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The Rise Of The Mini Moon

November 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It’s been a busy Monday morning and Friday feels a long way off.  What better time than for our regular guest blogger Rachel (we’ve missed you Rach!) to talk time out and remind you that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.  Today, she’s all about facilitating that “minimoon”.  Monday blues?  What Monday blues? Go on, get it booked…

Images by Cat Hepple Photography, as previously featured here and here

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Rachel says:  I don’t know about you but I love an excuse to extend a celebration. Take my birthday for example – of course the main celebration is the day itself but I like to push the partying over at least one weekend, if not two. After all there’s the family meal, weekend away with the boyfriend (I hope) and drinks, shopping and spa treatments with friends to squeeze in. And don’t even get me started on festive celebrations in our household – they stretch from the very beginning of December right into the new year (though thankfully don’t include a turkey curry buffet).

Looking at today’s wedding scene, it’s clear there are many wedding couples who share my mindset with a growing trend for weekend weddings. After all, why would you confine the celebrations to just one day when you can easily spread it across three with a pre-wedding dinner the ceremony itself and then, of course, a day of present opening, cake eating, champagne quaffing and catching up with family and friends.

But now brides and grooms are taking extending the wedding celebrations a step further by delaying their main honeymoon until later in the year, or even the following year, and taking a minimoon in the meantime instead.

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The minimoon was originally born out of the credit crunch when many wedding couples were forced to tighten the purse strings. Research revealed brides and grooms were swapping lavish two-week holidays to long-haul destinations such as the Maldives for shorter holidays closer to home. But as circumstances have continued to change so too have couples’ holidaying habits, with many brides and grooms now having the best of both worlds – booking themselves a minimoon for a that much-needed break straight after the wedding and a honeymoon a little later down the line, giving reason for the wedding excitement to live on.

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A minimoon usually consists of a relaxing three- to four-day break at a destination not too far away from the wedding location. Some couples might choose a sentimental location such as the first place they went on holiday together or the place they got engaged, while others might just want a destination that provides pure relaxation to unwind following the tense pre-wedding build up. In the UK top choices include rustic retreats, spa breaks and city locations while those flush enough to push the minimoon boundaries are jetting off to romantic European destinations such as Rome, Paris and Venice.

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While delaying a honeymoon in favour of a minimoon does effectively spread the celebrations, it has become a big hit among today’s wedding couples for many more reasons.

The minimoon is particularly popular with teachers and those with work commitments that can’t afford to take large amounts of time off work all in one go. It’s also ideal for those asking their guests for contributions towards the honeymoon instead of traditional gifts as they book a holiday suited to the fund following the wedding.

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For those who can only handle so much planning at a time, delaying the main honeymoon means there will be more time to organise the holiday after the wedding preparations have taken place. Taking a minimoon in the meantime means couples have that essential break before returning to the daily grind after their wedding day.

A postponed honeymoon also gives brides and grooms who will be stumping up the honeymoon costs themselves longer to save up and book their holiday at a time suited to the best prices and weather conditions.

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So while the credit crunch may curbed our Topshop sprees and cocktail drinking, we do have it to thank for the introduction of the minimoon/postponed honeymoon trend which helps keep the post-wedding day blues at bay that bit longer.

What do you think?  Will you/ did you take a minimoon?  Any hot spot recommendations for our other readers?

All images taken from Alice & Paul’s gorgeous Parisian engagement shoot with Cat Hepple PhotographyClick here and here to see the full set. 

 

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Location, Location, Location! Supplier Showcase: Sykes Cottages

January 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Slipping away to a cottage retreat in the middle of nowhere (or somewhere near to spas and shopping where the neighbours can’t hear your raucous singing) for one last “relaxing” weekend with the girls might be expected as your big day approaches, but have you considered a holiday cottage as a potential venue for the wedding day itself?

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In my job as a full time and bridal features writer, I come across gems of wedding venues all the time – from the stately and sublime to the cosy and chic, but I must admit that I hadn’t considered the option of hiring a holiday cottage to host a private and personal wedding celebration until I was approached by Brides Up North sponsor Sykes Cottages

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Why haven’t I thought of this before? 

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Sykes Cottages manage a veritable smorgasbord of beautiful holiday homes which are available to hire for your special day.  Think about it – it’s a wedding “at home” (the dream home of your choice, selected from a vast variety of options that you can browse online), but “on location” at the same time.  Choose your property, location, length of stay and any added extras… then send out the save the dates.  And, as the mini-moon and staycation remain as popular as ever,  the after the event possibilities are endless too.

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Amanda of Sykes Cottages says: So you’ve got the ring (congratulations!) and now you can look forward to the next few weeks and months of planning every little detail of your big day. From the dress to the flowers and the transport, your ‘to-do’ list seems endless.

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When it comes to the venue, your decision is crucial as the venue itself will dictate the tone of the entire day. Whether you choose a grand stately home, your childhood church or an outdoor location, choosing the venue is one of the biggest and most difficult decisions before the big day. But if a grand property isn’t quite what you have in mind, perhaps a more intimate wedding venue would fit the bill.

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Finding a holiday cottage ideal for your wedding isn’t as difficult as you might think. Choose a grand property set in beautiful grounds for the wow factor with an intimate feel or a more traditional cottage for a romantic, outdoorsy style. Some properties even have a dance floor, offer a private chef and maid service to ensure your nuptials go without a hitch.

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Feeling at home at the venue a few days before the wedding should help settle those last minute nerves on the big day. Book a make-up artist or hairdresser so you and your bridesmaids kick start the day in style. If you’re planning a big day with a home-spun feel, choosing a property to accommodate all the guests in the run up to the wedding is a great choice: make use of the willing volunteers and create a truly unique backdrop to your big day.

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Wherever you choose to celebrate your big day, choosing a holiday cottage for the occasion is a good way to guarantee a totally unique wedding. Pick a holiday cottage in some of the UK’s most stunning countryside for exceptional wedding photos that you’ll love forever.

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Instead of disappearing on honeymoon towards the end of the reception, many couples now choose to enjoy the first few days of wedded bliss closer to home before embarking on their honeymoon to remember later on. While tradition dictates that the groom to be is responsible for planning (and financing!) the honeymoon, it certainly doesn’t hurt you to drop a few hints in the lead-up to the big day!

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Choosing a holiday cottage is a really great way to combine the high-end finish of a boutique hotel with all the privacy you want in your first few days as a married couple. Find honeymoon accommodation with a private hot tub and celebrate with a glass of champagne under the stars for the perfect start to married life any time of year.

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For a summer honeymoon, why not choose a holiday cottage with access to a swimming pool or by a secluded beach for a wonderful few days. Winter brides might prefer a cosy, traditional cottage with a roaring log fire for romantic days and nights in. Wherever you choose to spend those first few days as Mr and Mrs, you’re sure to leave with memories to treasure.

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Got your mind whirring?  Thought as much!  For more information, visit the Sykes Cottages website to find your perfect wedding venue or honeymoon destination.

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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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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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Festive Fabulous!

December 26th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Winter sun honeymoon?  We’ve got it covered.  Well, almost

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India Crochet Bandeau Bikini and Bottoms £166 by Melissa Odabash at Harvey Nichols

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Honeymoon Hotty! Bridal Blog Giveaway: Simply Beach (CLOSED)

August 11th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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This morning’s post was all about what to wear to a destination wedding, and now Brides Up North is helping you to cut a dash on the beach too. 

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The wedding blog has teamed up with Simply Beach to give away a gift voucher worth £50 to spend in their online shop, which houses a real variety of styles and sizes, from bargain beach wear to designer desirables. 

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One lucky reader’s honeymoon wardrobe is about to get a little bit better.  That’s if you get dressed at all of course…

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Happy Thursday!

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For chance to win a £50 voucher to spend in the Simply Beach online shop, simply leave a comment on this post telling Brides Up North why you would like to win!*

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The competition will close on 19 August 2011. 

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p.s. How much to do hate these girls right now?!  Or is it just me? I think this wedding blogger needs a holiday…

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Chance would be a fine thing!

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*Winner will be drawn at random.  No cash alternative.  All entrants will be subscribed to the Brides Up North monthly newsletter.  No spam, ever. 

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Honeymoon Postcard: Bikini Style Edit

June 5th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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As the weather warms up, my thoughts turn to tropical tides. It’s great up North, but scorchio it ain’t!  If it’s a beach honeymoon you and your new hubby are heading off to, better pack one of these little numbers…

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1  Monsoon Cubana Stripe Bikini Top £20

2  Miss Selfridge White Floral Knot Front Bikini £26

3  H&M Bikini Top Pink £7.99 (Bottoms £7.99)

4  Topshop Slinky Frill One Piece Swimsuit £34

5  Geri By Next White Bead Bikini Top £22
6  Jack Wills Eldefield Bikini Top £29

7  Whistles Love Print Open Back Swimsuit £70
8  River Island Pink Frill Bikini Top £14.99
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Dream Venue: Isle of Eriska

January 28th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Check out Brides Up North’s latest Featured Supplier, Isle of Eriska.  Just wow.  This place is something special!  Whether for a wedding, honeymoon or just a naughty little weekend away, if its luxury you want, this place has got it.  I mean, its on its own island for goodness sakes!

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Visit Isle of Eriska, a private island on the West coast of Scotland, to indulge in luxurious 5 star accommodation with all rooms individually styled, experience fine dining in the 3AA Rosette Restaurant complimented by the AA notable wine selection, and enjoy the luxury leisure facilities Isle of Eriska has to offer.

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I think Brides Up North might actually have found heaven… who would have thought this romantic getaway was only 2 hours from Glasgow!?

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Isle of Eriska is currently offering a number of very very romantic packages.  See how you like the sound of this lot…

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Isle of Eriska’s engagement package includes:

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Luxurious accommodation and full Scottish breakfast each morning of your stay.

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Enjoy a candlelit dinner for 2 in the 3AA Rosette fine dining restaurant with a complimentary bottle of champagne.

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A bouquet of roses will be presented when she says “yes”.

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Enjoy chocolates and strawberries in the comfort of your own room.

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Wake up to breakfast in bed on the first morning of your stay.

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Dining on the 2nd night of your stay, you have the option of a romantic dinner for two in your suite or in the fine dining restaurant.

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Enjoy a full Scottish breakfast served in the restaurant on the 2nd morning of your stay.

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Full use of the luxury leisure facilities; 17m heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, gym, croquet lawn, golf course and driving range, and multi-purpose sports hall offering a host of activities.

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Already engaged?  How about a winter wedding at lsle of Eriska?

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Host your Winter Wedding at the Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Golf in December 2011 or January 2012 and take advantage of their special rate!

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Isle of Eriska is offering you the opportunity to host your Winter Wedding on your own private island on certain weekends in December 2011 or January 2012.

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For £15,750, enjoy 2 nights dinner bed and breakfast for up to 50 guests on your own island.

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Arrive in style via helicopter on the lawn or seaplane at the pier.

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Isle of Eriska can provide you with local contacts to ensure everything is perfect for your occasion.

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With 4 types of rooms, Isle of Eriska has something to suit all your guests: Standard Double Deluxe Double Spa Suite – with own private garden and hot tub or Cottage Suite – with own private garden and hot tub.

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Planning your honeymoon?  Isle of Eriska has that covered too! Well, what else would you expect?!

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Isle of Eriska’s honeymoon package includes:

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Luxurious accommodation and full Scottish breakfast each morning of your stay

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One bottle of chilled champagne on arrival for the newly married couple

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Fine dining each evening in the 3AA Rosette Restaurant

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The option to have a candlelit dinner in your room or suite on one evening

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Each person is entitled to a full body massage (or equivalent treatment – may incur a surcharge)

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Full use of the luxury leisure facilities

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N.B. The honeymoon couple must have been married within 2 weeks of the stay at the hotel to be eligible for this honeymoon package.

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Visit the Isle of Eriska website to book into one of these packages today! If you cannot find availability on your requested dates, please phone their office 01631 720371 or email office@eriska-hotel.co.uk  and they  will do their  best to accommodate you.

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3…2…1…Blast Off!, a Real Wedding – Bryanna and Mitch

November 19th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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What I love about this couple is their enthusiasm.  When it came to planning their wedding they thought about what they wanted and did exactly that!  A breakfast ceremony followed by brunch, a princess dress, a ring “bear” and a winter sports honeymoon were all on their wish list…

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Bryanna explains it all: Mitch and I had no problem choosing our venue- it was the first and only one we visited after weeks of searching online. The outdoor garden setting at Tivoli Too, in Laguna Beach, CA, was exactly what we were envisioning, and the backdrop to the altar really sold us. I was glad it needed no additional decorations.  Mitch appreciated that we’d also have a tent covering the reception, a necessary item for March’s unpredictable beach weather.

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My dress was from Alfred Angelo. Every girl should get to play the role of princess on their wedding day if they desire! I wore a floor length veil for the ceremony in lieu of a train, layered over a elbow-length veil for the reception.

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Our colours were pale honeydew green, found in our linens and bridal party attire, and dark raspberry pink, found in our gerbera daisy bouquets and DIY potted centre pieces, favour boxes, and my and my bridesmaids shoes.  

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Our bouquets were made of “real touch” silk flowers and no one could tell they weren’t real. I attached my “old, borrowed, and blue” wishbone pin to my bouquet- this pin has been worn by brides in my family for generations.

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Mitch had the slightly unreasonable request to have a ring “bear” for our ceremony- unfortunately renting a bear cub to walk down the aisle is no easy feat! I surprised him by including the teddy bear he gave me years ago in our flower girl basket, complete with a tiny tuxedo shirt.

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We had a slightly non traditional brunch reception after our 9:30 a.m. ceremony – our guests thoroughly enjoyed the strawberry crepes, chicken and artichoke quiche, and various muffins and pastries that were served by the in-house catering.

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My groom’s one reasonable request- our wedding cake flavour was Funfetti! We personalised it further with the swiss dots and our bride and groom penguin cake toppers, courtesy of RedLightStudio on
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We sent our guests off with candy favour boxes, filled with green apple Jelly Belly’s and pink M&M’s. My mom and sister spent hours picking out the dark and light pink M&M’s from several pounds of the Valentines Day bags. They then surprised me by including some personalized M&M’s- reading “3…2…1…Blast Off!”, a silly tribute to our wedding date of 3/21/2010.

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I sent this playful card to my groom the morning of the wedding. He surprised me by sending it back!

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Our photographer Pamela Marches was an absolute dream to work with. Her quiet style and quick eye captured our entire day beautifully.  She took full advantage of the painted mural and giant iron gates at our venue’s entrance to create a wonderful backdrop.

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We went on a non traditional winter honeymoon, vacationing in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia. We had the most fantastic week snowboarding, snowmobiling, and taking a dog-sled tour!

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