Why I Design Tall, Dramatic Floral Centerpieces

preston bailey tall dramatic floral centerpiecesLast week I had the pleasure of attending my friend Reem Acra’s bridal fashion show. As usual, her wedding dress designs were fantastic and innovative. My brides often complain about how uncomfortable it is to dance in their gorgeous wedding gowns, so I was thrilled when I realized that Reem had designed her latest bridal collection with comfort in mind:

At the end of the show, all of the models came back out and took off the beautiful top layers of their gowns to reveal smaller and much more comfortable dancing dresses beneath. Brilliant, Reem, brilliant!

The show got me thinking about all sorts of designs that lack comfort. In the flower business, that means, first and foremost, floral centerpieces so large they prevent guests from seeing across the table. This is the ultimate sin in our business, but I’m often guilty of it.

Why? Because, at the end of the day, I work for my clients. Some clients insist that their guests be able to see everyone at their table, but others know that guests at large round tables — especially at noisy events — hardly ever speak to the people sitting across from them. These clients prefer the drama of elaborate, over-sized floral arrangements.

I take my cues from my clients and know that it’s their decision. But more often than not I try to give clients the best of both worlds by designing a tall centerpiece with a very thin base. The results are dramatic but still allow guests to see each other.

Dear Readers, how do you feel about large floral centerpieces that block guests’ view of each other? What do most of your clients request — tall centerpieces or short ones?

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