Planning your wedding reception décor is one of the most fun and creative parts of organising your wedding. In particular, your centrepieces are a fantastic opportunity to show off your theme, colour palette and creativity. Whether you’re getting married at the Montcalm Marble Arch or another hotel in Cumberland Place, as a bride, you’ll want to really blow people away with your decoration – and we want to help you manage that.
Your centrepiece can be a simple or dramatic as you like – it’s your wedding after all – and we have a range of ideas to help inspire you whatever your theme, taste or budget. Whatever you’re working with, we have several ideas that are grand enough to suit any venue, including the Montcalm London Marble Arch.
Remember, your guests will spend most of the reception at their table so put in as much effort as you would for all your other décor. Aim to use complementary and accent colours to your palette. Add height, light, scent and interest to the table in any way you can – just make sure you don’t go overboard and stop people being able to speak to each other across the table.
Here are our top ten ideas for fantastic centrepieces to suit any hotel in Cumberland Place.
Building up different levels of candles, filled jars and lanterns adds depth to your centrepiece and creates a warm, modern look that looks great with any theme. You can use metallics and plenty of green foliage to finish the look perfectly. Remember, not every venue will let you have naked flames so you’ll need to check this when designing your centrepiece. It might be that you need to use LED candles instead.
2: A mixture of logs and wildflowers
Logs and wildflowers make the perfect combination for a rustic wedding centrepiece. You can use artificial flowers to prevent them wilting and to ensure you can get the exact flowers you want regardless of what’s in season at the time of your wedding. This is a straightforward centrepiece idea that you can make by hand with very little design skill and looks excellent no matter how you put it together.
3: Wooden crates and rustic vases
If you want to add a little more texture to your rustic wedding, try using wooden crates, boxes and rustic jars to create a unique centrepiece. You could even combine it with some log slices and rustic flowers. Just collect a few signature rustic pieces and get creative. Remember, it’s your wedding, so make your centrepieces look the way you want them too by playing around with a few different items and seeing what you like the look of.
4: Photo frames
Photo frames aren’t just for photos! They work really well as a focal point for your centrepieces as you can display your table names or number in them. You can also fill them with colourful feathers, sequins or pressed flowers, to tie them into your theme.
5: Mini easels
If you’re going for a chic country theme for your wedding, then a mini easel could make the ideal centrepiece. You can prop up your table numbers, names to help guests find their tables or you could add in a selection of your favourite photos to really personalise your decorations. Getting a light wooden easel works really well with a country theme and you can always embellish them with by surrounding them in your favourite flowers or some LED candles for a little extra brightness.
6: Birdcages and foliage
Filling an ornate birdcage with flowers is a great way to add to a rustic or vintage wedding theme. Using a white cage acts as a perfect base for you to add your favourite flowers for a bit of versatility, while metallic birdcages add something of a quirky twist to your centrepieces. You can add depth to metal birdcage centrepieces with unique items such as pocket watches and candles.
7: Small vases and mason jars
Small vases and mason jars have seen a boom in popularity in recent years, and they’re a favourite amongst our wedding team at the Montcalm London Marble Arch because they’re so versatile and straightforward. Their simplicity means you can really personalise and adapt them to suit your style and chosen theme. Filling dainty vases and rustic mason jars with wildflowers help to create a very delicate and romantic centrepiece. You can also step a little out of the box by standing your filled jars on something that shows off your personality like antique saucers or vintage hardback books.
8: Fairy lanterns
Fairylights are a great way to add an ethereal atmosphere to your hotel in Cumberland Place venue, but they can be used in more ways than you might think. Try filling a vintage lantern with twinkling fairy lights to create a dainty, fairy-inspired centrepiece. Fishbowls and vases also look great when filled with these twinkly lights. To bring in your colour theme, consider adding coloured glass balls, baubles or bells and intertwining them with your fairy lights. The glimmering lights will bounce off the shiny coloured surfaces to really catch the eye. You can use battery-powered fairy light to save on trailing wires too.
9: A sweet treat
If you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth, why not combine this with your centrepiece design. Fill some vintage or glass jars and bottles with your favourite sweets, marshmallows and treats for a delicious, edible centrepiece alternative. Doing this, you can also double up your centrepiece as wedding favours, as your guests can take home a piece of your edible decorations.
10: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ inspired bell jar
This is an excellent idea for all the Disney fans looking to get married at the Montcalm Marble Arch. All you need is a bell jar, and a simple red rose to recreate the iconic rose from everyone’s favourite tale as old as time. You can even add in some fairy lights and tiny gems for a bit of extra sparkle.
TOP WEDDING TIP: Don’t forget to advise your guests to search for London hotels special offers so that they can stay overnight and enjoy the fun of your big day right until the very end.