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10 Unique Vintage Centrepiece Ideas

  |   By Jen O'Brien

There's nothing shabby about these chic antique table-toppers, and if you're going the traditional route, finding classic decor can be difficult. It's all in the details, and you want something that will really wow guests, combining old-fashioned flair with contemporary magic for one statement-making wedding. Spend some time scouring your local thrift stores, rummage sales, and antique markets, and you'll be rewarded with fabulous vintage finds to fill with fresh flowers or candles to create lovely DIY centrepieces.

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Shabby chic and unique

Photo courtesy of Amanda Lachapelle Photography

Oversized antique tins are the ideal vessel for big bunches of wildflowers. They remind us of summertime in the country with our favourite folks, but they also hark back to the good old days when tins were all that grandma had on hand. Ideal for a laid-back occasion, tins add rustic charm to any wedding table. As seen in this real wedding.

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Distressed details

Photo courtesy of Morgan Hill Designs on Etsy

Strategically distressed items, like these pretty turquoise candlesticks, can add a chic second-hand vibe to your celebration. We could see these same candles lighting the way centuries ago, and that's all part of the magic. While the colour is completely contemporary, distressing adds age to your decor in a stylish, of-the-moment way. We're loving this look on everything from tableware to vases and chandeliers, but centrepieces are where it truly stands out.

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Macrame mason jars

Photo courtesy of meganEsass on Etsy

Accent your reclaimed Mason jars with lacy knit covers to lend added handmade charm to your tables. They offer a cute play on colour and lend a laid-back ambiance to the entire occasion. Experiment with colours and patterns to create one-of-a-kind displays that guests will truly enjoy, or consider a pre-wedding crafting session and let the wedding party participate in the decor too.

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The cutest cake stands

Photo courtesy Maa Moon on Etsy

Set your sights on vintage cake stands and turn your desserts (preferably cupcakes) into stunning edible centrepieces. These vintage delights are as functional as they are adorable, and we love how the whimsical backdrop elevates the centrepieces themselves. Surround the area with bright blossoms, and you've got easy-to-make decor that's entirely enchanting.

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Stack up your teacups

Photo courtesy Rachel Peters Photography

Mismatched teacups abound at rummage sales, and we love the way they look stacked on top of each other and topped with pretty blooms.

Tip: Make sure to secure your stacks with glue to prevent your centrepieces from toppling mid-meal. Alternate colours and designs for an even more unique look, and pay close attention to details, such as the gold borders and quaint florals shown here. As seen in this real wedding.

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Crystal candelabras

Photo courtesy of Kristy Ryan-Yiem and Duran Cheung of Blush Wedding Photography

Ornate antique candelabras with dangling crystal accents are ideal for elegant vintage receptions. They offer a Downtown Abbey aesthetic paired with muted glass and twinkling lights. While they look luxurious, you can scour local antique shops, estate sales, and online merchants such as Etsy and eBay to find incredible (and affordable) candelabras that are truly one-of-a-kind. As seen in this real wedding.

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Amber bottles for blossoms

Photo courtesy Rachel Peters Photography

Think outside the box when it comes to which vintage vessels you choose. Blue and brown glass can be even more beautiful than standard clear. Play with colour, and select glasses that mimic the colour of your floral arrangements, deck out your table with glasses in your wedding colours or select an assortment of hues that catches your eye. As seen in this real wedding.

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All the antique accessories

Photo courtesy Rachel Peters Photography

Tea roses, stacks of books, and miniature birdcages may seem like an unlikely combination, but the result is stunning when grouped together atop a lacy tablecloth. This option gives you the opportunity to get creative and let your wildest dreams come to life. If you've ever wanted to act out a historic book or film, now is the time. Create a table setting fit for a queen with antique touches at every turn, and give your guests something to talk about. As seen in this real wedding.

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Wildflower wonder

Photo courtesy of Nancy da Costa of Mango Studios

If you're going for an understated vintage vibe, use delicate wispy wildflowers in clear glass bottles and accent these with warm glowing candles. It gives the entire room an enchanting effect that appears like something straight out of a fairytale. Paired with twinkling lighting and easygoing decor, you have a whimsical moment to remember forever, and we're guessing your guests will feel the same way.

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Antiqued labels for that look

Photo courtesy of Nancy da Costa of Mango Studios

Vintage jars with torn labels may not look like much on their own, but filled with delicate flowers and set alongside simple lanterns, they can create dynamic focal points for your tables. This setup is incredibly easy to DIY, yet it transports us back to a moment in time that isn't quite our own. Everyday items from a bygone era are an easy way to enthrall guests, and we're loving the way this detailed setup brings the vintage element to life.

This article was originally published on Nov 28, 2011
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