Your tablecentres needn't break the bank - there are plenty of ways to create stunning centrepieces that are easy on the budget. A good tablecentre provides an interesting focal point and will get guests talking - so make sure they don't obscure their views!

Some of the prettiest tablecentres I've seen were large martini glasses filled with beads and topped with roses. For something just as effective - but far cheaper - fill glass vases (Ikea does some great ones for under £10; ikea.com) with fruit, sweets (sweetsncandy.co.uk) or floating candles (candlesontheweb.co.uk). For a contemporary touch, use large ostrich feathers (ostrichesonline.co.uk) - white looks classically beautiful, while bold brights have real "wow" factor.

Birdcages (ebay.co.uk is your best bet - it won't matter if they're not all the same) filled with pearls and fairy lights (wilkinsonplus.com) are pretty and romantic, while painted flowerpots (homebase.co.uk), mini buckets and jugs (try amazon.co.uk and ebay.co.uk) are great for a more earthy, natural look. For a sweet treat, I love cupcake towers. Buy cake stands from amazon.co.uk (card stands from £4.99, wire versions from £12.99), add cute, beautifully decorated cupcakes (get your girlfriends round for a decorating session), arrange them on the stands and drape ivy or other green foliage around them. I've done this myself - it's heaps of fun and it looks magical.

As for decorating the rest of the table, make your own favours (see my previous post - The Budget Bride's Guide To Wedding DIY), place cards and menus, and jazz up the tables with metallic confetti, crystals, feathers, petals, party poppers, sparklers, flower petals or tea lights - Confetti is great for these kinds of decorations (confetti.co.uk).

I'd love to hear your tablecentre ideas so do get in touch using the comment box below!