Alternative Top Table Arrangements

In today’s post I am sharing with you some of my tips on how to start your own wedding and event floristry business. Starting with the first fundemental question you need to ask yourself. 

How gorgeous is this weather over the last week! I am so keeping my fingers crossed that it is hear to stay for the weekend, it always seems to turn miserable when it gets to Saturday & Sunday which is ruddy annoying! Anyhow I think that is enough of the weather forecast onto today’s blog post. For those of you who might be having a long top table for your wedding breakfast I wanted to share with you some alternative top table arrangements & some ideas that differ from the traditional.

As those of you who follow my work will already know I do love a ‘table scape’ made up of a mix of different containers as opposed to just one centre piece that are then placed along the length of the table. There are so many different options as well in terms of the containers you use and what is great is you can create a design that is bespoke to you working with your venue and theme.

Vicky & Paddy tied the knot last July, and their wedding reception was held in a marquee hired from LPM Bohemia  that had the coolest patterned ceiling. Their day was relaxed and they wanted their flowers to have a natural feel to reflect this. For their top table we created a long table scape made up of a mix of different size jam jars some tied with lace others with twine and moss runner that had succulents scattered along it.

Another idea is you could have two taller arrangements one placed on either end of your top table with a mix of shorter arrangements placed in the middle, like the image above? The candelabra’s worked perfectly with the elegant back drop of Christina & Rob’s Wedding Venue, Knowlton Court and the overall feel that they wanted for their day.You could always use the same concept for the design but change the colour of the candlebra’s & containers to fit your colour scheme, gold or copper for example. You don’t necessarily have to use candlebra’s at all you could opt for tall trumpet style vases instead, there are lots of options.

How about a dramatic backdrop for your top table? This hanging flower installation we created behind Chris & Sammy’s top table looked awesome (ahem if I do say so myself!) and filled what would have been an empty fire place beautifully. As you can see from the photo they too had a table scape made up of 3 main arrangements on glass footed stands & in between we placed vintage cut glass vases which complemented the crystal candelabra’s used on the round tables and the ornate details of Addington Palace.

If you do decide to have one main centre piece then you could have a low & long design that would create a real focal point & if you wanted to add an element of wild into your arrangements then twigs would work perfectly or you could even have trailing foliage such as ivy hanging down the front of the table.

Perhaps even a mix of arrangements with the larger, focal arrangement in the middle and then a smaller grouping of bottles/vases with flowers in could be placed either side or either end of the table?


I hope this has inspired you with different ideas for your top table, what designs are you thinking of having for yours?

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Image Credits

Image 1 – Rebecca Douglas Photography  | Image 2 – Michelle Lindsell | Image 3 – Butler – Madden Weddings | Image 4 – Kerry Ann Duffy Photography | Image 5 – Rebecca Douglas Photography


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