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blissed out bride: titanic spa

May 28th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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Because every now and then we need a little pampering – isn’t that right girls? So today we introduce a new feature to the blog which is designed to encourage you busy brides-to-be to take some much needed time out from those hectic wedding planning schedules and just chill!

Through our blissed out bride posts we’ll be visiting beautiful havens of relaxation throughout the north of the country (you can thank us later) that are ideal locations for a little pre-wedding pampering, a heavenly hen do or even a minimoon to recharge the batteries when the big day has been and gone.

And so we begin with a trip to the wonderful Titanic Spa. All in the name of research for you tense brides (we know, we’re too kind) Julia and I visited this tranquil venue tucked away in a scheduled part of Huddersfield, Yorkshire, and came away literally walking on air.

Titanic Spa Exterior landscape

As the name suggests this is a spa of impressive size which has great power when it comes to the art of de-stressing and has become particularly well known for its extensive ‘heat and ice experience’ which we’ll tell you all about a little later on.

Perfect for some quality time with the girls, your hubby-to-be or your busy mum, Titanic offers a fab range of packages, from full spa days – including ‘indulge’, ‘relax’, ‘detox’ and ‘celebrate’ options – to twilight sessions and even overnight stays. We’ll let you determine the amount of relaxation required depending on how your bridezilla barometer is reading.

Titanic Swimming Pool

Upon arrival at the spa, which is set within a stunning textile mill, we were given a warm welcome followed by a tour of those impressive facilities: gym, pool, sauna, steam room, relaxation lounge, treatment areas and the heat and ice experience. Phew!

Thanks to such generous facilities guests could easily spend a day here without the need for a treatment but for the full Titanic experience, we say it’s a must (especially after all that planning) and so we started our day of indulgence with a full body massage for me and luxurious facial for Julia.

Titanic Spa Treatment Room

Titanic’s treatment rooms act like a cocoon, wrapping you up in warm relaxation, which feels like a treat in itself! Though once the therapist (thanks Beth) began to work her magic hands on my back, shoulders and neck I was taken to a whole other level of relaxation. The pressure was perfect ensuring pleasure rather than pain though I still felt the benefit on muscles tired out from the gym, making this a fabulous treat for ladies that have been working hard to achieve their dream bride body.

Julia’s been travelling a lot recently and working long hours at the computer screen between planes, trains and automobiles, so a bespoke facial was the perfect way to restore some much needed balance to her stressed out complexion. Although she assures me that she managed to resist falling asleep on the job, Julia emerged glowing after her hour in the hands of her therapist – looking rested and ready to take on the world once more!

Titanic Valentine's Room

There are so many other tantalising treatments, using products by Decléor, Elemis Carita and Neom Organics, to choose from. These include exfoliation, cleansing and detox treatments, great for banishing dry, lifeless skin cells and producing flawless, radiant skin ready for your big day. Alternatively you might want to sooth away pre-wedding headaches with an Indian head massage, restore your body’s harmony levels with a reiki session or indulge in beauty treatments with your hens, such as a mani and pedi.

Titanic Spa Heat & Ice Experience

Next, a gossip poolside before lunch. There’s so much to be said for loosing yourself in mindless chitchat whilst dipping your feet in a pool or chilling out in a Jacuzzi as we were quickly reminded and noted many groups of ladies (and the odd man) doing the exact same.

By afternoon Hudderfield felt like Hawaii (well almost) and so we requested lunch on the outdoor terrace. What we love about Titanic is that they don’t go all Gillian McKeith during your visit by feeding you just greens and denying you a little treat. The menu choices are healthy but tasty and wine, prosecco and champagne can be ordered alongside (hurrah!).

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Refuelled we headed back indoors to that much-talked about heat and ice experience. Here guests can go between a number of hot and cold rooms, each with differing benefits to the body. The overall effect is rather refreshing as you peak and dip in temperature. We particularly enjoyed the crystal steam room, designed for ‘deep relaxation’, and the herbal infusion room, which is said to ‘invigorate the spirit’. However we were a little nervous when it came to the colder rooms and chickened out of the plunge pool and bucket shower altogether. If you’re currently walking around in a wedding planning haze we’re sure these would instantly bring you back to reality.

That left us with just one area to visit – the relaxation lounge, a soft lit room with huge beanbags and tranquil music. This is what every stressed out bride needs – pure relaxation a million miles away from seating plans or taster menus. Julia might have fallen asleep on the job again, but to be honest… I wasn’t in any state to check!

Titanic Spa Relaxation Room

To round things off we each had a mini mani so that we could take a little piece of pretty away from Titanic Spa with us in the form of pastel polished nails. Gorge!

So girls it’s time to become a blissed out bride by adding a Titanic trip to your ‘wedding to do’ list.

For full details of Titanic Spa’s facilities, accommodation and packages, visit their website.

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a wedding alphabet. h is for honeymoon.

January 6th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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As the cold weather and dark nights continue to linger on it seems appropriate to brighten up our pretty pages with the next installment of our wedding alphabet. H is all about holidays: honeymoons to be exact.

After saying the big ‘I dos’ your first getaway as Mr and Mrs is a pretty big deal, meaning careful planning is required to ensure your honeymoon is an experience to remember for all the right reasons.

Couples can often get caught up with planning the big day and the honeymoon becomes an afterthought – but the key to achieving a dream post-wedding holiday is to research the options well in advance.

Here are a few useful pointers to ensure you’re jet set when it comes to creating that once in a lifetime holiday.

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budget

Just like planning your wedding, booking a honeymoon ultimately comes down to what you can afford. If you’re a couple that love to travel it may be that you’ve tightened the purse strings in other areas of the wedding to free-up more funds for your big holiday. On the other hand you might be on the hunt for something cheap and cheerful, having gone all out with your wedding celebrations. As many couples now cohabit before tying the knot, it’s become a trend for brides and grooms to ask for contributions to their honeymoon instead of traditional gifts, to boost their budget. Alternatively guests might choose to pay for an activity or romantic surprise, such as a private meal on the beach, to make your experience all the more special.

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map it out

Once you have set a budget it’s time to decide where to go. In order to avoid explosive arguments before making it down the aisle, couples should take into account one another’s holiday preferences and interests and work towards a destination that will offer something for both. Think about your holiday personalities and what you want from your holiday; are you beach bums, adventurers, culture vultures, cruisers or minimooners.

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it’s all about timing

The time that you decide to go on honeymoon is usually determined by the time of year you wed, your budget and/or the weather. Gather a short list of places you’re considering and check out the low and peak season prices to see how they work with your budget. Also check the usual weather conditions for the time of year you’re looking to jet off to avoid landing yourself in hurricane or rainy seasons. If the destination your heart is set on is pricey at the time of year you marry, consider planning a minimoon for just after your wedding and save your main honeymoon until a later date when prices are more affordable.

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all in

To go all inclusive or not, that is the question. An all in honeymoon can save you a fair few bucks with your room, plus all meals, unlimited drinks, entertainment, airport transfers, and various activities included in one flat price. A package break also means less planning before hand and while you’re away as you don’t have to worry about where to eat or visit. However, there are a few cons to bear in mind as well. Going all inclusive means you are less likely to venture out and explore the country’s cuisine and culture. Also it’s important to research your shortlisted resorts beforehand, by looking at recent reviews, to ensure restaurants and rooms remain up-to-scratch so you’re not stuck in honeymoon hell for a week or longer.

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play the ‘just married’ card

Who doesn’t love a freebie? Remember, both while you’re booking and are actually on your honeymoon, you can use the fact that you’re newlyweds as a way of getting a few little extras. Wedding couples have been known to get complimentary travel and room upgrades, free gifts and on-the-house drinks simply for sharing their good news. As the saying goes, if you don’t ask, you don’t get.

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THIS WEEKEND! Special Event: Honeymoons At Travel Bureau – PLUS £100 Off Your Holiday

June 14th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Morning all!  We are now officially on the way to the weekend.

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Can I get a whoop, whoop?

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As since its nearly the weekend, its time to make some plans.  With this in mind, I interrupt our usual blogging schedule (you know: gorgeous, gorgeous and more gorgeous) to bring you news of an exciting event happening this very Saturday and Sunday.

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This is one for the North East ladies: Brides Up North’s latest Featured Supplier, Travel Bureau of Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne are hosting a weekend totally devoted to you and your honeymoon plans.

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Katie at Travel Bureau says: Due to the huge success of our summer 2011 Honeymoon Event, we are doing it all over again!  Join us for this special weekend event and relax while you enjoy champagne and sweet treats throughout the day!

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We pride ourselves on organising luxury honeymoons to some of the best hotels in the world. Our specialist honeymoon concierges organise tailor-made getaways to the world’s most romantic destinations from the Maldives to Mauritius, Italy to India, Africa, Ecuador and beyond. Our honeymoon concierges have visited hundreds of hideaways to bring back inside tips.

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Book now to avoid disappointment as we are filling places fast. 

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The ticket charge is fully refundable against any holiday booked, PLUS (and here’s the best bit) you get an extra £100 off your honeymoon when booked through Travel Bureau.* 

Date: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June, 11am-3pm

Location: Travel Bureau. 69 High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle. NE3 4AT

Tickets: £5.00 per person including refreshments and goody bags.**

Contact: katie@travelb.co.uk / 0191 272 6022

RSVP: Friday 15th June 2011 – that’s tomorrow people!  Get on it!

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*Full terms and condition apply, please ask in store for details 

* *Payment can be made with credit/debit card/cash/cheque/in store/over the phone or via eventbrite.

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Leavin’ On A Jet Plane! A Honeymoon Calendar

March 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Recently, my thoughts have been turning to holidays and honeymoons.  It could be the unseasonably good British weather – which has seen me decamp from Brides Up North HQ with my laptop and flip flops to a nearby outdoor cafe two afternoons running – or it could be a rather exciting press trip for Wedding Ideas Magazine that I am taking part in this weekend (more on that later today).  Either way, I am ready to pack my bags and leave on a jet plane, and I bet you won’t need much persuading either.

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When planning our own wedding, one of the things that the hubby and I most looked forward to was the two and a half week break at the end of it all.  Some together time to relax, regroup and *hopefully* have the time of our lives. 

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We picked our wedding date in mid October for a number of reasons – because close family and friends were tying the knot earlier in the year, because our chosen venue would look stunning surrounded by golden trees, because the weather always seems better in Autumn (crisp blue skies and unexpected heatwaves) and – romantically – because my favourite song and our first dance contains the lyrics:

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A fantabulous night to make romance, ‘neath the cover of October skies

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All hugely valid reasons.  Particularly the last one. 

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However, what we failed to take into account was that our choice of wedding date would have a huge impact on our choice of honeymoon destination.  Yeah, I suppose we could have thrown caution to the wind and headed somewhere tropical during monsoon season, or hoped that Europe would heat up just for us.  However, when you are about to lay down the most amount of money that you have paid for a holiday EVER and for a holiday that you have really quite high expectations of, throwing caution to the wind just ain’t my style.

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A whole lot of google searches and some rejigging of ideas later, the hubby and I self booked a triple centre holiday to New York, Vegas and Los Angeles.  It really was the time of our lives (as some of these snaps show!) and because we were so active, we made so many fabulous memories. 

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My point is, if you have your heart set on something particular, or if you are at the honeymoon planning stage with a wedding date already booked, it pays to do your homework.

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Thomson Holidays have just joined Brides Up North as a Featured Supplier and I am sure that they’ll be chipping in with lots of handy hints in the coming months, but until then, harnessing the power of the internet, here’s a holiday calendar of seasonal suggestions.  Whilst I can’t guarantee clear skies at your final destination, at least you’ll be giving yourself a good shot!

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Information collated using honeymoon calendars at Kuoni, Not Just Travel, The Telegraph and personal experience/ recommendations.

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January

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Beach: St Lucia, Barbados

City: Sydney, Cairo 
Something different: Oman, Morocco, The Alps

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February

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Beach: Maldives, Goa, Malaysia, Thailand
City: Cape Town

Something different: New Zealand, Whistler

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March

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Beach: Dubai, St Lucia
City: Las Vegas, Venice
Something different: UAE, India, Morocco

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April

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Beach: Koh Samui, Cyprus, The Canaries

City: Rome, Beijing 
Something different: Borneo

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May

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Beach: Seychelles, Cook Islands, Turkey
City: San Francisco, Paris
Something different: Canadian Rockies, Florida

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June

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Beach: Mauritius, Crete, Sicily 
City: Lucerne, Madrid
Something different: Brazil, Galapagos Islands

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July

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Beach: Hawaii, Seychelles, Mediterranean 
City: Rome
Something different: Bali

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August

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Beach: Fiji, Mediterranean
City: Vietnam
Something different: Kenya safari

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September

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Beach: Zanzibar, Cyprus 
City: Singapore, Paris, Venice, Florence 
Something different: Cook Islands, Alaska

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October

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Beach: Sri Lanka
City: Luxor, NYC, Las Vegas
Something different: Great Barrier Reef

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November

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Beach: Barbados, St Lucia, Cuba 
City: NYC, Boston

Something different: Phuket, Canadian Rockies

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December

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Beach: Jamaica, Goa
City: Phnom Penh, Cape Town

Something different: Mexico, Uruguay

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Honeymoons – Just The Two Of Us!

January 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I think it’s time to inject a little sunshine onto the swirly silver pages of the wedding blog, don’t you?  This morning, my guest blogger Alison is back from a winter sojourn in Morocco, fired up on the vitamin D and ready to talk honeymoons – both mini and mega.

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Your wedding day comes with a massive added bonus:  the holiday at the end of it.  Whether you choose to visit balmy foreign shores, staycation in the UK or, like my hubby and I, go to some really really cool places that have always been at the top of your wish list, with a little forward planning, haggling and compromise, your trip of a lifetime needn’t cause you too much stress or debt. My top tips: check the weather at the time of year you want to go, compare DIY prices to complete packages for the best deals, shop around and start saving now.  

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The hubby and I on our triple centre self planned tip to NYC, Vegas and LA! (Baby!)

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You can officially begin looking forward now…

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Over to Alison: Having just returned from the mayhem that is Marrakech (I raised a glass of mint tea to each and every one of you) – and with frost on the ground it seems like a good time to tackle ‘Honeymoons’!

Tris (my husband) and I both owned our own places before we finally took the plunge and moved in together – so when we got married we decided against a traditional wedding list.

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We put the usual on our wedding invitations, “Of course, having you at our special day is present enough”.

But I knew that people would still want to get us something. Not wanting to risk a mountain of Jamie Oliver cheese boards, we agreed that what we wanted most of all were amazing memories, so went for an on-line wedding list where people could buy treats for us on our honeymoon to New England and New York.

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But which one to choose?

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In the end we came up with a short list and ranked them on cost (many will charge a set-up fee, % of gift value and a transaction fee depending on payment. And don’t be caught out by PayPal fees), flexibility, and which looked the best.  We chose ‘Bliss List’ (www.blisslist.co.uk) but do shop around and find the right one for you.

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Finding the right product was just the start. You then have to fill it with exciting treats – describing them in a way that people almost feel like they are coming with you. ‘Bliss List’ gave us the option of adding a web link which was really handy, so guests could check the treats out for themselves.

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I tried to include a range of price options, from £5 up to £100. In addition to contributions to flights, car hire and campsite fees, we had treats such as:

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“Whale Watching at Cape Ann – Nothing beats the thrill of getting up close with these amazing creatures. Help us have a whale of a time!” (2x£30).

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“Cocktails on the Lower East Side – Very Sex and the City” (4x£7).

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“Carriage ride through Central Park – It’s cheesy, its 30mins, but it’s our honeymoon. Bring on the romance!” (2x£50).

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If you want to check out the rest of our list for ideas, click here (www.blisslist.co.uk/viewlist/Natural)

It worked like a charm. Our guests found it really easy to use and were ridiculously generous, filling their virtual shopping baskets with multiple treats. In fact it was so successful we ran out and unfortunately had to add a minimoon to Paris – damn!

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“Keep us in croissants – Help us start the day with a proper petit dejeuner!” (4x£5)

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“The Louvre and galleries of Paris – I bet we can make the Mona Lisa smile! Paris is one of the most artistic cities in the world. There is so much art to see it is a Monet away from ridiculous.” (2x£20)

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With ‘Bliss List’ our guests paid the web site directly. They held the money which we were able to transfer into our account at any time. We found that most people bought their gift as soon as they received their invitation which really helped with cash flow.

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Of course I was really careful not to over promise. I didn’t want ‘achieving our wedding list’ to overwhelm our honeymoon. The temptation is to overfill our days with treats – I had visions of screaming at Tris “But we can’t sleep yet – we’ve got a unicycle workshop from your Auntie Beryl and ice fishing from Una to fit in before bed time!”

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While we did do most of the things on our list, there were a couple of occasions where we were thwarted. So we made sure we did something else instead. When we couldn’t get to see a Boston Red Sox baseball game, we spent that gift on watching it in a bar while having dinner.

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Alison and Tris on their Bliss List Honeymoon(s!)

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It was fantastic to text people from the top of the Eiffel Tower and send post cards from Moosehead Lake to thank people for treating us. Then when we got home I made a montage of photos and e-mailed people with stories.

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But despite all the treats and excitement – at the end of the day our honeymoon was about the two of us. After the build up to the wedding it was fantastic to be just us again. I can remember sitting opposite Tris in a café in Paris in the sunshine three days after our wedding. We’d moved onto the next stage in our life together and it was like falling in love all over again! Ahhhh!

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Alison writes her own personal blog at http://alison-staples.blogspot.com

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Alison’s latest posts for Brides Up North:

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Santa Baby- A Bride’s Letter To St Nick

Christmas Weddings In Soap Land – Some Very Un-Real Weddings!

Up For Discussion- Money Can’t Buy You Love – Bringing It In On Budget

Up For Discussion- Don’t Tell The Groom! Man Management

Up For Discussion- How To Do “I Do”- Writing Your Own Vows

Up For Discussion- Empty Chairs

Up For Discussion- Achieving The Perfect Level Of Wedding Morning Zen

Up For Discussion- The Name Game (and meet Alison!)

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Would you like to guest blog for Brides Up North? Email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk

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Super Sunday!

August 21st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Today is joining the fun at the Summer In The City Wedding Fair at The Caledonian Hotel, Jesmond.  If you are a Bride to Be in the North East, pop along between 12pm and 4pm.  With 50+ exhibitors, wedding fairs throughout the day by Wendy Coles Bridal and free admission, what more persuasion could you need?  Drop by this ’s stand and have a chin wag – I can’t wait to meet you!

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I am also excited to announce the winner of my Honeymoon Hotty Giveaway with Simply Beach. The winner of a £50 voucher to spend on a bikini or swimwear is:

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  • Jacqui Davies

    August 11, 2011 | Our honeymoon in Kenya this November will be our first beach holiday on our own in the 7 years we have been together, so I’d really love some fancy bikinis to wow my new husband with!

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Congratulations Jacqui!  Let’s hope you get on with each other!  Please contact Brides Up North as soon as possible to claim your prize.

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Speaking of honeymoons, whilst I ready myself for a day of wedding chat (I can’t wait!), here are some of this wedding blogger’s top tips for a gorgeous staycation, UK minimoon or romantic pre wedding break Up North…

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City Chic

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh

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A fashionable favourite, the perfectly styled Hotel Missoni is just a step from Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile.  Soak up some Scottish culture, hit the shops and knock back a cocktail or three.  Champagne is on tap in this boutique hotel’s trendy bar.  Och Aye!

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Spa Heaven

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: The Feversham Arms

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Fresh air, delicious food, posh pampering and views to die for.  The Feversham Arms at Helmsley, North Yorkshire is one of my favourite boutique bolt holes.

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Private Island

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Isle Of Eriska

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On the Isle of Eriska in Oban Argyll, you’ll find 5* luxury, a castle residence and a private golf course.  Perfectly dreamy. 

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Seaside Bolt Hole

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.Brides Up North Wedding Blog: White Rose Cottage, Whitby

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A sea side stroll, fish and chips double wrapped, and a chilled bottle of crisp white.  The perfect Friday night in for two at The White Rose Cottage, Robin Hood’s Bay, near Whitby. 

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Gone Sailing

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: The Boathouse, Northumberland

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A private lakeside boathouse and a rowing boat made for two await you at The Boathouse, Middleton Hall, Northumberland.  Oars away!

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Whether you are jetting off or staying on British shores…are YOU ready to bare all on the beach?  Not sure?  Welllllllllllll… Brides Up North may just be able to help you with that!  Check back on the wedding blog tomorrow AM for some news!

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