Five Unique Centerpieces That We Love!
There’s a lot to be said for a striking, skillfully-laid tablescape that features an artful and aesthetically-pleasing centerpiece.
There’s also a lot to be said about centerpieces that are so artful that they overwhelm a table, and make it next to impossible for the people sitting at the table to see each other around it.
What’s the perfect balance?
How do you find the centerpiece that perfectly encapsulates everything you want your wedding reception to be?
As always, the best choice is simply something that you love, but if you find yourself looking for something that’s unique, we have a few suggestions for you!
Floral arrangements in and of themselves are perhaps not unique, but presentation is everything! Alternating the heights of your centerpieces from table to table can elevate them – no pun intended – to something really interesting. Having some arrangements that are shorter, like greenery wreathing a glass bowl with tealight candles floating in water, and some that are higher, like clear columns wrapped in the same greenery and a light feature, bring different levels to the tables.
Flowers aren’t the only greenery that can take center stage on a tablescape, though! Think about using potted fresh herbs; things like basil, sage, rosemary, and lavender are not only really pretty plants, they’ll also smell amazing. (And provide a little extra flavor to dinner, if you want!)
For a centerpiece that’s truly unique, consider using framed photographs of the bride and groom from various stages in their lives. Tables are generally numbered, after all – why not place pictures of the bride and groom at age six in the middle of Table Six? Not only does it highlight the journeys the happy couple have taken to finally get to their big day, but it’s pretty adorable, too. Who doesn’t love looking at old photographs? (But you might want to make sure the bride and groom have given their blessings to the photos chosen!)
If your bride and groom are the bookish sort, you can choose to use small stacks of books; either as bases for floral arrangements, or as the focal point themselves. Maybe the books are famous love stories, or maybe they’re books that simply hold special places in the couples’ hearts. Either way, ‘books as centerpieces’ is a book we’d like to take a page from!
What about an edible centerpiece? Featuring some snackables is certainly a unique take! Crisp breadsticks in a cylindrical holder (perhaps a small vase) make not only a pretty picture – especially for a rustic-themed wedding – but also the perfect solution to taking care of those hunger pangs that come along after tearing up the dance floor! In addition, a platter of fresh, seasonal fruits will add a splash of color that’s gorgeous as well as delicious.
Centerpieces don’t have to be expensive to be unique; most of these ideas can be done on a simple budget, and without much difficulty at all. The event coordinator at your reception venue is also a wealth of information and advice. Just remember that you don’t have to be afraid to think a little bit outside the box when it comes to dressing the tables, and making them as special as the rest of the day.