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!

Using fruits and vegetables is a cost-effective move, since they use up lots of space (read: you'll need fewer flowers) and look downright dignified when artfully mixed with graphic blooms.

Garden roses, abracadabra roses, tiger tail roses, mimosa, freesia, monkshood, hellebores, ranunculuses, succulents, defoliated sunflower, broccoli flowers, wax beans, heirloom tomatoes, and Concord grapes on the vine in a black ceramic urn, Steven Bruce Design.

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