A striped runner adds drama to a pale theme. Use a couple of drops of pink food colouring to tint the vase water. Space the vases evenly along the runner.

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Fabric runner, £23 per metre, deckchairstripes.com. Large bottles, £2.50; small bottles, £1.95; napkins, £4.95, paleandinteresting.com. Peonies and Secret Garden roses, £4 per stem, jamieaston.com. Peonies and Secret Garden roses, £4 per stem, jamieaston.com. Plates, 80p; cutlery, 44p all to hire, joneshire.co.uk. Place cards, £1.50, augustmoon.co.uk. Food colouring, 79p, sainsburys.co.uk

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As seen in the September/October 2012 issue of Brides