Love dramatic floral tablescapes, but don't want guests to have to struggle to talk to each other around giant centerpieces?  Here are 12 photos of high-impact floral creations that also are a manageable height.

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All Lined Up

Sure, one of the centerpieces above might have looked a little meager on this table all by itself. But a whole lineup looks terrific, especially with all of the pretty pink peonies and white hydrangeas.  On top of the woven runner, this is ideal table decor for a vintage wedding or lavish bridal shower.

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Low & Full

If you want plenty of flowers in your lush, elegant centerpieces, select a container that doesn't perch the arrangement too high. This sophisticated brass example above pairs well with the creamy anemones and ranunculus.

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A Bright Collection

Use colored glass bud vases to hold a few bright flowers apiece. Arrange a half dozen of them together on each table for a relaxed effect that still livens up the tables.

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Darkly Glam

Particularly if you to make a statement with your flowers but not spend a bundle on towering centerpieces, select a bold and eye-catching palette. This darkly glam combo of wine, blush, and eggplant is quite compelling (especially when surrounded by tall tapers).

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Greenery Runner

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to keep your tablescape from getting too high is to skip traditional centerpieces altogether. Instead weave dense greenery along the center of your table around candles.

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A Delicious Alternative

Is an all-greenery tablescape a bit too simple for your taste?  Sacrifice none of the pep and color of glamorous centerpieces when you scatter fruits in rich colors down your table. Use what is seasonally available (such as the autumnal persimmons and pomegranates above), especially if you have a farm wedding theme.

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Completely Classic

You can also choose traditional low centerpieces likes ones where the flowers are in a box vase, such as the peonies and roses above (left). Or surround a hurricane lamp with a wreath of flowers and greenery.

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8. Monochromatic Design

Use milk glass vases with white linens to create a monochromatic design for your chic reception tables. Fill vases with roses, peonies, and greenery, but space them out appropriately so that people can still see each other across the table.

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Bud Vases with a Pop

Or you can use a modern interpretation of milk glass to hold the tiniest of wildflowers. The pottery will be the star with its unique textured patterns, all while staying out of the way.  It's the perfect touch when you want tables that are just a little more dynamic.

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Planter Boxes

You can pack so many succulents or cut flowers into a planter box, all while keeping the centerpieces compact. Above, this sweetheart table features a beautiful combination of succulent-filled boxes on the table, and larger centerpieces decorating the front on the floor (this would also work well with hurricane lanterns).

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Clusters of Succulents

Or you can skip the planter box and instead line your tables with clusters of succulents crowded around thick pillar candles.  Lovely for a rustic wedding with tables you don't wish to cover in linens, this is a relatively affordable tablescape.

Credits: Amanda Kay Brown   |   Josh Gruetzmacher   |   Connie Dai   |   Danfredo Photos & Films   |   Shannon Elizabeth Photography   |   Danae Horst   |   Elizabeth Carol Photography   |   Love that Smile Photography   |   John Newsome   |   Intimate Weddings   |   Jenavieve Belair   |   Joseba Sandoval