How Low Can You Go?

Brides-to-be take note: I just cannot stand having to lean around a too-tall, too-wide centerpiece to converse with the tablemates seated across from me at your wedding receptions. I may not know anyone at my table other than The Beard, but I am not afraid of making small talk with strangers, and would gladly chat with your high school friend or mother’s aunt’s daughter’s best friend who simply had to be invited and is consequently feeling rather awkward… if there wasn’t a tall vase filled with apples, twigs, flowers, and sparkle nuggets in the way. You don’t don’t have to take my preferences into account when choosing your reception centerpieces, of course, but before you go ga-ga over tall and elegant, consider opting instead for short and sweet. Here’s some inspiration:

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One low square vase plus one wide ribbon plus oodles of fresh flowers and trailing greens equals one simple reception centerpiece that a bride or groom could put together themselves with a little DIY skill. But if you’re hiring a florist to take care of your wedding flowers anyway, why not leave it to the experts?


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Twisted calla lilies make for a unique and modern reception centerpiece, though I’ll admit I could take or leave the candles surrounding the low, wide vase. Maybe for an evening reception, but kind of useless for daytime unless the venue is rather dark. (via)

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Monogram vases filled with glass beads are pretty enough on their own so don’t feel you have to pack them tight with stems. A small bunch of bi-color roses stands in for a more opulent arrangement in this simple and short reception centerpiece. I just have one question… what does one do with all those monogrammed vases after the fact? Do guests want to take home R vases?

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Supergreen roses all lined up in a row take center stage in these very low reception centerpieces. How low? There are only a few inches of stem underneath the blossoms, so pretty low. For whatever reason, I like the candles better in this arrangement. (via)

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The Hostess {With the Mostess} created a Butterfly Meadow party theme complete with both butterflies and a tiny meadow, which come together to form the lowest of all the low reception centerpieces I’ve featured here. It’s also the only non-floral centerpiece, so make of that what you will. (via)

6 Responses to “How Low Can You Go?”

  1. La BellaDonna November 24, 2009 at 12:04 pm #

    Yes, of COURSE you want to take home vases emblazoned with “R”! It means “roses” or “ribbons”, depending on how much watering-of-contents you care to do.

    DOUBLE on being able to see one’s table partners! I love the roses – but I also love the calla lilies, coiled and ready to strike.

  2. class factotum November 24, 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    Well, the “R” monogram would work for me, as I am married to Mr R!

  3. Margo November 24, 2009 at 5:43 pm #

    Very cool to see the non-floral centrepiece.

  4. Pencils November 25, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    I really like the butterfly meadow centerpiece. I didn’t want tall centerpieces for just that reason–it’s impossible for people to talk. I had vases about the size of those cubes filled with eighteen or so bridal white roses. Only cost a few bucks a table, and I think they looked great.

  5. Kristin November 25, 2009 at 4:53 pm #

    I love these! Definitely my own sentiments–any centerpiece that blocks conversation is no longer a centerpiece, it’s a problem.

  6. calla lilies bouquet January 7, 2010 at 3:32 am #

    Very cool to see the non-floral centrepiece.