September 20th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
It goes without saying that choosing your dream wedding venue is one of the first – and most important – decisions you’ll make when it comes to tying the knot.
And even before you hone in on different venues and draw up a wish list, the most basic of questions will need consideration: should you marry in the country or the city?
Both locations offer couples something unique; complementing your grander plans and priorities for the day – whether it’s unrivalled photo opportunities, ease of getting from the ceremony to the party after, or quite simply fitting with your overall theme.
For some brides, you may already have the perfect backdrop mapped out in your head, but for others who are undecided, we’re taking a closer look at the merits of both locations and the special qualities they could bring to your wedding celebrations. Which will you choose?
When you think of a country wedding, chances are you’ll think of a magnificent manor house, or even a castle with impressive sprawling grounds.
Country weddings are typically traditional, grand and offer exclusivity. And for the most regal of settings, they tend to come with a heftier price tag, too.
If you’re after something classic, steeped in heritage and in complete contrast to your day-to-day lives, then this style of wedding offers a true fairytale moment and is perfect for couples after a touch of elegance and decadence.
The backdrop will require minimal effort on your part, with the venue decked out in the most pristine and classy of decors – think chandeliers, illustrious artwork, spellbinding staircases and balconies, and majestic furnishings. The surrounding estate (the stuff from period novels, no doubt) will offer the finest of photo opportunities too. What’s not to love?
Of course, there are other types of country weddings which have become increasingly on-trend in recent years. We’re talking about the country barn or tipi.
The barn is another serene, stylish backdrop but it’s much more informal. You’re likely to have more freedom on how you decorate this space (candles, blossom trees and festoon lighting are just a few ideas we’ve seen recently) and you’ll probably be able to bring in your own catering – ice cream parlours, burger vans and street food pop-ups abound!
For something unconventional with an ethereal twist – the tipi is the venue du jour for the boho bride and groom. This is the ideal setting for outdoorsy types who want to break away from the traditional wedding day formula and do it their way, with bundles of rustic charm. We’ve seen everything from outdoors game tournaments to bake offs, and of course, mesmerising photos set within atmospheric woodlands and meadows.
The down-side? The country wedding takes place in a rural, secluded spot and your guests may have to travel far to get to and from the venue. Local accommodation may be limited as well, so guests will need to be super-organised and book early.
Whatever your style or theme though – the country wedding comes in many captivating guises. And irrespective of the venue you choose, all you can really hope for on the day is some good British weather to top it all off!
The city wedding is brimming with cosmopolitan, contemporary vibes. It’s for the bride and groom who are forward thinking, pragmatic and modern in their outlook, looking to make a statement.
The hustle and bustle of the city might prove too much for some couples, but for the bride and groom who opt for an urban backdrop – the thrive on this hectic yet lavish location. And they don’t shy away from attention either. There’s also the added convenience it offers both them and their guests in terms of transport and accommodation on the day itself.
A city wedding can bring glamour and glitz by the bucket load with chic hotels and city landmarks – everything from maritime museums and art galleries to former warehouses, rooftop bars, breweries and zoos – providing your celebrations with an unconventional edge.
There might be limitations on how you can access and decorate these venues and some spaces may also need to remain open to the public, so it’s worth clarifying these points when you go for a show around.
A city location can present unusual and iconic photo opportunities too. Suddenly the everyday becomes a stunning prop in your photo…crossing a busy road, standing in a doorway scribbled in graffiti or even the quirky architecture of the pub on the corner or a distant towering office block.
And if you’re choosing a city wedding, then chances are, the city in question holds special memories for you and your hubby-to-be, so why not go all-out and pay homage to this in your décor and theme for the day? From your table names and centre pieces to your welcome drink and favours – think of original ideas that will personalise the venue and help put your stamp on the day.
Country and city weddings offer such a contrast to your celebrations, and within each location, there’s another myriad of choices to be made when selecting a specific venue. But like most things associated with your wedding planning, we’re pretty sure you’ll have a gut feeling what’s right for you and your fiancé. The key is to make whatever venue you choose your own, and make it the flawless backdrop for showcasing your personalities and sharing your special memories together with your loved ones. Country or city? You decide!
September 20th, 2017 | Julia Braime
Taking a break from the #wedmin are we? Well, you picked the right time to stop by, because look! It’s the Brides Up North big bridal super show Grand Wedding Exhibition! It’s THIS WEEKEND! And it’s only the biggest event in our whole autumn calendar.
The region’s best and most beautiful wedding industry suppliers will gather at of the North East’s favourite wedding venue – Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club – on Sunday 24th September 2017, from 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY.
Yep. Free. With a goody bag on top! Judging by our stellar supplier lineup and our pre-registration figures, it’s going to be pretty epic…
Once again, we don’t do things by halves here at Brides Up North! We are filling the whole hotel – that’s five huge function areas – and it’s going to be spectacular!
If there’s one wedding fair to attend this year, this is it. This isn’t your typical wedding fair though, it’s a knock-your-socks-off bridal fashion bonanza with all the extra pretty on top! This should most definitely be one for your diaries.
Whether you are shopping for the final details or have no idea where to start, I can promise you the very best choice of the best wedding experts in the region. Everything you can think of for planning your big day will be represented and there’ll be on the day discounts too.
And NEW for this season, we are adding a HUGE DESIGNER DRESS SALE, sponsored by The Bridal Collection and The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. With over 100 dresses to try and buy on the day, all at £499 or less. Yes. You read that right: all at £499 or less and from designers like Enzoani, Maggie Sottero, Justin Alexander, Claire Pettibone, Ian Stuart and Raimon Bundo. You do not want to miss this!
As well as getting your dress shopping on, come and see our two Brides Up North designer bridal catwalks (we’re planning some really beautiful shows with the best boutiques in the area – don’t miss them!), meet the Ramside Hall wedding planners, pose in our photo booths, taste our sweet treats, kit out your man and bridesmaids, play dress up with gorgeous gowns and accessories (you are going to be spoilt for chose let me tell you!), get lost in our beautiful floral displays, get the hair and make up sorted, source your stationery, find a top photographer and tick off all those last essential details. You name it, we can sort it.
I adore this event – it’s big, it’s busy, it’s exciting but most of all it’s really beautiful. I can’t wait to see you all there for a day of wedding planning heaven… and lots of fun too.
To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (stuffed with treats and glossy mags, including the hot off the press issue of UNVEILED Magazine) and FREE ENTRY, fill in your details below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to the event. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.
We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family . We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions.
Click here to view the full schedule.
Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.
Images by Cat Hepple Photography.
September 19th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s rustic wedding takes place on a working dairy farm in the heart of Lancashire, providing a rural backdrop to our couple’s special summer wedding.
Nici and Kris tied the knot back in August, blending a sophisticated burgundy and navy colour scheme with a hint of Disney, no less. Plenty of personalised, vintage touches can be found throughout too, and we just love the special quote that adorned their wedding cake.
Perhaps the most special of moments was the meteor shower that lit up the night sky – we couldn’t imagine a more fitting highlight to their special day; a real-life Disney-style ever after if ever we saw one.
With images by Ginger and Lime Photography.
nici says: Kris and I got engaged when visiting Budapest in September 2016. We had a beautiful day in Buda sightseeing, which was made even better when Kris proposed at the Fisherman’s Bastion, which overlooks the city.
We knew that we didn’t want a long engagement and so we married on 12th August 2017, at Bashall Barn in Clitheroe. The venue is a working dairy farm which overlooks the Ribble Valley. We really wanted to get married in a barn or farm, but wanted something a little bit different. I visited Bashall Barn with my sister, Laura, and fell in love with it straight away. The views are breath-taking, captured through huge glass windows. I couldn’t wait for Kris to see it too, but was nervous he wouldn’t love it as much as I did (especially as it would mean our guests would need to travel). However, I’m safe to say the venue ticked all of our boxes and Kris fell in love with it too.
I subtly incorporated a Disney theme into our day. My sister and I had a brooch of our favourite Disney films on our bouquets. My dress was also called Belle (a nod to Beauty and the Beast) and I wore glittery Irregular Choice shoes called In The Nick Of Time (paying homage to Cinderella) for the ceremony. I also wore Toy Story Vans for the evening.
We chose a burgundy and navy colour scheme as we wanted something classic.
I asked my mum, sister and mother-in-law to come along and help me find a dress from Wed2b in Bolton. I chose three dresses to take into the dressing room, and my mum suggested another gown that I least expected to wear. I ended up picking a sweetheart gown in champagne with a long tulle train. It was the first one I tried on and nothing else compared.
Kris wore a grey three-piece suit from Slaters in Bolton. It had a subtle checked pattern. He also wore burgundy shoes from G. H. Bass & Co.
The groomsmen wore matching blue suits, also from Slaters in Bolton. The suits had the same checked pattern as Kris’s and they all wore matching tan shoes and burgundy accessories.
My maid of honour, wore a floor-length navy dress with intricate bronze detailing. This was from TK Maxx.
September 19th, 2017 | Julia Braime
As the first glimpse guests receive of a wedding, the stationery is certainly an important element to consider. Not only does the save the date and invite set the scene for the style of the celebration to come, but they’re also informative in telling guests the when, where and what details.
The on the day stationery that follows is important too, again helping to reflect the theme and colour scheme of the day but also directing guests through the service and reception.
It therefore makes sense to take time when choosing your stationery to ensure the design and wording are exactly as you wish.
To help give some helpful pointers on where to look for inspiration and the key elements to take into account, we’re chatting to our fabulous Sponsor and talented stationers Kerry and Becky of Project Pretty.
With beautiful florals, bold botanical prints, romantic watercolours and sophisticated monochrome designs making up part of their collection, this talented duo really do offer something for all. And if you like what you see, now’s the time to act as the lovely Kerry and Becky are offering Brides Up North readers a fabulous 20% discount until the end of November 2017. To take advantage of this offer, simply enter BUN20 at checkout on the Project Pretty website.
When picking invitations and stationery, what elements of the wedding would you advise couples to think about?
project pretty say: The first place to start, would be to think about what kind of wedding you want to have. Is it going to be a casual and relaxed affair, modern or traditional? From here, take inspiration from your chosen venue and the florals you intend to decorate your venue with. For example, if you are opting for a traditional church wedding, followed by formal reception, we would recommend a traditional but luxurious style wedding invitation, perhaps with a special print finish, such as gold foil. Finally, adding personal touches from your lives together will tie everything in beautifully.
In your opinion, is it imperative that the invites match the rest of the wedding stationery?
It’s not imperative that the invitations match the rest of the wedding stationery, but we would recommend that all ‘on the day’ stationery matches so everything is consistent for guests on the day.
A lot of couples stress over the wording of the invite, can you offer any pointers?
Deciding on your wedding invitation wording can be challenging. There are two main factors when writing the invite. Who is hosting the wedding, and what kind of wedding day are you planning. Is it going to be traditional/formal or relaxed and casual? We have some helpful examples on our website to make the tricky task a little easier.
Beyond the invites what other stationery would you advise couples to consider?
A table plan and place cards are a must if you are having a sit-down meal, otherwise the room will descend into chaos once the guests make their way into the dining room! One of the other important pieces of stationery are thankyou cards, so you can thank your guests for their presence and gifts on your wedding day.
In your opinion, how does stationery play a special role in a wedding?
Stationery is such an important part of a wedding. From the initial save the date, or invitation, guests can gauge what the wedding will be like and it certainly builds the excitement for the big day. There’s nothing better than receiving a beautifully designed and high-quality invitation through the post – the quality and attention to detail of the stationery says a lot about what the guests can expect from the big day. On the day, stationery is everywhere, with table plans and place cards guiding guests where to sit, menus to let your guests know what food they’ll be enjoying and even where the flip flops are for those tired feet. The little details can make a big difference.
What are the current trends in wedding stationery and can you predict any hot new stationery trends to look out for in the coming year?
Foiled wedding stationery has been very popular this year, along with watercolour washes and florals mixed with modern calligraphy. We’re predicting that foil will continue to be popular along with marbling, monochrome and dark rich and moody colours.
Are there any designs proving particularly popular in your collection at the moment?
Our Kate and Romance wedding invitations are our most popular designs, but we’re also starting to see a lot of interest in our watercolour floral Juliette design, which was launched earlier this year.
September 18th, 2017 | Julia Braime
We are motoring through an absolutely gorgeous month of #wedspo at our Brides Up North live events (*waves* to all our visitors, suppliers and new readers!) but if you’ve not put one of our pretty bridal shows this season in your diaries – or if you have and would very sensibly like to join us more than once (each of our events is completely bespoke and entirely different from the rest) then you need to pop this date on the calendar in red pen. Because this show is special…
We’ll be at Allerton Castle, Yorkshire, this Sunday 24th September 2017, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY to bring more Brides Up North readers a huge dose of wedding pretty.
Not only have we over 30 of the region’s very best wedding suppliers in attendance, with every detail covered from cakes to cravats, but The Swanky Bride are also hosting a POP UP DESIGNER DRESS SALE at the event! The boutique is bringing a collection of So Sassi current and sale dresses along with some amazing bargains by Special Day, Kate Walker, Cymbeline, Augusta Jones, Emma Hunt, Stephanie Allin, Lilly and bridesmaids dresses by Ghost.
Dress already sorted? There’ll be shoes, veils and accessories by Rainbow, Charlotte Mills and Miranda Templeton!
We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and little treats from Brides Up North, as well as the brand new issue of UNVEILED Magazine. As an extra treat, each Media Pack comes with a complimentary invitation for two to The National Wedding Show, worth a cool £40! As demand is high, to pick up your VIP media pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last.
Email us at email@example.com for details. Places are limited and subject to availability.
Set amongst beautiful landscaped gardens, with dramatic architectural features throughout, this 18th century gothic revival Grade I listed castle is a magical setting for your dream wedding day.
We’ve handpicked a selection of the most brilliant wedding suppliers in North Yorkshire. Come and see this spectacular venue dressed to the nines: be amazed by our towering floral displays, sample our artisan cake creations, pose in our photo booths, hear some of the best live music in the County, play dress up with gorgeous gowns and accessories and tick off all those last essential details.
One of our very favourite events in our entire calendar, the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Allerton Castle really is that – pure luxury. Even if you’ve already booked your wedding venue, come along to meet and seek inspiration from the region’s very finest wedding industry suppliers. Trust us, you will not be disappointed!
Who wants to play at princesses?!
September 18th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
We’re kicking off the week with a truly cool and individual big day that had a relaxed rustic and boho vibe.
Taking place at an exclusive location in Mulgrave Woods, Whitby, today’s couple Ceri and Liam, tied the knot in the ruins of a castle before moving onto a marquee at Liam’s parents’ house for a chilled reception, complete with views over the whimsical woodland and coastline beyond.
We’re totally crushing on Ceri’s gorgeous lace dress by Brides Up North Sponsor, the fabulous Charlotte Balbier, not to mention those uber-cool bell, bead and pearl anklets.
Keeping the style bar up high, we also adore the bridesmaids’ pastel dresses and flower crowns, as well as the men’s brace and bow tie combos! This party are on point!
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Bethany Clarke Wedding Photography.
ceri says: Liam had originally planned to propose during a surprise trip to Edinburgh but didn’t find the right time so ended up asking me once we got home to Durham. He popped the question on a bridge over the river during the Lumiere light festival.
We set the date for 24th June 2017, as it was close to the solstice so we’d have lots of daylight.
We got married at the Old Castle in Mulgrave Woods, Whitby. These are some old ruins deep in the woods, we wrote to Lord Normanby who owns the land and who Liam’s dad has worked for, for 40 years to ask his permission for us to hold our ceremony there. Our guests had to walk through the woods to reach it though some were taken via Land Rover. For the reception, we had a marquee in a field overlooking the woods and sea at Liam’s parents’ house, which is a gatehouse to the woods in a village called Dunsley.
As our ceremony at Mulgrave Woods wasn’t the legal one (we went to the register office another day) we asked Liam’s close friend Tristan to conduct the ceremony. He did such a fantastic job and it made it even more personal and relaxed.
Our rings were mad by my friend Geri of Smuggler’s Treasure. It meant a lot to us that they were made locally and by a friend, they are a hammered texture with an engraved heart inside. Geri also made me some anklets, which had brass beads, bells and fresh water pearls on as I had bare feet on the day.
The theme of the wedding was very relaxed we didn’t have a colour scheme but we incorporated the woods into the styling with real trees in the marquee, log cuttings and lots of wild flowers. I’m a photographer so we had lots of vintage cameras around too.
There was lots of green throughout the wedding due to the amounts of foliage – we made living chandeliers using old bike wheels, greenery and fairy lights and hung them in the marquee.
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