Ravishingly Gorgeous Wedding Reception Centerpieces on a Budget

Wedding Reception Centerpieces on a Budget
There are many options for affordable wedding reception centerpieces that can get easily accommodated in your wedding budget.
Wedessence Staff
Last Updated: Aug 1, 2018
Mr. & Mrs. Sign
You're planning your dream wedding, and it involves some elements that are taking up more space in your budget than you imagined. Now you're wondering what to cut down on. How about the centerpieces? Think it's impossible? Wait till you see the budget-friendly, practical and stunning ideas here.
Buds & Blossoms
Table setting at a luxury wedding reception
Flowers are definitely the first option that anyone (bride or not) will consider as a centerpiece for a wedding reception. But with the ridiculous amounts that flowers can cost these days, it can take a toll on the wedding budget. Fret not dear bride.
There are some amazing things you can do using inexpensive flowers and methods that will still ensure that you have a stellar centerpiece for your tables. Here are our versions of gorgeous flower centerpieces that won't be too heavy on your wallet.
Flowers in bottles wrapped with lace and twine
Bright, big flowers tied with twine in glass
Garden flowers in spray-painted watering cans
Single flowers in colored bottles
Paper or fabric flowers in baskets
Single flowers in wine glass with matching gravel
Flowers in mortars on a piece of jute
Tall flowers in glasses with white sand and pebbles
Flowers in miniature cycles
*The flowers in the images are for representational purposes only. You can use any flower that sits easy on your pocket.
Flicker & Glow
Candles are another very popular item used for wedding centerpieces. They look elegant, and are available in so many different shapes, sizes, colors, and fragrances that you'll be spoiled for choice.
Plus, they're not very expensive either. You can buy them in bulk and even if they're not all used at the wedding, you can use them later on at home or as gifts to someone. Here are some simple things you can do with candles.
Candles decorated with ribbon in a tray of pebbles
Candles floating in colored water
Candles adorned with ribbon laced on mirror tiles
Tea light candles in patterned lanterns
Single candle holder in distressed cage
Candles in glass holders with pine cones
The Best of Both
The first two are such popular options that a combination of the two is something you simply can't go wrong with. They complement each other so perfectly that your tables will require little more to be decorated with. Here are some really beautiful things you can do with them.
Floating flowers with candles surrounding them
Plate with flowers and tea light candles
Lantern, candle and sand with flowers
For the Sweet Tooth
For the sweet-toothed couple, here's an idea for a centerpiece that will serve a dual purpose. Have a dessert item or fruit as the centerpiece of each table. This way your tables will look as delicious as the desserts you have to offer.
Plus, when each guest is done with his meal, he just needs to pick one up from the centerpiece and pop it into his or her mouth. And, there's one less item to clean off the table! Here are some great ideas you can take inspiration from.
Wire baskets filled with marshmallows
The wedding cupcake stand
Heart-shaped cookie pops with potpourri
Strawberries in small tin buckets
Blueberries in wire baskets
Assortment of fruits in a basket beside antique display jugs
*Modify the fruit according to your choice and/or what's in season at the time of your wedding to get the best out of your edible centerpiece.
Here's another quirky, innovative, inexpensive and awesome way to adorn your wedding tables. Use an assortment of fragrant herbs in different forms. Everyone will enjoy a dash of green on the table, plus the fragrance that fresh herbs have will keep the air clean and pure. Check out how you can use herbs as your wedding reception centerpieces.
Labeled packs of herbs (double up as wedding favors)
Lavender sapling in bucket with matching ribbon
Mortar and pestle with fragrant herbs and spices
Rosemary bunch with some leaflets in a cup
A creative arrangement of assorted herbs
Whimsical Wonders
Well, that was all the usual. If you want your centerpieces to stand out, you need some unconventional ideas. Think unusual, think out-of-the-box, think extraordinary. Here are some offbeat ideas you can use to make your centerpieces while keeping that wedding budget comfortably low.
Distressed birdcage with flowers
Spray-painted pine cones under cloches
Row of empty tall colored glasses
Mix of shells, pebbles, etc. in odd-shaped trays
Bunch of flowers in worn-out tin cans
Remember to buy your material in bulk to get good rates. Also, check online for some really great deals and discounts on a lot of decorating material that can almost halve your cost of making these centerpieces. Have a gorgeous wedding!