Charlotte Balbier
Luxury Wedding Fairs

#bridesquad at the ready!

August 26th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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2016 is by far our busiest and most exciting year yet (the team have like, one Sunday off each out of 52) and we’d love to help you and your #bridesquad get your wedding inspo on and see you at one of our very special wedding shows this autumn.

We are proud to be working with some stunning new partner venues this season – watch out for dates at Lartington Hall, Saltmarshe Hall, Chester Grosvenor, Adlington Hall, The Belle Epoque, Hornington Manor, Newby Hall, Cutlers’ Hall and Worsley Park Marriott, to name a few – as well as some well established Brides Up North favourites, like Capesthorne Hall, Denton Hall, Ramside Hall, Hardwick Hall, The Bowdon Rooms, Hilltop Country House, Allerton Castle, The Alnwick Garden, Nostell Priory, Wentworth Woodhouse, The Mansion… the list goes on…

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For those Brides Up North readers who are new around these parts, we have a loyal and local following both on these pretty pages and off, and have hosted over 80 gorgeous wedding exhibitions and soirees since 2012!  We’ve amassed a fair bit a ridiculous amount of experience in this time, and are always tweaking our events and offering (every single event at every single one of our beautiful partner venues is completely bespoke and meticulously planned from scratch each season, we’re fussy like that). We generally hate blowing our own trumpet (modest? us? noooo!) but we really do think that our shows are the very best in the business, and pride ourselves on delivering an amazing and inspiring experience to both our visiting brides and exhibitors alike.

Watch out for new features (like our amazing WHITEHOT designer catwalks at Ramside Hall, tipi village at Hardwick Hall and debuting the brand new Orangery at Newby Hall), plus all the Brides Up North magic and sparkle and sensational exhibitor mix that comes as standard.

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We’re also looking ahead to 2018, when we’ll be hosting a designer wedding experience for brides UK wide in collaboration with glossy Unveiled Magazine. brides/UNVEILED, The Luxury Wedding Show For The North, will now debut spring 2018 at Harrogate International Centre. As an immersive luxury bridal experience spanning two days in this celebrated, accessible exhibition space in the heart of the UK, brides/UNVEILED will aim to bring the stylish pages of our popular media products to life. With bespoke spaces, creative concepts and luxe visual displays like no other, this high end consumer bridal event aims to connect the inspiration gathering process with the professionals who can deliver sensational results. To find out more about attending or to contact us as an exhibitor visit www.brides-unveiled.co.uk.

So, there’s just a bit going on backstage right now, and we can’t wait to share all the fun with you lovely lot. Whilst we sweat over staging and floor management, why don’t you take a moment to have a browse of our jam packed schedule and start blocking out a few Sundays… things are about to get very, very pretty.

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bride to be?

At all of our events this autumn, we’re giving away up to 200 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register for the show (or shows!) that you want to attend using the link below. While stocks last.

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are you a 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.

Click here to view the full schedule.

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Since their inception in spring 2012, all exhibitions have been sell outs on exhibitor space. 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

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

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#dreamteam diary date: charlotte mills shoe launch at luella’s bridal

August 25th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Today we have news of an exciting new #dreamteam with two of our fabulous Sponsors teaming up to bring you lucky brides-to-be a stunning choice of exquisite dresses and gorgeous accessories, all under one roof.

As from next month Manchester-based Charlotte Mills will be stocking her fancy bridal footwear at the wonderful Luella’s Bridal boutique, located in Wimbledon, London. And to mark the beginning of the pretty partnership, the boutique will be hosting an exclusive launch event on the 2nd and 3rd September – to which you are all invited!

As well as the opportunity to try on Charlotte’s stunning footwear, those who book an appointment for the event at Luella’s will also get to meet the designer herself during a one-to-one consultation, and, better still, will receive a fabulous 10% discount on any purchases made from her collection.

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We spoke to Rachel Attwell, the founder and creative director of Luella’s.

rachel says: We are so excited about our new venture with Charlotte. Her designs perfectly complement the dresses we have in store and our brides are going to be really spoilt for choice.

Not only are we going to be able to offer our customers a fantastic variety of styles, but we will be carrying a large quantity of stock, so they will also be able to walk away on the day with a pair of shoes in their size. We view this as a key step towards really giving our brides what they are asking for and leading the way in instant bridal fashion.

As it’s the first time that the entire Charlotte Mills collection will be available to purchase in London, the northern designer is equally thrilled about the union.

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charlotte says: I’m delighted to be working with Rachel and the team at Luella’s to bring our collection to London brides. We opened our first boutique, based in Greater Manchester, in March this year and it’s been a huge success. We have so many brides in the south wanting to see the shoes and try them on, so this collaboration will be the perfect opportunity for us to make this possible.

To book an appointment to meet Charlotte on the 2nd or 3rd of September and to receive 10% discount, email Luella’s directly at appointments@luellas.co.uk

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diary date: charlotte balbier trunk show at the little pearl bridal boutique

August 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon on the blog we’re thrilled to bring you details of an upcoming event that features not one, but two, of our fabulous Sponsors.

Between Thursday 1st and Sunday 4th September, the gorgeous Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in Pickering, Yorkshire, will be hosting a Charlotte Balbier trunk show, so you ladies on the dress hunt book out a day in your diary asap!

The event will give brides-to-be the amazing opportunity to be among the first lucky ladies in Yorkshire to exclusively view and try on Charlotte Balbier’s brand new collection, ‘Untamed Love’ – which us girls here at Brides Up North HQ are totally head over heels for!

From exquisite back detail and fine fabrics to edgy separates and dreamy floral prints, this collection really does have an oh-so-pretty design for everyone, so our advice to you is to book an appointment for the trunk show, pronto!

Here to explain how to do just that, whilst telling us a little more about the Charlotte Balbier event and collection, is Little Pearl owner, the lovely Diana.

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Tell us what brides-to-be can expect from the Charlotte Balbier trunk show…

diana says: As the exclusive North Yorkshire stockist of Charlotte Balbier, we are very proud to be hosting this event. The boutique will be transformed into a haven of bridal beauty with statement florals and soft flowing ethereal gowns, there really is a style for everyone within Charlotte’s new collection. I’m so excited to see brides-to-be trying on the dresses and hearing their thoughts on the collection too.

No Little Pearl event is complete without a gorgeous goody bag for our visiting brides, plus pink fizz, cakes and £100 accessory voucher for brides that find their gown during the trunk show!

What type of bride would you say the new Charlotte Balbier collection appeals to?

Charlotte’s new collection is perfect for brides who love fashion and style, and who really want to express their personality through their gown. This collection brings some stunning fresh designs and styles to the bridal world that we just know our #pearlsgirls are going to fall totally in love with!

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Do you have any personal favourite designs from within the collection?

Luna is the ultimate in boho chic! Such a soft, romantic lace fabric and plunging neckline, she brings something unique to the boutique. It’s all about the florals for me too, so I cannot wait to see Untamed Love and Bloom gliding around the boutique at the event! We’ve had lots of requests about these gowns and I love that brides are wanting to push boundaries and go for a statement florals on their big day.

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Is there anything brides can do in advance to prepare for the trunk show?  

It will really help a bride if she has already tried on some different styles, and therefore has an idea of what she likes. Not to worry if they haven’t though as Charlotte’s collection has a range of styles, from fishtails to full skirted A-lines and more boho inspired designs – there’s something for everyone!

What are you looking forward to most about the event?

I love hosting events in the boutique and making appointments extra special for all of our visiting brides. It’s just the best feeling seeing lots of happy and excited ladies on their journey to finding their dream gown!

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How do brides-to-be make an appointment to attend the trunk show?

The trunk show will run from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th September, so ladies should get in touch quickly to book their exclusive appointment. Due to popular demand for these appointments, we request a £20 deposit, which is refunded to ladies as soon as they arrive for their appointment. Email diana@thelittlepearlbridalboutique.co.uk, or call the boutique on 01751 798080. Hope to see you there!

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diary date: limor rosen 2017 wedding dress preview event at luella’s bridal

August 11th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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It’s time to get those diaries out again ladies as we’ve got details of an exclusive preview event that you won’t want to miss out on.

A must for those of you currently on the dress hunt, our fabulous Sponsor Luella’s Bridal, will be taking delivery of the latest gowns from amazing designer Limor Rosen for a unique preview of the entire Birds of Paradise Collection, which is guaranteed to send you weak at the knees.

Based in the heart of Wimbledon Village, London, those making the trip to the gorgeous boutique for the event, which takes place between 27th and 28th August, can expect champagne, discounts and expert advice in the search for that one special dress.

The Birds of Paradise collection incorporates soft, slender silk tulles with polished and fine beaded lace to create feminine, romantic silhouettes, providing plenty of swoon-worthy options for brides-to-be to pick from.

To tell us more about the exciting event and how to make an appointment to attend, we’re welcoming Luella’s Bridal founder Rachel Attwell to the blog…

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Can you tell us a little about the upcoming Limor Rosen Wedding Dress Preview Event?

rachel says: The three-day event will be the only time that the entire Limor Rosen Birds of Paradise Collection is going to be available to view in the UK. Girls will be invited to the store to enjoy a glass of champagne with their friends or family, whilst trying on this amazing selection of dresses.

What are the main benefits of such an event for brides?

Following the event we will select a few designs to have in the store but we definitely won’t be stocking all of them and our samples won’t be arriving in store until later on in the autumn. This means that if brides are planning a wedding next spring they would need to order at the event to be able to get a dress in time. Without the preview event they simply wouldn’t have the option of ordering the dresses in time or trying on such a selection.

Will there be any special treats at the event?

Absolutely. There will be champagne and a 10% discount off any of the new collection dresses as long as the order is placed during the event.

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What type of bride is a Limor Rosen bride?

Limor’s designs appeal to all sorts of brides because of the really flattering fit and the variety of designs in her collections. There is a trend for brides to choose an Israeli style dress at the moment but some of these designs can be quite revealing. Limor seems to have got the perfect balance between creating designs that show off a bride’s silhouette whilst remaining modest, which can be very important for those getting married in a church. Her designs are also the perfect mix of modern and traditional, which is another reason that they appeal to so many brides.

What sizes are the Birds of Paradise designs available in and what is the price range of the collection?

The dresses available in sizes 6 to 18, however ladies will only be able to try on in the sample size at the event. All of the dresses are made to order so we take each brides measurements and then work out the closest possible size. The price range of these dresses is from £3,900 – £5,400 with 10% off if you place your order at the event.

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Do you have any advice for brides-to-be on any preparation that they can do prior to attending the event?

I think it’s really important that girls have a good look at all of the designs before they book their appointment to see if they are the sort of styles that they are looking for. Having said that you never really know what a dress is going to look like until you try it on, so it might still be worth coming for a look even if you are a bit unsure whether the designs will suit you or not. As we have previously mentioned, we anticipate that most brides will be making a decision on the day due to time restrictions so we would definitely suggest trying on other styles in other shops first just so that you can feel confident and happy with the choice you are making.

How do ladies go about booking an appointment for the event?

They can call us on 020 88797744 or email us at appointments@luellas.co.uk but they will have to be quick because the appointments are filling up fast!

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more from the wedding festival front line: #wedstival16

June 10th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Last weekend we featured all the official images from #WEDSTIVAL16, our epic Brides Up North Wedding Festival at Capesthorne Hall, and told you about how you can get involved in our events this autumn and next spring. Click here to catch up.

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Turns out though, that the fabulous Peace Wedding Photography weren’t the only ones doing a bit of snapping – it’s not what you know, it’s who you know y’see – and super talented friend of the wedding blog, Jonny Draper had been capturing the action on his trusty camera for us too.

We absolutely adore Jonny’s images of our amazing day in full swing (and he even had time for an impromptu photo shoot with LOVE Bridal Boutique’s stunning models too – what a backdrop for wedding photos!) as they remind us what a brilliant party it was!  We couldn’t wait to share all the shots with you here.

Images by Jonny Draper Photography.

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As a reminder, don’t forget that we’ve already set the dates for our wedding festivals in 2017 – #WEDSTOCK17 will take place at Stockeld Park on Sunday 7th May, 11am till 4pm and #WEDSTIVAL17 will take place at Capesthorne Hall on Sunday 21st May, 11am till 4pm. Get the dates in your diaries (and interested wedding suppliers should get in touch using the contact form below). Watch this space for a couple of other exciting dates too… North East, we mean you…

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the designer series: charlotte balbier talks to brides up north about her untamed love collection for 2017

June 7th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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You may recall a little earlier this year we were fortunate enough to share with you a first look at the stunning Untamed Love 2017 collection from Brides Up North friend and Sponsor, Charlotte Balbier.

As huge fans of Charlotte’s uber pretty designs we always expect her collections to send us weak at the knees – her latest Untamed Love collection however, sent us falling head over heels as well! Our favourite of Miss Balbier’s wonderful collections to date, we absolutely adore the fabulous variety of shapes, fabrics, colours and detailing that it offers.

Perhaps the most head-turning element of the collection is its three floral patterned dresses: Untamed Love, Bloom and Posey, which we just can’t stop looking at! If you too are fixated on these stunning designs, we have a very exciting date for your diary – on Saturday 18th June, 7th Heaven Bridal in Cheshire will be holding ‘In Bloom’, A Floral Celebration, which will give brides-to-be the exclusive opportunity to try on, and order, one of these spectacular floral gowns ahead of the collection’s official release into boutiques in August. Spaces are very limited so call today on 01260 277123 to book your appointment.

After teasing you with the initial first look, we’re today revealing the remainder of the Untamed Love Collection on the blog, whilst also hearing from the leading lady herself about what went into the designs and how the gorgeous results are being received…

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You’ve just launched your new collection Untamed Love, can you tell us how this collection differs from your previous collections?

charlotte says: I hoped to capture the bride’s attention and imagination with the new Untamed Love 2017 collection. It’s a different collection from what I’ve ever crafted and I dedicated more than 12 months of love and attention to its creation.  I love to constantly evolve the Charlotte Balbier brand to be at the forefront of the market and I could not be more delighted with the new gowns.  The Untamed Love Collection is all about celebrating individuality and being your own kind of beauty.

Where did you get the inspiration for this collection from?

I’ve taken all my inspiration for the Untamed Love Collection from my brides, because my brides are the most important thing. I love to connect with all of my brides via social media and I really take on all of their feedback. It’s great to hear which styles and shapes the brides resonate with and which gowns they are truly attracted to. I travel around the country all year around to trunk shows and meet with my clients individually to chat in person. I love having a strong connection with the brides who wear my gowns to embrace the individuality, style and fabulousness of each and every one of them. I have two very distinctive styles, one is glamorous and the other side is the inner Boho girl at heart. The Untamed Love Collection embraces my inner hippy and the more opulent side to me!

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Can you give us an overview of the various shapes of gowns that the collection includes? 

I try my best to give a large variety of gown shapes to brides with our collections. Dreamy ethereal gowns sit alongside fun and playful floral print works of art combined with classical simple and romantic gowns. The Agatha, Carmel and Bayley are beautiful fitted strapless gowns. Our new Aphrodite gown is a beautiful halter neck with delicate lace detailing. The Paige gown is simply stunning with a beautiful lace on skin back detailing and fishtail back to it. The Posy gown is a fun stunning floral separate and I literally cannot wait to see a bride wearing this gown on her big day. The Rosemary gown is beautifully one shouldered with floral cut out details on the back. Our Sofia gown and Rosalie gowns pay attention to a bride’s neckline and shoulders of a bride with beautiful lace and silver beaded detailing. My collection really does take into consideration all shapes and sizes and we love to give brides a lovely choice of shapes and fits to choose from.

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And what fabrics feature within the collection?

The quality and palette of the fabrics used in the Untamed Love collection is second to none. There are plenty of uses of tulle, silks, French laces, and rich Mikado fabrics. We’ve even designed some fabrics exclusive to the Charlotte Balbier brand, including a specially designed chiffon material created in-house that is only available via our brand. Our two new floral gowns have literally wowed our stockists and the audience at The White Gallery where we launched the new collection in May. Untamed Love, is a soft sorbet of lilacs, apricot, plum, pinks and muted greens. This is a truly a show-stopping gown with on-trend pocket detail.

Why did you want to use colour within the collection and what would you say to brides who are considering wearing a coloured dress for their big day? 

I love to play with colour palettes and this is evident in the new collection. Sitting alongside the traditional ivory hues, are antique gold’s, silver pewters, apricot tones and of course my favourite blush and rose pink shades. Any bride wanting to make a statement during her wedding would wow her guests in the Untamed Love gown for sure. Colour is great for a bride who wants her day to be remembered above all others.

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