Post # 1
My finace and I are having our wedding at a venue with a carousel. It’s super pretty/whimsical. Want to incorporate vintage carnival-ish decor. I really want to have large cyclinder vases with pretty glowing pebbles, a floating candle or flower on top and a couple live fish swimming around. My only deterrent right now is that I don’t know what will happen to the fish afterward. Initially, I was thinking guests could take them, but most the guests will be staying in one of the hotel’s rooms. Might not be the best to take care of a fish? The others will have over a 2 hour ride home, again not the best for the fish. Any other ideas on what to do with the fish after? Or just other fun, carnival yet classy centerpiece ideas??
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
No. As a guest this would upset me seeing living beings used as decorations.
Post # 7
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
You can get mechanical fish that will do the same, but ethically
Post # 9
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
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
As someone who loves fish and used to pour my everything into keeping fancy goldfish… please drop this idea.
Post # 13
Okay, so live fish aren’t a good idea. Yes, the chance that they died during the reception wouldn’t be very appetizing. I’m a vegan myself, so the fish being treated ethically after the wedding and not just discarded afterwards is a huge concern, hence this post.
Thanks for the good ideas on looking into floating fish candles or a mechanical fish. Any other suggestions for something with a play on this idea or just a separate carnival-ish centerpiece are appreciated.
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Post # 15
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!