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February 13, 2018

15 Non-Floral Centerpiece Ideas

It’s “off-season” in the wedding planning world and in order to keep the wheels turning and ideas flowing, I like to share with my readers and clients alike new trends, planning tips and tricks, and wedding inspiration.  The past couple of weeks I’ve shared with you my Top 4 Invitation Shops & Ultra Violet Wedding Color Palettes and today, I’m sharing 15 non-floral centerpiece ideas to inspire your next event!

While I’m a sucker for a fabulous flower arrangements and have never heard the words “too many florals”, I understand that flowers aren’t for everyone and there is a true need for some centerpiece options that are timeless and easy to style.  Time and time again, clients are asking for centerpiece ideas that don’t incorporate flowers so I’ve compiled 15 non-floral centerpiece ideas to inspire your next soirée and up your event planning skills. Scroll through the below images and let me know which one is your favorite!


If your using a florist for your wedding day, make sure to ask them for candle centerpiece options that they might rent or have access to. Most florists and wedding planners can provide candle clusters and votives as centerpiece options for their couples as an alternative to floral arrangements.  If you aren’t using a florist or wedding planner, you can find the majority of these candles, glass vases, and bases at stores like Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabrics, HomeGoods, and even flower shops. Click the links to be directed to their online selection!

Jo Photo

Lanterns and Terrariums

Lanterns and terrariums are a fun way to add some substance and shape to your tables, and a great alternative to flower arrangements. Similar to candle arrangements, make sure to ask your florist if they rent lanterns and terrariums as alternatives to flower arrangements. These are a few stores that I’ve found carry lanterns and terrariums – the links will direct you to some of their selections:  Hobby Lobby, World Market, Anthropologie, and HomeGoods.

Kathryn Ivy Photography

Non-Floral Plants

I’m talking succulents, topiaries, greenery, cactus! These fun non-floral plants are sure to add some color and variety to your tables. You can make these on your own or ask a florist to pot and create these creative centerpieces.

Anna Lee Media

Amelia Lynn Photography

Themed Centerpieces

If you’re having a themed event you can mix it up and use themed or holiday-inspired decor as centerpieces. I’m loving the below images of stacked books, colorful fruits and veggies, and painted pumpkins.  Use your creativity and let your personality shine at your next event by creating centerpieces that are meaningful and tell a story.

Danae Horst

White Buffalo Styling Co.

If you’ve been inspired by the above non-floral centerpiece ideas & plan to incorporate one of them at your next event leave a comment below!

xx – Alyssa

Alyssa Thomas is a Wedding and Event Planner based in Pittsburgh, PA and serving clients in Pittsburgh, Columbus, and Worldwide Destinations. Her work spans from weddings and corporate events, to meetups and intimate gatherings. Contact her today for your consultation and stop by her instagram to see some beautiful events, design work, and a peek into her personal life + traveling adventures. @alyssathomasevents

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