Inexpensive Ideas for Table Centerpieces of Your Wedding Reception


Written by David Di Cristo in Wedding
Viewed by 445 readers since 07-15-2008

If you are looking for some ideas to use as centerpieces, take a look here. These have actually been used at weddings I attended recently.

Depending on the number of people you have invited to your wedding & the number of tables required to seat them, the cost of table centerpieces can really get out of hand.

  • First you need to decide how elaborate you want to go.
  • Can you achieve something similar to your idea without going to the expense of having someone make it for you?
  • Do you have a large enough table once all the dishes, glasses, cutlery etc. are in place to go with something large or do you need to keep it small and simple?
  • Is this centerpiece something you will want one of the guests at the table to take home with them, or is part of the centerpiece going to need to be returned to whom you borrowed it from? Sometimes if you want something like floating candles in a nice large container, it can be rented and you purchase the candles to place in it.

Once you have a few ideas in mind, you can begin the task of determining how to achieve your idea for the best price.

Here are a few ideas I have seen.


One wedding I attended last fall used large pots of Chrysanthemums – one large white plant for each table, covering up the pot with coordinating material of similar color as the bridesmaid’s dresses. Then she covered the material with white netting, (which had sequins glued on to it) and finally tied with a beautiful white bow.

You can substitute the type of flower used with any one you choose. Maybe a pot of miniature roses, tulips, daffodils or what ever you prefer. The list is endless. Best of all you can purchase these at your local garden center or even at your grocery store. Talk with the manager to have him order in fresh flowers to be delivered a day or two before your day.


If you can find large clear tall bowls, or brandy snifters or any clear glass container to fill with water, floating candles makes a really nice centerpiece. You can find interesting candles to use – perhaps heart shaped, have rose petals floating around the candles. Use your imagination for something unique for your personalities.


This may sound really strange but one wedding I attended used yellow as their main color for the day. The bride used a large clear glass bowl, filled it with lemons which had been tied with white ribbons around each one. It looked great & didn’t cost her very much to create.


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