Re: How do I keep guests from taking my centerpieces?
Posted: May 1, 2007 9:37 PMGo to messagein response to: serendipity3033
Well I had my wedding and many guest asked me if they could have one. I told them that I was giving them away to my helpers. I also told a few about our conversations here and all were shocked that others were shocked about people taking centerpieces. The people that I gave them to were so grateful and happy.
I've only heard of people taking centerpieces with permission. I have 15 glass vases with flowers and 15 glass plates with candles as my centerpieces. I'm going to let the ladies in my church take the flowers home to enjoy with the understanding that they are to return the vases to my mother once the arrangement has died...
I just had my wedding 2 weeks ago and nobody even tried to take the centerpieces. In fact, the only time anybody asked was when my family was helping to clear our stuff out...they wanted to know if we should bring them or leave them there...it wasn't a big deal
We didn't have anyone take any of our centerpieces. I think (most) people know that alot of people rent centerpieces so they leave them alone. Now if it is a single fresh flower arrangement, there may be a problem but you're talking about a mirror, bowl with water with floating candles.... I would be very surprised if someone tried to take them. I would just tell the person in charge that the centerpieces are to be returned to you. If they are anything like the guy that runs the venu where we had ours, he will make sure that nothing walks out that isn't supposed to.
I personally think you should put a little note under the centerpeice but on the tablecloth. No one will ever see it unless they actually try to take the centerpeice. You don't have to worry about whether they will bother to flip it over to read it.
I'm going to have simple tulips in a rectangular vase. I'm planning on either selling the vases, or maybe keeping them around to fill with flowers and give as gifts. I really don't want anyone taking them.
This post shocked me a little! I would never have thought to NOT have guests take home the centerpieces at my wedding; we actually had the DJ do a little round-robin (like hot potato, reallly) to see who would "win" the centerpiece at each table. I definitely did not want 22 hurricane vases hanging around afterwards (it's hard enough to find something to do with the few extra that we had!
It actually worked out that a lot of my closer family members (aunts) took them home, and it's so great to see how each of them has used their vase around the house!!
This not taking the centerpiece thing is very intriguing to me!!! Like another poster said, though, it could be the area (I believe she was from NY, I'm in NJ)...
I think it must be a regional thing. I'm in NJ also, and it's very common for guests to win or be asked to take the centerpieces home. At a lot of the weddings I've been to, there's a win the centerpiece game like Mrs. Case had at her wedding. Each table plays pass the napkin or tie, and whoever has the item when the music stops wins the centerpiece. Most people don't just walk out the door with centerpieces uninvited though - it's only ok to take it if the game is played or if you are specifically asked to take it.