Have a Luxe Wedding for Less

Throw a beautiful bash without breaking the bank

Every bride loves a deal–not to mention low-priced reception elements that are so stunning they appear to have cost a fortune. On these pages, we show you a sampling and give you tips for creating a beautiful black tie-style bash without blowing your budget. From a gilded color palette to lush (yet frugal) florals to new ways to dress up your reception tables, these are insiders' best cost-cutting tricks. They're easy to pull off, with products and materials widely available, so you can effortlessly avoid spending more than you'd planned.

High Style This ornate-looking centerpiece is actually a simple stand with carnations, roses and gold balls set in floral foam, $250, by Kim Hirst for Fresh Cut-Design, freshcut-design.com. Stand, china, crystal, flatware, candles and linens, all from Party Rental Ltd., partyrentalltd.com.

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