Ideas for table center pieces for weddings

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Ideas for table center pieces for weddings
When it comes to wedding centrepieces, the options are endless. (sunflower centrepiece image by Paul Retherford from Fotolia.com)

When it comes to wedding table centrepieces, the options are endless. Decorations may vary depending on the size and shape of the tables, the wedding colours, theme and budget of the bride. Whether you are purchasing your centrepieces or making them yourself, keep this list handy to get your creative juices flowing.

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Flowers

This may be the most traditional wedding centrepiece idea. With so much variety, flowers can create almost any look you want for any season. Add a pop of colour to black and white weddings with roses or sunflowers, or accent a pastel wedding with white lilies and orchids. Experiment with unique vase ideas, depending on your wedding's theme. For a garden wedding, arrange flowers in plant pots or watering cans. Try using teapots or coffee cups for brunch-themed receptions. Decorate long tables with runners and rectangular arrangements and use small circular arrangements for round tables.

Candles

Candles, with or without flowers to accent, are also popular wedding centrepieces. Floating candles in small glass containers with water create a simple, yet classic look. Scented candles add to the atmosphere as well, but make sure the scent does not overpower the food. Experiment with different heights and widths: short candles surrounding one taller, wide candle of a different colour for round tables, or tapered candles in multi-level holders on longer tables, for example.

Fruit

With so many different fruits to choose from, adding colour to a white tabletop is easy and may be cheaper than using flowers. Lemons and limes inside glass containers are a frequent choice for summer wedding centrepieces. Use pumpkins and gourds for fall weddings. Fruit trays with strawberries, kiwi and melon may be used for a tropical wedding theme, and your guests will have a healthy appetizer as soon as they sit down.

Cameras / Photographs

It is not unheard of for brides to hand out disposable cameras to guests. They work well as wedding favours and they provide a way for everyone to capture some special moments. Arrange these in a decorative way in the centre of the table with some confetti or some old pictures of the bride and groom together, and you have an easy centrepiece that guests can take home at the end of the night.

Wine

Wine bottles are an elegant option. Simply remove the original labels and replace with your own label -- perhaps with the table number listed on it, or if you want to be more creative, print a label with a picture of the bride and groom. Surround the bottle with flowers or petals for extra colour. Champagne bottles are just as practical. When it comes time for that special toast, simply open the centrepiece bottle and pour.

Sheet Music

Whether or not you are a music lover, sheet music can work as a table centrepiece, especially if you are having a live band or a DJ at your reception. You may choose to frame the music, or wrap a sheet around a candle and accent it with flowers. If you are serving a buffet, have the band or DJ play the songs that correspond to the sheet music to alert tables of when it is their time to eat.

Seashells

If you are having a beach wedding or an island-themed reception, seashells arranged in baskets or glass containers with sand are an option. Use blue and green glass pebbles to give the centrepiece some colour.

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