Tall Wedding Centerpieces: Are They A Good Idea?
Small or Tall
You''ve seen the pictures, the huge ballroom filled with tall vases filled to the brim with beautiful flowers. The tables sparkle with candlelight and as the guests file in, each one pauses to go 'wow' at the sight of the gorgeous flowers at your one of a kind, beautiful wedding.
It's a lovely thought, but is it practical? Before you spend a fortune on wedding flowers, think about it. Do you really want tall wedding centerpieces, or would something much smaller, lower, and probably less expensive, actually be better?
Picture - Tall Wedding centerpiece by Smithers Oasis - combines small and tall!
Tall can mean expensive
is the cost justified?
A quick look at most florists shows that tall wedding arrangements usually cost more than short. But is that justified?
Take a detailed look at the arrangements and you'll find that in some cases (not all) it's a question of perception. Because tall centerpiece arrangements look bigger, it seem reasonable for them to be more expensive, yet the number of flowers used can be just the same as with a low arrangement. Real flowers cost the same whether their stems are long or short (with silk flower you pay more for long stems), unless you go to extremes (like five foot high roses).
Check where the height comes from. You may be surprised. Many tall wedding arrangements get most of their height from inexpensive branches, or from a relatively inexpensive tall vase which the florist will merely be renting to you anyway.
Do you get your money;s worth from a tall bridal centerpiece? Not always.
But there is an upside to that.
It means it's simpler to create your own.
High or Low
Where should the flowers go?
Tall centerpieces look wonderful when you walk into a room. They add a touch of glitz and glamour. But what about when your guests sit down?
All they see is the stem of a vase, until the next time they get up.
So, if you want the tables to look gorgeous whlle your guests are seated, chatting, you need flowers which are much lower down.
You';; also find that as hot air rises, the scent of your flowers will be wasted when they are in a tall vase. Bring them down to table level though, and the scent will fill the air.
The best way to proceed is with a combination, some flowers tall and some small, and there are lots of ways to do that, you can find more information in the links section if you want to do it yourself.
Meantime, if you have to decide whether to go tall or small, high or low, I'd say go low every time.
Traditionally Tall - A gorgeous yellow arrangement with a modern twist
A stunning centerpiece for a wedding, or perfect for golden anniversary or birthday, this arrangement is a traditional fan shape, but with some interesting modern metallic accents. You need
an 18 inch footed vase
5 Black wire collars
Thirteen feet of Gold Mega beaded wire
20 yellow roses
10 yellow tulips
10 yellow calla lilies
10 yellow gladiolus
The wire bouquet collars mixed with mega beads support the flower stems inside the vase. The beads will catch the light and add a gleaming new dimension to your flowers.
Some More Centerpiece IdeasClick thumbnail to view full-size
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If your planning a wedding and have a tight budget, or if you'd just like to try making some of these lovely designs at home there is a trick to it. I set out to create some of these designs and failed spectacularly, simply because I didn't have the right materials. Local craft shops stock foam and containers, but you need to go to a specialist for some of these items.
I've noted the names of suppliers ad how to information below. It amazes me that the addition of some wide flat wire or beaded wire can make such a difference, Medolino sticks are also very effective and can be used to add both height and color. If like me, you enjoy blue, but don't like died flowers, the turquoise wire or Medolino sticks are ideal, and the gold, silver and bronze beads look fantastic in fall and Christmas decorations.
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- A Fool For Flowers
Page with many examples of tall wedding flower arrangements, updated regularly with ideas and how to information.
- Charlotte Geary Photogrpahy
As I write about flowers all the time, I see a lot if wedding pictures, many are very similar, but some really stand out. Charlotte Geary is a photographer in Washington. we have never met, but I am a huge fan of her pictures. Visit her site for som
Books to give your more ideas
Which do you prefer - Small or Tall
What's best for a wedding or special event; a centerpiece which is low the table, or one which is tall and showy?
Low arrangements are closer to your guests and allow them to appreciate the flowers, the color and the scent without hindering their conversation, but they don'
Ready to Have a Go At Your Own Centerpieces? - Here are some containers and tools you may find useful
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