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Thursday 21 September 2017

Irish wedding for Una and Ben as she scouts out Tipperary venues

THE Saturdays' Una Healy and her rugby beau Ben Foden are planning an Irish wedding.

The pregnant singer put her Christmas break to good use by hunting out a perfect venue for her nuptials.

Una returned to her native Tipperary over the holidays and checked out some local hotels.

The couple are set to marry after she gives birth to their first baby, a girl, which is expected next month.

The flame-haired beauty was spotted in her hometown yesterday and told her fans that she was looking up some venues in Tipperary.

"Spent a lovely last day in Ireland with my family before I travel back to the UK," she said.

"No more flying until after baby is born. Even got to view a beautiful wedding venue today while I was home."

On Twitter she wrote: "Had an amazing Christmas, so relaxing, looking forward to heading back."

While she hasn't revealed exactly where the wedding will be it is thought that the couple will enjoy a country wedding.

It comes as Ben, who plays rugby with England, revealed how he got help from his teammate Mike Tindall in picking out an engagement ring.

The 26-year-old turned to the husband of royal bride Zara Philips when setting out to look for just the right diamond.

"Una has a very specific taste in jewellery. She'd already given me a good picture of her perfect ring. I knew she wanted a solitaire diamond," he explained.

"There were images flying back and forth between me and the jewellers and then I got the call to say the perfect stone had come in."

Ben has also revealed how Una's father initially made no response when asked if he approved of him popping the question.

The pair were driving from Tipperary to see her sing with The Saturdays in England when Ben decided to do the traditional thing by asking her father first.

"It was a long old drive so I had plenty of time to work myself into a sweat about it," he said.

"I said to John 'there's something I want to ask you'. I then explained that I loved Una and I wanted his blessing to marry her.

"John proceeded to sit there in total silence for about a minute and a half.

"He was just staring out of the window. It was the most uncomfortable 90 seconds of my life," he told Hello! magazine.

"I've read it all wrong. He's going to say no. Then he turned to me, nodded and said 'That'll be grand'."

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