If your wedding reception consists of a formal sit-down three-course meal, then you might want to start thinking about centerpieces for your budget wedding reception tables. Table centerpieces play a big part in a wedding reception, and it will be one of the first things your guests look at when they sit down at the table.

Many people choose to go the more traditional route and have flowers as their centerpiece. However, if you want to be a bit different, then here are three ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

1. Candles
If you are having your wedding reception in the early evening or in a darkened room, then candles can make a great centerpiece decoration. Candles not only look good but can create a romantic and peaceful atmosphere.

You can place pretty candlesticks or glass candle holders in the middle of your table to hold the candles. Another great candle centerpiece idea is scented floating candles.

2. A Goldfish Bowl
Goldfish bowls with a single goldfish inside are becoming an increasingly popular and controversial wedding reception centerpiece idea. Goldfish centerpieces can be a talking point for your older guests and very fun for the younger guests. You could also provide a sachet of goldfish food on each table for the youngsters to feed the fish.

There are some people who believe using fish for your wedding is cruel, and unnecessary. However, if you provide them with oxygen, and make sure they have a loving home to go to after the wedding, then there shouldn’t be a problem.

3. Potted Plants
Instead of using the more traditional flowers as your table centerpieces, why not go for potted plants instead. You don’t have to stick with green leafy plants; you can purchase some that have already flowered to add some color to your reception.

The great thing about potted plants is that once the wedding is over they are not going to die. You can take them home and keep them to remember your day.