for much longer than the wedding night.  Also, our florist owns the glass vases that our centerpieces are going to be displayed in.  We did add some wording into our contract with the florist though… in case any of the vases “dissappear” due to guests feeling entitled to walk off with them, then we will pay an additional $8 per vase that is not returned at the end of the night.

Post # 8
3 posts
  • Wedding: April 2010

Usually, if the centerpiece is in an easily transportable container, guests assume that they can be taken home.  Or sometimes a centerpiece is designed so it can be easily removed from its decorative container so that guests may take it home.  Staff at the site can assist guests in taking the pieces so they know it’s permitted.  As a floral designer and planner by trade, I know it’s a standard practice that guests are usually permitted to take the low centerpieces.  Otherwise, the site is left to throw away these beautiful arrangements. Some couples have donated the arrangements to local hospitals or nursing homes and make a sign so guests know that if they leave their arrangement it will be donated. Sometimes, flower arrangements are designed in rental containers which are usually tall pieces so it would make it very difficult for a guest to walk away with it.  If you were one of those guests who was walking away with a low centerpiece and someone stopped you and said you can’t take that, I’d feel a little embarrased so maybe the best thing to do is make a little sign to say the pieces will be “recycled” or something.  But then again, I guess being stopped at the door is better than getting a call the next day asking to get the arrangement back. 

Post # 9
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

yeah i agree how rude.

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