Wedding Centerpieces for Every Budget and Style
Get fresh ideas in a range of styles for what to display front and center on your big day.
The average national cost of a wedding in 2015 was $32,641, according to The Knot. Yikes! Whether you plan to go above and beyond that number or plan to elope after seeing that cost, there’s a lot to consider when planning your big day.
With so much mixing and matching of patterns, this is a great opportunity to make a statement with bold monochromatic arrangements. Artfully arrange dozens of bright pink ranunculus in a single gold vase to create a striking focal point in the center of the table. Courtesy of Camille Styles, editor of CamilleStyles.com
Once you’ve determined the major details like the budget, venue and date, you can start planning the decorations and style aspects. A centerpiece is a great place to tie in the various design elements of your wedding. For example, if you’re having a beach wedding, consider adding subtle coastal touches like driftwood to the reception tables. If you’re getting married at an upscale country club, maybe consider classic white and blush blooms and romantic candles. Color palettes, region of the country you're getting married in and time of day are all factors that can help determine your centerpieces.
Whether you’re planning your own wedding or simply getting ideas for a friend or family member, check out these beautiful centerpieces ranging in style from traditionally elegant to boldly eclectic.
Prints and Patterns
Create an exotic table that's full of color and texture by layering pattern on top of pattern. Brightly hued strips of fabric laid across the table serve as unexpected horizontal runners and allow the look of a rustic wood tabletop to show through. Metallic plates (these are from West Elm) make each place setting pop, while graphic napkins, gold flatware and beautiful glassware add richness to the decor.
Spot of Tea
It’s customary in Morocco to follow large meals with boldly flavored mint tea, and it also happens to make a terrific party idea. To make, simply steep loose green tea and boiling water in a Moroccan-style teapot, then stir in sugar and mint sprigs and allow to steep for a few minutes. Serve in beautifully gilded glass cups.
Food So Nice They Named It Twice
A large serving of couscous is a must-have side dish at any Moroccan-inspired feast. For a wonderful combination of flavors, mix in currants, pistachios and lots of fresh herbs, and be sure to include a large serving spoon for passing around the table. Get the recipe.
Drinks From Afar
Some of the best beers are imported from the Middle East and Far East, and offering these beverages at your party can add a fun element of the exotic for your guests. Check your local liquor stores for availability of imported beer, and serve bottles iced down in large galvanized buckets for guests to help themselves.
Paper flowers are a great departure from traditional floral arrangements, but they can still make a strong visual impact. For this garland, we made paper magnolia blossoms and attached them to real magnolia branches, then arranged them all down the length of the table. Design by CamilleStyles.com
The Photo Love
Printable DIY Table Numbers for Weddings
For your DIY wedding centerpiece, gather the following materials: spray paint matching your table colors, ceramic candleholders, small oval photo frames, printable table numbers, vintage saucers, gold crepe paper, scissors, hot glue, foamy double-sided tape and paper rosebud embellishments.
Creating modern floral arrangements that don't look overly sparse can be tricky. The Byrd Collective used two rectangular glass vases to create monochromatic bunches of complementary flowers. By grouping together yellow blooms in different varieties, like dahlias, daffodils and billy balls, florals instantly take on a brighter and more contemporary look. Design by CamilleStyles.com
Use Upcycled Containers
An old cheese box, filled with floral foam, serves as a conversation-starting container for this low centerpiece of white cabbage roses, pittosporum and silvery Dusty Miller. Small brown bottles, filled with more blooms and clippings, give the small centerpiece greater visual impact.
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Moss-Wrapped Wedding Lights
To keep a wedding design cohesive, Kim Lettier, of Lettier Event Planning Studio, carries some elements of the focal point (here, it's a floral centerpiece) into other areas. "Accent pieces such as candles should complement the focal point but not compete with it," she adds. “The design of the vessel itself should also fit in with the overall look. In this case I wrapped moss around the vessels because its traditional look interfered with the organic and vintage feel of the design.” Florist: The Green Flamingo.