Centerpieces You Can Actually Afford

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!

With single stems of a bold, graphic flower—like dinner plate dahlias—a little goes a long way. Each stem can star in its own little arrangement; a grouping of these is perfect for decorating a long, rectangular table.

Dinner plate dahlias, garden roses, thistle, sage, passion vine, and berries in vintage bottles, Poppies & Posies .