Opulent berry and pink are fail-safe winners, while contrasting aqua blue prevents the look from going too girly.

Add these in small doses across stationery and napkins. A flash of gold swathes everything with a glamorous gloss.

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Emily, Keira and Darcey David Austin rose, Bombastic spray rose, ranunculus, Amelia rose, peony, eucalyptus, acacia and senecio arrangements, £80-£320; gold tea-light holders, £2 to hire, Jamie Aston. Plates. From 25p; cutlery 37p; tumblers, £1.06; champagne flutes, 86p; wine glasses, 86p; tables, £7.80; chairs, £5.61, all to hire, Jones Hire. Teacups and saucers, £2 to hire, Idyllic Days. Turquoise tea-light holders, £3 to hire, RVH Prop Hire. Table number, £43.55 (for 1-10), BHLDN. Place name, £2 Borrowed Blue. Undercloth, £7.90 to hire, Speciality Linens. Lace clothe, £15.95 to hire, 88 Events.

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As seen in the May/June 2012 issue of Brides