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Lush Reception, Yet Nothing Over-The-Top
Keeping to your tablescape budget and getting it to look good can be achieved when you are collaborating with a good designer that knows your needs, budget constraints, and style/theme.

You can see here that the couple decided to go with navy blue, gold and fuchsia lighting. Combined with a few elements on the table, this dining table looks lush without going overboard.

The candles do most of the work as they provide the warm glow in gold flecked holders. The flowers, consisting of roses, dahlias, hydrangeas, queen anne's lace, among other seasonal flowers (for filler) rested upon chandelier-style candle sticks. Again, the design was round and simple and at an elevation so as not to obstruct views of people across the table.
Budget Bottom-line: $40 Chandelier Candlesticks (rented) $30 Gold Candle Holders (rented)

$60 Flowers
$20 Candles


$100 Tableware (rented)
$50 Misc (20% of itemization)
= $300 (per table)
Considering you have 15 tables at $300 each, that's $4,500, 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.

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@daniachicago that is the best thing you can do. Come fully prepared when meeting with your design team. Tell them. Show them. And be specific in terms of what you DO NOT LIKE. Vocalize your ideas without being a snot.
Too many bridezillas out there. Don't be mean to them or treat them like how Bethany Frankel did to that poor wedding planner!
I remember seeing an episode on Bravo (i think) where she just railed against him and her fiance. That wedding didn't last!
I need to google this to see what you are talking about. I know who Bethany is, not sure who the wedding planner is you're talking about.
@marshalledgar We were talking about Shawn Rabideau. He was Frankel's wedding planner. I didn't see the show but I know who he is.