Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Centerpieces: Size Matters

Tall, wide, short, long, round, square, skinny, full, curvy...bet you didn't know floral arrangements came in so many sizes.

It can be easier to begin with choosing the size of your centerpieces than the colors - especially if you already have your venue chosen. Size matters when it comes to centerpieces and bigger isn't always better.

Top 3 Questions On Centerpiece Sizing

How can I have big arrangements without blocking my guests from socializing across the table?

Skinny vases and/or flower stems. You can have big bright flowers and loads of them at the top of a tall vase. Still, keep the inside of the vase as clean as possible. Too much going on in a semi-thin glass can give the appearance of a thicker vase...and could create a barrier between your cousin Robert getting to know your former college roommate Kelly. Now wouldn't that be a shame?

Should I do all big arrangements?

We don't think so, but that's a personal preference. 18 tables of tall vases and lots of flowers can overwhelm a room and achieve the opposite look you were intending. And you might have bobbing heads all around the room trying to see speeches and introductions because branches and lilies are everywhere. Do 9 tables of tall arrangements and 9 tables of low, full arrangements. Remember, keep the low ones below eye level or we're back to the same issue discussed above.

How can I achieve the full look on the table and at the top of the vase? Or can I?

Low, full arrangements at the base of the vase. Still keep the fullest part of the arrangement above eye level, but adding in low flowers on the table will give the centerpiece a wider, fuller appearance without obstructing views. And poking people in the eye.

Two Final Pieces of Advice:

  1. There IS a such thing as over doing it when it comes to flowers. Try to visualize your options in the venue before going crazy with centerpieces or even have your planner or designer do a sketch of what it will look like. Most florists will do a mock centerpiece complimentary, so ask about getting one for your tasting. This will make visualizing much easier. Less can be more, and often is with arrangements. 
  2. If you're planning to incorporate branches, hanging mini lanterns, top heavy vases, large pieces of fruit, candelabras, etc., it's best to consult a floral expert or a wedding planner before implementing your selections. Tipping vases, bouncing limes and fire hazards can make for a heck of a show, but not the kind you want at your reception.