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Tall Wedding Centerpieces: Are They A Good Idea?

Updated on July 2, 2012

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!

Most of the height in this arrangement comes from bare branches, picture from Room-polish @ blogpsot
Most of the height in this arrangement comes from bare branches, picture from Room-polish @ blogpsot

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.

Wonderful 'Tall; arrangement which also has detail around the base. Picture from Kellan Studios
Wonderful 'Tall; arrangement which also has detail around the base. Picture from Kellan Studios

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

Tall Yellow Wedding Centerpiece, picture courtesy Smithers Oasis
Tall Yellow Wedding Centerpiece, picture courtesy Smithers Oasis

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 Ideas

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Two tier centerpiece from Smither oasis. Does this satisfy everyone? I love the look of this, but with so many flowers, I don't think it would be an economy option.Again, a bit of a mixture this is a traditional style centerpiece but raised on a column, thought there are flowers around the base. This is a demonstration from Smithers Oasis.Fabulous unusual centerpiece using low bowls filled with proteas. Ideal for a tropical, beach or destination wedding. Three bowls, 6 inch 8 inch and 10 inch with some floral foam, eighteen feet of turquoise flat cane, 12 Midollino sticks, three proteMore traditional arrangement in lovely soft, pastel colors. The flowers can be arrange in foam or a bouquet holder placed in the neck of the vase. The base is filed with flower heads and the whole it trimmed with mega beaded wire in lime green to addI had to include this because I have a thing about blue flowers; I love real ones. What could be more appropriate for a wedding than these Agapanthus? You don't seem them very often, but the name in greek means 'love flower'. Easy to make and economiThis amazing extravanganza is made from a number of containers filed on top of each other, in this case the containers come from smithers oasis and the layers are linked with calla lilies held in place by iglu dots.This is actually a Christmas arrangement, but I think that's a waste. This would be ideal for a rose pink themed wedding with its lovely candles and delicate roses.Red roses are never out of fashion, but recently the trend has been to combine colors and textures of red. This is done brilliantly in this arrangement of low bowls. Low cylinder vases contain Oasis floral foam wrapped in red Ti leaves. The foam is fThis extremely pretty arrangement reminds me of a maypole. It is built around an OASIS floral foam stake in a large square container filled with floral foam. There are 50 green carnations, 10 yellow roses, 25 sweet Akito roses 1 spray of Eileen rosesA simple sunflower topiary. Effective and perhaps best of all, easy to DIY.
Two tier centerpiece from Smither oasis. Does this satisfy everyone? I love the look of this, but with so many flowers, I don't think it would be an economy option.
Two tier centerpiece from Smither oasis. Does this satisfy everyone? I love the look of this, but with so many flowers, I don't think it would be an economy option.
Again, a bit of a mixture this is a traditional style centerpiece but raised on a column, thought there are flowers around the base. This is a demonstration from Smithers Oasis.
Again, a bit of a mixture this is a traditional style centerpiece but raised on a column, thought there are flowers around the base. This is a demonstration from Smithers Oasis.
Fabulous unusual centerpiece using low bowls filled with proteas. Ideal for a tropical, beach or destination wedding. Three bowls, 6 inch 8 inch and 10 inch with some floral foam, eighteen feet of turquoise flat cane, 12 Midollino sticks, three prote
Fabulous unusual centerpiece using low bowls filled with proteas. Ideal for a tropical, beach or destination wedding. Three bowls, 6 inch 8 inch and 10 inch with some floral foam, eighteen feet of turquoise flat cane, 12 Midollino sticks, three prote
More traditional arrangement in lovely soft, pastel colors. The flowers can be arrange in foam or a bouquet holder placed in the neck of the vase. The base is filed with flower heads and the whole it trimmed with mega beaded wire in lime green to add
More traditional arrangement in lovely soft, pastel colors. The flowers can be arrange in foam or a bouquet holder placed in the neck of the vase. The base is filed with flower heads and the whole it trimmed with mega beaded wire in lime green to add
I had to include this because I have a thing about blue flowers; I love real ones. What could be more appropriate for a wedding than these Agapanthus? You don't seem them very often, but the name in greek means 'love flower'. Easy to make and economi
I had to include this because I have a thing about blue flowers; I love real ones. What could be more appropriate for a wedding than these Agapanthus? You don't seem them very often, but the name in greek means 'love flower'. Easy to make and economi
This amazing extravanganza is made from a number of containers filed on top of each other, in this case the containers come from smithers oasis and the layers are linked with calla lilies held in place by iglu dots.
This amazing extravanganza is made from a number of containers filed on top of each other, in this case the containers come from smithers oasis and the layers are linked with calla lilies held in place by iglu dots.
This is actually a Christmas arrangement, but I think that's a waste. This would be ideal for a rose pink themed wedding with its lovely candles and delicate roses.
This is actually a Christmas arrangement, but I think that's a waste. This would be ideal for a rose pink themed wedding with its lovely candles and delicate roses.
Red roses are never out of fashion, but recently the trend has been to combine colors and textures of red. This is done brilliantly in this arrangement of low bowls. Low cylinder vases contain Oasis floral foam wrapped in red Ti leaves. The foam is f
Red roses are never out of fashion, but recently the trend has been to combine colors and textures of red. This is done brilliantly in this arrangement of low bowls. Low cylinder vases contain Oasis floral foam wrapped in red Ti leaves. The foam is f
This extremely pretty arrangement reminds me of a maypole. It is built around an OASIS floral foam stake in a large square container filled with floral foam. There are 50 green carnations, 10 yellow roses, 25 sweet Akito roses 1 spray of Eileen roses
This extremely pretty arrangement reminds me of a maypole. It is built around an OASIS floral foam stake in a large square container filled with floral foam. There are 50 green carnations, 10 yellow roses, 25 sweet Akito roses 1 spray of Eileen roses
A simple sunflower topiary. Effective and perhaps best of all, easy to DIY.
A simple sunflower topiary. Effective and perhaps best of all, easy to DIY.

Find out More

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.

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?

Ready to Have a Go At Your Own Centerpieces? - Here are some containers and tools you may find useful

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      LesleyOC 5 years ago

      @BrideRush: One idea I've seen which combines both is an arrangement of bare branches, designed to look like a tree, and draped with hanging crystals or glued on silk flowers and butterflys, the pot is filled with flowers and foliage which provide interest at table level.

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      LesleyOC 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Louise, you're quite right, tall arrangement do have a 'wow' factor, but really, finding something to suit the venue is the most important thing. I was some pictures of last week which showed a wedding where both were used to great effect - each table had a low centerpiece, but there were a number of tall arrangements round the room which really made the venue look very special, so maybe a mixture is possible. What do you think?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I personally prefer tall floral centerpieces, as long as they're not too obtrusive. They just have a certain 'wow' factor that isn't always present in short centerpieces. However, I've also seen some lovely small centerpieces and even non floral centerpieces. I guess it depends on how everything works together; so you have to consider other factors such as the venue itself (high or low ceilings? tall centerpieces in low ceilings may looked cramped while very small centerpieces in a huge ballrom may look empty), as well as the tablescape and the formality/style of the wedding.

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      gsserwadda 5 years ago

      The centerpieces being tall or short should not be an issue; it is the correlation of how the whole wedding is structured. There were few weddings that I have seen, which displayed a lot of detail and did not need tall extravaganza center pieces. Therefore if your wedding displays so much detail in decorations and structure, then there is no need to have tall centerpieces.

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      BrideRush 5 years ago

      It's definitely up to the Bride and what she prefers. There's pros and cons to both, tall centerpieces are gorgeous and dramatic but sometimes block the view of others at the table. While low centerpieces are cute and easy to see over, they may not have the same effect as tall pieces. A happy medium could be tall centerpieces that are see-through or low centerpieces that are glitzy enough to be noticed!

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      LesleyOC 5 years ago

      @Anime-e: whatever does it for you!

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      Anime-e 5 years ago

      A low centerpiece doesn`t have enough feeling for what I like! So I usually have a tall centerpiece.