Post # 16
I notice them but usually don’t remember. What I notice is the total ambience in the room with the centerpieces. For example if you have candle centerpieces, I may not remember if you had a pillar candle in a vase from the $1 store, but I will remember how romantic the room looked. Hope that helps!
Post # 17
I notice centerpieces since I do think they add to the decor and theme a lot. However, I only remember centerpieces if they block my view.
Post # 18
Can you find two-toned petals? I find those look a lot nicer and add a second dimension. I also second adding additional votives/tea lights.
Post # 19
I always notice the centerpieces and I find centerpieces really help to dress up the table. With the right lighting, they can look gorgeous and really set off your table. Our venue did gorgeous candle centerpieces for us and we had compliments on them all night. The glow from them around the room looked amazing in the photos.
Post # 20
I pay a lot of attention to details. So for my wedding it was important that everything meshed well and looked elegant without going overboard. I notice if the centerpieces look thrown together or cheap. I also notice if they are elegantly done or a particular style.
Post # 21
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
I definitely notice. I think centerpieces really define the room and tone of the event.
Post # 22
I may notice them for a moment but definitely won’t remember. What I WILL remember is general quality and amount of food, drinks and how well the event is planned. I agree with PPs that cheap is to skimp on guests’ comfort, centerpieces are up to taste. And for sure bigger is not better because they will obstruct view and leave less space on tables for food and plates.
Post # 23
Oh I believe you and I were cut from the same cloth.
I’m not really into wedding details but I always like and appreciate good centerpieces. But I agree – as I have been to weddings that weren’t dry but only offered served wine with dinner so guests had no choice in the matter yet I knew their flower budget was in the upwards of 5-6K.
Post # 24
I think what you are doing looks good! I wouldn’t stress about it at all.
I notice mainly if there is no centerpiece, or if the centerpiece is gorgeous, but 90% of them fall in the middle-of the road category. I think you need to have something there, but really it is just another box to check.
Post # 25
I always notice centrepieces and other decor, much more than most of the other details. Lit candles are particularly awesome 🙂
Post # 26
I think I only notice centerpieces if they’re really, really impressive or creative. Well, I probably notice them, but just don’t remember them. I have been to 5 weddings in the past few years and I only remember one’s centerpieces because it was a fall wedding and they had super fancy trees with well-wishing cards hanging from them… So people will probably notice your centerpieces but ultimately that isn’t what people are going to remember about your wedding. And I definitely think that yours will look very nice once it has mirrors and candles 🙂
Post # 27
I honestly couldn’t tell you if the last 5 weddings I’ve been to even HAD centerpieces, even though I was probably staring at it all night!
In my opinion, whether the centerpiece is amazing or not-so-amazing, it isn’t really going to impact a guest’s enjoyment of a wedding. I’m going to put my money toward food and alcohol, since that’s what I remember long after a wedding.
Post # 28
The thing is I would love to have real flower as centerpieces but we just can’t afford them. The qoute I got for flowers were $30 a table and I rather use that $30 for tipping my vendors and providing them food for their service than on real flowers that would eventually die.
Post # 29
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
General advice- if you are having table service at your wedding, find out if your centerpieces will be in the way at all. I spent a good chunk of time designing and selecting centerpieces, and the waiters took them away during the appetizer course so they could fit all the plates in the middle of the table. I was hoping they would bring them back after that (not family style after appetizers), but they didn’t. At one point, when it was getting dark (outdoor wedding), Darling Husband and I had to run over to fetch the candles from the centerpieces so we could light them on tables so people could see. I was kind of upset that they didn’t bring the centerpieces back after the initial course, but life goes on.
Moral: see if you even need to fret over them before you get too nervous about them.
ETA: for the flowers in our centerpieces, we used the bridal and Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets. I had 2 Bridesmaid or Best Man + me and 3 tables, so it was perfect, but you could always instruct your Bridesmaid or Best Man to split their bouquets among 2-3 tables. It wouldn’t take long.
Post # 30
I would notice if you have a well designed and full centerpiece versus one that’s not (i.e. A couple candles on a mirror…)