Post # 1
I am having centerpieces similar to the picture below on every other or so table at my reception. They are round tables that hold 10 seats (I am not sure the diameter). The other tables will have similar hydrangeas and a vase with 2 cala lillies with some wiring around them. Anyways, I am starting to worry that although they are beautiful and I love them that people may be upset that it impedes their vision to across the table. I sat down with the venue and tried to experience what it would look like for the guests and the candelabra is pretty tall but there is still the post in the way when looking across the table of course. What are your opinions or experience with centerpieces like this?
Post # 3
I don’t really like tall centerpieces cause you have to be poking around them to talk to the people on the other side of the table, however, if the one you’re showin is tall enough to be not-that-inconvenient, if that makes sense.
Post # 4
I like the centerpieces in your picture but I’m not always a fan of tall centerpieces. The only times when a tall centerpiece didn’t bother me is when the table was quite large and even without the centerpiece it would be wasted effort to try and shout across the table at the person sitting directly across from you. If you’re working with a florist she should be able to suggest heights and tall centerpieces that will still work for guests being able to talk across the table. That’s what someone on another thread suggested earlier today.
Post # 5
These might be so tall that they don’t impede converstaion!
Post # 6
i love the look of it .. and was thinking to use it until i went to a friends wedding, she had something similiar to your picture, and when i tried to take photos from my seat, it keeps getting in the way…
Post # 7
The tall skinny part is at eye level which makes things easier. The only thing I see is if you are having the three smaller things at the bottom, they look to be exactly the right height to be a pain.
Post # 8
We’re having tall centerpieces with a thicker base than yours…our florist told us we should use clear vases to minimize the obstruction to view….
…Personally, I LOVE tall centerpieces and I think they go a really long way towards creating a dramatic and beautiful setting. In fact, we’re even putting gel in the base and adding purple orchids with LED lights…I can’t wait!
Our venue has extraordinary high ceilings and low centerpieces just don’t look right.
I think yours are fine…they are all enough and skinny enough. I think the real problem is with “tall” centerpieces that are the tallest in peoples direct line of vision.
Post # 9
@mrsginmay: I agree. I think tall centerpieces are fine, as long as they are tall enough that the full flower section is higher than peoples eyeline. It is only the ones where the mass of the flowers are obstructing my view that I find distracting. I think yours will be just fine! They’re beautiful 🙂
Post # 10
I love tall centerpieces. They add drama, fill the room and make it look super special. Just make sure to test them out. Have a mock-up done and sit down at table to make sure they don’t impede your vision across the the table. as long as they’re tall enough it shouldn’t be a problem. I know people say they don’t like them because they *can* block your view but that shouldn’t happen and is really an oversight on the florist’s part. I’ve never had that experience at a wedding with tall centerpieces.
Post # 11
I find tall are EASIER to talk around (if they’re over your head tall, not eye level tall). I find most shorter arrangements end up being more in the way, frankly!
Post # 12
For all the bellyaching about not being able to see over big centerpieces, I honestly have never been to a wedding with 10-person rounds and spoken to anyone but the people who were two places or less to my immediate right and left. The table itself is usually just too large to have a decent conversation with whomever’s across from you anyway. Not being able to SEE might be an annoyance for some, even if they don’t actually interact with the other people.
In this case, though, I think that the skinny part of the vase is not much of an obstruction, so why not?
Post # 13
We had tall centerpiece at our table and low on the other 5 and since it was tall and thin it did not block the guests – I wanted to keep an open feel but have lots of flowers too 🙂
I worry that the low ones may have blocked more from looking at the pictures
I think yours will be fine – just make sure that you tell them not to build up the surrounding items too high
Post # 14
I think it looks good. Usually I HATE tall centerpieces–it’s so annoying to not be able to see half of the table!–but your picture looks like you wouldn’t have any problems. 🙂
Post # 15
I was hoping they are tall enough to not impede vision/conversation too much because I absolutely love them.
@BothCoasts: I was also thinking about how big a table that can hold ten people would be and if they would even be able to speak across the table anyways, which is a good point
@chasesgirl: I will definitely keep that in mind and maybe make them shorter or get rid of the shorter vases altogether. Based on the picture you are right they look to be at eye-level
@Meowkers: @Miss Orchard: I also love the drama of the tall centerpieces! My venue has very tall ceilings and I am using ivory/offwhite as my main color with gold and plum accents. So to bring in the tall centerpieces really gives it some drama but still keeping it simple and elegant without being to boring or bland.
Post # 16
Personally, I love tall centerpieces, I think they make a bigger statement…. I don’t know why everyone gets up in arms about them. I mean, they’re tall enough that you can see under them…. now if they had a big bush of flowers right at eye level, that could be problematic. I went to a wedding where they had those big manzanita branch things on some of the tables – those are a little awkward to see through….. and one wedding where they had 3 smaller vases at different levels with flowers as lower centerpieces, and those were even more annoying than the tall centerpieces! SO I think yours are just perfect!