(Closed) Centerpieces too small for tables?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t think it will be a problem.  I organize a volunteer appreciation dinner every year, with very little budget, and we’ll do a small centre piece with just two gerbera daisies sometimes and I don’t find that even that gets lost. 

 

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think it will look fine.  You can always put votive candles or silk rose petals around them to beef them up a little.  I’m doing small floral arrangements with votives and a mirror underneath them.  I think that”ll be plenty.  I have 72 inch rounds in a big dark wood ballroom too 🙂

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

honestly, it kind of sounds like the florist is trying to upsell you. 72 inch rounds are pretty standard and i think a dozen tulips will certainly look beautiful as the centerpiece. i’ll have the same size tables and centerpieces of a similar size, if not smaller. we also love the look of our venue and i don’t think we need tons of flowers when the space is already so gorgeous on its own.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Put the flowers in a tall large vase and they will look much grander.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@JadeClements: You could always surround the centerpieces with plenty of candles. It’d look awesome!

I also love the look of a cluster of several vases — when there are multiple vases of varying heights with either the same or differing colors of flowers in them (see below). You could do something like 3 vases per table. Again, add candles and voila!

 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

I think the best way to decide is to do a mock up of the table with the size laid out. 72″ are huge tables, and most wedding venues we visited had 60″ which are also pretty standard. What you’ve suggested may look a bit skimpy, but remember there will also be a lot of other things on the table,depending on what you decide. Some tables end up looking too cramped once all the glassware is out,as well as serving pieces, table numbers, menus, place cards, salt & pepper shakers, favors, etc. Maybe to make them look more substantial you can add some filler greens or baby’s breath, or as suggested, candles if allowed.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

How about adding a table runner?

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I agree about trying a mock up.  That way you can measure the diameter of your centerpiece and compare against the size of the table. 

Our florist suggested 6″ or 7″ round vases for our round tables of 8.  Once filled the arrangement is like 9 inches wide.  I thought that would be too large and wanted smaller.  In the end though, i’m happy i went with her suggestion. even with the table numbers, place cards, etc the table didn’t look bare but it also didn’t look overtly filled.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Your centerpieces will be fine. If you are using chargers and place them one inch away from the edge of the table, and  leave 8-9 inches for wine and water glasses, each setting will take 22-23 inches. With the settings on opposite sides of the table, that would take  44-46 inches of the table top. That leaves 26-28 inches in the middle for centerpieces, bread baskets, butter, salt and pepper etc.

 There are so many different ways to do tulips:

contemporary

Elegant Contemporary Tulip CenterpieceModern Wedding Centerpiece Tulips and Butterflies

(love these with the butterflies in the cloches on either side)

rustic romantic

traditional

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I only would have 1 warning with tulips…the heads are really heavy and they tend to droop.  But a good florist should know that, and would put in wire to help sustain them.  Tulips and calla lilies together look really pretty and it’d help with structure and price probably too 🙂

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hi,

I would suggest a square vase at a medium height 8-9 inch vase.  This way you can get some height.  Also, you can put some crystals or river rocks in the bottom of the vase….Tulips are beautiful, inexpensive and they come in all types of beautiful colors…

As for the florist, she is trying to make money!  I am having a reception party on April 15, 2011 ( I eloped last year) and the florist wanted to charge us 800.00 to do 10 tables…my mom, sister and I decided to DIY the flowers.

I am sure it will be fabulous…

– C

 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hi,

I would suggest a square vase at a medium height 8-9 inch vase.  This way you can get some height.  Also, you can put some crystals or river rocks in the bottom of the vase….Tulips are beautiful, inexpensive and they come in all types of beautiful colors…

As for the florist, she is trying to make money!  I am having a reception party on April 15, 2011 ( I eloped last year) and the florist wanted to charge us 800.00 to do 10 tables…my mom, sister and I decided to DIY the flowers.

I am sure it will be fabulous…

– C

 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - A church in downtown Nashville

I think a good florist will work with you on what your vision is for your wedding.. I’m not sure if she’s really pushing that you need bigger centerpieces, but to be fair, I think she’s probably just comparing it to other clients from the past.  If she IS pushing, time to find a new florist!

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