Dress up your venue with inexpensive, high-impact floral arrangements. Collect glass and ceramic vases in various shapes and apply several light coats of spray paint.

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Fill them with flowers and display beside your cake or on the bar to draw attention to these areas.

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Vases, from £4, from a selection at charity shops. Spray paint, £4.79 for 400ml. Whittingtons. Dahlias (in blue case), £2 per stem; Cymbidium orchids (in pink vase), £3 per head; pink hydrangeas (in orange case), £6 per stem; hydrangeas and viburnurn (in yellow vase), both £5 per stem, Jamie Aston

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As seen in the January/February 2012 issue of Brides