This week's Picks on Paper was actually inspired by a conversation that I had with one of my fellow bridesmaids this past weekend! She mentioned that she had spent time on the blog looking for some non-floral centerpiece ideas that were still stylish, yet inexpensive. I decided that I'd try to help her out by pulling together a bunch of centerpiece ideas, none of which require any sort of florals or plant life.
Let me just tell you, this was a way harder task than I had first anticipated, because it seems as though every single centerpiece out there has some sort of flower or green plant in it! Really. I couldn't believe it! But after realizing there was this gap in the millions of wedding resources out there, I became even more determined to pull together some great ideas for my friend and for all of you guys.
I hope you find something worth using, and if you have any other ideas, please feel free to share them in the "Comments" section at the bottom of this post! Like I said, we could all use the inspiration! :)
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Not-A-Floral Centerpiece - Lighting
I realize that lighting isn't the most brilliant idea in the world, but I felt as though I had to include it. Because really, is there anything more beautiful and romantic than dining by candlelight? Get a ton of simple white candles and scatter them around the table for a more romantic look, or go with something a little more glam using tall silver candelabras draped in crystals.
Unlike straight-up candlelight, lanterns can be a great outdoor centerpiece option. Try getting some painted in white or a pretty blue for a pretty beach or garden wedding, or place several antique copper lanterns on top of a nice wooden table lined with burlap, and you'll have something a bit more rustic!
Not-A-Floral Centerpiece - Beach Glass and Materials
A great beach centerpiece often relies on its natural surroundings. The sand, seashells, beach glass and pebbles are all great, easy ingredients for an elegant, budget-friendly tablescape. Gather dozens of glass bottles in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, and arrange them on the tables with some luminaries and large seashells. I also loved the sweet idea of slipping old family photographs inside each of the glass bottles!
Not-A-Floral Centerpiece - Books & Paper
If you're planning a wedding with a vintage theme, using stacks of old or even just simply covered books is a great base for a centerpiece. If you can get your hands on vintage books, try stacking them and placing some pretty tea cups and silver china on top, or just cover some old textbooks in brown paper. The great thing about covering the books is that you can actually write on them. You can keep it simple by writing your wedding date, names, or favorite quotations on them. Or try writing a few conversation starters, memories or inside jokes on them for your guests to read while sitting at the table!
I thought that paper flowers were a great alternative for any brides out there that really do want to have fresh flowers on their reception tables, but can't afford it. I love the idea of creating some flowers out of tissue paper, and placing them in a hurricane glass, or try scattering them around a bunch of candles (just make sure the paper isn't close to the candles themselves or you'll have a fire on your hands!)
Not-A-Floral Centerpiece - Fresh Produce
Pretty arrangements of fresh fruit and even vegetables are a popular way to add a lot of color to your reception tables without having to spend the big bucks. Brightly colored citrus fruits like lemons, oranges and limes, as well as peaches, strawberries and raspberries are perfect for a summer wedding, while red or green apples, plums and pears can work really well in the fall and winter months.
Should you decide to use fruits, don't underestimate the time necessary to find and purchase the right ones. Make an effort to go to farmer's markets in order to collect only the most fragrant and uniform produce that have great fragrance and color, without any odd bumps or bruises. The produce can then be simply arranged on a cake platter or in a small wicker basket, piled into large hurricane glass containers or vases filled with water. Think about whether you want to do anything to the fruit itself, as well. Wrapping individual lemons in ribbon or spray painting your peaches with a soft gold sheen are both great ways to dress up your produce a bit!
Not-A-Floral Centerpiece - Seasonal
While searching around for centerpiece ideas, I found that many non-floral centerpieces are seasonal - relying on pumpkins, pine cones and cranberries in the fall and winter, or Christmas ornaments and gold antique clocks around during the holiday season. These seasonal items are on sale more often than not, too!