A towering, bold cake is sure to wow guests on your big day. Opt for something a little different in the form of a french croquembouche, complete with white cascading blooms.

Catherine Gratwicke

Croquembouche, £600 (serves 60), www.sublimecakes.co.uk. Chandelier, £300, www.lauraashley.com. Floral canopy (hydrangeas, stocks, lilac and dendrobiums), from £1,500 www.wildabout.co.uk. Hurricane lanterns, from £33 each, to hire, and backdrop draping, from £350, www.houseofhud.com. White tealight holders, £1.50, to hire, www.wildabout.co.uk. Tablecloth, £13.95, to hire www.joneshire.co.uk