Help me with non floral centerpieces!

posted 2 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
4 posts

Oh that is hilarious! Our wedding (September 27) is a vintage hollywood theme too!  What we’ve decided to do is theme each table for a different movie and create a little movie slade as the table number.  The movie slate then has the title of the movie and the wedding date on it.  As center pieces we chose props from those movies, but if you don’t want to spend 10000 hours looking for / making movie props then you could do just some need movie memoribilia.  For example, you could prop some of those gorgeous candles on vintage film cans or film reels, buy some 35mm old film and scroll it around the center pieces, just little things like that dake a candle center piece from just some glass to something with some texture.  Just a thought!

Post # 3
42157 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Allyg:  Is your wedding coordinator supplying the items for the centerpieces or will these be rentals?

Are you allowed real candles or are those LED candles?

My choice would be the last version with some changes.

Can you use a bigger pillar candle?

Can your budget afford any flowers? I would out just one bloom in the shortest squarish vase and ditch the stemmed candleholder on the right. Right now it looks like someone emptied the china cabinet with no real plan.

Use Quick Candles square votive holder add water & a Single Rose Arrangements | Martha Stewart

Post # 5
1300 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base

How about just paper lanterns.  In your color and possibly the smaller ones maybe.  I am using them for our centerpieces with imitation flowers.   This picture was my inspiration.  

Post # 6
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014


I agree they definitely don’t look as elegant as your inspiration pictures. The third one looks too cluttered (too many different shapes and sizes) and I have no idea what’s with the pearl thingies in the first one. Your inspiration pics don’t look that complicated to arrange; I’m not sure why your coordinator is having trouble… :/

How about using the large vase (incl candle and pink stones) shown in her third option, just with some tealights or votives around it?

Post # 7
42157 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Allyg:  It can be frustrating trying to narrow down choices for a wedding- even harder when you don;t live in the same city.

Most of your inspiration pics show cylinder vases in various combinations. Do they offer plain cylinder vases?

I too think the third one would be very nice without the stemmed candlesticks, just surrounded by an odd number of votives.

Another idea for a Hollywood glam centerpiece would be to use the large vase in the 3rd pic like this. You can get feather boas at the dollar store. They are not thick and fluffy like the more expensive ones, but when you wind them round something , all the spaces get filled in.

Simple - if on a budget crunch yet still Hollywood Glam.   Hurricane Holder, Candle, White Boa against black table cloths. possible red accents somewhere or rhinestones scattered around so not so plain.  Now, if people can just concentrate on not knocking it over and starting a fire...

If you used a feather boa, it does eliminate using votives- too dangerous with the open flame. You could use LED tealights nestled in the pink stones or pearls.


Post # 9
1926 posts
Buzzing bee

I really like the large vase with the candle in it. Doing rose petals or 3 small vases with 1 flower ine ach around it would be really pretty.

Post # 10
3111 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Allyg:  We are not doing flowers because I could not stomach the prices in our area. Instead, we are doing vintage tea pots on top of vintage books, a small frame for the table number, and some candles in a candelabra type of thing. FI wanted to add one small milk vase with a single red rose, but I’m not sure if we’ll have room. We still have time to decide.

Of the options you’ve shown above, I like the first option the best. I think much can be done with soft lighting and plenty of candles. It’ll be easy to make the tables feel romantic without flowers. I like the inclusion of pearls. 

Post # 12
472 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - The Villa

I actually really like the candles and pearls (the first one) I just think you need to highlight it w/ votives. Once it’s all lit, you’d love it.

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