Step aside, candle votives and glass vases – the easiest and most fun way to spice up your wedding tablescape is by using vase alternatives! Between roller skates and coffee cans, these vase alternatives offer tons of personality and are anything but traditional.
1. UPCYCLED MATERIALS
There’s nothing that gets our DIY-loving selves as excited as when we spot upcycled materials used in wedding décor! These weddings use embellished bottles and coffee cans for their reception tablescapes to create a timeless feel. These looks are super easy to create – just save your used veggie cans and wine bottles, strip their labels (or keep them for added color!), and stick some flowers or succulents in them! Cluster bottles and cans of different heights together for added tablescape depth, or try spray painting them for a more uniform feel.
2. PLANTERS AND POTS
Succulents, garden herbs, and wild greenery are definitely having a moment in wedding décor, so it only makes sense that their planters and pots are too! These creative weddings used clusters of terracotta pots and low, wide planters to display their green tablescapes. Accents of copper, clear glass, and white florals add a bit of depth to an otherwise earthy display. To maximize your planter and pot tablescape’s function, have guests take home a small pot of herbs as a wedding favor after the reception!
These crystal clear beauties are popping up at more and more weddings, and there’s no wonder why! Terrariums are totally gorgeous, come in every shape and size, and the options of decorating their interiors are limitless. You can choose one large terrarium to be the accent piece of a tablescape, or try a cluster of smaller terrariums to create a dynamic display. For a dreamy, minimalist look, try recreating Transplants Floral‘s coral display by hanging a piece of coral or a gem from fishing line and suspending it from the top of the terrarium to create a floating illusion.
4. UNEXPECTED ITEMS
These weddings went above and beyond the call of duty by selecting totally unexpected items to display their tablescape décor and florals. We can’t get enough of the roller skate vase alternative one wedding chose – it’s the perfect combo of retro and eclectic! To achieve a quirky, playful tablescape, a couple of these weddings displayed succulents and ferns inside small dinosaur figurines. Try a fun and modern spin on a tablescape display by completely forgoing the florals and stuffing a small, antique statue from a craft store with gems and petite greenery details.
5. UNIQUE GLASSWARE
These three weddings take the traditional elements of glass vases and totally turn them upside down! From Erlenmeyer flasks to glass bowls, we can’t get enough of these unique additions to their wedding tablescapes. We love the terrarium-like design in the large glass bowl – the addition of rocks, soil, and quirky figurines create the appearance of a landscape.
6. VINTAGE DISHES AND CHINA
If you’re planning a rustic and romantic wedding reception, vintage dishes and china are the vase alternatives for you! These weddings used vintage china teapots, teacups, and large pitchers in lieu of glass vases to create a dramatic, romantic effect. Large bunches of flowers and greenery work best with these designs as they round out the fullness of the china!
Now that you’ve figured out your wedding reception tablescape designs, it’s time to plan your drink station displays! Take a look at these 9 creative drink stations for your wedding.