As we enter the wedding season, it’s time to think about the finer details you might need to complete your dream wedding aesthetic, particularly the all-important wedding table decorations as finishing touches.

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Portmeirion, maker of exquisite tableware and homeware, believes that any wedding event should be filled with timeless pieces that you can keep for a lifetime. Andrea Waters, Head of Marketing at Portmeirion Group, offers her advice on styling a hen-do, creating the perfect wedding tablescape and what you can give as a thoughtful wedding gift that will last the happy couple a lifetime.

Styling a Hen-do

According to Andrea, ‘so much planning and design goes into creating the perfect hen-do and it’s the little touches that can help the couple to celebrate in luxury and style and have a memorable occasion.

An afternoon tea is the perfect setting for those looking to host a traditional and luxurious hen-do. Make it personal by adding handwritten place cards with each guest name on and dressing the table with individual place settings in different complementary shades.

Indeed, the Sara Miller India cake plates are perfect for instantly adding a vibrant pop of sophisticated colour to your table. These should surround a bold centre piece, such as an ornately decorated and lavish cake, an arrangement of luscious greenery and fresh flowers, or a stand-out three-tier cake stand, of course filled with delicious scones and cupcakes to enjoy.

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The cake stand can be paired with a stylish cream jug and sugar pot to add a touch of elegance to the affair. And it wouldn’t be a traditional afternoon tea without the timeless classic teapot accompanied by its matching cups and saucers.’

The Sara Miller Chelsea collection provides a unique and elegant design to give the hen-party a lavish feel. Serve cocktails in the teacups and mugs for a quirky take on afternoon tea or keep it traditional with long stemmed wine glasses. Opt for ones with intricate detailing, such as subtle gold flecks or patterns to add a touch of glamour to the event and create the perfect vessel for guests to enjoy a mimosa or two from.  The Sara Miller Chelsea carafe and separate two-piece tumbler set presents the perfect assortment with a glass for everyone.

Creating the perfect wedding day tablescape

‘When it comes to the wedding day, it’s important to match some of the more intricate details to the theme and aesthetic. This includes the wedding tableware and accessories so that you can create a seamless, sophisticated look and feel.

If you prefer simplicity, a contemporary yet classic all-white bridal theme is ideal. If you want something with a bit of colour that isn’t overwhelming then consider adding some statement pieces to the table through the use of tableware with subtle hints of warming colour, such as soft pastel lavender.’

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The Sophie Conran White dinner set with the Sophie Conran Lavandula cake stand is the perfect combination for this look creating a traditional appearance that’s both beautiful and classic.

Destination wedding table dressing

For a wedding abroad, opt for a more exotic table decorations or rustic table decorations as a theme to capture the essence of different cultures coming together. Line the table with intricately patterned crockery with hints of colour to really bring the table to life and add visual interest. Paired with golden utensils and brightly coloured napkins, this table spread is sure to add a luxurious feel to the big day.

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The perfect wedding gift

‘Deciding on a wedding gift can be a tricky task, most of us want to gift something timeless and sentimental for the couple to enjoy for a lifetime. As such, a gift for the home is always a winner, especially if the couple love to host dinner parties. Some timeless tableware can be a lovely keepsake that they’ll use over and over again.

Opt for something in a neutral colour palette to ensure they have tableware with longevity and which will complement changing colours and styles in their kitchen and dining room. You can gift them something that’s a little bit special by opting for tableware in beautiful fluted or gently curved shapes – perfect for post-wedding dinner parties.’

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