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FEATURES & REGULARS 26 THIS MONTH ONLINE The latest looks and news on your screen

63 STYLING FILES Beautiful ideas, including a stationery special

83 BE OUR GUEST Inspirational real weddings from around the world

111 MASTER PLAN How to shake up the photo booth

112 BUY OR DIY? When doing it yourself will work – and when to call a pro!

118 DEAR Y&YW No need to fret, we’re here to solve your wedding worries

120 PLANNING NEWS All-new discoveries for your big day

127 PICK ‘N’ LIST Use your gift list to bring colour into your home

129 25% OFF AT FREYA ROSE* Gorgeous shoes with a superb discount offer

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130 BRIDE WARS Would you ever change your engagement ring?

132 WHAT IS MODERN MARRIAGE? Real brides tell us what happens after the big day

134 WEDDINGS UNCOVERED The 21st Century Bride Survey results are in!

234 SURPRISING PLANNING MUST-HAVES Useful and fun things to help with your organising

SOMETHING NEW 35 SWEET DREAMS

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A fairy-tale idea to wow your guests

36 MATERIAL GIRL Three exciting new theme trends

38 PIECE & LOVE Discover the imperfect art of kintsugi

42 FASHION NOTEBOOK Stunning trends and style advice

48 WELL HEELED Our pick of the best new shoes

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53 FULL BLOOM Fabulously floral looks from the runways

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57 GET AHEAD Be your own princess with a tiara

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Contents FASHION, BEAUTY & WELLNESS 140 ON THE TOWN Stunning looks for an urban big day

154 ON TOP OF THE WORLD Sparkling style from the rooftops

160 ONE FINE DAY Exquisite gowns in our secret garden

174 SHINE BRIGHT Bold looks that really make a statement

180 GLITTER GIRLS Let your maids twinkle!

182 CALL TO ARMS

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Our contributors ROBERTA FACCHINI

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Splitting her time between London and Italy, Roberta travels the globe shooting romantic and intimate weddings. She stayed in the UK for our Regal Romance shoot – head to p63 for wonderful country inspiration.

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185 TOP TO TAILS Classic suits for grooms

187 MARVELLOUS MINIS The best travel accessories come in small packages

189 BEAUTY BITES New products, including‌ shiitake mushrooms?!

191 WELL GEL Gel nails tested by the Y&YW team

192 WEDDING PERFUMES REBOOTED Heaven-scent ways to wear a fragrance

195 CLEAN UP YOUR ACT Our round-up of essential cleansers

Luxury wedding planner Katrina specialises in beautifully timeless weddings. Her wonderful styling came to life gorgeously at the wedding of real couple Regina and Jon at Hedsor House. You can see how the stunning day came to life on p94.

A dream of a career in food led former TV producer Lisa to launch catering company Black Pot thirteen years ago. In our Buy Or DIY? feature on p112, she shares her top tips on how to work with your caterer to create a perfect wedding menu that suits your budget.

196 THE NEW HAIR RULES It’s time to treat haircare like skincare

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200 FEELING GOOD? Effective and practical ways to be at your best

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203 GREAT ESCAPES A special edition focusing on weddings overseas Sheer   powder   in No 10, £40, Chanel

204 VOWS WITH A VIEW Stunning locations for both your big day and your honeymoon from around the globe

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Display florals in grey ceramic stand planters, £18 each, Mink Interiors

Complete the look with silver and black cutlery, from 40p per item to hire, Classic Crockery

Bamboo silk napkins, £38 for four, and runners, £87 for three metres, Lancaster & Cornish

Concreteinspired plates, POA, Hélène Millot

Go monochrome with your flowers, from £75, Poppy Sturley

Dress lounge areas with scatter cushions, £60 each, Design House Norwich

Opt for inky tones with hero glassware, £9.75 each, Bloomingville at Trouva

Paper textures evoke concrete, from £2 each, Bureau Design

The hard stone-efect decoration is ofset by the flowers, from £275, Butter Beautiful

These concrete letters make great favours, £3 each, The Conran Shop

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A trio of cakes, from £700, Butter Beautiful

Place concretestyle candle holders all over tables, £11.99, Zara

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Create custom photo-booth backdrops with stark wallpaper, £50 per roll, Graham & Brown


This tablecloth brings character to the theme, POA to hire, Knot & Pop

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Beautiful brush strokes bring a unique finish to table styling, £7.99, Zara

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Opt for natural ceramics with texture, £48 for two, Broste Copenhagen

Use textured taper candles in soft hues, from £9.50, Broste Copenhagen

Keep flowers light and delicate in tone and texture, from £185, Poppy Sturley

This seminaked cake evokes texture, from £180, Cakes by Yolke

Dress bars with pots for straws and cocktail garnishes, £29, Homearama

Use painted bottles for flowers or table water, £5 each to hire, Knot & Pop

Painted ceramic bowls add interest to tablescapes, £20 each, Habitat

Continue the theme with wooden crossback chairs, £5.99 each to hire, Wedhead

Oatmeal cushions give a sense of nature, £9.99, H&M

Green marble White marble reigned supreme in 2017 – but green is growing in popularity.

Mix bursts of purple with pink and green, from £75, Bloaum Gold is a natural companion for green marble, as with this candlestick £12.99, H&M

Layer goldbeaded charger plates with green plates, £2.88 each to hire, Duchess & Butler

This pillar candle is like a mini marble column, £12.75, Broste Copenhagen

Soft marble swirls introduce your theme, POA, Boarding School Collective

Use vases to reflect or contrast your floral tones, £45, John Lewis

These napkin rings add a flash of gold, £8.50, Broste Copenhagen

Deep purple adds further luxe, £25, John Lewis A marble-efect cake is an original addition to the theme, from £680, Blossom & Crumb

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Float tealights in these small bowls, £26.99, KintsugiGiftsUK at Etsy

Flecked ribbon, £45 for three metres, Lancaster & Cornish

Use wallpaper as backing for seating plans, £16.99 per roll, Graham & Brown at House of Fraser

Torn paper menus and place wraps, from £4 each, Pale Press London

PIECE& LOVE

Feature vases with waves of gold, £50, Olivia McGill

Gold napkin rings, £45, Summerill & Bishop

‘Repaired’ plates and platters for bars and lounge areas, £54, Amara

For a modern touch, Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing pottery with gold and silver to create a beautifully imperfect look

Try kintsugi yourself, £25, The Design Museum

The look is striking in silver, £120, Yenchen & Yawen

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Floral arrangements inspired by Japan, POA Frida Kim

Complement with golden hue glassware, £16, Broste Copenhagen

These drinks coasters take the Kintsugi efect to the edge, £14, Anthropologie

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Retrostyle, £12, Accessorize

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Leaf, £125, Pandora

Gold-drop, £15, J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams

Floral, £12, Jon Richard

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This transparent and gold trinket box is a wedding winner. Big enough to fit your phone, lipstick and card, it’s a chic pick for brides who want a piece of arm candy they can also wear after the celebrations are complete. Trinket box clutch, £550, Aspinal of London


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Cross-front, £19.99, JML Direct Faux-fur jacket, £210, Amo Couture

Pompom bag, £26, River Island

Multiway, £26, Figleaves

THINK PINK From candyfloss jackets for you, to roaring rose suits for your groom, this popular shade always makes a statement.

Strapless, £35, Freya

Veiled hat, £570, Awon Golding

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Embellished bag, £295, Pinko

Vintage brooch, £35, Susan Caplan

Embroidered dress, £125, Frock & Frill

‘Girl boss’ bracelet, £20, Scream Pretty Pleated dress, POA, Pronovias

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Mini hoops, £10, River Island

TOWN ‘Taken’ tiara, £844, Amber Sakai

Peep-toe heels, £65, Paradox Pink London Charm bracelet, £1,985, Robinson Pelham Fringed bag, £30, Accessorize

Sparkle boots, £175, Dune London Stacker rings, from £450 each, Laura Lee

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Bird earrings, £40, Bill Skinner

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Satin shoes, £195, Florence

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Lace and crystal heels, £865, René Caovilla

Kitten heels, £59, J by Jasper Conran

Butterfly heels, £395, Sophia Webster

White heels, £25.99, New Look Beaded courts, £265, L.K.Bennett x Jenny Packham

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Satin sandals, £99, Dune London


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White heels, £39, Faith at Debenhams

Pointed heels, £525, Tabitha Simmons

Pearl-embellished heels, £1,295, Jimmy Choo White booties, US$520 (approx. £400), Jessica Bedard

Diamanté heels, £845, Christian Louboutin

Gold-detail heels, £35, Very

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Flower-detail heels, £345, Freya Rose

Rose gold and white heels, £160, Ted Baker youandyourwedding.co.uk 49


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Regal THE BRIEF MOOD A classic and opulent wedding style that’s utterly sophisticated PALETTE A combination of delicate pink shades and decadent gold VENUE The grand setting of Hedsor House in Buckinghamshire provides a backdrop ďŹ t for royalty

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THE DETAILS The key elements to achieve this look WEDDING SETTING

“Everything married together perfectly, with golden accents throughout”

The glorious setting of Hedsor House was the perfect choice for this shoot after coordinator Mari Chase visited and admired the vast ballroom: “I could just imagine the bride walking down the impressive staircase into the OLJKWÀOOHG URRP FRPSOHWH ZLWK striking cut-glass chandeliers.”

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Reception trends “Use an abundance of flowers to create impact and a luxury feel”

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THE DETAILS The key elements to achieve this look GOOD MOOD

When planning your dream day, it’s important to think about the type of atmosphere you want to create – whether that’s romantic, fun, laid-back, or luxe. In this shoot, Sam Johnson of Carmela Weddings used minimal light to achieve a statement look, which adds to the drama of the theme.

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As far away from pretty pastels as possible, this contemporarycool theme is all about pushing the boundaries. “We went for a modern, luxurious and indulgent look,” says Sam. This can be seen in the striking stationery and VWUXFWXUDO ÁRUDO DUUDQJHPHQWV

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“The inspiration for this wedding shoot was born not just from design or décor, but also from fashion,” says Sam. The jumpsuit worn by the bride is what the style is all about – a cool, modern, and bold look that still says bridal. You might not have thought of taking inspiration from your own RXWÀW IRU \RXU GpFRU WR FUHDWH a harmonious w-day feel, but it can be a great starting point.

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Vaishali Shah, founder of stationer Ananya, shares her advice for invitation perfection Give your designer a couple of examples to work with “It’s always helpful to let your stationery designer know what kind of style you like – and using examples to do this is a great idea,” says Vaishali. “You could also look at the designer’s own website to see what designs they have created which are similar to what you are looking for.”

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Your invitations don’t have to match your colour scheme “I think it’s important that couples don’t feel pressured into deciding on a theme when they are sending out save the dates,” she says. “However, you may want to consider coordinating somewhat, to give your wedding a harmonious feel.”

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Make sure you leave enough time for printing “Don’t forget that designing and printing can take time,” advises Vaishali. “If a designer is creating a one-off design from scratch, this can take three or four months to design and print. However, off-the-shelf collections are able to be turned around in a month or so.”

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The names of the people inviting the guest – usually the couple, the bride’s parents or both sets of parents The name of the couple (of course!) Your venue, with full address details The date of the wedding The time of the ceremony The name(s) of guests being invited – plus an indication of whether plusones and children are also invited RSVP details – perhaps on a separate card for guests to send back, including space to give information about dietary requirements

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Love in BLOOM Flowers were a central theme on this summer’s day Photography | Dominique Bader

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Eve & Chris Eve Graham, 31, and Christopher Colburn, 28, held their ceremony and reception at Millbridge Court, Surrey


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t’s always lovely when couples can call on family members to help create the day of their dreams, so when Eve and Chris wanted beautiful blooms to play a major part in their wedding dĂŠcor, they were lucky enough to be able to call on Eve’s mum, Tracey Peryman, who has her own garden design business. Eve worked closely with Sophie Cannarozzo, wedding supervisor at Long Acres Garden &HQWUH WR FUHDWH D Ă RUDO ZRQGHUODQG WKDW included silver birch trees, opulent garlands and stunning centrepieces. As a particularly pretty touch, there were miniature mercury vases on each reception table, each holding a single stem of rose, peony or eucalyptus. In keeping with the botanical styling, the FRXSOH VDLG WKHLU YRZV XQGHU D VWXQQLQJ Ă RUDO arch inside their venue. Originally, they’d hoped to have an outdoor ceremony, but the threat of rain changed their plans. “In hindsight, we feel having it inside was better as it felt more intimate – and it also meant the wind wasn’t blowing Eve’s dress or veil about!â€? says Chris. “When she walked into the room, everyone was in awe. Eve looked just incredible.â€? Afterwards, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed canapĂŠs that were miniature versions of the couple’s favourite foods. “We also had mini ice cream cone canapĂŠs,â€? says Eve. “They went down a treat.â€? Another culinary highlight was the tiered cake with blooms made from icing. “It was stunning,â€? says Eve. “In fact, one of my favourite things of the whole wedding!â€?


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“THE CAKE WAS STUNNING – IN FACT, ONE OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS OF THE WHOLE WEDDING!” MINI MAGIC The couple left the ceremony in Eve’s father’s Mini Moke car, which was decorated with flowers and tin cans. “My family had been eating tinned food so Chris and I could have enough cans on the back!”

THE DREAM TEAM Reception venue millbridgecourt.co.uk Photographer dominiquebader.com Bride’s dress Stella York at trulygorgeous.co.uk Bridesmaids’ dresses morilee.co.uk Groom’s suit tedbaker.com Flowers longacres.co.uk Stationery minted.com Catering kalmkitchen.co.uk Cake forever-cakes.co.uk Macaron tower therealmacaroncompany.com

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WILD SIDE Unconventional twists on traditions and untamed flowers made this a wedding day to remember Photography | Paul Santos

A LOCAL FLAVOUR The décor for the day was inspired by the Northumberland countryside.

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A subtle Christmas theme ran through this winter wedding, from fairy lights to seasonal cocktails Photography | Albert Palmer

THE COUPLE

Melissa & Todd Melissa Boakes, 26, and Todd Jex, 28, held their ceremony and reception at Babington House, Somerset

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husband feeling overwhelmed with happy tears,” says Melissa. “The sparklers really added to the moment.” At the reception, the sophisticated take on Christmas styling continued ZLWKWKHEHDXWLIXOEORRPV7KHÁRUDO arrangements included seasonal varieties such as ranunculus, white snowberry and holly, and were all in fresh winter-perfect shades of white and green. Sparkling candles on the tables DQGLQODQWHUQVÀQLVKHGWKHORRN “As favours, we had homemade Christmas crackers, which we used as the place names,” recalls Melissa. ´7KHVHZHUHÀOOHGZLWKDPLQL/LQGW reindeer, a personalised wooden heart and trivia about me and Todd.” A jazz band played Christmas music as guests tucked into the wedding feast of hearty winter warmers including rib of beef followed by sticky toffee pudding. The couple then hosted a cocktail hour, with bespoke drinks named after their dogs: a ‘Monty’ gingerbread latte mix, and D¶&RFR·ZDUPPXOOHGVORHJLQ/DWHU on, a DJ got the party started with a mix of Yuletide and dance tracks. “We had the run of the house until the next morning, so we all partied on until fairly late,” says Melissa. “The party came to a close with cheese and port in the library with the few people who were still going!”


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HOUSE OF LOVE The couple got engaged at Babington House and realised it would be perfect for their wedding.

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Giulia & Stefano Giulia Riva, 27, and Stefano Stoppa, 27, held their ceremony at Santuario della Madonna del Rosario di Varallo Pombia and their reception at Jardin à Vivre, Milan, Italy

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Melissa & Josh Melissa Sharpington, 31, and Josia de Kock, 36, held their ceremony at All Saints Church, Hollingbourne, and their reception at Odo’s Barn, Kent

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Hair & make-up

Having your hair and make-up done is a lovely way to start the day, and should ensure you feel good when you take to the aisle. A professional make-up artist will know how to give you a look that stays the course (occasional touch-ups aside) and looks great in photos, while a pro hairdresser can give you a ’do that doesn’t start to come out when you hit the dance à RRU 7KDW VDLG LI \RX ZDQW WR UHLQ LQ WKH EXGJHWDQG\RX¡UHFRQÀGHQWLQ\RXUVNLOOV there’s no reason not to do your own hair and make-up – possible panic on the wedding morning aside. It’s a good idea to invest in some high-quality beauty basics, such as primer, foundation and long-lasting eyeshadow – so give yourself time to

try these out. You could also book a lesson at a make-up counter to brush up your skills and maybe learn some fresh techniques (Bobbi Brown is particularly good for this). Practise in advance and time yourself, then add on extra time for the wedding morning to allow for shaky hands. Make sure you have some make-up remover with you to correct any mistakes, and if you’re also doing your own hair, check that you’ve packed any tools you need. If you’re getting ready in a hotel, bring your own hairdryer – we’ve never encountered a hotel hairdryer we’ve liked!


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You may be lucky enough to have a friend or family member with excellent baking skills who’s happy to create your cake. But remember that, unless they’re a professional, there’s a world of difference between creating delicious bakes for a family party and making, decorating, transporting and assembling a tiered cake to serve 100 guests – so don’t expect too much. Planning on doing it yourself? Again, however skilled you are, achieving that professional polish takes years of experience, not to mention a lot of time in the run-up to the wedding. “For us, making a wedding cake is a four-day process,â€? says Dominique Pickering of cake maker Poppy Pickering. “We bake one day, JDQDFKHWKHQH[WLFHDIWHUWKDWDQGĂ€QDOO\ stack and decorate the day before the ZHGGLQJ7KLVDOORZVIRUHDFKVWDJHWR VHWWOHDQGVHW0DNLQJWKHVXJDUĂ RZHUV and decorations could then take a further few days, depending on their complexity.â€? You’ll need the right equipment, depending on the style you want, and some venues charge ‘cakeage’ – a fee for bringing your own cake, rather than using an in-house caterer to make it. But there are ways to save if you decide to go with a pro. “Couples on a tight budget could always order a plain iced cake with some simple SLSHGGHWDLODQGWKHQDVNWKHLUĂ RULVWWR GHFRUDWHLWZLWKIUHVKĂ RZHUVWRPDWFK their wedding scheme,â€? suggests Dominique. You could also see if you can serve your cake as the dessert, saving money on the catering bill.

Going DIY with your stationery can be more time-consuming than you think, particularly if you want to design and make the entire suite, from save the dates to menus. Of course, it’s not impossible, and couples do manage it. One of the biggest stumbling blocks is printing. If you’re QRWFRQĂ€GHQW\RXUKRPHSULQWHUZLOO SURGXFHWKHTXDOLW\Ă€QLVK\RXZDQW or you’re worried about the price of ink, research companies that will do this for you, and factor in the cost – head to youandyourwedding.co.uk/forum for reader recommendations. Most importantly, get someone to proofread – there are few things in life less premium-looking than spelling and grammar mistakes. You should also factor in the cost of materials, including any equipment and embellishments. We recommend buying the very best card you can afford, as this will make a real difference to the feel of your stationery. If you have an unusual shape, or lots of inserts, this might increase the postage on your invitations. Ideally, if you’re creating a bespoke design from scratch, you’ll have a suitable program on your laptop or tablet, such as Photoshop – although Word or an online service might work for something simple. One of the easier options is to look for a pre-existing template you can download, known as a ‘printable’. If all this sounds too much, consider getting creative with just your save the dates, then ordering the rest from a stationer.

Favours

Edible favours are popular for good reason: they usually go down well with guests, and if you’re going down the homemade route, this is an extra opportunity to personalise your day by using ingredients or recipes with a particular meaning to you. We’ve seen some lovely ideas over the years, such as pots of jam made from the groom’s grandmother’s special recipe, miniature bottles of gin created from sloes foraged by

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the couple, and olive oil infused with herbs from the bride’s parents’ garden. Delightful as these ideas are, you may not always end up saving yourselves much money, if any at all. On a website such as justminiatures.co.uk, for example, you can buy little jars of jam for around 31p each, while making your own conserve would involve buying fruit and other ingredients, as well as jars and labels. So, if saving cash is your priority, work out the exact SHUIDYRXUFRVWRI\RXUSURMHFW7KHVDPH goes for non-edible homemade favours, particularly if they’re scented, such as candles and soap – essential oils can turn out to be surprisingly expensive. Of course, the personalisation aspect may be more important to you than money. If so, just remember that when it comes to favours, that means one per guest – choose a make-ahead project you can create early on and store, so you don’t end up frantically decanting jam into 120 tiny pots the night before your wedding.

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At You & Your Wedding, we are passionate about beautiful wedding photography – you just have to see our real weddings section to know that. Your big day is likely to be one of the very few times you’ll have all the people who are important to you from the different parts of your lives together in one room, and it should be recorded beautifully. You’re not just paying for a photographer’s expertise in taking the photos – professionals will spend hours editing the images so they look truly wonderful. With that in mind, and without going over-budget, we recommend choosing the best photographer you can afford. If you’re marrying in autumn, winter, or midweek, you may be able to save money by asking for reduced coverage – having the photographer there for your ceremony and the beginning of the reception, for example, rather than having them there for the whole day. However, in peak wedding season it’s unlikely a popular photographer would agree to this (it’s still worth checking, though). You could also put off buying an album until you can afford it, or see if you can get a digital-only package and print your own photos. As for the DIY route, you wouldn’t actually take the photographs yourselves, obviously – it would have to involve enlisting a talented friend or family member. It’s important to manage your expectations with this. A good professional photographer is adept at ensuring all guests are captured, putting people at ease for posed shots, and getting those candid images of everyone enjoying themselves. You can’t expect an amateur to do that – and they won’t really relax and have fun while trying to do their best. If you don’t want to pile the pressure on one person, you could ask your guests to upload their own photos to a service such as WedPics or Dropbox, so you have a digital record of the day from everyone there.

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Drink

No, we’re not talking about creating homemade wine! This is about sourcing the drinks to serve at your reception, rather than having the venue supply them. The advantages of doing so are obvious: you should be able to get a good price if you’re buying in bulk from a company such as Laithwaite’s Wine. However, some venues ZRQ¡W DOORZ WKLV VR GR FKHFN ÀUVW ,I \RXU venue charges a corkage fee to serve your wine, it may still work out cheaper per bottle to pay it, so calculate carefully. You should also ask about storing your drinks ahead of the wedding. Next, work out how much you’ll need, depending on the size of your guest list. Ask your wine merchant about buying on a sale or return basis, so if you over-order, you won’t lose out. And try to choose a supplier that offers free tastings!

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You could certainly make a big saving if you provide your own feast, or ask friends and family to bring dishes. However, food is such a key part of the wedding experience – so is it really worth the risk of everything going wrong, not to mention the stress? “Even if you’re a brilliant cook, the logistics of shopping, cooking, storing, transporting and serving food in large quantities is a challenge – just think of the fridge space you’d need, for starters!â€? says Lisa Silcock of leading caterer Black Pot. “You can run into food safety issues if things like meat aren’t properly stored, and the risk of giving your wedding guests food poisoning doesn’t bear thinking about.â€? Rather than going DIY, ask your caterer – before you book – if they have any ideas for cutting costs. “A caterer should work with you and suggest a few ideas – if they GRQ¡W PD\EH Ă€QG D GLIIHUHQW FDWHUHUÎź VD\V Lisa. “They might offer a cheaper menu which is simpler to prepare, using more economical ingredients. We once made shepherd’s pies to share followed by Eton mess – delicious, but pretty economical. Or they might suggest cutting a course, such as canapĂŠs instead of a starter.â€? You could also review your guest list – after all, catering is a per-head cost. “If you try to cut back too much on, say, serving staff, or food quality, your event could suffer and you might be disappointed,â€? says Lisa. If you want to add a personal twist to the food, talk to your caterer about providing your own treats. “We recently catered a wedding where the bride’s father, who lived in Cornwall, drove to London with 200 freshly baked Cornish pasties that we served to the guests for late night snacks!â€? adds Lisa. “Just remember that not all caterers will serve food they haven’t made, as there are food safety and other issues involved.â€?

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Hire LOVE There are some things you just can’t DIY. We’re talking about tableware – no one in their right mind would attempt to make their own cutlery or glassware! And if your venue or caterer isn’t providing this – or if what they do have doesn’t suit your theme – buying these items would be a very costly endeavour. What’s more, you’d be left with an intimidating number of plates and table runners to store at home afterwards. The solution is to get hiring – and the following are great companies to have a look at.

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our own included, to help you get the look you want, and we also offer workshops for DIY weddings.â€? That said, you do need to be organised: Ă€QG RXW ZKHUH \RXU YHQXH FDQ VWRUH WKH blooms (you need somewhere cool), and make a plan as to exactly when you’ll start doing the arrangements and who will help you. “If you are making and putting them in ultra-clean glassware with the very freshest water, it would be perfectly feasible to make on the Thursday for a Saturday wedding as long as you keep them cool,â€? says Heather. Don’t forget, you’ll also need vessels to put them in, so factor in the cost of hire, or ask friends and family to start collecting a particular type of bottle or jar for you.


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meeting to discuss the finer details. Give a list of dates when you are available and ask that they contact you within the next few days to get you booked in. Don’t be afraid to follow up if you don’t hear back. It’s likely the venue is busy with other events, but you have every right to be in the know about yours!

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Y&YW says: It can be tricky choosing a dress to suit two diferent venues, but rest assured that there are lots of clever tricks that you can do to change up your look to make it appropriate for both. You could buy a small jacket or shrug to wear at the register oice, and then take it of for the after-party. Alternatively, you could switch up your jewellery to create one simple look and then a more glamorous style for later on. Regardless, as long as you feel comfortable and confident in what you are wearing, then you will look fabulous. Before making any rash decisions about buying a new wedding dress, be sure to try on your gown a few times before the wedding day to see how you feel in it.

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y partner and I will be getting married at a register office before going on to a hotel for our reception. I’ve bought a glam princess-style wedding dress, but I’m worried this is going to be too much and I’m going to look silly. Do you think I should buy a new dress? SarahAnne

Y&YW says: It’s surprising how quickly the big day will come around now it’s less than a year away, so you can definitely start looking at dresses now. You’ll begin to get a feel for the styles, colours and brands you like, as well as seeing which ones you’re not as keen on. Book a date in the diary early in the new year to get your maids together for a dress-shopping session. Having lots of time to choose your dream styles will ensure that the process is enjoyable, and not stressful.


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▲ FAVOURS WITH HEART We love the new pin badges from Macmillan Cancer Support – charity favours with a sweetly stylish feel, £12.95 for a pack of 10, shop.macmillan.org.uk/wedding

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INTERACTIVE CHILDREN’S TABLES Keep little ones amused during the wedding breakfast with a chalkboard table runner they can doodle on, £29.95, eatwell-uk.co.uk

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It’s all in the details Regardless of your wedding theme, the key to make it come together lies in the details. Things like invitations, orders of service, table plans and thank you cards can really bring a theme to life, and there are so many stationery styles to discover at the National Wedding Show.

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Have your cake The Inspired Bakes gallery is a showcase of stunning wedding cakes made by talented bakers from all over the UK. Previous themes have included Provence Dreams, Great Gatsby Glam, Fairytale Chic and Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring breathtaking sweet creations that have captivated visitors’ imaginations.


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Patterned cushion, £40, Orla Kiely

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Be organised

The ultimate PLANNING CHECKLIST

Welcome to the wonderful world of organising your wedding. To give you a helping hand, we have put together a to-do list to make sure you don’t miss a thing... Agree on a budget Draft a rough guest list so you know what size of venue to look for Decide whether you would prefer a civil or religious wedding ceremony and what type of venue you want View and book your venue Book your church and registrar/other celebrant Finalise your guest list Invest in wedding insurance Book your photographer and videographer

12 MONTHS TO GO Choose your bridesmaids, best man and ushers Send out your save the dates Book transport, if you need it Book your entertainment If you need to hire caterers, book them and discuss the menu options Start dress shopping Start bridesmaid dress shopping Book your hair and make-up artist, if you're having them

NINE MONTHS TO GO Book your florist Book your cake maker Order the dress, if you haven’t already Buy your bridal accessories, such as shoes, jewellery and underwear Sort out your favours Give notice to your local registrar (if having a civil ceremony). This is valid for one year

SIX MONTHS TO GO Start shopping for groomswear Buy the bridesmaid dresses if you haven’t already Book your honeymoon Buy your wedding rings Sort out your first-night accommodation Discuss the order of service with the vicar or registrar Choose the readings, hymns, songs or poems you want at your ceremony If you’re writing your own vows, start now Set up your gift list

THREE MONTHS TO GO Send out your invitations Have dress and/or suit fittings Have a hair and make-up trial Go on your hen and stag dos Break in your shoes Start writing the speeches Buy thank you gifts for key members of the bridal party Have a menu tasting with your caterers Start the table plan Confirm guest numbers and any dietary requirements with your venue and caterers four to six weeks before the day

ONE WEEK TO GO Have a wedding rehearsal (if required) Confirm bookings and timings with your suppliers Go through the day plan and duties with the wedding party Settle all final balances Collect any hired items Pick up your wedding dress

To download this checklist, and for more planning advice, visit youandyourwedding.co.uk 128 youandyourwedding.co.uk

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Debating team

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s someone who effectively upgraded their engagement ring before it was even bought, I would have no problem with giving myself a little ‘ring-provement’ in the future. Let me explain: my boyfriend borrowed a ring for the proposal, then WRRN PH EDFN WR WKH VKRS WR SLFN D Ă€QDO GHVLJQ , SROLWHO\ declined any of the options there and sourced myself a bespoke ring from somewhere else for the budget he’d set. I know what you’re thinking, and yes, his patience is part of the reason I’m marrying him. Anyway, back to the main point. This isn’t to say I want to right now, but I don’t know why you wouldn’t upgrade your engagement ring. In what other area of your life “JUST BECAUSE wouldn’t you jazz things up A RING HOLDS a little if you got your paws SENTIMENTAL on some extra pound notes? my salary has grown over VALUE DOESN’T As the years, I’ve improved my MEAN IT wardrobe, my house and my holidays – not to mention that SHOULD BE RESERVED FOR ultimate wealth indicator, my lunches. There’s no RELIC STATUSâ€? packed great bible of love out there that rules out upgrading your engagement ring. Just because a ring holds sentimental value, I don’t think it should be reserved for relic status – never to be touched again after the proposal. For me, the value of an engagement ring isn’t in the ring itself – it’s in the sentiment of the proposal. The ring is a nice additional extra to betrothing yourself to the love of your life. At no point do I mean I’d sling my ring over my shoulder given the chance of a bigger, shinier diamond. I’m not mad. However, there are all kinds of ways to upgrade your bling. You can add diamonds, have it reset, or even add a new ring in one of those new-fangled ‘stacked’ situations. Go for it if that’s what would make you happy, and if anyone questions you, tell them you felt it was time to ring the changes!â€?

NO! KAREN CINNAMON, SMASHINGTHEGLASS.COM FOUNDER, SAYS:

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et me just preface this by saying that my own engagement ring is the most exquisite piece of jewellery anyone could wish for. It’s an extraordinary emerald-cut diamond ring that my husband’s dear grandfather, a talented Hatton Garden jeweller, designed for his beloved wife some 80 years ago. Granted, in my opinion, it’s a phenomenal ring with huge sentimental value. But even if that was not the case, I would never upgrade it. For me, it’s not about the ring, it’s what WKH ULQJ UHSUHVHQWV , FRXOG EX\ D ULQJ IRU DQ\ RWKHU Ă€QJHU at any other time, but this is the one that’s an imprint of an irreplaceable moment in our lives. This is the one with the meaning and the symbolism. “I WOULD And it’s the word ‘upgrade’ that I have a particular problem NEVER with. It’s harsh, it’s throwaway, UPGRADE MY and the assumption is that you’re trading up, to improve RING... IT’S NOT ABOUT THE in some way, to get a bigger, Ă DVKLHU PRUH EHDXWLIXO ULQJ RING, IT’S Besides, if you start upgrading, WHAT IT when do you stop? There REPRESENTSâ€? will always be bigger, there will always be blingier, trends will always change. I have a friend who, some 15 years ago, was given a cubic zirconia engagement ring as it’s all her husband could afford at the time. He told her they could upgrade when they could afford to, but when the time came she had no desire to do so. The stone wasn’t important to her. What was important was that it was the ring he gave her at that point in their life when he knew he wanted to spend forever with her. And even though no one would have known it wasn’t a diamond, she never pretended that it was, and this really made an impression on me. Like everything in life, there will always be a better ‘version’ at some point or another. But nothing replaces sentimental meaning and what that ring represents.â€?

Join the debate! Let us know where you stand (on this and other wed-related issues) at facebook.com/youyourwedding, or talk it out at youandyourwedding.co.uk/forum 130 youandyourwedding.co.uk

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ON HOLIDAY IS THE MOST POPULAR TIME TO GET ENGAGED, WHILE THE AVERAGE TIME FROM PROPOSAL TO AISLE IS 20 MONTHS. MOST COUPLES AIM TO SPEND 7–12 MONTHS PLANNING W-DAY, LEAVING AT LEAST 8 MONTHS TO ENJOY BEING ENGAGED!

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While most grooms still prefer to go solo when looking for their suit, over a third do team up with their fiancée to shop.

PARTY TIME Who says a hen party has to be one night out? More than 50% of brides have had a whole weekend away for theirs.


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BARNSTORMING 28% of our couples choose a barn for their reception – the most popular type of wedding venue. Want to find your own rustic venue? Head to hitched.co.uk

TREAT YOURSELF Most brides plan to upgrade to a new fragrance ahead of their wedding, while the most popular pre-wedding

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TALKING OF BUDGET…

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As in 2017, this year’s top spends are on your VENUE and HONEYMOON

£32,273

The new average wedding spend is over £5,112 more than 2017. Asking for family contributions is up 10% on last year, with 60% of couples funding their day with help from their families.

When it comes to asking for gifts, most couples are still keen on kitchenware and home décor. Honeymoon funds are also popular, with 61% of couples requesting contributions, either as their sole presents or alongside those homewares and other treats.

DRESS TO IMPRESS

Even more of you are planning to take a mini-moon AND a honeymoon – 22% are having both, as opposed to 15% in 2017. Well, you deserve it after all that planning! Italy and Greece are the most popular European destinations outside the UK, while Asia is the most chosen long-haul hotspot, with 43% heading there.

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In this issue, we’re embracing floating lace and tulle gowns (p160), keeping it chic in simple, modern styles (p154), striking a pose in dazzling designs (p174) and oozing glamour in a cool city venue (p140).

Lace dress, £1,700, Katya Katya. Tassel earrings, £8, and stacker rings, £12 for set of six, all Claire’s. Midi ring, £29, Astrid & Miyu


Embellished-sleeve dress, POA, Rime Arodaky. Tassel earrings, £8.99, H&M. Ribbon choker, from a selection, VV Rouleaux. Stacker rings (worn throughout), from £45 per ring, H.Samuel. Engagement ring (worn throughout), POA, 77 Diamonds. Yellow heels, £149, Kurt Geiger


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Open-back dress, £180, ASOS. Star headpiece, £375, Hermione Harbutt. Hoop earrings, £10, Claire’s. Rainbow sandals, £139, Kurt Geiger

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Rule-shoulder dress, ÂŁ1,699, Martina Liana. Tassel hoop earrings, ÂŁ8, Claire's


Fishtail dress, £1,050, Ellis. Hoop earrings, and ribbon choker, both as before. Striped bag, £89, Kurt Geiger. Silver bangles, from £80 each, Ernest Jones


Plunge-front dress with attachable train, ÂŁ1,445, Justin Alexander. Large gold earrings, ÂŁ430, Loveness Lee. Yellow heels, as before


Belted dress, POA, Savin London. Moon earrings, ÂŁ40, Tatty Devine. Glitter boots, ÂŁ175, Dune London


Pearl-detail dress, £3,450, Reem Acra at The Wedding Club. Gold hoops £20, Johnny Loves Rosie


Tie-back dress, £2,200, Muscat. Circle earrings, £149, Sif Jakobs


Sequin midi dresses ÂŁ250, Damsel in a Dress. Embellished pink heels, ÂŁ149, Kurt Geiger


Sparkle top, £595, Theia at Blackburn Bridal. Long skirt, £995, Blackburn Couture. Large gold hoops, £10, John Lewis


Strapless dress, ÂŁ1,625, Alan Hannah. Circle drop earrings, ÂŁ125, Nocturne. Glitter boots, as before


Slip dress, £1,400, and cape, £390, both Grace Loves Lace. Hoop drop earrings, £25, LoveRocks. Pink bracelet, £6, Claire’s. Buckled mules, £465, Kalda at Shopbop Fashion assistant: Molly Coughlan. Hair and make-up by Denise Lilley deniselilleymakeup.co.uk using Paul Mitchell and Cosmetics à la Carte. Flowers by Primrose Hall Peonies and Paeonia Weddings and Event Floristry. The team shot on location at Town Hall Hotel, Bethnal Green, London


Short-sleeved dress, POA, Bo & Luca

Of-the-shoulder dress, £2,100, Blackburn Couture. Circle earrings, £119, Sif Jakobs. Bracelet, £55, Pandora. Flowers, POA, Primrose Hall

Drop earrings, £9.50, Marks & Spencer

Long-sleeved dress, £2,600, Roland Mouret at Net-a-Porter Flower hairpin, £48, Agnes Walker

Cowl-neck dress, £249, Monsoon

THE DRESSES Clean, contemporary dresses to complement our city setting Peep-toe heels, £35, Miss Selfridge

Crepe gown, POA, Pronovias

THE THEME A chic, modern wedding featuring beautifully bold flowers

AT OUR SHOOT

Clutch bag, £295, Pinko

SPECIAL THANKS

The fashion team shot on location at Town Hall Hotel in east London’s Bethnal Green area. This gorgeous Edwardian building combines wellpreserved historic architecture with contemporary design. Featuring quirky furnishings, spacious rooms and a trendy restaurant, it’s the perfect setting for a cool celebration in the city, townhallhotel.com 152 youandyourwedding.co.uk

THE ACCESSORIES Statement shoes and funky bags that bring a fresh edge to our elegant gowns

Embellished heels, £85, Dune London

Pearlmatte face powder, £24, MAC Cosmetics

Bee bangle, £70, Olivia Burton Micellar mousse, £65, Dior Prestige Peony and blush suede cologne, £90, Jo Malone

Key necklace, £150, Pandora

Gold hoops, £44, Melissa Odabash


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Strapless ballgown, £1,375, Morilee. Flower birdcage headpiece, £520, Edwina Ibbotson Millinery. Hoop earrings, £58, Butler & Wilson. Bouquet, POA, Wildabout

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Scoop-back dress, £1,950, Eliza Jane Howell. Birdcage headband, £180, Lizzie McQuade Millinery. Statement earrings, £12, Claire’s. Bouquet, as before


Fringed dress, €4,995 (approx. £4,449), YolanCris. Drop earrings, £35, Jon Richard


Embellished gown, £4,100, Rasha London. Fauxpearl hair clip, £20, LoveRocks. Sparkle earrings, £25, LoveRocks. Wide ring, £199, Sif Jacobs. Metallic shoes, £95, Dune London. Bouquet, as before


Long-sleeved dress, £6,285, Naeem Khan at The Wedding Club. Faux-pearl hair clip, as before. Star earrings, £25, LoveRocks. Wide ring, as before. Stack-style ring, £179, Sif Jakobs. Bouquet, POA, Hiding in the City Flowers


Sparkle camisole, £1,050, skirt, £2,900, and coat, £3,250, all Halfpenny London. Cat-eye sunglasses, £379, Swarovski. Star drop earrings, £78, Butler & Wilson. Clutch bag, £39, Kurt Geiger Fashion assistant: Molly Coughlan. Hair and make-up by Sophie Higginson using Bumble and bumble, Dermalogica and Laura Mercier. The fashion team shot on location at Dorsett City, London


Asymmetric dress, £2,595, Naomi Neoh. Floral headband, £160, Bee Smith. Pearl-fringed earrings, £140, Carousel Jewels. Silver bangles, £80 each, Ernest Jones. Baguette ring, £229, Sif Jakobs. Peep-toe shoes, £205, Rachel Simpson

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Sparkle and tulle dress, £1,245, Charlotte Balbier. Flower veil, £180, Bee Smith. Crystal and pearl earrings, £150, Carousel Jewels. Midi ring, £29, Astrid & Miyu. V-shape ring, £35, silver band, £35, and curve ring, £90, all Pandora


Of-the-shoulder dress, ÂŁ2,380, Jenny Packham. Crystaldrop earrings, ÂŁ25, Alan Hannah Devoted. Peep-toe shoes, as before


Long-sleeved dress, £2,450, Jesús Peiró. Embellished headband, £465, Emily London. Tassel earrings, £8, Claire’s


Of-the-shoulder dress, £3,835, David Fielden. Pompom earrings, £60, Vjera V. Triple-stack rings, £8, Claire’s


Plunge dress, POA, Pronovias. Pearlscattered veil, £99, Rainbow Club. Star earrings, £24, LoveRocks. Peep-toe shoes, as before


Tiered gown, £2,570, and jacket, £575, both Sassi Holford. Tiara, £295, Halo & Co. Stacker rings, £12, Mood by Jon Richard. Crystal bracelet, £275, and earrings, £150, both Simon Harrison. Peep-toe shoes, as before


Lace dress, ÂŁ1,700, Katya Katya. Tassel earrings, as before


Embellished dress, ÂŁ5,450, Temperley London. Faux-pearl earrings, ÂŁ6.99, H&M. Crystal bracelet, as before


Plunge dress, ÂŁ2,870, Rosa ClarĂĄ. Crystaldrop earrings, as before. Stacker rings, as before. Peep-toe shoes, as before


Embroidered gown, £3,000, Margot Bridal at Heart Aflutter Bridal. Wide-brimmed hat, £1,125, Emily London. Embellished clutch bag, £495, Emmy London. Peep-toe shoes, as before


Halterneck dress, from £2,646, Inmaculada García at Blush & Ivory. Floral birdcage veil, £225, Nerida Fraiman. Hoop earrings, £34, Guess at WatchShop. Rings, as above Flowers, used throughout, by Wildabout Fashion assistant: Molly Coughlan. Hair and make-up by Sally Kvalheim using Laura Mercier and Kérastase. The fashion team shot on location at Valentina’s Lost Orangery, Castle Combe, Wiltshire


Flower headband, £12, Asos

Lace dress, £1,500, Mori Lee. Lace headband, £525, Emily-London. Star earrings, £8, Claire’s Patterned jacket, £890, and trousers, £240, both Favourbrook

Halterneck dress, £180, Lipsy

Of-theshoulder dress, £1,995, Temperley London at Net-a-Porter

Bracelet, £95, Lola Rose Embroidered gown, £950, Needle & Thread

THE DRESSES

Pleated dress, £10,995, Amanda Wakeley

Dreamy gowns of soft lace and tulle to complement our venue Faux pearldrop earrings, £15, J by Jasper Conran

AT OUR SHOOT

Ballet pumps, £65, Paradox London

Blush in Orgasm, £24, NARS

SPECIAL THANKS

The fashion team shot on location at Valentina’s Lost Orangery in Wiltshire. Set on 500 acres of stunning grounds, this private manor house combines quirky décor with incredible grandeur to beautiful effect. With a boating lake, tranquil gardens and even an outdoor chandelier, it’s an idyllic location for a countryside celebration, uniquehomestays.com 172 youandyourwedding.co.uk

Lipstick in World Class, £3, MUA

THE THEME Countryside romance, charming gowns and florals

Embellished heels, £745, Emmy London

THE ACCESSORIES We chose floating veils, pretty headpieces and subtle sparkle

Circle ring, £99, Sif Jakobs IMAGES © UNIQUE HOME STAYS UNIQUEHOMESTAYS.COM +44 (0) 1637 881183

Brow multitasker in Light Brunette, £22, Estée Lauder

Beaded bag, £69, Monsoon


Photographed on location at The Shard by Chris Dawes


Disc dress, £1,350, Charlie Brear. Star earrings, £228, sunbeam ring, £133, and snake ring, £99, all Zoe & Morgan Backdrop, GreatHire

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Silk dress, £1,430, kaftan, £795, and belt, £325, all Sassi Holford. Moon earrings, POA, Zoe & Morgan. Blue glasses, £379, Swarovski Backdrop, Bespoke London. Screen, GreatHire. Disco balls, Box Productions. Silk ribbons, Pompom Blossom


Bride Tailored jacket, £695, and trousers, £395, both Amanda Wakeley. Gold crown, £1,500, Viktoria Novak. Disc earrings, £250, Zoe & Morgan. Gold heels, £245, Freya Rose Bridesmaid Patterned dress, £1,295, Temperley London. Studded black courts, £80, Dune London Silver backdrop, Bespoke London


Silver dress, £3,250 and crop top, £1,250, both Temperley Bridal. Star headband, POA, Jennifer Behr. Sparkle earrings, £279, Atelier Swarovski. Engagement ring £6,500, Zoe & Morgan. Embellished heels, £950, Gina Silver backdrop, Bespoke London


Embroidered dress, £7,000, and veil, POA, both Hermione de Paula. Volcano earrings, £200, Zoe & Morgan Gold backdrop, GreatHire


Strapless dress and cape, £15,810, J’Aton Couture. Star and moon earrings, POA, Zoe & Morgan. Platform heels, £600, Charlotte Olympia Silver backdrop, Bespoke London. Ottoman, GreatHire

Fashion assistant: Molly Coughlan. Hair by Andrew Barton for Urban Retreat at The Wedding Gallery. Make-up by Kyra Valentina for Urban Retreat at The Wedding Gallery. Flowers by Larry Walshe Floral Design The fashion team shot at One Marylebone, London. All items featured are available to purchase by appointment at The Wedding Gallery, One Marylebone, London


Rose gold ring, £75, Monica Vinader Embellished dress, £395, Coast

Charm bracelet, £140, Links of London Layered ring, £46, Diamonique at qvc.co.uk

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Beaded dress, £275, Adrianna Papell at John Lewis

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Choose A-list glamour with a dress that shines

WATTERS

Bow ring, £29, Ted Baker

Moon earrings, from £45, Monarc Jewellery

Strappy dress, £340, Outline London

Midi dress, £140, No.1 Jenny Packham at Debenhams

Metallic sandals, £49.99, Zara

Bow bag, £35, Paradox London

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Love earrings, £29, Carat London


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Bridesmaids’ style

Mini dress, £350, Needle & Thread

Cocktail ring, POA, Gemporia

Silver bracelet, £49, LL Loves

Drop earrings, £12, River Island

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Multiway dress, £49, Jane Norman

Lace dress, £45, Mela London at House of Fraser

Silver mules, £35, Very

Little MAIDS Leather headband, £20, ValMax Empire-line dress, £49, Marks & Spencer

Feather dress, £65, Billieblush at House of Fraser

Pompom shoes, £50 Miss KG

Crown dress, £119, Rachel Riley

Daisy dress, from £140, Holly Hastie at AlexandAlexa

Apple bag, £95, David Charles at Childrensalon

Sequin dress, £99, Wild & Gorgeous

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Drop earrings, £10, River Island

Red hat, £325, Lock & Co Hatters

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Oriental earrings, £75, Bill Skinner

Red bag, £55, Dune London

ANA TORRES

chic sleeve is a timeless choice. Wraps, capes, bell sleeves and feathers are all having a moment – and, teamed with a gorgeous print and fabric, are a fabulous pick for beautiful style. If you don’t want to cover up all day, adding a glamorous coat or jacket is an ideal way to ward off chilly weather, and creates a wonderful silhouette to transform your look from day to night.

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Floral dress, £99, M&Co

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Jacquard coat, £1,750, Suzannah

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Burgundy dress, £209, Joseph Ribkoff

Suede heels, £149, Lisa Kay London

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Orange dress, POA, Xu Zhi


Mums’ style Gold earrings, £12, Oasis

Faux-fur jacket, £150, Coast

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Flower-detail heels, £350, Lena Erziak

Flower hat, £1,083, Merve Bayindir

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Purple dress, £269, Marc Cain

JOHN CHARLES

Floral dress, £169, Hobbs

SUZANNAH

Palm-print dress, £590, Navro at Browns Fashion

Sequin clutch, £40, Therapy at House of Fraser youandyourwedding.co.uk 183


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Navy braces, £89, Oliver Brown

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Button culinks, £170, Brooks Brothers

Printed tie, £90, Corneliani

Morning coat, from £219, Hockerty

Threepiece suit, from £885, Yardsmen

Top hat, POA, Lock & Co. Hatters

HACKETT

Trinity wedding ring, £1,090, Cartier

Elephant tie, £49, Oliver Brown White shirt, £255, Turnbull & Asser

Groom’s Wardrobe Morning coat, £120, Autograph at Marks & Spencer

TOP TO TAILS Traditional wedding attire never goes out of style

FAVOURBROOK

F Pleated shirt, £145 (made to order), Marc Wallace

Leather brogues, £64.99, Base London

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Morning suit in black, £670, Oliver Brown

Mother of pearl culinks, £195, Drake’s

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ere at You & Your Wedding, we talk to brides a lot. And whenever we ask people for their perfume choices, the same scents seem to crop up. Chanel Mademoiselle is a fail-safe, J’Adore by Dior is perennially popular, while we’ve lost count of those who say they’ll be wearing Romance by Ralph Lauren. These scents are all undeniably gorgeous (I’ve worn Mademoiselle on special occasions since my 25th birthday), but are they a bit too reliable? It feels like we’re all well and truly stuck in a fragrance rut – so here are some new ideas if you want to change up your perfume in favour of something more daring…

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Heavenly scents UNISEX SCENTS In the past few years, there has been a surge in unisex fragrances, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a fan of the trend â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not least because it means I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to sneakily steal a spritz of my partnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cologne any more! According to scent expert Michael Edwardsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; industry tome Fragrances of the World, there are now as many unisex brands launched per year as there are femaletargeted fragrances, so it VKRXOG EH HDV\ WR Ă&#x20AC;QG RQH that suits your taste. *HQGHUQHXWUDO VFHQWV Ă&#x20AC;OO the gap between typically ÂśIHPLQLQH¡ Ă RUDO VFHQWV DQG musky â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;maleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; scents, fusing the two for a perfume that smells amazing on anyone. More sultry than sweet, both you and your partner can

wear these made-to-share scents on the big day and be transported back to the magical moment every time you unstop the bottle. My favourite unisex brands include Clean Reserve, Atelier Cologne and Byredo. Both my mother and I (a lifelong devotee of Chanel No. 5) obsessed for months over CamĂŠlia IntrĂŠpide by Atelier Cologne, before moving on to its Emeraude Agar. We also have designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen to thank for bringing unisex scents to the masses, with their Elizabeth and James range. The violet and sandalwood of Nirvana Black is the perfect choice to share with your spouse.

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PERSONAL PERFUMES

Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Body Crème, £52

freedom to tailor your scent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the moment, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m using English Pear & Freesia Body Crème in the morning, then I add a spritz of Mimosa & Cardamom Cologne for a JROGHQ Ă RUDO IUDJUDQFHÎź says CĂŠline Roux, head of fragrance development for the brand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the evening, I like the warmth of Peony & Blush Suede mixed with Mimosa & Cardamom â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it FUHDWHV D YHU\ RSXOHQW Ă RUDO scent. Layering like this helps to make fragrance last DOO GD\ DQG LV GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ RQH RI P\ IDYRXULWH WLSVÎź

Byredo Eleventh Hour, from ÂŁ105

Clean Reserve Avant Garden Collection, ÂŁ129

Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom, from ÂŁ45

LAYERING FRAGRANCES Layering scents is a great way to create a bespoke olfactory delight. It simply involves wearing two complementary perfumes at the same time to create a custom scent that people will be familiar with, but unable to pinpoint. I think this might be the method for me â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I can wear my comforting everyday perfume (Viktor & Rolfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Flowerbomb), but with a customised twist. Blend perfumes from the same family for a heaven-sent scent. Fragrances typically fall into categories including ZRRG\ Ă RUDO RULHQWDO IUHVK and citrus, so keep it in the family for a fail-safe combo. Test out your chosen duo RQ SDSHU Ă&#x20AC;UVW WR VHH LI LW hits the right note, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ZDLW IRU WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW VSUD\ WR GU\ before spritzing the second one â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they need to mingle together for the full effect. Jo Malone scents are ideal for layering, giving you the

Atelier Cologne Emeraude Agar, from ÂŁ90

If money is no object, then boutique fragrance services can make a completely personalised fragrance for you. For example, The Experimental Perfume Club holds one-to-one sessions where you can create your own for ÂŁ180. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another way to go bespoke. Scents such as Escentric Moleculesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Molecule 01, and Glossierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s You, can deliver different notes of fragrance depending on whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wearing them. Elements in the fragrances blend with the wearerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural pheromones to create a unique scent â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and what could be more intoxicating than that? Nobody in the world will smell quite like you when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wearing it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing more exclusive and personal than \RXU ZHGGLQJ GD\Îź VD\V an Escentric Molecules

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black, ÂŁ69

spokesperson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve FKRVHQ WKH ULJKW Ă RUDO displays, selected the menu WR UHĂ HFW \RXU WDVWH DQG your dress is the ultimate statement â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an extension of your personality. With this in mind, it makes perfect sense to wear a fragrance that showcases you and your personality in the same way. A scent that LV \RXUV DQG \RXUV DORQHÎź

Escentric Molecules Molecule 01, from ÂŁ46

Glossier You, ÂŁ45

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e’ve alrea waved goodbye to microbeads in skincare products – now it’s likely that facial wipes are also on their way out, after the government announced plans to ban non-biodegradable wipes. To be honest, we’re rather pleased – not only will Mother Earth benefit from this law, so will your skin. While facial wipes are undeniably handy for festivals and trips abroad when your hand-luggage liquids are limited, as your wedding day nears, it’s essential to use a proper cleanser that will be more efective than a wipe. The best cleansers not only remove make-up, they also nourish, exfoliate and hydrate your skin. “Cleansing the skin is essential for a healthy complexion,” says Noella Gabriel, co-founder of Elemis. “Make-up and environmental aggressors congest pores, and face cleanser works to remove these pollutants, as well as dead skin cells. Cleanse every day, morning and night, even if you haven’t worn make-up. Water should be just warm – if too hot, it will aggravate pores, while water that’s too cold won’t remove product as efectively.”

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser, £7.99

Soap & Glory 3-in-1 Daily Vitamin C Facial Wash, £8

No7 Radiant Results Revitalising Foaming Cleanser, £9.50

Elemis Superfood Facial Wash, £25

Urban Veda Daily Soothing Facial Wash, £13.99

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Cleansing Gel, £21, qvcuk.com

Nyasa Pure Glow Nourishing Cleansing Balm, £50

Espa Optimal Skin ProCleanser, £32

Frances Prescott Tri-Balm, £46

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The NEW HAIR RULES

Lavish some extra attention on your locks for big-day beautiful hair

Rusk Styling Collection Thermal Serum, £6.99

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n the lead-up to your wedding you’ll hear and read lots of advice about embracing a new skincare regime, but chances are, your haircare routine will remain unchanged. We treat our skin to serums, toners and moisturisers, and that’s before we get onto masks and cleansers. But for lots of us, our hair is lucky if it gets a quick spritz with a heat protection spray before we blast it with our aeons-old hairdryer. With a wedding on the horizon, it’s time to up your haircare game – read on for expert tips on how to supercharge your hair regime, turning your locks from lacklustre to lust-worthy in time for w-day.

Pureology Shine Bright Taming Serum, £23.50

Use a serum “Serums nourish dry strands, tame frizz, provide heat protection and add shine,” says Rose Ovensehi, founder of haircare brand Flora & Curl. “Massage the scalp daily using a few drops of serum, which is said to promote hair growth. Our African Citrus Bloom Superfruit Hair Oil, £25, is made with a blend of botanically rich oils that

add shine and radiance to hair, while creating a nongreasy, protective layer.” Over the past few years, serums have become more powerful and popular, packed with ingredients designed to ÀJKWIUL]]:H·UH ELJ IDQV RI Pureology’s Shine Bright Taming Serum, £23.50 – it seals cuticles, which increases shine without weighing down the hair.


Gorgeous locks Get to the root Healthy hair begins at your scalp, so using products that are designed for this area is a great way to tend to your tresses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A healthy scalp is essential for healthy hair and healthier hair JURZWKÎźFRQĂ&#x20AC;UPV.DWH3URWRSDSDV founder of Isla Apothecary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The scalp is the bedrock for the hair follicle, and if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not in good condition the chances of you experiencing problems with hair growth and health increase VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWO\ÎźDGGV$QDEHO

Kingsley, trichologist at Philip Kingsley. Keep your scalp in top condition with the Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner, ÂŁ19.50. It stimulates the blood supply to encourage a healthy scalp and growth. The mildly astringent formula absorbs excess oil and protects Philip Kingsley against bacterial Scalp Toner, ÂŁ21 overgrowth, too.

Try multi-masking

KĂŠrastase Resistance range, from ÂŁ19.50

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Upgrade your product Just over 32 of brides upgrade their skincare regime in the un-up to their wedding, according to our 21 t Century Bride survey, and we recommend you do the same for your haircare. High-street brands of shampoos and conditioners have served us well up to now, but with your wedding around the corner, it may well be time to call in the big guns, and arm yourself with the products promising restorative properties, and designed to get your hair into the best shape of its life. Invest in KĂŠrastaseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resistance range, from ÂŁ19.50. With a hair mask, serum, shampoo and conditioner in the range, it has been especially formulated to reinforce the structure and surface of WKH KDLU Ă&#x20AC;EUH WR KHOS NHHS HODVWLFLW\ DQG strength â&#x20AC;&#x201C; imperative if you want your hair to grow long and strong.

This is a trick weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re borrowing from the skincare world. An upgrade on the classic weekly hair mask, multi-masking is an absolute game changer. The process involves using different products to cater to the needs of different sections of your hair. A rich, nourishing mask applied to your roots IGK Prenup can leave hair weighed Instant down and greasy, but Spray Hair Mask, ÂŁ27 will work wonders on the ends of your hair. Instead, apply a clarifying mask Maria Nila to the top Head & Hair of your hair, Heal Masque, and soothe ÂŁ26.99 your split ends in a heavier, luxe mask.

Use protection

Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, ÂŁ22.50

UV rays wreak havoc on your hair as much as your skin. Pick a product that acts as an armour to protect your tresses. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fans of Avedaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, ÂŁ22.50, and Windle & Moodieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Invisible Day & Night Cream, ÂŁ22. Be sure to add extra product to the ends of your hair, Windle & Moodie Invisible Day & Night Cream, ÂŁ22

Time-saving treats If adding in these extra haircare steps seems impossible when you have a wedmin to-do list as long as your arm, hair treats that shorten your routine and save time will be very welcome. Tweakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d Cleansing Hair Treatment, ÂŁ15, available from TYFXNFRPDFWVDVDĂ&#x20AC;YHLQRQH product: shampoo, conditioner, detangler, shine enhancer and intensive hair treatment. It cleanses away product build-up, Redken All Soft meaning youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be left with Mega Sheet healthier, softer and shiny hair. Hair Mask, ÂŁ10 Redkenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All Soft Mega Sheet Hair Mask, ÂŁ10, is another treat for time-poor brides-to-be. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s designed to soften the hair, lock in moisture and leave hair more manageable. Simply apply after your shampoo, leave in for 10 minutes while you get on with wedmin, and wash out for luxuriously conditioned locks.

Invest in new styling tools We know planning a wedding can be expensive, so splashing out on a new hairdryer is likely the last thing on your mind, but the way you dry your hair can really alter how it grows. The T3 Cura dryer, from ÂŁ155, has a built-in ion generator that emits negative ions, helping to smooth the hair cuticle for soft, frizz-free results. The tool ensures healthier heat styling for your hair, reducing breakage and improving the appearance of your locks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; plus it looks beautiful on your dressing table.

especially if it is below shoulder length. Your ends are more prone to damage because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been weathered by previous summers. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth protecting your hair before swimming or gyming, too. We recommend IGKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water resistant hair shield, Blocked, ÂŁ25. With a blend of water-resistant natural waxes, it seals the cuticle, protects hair from wind, water, sweat and UV, and prevents fading. After sun exposure, use Redkenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Colour Extend Sun After-Sun Shampoo, ÂŁ13.25, and Mask, ÂŁ21.25 for further protection.

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ver since Meghan Markle stepped out of her wedding car, we haven’t stopped thinking about her casual w-day hair. This year is all about the messy updo, and we’re certain the look will reign well into 2019. As we saw, it’s not just the domain of boho brides – the laid-back style works perfectly with princess-style dresses, too. Embrace loose tendrils, XQGRQH EUDLGV DQG Á\DZD\ strands for an effortlessly gorgeous look, and add glittering accessories to amp up the glamour. And the best thing about a messy updo? If it loosens during the day, it will still look incredible when the clock strikes midnight.

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t can be tricky enough to stay in a healthy routine at the best of times â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and if you add planning a wedding to the mix, it can start to feel almost impossible. After all, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not easy to keep your stress levels down when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dealing with guest-list dramas, or to carry on with WKDWĂ&#x20AC;WQHVVFODVVWKDWPDNHV\RXIHHOJUHDW when every evening is taken up with venue research. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s before we take into account the extra alcohol you may be consuming â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a super-social time â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or any pressure creeping in around losing weight for the big day. But nobody wants to turn up to their wedding feeling tired, hungry and PLVHUDEOH7KDW¡VZK\ZH¡YHLGHQWLĂ&#x20AC;HGWKH main areas of planning that can sabotage your healthy regime, and asked leading experts how you can overcome them. Sadly, we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do the table plan for you, or get rid of that annoying guest who keeps demanding a plus-one â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but we can help you feel your KHDOWK\FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQWEULGDOEHVWZKDWHYHU the run-up to your wedding throws at you!

STRESS

Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re planning a large-scale celebration or an intimate party, planning a wedding can be stressful. And stress can have a serious effect on your wellbeing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your hormones playing havoc â&#x20AC;&#x201C; too PXFKDGUHQDOLQZKLFKLVDERXWĂ&#x20AC;JKWRU Ă LJKWÎźH[SODLQVGRFWRUDQGSHUVRQDOWUDLQHU Dr Hazel Wallace, author of The Food Medic for Life: Easy recipes to help you live well every day (Yellow Kite, ÂŁ20). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chronic stress can lead to high levels of cortisol. You might overeat

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or stop eating â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and it can even make you get more cold sores!â&#x20AC;? It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to be possible to eradicate all sources of stress, so you need to take time to really look after yourself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Have practices in your routine that make you feel safe and relaxed, whether thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something like long walks or meditation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; take time out to be calm,â&#x20AC;? says Dr Wallace. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prioritise feeding yourself well as a form of self-care. Have regular mealtimes, as well as balanced snacks with good quality carbohydrates to keep your energy levels up.â&#x20AC;?

says Hollie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I lost track of the times I was asked which diet I was going to use in the run-up to my wedding, despite the fact Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m forever banging the drum for body acceptance. If someone begins to talk to you about this, say you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to engage in that type of conversation.â&#x20AC;?

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GREAT Escapes Inspiration and advice for your perfect big day overseas

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Planning abroad

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breathtaking backdrop is one of the best bits about getting married abroad. Whether your dream wedding involves a chilled-out beachside ceremony, or you have your heart set on a decadent castle setting, you’re going to want to say “I do” somewhere scenic. We’ve rounded up some of the most impressive wedding venues from all over the world, so all you have to do is take your pick!

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USA 620 Loft & Garden, New York rainbowroom.com

JAPAN The Prince Park Tower Tokyo princehotels.com

USA

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LondonHouse Chicago londonhousechicago.com

Banyan Tree Bangkok banyantree.com


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SWITZERLAND Giardino Mountain giardino-mountain.ch

AUSTRALIA Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley oneandonlyresorts.com

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Fairmont Banff Springs fairmont.com

Alila Jabal Akhdar alilahotels.com

AUSTRIA Das Central & Ice Q, Sölden central-soelden.com

THE CARIBBEAN Sandals resorts sandals.co.uk

SEYCHELLES Avani Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa metropole.com

USA Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Florida  jwmarco.com

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Mahali Mzuri, Maasai Mara maasaimara.com

Qasr al Sarab, Abu Dhabi anantara.com

Total WILDERNESS MOROCCO Fairmont Royal Palm, Marrakech fairmont.com

USA Taylor River Lodge, Colorado elevenexperience.com

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Ladera Resort ladera.com

Santa Caterina, hitched.co.uk/wedding -venues/hotel-santa-caterina

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USA Oheka Castle, New York oheka.com

Impressive INTERIORS If al fresco isn’t your thing, opt for a resort with amazing indoor spaces

InterContinental Paris Le Grand, France

SOUTH AFRICA Zorgvliet Wine Estate, Stellenbosch zorgvliet.com

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Hayloft on the Arch, New York, USA

Royal Mansour, Marrakech, Morocco

FRANCE Château de Mercuès, Lot chateaudemercues.com

The Westin Palace, Madrid, Spain


Weddings in Italy

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The UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No.1 wedding planning website SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT WEDDING VENUE? WITH MORE THAN 3,000 OPTIONS IN ITALY AND THE UK TO CHOOSE FROM, HITCHED CAN HELPâ&#x20AC;&#x2030;â&#x20AC;&#x2030;

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Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Bellagio

Set on the stunning shores of Lake Como, this 19th-century hotel has 95 rooms, a spa and superb gourmet dining â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wonderful venue for a multiday celebration with loved ones. hitched.co.uk/serbellonibellagio

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Umbria

Castello di Petrata This historic 14th-century castle overlooking the city of Assisi can host up to 250 guests. The airy rooms, beautiful stonework and ivy-covered exterior are ideal for a rustic wedding. Expect a feast including antipasti, local meats and traditional desserts. hitched.co.uk/castellodipetrata

Perched on a cliftop overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, the enchanting Villa Antiche Mura is one of the most sought-after venues in Sorrento. Its terrace is the perfect spot to tie the knot before dining and dancing next to an unforgettable view. hitched.co.uk/villaantichemura


Puglia

Masseria Torre Coccaro

Boasting one of the best beach clubs in the Mediterranean, you can host your nuptials right on the sand or in the grounds of this chic country house hotel. There’s no place better to share fresh seafood and fine wines with your guests. hitched.co.uk/torrecoccaro

Florence

Villa Tolomei

Set against lush Tuscan hills near Florence, this Renaissance villa has been transformed into a five-star luxury hotel with every amenity your guests could want. From a swimming pool with panoramic views over Florence to its own art gallery, Villa Tolomei is a stunningly impressive setting for a wedding. hitched.co.uk/villatolomei

Florence

Villa Cora

Is there any better wedding photo spot than looking out over the world-famous Boboli Gardens? With Renaissance frescos and a whole floor influenced by Moorish art, the elegant Villa Cora has 45 rooms and a private pool, making it a magnificent venue for style-loving couples. hitched.co.uk/villacora

Venice

Ca’ Sagredo Hotel

Follow George and Amal Clooney with a wedding in Venice. On the banks of the iconic Grand Canal, this is a breathtaking spot for your big day. A ballroom and rooftop terrace are just two of the locations where you can say “I do”, and the hotel’s team will take care of every detail. hitched.co.uk/casagredohotel

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dyllic scenery, delicious cuisine and more reliable sunshine than in the UK are just three reasons to get married overseas. Whether the two of you have decided to elope, or you want to celebrate with your nearest and dearest, you need to decide on a location. Let us take you on a tour of 10 of our favourite destination wedding packages – there’s one for every budget!

Portugal

Best known for its incredible food offerings, stunning coastline and amazing historic surroundings, holiday favourite Portugal is DOVRDURXQGDWKUHHKRXUÁLJKWIURPPRVW places in the UK – so it’s an easy option that’s also close to home.

Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort The Algarve, on Portugal’s south coast, probably needs no introduction. Hold your exclusive outdoor ceremony by the sea at Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort, with all the privacy you need. The spectacular views of the golden cliffs that overlook the Atlantic Ocean will take your breath away. From approximately £30,600 for a wedding package based on 100 guests attending, tivolihotels.com

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Rockyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boutique Resort, Koh Samui Here, the dedicated planner can organise a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;westernâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Thaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; beach ceremony with VWXQQLQJ Ă RUDO GHFRUDWLRQV DQG D WUDGLWLRQDO ORQJGUXPSDUDGH ZLWK Ă RZHU JLUOV Regardless of what you go for, a wedding in Thailand will be an unforgettable experience. From ÂŁ3,056, based on bride and groom only (extra cost of ÂŁ73 per guest for a reception), kuoni.co.uk

Greece

Striking white architecture and glistening azure seas make Greece a go-to destination for dreamy wedding celebrations. Just a few hours from the UK, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be transported to a world of idyllic beauty â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the allure of a traditional Greek feast!

TUI Sensatori Resort Atlantica Rhodes This brand-new venue on the island of Rhodes will begin to host weddings in summer 2019, SURPLVLQJ Ă&#x20AC;YHVWDU OX[XU\ LQ D VWXQQLQJ beach location. In addition to admiring the happy couple, guests will be able to gaze over the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea â&#x20AC;&#x201C; plus, with only one wedding per day, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll feel like utter royalty. From ÂŁ1,946, includes venue rate, planning and administration, registrar fees, wedding ceremony, and more, tui.co.uk

From historical palaces in Venice to wine estates in the Tuscan hills, Italy provides the perfect dolce vita backdrop for al fresco vows.

Villa Catignano, Siena :H FDQ VHH ZK\ FRXSOHV IDOO LQ ORYH DW Ă&#x20AC;UVW sight with this beautiful 17th-century venue in Tuscany. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brimming with charm and is surrounded by the tranquil Giardino allâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Italiana garden with a stunning view of WKH DUHD ² DQG VHUYHV Ă&#x20AC;QH IRRG DQG ZLQH RI course! From ÂŁ22,500, package includes exclusivity of Villa Catignano for three nights, accommodation for up to 90 guests, ceremony, and more, villacatignano.it, lussoevents.com

Spain

With up to 320 dry days a year, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s little surprise that the home of paella and sangria is high up the list of the most sought-after destinations for overseas weddings. Book a big day here for lovely beaches, hidden coves, majestic sunsets, and a lot of charm.

Hostal La Torre, Ibiza Thought the White Isle was strictly a party destination? The boutique and beautiful Hostal La Torre will change your mind â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and with just 17 rooms, it has a lovely home-from-home feel. The uninterrupted Mediterranean views across to the little island of Illa Conillera make for the perfect ceremony backdrop. Your sunset reception will be accompanied by, what else? Chillout sounds from one of La Torreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resident DJs. A gorgeous way to end your day. From ÂŁ25,485, includes a three-night package for all 17 rooms (up to 40 guests in total) for a minimum of three nights, mamboweddings.com

The Maldives

Say hello to paradise! Luxe resorts, postcardperfect beaches and the highest standard of hospitality make for a winning combination â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Maldives really does have it all.

Baros Surrounded by vibrant coral reef and home to a loop of amazing overwater villas, the tiny private island of Baros is nothing short of heavenly, and is a very popular ceremony spot. For a very special memory of your day, drones are used to take stunning photographs. From ÂŁ3,225 per person, includes seven nights on a B&B basis in a Deluxe Villa, including the Sandbank Renewal of Vows Package, international flights and transfers, turquoiseholidays.co.uk/themaldives/ baros-maldives

Sri Lanka

An alluring south Asian landscape of wonderful beaches and luscious rainforests, this island is also home to a wealth of culture and lots of incredible wildlife. The perfect place to combine a ceremony and honeymoon.

Anantara Kalutara Resort Forget a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;wedding dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at this resort on the west coast, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all about a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;wedding weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;! The amazing team can organise a range of pre- and post-ceremony activities, including excursions within an easy drive IURP WKH UHVRUW WKLQN WUDGLWLRQDO Ă&#x20AC;VKLQJ whale-watching trips and ancient Buddhist temples). Back at base, you can enjoy a coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spa day or take home some Sri Lankan cooking skills. From approximately ÂŁ1,800 for a bespoke wedding ceremony, exclusive of accommodation prices, kalutara.anantara.com youandyourwedding.co.uk 211


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If a laid-back wedding involving a rum punch or two is your idea of heaven, look no further than the Caribbean. From the fun, laid-back luxe of Saint Lucia to the chilled-out feel of Antigua, there’s an island for everyone.

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Sandals Resorts With 24 resorts across the Caribbean, you’ll be spoilt for choice with Sandals. Its unique ‘Aisle to Isle’ concept allows you to mix and match different elements to create your perfect day. Sandals’ South Coast in Jamaica or Grande St. Lucian in Saint Lucia are our favourites, with their incredible over-water chapels (Jamaica’s Montego Bay will also have its own later this year). From £1,999 per person, based on seven nights at Sandals South Coast in a Beachfront Deluxe Room. The Sandals ‘Aisle to Isle’ programme includes a free wedding option for guests who stay at any Sandals resorts for more than three nights, sandals.co.uk

This South American nation is one of the largest wine producers in the world, so not only will you have incredible vintages for your wedding breakfast, but these stunning wineries make idyllic ceremony backdrops. A unique and memorable destination.

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Croatia

The sun-soaked islands off the coast of Croatia are growing in popularity for holidays, honeymoons and weddings. With more than 1,200 stunning locations and numerous Unesco landmarks, you have so much choice in the Adriatic.

Martinis Marchi Heritage Hotel Overlooking a quiet marina bay on the west side of the island of Šolta (take the ferry from Split), this historic castle also includes seven luxurious apartments. You can book the entire place exclusively for two days to really make the most of your regal venue! For something different, try the hotel’s ‘serendipity tour’ – a surprise excursion. From approx. £15,000, based on 60 guests. Venue must be booked for two nights for exclusive use (accommodation for 20 people, not included in price), martinis-marchi.com, dreamtime.hr 212 youandyourwedding.co.uk

Opt for a romantic evening ceremony to capture that ‘golden hour’ of sunlight at this vineyard, an hour outside Santiago, and enjoy locally sourced food served at the on-site Tanino restaurant. Each course will, of course, be paired with perfect wines. From approx. £12,193, based on 40 people, does not include accommodation, casasdelbosque.cl/en, destinationwedding.com.br/en


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Overseas weddings Who should we invite?

Just like a celebration at home, the choice is completely yours. Invite your closest friends and family â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the ones that you really want to be by your side for this special moment. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to take into consideration that there may be a few people that simply canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make LWGXHWRĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDORUSUDFWLFDOIDFWRUV Send your save-the-dates out a year before the big day, so your guests can JHWWLPHRIIZRUNDQGEHQHĂ&#x20AC;WIURP booking travel when prices are lower.

Should I hire a wedding planner?

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Should we honeymoon in the same place?

If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re planning to honeymoon straight after your destination wedding, give thought to how practical it will be to bring your dress and other personal items with you, or if one of your guests is able WRWDNHWKHPKRPHIRU\RX+DYLQJ\RXU honeymoon in the same place or nearby could remove that problem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the key advantages of getting married abroad is the chance to twin your wedding and KRQH\PRRQORFDWLRQVZLWKHDVHÎźVD\V Olivia Knight of Sandals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For example, those getting married in the Caribbean can have their wedding at one of our UHVRUWVDQGKRQH\PRRQLQDQRWKHUÎź

Will we have to pay for our friends and family to get there?

Most destination wedding guests do expect to pay for their travel and accommodation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; after all, it is an excuse for them to have a holiday! It is such a lovely gesture if you can afford to pay for your guestsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; accommodation and/or

Are there any particular styles of wedding dress that will keep me cool?

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How will we source wedding suppliers?

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Finding the right dress for a wedding in a warmer climate is important, as Martine explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hot, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to want a dress thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s constructed to keep you cool, but one that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t compromise on VW\OHÎźVKHVD\V´:HZRXOGUHFRPPHQG sheer lace bodices, low strappy backs and EUHH]\IDEULFVVXFKDVFKLIIRQDQGWXOOHÎź

Will our marriage be legal?

It is possible to have a civil ceremony thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legally binding in a lot of countries, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that you know what paperwork is required in advance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting a wedding planner to assist with this SURFHVVLVPXFKHDVLHUÎźDGYLVHV(OLVDEHWWD ´%XWLI\RXDUHJRLQJLWDORQHĂ&#x20AC;UVWYLVLW the UK governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website (gov.uk/ marriage-abroad) and then get in touch with the local town hall in your destination to establish the requirements and GRFXPHQWVWKDWZLOOEHQHHGHGÎź7KH JRYXNVLWHJLYHVFRXQWU\VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDGYLFH after you answer a couple of brief questions DERXW\RXUSODQV,I\RXĂ&#x20AC;QG\RXDUHXQDEOH to tie the knot legally in your destination RIFKRLFH\RXFDQPDUU\RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOO\LQWKH UK and have a symbolic ceremony abroad.

What sort of insurance are we going to need?

Of course, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to have to think about your big day going wrong â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but having wedding insurance in place simply means youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have everything covered in case you do encounter problems. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Check that the policy covers you [for weddings] DEURDGEHIRUH\RXEX\ÎźDGYLVHV7RQ\ Forchione, insurance analyst with 0RQH\6DYLQJ([SHUWFRP´<RXPD\Ă&#x20AC;QG that overseas the insurance will usually cover the costs, but not help with, for H[DPSOHĂ&#x20AC;QGLQJDQHZFDWHUHULIWKH\ FDQFHOÎź,QDGGLWLRQWRLQVXUDQFHIRU\RXU wedding, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also need travel insurance like you would with any normal holiday, so you can fully relax and enjoy yourselves.

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Laura and Andy chose Hotel Villa Cimbrone on the beautiful Amalfi Coast in Italy as their â&#x20AC;&#x153;I doâ&#x20AC;? destination hotelvillacimbrone.com island,â&#x20AC;? says Sarah. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had been to weddings where we hardly got any time with the bride and groom, so we loved spending a whole week with all of our favourite people!â&#x20AC;? What was the best thing about your day? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking into our reception venue and seeing everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happy faces. The actual setting was pretty spectacular, too â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a clifftop restaurant above the crashing waves, with the sun setting over the bay.â&#x20AC;?

Sarah and Karl had a week-long, sun-soaked Caribbean party at Champers in Barbados champersrestaurant.com Why did you opt for a destination wedding? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m from Barbados but live in the UK, so I always knew Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d get married back on the

What are the three pieces of advice youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d give to couples getting married abroad? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve arrived at your destination, just relax and enjoy every minute of it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; let any pre-wedding stress fade away.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Consider the weather â&#x20AC;&#x201C; some of our guests who wore dresses and suits with heavier fabrics struggled with the heat.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Have a wedding website and direct SHRSOH WR LW DV D Ă&#x20AC;UVW SRUW RI FDOO <RX GRQ¡W want people treating you like a personal travel agent because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hosting a wedding abroad. All the information our guests needed went on the site.â&#x20AC;?

Why did you opt for a destination wedding? â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were a number of reasons we went to Italy, including the weather, the food, and the atmosphere,â&#x20AC;? says Laura. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also got a lot more for our money out there.â&#x20AC;? What was the best thing about your day? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having our family and closest friends with us there was magical. After the ceremony, we walked through the streets of Ravello â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it was so wonderful, as the locals were all coming up to us to say congratulations.â&#x20AC;? What are the three pieces of advice youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d give to couples getting married abroad? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Use a wedding planner in your country of choice who speaks the language and knows the area. Ours were so helpful.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make sure you know all the legalities. We knew getting married in Italy would be legally recognised in the UK, so we wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to do another service back at home.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sweat the small stuff! If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Ă \LQJ RII WR D EHDXWLIXO ORFDWLRQ OHW WKH stunning surroundings do the talking â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for example, guests wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss huge centrepieces and elaborate decorations if WKH\¡UHORRNLQJRXWRYHUWKH$PDOĂ&#x20AC;&RDVWÎź youandyourwedding.co.uk 219


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Why did you opt for a destination wedding? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got engaged in Santorini, so it felt only right to go back and get married there,â&#x20AC;? says Louise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also wanted a magical setting with guaranteed good weather, where we could have an intimate and special wedding. Plus, the amazing backdrop in our beautiful photographs simply could not be achieved back in the UK.â&#x20AC;? What was the best thing about your day? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The views from the venue were truly

outstanding, and we had a harpist playing as I walked down the aisle. The sound of the harp against those gorgeous ocean views was so special. We also incorporated some traditional Greek plate smashing into our reception at night, which was a hit with everyone, and great fun!â&#x20AC;? What are the three pieces of advice youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d give to couples getting married abroad? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry too much about keeping your guests entertained during the day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at a destination wedding, the location speaks for itself and everyone will just want to take it all in.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forums and Facebook groups provide a wealth of knowledge â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we gained many recommendations from other couples.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enjoy it! Many weddings abroad start later in the day, so before you know it, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be over. But waking up the next day in the sun and reliving the day with all your guests is so much fun.â&#x20AC;?

Marina and Simone had a relaxed wedding at AtzarĂł in sunny Ibiza atzaro.com Why did you opt for a destination wedding? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We live far away from our families, so loved the idea of bringing all of our dear ones somewhere special,â&#x20AC;? says Marina. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The sunshine and sea in Ibiza offered the perfect frame to our beautiful day.â&#x20AC;? What was the best thing about your day? â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the evening, we went to watch the sunset in Cala BenirrĂĄs, a beach in the north of Ibiza where people play the drums as the sun goes down. The atmosphere was utterly incredible.â&#x20AC;? What are the three pieces of advice youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d give to couples getting married abroad? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do your homework. If you can, visit the place before your wedding, as the venue is just as important as the location.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Talk to different potential local suppliers before you commit â&#x20AC;&#x201C; get an idea about costs and check that they have the same vision for your day as you.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make it clear to your guests early on whether you will be subsidising any of their costs, such as travel and accommodation.â&#x20AC;?

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Skye and Nick chose to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;I doâ&#x20AC;? against a stunning backdrop at The Olive Press in Boschendal, South Africa boschendal.com

What was the best thing about your day? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so hard to pick out one particular part of the day as it was all so magical, but our ceremony was really special.â&#x20AC;?

Why did you opt for a destination wedding? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We opted for South Africa as we both grew up there and it is where ZH Ă&#x20AC;UVW PHWÎź VD\V Skye. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We chose The Olive Press at Boschendal for its rustic French feel, not to mention the incredible backdrop â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it was the ultimate combination for us.â&#x20AC;?

What are the three pieces of advice youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d give to couples getting married abroad? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your suppliers are your trusted advisors, and often local experts, so listen to them to get the best out of your day.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were lucky as we had family in South Africa to help organise things, but try to get an on-the-ground wedding coordinator to help with things such as supplier liaison.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go out to your destination a week before with all your guests â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we did this and it was the best build-up to the wedding that we could have asked for!â&#x20AC;?

WORDS BY RACHEL AVERY. SARAH AND KARLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PHOTOGRAPHS BY SOPHIE WARREN. SKYE AND NICKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PHOTOGRAPHS BY RUE KRUGER. MARINA AND SIMONEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PHOTOGRAPH BY MARINA ZENNARO. LAURA AND ANDYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDREA PITTI. LOUISE AND PHILLIPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PHOTOGRAPHS BY VANGELIS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Wine in a can We’re certainly not suggesting you turn to alcohol to get you through wedding planning! However, this lightly sparkling pinot grigio in individual cans by Most Wanted Wines, is great to have in the fridge to add some fizz to at-home tasks with friends. We’re talking bridesmaid dress try-on sessions in your living room, or your maid of honour coming over to help you address the invitations. Plus, you won’t have to faf around looking for a corkscrew, mostwantedwines.co.uk

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eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thrilled that the idyllic shores of the Seychelles on the cover have tempted you into our ultimate honeymoon guide. Kick back and relax (and maybe even pour yourself a cocktail), because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to transport you to honeymoon heaven! After much consideration, deliberation and swooning, we have compiled over 100 hotels and resorts to inspire your post-wedding break. Start with a quick and easy TXL] WR Ă&#x20AC;QG RXW \RXU LGHDO honeymoon style, and then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take you on a tour of the world, continent by continent. For each GHVWLQDWLRQ \RX¡OO Ă&#x20AC;QG DYHUDJH travel-time information and an idea about when is best to go, to help with your decision. Plus, on p61, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your chance

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Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your honeymoon style? Indian Ocean Asia The Caribbean Africa North America South PaciďŹ c Honeymoon hotlist Latin America Middle East & North Africa Europe Win a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;rail-moonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in Italy Perfect pairings Jet-set essentials

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HONEYMOON STYLE? Take our quick and easy quiz to find out what sort of getaway you should book

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For you, a honeymoon is a chance to experience a slice of the high life. You’re seeking a five-star resort where you can wine, dine and sun yourself to your heart’s content – and do it all again the day after. We suggest a retreat in the Indian Ocean, or a super-luxe city break.

For you, living life to the full means embarking on high-octane adventures whenever possible. You want your honeymoon to be a memorable trip, full of once-in-a-lifetime activities. Consider booking an African safari or a tour around Latin America for an action-packed experience.

The idea of an all-inclusive, fly-andflop honeymoon fills you with dread. You want to immerse yourself in the culture and buzz of a country and really get to know it. Check out a European destination for a historyfilled break, or head to Asia for a fascinating cultural experience.

OPTION 1 Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas At this gorgeous hideaway in the Maldives, p12 you’ll have unforgettable moments like sipping champagne in the underwater restaurant and taking amazing snaps of the ocean sunset from the SKY bar.

OPTION 1 Bwindi Lodge Uganda may not be your first thought when planning p32 a honeymoon, but for the chance to get up close to rainforest wildlife, this luxury lodge has it all. The highlight of a holiday here is the gorilla-tracking experience.

OPTION 1 The Reverie Saigon Right in the heart of Vietnam’s biggest city, Ho p20 Chi Minh, you’ll be perfectly positioned to visit the local markets and funky cofee shops of a destination that’s becoming increasingly popular for honeymoons.

OPTION 2 Six Senses Zil Pasyon This stunning Seychelles resort overlooks an p9 unspoilt stretch of sand. Absolutely perfect for lazy days in the sunshine – particularly with the comfort of your own infinity pool.

OPTION 2 andBeyond Vira Vira Adventure can start from the get-go with a p48 helicopter arrival at this remote resort in Chile. Tick of other must-dos, such as rafting, mountain biking and horseback riding.

OPTION 2 Alila Yangshuo A converted sugar mill in China could be your dream p18 destination! Stunning contemporary rooms combine with extraordinary mountain landscapes and local cultural activities.

OPTION 3 Le Meurice The epitome of five-star luxury on Paris’ rue de Rivoli. Come for p57 the city, stay for the most beautiful décor and fine dining, including the two Michelin stars of Restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse.

OPTION 3 Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort Combine the coast and p49 the jungle at Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park, where highlights include ziplining, abseiling and whale-watching.

OPTION 3 Rome Cavalieri This beautiful resort overlooks the Eternal City, and is within p58 easy reach of all the famous attractions. The feel is more resort than urban hotel – so you can combine relaxtion and sightseeing.

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Six Senses Zil Pasyon We’re pretty sure that all of the Seychelles’ 115 islands are absolutely stunning, but the unspoilt beauty at Six Senses Zil Pasyon is another level of wonder. The palm-lined pool is perfect for a morning dip, and the huge spa, with its endless list of luxury treatments, is extremely inviting. In the evenings, you can try traditional cuisine or opt for dishes from

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using massage techniques, natural scrubs and tropical rain showers to get you feeling totally zen. From ÂŁ2,938pp for four nights in an Ocean View Pool Villa, based on two sharing, for holidays in 2019. Includes breakfast, economy flights with Qatar Airways from London Heathrow, and private transfers to and from the resort. Extra nights are from ÂŁ441pppn, kuoni.co.uk

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This intimate resort has just Ă&#x20AC;YH FODVVLF EXQJDORZV HDFK with its own personal butler. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be torn between soaking up the home-from-home atmosphere at the resort or getting out to explore the surrounding area. With whitewater rafting, hiking and mountain biking all on the agenda, we suggest you embark on a day of activities and top it off with an in-room massage and tantalising Sri Lankan cuisine on the terrace. From US$758pn (approx. ÂŁ575) on a fully inclusive basis, based on two sharing, includes daily breakfast, lunch, afternoon cream tea, pre-dinner cocktails, dinner, soft and alcoholic beverages, a Tea Experience and all taxes and service charges, resplendentceylon.com/teatrails Ceylon Tea Trails

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This resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 110 rooms are perfectly positioned, either nestled in the luscious greenery or dotted along the beach â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll feel like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in your own private paradise. For something extra special, check in at Silhouette Estate, a twobed villa tucked away from the main resort. A stay here will start with a private helicopter 10 youandyourwedding.co.uk

or boat transfer, before youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re welcomed into your new home with a bottle of sparkling wine. There will also be chance for a breakfast with a difference in a romantic gazebo, and your private butler will be on hand to take care of everything, from booking activities to in-villa dining. From ÂŁ275pn for a King Garden Villa on a B&B basis, and from ÂŁ2,845pn for Silhouette Estate on a B&B basis, hiltonseychelleslabriz.com

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Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita

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Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita

Home to a spectacular overwater spa, four amazing restaurants and 136 blissful rooms, all with an ocean backdrop that lives up to the brochures, this is the epitome of paradise. With endless things to see and do, your honeymoon schedule can be as jam-packed or relaxed as you like – the choice is yours. Staff are on hand to give you a game or two of tennis, and you can’t leave without saying hello to the resident giant tortoises! From £2,135pp*, staying in a Garden Pool Villa on a halfboard basis, includes economy flights and private transfers, based on two adults sharing, inspiringtravelcompany.co.uk

Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel

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Victoria Beachcomber Resort & Spa

As soon as you set eyes on this idyllic sanctuary on the northern coast of Mauritius, you’ll fall in love. Check in to the adults-only area known as ‘Victoria for 2’ for utter tranquility. This secluded wing is home to 17 swim-up rooms, where you can hop straight out of bed and into the calm waters for a refreshing early-morning

dip. As well as getting in some serious chill-time, do venture away from the pool to check out the resort’s extensive list of activities on the glorious waters – kayaking, snorkelling and glass-bottom boat rides are all complimentary. From £1,630pp for seven nights in a Ocean View Room on an all-inclusive basis, includes economy class flights with Air Mauritius and hotel transfers, beachcombertours.uk youandyourwedding.co.uk 11


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PARADISE AWAITS Indulge in an exotic and luxurious island-hopping honeymoon in the picture-perfect Seychelles, with the help of the honeymoon experts at The Turquoise Holiday Company

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he stunning islands of the Seychelles are an oasis of beauty and relaxation, offering the once-in-a-lifetime experiences and sophisticated luxury all honeymooners dream of. While it is a desirable year-round destination, the Seychelles’ dry season typically falls between March and November, so it’s the perfect choice for couples tying the knot in the spring and summer months. What’s more,

thanks to British Airways’ new GLUHFW ÁLJKW IURP /RQGRQ WR Mahé (the main island of the Seychelles), getting there has never been easier. The Seychelles’ larger inner islands of Mahé, Praslin and /D 'LJXH ERDVW VZHHSLQJ white-sand beaches framed by dramatic landscapes of mountains, boulders and rainforests. Mahé is a great place to experience the local Seychellois way of life, and

the island’s capital, Victoria, is a must-visit for its vibrant market and delicious Creole cuisine. The beautiful Beau Vallon beach is another Mahé hot spot, and one of the islands’ top beaches, where you’ll ÀQG SOHQW\ RI DFWLYLW\ DQG entertainment. Turquoise’s top accommodation picks here are Banyan Tree Seychelles for its breathtaking beach, and Four Seasons Resort Seychelles Mahé, for its private pool villas.


Praslin, meanwhile, is celebrated for its chilled island vibe and selection of peaceful EHDFKHV LQFOXGLQJ $QVH /D]LR â&#x20AC;&#x201C; considered by many to be one of the best in the world. Rent a car, pack a picnic and drive from coast to coast to take in all the sights, before putting your feet up at Turquoise favourite, &RQVWDQFH /HPXULD 5HVRUW $ short boat ride away over on /D 'LJXH YLVLWRUV DUH VSRLOW with incredible snorkelling opportunities, unmissable bars and seafood restaurants. The Turquoise team recommends VWD\LQJ DW /H 'RPDLQH GH lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Orangerie for its great location and quirky rooms. Just off the FRDVW RI /D 'LJXH OLHV )pOLFLWp an intimate island accessed by helicopter or boat and home to Six Senses Zil Pasyon, a stunning resort combining sustainability with barefoot luxury. Beyond these stunning mountainous inner isles lie a scattering of one-of-a-kind outer coraline islands, blessed with FDOP ODJRRQV VSHFWDFXODU D]XUH waters and exclusive private DFFRPPRGDWLRQ 'HSHQGLQJ on your style, budget and honeymoon desires, Turquoise UHFRPPHQGV HLWKHU 'HQLV Private Island or Four Seasons 5HVRUW 6H\FKHOOHV 'HVURFKHV Island. With a laid-back vibe and HFRFXOWXUH'HQLV,VODQGLVD Six Senses Zil Pasyon, FĂŠlicitĂŠ

Banyan Tree Seychelles, MahĂŠ

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true Robinson Crusoe hideaway, with rustic bungalows tucked among trees just steps away from swathes of private beaches. Alternatively, the brand-new )RXU 6HDVRQV 5HVRUW RQ 'HVURFKHV offers pristine pool villas and a sophisticated style that is modern, yet charming, and in keeping with the resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lush tropical surroundings. Island-hopping is part and parcel of a Turquoise honeymoon in the Seychelles. You can H[SHFW Ă&#x20AC;UVWKDQG NQRZOHGJH and honest expert advice when it comes to planning which islands, hotels and resorts are best suited to you. For Turquoise, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about attention to detail and curating extraordinary honeymoon experiences for each and every couple.

Four Seasons Resort, Desroches Island

Just for you The Turquoise Holiday Company specialises in creating unique and bespoke honeymoon itineraries to the Seychelles and beyond. A 10-night Seychelles itinerary visiting two islands, including accommodation, daily breakfast, return La Digue

LQWHUQDWLRQDO Ă LJKWV DQG transfers starts from ÂŁ2,249 per person. Book a complimentary honeymoon appointment to meet the team in the /RQGRQ RU %HDFRQVĂ&#x20AC;HOG RIĂ&#x20AC;FHV E\ FDOOLQJ  678400, or visiting turquoiseholidays.co.uk


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ASIA Where sun, sea and sand are combined with lively culture, you can be as chilled or as adventurous as you like in this hot-right-now location

INDONESIA Ó

14h

30

May–Jun & Sept–Oct

*VALID UNTIL 31 MARCH 2019

Bulgari Resort Bali As a brand that’s synonymous with luxury, you’d expect nothing less than excellence at a Bulgari hotel, and here in Bali, the incredible service is paired with the most amazing setting. Perched cliffside, with the glistening Indian Ocean below, we challenge you to admire the view without thinking ‘wow!’ at least once. The spa is a gem in

the centre of the resort, and its tranquil gardens are perfect for a relaxing pre-treatment. Come evening time, kick back at Il Bar, which has outstanding vistas out over the cliffs. From £3,280pp for seven nights, based on two people sharing, incl. breakfast, economy flights, private transfers and UK airport lounge passes*, elegantresorts.co.uk youandyourwedding.co.uk 17


Asia

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

Set in the tropical Ayung 5LYHU 9DOOH\ LQ WKH OXVFLRXV UDLQIRUHVW WKLV JHP LQ %DOL LV MXVW ZDLWLQJ WR EH GLVRYHUHG The emphasis here is on calm ² IURP WKH UHVRUW·V EHDXWLIXO $\XQJWHUUDFH\RXFDQREVHUYH

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The Leela Goa

INDIA Ã&#x201C;

9h

30

Octâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Mar

The Leela Goa

Goa is known for its incredible EHDFKHV DQG \RX FRXOG EH staying just footsteps away from one of the best. The Leela LV SHUIHFWO\ SRVLWLRQHG ZLWK DFFHVV WR WKH SRZGHU\VRIW good stuff on one side and the 6DO5LYHUZHDYLQJWKURXJKWKH Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

CHINA Ã&#x201C;

10h 30m

30

Marâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;May & Septâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Oct

Alila Yangshuo

An hour away from the tourist KXE RI *XLOLQ H[SHULHQFH ultimate seclusion at Alila Yangshuo. If you want a quiet UHWUHDW \RXU FRPI\ URRP DQG the idyllic spa are there to be

WURSLFDO JDUGHQV RQ WKH RWKHU This coastal region is also famed IRU LWV GHOLFLRXV VHDIRRG DQG ZLWK Ã&#x20AC;YH UHVWDXUDQWV WR FKRRVH IURP KHUH \RX·OO EH VXUH WR VDPSOH WKH Ã&#x20AC;QHVW WKH DUHD KDV WR RIIHU 7KH SUHWW\ YLOODJH RI &DYHORVVLP LV MXVW D Ã&#x20AC;YHPLQXWH walk away. From £1,966pp for a seven-night B&B stay, based on two adults sharing, incl. flights from London Gatwick* and transfers, tui.co.uk Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans

HQMR\HG EXW WKHUH·V VR PXFK to do in the surrounding areas that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll actually want to get out and about. Try your hand DW URFNFOLPELQJ GRLQJ W·DL FKL V\UXSPDNLQJ DQG SDLQWLQJ with the help of the leisure concierge. From £154pn, based on two people sharing on a room-only basis (excl. tax), alilahotels.com/yangshuo Alila Yangshuo

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans

The Andaman archipelago is PDGH XS RI  EHDXWLIXO LVODQGV WKH ELJJHVW EHLQJ +DYHORFN ² and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on these sandy shores that this dreamy hideaway lies. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything by KDOYHV DW WKLV EHDXWLIXO UHVRUW ² \RX·OO Ã&#x20AC;QG DQ 2O\PSLFOHQJWK swimming pool at the heart of WKH KRWHO D SULYDWH FKDUWHU ERDW IRULVODQGKRSSLQJDQGKRXU 18 youandyourwedding.co.uk

URRP VHUYLFH VR \RX FDQ HQMR\ delicious cuisine in your own URRP ZKHQHYHU \RX ZDQW LW Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the chance to schedule D RQFHLQDOLIHWLPH DFWLYLW\ IRU HYHU\ VLQJOH GD\ RI \RXU VWD\ ² WU\ VFXED GLYLQJ QLJKW ND\DNLQJ D YLVLW WR $VLD·V RQO\ OLYH YROFDQR RU HYHQ EDE\ WXUWOH REVHUYDWLRQ VHVVLRQV WKDW DUH DYDLODEOH IURP 'HFHPEHU WR February. From approx. £280pn, tajhotels.com


MALAYSIA Ã&#x201C;

13h

30

Octâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr

The Datai Langkawi

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The monkeys and tropical birds will be your only neighbours at this remote resort in the heart RI WKH UDLQIRUHVW 7KH Ã&#x20AC;YHVWDU luxury is effortlessly teamed ZLWK D ODLGEDFN YLEH PHDQLQJ youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll feel right at home.

Wellness and relaxation are top RI WKH DJHQGD KHUH VR DIWHU D day of taking in the wonder of /DQJNDZL LW ZRXOG EH RQO\ SROLWH to check out the calming spa and indulge in one of the amazing treatments that harness the power of plants. From £1,690pp for seven nights on a B&B basis, staying in a Canopy Deluxe room, incl. return international flights and transfers**, turquoiseholidays.co.uk

Tanjong Jara Resort

Tanjong Jara Resort

Immerse yourself in Malaysian FXOWXUH DW WKLV WUDGLWLRQDO\HW luxury resort on the golden shores of the east coast. During \RXU VWD\ \RX FDQ HPEDUN RQ an authentic cookery course ZLWK D FXOLQDU\ PDVWHU YLVLW the local market to pick up

The Datai Langkawi

THAILAND Ã&#x201C;

12h 30m

30

Novâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Mar

Paresa Resort Phuket

Home to some of Thailandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best EHDFKHV 3KXNHW KDV XQGHQLDEOH EHDXW\ &KHFN LQ DW 3DUHVD 5HVRUW 3KXNHW IRU SDQRUDPLF YLHZV DFURVVWKH$QGDPDQ6HD2QFH

\RX·YH DEVRUEHG WKH DPD]LQJ YLHZV IURP \RXU RZQ RXWGRRU SRRO KHDG WR WKH VDQFWXDU\ of the spa for a zen afternoon. &RPH HYHQLQJ WLPH WDNH the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shuttle to the HQ .DPDOD %HDFK /RXQJH IRU D UHOD[HG GLQQHU FRFNWDLOV and soothing music on the beautiful shores. From

RQHRIDNLQG JLIWV DQG KHDG WR WKH RQVLWH 6SD 9LOODJH IRU a coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Malay treatment ² FRPSOHWH ZLWK PDWFKLQJ keepsake sarongs. Choose one of its Anjung Seafront rooms to wake up to the sight and sound of the gently lapping ZDYHV ² EOLVV From £200pn, tanjongjararesort.com

The Peninsula Bangkok

£479pn, chicretreats.com Paresa Resort Phuket

The Peninsula Bangkok

The eclectic and fascinating FLW\ RI %DQJNRN LV LGHDO IRU couples seeking a culture trip ZLWK D GLIIHUHQFH 7KH 3HQLQVXOD %DQJNRN LV VHW DORQJVLGH WKH &KDR 3KUD\D 5LYHU ZLWK LPSUHVVLYH YLHZV DFURVV WKH urban landscape. Thai specialties include amazing spa treatments DQGIDEXORXVFXLVLQHDQG\RX

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Asia

CAMBODIA Ă&#x201C;

12h 30m

30

Novâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;May

Song Saa Private Island

Just off the coast of Cambodia lies this unbelievable private island resort that will truly blow you away. This place can only be described as sheer KHDYHQ ZLWK LWV GHJUHH ocean views, over-water restaurant and open-air spa. Spend your stay in a secluded jungle villa or opt for an extraspecial over-water villa, but make sure you venture outside your new home to experience a sunset cruise or a scuba diving session. From ÂŁ828pn, mrandmrssmith.com

Song Saa Private Island

The Reverie Saigon

Overlooking the buzz of Ho Chi Minh City below, this impressive resort occupies Ă RRUV ² RI WKH LFRQLF 7LPHV Square Building. Outside, WKH EXVWOLQJ VWUHHWV DUH Ă&#x20AC;OOHG with markets and street-food stalls and the sound of mopeds rushing around the roads. Yet inside, the hotel provides a

The Anam

VIETNAM Ă&#x201C;

13h 30m

30

Septâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dec & Marâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr

The Anam

Arriving at this beachside resort in the coastal city of Nha Trang will feel like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re rocking up in paradise. Think palm-lined shores, stunning villas and a beautiful secluded spa â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the perfect place for exploring the 20 youandyourwedding.co.uk

region or simply kicking back. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a foodie heaven, too, with endless options from all around the world. You can discover traditional Vietnamese delights such as pho, summer rolls and dumplings in the Lang Viet restaurant, as well as sampling GHOLFLRXV Ă&#x20AC;QHGLQLQJ PHDOV LQ The Colonial. From ÂŁ152pn for a Balcony Garden View Room, theanam.com

The Reverie Saigon

calm oasis of utter luxury. &KHFN LQ WR D URRP ZLWK Ă RRU to-ceiling windows to take advantage of that impressive skyline, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave without having a dip in the outdoor pool that has underwater music accompanied by a light show! From ÂŁ266pn for a Deluxe Room, incl. breakfast, complimentary wi-fi and minibar, thereveriesaigon.com


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A KINGDOM OF WONDERS Find your own slice of paradise in stunning Thailand, home to amazing adventures, rich culture and the most incredible beaches

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hailand is the perfect choice for a honeymoon. It’s an eclectic, exciting country waiting to be explored – whether you want stunning beaches, the hustle and bustle of a city, peace and quiet off

the beaten track, or wonderful wildlife encounters. Known as the ‘land of smiles’, the warmth of the people here is legendary – but perhaps the real beauty of this fascinating place is its year-round appeal.


A tale of two cities

Summer stunners In the months of June, July and August, many travellers begin their adventures in the Gulf of Thailand, where there are islands big and small to discover. Ko Samui, Thailandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second largest island, has everything from beachside bungalows to luxury resorts, and a brilliant selection of shops, restaurants and nightlife. Combine your visit with Ko Pha-ngan and discover the smaller islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s picturesque bays and unspoilt beauty. Ko Samui is a great place to relax â&#x20AC;&#x201C; although itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also renowned for hosting some of the liveliest beach parties in Asia! Alternatively, pair Ko Samui with Ko Tao, the perfect resort for snorkelling or diving, to see bull sharks, turtles and many other fascinating creatures of the deep.

Winter winners From November to March, head to Thailandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s west coast. Phuket is a beach-loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream, ZLWKĂ&#x20AC;QHZKLWHVDQGVDQG glittering seas, as well as lively towns. Take in the bustling markets, eat in the many wonderful restaurants, and enjoy a spot of pampering at one of Phuketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high-end resorts and spas. Combine a stay in Phuket with the laid-back paradise \RX¡OOĂ&#x20AC;QGRQWKHSLFWXUHVTXH Phi Phi islands. With few cars and even fewer inhabitants, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a world apart from its vibrant neighbour. If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stunning scenery and relaxation you want, head to Krabi, where thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accommodation to suit any budget, and you can go island-hopping, sea-kayaking, jungle-trekking, or just soak up the sun on a stunning beach. Also explore the group of nine incredible islands known as the Simians, famous for rich diving VLWHVVSHFWDFXODUFRUDOĂ&#x20AC;HOGV and jungle-fringed beaches.

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THE CARIBBEAN Of course, this beautiful region has gorgeous beaches a-plenty, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much more to discover about these islands in the sun

ANTIGUA Ã&#x201C;

13h 30m

30

Decâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr

Blue Waters Resort & Spa This gorgeously luxe resort on the northern tip of Antigua delivers classic luxury as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d expect it. The emphasis here LV Ã&#x20AC;UPO\ RQ UHOD[DWLRQ ZKHWKHU \RX ZDQW WR ORXQJH E\ WKH SRRO HQMR\ VXQVHW GULQNV DW WKH EHDFK VLGH EDU EDWKH LQ WKH EHDXWLIXO EHDFK FRYHV RU H[SHULHQFH a snorkelling session in the JORULRXV &DULEEHDQ 6HD $QG LI you need any further persuasion

WR YLVLW EHDXWLIXO %OXH :DWHUV also has a royal seal of approval â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Prince Harry has enjoyed a holiday here. From £1,950pp for seven nights in a Superior Hillside Room on an allinclusive basis, includes flights and transfers. Honeymooners receive a cake, champagne and chocolates, and a champagne breakfast on the first morning, turquoiseholidays.co.uk youandyourwedding.co.uk 25


The Caribbean

MARTINIQUE Ă&#x201C;

14h

Decâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;May

30

French Coco

As the name of this boutique hotel suggests, a visit here provides an experience of Caribbean and French culture combined â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as a dĂŠpartement of France, Martinique offers a Gallic air. Set on the lush Caravelle Peninsula on the islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stunning east coast,

French Coco is home to 17 gorgeous suites, set just 300 metres from the beach. The ambience here is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;barefoot luxuryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (so leave the shoes in your room), and your biggest decision at this escape hotel will be which rum aperitif to try before enjoying a Creoleinspired dinner. From â&#x201A;Ź290pn

Cap Maison

(approx. ÂŁ260) based on two people sharing on a bed and breakfast basis, hotelfrenchcoco.com

French Coco

ST LUCIA Ă&#x201C;

15h

30

Decâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Mar

Cap Maison

Set on the dramatic coastline, Cap Maisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attractions arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t restricted to its glorious views over the sea. This hotel is a retreat from the world â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you come here for a true getaway. In addition to the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;secret beachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on its doorstep, the food served at The Naked

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS Ă&#x201C;

15h

30

Novâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr

Oil Nut Bay

This wonderfully inviting hotel is on Virgin Gorda, one of the main islands of the BVI. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surrounded by crystal-clear ZDWHUV DQG WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW WKLQJ \RX¡OO want to do on arrival is jump right in. No one would stop you, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot more to do and see, including a spot of island-hopping, helicopter tours (particularly popular here, and the views from the skies have to be seen to be believed) and a sport called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;pickleballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, which youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll want to try for the name alone. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think about leaving here without enjoying a classic jerk chicken picnic on the beach for a quintessential BVI experience. From US$750 (approx. ÂŁ570) a night for the Cliff Suites, includes a private plunge pool, oilnutbay.com 26 youandyourwedding.co.uk

Oil Nut Bay

Fisherman on the sands has received excellent reviews. In the evening, treat yourselves to dinner on Rock Maison â&#x20AC;&#x201C; your champagne arrives down the cliff via zipline! From ÂŁ3,099pp (special offer) for seven nights all-inclusive, includes Virgin Atlantic flights from London Gatwick and transfers, a bottle of champagne on arrival and a bottle of champagne at Rock Maison, and a brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s massage, kuoni.co.uk


Ladera

JAMAICA Ó

12h

30

Dec–Mar

Sandals Montego Bay

Sandals is well-known for honeymoons and weddings, and its original resort is here in Montego Bay. The name alone makes you think of Jamaica’s white sands – and this resort

delivers with its own private beach. A ‘Luxury Included’ holiday here means you can get on with your total relaxation, and you can also have access to Sandals Inn and Sandals Royal Caribbean, both nearby – over 20 restaurants and 12 pools at your disposal. From £1,785pp for a seven-night stay in a Caribbean Deluxe Room on an all-inclusive basis, sandals.co.uk Sandals Montego Bay

Ladera

Set next to the breathtaking twin Piton mountains, you’re on top of the world here at Ladera, high up in a former cocoa plantation. Each of the 37 rooms and suites enjoys extraordinary views (if Instagram did hotels…), but there are plenty of reasons to

explore the island below. Mustdos include the ‘Fish Fridays’ street party further up the bay, and a half-day exploration of St Lucia’s rainforest. You can even have a mini island-hopping adventure to Martinique. From £2,200pp for seven nights, includes flights and transfers, scottdunn.com

Nisbet Plantation Beach Club

Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

come here sooner. Everything is looked after for you, including superb food, drinks, plus enough activities to keep you occupied all day and night. Or you could just spend another hour by the pool – the choice is yours! From £1,099pp for seven

<RX·OOÀQG\RXUVHOILQWRWDO vacation territory here – with everything catered for, this resort ensures that the only thing on your mind is wondering why you didn’t

nights staying in a Premium Deluxe Garden View Room on an all-inclusive basis, includes flights from London and 15% off accommodation & spa treatments, destinology.co.uk

Ó

12h

30

Dec–Feb

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

ST KITTS & NEVIS Ó

14h 30m

30

Jan–Dec

Nisbet Plantation Beach Club 5HÁHFWLQJWKH&DULEEHDQ·V history, this resort is centred around an 18th-century plantation inn right on the beach. There’s so much to do here, from rainforest hikes and scuba diving to exploring

St Kitts on scooters (don’t worry, they drive on the left here) and the museums of neighbouring Nevis. Make sure you leave time to try some Kittitian specialities at the resort’s restaurants. From £1,425pp for seven nights in a Superior Room on a B&B basis, includes international flights and transfers, turquoiseholidays.co.uk youandyourwedding.co.uk 27


The Caribbean

GRENADA Ă&#x201C;

15h 30m

30

Janâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr

Spice Island Beach Resort

They call Grenada the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;spice islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; due to the amount of fragrant nutmeg and mace grown here â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so what better name for this wonderful resort? Owned and operated by a Grenadan family, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll quickly feel right at home on Grand Anse beach, or in the frangipani-infused gardens. 7KH HPSKDVLV KHUH LV Ă&#x20AC;UPO\ on calypso and kicking back â&#x20AC;&#x201C; make sure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the beach for the magical hour as the sun sets. From ÂŁ2,867pp for seven nights in an Oleander Superior Garden Suite on an all-inclusive basis, includes direct flights and transfers, kuoni.co.uk

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BARBADOS

Belmond Cap Juluca

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12h

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Novâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr

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Barbadosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;platinum west coastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is the location of Treasure Beach â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and when you see the gloriously bright sands and beguiling azure sea, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never want to leave. Getting out on that water is highly recommended, and the hotel provides complimentary

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20h

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Decâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Jan

Belmond Cap Juluca

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activities including sailing and snorkelling â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even a water trampoline if you feel like having a go at something different. Sundowner Hour VKRXOG GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ EH RQ \RXU list â&#x20AC;&#x201C; savour the sunset and a cocktail before dinner. Heaven! From US$832 (approx. ÂŁ630) per room, including breakfast, price based on a minimum fivenight stay, eleganthotels.com/ treasure-beach


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14h

30

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Ngoma Safari Lodge Chobe National Park is known as the ‘land of the giants’, and at this lodge, on the edge of the park, guests often report seeing elephants – those giants – right outside their suites! Take advantage of twice-daily game drives to see buffalo, giraffes, zebras and many more stunning creatures in the wild. Add another dimension to your trip by experiencing the beauty

from the air with a helicopter ride over the Zambezi – an unforgettable experience. From £426pppn on a fully inclusive basis. Price includes meals, beverages, up to four activities per day, park fees, contribution to the Chobe Enclave Conservation Trust and return transfers from Kasane Airport or Kazungula, africaalbidatourism.com youandyourwedding.co.uk 31


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15h

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Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort :KLOH WKH H[SHULHQFH RQ WKLV LG\OOLF SULYDWH LVODQG LV TXLWH different to the safari plains RQ WKH PDLQODQG WKHUH¡V MXVW as much adventure to be KDG LI \RX GHVLUH LQFOXGLQJ VFXED GLYLQJ ZKDOHZDWFKLQJ wakeboarding and sailing. ,I URPDQFH DQG UHOD[DWLRQ DUH PRUH \RXU WKLQJ WKH FRQFLHUJH can organise a picnic for two RQ QHDUE\ 4XLVVDQJD ,VODQG RU \RX FDQ VSHQG D WUDQTXLO afternoon in the gorgeous spa. From £721pn, including fullboard dining, daily beverages including house spirits, in-room mini-bar and non-motorised watersports, anantara.com

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11h 45m

30

Decâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr

One&Only Cape Town

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(YHU\ ELW RI WKLV XQLTXH OX[XU\ lodge has been built with the stunning surroundings of .ZD=XOX1DWDO LQ PLQG ZLWK LWV VL[ VWXQQLQJ FOLIIVLGH VXLWHV delivering sweeping vistas of the luscious valley below. Out RQ \RXU SULYDWH YHUDQGD WDNH a dip in your private plunge pool or a shower under the stars. Fill your daytimes with H[FLWLQJ JDPH GULYHV DQG walking safaris â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you could even VHH WKH XOWUDUDUH EODFN UKLQR Spend the balmy evenings HQMR\LQJ FDQGOHOLW GLQQHUV RQ the rooftop terrace as the sun goes down. From ÂŁ580pppn, based on two sharing on an all-inclusive basis, including two safari activities per day and transfers, andbeyond.com

Bwindi Lodge

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11h

30

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Bwindi Lodge $GYHQWXUH PHHWV WRWDO OX[XU\ at this resort in the heart of the Ugandan rainforest. You stay in one of eight bandas ² WUDGLWLRQDO VW\OH WKDWFKHG KRXVHV HDFK with butler service. The outdoor terrace is the perfect place to unwind after a day of gorilla tracking before dining with your fellow guests WR VKDUH \RXU DQLPDOVSRWV 7KH %ZLQGL %DU D VKRUW ZDON DZD\ LV LGHDO IRU D OXQFKWLPH snack or an evening nightcap. From £516pn all-inclusive. Flights with Ethiopian Airlines from £397pp, volcanoessafaris.com


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KENYA

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From US$540pn (approx. £412) for a full-board stay**, includes standard alcoholic drinks, wine and fruit on arrival, one private dinner on the deck, two shared day game drives and one night drive in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, one shared bush breakfast, return transfers to Ol Seki airstrip and government taxes. Conservancy fees apply, hemingways-collection.com

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Linkwasha Camp

Hemingways Ol Seki Mara

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14h

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Sleep under the stars at this romantic camp. The incredible outdoor Star Beds are perched RQDZRRGHQYLHZLQJSODWIRUP so you can soak up the savannah views at sunset and sunrise. $URXQG/RLVDED7HQWHG&DPS \RXUGD\VFDQEHVSHQWÃ&#x20AC;VKLQJ PRXQWDLQELNLQJDQGLI\RX·UH IHHOLQJSDUWLFXODUO\DGYHQWXURXV you can camp overnight during DFDPHOVDIDULWKHWUDGLWLRQDO mode of transport in the area.

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From £3,195pp, including international flights, internal flights and transfers, one night of B&B accommodation in Nairobi, four nights at Loisaba Tented Camp, one night at Loisaba Star Beds, includes all meals, drinks and safaris, aardvarksafaris.co.uk

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The Royal Livingstone

Hemingways Ol Seki Mara

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If the Victoria Falls is on your EXFNHW OLVW WKHQ FKHFNLQJLQ WR WKLV Ã&#x20AC;YHVWDU UHVRUW LV DZLVH decision. With direct access to WKH ZRUOGIDPRXV ZDWHUIDOOIURP WKH UHVRUW \RX KDYH XQOLPLWHG DFFHVV WR WKH VLJKWV VRXQGV and spray. Your breakfast guests here will probably include a few ]HEUDV ZKR JUD]H RQ WKH ODZQV RXWVLGH WKH FRORQLDOVW\OHYLOODV ULJKW QH[W WR WKH =DPEH]L)RU GLQQHU ZLWK D GLIIHUHQFHERDUG WKH 5R\DO /LYLQJVWRQH ([SUHVV an ornately decorated steam WUDLQ IRU D VL[FRXUVH PHDORQ the move. From £454pn, for a Deluxe Room, on a B&B basis, anantara.com

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Taylor River Lodge For an escape that blends back-to-nature activities and pure honeymoon indulgence, stunning Taylor River Lodge in Almont is hard to beat. Set deep in a canyon, it’s the perfect location for everything from riverside picnics and toasted marshmallows under the stars to hiking and kayaking, with professional guides to help you

make the most of your stay. The eight luxury cabins are impeccably designed, while the spa – complete with mountain views – is the ultimate spot for relaxation. From $1,670pn* (approx. £1,250), for two sharing on a full-board basis, includes full guide service and roundtrip transfers from Gunnison Airport, elevenexperience.com youandyourwedding.co.uk 37


North America Scarp Ridge Lodge Colorado is the place to go for an adventure in the great outdoors. This luxury lodge makes the most of its location in the scenic mountain town of Crested Butte, with outdoor pursuits to suit every time of year. In ski season, a customdesigned snowcat whisks guests away to the very best powder, and there are two on-mountain lodges should you need a break. In the warmer months, activities include mountain biking and whitewater UDIWLQJ $OO \HDU URXQG HQMR\ Ă&#x20AC;QH dining from the lodgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s private chef and relax in the rooftop tub. From US$650 (approx. ÂŁ490) pn*, based on two people sharing, including breakfast, organic fresh food minibar, and round-trip transfers from Gunnison Airport, elevenexperience.com

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The St Regis New York

This historic Manhattan hotel is all about classic New York glamour â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with butler service that is renowned for attention to detail. The style is opulent and inviting â&#x20AC;&#x201C; think crystal chandeliers, marble bathrooms, silk wall coverings and rich hues throughout. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the iconic King Cole Bar, whose patrons have included Salvador DalĂ­ and Marilyn Monroe, and where the Bloody Mary was Ă&#x20AC;UVW LQYHQWHG ,W¡V DOVR KRPH WR Table 55, where you can book an exclusive private dining experience. The location is ideal for a sophisticated stay, with the world-famous shops of Fifth Avenue and the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading museums and galleries within walking distance. From US$995pn (approx. ÂŁ750), stregisnewyork.com

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Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort

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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

This luxury resort in Albertaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jasper National Park has everything you need for newlywed indulgence, with an amazing spa, outdoor pool and several renowned restaurants. And its location means there are plenty of outdoor activities to set your pulses racing. From ÂŁ4,800pp for a 13-night trip to Canada incl. two nights at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, scottdunn.com Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort


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30

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Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

The Restoration

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9h 30m

30

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The Restoration This hotel perfectly embodies the appeal of the city of Charleston: old-world charm with a 21st-century update. The accommodation consists

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spa, culinary delights at the four on-site restaurants and cocktails at Lehua Lounge, surrounded by waterfalls. Rooms come with private balconies, but to really live the luxe life, upgrade to a villa with private plunge pool. From £2,349pp*** for seven nights, room only, including return flights from London Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic, Delta and Hawaiian Airlines, hayesandjarvis.co.uk

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CALIFORNIA Ó

11h 30m

30

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Carneros Inn

Napa Valley is a must-visit for wine and nature lovers alike. This stunning resort is the perfect base for your newlywed adventure in wine country, with an adults-only pool and a newly renovated spa. The contemporary-cool cottages and suites come with their own patios and gardens – ideal if privacy is a priority. From £795pp for three nights, turquoiseholidays.co.uk

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Ventana Big Sur – An Alila Resort

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Ocean House

RHODE ISLAND Ó

7h

30

Jun–Aug & Sep–Nov

Ocean House For a seaside getaway with a real sense of style, Ocean House is a wonderful choice. Everything from the glorious coastal scenery to the turnof-the-century décor is quintessentially New England. Dinner at Coast restaurant is a must, and in summer you can enjoy a barbecue on the private beach or a drink in the secret champagne garden. For an extra-luxe experience on the golden sands, book one of the private cabanas and enjoy valet service as you soak up the sun.

The location of this grand hotel alone makes it an excellent choice: it sits right in the centre of the French Quarter of New Orleans, the oldest part of the city, with its must-visit sights, and vibrant dining scene and nightlife. Cocktails at Bourbon O are the perfect prelude to an evening in The Big Easy. From £2,930pp for two sharing on a 14-day Discovering The Deep South tour, includes three nights in New Orleans at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel audleytravel.com/usa Bourbon Orleans Hotel

From US$400pn (approx. £300)

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SOUTH PACIFIC A world of luxury awaits on the other side of the globe – paradise is everywhere, from the clearest waves to the softest of sand

FIJI Ó

24h 30m

30

Apr–Oct

Six Senses Fiji Arriving by speedboat, you’ll immediately know you’re in for something special at this idyllic resort on Malolo Island, off the west coast of Fiji itself. Powder-soft sand and aquamarine waters provide a warm welcome, and home will be one of the 24 beautifully crafted one-bedroom villas dotted along the beach. The resort is committed to self-

sustainability, including the use of solar power, and is also involved in efforts to preserve coral reefs (you can help to plant more). Be sure to join a cultural event to try the local drink called yaqona. From £3,395ppn for seven nights in a Hideaway Pool Villa on a B&B basis, includes return international flights and transfers, turquoiseholidays.co.uk youandyourwedding.co.uk 41


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Likuliku Lagoon Resort

Likuliku means â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;calm watersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, and this really is a tranquil place to honeymoon. The resort has been designed to evoke a traditional Fijian village, complete with thatched roofs and a crystalline lake at the

heart of the island. Nestled among lush green hillsides is the Tatadra Spa, where guests can chill out. A recent addition to the resort is nearby Mociu, a private island where you can enjoy a sunrise breakfast picnic. From ÂŁ719pn, including all meals, mrandmrssmith.com

24-30h

30

Septâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;May

Lizard Island

If exploring the Great Barrier Reef has always been on your bucket list, this is the hotel for you. As the northernmost resort by the Reef, it offers the utmost seclusion that you dream of on your honeymoon. There are just 40 rooms here, which means

more space on the 24 private beaches for you and your partner to retreat to. The crisp, white interiors of the villas DUHSKRWRSHUIHFWDJDLQVWWKH OXVFLRXVOHDI\EDOPVDQGD]XUH waters. You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ever want to leave! From ÂŁ5,880pp for seven nights in an Oceanview Villa on all-inclusive basis. Includes return international flights and transfers, turquoiseholidays.co.uk

Southern Ocean Lodge

COOK ISLANDS Ă&#x201C;

32h 30m

30

Marâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr & Septâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Oct

PaciďŹ c Resort Aitutaki

Set over 19 acres of tropical gardens that bring to mind Eden, this resort is what dreams are made of. Each of the 27 beachfront hideaways are mere steps from the inviting

ocean, and offer maximum VHFOXVLRQ IRU URPDQFHVHHNLQJ honeymooners. You can partake LQ D UDQJH RI RQWKHZDWHU activities if you feel like it, or simply indulge in a relaxing treatment in the spa. This LV LVODQG OLIH DW LWV Ă&#x20AC;QHVW From NZ$1,170pn (approx. ÂŁ600), includes round-trip airport-resort coach transfers, pacificresort.com/aitutaki

Southern Ocean Lodge

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Lovers of wildlife and nature will fall head over heels for this South Australian lodge on Kangaroo Island. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home to spectacular scenery and a whole host of native species including koalas and (of course) kangaroos. The lodge is set back from a cliff and

KRXVHVODYLVKNLQJVL]HEHGV JODVVZDOOHGEDWKURRPVDQG VXQVRDNHGRXWGRRUWHUUDFHV perfect for taking in the ocean views and keeping an eye out for friendly critters. From ÂŁ5,100pp for a five-night, fullboard stay for two, return international and domestic flights and private transfers, scottdunn.com


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FRENCH POLYNESIA Ă&#x201C;

28h

30

Junâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aug & Decâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Jan

Manava Beach Resort & Spa

Soak up the sun in your own personal paradise at this WUDGLWLRQDO3RO\QHVLDQVW\OH resort, set between a divine

view of majestic mountains on one side, and the stunning 3DFLĂ&#x20AC;F2FHDQRQWKHRWKHU For adventure, explore nearby Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bay and the Gulf of Moorea before heading back WR\RXU%HDFKRU2YHUZDWHU Bungalow, complete with personal terrace, to watch the sun draw low in the sky. From â&#x201A;Ź335pn (approx. ÂŁ300), manavamoorearesort.com

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Manava Beach Resort & Spa

NEW ZEALAND Ă&#x201C;

24-35h

30

Nothing says honeymoon quite like an overwater villa with the ocean lapping gently underneath â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and this resort is home to some of the most breathtaking weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen. 7KLQN GHHS EDWKWXEV Ă RRUWR ceiling windows and the choice

EHWZHHQ D GLS LQ FU\VWDOFOHDU waters or a swim in your private pool. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an abundance of activities on offer, including MHWVNLLQJ DQG VQRUNHOOLQJ From US$633pn (approx. ÂŁ480) for a King Lagoon View Suite, and from US$877pn (approx. (ÂŁ670) for a King Overwater Villa, conradhotels3.hilton.com

Blanket Bay Lodge

Marâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aug

Blanket Bay Lodge Set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu on the South Island, this is the perfect sanctuary IRUDSRVWZHGGLQJ HVFDSH ²\RX¡OOPDUYHODW WKH VQRZ capped peaks and sheer remoteness of the place. Airy high ceilings and plush furniture make the space the dream place to relax after a day of cycling around the local tracks or even a VSRWRIKHOLVNLLQJ RQ WKH nearby glacier. From £793pn,

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30

Novâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr

Escapade Ă&#x17D;lot MaĂŽtre

number of large vineyards, all within close proximity of each other, all waiting to be discovered! Try one of The Boatshedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Picnic Trucks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; compact jeeps that are perfect for daytrips, with a hamper in the back to keep you fuelled up. From ÂŁ250pppn, includes

Escape to an island paradise just 20 minutes by boat from New Caledoniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital, NoumĂŠa. This resort is surrounded by a marine reserve, promising a stay like no other â&#x20AC;&#x201C; imagine watching a golden sunset from the comfort of your private terrace, with steps leading into the peaceful lagoon. For WKULOOVHHNLQJKRQH\PRRQHUV DFWLYLWLHVLQFOXGLQJDNLWHVXUI school and helicopter rides are available. From â&#x201A;Ź460pn (approx.

breakfast and transfers from the local ferry terminal, trailfinders.com

ÂŁ410), includes return transfers, buffet breakfast and dinner, glphotels.nc/escapade-ilot-maitre

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27h

The Boatshed Get away from it all at this charming lodge, perched atop a hillside overlooking white sandy beaches and unrivalled ocean views on Waiheke Island, due HDVW RI $XFNODQG ,W KDV Ă&#x20AC;YH guest suites and two bungalows â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so your privacy is pretty much certain. If you can tear yourself away from the comfort of your room, Waiheke is home to a

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Pack your bag

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Red maxi dress, £555, Kalita at Matchesfashion.com

Suede wedges, £80, Toms

Patterned shirt, £116, Fabienne Chapot at House of Fraser

Sun earrings, £130, Soru Jewellery

Embroidered bikini, £270, Anjuna at Net-a-Porter

Silk kaftan, £225, Lindsey Brown

Circle necklace, £125, Pandora

Striped bag, £139, Radley London

Tinted sunglasses, £95, Ray-Ban

Floral cami, £19.50, and shorts, £17.50, B by Ted Baker

Snake print sliders, £89, Carvela

Floral jumpsuit, £46, Lipsy

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Summer hat, £27, & Other Stories

Embellished dress, £85, Miss Selfridge

Heart sunglasses, £17.99, Mango

Feather earrings, £95, Nocturne

Rainbow heels, £149, Revolve

Straw bag, £225, Made by Wave

Red swimsuit, £70, K-Way

Turban headband, £7.99, Zara

Polka dot swimsuit, £70, NYOS

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Book with a company that cares and will go the extra mile for you. It’s the little details, add-ons and honest advice that turn a good honeymoon into an unforgettable one.

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Don’t cram your itinerary or book too many activities in advance. Your honeymoon is for relaxing and spending quality time together, not rushing around, constantly packing and unpacking.

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Consider ‘secret’ shoulder seasons if your budget is tight. Pre- and post-peak season months are always more affordable, while the weather is often good and there are far fewer people.

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Most airlines allow you to upgrade on one leg of your journey, so don’t worry about splashing out on return business-class flights if you can’t afford to. Just choose the one you’d prefer, and start or finish your honeymoon in style.

Always book the best room in a more affordable hotel rather than the cheapest room in an overpriced hotel. You deserve to live like royalty on your honeymoon!

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Prioritise planning your honeymoon as much as the wedding itself. Flights go on sale 11 months in advance, and the best deals usually get booked up quickly. Leave it to the last minute and you might find your dream hotel is full.

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If you plan to change your passport to show your new married name, don’t forget to tell the travel company before you book your flights. If you don’t, you’ll have to pay to change the name on your ticket later on. If you forget to mention it to anyone before you get to the airport, you might be turned away.

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LATIN AMERICA Rugged landscapes, luscious rainforests and a tropical climate – this region is brimming with beauty and adventure in equal measure

CHILE Ó

23h

30

Nov–Mar

Tierra Atacama In the middle of the Atacama Desert, this is the ultimate getaway, offering complete seclusion for newlyweds looking to escape. If you’re keen on a jam-packed itinerary, book in for horse riding, hiking and stargazing with a huge telescope (imagine how clear the skies are). When you’re ready to seek some chill time, laze by the LQÀQLW\SRRODWWKHVSDRUWDNH

advantage of your own private terrace. If you’re looking for something totally different, \RX·OO ÀQG LW KHUH From £4,080pp for five nights fullboard for two people, includes international and domestic flights with British Airways, transfers, full use of the hotel facilities and two half-day or one full-day excursion per day, theluxuryholidaycompany.com youandyourwedding.co.uk 47


andBeyond Vira Vira

Latin America andBeyond Vira Vira At this riverside resort in Chile’s lake district, the community and environment are cared about almost as much as the guests. You’ll notice a ‘farm to table’ concept on the restaurant menu, and you have the chance, among other activities, to explore the local Mapuche culture. They don’t do off-the-shelf packages here – each day, you have the chance to create your own adventures

with the excursions manager, so you can embark on whitewater rafting or trekking whenever you want to have a go. And if you want to up the adventure even more, make a dramatic entrance by arriving at the hotel via helicopter! From £3,740pp for five nights on an all-inclusive basis, including international flights with British Airways, domestic flights, transfers and guided excursions, theluxuryholidaycompany.com

Llao Llao Resort, Golf & Spa

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

PERU Ó

18h

30

Mar–May & Sept–Nov

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

This is the only resort right at the entrance of the iconic Machu Picchu, and you’ll need to pinch yourself every time you look out over the unbelievably spectacular views. The prime location means you’ll beat the crowds when it comes to that must-do tour of the site itself. Stop off at the Tampu Restaurant for a Peruvian or international-style light lunch or indulgent dinner, while the fabulous Tampu Bar is ideal for an early morning coffee or a late-night cocktail. From £950pn for a double room on a full-board basis, belmond.com Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

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La Estancia de Cafayate at Grace Cafayate

ARGENTINA Ó

25h

30

Mar–May

Grace Cafayate ,I DQ RIIJULG KRQH\PRRQ ÀOOHG ZLWK ÀQHGLQLQJ DQG OX[XULRXV wines takes your fancy, then look no further than this boutique hotel in the Calchaquí Valleys. It’s also home to the sporting estate of La Estancia

de Cafayate, with its golf course, polo club, sports centre, indoor pool and squash courts, should you want to get active. Or venture out on horseback to relish the dusky rock landscape for yourself. For a more sedate outing, take the chance to explore the vineyards – and taste the produce, of course. From £175pn, gracehotels.com

Take a deep breath and enjoy WKH PRXQWDLQ DLU IURP WKLV ÀYH star resort’s tranquil gardens in Patagonia, the perfect setting to enjoy afternoon tea. It’s surrounded by lakes, so it would be hard not to cool off in the waters at some point during your stay. On Llao Llao’s activity list, there’s canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, among many other options. Back indoors, there are superb dining opportunities, with wonderful views of this unforgettable location. From $US434pn (approx. £330) for the honeymoon package (a four-night minimum stay), includes welcome gifts, buffet breakfast, recreational activities, one three-course dinner, two massages, discounts on spa and restaurants, llaollao.com Llao Llao Resort, Golf & Spa


MEXICO Ó

13-17h

30

One&Only Palmilla

July–Aug

One&Only Palmilla

Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort

COSTA RICA Ó

18h

30

Dec–Apr

Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort On the sun-drenched shores of Costa Rica lies this unique paradise. Not only can you GLS \RXU WRHV LQ WKH 3DFLÀF Ocean, and admire the beauty of the palm-lined beach, you can spot sleeping sloths and relaxing iguanas right from your sunlounger. See even more wildlife at the nearby Manuel Antonio National Park, where you can also try zip-lining, rafting and waterfall abseiling. From £2,025pp for seven nights, based on two people sharing, includes breakfast, return flights, private transfers and airport lounge access, caribtours.co.uk

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Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort

Head to this west-coast hot spot for a generous helping of sun, sea and sand in the most luxurious of settings. We can’t decide what’s more beautiful – the stunning views across the glistening Sea of Cortez, or the impeccably designed interiors. Luckily, you’ll be able to enjoy both at the same time, as all rooms have a glorious sea view. The new steakhouse is headed up by a Michelin-starred chef, and there’s also a sushi bar and beach grill, so you’ll be in foodie heaven whatever you decide to eat. From £818pn, oneandonlyresorts.com One&Only Palmilla

Tulum Treehouse

Not your usual holiday resort, this secluded haven upon the edge of the Mexican jungle, down the coast from Cancún, is ideal for honeymooners looking for something a little different. This ultra-cool, design-led KRWHO RI MXVW ÀYH URRPV LV a secret hideaway, nestled among the greenery. Relaxing hammocks on the terrace and outdoor showers encourage you to enjoy as much of the great

outdoors as possible. The place is entirely solar-powered, and the gorgeously minimal rooms are kitted out with furnishings by local artisans to give it a very cool, contemporary edge. From US$245pn (approx. £185) for a room*, includes concierge, daily housekeeping and continental breakfast. Tulum Treehouse is also available for exclusiveuse hire, designhotels.com/ tulum-treehouse

BRAZIL Ó

12h

30

Apr–Oct

Fasano Angra dos Reis Perfectly positioned on the Costa Verde coast with a backdrop of forest-draped hills, the glorious setting will only be surpassed by your experience at the hotel itself. This family-owned resort is all about creating a home-fromhome feel. Enjoy evening Fasano Angra dos Reis

Tulum Treehouse

meals served on your own private balcony, from a menu that includes superb fresh seafood. The historic town of Paraty is worth adding to your must-see list, while Rio de Janeiro lies in the other direction. The nearby reefs can be explored with a guided diving tour. From £1,164pp for a three-night stay, includes breakfast, return airport transfers and one excursion, journeylatinamerica.co.uk youandyourwedding.co.uk 49


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Fly Air Mauritius and arrive on holiday relaxed and refreshed. Enjoy the friendly, welcoming onboard Mauritian hospitality, take advantage of the excellent in-flight facilities and for a treat upgrade to the superb Business Class and settle in to your own spacious lie-flat cocoon seat.

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MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA From glitz and glamour to scenery and culture, these unique regions have it all!

MOROCCO Ó

3h 30m

30

Apr–Oct & Sept–Oct

Kasbah Tamadot Away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, this picturesque luxe retreat in the breathtaking Atlas Mountains is perfect for couples who want a relaxation honeymoon. For a magical Moroccan experience, the Asounfou Spa’s hammam treatment, with its black soap cleansing, will leave you feeling revived and energised. Other

things to do include cookery classes, local walks and scenic drives – but it’s up to you how much or how little you want to do! From £2,135 for a three-night stay on the Romantic Getaways package, including dinner and breakfast, one private dining experience, spa treatments and a bottle of champagne on arrival, virginlimitededition.com youandyourwedding.co.uk 53


Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;HĂ´tel Marrakech

Middle East & North Africa Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;HĂ´tel Marrakech

Designed by Jasper Conran, every inch of this traditional riad will amaze you. The courtyard garden is home WRDSLFWXUHSHUIHFWSRRO while the roof terrace is ideal for gazing out across the skyline of Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains beyond. Foodies will relish the homemade tagine, grilled Ă&#x20AC;VKDQGGHOLFLRXVFRXVFRXV² Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGRIIZLWKDUHIUHVKLQJ mint tea. Take advantage of the prime location and head outside to experience the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s souks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the crowded local markets brimming with spices, pottery, leather goods and much more, in a rainbow of colours. From â&#x201A;Ź293pn (approx. ÂŁ260) for a suite, l-hotelmarrakech.com

QATAR Ă&#x201C;

7h

30

Octâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr

Sharq Village & Spa $Q XSDQGFRPLQJ GHVWLQDWLRQ in the Middle East, Doha (the capital of Qatar) provides a unique mix of culture and beauty. The pristine Sharq Village strikes the perfect balance between utter luxury and relaxed tranquility. The

shores of the Persian Gulf are right on your doorstep, and you FDQEHDPRQJWKHMDZGURSSLQJ skyscrapers of the city in just 15 minutes. If you want to combine a getaway break with the urban buzz of somewhere WRWDOO\GLIIHUHQW\RX¡OOĂ&#x20AC;QGLW right here. From ÂŁ970pp* for five nights for two in a Deluxe Room, includes Qatar Airways flights from London Heathrow and transfers to and from the resort, kuoni.co.uk

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ranger will advise you on the best times and places to spot the majestic sea creatures. Away from the beach, you can hit the road for a short drive to explore the historic city of Muscat for yourself. From

Located in a secluded, private bay, this resort is made up of two hotels. Al Bandar, meaning â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, is inspired by the old architecture of nearby Muscat, while Al Waha means â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the oasisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and its pools and stunning backdrop create exactly that. The resort has its own dive centre, and its dedicated turtle

ÂŁ2,442pp based on two people sharing, includes seven nights at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa on a B&B basis, plus two nights at 1000 Nights Camp at Wahiba Sands on a half-board basis. Price includes flights, transfers and excursions at Wahiba Sands, audleytravel.com/oman

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7h 30m

30

Novâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Ă&#x201C;

7h 30m

30

Octâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Apr

Palazzo Versace Dubai

With its iconic Versace style, this truly spectacular, palatial resort in Dubai is something very special. Every single piece of furniture inside the ZDOOVRIWKLVĂ&#x20AC;YHVWDUKRWHO

has been tailormade, and the same attention to detail can also be found inside the many restaurants and bars. Dine at (QLJPDIRUD3HUVLDQLQVSLUHG menu, or Vanitas for delicious Italian dishes. The Gazebo beside the pool is ideal for sundowners and shisha. From ÂŁ755pp for four nights for two sharing, on a B&B basis. Includes return flights and transfers, destinology.co.uk

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Palazzo Versace Dubai

Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort When one thinks of going on safari, the plains of Africa probably spring to mind. But how about the deserts of the Middle East? This island wildlife park off the western coast of the UAE was originally created as a dedicated conservation project, and this resort now welcomes guests to discover creatures such as Arabian oryx, giraffes, gazelles and cheetahs, which can all be seen on guided safari tours. With just 30 villas, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an air of calm around the resort â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if it feels like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just you and the animals, it pretty much is! Additional activities include history tours, paddleboarding and dune riding on horseback. From ÂŁ374pn for a One Bedroom Villa with terrace and garden area, anantara.com/en/al-sahel-sir-bani-yas

With over 600 rooms, suites and YLOODVELJJHULVGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\EHWWHU when it comes to this incredible resort in Dubai, reopening after refurbishment in October 2018. Brunch is a Friday and Saturday institution here, and the resort hosts an amazing beachside

version on both days as you chill to the soulful sounds of the resident DJ. And the impressive views of the neighbouring skyscrapers make the Uptown %DURQWKHWKĂ RRUWKHSHUIHFW place to go for cocktail hour â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Instagram heaven! From ÂŁ590pn for an Ocean Deluxe room, jumeirah.com

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EUROPE From beautiful beaches to enchanting cities, there’s so much to explore on the Continent – and you won’t even have to venture too far from home

FRANCE Ó

1h 15m–2h 45m

30

Apr–May & Sept–Oct

Le Meurice If a romantic trip to the City of Love is on the cards, look no further than the spectacular Le Meurice for your honeymoon base in Paris. This exquisite hotel, dating from the 18th century, faces the stunning Jardin des Tuileries and is just moments away from the Louvre and Grand Palais. You may even be able to do some sightseeing without stepping foot on the rue

de Rivoli below, as the Suite Belle Étoile offers superb views of the iconic Eiffel Tower – with access to the terrasse to make the most of it. Dinner is just as opulent as the décor in a hotel where artists such as Dalí have left their mark – don’t leave without dining in the two Michelin-starred restaurant. From €760pn for a Chambre Classique Simple, dorchestercollection.com youandyourwedding.co.uk 57


Europe Six Senses Residences Courchevel

Famed for its fantastic skiing, Courchevel is also home to this luxury haven. During your stay, the hardest decision will be the slopes or the spa – and we suggest both in equal measure. The ski concierge will organise all your gear ready for the pistes – and come evening, you can

ease away the day’s exertions with a relaxing massage. Top RII WKH GD\ ZLWK D ÀQHGLQLQJ meal at one of the resort’s fabulous restaurants or a night out in Courchevel itself. From

GREECE Ó

3h 30m

30

Apr–June & Sept

MarBella Nido

£3,900pp for seven nights, based on two adults in a two-bedroom apartment. The price includes British Airways return flights from London and private transfers, scottdunn.com Six Senses Residences Courchevel

MarBella Nido

Nido means ‘nest’ – and you’ll feel like you’ve checked in to your very own honeymoon nest here. This adults-only retreat is in a secluded location on Corfu’s east coast and is surrounded by luscious greenery with impressive views

ITALY Ó

2h 30m

Rome Cavalieri 30

Apr–Jun & Sept–Oct

Rome Cavalieri Immerse yourself in the sights, culture and cuisine of this fabulous city. The concierge here can organise exclusive tours of iconic landmarks and attractions such as the Vatican City, as well as private viewings of palaces and stately homes. With sweeping views across the Eternal City’s iconic skyline, dinner at La Pergola restaurant, run by renowned Michelin-starred chef Heinz Beck, is a must. If there’s still room the next morning, you could indulge in the 15-course (yes!) Imperial Breakfast delivered direct to your own room. Well, when in Rome… From £1,299pp based on two adults sharing a Deluxe Room, including flights with EasyJet from Luton Airport, destinology.co.uk 58 youandyourwedding.co.uk

of the outstandingly beautiful seascape. As well as enjoying evening meals on the terrace or in the restaurant, guests can experience the dining on offer at the Nido’s sister property, MarBella Corfu, right next door. From £135pn on B&B basis, marbellanido.gr


CROATIA Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik

are second to none – there’s seaview dining, an indoor pool and a blissful spa. Be sure to discover the secret tunnel that leads down to the sands of the resort’s private beach. From £1,024pp

Croatia is a hot destination right now, and there’s no better way to visit the stunning city of Dubrovnik than by enjoying the prime location of the Excelsior, just a stone’s throw away from the historic Old Town. The facilities

for a seven-night B&B stay, based on two adults sharing a double room. Includes return flights with EasyJet from London Southend to Dubrovnik and private return transfers*, prestigeholidays.co.uk

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Myconian Imperial Resort

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Myconian Imperial Resort

Mykonos is ideal for those honeymooners who want to combine their relaxation with recreation. Just moments away from the well-known Elia beach, any stay at Myconian Imperial Resort delivers a serious dose of sun, sea and sand. With 111 rooms and suites, the resort is pretty big – but the attentive

staff will make you feel like you are VIPs. The hub of the hotel has to be the pool deck – home to two saltwater pools lined with sunbeds, an outdoor jacuzzi and a swim-up bar that’s perfect for midday cocktails. Hop on the resort’s regular shuttle bus to explore Mykonos town when it comes alive at night. From £201pn,

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The Phoenicia

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Breathtaking landscapes? Balmy nights? Fine wines? Tick, tick, tick. We all know why Tuscany would make the perfect setting for a romantic break, and L’Andana’s secluded location in the countryside that this region LVIDPHGIRUUHÁHFWVH[DFWO\

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what this resort is all about – utter tranquility. Spend some time in the ESPA spa, take up residency on a sunlounger by the pool or go on an authentic Tuscan picnic. From

Malta’s islands in the central Mediterranean may be small, but their fascinating history, diverse landscapes and easygoing vibe mean they are big news right now. Opened in 1947, The Phoenicia in 9DOOHWWD ZDV 0DOWD·V ÀUVW OX[XU\ hotel – and to this day, you can expect that the impeccable service will be present and correct. This is a gorgeous base to discover Malta and the neighbouring island of Gozo.

€440pn (approx. £400) based on two sharing, including breakfast, andana.it

From approx. £205pn, including breakfast, campbellgrayhotels.com

With old-school charm and the friendliest of staff, a stay at Suvretta House is something very special. If you visit in winter, you can ski, snowboard and skate to your heart’s content. Or come in summer and enjoy golf, sailing and tennis. Whether you choose to savour afternoon tea in the Hotel Hall or fancy ordering a fondue in the Suvretta Room, just make sure you leave room to try the delicious baked breads which are handmade by the baker each morning. From £325pn on a half-board basis, suvrettahouse.ch

Suvretta House

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Anantara Vilamoura

The Algarve is a well-known destination, and its rugged cliffs and beautiful sandy coves are a stunning backdrop to a honeymoon. For an extraspecial experience, check-in to Anantara Vilamoura – there’s a poolside cabana with your name on it, and the luxurious spa offers amazing treatments. Relaxation is your only aim here. The nearby town of Vilamoura is a destination in itself, and is famed for its cool bars, designer shopping and wonderful beaches. From £223pn for a Deluxe Room for two people on a B&B basis, vilamoura.anantara.com

Anantara Vilamoura

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

This hotel is right in the thick of Barcelona on the long Passeig de Gràcia. There’s a Gaudí house literally across the road, with a short stroll to Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. When you’re not out and about, try to dedicate a few hours to the rooftop pool to soak up the sunshine and

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the open-air chill-out zone overlooking the azure hues of the sea, and take time to enjoy the amazing Botanical Spa, with its aromatherapy showers and ice fountain. Perfectly positioned for both the beach and the centre of Málaga, you can easily explore the nearby shops, bars, restaurants, museums and galleries. From €220pn (approx. £200), based on two adults sharing a Premier room on B&B basis, granhotelmiramarmalaga.com

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

drink in the incredible skyline. It’s also the ideal spot for watching the sunset over the city – after which you can head down to one of the hotel’s three fabulous eateries for dinner. Post-dinner cocktails are best enjoyed in the Banker’s Bar, a former money vault as the name suggests, with the ultra-cool vibe you’d expect. From €375pn (approx. £340), mandarinoriental.com


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hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something very romantic about taking a train journey through beautiful scenery with your partner. In fact, a recent study found that over three-quarters of respondents would choose a train over a plane to travel to their holiday destination* â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and ticket booking platform Loco2, with the Italian train service Trenitalia, are offering one lucky You & Your Wedding reader the chance to win a romantic â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;rail-moonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for two in Italy.

The prize-winners will receive a ÂŁ3,000 travel credit card from Loco2 to spend on a high-speed train journey from London to the Veneto region in Italy, and then rail travel around Veneto on the Trenitalia network. This wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be any ordinary railway trip, though â&#x20AC;&#x201C; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be welcomed to business-class seats with a glass of prosecco, and the whole experience will be truly luxurious. Roomy leather seats, extra leg-room and fabulous views of this stunning area

will mean your adventure in Italy will begin as soon as you board the train. For the rest of your time in Italy, you can use your credit card to book accommodation of your choice in the Veneto UHJLRQ 6R \RX FRXOG Ă&#x20AC;QG D honeymoon-perfect place to stay in Venice, and then use the rest of the prize funds to book trips to nearby cities such as Treviso, Padova, and, of course, Verona â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the home of Romeo and Juliet.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS The Promoter is Immediate Media Company London Limited. The competition closes at 11.59pm on 16 November 2018. The prize is available until 16 November 2019. The travel credit card will be with lastminute.com. The winner will be required to provide a minimum of three monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s notice for train bookings (via Loco2). Initial rail travel will take place from London. Winner must stay and travel around the Veneto region. The prize excludes travel between the winnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home and the station, travel insurance, personal expenditure, gratuities or incidental costs, other than where mentioned. It is the responsibility of the prize winner to ensure they have a valid passport and travel insurance and obtain any necessary vaccinations and visas for their trip. Prize cannot be exchanged for cash or transferred. The competition is only open to residents of the United Kingdom. The competition is not open to employees and their immediate families of the Promoter or any other company involved in this prize promotion. Entrants must be 18 or above. The prize winner and their guest must be 18 or above. The Promoter reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions or to cancel, alter or amend the promotion at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control. One entry per household. One winning entry will be chosen at random from all eligible entries. The winner will be notiďŹ ed by the Promoter via email within 28 days of the competition closing and details of how to claim the prize will be provided. If the winner cannot be contacted, fails to respond within one month of such notiďŹ cation being sent, or declines the prize, the Promoter reserves the right to ofer the prize to a runner up, or to re-ofer the prize in any future promotion. The Promoter reserves the right to substitute the prize with one of the same or greater value. The Promoter does not accept any responsibility for lost, delayed or fraudulent entries. The Promoter will use entrantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; personal details in accordance with the Immediate Privacy Policy (immediatemedia.co.uk/ privacy-policy). The Promoter excludes liability to the full extent permitted by law for any loss, damage or injury occurring to the participant arising from his or her entry into the promotion or occurring to the winner(s) arising from his or her acceptance of a prize. The promotion is subject to the laws of England.

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THE PRIZE A ÂŁ3,000 travel credit card to spend on train travel to Veneto and within the region with Trenitalia, plus accommodation. HOW TO ENTER For the chance to win this amazing prize, answer the following question: Which of these squares is found in Venice? A Trafalgar Square B St Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Square C Times Square Visit youandyourwedding. co.uk/competitions to enter. Terms and conditions apply, see left for details.Â

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CALIFORNIA & BORA BORA Begin your getaway with a memorable road trip around THE GOLDEN STATE, stopping off to soak up San Francisco and the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, as well as experiencing the delicious wines of Santa Barbara and the supercool beaches of Santa Monica. Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Santa Monica

From exploration and adventure to total relaxation, spend the second leg of your trip on the idyllic shores of BORA BORA in French Polynesia. Checkin to an Instagram-worthy overwater villa and swim in the turquoise waters to start your newlywed life in style.

From ÂŁ5,995pp, includes two nights at Hotel Zetta San Francisco, two nights at Bernardus Lodge & Spa, Carmel Valley, two nights at Belmond El Encanto Santa Barbara, two nights at Oceana, Santa Monica and five nights at Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, car hire, return flights, domestic flights in Tahiti and transfers in Bora Bora, turquoiseholidays.co.uk

SRI LANKA & THE MALDIVES SRI LANKA is a fascinatingly diverse island to discover on a honeymoon. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to spot incredible wildlife in the rainforest, uncover a rich history at ancient Buddhist ruins, and, of course, get a serious slice of sun, sea and sand on the stunning coastline. The Maldives

Sri Lanka

Continue your holiday in THE MALDIVES, the home of hospitality, for a spot of pampering in paradise. Embark RQ D EOLVVIXO UHWUHDW RI Ă&#x20AC;QH dining, sun worshipping and just-the-two-of-us relaxation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all with the most beautiful, picture-perfect backdrops.

From ÂŁ2,440pp for a 14-night package to Sri Lanka and The Maldives, includes seven nights in Sri Lanka, followed by seven nights in The Maldives. Price is based on two adults sharing, includes flights departing from London Gatwick on 20 November 2018, flights between destinations, and all luggage and transfers, tui.co.uk

PERFECT PAIR NEW YORK & MEXICO Throw yourself into the buzz of THE BIG APPLE, staying in the trendy Chelsea district, where you can shop to your heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s content. In between ticking off all of those bucketlist sights, take advantage of stylish cocktail bars and cool coffee shops for timely pit stops. ZoĂŤtry Paraiso de la Bonita, Mexico

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Next on the agenda is sunny MEXICO ² PRUH VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOO\ the glorious coastal city of CancĂşn, home to palm-lined beaches and piercing blue ocean. ZoĂŤtry Paraiso de la Bonita has Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only Thalassotherapy spa â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we feel a pamper session coming on!

From ÂŁ2,659pp for an eight-night trip to New York City and the Riviera Maya, Mexico, includes three nights at the Dream Downtown in New York on a room-only basis and five nights at ZoĂŤtry Paraiso de la Bonita on an all-inclusive basis, all flights and private transfers. Price is based on travel in May 2019, inspiringtravelcompany.co.uk 62 youandyourwedding.co.uk

SINGAPORE & BALI Jet straight off to the hotright-now destination of SINGAPORE. Its iconic VN\OLQH LV Ă&#x20AC;OOHG ZLWK IXWXULVWLF architecture, much of it covered in greenery. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get the best of the views from the gorgeous rooftop bar at Jen Orchardgateway. The Elysian, Bali

Jen Orchardgateway, Singapore

The Indonesian island of BALI is famed for untouched beauty and a laid-back vibe, and you could be lapping up both from the comfort of The Elysian, DĂ&#x20AC;YHVWDUUHVRUWVLWXDWHGLQ the upmarket Seminyak. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss the market town of Ubud or the temple at Tanah Lot.

From ÂŁ1,979pp for a 10-night trip, includes seven nights at The Elysian in a One Bedroom Villa (with one complimentary dinner for two and one massage) and three nights at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway in a Superior Room on a B&B basis. Includes breakfast, Singapore Airlines flights from London Heathrow and transfers in resort. Based on two adults sharing for selected dates in November 2018. Quote SK038, kuoni.co.uk


Twin-centre holidays

SOUTH AFRICA & MOZAMBIQUE )XOĂ&#x20AC;O DOO \RXU VDIDUL GUHDPV in the bushlands of SOUTH AFRICA. During a visit to the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve in the far east of the country, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get the chance to get up close to elephants, lions, leopards and a lot more on twice-daily game drives.

Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

The second half of your trip will start with a helicopter ride to andBeyond Benguerra Island off the coast of MOZAMBIQUE. The Robinson Crusoe experience (luxe version, of course) includes snorkelling, sea kayaking and birdwatching.

andBeyond Benguerra Island, Mozambique

From ÂŁ6,885pp for a nine-day tailormade journey, includes complimentary UK lounge access, return flights between UK and South Africa/Mozambique, twice-daily game drives during a three-night stay at Dulini River Lodge, helicopter transfers to and from andBeyond Benguerra Island, a six-night stay in five-star deluxe lodges on full-board basis, with one activity a day, wexas.com

INGS Zanzibar

Discover the vibrant buzz of VIETNAM from the unique vantage point of a cruise along the Mekong River. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll begin your cruise in Ho Chi Minh City, soaking up the unique mix of city life and historic culture, before sailing due west towards Chau Doc villageâ&#x20AC;Ś

Mekong River cruise

â&#x20AC;Śand then crossing the border into CAMBODIA, where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to experience local markets, magical temples and lesser-known villages before DUULYLQJ DW \RXU Ă&#x20AC;QDO GHVWLQDWLRQ on the Mekong â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Siem Reap, a fascinating city full of ancient wonders, including Angkor Wat.

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From ÂŁ2,975pp for a 10-day itinerary in Vietnam and Cambodia, flying from London to Bangkok and on to Ho Chi Minh City with a seven-night cruise on the Mekong River on board The Jahan cruise liner. Price is based on two people sharing, including full-board accommodation, shared guiding, international flights and transfers, steppestravel.com

After all our destination inspiration, you may be struggling to decide on one dream holiday. So why not plan a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;mega-moonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with two glorious locations? Here are some twin-centre honeymoon ideas that include the best of both worldsâ&#x20AC;Ś

TANZANIA & ZANZIBAR Home to the breathtaking plains of the Serengeti, TANZANIA has beauty, adventure and culture in equal measures. As well as the obvious pull of its extraordinary wildlife, this east African country is also home to Mount Kilimanjaro and the Great African Lakes.

VIETNAM & CAMBODIA

Tanzania

Off the coast of Tanzania is the almost fabled island of ZANZIBAR, a place very different from the safari lands of the main continent. Zanzibarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sands are so pure and white, and its waters so clear, that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll feel like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve stepped into an actual postcard.

From ÂŁ3,299pp for 10 nights, includes all flights, seven nightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; small group safari including three/four-star accommodation, seven breakfasts, seven lunches and six dinners, transfers, game drives and park fees, plus three nights at four-star Breezes Beach Club & Spa Zanzibar, half-board basis, with private transfers. Price based on two adults sharing. Valid for 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 November 2018, trailfinders.com

NEW ZEALAND & FIJI Head to Wanaka in NEW ZEALAND for adventure. From helicopter rides to mountainELNLQJ WUDLOV \RX¡OO EH DEOH WR Ă&#x20AC;OO your days with high-octane fun â&#x20AC;&#x201C; come in the winter to include skiing. Continue the rush in Queenstown with jet-boating, rafting and sky-diving. Tokoriki Island Resort

Queenstown

After all that excitement, slow the pace down with a Ă&#x20AC;YHQLJKW VWD\ RQ WKH LG\OOLF shores of FIJI. All you have to do here is position yourself EHVLGHWKHLQĂ&#x20AC;QLW\SRRODW Tokoriki Island Resort and enjoy the breathtaking 6RXWK3DFLĂ&#x20AC;FVXUURXQGLQJV

From ÂŁ3,795pp for 12 days for two people sharing, includes three nights with breakfast at Lime Tree Lodge in Wanaka, four nights at The Sofitel in Queenstown, and five nights at Tokoriki Island Resort in Fiji. Inclues international flights, car hire in New Zealand and transfers in Fiji, turquoiseholidays.co.uk youandyourwedding.co.uk 63


Dreaming of getting married in Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sun-kissed Amalfi coast? The Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento can make it happen in style. This family-run, 5-star hotel is nestled in 5 acres of Mediterranean garden facing Naples Gulf. A breathtaking location!

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Pack your bag

Desert In Bloom foldable water bottle, £2.95, Rex London

Toucan beach towel, £15, John Lewis

Stripe packable weekender bag, £20, Accessorize

Pink Chinese bamboo folding fan, £2.95, Rex London

JET Hana jewellery travel box, £18, Oliver Bonas

Astyll CarryOn marbled hardshell suitcase, £140, Calpak at Net-aPorter

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Voyage passport cover, £22, Matt & Nat

Silver hearts luggage tag, £10.50, Caroline Gardner

Tile Style luggage tracker, £29.99, Tile

In-flight bag, £26.49, iphoria

Patterned brush, £13.99, The Wet Brush

Rose face mist, £14, Herbivore at Space NK The getaway travel pillow, £22, ban.do at Amara

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Alexis White Meadow eye mask, £18, Catherine & Jean

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Sandalwood & ginger lip balm, £20, Bali Balm


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