It’s Wedding Wednesday again already, and I’m back with so many beautiful images of wedding centerpieces. From the most simple, to the most extravagant, wedding centerpieces help pull together the feel and colors of your wedding day. They don’t have to break the bank to be elegant either! Here are my favorite centerpiece images from my clients’ weddings and some thoughts for getting the most out of your reception centerpieces.
- Consider height. A heavy arrangement in the middle of the table does not make for easy table conversation. Use clear or slender objects to raise your centerpieces above eye level or keep your arrangement thin. A topiary style arrangement can be perfect to raise the arrangement but still see guests across the table. Choose large centerpieces if they are low to the table. Mix and match heights in a reception room for interest and less matchy tables. Also, you can opt for a grouping of small containers versus one large arrangement to reduce costs.
- Add natural elements. Add branches, sticks, leaves, or slices of wood to bring in a more rustic or natural feel to your arrangements. Use them to add height, without blocking guests across the table or use them underneath your arrangements to give them a creative base. Even use them inside your clear containers for great elements of flair. Other options include using shells or driftwood if you are planning a beach or tropical themed wedding event.
- Use interesting filler for clear vases. Another way to add interest to your arrangement is to coordinate a unique filler in a clear container with your flowers. Limes, lemons, and pears are popular fruit options and make everything look colorful and fresh… citrus fruit even looks great sliced or whole! Other fruit can tie in the season of your wedding too, so think out of the box for other options like frosted cranberries in winter or small gourds in the fall. Besides fruit, you can fill your containers with many interesting objects such as beads, buttons, wine corks, or even coffee beans for some added scent to your tablescape.
- Consider your container. Every table doesn’t need a clear vase of flowers. Think more creatively about objects that tie in the feel of your event to use with your centerpieces. Some great ideas I’ve seen are large conch shells, mason jars, colored wine bottles, watering cans, pumpkins, small crates, or teapots. Or layer platters or plates under your containers to add interest. Possibilities are endless!
- Skip the flowers. Maybe not all together because I love flowers so much, but opting for unique containers above filled with candles, plants, feathers or branches is an alternative to floral arrangements for your tables. You can add ribbons, strands of beads, a simple floating bloom or accents of leaves to your display. Incorporate decorative items you may be able to use in your personal home decor later, too!
- Personalize your centerpieces. Add special mementos, personalized ribbons, monograms, quotes, verses or small favors with your centerpiece arrangements. These important details are a great way to share things you love with your guests.
- Add accent or color to your table linens. What is under your centerpiece is as important as the centerpiece itself. You can choose simple linens with accents or go for more expensive fabrics, but it’s equally important to coordinate your entire table. Style your table with a runner or napkin square to add a punch of color to a plain color tablecloth. Mix and match table linen colors and napkin colors from table to table for a less matchy look. Or, consider unique runner or layered options… like burlap, vintage lace or ribbons woven together.
- DIY or hire a professional. The choice is yours. Once you have a vision for your event, get with a planning, decor, or floral specialist and let them work their magic for you. They are trained to interpret your vision onto your tables and have a wealth of knowledge and resources to find what you need. However, if you feel crafty and want to add your own special touch to your wedding day centerpieces, go for it. My advice is to keep them simple and less fussy, and get them done ahead of time! Make sure you delegate the task of getting them to your reception and getting them in place to someone else. You don’t want to trouble yourself on your wedding day with decorating details. Breathe and enjoy your day!
Several of the beautiful centerpieces featured were done by the following fabulous local vendors I highly recommend!
All that is left is for your photographer (me!) to capture all the lovely details you planned or made youself so you can remember how beautiful they were.