We've all seen them before, the centerpieces that everyone uses.
You've got the floating candles in vases filled with water, or the multitude of candles which are all different heights and are set on a round piece of glass. You've got branches poking out of tall or short vases, usually draped in crystals and hanging tea lights, or sprinkled with glitter and lit up from the bottom of the vase.
And even though flower centerpieces are timeless, but they're also incredibly typical.
For the couple who wants something a bit more out of the ordinary, you need other inspiration.
For winter wedding centerpieces, you can find the typical decor inspirations wherever you look online. Granted, they can be done very well (some of the branch arrangements are breathtaking), and they may be just what you're looking for.
But if you're that couple who wants to try new things, you're in luck.
Here's a collection of our favorite winter wedding centerpieces that bring their own character to your guests' tables without losing the seasonal flair!
Mini Trees --
What better way to celebrate the winter season than by using mini Christmas trees for centerpieces?
These are not only eco-friendly options, but they're also good favors to give away to guests at the end of the night. Highly customizable, you can decorate the trees like you would a full-size version, or you can leave them to all their evergreen glory.
You can try versions made from fake crystal or paper cut-outs, or sugar-coated cranberries. Take it a step further and consider using tree winter wedding centerpieces made entirely of ornaments or pine cones. You can't get much more seasonal than that!
Sure, these are a bit traditional for the winter season, but they definitely break the tradition of flowers and candles people typically use through all seasons. If you liked the idea of a winter wedding bouquet made of ornaments, these will help tie together this theme.
Used as winter wedding centerpieces, ornaments are versatile little joys. They can be placed in clear vases or bowls as floral alternatives, or even in tiered pastry dishes. Place them a top candlesticks in place of candles. And as already mentioned above you can make mini trees with them, too.
Or just use ornaments as they're supposed to be used - as hanging pieces. Hang from the ceiling or from a decorative stand or candelabra. Our favorite version of hanging ornaments, though, is attaching several ornaments from one, low-hanging branch that spans the entire table!
Though not restricted to winter wedding centerpieces in particular, they definitely aren't what a guest would expect to see.
Books can be bought cheaply from garage sales, used book stores, and library sales. You can select classics or very old books only, or just pick a variety of books you've enjoyed in the past. Like mini trees, the benefit here is that you can give them away as favors.
Wrap the books in ribbon, or pile them in stacks and top with other decor items of your choice (the table number is a great option).
Tiered Wood Chunks --
If you're going for a rustic theme with your winter wedding centerpieces, look no further than wood.
Select a variety of different wood sizes, chunks, and pieces, and you'll have lots to work with. Top with any traditional pieces like candles, lanterns, or flowers, or simply drape with some beautiful fabric or beads. You can easily add pinecones and even cotton and burrs to make the entire ensemble as rustic as possible.
If you have time, you can even make stands out of the wood pieces to lift your centerpieces up a little higher.
Pine Cones --
Okay, so maybe this is cheating a little since pine cones are everywhere in winter decor.
However, their usefulness is precisely what makes them good options for winter wedding centerpieces. As we already mentioned, you can make entire mini trees out of pine cones for your centerpieces, or you can place them in jars, vases, or bowls. Set them on top of candlesticks and place under a glass cover.
Mix pine cones with other decor items like flowers, fruits, or ornaments. Paint them or dip the edges in glitter. See? Lots and lots of options to make them unique to your wedding.
Candy Trees -
If your wedding is a bit more on the whimsical side, try using candy trees as your centerpieces.
You can use the traditional peppermint sticks, or opt for gumdrops, chocolate, cotton candy, or marshmallows. Maybe you'd like a mixture of all of these (hint: candy with gold and silver wrappers are good seasonal selections). Your trees can be in the shape of a balled topiary, or the pyramid-style Christmas tree shape.
For a little less whimsy and more decadence, try opting for rock candy trees only. You can add crystals or pearls on the outside for extra flair.
Bottles & Mason Jars --
Tired of vases?
Bottles and mason jars are a more creative alternative to vases, and can be saved from your daily life when you're done using them. We've featured these in a DIY centerpieces post before, because they're just so darn easy and cheap.
Before using these as your winter wedding centerpieces, clean out the bottles or jars, and then feel free to decorate. Spray painting them in metallics or covering in glitter or jewels gives them a definite holiday feel.
Ice Buckets/Champagne Chillers & Ice Molds --
Time for some practicality.
If you're serving any sort of chilled beverage for your wedding toast, you may as well use metal ice buckets to keep them cool and double for a centerpiece.
This idea is really unique and will get your guests talking. Though many brides already use buckets and pails in their decor, many don't consider making them work for their original purpose, too.
Add some other decor items like pine cones or a ribbon around the bucket, and many places online show you how to make your own frozen champagne chiller filled with berries.
Anything Seasonal --
The more seasonal you want your wedding to be, the more options you have for winter wedding centerpieces.
We already discussed pine cones and mini trees, as well as ornaments, but there's more. Remember those snow globes you used to collect? Try using those or making your own out of mason jars. You could even consider succulent terrariums! These make great winter wedding favors, too.
You also can't get much more seasonal than gifts wrapped in colors that match your winter wedding theme, or ice skates for the couple that's a bit more active, even in the winter.
Winter wedding centerpieces can be just as creative and unique as those in any other season. You just need to find the right inspiration before deciding on the ones that will complement your special day.
What centerpieces do you think will fit your wedding the best? Did we miss any good options?