Affordable Wedding Centerpieces That Still Look Elevated
Floral centerpieces are basically a given at receptions. They help you decorate your event's space with the colors in your palette, and add dimension to any table. But choosing the right décor for your party is a daunting task, and it's especially tough when certain blooms and materials come with high price tags. With so many other elements to budget for, how can you achieve the look you want without breaking the bank?
First, turn to affordable flora. Top floral designer Mindy Rice recommends stock flowers, wax flowers, snapdragons, hydrangea, and even spray or standard roses in lieu of garden roses, which are more expensive. Blooms like sunflowers and tulips are also cheap but still beautiful. If you really love a pricier flower, "use it sparingly," advises Rice. You can opt for a minimalist design, or make bigger arrangements using inexpensive fillers.
Second, look beyond flowers. Rice recommends thinking "outside of the box" and considering greenery, for example. Fruits and veggies work, too. You can also put the focus on your display tactics, rather than what you're displaying. "If you have a tighter budget, try using plants in amazing vessels," she shares. Alternatively, you can skip natural accents altogether, and try paper blooms or something entirely non-floral, like candles.
Rice's final tip? "Do a little research on local growers and local product." How you source (some providers offer lower rates), where you source from (availability depends on location), and when you source (in-season flowers are typically more inexpensive) all matter. See her ideas—and more—come to life in the inspiration ahead.
Think beyond flowers. Berries made a visually-interesting addition to these centerpieces.
Minimalism is all the rage, as these chic cluster arrangements went to show.
Foliage takes up more space than blooms do, making it a great choice. At this wedding, maple branches gave the room a natural look.
These Kathleen Deery Design centerpieces featured colorful fall foliage, which was combined with affordable hydrangea bunches.
Single stems of clematis are stunning all on their own.
Instead of saving by choosing cheaper blooms, make your centerpieces work harder. You can build arrangements that double as favors, or triple as escort cards and favors.
These wild blooms were styled in teacups by Wendie Monrroy on Main for a charming feel. You can likely find similar vessels at an antique store or rental company.
Sunflowers are inexpensive, but because they're big, they make for lush centerpieces (like these Jackson Durham Events arrangements) regardless.
Wraparound stems in clear vessels made these centerpieces shine despite their size.
This classic Swenson & Silacci arrangement was made using wax flowers, roses, and more.
Wild flora overflowed in these plucked-from-nature centerpieces by Fleur Events.
These casual arrangements were spruced up with a few roses.
Centerpieces in Elegant Vessels
Try your luck at flea markets to score pretty vessels like these for less, or rent them instead of buying. You can even crowdsource and build a collection from your family and friends' homes.
Mix and match rustic blooms in various vessels for an eclectic tablescape.
FunkyBird Wedding Design stuck stock in metallic cans alongside other centerpieces for this reception.
Baby's Breath Centerpieces
These tall and abundant arrangements were as simple as they were beautiful, featuring bundles of low-cost baby's breath for a delicate-but-full look.
Milk Jug Centerpieces
These eye-catching milk jugs were flea-market finds, and were perfect for storing an array of stems.
Paper Bag Centerpieces
Slip plain white lunch bags over containers brimming with small white blooms for arrangements that look farmer's-market fresh.
Paper Flower Centerpieces
Gorgeous paper magnolias are a wilt-free way to incorporate these beautiful harbingers of spring into an eye-popping centerpiece.
Deep green ferns looked ethereal in glass bottles for this simple, forest-meets-table spread.
Tea Candle Centerpieces
Tea candle settings can be bought in bulk. These custom-shaped candles were handmade with cookie cutters.
Baskets are inexpensive vessels that offer a rustic look.
For a beach-themed wedding, buy a bulk assortment of shells, then place them in clear displays, like in this spread.
Design your own edible arrangement for a centerpiece that doubles as dessert. These stacked doughnuts were a sweet and satisfying pick.
Mix inexpensive blooms like miniature daisies, doily-shaped Queen Anne's lace, and baby's breath to create a show-stopping centerpiece like this one.
Branches adorned with origami cherry blossoms are an inexpensive way to incorporate this springtime bloom year-round.
Try multitaskers that serve as decorations, store your favors, and also serve as table numbers.
Tulips and hydrangeas are classics in the flower world, and cheap to boot. Paired together in cluster centerpieces, they looked lovely at this wedding.
Customize candleholders with spray paint in the colors of your choosing for a simple, easy idea.
Many online nurseries offer large quantities of tree seedings—foot-tall spruces like these are an environment-friendly takeway that give guests a living memory to cherish always (so long as they plant them!).
Tea Tin Centerpieces
Collect vintage tea tins from tag/garage/yard sales, flea markets, and online shops, then fill them with assortments of inexpensive blooms.
These vases overflowed with lush, rustic greenery, bringing tables exceptional volume with unexpected beauty.
Tie single stems to simple votives for candlelit centerpieces that would shine at any summer wedding. Keep the flowers fresh by submerging their tips in water-filled saucers.