"Ombré  layers and buttercream iced cakes are very popular right now. They look stunning next to your main wedding cake and are very tasty" says baking guru Peggy Porschen.

Catherine Gratwicke

MORE RECEPTION THEMES

Front table: Four-tier Neapolitan Wafer Cake with sugar peonies, cherry blossoms and snowberries, £2,250 (serves 160); large cake stand, £40, and meringues, £6.95 for 100g, www.peggyporschen.com. Strawberry and chocolate peanut-butter marshmallows, from £25 for 35, www.londonmarshmallows.co.uk. Chocolate mini macarons, £2.25 each, www.wearecreightons.com. White tablecloth, £13.20; plates, 30p each; cutlery, from £1 a piece, and low table, £4.95, to hire, www.joneshire.co.uk. Mini cake stand, £11, and gilt mirrored tray, £15, www.anangelatmytable.com. Brass tray, £9.99, www.hm.com. Artichoke tealight, £9.99, www.zarahome.com. Round tealight, £22 for four, www.lsa-international.com. Pink tealight votive, £3.25, www.pipii.co.uk. Small arrangement (dahlias, hydrangeas and waxflowers), from £85, www.jamieaston.com.

DROOL-INDUCING FOOD AND DRINK INSPIRATION

Back table: Three-tier Madame de Pompadour Ruffle Cake, £425 (serves 70); pink cake stand, £12, and Chocolate Crunch Cake with pink marshmallows and pistachios, £2.75 a slice, www.peggyporschen.com. Chocolate pretzels, £3 each, www.wearecreightons.com. Three-tier cake stand, £5.50; taupe tablecloth, £8.25, and high table, £13.20, to hire, www.joneshire.co.uk. Glass dish, £9.99, www.zarahome.com. Tall arrangement (dahlias, hydrangeas, dille and waxflowers), from £125, www.jamieaston.com. Taupe tealight votive, as before. Tent, from £510, to hire, www.rajtentclub.com.  

YOUR WEDDING PLANNER

As seen in the November/December 2014 issue of Brides