First comes the courting. Then the engagement. Then the ceremony. Then… the reception!

The reception is your chance to mix, mingle, hug, and thank your friends and family in celebration of your recent nuptials. It’s also a chance to show off your style in a big, or small, way with stunning centerpieces that create a focal point that’s all about beauty, fun, and you!

Oversized, under-pruned, and drab centerpieces are a thing of the past. Today’s centerpieces are as unique as the brides who plan for them.

Whether placed on long family-style tables or conversational rounds centerpieces can range from glorious floral arrangements and greenery, to candles and photos, and anything in between.

Here are some centerpiece inspirations for your upcoming reception:


Big blooms spell big romance. Create a full garland of hydrangeas (white or colorful) to drape the length of a table and cascade to the floor for a lush and gorgeous centerpiece.


Who says you have to choose between centerpiece elements? Combine a full garland of your favorite flora with minimalist, sleek lanterns to create a glowing, romantic feel between your tables and guests.


Candles are always a beautiful touch to any table, but you may want consider smaller candles in oversized candelabras with tea lights. Surround the bottoms with your pick of flowers or greenery for an old-world feel.


Keep your wedding au naturale outside, or inside, with pinecones. These natural beauties are a perfect way to warm up a winter wedding reception with small votives and greenery. Scatter them loosely throughout, float them in large glass vases, or string them between larger table pieces like urns and candelabras.


It could be easy to go overboard with a nautical wedding theme, but there’s no reason to drop anchor just yet. A simple knot is a great centerpiece idea that can function as a table card holder, too! Pair your knot with other knot styles, anchors, and plenty of soft green and blue flora for that added “dinner with the captain” feel.


Clean. Simple. Minimal. Sticking to the idea of a floral vase but don’t want anything too wild and distracting? That’s okay! Opt for smaller vases of unique shapes and add minimal blooms. A sprig of pampas grass, a couple of roses, some wheat all add texture and color without becoming too much.