Flowers can get expensive, especially when you have to fill out an entire table with them. While I wouldn’t forego using flowers entirely, there are easy and inexpensive ways to add non-floral color and whimsy to your reception tables…and most of them involve fruit!
My favorite table fruit are definitely lemons. They’re bright and cheerful, and perfect for spring or summer weddings. You can place a couple footed serving bowls of lemons in between small arrangements of flowers (or even single bud vases if you really want to save), and the result will have just as much impact as a table full of flowers (if not better).
While the bowl above (from Crate and Barrel) is great, at $54/each you’re going to end up spending more money on it than a floral arrangement. Instead, look for a footed glass bowl that’s more inexpensive, like this IKEA Gottis serving bowl for $9.99
Another great inexpensive option for a centerpiece is pineapples…and you don’t even need extra serveware for them. I think pineapples are perfect for weddings with a french/middle-eastern theme, and will look amazing alongside flowers such as ranunculus, anamones, or peonies.