The Center(piece) of Attention

Here are a handful of non-traditional ideas to adorn your wedding guests’ tables

Are you tired of seeing the same flower arrangement on every table, wedding after wedding? If you’re a couple who doesn’t want the traditional cookie-cutter reception, then take a look at these fun centerpiece ideas, recommended by local experts.

1. A Storybook Ending
Vintage books can complete a set table, especially with the addition of candlelight if you’re going for an antique feel. If you’re a bookworm, you might also want to stack your favorites. “Couples want their guests to know what they’re passionate about other than each other,” says Audrey Pierot of Audrey Pierot Events in Scarsdale.

2. Tea Time
Teacups and china also make for great centerpieces. In fact, you can kill two birds with one stone by tying in the elegant china to the centerpiece arrangement for your guests to use as dinner and dessert-ware. “This way, the whole table is designed as a beautiful centerpiece,” recommends Jesse Reing of Events by Jesse.

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3. Take a Picture…It Lasts Longer
For a more personal touch, photo collages are the way to go. Your display can utlizie materials as simple as frames surrounded by candles, or as intricate as branches adorned with pearls. Jeanne Stark of Hudson Valley Ceremonies adds, “Most couples use photos of themselves, but I’ve seen some use fun photos of their guests.”

4. Forbidden Fruits
Everyone loves a table full of snacks, so why not incorporate them into your centerpiece? Fruits, nuts, cheese, crackers, and dates are great eats that can make for a fabulous arrangement. “These snacks fit the theme for a barn wedding with farm tables,” Stark confirms.

5. Love Doesn’t Cost a Thing
According to Melisa Imberman of The Event of a Lifetime, “Non-floral centerpieces aren’t so much a trend, but a money-saving option.” Utilizing natural elements are great for environmentally friendly couples, as well as those who are on a budget. By using bark, branches, and wooden candlesticks, you can give your wedding a rustic chic feel without breaking the bank.


Have any out-of-the-bouquet centerpiece of your own? Feel free to share them below or let us know via Twitter.

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