Weddings can be a real chore to plan, and even if you enjoy the planning stages, a wedding can start to feel like a huge investment by the time you get to decorating the tables. That’s why many people choose do-it-yourself centerpieces – to save a great deal of money so they can spend it on a potentially more enjoyable part of the wedding like the location or food.
However, making your own centerpiece also allows you to display a great deal of your personality as a couple while saving that money. While your wedding centerpiece should be unique to you, there are a few ideas that may be just what you’ve been looking for.
1. Board Game Centerpiece
If you’re a fan of board games or just want something a little bit different, the board game centerpiece might be the perfect choice. Best of all, you don’t need more than a handful of board games – which you likely already have – and something to keep them in place like a glass cake dome.
You can also denote each table using the board game centerpiece. After all, everybody will be able to find the Monopoly table.
2. Candy Centerpiece
Many weddings offer candy on the tables before a meal or have a candy bar. In fact, it’s been a popular trend at most weddings for years.
However, making a centerpiece out of candy is a unique way to display something you like – your favorite candies – and add a bit of color and fun to each table. To make a candy centerpiece, all you need is your favorite candies – ideally in a wrapper – and a vase every three to four seats. Fill the jars at least halfway with candy.
3. Leaf Centerpiece
Maybe your favorite flower isn’t in season, or perhaps you just want something a bit more natural and better for the environment as your centerpiece than harvested flowers. If so, try a leaf centerpiece.
To make your own leaf centerpiece, all you need is leaves from local trees and a handful of clear vases for each table. Surround the vases with tea lights to make them glow and you’ll have something surprisingly elegant.
4. Fish Bowl Centerpiece
Perhaps the cheapest centerpiece on this list, the fish bowl centerpiece is one that’s incredibly cost-effective and fun. In fact, you can probably buy ready made fishbowls with goldfish included at your local pet shop for just a few dollars.
If you do use fish bowl centerpieces, make sure a guest from each table takes them home and gives them a loving home at the end of the night.
5. Wine Cork Centerpiece
Chances are you’ll be serving wine at your wedding, but even if you don’t, wine cork centerpieces can make your tables very interesting and elegant. They’re even more elegant when paired with the right lighting.
To make a wine cork centerpiece, simply drop a tea light in a container or candle in a glass pillar into a larger vase. From there, fill the outside of the jar with wine corks that have been cut in half, almost like wallpaper for the inside of the jar.
The light will still come through, but it will soft, filtered light perfect for a romantic wedding reception.
There’s nothing wrong with traditional flower centerpieces at a wedding, and if that’s what you want and can afford, go for it. However, there’s also nothing wrong with making your own centerpiece for your wedding.
Use your imagination and just make sure you test the centerpieces out before the wedding in case you need or want to change designs.
About the Author: Naomi Shaw is a stay-at-home mom in Southern California. after being a stay-at-home mom for seven years she works full-time as a freelance writer. She writing focuses on DIT crafts and mommy tips providing insight, advice and more! She hopes you enjoy this article.