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By Louise Baltruschat Hollis

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Wedding centrepieces are definitely one of the most fun elements of wedding planning. Perhaps one of the iconic aesthetic elements of a wedding day.

And now you are here, looking for your own wedding centrepiece ideas. It’s an exciting moment, but I also know that it can be stressful trying to decide on the perfect focal point for your wedding table.

There’s no need to fret, I am here to the rescue with my round-up of drop-dead-gorgeous centrepieces. I am also going to break down choosing your centrepiece, sharing budget-friendly options and my top tips on wedding table styling. Hooray!

Wedding Centrepiece Ideas Camilla Andrea Photo: Camilla Andrea Photography via Modern Pink Wedding Flowers: Ivy Floral Event

 

Wedding Centrepiece Inspiration Gallery

Ready to take a look at all the pretty ideas? Let’s go!

1. Gin Bottles

As gin has grown in popularity, so has the gin bottle centrepiece. Save up bottles and ask loved ones to collect bottles, then use them to display blooms.

Gin Bottle Wedding Centrepiece Decor Emma B Photography Photo: Emma B Photography via Spring Cottage Rivington Wedding Styling: Pretty Little Parties

 

2. Wool Pom Poms

For a touch of colourful fun, add wool pom poms to flowers. Plus for extra jazz, use multicoloured glassware.

Colourful Wedding Centrepiece Pom Pom John Wellings Photo: John Wellings via Woodhouse Barn Wedding

 

3. Tall Flower Arrangement

For drama and luxe, if you have the budget why not opt for tall centrepieces? Ensure the stand is thin enough so as not to disturb guests’ views.

Tall Flower Wedding Centrepiece Idea Sugarbird Photography Photo: Sugarbird Photography via Cherry Blossom Wedding Ideas Flowers: Natasha Jane Events

 

4. Terracotta Plant Pots

How rustic and cute are these terracotta plant pots? Using herbs also adds to wedding day scent as well as making for a perfect wedding gift.

Terracotta Plant Pot Centrepiece Wedding Richard Skins Photography Photo: Richard Skins PhotographyHornington Manor Wedding

 

5. Candelabra With Flowers

Traditional and always beautiful, is the candelabra draped with flowers. Perfect for stately homes and historic wedding venues.

Candelabra Wedding Centrepiece Photography34 Photo: Photography34 via Carlton Towers Wedding Flowers: Petals by Louise

 

6. Watering Can Flowers

Adorable mini watering cans filled with flowers. Perhaps the ideal centrepiece for the green-fingered?

Watering Can Wedding Centrepiece Siobhan Beales Photography Photo: Siobhan Beales Photography via Barn Upcote Wedding Flowers: AQUA Wedding Flowers & Events

 

7. Greenery Bottles

A simple yet elegant and budget-friendly centrepiece idea. Collect wine bottles, and fill them with water and greenery before topping bottles with a candle.

Water Bottles Greenery Wedding Centrepiece Idea Kloe May Photography Photo: Kloe May Photography via Home Garden Tipi Wedding Flowers: @champagne_and_wellies

 

8. Paper & Felt Flowers

Why not try making paper or felt flowers instead of using fresh? You could even have a crafty hen/stag party to make them together.

Paper Flower Wedding Centrepiece Emma and Rich Photo: Emma and Rich via Cowshed Woodhall Farm Wedding

 

9. Grazing Board

Make your food the star of the show with a grazing board centrepiece.

Grazing Food Wedding Centrepiece Opperhill Photography Photo: Opperhill Photography via Terracotta Wedding Ideas Food: Graze Cheshire

 

10. Autumn Banquet

An autumn table bursting with seasonal flowers and vegetables for a very dramatic wedding style.

Autumn Wedding Centrepiece Charly Mae Photography Photo: Charly Mae Photography via Sustainable Woodland Wedding Ideas Florist: Vicki’s Floral Designs

 

11. Wellie Boot

I love this wellington boot centrepiece, perfect for festival or farming wedding themes. Just ensure it’s scrubbed clean!

Wellie Boot Wedding Centrepiece albatrossandmariner Photo: Albatross and Mariner via Rainy Festival Wedding Flowers: Flowers by Nic

 

12. Hoop Table Decor

For a modern yet beautiful centrepiece, why not use a hoop to hang tea lights?

Hoop Wedding Centrepiece Flowers Idea Emilie May PhotographyHoop Wedding Centrepiece Flowers Idea Emilie May Photography Photo: Emilie May Photography via Holmes Mill Wedding Flowers: The Rose Boutique Wigan

 

13. Balloons

Balloons can make such a fun and bold statement in a wedding reception room scheme.

Balloon Wedding Centrepiece Idea Wild Tide Creative Photo: Wild Tide Weddings via Trevanna Barns Wedding Flowers: Sharon Mesher Wedding Flowers

 

14. Milk Churn Flowers

Source mini milk churns and fill with flowers for your table centre. How cute!?

Milk Churn Wedding Centrepiece Idea Photographer Liam Gillan Photo: Photographer Liam Gillan via Willingale Village Hall Wedding Flowers: Abridge Florist 

 

15. Lampshades

For a non-floral centrepiece idea, how about statement lamps with pretty lampshades?

Lampshade Wedding Centrepiece Idea Harriet Bird Photography Photo: Harriet Bird Photography via Glazebrook House Wedding

 

16. Candles

Rather than using candles as a supporting act, make them centre stage with hurricane lamp holders.

Candle Wedding Centrepiece Idea Siobhan Beales Photography Photo: Siobhan Beales Photography via Wick Farm Bath Wedding Flowers: Hibiscus and Hodge

 

17. Vase

Keep things simple and go for pretty blooms with a classic glass vase.

Spring Vase Wedding Centrepiece Idea Ellie Gillard Photography Photo: Ellie Gillard Photography via Riverside London Wedding Flowers: Palais Flowers

 

18. Jars & Log Slice

One of the most popular wedding centrepieces in the UK has to be the log slice teamed with jars filled with blooms. And it’s easy to see why.

Log Slice Jar Wedding Centrepiece Faye Amare Photography Photo: Faye Amare Photography via Quirky Barn Rustic Wedding Flowers: Rambling Rose

 

19. Floating Tea Lights

Floating tea lights have a modern airy feel, yet are really classic. Add pine cones or other decor ideas to add extra flare.

Pine Cone Wedding Centrepiece Dani Nicole Photography Photo: Dani Nicole Photography via Cedar Creek Ranch Wedding Flowers: Petal Shoppe of Monroe

 

20. Wooden Crate

Use a wooden crate to hold flowers. You could even personalise the box for a wonderful post-wedding keepsake.

Wooden Crate Wedding Centrepiece Amy Lou Photography Photo: Amy Lou Photography via Castletown Woodland Weddings

 

21. Fruit

Add seasonal fruit to a vase and fill it with water for a pretty centrepiece idea.

Fruit Wedding Centrepiece Ideas The Edge Photography Photo: The Edge Photography via Tipi Farm Wedding Decor: Starry Eyed Weddings

 

22. Rainbow

Can’t choose just one colour? Go for the full spectrum with an ombre rainbow flower runner straight down the middle of your table.

Rainbow Flowers Wedding Centrepiece Michelle Huggleston Photography Photo: Michelle Huggleston Photography via Rainbow Wedding Ideas Flowers: Far Hill Flowers

 

23. Glass Box

Industrial meets modern with a glass box centrepiece. Add dried flowers and candles for a real show-stopper.

Box Candles Wedding Centrepiece Wyldbee Photo: Wyldbee Photography via Industrial Derbyshire Wedding

 

24. Blossom Tree

Create wow factor with cherry blossom trees on your tables. Surely it’d make the perfect talking point for your guests?

Blossom Tree Wedding Centrepiece Sally T Photography Photo: Sally T Photography via Whinstone View Wedding

 

25. Halloween

If you are getting married at Halloween, how about using pumpkins and ivy just like this?

Halloween Wedding Centrepiece Thyme Lane Photography Photo: Thyme Lane PhotographyCooling Castle Barn Wedding Flowers: Danny Watchorn

 

26. Afternoon Tea Stand

Using alternative stands can create really unique displays, such as this afternoon tea stand filled with flowers.

Vintage Tea Stand Wedding Centrepiece Idea paulunderhill Photo: Paul Underhill via Knighton House Wedding Flowers: Elizabeth Morgan Flowers

 

27. Seaside

Bring the beach to you by adding shells to a pretty tablescape of blooms. Be sure to source them ethically though.

Seaside Beach Wedding Centrepiece Idea Gianmarco Amico Photo: Gianmarco Amico via Salina Elopement Ideas Styling: Dandelion Celebrations

 

28. Umbrella

Theme tables and add unusual props such as umbrellas for added height.

Umbrella Wedding Centrepiece Idea Masha Unwerth Photo: Masha Unwerth via Sunflower Rustic Wedding Flowers: Luke and Lottie

 

29. Hessian

Hessian has been a popular choice over the years. It’s natural and neutral which lends itself well to a wedding day style.

Hessian Wedding Centrepiece gemmagaskins Photo: Gemma Gaskins Photography
 via Mint Gold Barn Wedding Styling: Pumpkin Events

 

30. Drumsticks

Are you musical? Why not add an instrument or prop such as this drum stick centrepiece?

Drum Sticks Wedding Centrepiece marknewtonweddings Photo: Mark Newton Wedding Photography via Vintage Personal Wedding

 

31. Buttons

If sewing is your jam, show off your personality. Fill a bottle with mismatched buttons.

Button Wedding Centrepiece Idea jamesgristphotography Photo: James Grist via Tea Infused Wedding

 

32. Woodland

Bring the outdoors in with a woodland effect centrepiece. Choose logs and moss for real authenticity.

Woodland Wedding Centrepiece kerrydiamondphotography Photo: Kerry Diamond Photography – Woodland Boho Wedding

 

33. Wool Bottles

Wrap colourful wool around bottles to make them really shine. Then simply add flowers.

Colourful Bottles Wedding Centrepiece benjaminmathers Photo: Benjamin Mathers Photography via Beautiful Multicolour Wedding Flowers: Fresh and Silk Flowers

 

34. Teapot

Using what you already own, such as a teapot collection is a lovely way to display blooms.

Tea Pot Wedding Centrepiece linaandtom Photo: Lina and Tom via Doctor Who Wedding

 

35. Globe

For travel-themed weddings, use globes as a centrepiece rather than flowers.

Globe Travel Wedding Centrepiece nikkivandermolen Photo: Nikki van der Molen via Wedding On Concorde

 

36. Tea

Have fun with your centrepieces by using themes like tea! In-jokes are sure to be a great ice-breaker at tables too.

Tea Wedding Centrepiece jobradbury Photo: Jo Bradbury via Jo Bradbury

 

37. Cactus

Using plants such as cacti is a great sustainable centrepiece idea. They will live way after your wedding day if well looked after.

Cactus Wedding Centrepiece katherineashdown Photo: Katherine Ashdown via Colourful Cactus Wedding

 

38. Book Art

Create book art for a really unusual centrepiece idea, that you can display at home after the big day.

Book Art Wedding Centrepiece suesliquephotography Photo: Sue Slique Photography via Relaxed Watercolour Wedding

 

39. Pinecones

Foraging for items such as pinecones is a great cost-effective centrepiece option. Add to a jar and you have an easy decor idea that can also be made in advance.

Pine Cone Wedding Centrepiece donnamurrayphotography Photo: Donna Murray Photography via Ancient Forest Wedding

 

40. Lavender

Dress pot plants such as lavender in hessian bags. Can you even imagine the beautiful lavender scent at this wedding?

Lavender Wedding Centrepice lydiastampsphotography Photo: Lydia Stamps Photography via Lavender Filled Wedding

 

41. Bell Jar

Bell jars are a great way to add texture to what could be an otherwise boring display. Pop trinkets or flowers underneath to make them a real focus of your centrepiece.

Bell Jar Wedding Centrepiece theliferomantic Photo: The Life Romantic via Circus Funfair Wedding

 

42. Painted Jars

Spray paint jars and vessels to revamp them for your day. I spray-painted bottles for my wedding and loved the end result.

Painted Jar Wedding Centrepiece Leah Lombardi Photography Photo: Leah Lombardi via Pimhill Barn Wedding Flowers: The Shropshire Field

 

43. Painted Terrarium

How beautiful is this hand-painted terrarium? What an amazing idea.

Painted Terrarium Wedding Centrepiece Robert Leons Photography Photo: Robert Leons Photography via Langar Hall Wedding

 

44. Emma Bridgewater

If you are an Emma Bridgewater super-fan, use their vases and jugs for the prettiest of centrepieces.

Emma Bridgewater Wedding Centrepiece The Chamberlins Photo: The Chamberlins via Marquee Wedding at Home

 

45. Feathers Wheat & Dried Flowers

Feathers, wheat or dried flowers can work so well as centrepieces I am sure you will agree.

Feather Wedding Centrepiece Ellie Gillard Photography Photo: Ellie Gillard Photography via Voewood Wedding

 

46. Jug

Find beautiful jugs and use them to display your flowers. Simply gorgeous!

Jug Flowers Wedding Centrepiece Hayley Baxter Photography Photo: Hayley Baxter Photography via Yorkshire Barn Wedding

 

47. Paper Art

For a really unusual centrepiece, why not create a paper masterpiece?

Paper Art Wedding Centrepiece Anna Pumer Photography Photo: Anna Pumer Photography via Big Top Wedding

 

48. Mini Buckets

Galvanised mini buckets make for a perfect flower vessel.

Bucket Wedding Centrepiece Nick Walker Photography Photo: Nick Walker Photography via Bre Pen Farm Wedding Flowers: Coastal Flowers

 

49. Christmas

Getting married at Christmas? Add mistletoe, seasonal greenery and fairy lights to your table centres.

Christmas Wedding Centrepiece Thyme Lane Photography Photo: Thyme Lane Photography via Christmas Marquee Wedding Styling: Starry Eyed Weddings

 

50. Books & Harry Potter

My Harry Potter book collection is my most treasured item. If you are happy to crack out your treasured books, use them to add height to your centrepiece.

Book Harry Potter Wedding Centrepiece Honeydew Moments Photo: Honeydew Moments via Treehouse Wedding

 

51. Moss

Moss is a really beautiful natural material to incorporate into your wedding party. Do be sure to source from an ethical supplier though.

Moss Wedding Centrepiece Aden Priest Photography Photo: Aden Priest Photography via Geodome Campsite Wedding

 

52. Disco Balls

Bring drama down from the ceiling or add disco balls to the table itself.

Disco Ball Wedding Centrepiece Michelle Huggleston Photo: Michelle Huggleston Photography via Disco Ball Wedding Inspiration Styling: AMW Events

 

53. Crystals & Moons

Using elements such as crystals is a really unusual display idea. Bring a celestial theme truly to life.

Crystal Moon Wedding Centrepiece Limelight Entertainment Photo: Limelight Entertainment via Witchy Wedding

 

54. Optician

Use your job as inspiration for your centrepiece like the couple below did.

Glasses Wedding Centrepiece Idea Adam and Grace Photo: Adam and Grace via Tullyveery House Wedding

 

55. Board Games

If you love nothing more than spending your evenings playing board games, please do bring them along to your wedding.

Board Game Wedding Centrepiece Fox&BearPhotography Photo: Fox and Bear Photography via Chateau Rhianfa Wedding

 

56. Personalised Table Cloth

Make your table cloth stand out with a touch of personalisation.

Custom Table Runner Centrepiece Wedding Danielle Leslie Photography. Photo: Danielle Leslie Photography via Netherdale House Wedding Flowers: The Flower Shop Peterhead

 

57. Living Terrarium

Create a mini habitat for fairies. This centrepiece is from a fairy-inspired wedding and it’s just magical.

Terrarium Fairy Wedding Centrepiece Holly Driver Photography Photo: Holly Driver Photography via Fairy Wedding

 

58. Festive Greenery

For a winter wedding, use spruce and atmospheric candles, so romantic!

Christmas Wedding Centrepiece Mini and Me Photography Photo: Mini and Me Photography via Christmas Wedding Ideas Flowers: East Kent Flower Company

 

59. Animals

Add a nod to your love of animals by using animal trinkets and painted toy animals.

Animal Wedding Centrepiece Kerry Ann Duffy Photo: Kerry Ann Duffy via Greatest Showman Wedding Flowers: Blubelle Creative

 

60. Tin Can

Strip tin cans and use them to hold flowers. They really are transformational in the right setting and add a beautiful metallic touch.

Tin Can Wedding Centrepiece Emma Lawson Photography Photo: Emma Lawson via Glen Dye Wedding Flowers: Hays Flowers

 

61. Painted Glass Bottle

Beautify plain glass bottles with paint for a stained glass effect.

Painted Bottle Wedding Centrepiece Anna Rose Heaton Photography Photo: Anna Rose Heaton Photography via Lower Damgate Farm Wedding

 

62. Fairytale

Take inspiration from fairytales or films for individual centrepieces for each table.

Fairytale Wedding Centrepiece James and Lianne Photo: Mine & Thine Photography via Yorkshire Woodland Wedding Decor: Maria Jakulus at Detail. Styling

 

63. Suspended Flowers

Raise your table runner flowers into the air for a super beautiful style.

Suspended Flower Wedding Centrepiece Jessica Bevan Photography Photo: Jessica Bevan Photography via Montague Farm Wedding Flowers: Tawny Flower Shed

 

64. Floral Meadow

More is more with this look, pile on the flowers for the prettiest of looks.

Pretty Flower Wedding Centrepiece Gem Hicks Photography Photo: Gem Hicks Photography via Apricot Wedding Ideas Flowers: The Floral Potager

 

65. Scattered Candles

Add delicate candlelight throughout your table at different heights. It will create such a romantic atmosphere.

Candles Wedding Decor Idea Helen Rose Photography Photo: Helen Rose Photography via Dusky Pink Taupe Wedding Flowers: The Flower Fox Studio

 

Top Wedding Table Styling Tips

Work In Odds

The golden rule of any table styling is to work in odd numbers. It just looks so much better. For instance, using one rather than two bottles with flowers or three rather than two candles.

It looks more natural and visually is more pleasing to the eye. You’ll probably now notice how stylists use this rule from interiors to weddings.

Use Height

Don’t be afraid of using height in your centrepiece. It adds pizzazz to your wedding reception room. A word of warning though, you need to hit the middle ground.

Too low and no one will see the centrepiece through their drink glasses, too tall and guests won’t be able to see each other, or you!

For each table try to use different heights as well as a more organic feel. Low-level tea lights, mixed with tall candles for example can look magical. The same goes for different height vessels for flowers, it really works.

Do A Mock-Up

Once you have all your different elements, be sure to do a mock-up before the day. OK, so you won’t have the actual flowers ready, but you can have a stand-in.

Adjust until you are happy, you can then add or remove items from your centrepiece. And once you are happy, take a photo!

This photo will then form the base of your design for your wedding suppliers to see and your set-up crew. That way everyone knows what they are doing and how the centrepiece is meant to look. Then you won’t need to step in to micro-manage and organise every little detail.

Colourful Wedding Table Decor Rachel Kenyon Photography Photo: Rachel Kenyon via Bashall Barn Wedding Flowers: The Flower Shop Garstang

 

Don’t Bust Your Budget

Never ever feel like you have to bust your budget to have your dream wedding day. No wedding is worth wrecking your finances for your future marriage.

If your budget is tight, keep things simple. For example, reuse items you already own or will reuse. Buy second-hand items or resell them after the wedding. You can also use dried flowers or foraged greenery instead of more expensive flowers.

Some florists or flower farms sell DIY flower buckets or head to a flower wholesaler for budget-friendly blooms. Reuse your bouquets as centrepieces, simply pop them in vases in the centre of tables.

Your guests may be wowed when they first sit down by a show-stopping centrepiece. But after 10 minutes or so, they will be more interested in the company at the table, the food and of course, the drinks. So don’t fret if you can’t stretch to all-out table decor.

Think About Your Table Shape

Before concentrating on your centrepieces, do plan out your table shapes and wedding table layout. Your floor plan may dictate the options. However, your centrepieces are likely to change depending on whether you have round or rectangular tables.

Generally, for round tables, it’s best to have one main focal point, with other elements surrounding it.

If you are opting for rectangular tables, have centrepieces dotted along the centre of the tables. Begin with one central centrepiece and work your way outwards in odd numbers.

Leave Enough Space

The main purpose of your wedding tables don’t forget, is for your wedding guests to eat and drink. As well as socialise.

So do be sure not to overwhelm your table space, think about room for plates, cutlery, condiments, drinks and any other serving dishes.

 

What Does A Wedding Centrepiece Consist Of?

Seeing as we’ve dived into the gorgeous visual centrepiece inspiration, let’s break down the centrepiece. That way you can spot the ideal elements for your own tables.

Table centrepieces traditionally would have consisted of a small flower arrangement. These days, most commonly centrepieces have more styling to them.

At least they can do, after all, whatever works best for you and your budget! But sometimes more is more and other times a more low-key approach works well. But here are the key parts that make up a wedding centrepiece.

Wedding Centrepiece Elements

  • Focal point - flower/decor
  • Fabric - runner/napkin/cloth
  • Stand - mirror/log slice/wire/tray
  • Lighting - candles/fairy lights
  • Vessel - for flower/decor
  • Extras - confetti/fruit/vegetables etc.
  • Information - table name/number/menu/sign


 

Now you know the main elements, you can essentially create your own pick n’ mix for your unique centrepiece look, cool huh?

So when you are looking at the below photos, start making some notes on which of each element you are loving the most. Then see if you can make them work together!

 

And there we have it, the elements that make up a wedding centrepiece, your wedding centrepiece ideas photo gallery as well as my top centrepiece planning tips. It's now time to go off and enjoy arranging your table centres!


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