How To Choose A Wedding Table Centrepiece Style
At many wedding receptions, your guests will spend the majority of their time at their tables. Therefore, you want to ensure that your wedding table centrepieces really reflect your style, theme and wedding. Your wedding table centrepieces are generally one of the main focal points at your wedding breakfast meaning that many couples often place a great deal of importance on the way they look.
Whether you’re going for chic and minimalist wedding centrepieces or extravagant overflowing floral designs there are several things that are important to consider. Therefore, within this blog, we will go over various different types of wedding table centrepieces as well as tips and tricks for getting the most out of your wedding decor.
Guest Numbers and Budget
The first and most important thing to work out when planning your wedding is guest numbers and budgets. Once you have worked out these figures you can then start budgeting out the cost per table. This will allow you to maximise your budget and have a clear understanding of how much your decorations are going to cost. Additionally, it will give you a really good idea of where your money is going so that you can prioritise spending.
Typically most round wedding tables will accommodate up to 12 guests. Whereas banquet style tables can accommodate a lot more. Speak to your venue about what different table options are available to you as this is key in understanding what wedding table centrepieces you will need.
When thinking about your overall colour palette for your day you want to consider your table centrepieces. For example, if you want to use locally grown and seasonal flowers within your wedding table centrepieces, you want to ensure that these will be available in your colour palette. Additionally, consider using more than one colour as your focal wedding colour. To get this right, you can look on Pinterest to see complementary tones that will go with your chosen colour.
By having multiple different complementary tones to match your wedding day colour palette, you’ll have lots more wedding table centrepiece options to consider. Arguably, colour schemes work the best when you have up to 5 different coordinating colours to work with.
Wedding Table Centrepiece Size
Ideally, you want to ensure that your beautiful table centrepieces will not block the view of any of your guests. This is because guests will want to see the bride and groom and speeches. Additionally, it will mean that your seated guests will be able to easily communicate with and see one another. Creating a better overall experience and ambience.
With this in mind, you want to try and avoid anything wide that will sit at head height. Often, if couples want tall wedding table centrepieces, couples will choose translucent stands and ensure that the decor on top sits higher up to ensure guests can see everything. Alternatively, if your table wedding table centrepieces are thin this shouldn’t be an issue.
It is also worth considering the height of your venue space. If you have really high ceilings tall centrepieces can sometimes have less of an impact. Additionally, lower down centrepieces will give your guests something to look at whilst seated.
Style Of Food Service
This is often something that couples forget to consider when booking their wedding table centrepieces, however, it is important to consider what else will be on the table. For example, if you’re doing family-style platters as well as having charger plates, wine glasses, napkins and bottles on the table this can make for a very full table. Therefore, you want centrepieces that don’t use up lots of space.
However, if you’re having a sit-down table service or a buffet that guests line up for, you can go for busier and fuller table centrepieces. We suggest speaking to your caterers to understand what will be on each table. This is even more important to consider if you’re having banquet style tables as there is often less space in the middle.
Floral Centrepiece Alternatives
Don’t forget your wedding centrepieces don’t have to be flowers! Although floral arrangements are more commonplace at weddings, they are certainly not the only option. Furthermore, as a couple, it is important for you to have centrepieces you love. From giant balloons to crystal trees and event themed centrepieces. If you have booked a reputable and experienced event manager they will be able to source something you both love.
This can be an excellent way of drawing your guests eye-line towards your wedding table centrepieces. There are a few different ways that you can incorporate lighting within your centrepieces. For example, you can hire a wide variety of LED-lit centrepieces, centrepieces that have LED lights incorporated in them or incorporate a light plate underneath them.
There are lots of clever ways in which we can incorporate this into your wedding table centrepiece design. Some of our blossom trees, for example, have tiny little fairy lights woven around the branches to softly twinkle.
It is also worth considering what other lighting you may want to hire as part of your wedding decor. These could include projections, uplighting, fairy lights or even neon signs. Take a look at our staging, lighting and AV page to see an example of just a few of the options we have available.
If you’d like to include candles within your wedding table centrepiece decor there are a few key things you’ll need to consider. Firstly and most importantly, you need to double-check with your venue that they allow them. Many older venues and council-owned venues don’t allow open flames.
Secondly, if your venue has any form of air conditioning or overhead heaters these can affect the way that your candles burn. However, don’t worry, there are several solutions to both of these issues. For example, for both issues, you can consider using LED candles or if you aren’t bothered about a flame but want tall candlesticks you can always cut the wicks off.
Additionally, if you’re looking for a slower and more consistent burn you can order long-life candles with a slower and therefore longer burn time.
As with anything with your wedding, it is always worth having an open dialogue with your venue. They will be able to advise you on any restrictions as well as being able to advise you on what you can and can’t have. For example, whether you can hang floral designs and lighting from the ceiling.
It is also important for your supplier to liaise with your venue about set up and take down times. Or if you are installing things yourself you will need to know this information. This is where an event manager can come in handy as they can plan and organise everything for you.