A major component of wedding reception decor are the flowers. Regardless if a bride wants a romantic, whimsical, traditional, or modern tone, beautiful flowers combined with ambient lighting and plenty of candles can create the mood and the look to follow the ceremony. Generally, decor takes up a large part of the budget but always provides the biggest residual. Flowers make a grand statement and can transform a space from ordinary to extraordinary.

Rule of Thumb, Number One

It is important to remember that guests spend much time at their tables, so choosing the right centerpieces are a must. Be sure that centerpieces do not block your guests’ view across the table. They need to allow for eye contact and conversation. A respected florist will be sure that the largest part of the arrangement will be low enough or high enough to follow this rule.

Learn the Lingo

When determining the type of centerpiece(s) you want with your florist, you will often hear the words “highs” and “lows”. Florists use the words interchangeably, but just be aware that this references the height and not the cost.

Tall or Short

The venue, the guest count, and the size and shape of the table really determine what centerpieces work best.  If the venue (ballroom) has high ceilings, tall arrangements (i.e. high) will fill up the empty space between the ceiling and the table. Additionally, they draw the eye up, create a more formal look, and add a “WOW” factor. Short arrangements (i.e. low) are usually less expensive and typically used in a more intimate setting. Long tables (royals) look best with linear centerpieces (low or high) whereas round tables look best with circular arrangements. However, using a combination of both “highs” and “lows” will help the budget go farther and create a much more interesting look in a large space. For a large wedding with many tables, it is recommended to have two to three various centerpieces which all complement each other.

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