Any professional florist knows that the design of your centerpieces should depend largely on the shape and size of the reception tables you've selected. But it pays for you to give the matter some thought, too, so that when you talk specifics with your florist you'll have an even better sense of your options (and be able to nail down a solid plan that much sooner). To show you the best way to proceed, we asked top floral designers for advice.

Round Dining Tables

Keep floral arrangements and other table décor under 14 inches or over 20 inches high—depending upon the size of your venue—so guests can see and talk with each other across the table. Be aware, though, that tall centerpieces in low-ceilinged venues may make the space feel cramped.

Flowers by Tricia Fountaine Floral Design

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