First thing to do is decide on a theme and colour scheme for your big day, next you need to plan how to bring the theme to life. The easiest method is with your table decorations and centerpieces. Most weddings opt for hte flowers and call it a day, but they’re not your only option when it comes to wedding centerpieces.

Foliage

Easier on the budget than flowers but just as beautiful, foliage is a fantastic way to make a timeless yet elegant statement. The type of foliage you choose can help bring your wedding theme to life, with foliage like palm-tree fronds for a tropical wedding or green succulents for a rustic wedding.

Flowers

The perfect way to bring beauty and colour into your wedding, flowers are a classic go-to for wedding table decorations. When deciding on flowers, think about what blooms are in season when your wedding is set to take place, as well as the latest floral trends to take note of. Whether it be small and sweet bouquets, or tall and decadent arrangements, there’s plenty to consider. For more ideas and advice, see our real wedding flower ideas that you’ll love.

Candles

Another wedding classic, candles are a simple way to add ambience and romance to your wedding reception. While white long stemmed candles are the traditional choice, there are plenty of ways you can adapt them to match your wedding them. For a vintage or glamorous theme, opt for gold candelabras as your centrepieces, tea light candles for a more understated approach, or choose candles in shades of vibrant red or green to add colour to your tables. Scented candles are also a great way to add even more ambience to your wedding day.

Lanterns

Whether in addition to flowers or foliage, or simply on their own, lanterns are a great way to bring metallic accents like gold or rose gold to your wedding tables. While popular to house candles, lanterns can also be cleverly used to house flowers or greenery as well.

Glasses

Similar to lanterns, glasses, jars, cloches or bottles are a great way to add more texture and interest to your wedding tables, as well as house flowers or candles. For a different effect, fill a large martini glass or jar with water and add floating candles or flowers.

Books

Book loving couples may want to add colour and texture by adding vintage books to their tables. Perfect for a rustic or vintage theme wedding, books can be used as a rise to place a vase or mason jar on top of, or as a centerpiece on their own, ideally stacked on top of a piece of wood.

Framed photos

Framed photos of you and your loved ones are a great way to add a personal touch to your wedding tables. Just be sure to choose your frames according to your theme, whether it be antique gold frames for a vintage wedding or sleek black frames for a traditional wedding.

Fruit and vegetables

It may sounds strange, but adding fruit and vegetables to your wedding tables is a really clever way to add colour and further enhance your theme. For example, if you’re having an autumn wedding, small pumpkins and gourds are a great way to make an autumnal statement. Equally, a pineapple centre piece or small pineapples places on your guest’s plates make a wonderful statement for a tropical themed wedding.