Even if you have only a small budget to spend on the wedding centrepieces for your reception, it doesn't mean that you have to compromise on style.
These cheap wedding centrepieces look much more expensive than they are. These ideas will help you come up with a centrepiece that will have your guests talking about just how stunning they are.
Besides being inexpensive, these projects are also easy and quick to put together, giving you more time for other wedding tasks.
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Floral centrepieces are given at receptions. They help you decorate your event's space with the colours in your palette and add dimension to any table. But choosing the right décor for your party is a daunting task, and it's especially tough when certain blooms and materials come with high price tags. With so many other elements to budget for, how can you achieve the look you want without breaking the bank?
First, turn to affordable flora. Top floral designer Mindy Rice recommends stock flowers, wax flowers, snapdragons, hydrangea, and even spray or standard roses in lieu of garden roses, which are more expensive. Blooms like sunflowers and tulips are also cheap but still beautiful. If you love a pricier flower, "use it sparingly," advises Rice. You can opt for a minimalist design, or make bigger arrangements using inexpensive fillers.
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Second, look beyond flowers. Rice recommends thinking "outside of the box" and considering greenery, for example. Fruits and veggies work, too. You can also put the focus on your display tactics, rather than what you're displaying. "If you have a tighter budget, try using plants in amazing vessels," she shares. Alternatively, you can skip natural accents altogether, and try paper blooms or something entirely non-floral, like candles.
Rice's final tip? "Do a little research on local growers and local product." How you source (some providers offer lower rates), where you source from (availability depends on location), and when you source (in-season flowers are typically more inexpensive) all matter. See her ideas—and more—come to life in the inspiration ahead.
Staying within your wedding budget is no easy task. Flowers are such an important part of a wedding, but they don't have to break the bank. If you're looking for DIY wedding centrepieces on a budget, you'll be happy to know you've got plenty of options. Here, discover gorgeous arrangements that will delight your guests and your bank account.
Rose and Eucalyptus Centerpiece
How gorgeous is this DIY centrepiece made of baby eucalyptus? We strung twelve stems together and added gorgeous white Tibet roses throughout to set it off. (Here's exactly how we created this stunner of a runner.)
Whimsical Cascading Roses
Pedestal vaseThis stunning centrepiece is made using the whimsical garden rose sample pack, along with a few white dahlias, salal greenery and boxwood greenery, with lilac button poms for good measure. This base was made by hot-gluing a plate to a candlestick! The flowers are arranged in a bowl and sit on top of the repurposed base. (Here's exactly how we did it.)
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Lemon and Daisy Delight
Pete moss, white daisies and yellow Billy balls come together to create a gorgeous (and inexpensive!) summer centrepiece!
Although they're typically associated with decor for kid's parties, balloons can be quite adult and elegant if you choose the right ones. We recommend using clear balloons and, if you get them professionally made, adding some glitter or confetti to the inside of them. You can even hang paper tags from their strings with table numbers, names, or logos.
Whether you love these colourful quartz stones for their looks or their metaphysical properties, amethyst clusters add a little edge to your everyday centrepiece fixture. They can get pricey, so be sure to add other features like vases, greenery, and candles to fill out your display. If your colour scheme doesn't work well with purple, try smoky quartz for a moody look or desert rose rocks for texture.
Candles are great for centrepiece displays and can be used for any occasion, which is why it only makes sense that you should consider a candelabra for your next affair centrepiece. Wrap the stem with greenery, add some flowers, or hang strings of pearls and gemstones to the display. These centrepieces go especially well with events held in mansions or historic buildings given their old-world feel.
These thin, gold displays create smooth lines and a platform for combining a variety of centrepiece elements. If you have more than one idea for your centrepiece, your gold platter can bring them all together, making the whole look more uniform and contained.
Breathtaking Baby's Breath
Stems of baby's breath bloom out of these lovely mason jars. Paired with fresh votive candles and woodsy decor, this centrepiece is refreshing, rustic and won't break the bank! (Here's exactly how we created this centrepiece.)
Mums in Mason Jars
Short mums and tall snapdragons make for sweet and innocent centrepieces. Wrap whatever ribbon you like to the mason jars for a look custom-tailored to your wedding decor. Love is in these little details!
Centrepieces with Candles - FiftyFlowers
This unique copper-accented terrarium's glass walls display the calming flames from the tea light within. The bed of sheet moss and scattered forest-inspired accessories also add an enchanting, woodsy touch to this wedding centrepiece on a budget.
Greenery and Candles
Sometimes greenery is all you need. This DIY wedding centrepiece features anemones, Israeli Ruscus, dianthus, willow-seeded eucalyptus, rosemary, lacy dusty miller, star asparagus and lavender. It's stunning and will smell delicious. The woodsy pillar candles and votive candles give it the final touch!
Shabby Chic Blooms
Sometimes less is more — single pair daisy stems with a variety of jars and vases. Choose different heights to create visual interest. It's a budget-friendly, shabby chic option that makes for a charming wedding centrepiece.
Sweet Succulent Centerpiece
Have you ever thought of using succulents as part of your wedding centrepieces? Unique and modern, they'll spruce up any wedding table. Best of all, you (or some of your guests) can take them home — they'll last for up to eight years with proper care.
Festive Fall Centerpiece
This pumpkin is hollowed out to showcase a beautiful bunch of ranunculus, safari sunset, baby eucalyptus and rosemary. It's perfect for a harvest-themed or fall wedding.
Hydrangea is a relatively inexpensive flower, thanks to its full head. It only takes a few stems to create a full and rich bouquet — and the result is lovely!
Garden Fresh DIY Wedding Centerpiece
This polished and refined arrangement would suit any wedding. With green mini and white hydrangea, green dianthus and hypericum berries, this centrepiece is a breath of fresh air.
Sweet and Simple
Love the look of baby's breath centrepieces but want to add some colour? Insert statice and Peruvian lilies for a pop of purple.
This unique DIY centrepiece is made up of sunflowers, seeded eucalyptus, safari sunset, broom corn and chilli peppers! The colours come together to create a beautiful, fall-tastic centrepiece that is perfect for a harvest-themed wedding. Best of all, everything you need to create this centrepiece comes ready to go in the wholesale fall bulk flower pack!
Italian Ruscus Runner
Not only is a greenery runner easy on your wedding budget, but it's also easy to work with and easy on the eyes. You can even dress it up with a few mums interspersed throughout the leaves.
Simple Roses and Carnations
These simple arrangements made with rose and carnation prove that less is more. The burgundy, blush and cream colours create a beautiful palette.
Floral, Fruity and Fresh
When life gives you lemons, make centrepieces! These cut lemons make for a zesty centrepiece featuring hydrangeas, spray roses, rosemary, gerbera daisies, dahlias and honey bracelet greenery.
Who needs traditional flowers when you've got this gorgeous greenery? This mossy centrepiece features waxflower, thistle, honey bracelet greenery, Italian Ruscus, pittosporum, foxtail, and variegated pittosporum. The result is a unique, natural wonder that will brighten any wedding table.
If you're having a colourful affair, you can't go wrong with this eye-catching assortment of billy balls, garden roses, spray roses, sunflowers, alstroemeria and delphinium in a variety of vibrant colours. Everything you need to create this look is included in the Festival Fresh Flower Mix Combo Pack. (Here's the step-by-step guide to how we created this DIY wedding centrepiece.)
Having a tropical wedding? Then you need these Monstera leaves. These giant fronds will be a welcome addition to any wedding table. Add clear glass votive candle holders and a bright runner, and you've got a one-of-a-kind DIY wedding centrepiece. (Here's more inspiration on how to incorporate these fun leaves into your decor.)
Daisies in Full Bloom
These hot pink gerbera daisies make for standout centrepieces that will liven up any wedding table.
Peach Cobbler Wedding Centerpiece
This eye-catching arrangement features an assortment of beautiful peach and cream roses with pops of green and white. DIY brides can order these in a wholesale pack and create wedding centrepieces at a fraction of what they'd spend if they bought them directly from a florist.
Sunflowers and Orange Burst Centerpiece
This bold and colourful arrangement is chock full of vibrant colours and fun textures. With a yellow, red and orange colour scheme going, this arrangement is perfect for those fall weddings or Thanksgiving tables. It's also available in a ready-to-go wholesale pack.
Floating Candles with Rose Petals
Pair floating candles with scattered pink and white rose petals for a romantic and inexpensive wedding centrepiece. We love the way the light reflects off the glass pillars and water.
Fishbowls filled with bouquets
With or without water, a variety of fishbowls added to your tablescape adds a touch of fun and the unexpected to an event. Fill them with clear fish tank rocks, flowers, candles, and so much more. Stack fishbowls of varying sizes if you're looking to add that "wow" factor to your display.
Technically this centrepiece won't be at the centre of your table. But this dramatic choice will make a bold statement and allow your guests to talk to one another without having to bob and weave around your display. Choose a trellis that stands either side of your rectangular table (you'll need your table measurements handy to get it right). Hang lights, candles, and an overabundance of florals on this structure for a magical feel.
Stemless wine glass and flower heads
Simple and charming, these fantastically easy to make DIY displays require three things: a stemless wine glass, some water, and a single flower of any kind. If you're in a hurry and need a small centrepiece fast, try these delicate displays on for size.
Upside-down wine glasses
If your wedding or event is hosted at a vineyard, this centrepiece idea might be the perfect fit. Turn any size or shape of wine glass upside down over the head of a flower (we recommend gerber daisies for their colour varieties and full shape). Add a tealight candle on top for evening events, and you're all set!
Metal air plant terrarium prisms
Whether you want to display actual air plants, mini bouquets, or a smattering of faux succulent heads, these prisms add a little whimsy and style to weddings and corporate events alike. You can even offer them as take-home gifts to your guests after the festivities are over! They typically come on gold, silver, black, and rose gold colours.
Mason jar tealight holders
Real or fake, tealights look heavenly when held inside the textured glass of Mason or canning jars. Whether you keep it simple with just a candle and a jar or you add flowers, streamers, or table runners into the mix, this timelessly classic centrepiece will always be a hit.
This is an especially fun project for you DIYers out there. To mould your doilies, simply shape them around a balloon with a glue mixture. Once dry, gently pop the balloon to reveal your creation. Because of their size, they make great electronic tealight holders.
Remove the glass or purchase some without it. Top them with flower bouquets, add some candles inside, and you've got yourself an elegant addition to any event decor scheme. You can also surround the lantern with a wreath and some pine cones for the holiday season. And if you're looking for lighting elements that are both safe and affordable, fill the lantern with a string of battery-powered lights.
No matter what wedding and event centrepiece idea you choose, be sure to stay within your budget and use your event design style to narrow down your options. Regardless of the theme, you can create centrepieces from almost any combination of flowers and candles. Or, for more interesting displays, try adding height, texture, or surprising features to your centrepiece.
Choosing a centrepiece is just one of the many decisions you'll have to make during the event planning process, so be sure to refer back to this list whenever you need a little extra help deciding what to do!
Frequently Asked Questions
Budget anywhere from $80 to $400 for guest table centerpieces, dependent on the number of tables, types of flowers included, and other factors. Many couples place more elaborate floral displays on the head table or even on dessert tables.
A centerpiece from your local florist could easily cost $200, and if you have 10 tables, that would be a total cost of $2,000! Alternatively, if you take the other route by making your own, you may save yourself a lot of money, but you may also be spending more time than you'd like arranging flowers.
The primary principles are Proportion, Balance, Dominance, Rhythm, Contrast and Unity. The secondary principles of Design are: Scale, Focal Area/Focal Point, Repetition, Accent, Depth, Transition, Variation, Opposition, and Tension.
Size: In Floral Design, size is a visual dimension of a component, rather than the actual dimension. The six Principles of Design are: Balance, Contrast, Dominance, Proportion, Scale and Rhythm.
A floral arrangement with good rhythm will make your eye wander across the entire design, rather than just causing you to glance and look away. Repetition can guide your eye across the design, but a varied bouquet can also provide a visual path for the eye to follow.