Post # 1
Dear Bees, I’m torn between two centerpieces for my wedding. First world problem, I know, but I’d greatly appreciate your input on which you think would be better. 🙂
For reference, this is my reception ballroom. It has a super high, domed ceiling with an oculus.
(1) I love the uniqueness of this centerpiece and it fits perfectly with my theme of transitioning from winter to spring (wedding date is March 21). The branches would be spray painted gold. The con is that while it would photograph beautifully, it would be too short to stand out in the ballroom.
(2) This is more classic and traditional, what I originally wanted for my centerpiece. I’d forgo the flowers and candles at the base to save money. Pro is that the height of the centerpiece will go best with the height of the ballroom and be more apropos.
My florist quoted me the same price for each centerpiece so money isn’t a factor here. Thanks so much for your help!
Post # 2
In my world, centerpieces are to make the table pretty for those sitting there, High centerpieces aren’t even seen by the guests execpt when they are coming and going. When they are seated they will see the silver holder and that’s it. People see what’s at eye level- about 14″ above the table.
If you look at your first picture, the centerpieces are lost amongst the lighting.
Obviously, I choose the lower centerpieces.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA
I voted for option number two because I think it would look bare with the manzanita branches. I really like the centerpieces in the picture of the venue. Those are unique and a great height.
Post # 4
I really don’t like high centerpieces as they quite often get in the way of talking to the people on the other side of the table.
Post # 5
As long as they’re made with co-ordinating colors, why not do half and half. My one daughter did that (26 guest tables); the other, who only had 10 guest tables just used all high centerpieces (the room height was similar to yours).
Post # 6
I think that you need the height of the seond one since the room is so tall but to me its a bit too much floral. Theres no special element in those. I think the first one is beautiful. I love the braches and the crystal. Since the roof of the hall is whitish you could also do pearls. Both will look pretty though in my opinion.
Post # 7
i think when you have a georgous hall like that, you don’t want to have competing elements in there. if the room was bare – then yes, tall would be good to draw the eyes away from the ‘bareness’ of the room. but since the room is amazing, to have something so tall, i think would be too much for the senses. if you really want to do tall, do half and half. plus if you look at the pic of the venue, all the tables have short centerpieces. its the background tall flowers on the pedestals that are huge! go that route then when you do half/half… just a thought
Post # 8
So much envy!!! You’re going to have a beautiful wedding 🙂
I voted for the first one because it’s unique and not ‘too much.’
Post # 9
lovvvvve the tall ones, so beautiful they would look great in your venue!
Post # 10
Jewelieee: Do both!!! We had half very grand tall centerpeives and the other half a little more understated!
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
Whichever one is easier to see around. I HATE when I can’t talk to the guests across the table because of stupid big centerpieces.
Post # 12
Honestly, I’m not sure I’d go for either exactly the way they are. The centerpieces in the pic of your ballroom are actualy quite low, just candles and flowers around a taller lantern. It’s the large floral sprays on the pillars that add drama.
The first centerpiece is at that height which makes conversation across the table difficult and the other one with nothing at the bottom will look good from a distance but leave the table quite bare up close. If you like taller, is there any way you could do a similar or clear base with more inexpensive flowers so you could still put a few candles or something on the table? Or do like the photo of the ballroom and have low centerpieces with elevated focal pieces.
This is one of those things where there really isn’t a wrong answer it just comes down to what you prefer. When I can’t decide I flip a coin, and you’re either happy with the outcome or not..if you’re not you know you actually want the other thing. If you really like both maybe do half and half as suggested earlier. That is a beautiful space and will look great whatever you decide to go with. Good luck!
Post # 13
I say half and half. But if you have to pick one, I like the lower ones because they are more unique and go well with your theme.
Post # 14
I went to a wedding this past weekend and they had a mixture of high and low centre pieces. It looked lovely! However, from our table, we couldn’t see anything because of the high centre pieces. We missed the first dance, father-daughter dance, mother-son dance, and all of the speeches because there were multiple large balls of flowers in the way. Mutiple people were complaining about this and seemed to be the low point of the whole wedding. They had about 270 people, so with everyone standing up to see the dances, there wasn’t any room in between the tables to stand and I couldn’t see over everyone’s heads. So unfortunate.
Post # 15
Why not do both? I actually think that a room looks better with two or three different center pieces.