For decorations, think lots of silver and gold – this is a celebration, after all! From shimmering silver tassles to gold helium balloons, we say more is more. (Though watch your budget, as the cost of a wedding may surprise you.)
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DIY Tealight Holders

Get sparkling mercury glass on a budget by making it yourself! These pretty tealight holders will add extra romance to any venue.

Spray the inside of a glass tealight holder or jam jar with one part water to one part white vinegar. Follow with a light spray of shiny metallic paint on the inside, leave for a few minutes, then blot lightly with a kitchen towel. Repeat so you have five layers. Our tip: use a mix of silver and gold for a layered effect.

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Brilliant metallic spray paint in Gold and Silver, £7.99, www.plastikote.com. White vinegar spray, £1.39, www.biggreensmile.com. Glass tealight holder, £1 for four, www.ikea.com. Kilner jar, £6.99 for three, and smaller jar, £8.79 for 12, www.lakeland.co.uk. Glass, similar £5 for four, www.johnlewis.com. Kitchen roll, £2.95 for two rolls, www.tesco.com. Arrangement (includes David Austin Juliet and Edith garden roses, Campanula, amaryllis, hyacinths, ranunculus, cow parsley and Coral Charm peonies), £65, www.palaisflowers.com.