Here’s a good example of a clean, classic look pulled off with a minimal budget and a bit of creativity. Off-white table linens, rich red napkins (red looks GREAT in the Ballroom!), and a ribbon-wrapped stack of books as a centerpiece (which does double-duty as a support for the table numbers). The passport-like piece at each place setting was a nice homemade favor.
The chairs here, black Chiavaris with black cushions, were an indulgence, but black wooden or resin folding chairs would have done just as well. —David