An all-shades-of-blue palette is a super sophisticated summer choice - add gold as your accent colour to lift the cool tones and luxe up the scheme.

Don't be afraid to mix different tones of blue together throughout the styling, from your bridesmaids' dresses to stationary and the cake.

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Add a soft charm to your tables with attractive blue china pots filled with large open blooms coloured wine glasses for a chic finish.

THE MARQUEE Charger plates, £4.50 each; dinner plates, 30p each; cutlery, 36p per piece; table, £14.85; blue tablecloth, £13.95; white tablecloth, £8.25; blue wine glasses, £1.76 each; gold-rimmed glasses, 72p each; water glasses, 95p each; napkins, 95p each, all to hire, joneshire.co.uk. Side plates, 50p each, idyllicdays.com. Blue table runner, £26.50, and chairs (with seat pad), £4.25, all to hire, dossierhire.com. Table flower arrangements, from £65 each (Avalanche rose, blue and white hydrangea, agapanthus, scabiosa, nigella and delphinium); marquee pelmet, £45 per 0.3m (hydrangeas); topiary trees, from £265 each, jamieaston.com, Chandelier, £25, and marquee, £900, both to hire, rajtentclub.com

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As seen in the January/February 2013 issue of Brides