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elcome to the Summer issue of National Weddings Magazine. This issue is packed full of news and reviews to help you realise your dream of the perfect wedding day.

We’re on a mission to make National Weddings Magazine available to every bride and groom-to-be, in the country. Those of you in the North and Scotland will now be able to get your hands on a copy. Come and see us at the best Wedding Shows the North has to offer such as The UK Wedding Shows, the brand new North West Wedding Fair and a whole range of fantastic smaller wedding shows in the North. Of course you’ll still be able to request a copy via post by visiting either of our websites: or our new website You can come and meet us on our stands at a range of national, UK & regional wedding shows accross the whole country, where we’ll be on hand to talk and help recommend products and services. You’ll also be able to enter our Competition to win a three night break including breakfast at Trenderway Farm in Cornwall. The prize also includes a gourmet evening meal courtesy of Executive Head Chef Richard McGeown at Couch’s Polperro. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to one of our shows as you can enter online. I had a taste of summer earlier this year as I flew off to Saint Lucia. This wonderful island really is made for romance. You can read all about my stay at Windjammer Landing and St James’s Morgan Bay in my Destination St Lucia feature. However, if you’re looking for a break closer to home, then check out my editor recommends feature on The Carlton Hotel in Edinburgh and Brandon Hall Hotel in Coventry. Both venues are ideal for a romantic break, pampering hen weekend, wedding or mini-moon. If you’re after ‘Something Different’, or require guidance with ‘Choosing The Right Venue’ or want inspiration of any kind, then this issue has some fabulous features for you to cast your eye over. As well as our regular features such as Real Life Weddings, Honeymoons & Overseas Weddings, Photography etc, you’ll even ‘Benefit’ from a few beauty tips from our very own Sarah Vernon. Our Wedding TV programme – Ask The Editor is set to air in the next couple of months so we’ll be looking to our readers for more inspiration for our next programme. Keep sending in your video questions and you could appear next time. We’re also producing an Ask The Experts feature in our Autumn issue, so if you have a question for me then please email or visit the website and click on Ask The Editor. Enjoy.


Denise Russell Editor

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his area-specific website features an on-line e-magazine , ideal for those looking for Wedding Services and products in the North of England and Scotland.


ocusing on all there is for the Groom,, grooms-men and male members of the bridal party, this website is packed full of useful hints, tips and ideas and is great for the guys who want to take an active role in the organisation of their wedding day.

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Wedding news Why not use a Celebrant?

Should you get married at the Registry Office for £50 (without the frills), or abroad and want a Full Ceremony back home with all your friends and relatives, or want to renew your vows, or just celebrate your Marriage or Partnership, Services created by yourself and your Celebrant can take place when and where you wish, do not need “Registrars Licensed Premises”, and can include religion and your choice of music, whatever it is.

A friendly, personalised, family run service Dreams to Reality have launched several new stationery products and stunning new collections for 2013 meaning even more choice for our couples.

A friendly, personalised, family run service awaits with only the finest pearlescent papers and handfinished elements used. Care and attention to detail is second to none, so have a browse through our new (and existing!) collections with samples available for you to see the quality for yourself.

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In the Spring issue of National Weddings Magazine, we used an image in a piece for Perfect Weddings Abroad. This image was of TUP Island, Thailand and given to us for use by TUI Travel. We would like to apologise to Tui for this mistake. For more information please visit 20

Ever Excellent Wedding Films incorporates the principles and techniques attained from over a decade of live television and filmmaking experience. Always professional and personable enables priceless moments to be captured, documenting your special day whilst keeping the focus firmly on you. Kent based and providing a national coverage, with all inclusive options to make a film that you'll treasure forever. Please ring 0330 321 1515 or visit the website -

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Armathwaite Hall A special day requires a special place and at Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel and Spa we understand this well. This striking 17th century former stately home, set in 400 acres of delightful grounds on the edge of Bassenthwaite Lake, in the beautiful English Lake District could not be any more special, whatever the season. The Hall features four approved rooms for civil ceremonies, catering up to 150 guests, 46 bedrooms of individual style, extensive grounds of the Hall offer amazing photo opportunities and award winning spa. Tel 017687 76551

Salcombe Harbour Hotel Old Thorns Manor Hotel

Old Thorns, an award winning wedding venue, set in 400 acres of beautiful Hampshire countryside. With fashionable facilities and a perfect setting for stylish photos, we deliver a first-class service and the attention to detail to make your day exactly as you want it – please call our dedicated wedding team on 01428 725847

Weddings at Salcombe Harbour Hotel are available from September 2013 following its multi-million pound refurbishment. The development will include a new function room for Weddings, which will boast stunning design and décor against the backdrop of Salcombe Estuary. To make an enquiry please call 08448 589187 or email

Arnos Vale

Arnos Vale is a tranquil, unique, unusual and beautiful site set in 45 acres of green landscape, rich in leafy walks, wildlife and architecture. We have two Grade II* Listed buildings available that are ideal for Anglican wedding ceremonies or Civil Ceremonies and receptions – making us a wonderful all-inclusive venue.

Lincolns Inn Set in 11 acres of beautiful private gardens in the heart of Central London, the magnificence of the Old Hall, seating up to 130 guests, or the grandeur of the Great Hall, seating up to 280 guests, the venues available to hire at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn provide the most sumptuous and unique backdrops for your special day. Tel 0207 405 5969 21



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Vale Pianos – The Piano Specialists with over 100 pianos on display. Family business with over 25 years experience. Piano hire for weddings and events. Beautiful grand, upright or digital pianos available to make your wedding day even more memorable. Lovely rural setting with workshops and showrooms. Situated between Evesham and Pershore, 1 mile from the A44 on the Throckmorton Road. WR10 2JY. Visit or call 01386 860419.

Rainbow Club has teamed up with Sandals Resorts to give every Rainbow Club customer the chance to win the honeymoon of a lifetime, with a 14 night stay at the Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa in Antigua. The promotion is open to anyone over 18 and you can claim one competition entry card for every individual item from the Rainbow Club product range until 30 June 2013. So the more Rainbow Club products you buy the greater your chances of winning. Simply enquire with any Rainbow Club stockist for details and terms and conditions or visit

The Wedding Dress Cleaners

The Atlantic Bridal Workshop is the longest established and possibly most experienced specialist cleaners in the uk. Costing no more than many local cleaners, and offering free collection and also free insurance, why go anywhere else? They have a beautiful range of handmade boxes that will preserve your most cherished possession.

The biggest wedding showcase in the UK comes to Kent On Sunday 20th October, the biggest bridal show case comes to The Kent Event Centre. Featuring two wedding exhibitions, on 20th October Kent’s largest venue hosts The Wedding Experience and The Asian Bridal Exhibition. Jointly these two exhibitions uniquely show case the best that the UK has to in the Wedding industry with more than 22offer

300 wedding suppliers exhibiting. Event director of The Wedding Experience, Tina Green commented “ We are excited to be working alongside The Asian Bridal Exhibition offering couples the opportunity of seeing all aspects of our industry giving them the most choice in the UK” Jat Garcha, director of The Asian Bridal Exhibition added “The Wedding Experience established at The Kent Event Centre an amazing wedding showcase for the past 6 years. We are delighted to now be featuring Asian wedding professionals as well as Asian fashion shows demonstrating the diversity of

the wedding market in the UK Both companies have the same policy of free admission to couples. Sunday 20th October offers any couple getting married the absolute ultimate day out to plan their wedding day.

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A 3 night break with Bed and Breakfast at Trenderway Farm, Cornwall. PLUS a gourmet evening meal for 2 prepared by Executive Head Chef Richard McGeown at Couch's Polperro on ONE night.

To enter please visit & click on our competitions page or visit our stand at any of the National Wedding Shows and fill out a form. For more information on Trenderway Farm & Couch's Polperro please visit Terms & Conditions: Must be booked in advance, directly on telephone 01503 272214 with Trenderway Farm and is subject to availability. Break must be taken in 2013 and cannot be taken in December. The evening meal at Couchs does not include drinks.

It is worth a visit to just to read the testimonials! Or call 023 80231018 With its new, innovative carbon ring collection FurrerJacot is once again demonstrating that 155 years after its founding the brand remains the world's leading wedding and fashion ring manufacturer. Unlike jewellery from other vendors each Furrer-Jacot carbon ring is individually crafted and finished in Switzerland. The carbon fibres are wound by hand on each of our rings giving each one its own particularly attractive texture. This innovation is made possible by the fact that, at Furrer-Jacot, each step is carried out as specified by the chief in-house designer. This guarantees FurrerJacot’s unique combination of outstanding design

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National Weddings Magazine is undergoing a few changes and will be re-launching with a new layout in Autumn 2013. One noticeable difference will be our brand new supplement, Northern Bride. We have received increasing interest from our readers in the North and are responding with a new supplement. Not only that, we have discovered that many of you have moved away from the North for work and family but want to return ‘home’ to the North to marry. It’s a very romantic notion and one we welcome. This new supplement will be backed by its own fantastic website, where those of you who are marrying in the North will find all you’re looking for from the best wedding shows to attend, to the most beautiful venues as well as a range of professional wedding service providers for you to choose from. All our regular supplements; Beauty Pages, Ask The Editor, Venues, Photography, Honeymoons & Weddings Abroad etc and our popular regional guides; Midlands, London & Home Counties, Southern Counties etc. will still be featured. However, they will all have a fresh, new look. You’ll be able to pick up a copy from one of the quality Wedding Shows in our portfolio (see our dates for the diary pages) or you can email a request directly through our website. However, if you prefer, you can view the magazines on-line as we produce each issue as a flip e-magazine (useful for our overseas readers). 33



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Be remembered for the right reasons

Are your wedding speakers nervous, shy and scared of what to say? Or, are they so convinced of their comic genius that they’ll torture your guests for hours with risqué jokes and cheesy gags? If so, Speech Mentor can help. As an experienced MC, toastmaster and comedian, Speech Mentor has the experience and diplomacy to help your speakers write and deliver heartfelt, original speeches that will be remembered for the right reasons. Make sure the occasion is respectable, concise and most importantly fun for all. www,

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My Big Day My Big Day is an entirely original wedding concierge which focuses on personal service to both brides and wedding suppliers. They have cherry picked the very best wedding suppliers across the UK ranging from venues that make a statement to accessories for the perfect finishing touches. These suppliers are all members of the My Big Day Luxury Alliance of Wedding Specialists and have been chosen for the key part they have all played in creating the perfect wedding day. All

World Inspired Tents is an award winning, family run business, working throughout the UK, hiring giant Nordic tipis for outdoor events - all year round. Now in their seventh season, and with hundreds of successful events behind them, the team is proud of their reputation for being one of the most professional, reliable, wellequipped & friendly companies in their field.

My Big Day brides can be assured that any one of the suppliers in the alliance is there because they can offer something exceptional. With so much to think about My Big Day can be involved as much or as little as each bride would like, from booking an afternoon of venue viewings to managing the guests list and overseeing the whole wedding, they are there to offer support each step of the way.

The Wedding Gift List with a difference

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Wedding Aine & Brendan

Aine got ready for her big day at the world known Negresco hotel in Nice famous Promenade des Anglais. A make up professional & hairstylist took care of Aine, her mother and her two sisters.


ine 30 and Brendan 33 are from Australia, they and their 80 guests flew from all over the world to share this magical day. Wedding specialist Eternal Event helped the couple to make the right choice for the most important day of their lives from start to finish.

Aine had decided to have a bubble theme wedding. Everything was influenced by this idea; from the invitations, to the table plan, menu & flower decoration.

Aine arrived with her father in a Lincoln limousine, and the ceremony started on a panomaric terrasse. A pianist and violonist were there to play during the blessing. A photo shooting took place in the vineyard, in the privative cave and in the garden. The couple then joined their guests in the French Garden for cocktail. Later, dinner took place in the courtyard. Everybody ended up in the dancing room unitl late in the night. Aine's family have a property in Nice, so they knew very well the area, and wanted to get married there. From ceremony to dancing part, everything took place at Château de Crémat. Aine & Brendan's Wedding was organised by Maryne Renon, the owner of the wedding planning agency Eternal Event. The agency is based on the French Riviera in Provence and specialises on weddings taking place in Provence, French Riviera and Monaco. They mainly work for couples living abroad and some of the nationalities they have planned weddings for include: England, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Spain, Russia, Slovakia, Romania, Korea, Lebanon, United States, South Africa, Australia and New Zeland. Suppliers: Wedding design & planning: Eternal Event Venue: Chateau de Crémat Photo/Video: Coralie Polack Flowers: Chris Paoletti Wedding cake: Pamela Brown




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hen it comes to deciding upon a Venue for your big day the best advice I can offer is to start early and visit as many different options as possible. You might think you want one thing, when actually you can have something completely different that works just as well with your chosen theme. If you have a small budget you may think that your dream venue is out of reach. However, you’ll be surprised at how affordable many places are.


In this feature we’re showcasing a selection of beautiful venues for you to consider. Remember to spend some time visiting these venues and discuss your requirements with their in-house Wedding Planner or co-ordinator. They’re the experts and you’ll want to get to know them well in order for them to understand you and all you want and that way you’ll be able to work together to make your dream wedding come true.

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If you start looking for your venue early enough you’ll find you’re in a great position to negotiate and you’ll get the wedding you dreamed of well within your budget.

Venues clockwise from top left: Trevenna Cornwall, Eastwell Manor, Whitewater Hotel, Rose In Vale, Micklefield Hall, Milsom Hotels


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f you’re looking for a venue in which to propose, marry or mini-moon, or if you’re seeking the perfect place for a hen weekend or romantic break, then here's my top two recommendations for this season.


Rooms with a view, from The Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh.

n the heart of Edinburgh, the 4 star Carlton Hotel is ideally located for exploring this vibrant and diverse city. It overlooks North Bridge and the Royal Mile and is just minutes from Princes Street and the legendary Edinburgh Castle. With a fun and friendly vibe, the Carlton Hotel boasts a fabulous restaurant and bar and has the most interesting health club situated below ground. Guests can enjoy a range of facilities including an indoor swimming pool, sauna,


steam room, spa pool, squash courts and a fitness suite/ gym. The hotel’s Beauty Rooms offer a wide range of spa and beauty treatments and is the perfect treat after exploring the city or after some serious retail therapy. If it’s Edinburgh you’ve come to see then look no further as this hotel has magnificent views of the City. A select number of rooms offer guests the chance to enjoy far reaching views of the City and beyond. All their rooms offer tasteful, comfortable accommodation with all the

A hidden gem in the heart of Warwickshire

he Mercure Coventry Brandon Hall Hotel and Spa has it all. With it’s fabulous location, just a stone’s throw from Coventry City Centre, historic Stratford Upon Avon and Warwick Castle, this lovely hotel is set back from the beaten track but within easy reach of the major motorway networks, making it the ideal place to travel to if you have guests visiting from all corners of the country. The modern leisure complex boasts an 18m heated indoor pool, plus sauna, steam room and state-of-the-art gymnasium. For ultimate relaxation, the hotels ‘Spa Naturel’ offers a wide range of treatments from massage therapy 48

facilities that you expect from a great 4 star hotel. Edinburgh is a fantastic city and you need look no further for a better venue from which to base yourself.

through to pedicures and spray tans using the very best in Decleor and Jessica products. Facilities also include a wonderful relaxation room where guests can sit back and relax after their treatments with a refreshing glass of water, cup of tea or coffee or on special occasions, a glass of champagne.

Hotel offers you seamless, attentive service and some fantastic culinary delights. The elegantly furnished Clarendon Restaurant gives you the ultimate in dining in lovely surroundings. The Bewick Bar offers country comfort, with roaring log fires in winter and drinks on the terrace in summer.

The hotel’s stylish rooms have been created with comfort in mind. Each offers the perfect mix of modern day facilities, including Sky TV, Air conditioning and WiFi, with a taste of history. For your special day, or romantic weekend treat I’d recommend you opt for a suite or fourposter room. Dinner at Mercure Brandon Hall

This lovely hotel really does have a great deal to offer. The staff were friendly, the service was outstanding and the Spa treatments were wonderful. This hotel really is a hidden gem in the heart of Warwickshire.










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hatever you’re looking for London has it! It goes without saying that London offers many traditional venues as well as the unique and interesting. But with so many venue options, those looking to get married in London, face a daunting task. Numerous venues in London have been awarded civil licences, from London's most luxurious hotels and local pubs, to parks, zoos and Palaces. London Couples

are declaring their love everywhere. Even, Westminster council has granted approval for civil partnership ceremonies and marriages to be held in the Palace of Westminster!

Take in a West End show, cruise down the Thames, have a Rickshaw take you to your chosen venue or hop on an open top bus and tour the City – whatever you’re after you’ll certainly Love London!



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Southern counties Devon

The Fox & Hounds


Langtry Manor

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hether you’re planning a small, intimate gathering or a great big blow-out celebration The Southern Counties have everything to offer. The landscape of the southern counties consists of rolling hills dotted with small towns, giving a couple getting married some dramatic backdrops to their wedding photography. The Dartmoor National Park lies wholly in Devon, and the Exmoor National Park spreads across Devon and into Somerset. The spectacular Jurassic Coast in Dorset and East Devon is England's first natural World Heritage Site. This unique stretch of coastline sits amongst the ranks of the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as one of the wonders of the natural world - and it's right here on the Dorset coast! Hampshire offers a wealth of attractions, unspoiled countryside, ancient forests, a beautiful coast line and an abundance of historic sites, Hampshire is stunningly interesting, having small market towns, clear chalk streams and traditional cosy pubs.

Bristol is the city of bridges, balloons, boats, Brunel and Banksy. It is the ideal City for a romantic break, a little adventure or a big wedding! It has an incredible and diverse heritage, from culture to science and everything in between and has some of England's most recognisable landmarks as well as plenty of hidden gems. Bristol is bordered by Gloucestershire, which boasts the Forest of Dean, one of England's few remaining ancient forests. With its rich and varied landscape, the area provides endless interest for all. Somerset is a county of captivating contrasts. Its coast takes in long sweeping sandy beaches, seaside resorts, harbours and marinas, and the dramatic Exmoor coastline. Venture inland to an epic countryside of protected landscapes, rolling hills, wild moorlands, ancient woodlands and wetland habitats, dotted with historic towns and villages. At its heart is its' distinctive culture that includes willow and cider making, great local food and drink and the legends of Kings Arthur and Alfred and much more. Just a stone's throw from London, in England's south east corner, you’ll discover Surrey. Historic villages nestle perfectly alongside vibrant towns, surrounded at every turn by stunning Surrey countryside. Surrey offers the perfect setting for weddings, with an


abundance of beautiful and unique venues (even aboard Concorde at Brooklands Museum). Whether you fancy views of the winners enclosure at a race course, the velvet greens of a championship golf course, the charm of an oak beamed 17th century tithe barn, or the splendour of a Great Hall in a stately home, you’ll find it all in Surrey. Sussex has fabulous venues licensed for marriages and civil partnerships to make a day you’ll never forget. From a 12th century priory and a timber framed Tudor hall to a fairytale moated castle and exotic royal palace, Sussex has some very special historic buildings that will provide a distinctive setting for your big day. There’s a wide range of hotels and restaurants too, including luxury seafront palaces, stylish modern restaurants, grand country houses and mellow old coaching inns. Sussex also has some unusual, distinctive and just plain quirky places to get married. Tie the knot on Brighton pier, say ‘I do’ with a shark present or exchange rings on a racecourse.


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Focus on... The Midlands


HE MIDLAND Region borders Southern England, Northern England, East Anglia and Wales. Home to England’s Second City, Birmingham, this historic region is recognized across the world as the Home of William Shakespeare - the world’s most romantic writer. It’s one of the most popular regions in which to marry as it’s incredibly accessible. Via road it has the country’s two largest Motorway networks, the M6 and M1 stretching through its counties; by rail it has stations in all of its counties and many towns and by air is accessible through two of the country’s leading

hubs, Birmingham & East Midlands Airports. This accessibility makes a short stay an easy option for people visiting from all over the country and even abroad. The Midlands makes the ideal region for Wedding receptions as it offers couples a range of options for their big day – Contemporary City Weddings or Classy Country Wedding – there are many more options in between. We have scoured the Region for some of the best Venue’s and wedding services available for your big day.






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p95 All Inclusive Mauritius

Honeymoon. If you are considering Mauritius for your honeymoon and wish to stay at an all inclusive property you can’t go far wrong with Beachcomber, not only did they pioneer the hotel industry on the island but they are also offering a 50% saving on all inclusive supplements at 3 of their hotels in Mauritius for travel all the way through to 30 November 2014.

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have been arranging honeymoons for 17 years and still have honeymoon clients booking their now “family” holidays with them. No two honeymoons are the same – every couple has their honeymoon especially tailored to suit them and their budget right down to the last final detail. There is no extra charge for their personal service and being independent they can ensure they obtain the best options and prices.

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the time finding out exactly what YOU want. They will tailormake your honeymoon or wedding abroad to fit perfectly around you. They will take care of almost every aspect of getting married abroad, from guiding you through the wedding legalities that each country has, to arranging the wedding ceremony itself and, if required, also organise a photographer and wedding 90 rings.

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Thomson Weddings

Destination line up for 2014 Croatia Sensatori Jamaica


Mexico Puerto Vallerta


his isn’t a ‘destination’ as such, but this hotel deserves a special mention all of its own. At Sensatori Jamaica, promises are made in view of the Caribbean Sea, as the white drapes of the wedding venue stir in the coastal breeze. What happens next is up to you. Incorporate a cocktail hour into your celebration so you can toast your future in style, or go straight to your wedding breakfast with your friends and family. Afterwards on your honeymoon, lounge in swim-up rooms with over-the-water day beds that give you the perfect excuse to do absolutely nothing but relax.

roatia is one of the Mediterranean’s hidden gems. It offers unique cultural and historical experiences as well as a beautiful natural coast line. This place is only just starting to surface as a place to tie the knot, so it is perfect for couples looking for somewhere a little different. When you say your promises to each other, you can have your first photographs as man and wife taken against the inimitable backdrop of red-roofed houses and historical city walls. Croatia and romance really do go hand-in-hand.


homson has been organising weddings here for nearly two decades….. so what’s new you say? Well, new for 2014 is the Pacific Coast, namely Puerto Vallerta. If your dream-destination features stunning golden sandy beaches, nestled by palm trees swaying in the breeze, then Puerto Vallerta is for you. The Pacific Coast really captures the essence of Mexico. It delivers old-world charm without compromising on luxury. If you fancy getting married here, then Thomson offer a choice of hotels to suit every taste.

To discuss or book your summer 2014 destination wedding with Thomson Weddings, please call 0871 231 5994* or email on and quote ‘National Wedding‘. (calls cost 10p per minute from a landline). Or visit to find out more.

And finally...a teaser... Mauritius


his picture postcard of the perfect honeymoon get away destination even has the royal stamp of approval. Mauritius is where William and Kate chose to Honeymoon and there is no mistaking as to why. But why not go one step further and say you’re ‘I do’s’ here? Thomson will be launching weddings in July. So keep an eye out on their website for more information. We can see it becoming ‘the’ wedding destination of 2014.

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Saint Lucia

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aint Lucia offers unparalleled natural beauty. With its stunning scenery, crystal clear waters and year-round tropical climate, this tear-drop shaped island really was made for romance. I dare you not to fall in love with it.! Palm fringed beaches are just one aspect of Saint Lucia’s immense beauty. A lush tropical rain forest coats its mountains and deep valleys. Not forgetting the dramatic Piton Mountains where you can drive along a road leading into the remnant of the volcanic crater, where pools of muddy water bubble and shoot forth steam clouds 50 feet high. It’s no wonder this beautiful island has been awarded the title of the “World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination” eight times by the Annual World Travel Awards. If you can drag yourself away from the beaches, then you’ll discover that Saint Lucia has a

great deal to offer. Visit the Sulphur Springs or perhaps enjoy a spot of Whale and Dolphin watching (seasonal). Sail away on Catamaran cruises, visit the weekly fish fry at Anse La Raye or take a trip to ‘Fond Doux’ Plantation. The more adventurous can enjoy climbing Gros Piton or soaring high above the Rain Forest on a zipline. Full details of how to book trips and many other wonderful things to do in Saint Lucia can be found on There are many hotels and resorts on this beautiful island offering accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. I wanted to experience two different resorts, both contributing their own interpretation of the Caribbean dream Wedding; The Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort and St James’s Club Morgan Bay were my hotels of choice… 99

Editor's Choice

A resort Windjammer Landing like no other

Villa Beach Resort, St. Lucia


t the end of a private road, winding down towards the Caribbean Sea, you will find a resort like no other. The initial, friendly welcome envelops you and the accompanying rum punch knocks your socks off! If first impressions last, then you’re sure to be left with the most wonderful memories of this place. You’d be mistaken if you think that Windjammer Landing was just another Caribbean resort. Gentle steps take you down to a crescent shaped beach where the warm and inviting waters of Labrelotte Bay await. As a backdrop, the Windjammer boasts over sixty acres of colourful gardens and lush tropical flora, all set into a hillside which overlooks the Bay. A myriad of stunning villas peep out from in between the vegetation, evocative of a real tropical Eden. Dedicated resort Mini buses transport you to and from your villa. An excellent service, especially so for those staying in villas further up the hillside. The original concept was to create a Mediterranean village in the Caribbean and it certainly has this vibe, with Villas being styled and impeccably furnished to combine Caribbean décor with Mediterranean charm. Windjammer Landing really is the ideal retreat for couples. Each Villa offers its own piece of paradise, incorporating romantic, opalescent plunge pools and private decks or verandahs which offer a real sense of privacy. Why settle for a room with a view when you can opt for a Villa with views from every room! Each Villa has been cleverly


designed and built in order to present you with jaw-dropping views of the Caribbean Sea and to make the most of the captivating sunsets. As well as one, two, three and four bedroom villas, the Resort also offers traditional rooms and suites. The Hibiscus Suites, aptly named from Windjammers’ tropical garden landscapes, provide high-end accommodation, some with private hot-tubs and all benefiting from wonderful views across the bay. Alternatively, the exclusive estate villas, having three or four bedrooms come complete with a dedicated private chef allowing guests to dream up a delicious feast suitable for an intimate wedding reception.

Windjammer Landing Resort is offering newly engaged couples a stress-free way to plan their upcoming nuptials,

Say Yes Before I Do The resort itself has an abundance of atmosphere which is complemented by the charismatic staff. Bartholomew Thomas, Bar Manager and Caribbean cocktail concocter extraordinaire is renowned for his creative cocktail menus. Thomas can create you a signature cocktail for your wedding and indeed did so for us on Valentine’s Day creating my husband and I, a ‘Valentine Velvet’ cocktail.

The bride and groom can come and experience all that Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort has to offer before booking their wedding, and they will receive a special resort credit. This package provides engaged couples with a four-night stay including wine tastings, a meet-and-great with the chef, cake tastings, scouting the resort for the perfect ceremony location, and getting to know the staff.

There are five different restaurants offering casual to elegant cuisine to suit your mood. My favorite was The Upper Deck. This beach-front restaurant was the ideal spot in which to enjoy a lunchtime snack and the most wonderful place to retreat to after a day on the beach. I spent many late afternoons here relaxing with a glass of wine whilst watching the sun dip into the Caribbean Sea. With a Beachfront Gazebo framed by Casurania trees, a Seaside Dock that transforms into a red-carpet runway and barefoot Wedding set against pristine beach and the cobalt blue wants of Labrelotte Bay this resort really does offer some truly wonderful wedding locations, accompanied by picture perfect backdrops. I spoke with Sherani Augustin, Director of Sales at Windjammer Landing: “The luxurious seclusion of Windjammer Landing is the perfect place to get away from it all. We can cater for every requirement, whether you want to marry in solitude or as part of a larger celebration. Your Wedding Day is one of the most important days of your life and here at Windjammer Landing we'll make sure it's one of the most extraordinary as well. We have staff devoted to accommodating your every need including two dedicated specialist on call 24 hours a day”. When she says dedicated, she means dedicated! They’re always available to talk to

Say Yes Before I Do

offers a destination wedding booking bonus of


1,000 resort credit

and have a direct link to the Legal Department and therefore can resolve any legal problems immediately. A comfort when you’re marrying overseas. “It’s all about the service and the experience. She continued: “We start off as friends and end up as close as family”, and after meeting Sherani and other members of the Windjammer team I truly believe her. Described as a ‘Hilltop hideaway with a friendly, vibe’ I have to say I fell completely in love with The Windjammer and all it has to offer. Sophisticated fun with pockets of tranquility is what’s on offer at this fabulous resort; it’s my definition of paradise and I believe it’s the perfect Caribbean resort in which to say ‘I Do’. The staff never say goodbye………..It’s

till next time

” and I certainly hope there will “ be, as I can honestly say this is one of the best resorts I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying at. 101

St James’s Club Morgan Bay


s a vibrant and colourful resort, boasting a romantic waterfront setting. Being just minutes from the world-class Rodney Bay Marina, Cap Estate Golf Course, and capital city of Castries, it's an ideal base for exploring the whole of Saint Lucia. The resort has long been a favorite for couples, families, weddings, and honeymoons. Since being taken over by the Elite Island Resort group just under two years ago, and with the enthusiasm, drive and experience of General Manager Mark Grebby and his team, it has undergone a series of improvements which has upgraded the resort to a higher specification.

Morgan Bay there are four to choose from, all having their own theme and accompanying menu. If it’s entertainment you’re after then there are five bars, some having lively music and shows. However, if you want a peaceful night in you can also opt to have lunch and dinner served in your room. Weddings at St James’s Club Morgan Bay are really rather special. The resort has some wonderful locations for couples getting married. However it’s not just the resort’s locations which are special. The service is too. The resorts’ Wedding Co-ordinator, Pamela Nurse will guide you through the various options available to you prior to your wedding, and on the day itself will go out of her way to ensure it runs as smoothly as possible. “Everything is made so easy here at St James’s Club Says Pamela. “Once you’ve booked, it’s all about you, and what you want. All you need to do is communicate your wishes to us and then relax and let us deal with it all for you”. If it’s a quality

A vibrant & colourful resort

With four pools to choose from, four flood-lit tennis courts, a fully equipped fitness centre and a health and beauty spa, you’ll never be short of things to do. Many Caribbean resorts offer just one or two main restaurants for dinner. At St James’s Club

Here’s what you need to know... GETTING MARRIED IN ST LUCIA


I flew to Saint Lucia with BA’s World Traveller. When you fly economy with British Airways, everything you expect is included in the price. You receive their best-value fares include online check-in, a generous baggage allowance, allocated seats, complimentary drinks and snacks and meals. It all adds up to a smoother, more pleasant experience.

There is no residency period if the guest applies for a special marriage license No blood test is required.

 Have a valid passport and birth certificate.

If either party has been

divorced, an original decree absolute is required.

 If either party was married and widowed, a certified copy of the marriage and death certificate is required.

If a name has been changed a Deed Poll is required


service you’re seeking then St James’s Club Morgan Bay can deliver. I found St James’s Club Morgan Bay to be a laid-back, friendly resort in a lovely setting. However, in my opinion, one of the best things about this place were the staff. They were always welcoming, extremely friendly and exceptionally attentive. If you’re looking for a casual all-inclusive resort for your overseas wedding or honeymoon then St James’s Club Morgan Bay is ideal for you.

Free Wedding

St James’s Club Morgan Bay Includes: Wedding co-ordinator, Clergy/ Magistrate, a choice of decorated venues, a bottle of wine, bridal bouquet and buttonhole for the groom, single-tier wedding cake, all government fees, taxes and gratuities. NB: Must book a Beachfront Room or higher and a minimum seven nights. Venue options include Morgan Bay Gazebo overlooking the sea, the gardens, or on the soft sandy beach. See your Travel Agent or the hotel for further details.


ST JAMES'S CLUB MORGAN BAY @windjammerstl Something Old Wedding Package One of our four diverse wedding options, the Something Old package is perfect for couples who wish to surround themselves with warm, blue waters, tropical lushness, and no distractions. It's ideal for those preferring to escape the demands of planning a traditional wedding or simply for couples looking to quietly exchange their vows. Regardless, our wedding coordinators vow to make your intimate ceremony a beautiful and unforgettable one. Call 0808 101 7261 US $999.00 + 18% service & tax StJamesClubSLU Standard Wedding Package From £718 per couple (As per Free Wedding package, excluding room restrictions)

Guide Price - Kuoni (01306 747008 or offer seven nights on all-inclusive basis in a beachfront room, including flights with BA from London Gatwick with transfers in resort. Prices for September 2013 from £1647 per person, based on two sharing. Kuoni specialises in honeymoons and has stores throughout the UK.


National Weddings Magazine is undergoing a few changes and will be re-launching with a new layout in Autumn 2013. One noticeable difference will be our brand new supplement, Northern Bride. We have received increasing interest from our readers in the North and are responding with a new supplement. Not only that, we have discovered that many of you have moved away from the North for work and family but want to return ‘home’ to the North to marry. It’s a very romantic notion and one we welcome.

You’ll be able to pick up a copy from one of the quality Wedding Shows in our portfolio (see our dates for the diary pages) or you can email a request directly through our website. However, if you prefer, you can view the magazines on-line as we produce each issue as a flip e-magazine (useful for our overseas readers).

This new supplement will be backed by its own fantastic website, where those of you who are marrying in the North will find all you’re looking for from the best wedding shows to attend, to the most beautiful venues as well as a range of professional wedding service providers for you to choose from. All our regular supplements; Beauty Pages, Ask The Editor, Venues, Photography, Honeymoons & Weddings Abroad etc and our popular regional guides; Midlands, London & Home Counties, Southern Counties etc. will still be featured. However, they will all have a fresh, new look. 103

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Wedding Delhi & Martin T

he wedding of Delhi and Martin took place at the stunning beachside wedding gazebo at the Nissi Beach Resort, Cyprus on a glorious summer’s day. The couple booked their big day with weddings abroad specialist Mandy at Perfect Weddings Abroad. Actually based in the Far East, Delhi and Martin worked with their specialist to finalise all of the details in the lead up to their wedding. In Cyprus, they were joined by their family and friends who flew in from the UK to share their wedding with them. Shortly after arrival on the island the couple held their pre-wedding meeting with Evelyn, Perfect Weddings Abroad’s in-resort wedding coordinator. Together, they tied up the last minute details, including the flower choices, order of the day and seating plan; before heading to the town hall to take care of the legal paperwork formalities. On their big day, as the Bride had her hair and make-up done in her room, the Groom and the guests mingled at the Nissi Beach Resort’s lounge bar to settle their nerves, before moving down to the beachside wedding gazebo. The Bride


then made her way down to the gazebo, (fashionably late of course!) and walked down the aisle. Following their civil wedding ceremony, the ‘first kiss’ and congratulations from the guests, the couple and their guests posed for wedding photos amongst the greenery and gardens of the Nissi Beach; before the couple then slipped away to the beach for some intimate shots with the photographer. The guests then enjoyed champagne cocktails at the Bacchus Bar Terrace before welcoming the newlyweds with a cheer. They then cut their wedding cake, with ‘his and hers’ miniature figures on top! In the evening, the whole wedding party, made up of around 30 guests headed down to the waterside Rondavel Beach Taverna, which was booked exclusively for their use throughout the night. The resident DJ ensured that the party went on late in to the evening. After their wedding, the couple headed off to Egypt for their honeymoon. For more information please contact: Perfect Weddings Abroad Freephone: 0808 168 1210

National Weddings Magazine Summer issue 2013  

Here is the Summer issue 2013 of National Weddings Magazine, packed full of features and the definitive wedding services nationwide.

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