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BREAKING NEWS: New Dates & Venues For Brides Up North Spring 2013 Luxury Wedding Exhibitions Announced!

December 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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The images in this post are a cheeky peek – without giving much away! – at the amazing professional images by Joe Dodsworth Photography (dresses supplied by Curvy Bridal) from our photo shoot at Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire, yesterday in advance of the Brides Up North Christmas Party being held there tonight.

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You’ve probably guessed it already, given that I can’t stop talking about how gorgeous this venue is, but I am thrilled to be able to announce this afternoon that we are partnering with CWC Malings in the early summer of 2013 to open up this new wedding venue to the public and bring you a special marquee Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow, with exclusive access to both this beautiful stately home and it’s utterly beautiful grounds.  The date is set, so mark in in your diaries – Sunday 12th May 2013 – this is one not to miss.

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And that’s not all! We do work hard here behind the scenes at Brides Up North you know!

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North west brides, I have been promising an event your way for a while now and the time has finally come to announce our first Brides Up North event collaboration in the North West.  Hurrah!  I am over the moon to be working with the authentically vintage and fabulously stylish space that is The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham to bring you your first ever Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms on Sunday 19th May 2013.  Another one to mark down now – VIP Bride to Be registration will be open for both events very shortly!

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So, the Brides Up North event calendar for Spring 2013 currently looks like this (er, wow!), with luxury bridal events with carefully selected partners at their stunning venues a-plenty.  We are super excited to get this New Year started, and can’t wait to welcome you to one or more of our shows.  You know that I won’t let you forget any of these dates, but I wanted to share the news here first!

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Watch out for VIP Bride to Be registration for your preferred event opening very shortly!

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YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Allerton Castle, Knaresborough – Sunday 17th February 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) – 40 of the region’s very finest suppliers in this stunning North Yorkshire castle setting, rarely open for public viewing.  This venue is magical and has to be seen to be believed.

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NORTH EAST: Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield – Sunday 24th February 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) – A huge show with 80+ of the North East’s best bridal exhibitors at this 4* country house venue – the setting for my own wedding, actually, with huge banqueting spaces and beautiful parkland.  Throw in two professional fashion shows and this will be a day jam packed with wedding inspiration

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YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Mansion, Leeds – Sunday 3rd March 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - One for the fashionistas, this chic private wedding venue on the edge of Roundhay Park will host the most beautiful celebrations and will be full of the area’s best suppliers for one day only.

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NORTH EAST: Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham – Sunday 17th March 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - The big one!  Our biggest event in the calendar sees over 100 of the North East’s most fabulous suppliers all under one roof, plus two professional fashion shows.  Don’t miss it!  Seriously. 

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YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Nostell Priory, Wakefield – Sunday 7th April 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - This stunning stately home and newly renovated event space is one not to miss from your venue hunt.  Browse the National Trust gardens and parkland before stopping by to meet over 35 of the area’s top wedding suppliers.

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YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at The National Railway Museum, York – Sunday 21st April 2013 (10am- 5pm, Free Entry) - A huge and premium brand new show at a VERY exciting new venue!  Join over 60 of Yorkshire’s absolute finest exhibitors at Brides Up North’s first ever luxury and vintage event in the heart of York.  The beautiful vintage trains will keep the boys happy too…

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NORTH YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire– Sunday 12th May 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - The one everyone is dying to see, this newly-open-to-the-public venue throws open it’s doors with it’s first ever bridal event this Summer.  Bring a picnic, you won’t want to leave!

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NORTH WEST: Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – Sunday 19th May 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) - The North West’s most fabulous will be joining us for a day of inspiration at this beautiful, authentic space.  Our first show in the North West, and one most definitely for the diary. 

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Exhibitors – some of of events are already sold out and the rest are filling quickly.  For event information and booking details please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk ASAP to avoid disappointment.

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Advance Warning: Some Special Dates For Your Diaries North East!

November 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Grand Wedding Exhibitions North East SPRING 2013

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Is anybody else already dating cheques and forms for 2013?  No?  Maybe just me then!  Christmas isn’t even properly upon us and I’m already going mad looking ahead to the New Year, and a very exciting season of Brides Up North events especially for you brides to be coming right up!

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After a total sell out and record attendances (hurrah!) for all our ten shows in 2012, my little team here at Brides Up North HQ and I are expanding to bring the bridal lovely to as many of you as we possibly can in 2013.  Isn’t that nice?!

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We’ve added an extra two dates to our North East schedule, a couple more across our already amazing Yorkshire line-up and we are set to visit the North West and bonny Scotland in 2013 too.  It’s going to be an epic road trip, packed to the max with wedding inspiration from the regions’ very finest bridal suppliers at some seriously swish wedding venues.  Just the way we like it. 

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More on the full schedule later, but for now, I wanted to let you know about our first two huge wedding exhibitions in the North East this Spring. These are set to be the biggest FREE ENTRY (yes, that’s right, we’re not whacking on a price tag for our readers!) bridal events in the North East with the cream of the region’s wedding vendors – over 80 per show (closer to 100…).  Each show will have two professional fashion catwalks and will be buzzing with exhibits for you to browse and book.  The atmosphere at these events is always fantastic, so be sure to note down the following dates in your diaries NOW:

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Sunday 24th February 2013

The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition

Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, Co. Durham, TS21 2EH

12pm – 4pm – Free Entry

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Sunday 17th March 2013

The Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition

Ramside Hall Hotel, Carrville, Durham, DH1 1TD

12pm – 4pm – Free Entry

 

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If you’d really like to get organised, you can pre-register NOW for a FREE VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag packed full of exclusive treats and hundreds of pounds worth of on-the-day-only discounts (whilst stocks last only) and speedy entry (to avoid the queues) by filling in your details below.  We will be in touch nearer the time!

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To register for a free VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking “Ramside Hall” or “Hardwick Hall” (or both!) in the subject line and quoting “VIP” in the body of the form. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the event.  VIP Bride To Be Goody Bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy. ..

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Exhibitors: If you are a wedding industry reader (hello there!) who would like to be involved in the most exciting North East wedding events for 2013, please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for further details, pricing and availability.  Discounts are available for block bookings and exhibitors are strictly limited by category – SOME CATEGORIES ALREADY SOLD OUT! Be quick!

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It’s looking like 2013 is shaping up to be a bonza year already…

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Drumroll, please…

October 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibition Dates for 2013

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Brides to be, some dates for your diaries if I may!

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After just closing a super successful and inspirational Autumn season of Brides Up North events (we do do ‘em best, even if I do say so myself), I can’t believe that we are already looking ahead to 2013 here at Brides Up North HQ.  My inbox is already absolutely awash with enquiries from the regions’ best wedding suppliers, reserving their places at what look set to be an absolutely smashing series of Brides Up North shows in the New Year -  I think I might be up until the early hours this evening!  I can’t wait to get planning, and to see you – my lovely readers – at one or more of our events.  Do say hello if you see me!

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You know I’ll be reminding you about each and every one of these fabulous dates nearer the time, so for now, just mark ‘em in that calendar, and get on with browsing the rest of the pretty I have coming up for you on these pages.  There’s a lot of it…

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If you are a wedding supplier reader (*waves hello!*) you can find out more or request a booking form by email me julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk – we are working through your enquiries as fast as we possibly can.  The sooner the better to register your interest, we work on a first come, first served basis and strictly limit our suppliers by category.  Watch out for a few more dates and venues being announced soon too!  I can’t wait to add some new regional talents to add to our amazing supplier database in 2013.

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Roll on the Northern Revolution in 2013!  Yee-hah!

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Behind The Blog: The Life & Times Of A Wedding Blogger – Autumn 2012

October 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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1  Have you been bitten by The Wedding Bug?

2  There’s more!

3  A record attendance at our beautiful Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion

4  And the sun was shining on us too!

5  Say hello to my little friend!

6  Rainbow cranes for a village hall celebration

7, 8, 9, 10  Practising my camera skills at the Caroline Castigliano event at Lace Bridal (stunning)

11  My beautiful gown by Phil Woodhead for The North Of England Wedding Awards

12  Relaxing at the end of a surprisingly hard day shooting on location in Cyprus for Thomson Weddings

13  Primping and preening before taking to the stage

14  My office is a Yo Sushi between exciting meetings in Manchester City Centre

15  They are multiplying!

16, 17  Stunning displays and busy shows at The Mansion and Rise Hall

18  Allerton Castle or Downton Abbey?

19  Another column in Wedding Magazine

20, 21 Little surprises for my brides and goody bag chaos at Brides Up North HQ

22, 23, 24 Stunningly dressed venues at Rise Hall, Allerton Castle and Nostell Priory for our shows

25  Ready to enter the spotlight at The North Of England Wedding Awards

26  And a pretty table to relax at afterwards!

27  More goody bag mayhem ahead of our massive Super Showcase event

28  Column inches…

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It’s been a while since we delved behind the scenes here at , so I thought that a catch up post was well overdue.  There have been quite a few ‘developments’ here at Brides Up North HQ over the past few months… not least a sell out season of super successful Brides Up North wedding exhibitions, becoming the host of the inaugural North of England Wedding Awards, adding new talent to the team in the form of a brand new regular guest blogger and a full time member of support staff (hello Kate!), more fabulous Featured Suppliers joining the Northern Revolution and swelling our ranks, many meetings about brand new Brides Up North projects in 2013 and some very exciting new venues for some huge wedding shows next year.  All whilst maintaining and (I think) improving upon our daily schedule of twice a day wedding inspiration, features and a real variety of stunning Real Weddings.  Oh, and a growing baby bump

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It’s been one helluva ride!

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As you do, I tend to take pictures of the *fun stuff* rather than the hours days spent hunched over VAT returns, contracts and spread sheets, but that’s what a wedding blog is all about isn’t it?  The fun stuff… and as it would appear, the use of a great under eye concealer to mask all those very late nights and almost as early mornings that go into making a growing business a success. 

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I’m also pleased to report that whilst all this has been going on, our exhibition attendances and blog hits have been reaching new record highs (that’s what it’s all about after all!) and that Brides Up North is happily sitting right up there at the very top of the charts with the other top wedding blog names for Great Britain popularity rankings on Alexa.com. The Northern Revolution is in full swing!

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When I look back at how much fun it’s been, how much this brand has achieved and where I hope I can take it in 2013, it’s all worth it!  Some exciting times are coming up…

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I hope you enjoy this peek into my World!

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Hall Of Fame! Were You Caught On Camera?! Brides Up North Super Showcase Autumn 2012!

September 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Once again, a ma-hoosive thank you to all the gorgeous brides to be and their families (over 1,800 of you in total) who supported the Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition at Ramside Hall Hotel this Sunday.  Watch out for some more North East events coming soon!

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How do I repay you for such support?  Only by sharing what you lovely lot got up to in our onsite Limelight Photobooth on Sunday!  <<<EVIL CACKLE>>>

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Apologies in advance.  Did you make our Brides Up North Hall Of Fame (/Wall Of Shame)?!

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It’s Here!!! THIS SUNDAY: The LARGEST FREE ENTRY BRIDAL SHOW IN THE NORTH EAST Has Arrived!!!

September 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Ramside Hall Hotel Wedding Fair by UK Wedding Blog Brides Up North

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I can’t believe it’s finally here!  Months of plans and preparations have paid off as I look forward to our headline event this season – the MASSIVE Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition at Ramside Hall Hotel on Sunday 9th September 2012: that’s this weekend!  Eeep!

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We are throwing open the whole venue (two massive ballrooms, a grand marquee and some outdoor exhibits – perfect on a sunny weekend like this one) to welcome OVER 100 of the region’s finest wedding suppliers and all you lovely brides-to-be and your families.

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I’ve worked day and night (with some assistance from my small yet perfectly formed team of helpers!) to bring this event together and make it bigger and better even than our last show this Spring -  which was a fabulous day packed to the rafters with wedding inspiration and over 1,000 visitors!  What can I say?  I love a challenge!

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An exhibitor space sell out, the event is now recognised as the largest free bridal event in the North East, and if that’s not worth popping along to, I don’t know what is!

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I’m thrilled to say that it looks like all the hard work has been worth it as all the elements have come together to make one amazing day.  The web is abuzz with excitement, and the VIP pre-registrations are flooding in.  I just can’t wait to see you all now! 

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To get your FREE VIP Bride-to-Be goody bag packed with fabulous treats and exclusive on the day discounts worth ££hundreds of pounds (seriously these are too good to miss!) and speedy entry make sure to pre-register pronto, while stocks last.  One lucky lady will also take home a pamper hamper courtesy of our amazing friends at Clarins!

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To register for a free VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking “Ramside Hall” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Super Showcase on Sunday 9th September 2012.

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If you can’t make it this weekend, but want to visit another of our absolutely beautiful wedding fairs this season, ALL remaining dates confirmed and now open for VIP Bride-To-Be Registration this Autumn are as follows. Remember – these are the only shows this year actually being coordinated by Brides Up North! Accept no imitations, and get them in your diaries!

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Allerton Castle I'm Attending Web BadgeThe Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Allerton Castle

Luxury Wedding Fair

Allerton Park, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

Sunday 16th September 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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Luxury Wedding Fair

Roundhay Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Sunday 7th October 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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Rise Hall I'm Attending Web BadgeThe Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall

Luxury Wedding Fair

Rise, East Yorkshire

Sunday 21st October 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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Candy Floss Kisses! Supplier Showcase: Love Is Sweet Company PLUS 15% OFF For Wedding Blog Readers!

August 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Yesterday, after a virtuous early morning workout at the pool, I took a two mile detour on the way home to stop at the corner shop for a mix-up.  Not so virtuous, I know, but maybe there is something psychological left over from my swimming lessons days which tells me I need candy just after swimming lengths!

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Personal psychoanalysis aside, one thing is for sure – I am a big sweetie fan – so when I met Featured Supplier Rachael of Love Is Sweet Company at the last Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition, I knew it was going to be a lasting relationship.  Rachael was even kind enough to fuel my North East Tweet Up wedding industry event with sugar spun candy floss (she was a big hit!) and I can’t recommend her sweet services enough.

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Let’s meet the lady holding all the love hearts. 

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How did Love Is Sweet Company begin?

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Love is Sweet Company began after planning my own wedding. I absolutely loved being involved with the wedding industry! I was just finishing my BA (hons) degree in Textiles and Surface design at the time, so thought I’d put this to use in creating decorative and beautiful sweet displays.

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Sweet bars were fast becoming the new trend for brides and grooms to be. But I found there was a gap for really decorative and personalised designs.

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Tell us all about your sweetie table and candy floss cart service?

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I’m passionate about giving my brides and grooms a really personal service to create beautiful sweet displays. Most of my glass wear is uniquely sourced so no two sweet bars are the same! Sweet bars are designed to match colour schemes or themes, I can add items from vintage tea cups and tea pots to candelabras and flowers and bunting. Give me a theme and I’ll design something to match.

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For a personal touch I add traditional sweet cones to every bar with your big day details on them, these make fab little favours for your guests to take home.

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Everyone loves candy floss! Bringing the fun of the fair right to you, our fabulous cart is perfect for every occasion. The cart is hired by the hour and supplies you and your guests with as much floss as you can possibly eat! Freshly spun in front of your eyes, it’s like magic!

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Why not try our gourmet package? This allows you to get create and add tantalising flavours to your floss. From strawberry and cherry to watermelon and blueberry, yummy! And to top it off you can add popping candy to the top of your floss, for a real exploding experience.

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What can a bride and groom who book Love Is Sweet Company expect?

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Every bride and groom can expect a truly unique and personal service. I’m passionate about customer service and feel getting to know my customer is an essential part of this.

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And of course you can expect that your wedding will be a ‘sweet’ one when hiring Love is Sweet Company.

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What sets you apart from your competition?

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I offer a number of services all in one place from the sweet bars to candy floss, popcorn to sweet favours.

Unlike some other sweet bar companies I stay with your bar for the hire period to make sure its clean and tidy from beginning to end.

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I provide my clients with a memorable and personal experience.

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Why is booking Love Is Sweet Company a good alternative to wedding favours?

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Just like the sweet bars I can match your favours to colour schemes and themes. They all come personalised with your guests names on too, which double up as unique place settings.

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You can order jars filled or empty. Our empty jars work fabulously alongside our sweet bars, allowing guests to fill up their own jars from the bar.

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We hear that you have a popcorn cart too? Tell us about it?

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I’m proud to welcome a new addition to the Love is Sweet Company family, our Popcorn cart!

Bringing more fun and theatre to your special day. More and more brides are looking for new and exciting features for their weddings. The popcorn cart does exactly that, filling the room with the sweet aroma of fresh popped corn, yum yum!

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You can hire the popcorn cart alongside our candy floss cart, giving your guests a real fun filled afternoon.

Our gourmet package can be added to the popcorn too, giving your mouth a real popping experience.

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Can the bride and groom choose the sweets that are included in your sweetie tables? What special added extras can they choose from?

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Of course! The choice of sweets is completely up to the bride and groom, of course I’m there to suggest favourites. You can choose from jelly rings to eggs, love hearts to jelly babies any thing your heart desires.

We also have a dessert bar option, add things like cupcakes and cake pops, brownies and whoopee pies even a wedding cake!

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We have lots of exciting new options coming very soon watch this space!

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Where are you located and will you travel?

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We are based in Gateshead and travel free of charge within a 25 miles radius, a small fee is applied outside of this. We can travel anywhere in the North East.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Our sweet bars start at just £110 for up to 50 guests. This includes; selection of sweets, decorations, personalised cones, tongs and scoops, glass wear and trays, messages to your guests, delivery, set up, supervision and dismantle.

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The candy floss and popcorn cart are hired by the hour at just £75 per hour each. Hire both together for just £100 per hour. Check out our gourmet package on the website too.

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And our fabulous sweet jars start at just £1 each! What a bargain!

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Can you do a discount for my readers?

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For a limited time only, I’m offering an exclusive discount for Brides up North wedding blog readers. If you’re getting married in 2012 contact me and quote Brides up North to receive a massive 15% discount off your hire.

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How can Brides Up North see more examples of your work/ find out more?

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The best place to get regular yummy info on Love is sweet Company is to head over to our Facebook page.

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I post regularly on here with new information, offers, deals and competitions. Head over now and hit the like button – you’ll be missing out if you don’t! Get involved in the exciting world of Love is Sweet Company.

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Of course, head over to our website www.loveissweetcompany.co.uk to find out more details on services and products.

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Watch out for Love Is Sweet Company when they exhibit at the Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition on Sunday 9th September at Ramside Hall Hotel Durham from 12pm – 4pm.  This is our headline event and the largest FREE ENTRY bridal event in the North East, with two professional fashion shows and over eighty exhibitors.  Have you pre-registered for speedy entry and your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag yet?  Click here to do so, whilst stocks last.

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  – Images © 2012 Alan Gibson Photography/Dreams Digital Photography

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Ribble Rocks! A Real Wedding In The North West – Melanie & Jimmy

July 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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Morning all!  Is it Thursday already?!  This week is going by in an absolute flash for me! We are super busy here at Brides Up North HQ putting the finishing touches on our bridal shows for Autumn 2012.  Do you have these dates in your diaries ladies?

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YORKSHIRE Nostell Priory, Wakefield – Sunday 2nd September 2012 (Wedding Exclusive)

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NORTH EAST Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham – Sunday 9th September 2012 (Super Showcase)

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YORKSHIRE Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire – Sunday 16th September 2012 (Wedding Exclusive)
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YORKSHIRE The Mansion, Roundhay, Leeds – Sunday 7th October 2012 (Wedding Exclusive)

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YORKSHIRE Rise Hall, Rise, East Yorkshire – Sunday 21st October 2012 (Wedding Exclusive)

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(North West, I’m working on it!)

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You can contact me now to pre-register for a VIP Bride-to-be goody bag and speedy entry to the events.  Even better, goody bag sponsor Clarins Skin Spa has just confirmed that they will be giving away a luxury hamper of Clarins products to one of our visiting brides.  That’ll surely get your wedding preparations off to a beautiful start!  Don’t delay, make sure that you are on our VIP guest list.

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As well as being knee deep in event planning, I have also been hitting more freelance press deadlines (you can see some of my recent features by clicking here), been out and about meeting with new Brides Up North venues (details of new shows for 2013 coming soon!) and interviewing some really fabulous Featured Suppliers for these blog pages.  I am more committed than ever to shouting about Northern talent and am really working hard behind the scenes to raise editorial quality levels here on the wedding blog. No wonder time is flying by!

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One thing’s for certain though, things are looking no less beautiful on these pages, and today we share Brides Up North reader and real bride Melanie’s Ibiza inspired Real Wedding in the Ribble Valley, with images supplied by Classic Wedding Photography.  Who needs the Balearics when we’ve got Lancashire, eh?

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography    A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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Melanie says: We got engaged on 26th March 2011 in our favourite restaurant San Carlo.  It was such a shock as we were in Manchester just celebrating our 10 year anniversary.  Jimmy had managed to secretly hand over the ring to Dario the restaurant manager for safe keeping whilst we were in there enjoying a few afternoon drinks with family. As we said our goodbyes, everyone apart from me knew that Jimmy would propose that evening!

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We arrived at the restaurant and shown to one of the best tables, I was blissfully unaware of what was going to happen. Jimmy’s sister had even hidden herself round the corner with friends waiting for him to pop the question!

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After our meal a very nice bottle of champagne arrived at the table and then Jimmy got down on one knee!

The whole of San Carlo erupted in applause!  It was such an emotional moment; I cried so much my false eyelashes came off!

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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We got married at 12 noon on 29th April 2012 at Mitton Hall in the Ribble Valley.  I had been to a few venues around the area on trips out with my Mum and Aunties but none stood out as much as Mitton Hall.

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I just loved the smell of the log fires, feeling warm and cosy as soon as you entered the building.  There were huge chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and it had so much character. It also had that old rustic feel to it but with very modern décor at the same time.  I also loved how the décor fitted my colour theme perfectly!

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To top it all off, the staff were wonderful and very attentive.  Dave the Master of Ceremonies ran the day with military precision and everything was perfect. A massive thank you to Dave!

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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We had an Ibiza theme to our wedding, with an ivory and deep purple colour scheme. 

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Jimmy’s very good friend helped us design and create the Ibiza vibe, starting with our club flyer style wedding invitations.  They looked amazing! His ideas flowed throughout the day. The same layout was copied for the wedding breakfast menus and our table names were all our favourite Ibiza venues!

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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My Maggie Sottero dress came from Bliss Bridal Centre in Bolton.  What made my dress shopping experience so special was that as soon as I walked in I was greeted by a lovely smile, one I recognised from years ago! It was one of my old friends Anisa.  It was great to catch up with her as I made my way through the many beautiful dresses in her shop!  She was lovely, helpful and also very patient as after only trying on three dresses I thought I’d made my mind up, only to be back in the shop a week later trying another fifteen!  Girls you’ve got to get the right one!

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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My bridesmaids wore floor length aubergine purple dresses by Alfred Angelo also from Bliss Bridal Centre in Bolton.

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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Jimmy and the guys wore suits from a local suit shop, John Francis in Harwood, Bolton. They all looked so smart and handsome!

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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The fantastic beauty team consisted of Debra Schofield (makeup) and Cassie (hair): they transformed me into a beautiful bride.

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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The ceremony was my favourite part of the day as it was our special time with each other and surrounded by the people we love and cherish.

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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I carried a beautiful arrangement of pale pink pacific blue, akito and cerce roses with purple hyacinth, veronica purple and salal tips by Lesley Thomas Flowers.  I had so many fabulous comments about my bouquet and I cant thank Lesley enough!

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The bridesmaids carried akito roses and eucalyptus leaves edged with salal tips.

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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North West award winning photographers Dave and Jane from Classic Photography became more like our new best friends, we had a fab afternoon doing an engagement shoot and chose a picture from the shoot to be mounted and put in a frame.  All our guests signed it on the day.   They worked their magic on the day too by giving us these stunning shots and I cannot recommend them enough!

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Mike Roberts our videographer filmed our amazing day and now we can re-live our memories forever.

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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We had very simple candelabra on the tables with classy ivory chair covers and matching linen provided by Mitton Hall.  I chose to have name tags attached to purple ribbon instead of name plates as the purple ribbon matched the bridesmaids dresses.  These were made by a local stationary shop in Horwich, Ivy Cottage Cards who also did a beautiful post-box for all our wedding cards decorated with the same colour ribbon and diamantes.

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Our cake was a gift off my Grandma, making it extra special! It was delicious! 

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography    A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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The room was decorated with hearts as it’s a theme I love and is shared by all the female members of my family!  Mum and Dad have the hearts that dangled from the candelabra on their wardrobe door handles.

Hearts that were on the top table are hanging proud in the homes of all my Aunties and Grandma so it’s lovely to go round and see a part of my wedding still alive in their houses!

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We had a craft evening where my Mum, Grandma and Aunties helped fold, stick and fill favour boxes. I loved having all my family involved with wedding planning; they were just as excited as I was!

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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We kept our guests entertained after the ceremony with Tony the magician from Towards Magic.

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In the evening we had a band called Psycho Slinkys who they played a great range of popular music to suit all our guests. Our good friend Stuart DJ’d late on into the night playing all our Ibiza classics, we couldn’t have been happier!

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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We honeymooned at The Royal in Cancun Mexico. It was out of this world!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take a few days off before the wedding for relaxing, pampering and finalising arrangements before the big day.  My family and I chose to stay in a beautiful barn conversion near to Mitton Hall called Brown Hills Cottages a few days before the wedding. It was nice to be around my whole family. The views were stunning and it was totally memorable.

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A Real Wedding in Lancashire by Classic Wedding Photography

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Congratulations Melanie & Jimmy!

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Are you a newlywed?  Contact Brides Up North to share your Real Wedding with us here on the wedding blog.

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  – Images © 2012 Classic Photography

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Let’s DO This! Now Open For VIP Bride To Be Registration!

July 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Super Showcase Autumn 2012

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You might have noticed some changes to the wallpaper at the top of the blog over the past few days (see that big pink banner up there?!), and I am thrilled to announce that our Autumn season of Brides Up North events for brides to be – that’s you – across Yorkshire and the North East are now officially open for VIP Bride-To-Be registration!

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The last Brides Up North Super Showcase at Ramside Hall and Wedding Exclusives at Dine Venues this Spring were such fabulous, inspiration packed events – and all complete sell outs on exhibitor space with a record attendance for each and every venue.

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I so loved meeting each and every bride and groom who came through the doors at the venues and seeing how excited and inspired you all were after each event.  I received so many lovely emails of thanks from readers and exhibitors afterwards – it was all a little mind blowing (and after five shows back to back left me feeling overwhelmed and that I needed a long lie down in a dark room!).

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The fact that so many of you took the time to contact me to say what great days you had absolutely made the six long months of planning and hard graft that went into each event totally worthwhile, and lots of you were asking when we could do it all again.

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Well, now we can!  We have another full line up of shows at all our venues this Autumn, with some new venues being added in 2013 (and North West?  I haven’t forgotten about you!).  I can’t wait to do it all again, and with a huge press interest and excitement at an all time high, I have a feeling that these shows are going to be better than ever!

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The dates confirmed and now open for VIP Bride-To-Be Registration are as follows.  Remember – these are the only shows this year actually being coordinated by Brides Up North!  Accept no imitations, and get them in your diaries!

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The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Nostell Priory

Nostell, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Sunday 2nd September 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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The Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibiton

This is the largest free entry bridal event in the North East

Ramside Hall Hotel, Carrville, Durham

Sunday 9th September 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Allerton Castle

Allerton Park, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

Sunday 16th September 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion

Roundhay Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Sunday 7th October 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall

Rise, East Yorkshire

Sunday 21st October 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives Autumn 2012

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking the venue that you wish to attend e.g. “Ramside Hall/ Nostell Priory/ Allerton Castle/ The Mansion/ Rise Hall” in the subject line and quoting “VIP” in the body of the message. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag upon entrance to the show.

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VIP Bride To Be Goody Bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy.

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Your Name (required)

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You can also email me direct at julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form.

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***All exhibitor enquiries please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk asap to avoid disappointment***

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Let’s do this!

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  – Images © 2012 Brides Up North

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BREAKING NEWS: New Dates Announced For Brides Up North Wedding Exhibitions 2012

May 21st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Super Showcase Autumn 2012

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I am so excited to be able to announce the full set of Brides Up North Wedding Exhibitions for Autumn 2012 this afternoon on the wedding blog.  The first set of Brides Up North events for brides to be this Spring were a roaring success, with a sell out on quality exhibitor places, record attendances for all venues and a generally fabulous and inspiring day out for everyone visiting (even the weary grooms, who soon perked up on arrival!).  With huge industry, press and online support for this next set of events, I am hoping that they can be even better!

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So, are you ready to do it all again?  I can’t bloomin’ wait!

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Without further ado, here are the must-mark-in-diary dates:

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Sunday 2nd September 2012

Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Nostell Priory

Nostell Priory, Wakefield, WF4 1QE

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Sunday 9th September 2012

The Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition

Ramside Hall Hotel, Carrville, Durham, DH1 1TD

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Sunday 16th September 2012

Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Allerton Castle

Allerton Castle, Knaresborough, HG5 0SE

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Sunday 7th October 2012

Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion

The Mansion, Roundhay Park, Leeds, LS8 2HH

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Sunday 21st October 2012

Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall

Rise Hall, Rise, East Yorkshire, HU11 5BL

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Wedding Exclusives Autumn 2012

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And North West brides to be… don’t think that I have forgotten you!  A very special Brides Up North event is coming your way next Spring!  Save this date: Sunday 10th March 2013!  More details to be released shortly!

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To register for a VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag and speedy access for any of the events: just email me at julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk with your name and the show (or shows!) that you would like to attend.

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All exhibitor enquires for all events: please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk.  Exhibitors strictly limited by category.  Book now for early bird discounts.  I operate a first come, first served policy. 

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