Having seen so many wedding receptions and all sorts of table centrepieces over the years, there were two that really stuck in my mind. The first was a civil partnership I worked on in London – two gorgeous ladies, one with a very large and boisterous Italian family, that clearly weren’t ‘short of a few bob’. They had very simple table settings with a large vintage silver candelabra in the centre of each table. I believe that many of them came from the family silver too. It was extremely simple but so beautiful and elegant. Unfortunately Mr. Mac and I don’t quite have 10 large silver candelabras in our family silver! Luckily the second standout was much more affordable. This couple were Kiwis so had gone down the very Kiwi path of D.I.Y. The couple and their families has been saving plain glass jars for months which they cleaned out, took the labels off and added a simple candle to each one. They then grouped the jars together in the centre of the tables. It looked so fantastic with all of the candles lit.

We have decided to go with the same idea however we will be adding ribbon and lace to the jars. We have asked our families at home to save as many jars as possible (and hopefully clean and ‘de-label’ them for us). I’ve been buying up various ribbons and laces in shades of pink, white and black (a whole 80 metres of it!)


80 metres of wedding ribbon!
80 metres of wedding ribbon!

Here are some photos of our trial run:

Centrepieces unlit

Table centrepieces - lit

What do you think?


Our homemade table centrepieces at our wedding.

DIY centrepieces at our wedding