Make your top table a true statement by piling it high with flowers, candles and plenty of props.

Catherine Gratwicke

There is always the temptation to strip it back to bare essentials, but if your theme (and venue) is lavish enough then more is definitely more. 

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This particular display was inspired by gilded Victoriana and the rich purples, pinks and velvety opulence of the era. We invited Tony Marklew and Javier Salvador from By Appointment Only Design to recreate a decadent visual feast fit for a bride!

This sumptuous palette lends itself perfectly to a traditional venue or could be used in beautiful contrast to a contemporary setting. Either way, we think you'll agree, the impact is spectacular.   

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Top Table: Large arrangement (Grand Prix and Piano roses, and Bombastic spray roses, berried ivy, dahlias, Sarah Bernhardt peonies, anemones, tulips and ranunculus), £250; medium arrangements, from £195, www.byappointmentonlydesign.com. Plates, £9 each; side plates, £7.20 each; cutlery, £3.50 per piece; small glasses, £3.20 each; large glasses, £3.50 each; water tumblers, £3 each; urns, £39 each; ceramic parrots, £9.40 each; jug, £142.50; cream tureen, £95; green tureen, £24; chairs, £32 each; candelabras, £47 each; mirror tablecentre, £270; silver centrepiece (holding large flowers), £600, and silver centrepiece (holding grapes), £450, to hire, www.farley.co.uk. Antique lace doilies, £6 each, www.graysantiques.com. Tall white candles, £9.95 for 10, www.whitecandle.co.uk. Large pork pie, £222, and small pork pie, £61, www.thegingerpig.co.uk. Stuffed swan, £65, to hire, www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org. Napkins, £1.08 each, and tablecloth, £13.95, to hire, www.joneshire.co.uk.

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