Unique wedding centerpieces

Apr 1, 2013 at 12:40 a.m. ET

These days many brides are looking for ways to spice up their wedding decor. Centerpieces are one of the easiest and most effective ways to do so. Though traditional flower arrangements can be gorgeous, many other centerpiece alternatives exist. Choose one of these unique table decoration ideas to help amp up your wedding reception.

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5 ways to create unique table decor

We talked to the experts at JOWY Productions, Los Angeles' premier and exclusive full service event and wedding planning production company, for their tips on wedding centerpieces.

Let the season inspire you

Use your environment as a guide, especially in outdoor weddings. In the fall, think about colorful leaves, branches and pumpkins. Mini pumpkins could be used as seating cards. Go natural or artsy by spray painting elements in all gold or silver which can be striking and unique. In the winter, small evergreens, decorated with berries, or ornaments are lovely. Consider hanging escort cards on a beautiful Christmas tree for guests to find their table assignments. Summertime is perfect for glass containers filled with sand, seashells and colored sea glass. This is ideal for a beach wedding.

Get fruity

A glass cylinder filled with fruit (lemons, limes, oranges, kumquats) at varying heights is fun, chic and colorful. Each cylinder should have its own fruit and cylinders should be arranged in groupings of three at the center of the table.

On the rocks

When combined with pillar candles, rocks can deliver a nice, organic feel to a table. Fill a cylinder with water, submerged rocks and a floating, white candle to create a stellar, clean and romantic look.

Let there be light

Candles provide romance, ambience and additional light. When placed at varying heights in varied vessels of size and color, candles are a great way to create a simple centerpiece. Consider using floating candles in a unique vase. If your going for an eclectic decor style, purchase different vases in various patterns, colors, shapes and sizes. Light small floating candles inside for a romantic ambience.

Sticks and succulents

Go green with your centerpieces. Add moss and accents of candles to decorate a table that is striking and eco-friendly.

You can also add a few orchid heads here and there in branches for hints of floral and softness. This is another great way to create a simple centerpiece that still provides a beautiful, romantic feel.

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