How to make your wedding centrepieces the envy of all your guests
Wedding photography with Cobus and Hillary at Renphotos
Firstly what are wedding centrepieces? They are the central element of your wedding reception tables where your guests will be seated.
Wedding centrepieces are an essential part of the look and feel of your overall wedding theme and vibe, so you want something that makes people pay attention and wish they had thought of it first.
The good news is no matter what your budget is; you can still make centrepieces that will make you the envy of all your wedding guests. It just takes a little out-of-the-box thinking sometimes.
So here are our tips for making your centrepieces flow with your theme and ideas for some great wedding centrepieces that are unique and budget-friendly.
First, let’s see Cobus and Hillary’s wedding photos and their beautiful wedding decorations! They were married at Heavens Gate ≫. As it was not their first wedding, Hillary chose to wear a dress in her favourite colour instead. She used a bit of a boho style with a beautiful coral colour theme.
Tips and ideas for choosing wedding centrepieces to suit your theme and budget!
To start creating your wedding centrepieces, you must know what wedding theme you want to use. Below are some of the most popular wedding themes that have stood the test of time.
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5 Popular Wedding themes and how to create wedding centrepieces and elements for them.
Once you have set your theme, you can choose centrepieces that match, so you have consistency and flow for your wedding tone. To help you create your wedding centrepieces for your particular wedding theme, here are some ideas to get you started
1. Rustic wedding centrepieces usually incorporate wood, natural foliage like eucalyptus leaves, and candles. They have warm natural undertones and give a more cosy look and feel.
2. Elegant and classic wedding centrepieces include crystal, tall vases, pastel colours and classic flowers. They usually have a more romantic and soft feel but are by no means understated.
3. Modern and glamorous wedding themes usually use bold colours such as black and gold and have more of a black-tie event vibe.
Think of bold colours and elements such as metal and ostrich feathers for your wedding centrepieces.
4. Boho themes are slightly less structured and have a more relaxed atmosphere – think floral crowns, bare feet, and eclectic flower bouquets.
Your wedding centrepieces are likely to be big and messy. They may contain more fountain grass and wildflowers that are not perfectly arranged.
5. Fairytale wedding themes typically have fairytale elements like the horse and carriage, a princess wedding dress, and lots of fairy lights to help create the magic.
For your wedding centrepieces, use a lot of fairy lights and flowers. Touches of gold also work well; elements such as books can add a whimsical feel to the overall vibe.
Of course, you are by no means limited to these items when you create your wedding theme, and some people like to use different elements from different themes. It’s up to you to mix, match, and choose the elements you love to create your special day!
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7 Tips for creating your wedding centrepieces!
Now that you have your wedding theme in mind, it’s time to start creating your centrepieces. As we mentioned, wedding centrepieces are an integral part of your overall wedding theme and will often set the tone for your entire wedding.
They are the first thing people see when they walk into your wedding reception, so you want them to have that wow factor. But you also don’t want to go overboard.
Here are some tips for creating stunning wedding centrepieces that will be the envy of all your guests.
- Less is often more – go for a simplistic approach which you can always add to later if you need to
- Remember that tall centrepieces, although they really do create a statement of grandeur, can often get in the way of your guests talking to each other.
- Incorporate elements of your wedding theme – for instance, if you have a rustic theme, then wood, natural greenery and candles often work well.
- You don’t have to stick to flowers for your centrepieces. There are some fantastic centrepieces out there that don’t contain flowers at all – see our ideas below!
- To save on your budget, you can also use the main table centrepieces in your ceremony.
- Consider the season your wedding will be in – if you are set on a specific type of flower, you may want to check what season they bloom in before setting your wedding date as buying out of season can be very expensive or just plain impossible.
- Make sure your centrepieces are sturdy – there will be a lot of movement around the table, and the likelihood of a centrepiece being disturbed is a risk, so make sure it can take a bit of jostling.
Top Wedding centrepiece ideas to add the wow factor to your wedding day!
Here are some of our favourite centrepiece ideas from previous weddings we have loved for some inspiration.
Elegant and classic, these tall centrepieces with crystal finish scream stylish weddings without getting in the way of the guests and being sturdy enough. White roses are also classic and consistent.
I absolutely love the candles in this beautiful set-up! It is simplistic and minimalistic, not using any flowers, but it is somehow still beautifully romantic.
This wedding centrepiece is simple and does not lose any of its elegance. It is very minimalistic, and the proteas make it wonderfully South African.
A lovely ocean vibe. This couple added a touch of the sea into their centrepieces for something a little different.
I absolutely love the bold, warm contrasting colours in this setup, complete with hanging lights and candles to set the ambience!
BONUS Unique Natural wedding centrepiece ideas that don’t use flowers!
Flowers are beautiful and all, but let’s face it, they can get expensive, and they don’t last very long. You may still want some natural elements in your centrepieces, though. Here are some alternative ideas for your wedding centrepieces that won’t break the bank and will also last longer!
1. Feathers – Peacock feathers are full of colour and are pretty unique. But you can use many types of feathers, such as ostrich feathers, to add some glam, and you can dye them any colour you want. Or, to add a more African rustic theme, you could consider guinea fowl feathers.
2. Grasses – there are many different types of grasses that you can add to your wedding centrepieces. Fountain (pampas) grass is extremely popular and trendy at the moment, but you could also think outside the box and go for unique elements like bullrushes, thistles to add a bit of colour, or purple love grass if it’s in season.
3. Leaves and Other types of foliage can be used on their own or to bulk up any bouquet. Eucalyptus is very popular for weddings, and it is evergreen and comes in many different shapes and sizes. But also consider pine or cedar, wild ferns, elephant ears or ivy, moss, and olive branches all give different vibes and fit different themes.
4. Pods and seeds – Pine cones immediately come to mind as a decoration, and many dried seed pods have amazing shapes to add to any wedding centrepiece
5. Succulents – these make for great wedding favours on their own but can also be used in your centrepieces and are more durable than flowers.
6. Dried branches and driftwood also make great wedding centrepieces and can be left natural or painted or hung with fairy lights – they can be really versatile and pretty.
In conclusion, there are many amazing ideas out there for your wedding centrepieces – and they do not have to break the bank, all it takes is a little out-of-the-box thinking and some creativity to make centrepieces with a wow factor. Just remember to work with your wedding theme, so everything has some cohesion, and you can’t really go wrong!
My advice is not to stress so much about what’s on-trend and go with your gut and what you love – after all, you generally only do this once in your life, so have fun creating the wedding of your dreams!
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