inexpensive centerpiece ideas

inexpensive centerpiece ideas, fruit centerpiece, lantern centerpiece, chocolate truffle topiary, diy centerpieces

Sure, flowers are gorgeous, but they’re not the only way you can dress up your reception tables. Check out these inexpensive centerpiece ideas:

Branches – Arrange branches in a glass vase. Willow branches are ideal. Keep natural or spray silver or gold.

Potted Herbs – Place potted rosemary, lavender or thyme in pretty pots. Decorate pots with ribbon or paint pots to match wedding colors. This is a wonderful eco-friendly wedding idea.

Wheat – Earthy and beautiful. Wheat will look good with any color combination.

Fruit – For a summer outdoor reception, arrange lemons, limes, or clementines in a glass vase. For an autumn wedding use apples, pears (gilded pears look gorgeous) or gourds. For a winter wedding, use pomegranates or cranberries. Easy and inexpensive!

Illuminarias or Paper Lanterns -Use illuminarias or paper lanterns that match your wedding colors.  Place several at each table.

ChocolateCreate an edible topiary with chocolate truffles. Give away the centerpieces to your guests at the end of the wedding reception.

Photos #1 illustration: (L-R) Branches, MarthaStewart.com; Wheat, MarthaStewart.com; Rosemary Tree, 1800Flowers.com; Potted Herbs, MarthaStewart.com

Photos #2 illustration: (L-R) Gilded Pear, FoodChannel.com; Lime Centerpiece, RealGreenWeddings.com; Lanterns, MarthaStewart.com, Chocolate Truffle Topiary, Betty Crocker.com.

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  1. Posted by hannah is mariages chic on February 10th, 2009 at 4:41am

    how pretty! i love the herbs and the luminaries. i am currently somewhat obsessed with the use of herbs instead of flowers for centerpieces. it's a lovely favour or you can plant them afterwards for a lovely wedding memory garden. same goes for succulents. it's also a pretty recession friendly option for those who are needing to tighten their belts without sacrificing style.
  2. Posted by Christina on February 10th, 2009 at 8:29am

    I love herbs as an accent in wedding bouquets as well. I will hunt for pics.
  3. Posted by Sandra :: Event Girl on February 10th, 2009 at 12:02pm

    An excellent post! I think Brides freak out when their Reception table centerpieces don't look 'full' enough. Flowers can break a budget in a flash. Personally, I love the fruit.
  4. Posted by Tom on November 11th, 2010 at 11:22pm

    I vote for HERBS! They smell wonderful! We have seen an explosion of innovation in centerpieces via a DIY approach due to the economy and it has been interesting to see the couples come up with great ideas!
  5. Posted by Jusy on April 30th, 2011 at 12:49pm

    i had lot of spcial foods in my wedding and special drinks too, "Cupido Drink" as soft drink, "marchesi di Barolo" as wine, "don perignon" as champagne, and italian "illy coffe", i had also some bottle of "Akita Homare"
    sake because even if i selected between french and italian best drinks, but for food i decided upon japanese cuisine! very easy as finger food.
  6. Posted by Ingrid on December 4th, 2013 at 1:15am

    I love the paper lantern idea on the table. My daughter wanted to let the paper lanterns go a la Tangled but the venue doesnt allow that. This is a perfect substitute!!
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