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Centerpiece 101 - Everything You Need to Know About Your Wedding Centerpieces

Sage Leins 17 May 2023
Centerpiece 101 - Everything You Need to Know About Your Wedding Centerpieces

We know planning a wedding can be stressful, but we are here to make your florals easy. You have the silver lining at the end of planning that you and the love of your life will be married. But how to make that happen between now and then is no small task, no matter the size of the wedding. I connected with our FiftyFlowers team to comprise a time-saving list of everything you need to know about centerpieces. If you’re in the early stages of planning, this blog is going to help you discover what exact centerpieces you will need to create for your wedding. Are you excited to learn more? It’s ok if you start jumping up and down now. 

Keep scrolling to read about the various types, styles, moods, and trends for wedding centerpieces!

Light blue and white flower centerpiece.


When you’re thinking about how to design your wedding reception, your table centerpieces are going to be the first thing you need to think of. And there are so many options! I’ve outlined a list below to help prevent decision fatigue. 

Chose your centerpiece based on the size of your reception table. If your table is long, consider a garland down the center with flowers placed inside the garland. If your reception is in a space with large ceilings, use a structural element to heighten the arrangement. 

Here is a comprehensive list of the various types of centerpiece containers to help you decide what is best for you. 

  • Cube, bubble bowl
  • Low and long
  • Bud vase
  • Tall vase
    • Cylinder
    • Rectangle
  • BIG vase
    • Urn 
  • Basket
  • Geometric 
  • Hatbox
  • Flat lay or Garland
  • Wreath
  • Floating
  • Candelabra 
  • Chandelier 
  • Bucket
  • Leaf wrapped
  • Embroidery hoop or geometric piece
  • Holly Chappel
  • Hanging stems
  • Beer and growler bottles


Wedding centerpieces come in as many styles as there are grains of sand on the beach. So while you can design your pieces in any number of ways, here’s a list of the most common styles to help give you a foundation. 

  • Compact
  • Loose and wild (whimsical) 
  • Mono-flowers (for example, all roses)
  • Minimalist (think of budvases)
  • Modern
  • Luxury
  • Abstract
  • Shapes (examples: heart, S, moon)
  • Holiday
  • Entryway
  • Freestanding


The mood of your centerpiece coordinates with the colors of your palette. It’s all about giving your wedding that perfect vibe. Making this a cohesive theme throughout your entire wedding decor will give the event a connected feeling that all your guests will sense. Here are a couple of moods to think about and their coordinating color palettes. 

  • Boho
  • Garden
  • Vintage
  • Tropical
  • Dark
  • Feminine 
  • Rustic
  • Organic
  • Elegant 
  • Wildflower


Finally, your centerpieces don’t have to include just flowers. Think about what non-floral elements you can add to give your wedding centerpieces a touch of your own flair! Many of these additions can be keepsakes for your guests, like air plants or succulents. Our pros suggest giving away your bouquets at the end of the night to cut down on breakdown time once your wedding has come to a close. This prevents still blooming flowers from going to the dumpster and gives your guests something to brighten up their own home once the festivities are done. 

  • Fruit
  • Feathers
  • Plants, succulents, air plants
  • Dried products
  • Ribbons, burlap
  • Momentos  
  • Jewels
  • Sticks
  • Keepsakes for guests


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Photos courtesy of FiftyFlowers


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