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    Our way Dream days for real-life couples

    Eye on the detail Urban style for city brides

    The rich list Top price-tag gowns in the North East

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    Make some plansMaybe your Valentines Day brought forth the big will you? question. If so - or even if the

    proposal is a more distant memory - wedding planning will be looming large. This edition of Wedding Essentials offers some insightful advice on the fun stuff - the gowns,

    the honeymoons, the venues and party pants! Leaf through and get some timely boxes ticked.

    Jessica Laing, editor

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    Contributors Laura Blackburn Katie Lee

    06 SwoonA round-up of the most expensive gowns in the North East

    08 GroomTimely advice for stylish, sweet-smelling guys

    10 BloomSavvy and sophisticated gowns for city brides

    26 PinboardFunky venues and cool, quirky suppliers to check out

    32 Silky sweetBeautiful lingerie moments for a night to remember

    34 Take noteA quick and essential to-do list to get you organised


    PhotographyKevin Gibson www.kgphotography.co.uk

  • Its not about the money

    In your dreamsWere talking the real luxe-list here... Laura Blackburn tracks

    down the North Easts premium price-tag gowns...











    Its not about the money

    ONEWhereEpernay Bridal, based in Gosforth, is a great little find for brides with the money for gowns from up-and-coming designers and one-of-a-kind, made-to-order couture designs. Owned by Jerri Irving, a fully-qualified and insured makeup and HD Brows artist, the store is closed for every appointment and offers a private dressing area, big enough for even the largest of bridal parties.

    The dressJacqueline Bisset, by Christine Dando. Priced at 1,670, it boasts hand-beaded fresh water pearls and gorgeous corded French lace, and is available in white, ivory and vanilla.

    Why Luxe loves itThe beautiful fish tail cut, angel wing straps and dramatic low back with illusion tulle.

    See it for yourselfEpernay Bridal, 8 Newlands Avenue, Melton Park, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 5PT(0191) 236 [email protected]

    TWOWhereMia Sposa Bridal Boutique is a one-stop shop for wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and outfits for both the mother of the bride and the groom. Its an independent, family-run business, headed by owner Joy Dowell.

    The dressAlexandra by British designer Sassi Holford. Coming in at 2,695, the romantic gown features a heavenly laced bodice, a silk skirt with satin overlay and beautiful detailing on the back.

    Why Luxe loves itIt has to be the sash, made from slipper satin, and bow and long tails. Whats not to love?

    See it for yourselfMia Sposa Bridal Boutique, 18 Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4HZ(0191) 221 [email protected]

    THREEWhereY.A.P Bridal Boutique is one of Newcastles most sought-after destinations for exquisite collections from the worlds most exclusive designers. Owned by Joanne Stott, the boutique was created in loving memory of Joannes parents and their precious 60-year-long marriage. It has been named Best Bridal Retailer in the North East for two years.

    The dressKissed Softly by Lyn Ashworth. Priced at 2,860, this sumptuous gown marries together luxurious silk and feminine lace detailing for a classic, English rose look.

    Why Luxe loves itThe long, delicate sleeves, deep plunging back and billowing skirt. Guaranteed to make you feel like a sweet princess.

    See it for yourselfY.A.P Bridal Boutique, 8/9 St Marys Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7PG(0191) 340 [email protected]

    FOURWhereKathryn Truemans award-winning boutique showcases a number of carefully-selected designers from across the globe, including Claire Pettibone and House of Mooshki. A great one to visit for fashion-forward brides looking for unique, stand-out finds, as well as brides searching for a bargain - with a constant sample sale available.

    The dressCelestine, by Claire Pettibone Couture. Priced at 6,420, this intricate, beaded beauty is made with bespoke fabric for a glittering, ethereal feel.

    Why Luxe loves itThe feminine halter-neck embroidery, the sequin train, platinum silk lining and stained glass illusion back. Its all gorgeous.

    See it for yourselfKathryn Trueman, 42 Bridge Street, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1NL(01670) 511 [email protected]

    FIVEWhereThe Wedding Dress Company is a treasured gem in the picturesque village of Corbridge. Described by brides as a treasure trove of prettiness, its the place to be for women who want to steal the show and melt hearts on their big day.

    The dressJo by Augusta Jones - a brand exclusive to The Wedding Dress Company. Coming in at 1,849, the fit and flare gown features an elegant bateau neckline and plunging low-cut back.

    Why Luxe loves itThe tattoo-effect lace, which travels up and around the back and down the sleeves, adds plenty of sexiness.

    See it for yourselfThe Wedding Dress Company, 1 Tynedale Mews, Market Place, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5NH(01434) 634 [email protected]o.uk

    SIXWherePoppy Bridal in Darlington. is home to over 300 gowns from the likes of Jenny Packham and White One, dresses for the whole bridal party, occasion wear for guests and an extensive range of accessories. A paradise for open-minded brides on the hunt for plenty of choice.

    The dressVenetia by Jenny Packham, who is known for dressing a raft of A-listers, from Adele and Holly Willoughby to Kate Middleton. Priced at 3,600, this whimsical gown is part of Packhams 2016 collection, inspired by Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream.

    Why Luxe loves itThe illusion scallop-edged bateau neckline and flowing lace sleeves. Its airy, breezy and effortlessly ethereal.

    See it for yourselfPoppy Bridal, 20 Duke Street, Darlington, Country Durham, DL3 7AA(01325) 487 [email protected]

  • Man up

    Well groomedA little inspiration for the guys, from fragrance to footwear...

    Hold upWhether youre heading abroad for an island wedding or packing up your honeymoon belongings, set off in style with this Black Leather Holdall from Tommy Hilfiger, 340. Sleek, fuss-free and big enough for all those pre and post-wedding essentials. www.houseoffraser.co.uk

    Clean cutBearded blokes rejoice! Whether youre planning on sporting a boyish goatee, a terrific tache or full-on face fur on your big day, weve tracked down one of the best beard boxes on the market today, packed with everything you need to keep your shave game strong! Beardsmans Grooming Kit contains three types of combs, a

    boars hair brush, trimming scissors, Beardbrands very own Moustache Wax and your pick of the brands beard oil. Get yours for 199.99 at www.beardbrand.co.uk

    Heaven scentIf youre a groom who wants to give off the aura of a premiership footballer, then Christian Diors Collection Privee ticks the Big Day box in some style. Its a collection of limited edition fragrances which has Manchesters football gliterati heading for Harvey Nichols to get their fragrance fill and now they are in available in Harvey Nichols, Leeds. The collection features masculine, feminine and unisex fragrance with the most popular male fragrances, Eau Noire and Leather Oud. Eau Noire blends, lavender and thyme with base notes of liquorice as well as (a reminder of the stag do?) bourbon, vanilla and Virginia cedar. Leather Oud is a more traditional mens fragrance with a very macho heady, woody aroma full of character. These are seriously sexy, important event fragrances with price tags that mean theres definitely

    no splash it on behaviour going on. But youll feel very special indeed. The collection starts at 165 for 125ml, www.harveynichols.com

    Take a bowNot a tie kind of guy? Opt for a bow tie instead - theyre all the rage this season. Brendan Josephs are something special. Made in Dublin, theyre 100% silk and come in a range of classic, quirky and on-trend colours and patterns. Pick one up for 90 at www.brendanjoseph.com

    Fab footwearTan Leather Brogues by Grenson, 480, tick all the boxes; eye-catching, comfy and effortlessly on-trend. Pick up a pair at Fenwick Newcastle



    The Crab & Lobster specialises in unforgettable weddings in a location that has to be seen to be believed. Found in a quiet corner of North Yorkshire, the 18th century Georgian Manor house has been lovingly converted into a luxury hotel and wedding venue, made perfect with quirky ornaments and vintage decor. Attached to the Manor house is a bright and airy pavilion, which makes for an ideal setting for a wedding ceremony. Surrounded by a private

    garden, the room features antique furniture, twinkling chandeliers, beautiful beamed ceilings and an outdoor patio thats perfect for post-ceremony drinks. Step outside and discover an intimate, fairytale setting for all your photographs; landscaped terraces that lead to hidden pathways and majestic fountains, secret waterfalls and secluded seating areas. The Crab & Lobster Restaurant is renowned for its outstanding seafood and 2 AA Rosette status. Its passionate chefs are able to carefully create beautiful menus, packed with variety, for the hotels wedding couples and guests to enjoy. Brides and grooms can opt for a gourmet barbecue, served outside on the patio during the summer months, or choose a more traditional feast in the form of a three-course meal, showcasing the best of British produce and prepared with expert care and attention. Wedding parties looking to make the most of their visit can take their pick of the hotels 17 unique, beautifully appointed bedrooms, each based on a luxury hotel or destination from around the world. Rooms in the Manor house have access to a large communal hot tub and private sauna, while all garden rooms and lodges benefit from private hot tubs.Couples choosing to tie the knot at Crab & Lobster will be met with their very own wedding coordinator, who will be on hand to

    help every step of the way, helping to create your perfect wedding and ensure you leave with fond, long-lasting memories of your special day.

    The Crab & Lobster will be hosting a Wedding Open Day on April 10 from 12pm-3pm.

    Marvellous manor

    Crab Manor Hotel, Dishforth Road, Asenby, Nr Thirsk,

    North Yorkshire, YO7 3QLwww.crabandlobster.co.uk

    Call reservations on 01845 577286 or email [email protected]

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    STOCKISTS: Darcy Weddings, 1-3 Market Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6JE, (0191) 230 1000, www.darcyweddings.co.uk

    Accent Original, 3 Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1YE, (0191) 222 0033, www.accentoriginalbridalwear.co.uk Y.A.P Bridal Boutique, 8-9 St Marys Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7PG, (0191) 340 7983, www.yapbridal.co.uk

    John Lewis, intu Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE99 1AB, (0191) 232 5000

    SUPPLIERS: The Finishing Touch Company, 2-6 Back Ivy Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1DB; (0191) 447 4810;

    www.thefinishingtouchcompany.co.uk The Finishing Touch Company is one of the North Easts best-loved businesses for super stylish wedding decorations and props. Founder, Charlotte Harris, and her team work tirelessly with couples from start to finish, brainstorming ideas, playing around with sketches and creating whimsical and wonderful designs for their big day. Every couple enjoys a free consultation, during which your style and wedding theme will be discussed in detail to ensure your tastes and personality are reflected throughout.

    Charlotte created a beautiful table setting for our shoot, using a chic and contemporary palette of bronze and gold and plenty of on-trend sequins. All bouquets and buttonholes were handmade, made perfect with bright and bold spring shades.


    The Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ; (0191) 233 1010; www.vermont-hotel.com

    HAIR & MAKEUP:Victoria Forshaw; 07739 024 426; www.pinspetalspowder.co.uk

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    Back chat


    Launched in 2007 by Ariane Goldman, twobirds Bridesmaid has fast become one of the leading bridesmaids dress manufacturers both in the UK and around the world. The ingenious adaptable design concept behind these luxurious ballgowns features bodice straps that can be twisted, tied, knotted and folded to create over 15 neckline and sleeve options. Constructed to maximise assets and minimise imperfections, the lightweight, customisable dresses create a flattering finish for each and every body shape, as well as a unified, yet individual, look for the entire bridal party.

    The Classic Collection is available in two lengths - short straight and ballgown - in 26 catwalk-inspired colours. With just two sizes covering UK 4-24 and longer length options available, alterations can be kept to a minimum, making them the perfect choice for tall bridesmaids, pregnant bridesmaids, or those in need of full support with ultimate comfort. Double award-winning bridal boutique, Y.A.P Bridal Boutique, is the only bridal retailer in the North East to carry these exquisite gowns, so why not stop by or give the friendly team a call to arrange a fitting.

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    Wynyard Hall

    Real wedding

    Liam & KelseyLiam Leonard, director of Walker-based engineering firm, Parker Hose and Fittings, and marketing executive, Kelsey MacDonald, met 10 years ago on a night out with friends. Liam is from Ponteland, while Kelsey grew up in Dumpling Hall. They now live in the village of Walbottle, half way between their parents houses. Liam proposed in the couples living room on Kelseys birthday, before enjoying a celebratory meal with family.

    The venueWynyard Hall - the first and only venue the couple looked at. The ceremony took place in the hotels Mirror Room, the wedding breakfast in the Ballroom and the evening party in the Conservatory.

    The bride woreA gown by Atelier Pronovias from Bridal Wish in Blagdon.

    The groom woreA navy Ted Baker suit from Moss Bros.

    The cakeA three-tier fruit cake by Sandras House of Cakes. Chocolate fudge cake (Liams favourite) was also served as an alternative.

    The transportLiam hired a white convertible BMW M4 from Stratstone BMW Tyneside. He loved it so much that the couple now have one on their drive at home.

    Special detailsNorth East wedding and function band, Hip Operation, performed at the evening reception, while The Paul James Band provided music throughout the day.

    The honeymoonThe couple stayed at the Melati Beach Resort in Koh Samui, Thailand.

    PhotographyFyzal Photography, www.fyzal.com

  • Unique Venuesfor weddings & conferences in Newcastle

    Whether you are looking for an exclusive setting for your special day or prestigious location nearthe heart of the city for a conference or business meeting, we have two distinguished venues tooffer you.

    Contact UsHospitality Services, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QHTelephone: 0191 277 7222 | Email: [email protected]/weddings | www.newcastle.gov.uk/conferences

    THE STAGE IS SET FOR YOUR PERFECT WEDDINGHotel du Vin Newcastle provides the perfect backdrop for weddings

    and civil partnerships as you glide elegantly from ceremony to celebration and beyond all orchestrated flawlessly by your own

    personal wedding planner.

    Contact us today for a showround and come meet the team whileenjoying a glass of fizz as we show you around and discuss your special day.


    0191 389 [email protected] | www.HOTELDUVIN.com

    HOTEL DU VIN&BISTRO NEWCASTLE Allan House, City Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2BE



    Smart words

    Weve just got engaged - how early should I start planning?Congratulations! Celebrating your engagement is a wonderful time, so bask in it and dont wish it away. Avoid the temptation to make any big decisions right away and take your time. When you do turn your attention to planning, its wise to start by assessing your budget. Boring but essential. Having a realistic idea of what you can afford is essential before you part with a penny.

    Im a very indecisive person how can I help myself get focused when planning?Start with the basics and take it from there. Having a clear vision of your ideal wedding will guide the rest of your decisions with ease. What style of wedding do you visualise? City chic or rural retreat? Relaxed or formal? Be true to your personal style; dont try to forge haute couture if youre really a boho bride at heart. It also helps to think about the best weddings that youve been to and why they worked so well, this way you will know whats important to you.

    When planning, which things should be done first and what things can be left until last?With wedding planning, its easy to get distracted. So, before you spend 500 on candles and ribbons, make sure the

    important things are covered first. It helps to make an essentials and non-essentials list so that your budget is used wisely. Choosing your venue and making arrangements for your ceremony should be top of the list. Whether youre having a church service or a civil ceremony, it is essential that you have checked availability with the celebrant before confirming your reception venue, as these two aspects need to synchronise. Thereafter, you can turn your attention to the more fun aspects of wedding planning. And remember, the most sought-after suppliers will book up early, so if you have your heart set on a particular photographer, make-up artist or band, then snap them up before someone else does.How can I encourage my other half to become more involved in the planning?Try to engage your partner in something that sparks their interest. If you think they wont be bothered about the napkin fold or the menu font, then perhaps they might like to choose wine for the tables, design an arrival cocktail or liaise with the DJ. Always play to their strengths and Im sure you wont be left disappointed.

    Wed like to put together our own menu, but dont know where to start. Any advice?Be true to yourselves and dont fall into the trap of playing it safe because youre worried what your guests might think. I served sea trout and guinea fowl at my wedding and everyone raved about it! Collaborate with your venue or caterer as they will be able to suggest dishes and ingredients that are not only seasonal, but fit the brief and look impressive. Always ask guests to note any dietary needs on their RSVP so that your venue can provide suitable alternatives on the day.

    Award-winning wedding coordinator, Tanya Hedley, answers your burning bridal questions

    Ask the expert



    How do I choose the right vendors and what happens if a problem arises on the big day?Seek recommendations from friends or family and ask to see examples of their work or client testimonials before booking. A good wedding supplier will provide the perfect balance of knowledge and professionalism, as well as being someone you get on with. This is particularly important when it comes to your photographer and videographer, as they will spend a lot of time interacting with you and your guests.Above all, its essential that you have trust and confidence in your suppliers ability to understand your instructions and to meet your expectations. If anything does go wrong, its likely to be something very small and totally fixable. With good suppliers around you and a trusted point of contact on the day, chances are that you and your guests will not even notice a little hiccup! This is the true mark of a good wedding professional!

    How do I tackle the seating plan without any family drama?It doesnt matter whether your wedding is for 20 or 200 people, there is always a grumble from someone, so a thick skin is required! Before the wedding, try not to discuss your seating plans with family unless absolutely necessary. Make executive decisions with your partner and stick to them. Alert your wedding coordinator to anything you want to be sheltered from on the day.

    How can I settle a case of the pre-wedding jitters?With careful planning you shouldnt have this problem, but if you do, the chances are its just excitement - and its perfectly normal! Run through your plans and itinerary, ideally with a trusted friend, and satisfy yourself that everything has been taken care of. The night before the wedding should be reserved for a relaxing bath and a restful nights sleep. Look over photos of you and your partner, dig out that box of cinema stubs and Valentines cards, remind yourself of your fondest memories youre guaranteed to go to bed like a kid on Christmas Eve!We want to wow our guests how do we ensure our wedding is unique?In the quest for perfection, dont forget whats really important the love you share for each other! It is the most memorable thing for any guest. I see a lot of very beautiful weddings, but what always stands out to me is not who spent the most money, but who had guests laughing all day, who couldnt get off the dance floor at 2am, the smiles, the kisses, the hugs and the reunions. In a years time your guests might not remember what you gave out as wedding favours or what song you walked down the aisle to, but they will remember having an amazing time and for this reason they will talk about your wedding for years to come!

    Tanya Hedley is Head of Weddings at The Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. She was named Wedding Coordinator of the Year 2015 at the North of England Wedding Awards, in association with The Wedding Guide UK. For more information, visit www.vermont-hotel.com

    or call (0191) 233 1010

    Smart words


    Real wedding

    Matthew & JordanCar salesman Matthew Curry and sales manager Jordan Roseberry met seven years ago at their local gym in Durham, where Matthew worked as a personal trainer. Matthew proposed on the beach, during a holiday at Atlantis The Palm Hotel & Resort in Dubai. Jordan still has no idea how he managed to get the ring through customs.

    The venueThe couple were married in a church in

    Durham and had their reception at Hardwick Hall Hotel.

    The bride woreA custom-made gown from Caroline Castigliano in London.

    The groom woreA grey suit, with a blush pink tie to match the bridesmaids dresses, from Woven Durham.

    The cakeA five-tier creation, made by Christine Clarke. Each layer had a different flavour; lemon, chocolate, Victoria Sponge, fruit cake and toffee.

    The transportThree Rolls-Royces.

    Special detailsThe couple had a carousel at their wedding reception, along with canaps and drinks on the lawn before the main meal. Music was played throughout the day and flowers were by Claire De Lune, Durham.

    The honeymoonThe couple flew to Mauritius and Dubai.

    PhotographyLee Scullion, www.leescullion.com

    Hardwick Hall Hotel

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    TS21 2EH01740 620 253


    Ramside HallCarrville, Durham

    DH1 1TD0191 386 5282


    Bowburn HallBowburn, Durham

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    Spoilt for choice


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    ttrassPinboardBloomin lovelyIf you live in or around Darlington, check out Flowers by Nattrass for all your petal needs, from bouquets and buttonholes to centrepieces and stylish church decor. The family business has been going strong for over 60 years and their bold and beautiful designs have earned them a huge following in and around the Durham and Teesside area. Pop in and have a look at the familys extensive portfolio; theyve decorated some of the most prestigious venues in the North East and can work with you to create one-of-a-kind designs to fit in with your weddings theme, colours and style. www.flowersbynattrass.com

    Put a ring on itYour wedding band will (hopefully!) be on your finger for the long-run, so it definitely pays to invest in one youll be proud to show off for years to come. Berrys Jewellers - one of the North Easts most distinguished retail jewellers - has been known for the superior quality of its jewellery and customer service for more than a century, making it a great place for you and your other half to visit next time youre in Newcastle or York. The jewellers talented designers can create bespoke rings from scratch and all diamond rings are manufactured to individual specifications. www.berrysjewellers.co.uk 1. 18ct Yellow Gold Diamond Set Wedding Ring, 1,2952. Platinum Channel Set Diamond Ring with Beaded Edge, 1,495

    Venues to visitThe North East is home to so many beautiful wedding venues, it can be a tough job deciding on where to settle! Two of our favourite, lesser-known venues to tie the knot at include Healey Barn, a simple and stunning converted farm house and courtyard near Corbridge, and Le Petit Chateau, the chic and contemporary

    French cousin of award-winning Newton Hall (opening in April 2016). www.crippshealey.comwww.le-petit-chateau.com

    Brrr...illiantExpect anything but a

    frosty reception from your guests when they step into a space-age

    igloo for a wedding party to outshine the rest.

    Matty Brown, a well-known chef in the Teesside

    area, has invested in funky inflatable igloo marquees to

    offer something new to party-goers and couples looking for a venue

    with an eye-catching difference. Igloos arent only for cold places - its a year-round venue that never gets too hot or cold. Theres a host of lighting programmes so the colour of the igloo can even fit your theme. Acoustics are great and the igloo itself is a fun and memorable talking point! As well as the venue hit, Matty can organise a huge range of dining options - including ice-lollies, of course! www.iglooeventsuk.com

    Details, details

    Healey Barn



    Venues to visit, cars to hire, cake to taste and rings worth a hint

    Igloo Events UK

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    Eat cake and be happyCake tasting its a hard job, but someones gotta do it. There are a ton of places to visit and people to speak to on your quest for spectacular sponge, but one of our favourite bakeries for designer cakes and other sweet treats has to be Baked Cupcakery. The teams creative designs are eye-catching and original - you wont find cakes (or cupcakes!) like them anywhere else - and extend to wedding favours, such as cake pops and cookies, and cupcake bouquets and towers. The business covers Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Durham.www.bakedcupcakery.co.uk

    Added sparkleHead to Davidsons the Jewellers, Newcastle, for spectacular wedding jewellery. Every handcrafted piece is created in-house with expert care and the family business, now in its fourth generation, continues to provide stellar customer service to each and every client. Make an appointment and expect to be dazzled, with a glass of bubbly or two in-hand. www.davidsonsthejewellers.co.uk

    3. Art deco style engagement ring set diamonds in platinum, 4,750 4. Cascade earrings by Fei Liu, 275

    Drive in styleIf traditional wedding cars arent your thing, but you still want to arrive in style, check out VW Deluxe Weddings iconic VW Campervan, which is available to hire for weddings in Northumberland, Durham and Tyne and Wear. The retro 1971 van - affectionally known as Dylan - spent the first 35 years of its life in Huntington Beach, California, before settling at VW Weddings HQ in Whitley Bay, where it is kept in tip-top condition and made suitable for a range of wedding locations. Following an extensive two-year restoration inside and out, it is fitted with luxurious, state-of-the-art

    materials and can fit up to five passengers. www.vwdeluxeweddings.co.uk

    Register the right wayThoughts already wandering to post-wedding gifts? Walter Dix & Co is home to a range of state-of-the-art kitchenware, from cookers and refrigerators to AGA stoves, to brighten up your kitchen. The stunning showroom in Team Valley, Gateshead, is a place of beauty for those obsessed with interiors, so get yourselves along and start making that wish-list! www.wdix.co.uk

    We love the Steel Genesi 90 French Door Refrigerator in Ametista, 2,600.

    And relaxCalm pre-wedding jitters by indulging in one of Ramside Halls special bridal spa packages. Each package includes a course of

    treatments and complimentary use of the spas state-of-the-art facilities.

    A number of the spas offerings run as far as six months in advance, including The Bridal Boot Camp package, which is designed to help brides get in shape for

    their big day and includes six full day visits to the spa, six one-hour personal training sessions, six targeted firming, anti-cellulite treatments and six detox algae

    body wraps.Brides with less time can opt for one

    of the three-month packages, such as The Works, which includes two visits to the spa, two tailored ESPA facials, two salt and oil scrubs, two 60-minute massages, a make-up trial, make-up on the day of the wedding, a salt of the earth deluxe manicure and pedicure, an eye lash and brow tint and shape by Mii and a full leg, bikini and underarm wax. Packages start from 75 per person.www.ramsidespa.co.uk

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    Sam & SophieSophie Wilson, a personal trainer from Hartlepool, and Sam Donaghey, a sales executive from Newcastle, met in Darwin, Australia, while travelling. Prior to meeting, the couple both took part in The X Factor, though never met, and Sophie used to record songs written by Sam during her career as a professional singer. Sam got down on one knee on North Road in London, before being beeped at by a red double-decker bus.

    The venueSeaham Hall.

    The bride woreA San Patrick gown from Wedding Atelier Bridal Boutique, London.

    The groom woreA tailor-made Jeff Banks suit.

    The cakeA white and Belgian chocolate cake, with raspberry sponge, from

    Dreamworld Cakes, Newcastle. Other treats on the dessert table included cupcakes, salted caramel macaroons and white chocolate cake pops.

    The transportA Range Rover for the groom and Range Rover Evoques for the bridesmaids.

    Special detailsEntertainment was arranged by AMV Live Music in Gosforth, Prime Entertainment organised their casino, Coco Luminaire supplied their own name initial lights and London-based drinks agency, Sweet & Chilli, provided cocktail flaring.

    The honeymoonThe couple are planning a fly-drive holiday in America.

    PhotographerGary WalshPhotography, www.garywalsh.co.uk

  • Whereabouts can the ceremony take place? We are licensed for ceremonies in all our function rooms, however the Courtyard is the favourite amongst brides and grooms.Will we have exclusive use of the venue, day and night? We offer an exclusive use package, which commences from 12 noon on the day of arrival for 24 hours.We only ever host one wedding on a day, so the bride and groom will be the only couple within the hotel regardless.Can we design our own, unique menu? A consultation will be arranged with our executive head chef to discuss and create a bespoke menu, followed by a complimentary

    menu tasting session before couples select their final choices.

    Can the venue provide entertainment for children? Couples are encouraged to arrange their own childcare. If a large number of children are attending, rooms are available to use privately.Can we have candles and fireworks? Yes, fireworks are permitted but must be set off by 10.30pm at the latest.Candles are also permitted as long as they are in a holder.

    Can animals be involved in the celebrations? Animals are permitted during ceremonies

    when taking the hotel exclusively.Animals would not be permitted to stay in any of the rooms unless required for assistance.Can we enjoy any pre or post-wedding activities? Yes, we do encourage couples to look at pre-wedding/rehearsal dinners in one of our private function rooms. We also suggest having a family breakfast the following morning and booking treatments at our Serenity Spa.

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    Seaham Hall, Lord Byrons Walk, County Durham, SR7 7AG 0191 516 1400www.seaham-hall.co.uk

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    Top: Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa, Italy Bottom: Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach Resort, Dubai


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    Whereabouts can the ceremony take place? Slaley Hall is licensed to hold civil ceremonies in five luxurious suites and our staff will do all they can to make the day extra special. Our co-ordinators will help you arrange the big day, incorporating your own ideas and wishes. Well look after everything from the layout of the room and table plans, to luxurious accommodation for the bride and groom.

    Will we have exclusive use of the venue, day and night?At Slaley Hall, we specialise in designing and delivering truly individual weddings and were passionate about personal service. Were here to make sure you have everything you need to create your own special celebration. Although we do cater for other guests, we only hold one wedding per day, ensuring that you have your exclusivity.

    Can we design our own, unique menu?We have a selection of dishes to choose from, but if you prefer, our executive head chef will

    be more than happy to discuss your favourite dishes to make your day extra special. All couples are invited to a menu tasting six months prior to their wedding day to ensure they are happy with their choices.

    Can the venue provide entertainment for children?All of our function suites provide plenty of space in which games, televisions or entertainment areas can be set up, ensuring the kids dont get bored during the fabulous celebrations!

    Can we have candles and fireworks?We do allow candles. Fireworks are also allowed, organised by our preferred suppliers, Impact Pyrotechnics LTD. They are able to supply low impact fireworks which are better suited to the rural area of Slaley Hall and keep the wildlife happy too!

    Can animals be involved in the celebrations?We are more than happy for animals to be

    involved. We are a dog friendly resort - and why not, with 1,000 acres of grounds and walks to explore!

    Can we enjoy any pre or post-wedding activities?Situated in some of the most picturesque surroundings of Northumberland, we offer a perfect country retreat for weddings of all sizes. With accommodation available at the hotel and our beautiful lodges, your celebrations can last so much longer than just one day. We also offer a range of activities, from 4x4 off road driving, quad biking and archery to a pre-wedding round of golf on one of our two PGA championship golf courses. You can also enjoy a glass of fizz and a treatment or two in the comfort of our Spa & Leisure Club, followed by a spot of Afternoon Tea in our Dukes Grill Restaurant.

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    Slaley Hall, Slaley, Hexham, Northumberland NE47 0BX 01434 673350www.qhotels.co.uk/our-locations/slaley-hall

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    Planning your wedding day is fun and exciting but can be a little overwhelming. The to-do list seems to grow on a daily basis. Venues confirmed, deposits paid, top-table sorted? Not to mention the budget and a contingency fund for any unexpected costs.Legal issues arising from your marriage are the less obvious details to consider but they can be every bit as important as the shade of the grooms tie in fact, even more so in the long run.

    Wedding planning timelineIMMEDIATELY Work out how many people you expect to

    be at the day and evening of your wedding. Rough numbers are fine, however this can often dictate which wedding venue is suitable.

    Draw up a budget. View and decide on a wedding venue

    and date.

    Tilly Bailey & Irvine Law Firm is on hand to guide you through all stages of your life and few are as life-changing as your wedding day.

    Start your hair and makeup trials. Order your wedding cake.

    2 - 3 MONTHS Buy your accessories. Send your invitations. Apply for your marriage licence. Consider your wedding dress alterations. Choose your menu.

    ONE MONTH Pull together your final guest list. Plan your seating chart. Have your final wedding dress fitting. Print your order of service, menus or anything

    else you may need. Buy gifts for your bridal party and parents. Send your picture list to your photographer.

    THE WEEK BEFORE Finalise your seating chart. Confirm your details with all of your suppliers. Have your wedding rehearsal.

    So heres the legal tick-box list: Marriage automatically voids any will which

    already exists. A new will accounts for your change in circumstances so your affairs would not be left to the vagaries of the intestacy rules.

    A pre or post-nuptial agreement isnt only for Hollywood couples. Its a myth that these types of arrangements are only for the rich and famous. If you are entering into a marriage with children from a previous relationship, properties or investments, you should consider how they could be affected by your new marital status. It is important to futureproof your assets.

    If you are buying your first home together, you could benefit from the Help To Buy ISA which the government has recently launched.

    The team at Tilly Bailey & Irvine Law Firm offers a calming hand when it comes to ticking the legal boxes.

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    Start researching suppliers such as photographers, florists and cake makers.

    9 - 12 MONTHS Order your dress. Select your bridal party. Book your key suppliers. View potential bands or DJs and make

    some bookings. Look at accommodation for any guests

    who are travelling up for your day. Book your hen party.

    6 - 9 MONTHS Send your save the dates. Order your bridesmaid dresses. Book your honeymoon. Order your wedding rings.

    3 - 6 MONTHS Order your groomsmens suits.

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