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DIY Wedding Centerpieces for an Unforgettable Reception

If you’re in the process of planning your wedding, then you probably know just how expensive it can be, with every little detail adding up. However, there are a ton of little things you can save money on that will help you put the money where it really counts, and one way you can save is by making your own centerpieces for your wedding reception!

Besides saving money, which is one of the best reasons you should consider making your own centerpieces, there are plenty of other reasons you might want to go the DIY route- It’s a lot of fun if you like to craft, and it also allows you to create something that truly reflects you and your future spouse’s personalities and tastes. After all, the best way to create something truly unique and special that your guests will always remember, is to make it yourself!

We’ve chosen a few of our favorite DIY centerpiece ideas that we think would look absolutely unforgettable at your reception! Check out our picks below:

Fantastic Finger Foods

Wow your guests with a centerpiece that they can feast on visually and literally- a spread of gorgeous, fresh, and vibrant finger foods that will keep them satisfied until it’s time for the main course!

Photo: Ashley Batz via Apartment 34

Your Initials In Florals

Create centerpieces with a unique and personal touch by filling in paper letters you can buy at a craft store with a ton of colorful foliage and flowers for whimsical decor that celebrates you and your significant other!

Photo: Brian Patrick Flynn

Modern and Minimalist Tropical Vibes

A centerpiece doesn’t have to be extravagant and over-the-top to have an impact! These simple candle holders placed on top of tropical leaves creates such a modern and elegant look that also transports you to a tropical getaway, and it’s so easy (and cheap!) to do!


Festive Fruit Vases

If you’re holding a summer ceremony, or are going for a laid back, tropical theme, try creating your own vases using various fruits like watermelons and pineapples! Add super colorful florals to really drive home the dreamy, vacation vibes!

Photo: Flynnside Out Productions

Clam Shell Candle Holders

Here is another simple idea to add beachy/summery/nautical details to your wedding reception- Candle holders made of clam shells you can find on the beach! While simple to create, these candle holders have such a unique and whimsical look that will delight your wedding guests!

Photo: Jose Villa via Once Wed

Colorful Candles

Looking for a way to add more color to your reception tables without flowers? This is such a cute and easy idea for striking decor that your guests will love! Just paint candle holders of various shapes and heights in colors that match your candles for a super fun and memorable look!

Photo: Martha Stewart Weddings

Bedazzled Bottles

Save up various bottles and bedazzle them with metallic paints and glitter to make a myriad of vases that will add a modern, funky look to your reception tables! Just add a flower or two to each for a truly charming look! You could even let your guests take one home as a custom gift at the end of the night.

Photo: Pop Sugar

Pretty Peonies

Just a couple of colorful peonies can create a super bold centerpiece at your wedding reception! Separate each flower into its own individual vase for a unique and fresh-looking tablescape. Your guests can even take one home at the end of the night as a little favor!

Photo: Raymond Hom

Rustic Planter

Adorn each of your reception tables with adorable planter boxes filled with your favorite little plants that will add a natural, rustic touch to your wedding reception. This centerpiece idea would be especially sweet if you and your future spouse love gardening!

Photo: Rustic White Photography

A Little Cup of Paradise

If you’re planning a ceremony and reception at a dreamy destination like a beach, then this idea is a super easy and simple way to bring the beachy vibes into your party! Just fill some pretty, little cups with sand, then add either tropical-inspired flowers or a candle to decorate your tables with some beachy flair!

Photo: Something Turquoise

Lovely Vintage Books

If you and your future spouse love reading, then this DIY centerpiece idea is for you! Add a bit of vintage charm to each of your reception tables with a stack of vintage books adorned with some simple flowers for a truly lovely look. This idea is super easy to pull off because you can find a ton of old books for cheap at thrift stores, antique shops, and flea markets!


We hope we’ve inspired you with some of our favorite ideas for DIY centerpieces that will really light up your reception! If you’re still searching for the perfect wedding dress, bridesmaids’ dresses, or even tuxedos, Something New Boutique has you covered! Book an appointment today, and we’ll help you find the dress(es) of your dreams!

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