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Unique Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

Flowers are a large part of weddings, from bouquets to centerpieces at the reception. With a flower guide, you can determine which flowers are most meaningful to you and which ones fit your wedding’s style and color palette.

While flowers can be deeply personal, you might want to go another route for your wedding centerpieces. Another type of centerpiece may be more special to you, or maybe you just want to break the status quo. No matter the theme of your wedding or the style you’re aiming for, there are numerous options for unique wedding centerpieces that will amaze your guests!


You can have a gorgeous centerpieces featuring bountiful plants without selecting flowers! These centerpieces are perfect for a rustic wedding or if you want to bring some greenery to an indoor venue. 

Rustic Centerpieces

Since a rustic centerpiece is a very broad idea, you have a lot of flexibility here. Rustic centerpieces do tend to feature florals, so if you want hints of flowers at your wedding, this is an excellent option. For a rustic centerpiece, think about incorporating some wheat or pine. For a wedding at an innovative or unusual venue like a barn or an orchard, wheat is a great thematic addition to a centerpiece. 

Try eucalyptus leaves or even moss in order to add greenery to a rustic centerpiece. Both bring some texture to a centerpiece and pair well with white flowers. Dried flowers are also an option in a centerpiece, and they can add to the rustic and forest feel along with acorns, branches and twigs, and even dried seed pods.

Succulent Centerpieces

For the couples who are switching from flowers to other plants, succulents are a growing wedding trend. There are a variety of succulents when it comes to size, shape, and even color, so you can create a dynamic centerpiece.

Succulents come in shades of greens of purples, so you can still add pops of color to your reception venue. They also look fantastic paired with cacti. Go ahead and create little pockets of a desert oasis at your wedding reception! 

Wood Centerpieces

Wood is a versatile material that can be a part of a wedding centerpiece. Rather than have a purely wood centerpiece, it should be combined with other plants and materials. For a twist on traditional floral arrangements, use wooden boxes instead of vases.

You can also use wood slices as a base for your centerpiece. On top, place an arrangement of succulents, greenery, or candles. Incorporating wood into your centerpiece is another method of creating a rustic centerpiece. As decor, you can also use wooden letters to spell out congratulatory messages or the initials of the happy couple.

Branch Centerpieces

Although using branches may sound similar to using wood in your centerpiece, you can use these two separately. Instead of a floral-focused centerpiece, place branches into a vase and add a few delicate flowers as a finishing touch. To match branches with the theme of your wedding, you can paint them gold, silver, white, or whatever other color fits best. A few natural branches can also bring another texture in a centerpiece based on lush greenery.


For a romantic and elegant atmosphere, dim the lights at your venue and use other forms of lighting! To add to the whimsy of candles and lanterns, hang up string lights to create a magical ambience. Before you light your candles, ask your venue if you can have open flames. Even if you can’t light them, candles are still an interesting statement piece to put in the center of your tables.

Candle Centerpieces

If you want to keep your centerpieces simple, just set up tall candles. You can also cluster candles together to create a larger centerpiece. Geometric candle holders are fun to look at and add to your decor. Alternatively, bring flowers and candles into your centerpiece by adding wreaths and floral garlands around candles.

Whether your candles stand alone or are accented with flowers, it’s sure to be an ethereal look, especially as it gets late into the night. If you can’t light wax candles, consider buying LED tea lights instead.

Lantern Centerpieces

Do you prefer something larger than candles? Consider using lanterns as your centerpiece! By putting candles inside the lanterns, you get the same warm glow with a more complex set up. You can also fill the lanterns with flowers and other plants. With dark lanterns, try soft pink and white flowers. White lanterns also look fabulous filled with greenery and flowers while also matching the color palette of most weddings.


When planning a wedding, food should be at the forefront of your reception. Finding a caterer is a critical task so you and your guests can enjoy a meal together, but food goes beyond dinner and the wedding cake! In fact, it can be a part of your wedding centerpiece.

Candy Centerpieces

What’s your favorite candy? Fill up mason jars of you and your spouse’s favorite treats for a colorful centerpiece. Use wrapped chocolates, bright jelly beans, or whatever else your heart desires. You can also fill up tall jars with candy then add a stick of cotton candy to it for a playful sugar-filled design! Candy also makes a great wedding favor that children and adults can both enjoy.  

Dessert Centerpieces

Everyone looks forward to wedding cake, but recently, it’s becoming trendy to serve other desserts at weddings. Even without cake, your guests will have a memorable time. Couples have been skipping over a wedding cake in favor of cupcakes, donuts, and other delightful dessert bars. If you’re serving a dessert other than cake, you can also use it as your centerpiece.

Cupcakes are especially good for centerpieces. With a tiered stand, all you need to do is display them there. You can also stack donuts. If you’re feeling particularly fancy, use a display of macarons as a centerpiece.

With all these desserts, you can showcase a variety of flavors, which gives your guests more options to close out their delicious meal. The danger in these centerpieces? You and your guests will be tempted to take a bite before it’s time for dessert! How could anyone resist something so tasty sitting right there?

Fruit Centerpieces

Looking for something else that’s food-related that isn’t quite so sweet? Try making fresh fruit the star of your centerpiece. While you can go with fruit arrangements, those get pricey, especially if you want to put one on each guest table. Instead, buy fruit in bulk to make your own centerpieces. You can buy fruit that’s in season, for example, apples in the fall and peaches in the summer. For a tropical look, grab a few pineapples! While you can arrange fruit in a bowl, a few pieces of fruit can also be arranged with flowers. 

For a truly unique look, cut open the fruit and arrange it. Here, pomegranates can be a beautiful option, but keep in mind that this can get messy quickly. You can choose to have one more elaborate fruit display and keep others simple. If you adore fruit displays but want to stay away from the potential mess, you can build a display with fake fruit.


With traditional flower arrangements, glass is often part of the wedding centerpiece since the bouquets are exhibited in a vase. Even when you’re passing over flowers, there are unconventional and original ways to use glass in a wedding centerpiece.

Wine Glass Centerpieces

Sure, you’ll have plenty of wine glasses at the bar, but what about integrating them as part of your centerpieces? If you’re a fan of candles, you can put them in wine glasses. By flipping wine glasses down, you can use the bottoms to display candles as well. With the wine glass flipped upside down, you can also fill the glass with flowers or other ornamental decorations.

Mason Jar Centerpieces

Mason jars are becoming increasingly popular in daily life and in weddings since they can be used in many different ways. They can fit into your rustic themed wedding or mason jars can be dressed up if you prefer a more elegant look.

Fill your mason jars with candy or use them to hold your candles. To personalize mason jars, you can paint and decorate them. Tie a ribbon or bow around the top for an extra touch. Since you can buy mason jars in bulk, it’s a great way to decorate your wedding while sticking to your budget.

Birdcage Centerpieces

Are you looking for a wedding centerpiece that will truly stand out? Use a birdcage! Whether or not you’re an animal lover, a birdcage brings something truly unique to a wedding. As a centerpiece, you can choose to fill the birdcage with flowers, succulents, candles, and more. You can also surround it with greenery and a garland.

Since birdcages can take up a significant amount of room, you may not want to place these on every single table. For a statement piece, use a birdcage centerpiece where the happy couple is sitting and lanterns on guest tables for a similar feel. 

Aside from centerpieces, birdcages can be a great decoration to hang from the ceiling. If you go with a traditional floral arrangement as a centerpiece but still want your decor to shine, hang up birdcages. To tie it all together, fill the birdcages with the same flowers that are part of your centerpiece.


According to tradition, you’ll give your loved one a paper gift for your first wedding anniversary, but you can start with paper-based centerpieces at your wedding! These two wedding centerpiece ideas are personal and thoughtful, and you can also hold onto these to remember your special day. 

Picture Centerpieces

While pictures of you and your newlywed spouse make a great backdrop for more photos, why not include your happy memories with each other as part of your centerpiece? You can frame photos or do some decorating yourself and make it more of a scrapbook look.

Guests will love looking at pictures of you and your partner together, and you can make it an interactive experience for them. Leave a couple of markers at each table so guests can write notes to you on the back of the photos. To go along with the photo theme, include a few disposable or polaroid cameras so your guests can also take part by taking pictures of the wedding and themselves! 

Book Centerpieces

Bookworms, here’s the ideal wedding centerpiece for you! Stack up piles of your favorite books as a centerpiece. On top, you can display a small vase of flowers or even frame one of your favorite quotes. Leather-bound books look refined and sophisticated, and they look great for a vintage theme. 

Since books can be expensive, start thinking about this early if you want a literary-themed centerpiece. You can find books at garage sales, at your local library, or online for steep discounts. You can add accents to a wonderful centerpiece by folding pages of beloved books into origami swans or paper flowers. Centerpieces with books blend elegance with personal touches. 


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