For a magical reception, hang giant stars above the tables. Use paper stars spray-painted gold for a gorgeous metallic finish that will complement sleek black tableware.

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Paper stars, £4.95-£8.95, dotcomgiftshop.com; Plasti-kote metallic spray paint, £7.49 for 400ml and Plasti-kote enamel spray paint, £3.99 for 100ml, diy.com; chairs, £7.15 each, glasses, 75p each, plates, £1.26 each and napkins, 95p each to hire, joneshire.co.uk; ribbon (tied around the napkins), £2.22 per metre, vvroleaux.com; cutlery, £180 for a 24-piece set, heals.co.uk; tablecentres, from £45 each, amandaaustinflowers.co.uk (hydrangea and spray rose); fabric (on table), £72 per metre, designersguild.com

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As seen in the November/December 2012 issue of Brides