Non-Floral Alternative Centerpieces for Your Wedding Reception

Posted by Azure on December 30th, 2010
Special to OneWed by Billy of Luxe Life Events

Grandiose wedding reception tablescapes and centerpieces can come with a very hefty price tag, especially when lots of fresh wedding flowers are used. While planning weddings during these tough economic times, I'm often asked for creative reception decor ideas that are a bit more budget-friendly. Additionally, more and more couples simply want something “new” to wow their wedding guests.

As a floral designer (and fanatic), my dearest friends are sometimes fresh flowers. Whether in a wedding venue space or at home, fresh flowers bring color and life and have few competitors in my eyes. But since bringing the client's vision to life is what I do, I have taken the creative liberty to explore non-traditional centerpieces. Here are a few of my favorite alternative wedding centerpieces: Lavish Candelabras

Wedding floral arrangements are traditional and time-honored, but that doesn't mean a traditional bride must have classic arrangements on her big day. Don’t fear that a lack of flowers will take away from the classic wedding vibe. A lavish option if budget isn't a concern-- large crystal or glass candelabras. My favorite style? Those which hold 8 to 12 taper candles and soar 1 to 4 feet above the table. Although buying this type of centerpiece is quite expensive, there are many rental companies that will supply candelabras. To tie the look together, place a coordinating flower bud at each place setting and sprinkle some petals around the base. Lanterns, Candles, and Ocean Treasures

Another idea I love is one I used for my dearest friend’s wedding this past September. With a nautical theme and a DIY attitude, we designed fabulous tabletops for her chic Cape Cod nuptials. Instead of using fresh flowers, I infused the room with “ocean treasures” (including small pieces of beach wood, starfish, sea glass, shells, sand dollars, and coral). For the table centerpieces, we chose lanterns made of metal and glass and used the shells, coral, etc. around the base. Large pillar candles were placed inside each lantern, and votives were intermixed with the shells. The soft and romantic candlelight completed the look and awed the guests. Enchanted Branch Centerpieces

For a more whimsical style aesthetic, try incorporating branches into your centerpieces. Manzanita branches are my personal fave. With the proper lighting, branches can create that enchanted look you might be searching for. Fill a tall vase with moss or crystals, or wrap the vase in a luxe textured fabric. Place the branches in the vase, and hang votives or crystals from the branches. The finished look is opulent, budget-friendly and this is actually something you can DIY! With the help of your bridesmaids, of course smile

Although a fantastic option, fresh flowers are not for everyone. Whether you're looking for something unique, or are planning on a tight budget, there are definitely alternatives to having flowers at the center of your reception tables. What's important is to consider your overall wedding theme, color palette and vibe to ensure a cohesive overall appearance for your big day.

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