Beta fish centerpieces...

Flowers are so expensive and we knew that from the get go. We weren't exactly looking forward to picking a florist and don't even want to spend a lot of money in that field. We are considering beta fish in bowls as centerpieces instead of flowers. We would have votive candles around the bowl, alternating between clear and dark blue. We are NOT getting married at the beach though, actually at a lakeside gazebo with the reception at an old mansion on the same property. Our color is navy blue so we would opt for the blue betas, probably the males since they have the long flowy fins. A part of me thinks it may look goofy since it's not a beach theme. The other part thinks who cares, it's our money and our wedding and it will be different than the usual flower centerpiece. Ladies, what are your thoughts, I've been stressing over it and it's so silly?!?!
Posted on December 6, 2007 at 6:40 am
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Personally, I would not use fish for centerpieces. People probably will not want to take them home after the wedding and take care of them.

You can use lots of votives and maybe some rose petals to adorn the tables. Roe petals are inexpensive. HTH. :0)
Posted on December 6, 2007 at 7:06 am
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I have seen several weddings on wedding shows where they use fish in the centerpiece. I think it looks fun. I think it is a good idea, if you have a place to keep the fish when your done. I agree with MsGlamour that people will not want to take them home.

I dont think it matters if it is part of your theme or not, you should do what you want, and if you like the idea of fish, then go with the fish.

I do like the idea of petals and votives, if you dont go with fish, you could still do a glass bowl with maybe one really large flower in each...with votives surrounding it....
Posted on December 6, 2007 at 7:29 am
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I think it would be pretty even though its not a beach theme.

I do, however, agree with MsGlamour. What do you plan to do with the fish after? There are pleny alternatives that are low in cost. Instead of full floral arrangements try one stem submerged in a vase with votives surrounding it. Maybe add a floating candle to the top. This is a great look that's easy to DIY and very cost effective. You can probably get a stem of your favorite flower for the same price as the fish, minus the hassle.

Good Luck!
Posted on December 6, 2007 at 7:29 am
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I would really be weary against using any live animal as part of your wedding day decor (dove releases, butterfly releases, fish centerpieces). Nothing says wedding like your guests staring at floating fish poo, or worse, an unfortunate fish death, while they are trying to eat and celebrate your day.
Posted on December 6, 2007 at 8:43 am
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I went to a wedding with goldfish and those things went flying off the table like crazy. A low percentage would want to take them home, but if there's just one to a table, most of them should find a home. You could leave a little note saying "Take me home!" with instructions and stuff. I think they could look really cool with a modern vase, like a really tall cylinder or something with bright colored rocks at the bottom.
Posted on December 6, 2007 at 8:46 am
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I did a quick search for you on Betta fish. Should you decide to use the fish, be sure to follow precautions for the safety/health of the betta. Check out these links...

This one gives you great insight on the safety and things to consider when using live fish for centerpieces. Be sure to scroll all the way down...lol!
http://www.healthybetta.com/articles/New%20To%20Bettas/centerpieces.htm



This link shows you how to make a betta/plant centerpiece:
http://www.wedding-flowers-and-reception-ideas.com/fish-centerpiece.html


I've made several arrangements like this over the years for myself and as gifts. You can make them very inexpensivley...less than $20 each. I found Walmart a great resource for the vases and the colored glass marbles.

Posted on December 6, 2007 at 9:24 am
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I actually had thought about doing the same thing (except w/goldfish. But hey, beta fish, sounds even prettier!) BUT, a wedding planner told me she had had a client who did that and one of the fish died and that was like... eek, not cool! They had to fish out the dead fish in the middle of the reception. You also have to think about whether the surrounding votives are going to make the bowls thus the fish too hot. Sorry not to discourage you. But just wanted to share some feedback. Good luck!
Posted on December 6, 2007 at 12:13 pm
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Hope you don't take this as rude, but if I went to a wedding with fish on the tables it would scream that you were too cheap to get flowers. You can get very pretty flowers that are inexpensive or as MsGlam said, candle votives are classy and simple, but impressive. Or check out Loridecters thread about the upside down wine glasses with tall candles on the base. OR you could always do a simple flower centerpiece:

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These are all orchids, but you can submerge almost any flower in water. This makes the flower look bigger and you dont realize its only one strand.
Posted on December 6, 2007 at 12:24 pm
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Fish? Well the first problem with beta fish is that they can't be kept together. If you're left with several, are you going to scatter your new family members around your house? If you go with fish, do goldfish because they are cheaper, can be used a "feeder" fish :(, and can be housed together if you decide to build a pond in your yard or an aquarium in you living room.

I also think votives would be cute. Even if you bought just really simple ikea 100 for $4 ones with tons of little glass votive cups for 50 cents to a dollar each. Clustering them would have a huge impact. Maybe 6-12 clustered on circular mirror in the center? Scatter some dried lavender or something else for layering? Or tulle overlay? Or burlap as loridecter had?
Just looking on ikea's website:
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/39151700
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80074011
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50097995
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20114171
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/36418000
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00114167
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60118563
or one of these on each table?
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/26472200

You could even add color by wrapping your "Wedding colors" around the glass votive by making ribbon bands around the glass. Maybe?
Posted on December 6, 2007 at 12:51 pm
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I don't like the idea of animals as wedding decor either. It seems cruel to buy animals just to decorate your tables, and then they won't have a home. I wouldn't want to take a fish home from a wedding. Candles, dried flowers, ribbons are all great ideas that are low cost and would seem more appropriate.
Posted on December 6, 2007 at 1:35 pm
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I wouldn't think that not using flowers would make you look cheap. I'm not a huge flower lover myself, so they're not that important to me. It may be the same for you. I bet a small percentage of the guests would notice the centerpieces. And also, my pro florist said that not all flowers do well underwater. They need to be sturdy enough or after a while they can fall apart.

There are so many options when it comes to centerpieces, I hope you can keep up the search for something that will be beautiful and won't break your budget. :)
Posted on December 7, 2007 at 5:20 am
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Not rude at all Sarah, I'm open to all suggestions and ideas. I did like the pics, thanks so much. Seems like everyone I talk to (in person) likes the fish idea...perhaps they don't want to be honest face to face! At least by coming on here I would have the opportunity to get a few more opinions and it seems like via the Internet you can obtain an honest answer!

I had thought of all the precautions regarding the betas...strict rules of 1 per bowl and special water treatments and food. I had also thought of the dead fish in the middle of the table and that was probably the biggest turn off! We are not inviting children so I thought this would be a good gift for the kids who were back at home.

I've thought of the floating candles in cylinders on top of submerged flowers and like that as well, just wanted the fish for some crazy reason. I'll haev to do a trial run with the flowers to make sure they hold up underwater. I'll probably stick to a small amount of flowers and candles but I thank ALL of you for your "honest opinions."
Posted on December 7, 2007 at 7:13 am
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Maybe just have candles as your centerpieces? that would be cheaper. I don't think fish would be a good idea, although pretty. It seems like it would be too much of a hassle.
Posted on December 7, 2007 at 9:34 am
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Fish centerpieces are ok if you and your groom met fishing or you are having a beach wedding but otherwise it is sounds low class. The fish always have crap hanging from their butt(unappetizing) and it just means you are not clever enough to come up with a better idea or can't afford to have someone do it for you. The fish idea just doesn't float with me! Save the idea for you first childrens' party.
Posted on June 2, 2008 at 5:16 am
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Fish centerpieces are the most unique, awesome idea yet for weddings. If you do it right! I am starting a business because of it. We will rent aquatic centerpieces for weddings and special occations! there are real flowers and fish of course...and not boring old bettas or goldfish....WE have developed a way to get almost any freshwater fish to live in these bowls. They are outstanding...

Posted on October 7, 2008 at 12:38 pm
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Personally, I would not do it. It is a cute idea but such a hassle as to what to do with them before the wedding, what to do with them after the wedding, and what happens if the fish dies sometime during the wedding and you don't realize! Also, remember you have to keep betas separate or else they'll kill each other. So, how would you keep them and transport them - I'm sure it'd be a hassle trying to keep each one in a separate container.

Posted on October 7, 2008 at 12:46 pm
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wow, u ladies have some great ideas and insights into this.  I kinda thouht the fishie idea was


kewl but now that I'm rading all the posts, I think I like some of these ideas better.  And no matter


what your wedding theme is, fish or not, who cares, do what you want./

Posted on October 9, 2008 at 5:56 am
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see...one would think that it might be hard but I have a fish store, so We have the tanks and a vast knowledge of fish, been taking care of fish for a long time. We want to expand the biz. I used them at my wedding and they were so beautiful, also a great ice breaker for your guests. I will get some pics up here soon.


I am designing the centerpieces now and I also have a few weddings already.. If anyone wants more info let me know, I live in Connecticut.

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 7:10 am
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There was just another post on here about fish centerpieces and I mentioned to her about a friend of mine that used tropical kissing fish (real name is gouramis sp?)as her centerpieces. They are bright pink. She put them in really tall champagne glasses/vases with some cheap floating flowers and candles. People loved them and everyone wanted to take them home afterwards. Noone thought they were gross. THe kissing fish swim around and when they saw each other they kissed! She kept small containers for people to take the fish home in rather than the bulky vases and bought a tiny thing of fish food for them so people wouldn't have to scramble to feed them.


I loved them, I thought they were very unique and pretty. You can do it for pretty cheap, the fish aren't expensive and you can use inexpensive flowers to float like carnations or gerbera daisys (which I think she used).


Not to mention that her wedding was at a very expensive, fancy hotel in Chicago. And I don't think anyone saw any fish poop, and if they did I never heard about it and nether did my friend. People raved about how much they loved the idea.


I would do it!

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 9:20 am
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aquatic centerpiece 1these are a sample photo 104804-1


these are a sample of the centerpieces we sell. They are incredibly classy and fun. They have flowers, fish and, pizzaz. Please let me know what everyone thinks! thank you.

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 11:37 am
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