Without a Hitch

By March 15, 2016Features-Manchester
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JLife takes a look at 2015’s top honeymoon spots, as well as supplying specialist sources who are at hand to help with your wedding planning.


Life’s a Beach!



Fiji is high on the most popular honeymoon destinations list. With miles of untouched white sandy beaches, palm trees and crystal clear waters; you will be spoilt for choice. The South Pacific location is home to a plethora of all-inclusive resorts where you can unwind in luxurious spas. Fijian cuisine offers something for everyone, while water sports lovers can add a bit of adventure to their holiday by enjoying windsurfing and snorkelling.



If you’re after an exciting and exotic honeymoon on an island far away from the UK then why not consider Indonesia. A honeymoon in South East Asia could include exploring its spectacular temples, climbing mountains to take in incredible views of the islands and the Indian Ocean, dining in a chic restaurant as you try Indonesian cuisine and dancing the night away at a lively bar. The pristine beaches of Lombok are an idyllic escape for relaxing and snorkelling in the coral reefs, and Bali’s rich culture is alive with sophisticated nightlife.



With its tropical climate and varied attractions, Thailand has something for every couple seeking to mix culture with idyllic beach resorts. Vibrant Bangkok is a bustling and entertaining city that’s not to be missed, while Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui are popular resorts where beautiful beaches are lapped by warm waters, perfect for snorkelling and diving. Head to the north of the country where newlyweds can take in the mountains and jungles. Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai offer breath-taking scenery and the chance to see hill tribes and meet elephants.



Hawaii’s natural beauty makes it a unique choice for a romantic getaway. The stunning, green mountainous landscape and miles of coastline make the popular surf destination a honeymoon must. Adventure enthusiasts can hike through the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, while party seekers can join in a luau – traditional food, lei making lessons and hula dancing will add to your wedding celebrations.


Dominican Republic

The blue skies and 1,000 miles of unspoiled sandy beaches make the Dominican Republic a honeymoon destination perfect for couples looking for ultimate relaxation. The Dominican Republic can also provide you with a variety of other activities to experience including diving, snorkelling, wind surfing or sailing. From spas and golf courses to tropical rainforests, newlyweds can truly escape.


Howard’s Way Travel

Book your wedding abroad or honeymoon with Howard’s Way Travel – specialists and experts in bespoke travel packages since 1987.


Offering unrivalled personal service and expertise, Howard’s Way can take the stress away from planning your holiday of a lifetime. From complete rest and relaxation in the Maldives to fun and adventure in Thailand, the team can create your perfect itinerary.


By working closely with trusted suppliers that ensure VIP treatment from start to finish, peace of mind – and at the best possible price – Howard’s Way organises every detail including flight and room upgrades, spa treatments, restaurant reservations, excursions, car hire and much more.


Why not put our Honeymoon Vouchers on your Wedding Gift List? Your honeymoon should be a holiday to remember and Howard’s Way can create just that. During March and April, Howard’s Way is offering honeymooners a FREE TAXI TRANSFER to your local airport.


See the advert in our latest edition, visit their website then contact Howard’s Way on 0161 766 7000 orsales@howardsway.com.


I Do


JLife rounds up local specialists that will make your wedding perfect.


Eaden Floristry

Eaden Floristry – located in the centre of Altrincham – specialises in providing floral arrangements and venue dressing for all events. The knowledgeable and amenable staff cater for both domestic and corporate clients, as well as a wide range of occasions, including birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. The company takes great pride in fulfilling individual requirements.


Emirates Old Trafford

Seeking a contemporary or unique wedding venue? Emirates Old Trafford encapsulates heritage, state-of-the-art facilities and the finest traditions of modern cricket to create an iconic start of your journey.


With the capacity to cater from 50 to 1,000, Emirates Old Trafford is licensed for weddings and civil weddings as well as civil partnerships. Whether you are after an intimate gathering for your guests or have a grand wedding party, it is truly a versatile venue and can cater for your needs. The variety of wedding packages ensures you can create a bespoke feel for your special day.


From the opulent and historic Members’ Suite to the modern features of The Point, the suites can complement any wedding theme. There are a variety of five suites to choose from, all boasting awe-inspiring panoramic pitch views to create a remarkable backdrop for your day.


The venue also welcomes multi-cultural weddings and has vast experience in hosting Jewish and Asian ceremonies, knowing what is needed to make your day unique and spiritual. Seize the yichud moment and celebrate at the venue. Make your day iconic at Emirates Old Trafford.


Erica Stacey Bridalwear

Erica Stacey Bridalwear appreciates that every client is different and therefore loves to work with their individual ideas, tastes and dreams to create a perfect and unique wedding dress or outfit just for them.


Each piece is handcrafted and made-to-measure in their Manchester studio and can be ready in as little as six weeks!


Collect images from magazines or the internet and Erica will sketch ideas and show you fabrics, laces and trims. You will have the studio to yourself and will soon start to see your perfect design come to life in a relaxed environment over a cup of tea.


If you know what kind of dress you want, or have seen quite a few dresses but cannot find all of your favourite features in one – the team has the answer!


Whatever the occasion, Erica Stacey Bridalwear knows how to flatter any figure; you will also have a dress like no other guest and be the envy of your friends!


The company offers a free, no pressure initial design consultation so anyone interested is encouraged to get in touch.


Le Boutique

Le Boutique is a hidden gem in Worsley, Manchester. It has an extensive range of ladies wear from day to evening, casual to classy and special occasion wear to dresses for hire. The team believes that fashion should be for everyone whatever your age or budget. Le Boutique also offers personal shopping assistance.



Kids across Manchester will be the talk of the party with this season’s clothing at Loofe’s. Among the range of on-trend looks available is the selection of Ugg boots – with sizes ranging from infant five to junior five. The shorts and t-shirts in bright colours will be perfect for kids that want to step out in style this spring.


Mercure Bolton Last Drop Village Hotel and Spa 


‘My Beautiful Wedding’

By Haleslou


I had my ceremony and reception in the Holcombe Suite at the Mercure Bolton Last Drop Village Hotel and Spa; it was everything I could have imagined and so much more.


Through all the planning, I was supported by my amazing wedding co-ordinator Liz who went above and beyond facilitating all my choices and wishes. Everything I asked for and wanted, Liz and her wonderful team made sure it was provided. Everything I requested, I got, nothing was too much trouble, and they made me feel like it was all about me, my wedding. They wanted to make sure I was happy.


My wedding day was amazing; everything went smoothly and everything we had planned was perfect. I also have to say that I was so impressed with the service and support I got – Dom (staff) was fantastic, making sure my day flowed from the ceremony, meal, and  evening reception. I was made to feel so special, like a princess, all about me and, of course, my husband.


It was one of the best days of my life. To me, it was a perfect wedding, and I feel very lucky.


Spot On Entertainment Ltd

With a strong focus on the event supply and entertainment industry, Spot On Entertainment delivers an extensive and unique selection of entertainers for any event, big or small. With a tried and tested network of professional and friendly employees, potential clients will have their enquiry dealt with swiftly and efficiently, reflecting Spot On Entertainment’s position in the industry.


Strictly Waxing

Strictly Waxing has a host of packages available for you to indulge in pampering this wedding season. The team is offering a full legs, bikini and half arms treatment, as well as one facial area and shellac/ gelish fingers and shellac/ gelish toes. While the cost is usually £110.50, customers will be able to receive the treatments for just £80.