Tall Vases

Tall vases known as the Empire or Tower vase are blown glass. Therefore each vase is slightly different. Something that fits down inside one may not be able to pass through a slightly narrower neck of another.

This is a good thing to keep in mind when designing for these slender glass vases

There are several different techniques that you can use when designing a tall vase. You have to keep in mind that flowers weigh a lot . . . and get even heavier if you use wet wet Oasis foam. If care isn't taken to balance the arrangement, bumping tables could mean tall vases tipping over and falling on your guests during the reception!

The size of the floral plays a major role in the vase's stability.. The arrangement above is larger and heavier than the smaller vase pictured below.

Height can be a very dramatic statement on reception hall tables. The flowers are high enough not to cause interference with face to face discussion among guests.

Tall centerpieces also help overcome the vastness of a huge room. Tall ceilings and large open venue spaces can make your table centerpiece seem a lot smaller than it looked in the picture!

Even more height can be created with the use of tall candles or flowers in those vases.

Tower vases come in a large selection of sizes, usually ranging from 14 inches up to 32 inches and more. Consider calling around to local wedding rental agencies in your area if you are making your own centerpieces. You can often rent for a fraction of the cost of buying your own tall glassware.

Rental companies usually ask for a deposit to ensure that the vases are returned washed and in good condition. Thus be careful about dropping in marbles or anything else that could get stuck inside the slender vase. It's almost impossible to get them back out once you've dropped them inside.

The basic supplies needed to create these arrangements are:

    1. Acrylic Extension Rod

    2. Tower Vase

    3. Round Design Tray or Green Plastic Container

    4. 1/3 - 1/2 Brick of Oasis Foam

    5. Cling Florist Clay

    If your desire is for tall centerpiece vases equal to the huge designs you see on the Academy awards, I just want to caution that those types of arrangements take a lot of time and set up.

    The rule when doing your own vases is to keep it simple and manageable!

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