Real Touch Flowers:
These flowers look, feel, and smell like real flowers. I actually used these for my wedding, and my guests took bets on whether they were real or not! Some dared to touch them and they still could not tell! If you really do like flowers but are allergic or want to keep your flowers (my bouquet is in a vase in the dining room—yes years later – don’t judge me), these are definitely an option to consider.
A cluster of candles can be a sophisticated addition to your table setting. It can stand alone or be part of other table elements. A candelabra for particularly formal events, and floating candles in vases, not only provide a very nice centerpiece, but add ambient lighting to the room and help to create atmosphere. The lighting will add an extra special effect to the table.
Manzanita, willow, lighted, painted, or from you backyard – branches add a very dramatic effect to your centerpiece. Consider draping pearls, crystals, lights, candles from the branches. Another option is to paint them to match your décor. Whatever you decide, be sure to anchor them with cement or spray foam to make sure they are balanced on the table.
Fruits & Veggies
Think Lemons, limes, oranges, apples, and squash! There are multiple ways to pull this off. Consider filling a wide vase with lemons and/or limes for a spring wedding centerpiece. A summer wedding? Well consider blueberries and strawberries. For a fall wedding think cornucopia using squash (and if you’re into the Hunger Games even better!). For a winter wedding think cranberries and pomegranates. Any of these ideas can be spray painted for effect… blue apples, purple oranges (doesn’t that sound weird?), or gold pears would be spectacular if arranged in a bowl or cylindrical vase.
I’m a professor so I love books! Did you meet in a library? Do you share a special book… fell in love discussing a series (The Harry Potter? Twilight? Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Fifty Shades of Grey? Chronicles of Narnia?) Whatever turned you on, give it a nod in your centerpieces. Stack the books or wrap them in a pretty bow for a nerdilicious effect that will make your day that much more special!
Sand and Seashells
If you are considering a beach wedding, sand and seashells are a fantastic alternative to flowers. You can alternate with layers of sand and seashells. You may want to have a cylinder vase inside of a slightly wider vase so that you can have a fantastic layered effect while minimizing costs!