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Horton Grange How to make your dream wedding go without a hitch.

ARE you recently engaged and looking for ideas for your big day? Whether it's lavish or a more intimate affair, your wedding day should be the one of most memorable days of your life.

Recent research by wedding planning website hitched.co.uk found that the cost of an average UK wedding has grown to a whopping PS27,161. It's no surprise then that every couple wants their day to be perfect.

Although traditional church weddings are still popular, some couples are choosing alternative ways of tying the knot. Whatever setting you prefer, the North East has a wide range of venues to suit every couple's taste, from grand country houses to plush citycentre hotels. If you don't want to get married in a church but still want an amazing setting for your wedding, the region has its fair share of luxury hotels, halls and castles that provide a wonderful backdrop.

Some venues can be booked up to two years in advance so it's important to make your plans early. And don't forget to book the hotel rooms for your guests early too. In recent years the concept of the traditional wedding has changed somewhat. Hotels, halls and even exotic beaches are popular venues.

Many venues now have a wedding coordinator, making organisation far less stressful. Most venues also offer special wedding deals that include a drinks and menu package and various extras such as a free night in the hotel for the bride and groom, table displays, cake stands and place cards.

For brides-to-be, it all starts with finding that dream dress. Yet with so many designs to choose from, finding the perfect gown can often seem a daunting task. There's a wealth of independent bridal shops across the region, on hand to offer genuine advice and a personal service. Whether you prefer to stand out from the crowd, or opt for a design that's a little more subtle, you're certain to find the right dress to suit your individual theme and style.

For those short of time or on a budget, the high street has a lot to offer. The range of offthe-peg bridal dresses has grown in recent years, with an increasing number of high street retailers branching out into wedding attire.

When choosing the perfect dress there are lots of factors to consider. Budget is important, as is the location and month of your wedding. For those getting married abroad, large full skirted designs might not be the easiest to transport and could also prove uncomfortable if you're heading to sunnier climes. Floaty or straight dress designs will ensure you stay cool, without compromising on style. Retro knee-length designs are a popular option and give a nod to 1950s glamour. Embellished dresses, featuring beading, sequins or even Swarovski crystals, will add a touch of sparkle to proceedings.

Just like your wedding dress, your wedding flowers should be tailored to fit you and your dream day. An experienced wedding florist will be able to suggest stunning ideas to match your vision and interpret your own particular style. A wedding is the time to let your personal style take precedence. Take inspiration from everything; note your thoughts in a notebook, iPad or smartphone to share with your florist. Pinterest, mood boards, scrapbooks and magazine cuttings are other great sources to share.

Marianne Fashions You'll find stunning designer outfits and the personal touch at Marianne Fashions in Cleadon Village.

Marianne's recognises that a wedding is a big day for Mum as well. The Mother of the Bride is the traditional hostess of the wedding and her job is to make sure the day goes as smoothly as possible and, of course, provide that much-needed support to the bride.

With this in mind, Marianne's is a must-visit for the mother of the bride or mother of the groom seeking the perfect outfit for their son or daughter's wedding.

Marianne's is renowned for its personal service and attention to detail in providing the very best special occasion wear in a relaxed atmosphere.

For 42 years, customers have received a warm welcome and a personal assistant who excels in taking them for a leisurely browse through hundreds of designs by all the leading occasion wear designers and - if they wish - offers advice on the best style and colour.

To match and complement your special occasion outfit, Marianne's offers a beautiful collection of matching shoes and handbags, and the essential special occasion hat.

Famous for its beautiful hats and fascinators, Marianne's have hundreds in stock from the large statement hat for the bride's mother or the more subtle, small elegant and understated fascinator, either hire or buy from a vast selection.

Marianne's is open 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday. It is located at 53-55 Front Street, Cleadon Village, Sunderland SR6 7PG. For more information call 0191 536 7310 or email mariannefashions@gmail.com The Little Haven Hotel The Little Haven hotel is uniquely situated in South Shields at the gateway of the River Tyne. It boasts extensive views of the busy River Tyne and Little Haven beach, yet is within a 20-minute drive of Newcastle's city centre and is only 35 minutes away from Newcastle Airport.

Your wedding day is a very special occasion and looking for the ideal venue is a daunting task. There are so many things to consider and prepare to ensure that your day is a day to remember for everyone, especially yourselves.

By coming to the Little Haven Hotel you will be making the right choice, using the team's years of experience to make sure that your wedding day will be enjoyed and remembered.

The hotel's experienced staff will be at your disposal to assist you plan your day exactly as you would like, leaving you free to enjoy your wedding day to the full.

To arrange an informal meeting please telephone our conference and banqueting team on (0191) 455 4455 who will be only too happy to discuss your requirements in more detail and show you around the Hotel or come along to our free to enter Wedding fair on Sunday 25th February 12pm-4.30pm Horton Grange Nestled in the heart of Northumberland, Horton Grange Country House Hotel is a grade II-listed country house, which offers the perfect mix of elegance and exclusivity for your big day.

The house, grounds and nine bedrooms can be exclusively yours for the whole event, which means no golfers, strangers or interlopers encroaching on your intimate moments.

There's also an option to have your ceremony in the wedding gazebo to take advantage of the stunning four acres of grounds. But all of this and more can be decided with the help of Horton Grange's specialist team, who have a wealth of experience when it comes to planning the perfect day.

The quality continues in the hotel's restaurant - which is recognised as one of the best places to eat in Newcastle - and you can rest assured only the finest ingredients will be used to make up your special menu.

For more information, contact wedding manager Emma Slater on tel: 01661 860 686, or email: weddings@hortongrange.co.uk Gretna Green For over 250 years Gretna Green in Scotland has been the name synonymous with romance and weddings.

In the middle of the 18th century English law lords approved new laws to tightened marriage arrangements.

Couples had to reach the age of 21 before they could marry without their parents' consent and their marriage had to take place in a church.

Scottish law however was different: you could marry on the spot, in a simple 'marriage by declaration', or 'handfasting' ceremony, only requiring two witnesses and assurances from the couple that they were both free to marry.

With Gretna Green perfectly placed to take advantage of the differences in the two countries' marriage laws and with an angry father-of-the-bride usually in hot pursuit, the runaway couple could not waste time.

Therefore as soon as they reached Scottish soil in Gretna Green, they would find a place of security where they could marry at haste. Today the world famous Scottish village is the wedding capital of the UK, with hundreds of couples a year tying the knot in this truly magical setting.

Gretna Green offers a fantastic range of allinclusive wedding packages to suit every couples' taste and budget. Your big day can be organised easily with the help of its friendly and efficient wedding planners and team.

And Gretna Green is holding it's largest wedding fayre ever. On Sunday March 18 2018 from 12 noon - 4pm, Gretna Green will be welcoming prospective brides and grooms from all over the country to discover what this romantic destination can offer to make a couple's wedding dreams come true. For more information on the wide range of wedding packages available at Gretna Green visit www.gretnagreen.com or call the wedding team on (01461) 336001
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Date:Jan 26, 2018
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