The Do’s and Don’ts of Centerpieces - Pointers For Planners (2023)

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Event Planning Tips, Wedding Planning Tips

By Ana Scholtes

People often overlook the power of event decor—we don’t get it at all! Creating a drop-dead-gorgeous space with ambiance to spare can contribute to the overall feeling of joy and happiness at a reception. It’s definitely one of the things most people will remember when recalling a wedding!

Especially in the case of luxury event planning, you’ll want to spend time on decor. Don’t approach this task all willy-nilly, though. Every choice must make sense in the grand scheme of things. The individual dangling paper lanterns, tea lights, and bundles of baby’s breath decorating the venue’s perimeter are all fine and dandy. But when gathered in abundance with a pop-of-color from some romantic roses, the centerpiece gives purpose to the rest of the decor. Centerpieces can really pull it all together. So let’s make sure you design the best centerpieces ever!

Read on for our list of do’s and don’ts!

DO: Mix Tall and Low Centerpieces

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There’s nothing worse than walking into a reception space that feels empty or under-decorated. Mixing short and tall centerpieces will help make a space feel vibrant and full.

For tall centerpieces, the added height helps to make the room more elegant and the ceiling appears higher. Just be careful to use them appropriately—you don’t want to block your guests’ line of sight! To combat this, put tall centerpieces on tables with less traffic such as a gift or buffet table. Conversely, short centerpieces are great for accommodating conversation among guests. As a general guideline, you’ll want to keep your tall pieces at 24” or higher and your short pieces at 12” or under.

Some clients are hesitant about using tall centerpieces. If your client decides to nix the talls, you’ll need to adjust your decor accordingly. You don’t want the space to feel lackluster! Instead, you could switch to hanging some of the decor. Think chandeliers, draped linens or maybe even twinkle lights!

DON’T: Forget About the Shape of the Table

Knowing that the shape of a table is everything is what separates you from the amateurs! You may have remembered learning all about the pros-and-cons of different table shapes in your event and wedding planning courses. If you don’t, well, you may want to pay extra close attention to what we’re about to say!

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When designing centerpieces, consider the shape of the tables at the venue. The most common shapes you’ll come across are round, square and rectangular. Each shape will have its own considerations:

  • Round: This table suits a single centerpiece. You can definitely use tall centerpieces since the circular shape makes it easier to look around to the other guests.
  • Square: Square tables have more space in the center than other shapes. Design a more substantial arrangement to fill in this space and keep the center of the table from looking sparse.
  • Rectangular: A single centerpiece on a rectangular table can look quite lonely. Aim for multiple centerpieces (ie. larger middle centerpiece with smaller arrangements on each end). Keep them narrow to avoid crowding the table. You need to leave space for place settings!

DO: Save Money by Using Seasonal Flowers

Using local, seasonal flowers in your centerpieces is easy on the budget. You won’t be subjected to tacked-on costs from shipping and duty fees. And your blooms will be much fresher, too! To keep your event decor looking fresh and fabulous, you’ll need to be familiar with the seasons:

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  • Spring: Use fragrant spring blooms like lilacs, hydrangeas, daffodils, tulips, sweet peas, wisteria, and magnolia. Depending on your location, you may also find peonies, lily of the valley and poppies in season.
  • Summer:Since summer provides the best conditions for most flowers, you can expect to find seasonal flowers in abundance! You can choose from hydrangeas, irises, gerbera daisies, roses, lilies, freesia, asters, lavender, snapdragon, and many more!
  • Fall: Popular fall flowers include asters, chrysanthemums, mums, sunflowers, dahlias, marigolds, and zinnias. Consider incorporating pumpkins, pinecones, acorns and even apples into the centerpieces to carry through the autumn theme!
  • Winter: Obviously, winter is a more challenging season for flowers. You can choose winter staples like poinsettias and holly for Christmas events. And if your event is close to Valentine’s day, capitalize on the ramp-up of floral inventory at your local flower shop. Just remember that flowers like roses, cosmos, and amaryllis may be expensive around this time due to high demand.

An alternative to seasonal blooms would be to select flowers that are widely available year-round like carnations, baby’s breath, orchids or lilies. The prices don’t fluctuate seasonally so you won’t be saving money, but you’ll be able to find these flowers all year!

DON’T: Limit Your Creativity!

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Use centerpieces to tap into your creativity as an event decorator. Ensure that you give the theme of the event ample consideration. If it’s a Halloween-themed wedding, Jack-o’-lanterns could help you kill two birds with one stone. Your clients may want to have their wedding party carve a pumpkin for each table ahead of time, giving everyone a chance to get involved. And when the reception runs into the night, tea lights inside the pumpkins give the space a warm, cozy glow!

There are endless possibilities for customization so don’t restrict yourself to standard fare! Choosing to use flowers is pretty standard practice. So how can you make the decor feel unique? Why not switch things up by using a creative vase? Your choice of flowers and table shapes will help determine the best vase style for your centerpiece. Styles include column, barrel, orb, stem, rectangular, bottle and more! The classic material for a vase is glass, but you could opt for ceramic, mosaic, metal, wood or stone. You could even use Mason jars or watering cans if you’re planning an event for the offbeat bride!

We just included an entire section dedicated to using flowers, but you don’t have to use them at all when designing centerpieces. Alternatives to flowers include candles, bird cages, lanterns or sand/seashells. Flex that creative muscle!

DO: Plan a Second Home for Your Centerpieces

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After spending time and money on your centerpieces, you’ll want to ensure they get a second life after the event! One option would be to donate them to a hospital or nursing home. You can make an announcement at some point during the event or mention the specific nursing home in question on the program. If the home or hospital has a special connection to the couple or their families, it can be a very sweet moment for all attendees.

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Another option would be to have the guests take home the centerpieces at the end of the night. You’ll definitely want to plan this out. There will not be enough centerpieces for each guest, couple or family.

These are just a few helpful do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when creating centerpieces for your next event. Designing centerpieces for any event takes careful planning and creative flair.But they are the star of the reception hall, so prioritize your efforts accordingly!

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FAQs

What are the don'ts in making table centerpiece? ›

DON'T: Place the taller centerpieces on guest tables as you will block the line of sight for your guests. Short pieces on guest tables promote conversation! Also, no one wants to miss your first dance while trying to peer around a large arrangement.

Where should the centerpiece be placed why? ›

Centerpieces
  1. The arrangement is placed in the center of a table with guests seated all around.
  2. The arrangement is placed at the ends or at one side of a table.
  3. The arrangement is seen from three sides and is designed for buffet tables where no one is seated, but where food and beverages are served.

Should all my centerpieces match? ›

Centerpieces do not need to be the exact same at every table. A simple wedding idea is to mix it up with a few different designs that you can disperse throughout the reception. You can use flowers at some and candles at another, or a combination of candles and flowers.

What is the most popular form of centerpiece? ›

Centrepieces are a major part of the decoration for a wedding reception, being used widely at wedding receptions with flowers being the most popular form of centrepieces.

What is the basic rule in flower arrangement? ›

There's nothing more pleasing than a beautifully balanced flower arrangement. The perfect arrangement of flowers is the one with the right balance. This means that the height of the arrangement should be at least one and a half times more than the height of the container.

What is the importance of table centerpiece? ›

A reason why the centerpiece plays an important part in the reception is because most of the time, the guests will be staying on their designated tables. With the help of the centerpiece, they are able to have a comfortable stay at the table.

How large should my centerpiece be? ›

According to Rachel Cho of Rachel Cho Floral Design, short centerpieces shouldn't be any larger than 12 inches tall, while tall centerpieces should be 24 inches or higher.

What is the difference between centerpiece and centrepiece? ›

Centerpiece and centrepiece are both English terms. In the United States, there is a preference for "centerpiece" over "centrepiece" (100 to 0). In the United Kingdom, there is a preference for "centerpiece" over "centrepiece" (55 to 45). In India, there is a preference for "centerpiece" over "centrepiece" (88 to 12).

How many flowers are in a centerpiece? ›

Guide to the number of Flowers to you can use or need to create and make a Wedding Centerpiece
Wedding or Special Occasion CenterpiecesNumber of Stems for Medium Centerpiece
Garden Roses Centerpiece8-12 Roses
Hydrangeas Centerpieces
Rose Centerpieces16-25 Roses
Baby's Breath (Gypsophilia) Centerpieces6-10 stems
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Why must your centrepiece be either high or low and not at eye level? ›

A standard centerpiece full of blooms and greenery filler is going to restrict eye contact between seated guests if it's too high. Rather than forcing everyone to crane their necks to see each other around a large floral or similar arrangement, keep it below eye level.

What is a good size vase for a centerpiece? ›

It's best to keep the diameter of your container to at least 5.5-6inches to ensure a full arrangement. Candles and/or additional decor are also a great way to fill these large tables.

Do centerpieces have to match bouquets? ›

Do wedding table centerpieces have to match the flowers? If you want the very short answer, no, your bridal bouquet, ceremony flowers and centerpieces do not have to coordinate with each other.

How many centerpieces do you need for a rectangular table? ›

A rectangular table should have several “centerpieces” to fill the space. A roundtable deserves one centerpiece per table. However, we also recommend that you add a few to other areas of the room to tie it all together.

How tall is too tall for centerpiece? ›

After all, you don't want flowers blocking your guests' ability to converse across the table. To avoid this problem, keep short centerpieces 12 inches tall or below, and keep tall centerpieces 24 inches or higher.

How do I make a simple table centerpiece? ›

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What is the other term for centerpiece? ›

What is another word for centerpiece?
coreheart
nubbincornerstone
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What are the 7 elements of floral design? ›

The elements are Line, Form, Space, Texture and Pattern, Color, Size, and Fragrance.

What are the 6 principles of floral design? ›

Size: In Floral Design, size is a visual dimension of a component, rather than the actual dimension. The six Principles of Design are: Balance, Contrast, Dominance, Proportion, Scale and Rhythm.

How do you arrange a flower centerpiece? ›

Creating Floral Centerpieces - YouTube

What is the purpose of table decor? ›

Whatever is found at the center of the table is meant to draw attention and make a statement. It's unquestionable, Table Centerpieces are important! It helps set the theme of the decoration and bring an air of festive elegance to your event's ambiance.

How important is table napkin and table centerpiece? ›

Table napkins not only help in enhancing and highlighting the decor of your table settings, but also aid in giving a relaxed, comfortable, and spotless dining experience. Undeniably table napkin is an important aspect when it comes to decorating your tabletop.

How are table centerpieces placed in different table set up? ›

Table decorations are placed above and in center of buffet arrangement. Set drinks, glasses, cups and dessert on a separate table to avoid congestion. If choosing to use paper napkins, the napkins may be placed between each plate in the stack to conserve space (not more than 12 plates per stack).

How do you keep a tall centerpiece from falling over? ›

How to Keep Tall Centerpieces From Falling : Floral Arrangements for ...

Can you put a square vase on a round table? ›

Square vases work great with round tables! Square vase, Table decorations, Decor.

Are wedding centerpieces important? ›

A beautiful wedding centerpiece will enhance the attraction of the table significantly with its positive vibrations. Instead of a dull and listless table, the centerpiece will give it a sense of refinement, warmth, and sophistication.

Who invented centrepiece? ›

History of the Centrepiece

As with so many of our contemporary traditions, the origins of the centrepiece can be traced back to the Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations.

What is wedding centerpiece? ›

The most traditional centerpiece is the floral arrangement. Whether these are tall, short, wide, or narrow, fresh blooms in the middle of the table just say “wedding.” Keep your venue's structure and design in mind when determining the size of your arrangements, advises event designer Jove Meyer of Jove Meyer Events.

What's a cover? ›

1 : something that protects, shelters, or hides. 2 : a covering (as a blanket) used on a bed. 3 : a binding or a protecting case a book cover. 4 : something that is placed over or about another thing : lid, top a mattress cover the cover of a box.

How many different flowers should be in an arrangement? ›

How Many Flowers Do I Need to Make a Bouquet?
ArrangementStem Count for Small ArrangementStem Count for Large Arrangement
Peony Bouquet3-4 Stems10-12 Stems
Garden Rose Bouquet3-4 Stems10-12 Stems
Hydrangea Bouquet2-3 Stems6-8 Stems
Rose Bouquet8-12 Stems21-25 Stems
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How many stems of baby's breath for a centerpiece? ›

Once the pieces from the one stem of baby's breath is bunched together, you can see that a little goes a long way. That one stem could be enough for a mason jar centerpiece. If you want a more full arrangement, you will need 2 stems. For a full bouquet, 5-7 stems.

How many stems in a table centerpiece? ›

Average 5-10 stems of filler flowers per table; carnations, roses, mums, & snapdragons work best!

How do you increase centerpieces height? ›

One of the best ways to add height to centerpieces is to incorporate branches. This display boasts beautiful blooms with a mixture of branches for a unique display.

Can wedding centerpieces be tall and or short? ›

Choosing between high and low wedding centerpieces can be a difficult decision, but it's not a decision you can get wrong. As long as short centerpieces are 12 inches or shorter and tall centerpieces are 24 inches or taller, they will allow conversations to flow while adding beauty and interest to your reception space.

How many bud vases for long table? ›

For long tables, I recommend, 1 bud vase for 2 people.

What are the don'ts in making table centerpiece? ›

DON'T: Place the taller centerpieces on guest tables as you will block the line of sight for your guests. Short pieces on guest tables promote conversation! Also, no one wants to miss your first dance while trying to peer around a large arrangement.

What are the factors to consider when deciding on a centerpiece for a table setting? ›

5 Things To Consider When Choosing Your Centerpieces For Your Wedding Table
  • Height. Decide whether you want centrepieces of the taller kind that are usually 'wow' pieces or something small and classic. ...
  • Theme/style. ...
  • Florals or not. ...
  • Table shape. ...
  • Using 2 centrepieces.
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Should flower stems touch bottom of vase? ›

Kit Wertz teaches her students to remember “low large, tall small.” Put some flowers in so that the bottoms of their stems are touching the side of the vase, not the bottom, so that “you can see the tops, not just the sides of the flowers,” Styer said.

Should all my centerpieces match? ›

Centerpieces do not need to be the exact same at every table. A simple wedding idea is to mix it up with a few different designs that you can disperse throughout the reception. You can use flowers at some and candles at another, or a combination of candles and flowers.

What flowers should not be in a wedding bouquet? ›

10 Poisonous Flowers You Might Not Want At Your Wedding
  • Calla Lilly. Calla Lilly is actually not a true lily, but like other lilies, this striking white flower is actually poisonous. ...
  • Hemlock. ...
  • opium poppy. ...
  • amaryllis belladonna. ...
  • lillly of the valley. ...
  • Hydrangea. ...
  • Chrysanthemum. ...
  • Azela.

What can I hold instead of a bouquet? ›

  • Mason Jar. When it comes to wedding décor, mason jars are perfect for just about everything: favors, signature drinks, centerpieces, and even an alternative to the traditional bouquet. ...
  • Lantern. ...
  • Kissing Ball. ...
  • Heart Balloons. ...
  • Hatbox. ...
  • Grape Bunches. ...
  • Fur Muff. ...
  • Feather Bouquet.

What is the most popular form of centerpiece? ›

Centrepieces are a major part of the decoration for a wedding reception, being used widely at wedding receptions with flowers being the most popular form of centrepieces.

How big should my centerpiece be? ›

According to Rachel Cho of Rachel Cho Floral Design, short centerpieces shouldn't be any larger than 12 inches tall, while tall centerpieces should be 24 inches or higher.

How do you make a table centerpiece? ›

How to Make a Table Centerpiece - YouTube

How important is table napkin and table centerpiece in table setting? ›

Table napkins not only help in enhancing and highlighting the decor of your table settings, but also aid in giving a relaxed, comfortable, and spotless dining experience. Undeniably table napkin is an important aspect when it comes to decorating your tabletop.

Why fruits and vegetables are considered to be used as centerpiece? ›

An interesting and equally festive way to dress up any tabletop is by using fruit and veggies as a centerpiece. Fruit and vegetables are colorful and they have interesting textures that, when combined with some flowers that can be purchased at your local supermarket, make beautiful arrangements.

What is the difference between centerpiece and centrepiece? ›

Centerpiece and centrepiece are both English terms. In the United States, there is a preference for "centerpiece" over "centrepiece" (100 to 0). In the United Kingdom, there is a preference for "centerpiece" over "centrepiece" (55 to 45). In India, there is a preference for "centerpiece" over "centrepiece" (88 to 12).

Why must your centerpiece be either high or low and not at eye level? ›

Seeing Eye to Eye

A standard centerpiece full of blooms and greenery filler is going to restrict eye contact between seated guests if it's too high. Rather than forcing everyone to crane their necks to see each other around a large floral or similar arrangement, keep it below eye level.

What is a good size vase for a centerpiece? ›

It's best to keep the diameter of your container to at least 5.5-6inches to ensure a full arrangement. Candles and/or additional decor are also a great way to fill these large tables.

What is the other term for centerpiece? ›

What is another word for centerpiece?
coreheart
nubbincornerstone
foundationhub
focuslinchpin
highlightflagship
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What is the definition of table centerpiece? ›

Definition of centerpiece

1 : an object occupying a central position especially : an adornment in the center of a table.

What are the 5 basic table set up? ›

Five-Course Table Setting. Pull out all the stops for a formal, five-course feast, which typically consists of soup, salad, fish course, main course, and dessert.

What are the three components of a place setting? ›

There are three components of a place setting:

Dinnerware—plates, cups, bowls, saucers, platters and other serving pieces. Flatware—butter, dinner and steak knives; salad/dessert, dinner forks; soup, dessert and teaspoons. Glassware—water goblet, milk and. wine glasses, and sherbet glass.

What is table setting etiquette? ›

Forks are placed to the left of the plate, knives and spoons to the right. Stemware is set above and to the right of the dinner plate; bread-and-butter plates sit above the forks, to the left of the place setting.

How do you put fruit in a flower arrangement? ›

Large and heavy fruits should be positioned in the middle, where they won't overbalance the arrangement or topple out. You may also want to add additional support in the form of stiff floral wire to help keep them in place. Mist your arrangement with water to keep the fruit hydrated and looking fresh.

How do you add fruit to a flower arrangement? ›

Tips for Using Fruit in Floral Arrangements

Try to pick fruits that still have a stem so you can use floral wire or floral tape to secure it to the stems in your bouquet. Larger fruits, like pomegranates, sit better towards the center of your bouquet where they're less likely to tip over and fall out.

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