The 7 Most Popular Types of Wedding Centerpieces, Explained
The world of wedding flowers can be confusing. There are bloom names to learn, there's seasonality to consider, and there are color palettes to decide on, among other things. Trust us, we know it's a lot to tackle! If you're feeling overwhelmed, we recommend starting with the basics, like what style of arrangements you're looking for. Not sure what your options are? Not a problem. We're here to provide a simple guide that outlines seven of the most popular kinds of wedding centerpieces.
First things first: This 101 is broken down by common heights, sizes, and shapes, rather than themes or aesthetics. That being said, every style listed aligns with a certain vibe. In fact, we've asked two florists to weigh in on each option: Alicia Rico of Bows + Arrows and Inessa Nichols of Inessa Nichols Design. Together, they paint a picture of who might like each type, plus what kind of wedding each could work for.
Maybe you're a glamorous couple—in that case, consider tall wedding centerpieces. Maybe, you're a modern couple—if that sounds like you, try hanging wedding centerpieces. Or maybe, you can't decide between two looks—if so, combine them. The arrangement pictured (by Bows + Arrows) is a mix of low, lush, and garland styles, for example. Here, we provide brief explanations of all those centerpiece types, as well as the remaining two. Compare the possibilities and share your favorite (or favorites) with your floral designer, who will help you bring your vision to life.
Low Wedding Centerpieces
Tall Wedding Centerpieces
Elevated arrangements are typically placed in tall vessels, like flare vases. They're great for glamorous weddings—Nichols recommends them for a "ballroom-style couple." Amaryllis Floral & Event Design crafted these ones.
Small Wedding Centerpieces
Bud vases are a common choice for small centerpieces, which can be anything from timelessly refined to modernly minimalist. Choose them for understated table décor, says Nichols. We like these ones, by Florenta Flower Design.
Large Wedding Centerpieces
The lush arrangements are characterized by their overgrown look (check out this Poppy Design Co. example). They like to live in compotes, and they're especially popular at romantic events.
Hanging Wedding Centerpieces
Overhead installments are arranged above, rather than on, reception tables. According to Nichols, they're great for couples who think "outside the box." Her company actually created this greenery version.
Garland Wedding Centerpieces
Assorted Wedding Centerpieces
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