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Beginner March 2010

Beta fish in the centerpieces??????

lauri, on May 29, 2009 at 2:10 PM Posted in Style and Décor 0 17
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Okay, so here's the thing I go to A & M in Galveston; Im getting my BA in Marine biology. i just love the ocean and fish life. I wanted to incorporate that in my wedding. I came across the idea of putting betas in a fish bowl and decorating around it. I know the downside to it, like what will happen to the fish after the reception and what if they die or get knocked over, but i still love the idea. im sure i can find about 12 guests that are willing to take them home, including myself. my colors are cornflower blue, yellow and im thinking about adding orange or a pink in there as well. I just needed some feedback on the idea, has anyone done this before?

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  • Julie
    Dedicated April 2010
    Julie ·
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    I love the idea but most venders wont allow it because it is so common that they will die or nobody will be able to take them home. I think that if you can find people to take them home and take care of them it is a cute idea. Good luck

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  • ADamN
    VIP July 2010
    ADamN ·
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    AWESOME IDEA! If you can get everything to work out. I LOVE IT!

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  • Lisa & Brian
    Dedicated November 2009
    Lisa & Brian ·
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    Sooooo liking this idea. I didn't even think of this. I'll have a lot of kids at the wedding so I know some of them would definitely take them.

    My colors are fall colors so this would definitely work.

    I'm liking this one: http://www.bellenza.com/wedding-ideas/bistro-images/290/290-centerpiece-diy.jpg

    Great idea!

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  • Suzanne Smith
    June 2020
    Suzanne Smith ·
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    I have designed with betas, BUT the drawback is that many guests think its a hoot to pit them against each other, you cant mix the colorful males they will fight, thus the term Siamese Fighting fish, LOL

    Not a great theme for a wedding, LOL.

    and if you do a male and a female, the female will build a nest of slimey bubbles within hours and the centerpiece will be funky.

    May I suggest an idea I did at the Marine Instutute here In CA?

    We designed gorgeous fresh arrangements of tropical flowers and hung sparkling fish Ornaments from taller branches, still a fish theme, but no

    hassles or harm to living critters! LOL

    There are some great new fish and sea themed items available that guests can keep as a momento.

    I have seen every color available and some very cool seahorses as well.

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  • Soon-2-B-MrsBurke
    Super May 2011
    Soon-2-B-MrsBurke ·
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    Im doing the same thing. I seen these nice dishes at walmart for $2 each and I was thinking about putting sand and sea shells in the bottom and one beta fish in each. And since I was doing a sand ceremony I was going to order extra color sand and use that in the bottom.

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  • K
    Dedicated September 2009
    kittie ·
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    It is pretty. Very. My sister-in-law did it a couple of years ago. And my parents ended up with a fish they didn't want because she couldn't find good homes for all of them. I secretly suspect several were flushed. If you do find good homes for them, I'd suggest that you make sure that the people really want the fish and don't just feel obligated to take them because you asked.

    My cousin did goldfish. All the goldfish went to one guy with a great big tank (social fish, not a problem). Much better for everyone.

    I'm not trying to discourage you... it's your wedding... but sometimes... Well lets just say there were close to 500 people at my SILs wedding... and it was hard for her to find 15-20 people who wanted the fish (walk-through type reception). So think carefully if you have a real aversion to flushing the fish.... or keeping them yourself. You can't stick betas together, like you can with goldfish.

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  • Melissa Martija
    June 2020
    Melissa Martija ·
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    As someone stated earlier, you can't put two males together because they will fight, but at the same time, that's what really brings out their color and beauty. I used to own Betas and I had them in a dual "tank". It's a small plexi tank with a plexi divider in the middle. The divider allows the Betas to see each other and "fight", but does not allow them to touch each other. Essentially, they see each other through the plexi and get the fighting instinct which allows all of their fins to spread and show all of their color. Now, this leads to the problem of finding homes for them....now you have double the amount of fish. They're very easy to care for, though and are great for kids if you can find homes with children. My Betas lived for three years after we got them and were the perfect pet for my lifestyle at the time because they were so simple to maintain.

    Good luck! I love the idea!

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  • bluswoman
    Devoted August 2009
    bluswoman ·
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    I think it is a great idea too....oh and you can put the betas in with other fish just not another male beta....ours did fine. My old job years ago we had a beta in a bowl that had living plants also in it. The beta ate the roots and stuff off the plants. It was gorgeous. I wish I had found out the kind of plants because I would love to do the same thing.

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  • K
    Beginner September 2009
    kanng ·
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    Im using bettas as my centerpiece we are using large wine glasses with a rose stuck to the bottom and glass beads so the fish will swim around the flower!! you can usually rent the glasses from a florist the only downside is someone has to take the fish out of the arangement and put it into different containers for guests to take home we are putting a piece of paper under one person per tables chair and who ever has the paper gets the fish also the males do make the bubbles foam nests but it doesnt look that bad and most receptions only last 4 to 5 hours so you should be fine

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  • Lynsi
    Devoted July 2009
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    Betas usually live for a while so you shouldnt have a problem with them floating to the top but just a thought...make sure the bowl is pretty deep because I have had them flop out of dishes you wouldnt think they could. I even had one land in my sink that was a nice suprise...ugh! It would look very pretty and fun you may have to watch little hands in the bowls to if you are having kids at the wedding, my daughter is 2 and would be in heaven if she could splash around in a bowl full of water with a fish. Just a thought

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  • Cathasach
    VIP June 2010
    Cathasach ·
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    If you want to keep the numbers low, you could always just have the beta fish for the head table and maybe the family table(s) that way you don't have to worry about how you are going to find them homes.

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  • Future Mrs T
    Dedicated May 2016
    Future Mrs T ·
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    I went to a wedding last year that had this type of center piece. it weas lovely and everyone enjoyed the fresh centerpiece idea. the bride had her family and the grooms family take them home as gifts. They also gave them to the attendants too. im sure you will have no problem having guest wanting one just make sure you let them know as they are signing the guest book that they can take one at the end of the reception if they want one......

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  • Future Mrs T
    Dedicated May 2016
    Future Mrs T ·
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    *****bluswoman*****the type of plant that works best for the fish plant idea is a lilly plant. you can get them anywhere. i got mine at walmart split it into 2 plants and i still have my fish from 5 years ago. all they do is eat the root. make sure to thourally clean the roots before putting in the vase. walmart sells a kit for the beta fish. this makes a lovely centerpiece and keeps from spilling and from having funny people put more then one fish in the same vase.

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  • ruth
    Expert July 2009
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    I think that is a fab idea. I would go for it!!! You could always try doing every other table if you want to keep the #'s down

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  • Susan E. Lanzara
    June 2020
    Susan E. Lanzara ·
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    All I will say is that you can't depend on everyone being humane. These are beautiful living creatures not decorations.

    When I first read this post I decided not to open my big mouth but two days later I just can't help it. It would be beautiful but people loose their brains with a drink or two and do awful things. There are so many other things you can do for centerpieces

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  • L
    VIP August 2009
    lauren10 ·
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    I have to agree with the last post. If you have a true respect for animals (and fish) you wouldn't use them as a decoration.

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  • Celebrations
    June 2020
    Celebrations ·
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    I have to agree with the last few posts, I don't think it's a great idea. We have seen this several times at weddings, and only one of the three turned out good. The first used plain old tap water and the fish were all floating the morning of the wedding. The second actually put confetti in the bowls (against my advice) and several of the fish died.

    How about a small aquarium on the registry table? We have a cake lady in our area that actuall has a set-up that incorporates fish into the cake stands...very cool!

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