DIY: Wedding Table Centerpieces


Table centerpieces for your wedding reception can tie the entire event together. But so many times you just do not like what is being offered as selections, either because of the expense or the potential arrangements simply do not fit into your vision. Making your own wedding centerpieces, especially with flowers from your own garden, can be cost-effective and a creative expression.


By definition, centerpieces are decorative objects or arrangements that are placed in the center of a table. At wedding receptions the table centerpieces greet your guests, create a festive atmosphere, and, for many wedding reception venues, are the main or only decorations relating to your wedding theme. Wedding centerpieces, therefore, become important to overall ambiance of the event.


When you decide to create the centerpieces for your wedding reception tables your goal is to save money, yet make the centerpieces attractive and unique. Finding ideas for your wedding centerpieces can begin by looking at florist websites and interior design websites. Pay attention to table displays at these websites. You will begin to notice unusual containers used, interesting combinations of objects and dramatic placement. Let your imagination and creativity be unleashed to design your wedding table centerpieces.


The containers you use for your wedding table centerpieces can be as simple as brown paper bags tied with ribbon that hold vases of flowers or attractive branches, to unusual containers not commonly thought of, such as vintage teacups or shiny bundt pans. Browse thrift stores, garage sales, discount stores and home improvement centers for unique objects you can use as containers. Keep in mind that a can or two of spray paint, colorful paper or tissue paper can dramatically change the appearance of something that is originally quite plain.


Some of the best wedding centerpieces utilize a combination of objects. White sand with seashells, sprinkled with metallic confetti is an easy arrangement for outdoor receptions. Add a fish bowl with goldfish for more interest. If you intend to have floral bouquets at the tables, add red berries, lemons,or colored glass beads to water-filled containers. Fruit, nuts, dried seed pods and branches are alternatives to flower centerpieces.


Varying the height and size of the items you use for your wedding centerpieces adds interest and eliminates the need for extra elements, or objects. As an example, buy an assortment of candles in your chosen colors that are tall, short, skinny and stout. Group them together, or place them in glass vases or jars that are also of various sizes. A variety of wine goblets, inverted, with chunky candles on top of the upside down stems, is a simple, yet elegant display. Add one silk flower inside each inverted glass for extra color. Curl different widths and lengths of ribbon to scatter around the candle grouping. The same can be done with picture frames that have photos of the couple, potted plants or a group of small flower bouquets that are in different-sized vases.


Before finalizing your centerpiece decision, create it exactly as you envision it. You will want to do this for several reasons--first is to make sure you are satisfied with how the centerpieces will look for your wedding tables. You will also discover how long it takes to set the centerpieces up and, if you are using flowers, you need to know how well the bouquets hold up. Many flowers do not last well under particular circumstances, like reception venues that are outdoors in hot weather. The same holds true for centerpieces that may contain elements that could be disturbed by wind. Rehearsing your centerpiece designs, like rehearsing the ceremony, will elevate stress and potential disasters.

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At home in rural California, Kate Carpenter has been writing articles and web content for several well known marketeers since 2007. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kansas and A Master of Education equivalent from the University of Northern Colorado, Carpenter brings a wealth of diverse experience to her writing.