Charlotte Balbier

hey yorkshire? things are about to get very, very pretty!

October 7th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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The next few weeks at Brides Up North HQ are amongst our busiest ever (hey, what changes?) as we gear up to deliver a serious helping of wedding inspiration to brides and grooms right across Yorkshire.  The schedule is packed, and the schedule is pretty, as we visit four of the most gorgeous wedding venues in this beautiful county, filling each with an entirely handpicked selection of wedding suppliers for you to choose from.

Whether you are still looking for your venue (and oh my goodness these are stunners) or the few final touches (we’ve got those expertly covered too), these events are a must visit.  Each event is completely bespoke and so perfectly put together, so we’d love for you to take your pick and come along to whichever takes your fancy!  We’ve also made each event so unique that all four could fit neatly into a bride to be’s diary should the opportunity arise – just make sure you’ve a plan in place for handling a grumpy groom! Top tip: bring him to one, enlist the bridesmaids for the others!

We’re so very excited about what we’ve got planned for our readers – yes, that’s you! -for the next month!  Bringing our inspirational pages to life is what we think we do best, and we can’t wait to share the events that we have been so meticulously working on for months behind the scenes.  All we’ll say is that if you think these pages are lovely… you ain’t seen nothing yet!  Grab the wedding folder, it’s time to tick off some wedmin…

Coming right up:

The Mansion Luxury Wedding Exhibition Autumn 2015

The Mansion, Roundhay, Leeds, LS8 2HH
Sunday 11th October 2015, 11am till 3pm, Free Entry

One for the fashionistas, this boutique, exclusive use wedding venue in Roundhay park is super chic. Add 35 of the area’s finest wedding industry suppliers and our bridal event equals absolute wedding planning perfection!

We’d love to help you get your glam on!

Denton Hall Autumn 2015

Denton Hall, Denton Rd, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 0HH
Sunday 18th October 2015, 11am till 3pm, Free Entry

Get ready to be Lords & Ladies of the Manor at this stunning Yorkshire country pile.

We’ve enlisted the help of 30+ luxury wedding exhibitors to help make your day even more perfect.

Wentworth Woodhouse Autumn 2015

Wentworth Woodhouse, Wentworth, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S62 7TQ
Sunday 18th October 2014, 12pm till 4pm

£5 per bride (towards restoration fund)– other guests FREE

It’s big and it’s beautiful. With it’s newly granted Civil Licence the marbled halls of stately giant Wentworth Woodhouse can be exclusively yours for a very special day.

We’re excited to be working at this brand new Brides Up North venue for autumn 2015 and will be inviting the region’s very best exhibitors to join us for a day of delight and inspiration.

Allerton Castle Autumn 2015

Allerton Castle, Allerton Mauleverer, Knaresborough, HG5 0SE
Sunday 25th October 2015, 11am till 3pm, Free Entry

This one has the WOW factor! The former residence of the Grand Old Duke of York is a real life fairy tale castle with the luxury of a boutique hotel, and it’s yours exclusively for the whole day.

We’ve filled the Great Hall and Ballroom with our selection (over 40) of the region’s best wedding industry suppliers, waiting to turn your dreams into reality.

bride to be? register now

To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (stuffed with treats and glossy mags) at all or any of the events, simply follow the link below and select the venue of your choice. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibition. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.


are you a wedding industry professional?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2015/16. 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 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.

Please email ASAP for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.

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a diary date for #pearlsgirls

September 29th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Georgina Harrison Photography

Brides Up North fave Diana of The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique (plus some of her ever so lovely friends) are hijacking these pretty pages this lunchtime with a very special invitation.

diana says: We would like to thrilled to invite you to an afternoon of pure elegance & style, hosted by the fabulous boutique venue, The Pheasant in Harome, North Yorkshire on Sunday 11th October 2015 from 1pm to 4pm.

Exclusive Event Invitation

We will shower you with fizz and canapés on arrival, where you will then have the chance to chat to some of the best local wedding suppliers there are. There will be lots more treats throughout the afternoon and a few surprises too!!

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At 2pm there will be an exclusive preview of new collection gowns that have arrived in to the boutique from Charlotte Balbier, Enzoani and Sassi Holford Bridal Design plus some of their gorgeous current collections. There’ll be lots of sparkle, shoes, feathers and lingerie too from our accessory designers – Rachel Simpson Shoes, Charlotte Mills Bridal, Flo & Percy, Chez Bec, Sasso Bride, Pompadour Couture Lingerie and Amanda Wyatt. It is going to be amazingly beautiful!

Samantha Ward Photography

You can keep up to date on all of our fabulous ‘wedding friends’ that will joining us on the day via our Facebook event page. Tickets are FREE so to book your place, just call the boutique on 01751 798080, email or click here to go through to our contact form on on our website.We just need to know numbers for all the treats we have planned for you.

Get the girls together and enjoy an afternoon of wedding inspiration…

See you there! #pearlsgirls

Images by Georgina Harrison, Hayley Baxter and Samantha Ward.

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are we the online/digital business of the year?

September 29th, 2015 | Julia Braime


Today I’m really very excited to share that Brides Up North has been shortlisted in the Forward Ladies women in business awards 2015 for Online/Digital Business Of The Year.  As you read this, Rachel and I are perfecting our lippy and heading to Newcastle to join lots of bright business minds at the Yorkshire & North East Awards ceremony.

We’re never really ones for making a huge fuss (in our ever so Northern manner), but we’re ever so chuffed that our work in this field has been lauded by an organisation with so dynamic and varied a membership as Forward Ladies.  Today, at the sparkling do, we’ll be over the moon if we take home the award – but it’s just as nice to see our hard work, loyal readership, solid supporter base and resultant business success recognised.

forward ladies say: ‘This year’s awards continues its tradition of being the premier forum for recognising and rewarding the talented women across the UK. The awards, which were created to celebrate trail blazing and pioneering women from enterprise and business, are hugely important because they give women a unique opportunity to acknowledge their successes and become credible and inspirational role models for others.

We have categories to showcase the underrepresented women working in traditionally male dominated fields such as the Digital and Online category, and have received some outstanding entries in this category.  The judges have seriously had their work cut out for them this year… This is a testament to the high quality of our female business leaders across the regions who are helping the region’s economy grow.’

Here at Brides Up North, we’ll ALWAYS be all about the pretty… but there’s a serious side to what we do too.  We connect. We aim to connect our bride to be readers with each other as a community; we aim to bring our wedding industry friends together, forging solid business relationships and networks along the way and most of all, we aim to put our bride to be readers directly in touch with the very best professionals in their area to help them realise their wedding day dreams.  We achieve this through our daily blog posts, social networks, luxury wedding exhibitions, supplier gatherings and more recently through our work with Unveiled Magazine.

We’ve recently gone back to the proverbial drawing board to assess our entire service and how Brides Up North can better help our readers and supplier clients. Soon, (watch this space) we hope to bring you an exciting new online offering to make these connections even easier than ever before, but just for tomorrow, we’ll stick to networking in the old fashioned way… hopefully over a glass of celebratory bubbly!

Wish us luck!

julia, rachel & the team x

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this sunday! you are invited to the bridal party!

September 18th, 2015 | Julia Braime

The Bridal Party Ramside Hall Hotel Autumn 2015

As regular readers of these pages will know, Brides Up North are renowned for hosting the very best wedding exhibitions and bridal events that the regions have to offer.  We’re the absolute experts at getting all the pretty in one place – the most fabulous suppliers at the very best venues to inspire, delight (and organise!) our bride to be visitors.

Our shows are stunning, spacious and sophisticated. But this season, it’s set to get even more special.

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We’re celebrating five happy years of Brides Up North here at the HQ this autumn and to celebrate, we are hosting a huge party this very weekend (cunningly disguised as a Grand Wedding Exhibition)!

Let us cordially extend the most lovely of invitations to:

the bridal party

Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf Club & Spa, Durham

Sunday 20th September 2015

11am till 3pm

Free Entry

We are shaking things up, with all new “Brides Up North Edit” designer catwalk shows, a champagne bar, wedding hair and beauty advice sessions & demos & glossy media packs for each visiting bride.  The team from the brand new (sensational!) Spa at Ramside will also be on hand with tips and treats for every visitor.

As ever, we don’t do things by halves here at Brides Up North. For this event, we are filling the whole of the hotel – 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.

The fun doesn’t stop there either. We’ll be following up the day to each registered bride with an interactive show newsletter packed full of exhibitor discounts and links, meaning that the inspiration – and savings – continue after the main event.

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

We’re giving away up to 250 free Bride To Be media packs at each event, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North and exclusive offers.  As a VIP you’ll also get speedy entry to the event. As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Select the event that you wish to attend (required)

Number of people attending the event (including yourself) (required)

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wedding industry supplier? join the party!

We would love to welcome new exhibitors and old friends to the Brides Up North family in 2015/16. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our award winning luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions.

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 for pricing, exhibitor info and to guarantee your place.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Telephone No

Your Website (begin web address with http://www.)

What sort of wedding business are you enquiring on behalf of? e.g. Bridal Boutique/ Photographer etc

Select the event that you are interested in (required)

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

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Images by Cat Hepple Photography.

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we’ve been shortlisted in the wedding blog awards 2015! and we’d love your vote.

September 10th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Vote For Us!

Rachel and I are absolutely thrilled to bits to share that Brides Up North has been shortlisted once again in the best city blog category in this year’s Wedding Blog Awards 2015, hosted by Wedding Magazine.

The awards evening is one of our yearly “best bits” and we are looking forward to another night of hobnobbing and hi-jinks with our fellow UK wedding bloggers (cue cupcakes washed down with Champagne) – and not-so-much the hungover train ride home – this October at The Tower Of London.

It might seem from our pretty Instagram feed that all Rach and I do is play with pretty dresses when we are in the office and put our feet up in spas when we are not.  Usually, that’s exactly what we want you to think. Unfortunately, it’s not quite the reality. Although, when I think on it, Rachel has been to a lot of spas during the working week lately… the cheeky mare.

Joking aside, behind the scenes here at Brides Up North we (ahem, Rachel’s spa-ing aside) work really long, often unsociable hours – just ask my husband – to make sure that the inboxes are emptied and the pretty pages of the wedding blog and related social channels are constantly fuelled with new wedding inspiration.  That’s not to mention my role as Editor of Unveiled Magazine or the vast amount of effort that goes into our extremely busy seasons of Luxury Wedding Exhibitions. I think what I’m trying to say is that it’s hard work being this goddamn fabulous.


We’d be really pleased to take home the gong for “Best City Blog” and would love it if you could cast your vote our way! Click here to do so, and to see who else made the shortlist too. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our loyal readership, so big love and thanks for your support, it’s very much appreciated.

Let’s show the rest of the UK exactly what us Northerners can do!

Voting closes this Friday.

julia & rachel x

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