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All About the Centerpiece

Flora Nova Design Seattle Garden SoDo Park Wedding

You might remember our recent blog post series “All About the Bouquet”. Well, today let’s talk a bit about centerpieces! It’s a big subject so we hope to bring a little clarity on the matter. There are so many styles and so many different terms to describe those styles, and of course there is the cost factor. We will try to cover it all in this and in an upcoming blog post, so we hope this is helpful for clients and industry colleagues alike.

Generally we use a few different terms to describe centerpiece styles. Let’s first address terminology we use for those various style centerpieces: what does it all even mean?

Compote Style Centerpiece:

The centerpieces shown in the pictures below are compote style centerpieces. The compote vessel has a build that features a footed base with a stem that leads up to a bowl. The centerpieces designed in a compote tend to be more organic in nature, with a more airy style, with lots of texture and trailing elements. However you see in some of the examples below that a compote can have a more tailored and clean look too.

Composite Style Centerpiece:

Below are some examples of composite style centerpieces. This centerpiece usually consists of a mix of several smaller low arrangements, potted plants, greenery garlands, hurricanes, taper candles and other elements, such as books or lanterns. Those elements are grouped together in the table center to create a table scape or composite centerpiece. We love using the composite centerpiece on long tables, but they can look lovely on round tables too.

Elevated Centerpiece:

Then we have our favorite, the tall or elevated centerpieces. This type of centerpiece is typically the most dramatic way of decorating your table: it is usually propped onto a tall stand or glass vase, well above eye level. Our most common design of elevated centerpieces is the rounded, classic ballroom style: large mounds of floral, often mixed with greenery or featuring lots of trailing orchids. And as you can imagine, this centerpiece style can be tailored and classic in style, or can have a natural organic look: the possibilities are endless.

We have many brides who are worried about the idea that guests across the table wouldn’t be able to see each other, but we do take that into account when we are designing them and by using vases and stands tall enough, they never obstruct the view across the table.

It should be noted that the elevated centerpiece uses quite a bit more floral and greenery than a “low” centerpiece and is therefore your more expensive option. But wow, it sure is a showy, beautiful decor element!

Floral Table Runners:

Another option is having flowers or greenery garlands directly on the table with no vase visible – we call this a floral or greenery table runner. With long tables being so popular right now, this is a very trendy centerpiece style this year. Whether you choose simple greenery with loose blooms tucked in or luxurious orchids, this is a centerpiece style to impress.

Elevated versus Low Centerpieces::

Now let’s discuss how and when to use low, or elevated, or composite style centerpieces. You might prefer a clean look for your reception ballroom and therefore prefer just one centerpiece style for all of the tables. We however recommend having at least two different styles of centerpieces at your event for a few different reasons. The mix of tall and low centerpieces add so much more definition and drama when you walk in an event space, especially if your event is in a large ballroom with a tall ceiling. Most of our clients prefer a mix of elevated and low centerpieces as shown in the pictures below.

What if you have just long tables as part of your reception? Well, you mix it all together and create a lovely table scape. The pictures below are a great example of mixing all these styles on one long table. See how much visual space is taken up with floral? Stunning and way more interesting than either style on it’s own might have been.

OK, we covered our most common centerpiece styles. Of course there are a few other designs, but these are our staples and the pieces we love most and use often. And as you can see from the pictures all of these basic ideas can be adapted to suit your style: from gardeny and loose with lots of greens and textures to modern clean pavé design.

In our next blog post we will touch on cost factors and the reasons why some centerpieces are priced out higher than others. Stay tuned.