As your dream day gets closer and closer, the finer details of your wedding are sharply coming into focus. It’s time to start choosing favours or picking one of the millions of wedding table centrepiece ideas you’ve saved to your wedding Pinterest boards.
But how do you narrow your choices down?
Will your budget stretch to having life-size swan ice sculptures on every table, or would you prefer to whip out the crafting kit and start recycling used mason jars and empty wine bottles?
We’ve got a long list of wedding table centrepiece ideas for every bride’s budget, ready for those who want to save and others who have cash to burn.
The Rustic Look
Perfect for those who love the outdoors, the rustic wedding theme is a popular one, allowing the beauty of nature to set the tone of your wedding day.
Here are some ways you can transform even the simplest, everyday items into stunning and creative wedding table centrepieces.
Take a slice of a fallen log and give it a makeover by piling it high with tea lights, pine leaves or small glass jars filled with the sweetest smelling meadow fauna.
Log slices can be stacked on top of each other at juxtaposing angles, with trinkets balanced on each tier.
An intricate golden photo frame next to a fallen pine cone or a naked pillar candle with a twine collar are just a few of the wedding table centrepiece ideas you can create from a slice of a fallen tree log.
Terracotta Potted Plants
In keeping with the rustic and humble theme, the terracotta plant pot is something we see every day, in gardens and homes all over the world.
Use their simplicity as inspiration for some of the most beautifully rustic wedding table centrepiece ideas perfect for your most special day.
Fill one large pot up with a variety of bright flowering plants or choose a different type of flower per table.
You could even gather a selection of different sized pots together and arrange them in irregular groups, filling them with succulents, sweet smelling herbs or the blossom of the season.
Bring a touch of English garden style to your wedding day celebrations, using the humble terracotta potted plant.
Some of the most stunning things in life can be found in nature, so why not use them to make imaginative wedding table centrepieces and let your special day stand apart from the rest.
Go on the hunt in the woods nearest your home and pick up bits of fallen evergreen, pine cones, weathered branches and moss to form the most impressive wedding table centrepieces.
Or perhaps forage on a nearby beach collecting driftwood, shells, sea glass and wave-worn pebbles to create a stunning seaside centrepiece.
Stand out among the crowds and give your special day that rustic touch, showing off your creativity and love for the natural world.
Teapots and China
Thanks to oodles of charity shops and ways to buy online second hand there are some fantastic examples of China-esque tea sets available to buy for buttons.
For an elegant wedding table centrepiece, why not get your hands on a few sets, one for each table, and fill them up with your choice of flowering foliage.
British flowers look the best with sprigs of lavender, roses in full bloom, daisies, forget-me-nots, baby’s breath and fern leaves all reaching out from delicate cups and pots.
It may seem fairly obvious but, thanks to the pioneering work of botanical artists, florals can be so much more than bouquets these days.
We’ve rounded up a selection of the best ways to put your favourite florals together to form some of the most fabulous wedding table centrepiece ideas.
All of which would look simply stunning in our Garden of Eden Rooftop Wedding venue.
Okay, so we said there was more to florals than bouquets, but you can still utilise the idea of a bouquet and really make it your own.
Choose between spherical arrangements that sit prettily perched upon thinly stemmed vases and larger bouquets that spill out over the tops of elegant crystal chalices.
Or give your bouquet a modern twist by adding in non-flowering elements such as baubles, jewels, brooches and buttons lending tidbits of your personality to your choice of floral décor.
For long seating arrangements, make it seem as though your flowers are growing from the table itself by creating a meandering chain of blooms and greenery that snakes along the entire length of the table.
Alternatively, for round place settings, gather a mass of your favourite blooms and arrange them in a mound to form the central focus of each guests table.
Both these wedding table centrepiece ideas give you the freedom to place your arrangements in a more natural manner, doing away with the difficult choice of what to use as a flower holder.
Pick up some decorative birdcages, get rid of the birds, and fill them with all sorts of flowering arrangements, decorated with strings of pearls, ribbons or fairy lights.
Whether you wind your flowers, vine-like around the intricate bars or stuff them in until they push through the gaps, the delicate birdcage is an interesting way to display your choice of floral centrepiece and are so easy to embellish.
Afternoon Tea Tiers
A charming wedding table centrepiece idea, and one that is so simple to achieve, the afternoon tea tier filled with flowers and trinkets.
Simply place piles of pretty flowers on each tier balanced next to delicately painted china cups, pastel coloured macarons and specially decorated cupcakes.
This will serve as an attractive wedding table centrepiece and something for your guests to nibble at after dinner.
DIY & Handmade
Sometimes, when you want something doing right you have to do it yourself, and no matter how many times you’ve scoured the internet for the perfect centrepiece, you know it’d just be better if you made it yourself.
Use all the wonderful wedding centrepiece ideas you’ve gathered since the day you got engaged and get to work creating your own self-made centrepiece.
Easy, pretty and so good for the budget, the succulent is the perfect wedding table centrepiece to add an evergreen chic to any reception.
Simply select a few succulents and arrange them in an elegant fashion then top with a gleaming glass cloche. Or set your succulents off with a collection of smooth grey pebbles and gleaming white candles.
The rich green of succulent plants provides an endless list of exciting wedding table centrepiece ideas, easily adapted to any and every wedding day theme.
Turn those old, long forgotten hardback novels into the perfect wedding table centrepiece by piling them high and topping with flowers, lanterns and candles or wrapping them in vintage laces and elaborate ribbons.
Better still try your hand at book sculpting, transforming the pages of an old book into a literary masterpiece by folding down pages to create dates, words and images.
Recycled Bottles, Jars and Tins
Giving the Eco-friendly bride a chance to save the planet, and decorate her wedding table at the same time, these wedding table centrepiece ideas are budget-friendly and beautiful to look at.
Save any old jar from the recycling bin and give it a new lease of life as a wedding table centrepiece by filling it with flowers, fairy lights, coloured glass beads or decorative branches.
Or take an empty wine or liquor bottle, clean off the labels and use for tapered candle holders or fill with long stem flowers and such as lilies and roses.
The humble tin can, can and will still serve a purpose once the baked beans are cooked and eaten, as they make the most charming flower holders. Simply scrape off the labels and add a lace or ribbon embellishment then stuff with flowers to make a pretty and inexpensive wedding table centrepiece.
From intricate and vintage to up-cycled or wooden, lanterns prove to be a popular choice for wedding table centrepieces.
Fill them with flowers that delicately spill out onto the table or flickering candles, alone or in groups.
You can choose to make your lantern the star of the show or pay more attention to what’s inside. Either way, your rustic wedding theme will be perfectly complemented by a well-placed lantern centrepiece.
Umbrellas and Parasols
Got an old brolly lying around? Fab!
Simply remove the fabrics and paint the frame in your theme colours then go to town, decorating it with dangling ornaments of every variety. Paper birds and butterflies, twinkling fairy lights, beads or jewels, all will look fabulous for your big day.
You could even get yourself a few ornate parasols with intricate lace frills or embellished paper ones with stylish artwork painted on.
There’s so much you can do with an old brolly, but this wedding table centrepiece idea is strictly not for the superstitious bride.
Extra & Extravagant
It’s your special day, the most important of your life so far, so it’s your chance to be as extra and extrovert as you care to be.
Here are a few wedding table centrepiece ideas that really do push the boat out and will certainly impress all your wedding guests on your big day.
The glistening quality of ice lends itself well as a decorative material. Tricky to work with but, in the right environment, there are plenty of wedding table centrepiece ideas involving ice.
From huge blocks containing one frozen flower to carved champagne buckets and frosted artwork fantasies. Real ice is an impressive and elegant addition to any wedding table.
Tip: If your guests wouldn’t enjoy sitting in a freezer for your reception, consider using ice-like crystals to give the same frosty effects.
A more traditional choice for wedding table centrepieces, the candelabra is easily adapted to any theme of any wedding.
The stems can be as simple or opulent as you like and the material can be glistening gold, sleek in silver or beautifully black.
Add candles to the tops and leave the base bare or choose to embellish your candelabras with crystals, pearls, ivy vines or beautiful bouquets of flowers.
One way to make an impression upon your guests is to arrange hanging centrepieces above their tables. If you have the option, clear up some space and fix a flowered hoop to swing above your guests.
Other options include rope swing seats, strewn with candles, larger than life glass bubbles with industrial style lamps and strings of crystals or mini chandeliers.
Give your guests more table space and your wedding the wow factor by using these unique wedding table centrepiece ideas.
The delicacy of a blossom tree adds a gentle beauty to any wedding reception.
Imagine them sprouting up from the centre of your wedding reception table, dotted with cherry blossoms, dripping with crystals or draped in baubles and hanging candles.
Better still, this is one of our wedding table centrepiece ideas that can be as big as you’d like as guests will be able to chat around the trunk and beneath the decorative branches.
When brides and grooms add their own personal style and flair to their wedding day, you instantly know they’re going to cherish the day’s memories for a lifetime.
These are some unique and unforgettable wedding table centrepiece ideas that really say something about the happy couple.
“If Music be the food of love, play on”
Couples who adore music will certainly share a favourite track or two, a special song that reminds them of a moment in their relationship.
What better way to share their love of music, and each other, with their wedding guests than by using LP’s of their favourite tracks to make the most memorable wedding centrepieces?
Each record or its sleeve would sit proudly among smaller flower arrangements, or cluster of candles, the record itself having a special memory or meaning associated with it, privy to the bride and groom alone.
Photos of the Bride/Groom
Some guests may have known the bride and groom for years, since birth in some cases, but others might only know them as a couple.
Placing pictures of their younger selves on guest tables allows everyone in attendance to see the journey the couple have been on, before making it to this, the most special day of their lives.
A great way to add something unique to any wedding day and a real conversation starter among guests.
For some, it’s music for others its movies, and at any film fanatics wedding expect to see table centrepieces based on some of their all-time favourite movie moments.
Whether it’s Disney quotes or Spielberg’s biggest blockbusters, every movie can be an inspiration for some of the most brilliant wedding table centrepiece ideas.
There’s something bold about doing things differently, standing out from the crowd and making a statement about who you are as people, and as a couple.
These are the sort of weddings where you wonder how the couple came up with such remarkable wedding table centrepiece ideas.
Not just for the head, in this case, the most decorative hat can also double up as a whimsical wedding table centrepiece, if you really put your mind to it.
Use elaborate top hats with flowers and feathers stuck in the brim or straw hats decorated like bonnets filled with meadow fauna.
Cowboy hats are great for western themed weddings and eccentric feather headdresses can adorn a Gatsby themed wedding reception.
The possibilities are endless when using hats to inspire your wedding table centrepiece ideas, hats off to those bold enough to use them.
A tad macabre for some perhaps, but for others, the skull can represent something extremely beautiful. Take the decorative day of the dead ornaments used in Mexico or the glittering or artist Damien Hirst’s stunning diamond-studded skulls, both frighteningly fabulous and beautiful in their own way.
Alma de Cuba would be the perfect Liverpool wedding venue and setting to host a marvellous mysterious wedding day, the perfect backdrop for quirky skull centrepieces to shine.
Used as candle holders, decorated with diamonds or stuffed with flowers, human or animal skulls are a popular choice for the quirkier wedding table centrepieces.
Whimsical and nostalgic, balloons remind us of childish simplicity, giving us a feeling we could be carried away above the clouds on a string.
Add this sense of whimsy and wonder to your wedding day with bunches of brightly coloured balloons, or transparent spheres filled with glitter.
Chose balloons that spell out words of love to float above your guests’ tables or add baskets of flowers and string nets to create hot air balloons.
The most magical and inventive wedding table centrepiece ideas come from the heart and, after all, who doesn’t love a big bouncing balloon.
No matter what you budget our guide to the best wedding table centrepiece ideas should get those cogs turning and inspire you to bring something truly special to the table on your wedding day.
Read on to find out what kind of bride you are, see what you can do to make your wedding day planet-friendly or bring the outside inside for a botanical wedding as we help you to plan your entire day at Signature Living Weddings.