Centerpieces shape the ambiance of the reception. The mood can be drastically altered, simply based on the design of the centerpieces. Dimly lit candles create a more romantic mood, while balloons and fruits create a more energetic, playful mood. Here are some traditional and nontraditional centerpiece ideas to explore:
Flowers are the traditional centerpiece staple. Tiny bouquets on each table create a symmetrical, structured atmosphere. Fresh flowers at the reception may seem to be the standard, but they became the standard for a reason. Flowers provide a fresh smelling scent to the reception venue, and can easily be matched to the wedding décor. Flowers are bought, meaning there are no rental fees or return deadlines to fool with. Flowers serve as favors. While you probably couldn’t send your entire guest list home with a bouquet, you could send your wedding helpers and close family members home with some sweet-smelling flowers as a thank you for helping with your big day.
For wintery weddings, ornaments make for a festive, sweet arrangement that is both affordable and beautiful. Purchase ornaments that complement your wedding colors and décor, and place them in a crystal bowl so that they can be seen easily. You could also surround the ornaments with tiny lights, creating a glowing centerpiece. For an interactive centerpiece, place blank ornaments in the center and position permanent coloring markers around the table. Leave a note on the table, asking the guests to design ornaments for the couple’s first Christmas tree. The guests could choose to write a sweet message or tell a funny story on the ornaments.
Fruit centerpieces have been trending quickly in the weddingsphere this year. Lemons, limes, apples, and berries have been showing up in all sorts of centerpieces. Combine tall hurricane vases, sparkling club soda and fresh fruit, and you’ve created a beautiful centerpiece. These centerpieces are extremely affordable and surprisingly easy to make! If you chose to decorate your tables with apple centerpieces, you could easily coordinate your favors with these candle wedding favors .
Lanterns are particularly beautiful when used at outdoor receptions. The timid glow of the lanterns creates a soft, comfortable setting. Since lanterns are typically a more casual centerpiece, they are often used outdoors, and sometimes positioned among woody decorations with berry accents. You could easily personalize your lanterns with custom colored ribbons that match your wedding colors.
Which centerpiece is your favorite? The fresh fruit and brightly colored flowers are a striking combination!