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3 Easy DIY Beach Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

Updated on June 15, 2016

Beach weddings are a popular wedding destination all year round because this gives couples the opportunity to travel, relax, and say their wedding vows behind a romantic backdrop of the ocean and sunset. When planning a beach wedding, it can sometimes get a little on the expensive side with travel expenses (if planning a destination wedding), booking hotels, reserving wedding venues, and purchasing wedding decorations. A great way to save some money is by creating your own decorations for the wedding reception.

Flowers arrangements can sometime take up the bulk of the budget when planning out a wedding reception. Instead of flower arrangements for the wedding centerpiece, why not try something more fun and festive? Inspired by the video below, I've come up with 3 simple DIY wedding centerpiece ideas that are easy, fun, and budget friendly! You can find most of the material used at any party favor store, in your pantry or craft room, or can purchase online in bulk for cheap!

DIY Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

Glass Candle Holder from Wedding Star
Glass Candle Holder from Wedding Star

DIY Centerpiece Idea #1: Vases and Candle Holders

One of the best ways to create a stand-out wedding centerpiece on a budget is by using candles and candle holders as the tables' focal point! Wedding centerpieces with candles are perfect for those who wants to add a romantic touch to their wedding reception. Plus, they’re an instant mood booster, creating a warm and cozy atmosphere.

The secret to transforming a classic candle centerpiece into statement piece is to use the lights and different sizes of candle holders! Candles and candle holders can be purchased in bulk, which can save you tons of money.


  • Glass candle holder or vase
  • Seashells
  • Sand
  • Candle (white or blue preferred)
  • Starfish (optional)

How to Put Together:

Clean and empty out the clear glass candle holder or tall flower vase and fill it with sand (can use the beach’s sand or purchase sand at the store) to the height you want. After adding the sand, place candle in the middle of the candle holder/flower vase atop of the sand. Add the finish touch by placing some of your favorite seashells and starfishes into the glass surrounding the candle.

Lantern from Wedding Star
Lantern from Wedding Star


Instead of using a candle holder or a flower vase, you can use lanterns or small decorative lighthouses! Wedding centerpiece with lanterns are a very popular wedding decor choice because they are beautifully appealing and can cast a romantic glow when a candle is placed inside. You can also decorate the inside of the lantern with flowers, sand, and seashells. Lanterns create a vintage and charming atmosphere.

Take it a step further with your wedding centerpiece DIY by adding water to the candle holder/flower vase plus a nice little floating candle! There's just something romantic about candles afloat water, with the flame's flickering reflection. This option creates a more romantic and whimsical atmosphere for your friends and family gathered around the table.

DIY Centerpiece Idea #2: Fisherman Netting Wrapped Mason Jar

If you’re loving the whole mason jar craze, then this next wedding centerpiece DIY is perfect for you! You can use leftover mason jars from spaghetti sauces, salsa, or can purchase mason jars at any party favors store for this next project. Although they are small, you can use multiple mason jars in one centerpiece by adding blocks underneath the mason jars to add height and dimension to your centerpiece.


  • Mason jars
  • Fish netting
  • Glue
  • Twine
  • Sand, candles and seashells (if needed)

How to Put Together:

Cut the fisherman netting to size – make sure to leave extra for overlap. After cutting the netting, run a glue line (or glue dollops) along one side of the jar and wrap the netting over. Let the excess netting hang over the opposite side for the meantime and let the glue dry for 30-45 minutes. After the glue dries, cut off the excess netting and wrap the second side of netting and glue into place. Let it dry for 30-45 minutes. Trim off excess netting at the bottom of the jar and glue around the bottom of the jar. If the mason jar is unstable when placed right-side up, cut any netting knots to make the jar stand straight.


Another alternative to fisherman netting is to wrap mason jars or tall glass candle holders/flower vases with twine and pearl beads on a wire garland!

Deer Pearl Flowers
Deer Pearl Flowers

DIY Centerpiece Idea #3: Goldfishes & Tropical Fishes

Looking for a wedding centerpiece that's more out of the ordinary but will still catch the eye's of the guests? Try adding a fish to your centerpiece! This will definitely catch family and friends by surprise. It may be strange, but if done tastefully then this centerpiece will be the talk of the wedding reception! Plus, it's easy to do, budget friends, and can also be given away at the end of the night as a party favor.

Deer Pearl Flowers
Deer Pearl Flowers


  • Glass container (flower vase, fish bowl, or candle holder)
  • Fishes (goldfishes or betta fishes for easy maintenance -- or any fish you want)
  • Decorative piece (coral, pebbles, flowers, etc)
  • Water

How to Put Together:

This is a really simple DIY -- it's like the first DIY idea mentioned above! Place the pebbles, rocks, or any decorative pieces into the glass container. After properly placing the pieces together, pour the water into the container (TIP: make sure to check and see what water temperature is right for the fish to comfortable swim and live in). If decorative pieces move, this would be a great time to fix it up before placing the fish inside the container.

You can put this centerpiece together the either the day before or the day of the wedding to make sure the fishes are alive and the water is clean and clear.

My Hotel Wedding
My Hotel Wedding

Finishing Touches

Now that you've got your main centerpiece prepared and ready to-go, it's now time to put it all together. Even though each DIY centerpiece mentioned can be great by itself, you can add a little more depth to make the centerpiece be the center of attention of the table:

  • Purchasing different sized candle holders/vases so it won't look monotone
  • Add table runner and surround centerpiece with small tea-light candles, seashells and starfishes
  • Add colorful coral and decorative driftwood for more texture to the centerpiece
  • Display centerpiece and other decorations on decorative tray

Something Turquoise
Something Turquoise

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