Let’s face it, tall reception centerpieces are expensive! Height adds to that wow factor and couples are more than willing to pay extra for that extra oomph! Aside from the costs, tall centerpieces can sometimes be distracting to guests who may have difficulty communicating with those across the table from them. You can easily circumvent this problem by using clear glass vases without much “stuff” in the water to provide a clear line of vision. Another idea is to use thin or tapered glass vases such as pilsner and trumpet vases. Crystal or metal candelabras also work well because of the thin standing pole that elevates the flowers. However, candelabras and large trumpet vases can seriously add up in cost especially when you account for the amount of flowers that are necessary for the designs incorporating them.
Here is a very simple and elegant centerpiece that satisfies all the requisites of a tall centerpiece – it’s elevated, easy for guests to see through and around, and it’s expansive (not necessarily expensive!) This centerpiece utilizes a tall and thin glass vase called a tower vase. These tower vases can usually be found in clear glass, black, and frosted, but can now also be found in colored glass such as white, lime green, and yellow. You might have seen these vases before and the older styled ones can look a little dated with awkward thick glass corners. I am happy to report they now make updated and perfectly smooth, elegant tower vases. No more than 2 inches across at eye level, even the colored vases can be a non-issue for the possibility of distracting talking guests. The vases also come at varying heights from 16” on up to 32” and the best part is they are usually half the cost of comparably tall vases. They do not hold as many flowers since the openings are only about 2 inches in diameter (which saves you money!), but if the right types of flowers are used, you can fit enough to make a large, luxurious arrangement.
With tower vases, I like to use long orchid stems such as dendrobiums, oncidiums, or James Storei orchids – all the same type and color in one vase for a modern and effective look. Dendrobium orchids can come in a multitude of colors to match any wedding palette such as white, green, pink, magenta, violet, yellow, and orange. James Storei orchids come in shades of burgundy and yellow as well as with intricate striped and spotted markings. These orchid stems are long with just enough drape and full of flowers that when several stems are held together they form a tree-like shape floating above the table. A banquet hall full of these arrangements fill up a lot of space creating a lot more bang for the buck. You can use just one such arrangement for a round table or place three or four down the length of a long, rectangular table – very modern and fabulous for a loft or gallery reception. A grouping of these in varying heights would also work well for an escort card table or for decorating the altar area of the ceremony. Simple, elegant, and affordable, the options are limitless!