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new venue alert: charlton hall

September 22nd, 2017 | Julia Braime

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If you’re in search of a brand-new venue that’s as cool as it is unique, then you just might be about to love us forever. As this afternoon, we have details of an a-maz-ing (!!) North East venue, set to open its doors to couples in April 2018, offering stylish celebrations like no other!

Set on a 150-acre estate in the heart of Northumberland coastal countryside, Charlton Hall is currently undergoing a huge renovation that will see elements of its heritage mixed with quirky and contemporary touches, resulting in a grand entertaining space made up of show-stopping function rooms, fabulous entertaining areas and incredible bedrooms.

Brought to you by the same people as those behind popular venue Doxford Barns, couples marrying at Charlton can be sure of first-class service, food and drink as standard.

Keen to remain up-to-the-minute with its progress, we’ve invited the team from Charlton Hall to take over the blog with the latest details of seriously stylish venue…

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Where is Charlton Hall located?

charlton hall say: Charlton Hall is based just off the A1 at Chathill, eight miles north of Alnwick and is set within a private 150-acre estate overlooking the coast towards Beadnell Bay.

Can you tell us about its history?

Charlton Hall is a Grade II listed Georgian hall by William Newton and formerly the family home of the late Reginald William Tudor Thorp, MBE of Alnwick – Alnwick’s oldest solicitor before he died in 2003.

Charlton Hall was acquired by Richard Shell in May 2017 and included in the sale were many original artefacts from the Hall, including auction notices from 1878, newspaper articles from 1935 and turn of the century antiques (desks, grandfather clocks, chairs) as well as other delightful memoirs, including a school sports trophy dating back to 1890!

We intend to incorporate as many of these artefacts into our upgrade of Charlton Hall to mix tradition with modern twists and eccentric interior design.

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What is the building currently like and how will it be transformed?

The building itself is currently under renovation as we upgrade the Hall whilst preserving its heritage and original Georgian features. To balance tradition with modernity, our lead designer Josephine Aynsley is introducing an eclectic mix of bold furniture, fabrics, tapestries and accessories to add even more character to the venue.

The renovation plans include enchanting function and entertaining rooms, a large formal drawing room with marble fireplace and dining room with floor-to-ceiling sash windows that look out towards the coast; our vision here is intended to make the venue ideal for intimate wedding breakfasts.

On the lower ground floor, Charlton Hall has a rare and unique assortment of intimate underground lounges and our plans here are to use the space for a dedicated whisky bar with booths for the after-party.

The menagerie of furniture included with the sale of Charlton Hall has heavily influenced our design team’s interior scheme, by re-claiming many of those pieces to create an authentic yet eclectic interior. Mixed with re-production pieces, the finished look aims to excite and inspire with our indulgent, luxurious and downright decadent taste!

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What type of feel will Charlton Hall have and what will its interior styling be like?

At every turn, the unique vision of Charlton Hall is a masterclass in interior design. The decor is adorned with soft furnishings, fabrics and accessories that are intriguingly mismatched, along with vibrant-coloured walls, antique pieces, playful artefacts, a mix of art and decorative lighting fixtures and yesteryear pictures that offer anatomical insights.

As you enter the grounds of Charlton Hall, its long private driveway is enshrouded by luscious English orchards and secret walled gardens to reveal the traditional exterior of Charlton Hall’s Georgian building. Inside, guests are greeted and led to the vibrant inner sanctum of either the drawing room or library, constructed around the central staircase.

Once inside, be prepared for bold interiors, decadent features and daring design as Charlton Hall’s tongue-in-cheek personality takes over with is provocative interiors and flamboyant colour scheme, heavily influenced by creatives – Tim Walker, Tom Dixon, Andrew Martin, Matthew Williamson, House of Hackney and Emma Shipley.

Light installations will cover the hallway including Tom Dixon Pendants, neon signs and flying cherubs levitating down the grand staircase to the hallway. Wallpapers by Pierre Frey and Harlequin feature prominently here.

The Breakfast Room takes inspiration from photographer Tim Walker with its accumulation of shadows and detail. Here the design team brings Harlequin Sumi wallpaper to life by cascading from the ceiling and down to the base of the original hand-painted floor boards. Andrew Martin’s sheers drape the windows to drench the room with sunlight that reflects off the opposing wall of mirrors.

The Library shies away from the “standard” library look by following the Hall’s level of opulence with bespoke accessories, large-scale chandeliers and bright colours. Our love for House of Hackney starts in the Study and climbs the staircase through fabrics, wallpapers and accessories. Having followed the inspirational artist Emma J Shipley for a number of years, we have also included many of her exquisite cushion designs throughout Charlton Hall to complement Josephine Aynsley’s bespoke cushions to suit each room.

At some point throughout your jaunt of the Hall, you will visit our toilets. Eyebrow-raising urinals combined with bespoke designed graffiti from our amazing artist Lynsey Jean Henderson juxtapose with the Pink Powder room for Foxy Ladies.

Throughout Charlton Hall our bespoke crafted bars will be backlit with changeable coloured LEDs and Tom Dixon fade pendants featuring prominently in our function and designated bar rooms.

Taking our handmade and specially hand dyed grand staircase runner upstairs, guests can indulge in the decadence of oversized mirrors that reflect our shimmering chandeliers, sit delicately on our leather conversation sofas in a little hideaway decorated with House of Hackney’s naughty monkey wallpaper, complete with specially designed rugs.

Delving downstairs into our underground vaults, you will find Charlton Hall’s after-hours playground of debauchery, cigars, drinking and where cards are dealt. Our in-house speakeasy plays host to this whisky and card room or if you fancy a dance, you’ll have to mind your head in our den that even Gatsby couldn’t imagine. Rich with silks, velvets, leather and laced with a decadent choice of beverages – who wouldn’t want to finish the night in such style?

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its an unveiled wedding wonderland at rockliffe hall!

September 22nd, 2017 | Julia Braime

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On Sunday 1st October 2017, 12pm till 4pm, FREE ENTRY we’ll be hosting the another stunning UNVEILED Wedding Wonderland: Luxury Bridal Show, in association with our glossy print product, UNVEILED, The Luxury Wedding Magazine for the North and the sensational Five Red Star wedding venue, Rockliffe Hall.

An immersive experience, we’re transforming the rooms and suites at Rockliffe Hall into a bridal playground, inviting a choice selection of the area’s finest wedding suppliers and encouraging brides and grooms to discover the magic of this beautiful place.

Discuss all things weddings with the dedicated Rockliffe Hall wedding planners and, even if you’ve already got your venue sorted, try, taste, test and talk to our handpicked on-site luxury suppliers.

There’ll be over 35 talented vendors in attendance, with every single detail covered – from diamonds and accessories, to live music and love lights, via cakes, floral displays, photo booths and much, much more!

And if that’s not enough Rockliffe Hall have pulled out all the stops to offer two complimentary Spa Garden Day Passes to one lucky bride (or groom) to be, who successfully completes our 5 Red Star Wedding Wonderland Treasure Map, which you can collect from reception along with your VIP Media Pack sponsored by UNVEILED Magazine, while stocks last.

Yes, you did read that right – it’s completely FREE for you and your whole bridal party to attend – we’d suggest bringing a bridesmaid or two to help with that goody bag!

Allow us to take you on a journey…

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Set within 375 acres of picturesque County Durham countryside, Rockliffe Hall caters for weddings of all styles and sizes, with stunning spaces both inside and out. As the North of England’s only AA-rated 5 red star resort, the lavish Hall boasts luxury surroundings, secluded grounds, award-winning food and an outstanding range of facilities and packages for exclusive weddings.

From ceremony to wedding breakfast and into evening celebrations, the team at Rockliffe Hall firmly believe that every wedding should be completely unique, and as such help couples to create a wedding day that is truly theirs.

For those that dream of an alfresco big day, there are several beautiful settings available within the Hall’s perfectly-manicured grounds, which can cater for ceremonies, drinks receptions and marquee celebrations.

Indoors, there is a choice of immaculate rooms where civil ceremonies and receptions can take place. The Rockliffe Suite is an impressive room with outdoor terrace catering for up to 170 guests while the magnificently restored Victorian Orangery can hold up to 110 guests. Finally, for more intimate celebrations, there is The Old Hall, a room of gothic glamour and character that can accommodate between 20 and 80 guests.

Whichever setting couples choose, the Hall’s experienced team will assist in adding special touches and personalised food and drink menus for a truly memorable big day.

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bride to be?

To pre-register for a FREE VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (stuffed with treats and glossy mags) and FREE ENTRY, fill in your details below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Show. Only the bride need register for larger groups.

VIP Bride-To-Be Media Packs available while stocks last only.

CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

Your data will not be shared with third parties without permission.

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fancy exhibiting?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2017 and beyond. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous Luxury Wedding Shows 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. Since their inception in spring 2012, all exhibitions have been sell outs on exhibitor space. Consequently, we expect demand to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

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blue beauty. justin alexander for an elegant wedding in north yorkshire – jen & rich

September 21st, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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B-e-a-utiful is how we would sum up the gorgeous real wedding that we’re sharing with you on the blog today.

With no set theme to fuss around, bride Jen built her and Rich’s big day around her favourite colour (blue) with lots of blossoming blooms and foliage to enhance their already stunning choice of venue.

We love the relaxed simplicity to this wedding – from Jen’s slimline lace detailed gown to the flowing bridesmaid dresses and delicate cake table, all of which results in a classic and timeless celebration.

With images by Helen King Photography.

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jen says: We got engaged in Venice. Rich organised a surprise trip and popped the question on our final night in Venice when walking back to our hotel through St Mark’s Square.

We set the date for 28th May 2016. The wedding fell on the Saturday of the bank holiday weekend at the end of May. It also happens to be my dad’s birthday. May is a beautiful month to get married in with decent weather and lots of green on the trees!

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Our ceremony was at Thornton Dale church followed by a reception at The Orangery in Settrington. The church is very special to Rich’s family. His grandfather was the church warden there for 20 years and is buried there along with Rich’s grandmother. It is also close to where my mum lives.

We didn’t have a theme for the wedding, we just wanted it to be elegant and traditional.

I chose blue as the main colour scheme as it is my favourite colour! The bridesmaids looked beautiful in their cornflower blue dresses.

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I wore an ivory Justin Alexander gown, which I purchased from The Wedding Room in Scarborough. I liked the simplicity of the gown and the satin waist band, which was really flattering. I wore the dress with a long cathedral-length veil.

Catherine Elizabeth did mine and my bridesmaids’ hair and makeup on the wedding day. She did a great job and the makeup lasted well the whole day.

Rich wore his military uniform for the ceremony and then changed into a morning suit for the reception.

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Helen King captured our day and we definitely recommend her to others. She is a brilliant photographer and made us very relaxed on the day and for our engagement shoot. Helen is lovely to work with and she felt like a friend attending the wedding.

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beautiful blooms: introducing flowers & finery

September 21st, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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There’s no doubt here at Brides Up North HQ that fabulous flowers are a key ingredient to a wedding. From bouquets and button holes, to centrepieces, arrangements and arches, we’re truly obsessed with beautiful blooms and their ability to enhance any style of wedding.

Not only do they provide a key part of a bride’s big day look through the bouquet, but they also help to transform celebration spaces and venues with their exquisite colour, texture and scent.

Someone who is equally passionate about pretty petals is our new Sponsor, Yorkshire-based florist Karen Peacock of Flowers & Finery, who we’re introducing to the blog today.

Expanding on a career as an antique dealer, creative Karen embarked on a floristry course to provide stunning blooms in vintage style props and her love for flowers has continued to blossom. Here she tells us all about her gorgeous floral creations and how she works with couples to provide seriously swoon-worthy displays for varying budgets, styles and venues.

Main images by Jane Beadnell Photography for UNVEILED Magazine Issue 08.

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Can you tell us a little about your background and how your business came to fruition?

karen says: I was an antique dealer for over 20 years and the weddings came from that really. One of my customers asked if I would hire them an old-fashioned hotel laundry basket to stand at their wedding reception for their wedding presents. They came to collect it and ended up taking a Victorian cheval mirror for their table plan, a three-tier stand for their favours, a collection of lanterns and fairy lights and 30 metres of bunting we’d used a few weeks earlier for the town gala. As a result of that wedding I was asked to supply vintage china for 300 guests at a wedding in London. And so it grew. After a while I found I was saying no to too many people who asked: “Can you put me some flowers in that?”, so I went back to college and studied floristry. I’ve always loved flowers and it pained me to hire out empty baskets etc and watch someone else fill them with gorgeous flowers. It’s the best thing I ever did, I really love how the flowers add to a wedding and my eclectic mix of props means I’m ideal for someone who wants to bring something fresh to a venue.

What do you enjoy about working in the world of weddings and what is your favorite part of your job? 

I love weddings because I get to meet people at their best, their happiest, even though it’s a huge responsibility to be involved in the most important day of someone’s life. Quite often they’ve planned the day in their heads for years and helping make their dream a reality is special. My favourite bit is the flowers. The bouquet is always nice, it’s what everybody looks at, but actually, it’s the venue flowers I love most. Whether the venue is a bland hotel, a marquee or a gorgeous castle, flowers transform it, they add personality and what the bride and groom choose says a lot about who they are. And I like the variety, I like that I can do two weddings in the same marquee and yet both look so different, because the people are different. No two weddings are ever the same.

How would you describe the style of flowers that you create and where do you get your inspiration from? 

Style is largely down to the bride, but I do tend to lean towards the more natural relaxed look. I suppose my background in antiques means I go for more traditional flowers, preferably with a scent. I love the country house look so go for masses of seasonal flowers. Where suitable I look for something unusual as a holder or setting and I try to incorporate natural fabrics and ribbons alongside some quirky props.

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What process will a couple go through if they pick you to supply their wedding flowers? 

I usually meet the couple, or the bride and her mother quite often, either at their home or at the venue. It generally takes about an hour and we go through what they like and don’t like, what sort of look they envisage, quite often brides have a collection of cuttings or a Pinterest board and this helps me get a picture of what would work for them. And I have lots of books and boards to assist too. I like to see the gown and fabric of the suits, colour schemes etc. I always look at the venues, sometimes just little things can make a big impression, a small bowl of flowers can give a big wow if it’s in the right place. Then I prepare a schedule and we go from there. If the couple decide to work with me I take a deposit and I’m available to consult until the big day.

Where do you advise brides to source inspiration from for their flowers and what elements of the wedding should they take into consideration when picking their flowers?

I advise brides to think about weddings they have been to, what they have liked and haven’t liked. What have they looked at in magazines, have they seen anything on their venues literature they particularly liked, and I always tell brides to look at Pinterest, it’s a fabulous source of inspiration. But personality is most important, it’s no good me trying to get a tiny, precise and exact girl to carry a huge, blousy and decadent bouquet if she is someone happier carrying a carefully fashioned spray of delicate orchids. A lot can be learned from the gown the bride has chosen, lots of detail at the front is often better served by simple flowers. The same can be said for hair and venues, what the couple choose tells me what they like and so that helps me tell them what to look for.

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hot topic: urban vs rural

September 20th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

city chic

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.

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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.

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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!

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omg! its the big bridal super show & designer dress sale at ramside hall hotel!

September 20th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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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…

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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!

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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.

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bride to be?

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.

CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

fancy exhibiting with us?

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 julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.

Images by Cat Hepple Photography.

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