Hoping for the dreamiest tablescape on display at your reception? The options for decorating an awe-inspiring table are absolutely endless, from incorporating long, lush arrangements of blooms to adding tapered candles, bud vases, fruit, and even personal trinkets. Another great way to add a beautiful touch to your décor? Featuring lanterns in your centerpieces.
Lanterns come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, textures, and colors so you can choose the best option to fit your aesthetic. Allow lanterns to speak for themselves or add small pops of color amongst lovely greenery.
Think incorporating lantern centerpieces is the perfect fit for you? Read on for 31 ideas you're sure to love.
Top Lanterns With Pretty Posies
Want to incorporate lanterns but afraid they'll look too dull? No way! Have your florist put together small bouquets to adorn the tops for a splash of color.
Opt for All-White
Keeping your color palette simple or matching an island vibe? Go for all-white as one micro wedding couple did. High-top cocktail tables were decorated with white lanterns and little vases of blooms for a light and airy look.
Pair Gold With Simple Greenery
Stick to a simple, natural design by adding intrigue with a rustic gold lantern. We love the way dainty sprigs of greenery are paired with it.
Fill Lanterns With Flowers
While lanterns typically include a candle in the middle, we love the idea of switching it up. Open the doors and stuff it with flowers for a gorgeous, overflowing design.
Play With Color and Texture
Planning a farm or barn wedding? From burlap to lace, there are so many textures to play with. Set the scene with a vintage-inspired lantern plus multiple fabrics and a pop of color from flowers.
Incorporate Wood for Fall
When it comes to fall, it's all about warm color palettes. Spruce up your tables by incorporating a few simple wooden lanterns paired with leaves and greenery.
Celebrate With Plenty of Pine
Think you can't pull off a woodsy-meets-elegant look? Think again. This display pulls it off flawlessly with plenty of pine boughs, baby's breath, and sleek black lanterns.
In some cases, you can never have too much greenery. Add sprawling eucalyptus down the length of the table and bring in vintage lanterns to tie it all together.
Make It Romantic With Roses
There's no need to add a huge candle to every lantern. This look pulls off a romantic vibe flawlessly with a unique geometric shape surrounded by lush roses.
Refresh Rustic With Blooms
If you love the look of a rustic lantern but don't want it to look too old, refresh the look with flowers. Adding lush blooms with pops of bold color can enhance any design.
Keep It Simple
There's no shame in keeping it simple! Use a sleek gold lantern as your centerpiece and add a bit of surrounding greenery to finish off the look.
Revel in Rose Gold
Obsessed with rose gold? Yes please! Incorporate rose gold lanterns and small rose gold candle holders with roses and succulents to put together a dreamy centerpiece.
Make It Pretty for Spring
Hosting a garden-inspired party? Channel spring with brightly-hued lanterns, plus plenty of sunny colored blooms for a pretty touch.
Embrace a Nautical Vibe
While it's easy to go overboard with a nautical aesthetic, it can also be as pretty as can be. Pair a lantern that's not too over-the-top with a beautiful striped blue linen to celebrate your love of the sea.
Play With White and Purple
Want a dramatic tablescape? Play with contrast. We love the look of this green and white setup with a pop of purple.
Light It Up
While candles are a classic option for lanterns, you certainly have the option to switch it up. Instead, make your centerpieces even more magical by displaying lanterns filled with fairy lights.
Balance Rustic Meets Refined
Lanterns can be entirely rustic from the get-go, but they have the potential to be dressed up. Use a slab of wood as a base, add a lantern, and then fill it with lush blooms to add a bit of refinement.
Embrace Plenty of Color
Want to truly make a colorful statement with your centerpieces? One couple paired a bounty of bright peonies and roses with lanterns and colorful candlesticks.
Celebrate the Sea
Setting up for a nautical inspired reception? Choose sea-inspired lanterns with thick ropes, add a candle, and fill the bottoms with sand.
Match Tall Tapered Candles and Lanterns
Hoping to add just a hint of a vintage vibe with lanterns without incorporating too many? Ditch the classic short and stout shape and opt for something tall. These slender lanterns work beautifully with tapered candles.
Frame Flowing Florals
There's no reason you can't stick with a lush floral centerpiece running down the middle of the table. Take your look to a whole new level by framing the florals with simple lanterns.
Create a Hanging Stand
Want something entirely unique? It is possible to incorporate a hanging lantern look into your reception. Deck out the arm of your display in greenery to make it that much more special.
Mix Shades of Wood
Celebrate the outdoors with a refined rustic vibe. Add lanterns in multiple shades of wood for an interesting display. We love the juxtaposition of the two different sizes on this stunning table.
Add Greenery Inside
Don't love the simple candle look? Switch it up! We love the modern design of this black lantern with a few green leaves inside, plus a modern table number sign to match.
Channel a Camp Vibe
Hosting an outdoor wedding in the forest or even at a summer camp? Embrace a camp vibe with old-time kerosene lanterns with a few simple vases of flowers.
Wrap Lanterns in Leaves
Add a bold splash of greenery to your table with this look. Use gold lanterns as your focal point, and then surround them in greenery for added interest.
Choose a Modern Display
These lanterns with sleek, black lines offer such a beautiful modern touch to this table. Surrounded by plenty of greenery with a few blooms, it's as pretty as can be.
Celebrate the Wild West
Celebrating your nuptials on a ranch? Embrace the setting to the fullest with old-time western lanterns paired with pretty blooms.
Create a Hanging Centerpiece
While these aren't necessarily on the table, they certainly command attention. Hang lanterns down the middle of the table with plenty of greenery for a unique floating centerpiece option.
Tie a Ribbon
Want to add a chic pop of color? Set up beautiful lanterns with florals, and then add a ribbon on top to tie it all together.
Play With Metallics
Incorporating lanterns is such a great way to add a splash of gold. Play with metallics by lining a table with gold lanterns, and then consider upping the fun with shiny silver disco balls.