Save a lot of money on your tablescape by keeping the centerpieces compartmentalized and simple: Vary your clear glass vessel heights. Throw in some baby callas, orchids, tulips, and a bunch of daffodils and you have a near-cheap centerpiece design. Pair it up with hotel basics and some rented chairs like chiavari and you can use the money you saved from the wedding reception to splurge on a decadent vintage diamond dazzler for your finger.
$40 Glass vessels (rented)
$100 Chivari (rented)
$39 Misc (20% of itemization)
= $234 (per table)
Considering you have 15 tables at $234 each, that's $3,510, which is less than $5000. 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.