37 Simple Wedding Centerpieces

simple blue pink and purple centerpieces
Photo: Martyna Szczesna

There are many reasons to decorate with simple wedding centerpieces. Using fewer flowers is typically less expensive than using large quantities of blooms, and these arrangements are generally less overwhelming than their bigger counterparts. This is an especially great choice for smaller weddings, or when you want another part of the reception to be the main attraction.

Of course, simple doesn't automatically mean subdued—sometimes the most stunning displays are those that do the most with the least. Ahead, examples of wedding centerpieces that are easy to assemble, but don't look it. Each elegant arrangement is based on a different take of what "simple" means, whether that's a monochrome color palette, bundles featuring just one type of flower, displays that use accessible, common materials , or casual, rustic assortments.

There's something here for every season and theme, plus any reception venue or table type. Best of all, each pretty idea would work well for a rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, or other nuptial-related event as well.

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Conversation Starters

tablesetting decorated in cream and indigo
Petra Bindel

Cream canvas and indigo-dyed cotton bring a serene feel to this tablescape. Low arrangements of thistle, scabiosa, rice flowers, and Queen Anne's lace facilitate easy cross-table conversation and complete the look.

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Ultra Romantic

candle wedding centerpiece
When He Found Her

These Stemz centerpieces were arranged by wrapping greenery around lanterns and placing flowers beside them in small, complementary vessels.

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Happy Hydrangeas

hydrangea wedding centerpieces
Jacqui Cole Photography

MMD Events used blue hydrangeas, lanterns, and orange, patterned runners to decorate the tables at this yacht club wedding.

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Floral Garlands

reception table garland
Greg Finck

Garlands filled with foliage and saturated pink peonies by Big Day were all this reception's tables needed.

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Pretty and Practical

emily adhir wedding centerpiece
Brandon Kidd Photography

Honey & Poppies filled these vases with crushed white glass and zerographica airplants. The tables were also decorated with seasonings for dinner.

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Wild and Bottled

rustic wedding centerpiece

Laura Kohr placed interesting, rustic wildflowers in vintage bottles on this reception's tables.

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Wooden Runners

simple wedding centerpieces
Ether and Smith

White Full Bloom floral centerpieces sat alongside candles at this wedding. They were styled on top of wooden slabs.

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Mossy Spheres

simple wedding centerpiece
Perry Vaile

Red and green were the main colors in the short Em Creative Floral centerpieces used at this Christmastime wedding, planned by Ashley Rhodes Event Designs.

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Leafy Garlands

elegant reception table
Simply Sarah Photography

Thrifted candlesticks made from mixed metals were combined with greenery for striking Bowman & Clark wedding centerpieces at this celebration.

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Warm Glow

candle wedding centerpieces
Millie Holloman Photography

At this Themeworks wedding, small candles were placed in glowing rows down the centers of the tables.

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Sweet Stems

mixed wedding centerpieces
Krista A. Jones Photography

These wildflower arrangements by Seaberry Farm were bright, simple, and charming.

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Floral Goblets

simple wedding centerpiece
Colette Kulig Photography

These shabby-chic DIY wedding centerpieces were made using spotted cloth and Whole Blossoms flowers stuffed into metal cups.

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Organic Blooms

Ashley Garmon

Organic flower arrangements were placed in simple glass vessels for this destination wedding on the English countryside.

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Mismatched China

Lang Thomas Photography

Brightly-colored flowers placed in mismatched china vessels by Colonial Designs gave these tabletops some quirky charm.

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Nautical Nuances

Kim Hayes Photography

This bride crafted origami sailboats for her nautical wedding's centerpieces. Elizabeth Designs placed flower-filled canning jars beside them.

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Clear Décor

StudioAustin Weddings

Assorted clear vases were clustered down the center of these reception tables. Each The Nouveau Romantics arrangement held a few blooms, such as foxglove, begonia foliage, thistle, ranunculus, and umbrella fern. Vintage crystal candleholders and white taper candles were also added to the mix.

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Rustic Arrangements

John Dolan

Each of these vintage glass bottles was filled with a single type of flower. The Kate Parket Designs arrangements lended a pastoral look to the wooden tables.

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A Touch of Glamour

Braedon Photography

For this formal affair, sequined chevron fabric and silver vessels holding a few peonies topped the cocktail tables. The Kathleen Deery Design arrangements offered a bit of glamour.

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Mason Jar Collection

Mary Beth Russell with EpagaFoto

Red Door Event and Design kept the wedding centerpieces minimal for this reception so they wouldn't detract from the natural surroundings. Jars were filled with white stock flowers and roses and placed in small clusters.

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Mismatched Centerpieces

Ryan Ray

Complementing a rustic barn venue, DIY arrangements of eucalyptus leaves, carnations, lavender, and cotton blooms were housed in various glass vessels, while gold-painted pomegranates accented these reception tables.

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A Cheerful Display

Johnny Miller

Arrangements of dahlias, 'Majolica' roses, scented geranium, gomphrena, snapdragons, and exploding grass dotted the tables at this wedding reception and fit the vibe on Martha's Vineyard.

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Dried Flowers

Sean Walker Photography

Cream and white dried ammobiums set in mason jars and tied with twine created a down-home look for an autumn wedding on the West Coast.

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Easy Orchids


Tall cobalt-blue vases filled with white orchids (by Celestine's Special Occasions) looked striking in this seaside Florida setting.

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Katie Stoops Photography

At this wedding, each table had vintage milk-glass vessels that held sweet Janie Medley arrangements of lilacs, roses, scabiosas, and greenery.

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String Lights and Flowers

Kate Headley

The wooden reception tables' Sidra Forman wedding centerpieces included cloches filled with string lights plus plates of flowers in a city wedding.

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Geometric Design

Trent Bailey Photography

Here, ShapeColour used a sculpture as a vase and adding a variety of flowers for a unique look.

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Whimsical Arrangements

Erin Kate Photography

Artisan Bloom filled these low vases with seeded eucalyptus, garden roses, lisianthus, freesia, hellebores, anemone, and andromeda flowers.

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Golden Glam

Brushfire Photography

These bold floral arrangements in metallic vases were crafted by Sarah's Garden.

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Emily Steffen

For this art-themed wedding, empty paint cans were filled with Sendick's Home flowers that matched the tablecloths.

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Autumnal Hues

Aaron Delesie

These tables were set with gorgeous garden flowers arranged by Bows and Arrows as centerpieces for the wedding.

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Desert Dreams

NBarrett Photography

A little bit of this and a little bit of that. This wedding's Bows and Arrows centerpieces had a mix of marble, glass, and terra-cotta vessels filled with interesting greenery and flowers.

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Forest Fairy Tale

Heather Payne Photography

Philosophy Flowers loosely arranged these overflowing blooms into simple pots.

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Pastel Dreams

Elizabeth Messina Photography

Breathtaking Hana Floral Design arrangements of dahlias, peonies, roses, sweet peas, and herbs graced these dinner tables.

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Glass and Gold

Peer Johnson

These tables were festooned with gold compotes that held dahlias, roses, and a mix of greenery arranged by Fleurish Floral Designs.

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Simple Ferns

Cambria Grace Photography

Ferns in mismatched glass vessels (arranged by Pollen) brought the outside into this wedding's industrial-chic setting.

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Casual Clusters

Michelle Warren Photography

These casual Greenwich Floral centerpieces were composed of blue glass vessels and groups of flowers.

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