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wahey! brides up north is the official blogger for the national wedding show!

October 17th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’re so (so, so!) excited to be reprising our role as official blogger for The National Wedding Show at Manchester Central this autumn on 28- 29th October 2017! As the North West’s biggest and most popular large scale wedding show, you can try, buy, book and hire all that you need for your perfect day.

With up to 200 wedding specialists, from bridal boutiques and florists to photographers and cake designers, this is the place to gain first-class creative ideas, tips and advice from the area’s crème de la crème of wedding suppliers. As one of our very favourite events of the year, we’re always eager to learn what wonderful extras The National Wedding Show team have in store – and ladies and gents, we can safely say that you’re in for a real treat!

To get two tickets for JUST £25, quote “BUN17” when booking.* Visit the website for more details and to book your tickets now.

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in fashion

The Catwalk shows (our favourite bit!) will be presenting the latest bridal, hair and accessory trends with a stunning showcase of dresses from top designers to high street names. As well as bridalwear, the catwalks feature up-to-the-minute looks for bridesmaids, grooms and mothers of the brides, making it a must-see experience for the entire wedding party.

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get the look

Don’t forget to visit the Bridalwear Collection too – a wonderful showcase of the area’s best boutiques where you can choose from hundreds of dresses and have personal consultations and fittings with expert stylists. Don’t forget to ask about the special show offers if you buy on the day!

For further styling tips and inspiration, you can join the Official Back Stage Makeup Artist professionals from Lancome on their interactive stand and watch expert demonstrations in the Makeup Masterclass area.

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all the details

If you’re looking for inspiration and creative ideas, whether you’re dreaming of a fairy-tale occasion or seeking a more cutting edge affair, it is a must attend event for every bride-to-be. Discover the North West’s premier wedding suppliers and experts for every aspect of your day, so you can buy and book everything from stunning dresses, venues, décor, photography, jewellery, wedding transport, floral displays, honeymoons, and much more.

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During the day, you can also conduct your very own audition for your wedding entertainment with the area’s best acts playing live at the Entertainment Stage in partnership with Jukebox Band.

Finally, be sure to get into the celebratory mood by raising a glass of fizz at The Champagne Bar, beautifully styled by our friends at QUBE Events.

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see you there

Whatever your budget, your style, your location – whatever your dream wedding – The National Wedding Show has got it covered. As well as hosting out own features over on the show’s official blog, we’ll also be on site at the event, tweeting, facebooking and instagramming like mad (from a front row seat on their designer catwalk no less), trying to meet as many of you lovely brides to be as possible and also putting our judging hat on to award the “best in show” exhibitor prize.

We’ll see you there!

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Get two tickets for JUST £25, quote “BUN17” when booking.*

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Visit the website for more details and to book your tickets now

Images by Cat Hepple/  Louise Bjorling.

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cheshire’s most luxurious bridal show: your 5* day at the chester grosvenor

October 14th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’re having a fabulous autumn season here at Brides Up North HQ, spreading tulle and confetti covered cheer as our absolutely epic Luxury Bridal Show schedule continues across three regions.

Have you seen this line up? We’ve been working hard to bring your very favourite – or soon to be favourite – suppliers together under the roofs of some of the most celebrated wedding venues across the North.  And we think we’ve done a pretty cracking job of it! Make sure to click the link with your diary on hand to check out the full selection of loveliness coming your way.

For now, we’re delighted to announce another event at stunning 5* The Chester Grosvenor in Cheshire on Sunday 15th October 2017, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY.  We’re putting on autumn’s most luxurious wedding fair at this sensational Chester landmark hotel. Did we mention that you are invited, oh, and did we also mention that it’s completely free?

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This one has the WOW factor and it’s yours exclusively for the whole day. We’ve filled it’s beautiful function spaces with our selection of the region’s best wedding industry suppliers, ready and waiting to turn your dreams into reality.

The award winning Chester Grosvenor combines breathtaking architecture with contemporary yet traditional interiors and Michelin star dining experiences. Steeped in history dating back to the 18th century, the hotel sits elegantly next to the Eastgate Clock, where the pillared entrance and black and white timbered exterior provide the perfect backdrop for a fairytale wedding.

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From the first appointment with your dedicated wedding coordinator to the minute you say “I do”, The Chester Grosvenor’s wedding team will be on hand every step of the way to make sure your special day is one of the most memorable for you and your guests.

From the Eaton Suite which overlooks beautiful Eastgate Street to the sleek Westminster Suite, designed by world-renowned manufacturer Porsche and the traditional surroundings of the Drawing Room where the dainty side plates and marble fireplace take you back in time, The Chester Grosvenor can accommodate wedding breakfasts and civil ceremonies from 2 to 240 guests.

The spa, located in the heart of the hotel, has five luxury treatment rooms, herb sauna, crystal steam room, salt grotto and a relaxation area, as well as a manicure and pedicure station for the finishing touches enabling you to completely relax before, during and after the big day.

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bride to be?

To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (stuffed with treats and glossy mags, sponsored by UNVEILED Magazine) and FREE ENTRY, fill in your details below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to the Luxury Bridal Show. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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want to exhibit with us?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2017. 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. Please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.

Images supplied by The Chester Grosvenor.

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girls only: the wedding edit.

October 9th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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As bloggers, we’re the first to rave about how useful the internet is in sourcing wedding suppliers and gaining glorious big day ideas. However, we also value the importance of meeting suppliers face to face, hence our epic season of Brides Up North wedding fairs held at some of the finest venues across the North (if you haven’t already, be sure to check out our upcoming events here.)

While we’ll be taking a one-weekend break from the wedding fair scene on Sunday 29th October, we have details of a massively swoon-worthy event staged by our fabulous Sponsor, LOVE Bridal Boutique, at gorgeous Cheshire wedding venue, Styal Lodge – well we wouldn’t leave your diaries with a gap in now, would we?!

Now in its fourth year, The Wedding Edit is a strictly girls-only event, that unveils LOVE’s latest dress collections providing heaps of heavenly styling inspiration. Furthermore, a hand-picked selection of North West suppliers will be in attendance to showcase their talents, and we hear there are some tasty culinary treats in store too!

Here to give us the full low-down on the event, including details on how to get your hands on tickets (which are free!), is owner of LOVE Bridal Boutique, our mate, Emma Draper…

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When is the event taking place and what will it include?

emma says: The Wedding Edit will take place from 12 noon until around 3pm on Sunday 29th October. The main event will be the catwalk show where we are proudly showcasing the latest collections from Sarah Seven, Sassi Holford, Enzoani, and our new collection from Savannah Miller will make its debut.

Brides and their guests will be welcomed with drinks and throughout the course of the event will have the opportunity to chat about all things wedding with some of the very best wedding suppliers in the North West, who will be there to offer their advice, guidance and inspiration.

What suppliers will be involved in the day?

We, LOVE Bridal Boutique will be hosting the event at Styal Lodge and will be joined by Jonny Draper Photography; The Flower Lounge and The Soiree Stylists, who will dressing the event; The Switch Entertainment, featuring Ellie Sax, Laserboy Wonder and Sash Sings; Flossy and Leigh, who will be styling our models and will be on hand to talk bridal hair and makeup; Pink Pepper, who will be providing stunning edible treats – and we will have a little surprise for our guests too! Other suppliers include Cakes by Yolk, Whitfield and Ward, Adam Wing Films, Lucy Wright Events, The Word is Love, Hipswing and Eleventh Heaven by Ann McAvney, plus shoes from Harriet Wilde and Charlotte Mills will feature on the catwalk.

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What can brides-to-be planning their wedding get out of the event?

Strictly a girls-only event, brides-to-be and their guest will have the opportunity to see all of the brand-new collections that have only just arrived in store.

They will be able to take inspiration on how dresses can be styled, looking at accessories, hair and makeup as well as get a real sense of how the dresses move and fit, off the hanger.

My team and I will be on hand to chat about the dresses and the process/timescales involved in buying a wedding dress as well as the opportunity to book an exclusive appointment.

Will there be any special treats in store?

Cocktails on tap, goody bags for our brides, treats to sample, heaps of inspiration and plenty of selfie opportunities – a definite Instagrammable event!

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What are you looking forward to most about the event?

Seeing the look on our guests faces when we unveil our new collections! Now in its fourth year, we still can’t get enough of the vibe and eager anticipation as everyone takes their seats for the catwalk show.

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How do brides register for the event?

Email hello@lovebridalboutique.co.uk to reserve a space on our guest list. Limited number of places available so be quick!

For more brides can also visit our website or follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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its an unveiled wedding wonderland at rockliffe hall!

September 29th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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This Sunday 1st October 2017, 12pm till 4pm, FREE ENTRY we’ll be hosting the another stunning UNVEILED Wedding Wonderland: Luxury Bridal Show, in association with our glossy print product, UNVEILED, The Luxury Wedding Magazine for the North and the sensational Five Red Star wedding venue, Rockliffe Hall.

An immersive experience, we’re transforming the rooms and suites at Rockliffe Hall into a bridal playground, inviting a choice selection of the area’s finest wedding suppliers and encouraging brides and grooms to discover the magic of this beautiful place.

Discuss all things weddings with the dedicated Rockliffe Hall wedding planners and, even if you’ve already got your venue sorted, try, taste, test and talk to our handpicked on-site luxury suppliers.

There’ll be almost 40 talented vendors in attendance, with every single detail covered – from diamonds and accessories, to live music and love lights, via cakes, floral displays, photo booths and much, much more!

And if that’s not enough Rockliffe Hall have pulled out all the stops to offer two complimentary Spa Garden Day Passes to one lucky bride (or groom) to be, who successfully completes our 5 Red Star Wedding Wonderland Treasure Map, which you can collect from reception along with your VIP Media Pack sponsored by UNVEILED Magazine, while stocks last.

Yes, you did read that right – it’s completely FREE for you and your whole bridal party to attend – we’d suggest bringing a bridesmaid or two to help with that goody bag!

Allow us to take you on a journey…

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Set within 375 acres of picturesque County Durham countryside, Rockliffe Hall caters for weddings of all styles and sizes, with stunning spaces both inside and out. As the North of England’s only AA-rated 5 red star resort, the lavish Hall boasts luxury surroundings, secluded grounds, award-winning food and an outstanding range of facilities and packages for exclusive weddings.

From ceremony to wedding breakfast and into evening celebrations, the team at Rockliffe Hall firmly believe that every wedding should be completely unique, and as such help couples to create a wedding day that is truly theirs.

For those that dream of an alfresco big day, there are several beautiful settings available within the Hall’s perfectly-manicured grounds, which can cater for ceremonies, drinks receptions and marquee celebrations.

Indoors, there is a choice of immaculate rooms where civil ceremonies and receptions can take place. The Rockliffe Suite is an impressive room with outdoor terrace catering for up to 170 guests while the magnificently restored Victorian Orangery can hold up to 110 guests. Finally, for more intimate celebrations, there is The Old Hall, a room of gothic glamour and character that can accommodate between 20 and 80 guests.

Whichever setting couples choose, the Hall’s experienced team will assist in adding special touches and personalised food and drink menus for a truly memorable big day.

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bride to be?

To pre-register for a FREE VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (stuffed with treats and glossy mags) and FREE ENTRY, fill in your details below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Show. Only the bride need register for larger groups.

VIP Bride-To-Be Media Packs available while stocks last only.

CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

Your data will not be shared with third parties without permission.

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fancy exhibiting?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2017 and beyond. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous Luxury Wedding Shows 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. Consequently, we expect demand to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

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omg! its the big bridal super show & designer dress sale at ramside hall hotel!

September 20th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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Taking a break from the #wedmin are we?  Well, you picked the right time to stop by, because look!  It’s the Brides Up North big bridal super show 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 24th September 2017, from 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY.  

Yep. Free.  With a goody bag on top! Judging by our stellar supplier lineup and our pre-registration figures, it’s going to be pretty epic…

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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 bridal fashion bonanza with all the extra pretty on top!  This 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 wedding 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.

And NEW for this season, we are adding a HUGE DESIGNER DRESS SALE, sponsored by The Bridal Collection and The Harrogate Wedding Lounge.  With over 100 dresses to try and buy on the day, all at £499 or less.  Yes. You read that right: all at £499 or less and from designers like Enzoani, Maggie Sottero, Justin Alexander, Claire Pettibone, Ian Stuart and Raimon Bundo.  You do not want to miss this!

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As well as getting your dress shopping on, come and see our two Brides Up North designer bridal catwalks (we’re planning some really beautiful shows with the best boutiques in the area – don’t miss them!), meet the Ramside Hall wedding planners, pose in our photo booths, taste our sweet treats, kit out your man and bridesmaids,  play dress up with gorgeous gowns and accessories (you are going to be spoilt for chose let me tell you!), 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 planning heaven… and lots of fun too.

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bride to be?

To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (stuffed with treats and glossy mags, including the hot off the press issue of UNVEILED Magazine) and FREE ENTRY, fill in your details below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to the event. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

fancy exhibiting with us?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family . 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. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place. Please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.

Images by Cat Hepple Photography.

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diary date: sarah seven designer event at love bridal boutique

August 17th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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Gals, it’s time to get those diaries out once again, as this afternoon we’re bringing you details of a very exciting and exclusive event set to be hosted by our wonderful Sponsor Emma Draper, owner of LOVE Bridal Boutique.

On Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September, Emma will welcome top bridal designer Sarah Seven to her Altrincham boutique for a special designer day event. This will be a rare opportunity for brides to meet the creator of the stylish gowns, enjoy a personal styling session with both Emma and Sarah, and pick from an extended selection of Sarah Seven dresses. Oh, and those purchasing will get an incredible 10% discount too.

Sounds amazing, right?! To ensure you’ve got all the lowdown ahead of this fabulous event we’ve invited Emma to fill us in on all the details, including how to bag yourself one of the limited appointment slots…

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Can you tell us what brides-to-be can expect from the Sarah Seven event?

emma says: Sarah Seven will be bringing her full ‘The Romantics Collection Part II’, so you can snag your favourite dress long before it “officially” hits retailers. This will be the epitome of the LOVE experience. Brides will enjoy an hour-long personal appointment with myself, and Sarah Seven herself will be on hand to help style and advise brides on the perfect dress and fit. There will be a fab 10% discount on all purchases on the day too!

And what are the benefits to attending this exclusive event?

This is Sarah Seven’s only stop in England on her Trunk Show tour of America and Europe this year. Most of the gowns from her new The Romantics Part II collection will only be available during Sarah’s two-day visit, so this is a rare opportunity to find the dress. Brides will not only get an exclusive look at this new collection but also meet and be styled by Sarah Seven herself!

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How many appointments will be available over the two days?

Each appointment will last an hour and there is a limited amount of appointments available over the two days, so those wanting to attend should get in touch ASAP.

Tell us a little about Sarah Seven’s designs…

Sarah Seven’s designs are unashamedly feminine and whimsical; awash with masses of soft tulle, sequins, lace and plunging necklines. Her designs have a young aesthetic, but take inspiration from eras gone by, making her collections appeal to a broad range of brides.

Starting at around £1,800, these gowns are beautifully embellished and heavy on detailing and texture, all whilst retaining simple, clean cut lines and elegance.

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Any particular favourites or stand out pieces within her collections for you personally?

The Milo gown has already stolen the hearts of so many brides on Sarah’s Instagram feed with its heavy lace detail, plunging neckline and dramatic cape-like sleeves. It just screams wow! What’s not to love?!

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What sizes are Sarah Seven’s designs available in?

Dresses can be ordered from UK size 4 to 18, with plus sizes available too.

And what is the price range of the dresses?

Prices start from around £1,800 up to around £4,000 with the majority sitting around £2,000 to £2,500.

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