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As the top wedding blog resource and directory specifically for the North of the UK and the wider web Brides Up North brings you a double daily dose of wedding inspiration, real weddings, supplier showcases, fashion features, discounts, giveaways and more! 

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With a growing directory of Featured Suppliers, Brides Up North also provides all the information you need to plan your wedding Up North – all at the click of your mouse. 

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Julia Braime, UK Wedding Blogger

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In it’s first three years, Brides Up North has skyrocketed in popularity and profile to become one of the most visited wedding blogs in the UK, one of the top four wedding blogs for GB rankings*, and is the only top bridal blog especially for Northern Brides.  As of 26th July 2011 Brides Up North is a registered trademark**. 

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Brides Up North, written, curated and managed by Julia Braime, was recently named the “Best Blog For Northern Brides” by Channel 4, the “Best Big Day Inspiration” blog by Wedding Magazine, was listed in Bride Tide’s Top 100 Wedding Blogs in the World in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and the Top 100 UK Wedding Blogs by Easy Wedding Search.  Brides Up North was headline sponsor and hosted the first North of England Wedding Awards. Julia is also a judge in The Wedding Industry Awards for the third year running in 2014.

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Julia was invited to be a monthly columnist for National glossy Wedding Magazine from July 2012 and writes a regular column. She is also a regular columnist for Etc and LovedUp Magazine.  In addition, Brides Up North has been featured as a Guest Editor and Blogger of the Week on the Wedding Magazine website and has had features published in Wedding Ideas Magazine, Bridal Buyer, Bridal Buyer Europe, Pure Weddings Magazine, Darlington Weddings, Hitched Magazine, LovedUp Magazine, Mosaic Brides Magazine, Fabulous Magazine, Belle Bridal Magazine, The Daily Mirror, The Evening Chronicle, The Sunday Sun, The Yorkshire Post, The Times and Times Online.

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Brides Up North has also developed as a market leading brand away from the pages of the blog.  The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions across the North East, Yorkshire and North West  have been consistently sold out on exhibitor space with record attendances for the venues since their launch in Spring 2012.  Our recent wedding industry networking events the “Brides Up North Tweet Ups” with Wedding Ideas Magazine, the “Brides Up North Christmas Party” and #weddinghourlive were completely sold out.

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Brides Up North, UK Wedding Blog

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In November 2010 Brides Up North was born and went live just as Royal Engagement fever hit the airwaves.  Talk about being in the right place at the right time!  Thanks to Kate and Wills, everyone in the UK was wedding hungry and the site launched to almost overnight success.

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In December 2010 Brides Up North began to shout about all the fabulous Northern bridal talent that is out there – and yours for the choosing.  The ranks of Brides Up North Featured Suppliers began to swell as more regional bridal businesses made it into the pages of the directory.

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In January 2011 it was all about Julia – as well as featuring her own Real Wedding on the site, Julia and her hubby and  appeared in an article on The Times’ Wedding Page, and her article An Honest Bride was featured in the Autumn/ Winter edition of Belle Bridal Magazine, a North East title.

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February 2011 saw a follow up article in Belle Bridal – An Honest Wife – alongside more coverage of Julia’s own Real Wedding, plus Julia posed for a Trash The Dress shoot on Bamburgh beach.

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In March 2011 Brides Up North was “Hitched” and the blog was profiled in the same magazine alongside Love My Dress – Meet The Brides Who Blog.

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In April 2011 It was a month of Cool Britannia! Brides Up North ran a month of giveaways to celebrate the Royal Wedding, including the chance to win a Mia Sposa Wedding Dress worth £1,200, took part in a very special Rock The Royal Wedding photo shoot and contributed to an article in The Daily Mirror: Marry Like A Princess, Pay For It Like A Pauper.

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In May 2011 and June 2011 the seed of the idea for the inaugural set of Brides Up North Tweet Ups was planted.  An invitation to what Julia imagined would be a tiny get together at her local pub got 250+ overnight responses and soon became a series of three regional networking events, scheduled for August and September.

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In July 2011 Brides Up North had it’s first Expert Advice column in Wedding Ideas Magazine, was invited to become an Associate Contributor to Hitched Magazine and Wedding Ideas Magazine lent their support and became official sponsor of the Brides Up North Tweet Ups.

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In August 2011  Julia hosted the first ever Brides Up North Tweet Up North West and handed in her notice as a lawyer to concentrate on the blog and brand full time.  Brides Up North was also crowned Blog Of The Week on the Wedding Magazine website, produced a Guest Edit for Wedding Magazine online and launched a regular column in Hitched Magazine Rock The Dress With Brides Up North.  Julia also styled and modelled in a bridal fashion shoot which later featured in The Evening Chronicle – Glamorous Brides Go Vintage – and was profiled as Champion Of North Brides in the same title.

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In September 2011, Brides Up North was officially on tour at exhibitions across the North as a guest of Wedding Pages, The Wedding Affair and The UK Wedding Shows amongst others.  To celebrate, the blog launched an amazing competition to win your wedding dress with The Harrogate Wedding Lounge.  Two more regional Brides Up North Tweet Ups in Yorkshire and the North East followed.  Not quite ready to pack up her party dress, Julia unveiled plans for some branded Brides Up North Wedding Showcase events in Spring 2011…do you have them in your diaries?

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In October 2011, Brides Up North was invited to be a regional judge in The 2012 Wedding Industry Awards, presented to the Forward Ladies on Blogging For Business at their Positive Women’s Day, appeared in Wedding Ideas Magazine with an Expert Advice tips column Wow Factor Weddings For Less, The Times Online as a contributor to the article Will we ever get sick of a Vintage Wedding? and styled a Winter Bridal fashion shoot for the Sunday Sun.

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In November 2011, one year since it’s launch, Brides Up North was officially registered as a trademark, profiled in a cover story two page spread Blogging It! in wedding industry bible Bridal Buyer Magazine, contributed to a feature on top UK Wedding Blogs 20 Amazing Ideas Blogged in Wedding Ideas Magazine, featured a Don’t Tell The Bride Real Wedding and of course, celebrated it’s first birthday with loads of cake!

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December 2011 saw features in The Times, a double page feature in Wedding Ideas Magazine and a double page fashion trends feature in Pure Weddings Magazine.  Julia was also invited to judge the Best Retailer Website Award for the prestigious Bridal Buyer Awards in 2012.  To top off a Merry Christmas, Brides Up North was recognised as the best blog for Northern Brides by Channel 4 Beauty.

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In January 2012 Brides Up North was proud to attend the inaugural Wedding Industry Awards as a regional judge.  Brides Up North was also nominated in the Best Wedding Directory category for The Bridal Magazine Awards 2012 and asked to contribute to Bridal Buyer Europe.

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In February 2012 the first Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives in Yorkshire took place – with a sell out on exhibitor spaces and a record attendance at both venues.  Julia addressed The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners in a special “Blogging For Business” seminar and also spoke at both the Forward Ladies’ Positive Womens’ Days in Runcorn and Leeds.  Brides Up North also featured in Hitched Magazine and The Journal.

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In March 2012, Julia hosted the first Brides Up North Super Showcase grand wedding exhibition in the North East (again a sell out on exhibitor space and another record turn out!) and was invited to join National glossy Wedding Magazine as a regular columnist.  Julia also took part in and completed the Ski The World Challenge with Wedding Ideas Magazine for The Make A Wish Foundation.

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In April 2012, the final two Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives in Yorkshire were another huge success, again complete sell outs and record attendances for the venues, Nostell Priory and Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall.  Julia was also invited to be the guest speaker at the North West Wedding Vendors Party with Caroline Castigliano.

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In May 2012  Brides Up North reprised the successful Tweet Up wedding industry networking events with a sell out party in the North East (click here to see a video from the event).  Julia was also invited to be headline sponsor and presenter at the North of England Wedding Awards to take place later in 2012, and re-invited to sit as a consultant judge for The Wedding Industry Awards 2013.

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In June 2012 Brides Up North hosted two more sell out Tweet Ups in Yorkshire and the North West and Julia took part in a press trip to Cyprus with Brides Up North Featured Supplier Thomson Weddings on behalf of both Brides Up North and Wedding Ideas Magazine.

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In July 2012 Julia saw her first monthly column published in National glossy Wedding Magazine, all about the trend for All White Weddings.  Brides Up North also had a column in Mosaic Brides Magazine and was interviewed and took part in a photo shoot for Fabulous Magazine about the origins of Brides Up North and the rapidly growing brand.

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In August 2012 Brides Up North had triple page features printed in regional glossies LovedUp Magazine and Darlington Weddings and Julia began to put the finishing touches to plans for a busy Autumn season ahead.

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In September 2012 Brides Up North hosted three more record attendance bridal events – the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives at Nostell Priory and Allerton Castle in Yorkshire, and the Brides Up North Super Showcase in the North East – beating even their own record footfalls in Spring 2012.  Julia also hosted and presented two industry gala dinner awards ceremonies celebrating the winners and finalists in the inaugural North of England Wedding Awards.  Brides Up North also saw another column printed in National glossy Wedding Magazine focussing on modern glamour for grooms.

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In October 2012 Julia was invited to sit on the judging panel for the prestigious Wedding Ideas Magazine Awards 2012 and hosted two more record attendance Wedding Exclusives at The Mansion and Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall.

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In November 2012 we were looking ahead to Christmas! Brides Up North HQ was covered in tinsel and twinkle as we prepared to host the first ever Brides Up North Christmas Party. This month also saw a further feature in Wedding Magazine plus my votes were cast as part of the prestigious judging panels for The Wedding Industry Awards and The Wedding Ideas Magazine Awards in 2013. Julia was also invited to be a guest speaker as part of a handpicked line up of industry experts at the inaugural UK Wedding Conference, set for November 2013.

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In December 2012 we gathered round roaring fires at the stunning Thorp Perrow for the Brides Up North Christmas Party and celebrated with canapés and cocktails (virgin ones for Julia as she was sporting a rather huge baby bump).  In the same month Brides Up North also coordinated a brilliant team for a romantic and opulent styled shoot at the same venue.

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In January 2013 we welcomed in the New Year with a few judging engagements.  We joined the panels for The Wedding Ideas Magazine Awards and The Wedding Industry Awards 2013 and were overwhelmed by the talent of some of the finalists and winners.  Julia also reprised her popular monthly columns in Etc Magazine and National glossy Wedding Magazine for another year.

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In February 2013 we had features published in Loved Up Magazine, Mosaic Brides and Darlington Weddings, as well as kicking off a brand new spring season, with the added excitement that Julia’s waters might break at any second (!).  Fantastic luxury exhibitions at Allerton Castle, Hardwick Hall Hotel and The Mansion followed.

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In March 2013, whilst the team held the fort at our largest bridal exhibition of the season – The Brides Up North Super Showcase at Ramside Hall – Julia packed her hospital bag and handed over the reigns to her mother, and brand new assistant at Brides Up North HQ, Kate.  At 10:37pm on 13th March 2013 Alan and Julia were overjoyed to welcome their beautiful baby daughter Annabella Robyn into the World.

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In April 2013, it was back to business as we held two more events at Nostell Priory and the National Railway Museum, York, the latter being an absolute triumph in terms of styling and footfall for our first event in this stunning setting.

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In May 2013 we returned to Thorp Perrow for a bridal garden party style exhibition in their lakeside marquee, then headed over the Pennines to The Bowdon Rooms for our most unique and authentic vintage bridal event yet.

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In June 2013 Brides Up North was profiled in Fabulous Magazine’s Careers Issue to over 8 million readers, and we completed our Spring season with our final bridal show at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall.

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In July 2013 and August 2013 it was down to business once again, completing freelance projects and booking in our amazing exhibitors for the Autumn season.  We also put plans in place for some changes to these pages which will be debuting on a screen near you soon.  We can’t wait.

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September 2013 seemed to arrive super quickly, and our luxury wedding exhibition season began once again.  As well as being listed for another year in Bride Tide’s Top 100 Wedding Blogs in the World, Brides Up North was also listed in Channel 4’s 10 Best Wedding Blogs scrapbook, and nominated for a Wedding Blog Award by Wedding Magazine.  Shows at The Alnwick Garden, Ramside Hall, Allerton Castle and Hardwick Hall Hotel kept us out of trouble, and features appeared in Loved Up Magazine, Unveiled Magazine, Belle Bridal Magazine and Mosaic Brides as well as our regular monthly columns in Wedding Magazine and Etc Magazine.

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In October 2013 we hosted events at Nostell Priory and The Mansion, and only went and won a Wedding Blog Award!  We took home Wedding Magazine’s prize for “Best Big Day Inspiration” and are very proud indeed!

 

Enjoy the site.  Explore.  Be inspired!

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Any questions?  Contact me by email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk

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*According to comparative figures from www.alexa.com updated as of 01.01.13

**Brides Up North is officially registered as a trademark under No.2589026 as of 26 July 2011 in classes 16, 35, 38, 41 and 45 in the name of Julia Braime. 

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Photographs of Julia working a House Of Mooskhi gown, by Kat Timmins Photography and Karen McGowran 

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