The origin of centerpieces comes from the 1700s, when servants served individual dishes to guests - creating more room on the table.

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The origin of wedding centerpieces

Wedding centerpieces were introduced to society in the 18th century, when servants began serving individual plated meals to guests. This eliminated the family-style meal, creating open space on the table for décor! 

Although the entrée would no longer be in the center of the table, the first wedding centerpieces were still food-based. The display was almost always vertical in shape and included: 

  • Food arranged as pyramids
  • Food arranged on tiered dishes (epergnes)
  • Molded puddings and jellies

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