25+ Impressive Non-Traditional Centerpieces

These original centerpieces are sure to leave you inspired. From non-floral arrangements to cascades of grand blooms, we’ve found options to suit every wedding style and budget!

By: 
Gabriella Rello

  • Floral Fun

    Floral Fun

    Cascading orchids in a single hue are elegant and fun — perfect for anything from a black tie affair to backyard bash. Tip: Get the most bang for your buck by opting for potted rather than cut orchids.

    Photo Credit: Denise Nicole Photography on Every Last Detail via Lover.ly

  • Floral Fun

    Floral Fun

    This grand centerpiece makes a statement without compromising on functionality — the high, clear vessel ensures that your flowers won't block dinner-table chatter.

    Photo Credit: Mel Barlow

  • Floral Fun

    Floral Fun

    Instead of a traditional vase, place your flowers in a multi-tiered vessel, like this one made of bamboo stalks.

    Photo Credit: Apresh Chavda on Maharani Weddings via Lover.ly

  • Floral Fun

    Floral Fun

    Consider adding a few non-floral elements to your centerpieces; these fluffy cotton sprigs look beautiful paired with small flowers, like baby's breath and wheat. 

    Photo Credit: Sunday Romance Photography on Bridal Musings via Lover.ly

  • Floral Fun

    Floral Fun

    Having a destination wedding? Research which flowers are local to the area — they will be much more cost-effective than flying in a non-native array, and guests will love the originality of a tropical pick. For this Hawaiian wedding, the couple found flamingo flowers that added visual interest and color. 

    Photo Credit: Steve Steinhardt on Inspired by This via Lover.ly

  • Floral Fun

    Floral Fun

    Soft floral hues with a single pop of color make this perfect delicate centerpiece. The clear vase with gold details adds visual interest from top to bottom. 

    Photo Credit: Concept Photography on Every Last Detail via Lover.ly

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  • Floral Fun

    Floral Fun

    This single orchid, surrounded by seashells and delicate lanterns, is chic enough to stand on its own. Bonus: The potted plants make excellent party favors or thank-you gifts for attendants.

    Photo Credit: Minerva Photography

  • Floral Fun

    Floral Fun

    Metallic table numbers tucked in planted succulents make knockout DIY centerpieces for a rustic or outdoor wedding. Bonus: Succulents can be planted weeks in advance, meaning you won't have to worry about prepping your centerpieces in the days leading up to your wedding.

    Photo Credit: Yes, Please on Polka Dot Bride via Lover.ly

  • Ordinary to Extraordinary

    Ordinary to Extraordinary

    Love the height of grand floral centerpieces but hate the cost? This bright alternative offers the best of both worlds. Fill the base of a high vase with apples or another seasonal fruit, and fill only the very top with local buds. 

    Photo Credit: Captured Photography By Jenny on Every Last Detail via Lover.ly

  • Ordinary to Extraordinary

    Ordinary to Extraordinary

    If you're using long tables, consider using multiple centerpieces at varying heights — they'll pull your guests' eyes along the length of the room. Low, rectangular vases filled with succulents and pebbles paired with high, lemon-filled chalets completes this trendy look.

    Photo Credit: Lane Dittoe Fine Art Photography on Wedding Chicks via Lover.ly

  • Ordinary to Extraordinary

    Ordinary to Extraordinary

    Clocks and sand-timers are so detailed and elegant, your guests won't miss flowers. Bundle them together with a few other antiques for an understated vintage display. 

    Photo Credit: Canvas and Canopy Designs

  • Ordinary to Extraordinary

    Ordinary to Extraordinary

    This crowd-pleaser mixes lush greens with bright lemons for an almost-floral display that is sure to brighten your reception space — without blowing the budget. Get the look by spiking lemons into place, or consider using full lemon trees dressed up with additional greenery. 

    Photo Credit: Dia Rao Photography on Inspired by This via Lover.ly

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  • Ordinary to Extraordinary

    Ordinary to Extraordinary

    No wedding is complete without a little bling! Dress up classic floral arrangements by adding a fray of crystals or gems that hang from the tops of centerpieces down to the table. 

    Photo Credit: Captured Photography By Jenny on Every Last Detail via Lover.ly

  • Ordinary to Extraordinary

    Ordinary to Extraordinary

    Mix and match items like lanterns, mason jars, and candles for a shabby-chic display. This collection of everyday items comes together with floral accents to create a lovely, rustic centerpiece.

    Photo Credit: Kathleen Hertel Photography

  • Ordinary to Extraordinary

    Ordinary to Extraordinary

    Literary-loving couples can't go wrong with seasoned vintage novels in place of floral centerpieces. Stack your favorite titles or gorgeous bound volumes for a simple yet meaningful display.

    Photo Credit: Tres Sugar on Equally Wed via Lover.ly

  • Ordinary to Extraordinary

    Ordinary to Extraordinary

    One key element to the perfect centerpiece that brides often overlook? The vase! Punch up a timeless floral arrangement by alternating clear and brightly-hued vases.

    Photo Credit: dear wesleyann on Every Last Detail via Lover.ly

  • Ordinary to Extraordinary

    Ordinary to Extraordinary

    The simplicity of this wooden monogram, surrounded by a few flowering plants, is made for a more casual affair.

    Photo Credit: Traci Griffin on Snippet and Ink via Lover.ly

  • Ordinary to Extraordinary

    Ordinary to Extraordinary

    For a nautical-themed wedding, consider a centerpiece comprised of a few small flowers and one or two beachy trinkets — lanterns, telescopes, or small buoys say "seaside" without being over-the-top.

    Photo Credit: Alea Lovely Fine Art Photography

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  • Whimsical Accents

    Whimsical Accents

    Fill bright vases with handmade pinwheels for an easy DIY that is sure to liven up your reception. Mix and match several patterned papers for an eye-catching centerpiece.

    Photo Credit: AJH Photography on Every Last Detail via Lover.ly

  • Whimsical Accents

    Whimsical Accents

    These branches, complete with cascading flowers, offer a simple and modern twist on the traditional floral centerpiece. They're ideal for the couple who prefers classic details without blowing their wedding budget on lush centerpieces.

    Photo Credit: HolliB Photography

  • Whimsical Accents

    Whimsical Accents

    This non-floral centerpiece, complete with crayons and streamers, is perfect for the kids' table — but the grown-ups will love it, too! Guests of all ages will be channeling their inner child when they see this fun display. 

    Photo Credit: Sugar and Soul Photography

  • Whimsical Accents

    Whimsical Accents

    This carnival-themed wedding used ride tickets and candy, paired with simple bright flowers, to create memorable centerpieces. 

    Photo Credit: Iliana Morton Photography

  • Seasonal Details

    Seasonal Details

    For a beautiful winter wedding centerpiece, hang tea light candles from branches wrapped with holly berries. Guests will be in awe of the soft winter glow!

    Photo Credit: Rachel Pearlman Photography

  • Seasonal Details

    Seasonal Details

    Hosting a winter wedding? Fill vases with ornaments that coordinate with your wedding color palette. These bright red baubles are eye-catching and add a hint of seasonal fun. They are a cost-effective way to add holiday cheer to your reception space.

    Photo Credit: Debra Gulbas Photography

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  • Seasonal Details

    Seasonal Details

    No fall wedding is complete without a few gourds. Dress them up by hollowing the centers and filling them with seasonal flowers.

    Photo Credit: Society Bride via Lover.ly

  • Seasonal Details

    Seasonal Details

    Pop heirloom tomatoes and local greenery into a decorative basket for a lovely fall centerpiece. 

    Photo Credit: Anna Costa on Santa Barbara Chic via Lover.ly

  • Seasonal Details

    Seasonal Details

    This rustic centerpiece is the epitome of pure simplicity and fits in effortlessly at a fall wedding. Wood rounds are cut into various sizes with carved-out holes for votive candles. 

    Photo Credit: Joshua McCoy Photography

  • Seasonal Details

    Seasonal Details

    For a classic fall wedding, faux leafs and acorns with bright white candles make an amazing accompaniment to a dark-hued runner.

    Photo Credit: Donnell Probst Photography

  • All Lit Up

    All Lit Up

    High heat and wind can wilt and destroy even the hardiest blooms — seashells and flickering LED candles are crowd-pleasing alternatives that fit a beachside theme. 

    Photo Credit: Katie Nesbitt Photography on Heart Love Weddings via Lover.ly

  • All Lit Up

    All Lit Up

    These detailed hurriance glasses, filled with bright candles, illuminate tablescapes with an elegant glow. Try different sizes and heights for an eye-catching display. 

    Photo Credit: Carrie Wildes Photography

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  • All Lit Up

    All Lit Up

    Floating candles suspended over bright limes become a simple and tasteful centerpiece. Choose fruit that complements your color scheme, and fill various-sized vases for mismatched perfection.

    Photo Credit: Kellie Kano Photography on The Brides Cafe via Lover.ly

  • All Lit Up

    All Lit Up

    A glowing array of candles in various shapes and sizes creates a dreamy ambiance in your reception space. For a more toned-down version of this idea, opt for small clusters of candles instead of a table-spanning display.

    Photo Credit: Society Bride via Lover.ly

  • All Lit Up

    All Lit Up

    Tall tapers filled with twigs and hanging bubble glass come together as a gorgeous display. Finish with dewy tea lights for a soft glow, and your guests will be raving about the romantic ambiance of your reception space. 

    Photo Credit: Evermore Photography

  • All Lit Up

    All Lit Up

    Wrought-iron candle trees add height and visual interest to tables but are significantly more cost-effective than flowers. Not ready to give up on flowers all together? Replace some candles with small buds for an elegant touch.

    Photo Credit: Honey Heart Photography