Your wedding centerpieces are one of the main focal points of your reception décor. They help set the mood and style of your wedding, whether you go for romantic and elegant or fun and eclectic. For South African weddings, using local flowers, greenery, and other natural elements can create a beautiful celebration of your unique setting.
Follow the latest trends with these 25 gorgeous centerpiece ideas that are perfect for modern South African weddings.
Natural and Organic Centerpieces
Using organic materials like wood, stone, plants, and flowers is an eco-friendly way to decorate your wedding tables. These natural centerpieces are on-trend while also being sustainable.
1. Wooden Slab with Florals
A chunky wooden slab makes a great rustic base for a simple yet pretty floral arrangement. Opt for native blooms like proteas and grevilleas.
2. Succulents and Candles
Succulents are perfect for South African weddings as they thrive in warm climates. Create mini succulent gardens in wooden crates or bowls, and add pillar candles for a mood-setting glow.
3. Leafy Garland Runners
Delicate vines like asparagus fern make dreamy table runners. Opt for greenery garlands as a base, then add pops of color with seasonal flowers like roses or daisies.
4. Seeded Eucalyptus
Seeded eucalyptus has delicate pods that add texture. Arrange the twisting branches in simple vases for an organic look.
5. Geometric Terrariums
Terrariums are a cute way to use small plants as centerpieces. Opt for geometric shapes like cubes or hexagons for a modern feel.
6. Green Wreaths
Wreaths made from fresh eucalyptus, olive branches, or other greens make a pretty base for floral centerpieces. Adorn with blooms or leave plain for a minimalist look.
Eclectic and Whimsical
Have fun with unique containers and bold color palettes for playful tables that reflect your personality.
7. Tin Can Cactus Garden
Upcycle old tin cans by filling with cacti and succulents to create a quirky desert garden tablescape. Add tiny flags for a whimsical touch.
8. Watering Can Posies
Vintage galvanized watering cans make adorable holders for wildflower posies. Cluster 3-5 on each table for a rustic feel.
9. Miniature Greenhouse
One large glass cloche per table makes a cute greenhouse. Fill with mini calla lilies or orchids and surround with pebbles and moss.
10. Paint Can Flowers
Upcycle old paint cans by cleaning and decorating them before placing a small bouquet in each. Opt for daisies, gerberas or zinnias for a bright, playful look.
11. Colored Vintage Bottles
Collect colored glass bottles like blue medicine bottles or green wine bottles. Fill with colorful blooms for a eclectic look.
12. Patterned Teacups
Use floral teacups and saucers as holders for single stems or small posies. Mix and match patterns for a whimsical mismatched effect.
Elegant and Modern
Keep it chic with gleaming metals, sophisticated colors, and varieties of flowering branches.
13. Mercury Glass Votives
Cluster mercury glass votives and vases down the table for ambiance. Float flowers like peonies or ranunculus on top for added glamour.
14. Geometric Gold Vases
Metallic vases in geometric shapes look modern and stylish. Fill with textured blooms like king proteas or palm fronds.
15. Tall Glass Cylinders
Use tall cylinders in different heights to create a layered effect. Add sprays of delicate flowers and greenery.
16. Linear Runner
A skinny linear vase full of long-stemmed blossoms makes a striking runner that creates drama down the table’s center.
17. Floating Floral Spheres
Create lush flower balls using florist foam. Float one or two in a low glass bowl or cube vase for an elegant look.
18. Green Monstera Leaves
The monstera’s large, glossy green leaves add texture. Place single leaves in slender vases for a modern tropical vibe.
Romantic and Soft
Create a dreamy ambiance with candles, pastels, and delicate blooms.
19. Crystal Candelabras
Multiple slim candles in a crystal candelabra create a glam and romantic glow. Surround with soft roses, ranunculus, or hydrangea.
20. Hanging Bulb Gardens
Suspend mini veggie or herb garden light bulbs above the tables for a unique celestial look. Surround with flowers below.
21. Floral Hoop Wreaths
Suspended hoops decorated with flowers and trailing vines make a pretty focal point. Encircle with loose blooms and petals on the table.
22. Birch Log Slices
Birch log slices are a rustic yet romantic base to hold flower arrangements or votive candles.
23. Laser-cut Wood Flowers
Ethereal laser-cut wood flowers are super romantic for centerpieces. Group with real blooms like peonies or garden roses.
24. Pastel Color Scheme
Soft pinks, purples, blues and whites create a dreamy pastel palette for centerpieces with an airy, romantic vibe.
25. Floating Candles
Dot floating candles across your tables, surrounding low floral arrangements and scattering rose petals for ambiance.
From antlers and wine boxes to cake stands and birdcages, unique containers add personality.
- Cake stands
- Galvanized buckets or watering cans
- Boxes like crates or wine boxes
- Concrete planters
- Birch logs
- Wood slices
With so many gorgeous options using South African scenery, why settle for boring? One of these trendy centerpiece ideas is sure to be the perfect match for your wedding style and personality. Work with your local florist to bring your ideal centerpiece vision to life.