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Best Wedding Centerpieces [Guide]

Wedding centerpieces help set the tone and style of your wedding reception. Many couples choose the “look and feel” of their celebration long before they acquire a wedding venue or team of wedding vendors

Think about it: A laid back beach wedding will evoke a different feel than a New York City ballroom wedding. Similarly, a boho-style wedding in Scottsdale will look different than a wedding set in a Chicago gallery space.

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

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

As guests gather around the table for a sit-down dinner, meaningful conversations and deep connections take place. It’s a time to reminisce on the past, enjoy the present, and anticipate the future joys. 

It’s also the place where your guests may linger the longest — especially for those who are too shy to hit the dance floor. With that in mind, it’s important to create a welcoming atmosphere and that starts with beautiful wedding table decorations


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There’s so much to consider. How will you create a setup that allows for easy conversation across the table? 

Do you want a tall or low wedding centerpiece? Are you looking for something seasonal or timeless? Are you a traditionalist or a one-of-a-kind connoisseur?

When it comes to selecting your wedding table decorations, the options are endless. A long table laden with glittering votive candles and towering candelabras is both romantic and dramatic. Gold centerpieces evoke eternal glamour, while greenery conjures the wonders of the natural world. 


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When it comes to florals, there are also limitless possibilities. Hydrangeas can be elegant or whimsical. Orchids can be modern or reminiscent of an enchanting fairytale. 

For those who’d like to surprise guests with something unique and creative — there are feathers, table lamps, sculptures, and more.

So What Does This Mean For You?

Keep scrolling to discover stunning wedding centerpiece ideas and the design, décor, & florals teams that can make your wedding dreams come true. 

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



But Wait, There’s More:

Read on to find some of the most asked questions pertaining to wedding centerpiece ideas.

What Are Wedding Centerpieces?

Look, wedding centerpieces are far more than just table decorations. Wedding 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 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. Wedding 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 event professionals and venues has never been easier.

How Do I Choose a Wedding Centerpiece?

No doubt about it, choosing a wedding 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 Centerpieces & Tablescapes” Gallery to browse through hundreds of inspiring photos. 

See something you like? Don’t forget to use Idea Slates (click the “heart” icon) to save your favorite photos and later share them with your wedding planner and design/décor/floral team

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 wedding 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 wedding centerpieces.

After all, you don’t want to have to spend your wedding reception going around from table to table, making sure that your wedding 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.