Wedding planning can sometimes be dragged down by budget constraints especially if you are paying for the wedding yourselves. There are many ways to stay within your budget and still have unique and beautiful centerpieces. I admire unique wedding decor and the chances many brides take by avoiding the flower route. Thinking outside of the box when it comes to centerpieces can create a different look than your average wedding and also play off of your theme. We had a vintage feel to our wedding so when it came to the centerpieces, I chose books, mason jars decorated with poems and pictures of us through our relationship on each table. There were no flowers used in our centerpieces besides the bridesmaid’s flowers which they displayed on each of their tables.
Here are a few alternative centerpiece ideas:
- Books: Books can create a vintage feel to your tables and tie in with your whole venue in general. Stacked or open to a page, books can be displayed in many different ways. I used vintage books from my grandmother’s library to decorate my tables. We stacked about 2 books per table.
- Vintage Bottles or Mason Jars: Antique bottles or mason jars can be wrapped with burlap or lace to create a unique centerpieces with a vintage or country feel. We chose to DIY Mason Jars with torn out poems from a poetry book I found in a used bookstore. I used Modge Podge to create a frosted look and get the paper to stick to the jar. We put candles in each of the jars to add a little light to each of the tables.
- Picture Frames: Framed pictures can add a personal touch to your decor. Jud and I chose to display pictures throughout our relationship on the tables and pictures of our family member’s wedding day pictures on the mantle of our venue.
- Teacup candles: Pinterest has a great tutorial on making teacup candles. Pick up some vintage tea cups/saucers at your local antique shop and DIY these centerpieces. I love the example below with the candle holders with the tea cup candles!