1. Hanging BouquetsIf you don't want to clutter your guests' tables with flowers, suspend them instead. The effect is magical, floaty, and ethereal, the perfect feeling for any wedding. It doesn't have to be a bouquet. Your florist can wrap flowers and foliage around a dowel for an elongated effect. You need to install them so they're high enough above each table and don't invade any personal space.
2. Pampas GrassWeddings and receptions featuring pampas grass started sweeping across social media sites a few years ago. For 2019, the trend shows no signs of slowing down.
Once a fixture in 1970s homes and yards, the soft, feathery plumage is being incorporated in everything from the bridal bouquet to ceremony backdrops.
Its availability in a variety of colors (pink pampas, anyone?) makes it a perfect match for any color theme. For centerpiece ideas, add a little pampa to a floral arrangement or place it alone in a tall vase on each table. Or include pampas in a hanging chandelier.
Want a Gatsby-inspired look? Lush bouquets of pampas in vessels decorated with beads or fringe invoke the Art Deco era.
3. Go TallA long, slender vase is another modern way to make a statement at your reception while saving space. Perch a rounded floral bouquet atop a glass or crystal vase or fill it with baby's breath or another delicate flower.
If the reception tables are round, one centerpiece per table is enough. If the tables are long and seat several people, you may be able to get away with two on each table.
You can also place greenery and branches in tall vases as well as any kind of foliage that will cascade down the sides such as hanging green amaranthus. Delphiniums make a perfect wedding flower for this kind of arrangement, as they are tall and give off only a very light scent.
Tall centerpieces tend to look best in reception areas with high ceilings or celebrations taking place in tents. This way, they bring overall balance.
4. Unseasonal ArrangementsFor decades, brides having weddings during off-season months such as October and December matched their centerpieces to the time of year. According to some wedding planners, however, anything goes for floral arrangements in 2019.
That means if you want to go with pastel centerpiece flowers for a fall wedding, you can go for it. What's more important than matching everything is that you're happy with your wedding details.
5. Fairy LightsIdeal for evening weddings, using battery-operated fairy lights placed in jars and wrapped around vases will definitely put the focus on your centerpiece.
The possibilities are endless, as fairy lights are available in several colors. Coiled inside bell jars, they look like dozens of captured fireflies. They look beautiful placed inside a tall vase beneath the floral arrangement.
You can also shape them into branches and place them into vessels.
6. Succulent and Cactus CenterpiecesDepending upon your wedding's location and theme, cacti and succulents may just make the perfect centerpiece. Floral designers have been experimenting with incorporating these unique plants into wedding receptions.
Prickly cacti and whimsical succulents come in a variety of shapes and sizes making them versatile and modern. One fun idea is to place several mini cacti, including the flowering variety, on a table runner along the length of the table. Your guests will enjoy taking home one or two of these memorable favors home as a memento.
Succulents are grown in several pastel shades that make them perfect for weddings. Have them placed into small pails adorned with custom message pail stickers to set a playful tone at your reception.
You can also incorporate some cactus leaves into traditional flower displays.
7. Make it SweetWho says you need to use any plants for your wedding centerpiece? You can offer your guests a fun snack instead.
Some sweet ideas that couples have displayed include a tiered dish full of mini cupcakes or doughnuts, vases full of lollipop bouquets, and jars of colorful candy.
You can also have your caterer create their own version of Edible Arrangements. They can display melon and chocolate dipped strawberries and pineapples as a bouquet.
8. Elegant VasesSwapping Asian print pottery for the same old glass vases adds a touch of elegance and international flair to your wedding. Think of the much beloved Blue Willow pattern or vessels that feature chinoiserie. These classic designs will enhance any kind of floral arrangement.
If you can't find a vendor in your area that rents antique looking vases, you may be able to score some on your own at flea markets, consignment shops, and online.
9. Rustic and WoodsyA rustic centerpiece makes the perfect pairing for outdoor and barn wedding receptions. All you need are some touches that make your guests think of a tranquil forest or field of wildflowers.
One popular idea is to stack your centerpiece on natural wooden slabs of various sizes. These are online on Etsy and other craft sites. The elegant white bark of thick birch slabs, in particular, are lovely for weddings.
Other ideas you can incorporate include mixing wildflowers into your arrangement and displaying it in a weathered watering can. Painted or decorated mason jars also make great vessels for a rustic themed centerpiece.