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Beyond Flowers: 50 Unique Ideas for Your Centerpieces

Do floral arrangements feel a little too "been there, done that" for your taste? Here, get inspired by 50 gorgeous centerpieces that don't rely on flowers to make a lasting impression.

By: Kristen Klein

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  • Lights

    Lights

    Towering globe lights provide a soft glow across your tables.

    Photo Credit: Paras Events

  • Hot Air Balloons

    Hot Air Balloons

    Up, up, and away! Guests will love this whimsical choice.

    Photo Credit: Logan Cole

  • Seasonally Appropriate

    Seasonally Appropriate

    For a fall wedding, gather leaves and pinecones for a beautiful, seasonally-appropriate centerpiece.

  • Candelabras

    Candelabras

    Crystal candelabras add elegance to your tables.

    Photo Credit: The Wedding Traveler

  • Games

    Games

    Make your reception more fun by placing a different game in the center of each table.

    Photo Credit: Sea Studio

  • Branches

    Branches

    Use a few flowers as accents on a horizontal branch down the middle of the table.

    Photo Credit: Molly + CO

  • Candles

    Candles

    Illuminate your table with floating candles in glass bowls, surrounded by votives.

    Photo courtesy of Inspired By This via Loverly

  • Tea Cups

    Tea Cups

    A vintage tea set makes a charming centerpiece. 

  • Desserts

    Desserts

    Fill a fishbowl with personalized M&Ms that reflect your wedding colors.

  • Branches

    Branches

    Add a few orchids as accents on a branch centerpiece — they'll look like falling snowflakes.

    Photo Credit: Bob and Dawn Davis

  • Books

    Books

    Place a stack of classic love stories on each table, with a framed quote on top.

    Photo Credit: Nadia D Photography

  • Candles

    Candles

    Or dress up your tables with a variety of hurricanes.

  • Fruits & Vegetables

    Fruits & Vegetables

    Place a bright fruit, like lemons, in pillar vases.

  • Greenery

    Greenery

    Fresh greenery can have the same impact as using masses of flowers — for a lot less money.

    Photo Credit: Tantawan Bloom

  • Lanterns

    Lanterns

    Illuminate your tables with lanterns.

    Photo Credit: Vadim Photo

  • Lights

    Lights

    Tall lamp-inspired centerpieces give a ballroom wedding a more intimate feel.

    Photo Credit: Gruber Photographers

  • Desserts

    Desserts

    This candy-covered centerpiece is perfect for the kids' table.

    Photo Credit: Photo Love

  • Candelabras

    Candelabras

    Wrought iron candelabras add a rustic touch to your tables.

  • Seasonally Appropriate

    Seasonally Appropriate

    Getting married near the holidays? Add a touch of the festive season to your centerpieces.

  • Fruits & Vegetables

    Fruits & Vegetables

    An artichoke's unique shape makes it wonderful décor.

    Photo Credit: Jasmine Star

  • Branches

    Branches

    Coat your branches in Epsom salt — it looks just like snow!

    Photo Credit: Tantawan Bloom

  • Greenery

    Greenery

    Give your tables a forest vibe by decorating with moss and leaves.

    Photo Credit Phillip Chen

  • Lights

    Lights

    Twinkling lights draped across branches create a magical centerpiece.

    Photo Credit: Weddinglinens.com

  • Desserts

    Desserts

    Skip the traditional wedding cake in favor of mini cakes on each table.

    Photo Credit: Lola Rose Photography

  • Candelabras

    Candelabras

    Make a candelabra centerpiece more modern by adding black and white lampshades.

    Photo Credit: Bruce Plotkin/Event Planner: David Tutera

  • Antiques

    Antiques

    Hit up local garage sales and secondhand shops for unique vintage pieces to place on your tables.

    Photo courtesy of Canvas and Canopy Events

  • Candles

    Candles

    Slate gray candles give your tables a unique look.

  • Candles

    Candles

    Vary the height of your taper candles for more visual interest.

    Photo Credit: Danielle Capito/Event Planner: Davia Lee Events

  • Fruits & Vegetables

    Fruits & Vegetables

    Warm up a winter table with pomegranates and pinecones.

  • Greenery

    Greenery

    Adorn your tables with wreaths.

    Photo Credit: John Seakwood

  • Birdcages

    Birdcages

    Antique birdcages are perfect for a vintage-inspired wedding.

    Photo Credit: Memories Through Time

  • Games

    Games

    Place an adorable tic-tac-toe game on your tables.

    Photo Credit: Memories Through Time

  • Candles

    Candles

    Line your table with pillar candles in varying heights; add more drama by displaying branches above the tables.

    Photo Credit: Eric Craig Studios

  • Photos

    Photos

    For a beach wedding, try this message-in-a-bottle centerpiece.

  • Branches

    Branches

    For a sweet spring centerpiece, dress up your branches with a few flowers and faux birds.

    Photo Credit Memoire Studio

  • Branches

    Branches

    Paint branches silver for a wonderful winter effect.

    Photo Credit: Kelly Brown Weddings

  • Fruits & Vegetables

    Fruits & Vegetables

    Display seasonal produce and fresh greenery in decorative baskets. 

    Photo Credit: Michael +Anna Costa

  • Candles

    Candles

    Hundreds of candles give your tables an ultra-modern romantic feel.

  • Desserts

    Desserts

    A bouquet of cupcakes works double-duty as a sweet centerpiece and a creative dessert display.

  • Pinwheels

    Pinwheels

    Whimsical and fun, place mix-and-match pinwheels in vases on your tables.

  • Photos

    Photos

    This sweet DIY centerpiece gives your guests a look at your relationship through the years.

    Photo Credit: Rose Street Studio

  • Feathers

    Feathers

    Give your tables a touch of Gatsby glamour with feathered centerpieces.

  • Desserts

    Desserts

    Your guests will absolutely love sitting down to a table lined with sweets.

    Photo Credit: Mike Colon

  • Candles

    Candles

    A wood-carved box, tree trunk stand, and mason jar candleholders make this the perfect centerpiece for a rustic wedding.

    Photo Credit: Orange Photographie

  • Desserts

    Desserts

    A bouquet of lollipops doubles as a sweet favor.

    Photo Credit: Meg Baisden Photography

  • Candelabras

    Candelabras

    Top your crystal candelabras with gold candles for a warm, elegant look.

    Photo Credit: Samuel Lippke

  • Photos

    Photos

    Add a personal touch to each table with a framed photo from your engagement session.

    Photo Credit: Aldabella Photography

  • Candles

    Candles

    Raise your candles above the table on modern pillars draped with crystals.

    Photo Credit: Regeti's Photography

  • Seasonally Appropriate

    Seasonally Appropriate

    Glitter-covered cones and a feather centerpiece tree reflect the holiday season with elegance.

  • Candles

    Candles

    Keep it simple by placing a single pillar candle in a tall hurricane vase.

Beyond Flowers: 50 Unique Ideas for Your Centerpieces

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