Post # 1
If we decide to use floral centerpieces, obviously the florist can make centerpieces that are the right scale. However, if we do something on our own (Lanterns, books, etc), how do we make sure our centerpieces aren’t dinky or overbearing?
Does anyone have a guess as to what the best dimensions would be for a centerpiece for a normal 60 inch table? What about long tables?
Post # 3
The height is best kept under 12-14″ so oyur guests can easily converse across the table.
Many venues provide 12-13″ mirrors as bases so that is a key as to the size of the centerpeiece.
The easiest way to be confident with your decision is to do a mockup. Draw a 60″ circle on the floor or on a table if you have one large enough. Lay out the place settings including plates, cutlery and glassware. Add salt and peppers, a table number sign and anything else you will be using.
You will soon see that the centerpiece need not be huge.
For rectangular tables, the width of the tables is key. Banquet tables are often 30″ wide. Each place setting will take about 10-12″ of the width leaving only a 6-10 strip down the middle . You can do a larger centerpiece in the center of the table and small ones on the ends with additionl candles , or scatter smaller vases down the length of the table.
Post # 4
@julies1949: Thank you so much!! This is such a helpful place to start!!