15 Centerpieces You'll Want to Re-Create for Your Wedding Day

From romantic terrariums to flower alternatives, get inspired by these creative blooms.
by Lauren Kay

You can't think about your reception décor without thinking about flowers. From over the top to simple yet chic, let some of our favorite centerpieces inspire you.

  1. 1. Pedestaled Blooms

    Romantic pedestalled centerpiece idea
    photo by Aaron & Jillian Photography

    Put your centerpieces on display with pedestal vases. They're perfect for arrangements with low-hanging elements like jasmine vine or seeded eucalyptus. If you're hosting a black-tie affair, opt for pedestals in silver or gold to elevate the blooms.

    From: A Timeless Southern Wedding at Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina

  2. 2. Boxed Succulents

    Boxed succulent centerpiece
    photo by Jocelyn Filley Photography

    Succulents add texture to an all-flower arrangement. Pair them with classic blooms, like roses, dahlias and seeded eucalyptus, to keep the arrangement from veering too desert chic. Low, boxed centerpieces allow for easy conversation among guests.

    From: A Tower House Wedding in Chilmark, Massachusetts

  3. 3. Driftwood Accents

    Driftwood centerpiece idea for a destination or beach wedding
    photo by Life Long Studios

    Make a statement with a single element, like a piece of driftwood. Vibrant greens and a delicate orchid elevate the look of this arrangement, while a simple lucite tray gives the centerpiece a modern edge.

    From: Bright, Bohemian Beach Wedding at Postcard Inn on the Beach in St. Pete Beach, Florida

  4. 4. Vintage Books

    Antique book centerpiece with low purple flowers
    photo by Julie Mikos - Photographer

    Add an antique touch to your florals by stacking some old books in the center of your tables. Pair with brass candleholders and simple tapers for a classic style. Bonus: When you add accessories to the table, you can pare down on your blooms—instant savings.

    From: A Whimsical, Modern Museum Wedding in San Francisco

  5. 5. Floral Terrariums

    Rose terrarium centerpiece
    photo by onelove photography

    Put your favorite blooms on display in a glass jar or terrarium. We love the look of spray roses in place of expected ferns, greens and moss. Look for vessels that represent your wedding style, like this rustic wood-bottomed jar.

    From: A Romantic, Vintage Wedding at Carondelet House in Los Angeles, California

  6. 6. Just-Picked Stems

    Grass gerbera daisy centerpieces
    photo by Hudson River Photographers

    Give your arrangement a just-picked look by adding florals to a base of wheatgrass. You can use fewer stems while still creating a lush centerpiece. We love this style for a garden wedding or even a backyard bridal shower.

    From: A Playful Modern Wedding in Poughkeepsie, New York

  7. 7. Hanging Hydrangeas

    Hanging white hydrangea centerpieces
    photo by Bamber Photography

    How can hanging flowers not wow you? Draw your guests eyes' upward with floral installations. Suspended hydrangeas mimic the table arrangements, while hanging candles add a romantic ambience.

    From: A North Carolina Arboretum Wedding in Asheville, North Carolina

  8. 8. Woodland Moss

    Rustic moss centerpiece and table runner
    photo by Lauren Gabrielle Photography

    Bring the woods to life at your wedding reception. This tablescape gives off a forest-like feel with a mix of blooms and a moss table runner detail. The addition of mismatched vessels and candles give the whole look an eclectic, romantic vibe.

    From: A Whimsical Garden Wedding at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, Ohio

  9. 9. Rustic Roses

    Rustic orange rose centerpieces with antler accents
    photo by Vue Photography

    When setting a table, balance is key. Rustic antlers are offset by romantic roses and dahlias effortlessly floating in mercury glass dishes. The addition of a linen runner breaks up the wood tones and creates a more luxe feel.

    From: An Organic-Chic Fall Wedding at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia

  10. 10. Towering Taper Candles

    Tall candlesticks with low white hydrangea centerpieces
    photo by SMS Photography

    There's something so timeless about an all-white reception with natural greenery. Add some ambience to a formal table with long, elegant taper candles. Pair the candlesticks with lush, but low, centerpieces to create a real wow factor.

    From: A Bohemian Garden Wedding at Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas

  11. 11. Ornamental Kale

    Organic kale centerpieces
    photo by Daphne and Dean

    Edible arrangements are having a moment. We love the addition of ornamental kale and berries to this rustic centerpiece. Play with in-season vegetables and fruits or even give a nod to your dinner menu with your edible additions.

    From: Enchanting Garden Wedding at Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, Connecticut

  12. 12. Nautical Lanterns

    Nautical-themed rose centerpieces
    photo by Shannon Moffit Photography

    Hosting a beachside affair? Keep the flowers simple and opt for statement lanterns. Thanks to glass panes, your candles will stay lit—even with a stiff ocean breeze. Soften the look with a few flowers or other nautical accessories.

    From: An Intimate, Nautical Wedding at One Fish Two Fish Restaurant in Virginia Beach, Virginia

  13. 13. Pretty Proteas

    Modern protea wedding centerpiece
    photo by Michelle March Photography

    Proteas have slowly been sneaking their way into arrangements of all kinds, from bridal bouquets to chair decor. We love this prehistoric-looking bloom for its staying power and fullness in centerpieces. Pair with softer stems, like ranunculus or garden roses, for a balanced look.

    From: An Intimate Vintage Wedding at Bella Collina in Montverde, Florida

  14. 14. Ginger Jars

    Bright ranunculus and kumquat centerpieces
    photo by Red Bridge Photography, LLC

    Add color to your reception table with your floral vessels. Mini ginger jars are the perfect base for a vibrant arrangement of peonies. You could even add unique citrus accents (kumquats, lemons and limes) give this table setting a totally fresh feel with contrasting colors.

    From: A Preppy Kentucky Derby Wedding at Ayr Mount in Hillsborough, North Carolina

  15. 15. Flower Boxes

    Vintage wooden box centerpiece with succulents and roses
    photo by 822 Weddings

    Try this unexpected take on a centerpiece: Ask your florist to forgo the traditional vase for aged, wood boxes. A mix of blooms and heights give this arrangement a relaxed, organic feel well suited for a rustic celebration.

    From: A Mountain Top Inn and Resort Wedding in Chittenden, Vermont

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