Your centerpieces are an important aspect of your wedding, but to have really unique centerpieces can be very expensive. If you’ve got a little time and some creativity, though, you can create gorgeous centerpieces for your wedding without busting your budget. Here are some great ideas for centerpieces that are unique, beautiful and easy to create.
1. Colorful Creations
If you’ve got bold, bright hues in your wedding palette, consider mixing and matching blooms in varying shades of one of them to make unique centerpieces that provide a lot of visual drama for your reception tables. You can also go with less traditional centerpiece options and use fruits or vegetables in complementary colors, arranged by themselves or paired with some blossoms in similar hues. For example, you can start your centerpiece using the differing shades of green found in pears, apples and limes and pair them with the gorgeous green in basil sprigs. Another option is to pair eggplants, blood oranges and black plums with deep purple blooms. Lemons and vibrant yellow roses also pair well to impart a sunny feel to your reception tables.
2. Rustic Combinations
For weddings with a more rustic theme, organic tomatoes can provide an earthy, vibrant component to your unique centerpieces. Artisanal varieties come in many shapes and shades, so a grouping of various tomatoes can end up looking like a gorgeous, sculpted still-life. You can add some brighter flashes of color with sprigs of fresh basil and the bright red of hot chili peppers.
3. Non-Traditional Options
One great way to give your unique centerpieces a completely different look is to group together about a dozen test tubes and attach them to each other using a good adhesive. In each, place a single flower or fill with fragrant herbs like rosemary, thyme, curly-leaf parsley and others. Not only will they smell great, they’ll look fantastic. Alternatively, instead of showcasing herbs, put a variety of small blossoms in each tube and add colored water for an extra kick of color. Don’t add the color to the water too early, though, or you’ll end up with blossoms that have taken on the hues in the water.
4. Helpful Tips and Tricks
If you’re looking to impart a soft burnished glow to the fruit in your centerpieces, try dusting softer fruits, such as grapes, with a light coat of silver or gold powder, or spritz lightly with metallic spray paint. Practice first, though, so you don’t make the mistake of over application. For harder fruits and veggies, gold or silver leaf can be easily applied to give your centerpieces a gilded appearance.
In order to make sugared fruit, use egg white to brush the fruit and then roll it in extra-fine granulated sugar and allow it to dry. This is another technique you should practice before you start working on the actual fruit for your centerpieces.