Wedding table centerpieces truly set the ambiance for your reception. They can also help tie your wedding’s theme together. That doesn’t mean they have to be elaborate or expensive, though. You have plenty of options when it comes to easy wedding centerpieces for your big day.
Flowers are, of course, the most traditional choice for a wedding centerpiece. You really can’t go wrong: The right blooms always enhance and brighten up any table.
It’s worth noting, though, that floral arrangements can vary greatly in terms of scale, volume, and choice of colors and fillers. Depending on your budget, you may want to DIY flower arrangements or order them from a florist who can customize them just as you like.
Your florist may include the vase or base with your arrangements, or, to cut down on costs, you can find vintage or recycled vases online. You can also get creative and place your arrangements in a mason jar or even vintage teapots, depending on your theme.
Not sure which flowers to go with? You can’t go wrong with in-season buds, since they’re usually fresher and less expensive.
A gorgeous garland of greens doubles as both a centerpiece and a table runner. This look works especially well if you plan to have long tables at your reception. Options for greens include olive branches, eucalyptus, rosemary, salal, grasses, willow leaves, or an assortment of them all. For an extra-special touch to your wedding decorations, top the garland with white ranunculus, citrus fruits, or even candles.
Using cheery citrus fruit as a centerpiece works delightfully well at a spring or summer wedding. (Or in a year-round destination, like California or Florida.) You have a few options for using citrus: You could fill clear vases with whole lemons, limes, or tangelos—or, fill the vessels with water and float slices of citrus. You also could make towers or bouquets out of your citrus fruit of choice.
Succulent centerpieces are a great alternative to floral arrangements. They are especially fitting for weddings in places like Arizona or California, but you can make them work wherever you’re tying the knot. Try planting a variety of succulents in a single planter to make a cohesive centerpiece, or pot individual succulents in clear vases or terrariums with some rocks at the bottom to hold everything in place.
There’s nothing more romantic at a wedding reception than a cluster of glowing candlesticks centered on a table as the sun sets on a beautiful evening. On a long table, set white candles in gold candlesticks atop a garland of greenery. Or, on round tables, try candles of varying heights in modern geometric holders or vintage brass candlesticks. Candelabras are another elegant option.
For an easy way to enhance any table, go with a table runner in white, lace, stripes, or in your wedding’s color scheme. Set several candles and small bouquets on top, running down the length of the runner to finish the look.
Stacks of books that are meaningful to you and your significant other can be used as centerpieces. They also add some height to your tables, making a sturdy base to put some flowers or a few candles on top of. Not sure what to include? Some book options might be classic love stories, vintage hardcover books, books you and your partner have given one another over the years, or travel books to destinations you’ve explored together. (Just be sure to display a note to guests letting them know the significance, too.)
For a unique and elegant centerpiece, look online for vintage birdcages to set atop each table. You can fill them with flowers, greens, branches, or candles. You can get even more creative by stringing strands of pearls or crystals around the cage.
Mason jars are an easy (and budget-friendly!) centerpiece that look amazing at any outdoor or rustic wedding venue. They are also very versatile: Fill them with wildflowers, citrus slices, or candles. You can even paint the outside of the mason jars to match your color scheme.
Getting married in the fall or during the holiday season? Use that to your advantage and choose your centerpieces based on what’s in season. Mini pumpkins, bundles of leaves, and twigs are all great options for a fall wedding. You can also make festive holiday centerpieces using clear vases, sparkly ornaments, and white flowing feathers.
Read on for even more amazing centerpiece ideas from Zola’s Expert Advice.