Elegant flower-free centerpieces

Don’t feel pressured by the season to include floral arrangements in your wedding if your gut is telling you no. If you’re planning an off-the-beaten-path wedding or simply trying to save money by forgoing expensive blooms, you can still host a fabulous reception. Here are some of our favorite ideas for non-floral centerpieces that are sure to give you some inspiration:

Adding some glowing light to your guests’ table can make for a sweet ambiance. You can pair lanterns with a few flowers or let them stand alone. We like the chic, natural look of this lantern paired with succulents, smooth stones and a few bright blossoms, featured on The Knot.


You can also add some flair with a trio of intricately carved Moroccan-inspired lanterns, featured on Weddings Romantique or pick something rustic like this shabby chic wooden lantern, featured on Martha Stewart Weddings, depending on your style.


Alternate greenery
You can save money or be different by using other greenery to personalize your reception table. We love the simple look of this vibrant potted moss. Another great option is to use various potted herbs to decorate the tables and let guests take them home as favors. You can personalize them by attaching custom gift tags or jotting down and attaching an easy recipe – for example, if you choose potted basil, maybe you can attach your favorite bruschetta recipe using fresh basil.

Or, get creative and design your own terrariums, like these from Green Wedding Shoes – a great way to go flower-free while adding a personal and interesting table element.


You can make your custom wedding menu the focal point by framing it in a style to match your decor, as seen below from Wedding Chicks.

Frame various photos of you and your new spouse at different stages of the relationship, or frame prints that are personal to you and mesh with your style. We also like the idea of letting your well-designed table numbers do the talking as your centerpieces, surrounded by a few framed images, flowers, or a bit of other greenery.

Other ideas
Your reception is a time to get creative and show off your personality. Sometimes, your personality isn’t all about flowers. How about making your own nature-inspired mobiles?

If you and your spouse love to travel, you can frame vintage maps of the world and choose one place for each table or make an old globe the centerpiece, as seen below from The TomKat Studio.

Inject your playful side into the decor with handmade pinwheels for a whimsical look. Grab some inspiration from these whimsical pinwheels from Style Me Pretty and Hitched.

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Whether you choose to go flower-free or cut your costs by incorporating a mix of flowers with some of the above ideas, you can still create a lovely reception that doesn’t hinge on the floral selections.

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