Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

walking on sunshine: summer confetti inspiration from shropshire petals

April 20th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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Just in time for the weather getting hot, hot, hot we’ve invited our confetti expert Sponsor, Shropshire Petals, to the blog today, to suggest some wonderful vibrant options for those of you tying the knot this summer.

Whether you choose to keep with something totally on theme or opt for a contrast be sure to arm all your guests with plenty of confetti, so you’re guaranteed a real explosion of colour for that iconic photo moment.

Shropshire Petals are currently offering Brides Up North readers 10% off confetti orders over £50* – just enter BRIDESNORTH10 at the checkout.

So, let’s get into the pretty…

Images provided by Shropshire Petals. Yellow Confetti Cone with Sunshine Kisses £12.50 per litre

shropshire petals say: There are so many colourful, exciting trends around this season, meaning you can be really creative with colour and add your own personal style and touches to your summer celebration!

What better way to inject some fun colour than your confetti moment? The confetti photo is usually the one piccy your photographer will capture where you are both looking relaxed, surprised and not posing. So, make sure it’s truly Insta-worthy, with a showering of beautiful summery confetti mix.

To help inspire your choices, here are some of our favourite sunny season combinations…



Just like a pack of crayons, this summer season will see lots of bright and colourful weddings. Couples will be opting for vibrant shades such as cobalt, emerald green, red and yellow for their colour schemes. Create a confetti mix to include several bright colours. Your confetti doesn’t have to match your colour scheme, the brighter and bolder it is; the more it will stand out in your photographs.



Pastel shades always seem to appear during the spring and summer months. They are versatile and can be combined with other colours, whether they are neutrals or bolder shades. This summer, a hot trend will be to mix pastel colours together, so we will see bridesmaids wearing pastel dresses in different colours and colour schemes combining a few pastels to create a soft and subtle look. Pick and mix pastel colours for your confetti by choosing a single block colour or select two or three others to make a pretty pastel mix.

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it’s tonight! a pop up evening wedding festival fair at hornington manor, york

April 19th, 2018 | Rachel Parry


For those on the hunt for a blank canvas style venue with a hint of rustic charm, we’d highly recommended putting our stunning Sponsor venue Hornington Manor, on your must-visit list. Set within rural Yorkshire, this homely venue invites brides, grooms and their guests to enjoy a full weekend of celebrations with fabulous accommodation, ceremony and reception spaces, all on site.

We know just how special this place is and are so excited invite brides to be to our epic evening event at this stunning venue!  THIS EVENING, Thursday 19th April 2018, 6pm till 9pm, FREE ENTRY, we’re transforming the already gorgeous Hornington Manor Wedding Barn into a twinkling wedding inspiration paradise! And you are all invited…

Joe Stenson Photography

Joe Stenson Photography

bride to be?

Even if you’re venue is already sorted, the inspo at this event is out of this world!  We’d love to see you and your bridal party there!

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be Media Packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North and UNVEILED Magazine. As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

While stocks last.


wedding industry pro?


We would love to welcome new exhibitors and old friends to the Brides Up North family in 2018. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our award winning luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions. Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Discounts are available for block bookings. Get in touch for pricing, exhibitor info and to guarantee your place.

Email listing the events or area that you are interested in.

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We’ve invited the lovely Hannah from Hornington Manor to get the party started and tell us more…!

Where is Hornington Manor located?

hornington manor say: Our venue located in the picturesque village of Bolton Percy, nestled into the rolling North Yorkshire countryside. It is approximately ten miles from the historic city of York, and less than 20 miles from the bustling city of Leeds. With easy access from the A1 and M1 motorways – great for travelling guests.

Tell Brides Up North about the venue, what is its history?

Hornington Manor was built in 1770 and is set on a beautiful 300-acre working farm. The Grade II listed farm house was lovingly restored when farm was brought back to life in 2009 by local bed-makers Harrison Spinks, with the aim of growing some of its own natural mattress fillings. The 18th century Hornington Manor wedding barn was, until very recently, nothing more than a lambing barn.

Mark J Hillyer

Mark J Hillyer

Is Hornington Manor licensed for civil ceremonies and, if so, what areas of the venue are available for weddings and what capacity can they cater for?

Hornington Manor is fully licensed to hold civil ceremonies at a number of remarkable locations around its grounds to suit couples’ individual preference. Hornington Gallery has huge floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the sheep grazing in the fields outside and is wonderfully bright and airy, holding 120 guests.

Our most popular place to hold wedding ceremonies is in the infamous Hornington Wedding Barn. The original 18th Century rustic barn can comfortably house up to 150 guests and is beautifully decorated with huge external doors opening onto the Manor courtyard.

For more intimate ceremonies, the lavish ballroom in the West Wing of the Manor could be perfect. Alternatively, couples may wish to take advantage of the stunning surroundings and hold their ceremony outside. Saying their vows under the charming Lych Gate in the Manor Courtyard, or facing the gentle fields on the Manor Lawn.

And what areas are available for the reception?

The beautiful wedding barn is available for wedding receptions, and can seat 150 guests comfortably. Other than boasting a stunning bar and relaxing snug areas, the wood panelled walls and exposed brick is a blank canvas for brides and grooms to style as they wish.

Kate Cooper

Kate Cooper

How would you describe the look and feel of Hornington Manor?

The Manor has a rustic feel to it whilst also being the perfect untouched setting. Brides and grooms can choose to draw on the organic features of the venue, or alternatively use the blank backdrop for a more glamorous theme – anything goes! We’ve seen some amazing ideas; some of which can be seen on the blog section of our website.

What makes Hornington Manor a special wedding venue?

Hornington Manor is so special due to its unique surroundings and its magical element of exclusivity. Not many people can say they’ve married with a flock of sheep as members of the audience! If you’re lucky enough to wed during lambing season, some guests have the extra bonus of feeding pet lambs before the wedding begins! Our team endeavour to do all they can to make each wedding day special, unique and seamless.

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What sort of bride would be a Hornington Manor bride?

A Hornington Manor bride is excited by the chance to create their very own dream wedding – brides can be as creative as they wish. A Hornington Manor bride also appreciates the time before and after their wedding – being able to spend the whole weekend with their family in the house and grounds of the Manor.

How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?

Our wedding co-ordinator Jo and her assistant Hayley will be on hand from the moment you have your first viewing, to the moment you leave Hornington Manor as a married couple. Their nothing-is-too-much attitude means our brides and grooms can plan their wedding with peace of mind that everything will run smoothly. On call throughout the big day and in the lead up to a wedding, they will go the extra mile to make sure every couple has the wedding day of their dreams. We also have a number of trusted and recommended suppliers, many of which are regulars at Hornington weddings; and are featured on our website under Recommended Suppliers.

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natural, fun & creative: say hello to sarah glynn photography

April 19th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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Can you even believe this weather?! Pass us the sun tan lotion and a G&T already!

If you’re having a well earned bask in the sun (we almost forgot what heat felt like) then enjoy a leisurely read of this afternoon’s post as we introduce a new beaming ray of sunshine to the blog in the form of super sweet photographer Sarah Glynn.

Based in the North West, Sarah is all about going the extra mile to get romantic and emotional shots that, upon viewing, will reduce her couples to tears – happy ones, of course!

But it’s not just about the images, as we’ve said before – a photographer is with you throughout your big day so it’s important you get along with them too. And Sarah prides herself on taking a fun and friendly approach often resulting in her becoming friends with newlyweds after their big day.

Keen to share more about her style and passions, Sarah is taking over the blog to tell all while showing off some of her fabulous photography. And if you like what you see, you might want to get in touch with Ms Glynn pronto, as she’s very kindly offering Brides Up North readers a 10% discount for couples who book before the end of August 2018*.

For now, it’s over to the lovely lady herself.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Sarah Glynn Photography.

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When did you first start photographing weddings and what was it that attracted you to the industry?

sarah says:Last year I began my journey into wedding photography after a year of shooting family images. I fell head in love with it and I’ve always loved working in events and previously worked as a wedding coordinator, so it was amazing to get back into this industry.

How would you describe your style of photography and the approach you take to capturing a big day?

Unobtrusive, natural and creative. I’m not scared to get stuck in and do what it takes to get the best images.

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What is it that you love most about your job?

Making people happy and showing them how amazing the day was and hearing how happy they are! (Happiness is important!)

In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which photographer to book for their wedding?

After the wedding the photographs are all you have (we didn’t have a wedding photographer we got a ‘friend’ to do it back in 2013…worst mistake ever). Find a photographer you like and get on with, have a look at photos and get an idea of their style. You also need to trust your photographer 100%.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

I’m crackers, I really care and I want the absolute best photos for you that blow your mind and show how amazing your day was. I’m a mum and I do tonnes of family shoots so if you have children then I will include them and make them as much a part of your wedding as you guys.

What is the feedback like from your couples?

I’m pleased to say all my couples have been really happy and they usually comment on how their guests liked me too! Hooray!

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Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?

The whole of the aisle is just epic and packed with emotion. The groom waiting, the nervous bride, when their eyes meet, when mums start crying…it’s just beautiful.

What area do you cover and is there somewhere in particular that you would love to shoot a wedding that you’ve not yet had the opportunity to do?

I’m in the Parbold area (you won’t have heard of it, little village near Wigan) but I will go everywhere. Yes, I am dreaming of doing a Disney Wedding (like at the Park), Italian lakes, French chateau, a unicorn themed wedding, a wedding where the bride arrives on a tractor…

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personalise your prints: introducing

April 18th, 2018 | Rachel Parry (1)

As one of the most prized memories of a wedding day its only right that the images captured on your special day should be shown off to the max.

You may well choose to have a wedding album printed, though after time chances are this will become stored away out of sight. But there are many fantastic and creative ways to give your wedding images daily pride of place, not only in your home, but in those of family and friends too.

Keen to help showcase such memories is our brand new Sponsor that we’re introducing you to on the blog today, Offering an easy-to-use online personalised printing service across the UK, this inspirational website makes selecting and ordering fabulous print products are simple as saying “I do”.

Choose from high quality canvasses and photobooks to more specialised items, such as calendars, mugs, phone cases and cushions. We love the idea of gifting such items to loved ones, so they can share in the memories, and also putting together a customised ‘photo wall’ of canvasses in your own home to showcase your big day to all who visit.

Here to tell us more about the easy-peasy process and super snappy products on offer is the wonderful team behind… (9)

Can you give us a brief overview of and the services that you offer to wedding couples?

the team say: is one of the biggest, personalised printing services across the whole United Kingdom. Specializing in the manufacturing and distribution of customisable wall décor and lifestyle accessories, over the years has proven itself as a reliable, wallet-friendly service with strong business traditions and a highly-regarded, customer-centric philosophy. It is also one of the most sought-after services when it comes to printing photos from special occasions and celebrations such as weddings.

What is the process of Can you briefly talk us through the ordering service and delivery?

The process is devised to be effortless on the customer’s part. The client selects the product and instantly uploads their photo. Once the photo is generated on the product in a preview screen, the client can play around with additional customization options. With the product design completed comes the checkout screen. After filling a couple of fields, the client picks the most convenient payment method, and frankly, it’s where the process ends for the customer. The product is dispatched roughly 24 hours after order confirmation and arrives in a couple of days’ time. (10)

Why do couples like to go beyond a simple album with their big day images?

The wedding photo culture has changed in a lot of ways with the advent of image-based social media sites. Exhibiting your wedding photos and video edits online has become a standard. Thus, when it comes down to giving your wedding photo genuinely special treatment, people tend to think of ways to elevate the whole wedding photo idea on a conceptual level. Photo albums are great, but they have a tendency to lay untouched for years, lying on a corner of a shelf and collecting dust.

What products would you recommend for couples wanting to display images around their home?

Apart from the standard selections such as a photo on canvas, offers a wide range of other wall décor options. While formats such as aluminium, passe-partout, and acrylic print could work out perfectly for those interested in shiny surfaces and a sophisticated gallery-like appearance, photo canvas prints and photos on forex will be the perfect match for those who prefer mobility and amazing price performance.

And, what products would you suggest as gifts for couples to gift to their loved ones?

Although we tend to view all of our products as gift-worthy articles, there are some that stand out as particularly suitable specifically for the wedding theme. The already mentioned photo book with the simple and rich design options is a great way to compress the whole day into a single, wonderfully presented medium. Meanwhile, items such as photo phone cases and photo mugs provide the option to wake up and live with the memory each new day. Anyway, the ability to choose is a wonderful thing! (6)

What is the feedback like from couples about What do they love about the website, products, and services?

The feedback is really good. Couples ordering digital reproductions of their wedding day photos usually cannot stress enough how quick and fuss-free the whole ordering-delivering affair is. The quality of the print itself is also a subject of acclaim. People love seeing their emotions re-created with such precision and accuracy. The more true-to-life the image, the greater its emotional impact.

What sets apart from other photo printing companies? really positions itself as a people’s service. With incredible pricing and simplicity over flashiness, it’s designed to put the photography in first place, just as it should be. Of course, the price and quality ratio hugely contribute to this. It would be a hard task to find an alternative that offers items for a price that’s three times less the original market value yet without any sacrifices regarding the quality side of things. (11)

How can couples find out more and view the various product options? has quite an established online presence. New sales and special offers are regularly announced on our Facebook page while our Instagram feed offers great insight into how your preferred image might look in different types of interiors. Here, you can also soak up some inspiration for your interior solutions in general. Just follow our social media channels, save the items you desire for later, and get updated every time a hot deal comes around!

Any other exciting news to share?

Yes, in fact, there is some good news! A new product has been added to our selection, a product that combines the best of high-tech digital photo printing and organic materials. Photo print on wood is a new, beautiful looking décor piece with an unbelievable price tag! The plywood edge has a beautiful rustic radiance that makes the piece perfect for cosy huts and backyard studios. Safe to say, this will greatly complement wedding photos taken in a natural environment!

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the colour of love. maggie sottero for a minimalist wedding in the north west – laura & alex

April 18th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

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Intimate and relaxed is how today’s bride Laura, describes her wedding with hubby Alex, and we couldn’t agree more. Taking place at the quaint Shireburn Arms Hotel, which dates back to the 17th century and offers enviable views over the Ribble Valley – it took just one visit by the couple, over Sunday lunch no less, to decide that this was their dream venue.

Keeping the decorations minimal and sophisticated, with pops of deep red and dusky pink – the perfect winter’s palette, we think – the couple exquisitely demonstrate how to achieve an understated yet beautiful wedding day look. Throw in some pretty fairy lights, a chalkboard and extra large balloons, and you have the most perfect of backdrops.

With white and pink heart-shaped jellybeans handed out as favours, advice cards from their guests and the prettiest of wedding cakes – we have plenty of ideas coming your way, so read on for all the wonderful details!

With images by Alfred and Co. Photography.

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laura says: We got engaged on Easter Bank Holiday. Alex had suggested we visit Lyme Regis where his parents spend some weekends. We had broken the journey up by staying at his brother’s (who lives half-way), but Alex had still made me get up at 5am on Good Friday (supposedly to beat the traffic…) to make sure we got down to the seafront early while it was still quiet. We had a walk down to the end of the Cobb and after looking slightly suspicious; I turned around to see him on one knee holding a beautiful sapphire ring, with the sea on all sides of us. We spent the rest of the weekend celebrating with the family who had sneakily also walked down to join us afterwards.

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We got married on Friday 24th November 2017. The date was partially an accident as we found a perfect venue with this date available. It was also close enough to Christmas without it being inconvenient for people, and I just love Christmas!

We tied the knot at The Shireburn Arms, near Clitheroe. Alex carried out the venue search and found the Shireburn. We decided to visit the very next day to have a look around and sample the Sunday lunch. It was a beautiful spring day and the views, atmosphere and food sold it to us straight away.

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We tried to keep the style of the wedding quite intimate and relaxed so we could get on with enjoying our day with family and friends, without having to worry about running a really big wedding. We also kept the venue dressing quite simple, as we didn’t want to detract from the spectacular views across the Ribble Valley from the ceremony and reception rooms.

The colour scheme came about from Alex’s love of red! There was no way I was getting him in a pink tie and the love of red is a family thing. So, we settled on dusky pink and deep red with some lovely wintery touches.

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My dress was from Bliss Bridal in Bolton. Like many brides, I had an idea in my head of exactly what I wanted and after a few of those looks only a mother would get away with during the trying on of dresses, I found the perfect one!

My dress was by Maggie Sottero, it held you in in all the right places and felt super comfortable. Plus, it was perfect for winter. I also added a shawl for when it got a bit chilly outside.

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don’t be like the rest of them, darling: personalising your big day

April 17th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh

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David Walters Photography, image source

We do love a theme here at Brides Up North, and some seriously picture-perfect big days have been popping up on the blog recently: all-natural woodland-inspired weddings, ultra-romantic chic celebrations and Pantone’s colour of 2018 (ultra violet, in case you’re wondering) have all made an appearance on these pinky pages of late – but when you’re looking for gorgeousness and scrolling through inspo galore, how do you stop those glorious images blurring into one? You want to be inspired, yes, but not reduced to copying – the last thing any discerning bride wants is a wedding that’s a carbon copy of a real wedding that’s gone viral, are we right?

So, it’s time to channel the inimitable Coco Chanel and find a way to stand out, whatever your theme. Sadly, those ‘20 Ways to Make Your Big Day Unique!’ articles aren’t going to do the trick – we hate to break it to you, but they’re full of the same old tired advice. You simply can’t ‘fake’ originality; the trick is to think long and hard about what’s representative of you as a couple and find the elements of your big day where it feels really important to be true to yourself.

Easier said than done? Well, ask yourself this: what are you known for amongst your family and friends? What shared loves did you and your partner bond over? Start brainstorming, but don’t worry about integrating it into your wedding plans just yet – just get thinking. Are you a pair of bona-fide coffee snobs? Love Tarantino movies? Sunday pain-au-chocolats? Holidaying in Lisbon? Tequila?! Whatever it is, get it down. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to think about which elements could fit into your wedding day – and how that might happen.

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James Tracey Photography, image source

the ceremony

Depending on your choice of ceremony, you may have the option of adding to the legally-required script – however, you need to check with the celebrant and the relevant local council. Nevertheless, it’s a great option for couples looking to personalise their day. What do you want to promise your other half alongside your love and fidelity? Your support for their goals and ambitions? Your laughter? Control over the remote during Olympics season? Go for it.

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Image by Ed Godden Photography, image source

Readings are also an opportunity to express your individuality in a civil ceremony, whether you decide on a conventional Captain Corelli’s Mandolin-style all-about-the-love excerpt or something more unusual. Go back to your list – do you love Manchester like this recent Brides Up North couple? Perhaps have a read of Salford bard John Cooper Clarke’s poem I Wanna Be Yours. Met at Uni in York? Check out York-born WH Auden’s Tell Me The Truth About Love. Of course, lots of couples go for highly personal music choices – you might recall this film-loving bride whose ceremony featured the hauntingly beautiful Jurassic Park theme tune. Hey, that Tarantino passion might prove unexpectedly inspirational – what about dancing back down the aisle to Chuck Berry’s You Never Can Tell like Uma Thurman and John Travolta in Pulp Fiction? Do it, please (and then send the photos to us, natch!)

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Image by Carla Blain Photography, image source

the reception

There’s lots of opportunity for originality at the reception, too: do away with the roast dinner and deny your guests fruit cake if it doesn’t do it for you (FYI eating a roast is my idea of an I’m A Celebrity challenge, and so we had leg of lamb and Moroccan couscous for the main at our wedding – insert shrugging emoji here). Go for innovative flavours that reflect your personal tastes (Jaffa? Reece’s peanut butter cups?) or cancel the cake altogether and have something altogether more representative – a cheese board, a pork pie ‘cake’, fondue or a croquembouche. Favours also benefit from the personal touch – donations to special charities, a jar of your favourite childhood sweets or access to a specially-compiled Spotify playlist charting your relationship to date. And as far as drinks are concerned – what about a rum-based welcome drink to pay homage to your Cuban honeymoon? A signature cocktail with Yorkshire rhubarb or Irish whiskey to celebrate your heritage? Limoncello to hark back to your Italian engagement? The personalisation possibilities are endless.

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Image by Carla Blain Photography, image source

decor and styling

Stationery – so, orders of service, menu cards, seating plans and table names – are often the first port of call for brides and grooms looking to make their reception a little more ‘them’. What about naming your tables after your favourite albums (psst! LP sleeves are the perfect size for a table sign and have the added bonus of looking super-cool), important years in your families’ histories complete with old photographs, favourite movie titles or quotations (romantic or otherwise) or favourite holiday destinations? I once went to a wedding where the tables were named after different breeds of sheep – proof that there’s no limit to some couples’ creativity!

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