Originally Posted by PurpleUnicorn
i just saw this now and i actually disagree with the fact that its a given the guests take take the centerpieces! I have been to many weddings as a guest and i would never dream of taking something, other than favors, unless i was told so. Yes, i have seen many "give aways", where the DJ will make it into a game. Or at the end of the night, the bride and groom or bridal party go around and offer them (i got to take one home this way). But i would hope that no one takes one without asking or being told they can! And then if they ask, you can tell them they are not for give away. At my wedding i don't think anyone would have taken them, and so i just offered them up and only had a few people interested in them.
Also, since its a DW, guests will have to think about what they are packing, so you may be "safer" than you think.
Originally Posted by Thomasjsgirl
It's a given that centrepieces go home with guests, after all, what are you going to do with multiples of the same arrangement? If you have very special pieces, then it's probably best to keep them on your head table where your girls can make sure they're gathered up at the end of the night, and leave your not so special pieces on the guest tables.
Thanks so much for your responses. Just want to clarify a cpl things and see if anyone else can add their opinion.
The centerpieces will be for AHR in Pittsburgh. There will hopefully be no more than 25 tables.
All the centerpieces will be different. I have been working really hard and have spent alot of money to find a different glass vase for every table. Is it normal for guests to ask before they take? I have found a couple vases that I would really like to use in my home after the reception. Others, I have no problem giving away.
We plan on having a live Beta fish on each table and maybe a cpl in other places. Therefore, I was planning on letting some guests take home all but one of the fish. (I'd like to keep one).
Still wondering if I should say something about asking ppl not to take starfish? I was thinking i might get smaller ones and attach everyones name and table number to them and put them in a sandbox for seating arrangements. That way everyone/each cpl get to go home a starfish plus their favor.