For many years, flowers have made an elegant addition to wedding reception décor. However, it is no secret that flower centerpieces can have a hefty price tag, and can really put a dent in your wedding budget. Brides are getting more creative and have starting taking a more DIY approach to wedding décor. Here you will find a list of 10 non-traditional wedding centerpieces that won’t break the bank!
Stack a few of your favorite books in the center of each reception table, wrap with a piece of beautiful lace, and voila - you have a stunning vintage centerpiece! Don’t have enough books on hand? Try your local flea market or thrift store and you can buy them for next to nothing!
If you are a natural-born baker, this may be a task you’re able to take on yourself. If not, maybe you can enlist your bridesmaids for some extra help! You can use vintage cake stands for a lovely display, and spray paint them to match your color scheme. Add hanging crystals for an extra elegant touch!
A candlelit lantern will add some romance to your table décor. A black, wrought iron lantern makes the perfect centerpiece for your rustic theme wedding. Having a seaside soiree? Fill the lantern with sand and seashells that you’ve collected from your favorite beaches! Surround the lantern with tea lights for some added ambiance.
Cover old wine bottles with chalkboard paint for a new twist on wedding centerpieces that can also double as table numbers! Fill with branches or fake flower buds, and write the table number with chalk on the front of the bottle.
Fill an old wicker basket with green apples (or grapes if you are having a wine theme wedding), and tie a color coordinating ribbon in to a bow around the middle of the basket. Your friends and family will thank you for the healthy and tasty treat!
There are many ways to incorporate glass bowls in to your centerpieces. If your wedding is taking place around the holidays, fill the bowl with brightly colored ornaments. If you are having a fall wedding, place pinecones inside or mini pumpkins for a pop of color!
These multi-purpose jars can be found around your house, and can easily be turned in to a stunning centerpiece! Simply wrap the jars with burlap or lace, and place a pillar candle inside!
This vibrant green grass will make a delightful addition to your spring wedding. Place the grass inside a silver pail or an old wooden window box. Use brown or black rocks around the base of the centerpiece to make the grass really stand out!
Old photographs can make lovely centerpieces, and I’m sure you already have some great photos in your home! Use photos from you and your beau’s favorite vacation, or from when the two of you first started dating. Place the photos inside single frames, and set them up in the shape of a triangle. Place a pillar candle in the center of the triangle for a charming touch!
Ok, so paper flowers may not be for everyone, but for the adventurous DIY bride, these will make a beautiful centerpiece (without blowing the budget!) Cupcake wrappers or coffee filters can be turned in to breathtaking blooms with just a little work. You can even use water based paint to match the flower colors to your wedding theme.
© Kristi Skwira, Little Things Favors, March 12, 2013
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