22 Totally Chic Vintage Centerpieces
Bring a little old-world charm to your reception with vintage-inspired wedding centerpieces. Whether you're using rental or thrift store finds for these arrangements, incorporating vintage vessels—like urns, mercury glass votives, and retro milk bottles—luxe materials like velvet and lace, or florals in rich, warm hues, centerpieces with vintage vibes are sure to set the tone. Timeless and trendy all at once, these antique style centerpieces from real weddings exemplify how the best décor ideas often come from the past.
Many real couples have gotten inspired by the centerpieces of years past, but the stunning results do require some work. In order to get the look they wanted, these brides and grooms scoured local antique shops, perused eBay, found authentic sellers on Etsy, and raided their venue's own stock of vintage pieces to make these creations happens. Making their visions a reality became even more challenging when their arrangements required more niche items, like vintage printing blocks, (over 30!) teapots, and bottles. Scroll though and you'll realize that their effort was more than worth it. The following images showcase how antique pieces complement even the most modern of tablescapes.
Finding these types of items can take time, so you might want to consider asking your parents or grandparents if you can borrow a tabletop family heirloom. After all, there's no better time to show off your lineage's best silver than on your wedding day. Antique décor brings nostalgia, no matter the source, but knowing that these items are pieces of your personal past makes for an even sweeter sentiment.
Classic White Rose Centerpiece
Simple Vintage Centerpiece
Taper candles and arrangements from Mi Mi Weddings, featuring privet berry, kumquats, ranunculus, lisianthus, eskimo roses, lilies, and camellia leaves lined the tables at this winter wedding in Minneapolis.
For these wild-looking vintage centerpieces, Kate Holt of Flower Wild arranged garden roses, popcorn viburnum, clematis vine, and hawthorne and olive greens in cement vessels.
Single Rose Centerpiece
Gold Urn Arrangements
McKenzie Powell designed this vintage arrangement of tulips, roses, amaranthus, eucalyptus, and privet berry placed inside a gold urn.
At this Texas wedding, tables were set with sage, peach, or silver linens, and centerpieces with peonies, scabiosa, and clematis from Bows +Arrows, arranged in terra-cotta vessels.
The bride sourced a collection of letterpress letter blocks and ampersands on old wooden printing blocks from Etsy and eBay—they even earned a permanent place in her home. Floral designer Fern Studio displayed the blocks using different colors, heights, and fonts for each character to add visual interest and scattered them among the white centerpieces, featuring flowers like white astilbe, ferns, privet berries, rosemary, and bay leaves.
Moon Canyon Design arranged air plants and flowers in vintage votive and rustic vases alongside tealights to dress up the round tables. The color palette for the centerpieces was inspired by the colors of the sunset.
Old World-Inspired Centerpieces
Sarah Winward of Honey of A Thousand Flowers used soft-colored flowers to contrast the rusty orange tones of the votives and deeply hued foliage also in the arrangements. Figs, pomegranates, and unripe blueberries were scattered at the bases of the larger arrangements.
Wild Vintage Centerpieces
Vintage-looking pedestals held arrangements of roses, jasmine, ranunculus, sweet peas, maidenhair ferns, chocolate cosmos, and fritillaria, designed by Amy Merrick. "Everything had a bit of a wild quality to it," said the bride of the florals.
Refined Vintage Centerpieces
A blue linen runner dotted with rosemary plants and olive branches from Laetitia C. Fleurs d'atelier lined the two tables at this wedding. "Much of the décor was taken from around the property [a French chateau]," said the groom. "We wanted this event to feel like something we would host at our own home in our own personal, relaxed, yet refined style."
This bride collected 30 teapots from various antique stores, garage sales, and estate sales across Wisconsin and Minnesota, filled them spring blooms, and scattered gold votives around the tables for an added vintage effect. The flower arrangements went home with guests as favors. "I was happy to see our flowers not go to waste or get thrown away," said the bride.
Cool-Hued Vintage Arrangements
White floral arrangements from Philosophy Flowers filled a variety of gold vessels, including single floral vases and grand candelabras. The table was covered with a cool grey linen tablecloth, and guests enjoyed dinner with silver flatware and crystal glassware—perfect for clinking in celebration of the newlyweds.
Brass Compote Vases
Florist Out of the Garden arranged coral charm peonies, burgundy dahlias, blush and peach garden roses, scabiosa pods, soft pink ranunculus, chocolate cosmos, hellebores, scented geranium leaves, air ferns, California bay leaves, and seeded eucalyptus in large brass compotes. Smaller vintage glasses flanked each side and held herbs or single blooms.
Pink and Silver Centerpieces
Silver compotes were filled with dahlias, hydrangeas, astilbe, berries, and foliage like Italian ruscus and seeded eucalyptus from Dina Touwani of Flora Lines. The pastel centerpieces were flanked by tapered candles in silver vintage votives.
These centerpieces from Beargrass Gardens incorporated the deeper jewel-toned hues of the wedding to add a pop of color to the reception tent. The brass-footed compotes held garden roses, dahlias, ranunculus, pieris japonica, foraged dogwood foliage, privet berry, white majolica spray roses, scabiosa, Quicksand and Sahara roses, seeded eucalyptus, acacia foliage, and scented geranium. Plums and crab apples from the trees in the bride's parents' backyard were added last-minute to the display, as the fruits perfectly matched the color palette. The smaller round tables held mercury votives with a few jewel-toned blooms and greenery.
Single-Flower Vase Centerpiece
The centerpieces at this South Carolina wedding included privet berries, white astilbe, bay leaves, ferns, and rosemary as well as succulents, thyme, and twine accents, all from Fern Studio. Wood-based candles and candles lit inside glass votives helped light up the tablescape.
Tropical Vintage Centerpieces
Loose Vintage Arrangements
Studio Choo helped this bride to evoke a feel of natural forestry and timeless glamour in her centerpieces.
Antique Bottle Vases
Bea's Flowers's floral arrangements of dahlias, wooden planks, and baby artichokes filled antique green bottles down the center of the reception tables, which were covered with off-white linens and set with wood chairs.
Feminine Vintage Centerpieces
Sidra Forman filled both tall and short votives with feminine, organic arrangements, which lined the altar and dotted guest's tables. "I wanted a Virginia garden feel. Beautiful, but with a sense of untamed wildness," said the bride.