Expert October 2018

Is a base for the centerpiece necessary? Share pics for those without!

Malei, on Dec 5, 2017 at 2:24 PM Posted in Do It Yourself

Hi! So our wedding is travel themed. We are assigning "departure gates" and "cities" for our tables. I planned to have two votive candles (wrapped in map paper), one or two luminaries with flameless candles for height with the gate number printed on them, those Ikea frames for the city names, and then a potted succulent (painting the pot with our colors). Is a mirror or wood base necessary? We have round tables with a table runner (blue over white tablecloth). Does anyone have any pictures of just numerous pieces in the center of the table without a base to fit everything onto?



  • Talia Willner
    Talia Willner ·

    I really don't think they are necessary, 9/10 times. The only time I use them if the centerpiece is a scattering of items to tie it all together (for example, a grouping of vases and/or votives), and even really don't need it. I especially dislike the mirrors - it lends a very 90's look to a table.

  • EngineerInLove
    VIP September 2018
    EngineerInLove ·

    I don't think they're necessary, but they do help bring smaller centerpieces together nicely. I feel like what you're describing would be fine on its own, or it could use a mirror. A wood slab would look out of place with your travel theme.

  • Malei
    Expert October 2018
    Malei ·

    Thanks for all the feedback!

    @Mrs your centerpieces look beautiful and classy! Thanks for sharing!

    All the research I did had others suggesting SOMETHING for a base (doily, table square, tile) but I like the look without it. It looks less crammed.

  • Kristin
    Dedicated July 2018
    Kristin ·

    I honestly don't lovw the look of mirrors underneath. Sounds like it doesn't need it

  • TugBride
    Expert October 2018
    TugBride ·

    I think it depends on what you like. Personally I hate the way mirrors look, wood isn't awful if done correctly but it does seem to be over done. Personally I think I am going to do doilies but it fits into the theme of my wedding. Though its still kind of up in the air for me. If you don't want something under your centerpieces then you don't need it. Its your day and as long as you and your partner love the way it looks that's all that matters.

  • cantwait4thedate
    VIP November 2017
    cantwait4thedate ·

    I dont think it needs it either, I think really the only time they are needed is if you are trying to fill in the table more, such as large tables with tiny centerpieces. We didn't have them, and I don't think we were missing anything.

    eta: I actually found a picture on my work computer, so I am adding it for you to see.

  • muriel
    Master June 2018
    muriel Online ·

    There are lots of pics online of centerpieces with no base. Here's a couple.

    Sometimes a base helps to pull together disparate elements but most often is not necessary.

  • futurmrslowe
    Dedicated December 2018
    futurmrslowe ·

    @Muriel - love your flowers!

  • C&N
    Super October 2017
    C&N ·

    We didn't, although we were originally going to. We had smaller centerpieces and our tabletops were a mixture of cement and wood. Our tables had 4-5 guests only, which is why we needed smaller.

  • Emily
    Expert May 2018
    Emily ·

    Bases arent necessary. we're not having them. we have votives of candles and miscellaneous greens around our vases which will have flowers in them.

    this is the picture of the mock up we made. the flowers here are fake, and random - they will be a pink peony, a deep red rose, and some ivory spray roses with eucalyptus leaves in them. the dishes are my mom's, so they're not the ones we're using, but very similar as we went with simple dishes. my mom took this picture after she made the mock up in the gazebo in the backyard. the tables are also missing the organza blush pink toppers over the tables under the dishware and centerpieces.

    i feel like they make centerpieces look less wedding, and more prom, unless they're just absolutely pristine and perfect and huge. they can pull things together well in certain situations, but they definitely arent 100% necessary all the time.

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