9 Ideas For Non-Floral Centerpieces

For those of you not looking to spend hundreds (or thousands) on the element of your wedding that will die the next day, deciding what to put in the middle of the dinner tables can be an issue. Here are a few DIY centerpiece ideas that don’t involve flowers.

1. Succulents

Yeah, I’m cheating a little with succulents. They often cost more than flowers, and there’s not usually as many color options to choose from. On the other hand, succulents are far easier to take care of, and they last longer. They’re unexpected and can be beautiful in a different way than flowers.

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2. Books

For weddings with a vintage, soft romance, or literary theme, books can be a great decorating piece. Pick books that have special meaning to one or both of you, love stories, books that just look cool, or random books picked up from the thrift store that you can decorate.
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3. Candles

Depending on how you display them, candles can add elegance or an element of shabby chic. Just check your venue first for their policy on open flames.
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4. Table Numbers

Like your local news, these tables numbers are cute and mildly informative.

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5. Photos

There are plenty of cute ways to display photos—of loved ones, of couples you admire, of yourselves. Mix it up with candles and framed quotes.
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6. Birdcages

The birdcage is a whimsical choice (while The Birdcage is a movie starring Nathan Lane and Robin Williams). Stuff it with pearls, postcards, your favorite books. Or, yes, flowers.

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7. Fruit

Be kind to your guests. Let them eat your centerpieces.

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8. Tree Branches

An elegant centerpiece, especially appropriate for a winter wedding when the trees outside are also bereft of leaves. Dress up the branches with crystals or pearls.

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9. Activities and Useful Elements

Try putting something in the center of the table that is necessary. Part of a guest book, request for advice, instructions for a scavenger hunt or even a coloring activity.

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