For a 50th wedding anniversary, centerpieces made from floral bouquets in golden vases, photo centerpieces or golden candles on a gold platter work well. Since the 50th anniversary is dubbed the "golden" anniversary, that color should figure prominently in the design.
A thoughtful way to create a floral centerpiece for a couple's 50th wedding anniversary is to use the same type of flowers that were originally used in the wedding. One can look through old wedding pictures or talk to those who were in attendance. If the celebration is a surprise, however, one should ask surreptitiously so as to not alert the guests of honor.
A photo centerpiece is thoughtful and a unique take on a traditional floral one. A person can simply speak to friends and family members of the couple to gather pictures of their life together. As a nod to the "golden" anniversary, cheap wooden frames can be spray-painted gold.
Candles add a touch of elegance to any celebration, and gold candles are perfect for a 50th anniversary centerpiece. One can use tapered candles in gold candle holders, or arrange pillar candles of differing heights on a gold platter. An alternate way of bringing the color into a candle centerpiece is to wrap golden ribbons around the candles or candle holders.