The one colour you thought couldn't work for weddings...really does! Pair black with gold for the ultimate in luxe and drama. And these easy-to-make glitzy cake toppers will add the right amount of sparkle!

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Find a font you love. Print out your initials and an ampersand; trace onto card. The characters should be no wider than 2.5cm each, as they must all sit comfortably on the top tier. Cut out. Spray-paint wooden sticks gold and leave to dry. Using a glue gun, attach the letters and ampersand symbol to the sticks. Paint both sides with PVA glue and sprinkle with glitter. Shake off the excess. Insert into the top tier of your cake.

Card, £3.80 for 10 sheets, paperchase.co.uk; scalpel, from £3.95, cowlingandwilcox.com; sticks, £2.25 for 50, pipii.co.uk; Plasti-kote spray paint, £7.49 for 400ml, diy.com; glue gun, £9, johnlewis.com; PVA glue, £2.99 for 500ml, glitter, £3.89 for 80g and tracing paper, £2.99 for 50 A4 sheets, hobbycraft.co.uk; 'Victorian Stencil' cake, £575 (serves 60), 'Ruffles' cake, £750 (serves 90) and cake stands, £15 each to hire, thecakeparlour.com; ribbon, £1.45 per metre, vvroleaux.com; wallpaper, £17.50 for 10m, lauraashley.com

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As seen in the November/December 2012 issue of Brides