Designing your wedding centerpieces can be tough. When grooms say that all wedding centerpieces look the same, we can see where they are coming from. After all, many centerpieces use the same flowers to create arrangements for vastly different themes. With these 15 centerpieces, we break down what makes them distinctive for the most popular themes (modern, vintage, and rustic) and how you can use them as inspiration for your own floral decisions!

modern wood block centerpiece with succulent and table number

Modern

Probably no category is quite so broad as modern weddings. Ranging from clean lines to bright, bold statements, modern wedding centerpieces are compelling and incorporate the latest trends.

Above, for a sleek and minimalist look, this woodblock centerpiece is perfectly on point.  You don't want it to give off an austere vibe, so every detail definitely counts when you've got so few to work with! Pay attention to your typography, as with this modern table number. For flowers, stick with succulents or air plants to keep with this less-is-more aesthetic.

Below, geometry has never been cooler than it is now. Modern centerpieces and other details have been completely dominated by geometric shapes (full disclosure: this might be our favorite trend of 2015).  Using a glass planter, this couple incorporates air plants, moss, thistle, and succulents alongside a pixelated heart symbol.

succulents and airplants in geometric glass planter

Want to use more color?  With modern wedding decor, there is absolutely room to be playful instead of minimalist.  Below, this collection of festive blooms are contained in colorblock vases.  These would be fairly easy to DIY with some basic cardboard tubes, painter's tape, and a few bottles of spray paint in your favorite colors.  To replicate this centerpiece, make sure to use varying heights and widths.

colorful modern centerpiece with color blocked containers

This muted floral centerpiece below is a perfect example of how styling can transform a traditional arrangement.  The actual arrangement could be used at any wedding--it's classic and pretty. It's made modern with its shiny gold vase, sequined table runner, stylish black and gold table number, and typography-focused paper goods.  When you get stressed that some of your details might not turn how exactly they way you want, this example is a great reminder of just how much power you have in "translating" the elements of your wedding to fit your theme.

gold and black wedding tablescape with rose floral centerpiece

Lastly, remember that modern can also be simple. By using an industrial-inspired vase and white linens this arrangement (below) of sherbet-hued anemones and ranunculus would fit in well with a modern wedding tablescape.

pink wedding centerpiece with anemones and ranunculus

Vintage

With a focus on old-fashioned romance and antique details, vintage wedding centerpieces are pretty and airy.  When you search for inspiration for your centerpieces, you'll notice that vintage-inspired tablescapes are often bordering on cluttered, full of knick-knacks, textures, and flowers.  These tablescapes can be a bit complicated to create with their signature "controlled chaos" vibe, but it's all the little things that add to their charm.

Below, this centerpiece features a fantastic selection of classic vintage details like ornate metal hurricane lanterns, glass votives, bud vases, and a mossy table runner.  You could also skip the runner and simply place this on a lace tablecloth and be good to go!

vintage wedding centerpiece with lanterns and votives

If you are interested in helping to create your centerpieces, rather than having your wedding planner and florist completely design and implement them, start weekly trips to your local thrift stores and flea markets.  You're not going to find everything you want in one trip, so make it your goal to find a couple of details each week, such as birdcages to contain your flowers (below, left) or mismatched barware (below right) to make your pink flowers pop!

pink flowers inside antique white birdcages
 
vintage wedding centerpiece with roses and mismatched bottles

You are generally going to want to use muted flowers with soft petals, such as roses, peonies, and dahlias in shades of pink and peach.  These demure flowers will coordinate with the otherwise "antique" quality to your centerpieces.   Another flower you can use that blends beautifully is baby's breath. It will fit in with your theme and be easier on your budget (plus, it's super stylish this year).

mercury glass votives and vases in vintage wedding centerpiece

Use mercury glass (the slightly distressed silver finish pictured above) or vintage tea tins to incorporate a dash of metallic into your centerpieces.  Especially when paired with other vintage elements, these details will add different texture and more visual interest.

rose wedding centerpiece in vintage tea tin
rustic wedding centerpiece with moss and succulents

Rustic

From barn weddings to woodsy themes, rustic wedding centerpieces use rugged, natural elements to create interesting arrangements.  We've seen rustic weddings really blossom over the last five years to be something more than just practical or limited to the Northwest.

Above, there is no single element more linked to rustic centerpieces than the humble woodcut. Often used underneath the arrangements to elevate them off the table, woodcuts speak to the central concept of rustic, which is bringing the outdoors in.

rustic chic centerpiece with deep red dahlias in planter box

One very popular rustic trend is the addition of glam elements to create "rustic-chic," an upscale sibling of this design. Above, these basic wooden planter boxes and succulents become a bit more glamorous with the addition of jewel-toned dahlias, metallic rick-rack, and an elegant runner.

For your rustic flowers, look to use lots and lots of greenery, allowing it to sort of spill out, to create something more wild and untamed (below, left) than the average centerpiece.  To highlight the greenery, couples often opt to select white, rather than brightly colored flowers. This centerpiece (below, right) would be a fantastic fit for a rustic winter wedding with its birch tree patterned candles, pine boughs, dusty miller, and baby's breath.

white wedding centerpiece with berries and greenery
 
rustic winter wedding centerpiece with birch candle holders and pine

Rustic wedding centerpieces are often planted, rather than cut arrangements in a vase. Surround your planters with bits of moss or ivy for a more woodsy wedding. We love the idea of using your all-greenery centerpieces (below) in your garden after the big day!

fern and greenery centerpiece in mossy planter for rustic wedding

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