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Unique Reception Centerpieces

Fun new ideas for wedding reception table decor

By Suzie Faloon

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Order or create wedding reception centerpieces that are unique to the season, your theme or personality. Reception centerpieces can range from creative floral arrangements to edible items.

Edible Centerpieces

Arrange vegetables and fruits in centerpieces that will rival a floral arrangement. Place pots of cellophane-wrapped cookie and chocolate candy flower bouquets or cupcakes set on tiered cake stands on guest tables for edible centerpieces.

Candy

Fill glass jars and containers with colorful candies for centerpiece groupings. Cover Styrofoam cones, wreaths or balls with wrapped candy pieces to set out on guest tables for a uniquely sweet centerpiece.

Nature

Choose natural items that reflect your wedding theme, such as miniature trees, sand and sea shells to make centerpieces for your reception decor. Use miniature terrariums. Arrange fishbowls containing beta fish, combined with peace lily plants, driftwood, pots of live moss, cones and stones, with candle displays for unique reception centerpieces.

Florals

Submerge flowers in rectangular or cylindrical glass containers for elegant centerpieces. Surround a silver tray with several candles and lay a single rose, lily or orchid on the tray with a framed photo of the bridal couple for each guest table.

Seasonal

Highlight the season with table centerpieces decorated with miniature Christmas trees, potted shamrocks or forced spring flowering bulbs on trays of river rocks. Fill carved pumpkins, watermelons or Easter baskets with combination fruit, vegetable and floral arrangements for a unique touch.

Centerpiece Wedding Favors

Set several tiny nosegays of fresh or silk flowers in vases or inexpensive gift bags and encourage guests to take one after the reception. Arrange wedding favors in baskets, clay pots or on trays for centerpieces that are topped with a bow or single flower blossom.

About the Author

Suzie Faloon is a floral designer and a freelance writer.

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Determine your centerpiece approach and start ordering. You can't go wrong with traditional floral arrangements. Candles are another option that's easy on the budget -- just group and light them. Don't be afraid of fruit either. Lemons in a tall vase make a lovely accent to a spring or summer wedding.

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SWAGGING

A decorative element where fabric is draped to form a curve between two points. Often seen on the skirts of tables or as an effect to create the ceiling of a tent.

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