The Prettiest Reception Centerpiece Ideas for Every Season

Searching for centerpiece inspiration? Take a cue from these festive, seasonal ideas.
by The Knot

When it comes to defining your wedding reception style, the centerpieces can be, well, the center of attention. Stuck on how to choose the perfect toppers? Let your wedding season inspire everything from the flowers and fabric to the lighting and flatware. Whether you stay minimal or go all-out with décor is up to you, but we figured these tabletop décor pointers, by season, would be the perfect place to start gathering inspiration.

Winter Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

winter wedding is the perfect excuse to get a little fancy. From dozens of candles in ornate copper holders to the most elegant gold-accented china, the best winter tables are warm and inviting. Jewel tones and a bit of sparkle are stunning for cold-weather parties, so don't shy away from metallics and deep hues (think: oxblood, eggplant and emerald) when choosing décor. Try jewel-tone tablecloths with subtle, shimmery chiffon overlays, or rent gold chargers for depth and additional festive touch. If you want to take your seating to the next level and add cozy textures, rent plush or velvet chairs, or drape faux fur throws over wood, white or gold chiavari chairs. Use tall, elegant candelabras, scatter low votives or line tall taper candles on the tables. Take advantage of flowers in naturally rich shades (like roses, anemones, dahlias, calla lilies, astilbe and dripping amaranth) to create warm and moody arrangements, and take advantage of wood accents, berries, evergreen and pine garlands. Pair clusters of the same flowers at the base of the candelabra and surround the arrangement with dozens of candles. 

Spring Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

Once spring hits, everything's in bloom and everyone gets excited for the warmer weather—so take advantage of it. Your tables can reflect the fresh whimsy of springtime with a garden theme with delicate florals, greenery and pastels, but bold pieces, bright colors and a clean palette are beautiful too. For centerpieces, choose between small, tailored arrangments and something with that just-picked-from-the-garden look. For a modern approach, try simple white tablecloths topped with vibrant single-bud vases. A huge variety of stems are in season and easy to get, including peonies, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. Nature also supplies some of its most beautiful nontraditional blooms during spring, like cherry blossoms, dogwood, wheatgrass, herbs and moss. Fill wire or wooden baskets with loose and playful blooms in cheerful colors: pinks, greens, lavenders and yellows. A few spring color combos we love? Try pale pink ranunculouses and peach-color peonies, dark pink calla lilies with bunches of green viburnum, or a voluminous bunch of garden roses.

Summer Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

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Summer weddings mean warm colors, lush flowers and unpretentious tablescapes, so even for a formal party, keep the tone light and breezy. There's really no need for fancy goblets when you can go for refreshing cocktails in a simple coupe glass. From unadorned flatware to lightweight linen tablecloths, your tables should be clean and simple. Cover pale linens with transparent vases (or lined with philo leaves) for the centerpieces and surround them with glass votive candles. But if you're not into bold colors, there's nothing more gorgeous than green garlands and sprayed with white flowers for a summer wedding.

Fall Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

For an autumn wedding, take a cue from the outdoors by incorporating rich foliage and warm colors paired with wood details and pastoral décor. Think about rustic elegance at its best: crisp leaves, overgrown bouquets and organic centerpieces. For rustic centerpiece fillers, use seaded eucalyptus, bunches of viburnum dentatum berries, goldenrod, berries, dried grains or plumosa fern. Twigs, pinecones, wood slabs and pumpkins can enhance a centerpiece of dahlias, gardenias, roses or other seasonal flowers. Playing off the colors of changing leaves—reds, burnt oranges and yellows—is an obvious choice for your color palette, but colors like blue, copper and green make for stunning table décor too.

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