Flowers may be traditional wedding décor but today’s brides are thinking more outside the box when it comes to their table centrepieces. There are plenty of more budget-friendly options available that do a better job of expressing your unique personality through décor. Creating unique centrepieces are also a great option for the DIY bride who wants to get things done in advance and not have to worry about last minute deliveries of fresh flowers on the morning of the wedding day. If you’re looking to avoid the hassle and expense of floral decor, here are some unique table centrepiece ideas.


Decoratively stacked vintage books from a second-hand store make a great centrepiece idea for the literary couple. Place a votive candle and a card with the table number on top and you’ve got a quick, simple, and inexpensive centrepiece ready to go. Give your guests the option to take a book home and you’ve also built a unique souvenir into your centrepiece.

Herb Boxes, Succulent Pots or Terrariums

Herb boxes, mini succulent pots or cactus terrariums are a great option for the bride who still wants to include plants and nature as a part of her centrepiece. These are easy to create at home in advance since the inclusion of soil will keep your plants alive indefinitely. Planting herb boxes and succulent pots or building terrariums can be a fun DIY activity you do with your bridal party in the weeks before the wedding. These are also a great little keepsake for guests to take home at the end of the night if they feel so inclined.

Paper Lanterns

Paper lanterns are the perfect centrepiece for a romantic winter wonderland or festival of lights wedding theme. These lanterns are inexpensive, easy to set up, and will really contribute to the ambiance of your reception space. It’s also easy to find lanterns in all different shapes, sizes, and colours, so you can easily customize this idea to suit the rest of your design vision.

Whether you’re looking to DIY, save some money, or express your unique personality, choosing a unique table centrepiece is a great way to do it. What other centerpiece ideas do you have that aren’t flowers? Share your inspiration in the comments!