(Closed) how small is too small for centerpieces?

posted 10 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

 I’m not too sure about the rule of thumb on this, or if there even is one.  I do know that you can make centerpieces look bigger/more expensive buy adding cheaper candles or flower petals rather than big floral arrangements.  You can also use tall, Eiffel Tower vases with a few dramatic flowers (lilies, orchids) for big impact without spending too much money.  

Post # 4
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I agree with Soon2beMrsC. In our case we too have tables that will seat 8-10 people. Because we’re having family style meals we’re going to have a square shaped vase with roses blooming out and tealight candles around it… two or three. Because of the eating arrangement we needed more eating space Center pieces are expensive. Even fake flowers are up there in price too.

Post # 5
62 posts
Worker bee

I’m on a tight budget too; I’ve found that flowers from Sam’s club are the best bet.  We’re getting 250 white roses for just over $200, including shipping, and the reviews on the website all say that the flowers are HUGE.  :]

Another option would be to put a single flower in a vase, and surround it with something.  An idea that hasn’t been mentioned is pictures; you could borrow picture frames [and possibly even the pictures] from family members and combine pics of you and your fiance together or when you were kids, or even you guys with whoever will be sitting at that table.

Good luck! 

Post # 6
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I’m not sure if this would interest you at all, but you could try a non-floral centerpiece, or one with only a flower or two and something else.

Our centerpieces were only $10 each (everything was bought on sale/clearance). They consist of 12 voltive candles in glass holders which I wrapped with ribbon, and a bowl filled with ornaments (we are having a Holiday season wedding).

So if you’re on a budget you may need to think outside the box and hunt for deals!

If you want to incorporate flowers you could use rocks in the bottom of a vase and have one nice big flower. Or you could use lots of greenery and then use only a flower or two to create something really dramatic…

Post # 7
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I agree with previous readers that you could just do a small floral arrangement and add candles and a picture. If you had an engagment shoot this would be the perfect time to display those images!

Also the new thing springing all over the blogging world is to do a cluster of single stem flower vases. They take up more space and have more impact, but cost less. Michaels sells single stem vases for cheap. I suggest you could also check out the dollar stores, or use any small containers that you already have. You could do 2-3 single roses, and maybe 1-2 daisies and then just have some simple candles spread around. too cute.

Post # 8
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

MissCamera, I love the idea of a few small vases. I just bought one at Walmart for less than $2 for putting small flowers from our garden in at my house.

If you had 2-3 "bud vases" @ approx $5 and a single flower in each with some voltive candles set throughout I think it would be gorgeous! (and CHEAP!)

Post # 9
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

Some things my friends’ and I have done…

1) Float a bigger-sized flower in a round bowl with clear rocks on the bottom… place the bowl on a mirror and add four votives around the mirror.

2) Place a pillar candle in a vase and surround with flower petals (in or outside of the vase)… another friend did this except with ribbon roses (a la martha Stewart) and add a few votives.

3) Use a stand of some sort as the centerpiece and place the table’s favors on it instead of flowers or anything additional… pretty and functional.

4) We had floral arrangements, but in order to make them look bigger (flowers were on top of a tall, square vase) we placed an open linen napkin underneath to add a bit of color.

5) On a mirror place 3 candles of varying heights, each in it’s own glass vase… add a little flower with a piece of pretty ribbon.


Although in some ways similar to each other and in some ways different, all of the things I listed looked beautiful.  I think it’s nice to have SOMEthing in the middle of the table, even if it’s not a lot of flowers (or flowers at all).  You can probably find a lot of photos online too for more inspiration. Good luck! 


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