Hardwick Hall Grand Wedding Exhibition
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let’s get this party started @ hardwick hall hotel

February 11th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Hardwick Hall Hotel Spring 2016

If you follow the wedding blog over on InstagramTwitter and Facebook – you’ll probably have seen that our jam packed series of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions are bigger and more beautiful than ever this season.

With our portfolio at it’s very best, every venue that we work with is handpicked and special, and I can’t wait for another weekend of the finest wedding inspiration and welcoming you to the beautiful country house hotel that is Hardwick Hall Hotel for our bridal ballroom on Sunday 28th February 2016. 

CLICK HERE FOR OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

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Other wedding fairs?  Pah!  What’s the point?! We are very proud to run the largest and most exciting free entry bridal exhibitions in the North East.  Hardwick Hall is a special one too. It’s going to be packed to the rafters – and it’s twinkling crystal chandeliers – with wedding inspiration, fabulous ideas and the very, very best of the North East wedding industry.

Watch out for the “Brides Up North Edit” designer catwalk shows, champagne bar, wedding hair and beauty advice sessions & demos & glossy media packs for each visiting bride.

For this event, we are filling the whole of the Coleman Suite – and it’s going to be spectacular! We don’t just squash in any old exhibitors either! Whether you are shopping for the final details or have no idea where to start, we can promise you the very best choice of the best bridal experts in the region.  Everything you can think of for planning your big day will be represented.

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If the level of pre-registrations that Team Brides Up North has received is anything to go by, it’s going to be an amazing day!  We adore hearing your love stories and getting excited with you and we can’t wait to meet so many of you in person. I just love saying hello to my readers in real life, scoping out the new trends and generally hosting a fabulous party every single Sunday. Who wouldn’t love this job?

Well then, what are you waiting for? Grab your girls or your groom, and we’ll see you there!

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

Sunday 28th February 2016

11am till 3pm

FREE ENTRY

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bride to be? you’re in the right place!

We’re giving away up to 250 free Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors.  As demand is high, to pick up your goody bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

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wedding industry professional?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2016. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this year.

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 with a record attendance for every venue. Consequently, we expect demand to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

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If you wish to attend more than one event, please list all here - discounts are available for block bookings

Images by Cat Hepple Photography.

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leafy chic. an autumn wedding with a nod to halloween at hilltop country house – joanne & chris

February 1st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Monday comes around quick, don’t you think? But to get you through what always feels like the longest day of the week, we’re sharing this gorgeous real wedding.

We absolutely love Joanne and Chris’s big day, not only because it took place during one of our favourite seasons (the other being spring), but also because it was held at a venue that we adore too!

Located in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, Hilltop Country House provides a stunning setting combined with first class service, exclusivity and delicious menus.

And how do we know all this? Because we’re fortunate enough to stage our Luxury Wedding Exhibitions in the romantic gardens of this charming venue twice a year – the next one is coming up on 3rd April 2016, so put it in your dairies!

In the meantime we’ll leave you to admire the pretty via Joanne and Chris’s wonderful wedding photos.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.

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joanne says: We got engaged at midnight on 11th October 2014, while we were at home. We’d just got home from a trip to Matlock Bath to see the illuminations so were in high spirits.

Following the engagement we set the date of wedding for 31st October 2015. We wanted an autumnal wedding, but practically speaking, it had to fall in with school holidays as I’m a teacher and Chris is training to be one. The fact that it was Halloween was a nice extra touch.

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Our chosen venue was Hilltop Country House, in Prestbury, Cheshire. It’s close to where we were both brought up; I was brought up in Rainow and a lot of my family are from Bollington; Chris is from Disley.

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well look at that… it’s super sunday!

January 29th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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We do like to spoil you, don’t we?

Brides Up North is also on tour this Sunday 31st January 2016 with one aim only: to bring a whole lot of beautiful to our bride to be readers, and send you home excited and inspired, VIP Media Pack in hand.

First up, a choice selection of the finest North West wedding industry talent will be descending upon The Belle Epoque, Knutsford for a super gorgeous bridal soiree.

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The Belle Epoque, 60 King St, Knutsford, WA16 6DT
Sunday 31st January 2016, 11am till 3pm, Free Entry

This chocolate-box-perfect, foodie gem of a wedding venue, The Belle Epoque in the heart of beautiful Knutsford is the perfect destination for your intimate wedding day. We’ve filled its stunning spaces with 20 of the area’s finest exhibitors, and we’re set for a day to perfect all the details!

And for those of you who fancy a bit of do, we’ve also filled the Ballroom at Worsley Park Marriot for a pretty perfect bridal party, where you can tick all your must have suppliers off your to do list…

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Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Walkden Rd, Manchester, M28 2QT
Sunday 31st January 2016, 11am till 3pm, Free Entry

This sensational Manchester venue, Worsley Park Marriott, prides itself on excellent service and definitely knows how to throw a good party. We’re hosting one of our own this January, and we’ve invited along 30+ of the area’s best bridal exhibitors to make your wedding plans perfect. Don’t forget to RSVP!

Hey, while you’re at it, why not come along to both?

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We’ll be following up each event with an interactive show newsletter packed full of exhibitor discounts and links, meaning that the inspiration – and savings – continue after the main event.

We’re also giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs at each event, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag – and for FREE ENTRY – all you need to do is pre-register using the form for your venue of choice (you can register for more than one) found by clicking below. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ANY OF OUR FORTHCOMING EVENTS

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dream venue: middleton lodge

January 28th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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We are fortunate to hold our Luxury Wedding Exhibitions at some of the finest venues in the north, from historic castles and fascinating manor houses to gorgeous boutique hotels, which means we’re pretty clued up when it comes to finding the perfect place to say those all-important ‘I dos’.

One such venue that features highly on our list is the stunning Middleton Lodge tucked away in the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside. With a magnificent manor house, stylish accommodation, heavenly Treatment Rooms and to-die-for-food, this is one of those venues that has something to offer to all.  Shh! We’ve also heard that there may be a few very limited, select dates still available at the venue in 2016 – info that you might be wanting to keep to yourselves!

On Sunday 10th April 2016, we will be staging one of our fabulous Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions at this super chic venue giving brides and grooms the opportunity to see its amazing big day offering for themselves, but in the meantime we’ve asked Anna Russell, Middleton Lodge’s wedding and events manager, to give us a taste of what couples can expect…

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Where is Middleton Lodge located?

anna says: Middleton Lodge is situated in a stunning location just on the outskirts of Richmond in North Yorkshire. It’s a gorgeous Georgian country estate, nestled within 200 acres of grounds, with views across the Yorkshire Dales and Cleveland Hills.

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

Middleton Lodge was built for Leonard Hartley, a local mining family, in 1780 and designed by renowned architect John Carr of York.

The main house remains a family home and is available for exclusive private hire, whilst the Coach House is an award-winning restaurant with rooms.

The house has a stunning main atrium and reception rooms with vistas across parkland towards the North Yorkshire Moors. There are 17 guest bedrooms along with a snooker room, library bar, drawing room, dining room, guest kitchen and cellar bar.

The Allison family bought the estate in 1980 and over the last 30 years have sensitively restored the estate to its former glory. Couples now have the choice of the beautiful 17th century reception rooms in the main house, with space for up to 80 guests, or for those looking for something bigger we have our marquee. This canvas can hold up to 200 guests, providing a large space to decorate with your own spectacular touches, creating an event that is truly personal and unique to your wedding.

Launched in 2014, The Coach House at Middleton Lodge is located in the 200 acres grounds of Middleton Lodge. The boutique hotel and restaurant is a fresh take on a country retreat, offering an authentic and contemporary setting for guests to relax and enjoy.

Full of original character, The Coach House has been sensitively restored to create an original space, with 14 bedrooms altogether, five of which are part of the Scandinavian inspired Farmhouse, all located only a few footsteps from the bar and restaurant.

Each bedroom has been personalised and designed to reflect the style and spirit of the restaurant and hotel. Carefully selected quirky antiques and unique pieces from local craftsman create a unique ambience for each room.

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Does Middleton Lodge cater for weddings?

Yes. Couples have the chance to host family and friends in their own private mansion for their exclusive wedding, with personal staff, private chefs, 17 bedrooms and the freedom to have the day exactly the way they want it.

Guests can hide away late into the evening in the atmospheric Cellar Bar at Middleton Lodge. With exposed bricks and vaulted ceilings, you can dance the night away, enjoy the late license bar or relax and toast the morning sunrise across the stunning hills that surround the country estate.

Is Middleton Lodge licensed for civil ceremonies?

Yes, we are fully licensed in three different areas of the Lodge. The Inner Hall, which seats up to 75 and up to 130 additional guests standing on the balcony. The Drawing Room, which seats up to 75, and the Outside Pavilion (weather dependent) which is available for 100 seated on gravel area, more if lawn is dry.

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The Treatment Rooms are a recent addition to Middleton Lodge, can you tell us about the facilities?

The Treatment Rooms offer a variety of facials and massages, using the most organic and natural products from exclusive brands REN and VOYA. Derived from plants and minerals, REN’s core principle focus on purity, pleasure and high performance. VOYA is a completely organic seaweed based product range that’s hand harvested in Ireland by the same family-run business.

Located just footsteps from the main house, the therapists at The Treatment Room offer everything from wedding make up to blissful massages and luxurious manicures, all perfect for the bridal party and guests to indulge and relax ahead of the big day.

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dream venue: the belle epoque

January 26th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North is on tour on Sunday 31st January 2016 with one aim only: to bring a whole lot of beautiful to our bride to be readers, and send you home excited and inspired, VIP Media Pack in hand.

As well as hosting a fabulous Bridal Party event at Worsley Park Marriott (click here for all the info on that event) this Sunday, a choice selection of the finest North West wedding industry talent will also be descending upon The Belle Epoque, Knutsford for a super gorgeous Bridal Soiree.

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The Belle Epoque, 60 King St, Knutsford, WA16 6DT
Sunday 31st January 2016, 11am till 3pm, Free Entry

This chocolate-box-perfect, foodie gem of a wedding venue, The Belle Epoque in the heart of beautiful Knutsford is the perfect destination for your intimate wedding day. We’ve filled its stunning spaces with 20 of the area’s finest exhibitors, and we’re set for a day to perfect all the details! You can click here to register now. 

In today’s feature, we speak to our beautiful host venue to find out more about their unique wedding day offering and stellar service.  But hey, come along and find out for yourself this Sunday…

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Where is The Belle Époque located?

We are located in the heart of the stunning market town of Knutsford, Cheshire with lots of parking and accommodation surrounding us.

Tell Brides Up North about your beautiful venue?

The Belle Époque is a family owned business and has been in the Mooney family for the last 43 years.  We are a unique intimate venue with the personal touch.

From the warmest of welcomes in an incredibly dramatic bar – think Italian glass mosaic floor, original copper Art Nouveau fireplaces, sumptuous red leather upholstery or in the warmer months our incredible Mediterranean roof garden – hosting a wedding or special event has never been more stylish and relaxing than at The Belle Époque. In addition, we have seven beautiful hotel rooms and stunning civil ceremony rooms. We are fully licensed for civil ceremonies including our outdoor area.

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What makes The Belle Époque a special wedding venue?

The Belle Époque is the perfect location for your stylish and individual wedding day. The ceremony room is the most romantic setting, with the option to have the room candle lit. The beautiful dining rooms come ready dressed with stunning table centre pieces, or you may choose to dress the venue in your own style.

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win a wedding at worsley park marriott worth over 20k with the manchester evening news!

January 26th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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You already know we’re all super excited to bring you yet another set of sparkling bridal events (our first show of the season at Capesthorne Hall on Sunday was just sublime!) this weekend at The Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club and The Belle Epoque in Knutsford, but we might just have the cherry to put on top of what looks set to be a very special Super Sunday!  Our lovely sponsor, The Manchester Evening News, have teamed up with Worsley Park Marriott  and other top wedding vendors from across the region to offer one lucky couple in Manchester the chance to win a wedding beyond their wildest dreams, and worth over £20,000!

Last year’s winning groom Rick said “It was just a wonderful, wonderful day. We’re so thankful to the sponsors for their help and support and to the M.E.N. who gave us a wedding day we will remember for the rest of our lives.”  This year, it could be you!

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manchester evening news say: What’s included in the prize we hear you ask? This year’s package includes everything to ensure your big day is truly special.

To start it off, I Do Designs will be providing a bespoke stationery package inviting your guests to Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club on Friday 16 September 2016, where you will receive a premium package for 80 day and 130 evening guests.

Worsley Park Marriott is discreetly set in over 200 acres of mature parkland at the historic site of Worsley Old Hall. The hotel combines the grandeur expected of a country retreat, with all the benefits of a modern venue. This location boasts a perfect setting for your wedding celebrations. Guests can enjoy our beautiful open-air courtyard that’s perfect for alfresco drinks or dining.

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Whilst you’re being chauffeur driven to your wedding in a luxury vintage Horgans car feeling like the most important bride in the world, your guests will enjoy your theme at the venue styled by Divine Designs, including chair covers.

You’ll be walking down the aisle, along with your bridesmaids, in a stunning bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses provided by Sense and Sensibility, meeting your soon-to-be husband who will be kitted out in a Groom suit. The bridal party will look the part with their hair and make up by Bianca Levins and bouquets provided by Venus Flowers.

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On the evening, DavesDisco will play your favourite songs whilst you and your guests enjoy the wedding cake provided by Slattery. The precious moments of your day will be captured in timeless photographs by Autumn Stone Photography, who will also be providing a photobooth on the evening.

As if all of that isn’t enough, the winners will also enjoy an all-inclusive 7 night honeymoon, courtesy of Turkish Airlines and Constance Hotels & Resorts, to one of the most romantic islands in the world – Mauritius.

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We will be launching this amazing competition on the most romantic day of the year – Sunday 14th February! In the meantime, come down to The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Worsley Park on Sunday 31st January, 11am till 3pm, to take a look at the venue you could be getting married at and to meet our Win a Wedding team!

To find out more visit manchestereveningnews.co.uk/wedding or like us on Facebook

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