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The Best Wedding Centerpieces [Guide]

Wedding Centerpieces Guide With Floral Tablescapes in Background | PartySlate

Wedding centerpieces set the tone and style of your wedding reception. Think about it: A laid back beach wedding evokes a different feel than an NYC ballroom. Similarly, a boho-style wedding in Scottsdale will look completely different than a celebrations set in a Chicago gallery space.

Once you select your wedding venue and style, it’s time for the real fun to begin. Now, you can start planning your wedding décor — particularly the wedding table decorations that will distinguish your reception tables.

Wedding centerpieces help set the tone and style of your wedding reception.”

When it comes to selecting your wedding table decorations, the options are endless. Keep scrolling to discover stunning wedding centerpiece ideas. Click on each article link to read more about specific styles and themes. There, you’ll discover real wedding albums — along with the wedding florists and design teams that brought each event to life.

PartySlate is here to offer inspiration and guidance — with an up-close look at some of our favorite tablescape ideas (and stunning examples to inspire your own décor dream).

1. Orchid Wedding Centerpieces That Showcase Cascading Beauty

Wedding Reception With Orchid Garland Centerpiece, Gold Seating, and Blue Uplighting | PartySlate
photographer: LuvRox Photography

Orchid wedding centerpieces transform any setting into a romantic dreamscape. Read the article to discover how orchid floral décor can be incorporated into any wedding style — be it modern, classic, tropical, or more.

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2. Hydrangea Wedding Centerpieces that Wow

Bride and Groom Sit at Sweetheart Table Laden With Purple Hydrangea Wedding Centerpieces and Candlelight Against a Starlit Backdrop | PartySlate
photographer: Nadia D. Photography

With their wide range of hues, hydrangea centerpieces complement any wedding color scheme or style. Read the article to learn how this versatile flower can set the scene for your stunning wedding celebration — be it in a city ballroom or tented garden space.

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3. Rose Wedding Centerpieces that Inspire Romance

Ballroom Wedding With Waterfall Chandelier Woven with Red Roses and Red Rose Table Decorations | PartySlate
photographer: The Day Collective

Roses have always symbolized romance; and for good reason. Read the article to see how rose wedding centerpieces can turn your celebration into a modern fairytale. You’ll find everything from bright and cheerful yellow hues to bold and luxurious red blooms.

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4. Candle Wedding Centerpieces That Gleam & Glow

Bride and Groom Share a Moment at White Wedding Tablescape and Suspended Globed Candlelight | PartySlate
photographer: Salwa Photography

Create a dreamy vibe with the help of candle centerpieces. Read the article to learn how candlelight can set the mood for an unforgettable night of romance. From colorful votive candles to suspended candlelit globes, we know all the ways to illuminate your celebration.

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5. Unique Wedding Centerpieces for the Creative at Heart

Funky Purple Lamp Centerpieces for Wedding Celebration at Cipriani 42nd Street | PartySlate
photographer: Brian Dorsey Studios

Looking for something unique that shows off your one-of-a-kind style and personality? Read the article to browse some of our favorite original centerpiece ideas. You’ll find feather crowns, floral-decked antlers, real-life treetops, and so much more.

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6. Gold Wedding Centerpiece Ideas that Gleam & Glisten

Wedding at The Newberry Library With Gold Candelabra Centerpieces Wrapped in Greenery | PartySlate
photographer: JPP Studios

Create a luxurious wedding aesthetic with gold centerpieces. Read the article to discover all of the unique ways that gold tablescape décor instantly elevates your celebration. You’ll discover everything from candelabras to geometric installations.

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7. Greenery Centerpiece Ideas for a Lush Celebration

Reception Table With Lavish Greenery Wedding Centerpieces Cascading Off Table | PartySlate
photographer: Kate MCElwee Photo

Nature lovers know that greenery can wow as much as any bright flower. Think beyond traditional floral décor with lush greenery wedding centerpieces. Read the article, and learn how greenery dazzles both in nature and the ballroom.

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8. Glowing Lantern Centerpieces at Dreamy Weddings

Lantern Wedding Centerpiece with Spring Floral Mix | PartySlate
photographer: Peter Wynn Thompson Photography

Create a charming and enchanting vibe at your wedding celebration with the help of lantern centerpieces. Read the article, and discover styles that range from modern to vintage — and everything in between.

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9. Succulent Wedding Centerpieces to Impress Guests

Dessert-Themed Wedding With Intimate Wedding Reception Table Laden Succulent Wedding Centerpieces and Golden Candelabras | PartySlate
photographer: Elyse Hall Photography

Looking for table decorations that are both beautiful and original? Read the article to discover how succulent wedding centerpieces create an instant photo op at your celebration. You’ll soon be falling in love with cacti, agave, jade, and other dessert greenery.

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10. Rustic Wedding Centerpieces to Inspire Your Designs

Rustic Wedding Tablescape With White Drapery and Overhanging Greenery | PartySlate
photographer: Tim Tab Studios

There’s a good reason why rustic-style weddings continue to be popular year after year. Read the article to learn how rustic wedding centerpieces can beckon guests to their seats in style. You’ll find everything from greenery garlands to bouquets of wildflowers.

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11. Beach Wedding Centerpieces for a Celebration in Paradise

Free-Floating Pampas Grass Beach Wedding Centerpiece | PartySlate
photographer: Nancy Neil

Turn every wedding reception table into a little slice of paradise with beach wedding centerpieces. Read the article to discover how these gorgeous centerpieces can capture the spirit of your beach wedding — be it a destination celebration or a seaside party closer to home.

What Are Wedding Centerpieces?

Look, centerpieces are far more than just table decorations. Centerpieces bring the mood, theme, and style of your wedding celebration to each reception table.

A boho-themed wedding, for example, might feature centerpieces of pampas grass and macramé. On the other hand, a rustic wedding may wow with centerpieces of lanterns and plenty of greenery.

Wedding centerpieces also distinguish the private dining space for each guest. Suddenly, a simple wedding reception table is transformed into an island of the utmost beauty.

Arguably, guests will spend most of the reception at their dining table (unless, of course, your epic wedding entertainment can get them on the dance floor). With that in mind, it’s important to create an inviting space that encourages lingering over a delicious meal — and a picture-perfect wedding cake

Check out our various PartySlate “Best-of” articles on wedding table decorations to find the perfect centerpiece ideas that captures the spirit of your wedding celebration. 

From romantic red roses and dramatic orchid installations to golden candelabras and Art Deco-style feathers — the ideal wedding centerpiece idea awaits you.

Do You Need Centerpieces at a Wedding?

Good Question. While there is no right or wrong way to have a wedding reception, we highly recommend hiring a design/décor/floral team to create gorgeous wedding centerpieces and table décor that capture the spirit, style, and theme of your wedding celebration.

As discussed above, decorating your wedding reception tables with centerpieces creates a beautiful dining experience for your guests. 

From the moment your closest friends and family take a seat, they are temporarily transported into a space that is both private and connected to the whole. Centerpieces can distinguish each individual table as its own beautiful space. They can also connect the table to the larger celebration through similar décor and design motifs.

Additionally, wedding table decorations result in beautiful photographs. Most likely, you’ll want shots of each table group. Wedding centerpieces transform an ordinary photo of people into a treasured (and gorgeous) keepsake.

Feeling overwhelmed? No need to worry. PartySlate can help you find your dream design/décor/floral team, along with a wedding planner to coordinate every detail of this momentous occasion. Finding the best wedding vendors and venues has never been easier.

How Do I Choose a Wedding Centerpiece?

No doubt about it, choosing a centerpiece may feel overwhelming. Luckily, PartySlate can guide you through every step of the process. 

To begin with, it’s important to decide on the theme and style of your wedding. Similarly, you will want to select your wedding colors and favorite palettes. 

Once you’ve settled on the style of your wedding, you’ll want to keep in the mind your wedding date. As flowers are seasonal, their price and availability will vary.

Now the fun part begins. Click on a featured article above or head to PartySlate’s Wedding Idea Gallery to browse through hundreds of inspiring photos. 

You can also discover wedding centerpiece ideas by reading curated PartySlate “Best-of” articles on the following:

Lastly, you can browse real weddings to find exciting ideas and gorgeous inspiration on everything from wedding table centerpieces to wedding décor.

How Much Is a Centerpiece For a Wedding?

The cost of your centerpieces will depend on a variety of factors, including (but not limited to) type and seasonality of selected flowers, the size of your arrangements, and the complexity of each design.

Your wedding design/décor/floral team can help you find the right centerpieces for your wedding budget. 

Should I DIY My Wedding Flowers?

Think about it: Planning a wedding is a lot of work. You will want to savor every minute of your wedding day — without having to worry about the minute details or last minute alterations.

With that in mind, we highly recommend hiring a wedding design/décor/floral team to create your centerpieces.

After all, you don’t want to have to spend your wedding reception going from table to table, making sure that your centerpieces are still intact. Most likely, you’ll also want to spend those precious days before the wedding without experiencing the stress of creating fresh wedding table decorations.

Your wedding day will also be one of the most important (and photographed) days of your life. While DIY is great for seasonal home decorations or fun craft projects, it’s not necessarily the best choice for an event as important as your wedding celebration.

Partyslate can help you find your dream wedding design/décor/floral team. Go to our Find Pros and narrow down your search by location, event type, and services. Our top recommendations are always at the top of your search list.

With PartySlate, it has never been easier to make your wedding dreams (and ideal wedding centerpieces) come true.