(Closed) Low centerpieces

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey bee

Based on past experiences from weddings and dinner events, we are having all low centerpieces. On seperate occasions, we both have been to events where there were tall centerpieces and it was quite annoying. The one that stands out in my mind was a dinner where the centerpiece was quite large, both wide and tall, and it hindered conversations to the point that you honestly couldn’t tell that there was anyone else at your table other than the people to your immediate left or right. After that experience, I am anti-tall centerpieces. Honestly though, a low centerpiece should not be taller than 8-10″ max or else it will hinder conversations since no one will be able to see anyone else.

Post # 4
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Worker bee

I agree with the problem of beautiful tall centerpieces getting in the way of conversations. They make for gorgeous photographs but not sure how practical they are.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I like the idea of a mix, which is what I’m doing. Some tall, some medium and the rest clusters, so that they’re actually just a few inches high off the table. My florist says the different sizes move your eyes through the ballroom.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I prefer low centerpieces – I’ll be using tall arrangements for the guest book table, bar, and so on.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

lol I’m for a mix of them as well.. I like the look of it.  Practicality wise, I definitely think that low centerpieces work better. It also depends on the “vibe” of your event.  For example are you going for intimate, then low gives it to you. If you use pops of color, then it could definitely be fun and romantic!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We are just doing low I probably would have gravitated to tall centre pieces, but I was recently at a wedding where the centre pieces were so big and annoying people started putting them on the floor during the reception so they could talk to each other. The bride and her aunt (a florist who provided the centre pieces) were really unimpressed, but by the time they had noticed about 1/4 of them had be placed on the floor against a wall.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

I just used low centerpieces.  I prefer them because I feel like they’re better for conversation, and also because I feel like tall centerpieces are sort of wasted, once you sit down.  All the beautiful flowers are on top of you above your head, and don’t get seen!  So you don’t get to enjoy how pretty they are during dinner.  Seems like a waste to me.  🙂

We sprinkled in some tall tall tall skinny mercury glass candlesticks with ivory tapers to add height to the room.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i think it depends on what kind of atmosphere you’re going for. if you’re having a formal wedding, i would want to throw some tall ones in there. we’re having an informal, very casual wedding and making our own centerpieces, so we’re going all low.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We’re having all low centerpieces. Here’s the inspiration picture I gave to my florist. We’ll be having two vases with flowers on each long table & a glass cylinder with a pillar candle. The vases we’re using are 5″ tall, and the flowers will add another few inches.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

we’re doing low ones as well, for the same reason as many posters above – so as not to impede conversation.  We will have some slightly taller ones for the cake/escort card/etc tables though.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m doing something low, my biggest problem with high centerpeices is that you can’t see the person across from you!! Thats SO ANNOYING! So, we’re using a few stems in square vases and then decorating further with candles and lace probably. It won’t look extravagant b/c its not 3 feet tall, but at least everyone at th table will be able to have a conversation and thats the most important part to me.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are doing all low centerpieces.  I think one foot is a good height but I would be hesitant to do much taller than that.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We are doing half tall centerpieces and half low.  I think it will help to draw attention to each since they are different.  For the low ones, we will have six small blue voltive candle holders in a square in the middle of the table.  They will be surrounded by a wreath of sorts of white hydrangeas on the bottom topped with blue orchids to go with our peacock color scheme.  We will also have petals scattered around it.

Post # 16
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Busy bee

Maybe it depends on the reception site? Do you have very tall ceilings? Maybe higher centerpieces would balance the look.

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