28 Summer Wedding Centerpieces to Complete Your Reception Tablescape

Bold and bright, these ideas are coming in hot.

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PHOTO BY WHITNEY DARLING PHOTOGRAPHY; DESIGN & PLANNING BY RO & CO. EVENTS; FLORAL DESIGN BY BLOOM BABES

There are endless ways to bring summer to life in your reception tables, the magic of which typically lies within the centerpiece. You can always go the standard route and arrange floral centerpieces with in-season blooms, like orchids, sunflowers, or poppies for classic summer wedding centerpieces.

Looking for a look that's more unexpected? Go for something reminiscent of a warm climate, like wildflowers from the mountainside or tropical greenery. While florals and leaves are an easy way to bring vibrancy to summer wedding centerpieces, there are plenty of other ways to add a pop of brightness. Think colored candles, patterned vases, or exotic fruit for a summertime twist.

A vivid jewel-toned or sunny palette nods to summer’s bright side, but don’t be afraid to go for a more muted palette to play to summer’s softer side. Whites, subtle pinks, and taupes can mimic the serene, quiet elegance that settles during summer’s golden hour as you sit down for evening dinner.

Below, 28 stunning summer wedding centerpieces to inspire your own.

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Employ a Citrus Palette

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Photo by Tida Svy; Design & Planning by Claudia Casanova of One Darling Day; Floral Design by Shindig Chic

There’s no better way to make a farm-style table pop than with a burst of citrus colors. Magenta florals and sliced oranges add some vibrancy to this tablescape. We love how clear candles tie in the color palette by doubling as table numbers with orange lettering.

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Add Wildflowers

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Photo by Sasithon Photography; Floral Design by Wildflower Floral Events

Colorful wildflowers like astilbe and yarrow add vibrant bohemian flair as summer wedding centerpieces. Mirror them with an overhead centerpiece of bistro lighting strung with matching wildflowers to bring the look full circle.

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Focus on Colored Candles

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Photo by Amber Gress Photography; Floral Design by Calluna Flora

Yellow candles, blue water glasses, and pink floral arrangements add a pop of color to long all-white tables topped with lace linens. Adding color is a smart way to add a summery complement to a more traditional, classic interior.

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Pick Fresh Fruit

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Photo by Jenn Emerling Weddings; Design & Planning by Ashley Smith Events; Floral Design by Wild Club

Nothing’s more summery than flowers and fresh fruit, so why not combine them into one vivid centerpiece? Blush roses and purple wildflowers couple with sliced kiwis, lemons, and pomegranate for a hot summer vibe that pairs well with bright linens.

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Use Tonal Flowers

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Photo by Samm Blake of The Wedding Artists Co; Design & Planning by Jove Meyer of Jove Meyer Events; Floral Design by Bourgeon Flowers

Sometimes, color can be more powerful when presented in tonal shades rather than a rainbow mix. Look no further than this sunny yellow centerpiece, which sets off a yellow glow. Their low height adds color but still allows guests to easily converse across the table.

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Arrange Hydrangeas

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Photo by Patricia Lyons; Design & Planning by Easton Events 

The bride behind this wedding wanted the reception to feel like stepping into her family’s house for a Sunday supper. To pull off the look, she arranged hydrangeas and local blooms in shades of blue and white in lattice vases. Coupled with a matching runner and plateware, we’d say the setting is a summertime classic.

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Go Orange

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Photo by Whitney Darling Photography; Design & Planning by RO & Co. Events; Floral Design by Bloom Babes

We’re loving all the orange accents in this romantic tablescape, from the copper mugs and specialty coupe glasses to the sliced grapefruits and low arrangements filled with heirloom hydrangeas, roses, and jasmine. Sheer runners, pillar candles, and cut glass chargers bring a bit of neutrality to the table to let the rest of the décor really pop.

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Get Woodsy

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Photo by Courtesy of Megan and Tim Stack; Design & Planning by Wildly Collective; Floral Design by The Thicket

 

Arrange ferns and white buds in slender glass vases on a wooden farm table for an earthy, woodsy-inspired look that screams elevated summer camp. Accent them with moss-laden votives and tapered candles in matching vases, to complete the magical effect.

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Go With a Muted Palette

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Photo by Sergio Sandoná; Design & Planning by Julie Lindenman Events; Floral Design by Jenevieve Peralta Events

A palette in muted hues plays to summer’s softer side. Low arrangements interspersed with table candles, sleek crystal stemware, and blush linen napkins create an air of classic, romantic elegance.

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Hand-Paint Mini Lamps

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Photo by Julia Wade; Design & Planning by Reagan Events; Floral Design by Green Bee Floral Designs; Lampshades by Julie King

Forget candles for light and florals for summer wedding centerpieces—this wedding proves that mini lamps are the only way to go. The couple was inspired by their favorite New York bar, Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle, and had 12 lampshades hand-painted with depictions of significant places from their life together. When it comes to a wedding, it’s all in the details.

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Break Out the Garlands

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Photo by Shannen Natasha for The Wedding Artists Co.; Design & Planning by 42 North; Floral Design by Dana Markos Events

A garland of greenery effortlessly adds an organic summery touch to white-washed farm tables. Pillar candles surrounded by roses, dahlias, peonies, and hydrangeas keep the look minimal with a soft palette of blush and white.

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Think Wild

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Photo by Stephanie Brazzle; Design & Planning by Ivory & Vine Event Co.; Floral Design by Moss Floral Design

Pink roses, lisianthus, tea roses, and sprawling branches combine for a lush, overgrown arrangement that calls to mind wild summertime mountainsides. Soft gray plates, modern gold flatware, and linen napkins add a contemporary touch.

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Dye Baby’s Breath

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Photo by Megan Robinson; Design & Planning by BTS; Floral Design by 1209 Creative

Put a summery spin on traditional baby’s breath by spray painting them pink for a dreamy, fantastical feel. Line reception tables with small vases overspilling with the pink baby’s breath for a burst of airiness and unexpectedness.

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Add a Tropical Twist

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Photo by Ana Lui Photography; Design & Planning by Le Jour de Oui; Floral Design by Il Profumo Dei Fiori

Small arrangements of proteas and orchids in cut-crystal vases bring a soft tropical flair indoors. Blush candles in antique brass holders add another dash of pink to an otherwise white tablescape.

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Break Out the Palm Fronds

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Photo by Elizabeth Lanier Photography; Design & Planning by Lindsey Boyce of Host & Haven; Floral Design by Fern Studio

Palm frond centerpieces combine coastal and classic with a hint of modern. While the palm fronds themselves have a beachy energy, the white florals and glass vases balance the effect out with a hint of contemporary design.

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Flaunt Peonies

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Photo by Olivia Rae James; Design & Planning by A Charleston Bride; Floral Design by Lily Peterson of Flowershop

Cream chargers, white and gold flatware, and mint green napkins revel in simplicity, allowing the natural beauty of the centerpieces to shine. Branches and grass pair with peach peonies and ranunculus for a wild, Lowcountry vibe.

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Use Colorful Anthuriums

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Photo by Olivia Rae James; Design & Planning by The Burlap Elephant; Floral Design by Flowershop

Bright anthuriums are chic and eye-catching. Line them up in pairs or trios (rather than in large arrangements) along a family-style table for a minimalist effect that’s rather playful.

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Get Colorful

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Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography; Design & Planning by  Moana Belle Events; Floral Design by Of the Flowers

Fuse tropical foliage, like birds of paradise, with traditional wedding blooms like garden roses for maximum brightness. Mix such centerpieces with boldly printed linens and copper silverware for an added emphasis on texture.

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Decorate With Sunflowers

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Photo by Patricia Lyons Photography; Design & Planning by Easton Events; Floral Design by The Vine

Pots of sunflowers and chamomile flowers bring a splash of happiness to these reception tables. Blue patterned linens and rattan chairs complete the look with a sense of rustic sophistication

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Create a Lush Floral Runner

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Photo by Erich McVey; Floral Design by East Olivia and Viva Flor

Make a bold statement with a luscious centerpiece, like this lush, overflowing runner of bougainvillea flowers. We’re loving these rich tones of magenta, pink, and red for a summer destination wedding in South America, where bougainvillea is native.

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Turn to Fashion

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Photo by Holly Clark; Design & Planning by Liz Linkleter; Floral Design by Paul Thomas

When in doubt, turn to fashion for wedding décor inspiration. This bride took cues from Dolce and Gabbana advertising campaigns for her reception tables, which featured printed linens reminiscent of the Italian coast and low arrangements of bright red, yellow, and orange blooms. We’re loving this deep palette for a late summer wedding, complemented by mismatched wooden chairs for a rustic touch.

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Use Pampas Grass

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Photo by  Anna Jones Photography; Design & Planning by Allyson Joseph and Katie Pincus of Bob Gail Events; Floral Design by Holly Flora

 

Bring a bohemian vibe to a beachside wedding with centerpieces of pampas grass, buttercup, peach, and blush florals. Woven light fixtures with dried grasses act as ceiling centerpieces, replicating the indie feel from high above.

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Place Florals in Brass Vessels

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Photo by Ross Harvey; Design & Planning by The Lake Como Wedding Planner; Floral Design by Tulipina

Brass vessels liven up what could otherwise be a boring vase by adding a shimmering touch to the table. These ones are overflowing with orange, yellow, and pink blooms. Complete with an oak table, the whole color scheme emits a sunny gold ambiance.

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Liven Up a Black-and-White Palette

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Photo by Olivia Rae James; Design & Planning by Calder Clark; Floral Design by Blossom Events

Give your summer wedding a sophisticated vibe with sleek centerpieces of palm fronds that pop vibrantly against the black-and-white scheme. The green comes alive against custom linens of bone-hued velvet with a black velvet welt and white candles.

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Create Fiesta Vibes

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Photo by Meg Smith Photography; Design & Planning by Jesse Tombs of Alison Events; Floral Design by Josefina Hernandez

Who’s ready for a summer fiesta? This space has an authentically Mexican feel, with pom-poms dangling between the trees in a mango grove. Aqua vases holding clusters of peach, pink, and orange flowers combine with sculpted marigold candles—a Dia de Los Muertos tradition—and guavas and persimmons to play up colors and textures.

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Stick With Classics

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Photo by Norman & Blake; Design & Planning by Alison Events; Floral Design by Kaleb Norman James Design

We’re all for creativity, but classic white summer wedding centerpieces can go a long way in creating garden elegance. Pair them with a more unconventional table setting like washed terra-cotta plates, gold flatware, and custom napkins featuring a custom watercolor design for a slight twist.

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Cut Open Fruit

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Photo by A Heart String; Design & Planning by Viva Max Weddings; Floral Design by Fox Fodder Farm

Split papayas and other tropical fruits as summer wedding centerpieces bring a dash of tropical whimsy to this reception table. The bride looked for uncommon décor to create a one-of-a-kind aesthetic, and we think she nailed it. She called the resulting vibe for her Brooklyn wedding a “literal concrete jungle.”

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Go Green

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Photo by Jenn Emerling Weddings; Design & Planning by Ashley Smith Events; Floral Design by Venn Floral

Simple white vases boasting vibrant sprawling greenery evoke summer at its peak when the grass is most lush. A simple runner of matching greenery, candles, and laser-cut wooden place cards complete the look.

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