How to Make Tall Wedding Centerpieces

Updated February 21, 2017

Making tall wedding centrepieces allows you to get creative and build centrepieces that will leave guests in awe when they enter your reception. Decide what kind of centrepieces you want and which elements are important to you. For example, you can use branches, flowers, fruit, candles, feathers or any other items you wish. Consider the colours and theme of your wedding, along with other details, such as the season and location.

Select vases at least 12 inches high. The vases should be wide enough to hold a few branches without appearing overwhelmed, but slim enough to allow guests to comfortably converse around them.

Gather twigs and small branches that are 2 feet to 3 feet long. You can leave them as they are for a natural look or spray-paint them to match your wedding colours.

Arrange the branches in the vase so they're spread out at the top. Secure them by adding water or acrylic water in a clear vase, or pebbles, stones or rocks in a coloured or clear vase.

Decorate the tops of your branches by attaching a few single blooms or hanging strings of crystals from some of the branches. Add low decorations on the table, such as votive candles around the vase, a single matching bloom at each table setting or loose pebbles or crystals that match those in the vase.

Fill tall, slim vases with water, stones, seashells, crystals or fruit to stabilise your arrangement. Acrylic water can be used with silk flowers if you purchase the vases and won't be selling them after your wedding. Use a filler that matches the colour and theme of your wedding.

Choose fresh or silk flowers according to the colours of your wedding. Large, full blooms will draw visual interest up, which is where you want your guests to look when using tall wedding centrepieces. Flowers also can be submerged in the water and wound around the inside of a clear vase.

Sprinkle flower petals or place small tea-light or votive candles around the base of the vase. Use decorations sparingly so the focus goes up, not down to the table.


Instead of twigs, use large ostrich feathers for a formal or winter wedding. Use one tall arrangement at the centre of each round table or spread them by 2 feet to 3 feet intervals along a long table.


Use small, low-key items to decorate the table so they don't appear bare, but use a minimal approach so you don't detract from the tall centrepiece. Tall arrangements may look overwhelming in a small room or a room with low ceilings. In a large room or room with high ceilings, tall arrangements will help fill space and create a dramatic affect.

Things You'll Need

  • Tall vases or bases
  • Filler (flowers, branches, etc.)
  • Decorative elements (candles, crystals, etc.)
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Janece Bass is a freelance writer specializing in weddings, family, health, parenting, relationships, dating, decorating, travel, music and sports. She has been writing for more than 15 years and has numerous published pieces on various websites and blogs. Bass has also ghostwritten various fiction-based novels.