23 Non-Floral Wedding Centerpiece Ideas
Flowers are undoubtedly a wedding-day staple, but that doesn't mean that they have to be everywhere. Whether pretty petals have already taking over the bulk of your décor and you're looking for a fresh source of inspiration or you're just not that into an abundance of blooms (or any blooms at all!), you may want to consider a brand-new design idea: centerpieces without a flower in sight.
As the following ideas prove, there are so many ways to think beyond just flowers when it comes to your wedding centerpieces. Books, branches, and even sculptures are some of the pretty options we've seen recently, but they certainly aren't your only choices for truly beautiful tabletop décor. You can also use balloons, candlesticks, garlands, fruits and veggies, or even spray-painted leaves, as seen on this tabletop, which was designed by D'amour et de Déco. In fact, with a non-floral centerpiece, the sky (or reception venue ceiling) is essentially your only limit. You can get as sweet and simple or big and bold as you like.
With that in mind, we've rounded up a few more creative and modern centerpiece alternatives that are perfect for traditional and classic celebrations, alike. No matter your wedding's style, theme, or color palette, these ideas serve as the ultimate inspiration for didn't-see-that-coming décor. From candles and greenery to seashells and pineapples, the opportunities for flowerless centerpiece accents are virtually endless (and endlessly chic!). Click through to discover all of these imagined options—and prepare to be amazed by the possibilities that abound for your bloomless big-day arrangements.
The New Nautical
Who needs knots and sailboats when you can connote a nautical wedding theme with various creatures of the deep, like coral, conch shells, and sea glass? Jet Set Wed did just that with these oceanic-inspired tablescapes, which also featured on-theme aquamarine goblets, anemones, and driftwood.
Contemporary décor meets bohemian design in this tabletop, which was arraged by Brita Olsen Creative. The juxtaposition of the golden branch candelabra against the mid-century modern candle sticks and goblets made for a dynamic aesthetic. Small jars of greens and books completed the look.
Green-filled planters that are typically placed on the ground make an unexpected statement when placed onto the tabletop. Matthew Robbins Design included different vessel styles, shapes, and sizes (these arrangements were created by Bellafare) when bringing together this rustic display, which also featured wire lanterns, a striped farm runner, and metallic table numbers.
Make like Jacin Fitzgerald and turn to seasonal fruits and unique textures instead of blooms. Here, fresh pears and a skinny tree stump platform came together for a one-of-a-kind centerpiece.
If there's anything this Greenlion Design centerpiece proves, it's that unexpected objects often make for the most interesting table displays. The designers used a dramatic cloche to house a floral frog supporting a selection of feathers—the small vignette added an artistic moment to the tablescape on the grand scale.
The star of this emerald green scene is undoubtedly its luxe velvet runner. But we were just as intrigued by the candle-less candle sticks, which make an unusual (but fun!) statement, too.
Stacks of Books
If you're intrigued by the idea of replacing standard floral centerpieces with stacks of books, get strategic with your choices. Pull novels, travel guides, dictionaries, and memoirs that speak to who you are—that's exactly what East West Vintage Rentals and Classic Event Rentals did here. Top your stacks with candles and table numbers and finish off with subtle eucalyptus sprigs, like the ones here by Flora Asheville).
Geometric lanterns like these, which were curated by Jamie Leigh Events, don't just add contemporary flair to your tabletops—they also protect your party from burning flames, should you choose to actually light your candles.
Succulents All in a Row
Infuse your party's tablescapes with a touch of southwestern desert flair by queuing up pots of cacti, à la Best Day Ever.
If you're throwing destination weddings, be sure to bookmark this tropical leaf idea, which involves utilizing your location's indigenous varieties. At this Cancun affair, Heirloom Catering & Event Design teamed up with Canteiro Weddings to create this minimal, colorful flower-free tabletop, which paid homage to the scenery.
Speaking of tropical, punctuate your centerpieces (like these from Salt + Poppies) with pineapple duos and monstera leaves for a fun, faraway touch.
Foliage takes up more space than flowers do, which is something to keep in mind if you're searching for dramatic centerpieces sans lush blooms, like these by Ines & Marie.
All fruit, whatever the type, immediately brings intrigue to a tabletop. You can take it one step further, though, by channeling Evergreen Flower Co. and cutting that fruit open. The insides of pomegranates and lemons only add dimension, especially if they're arranged thoughtfully, like in sliced rows or snackable quarters.
Bright pops of color from the kumquats provide just the right amount of color to these olive, skimmia, rosemary, and ruscus garlands by Lavender Green Flowers.
Looking to create a relaxed, at-home vibe at your wedding? Make like Laetitia C. Fleurs D'Atelier, who pulled items from around this venue (like these rosemary plants and olive branches) to make simple but stunning centerpieces. The result was laid-back, intimate, and refined.
Instead of opting for flowers, choose to adorn farm-style reception tables with long garlands of Jackson vine and rosemary. Add brass candleholders for an elegant touch.
Now here's an eclectic spin on the non-floral centerpiece idea. Oh Fleurs! dropped dark green leaves and branches, including sword ferns, monster deliciosa leaves, and leaucadendron into clear and amber glass vases. They also added other unique elements like raw wood mousetraps and light bulbs to the display.