(Closed) Thoughts on fish for centerpieces

posted 3 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

I love the idea, but I wouldn’t do live animals. People might not like being expected to take home a fish, and either you or the venue might be left with a bunch of fish. 

Could you maybe find fake fish that float? or glass balls that look like bubbles? 

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

There is nothing classy about using live creatures in centerpieces. A very quick search online will reveal all sorts of horror stories about fish dying from the stress and floating upside down.

You can buy floating blown glass fish to use instead.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Erin Gustafson :  I personally wouldn’t do live fish. I don’t know why, but it would gross me out to have a fish swimming around (or floating upside down 😫) on my table while I ate. That’s not the real issue here though, it’s the fact that they are living things. Unless you have a solid plan on what to do with them afterwards, you’re basically giving them a death sentence by making them “decorations” at your wedding.

 

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

For ethical reasons, I would not do live fish without knowing what would happen to them after the ceremony. 

Also…and I’m sorry to bring this up, but if they were to die during the reception, that would be very unpleasant for your guests to look at all night. 

Perhaps floating fish shaped candles? Those would look more romantic and pretty. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

No. As a guest this would upset me seeing living beings used as decorations. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

As others have mentioned, no. 

Plus, I used to work for a large pet store and most will refuse to sell you fish in large quantities because they know what will happen. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

You can get mechanical fish that will do the same, but ethically

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I would also be upset to see this as a guest and would definitely think less of the couple who chose to use animals for decoration. 

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Agreed with PPs — they fish easily die in centerpieces like this, and there’s nothing appetizing about looking at a dead goldfish when trying to eat dinner.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

As someone who loves fish and used to pour my everything into keeping fancy goldfish… please drop this idea.   

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper

Please don’t do this. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I wouldn’t use live animals. You could use boxes of popcorn, or apothecary jars filled with old fashioned candy or gumballs. Or you could stack rolls of ride tickets, put a small vase in the center and fill that with flowers and pinwheels, and surround that with 2 or 3 vintage glass soda bottles and a few gold or brass rings for a carnival game vibe. If you found some tins that worked with your colors and theme, or some small barrels, you could fill them with pretzels, or peanuts in the shell, or floral foam and little cones of cotton candy!

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