Flower Free Centerpieces

Save money and time with these creative ideas for flower free centerpieces (no wilting or worrying about water!).

No Flowers, No Problem

Centerpieces set the mood, tone an atmosphere of your wedding reception. While flowers are a traditional choice for centerpiece, you can use anything, from long stemmed roses to books and stones! Flowers can be expensive and don’t always reflect your personality as a couple. In this post, we share four ideas for centerpieces that are flower free. Do not be afraid to be creative, pair and group items, or let them stand alone. Many of the materials listed below can be purchased new or found in your local thrift shop. For every day items that are repurposed into centerpieces, such as mason jars, ask friends and family to check their closets and garages for items you can use.

Flower free centerpieces

  • Are creative
  • Simple = Elegant
  • Can cost much less


Faux or real feathers can be displayed in vases individually, in pairs, or arranged bunches. Faux peacock, pheasant and ostrich feathers are good options because they are long enough to easily stand up in a vase. These types of feathers are exotic and add a richness to arrangements. Smaller feathers can be floated on water in clear vases with floating candles, faux pearls or stones.

Peacock feathers look sophisticated and glamorous. They add height to centerpieces.

Stemware & Teacups

Vintage stemware, such as martini glasses, sorbet glasses, cordial glasses, can be filled with faux pearls, glass marbles, Jordan almonds, fairy lights, and so much more! You can fill vintage teacups the same way for a more casual look. In groups, stemware and teacups make delightful centerpieces. Fill with water and add a small floating candle. Or, pair a martini glass filled with pearls, a bookstack and a lantern. The options are endless! Vintage stemware can be found at thrift shops such as Goodwill and Arc. Vintage looking new stemware can be purchased online or in kitchen supply stores.


If you think fruit is a silly centerpiece, let us convince you otherwise. What is more decadent and glamorous than a bunch of ruby red grapes spilling out of cut crystal bowls? What is more fresh and relaxed then a trifle dish full of lemons and a few jasmine blossoms (we know, no flowers, but a little cheating is okay!)? For a winter wedding, oranges, grapefruits and shelled walnuts can be arranged on silver trays. Pomegranates, pears and even pineapples can be arranged to fit a variety of wedding looks. Fruit pairs well with cut crystal or glass dishes, silver platters, and polished wooden bowls.

Gold cups with red grapes.


Whether the titles have special meaning to you, or they look the part, stacks of books make an excellent choice for centerpieces. When leatherbound titles are paired with electric candles and faux pearls they effect is glamourous library vintage chic. Vintage books can be sourced at thrift shops or bought by the box full online. If you are thrifting your titles, make sure the books do not carry unpleasant scents such as smoke or are overly musty. Sets of new books that look old can be found online.

This faux vintage bookstack is also a keepsake box. Use for your centerpieces, then give as gifts to loved ones!
A stack of several books under a white centerpiece.

Candles & Lanterns

Flameless candles and lanterns come in all shapes and sizes. They can easily be paired with any of the centerpiece components mentioned in this post or stand alone. A long table with nothing but a table runner and a candle or lantern every 10 inches is a minimalist and appealing option. Alternatively, groups of candles and or lanterns in various sizes set on a mirror creates an elegant, simple atmosphere.

These decorative lanterns come in several colors and add magic to any reception.

white lantern on a table

Wine & Beverages

Rather than a decorative piece, fill the center of your tables with a bottle or two of wine or other beverages. Water decanted into glass bottles with lemon or cranberries. Custom seltzers or sodas. Bubbly for tables to self serve at toasting time. White or red wines that are from your region, are particular favorites, or were a good deal by the case. For a little bit more of a glam look, chill wine in the center of the table in a wine polished silver wine bucket with ice. If it is not obvious by the bottle, create labels for each bottle and note whether the contents contains alcohol.

White gift tags are a simple way to lable beverages in the center of the table. 


A few photos grouped on each table makes a lovely centerpiece, no flowers needed! Mix frames for an eclectic look, or match frames for a streamlined look. Black and white images paired with silver frames adds a touch of glamor and drama. Mixed frames in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes are a fun way for guests to see the happy couple. Print photo table numbers using a template and an online company such as Shutterfly or Vistaprint.

Sets of silver photo frames like these, make matching frames easy and affordable.

Party table with a photo as the table number.


As an alternative to a centerpiece and an alternative to a dessert table or passed cake, put the dessert in the center of each table! This is perfect for individual desserts like cupcakes, petit fours, mini pies, pot de creme, tartlets, macarons. Sweets, such as M&Ms, jellies, and drops look fantastic in vintage cut glass with miniature silver serving spoons. Cakes that serve the number of seats at each table also make a great centerpiece. Place each on a cake stand in the center of the table and you are done!

Our Pick: Nothing!

A well set table needs no centerpiece. Well set, of course, can mean many things. White linen with silver and bone china. A scrubbed farm table with vintage glassware in a variety of colors. No matter your location, you can pull off a table without a centerpiece. Go for it. Do it.

Practice Makes Perfect!

Before purchasing 20 lanterns or 100 vintage books, create a sample centerpiece. Look at the centerpiece from all angles, including from the top down. Rearrange items until you find the right setting. When you do, take a picture of the arrangement that you can refer to later. If, after creating a sample, the centerpiece is not quite the way you want, start over with a new design. By creating a sample, you can find the right centerpiece without getting stuck with an overabundance of pinecones you decide are not quite right.

DIY Centerpieces

Flower free centerpieces do not wilt, do not need water and will not cause Uncle Phil to sneeze. They give you the opportunity to design to your theme or tone while adding personal touches to each table at your wedding reception. Whatever type of centerpiece you choose, minimalist or opulent, your guests will delight in your creative design.

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