Saving money is easy when you are flexible with the wedding reception design.
One of the oldest tricks in the books to save on centerpieces is to set up queens tables. These are long rectangular shaped and can be as short as 16 feet and up. This negates the need for large and over-produced centerpieces that can run into the hundreds of dollars. Multiply that by every round table and the cost is budget-bursting.
Simple sleek cafe chairs and elegant hotel tableware will mean more money elsewhere. In this case, low-hung wrought iron chandeliers, draped with ivy. The low table flowers appear to be scant of anything premium-grade.
Standing back, this looks like an understated, yet elegant reception. Upon closer inspection, and only then, are you able to see how this was pulled off.
$25 Silver-dollar Eucalyptus (per chandelier)
$15 Candles (per chandelier)
$25 Flowers (table florals)
$80 Cafe Chairs (rented)
$31 Misc (20% of itemization)
= $186 (per table)
Considering you have 15 tables at $186 each, that's $2,790, which is almost half of a $5000 budget. Remember, your tablescape budget should account for 10 percent of your wedding budget. It's okay to go higher, but you must make adjustments elsewhere.
Last, but not least, my darlings, If you have a design dilemma or need help, feel free to ask. I am glad to help where I can.