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Benefits of celebrating abroad• It can be more cost effective• Offers a more unique experience• More control over friends and family who attend• Not as traditional as marrying at home• Wedding and honeymoon rolled into one• Less stressfulTIPS FOR MARRYING ABROADPaperwork: We have good experience of what isinvolved to advise you accordingly. However, it canalso sometimes be quite tricky to legally marry inyour dream destination. If you have your heart seton a specific place but it transpires to be tricky, weadvise you consider a blessing as a great alternativeand then undertake the legalities quietly when youare home.Book in advance: For peace of mind bookearly. It can also take time for the paperwork to becompleted.beaches, temples and natural spots. The island is alsowell known for its private pool villas which are greatfor couples.As I am sure you will agree having read this article,the options are endless. The key is working out whatis right for you; when, where, how, who with, howmuch, what will we do, what paperwork is required.There are so many factors to take into account andwe look forward to guiding you through the processand creating the perfect memories!Contact RB Collection on 01543 258631 or visittheir luxury travel lounge just 1.5 miles outside ofLichfield on Boley Park (free parking). Ask to speakto Clare if you would like to marry abroad, RB’sresident wedding specialist.SWEDEN’S ICEHOTELMAKES A SERIOUSLYROMANTIC DESTINATIONConsider your guests’ needs: Is the destinationeasily accessible for them and cost effective? If yourguests are happy, then you will enjoy the experienceeven more.Trust the wedding planner: You will have toaccept a lot of the planning is undertaken by thewedding planner as they are abroad. So be preparedto relinquish this control – a blessing in disguisereally as it will mean less stress for you!Other great celebration combinationsItaly: Venice and the mountains; the romance ofVenice combined with serenity in the Italian Lakes.Croatia: Hvar with its vibrant nightlife combinedwith exploring the Croatian coast.Sweden: The world-famous ICEHOTEL can alsobe combined easily with the unique Tree Hotel andnow the amazing Arctic Bath! You could even throwin Stockholm for another top to explore the city onthe way.New York and Bermuda: Enjoy the buzz ofthe Big Apple followed by the laid-back lifestyle onBermuda, with its charming communities and luxuryhotels - a good choice for summer trips.Singapore and Bali: Start with one of the bestcities in the world with its interesting biospheres,modern life and great food scene, followed by Bali’s42

What’s On LocalLO CA L A R E AYOUR GUIDE TO THE BEST OF WHAT’S ON IN AND AROUNDSUTTON COLDFIELD, LICHFIELD, WALSALL AND BEYONDWHAT: SUNDAY ARTISAN MARKETWHERE: BUZZARDS VALLEY, DRAYTON BASSETTWHEN: MARCH 8One of the most exciting regular events at Buzzards Valley has been the ArtisanMarket on the second Sunday of every month, which returns for 2020 this month.The market celebrates small local businesses, and features an array of stallholdersselling everything crafts, cheese, preserves and organic produce, to beautifulaffordable giftware. Pop along and you can pick up something unique that will meanso much more to friends and family than generic high-street products - and know inthe process that you are supporting local businesses. There will also be live music toentertain the crowds.The market runs from 10am until 2pm on the second Sunday of the month for therest of the year, with free entry and plenty of free parking on site. The Loft Bistrowill also be open for refreshments and Sundays roasts - booking required. For moredetails visit www.buzzards-valley.co.uk or find the Buzzards Valley ArtisanMarket on Facebook.WHAT: THE CAT AND THE CANARYWHERE: LICHFIELD GARRICKWHEN: MARCH 9 TO 14Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie TheatreCompany, The Classic Thriller Theatre Company presents their fifth production, withan adaptation of the famous stage thriller The Cat and The Canary which comes toLichfield’s Garrick this month.This much anticipated production is set 20 years after the death of Mr. West, on a nightwhere his descendants gather at a remote mansion to learn who will inherit his vastwealth and the hidden family jewels. When the heir is revealed, the heritage huntersturn into prey and a chain of macabre events is set in motion.The Cat and The Canary features a spectacular star studded cast headed up by movieicon Britt Ekland, Mark Jordon (Heartbeat, Emmerdale), Tracy Shaw (CoronationStreet), Marti Webb (Evita, Tell Me on a Sunday), Gary Webster (Minder), Ben Nealon(Soldier Soldier), Nikki Patel (Coronation Street) and Eric Carte (Bouquet of BarbedWire). For more details call the box office on 01543 412121 or visitwww.lichfieldgarrick.comWHAT: PAUL JAMESWHERE: HEART GALLERIES AT COPPICE GARDEN CENTREWHEN: MARCH 20 AND 21Heart Galleries, who have been situated at the Heart of the Country, Swinfen, nearLichfield, for the last 20 years, are now celebrating their first year of trading withtheir second gallery based at Coppice Garden Centre, on the site of the Fig andOlive, at Middleton near Sutton Coldfield.Heart are delighted that Paul James, well known for his unique paintings of wildlifewithin urban settings, will be joining them on the evening of Friday, March 20 from7pm onwards and on Saturday, March 21, between 12 noon and 5pm. Everyoneis welcome to come along to meet Paul, learn more about him and his work whileenjoying a glass of bubbly.Heart showcase a diverse range of stunning artwork by Doug Hyde, John Horsewell,Roz Bell, Stephen Hanson, Sherree Valentine Daines, Tom Butler and HayleyGoodhead to name but a few. For more details call 0121 308 1563 or visitwww.heartgalleries.co.uk43

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