Post # 1
Hi bees! Ok, I asked this question in one of my other threads about flowers, but I wanted to make this a separate question…
In this ballroom, would a mix of high & low centerpieces be beautiful? Or would it look uneven? A bee told me that all high centerpieces can be alienating to those seated in the back which makes sense. I just don’t want it to look wierd…
So…what do you think? 🙂
Post # 3
I love the idea. Like you said it would add dimention. Plus, I just genuinly like the look of high-low centerpiece designs.
Post # 4
@Mrs Hedgehog: Thanks Ms Hedgehog! For some reason I am really anxiety-ridden in general about the flowers because for me it is one of the most important element about the wedding…
I will probably drive the bee crazy with all my never-ending questions!!
Post # 5
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
Here’s what my florist had to say on the topic (I had actually just asked this of him on Friday!) :
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
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
i like the idea. i would prefer to see a pic though before i could really give an opinion.
Post # 9
I love high and low centerpieces, they look amazing
Post # 10
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. 🙂 Pretty ballroom too.
Post # 11
@sonj818:Thanks for the detailed reply! There will be 30 tables and they will not be spaced closely together. I’m not sure what the inches are of the tables yet, but I know they fit 10-12 comfortably and 14 uncomfortably.
Also, I planned on the high centerpieces being very high so that the actual flowers will not be an obstruction…however, the thin vase will be a kind of obstruction…
Thanks to everyone else too, all the input helps!
Post # 12
@reinab505: That is a cool idea (the high-medium-low) but I’m worried that it would look quite uneven…like, it might be harder to make it look harmonious? Or do you think it works?
Post # 13
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.
Post # 14
@thewheelsonthebus:Thanks for your detailed reply! Oh, man this is such a hard decision. I really really love the idea of the drama of high centerpieces and I’m not sure that hanging flowers on the chandeliers will “quench that thirst” so to speak. 🙂
But a few other friends have mentioned that it blocks the view at the table, etc…sigh!!
I’m glad that you like the space! It really is beautiful. 🙂
Post # 15
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
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 🙂 I’ve been doing this a long time!