Lovebirds say I do to the county

COUPLES are queuing up to tie the knot in Northumberland.

The county has seen a 15 per cent increase in both bookings and wedding ceremonies at venues licensed for civil marriage over the past year, bucking a national decline in numbers.

And a further 12,500 people have looked at Northumberland’s online wedding brochure, which showcases more than 70 venues, including the most popular location, Morpeth Town Hall.

Northumberland County Council has been running an advertising campaign to encourage more couples to choose the area for their big day, with promotions on radio, buses and escalator panels on Newcastle’s Metro line.

Registration Services Manager Lorraine Dewison said: “Northumberland is such a unique and special county and we feel it can offer the perfect backdrop to a dream wedding.

“The choice of a marriage venue is very personal, however we have a fantastic selection of stately homes, manor houses, castles, hotels and halls, each with something different to offer.

“Combined with stunning scenery and welcoming and friendly locals, Northumberland really is a magical wedding location.”

The average couple will spend around £16,000 on their wedding, including cars, cakes, flowers, jewellery, hair and make-up, entertainment, photographers and a venue, and it is hoped that even more will choose to splash the cash in Northumberland.

The council offers a dedicated wedding ceremonies co-ordination team to help with arrangements and answer any questions from brides and grooms.

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