Let’s play a word association game: When I say “centerpiece”, what do you think of? Flowers? Usually. Candles? Almost always. How about these words? Whimsical party favor boxes. Tall tapered candles in wine bottles. Cylinder vases filled with everything from mono chromatic puzzle pieces to over-sized lollipops. Paper lanterns. Hanging picture collages. Fresh fruit arrangements. The possibilities are endless.
How about this idea? What if there were cupcakes arranged on pretty cake pedestals on each table instead of doing a large cake? No one would need to cut or serve the cake (save a $20-50 charge from your caterer), you wouldn’t have to buy floral centerpieces (save $1300+), and your guests could help themselves (save time). You could still have a cake to cut for your photo, though it wouldn’t need to be as elaborate as a 4-6 tier cake. After a few of the weddings I’ve done, I’ve had to do something with the leftover cake. That is, if no one wanted to take 30+ servings of cake home. Not that you’re doing it as a favor to me, but you’re really doing a favor to your budget.
Here are some fun centerpiece ideas to inspire you. Some have flowers, most don’t, and there are even a few that you won’t have to take home because others might want to. Also, I encourage you to look at these and think about other possibilities for the vessels. Imagine them in your color scheme or theme.