Uk bridal blog, Brides Up North, share six fabulous ideas for your wedding centrepieces. We love them all!
Whether going all out with a bold theme for your wedding, or simply sticking with a straightforward colour palette, the styling elements you choose for your day will help to set the overall look, feel and tone.
Most of the décor usually comes into play at the reception, with props, florals displays and accessories filling the space to set the scene for the main celebrations. It’s up to you how far you take the styling, but most couples will include some sort of wedding centrepieces on their must-have décor list.
The possibilities for which are endless, with the option to follow trends, make an individual style statement, or go with fail-safe tradition. To help inspire your choice, we’re sharing our top ideas for wedding centrepieces here…
A theme that’s been on the wedding scene for quite some time now and is continuing to remain popular with couples, particularly those hosting marquee weddings or celebrations in period halls and hotels. The mantra for vintage style centrepieces tends to be “the more the merrier” as vintage china, including cups, plates, cake stands and tea pots, are arranged and accessorised with fitting blooms, like roses and gyp. Further interest can be added with trinkets and treasures, including old books, clocks and strings of beads/pearls.
Vintage: image source, photography by Teresa C Photography
Perhaps currently the most popular theme in weddings, the rustic trend goes hand-in-hand with relaxed barn and tipi weddings, which are in high demand. In line with the breezy feel to these weddings, there are no strict rules on how to create suitable centres, though many feature at least one log slice. Upon the timber platforms couples can arrange simple jam jars and bottles, accessorised with lace, burlap and twine, and filled with beautiful wild blooms. There is also the option to incorporate flower-filled metal jugs, wooden crates or even wellies!
Rustic: images source, photography by Lottie Designs
As couples continue to put a personal stamp on their big days, it stands to reason that some centrepieces are becoming less about trends and more about the individuals tying the knot. Those who follow this route tend to create centrepieces made up of their favourite things, or that reflect places that are dear to them. So, for example, literacy fans may choose to display books, while music fans will mount records and those who like a tipple (say I) will simply display stemmed florals in their favourite spirit bottles. Other personal touches in centrepieces that we’ve seen include postcards, photos, toys and board game paraphernalia.
Personal: image source, photography by Lee Brown Photography
For those that like to keep things simple there are plenty of pretty styling options that will work with a variety of settings and that will stand the test of time. Most tend to include some form of candlelight, which helps to set a wonderful romantic ambience. Classic candelabras are highly favoured, as are hurricane vases and birdcages. Many couples also like the simplicity of fishbowl or tall cylinder vases, topped with floating candles.
Timeless elegance: images source, photography by Laura Calderwood
Big & bold
Striking wedding centrepieces can be an effective way to make an impact when guests enter the reception room and take their seats – just be sure that they don’t block the view and prevent people from interacting with one another. Large posy arrangements on tall polished stands instantly project an air of luxury, while twisted willow structures adorned with suspended tea lights can create a magical atmosphere when darkness falls.
Big & Bold: image source, photography by Ally M Photography
Long & low
A growing trend in table centrepieces for those having trestle style tables is to run the décor all the way along the length of the tables, keeping it at a low level. Largely this is done with a repetition of floral arrangements, interspersed with candles, though the creatives out there are even creating free running flower beds along the table tops. A top choice with those jumping on the current botantical trend, the look can be achieved with crawling ivy along the table and broken up with copper metal elements, such as candle holders and plant terrariums.
Long & Low: image source, photography by Theresa Furey Photography
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