Post # 1
Just wanted to muse a bit about centerpieces. We have a beautiful, high-ceilinged reception site, which I adore except for one thing: ugly carpet.
I keep hearing I need tall centerpieces in the room to draw the eye upwards and away from the rug, so I’m working on doing that. I really like the ones with tree branches especially.
But that brings a whole slew of new questions, so I figured I’d see what anyone here knows/has done/is doing:
-Have any of you had tall (3′ or so, maybe higher) centerpieces at your wedding?
-If so, did you get them from a florist or DIY?
-If you got them from a florist, how much did it cost per centerpiece?
-If you made them yourself, what did you use? Any suggestions?
I am leaning towards DIY, because I believe florist centerpieces are expensive, but that will open up a whole new set of issues like where to find the supplies and how to transport tall centerpieces to our reception site.
Any feedback here would be massively helpful. Thanks!
Post # 3
Mine were $195 for each centerpiece….I got them from a florist..definitely not the cheapest option..
Post # 4
I did tall centerpieces made of all dendronium orchids. In order to save money I rented the vases from the florist and instead of paying over $200 per centerpiece I believe we ended up paying $70.
Post # 5
We had half tall and half low centerpeices, pictures are below. The low ones were $75 each and the tall ones were $120 each (the tall vases were rentals). But keep in mind that was in the NYC area were things are ridiculously more expensive sadly 🙁
Post # 6
I’m not sure how big your wedding is, but I was talked out of DIY my centerpieces by my DOC. You think that it looks pretty easy, but it’s really one more huge thing that you have on your plate. You have to worry about having someone else setting it up and taking it down, and you have to hope they are going to be able to execute the vision that you had in your head of what it would look like. At least for the kinds of centerpieces that I wanted, it wasn’t going to be worth the hassle nor would it really have saved that much money.
These are what I’m doing for one set of tall ones- the flowers will be more like a pomander on the top though. The other centerpieces will be tall vases with candles and hydrangea blooms on the top.
Post # 7
We did half tall, half short centerpieces. I had a florist do them. I was already DIYing every pieces of stationary and the favors for the wedding on top of being in school and working so DIYing the centerpieces was not going to happen. We had branches, roses, crystals, and hanging votives in the tall ones. They cost us $250 a piece. That cost came in because we wanted roses for the hanging flowers and roses aren’t the cheapest for sure. We were going to go the cheaper route and use carnations instead but in the end it cost almost the same because you needed more carnations to fill the space than you needed roses.
you can see them in the background in this picture:
Post # 8
I have an ugly carpet problem in my venue as well BUT I just want to tell you that I have never noticed the flooring at any wedding I’ve been to – even the one I was a bridesmaid in. So if it comes down to spending a ton of money just to try to draw the eye upward, don’t feel like you have to fork it out. 🙂
Post # 9
We are having some tall and some short centerpieces. The tall ones with have silver branches with some small votives with flowers around it. I am using a florist in Chicago and the tall centerpieces cost $95/each.
Post # 10
I totally agree with Masala that I have never noticed the floor at any event I’ve been too, but when we were looking at venues that was like the first thing I would notice. So we’re doing tall centerpieces too.
Through save-on-crafts.com for vases and fiftyflowers.com we were going to do just plain light pink gladiolus (they’re a super tall and sturdy flower) with pretty rocks in the bottom. But after shipping and all it was about $55-70/arrangement. I actually called a ton of florists in the area and found one that will do them for $60 with vase, delivery, and set up. So for me it DIY-ing and professional florist were about the same price and definitely worth not having to worry about 🙂
Post # 11
Those are really pretty, everyone!
Roxy & SouthernTulip, those sound like pretty reasonable florist prices to me. Who did you guys use?
I know you are all right about not noticing the floor; I’m being neurotic perhaps. Here’s my concern though. You can see the floor/carpet in the pictures here:
Our colors are basically that bridesmaids will be wearing black, groomsmen will be in black or grey suits, and flowers will be bright, citrusy orange, yellow, & greens.
Looking at the floor with all the maroon, gold, and brown, it seems like a total clashfest. What do you guys think?
I love the venue for its size, tall ceiling, beautiful lights, great food, etc. I just find this one detail to be unattractive and distracting, at least to me. On the other hand, it does sound nuts to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars (or DIY hours) trying to remedy a problem if it really is only going to be bugging me and my mom (she doesn’t like the carpet either).
I wonder if there is a different solution. Uplighting maybe? I’m not sure. Ugh.