Big, bodacious events don't all have to be pink flowers and glass votives. There's a whole world of crazy colorful and downright quirky event design out there for you to borrow, tweak and make your own for a party, shower or, yes, most definitely a wedding.
Show off your geeky side by using test tubes and beakers instead of vases, like in this centerpiece from Confetti Sunshine.
Spray paint can turn anything into party decorations. Case in point: The bottles, jars and, yep, a plastic unicorn from this Palm Springs wedding on 100 Layer Cake.
These cute succulent containers are actually plywood glued around re-purposed drinking glasses and cans. Tell Love and Party then painted on a bright, geometric design.
Classic votives take an artsy spin. If you've ever made a mess painting, you know how to make these candle holders from Once Wed.
Paper flowers, like this colorful bouquet from Real Simple, can be made way in advance of the big day.
You can also make massively oversized paper flowers for a really modern and romantic table. There's a tutorial here at the Rock Paper Scissors Events blog.