(Closed) High + Low Centerpieces- what’s your take?

posted 7 years ago in Decor
  • poll: In this ballroom, would high + low centerpieces look nice and classy?
    Yes! Gorgeous! Will add dimension and will still look classic. : (34 votes)
    74 %
    No! It will look strange and not very classy : (0 votes)
    They should all be high!-explain below please : (4 votes)
    9 %
    They should all be low!-explain below please : (7 votes)
    15 %
    Other- describe below. : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I love the idea. Like you said it would add dimention. Plus, I just genuinly like the look of high-low centerpiece designs.

    Post # 5
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I prefer the look of incorporating a mix of high and low centerpieces. It makes the room more interesting and, like you said, it adds dimension to the room, so everything isn’t the same.

    Post # 6
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    646 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Here’s what my florist had to say on the topic (I had actually just asked this of him on Friday!) :

    1. It depends on the size of your table and how many you’re putting around it. If they’re 60″ tables and you’re squeezing 10 around them, you need a smaller centerpiece in the middle. However, it could be tall, it should just be narrow.
    2. It also depends on how many tables you’re packing into your ballroom. If you’re squeezing in close to the max number of tables, adding the taller element can make the room a bit claustrophobic.
    3. Consider who you’re seating at the “tall” centerpiece vs “low” centerpiece tables. With family politics and pettyness at weddings, guests at the tables with “low” centerpieces can think they were put in the cheap seats. Likewise, if you have the two great aunts that hate eachother, if one is put at a “tall” table and the other is put at a “short” table, they may snark at each other over it
    4. You can avoid the “wall” effect of tall centerpieces by placing them in tall pillar or pilsner style vases that bring the arrangement up over eye-level, then have a small arrangement on the base that the guests can see while sitting

    I think a mix would be lovely if it’s laid out the way it is in the picture on your wedding day! In the end, it’s up to you!

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    One of the florists I talked to said to divide the tables into thirds. Like High-medium-low. Then I was thinking just high and low, but since we finalized the room design today and now I might do all high centerpieces. We’re only having eight big tables now and I don’t know if I should keep the high + low or just go all high. My room looks a lot like the one in your picture too.

    Post # 8
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    7296 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    i like the idea. i would prefer to see a pic though before i could really give an opinion.

    Post # 9
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    433 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I love high and low centerpieces, they look amazing

    Post # 10
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I think it adds visual interest to rooms that are tall like the one pictured. I say go for it, just heed the advice of narrower centerpieces when doing tall ones so that they don’t hinder conversation at those tables. I also think high-medium-low is even MORE interesting and dynamic. πŸ™‚ Pretty ballroom too.

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    It does look beautiful to have a mix – especially in all the photos you see of mixed height centerpieces in huge spaces with no guests. 

    I’ve been a wedding coordinator at resorts/ballrooms for years.  And at every wedding that had a tall centerpiece or a mix, I’ve found guests will move them… which always irritates me.  They want to be able to see/talk to each other so they just move them over wherever.  (Biggest pet peeve is putting them on the gift or guestbook table… HELLO! Their beautiful picture mat to sign I now have to shake moss off of it because you thought it was a good place for the centerpiece!).

    It depends on what you use for your talls – usually a candelabra like you see above with no other adornment isn’t a big deal, but things involving flowers or wider vases or containers always seem to move around the room.

    I considered it for my wedding this June but elected to go with all low centers so everyone can see each other.  The ceilings in my room are high, but not so crazy that I feel like the tables get lost. 

    And that space in the pic is gorgeous!!!  I would use all low and let those glorious ceilings and chandeliers work on their own.  Your florist may be able to do things from the light fixtures – I had many brides elect to do that over tall tablepieces. 

    Good luck!

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I personally don’t like tall centerpieces since they do tend to block people’s views (if they’re tall enough for seated conversation then they might be right at eye level when people are standing) – plus I feel like they’re kind of a trend that will pass.

    I do like the candelabras like in the photo because they don’t take up a huge amount of space visually but are still elegant. I think if you do tall centerpieces make sure they don’t look like huge low hanging clouds in the room.

    That room is gorgeous with the chandeliers, the molding and ceiling and sculped chairbacks – I’d go with lower centerpieces and use the elegance of the room to my advantage. I think in more stark spaces there’s a need for more decoration.

    Post # 16
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    You’re welcome!  As much as I am a regular ol’ overanalyzing tweaky bride with my own wedding… at least I’m still capable of helping others with theirs πŸ™‚  I’ve been doing this a long time!

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