There are 48 different ways to decorate the tables at a wedding.
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After the bride and groom have exchanged vows and the "I dos," the wedding ceremony is over. Yet the real partying begins for most couples only after they've tied the knot. At the reception, you can mingle with guests and toast the happy couple.
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There are many things to arrange when planning a reception, such as the food, the drinks, and the escort cards. Your reception tables and the ornamentation you choose for them are an integral part of the event's ambiance. Whether you're going for long, family-style tables or more intimate rounds, choosing a centerpiece is a crucial step in establishing the mood for the entire room.
Beautiful flower arrangements, lush foliage, soft lighting from candles, or something completely new and unexpected: there's a centerpiece design out there for everyone. Here are 48 of our best suggestions to get your creative juices flowing.
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Hoping for something entirely romantic The more flowers the better. A beautiful centerpiece would be a garland that ran the length of the table.
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The exquisiteness of cherry blossoms is undeniable, and so is the chicness of this ensemble. Consider placing long branches of cherry blossoms in tall vases.
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The focal points of your table can be completely transformed by making even the smallest adjustment. Adding some color to the tablescape is as simple as exchanging the white taper candle for one in a vibrant hue.
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Lanterns are a great way to add ambience to your tables. For a rustic yet refined centerpiece, we adore the look of wooden lanterns with a few flowers.
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I'm anticipating a floral arrangement with some visual flair. Make a bold statement by combining low arrangements with tall pillars.
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Wedding in the springtime A lot of people always pick peonies when they need a reliable flower. Peonies are the epitome of classic romance, and a vase full of them is a wonderful way to add a splash of color to any room.
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Stay with the vase concept, but go easy on the flowers. Bringing in some texture and color, but not too much, is what these pampas grass, ranunculus, and roses do.
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Negative on flower vases There are many alternate options. Mini topiaries are a cute and easy way to bring the look and feel of a garden to your table centerpieces without going overboard.
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In search of a novel solution, Throw out the idea of using flowers as centerpieces and replace them with succulents. Make a statement by decorating a terra cotta plate with moss and succulents.
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It is easy to go overboard with nautical wedding details, but not with this look. Adding a white knot to a centerpiece is the perfect way to incorporate a touch of maritime flair. In addition, it can serve as a place to display the guest's table number.
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It's not necessary to limit yourself to large floral arrangements for your table centerpieces. A row of bud vases down the center of a table looks great, especially when topped with a few tall, fanciful wildflower stems.
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I'm shooting for something with lots of texture so that it stands out. Create visual interest by combining tall branches and bold, lush flowers.
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Transform your table centerpieces into a tropical oasis. This big, bold centerpiece idea features lush palm leaves and greenery in tall clear vases for a look that really packs a punch
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When planning your wedding, especially if it is a winter wedding, don't be afraid to bring some of the outdoors in. These candlesticks, adorned with white votives and pinecones, are the perfect finishing touch to a table set for the holiday season.
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What's the limit on the amount of vegetation that can exist? Not in our opinion An impressive display of tall greenery pillars, bursting with romance.
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For a truly magical wedding, don't forget to decorate your centerpieces with strings of tiny lights. To create a beautiful atmosphere, light up lanterns with small candles.
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Taking on the spirit of summer Citrus is a summer staple, so why not incorporate it into your table decorations? Sweeten the mood by placing a miniature citrus tree at each place setting.
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Can you think of a cuter terrarium than this one? These little succulents and rose gold accents make for a lovely centerpiece at a bohemian or desert-themed wedding.
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Candles are a lovely addition to the table, but maybe you want to take it to the next level. Pick out humongous candelabras to add a dash of classic romance.
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The use of baby's breath, the floral industry's underdog, is on the rise, however. Make this beautiful bud the focus of your centerpiece by embracing its understated elegance.
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Do not be hesitant to use color. This exotic arrangement of hibiscus, torch lilies, ginger, and palm leaves is sure to catch your eye.
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Need something completely new Add some personal touches by incorporating items from home. One couple went for a more eclectic look by using trinkets from their own collection as centerpieces for each table.
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As a table centerpiece, pampas grass is ideal because it adds texture and a sense of playfulness. Use tall, textural centerpieces to make a bold statement.
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A long, family-style reception table is already quite romantic, but you can take it to the next level by adding a gorgeous centerpiece. Long, draped linens look great with minimal plant life and twinkle lights.
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Attempting a carefree, hippie look and feel Or you just need or crave a riot of hues To create a stunning, eye-catching centerpiece, consider using a collection of wildflowers in a range of colors and stem lengths.
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Typical flower arrangements are boring, so if you want something special, try something different. White and black manzanita branches with orchids in tall vases were a show stopper at one couple's wedding.
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Some forms of beauty benefit most from a minimalist approach. Pull it off flawlessly by incorporating elements that can stand on their own To do so, hang a bold gold lantern with a sprig of greenery.
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There are other ways to have a tropical wedding than with flashy colors. Simply by using white flowers and greenery, you can create a minimalist tropical centerpiece.
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Perhaps you aren't interested in going to a lot of trouble with centerpieces if you're planning a more laid-back reception. A few flowers presented in vibrant bud vases can do wonders for the aesthetic appeal of a table setting.
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Need a daring statement Embrace it The red and yellow flowers on varying lengths of stems created a breathtaking vase arrangement.
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Only use greenery if you want a rustic appearance. Line an extended table with eucalyptus and accent with candlelight.
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A splash of citrus will do the trick if you want to make a statement. An array of cut and uncut citrus, along with candles, made for a striking visual display.
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Traditional wedding preparations Lamps are a great way to keep things classy and add a retro feel. The couple in this picture chose gold lamps with white shades, but you could easily swap them out for something else to fit your decor.
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Want neither of the potential focal points Don't For a chic and romantic look, place lanterns in the corners of the room and line the table with flower arrangements.
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Organizing a Countryside Event In some cases, the simplest solution is the best. Leave the floral centerpieces at home and instead decorate the table with a neutral linen and a few branches of greenery placed at various points.
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Hydrangeas are as self-sufficient as they are romantic. Put together a beautiful garden-themed party by filling vases with lush floral arrangements.
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In the process of organizing a wedding with a desert theme. Although neutral colors can be very attractive, you shouldn't be afraid to incorporate some color if that's what you find most pleasing to the eye. For a splash of pink, one couple used colored sand and bright succulents in their display.
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Your table decorations don't have to be on the table if you don't want them to be. Use a garland of plants to drape over the edge of your table. It will be the showiest focal point and brightest accent.
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Centrepieces don't have to be flower arrangements. For a wedding in late summer or early fall, pears are a versatile fruit option. They are the perfect combination of country charm and whimsical flair.
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Don't feel bad if you prefer a clear glass vase or one with a simple color scheme. A patterned vase, however, adds a welcome dimension to the collection. A stunning addition to any table setting.
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You can create a very intimate atmosphere by decorating the reception tables with candlelight and metallic accents. Do not be afraid to combine different metallics like gold and rose gold to create a stunning display.
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Keeping things simple is perfectly acceptable. These table decorations were given a simple contrast by combining a tall flower with a shorter stem.
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While using fruit as part of a centerpiece is not unprecedented, it is not very often that you see delicate blueberries included. With just a few blueberries, you can add a dash of romance to this antique arrangement, and we love how it turned out.
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Need a basic framework for a beach party? Make use of palm leaves and line the table with them to add a touch of nature. A few tea lights really set the mood, so that's a great idea.
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Using floral arrangements as table centerpieces is a tried-and-true method, but there are ways to shake things up. You can get a less-perfect arrangement by having the florist add a few long, trailing stems. Add some terra cotta planters for a more natural feel.
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Putting a tablecloth down the middle or the whole length of the table can make a huge difference in the overall aesthetic. A patterned linen could be the final touch to add a striking splash of color and pattern.
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It's not out of the question to conceal table numbers in vases or use other subtle methods of presentation. But if you want your table numbers to really stand out, go for it. Stunningly carved from Himalayan salt, this song is a show-stopper.
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