35 Summer Wedding Centerpieces to Complete Your Reception Tablescape

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There are endless ways to bring summer to life on 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 a classic summer look.

Looking for a vibe 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 the season's softer nature. 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, 35 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 candleholders 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 foraged blooms to bring the look full circle.

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Focus on Colored Candles


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 component to a more traditional, classic interior.

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Use Tonal Flowers


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 pastel glow.

As you're selecting centerpieces, think about low-height options. This will help guests converse across the table more comfortably without a bunch of flowers blocking their view.

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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 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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Try a Muted Palette


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 taper 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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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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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


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 overflowing with the frothy pink baby’s breath for a burst of unexpected whimsy.

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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 with their minimalistic elegance.

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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 speak of simplicity, allowing the natural beauty of the centerpieces to shine. Branches and grass pair with peach peonies and ranunculus for a wild, Low Country vibe.

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Use Vibrant 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 the 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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Lay 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 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


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

When in doubt, turn to fashion for wedding decor inspiration. This bride took cues from Dolce & 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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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? Combine blush roses and purple wildflowers with sliced kiwis, lemons, and pomegranate for a hot summer vibe that pairs well with bright linens.

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Use Pampas Grass


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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Embrace the Desert

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PHOTO BY MARGHERITA CALATI; Floral Design by Intrecci Fiori e Arte by Davide e Francesca Giardinaro

When it comes to summer, it's all about the sunshine. What's more reminiscent of a bright, sunny day than desert cactus? Add a simple centerpiece to embrace the warmth.

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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 personalized napkins featuring a custom watercolor design for a slight twist.

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Opt for 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 decor really pop.

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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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Showcase Statement Blooms

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There's just something so pretty about a solo bloom in a simple vase. But for a summer party? Kick it up a notch with king protea for a tropical or desert-inspired vibe.

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Play With Peaches

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Photo by Graham Terhune

Is there anything sweeter than biting into a fresh, juicy peach during the summer? Bring that love of stone fruit into play on your wedding day. We love the combination of plump peaches and a bit of greenery.

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Pot a Few Plants

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Photo by David Bastianoni; Event Planning by Stefania Guastini of Guastini Style; Floral Design by Vincenzo Dascanio Event Production and Floral Design

Nothing screams "summer day" like flourishing plants and terracotta pots. These potted centerpieces couldn't be more perfect—or more fragrant. Plus, guests can literally pick their own garnishes for cocktails!

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Marry With Marigolds

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Photo by Ana Hinojosa; Event Planning by Cabo Wedding Services; Floral Design by Lola del Campo

Oh so friendly and warm, marigolds give us all the warm fuzzies. But these bright blooms don't just evoke a happier state of mind, they have a special cultural significance, too. “Marigold is the flower of love in India—that was my biggest priority," says bride Priya of her vibrant Baja California nuptials.

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Play With Pastels

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Photo by Brogen Jessup; Event Planning by Laurel Street Events; Floral Design by Native Poppy

Who knew such a verve of mixed pastels could pair so well together? Plentiful purple and peach-hued florals are punctuated with green and lilac taper candles for a pretty centerpiece. Pink and terra cotta linens and green velvet chairs finish off the look for a decadently retro reception.

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Embrace the Ethereal

Green and white table setting with white chandeliers hanging overhead

Photo by David Bastianoni; Event Planning by Stefania Guastini of Guastini Style; Floral Design by Vincenzo Dascanio Event Production and Floral Design

It's all about ethereal elegance at this Tuscan destination wedding. White taper candles illuminate a lush and verdant flowing centerpiece that looks like it's grown from the forest floor itself. Opulent chandeliers hang just above to bathe everything in a romantic glow.

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Spotlight Juicy Cross Sections

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

Halved papayas and other tropical fruits as summer wedding centerpieces bring a dash of tropical whimsy to this reception table. The bride looked for uncommon decor 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.”

If you're utilizing cut fruit, make sure it's not sitting out too long before the reception. Designate the florist, your wedding planner, or a trusted guest to place the fruit out closer to the end of your ceremony.

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