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What Fits?

written by Marina Strong June 14, 2013

One question our customer service team gets a lot is, How many flowers do I need? Some are interested in how many flowers are in a bouquet, some are trying to find out how many stems will fit into a certain size vase for a centerpiece, some trying to do it all…

Now of course, most of the time, the answer is… It depends. Big help huh?! Well, it does depend on a few things…First, What flowers are you using? Since, for instance, a Hydrangea is a lot bigger than an Anemone. And Second, What is the look you are going for? Are you wanting full, lush arrangements to where you can’t cram another flower in even if you tried, or are you going for a more modern or whimsical, less is more look?

Now for the helpful part… recently, while testing Roses, Standard Calla Lilies, and Peruvian Lilies in our office, we decided to play around with different sized vases and see what we could fit in what. Hopefully, this can be used as a starting point and give you a visual of what a certain amount of stems look like in different vases…

Here we go… please don’t laugh at our “arranging” in some of these, it was after 5 on a Friday and I think we started throwing these together!


Round Openings:

Mason Jar – 2 ½” diameter opening – 7″ tall

Mason jars are great for Vintage and Rustic settings and the loose, unstructured wildflower look. For me, the structured round look of the roses or the tall Callas don’t quite fit the mason jar look, but, we are trying to give as many examples as we can, so even if you aren’t using a mason jar but have a vase with a 2 ½ inch diameter opening, this is what could fit…

Mason Jars

Mason Jars

Top Row (left to right): 20 stems of Roses, 15 stems of Peruvian Lilies, 6 Standard Calla Lilies.

Bottom Row (left to right): These are from our testimonials so I am guessing on exact amounts, but I love these looks, so wanted to share. 4-6 Hydrangeas, 16-20 Craspedia Billy Balls, 6-10 mixed stems (Garden Roses, Snapdragons, Craspedia) for a looser look.


Small Fish Bowl – 2  ½” diameter neck – 3 ½” diameter opening – 5 ¼” tall

The thing about the fish bowl vase is even though they may have a larger opening, they usually have a neck (the indent) that is smaller. So that’s really the opening you need to keep in mind. I think fish bowls work great for small clusters of flowers like Roses, tightly packed Carnations, Hydrangeas, etc.

Small Fish Bowls

Small Fish Bowls

Left to right: 15 stems of Roses, 10 stems of Roses plus 6 stems Peruvian Lilies.


Standard Column Vase – 3″ diameter opening – 7.5″ tall

These Column Vases are cheap and easy to find (we get em from the dollar store) and are perfect for tall blooms like Standard Callas and Gladiolus. They are also perfect for submerging flowers like Orchids. You can get them in taller heights as well.

Column Vases

Column Vases

Top Row (left to right): 20 stems of Roses (for a full look you could use up to 25 or so), 17 stems of Peruvian Lilies

Bottom Row (left to right): Again from testimonials, so guessing a lil! The first two pics show flowers being submerged. Submerged Carnations topped with a rose and submerged Mokara Orchids. The second two are with Standard Callas. The first may have a larger opening (hard to tell in the pic) since it seems there are about 12-15 Callas, but when you cut callas down, their stems get thinner, meaning you can fit more. The second (last) pic shows 5 Callas with a Leaf, so 6 stems total, but are left longer and there is some space left in the vase.


Medium Vase – 4″ diameter opening – 9″ tall

This medium size vase has a 4 inch opening and then flares out a bit, giving you plenty of room inside the vase. At 9 inches tall, keep in mind the height of your flowers if you are planning to use as a centerpiece, since you don’t want people to have to talk around the display. Taller display could be used as altar arrangements or at sign in tables.

Medium Vase

Medium Vase

Left to right: 22 stems of Roses, 16 stems of Roses plus 7 stems of Peruvian Lilies, 17 stems of Peruvian Lilies.


Large Vase – 6″ diameter opening – 7¾” tall

This large vase would be good for a welcome table or somewhere you want to make a statement. It will require a lot of flowers to fill it up, so keep that in mind! Hydrangeas, Lilies and other varieties with large blooms would be ideal flowers for large vases.

Large Vase

Large Vase

In this vase, we fit 44 stems of Roses!


Square/Rectangle Openings:

Small Square – 2¾” opening – 6″ tall

We sell these cardboard vases in all different colors and sizes! See them here. Great for traveling since they won’t break and they fold flat. The 6 inch vases have an opening of 2¾ inches, so they don’t need much to fill them up. We crammed quite a few flowers in, but you can see it creates a very full look.

Small Square

Small Square

Top Row (left to right): 20 stems of Roses, 20 stems of roses plus 6 stems of Peruvian Lilies.

Botton Row: Here are a few examples of how you could decorate these vases!


Small/Medium Rectangle – 4″ x 3″ opening – 6″ tall

This is probably one of my favorite vases, I love the square, or in this case rectangle, look for small table centerpieces. They would also work well for bar areas as a little accent piece. Just a few stems is all you need to fill these up!

Small/Medium Rectangle

Small/Medium Rectangle

Left to right: 6 stems of Roses, 6 stems of Roses plus 3 stems of Peruvian Lilies, 8 stems of Peruvian Lilies.


I hope this helps and gives you an idea of What Fits! To fill your vases with premium wedding flowers head to FiftyFlowers! 🙂



Artist from Detroit January 19, 2017 at 11:15 am

For the Future Mrs Nash, Your vase is so unique and the flowers can vary. Just test it ahead of time with real flowers – if your vase is not heavy at the bottom it will be very tippy. Also you dont want many flowers as it will obstruct the view of the Eiffel tower ! Do just a few lacy flowers that might look like fire works at its top.

Christine August 11, 2016 at 4:43 pm

These photos, flower examples, and vase sizes are really helpful in visualizing what number of stems per type of flower looks like! Thanks for posting this.

Future Mrs. Nash July 22, 2016 at 4:27 pm

This was really helpful!

Do you happen to know how many flowers would fit in a eiffel tower vase? And, at what point should we worry about them tipping over?


Lily June 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm

This post makes me so happy over here in customer service! 🙂 I had fun playing with the flowers that night too, even if it was after 5pm on a Friday night.


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