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!

Carnations artfully arranged in a graphic pattern inside a square box would make a mod, minimalist centerpiece at a loft wedding.

Carnations, Petal Design Studio.

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