January 23rd, 2015 | Julia Braime
It’s a big weekend for weddings in the North East, and brides in the region can’t fail to have noticed the massive North East Wedding Show by The UK Wedding Shows, at the Metro Arena in Gateshead this weekend.
Taking place two times a year, once in London (The London ExCeL Wedding Show) and once in Newcastle (The North East Wedding Show), The UK Wedding Shows bring together the very best local bridal wear and specialist wedding suppliers to provide all the essential products and services, contacts, help and inspiration to ensure that brides-to-be have everything at their disposal to plan their perfect wedding.
The event runs both Saturday 24th January and Sunday 25th January 2015, from 10am till 4pm, and tickets are £5 in advance, £7 on the door.
If you still haven’t got your tickets, you can click here to find out more about the event and book your place in advance.
While you are in the area, our sponsors and friends at Dandy Events are hosting another of their Inspirational Wedding Weekends, around the corner at their showroom on Scottswood Road.
The team at Dandy are our go to at Brides Up North when we need help dressing our big events and catwalk shows, so I’d definitely suggest that you pop in to see Denise, Nicola and their fabulous showroom.
Dandy Events will be showcasing all of their products, the top trends for 2015 and their exclusive new room dressing ideas. The showroom is open this weekend from 10am till 5pm on Saturday, 10am till 4pm on Sunday.
For more information visit their website at www.dandyevents.com.
That’s your weekend sorted then!
November 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime
I’ll see you on Sunday for our final event of our autumn season. Brides Up North, it’s been epic.
We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors John Lewis Cheadle & Love Hearts. As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.
While stocks last only.
October 29th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Now you know we keep our bride readers’ diaries full to bursting with our Brides Up North luxury events schedule (have you SEEN our stellar schedule for 2015… things are looking very exciting indeed), but here at wedding blog HQ we are also all about connecting our industry friends.
Between all the planning going on behind the scenes at The Circle and our
thinking caps on party hats at the ready for another Brides Up North party we’ve some exciting times ahead, but for now I’d like to let you know about a chic little soiree taking place next week.
An event that I’m not personally organising (now that’s a first)!
My friends and colleagues Andrea Swift from Fabulous Day and Emma Jane from Emma Jane Weddings & Events are hosting another wonderful UK Alliance of Wedding Planners mix & mingle event for wedding industry bods, and it’s next Tuesday 4th November 2014.
If you’re a Northern based supplier in this beautiful industry of ours, they’d love to see you there.
Andrea says: Well it is only a week to go until this year’s annual UK Alliance of Wedding Planners Northern Mix and Mingle networking event for planners and suppliers! After the huge success of last year’s event, the pressure is on to bring you another fantastic evening.
This year, we’re bringing together a fusion of bonfire night meets autumnal evening with the opportunity to discuss this past season’s weddings with fellow industry suppliers. If you’re a recent start up or old time hand, everyone’s welcome to come and share a Winter Pimms (or two!)
Joining us again to bring some sparkle to proceedings will be the ever-fabulous John Holt, a fantastic magician and all round nice guy!
We’ll also be joined by the artistic Dave ‘Mossy’ Moss who’ll be bringing out the best of our guests with his colourful and creative caricatures.
Providing our entertainment for the evening is the incredible David Fade with acoustic performances from Under the Covers.
We don’t want to give away all of our secrets so to find out more, join us from 6:30pm on Tuesday 4th November at the stunning Carden Park Hotel for this year’s Northern UKAWP Mix & Mingle event – we hope to see you there!
Click here to book your place.
October 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime
We’ve just closed our beautiful Yorkshire season of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions (just one show left in 2014, can you believe it?! We’ll be at the unique and individual The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire in just under two week’s time) but that doesn’t mean that the real-life inspiration for Yorkshire brides stops this side of Christmas. Oh no!
My fabulous sponsor and lovely colleague Charlotte Balbier will be hosting an exclusive designer weekend at Lace & Co in Wakefield on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd November 2014 to mark the occasion of the award winning Yorkshire boutique’s first birthday.
I’ve seen (and tried on – come on, who wouldn’t play a little dress up?) Charlotte’s gorgeous collection of gowns and these frocks truly are something else. If you’re still looking for ‘the one’, you might want to pop this one in your diaries…
For two days only brides to be will be able to view and purchase wedding gowns from a stunning array of dresses specially selected from Charlotte Balbier’s award winning ‘Iscoyd Park’ Collection as well as many of the timeless classic pieces from her legendary ‘Hall of Fame’ collection.
Charlotte Balbier will also be making a personal appearance in the boutique on Saturday 22nd November 2014. Charlotte will be on hand to help style and guide you into finding your dream wedding dress, Charlotte has been designing and styling brides for the last 11 years and will ensure that every bride feels and looks amazing in their Balbier design by showing you how to style and accessorize your dress to suit your own style and personality.
Every bride who buys a Balbier gown over the two days will receive a luxury Charlotte Balbier goody bag brimming with treats. Champagne and yummy cakes as standard!
This is an appointment only event. Places are limited. Book your place by calling 01924 277725 or visiting www.laceandco.com
October 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime
This afternoon I’m handing over this little corner of the internets to Brides Up North Sponsor Rachael of The Social Butterfly, to tell you all about a rather lovely little date for your diaries: White Memoirs.
Rachael says:White Memoirs will be making its Autumn debut at new venue, Halle St Peters, Ancoats on Sunday 26th October, 11am – 3pm.
Tickets: £3.50 per person available in advance by clicking here
Brides Up North also has ten complimentary pairs of tickets to give away. The first 10 brides to contact Brides Up North quoting White Memoirs will take the bounty!
Nestled in the heart of Manchester’s industrial quarter, Halle St Peters, a Grade 2 listed deconsecrated church was lovingly rescued, restored and reopened by the Halle orchestra in April 2013. Working alongside amazing event design house, Pocketful of Dreams and Brown Sugar Blooms we will be enhancing the building’s natural beauty and creatively curating a stunning botanical themed backdrop to house thirty of the North’s crème de la crème creatives.
Purveyors of the innovative, imaginative and inspirational, White Memoirs this year will for the very first time showcase a botanical banquet displaying different table designs perfectly put together by Pocketful of Dreams. Visitors will have the opportunity to make reservations in advance and sample scrumptious sugary delights home-baked by Tea with Tom whilst washing down the crumbs with samples from cocktail mixologist The Drink’s Enthusiast’s ‘garden gin bar’!
There will be live music and entertainment throughout the day provided by Twisted Tubes, a 10-piece contemporary jazz group putting their own personal spin on all your favourite pop-songs! Dancing shoes are a must!
Independent bridal designer Erica Stacey and vintage-inspired bridal boutique, The Case of the Curious Bride will be showing their stunning collective of wedding gowns during two exclusive catwalk shows and will be offering special discount for orders places on the day.
DIY brides can look forward to taking part in a series of complimentary wedding workshops in which there will be opportunities create and take home bridal accessories and gifts.
Newcomers for October include the intricate work of mixed-media artist, Emily Notman who will be launching her unusual bridal accessories range at the event. Up-cycled jewellery brand, Retold Jewellery will also be revealing their first jewel collection crafted from original vintage pieces fused with modern materials.
Returning to White Memoirs, we look forward to once again working with bridal headwear and accessories designer Silver Sixpence in her Shoe who will be showcasing a handful of never-seen-before designs at the event. Paper perfect stationery company, To & From will also be returning with their new collection of ‘wedding storybooks’, creating beautiful memoirs of each couples unique story. Once again, the glamorous, Miss Bethany James Davies of The Vintage Beauty Parlour will be creating a pop-up salon and curating hair and make-up demos as well as free trials throughout the day.
The first 50 brides to register and purchase an advance ticket for White Memoirs will have be given a special goody bag on arrival, complimentary glass of fizz and free copy of our White Memoirs mini magazine.
Those details again – tickets: £3.50 per person available in advance by clicking here
Brides Up North also has ten complimentary pairs of tickets to give away. The first 10 brides to contact Brides Up North quoting White Memoirs will take the bounty!
September 27th, 2014 | Julia Braime
We’re giving away up to 200 free Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors John Lewis and Love Hearts. As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.
While stocks last only.
September 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Well, you picked the right time to stop by, because look! It’s the Brides Up North Super Showcase 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 21st Septemeber 2014, from 12pm till 4pm, FREE ENTRY.
Yep. Free. With a goody bag on top!
Judging by our pre-registration, it’s going to be pretty epic…
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 Super Showcase! This is officially the largest free entry bridal event in the North East area and 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 bridal 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.
Come and see our two professional bridal catwalks (this season we are getting ready to sparkle!), meet the Ramside wedding planners, pose in our photo booths, taste our scrumptious wedding cakes, kit out your man and bridesmaids, play dress up with gorgeous gowns and accessories, 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 heaven… and lots of fun too.
Just ’cos I’m generous, we’re giving away up to 300 free Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors John Lewis and Love Hearts. As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.
While stocks last.
We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2014. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this autumn.
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 for our autumn season to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.
Images by Cat Hepple Photography.
September 15th, 2014 | Julia Braime
It’s been a really inspirational week or so here at Brides Up North HQ. We’ve kicked off our lovely autumn season of Luxury Wedding Exhibitions with a really beautiful (and record attendance) bridal show at Hilltop Country House yesterday, launched our exciting new industry concept, The Circle, at a glittering party last week, and have been making travel plans to attend the three award ceremonies that Brides Up North is nominated in this year (The Wedding Blog Awards (“Best City Blog”), The Cosmopolitan Blog Awards (“Best Wedding Blog”) and the Perfect Wedding Magazine Awards (“Best Wedding Blog”), if you’re asking…)
There’s something in the air, and I’ve definitely got that raring to go, ‘back to school’ feeling.
One professional engagement that I’m really looking forward to is joining my friend and industry colleague Cat Hepple at another of her wonderful workshops for wedding photographers. I was lucky enough to speak at Cat’s last event and catch her in action, and left feeling really energised and extremely inspired. This time I’ll be reprising my session on blogging, social media and offering my insider advice to help you to get your work published in blogs and magazines.
This girl definitely has the golden touch, and I’d love for you to join Cat and I at her next workshop on Tuesday 23rd September 2014 at the gorgeous Priory Cottages, North Yorkshire.
Images by Cat Hepple Photography, shot on location at her last workshop.
Cat says: Do you long to have a more editorial and fashion feel to your wedding images, but don’t know how to achieve this with your couples? Do you struggle with posing, ideas, working under wedding time pressures?
My one day workshops for photographers show you my techniques on a wedding day, from directing my couples, to working with light and creating a consistent editorial feel to the full collection of images.
Other topics covered include;
- How to market yourself to clients who want the fashion feel
- Branding and visual identity
- Equipment and technical approach
There’s always a live shoot on the day, allowing you to build your wedding portfolio and advice on getting published too.
The next workshop is on the 23rd September 2014, at the Priory Cottages, North Yorkshire, and I’d love you to join us.
Here’s what some of our last delegates said from our spring course…
“I absolutely loved the day at the workshop with Cat!
We were completely spoilt beyond my expectations…. through the thoughtful little touches such as our handwritten letters, cute notebooks and stellar food, alongside the fact that Cat had gathered a fantastic team to produce the styled shoot and help us not just get some really specific and useful practice but also really high quality images to use afterwards! All of this made me feel really valued and respected, and totally relaxed in that environment to chat and learn.
On the shoot, it was great having the time to break down the thought process of how an image is made. There was so much attention to detail, and I really began to understand why each of these things mattered, which I know will help me to remember the issues in the future. Cat was incredibly generous in sharing her knowledge and ideas, and we all had a lot of fun at the same time.
The information before and following the shoot was massively thorough as well. I had no idea we were going to cover such ground, but honing in on a developing this specific ‘editorial’ style it became apparent that that would affect all aspects of your business! With this at the core of the discussions it felt like everything was that much more relevant, so instead of general advice, I was working out exactly what I would need to do next for me, which was refreshing and rewarding.
As a bonus it was great to get to know some more people in the industry! Julia, you were as generous with your knowledge and attention as Cat was and I couldn’t be more grateful! I’m feeling very energised still right now and keen to apply what I’ve learnt. Would definitely recommend the workshop to anyone considering!”
from Eleanor Woodruff
“I would just like to take this opportunity to offer a heart felt thank you for allowing me to attend such a wonderful day.
You made us all feel so very welcome, and the whole day was perfect – from the Venue, Styling, masses of information & guidance… right down to the smallest details like the bespoke stationery – such a lovely touch!
I particularly enjoyed the section where we explored the images we had chosen, this really was a brilliant opportunity to take a step back and consider our own styles and where we aspire to be.
A huge part of the day which I took away with me was the guidance around use of light & posing…I loved seeing you in action and am already putting into practice a lot of what you taught us.
I loved the fact that the day was really interactive – and not just a case of being talked at. Julia coming along was also really great – and such a brilliant opportunity to meet her in person and hear what she had to say.
I have followed your work for such a long time now – and am thrilled that your Workshop lived up to and surpassed my expectations!
I really do want to take my business to the next level and the course has really given me the confidence and tools to do this.”
from Hayley Baxter
That link again? Click here.
September 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime
A glittering press party at Media City, Manchester this Wednesday night saw the launch of The Circle - a brand new concept in creativity, training and connectivity for wedding and lifestyle businesses.
I’m so proud to stand along my industry friends (who also just happen to be the very best entrepreneurs in the business), Charlotte Balbier, Jonny Draper and Howard Wing, as we launch our new concept.
Finally… I’m allowed to talk about it! (It’s been killing me).
Just so you know who you are dealing with here, Charlotte Balbier is one of the UK’s leading bridal gown designers; Jonny Draper is an award winning photographer and boutique owner; Howard Wing is the most in-demand wedding entertainer in the UK and I’m the Editor In Chief of one rather lovely wedding blog… all four of us have won numerous coveted awards and are recognised for excellence and experience in our specialisms within the industry. (*blush*)
Over the years (and over the odd cocktail or ten!) we’ve discussed the need for a club or collective – an inspiring and exciting space, comprising a combination of special events, practical training and online membership – where wedding industry suppliers can meet to exchange insider ideas, secrets and knowledge with the aim of boosting business and raising standards, profiles, contacts and turnover.
The Circle. Founded 10th September 2014.
Following Wednesday’s big reveal (an exciting and nail biting evening explaining the scope of our plans to assembled press luminaries like editors from Brides Magazine, Perfect Wedding Magazine… and other industry big wigs – official photos and lots of thank yous coming soon!) The Circle are now proud to announce our exclusive inaugural event, strictly limited to just 100 initial The Circle members.
Attendees should forget anything they ever knew about training days and get ready to transform or refresh the way in which they do business.
The first ever full day event is suitable for experienced industry professionals and start-ups alike and sessions packed full of insider tips and strategy will tackle topics such as brand evolution, blogging, social media wizardry, killer sales, effective networking and management, before ending the day with a VIP After Show Party. More in-depth info about the event, The Circle’s founders and pricing info can be found over at our brand spanking new website, just live:
Inspiration is guaranteed, and surprises come as standard.
As an attendee at the February event, delegates will automatically become a year-long member of The Circle’s essential online support networks, gaining exclusive access to an immediate, priceless forum in a private space to share ideas, make referrals, win business, solve problems and generate goodwill.
When you’re in The Circle, you’re one of us.
We’d love to see wedding businesses old and new, fresh and familiar faces at our first event, strictly limited to just 100 places. Since the website went live yesterday our inbox has been pinging with booking confirmations, so we’d urge you to move quickly to avoid disappointment.
This is going to get epic, and quickly…
the 100 club
Tuesday 10th February 2015
Styal Lodge, Cheshire
9:30am till 5pm
Then After Show Party
One day to transform your wedding business.
Inspire. Apply. Connect. Elevate
Book now at www.theweddingcircle.co.uk
Images by Hayley Baxter Photography
Film by Silk Wedding Films
July 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime
We’re cracking open the bubbly here at Brides Up North and taking the afternoon off!*
*Ok, we’re not really doing that, we’re actually stuck at our screens working on our re-launch, but if we could, that’s totally what we’d be doing.
We’ve just had word that (thanks to you, our lovely readers!) Brides Up North has been shortlisted to win the Wedding Blog category in The Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2014.
Now, this is just a bit of a big deal. First up, Cosmo is a market leading lifestyle magazine, not an industry title, so to have been recognised outside of our little bridal bubble for our hard work is pretty immense, and puts our wedding blog in front of a much wider audience. Secondly, we were nominated for the shortlist by you, our readers: brides to be and industry supporters, and we love that.
We love you.
But lets not let that (imaginary) Champagne go to our heads… we still need your votes to take home the gong! Let’s show the rest of the UK that Northerners do it best!
We’d be ever so grateful if you’d head over to the awards site and cast the deciding vote in our favour (and check out some other fab blogs across the board while you’re there – we’ve already added a few to our reader). 50% of the votes are cast by readers and the other 50% is made up from the panel of Cosmo Editors, and voting closed on 29th August 2014, so we need your help to be in with a chance.
Click here to support Brides Up North. #jointhenorthernrevolution #CosmoBlogAwards
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