Alternative ideas for your wedding centrepieces

18 Sep 2019

Your wedding centrepieces don't always have to be bunches of flowers and ornate candelabra displays...

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Your wedding centrepieces are the perfect way to highlight your wedding theme, allowing you put an imaginative spin on your table set-up. Consider plenty of options before you decide and allow your creative juices to run wild. You may wish to seek advice and assistance from a venue stylist and/or your venue team before you put your plans into action. 

Whether or not you have a wedding theme in mind, take a look at these eye-catching wedding centrepiece options and examples below to get you started.


Decorated hoops suspended from the ceiling or hung from the walls are becoming increasingly popular. But have you considered them for your wedding centrepieces? A DIY project waiting to happen, hoops can be adorned with flowers, foliage and/or ribbons and mounted on wooden blocks or metal bases for a freestanding centrepiece that is beautiful to behold. 

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A continued trend for 2020 weddings and beyond, terrariums add a contemporary touch and can complement a colour scheme with metallic accents of gold, silver or copper. Arrange three or four terrariums of varying shapes and sizes with flowers, succulents or tealights inside. 

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A Disney wedding theme offers ideas aplenty for your wedding centrepieces. Name each table after one of your favourite Disney films and use key features from the film as your focal point: Beauty and the Beast's rose, Cinderella's fairytale carriage or the Sword in the Stone. We love this Toy Story-inspired board game set-up, if Disney Pixar is more your style...

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Not just for children's parties, balloon displays can be chic, stylish and sophisticated. Take a look at these stunning wedding centrepieces, featuring baby blue balloons attached to miniature flower baskets... a truly beautiful 'something blue'. 

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Weddings filled with foliage and greenery or rustic weddings which celebrate the joys of nature might be best suited to this centrepiece idea: herbs in ceramic pots or miniature hessian sacks. From thyme and mint to sage and rosemary, there are several herbaceous varieties to choose from. Why not add minature versions of your herbs to each guest's place setting for a practical and fragrant favour that they can take home with them? 

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Hosting a Halloween wedding? Pumpkins are a magical, mystical and budget-friendly table decoration. You can carve them, paint them or spray them with glitter, allowing you to fully capture your colour scheme and/or wedding theme with a flick of your DIY wand. 

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If you or your partner are book worms, we have the perfect wedding centrepiece suggestion. Your table names or numbers sat atop stacks of your favourite books offers a budget-busting way to add height and character to your wedding tables. Tables could be themed on books through the decades or by author, allowing you to switch up your book stacks with a whole host of literary greats. 


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Embrace the celebratory nature of the day with a tipple or two atop every table. Choose branded varieties of your favourite spirit, such as Hendrick's, Bombay Sapphire and Whitley Neill gin - or opt for a different spirit per table. You can use empty bottles (so more reason to celebrate before the big day) or give each table a full bottle to use for shots or with a mixer. 

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Skulls, globes, bell jars and taxidermy(!) all add character to a quirky wedding theme. Gothic weddings can be brought to life with dark and moody props, while vintage weddings can centre on table set-ups inspired by a bygone era. 

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