Classic example of deceiving your guests into thinking your reception tablescapes sent you into bankruptcy court! If you're (really) clever, then you will be strategic in your design and the elements that comprise the design.
Before I continue, however, I just have to say that the mirrored trough that the florals are sitting in is not anything that I would advocate. In fact, on a previous card, I lambasted its use. But that's not what this card is about, so let's move along...
What's REALLY important here is the good use of the tablescape budget. Take notes my dears...rather than waste all your money on tall elaborate centerpieces focus on the infusion of florals running the length of the table. You can achieve height and elegance through clear glass and silver candle holders and vessels.
Be warned however, the flowers in this picture are hydrangeas, one of the most expensive flower in the industry. It is not uncommon for these delicate blooms to arrive crushed and brown or spotted. My professional advice is to MIX the florals up but STICK to the same color scheme. You can get away with the cheapest flower, the carnation, and throw in some roses and peonies for good measure to add some texture. Up to you.
Budget Bottom-line: $60 Glass vessels (rented) $100 Flowers $40 Candles $40 Chair covers (rented) $48 Misc (20% of itemization)= $288 (per table)
Considering you have 15 tables at $234 each, that's $4,320, 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.