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Vibrant Centrepieces In Every Colour Imaginable

  |  By Angela Rotundo

Want a surefire way to liven up your reception space? Just add colour! From flowers to feathers and candles to fruit, there are many ways to add tasteful touches full of pep to your tabletops. You can opt for soft pastels, intense and bold hues, or a combination that reflects your personality. Whether your wedding theme is whimsical, glamorous, or even minimalist, let these colourful creations inspire your decor and take it to new and memorable heights.


Purple for the perfect day

Photography by Joel Ross Photography.

Because purple dye used to be rare and expensive, the colour came to be associated with royalty. Adorn your special day with the shade of purple that tickles your fancy most, and you'll automatically inject regal pizzazz. We're particularly partial to magenta accents, but here violet and periwinkle are the order of the day.

Flowers by Floral Elements.


Lime time

Photography by John Heil Photography.

If candles and flowers aren't for you, then try fruit. Bright green limes are straightforward and zesty, and lemons are great for fans of yellow. If you want something more elaborate, you can go for a modern take on a cornucopia, with harvest centrepieces full of colourful fresh produce. Guests can graze on the arrangements, or you can donate or gift them straight after the wedding.


Radiant tower of roses

Photography by Iconoclash Photography.

For a classic, romantic look, opt for white roses and tea lights atop your tables. We love how this slim, tall vase makes it seem like the flowers hover in the air and support themselves. The height creates drama up close, and little pops of colour make the bouquet less one-dimensional.

Flowers by Garden Service Miramare.


Something (tinted) blue

Photography by Laura McOrmond Photography.

Blue is an evocative colour that brings tranquil seas and skies to mind. This couple chose charming blue Mason jars to hold their floral centrepiece arrangements. The water-filled vases are subtly calming, exactly what you're after at a wedding.

Flowers by Chocolate Lily Floral Design.


Gilded guest tables

Are you a fan of shiny objects and Rihanna's song Diamonds? This one's for you. Silver centrepieces with crystal accents can turn your reception into a winter wonderland or a glitzy Hollywood party. Just be sure to use a deft touch, or your reception's decor will lose its sparkle.

Flowers by Crystallized Design on Etsy.


The rose ball

Rose balls are delightful, period. These spherical rose structures are known as kissing balls. They're a vibrant yellow and sit on top of crystal-adorned towers. Imagine a dusty pink or teal shade if the yellow isn't wowing you. Sourcing suitable kissing balls is essential, or they could end up looking look like a collection of mesh shower sponges.

Flowers by Bridal Silks on Etsy.


A splay of spring tulips

Photography by Yorke Photography.

Have you ever seen a picture of tulip fields in the Netherlands? Carpets of tulips in a kaleidoscope of colours grow for the export market. You can dip a brush in this vision and paint your reception with the same unbridled joy. Make this unfussy and elegant flower the star of your tables. Pink and white tulips look sophisticated displayed in glass vases surrounded by candlelight.

Flowers by Designed by Sylvain.


Sweet and simple low-rider

Photography by Boyfriend/Girlfriend Pictures.

For an incredibly chic display, incorporate flouncy fuschia-coloured peonies into your tabletop arrangements. Peonies are one of our favourite wedding blooms for their ruffles, and ranunculi are hot on their heels. Here, peonies pair well with more accessible and affordable powder pink roses.

Flowers by The Watering Can.


Whimsical garden wedding

Photography by Lisa Klassen of Keepin' It Kountry Photography.

Who would have thought a planter could look so amazing as table decor? We especially love the purple blooms cascading down onto the table. Planter centrepieces can add farmhouse casualness to an indoor rustic wedding too. Herb planters can work as well, as can succulent container gardens.

Flowers by Michael's.


To top it all off

Photography by Yianni Tong.

Centrepieces don't always have to be floral. If blooms are too conventional for you, add a quirky accent representative of you and your partner instead. Whether you opt for a top hat, lego bricks, or hot air balloons, it pays not to take things too seriously sometimes.

Decor by David Connolly.


A seasonal spray

Photography by Danny Klimetz of Captured Photography.

Display colourful flowers and sheaves of wheat in pitchers instead of vases. We love that this arrangement looks effortless but captivating with layers of springtime fervour including bright colours offset by greens and neutrals. The milk pitchers lend the occasion a sense of playfulness and informality, so guests can loosen up and have fun.

Flowers by Greg Hadsall.


Encased in glass

Photography by Signature Design and Photography.

For a graceful and ethereal look, opt for white orchid stems suspended in long cylindrical glass vases. This concept is so subtle and impactful, that it could have been the decor at Arwen and Aragorn's wedding in Middle Earth. As it is, you can include centrepieces worthy of elves and Gondorian kings on your big day.

Flowers by Divine Designs.


Candles and roses

Photography by Buffy Goodman.

Choose coral-toned rosebuds instead of red for an updated take on traditional elegance. We like this idea because it doesn't overthink the centrepiece but makes tables look put together for special occasions. It's quick and easy to arrange for a spontaneous wedding or vow renewal celebration.

Flowers by Jennifer Kitzan from The Kaboose.


Orchids, orchids, everywhere

Photography by Bryan Caporicci.

Tumeric-coloured flowers are not for everyone, but they conjure up ideas of sunrises, sunsets, and new beginnings. Orange orchids can add an exotic undertone to your reception space. We like this brave and unusual colour palette, although we might add more greenery and replace the yellow ribbon with a warm pinkish ombre.

Flowers by Fa The Flowershop.


A whole host of hydrangea

Photography by Tami McInnis.

Ooh, we love us some umbrella-shaped hydrangea clusters. A robust display of hydrangeas can instantly add a fresh look to your tables. Here, the bunch is contrasted with notes of green to great effect. For a woodsy wedding, hydrangeas look fab with roses in wooden containers. Hydrangeas come in loads of cheerful colours, and you can have your pick.

Flowers by Creations Decor.


Shoots and sprays

Photography by Kevin Trowbridge.

Give your space an exotic feel by pairing lilies and gerbera daisies with oversized greenery, including ferns. These arrangements feel like they've been plucked from the side of a waterfall deep in a lush jungle. If your spouse looks a bit like Tarzan, there's a photo opp here.

Flowers by Artistic Designs by Colleen.


Stack it up to a special day

Photography by Rachel Peters.

Whether you're going for a Mad Hatter tea party aesthetic or a vintage luncheon, DIY centrepieces like these can further your vision. Just stack and glue together sets of antique tea cups and top them with your favourite fresh wildflowers or bright florals. Done!

Flowers by Hearts and Flowers.


Fairyland simplicity

Photography by Stéphanie of Lachance Photo.

This white centrepiece shows how a simple bloom can become so much more by adding accents like citrus, vines, and twigs. Scatter rose petals around the glass globe, and you've got yourself some table decor. Store-bought white sand could also be in the mix.

Flowers by Rita Fleuriste.


Get into the greenery

Photography by Teryn Lee.

How fantastic is this centrepiece for a relaxed Christmas wedding? Red roses get a modern and unpretentious update when paired with wildflowers and displayed in Mason jars. These playful centrepieces also do double duty as table numbers.

Flowers by Queensberry Flower Company.


A pastoral scene

This centrepiece idea is super cute. An organic-looking runner sits under vases of various sizes and shapes. They're filled with flowers and greenery including baby's breath, some spruce foliage, and a few butter-coloured blossoms. It's such a quaint yet classy arrangement and will transport guests to the countryside if they aren't there already.

Flowers by The Full Bouquet.


The best of the billy balls

Photography by Sara Wilde.

Can we get a round of applause for billy balls? These little beauties know they're unique and can transform a bouquet or thrive as a solo act. Here, they turn vintage bottles into uncomplicated but stunning centrepieces for a rustic reception space.

Flowers by Durham Florist.

This article was originally published on Apr 02, 2012

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