No other items typically set the mood of a wedding quite like the wedding centerpieces. Centerpieces are usually on every table, and they often include a number of decoration components. They can provide a subtle nod to your wedding bouquet while displaying a nod to the sense of humor you and your fiancé are so well known for. Also, they can fall victim to complete boredom, so before you plan on doing something unoriginal and generic, read a few of our tips to make sure your centerpieces are as memorable as your wedding is sure to be.

1.) Personalize. You can do anything for your wedding centerpieces. So get the creative juices flowing! Use flowers, decorated vases, candles, jars full of candy, or whatever you can possibly come up with! The options are endless! It is time to do something that truly expresses you and your spouse as a couple. Are you both musicians, avid rock climbers, dedicated Red Wings fans? Take something specific to both of you and incorporate it into your centerpiece.

2.) Be safe. Of course, the soft glow of candlelight surrounded by a collection of colorful fall foliage looks breathtaking in a magazine. Is that really safe? If you want the look, consider covering your candles with a glass container and using flameless candles. They have come a long way and look so real when lit.

3.) Don’t forget what a centerpiece actually is. Your centerpiece is really just a piece of decoration at your wedding. A centerpiece that takes up the entire table may be very beautiful. However, it is completely impractical. Ensure there is sufficient room for each guest to eat comfortably. Double check your centerpieces that they are short enough or tall enough that they’re not blocking the view of one guest from another across the table.

4.) Stay within your budget. Centerpieces are one of the easiest aspects of a wedding to blow a budget. Prices vary individually, and while you think you’re not spending all that much. It will add up quickly, especially when multiplying that extra $4.50 per arrangement by 25.

5.) Be smart. I once attended a wedding where the centerpieces were fish in bowls. The jokes went rampant when dinner was served. Yes, fish was an option. It became worse as the reception continued until late into the evening. All sorts of materials end up in the fish bowls. Crazy thing is that some of the fish actually went missing. So having a live animal as the centerpiece may not be a good idea. Especially not with an open bar. Just remember who your guests are!

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