As engagement season approaches, our calendars have started to fill up with new client consultations! And one questions that we often get in our initial meetings pertains to centerpiece styles. The event decor nomenclature can prove somewhat foreign at times. So today, we’re sharing a few common centerpiece styles so you can start to familiarize yourself with your likes and dislikes. And come time for your initial consultation, you’ll be better suited to articulate your wedding vision!
Comprised of several smaller vases, candles, votives, and other accents, we call this a “Collection Style” centerpiece. We often like to mix candles and smaller bud-vases varying in size to create a visually interesting tablescape. If done right, these centerpiece styles should feel full and exciting! For the smaller vases, we like to pair different but complementary vessels. It is important to keep lower elements near the outside of the table and taller pieces such as pillar candles or taller goblet arrangements toward the center.
The Compote Style centerpiece, not to be confused with a large bowl of jelly, consists of one larger (yet low) floral arrangement. This can be in a footed vase, or a round bowl shape vessel. Often we will still add some votives or candles around the floral arrangement, but the sole purpose here is to complement the arrangement, and not to compete with it. After all, The compote arrangement is the star of this table!
The Tall arrangement is often the crowd favorite and it is easy to see why. A successful tall arrangement not only fills up the table but helps to create that WOW-factor as guests enter the space. Picking the stand in which your floral will be designed on or within is key as it should match the overall style of your venue and wedding. For a more traditional, elegant look, we often recommend a clear glass Garnier vase. For a more modern, and sleek look, we love to use the Harlow stands. We are really looking forward to painting these all white for a 2019 wedding! Depending on the vase/stand, it might make more sense to opt for a round arrangement, or perhaps a loose and organic design that spills out toward the table, or even one that sprays up toward the ceiling.
Most people think of garlands as the stuff you put out front of your house around the holiday. But for your wedding, you don’t have to do cedar and pine. In fact, your garland can be made of all greenery, floral & greenery, or all floral. Depending on your look, it might make sense to have a more floral heavy, lush garland running along your tables from end to end. Even dreamier is when the garland trails off onto the floor!
Elevated Floral & Decor
Last but CERTAINLY not least, our favorite type of centerpiece style is really not a centerpiece at all. Suspended floral/decor allows you to be more creative and play with shape and scale in a way that transforms the venue altogether. Whether it is loose and organic or tight and hedge-like, a suspended piece is sure to excite both you and your guests!