Ideas for non floral wedding centerpieces?

by DIY wedding planner on December 9, 2011

The colors for the wedding are red, white, and black. If anyone has any ideas I would like this to be a DIY job and any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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brittanyleann1989 December 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I have received magazines with cute candles that are used for center pieces. These candles usually have the bride and grooms name on them and the date of the ceremony.

The candles I saw were like say white with black polka dots or stripes, etc.

They seemed like a really cute idea.



liason December 9, 2011 at 8:51 pm

how about strawberries with melted white chocolate. a fondue!


lauren December 9, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Go to They have the best ideas and lots of pics! One that I liked a lot was bowls with fish in them, very unique!


michelle December 9, 2011 at 10:13 pm

I used sand in really pretty candle & flower holders, i put the layers of my colors ofsand in them, then put a candle on top of the sand. It was really pretty.


julez December 9, 2011 at 10:27 pm

We opted for balloons as center pieces. It was very cost efficient and it actually looked really nice. We had a small cluster in the middle of the tables and a fishing wire to a big balloon of one of our colors with a small balloon of our other color inside. It looked like it was floating by itself.


reginachick22 December 9, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Oooo…you have some GREAT ideas! I especially like the fondue idea..centrepieces AND cocktail snacks all in one shot!

All I can offer is what I had. We had a winter wedding and I’m not really a flower fan. We had white branches with sparkly white lights (battery operated). So they looked like snow covered branches.

We rented ours, but you could make your own by spray painting branches with white spray paint. Then add hanging candle holders with candles, or buy/rent battery operated lights. You hide the box with a bough of greenery and a ribbon.

Good luck and have fun!

P.S. Excuse my Canadian spelling of “centre”….;)


Greta Marie December 9, 2011 at 11:12 pm

You could get giant (3-7 ft.) glass vases and fill them with red one, two, maybe three Beta fish and have tea light candles around the table.


Stephanie December 10, 2011 at 12:08 am

I’m getting married soon and I’m split between a few centerpiece ideas. You could use red colored Betta fish in bowls with black and white colored rocks at the bottom. If you don’t like the fish idea, you could go with candles. Get some wide but shorter bowls and get the floating candles in different shapes in your three colors. The effect would be nice and it is really easy to do.


SquiggleJay December 10, 2011 at 12:50 am

Get a large shallow bowl and 3 or 4 tall glass cylinders. Arrange the cylinders in the center of the bowl and fill them to different levels with water and float candles in them. Then surround the cylinders with candy in red and silver foil wrappers (Hershey’s kisses would be great for this; wait till after christmas and buy them on clearance). You could also use red, clear, and black marbles in place of the candy. Very simple, but it looks very elegant, and fun at the same time.


April Marie December 10, 2011 at 1:28 am

There are lots of things that you can do that are non-floral.
You could get a simple plate and put candles with different heights on it – then you can get some fake rose petals or confetti to go around it. Maybe something like this:

I also really like the large martini glass centerpieces. You can get some crystals/gel and floralytes and put it together like this – I think it looks beautiful:

Here are a few other ideas that you can use. Hopefully it helps! Good luck.


just me! December 10, 2011 at 1:33 am

what about clear or glass bowls/vases filled with werthers candies. surround the bowls or vases with fairy lights or battery operated tea-lights. the candies are individually wrapped in gold foil and sparkle quite prettily when the light hits them.
put a pretty little organza bag in your colors at each place setting and have the guests fill the bags with the werther before they leave!
a large bag of werthers costs approximately ten dollars a bag and will fill a medium sized bowl. that will very easily fill ten or more ‘favour’ bags. a very inexpensive guest favour as well as a centrepiece for each table.

edit: i suggested battery operated tea lights as most venues now will not allow candles – fire hazard and insurance rates are their main concern.


Rachel-waiting for 11/21/09 December 10, 2011 at 2:09 am

Check out

They have tons of DIY wedding stuff at really great prices. They have candles and glass holders, hurricane holders, vase jewels, etc all at bulk prices. I think the tall hurricane lamps with red and black glass stones or sand layered in the bottom with a pillar candle would look lovely. I have very simple taste and I think something like that, with lots of votive candles in holders scattered around the table would be very elegant.

I was pricing out centerpiece options on and the hurricane shades with candles and red glass stones for less than $20 a table.


Ms. Bride 09 December 10, 2011 at 2:12 am

yes do not use flowers it will save you a lot of money. i am also doing the same-thing. i am using candles as centerpieces so it can look even more romantic. use hurricane or votive candles and add some rose petals on the table. (i am also using red)


crk_sak December 10, 2011 at 2:35 am

A tall straight vase with black, white or red balls about the size of ping pong balls. I have seen it done with ornaments and such. so pretty with the lights reflecting on the glass.


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