I'm having a really hard time figuring out what size centerpieces would look good on our reception tables (and what to do for centerpieces). They're 72" round tables, and there will be about 16 or so. I really want to do low floral arrangements, but I'm thinking they would have to be pretty large to take up enough space on the table and not look too small for the space. I also want to do votive candles around each centerpiece, possibly rose petals depending on what the end result is. I've met with one florist and the total quote for everything was way too much! The centerpieces would be about $150 each. They would incorporate roses and lillies I believe, among other things. I want roses, calla lillies, and cymbodium orchids in my bouquet, and the florist incorporated those flowers (not the orchids though) into the centerpieces. She knows the table size, so I'm thinking they will be bigger arrangements.
She's said that we can do a lot of things to get the cost down, but I'm also looking for suggestions. The color for the wedding is shades of purple, but not really dark. We're getting married in July in gardens on a farm, the reception will be under a tent on the farm. We're not going for rustic, though. If I go with flowers, I need to get the cost down, but still have larger centerpieces, I think. Suggestions for flowers to take up space but aren't crazy expensive? Other non-floral ideas? I've got a million partial ideas in my head but need some help putting some things together!!