Plan the perfect wedding at a North East venue

PUBLISHED: 17:11 06 September 2011 | UPDATED: 19:57 20 February 2013



Your wedding day should be an occasion to remember - for all the right reasons Words by Sue Campbell

The print version of this article appeared in the September 2011 issue of North East Life

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We all know that preparing for a wedding can be a nerve wracking affair. There seems to be a millions things to do.

Organising the venue - big and formal or small and intimate; choosing the menu - foie gras or fish and chips; selecting the outfits - flounces and frills or sleek and sophisticated; table planning - Uncle George next to cousin Ivy; booking the honeymoon - Maldives or Morecambe.

Looking and feeling good on the day is also a priority. Many brides plan an exercise and healthy eating regime beforehand to ensure they look their best. Take a look at The Barre in Forth Street in Newcastle. The Barre combines elements of Pilates, resistance training and stripped-down ballet moves. The ballet barre is used throughout he 60 minute class.

The workout consists of short bursts of intense moves, going for a fast burn with fewer repetitions. The aim of the workout is to create a long, lean defined body, like that of a dancer, even if youve never done a dance step in your life!

And there are lot of lovely places to look for weddings dresses. Try Sorelle Bridal Boutique, in Sedgefield, which offers a personal experience for every bride searching for their perfect
wedding gown.

You can book an appointment to reserve exclusivity of the dressing area and have a glass of champagne whilst browsing sample gowns from the carefully selected collections of award winning designer Mark Lesley, Amanda Wyatt and Jonathan James Couture. Bridesmaid collections, bridal footwear, veils and headwear are also available.

One of the biggest decisions at the outset is where to book you big day.
Here are just a few likely candidates.

Middleton Hall, a Grade II listed building near Belford, in Northumberland, which was bought three years ago by North East entrepreneur Brian Morton and his wife June.

It had previously been owned by the Crowns Greenwich Trust and had been used as a home for recovering naval officers after the World War II, but was lying derelict.

Middleton Hall has undergone stunning refurbishment, costing more than 1million, transforming it into what they hope will become a major venue for weddings after being granted a civil marriage licence.

The wedding season is in full swing at Matfen Hall as they enjoy one of their busiest seasons yet. Just 15 miles from Newcastle, the country house hotel has undergone recent bedroom and reception room refurbishments which have proved a hit with brides and grooms.

Wedding packages start from 75 per person and happy couples receive exclusive use of the hotels East Wing which includes the beautiful Dutch Garden, Terrace Rooms and the
impressive Great Hall

The Morritt Country House Hotel in Greta Bridge in County Durham doesnt just do weddings, it does absolutely fabulous weddings.

Memories have been made there since 1637, and although the building retains old world charm and tradition, it is a thoroughly modern organisation with a top class and regionally renowned wedding team and an unparalleled reputation for value for money.

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