If flowers seem synonymous with wedding table decor to you, we understand. Typically, a floral arrangement is the centerpiece or most recognizable element on a formally decorated table. However, some people don’t care for fresh cut flowers due to their expense and/or allergy aggravating pollen. Artificial flowers may be an option — but couples often spend just as much on artificial blooms as they would the real thing. If flowers aren’t really your thing, check out the following floral-free centerpiece ideas to ignite your imagination.
Q: Approximately how much of my wedding budget should I anticipate spending on my wedding flowers?
A: The sky’s the limit when it comes to flowers for your wedding, but realistically you can plan on spending about 8% of your overall budget. This covers the bride’s bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and ceremony and reception arrangements. How much you actually spend depends on many different factors, such as whether or not the flowers you choose are in season in your area, the size and complexity of the arrangements, and how far the flowers must travel to the ceremony and reception. Be sure to have your whole budget worked out in advance of meeting with your florist for the first time so he or she can show you all the options in your price range. The Knot Budgeter is the first place to start! (Read more at The Knot)
Linen Wrapped Vases and Bottles
Greenery is an excellent option when you want to add some botanical features but prefer no flowers. Vines, ivy, spiky succulents and windblown boughs can be reused to add some vibrant green vibes to your wedding decor.
Books: Easy, Accessible and Affordable
Many couples want to incorporate as much function as creativity into their table decor. Books are an awesome way to achieve height, visual interest and ingenuity. Opt to go with a theme and look for relevant titles or cover art. Alternatively, you might prefer to wrap your books with brown paper bags or wrapping paper. Spray painted covers and pages are another option. Decide early on if you are creating iconic art or maintaining the book’s integrity to offer guests a readable favor.
Many libraries, schools and clubs have annual book sales. Garage sales are another perfect place to stock up on your literary masterpieces. Feel great about supporting your neighborhood and sending your guests home with some useful, flammable and practical!
Use Texture to Create Visual Interest
Flowers are popular centerpieces due to their aroma, minute details and layers of petal texture. Recreate something equally stunning by utilizing some of the following:
- Metallic Jars
- Candle Holders
- Colored or Neutral Sand
- Detailed Ceramic
- Ornate Cutlery
- Antique Glassware
- Fish Bowls
Save Tons of Money Forgoing Flowers
Here’s some average minimum prices…don’t hold your florist to this, it depends on the flowers you choose, if you are in a major urban expensive area, the design, labor to set up, etc.:
Bride’s bouquet: $100 and up
Bridesmaids: $75 and up
bouts: $10 and up
corsages: $20 and up
ceremony arch: $150 and up
ceremony large arrangements, each: $125 and up
aisle petals: $100 and up
aisle hanging pomanders, each: $50 and up
centerpieces, each: $25 and up ($25 is very spare; $50 is more on the low-end)
petals around centerpieces: $7 and up
cake flowers: $50 and up
escort table flowers: $35 and up (Read more at Wedding Wire)
Your floral component comprises a huge chunk of the traditional budget. If you would prefer to put $800 – $2500 toward your honeymoon or rental necessities or other bills, you are not alone. Be sure to tell each vendor your budget from the very beginning so everyone is on the same page. Decoration rental companies and party suppliers commonly offer inspirational portfolio shots if you need some help getting creative.
If you don’t want to worry with any of these issues, your best bet is to simply let Table Decor and More handle every aspect of your decorations, including centerpieces. We can deliver the perfect setting, with flowers or without. Contact us today to discuss your vision for your wedding reception and then let us take care of every detail from there. Call us at 704-823-7806 or use the Contact form on this page to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.