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This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB – we share a wedding budget tip every Tuesday to help you save money on your wedding! You can also see past posts (and a sneak peek at what's ahead) on this wedding budget tips page for your convenience and future reference.

Wedding Budget Tip 38: Use non-floral items as decor!

Wedding Budget Tip #38:

Use non-floral decor for centerpieces.


One simple way to save money is to use non-floral decor for your centerpieces. Let's face it — fresh flowers can easily bust your budget, and they don't last much longer than the wedding day itself. Sure, they're beautiful… but for a bride on a tiny budget it might be best to put that money towards something that will make a larger impact on her guests' experience.

So what are some options for decor that don't include fresh flowers? Oh, I'm so glad you asked! There are tons of things you can use to decorate your reception tables that don't include live blooms. Take a look at these examples below:


book centerpiece2_The_Burks

Photo by The Burks

Consider using books in your color scheme, accessorized with candles, mirrors, etc. A simple centerpiece full of inexpensive items that you can consign or sell after the big day.


pinwheel wedding centerpiece

Photo via Wedding Republic

Craft yourself some cute paper pinwheels to use as centerpieces. You can display them in bottles or jars filled with anything from rice, coffee beans or marbles.


wedding favors featuring My M&M's

Craft a candy centerpiece like the one we featuring in this post. These cute little champagne cups filled with M&M's make an adorable centerpiece that your guests can then take home as favors! Double duty = budget savvy!


ornament centerpiece

Via The Knot

If you're having a holiday wedding, or even if you're not, ornaments can be an inexpensive centerpiece idea. Fill a tall vase or several of varying sizes with ornaments that match your color scheme. Accessorize with candles for chic table decor!

Wine bottles:

wine bottle centerpieces

Via Wine & Redesign

Consider using wine bottles in your centerpieces. You can use them as-is or apply a coat of paint. Use them to hold sticks for a rustic look or insert tall candles into the necks.


fruit centerpiece young house love

Via Young House Love

Consider putting small arrangements of fruit on your tables instead of fresh florals. After the big day you can make tons of fresh pies or lemonade with the fruit!

There are tons of ideas for non-floral decor, but these are just a few of our favorites. Are there any others that you love that we should include?


So tell us:

are you using something other than flowers for your centerpieces?

Leave a comment below and let us know!


Wedding Budget Tip 38: Use non-floral items as decor!

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