Wedding centrepieces: what goes in the middle?

A large part of every wedding is spent sitting at assigned tables and listening to speeches. While these are hopefully engrossing, all guests find time to peruse the centrepieces… And if they’re good, most also think of ways to take them home when the day is wrapped up!

So, what’s the secret to the perfect wedding centrepiece? Selecting one that matches the wedding itself.


Practical matters

Before putting together a centrepiece you need to be aware of your budget, the number of guests per table, and the space available at each table. After all, if guests can’t see over the towering flower arrangement, the dinner conversation will be limited.

Try to avoid over-the-top centrepieces.

If you’re opting for a less conventional centrepiece like candles, make sure that you ask for approval from the hosting venue. They may have specific regulations in force with regard to open flames.

Finally, keep the wedding’s general conditions in mind. If you’re having a buffet instead of a sit-down dinner, for example, consider using the dessert as a centrepiece. One of the best weddings I ever attended featured cupcakes arranged around photos of the happy couple at the centre of each table.


Flowers, candles, or other?

There are hundreds of options when putting together a wedding centrepiece. The natural choice is a flower arrangement. Some people, paging Kim Kardashian, like elaborate floral fixings on the tables, but I tend to think that with centrepieces, less is more. Elegant yet simple flowers, like orchids, are my favourite choices.

Less is more

Not into flowers? Go for an alternative. At a friend’s evening wedding I saw how well candle arrangements worked, with the flickering flames adding an additional air of romance to the affair. Later on, my friend admitted that, besides looking nice, the choice saved her a fortune at the florist.

Another option is to go with your themes. Outdoor wedding in the woods? Why not make centrepieces with pinecones? Remember that centrepieces don’t need to be identical at each table. Feel free to customise them with pictures or mementos that evoke the couple’s personal history, or which add a festive air to the event.

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