High vs low centerpieces

posted 3 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
1298 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Tbblount:  the thing with high center pieces is that sometimes they make it hard for people to see each other to talk across the table. We did a combo of high (medium, really) and low settings for my brother’s wedding, and I noticed that 1 or 2 of the high centerpieces were moved off to the side by the middle of the reception. 

ETA: your reception venue looks lovely with those chandeliers, plus the view, so I think low centerpieces would look nice. 

Post # 4
1034 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Tbblount:  Low! If they are too high your guests won’t be able to see each other across the table so will be limited to talking to the people immediately next to them.

Post # 5
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I agree with low.. hard to talk to someone through a large/tall centerpiece.

Post # 6
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Tbblount:  the ceilings are really high in your venue. Me, personally, i would do high because when you walk into a room like that with low centerpieces its like somethings missing.

And what PPs are saying about high centerpieces, saying people cant talk to eachother across the table, that maybe true but it depends on the stand. I had high centerpieces and I got a lot of compliments on them because the stand was so thin it didnt make talking to the people across from them difficult bc they can see their face and didnt have to move the centerpiece. I went to a wedding once where the i had to keep peeking around the centerpiece to talk to the person.

Post # 9
1595 posts
Bumble bee

I have a general preference for low centerpieces. 

How formal is your wedding?  High centerpieces give off a pretty formal vibe to me.  And they also give off an evening vibe.  For whatever reason, those are my associations with high centerpieces – I’m sure others feel differently. 

Post # 11
1595 posts
Bumble bee

@Tbblount:  Does your venue have any pictures of other events using high centerpieces? 

Post # 12
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I would say either low or something high and see through (but even that might get in the way).  Big tall centerpieces look beautiful when you first enter the room, but are annoying and most guests simply put them on the floor so they can talk to the table.  

Post # 13
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

As a guest, I prefer a low centerpiece for the reasons cited by PPs.  You can always use high displays for drama and visual interest on non-guest tables (cake table, guest book table, escort card table, etc.).

Post # 14
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Tbblount:  i’m doing a combo of high and low centerpieces. people are mentioning that high centerpieces block people from across the tables but i have a hard time understanding that since (at least at my venue) the tables are so wide that it would be impossible to have a cross-table conversation anyway.

Post # 15
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@Tbblount:  I think it would look stunning with high centerpieces you just need to make sure you choose a correct height and holder. We are looking at doing a mixture of high and low with the high being in clear slim vases. We are having the flowers places at 28 inches to avoid the whole not being able to see people. Just a bunch of calla lilies, orchids to soften it and they will be drapped to one side, very simple but flowy. If you do short centerpieces make sure you have table size and what will be placed on the tables Ive been to some weddings and once everything is set the centerpieces are too big and take up too much room to move glasses or if it is buffet style ive eatten with my plate part way off the table due to the size of centerpiece

Post # 16
1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Tbblount:  I think you should go with low center pieces. I’ve always loved the look of high centerpieces, however the last few weddings we’ve gone to with the high centerpieces we ended up moving them onto the floor so we could conversate with everyone at our table, and that seems sad considering that the cost of the centerpieces are… But you don’t want to just sit awkwardly and not be able to talk to anyone either

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