Has anyone had goldfish in their wedding table centerpieces?

by DIY wedding planner on December 10, 2011

I want to make my own centerpieces for my wedding and saw it on google images.


Has anyone saw this at a wedding or had it at their own?

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Olive Oil December 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm

What a great idea…..kudos to you for originality…. easy but elegant….
good luck!!!!


missbeans December 10, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I think the idea of using a living thing as decoration is terrible. What happens to the fish after the wedding?


Idea Ribbon December 10, 2011 at 1:51 pm

What a nice idea for centerpieces. Never saw it before. However,it is easy to get this done. All we need just buy goldfish from local store. Just wondering is this oriental style or trends? How about make a ribbon bow in blue to tie on a glass bow? Make sense?


Gillian December 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I ended up with siamese fighting fish in mine. I had thought about goldfish, but they tend to release more toxins (ammonia) into the water than most fish and this makes bowl life for them very hard. Before your big day, if you are having fish, you need to figure out who will take them home afterward. Make sure there are people who will give the fish good homes. We had tons of compliments about our fish centerpieces. My cousin’s husband even said, “Nobody talks about or remembers flowers, but the fish sure got me talking! They’re really neat.” It was perfectly fitting because my husband, along with most of his friends and family, are fanatical fishermen!

I don’t have my professional pictures yet, but here is one a friend took of my centerpiece: http://s641.photobucket.com/albums/uu138/poptartgmb/?action=view¤t=wedding_centerpiece.jpg

We bought LED lights to light the vases from the bottom and hid the lights in a base that my mother made and embroidered, along with a placemat that matched to go under it. It worked out very nicely. Although this picture doesn’t do it justice!

Just to let people know, every single fish is still alive and doing well at their new homes. One is even a classroom pet in a 1st grade class.

Another little side note: Candles are not good for fish and should never be placed in the same container with fish. It could kill them. Some flowers are also poisonous to fish, so you need to be careful there. If you do fish, make sure you do your research so that you don’t harm any of them!


Kris10 December 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Yes. I was at a wedding like this! They use Betta’s instead of goldfish however. The bowl also contained floating candles and maybe a flower or too (if I remember correctly). I do know that during the reception we were all told to flip over our mugs, and if there was a nice little baggy with
Betta food and instructions you got to keep the fish. I don’t recall if you got the actual vase or not though. I thought it was a super great idea and I was actually kind of jealous that I didn’t win. Also I remember that the fish really didn’t take away from the centrepiece, and actually we didn’t notice him at first!

Let me see if I can find a photo;

Here we go. You have to have facebook to see, it, and it is one of my friend’s photos so I don’t know if it will let you but worth a shot.

Anyway, overall I thought it was a very original and unique idea and I loved it


fizzy stuff December 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I think its gross to have fish on table while I eat. Yuck.

Its also unfair treatment to the fish, who usually go into shock and die. Do you have provisions for each and every fish to go to a good home after the wedding?


Dollar Store Queen December 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Bad idea and tacky……imagine a goldfish….floating belly up in your centerpiece. Beautiful, right? Not…Its a fish….not a centerpiece


Jenny M December 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm

My friend had a black and white wedding. She had black beta fish with white rocks in a round fishbowl as centerpeices. I thought it was such a good idea, everyone loved it and it was a way to save a lot of money over using flower arrangements that don’t last after the wedding. Everyone wanted to take a fish home. Great idea.


* ~ Rusty™ ~ * December 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I’ve seen that idea used at parties and it’s always a very nice touch. Also a great conversation starter.


Marie157 December 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm

My aunt and uncle had goldfish centerpieces at their wedding and one of the goldfish gave birth during the reception. While mildly disgusting everyone just assumed it meant my aunt and uncle would be “fertile”. Let me tell you, this was not a conversation that I wanted to have when I was 9!


Ash December 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm

I think it’s a really neat idea. I would look into using another kind of fish though because of how easily goldfish die. It wouldn’t be nice to have a dead fish on the table. The betta fish someone previously mentioned would probably work out better. I wouldn’t be disguisted with a fish on the table, I mean goodness it’s a little fish and they’re beautiful creatures. I also don’t think it’s cruel as long as you have a home for the fish after the reception is over. The thing where a person from each table won it would be good, but if that person didn’t want the fish then you’d have to find someone who does (which probably wouldn’t be hard though).


?Hunter's Mommy? December 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm

One high school prom I went to had this.

A baby shower used Blue beta’s as a center piece for the tables, And the last wedding I went to had red beta’s as the center piece.

It is pretty cool for the little kid’s to take home.


Helena P December 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I would love to do that but I’d be too afraid that someone would harm the fish. At my aunts wedding someone actually got drunk and decided to show off by swallowing the fish whole


Shelley December 10, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I would never do it for a few reasons

1- Live animals always equal problems not matter what. some of which I will list below

2- it’s a real downer when they start dying of stress mid wedding.

3- it’s not pretty when someone decides to mess around with the fish. Poking them, pouring their drink in the water, getting really drunk and try to swallow it alive. The friends and family you are inviting might behave but you never know about the dates people bring.

4- The fish that are not snatched up at the end of the night get flushed.

5- Just picture one of those cute vases toppling over and a fish tumbling on the floor. When ever there are water based centrepieces there are often one or two spills. You put live animals in the mix and it’s not just a mess it’s a disaster.

6- Do you really want to listen to ” Oh how cute” on one end and ” Oh how cruel” on the other all night long.

7- fishies are more expensive than flowers and with flowers no one feels too upset if they die the next day.

8- if you’re plan is to give the fish to the kids… how many parents do you think will appreciate having a pet that they will have to take care of thrust upon them.

9- Where will you store the fish prior to the wedding? This is a lot of extra prep work which will add more stress to your friends and family who are helping you. Or mean you need to pay out more cash to those you hired.

10- Goldfish are not as easy to care for as everyone says.


Ani December 10, 2011 at 8:14 pm

My cousin had goldfish at the wedding. My aunt was pissed at the end of the night because no one helped clean them up. She was gladly giving them away to anyone that would take them. So if you do it, have a designated person to help clean up at the end of the night. Also, I would arrange with the pet store to buy them the morning of or to have someone pick them up between the ceremony and reception then go to the reception site to put them in. Remember that often goldfish die very quickly especially when transferred to big changes in water Temperature quickly.

At my cousin’s wedding, it turned out really nice. There were some glass rocks in the bottom in the wedding colors, she had a Hawaiian theme because the wedding was in hawaii then the reception a few months later.


tatfamily December 10, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I did. We had a winter-wonderland theme so one of our centerpieces was a fish bowl with goldfish. Then we placed a sheet of plastic over the bowl and then placed a log cabin and a man ice fishing on top.

To view a picture you can go here:

Then after the reception a few kids wanted them so we let them take them


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