DIY Fall Wedding Centerpieces Decorations On A Budget

There are many ways to create unique and inexpensive fall wedding centerpieces decorations. One way to achieve this is by using what nature provides at this specific time of year and add your personal touch to it.

Warm colors like orange, yellow, gold and bronze put the emphasis on the autumn theme you may have chosen. Adding white or silver accents will give it the nuptial vibe that you are looking for.

Nature isn’t repeating the exact same pattern so why make all your table centerpieces decorations identical?

Play with ideas you will find here to make each table decoration an exclusive creation. Your guests will take pleasure in discovering the beauty of each centerpiece as they walk to other tables and talk to other guests. A good way to break the ice and have both families build bonds of friendship!

The best part of it all, they are inexpensive to make, delicate and absolutely gorgeous!

Skeptical? Just look a the next pictures!


You can also read the following articles on how to make amazing wedding centerpieces with pumpkins and fruit.


Rustic wedding table decorations

Burlap, bark, natural rope, are some of the elements to incorporate when decorating for a country style wedding. But there is more to it when you want to add a festive and elegant vibe.

Take the time to look at the following pictures. I will describe all elements and objects I used to make these centerpieces and also provide a price range.

Lantern filled with flowers on silver tray


The following picture shows a closeup of a simple mason jar filled with the vibrant fall colors of Berberis plant (red branches), Euonymus plant (green-white branch) and daisy-like flower. This one can easily be replaced by chrysanthemum at this time of year.

The small white flowers are called Gypsophila and are very popular in any type of wedding flower decorations. These are the only flowers I had to buy from a florist which represents considerable cost savings. That’s right, everything was available in my own backyard!

Closeup on flower and mason jar details


How to save on your table centerpieces

Believe it or not, you can find many plants in your neighborhood, in parks and green areas in your city and save a lot of money. Remember that flowers will fade and will be thrown away in the garbage in a few days following your wedding day. However, you will have to pay for your wedding expenses for weeks to come.

Might as well save where you can and table centerpiece flowers are one good place to start. Use what’s available and abundant outside and mix with florist flowers for what you can’t find. You will cut your costs in half or more.


Cedar wood, pumpkin and shimmering lights!

Most people tend to overdo it when decorating their wedding. The caterer, venue, photographer, and so on… the last thing you need is to make more extravagant expenses.

Wedding table decoration with cedar board

The simplest table decorations can create a warm and welcoming ambiance. It’s all in the details.

One great way to make your table centerpiece stand out is to repurpose common objects like in this picture on the right.

Instead of using a lantern for ambient lighting, adorn it with flowers and tulle. You can still put a LED tea light in it if you like.

Round candles are original. These are fit for a fall theme wedding with their beige and brown colors.

The cedar board has an interesting visual effect with the knots and grain of the wood.

It’s subtle wood scent increases our sense of emotional well-being. I love cedar scent!



How to make this centerpiece

  • 1 pumpkin
  • 2 round candles
  • 1 lantern (12″ high)
  • 1 cedar board (same one you use to make cedar plank salmon. Available at your grocery store)
  • Tulle ribbon (about 4′ long);
  • 3 white daisy-like flower;

This centerpiece costs 18$ to make.


Head table chic centerpiece: simple and classy

Squashes and pumpkins wedding centerpiece

This handcrafted silver color tray from my Etsy shop has an impressive look and is ideal as a head table centerpiece. It’s also a perfect wedding gift that can be engraved to immortalize this special day. It can also be an appropriate wedding favor offered to bride’s and groom’s parents.

Complement your table centerpieces with pumpkins and squashes. There are hundreds of varieties, all different shapes, colors, and sizes. These fruits are as delicious and they are pleasing to the eye. They will embellish any table decoration.

Elements and cost for this table centerpiece

  • A small pumpkin, 1 Acorn squash;
  • Tulle ribbon (about 4′ long);
  • 3 white daisy-like flower;
  • Tray, 16″ long

Cost: 65$


Fancy head table ideas:  apples, pears, and flickering candles!

The following centerpiece is my favorite. I love the idea of displaying edible fruits and using them in an unexpected way (e.g. to create ambient light!)


The price, details (varieties of apples and pears, etc.) and tips on to make it are explained here: pumpkin and fruit centerpieces.

Pumpkin and real fruit candles centerpiece


Making your own fall wedding centerpieces decorations

As I said earlier, don’t hesitate and go for a walk. You’ll be surprised to find so much variety and colors.

This should be very inspiring!

If you have any questions on where to find any of the products mentioned or need more information on the techniques used to make these centerpieces this posts, leave your questions in the comment section. I will get back to you shortly.


14 Responses to “DIY Fall Wedding Centerpieces Decorations On A Budget

  • Marko Starcevic
    2 years ago

    This is awesome. I need to forward this to my fiance because she is freaking out and our wedding is approaching faster than expected. Still so many things we need to take care of.


  • I wish I had found your site sooner! I got married in the beginning of the year and the entire year leading up I felt like I was living in “panicking-fiance town”. You have so many neat and inexpensive ideas here.

    • Carolyn
      2 years ago

      Hi Sam, glad you like it! Congratulations on your wedding!
      Wedding planning can be stressful especially when you see the costs adding up. Share the posts you found useful with your friends and acquaintances and help them save money on their own wedding 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by!

  • marcelg
    2 years ago

    We are engaged but have not started planning yet because we are thinking how will we ever afford this…

    This is reassuring though. Nice to read about some of the options that are out there that are DIY and therefore more reasonably priced!

    We have been engaged for a while though now – it’s probably time to start making some plans lol!

    • Carolyn
      2 years ago

      Hi Marcel, Start by making a list of what you need and make sure to choose a date that provides enough time so that you are not in a rush. With some creativity and open-mindedness, you will find that you can make an awesome wedding without going bankrupt! All the best to you both!

  • We attended a wedding in June where all of the centerpieces were handmade utilizing mostly items found in nature and it was so creatively beautiful! I very much enjoyed the differences between the different centerpieces. I love your ideas! Weddings can be so expensive, so saving money where you can is always very helpful. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Carolyn
      2 years ago

      Hi Jess, so glad you like it! People are usually intimidated when it comes to making their own wedding decorations, but it’s much simpler than it seems. Thanks for dropping by

  • Hindy Pearson
    2 years ago

    Hi Carolyn, You have some wonderful and original ideas here. Wedding flowers can be predictable, and to get something truly unique could cost at least as much as a new car! How nice it would be to create something inexpensive, unexpected and make your wedding decorations stand out. I wasn’t shocked by the cost of flowers when I got married, you expect that as soon as you say the word wedding, but annoyed just the same. I ended up doing a lot of it myself for just that reason.

    • Carolyn
      2 years ago

      Hi Hindy, Thanks, glad you enjoyed my creations. It’s also really fun to make! You say that flowers can cost the price of a new car. Or a mortgage down payment, as I like to say. When you put it this way, it emphasizes how important it is to keep in mind why we get married. Because it’s a strong emotional moment in life, we tend to forget there’s a life after the big day and we will have to pay the bills. The usual ones plus those related to the wedding celebration!
      Doing many things yourself most have saved you a lot of money and I think that’s the way it should be. It’s best to keep the money for future plans. There will be many!

  • Anne Line
    2 years ago

    Hi carolyn, I like your post, beautiful picture and lots of good advice. I like decorations also, and often find many things in the nature, to use in my decorations. The last decoration was very nice, I think I have to made one like this.Anne Line

    • Carolyn
      2 years ago

      Hi Anne Line, thanks for your appreciation. I’m glad you found inspiration in this post. Let me know if you need help and I will gladly share my tricks!

  • I love how you are using real elements from our nature to make your centerpiece.
    A few years ago, I want to a small wedding. The flowers used for the centerpiece and the bouquet were all made of plastic. I was so shocked, and still am.
    With your ideas, it’s easy and nice to make beautiful pieces we real stuff.
    Thanks for the ideas. I wish I could have shared the info to my friend, a few years ago hihi

  • Hi Sara, glad you found these ideas inspiring!
    Dead tree branches, leaves on the ground and season fruits are real treasures one can use to decorate fall wedding tables in a beautiful way.

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