So far we've brought you non-floral centerpieces versions one and two. Now get ready for non-floral centerpieces version 2.1! We're talking fun ideas like centerpieces you can play with, centerpieces that can inspire conversation, and even centerpieces that can be devoured…


Photo by Nancy Neil
My buddy got married last year and had the coolest centerpieces. As she and her husband are both chefs, their centerpieces were wine crates filled with edibles like pomegranates, cherry tomatoes, grapes, chili peppers, crab apples, dates, etc. They also threw in a few flowers and tons of succulents — they were beautiful and delicious.


IMG_7015Tina and Nico‘s table decorations were family wedding portraits (this is Nico's maternal grandparents) and tiny pots of flowers clustered around big silver candelabras.


table settingOkay, when I first saw this picture I thought that these were green koosh balls in a vase. Which could be an awesome interactive centerpiece idea. But what these centerpieces from Tara and Andrew's wedding are… well, I don't know, I think they are dried thistles.

Games and snacks

In my last non-floral centerpiece round-up, I mentioned having board games out for people to play. But Miranda and Josh had a different take on a similar idea — gift wrapped games and vases full of snack mix for their guests to enjoy.

Paper lanterns

Crafty-ass Tribe member Lara created this awesome centerpiece: paper flowers wired together into a wreath and a small brightly colored paper lantern. And the great part about these is that, depending on the size of your tables, you can make them bigger by using more flowers and bigger lantern.


Photo courtesy of Aihara Visuals
Having a destination wedding somewhere tropical? Save on flowers and shipping by just picking up a few pineapples like in this Maui wedding from photographer Aihara Visuals. Plus guests can take them back to their hotels to eat them for breakfast the next day!

Collections of vintage and antique-y things

Tribe member SadieRyn made some really awesome non-floral centerpieces from collections of vintage bits and baubles, including mason jars and toys like that cute-ass bear.


CentrepieceNot just one candle, but groups of candles of various heights and widths always look impressive, AND they work as a super sexy lighting addition.


terrarium centerpieceOh man, do I have a love affair with terrariums. Carla and John used them as their centerpieces and I don't know how guests didn't start fighting over who got to take them home. It's a centerpiece that can continue to grow… like your eternal love.

I know there are more awesome interactive centerpiece ideas out there, so lay them on me in the comments! Oh, and make sure you add them to the Offbeat Bride Flickr pool, so that I can get them in my next centerpiece roundup.

Comments on Non-floral centerpieces — the interactive edition

  1. Books! We’re doing a lot of the classics, since we like them a lot anyway and our theme is kind of victorian, but books can be stacked any which way and look so elegant with just a couple candles. You can add or remove books for different sized tables. We’re adding in a few modern favorites just for fun, to share who we are a little and to hopefully start conversations. Books are amazing and interactive centerpieces!

    • I work for a wedding magazine, and one of our couples used books as their table numbers. They put stickers on the spines of vintage books with guests names and included a bookmark with the table numbers. They displayed them on a bookshelf and everything. Fricking awesome.
      Could just as easily be adapted for favors or placecards.

    • I just realized that books were already featured on part two of non-floral centerpieces… but they’re still fun and interactive! Sorry for the repeat though…

  2. We’re doing pinecones – in pails, wooden boxes and just scattered around. Woodsy, free and compostable! And they smell good. 🙂

  3. I went to a wedding with the terrariums. They were very cute, and perfect for the couple. I was very envious.

  4. We aren’t married yet so no photos to show, but we are going to do globes on each table with paper airplanes, toy bikes, radio flyers, trains, etc. Our theme is that our marriage will be an adventure and want our guests to feel like they can get excited and play along with us. My favorite part is going to be the mexican chocolate, Indiana Jones themed grooms cake. 😀

    • Now I know what that empty jar I have is called so I can get ideas for it, thank you ;)… think I just found my next centrepiece! I’m doing a different one for each table, only theme shall be vintage/tea party/oriental items. Should be easy enough since I’m using what I already have and borrowing from family.

    • doesn’t wheat grass die in about 3 weeks? That’s what I remember from the house of these people I worked at..may be something you want to look into!

  5. Very cool! I’ve been stressing over what to put on the tables. Glad to see some ideas besides flowers!!

  6. Please keep in mind that unusual, fun, and unique centerpieces and bouquets can still come from your local floral designer. There are so many rare and interesting things that most brides won’t even consider because it’s “too weird”. So give us a chance. Tell us up front about your budget and your “theme”. I’m dieing to create some of this stuff that’s in my head but, St. Louis just doesn’t seem to have the crowd. 🙁
    Also we can mix the flora with anything! Such as antique buttons, scraps of family quilts, photos, jewelry, even thoses lovable koosh balls as you’ve stated. 🙂

    • Okay, so I’m thinking of center pieces made from a pot of herbs (a single type per pot, like curly parsley, rosemary, basil, etc.) and bits from the Other Half’s Star Wars figures collection and… something to make it autumnal. Ideas?

  7. We’re also chefs (catering the wedding!), having a non-floral wedding, and having one long table. The food will be served family-style (bringing out the turkey and roast beast to be carved at the table) so we needed to think up a way we could set the food down in the middle of the table, but still have decorations.

    We’re going to have a fancy-ass table runner and scatter apothecary jars filled with herbs, a few colorful gourds, twigs, blueberries, and any other blue/green foods we can think of. Maybe blue-painted artichokes!

    • Here’s a link to a short blog post with some of the photos from my chef friend’s wedding. A few of the photos show how they set up their fruit and veggie centerpieces to allow spaces between so that they could also serve things from the tables.

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