(Closed) Table Settings and Centerpieces

posted 8 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
46375 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Hi- I can’t see your pics(something to do with our computers at work) but, to deal only with the space issue:

If your table is 60 inches wide, your 2 lanterns will take up about 20 inches, or a third of the table. The average dinner plate is 10 inches, so 2 across from each other will be another 20 inches. That leaves 20 inches total unused, or 10 inches from the edge of the dinner plate to the center piece on each side. Allowing for room for glassware, that seems about right to me.

Post # 4
962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t have any advice on the setting/tables – as I have rectangular tables, but I wanted to put out there that often times centerpieces (and decorations in general) look more “balance”  when they’re odd numbers.  Perhaps you can throw in another 8in lantern, or something similar.

Good luck!

Post # 5
5761 posts
Bee Keeper

Have you set up a table and tried it out? I’m a visual person,so I had to play with everything to make sure sizes looked good. Our centerpieces weren’t large,but we had 3 globe candle holders around them, and boxed favors on the tables,table numbers and place card holders plus the tableware. We had the same size tables and 8 at each. It was pretty crowded once drinks were out, appetizers served family style,etc.

This is before everything was done…no dishes or silverware yet.

Post # 6
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m concerned about how you will set up two lanterns?  It would look unbalanced to me.. I have a crazy need for symmetry.  I would stick with one or do three.  I used metal lanters that were 7″ x 7″ x 18″ on half my tables and then floral arrangements in square vases that were 6″ x 6″ x 6″(plus additional height from the flowers) on the other half.  I also had 60 inch tables with 8-10 people at them and the table looked more than full.  The table settings and glassware will take up a lot of space.

Post # 7
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010


I wouldn’t worry.  Our caterer warned us about trying to put too much on the table.  After all the plates, chargers, glasses, flowers, , water pitchers, wine, bread, butter, salt, pepper, table numbers, menus, favors, candles, personal belongings etc it takes up a lot of room!  I went to a wedding once with ZERO table space – it sucked!  Not even an inch for my camera or phone!

Post # 9
529 posts
Busy bee

@ItWasntMe: I love your table numbers! Did you make them?

My mother always told me that odd numbers look better when arranging things, and the more I mess with centerpieces, the more I agree with her! Mix up the heights and I think it will look lovely!

Post # 10
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

My tables were 72″ rounds so I was worried that they wouldnt look full enough. Once the centerpieces were in place and the table was set, I think it was just fine.


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