There are so many details to think about when planning your wedding but even the smallest of those can enhance the atmosphere and enjoyment of your day and table centres are no exception.
Make sure you choose something that doesn't block conversation and doesn't take over the table. They come in all sorts of shapes and you will find them in the most unlikely places, but here is my guide to wedding table centrepieces.
Giving another level to your reception room and something for guests to look at as they enter, candelabras can be expensive but can also be hired for a reasonable price from specialist companies and many florists. When the candles are lit, this can also create added atmosphere for your day.
My first piece of advice would be to choose flowers that are in season - for example cherry blossom in spring or gerbera in winter. Flowers can either be on their own or why not team them with a vase or candelabra to give added height? If you can't choose between different styles, you can always choose two styles and have a mix and match theme.
Perfect as table centres for both day and evening receptions, candy trees are also edible! You can use lolly pops (great for keeping children quiet during speeches), Ferrero Rocher, marshmellows and even flying saucers for that retro feel! Easy to make as a little DIY project, you could also use this as your table names - for example Dolly Mixture, Liquorice Allsorts or Drumsticks.
Your wedding would be bang on trend with birdcages as your table centrepieces for 2013. Whether you fill them with flowers, candles or just leave them as they are, birdcages are relatively easy to get hold of at the moment due to their popularity and therefore hold their value should you wish to sell after use. Similar to the candelabras, if you don't want to buy them they are widely available to hire.
Styled from the Manzanita Trees found in North America and characterised by their twisting branches, these recent additions to the table centre clan can be expensive to buy, however try wedding sites such as www.preloved.co.uk where you can pick them up second hand. Decorate with miniature bunting, crystal garlands or baubles at a festive wedding or for that romantic edge, battery operated fair lights make great outdoor decorations.
Available to match pretty much any colour theme, topiary trees offer something a little different to other table centrepieces. An elegant addition to any wedding, you can also use taller versions to mark the entrance to your wedding venue/reception room, the start/finish of your aisle or as an outdoor decoration. Team with coordinating ribbon, hide a stand in the middle to hold a table number or menu or use just as they are, topiary trees will never go out of fashion.
Round or square, tall or short lanterns come in all shapes and sizes and can be used as a theme throughout your wedding. For a rustic/vintage style wedding, source lanterns of different shapes and sizes or group smaller lanterns together on a mirrored plate for maximum effect. Traditionally filled with candles and the glass used as protection from wind, this makes them the perfect centrepiece for marquee weddings or outdoor celebrations.
Fill with petals, fruit, candles, bubbles, diamonds – pretty much anything you can think of (and afford)! Like the lanterns, group different sizes to create different levels and like the candy trees, a great DIY project for you and your hubby-to-be! Just a word of warning: if you are using candles, made sure you check that the vases are heatproof as it has been known for vases to crack during the wedding breakfast!
This is just a small selection of ideas for wedding table centrepieces and we would love to hear from any real life weddings and what you did.