Are you planning your own decorations for your wedding? Whether you’re setting up one long table for an alfresco dinner or a ballroom full of round tables, adding centerpieces to the layout is a foolproof way to make the space feel distinctly like you. But if you're outsourcing this décor element, it may come with a hefty price tag.
Creating your own centerpieces is an easy way to save on your wedding expenses, or allocate funds elsewhere—and these décor elements will still command attention and dress up any table for the big event. From at-home craft projects to clever hacks, scroll through 27 ideas for DIY wedding centerpieces below.
Line the Table
Want to add a simple pop of color to your tables? Add linen! Line the table with colored or patterned linen to make it your own.
Embrace Taper Candles
Whether you’re pairing them with other décor pieces or letting them stand on their own, taper candles are sure to enhance any look. Keep things classic by choosing tall, white tapers, or opt for a vibrant color for a bold option.
Feature a Fruit Bowl
Fruit is a naturally beautiful addition to any table, and you can find pieces to match any color palette. Consider filling large bowls with peaches, oranges, lemons, berries, pomegranates, or any other fruit that fits the aesthetic. It's such an easy way to add color, height, and texture.
Build a Terrarium
Love air plants, succulents, or mini cacti? Use terrariums to create glass-enclosed arrangements., then place items in the center of each to make them shine.
Paint Wooden Planks
Add a touch of wood to a rustic wedding. While this won't serve as the main centerpiece, you can certainly DIY table numbers to make a statement among other pieces of décor. Find small blocks of wood, stain them to match your theme, and paint table numbers on each one.
Stick to Single Stems
Not interested in full floral arrangements? Find your favorite stems and place them in bud vases. This is such a fun look for a garden-inspired or casual wedding. All you'll need to do is find vases you love, trim the stems, place one in each vase, and dress up the tables!
Going modern? Or even boho? Incorporate cacti! Source small cacti in pots and place them on your tables paired with a variety of candles for a whimsical look.
Mix Multiple Vases
Mixing multiple sizes and styles of vases will instantly give a table a fun, boho vibe. We love the idea of an elegant touch with plenty of white blooms, but you can certainly fill your variety of vases with any flowers you love.
Go for Geodes
Your table numbers can certainly serve as a centerpiece, especially when they're made with stunning geodes! Find cut geodes and use metallic paint pens to write table numbers on each.
Use Cut Fruit
Fruit is a stunning addition to any centerpiece, but cutting vibrant fruits open before setting them in the middle of a table will add even more color and freshness.
Opt for Organic
You can certainly pull off DIY arrangements, and they're sure to look lovely with plenty of greenery. Consider ferns, eucalyptus, and simple white blooms. Put a few sprigs of each in vases down the length of your tables.
Succulents fit with so many different wedding aesthetics, and you can choose to incorporate large or small options. Head to your local nursery or plant store and find a nice variety, then place one (or several) in the middle of each table.
Go Bold With Color
A variety of colored vases is sure to make a vibrant statement. Collect a number of vases in multiple hues and incorporate colorful blooms to match.
Build a Floral Cloche
Hoping to really get into making your own centerpieces? Build stunning displays in glass cloches. Source the cloches, along with moss, greenery, and blooms, and get as creative as you'd like!
Place Potted Trees
Hoping for plenty of height? Look to potted plants or small trees such as citrus trees. Place one in the center of each table on its own, or add in candles and blooms to match.
Add an Artful Touch
Lamps make a great addition to tables, whether hosting a reception inside or outside. Source a variety of lamps for a whimsical look, or commission handpainted designs on the shades for an ultra-personal option.
Make a Garland of Greenery
Eucalyptus is one of the most popular wedding greeneries for a reason. It's easy to find at floral shops or even grocery stores, and you can get a large quantity for a great deal. Use it, or another collection of greenery, to create an abundant garland down the middle of your table for an easy, natural statement.
Turn to Texture
Whether you're planning a beach soiree or a boho party, neutrals make for a stunning palette. Enhance the look with tons of texture. Use a textured linen down the middle of the table and set the scene with plenty of dried grasses and flowers.
Light It Up
Hoping to make your reception space magical? Little lights will do the trick! Source battery-powered (and cordless!) strings of lights. Collect vessels such as terrariums or lanterns, and fill each with a set of lights.
Wow With Wildflowers
If you're hoping for something other than traditional floral arrangements, look to wildflowers. Pick your own and display a variety of blooms in multiple vases for a vibrant statement.
Hoping to keep things super simple? Just a few key elements can make a gorgeous centerpiece. Start with a linen down the table and scatter pieces of eucalyptus or another type of greenery. To enhance it further, add small votives or lanterns with candles.
Play With Pine
If you're hosting a winter wedding, incorporating items that match the season will bring plenty of cheer to your tables. Spread pine boughs and pinecones down the length of your table for a stunning seasonal look.
Include Olive Branches
Olive branches are a great option for beautiful, full greenery. Find branches at a floral shop or local grocery store and use them to fill vases for great height.
Incorporate Wood Slabs
Looking for a simple rustic touch? If you're handy, you may be able to cut your own wood slabs. Or, find them at a craft store or even on Etsy. This addition will make such a great focal point on any table.
For a touch of texture down your tables, add burlap. Find it at a craft store and cut pieces to the length you need. Add candles or a few sprigs of greenery to dress it up.
Lanterns can serve as the ideal centerpiece with very little effort. Source metal or wood lanterns and place mini votives inside each. Let them stand on their own or add a few sprigs of greenery for a pop of color.