When I got married four and a half years ago, wedding centerpieces were large, formal and over the top. I don't know if that was the trend with your friends but it was with mine so I didn't consider any other type of centerpiece. I had dozens and dozens of roses and orchids and sprays of greenery; some were low to the table and others were set high, blossoming tall above the table. I loved it and it's over the top-ness. At the time. It wasn't until AFTER my wedding that I kept stumbling on beautiful, simple, rustic centerpieces and so many were DIY. I begged my husband to let me have a do-over but he showed me our sad post-wedding bank account and that ended that conversation.
Luckily, I have kept an inspiration folder just in case and now I will share with you some gorgeous yet simply rustic centerpieces for your tables.
I think this would look MARVELOUS interspersed with short vases tightly packed with flowers. These beauties from Martha Stewart would be lovely:
Also from Martha:
Tea tin centerpieces--so colorful and fun!
Wildflowers in mason jars--classically simple and classically rustic; from Elizabeth Anne Designs
Tall birch vases filled with gorgeous flowers...and with a monogram! From Bragging Bags on Etsy.
Burlap wreathes surrounding a hurricane vase. This would also be gorgeous with flowers and river rocks anchoring them in the vase in place of the candle. From Rustic Blend on Etsy.
Even though I won't get to do my wedding again (fingers crossed!) I hope one of you is inspired to create your own rustic centerpieces. Rustic DOES mean beautiful, at least in my book.