Why So Many Couples Love Having Low Centerpieces

We love towering flower arrangements, but here's why the lower varieties are so popular.

When it comes to choosing the floral arrangements for your wedding reception tables, you have three main choices: high centerpieces, low centerpieces, or a combination of both. It's true that incorporating both tall and short floral arrangements throughout your reception space helps to keep everything interesting as the eye sees the room as balanced when viewing the overall space; however, there's something to be said about the beauty of only showcasing low centerpieces.

There are a variety of reasons why one may choose to have only low centerpieces on their tablescapes. Some couples decide to do so in order to save money – lower arrangements are typically smaller, requiring less flowers and smaller vases – while others prefer that their guests be able to talk to each other from across the table without having to peer around a large arrangement of florals. Others choose to incorporate smaller blooms in order to bring the focus to another design element, such as the place settings themselves, striking floral chandeliers overhead, or the surrounding landscape. 

If you or your family members have your heart set on tall centerpieces, the images from the weddings below may make you question your decision. Take a look at these low centerpiece arrangements, and find out why so many couples incorporate the style into their celebrations. Click on your favorite images to see more from these real weddings.

Two long king's table wedding reception
For intimate celebrations that can incorporate just one or two long king’s tables, it’s nice to have low centerpieces so that the room feels more inviting and opens up conversation from table to table. Photo by Branco Prata; Planning & Design by Evoke Design & Creative

Outdoor wedding with view round table low flower centerpiece
Especially when you’re dealing with a venue that has spectacular views, it’s important to keep centerpieces low to let the natural scenery take center stage. Photo by Maya Myers Photography; Floral Design by Lilla Bello; Linens by Luxe Linen; Planning & Design by Sterling Engagements

Pink flower reception runner centerpiece low wedding
For longer tables, you can create groupings of low floral arrangements, candles, and even terrariums to create a unique tablescape your loved ones will look forward to sharing on social media. Photo by Maitha Lunde

All white reception decorations low centerpiece white flowers
If you want the full look of a large centerpiece but in a style that allows guests to see each other from across the table, consider grouping blooms – like hydrangeas, roses, and orchids – into a sphere and surrounding them with candlelight. Photo by Lin & Jirsa Photography; Linens by Luxe Linen; Planning & Design by Nahid’s Global Events

Long king's table wedding reception tall candelabra low flower centerpieces
If you still want to add some height to the tablescape, try incorporating towering candelabra – most are still thin enough that they won’t discourage guests from speaking to each other from across the table. Photo by Kate Osborne Photography

Terrace wedding reception with flower chandelier low centerpiece on round table views
To add some additional height to your reception space while keeping centerpieces low, suspend floral-embellished chandeliers above tables to provide fragrant décor that doesn’t limit conversation. Photo by Michael Segal Photography; Planning & Design by Bluebell Events

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Authored by: Kelcy Christy