(Closed) Tall or short centerpieces?

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

It depends on the height. If you order tall, the flowers themselves should be higher than your line of sight (and everyone will be able to see each other). Another thing to consider…does your venue have high ceilings? Sometimes I think that high centerpieces look awkward in rooms that have lower or drop-ceilings.

You could always do both as well! Like below:

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Centerpieces should be less than 12″ tall or greater than 24″ tall (with a narrow vase or base) so guests can converse easily.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We did tall 24″(probably higher) centerpieces. They were clear glass cylinder vases filled with water and a single stem orchid. The flower arrangement is in a giant hidden pan that perches on top of the vase. These were accented by low floating candle votives. I don’t think anyone had issues seeing around them or conversing.

However, we did attend a lavish wedding where there were three centerpieces of varying heights and they were filled with candles and flowers (tall cylinder vases too) and these were hard to see through as there’s a cluster forming a wall (essentially) and some were too low but not low enough.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I prefer short just because I’ve been to weddings with tall center pieces and didn’t like the obstruction of my view (even with thinner vases/stands). But that’s just my opinion, some people really like the drama of tall center pieces and they do lend a more formal vibe to a wedding IMO

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I prefer short, because I’ve been to weddings where the high ones have just prevented me from talking to other people. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Short all the way!!!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@FutureMrsJohnson_:   the drama of tall center pieces and they do lend a more formal vibe to a wedding


This is a good point. We had a formal wedding so the centerpieces definitely suited the vibe better. There’s some breathtaking about giant, opulent centerpieces despite the possible lack of practicality.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I like a mixture of both.  Yes tall centerpieces should be above the guests’ eye line.  However, even if the centerpieces slightly blocks the view of the guests across the table I think that’s fine.  It’s usually way too loud to talk to the people all the way across the table anyways.  I usually only end up talking to the three people seated to either side of me. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Honestly, I do not “get” the tall centerpiece craze. I think they are too showy and, like you said, your guests usually can’t see each other. 

(I’m also quite a clutz and I could totally see myself somehow knocking those giant things over and causing a disaster). lol

I’m all for short, low profile, subtle centerpieces like floating candles, sprinkled jewels, table runners, or small, simple bouqets. 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Stace126:  there is nothing to “get”.  It’s just a matter of personal taste.  Just like you think tall centerpieces are too showy, someone else might thing low centerpieces like the floating candles and “sprinkled jewels” you described are too shabby or plain.

I think obviously you have to take your venue into consideration.  My reception space was a huge historical building with tall ceilings and grand chandeliers.  Small centerpieces would have just gotten lost in the space.  But those same small centerpieces might look totally appropriate at a woodsy, outdoor wedding.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Meowkers:  I totally agree.  And since when is “showy” such a negative thing?  I’m having a lavish, black tie wedding and doing a mix of highs and lows. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Saying I don’t “get” something is just another way of saying it is not my taste. Sorry for using alternate words. 

Sheesh people are sensitive! (and i am one of the most sensitive prople in the world)!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Also never said there was anything wrong with being showy. I am just not a showy person. To each their own. OP asked for opinions and I tactfully gave mine. Why is everyone with a different opinion so defensive over something so miniscule? 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Stace126:  Haha, agreed. People get so defensive over their wedding preferences.. if you ever go against anything they like or had at their weding, watch out. The claws come out. if you say the wrong word or the tone of what you’re saying gets misinterpreted, they get in a tissy.

But anyway, I don’t like tall centerpeices either. And small ones aren’t for woody, outdoors weddings either… My wedding reception is in a big beautful room 15 floors up, with chandeliers and solid windows for 3 of the walls. Not “woodsy” at all, and I’m going to go with small centerpeices, just because I think tall ines aren’t practical for guests. I know I hate them when I’m at a wedding. They’re beautiful, but pretty annoying if you’re a guest.

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