Big, brash table numbers may help your guests find their table quickly, but they can also ruin your tablescape.

Polly Wreford

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Opt for dainty, laser-cut doilies for the best of both worlds. Keep the table numbers as large as possibly for clarity, but keep in with the understated feel of your décor.

Lots of lace, loose floral displays and the warmth of cream makes for the most delicate, elegant and unmistakably British of decorations.  

Doily table number, £5, intricatecreations.co.uk. Silver pepper pot, £3 to hire, joneshire.co.uk. Tablewear, lace tablecloth and vase arrangements, as before tie backs Floral tie back (Allium neapolitanum, thlaspi, anemones, Astrantia major 'Million Stars' and Philadelphus virginalis 'Snowbelle'), from £45, philippacraddock.com. 

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As seen in the July/August 2013 issue of  Brides