table flowersWhen it comes to the wedding centerpiece you put on the tables at your reception, there are so many options to consider that it’s easy to get hung up on this seemingly minor decorating detail. But my advice to you is: don’t get too hung up on centerpieces. Believe me, as your wedding draws nearer, your priorities will have a way of sorting themselves out in the order of their true importance. So when it comes to a wedding centerpiece, you should think about ones that fit into the overall wedding theme or dÈcor you’re envisioning. If you have a theme for your wedding, such as a western theme, an undersea wedding, the Roman Empire, pirates, or what have you, it makes it easier to come up with ideas for wedding centerpieces. But whatever you do, it should be a reflection of you and your fiance’s personalities. If you like zany and tacky because you think it’s fun, go with that, and don’t let anybody else talk you into something that you both won’t be happy with.

If you want tasteful, elegant centerpieces that reflect your own class and good breeding, there are ample resources out there for that. Any decent florist can provide you with the pretty conventional arrangements you see at most weddings. To get something more creative and off the beaten track, you might have to look around a bit more than if you’re going with centerpieces that are more conventional-looking. Here’s an idea: if you absolutely can’t find a florist who’ll give you what you want within your budget, do it yourself. Talk to your family and friends and enlist the more creative types in crafting the perfect wedding centerpieces for your reception. You can find an endless supply of cool, unique and beautiful items at art and decorating stores like Michael’s, and you can find lower-cost flowers and decorative greenery at places like Costco or Trader Joe’s. If you don’t have access to one of those stores, then go online to see if there’s a wholesale florist near you. It’s a little extra work, but you’ll be astonished at how much money you can save.

And here’s one final idea to make your wedding reception centerpieces really special. Why not incorporate little gifts and keepsakes in the arrangements that the guests can take away from the wedding? You can include unique things like commemorative matchbooks, disposable cameras, and lapel buttons featuring pictures of the happy couple, or key chains with your pictures on them. Trophy and promotional companies can craft whatever you want to commemorate your wedding, everything from photo coffee mugs and candles to t-shirts and custom pencils, all made to your own exacting specifications. Little surprises like that tucked into the wedding centerpiece can make them just that much more special and memorable.