Question from Diane:
I am in charge of centerpieces for my step-daughter’s wedding, she is having a communal table setup with a total of 16 – 8 foot tables…to calculate the number of centerpieces needed, how far apart should the centerpieces be?
Answer from Bridal Expert Angela:
Hi Diane. Your answer depends upon the size of the centrepieces. Smaller centrepieces should be approximately 4 feet apart—2 for each eight-foot table. If you are going to be using a larger centrepiece, then you could just have one on each table.
For example. If you are having a trumpet vase with flowers, feathers, branches, etc. then you will need less of them. In fact, you could have one for every 2 8-ft tables. If you are having a posy of flowers, then you would have 2 for each 8-ft table. If you chose a long flat dish with sand, tealights, etc., one per table in the centre would be appropriate. It is all about scale.
You don’t want the tables to look empty, or the overall look to be too busy. So part of it depends upon the table setting also. If you are having a simple meal with plate, cup, glass, and silverware, you could have a more substantial centrepiece. If the table setting has plate, side plate, cup, water glass, wine glass, champagne glass, and silverware, I would go with either one larger centrepiece per table, or two small centrepieces per table. If you decide to go with an extravangant centrepiece (like the trumpet vase), I would put one on every 2 tables.
Good luck, and feel free to email again with your questions.
Angela Fiebelkorn, Ask The Expert