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.
Pick Fresh Fruit
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.
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.
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.
Hand-Paint Mini Lamps
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.
Break Out the Garlands
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.
Dye Baby’s Breath
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.
Break Out the Palm Fronds
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.
Use Colorful Anthuriums
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.
Turn to Fashion
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.
Place Florals in Brass Vessels
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.
Liven Up a Black-and-White Palette
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.
Create Fiesta Vibes
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.
Stick With Classics
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.
Cut Open Fruit
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.”
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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