Hello? Is there anyone across the table?

November 5, 2009

I am meeting with a bride, Michelle and groom, Joseph (names have been changed to protect the innocent).

“I want to make sure my guests can see over the centerpieces. I do not want the centerpieces to be in the way.” Joseph says, practically.
“But- I want there to be a “WOW!” when the guests enter the room. The flowers should stand out and make an impression.” Michelle asserts.

“The last wedding we attended people were moving the centerpieces off the table and on to the floor. What a waste!” Joseph says remembering the ill-fated flowers.
Is there a way to bring these two warring factions together? A Camp David for wedding flowers? Yes! It all comes down to the height of the centerpiece.
First the math- Centerpieces should be no taller than 13 inches. Elevated centerpieces should be raised above 24 inches. These formulas will allow for comfortable viewing and conversing across the table.
The picture on the left is an example of a terrible centerpiece. Imagine sitting

at this table. All you can see is a wall o’ decor. Claustrophobic, uncomfortable and certainly not conducive to a friendly, partying atmosphere. If I were a guest at this wedding I would want to leave this table asap! Just FYI- I did not design this centerpiece.

The centerpiece on the right is from a wedding I designed last year. I love this centerpiece because it is an example of a classic low arrangement in a clear glass vase. This arrangement was about 13 inches tall at its highest point. There are a lot of creative options for low centerpiece designs. What a great idea for another blog post. *noted*
“What about my “WOW!” factor?” Michelle asks, butting in.
Elevated centerpieces are the way to go for visual excitement at the reception. Tall vases, metal stands, candelabras are just some of the ways you can elevate an arrangement and still allow for easy conversing

across the table. When choosing an accessory to raise your centerpiece use an item that is at least 24 inches tall and no larger than 7 inches in diameter. Also test your stand for stability. You do not want your centerpieces to come crashing down. Probably not quite the “impact” you were going for.
The exception to the rule: You know there is always a way to break the rules. Branches or other thin elements can add height to a low centerpiece with out getting in the way of conversation.
“You are the best!” Michelle and Joseph exclaim in unison. “How can we ever thank you enough?”
Bringing peace and to the warring decor factions is all the thanks I need. 🙂