Go ahead and show that inspiration folder full of beautiful photos to your florist—but don't be surprised when you're told that your dream arrangements will cost at least $300 per table to pull off. There's no getting around the fact that high-quality design never comes cheap, but the majority of the ideas featured here can actually be created for much less. So share our tips with your florist and start brainstorming!

Renting cool-looking vessels from your florist is cheaper than buying them from a garden-supply store. Extra points if said vessels are unusual and pretty in their own right, which can obscure the fact that your centerpieces lack superfancy flowers.

Passion vine, eyelash begonia, and staghorn fern in a rented mini conservatory, QuatreCoeur.

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