Have a Luxe Wedding for Less

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Take an artsy approach. Escort cards can require costly calligraphy. Instead, print a list of guests' names and table assignments on fine papers and display in pretty frames (right), $20 each, from Lawrence Frames, lawrenceframes.com.

Choose lively linens. Using the tablecloths that come with your reception site doesn't automatically imply you're stuck with basic white. Ask to see all your options, and select linens in a bright hue or with plenty of texture (stitching, beading and so on).

Add to the ambience. Votives, tapers and lanterns are inexpensive, particularly when purchased in bulk; used en masse, they have an exciting effect on party decor. Place votives alongside your centerpieces to cast a soft glow, and add tapers to give the arrangements greater height. Rows of hanging lanterns are ideal for dramatically illuminating any outdoor path or walkway.

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