Fun Centerpiece Ideas That Don’t Break the Bank

Traditional floral centerpieces for wedding receptions can be very expensive.  Here are some great ideas to keep the centerpiece budget low so that money can be better spent elsewhere, like on a honeymoon!

In keeping with the season- For a December wedding, fill large pretty bowls with ornaments or holly.  A candle surrounded by a wreath of winter greenery also works.  In the summer, a bowl of stones or sand with strategically placed shells will do the trick. The containers can be bought from thrift stores or used from other brides. Keeping an eye on sales and the shelves of discount stores can also save money. Always start shopping in advance and don’t be afraid to re-purpose items or not have every single centerpiece match.

Theme it up- A model ship or plane works if the couple likes to travel.  A piece of coral decorated with a few shells will work with a beach theme.  Use items found in the natural environment from where the theme is derived and use them as centerpieces and décor for the cake table, head table and wherever else a little something extra is needed.

A picture is worth a thousand words- Pictures of the couple are becoming a popular choice.  Some couples use engagement photographs. Other couples use pictures of the bride and groom as children to double as conversation pieces.  A picture of the bride and groom holding numbers can double as a table number.  For example table one would show the couple holding a sign that shows the numeral one.  Pictures of places the couple has been or lived also make for great conversation pieces.

Keep it natural- Using twigs and garden cut flowers for vases is a great way to save money and stay green.  Potted plants also make great gifts to use as centerpieces then send home with some guests who would like to plant them.

Pottery and china- Re-purposed pottery pieces make great vases and containers to display items.  Teacup arrangements filled with candies, mints or floating candles also make a great centerpiece that is easy to see over and very pretty.

Beautiful centerpieces can be designed very cheaply and still look absolutely beautiful. Consider alternatives to flowers to add a unique touch and keep the budget under control.