It's not all about colour; interesting textures speak volumes. Laura Burkitt, Brides lifestyle stylist says: "Cakes get a pretty and grown-up touch with textured lace effects and beading".

Catherine Gratwicke

Tiered cakes: (From left) Broderie anglaise cake, £575 (serves 70), sylviaskitchen.co.uk. Stand, similar from £29.99, www.zarahome.com. Daisy cake, £770 (serves 90), www.elizabethscakeemporium.com. Stand, similar £10, www.wilko.com. Beaded lace cake, £750 (serves 130), www.sylviaskitchen.co.uk. Stand, similar from £22, www.johnlewis.com. Buttercream cake, £525 (serves 100), www.vintagerosecupcakes.com. Stand, similar from £52.90, www.notonthehighstreet.com. Small arrangements (including scabiosa, camomile, astrantias, spray roses and craspedia), from £15 each, and tealight holders, £2 each, to hire, www.zitaelze.com. Linen tablecloth, £395, www.lunnantiques.co.uk. Plates, from 95p each;  jug, £2.50, and round lace tablecloth, from £1.50, all to hire, www.idyllicdays.com