(Closed) Centerpieces at Chinese Banquet??

posted 7 years ago in East Asian
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am thinking about small Chinese Lanterns. I know the 10 courses meal will leave no room for flowers and such. Honestly I don’t really care about flowers. They are expensive and a waste of money.

As for the room decor I am thinking about drapery, lighting and balloons. Use the drapery to cover ugly walls but I know its not cheap…

My reseption is very traditional. Color theme is red and gold. 10 courses meals. No live music b/c I know nobody cares.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I would check with the venue first to see if they remove centrepieces or not.

I had my reception dinner at a very nice Chinese restaurant.  There was the option to have the food served family style (dishes on the lazy susan for everyone to serve themselves from) or for the restaurant to make individual plates for everyone from each dish (so no big dishes are sitting on the table, and everyone gets a little plate per course). 

I had requested that the dinner be served family style, so I had wracked my brain to think of small centrepieces with low centres of gravity that wouldn’t get in the way of food or be knocked over… and that would be OK even if they were knocked over.

On the actual day, the venue ignored my wishes and served individual servings from the banquet dishes, so no plates at all were placed on the lazy susan.

It might be a good idea to know what the venue does regarding centrepieces and serving.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Save your money, don’t bother with the centrepieces.  They just don’t work in our banquets.  The lazy susans are so bogged down with food that they get in the way.

The only thing we did do was to create our own Table seating numbers and identify the courses for our guests.  I do like the idea of the Chinese lanterns but it’s entirely up to you. 

If you really wanted centrepieces perhaps ones in a tall thin vase with a smaller base.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I think that the servers (and guests!) will most likely remove the centerpieces once the dishes start to pile up on the lazy susan, so it’s probably not necessary to have centerpieces.

But I do like the lantern ideas and you do need table numbers…why not do a luminary type of lantern that doubles as your table number? That way you have something decorative and it fits the traditional Chinese theme as well.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@cali_girl: Where I’m at, it’s typical for the servers to remove the centrepieces once dinner is underway… AND they remove the table numbers once all the seats at that table have been filled (ie. everyone assigned to that table has found their seats)!

Agreed with PPs, check with your restaurant.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Once the food starts getting served, you’re going to NEED to remove the centerpieces.  If you’re having a traditional wedding banquet, you’re just going to have plates and plates of food.  

I think one alternative to a traditional centerpiece is to somehow incorporate helium balloons on the table with some cute weights.  That way it won’t take up table space but you’ll still have decorations.  Also, for Cantonese weddings, this is doubly lucky because the word for “air” is a synonym for “hei” or a happy occasion.  

 

Balloon weight: 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

for my uncles wedding which was a traditional banquet, i just made a four sided lantern which had the menu and table number printed on the sides.  It was red, gold and cream and DIY’d at home.  I got the idea from an old issue of The Knot.  this was later taken off the table by the server once dinner got started.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We kept the centerpiece as small and simple as possible too because I knew banquet style didn’t leave room for anything big on the table.  I did this vase from Ikea – http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40113180 and 2 roses.  I’m glad I didn’t spend a lot on the centerpieces either since they disappeared with guests as they left.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

only been to 1 chinese wedding and centerpiece was taken off once food was put on the lazy susan.  They only had a small vase with a couple rosee, but I wouldn’t waste the money on centerpieces.  Instead you can put the money towards other worthwhile decorations.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@cali_girl:

Hello Cali Girl

Where did you find this lantern?

Thanks!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2011 - Palm Event Center

We’re doing an orchid plant 🙂

Post # 14
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Wannabee

If you do lanterns, just make sure they’re not white (used for funerals…)  Every family is different in their sensitivity.  If you’re not sure, check with the older Chinese relatives in the family and make sure you steer clear of faux pas.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Happyducky is right!  My mom banned lanterns in general!  You better check.

 

We are designing ours right now using a couple roses and some petals.  something simple…

Plan to have a centerpiece game before start of dinner, and that will be put aside (still on the table) for the dishes to be served.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My banquet hall lets us provide the alcohol, so I’m doing bottles of wine… one red, one white, and some asti.

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