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flash offer: celebrate the festive season with caroline castigliano

December 4th, 2017 | Julia Braime


We shared our Sponsor, Caroline Castigliano’s gorgeous new collection on the blog on Friday (click here to catch up) and now we’re just popping in with news of Christmas gifts from this fabulous wedding dress designer.

Caroline Castigliano are offering a seasonal sweetener with a free made to measure service worth £500 if you book your dress at their flagship store in Knightsbridge before 16th December 2017.

Do we feel a bit of festive shopping coming on ladies? Take a break from Oxford Street and try on bridal gowns exclusive to the Caroline Castigliano Knightsbridge boutique. These stunning gowns are all created from luxury fabrics and laces and handcrafted here in here in the United Kingdom.

Join Caroline Castigliano with a family member or close friend for a glass of bubbles and delicious treats as you are guided through your appointment by experienced wedding stylists who are all experts in bringing each bride’s vision to life.

To take part in this offer book your appointment at Caroline’s Knightsbridge store now on 0207 590 9120 or email

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win your happily ever after & support willow burn hospice

July 15th, 2017 | Julia Braime


This weekend on the wedding blog we are proud to support North East charity Willow Burn Hospice whilst giving you the chance to win your perfect wedding day.

Willow Burn Hospice in Lanchester, County Durham, have come together with exclusive suppliers to offer an unbelievable wedding package worth more than £12,000. With generous support from Derwent Manor Hotel in Consett the winning couple can host their own unique wedding in March next year. The prize also includes flowers, cakes, cars, stationery, favours, suits and money towards a stunning gown and much, much more.

Willow Burn Hospice is a registered charity (519659) that offers respite, day care and end of life care to adults from across Derwentside completely free of charge. Their aim is to ensure the dignity of each person that they care for, with excellent nursing care and dedicated staff. At Willow Burn they look after for the whole family, focussing on the wellbeing of everyone at life’s most difficult times.

Nick Price, Operations Manager at Derwent Manor Hotel says: “We are extremely excited to support Willow Burn Hospice in their fantastic competition for a very worthwhile cause. We are delighted to help our local community and as we are a beautiful venue, set in 20 acres of Northumberland countryside overlooking the Derwent Valley, we are very proud to show the lucky competition winners how lucky they really are!”.

Sara Kitchener of Sara’s Kitchen who is supplying either a 3-tier wedding cake or full dessert bar to the prize says: “I’m a strong believer in ‘paying it forward’ and I have been lucky enough to know a special lady who benefits from the work of Willow Burn. She helped me in the past, is a fantastic woman and I know the work of the hospice is very special – this is my way of ‘paying it forward’ and I’m really excited to be part of the competition”.

Claire Chapman of The Glamorous Owl in Newcastle is donating a ring making workshop for the bride and groom as well as gifts for the Maid of Honour and Best Man and says: “There’s not many people now who haven’t been touched by cancer [or palliative conditions] and having worked as a nurse previously and held a ring making workshop for visitors to Willow Burn’s Day Hospice; I understand the need to continue their work – that’s why I’m taking part!”.

Win Your Happily Ever After from Willow Burn is a truly unique opportunity to win more than just a venue, dress and flowers – this competition gives the lucky couple everything down to favours and a party experience from cocktail master Dan Bowes aka ‘Mr Mixologist’; and bespoke stationery from Janette and Charlotte Noble from Silver Birch Designs. Dan says: “In nearly 3 years in business as Mr Mixologist I’m really excited to be supporting a competition like this – it’s a lot of fun and helps a great local cause!”. Janette from Silver Birch agrees and says “I’ve got a personal awareness of Willow Burn and hospice in general with links in my family but that’s why I know their work is so important and we’re thrilled to be part of the competition!”.

Part of the big day for any blushing bride is looking and feeling great and personal trainer Victoria McFaull has generously donated 5 PT sessions to help her feel fabulous in her dress and photos. Victoria says “I’m originally from Moorside so I know Willow Burn as my ‘home charity’. I’ve worked with lots of different clients but weddings are a big thing to lots of people”.

Neal of Classic Wedding Cars has offered use of any car from his extensive catalogue of stunning vintage vehicles for the special day in March. He says: “I’m happy to help with anything at all – we’ll even supply ribbons, flowers and bubbly for the passengers too!” Classic Wedding Cars have vehicles to suit all engaged couples styles – so we’ll be excited to see what the winners choose!

With so much more in the package, hopeful couples are encouraged to visit Willow Burn’s website to learn more and enter! Closing date for entries is Friday 28th July and couples through to the next stage will be announced on 7th August. They then have 12 weeks to raise as much money as they can to support the work of Willow Burn Hospice – and have loads of fun doing it too!

For more information please visit Willow Burn’s website or call 01207 523900.  

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time to shine: win a dream evening gown with designer caroline castigliano

April 10th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’re interrupting your Monday afternoon with news of an amazing competition from Brides Up North Sponsor and dream dress designer Caroline Castiliano. Sorry, not sorry.

Over the Easter break, all brides who purchase a bridal gown from Caroline Castigliano’s flagship store in Knightsbridge before the 22nd April will automatically be entered into a fantastic competition making them eligible to win an exclusive Caroline Castigliano cocktail or evening dress with a value of £6,000! Er, wowzers!

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This is a unique opportunity for the winner to have a couture gown made-to-measure using only the most luxurious fabrics by one of the country’s most sought after designers. Caroline Castigliano’s signature is unquestionably feminine and effortlessly glamorous. Her unique ability to cut and construct a garment, enables her to create a gown that is confident and sexy, yet exudes a deep sense of style. Read our interview with Caroline here.

To book an appointment in the flagship store please call 0207 590 9120 or request an appointment online by clicking here

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christmas competition time: david’s bridal dress giveaway

December 22nd, 2016 | Rachel Parry


While planning a wedding is a super-exciting and enjoyable task, it can also be rather time-consuming and daunting, so we’re always keen to hear of suppliers that can ease the pressure on busy brides-to-be. And in today’s post we have news of not one, but two, such businesses – David’s Bridal and Bridebook.


As the world’s largest bridal retailer, David’s Bridal has been helping brides to find their dream wedding dress for more than 60 years and has four stores across the UK, which act as one-stop wedding shops.

In addition to numerous stunning dresses from the David’s Bridal collections, the stores stock gowns by White by Vera Wang, Wonder by Jenny Packham, and Truly Zac Posen, ranging from sizes 4 to 34, giving brides of all shapes and sizes exceptional choice.

Furthermore, there’s lingerie, shoes, hair accessories, jewellery, and bridal party attire too, meaning there’s no need for brides to visit numerous boutiques to check off items on their ‘wedding shopping list’.


To celebrate the opening of its newest store, located in Birmingham, David’s Bridal has teamed up with Bridebook, a free online wedding planner, to co-host a £1,000 David’s Bridal dress giveaway.

Surely, that would be the icing on the Christmas cake this festive season?!

Spanning an incredible 15,000 square feet of everything wedding, from bridal dresses and head-to-toe accessories to stunning mother-of-the-bride and bridesmaid attire, the new store is almost too good to be true. The free-flowing layout and clean displays make it easy for ladies to see everything on offer, and with a remarkable 38 spacious changing rooms and exceptional customer service on-hand, there’s a sky-high chance of brides finding ‘The One’ during their visit.

So, to find out how to enter this fabulous competition and be in with a chance of winning £1,000 to spend at any David’s Bridal store in the UK, simply click here.


Oh, and be sure to check out Bridebook’s fabulous online wedding planning resources too, which include a user-friendly supplier search directory, budget calculator, guest list manager and exclusive advice from a team of globally recognised wedding experts, giving you all the tools you need to plan your wedding in just one place. Hallelujah to that!

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it’s not too late to win a wedding with the manchester evening news!

March 8th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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At the end of January, the Manchester Evening News launched their win a wedding competition worth over £25,000 at our gorgeous Brides Up North Grand Wedding Exhibition at Worsley Park, Marriott Hotel & Country Club.

The deadline to appear in the Manchester Evening News’ Wedding supplement has now passed. But, fear not as you can still enter for the chance to win this amazing wedding package! Simply enter your details at and start collecting tokens from Saturday 12 March. Tokens will be printed until Saturday 9 April and the couple with the most tokens will win.

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The winning couple will be tying the knot at Worsley Park, Marriott Hotel & Country Club and will receive a premium wedding package for 80 day guests and 130 evening guests, complete with a drinks reception, four course wedding breakfast, evening buffet, bridal suite and more!

Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club will ensure your wedding is just how you dream it will be. Set in 200 acres of parkland, the resort has been tastefully designed retaining some of the traditional Victorian architecture yet preserving its title as Manchester’s Metropolitan Country Club with a contemporary edge, making this unique venue the perfect backdrop for your day.

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Director of Sales & Marketing nicola staley says: We are delighted to partner with the M.E.N’s Win a Wedding Competition for the 4th year.   The lucky winners will celebrate in style with a dream wedding package worth over £10,000, a professional Master of Ceremonies be at hand throughout the day, guests will enjoy champagne and canapés in the open air courtyard to the delicate sounds of the water fountain before indulging in a delicious banquet of your favourite foods and flavours , followed by an evening reception of dancing and evening buffet taking your celebration in to the night.

If you hold your wedding at Worsley Park, their dedicated wedding team will be at your side, making sure you enjoy your big day your way.  Whatever type of wedding you’re planning, from a small, intimate gathering, to a large, extravagant party, they believe your wedding is the most important day of your life – one that will be long remembered by your loved ones, and treasured by you. So if you’re engaged or know someone that is, it’s time to take a look at what you could win!

If you are not the lucky winner of the competition, all entrants who consent to Marriott contacting them will receive a 10% discount on weddings booked at Worsley Park in 2016 or 2017!

To find out more, to register and to read the terms and conditions, visit or like their page on Facebook at /MENwedding2016

Images from last year’s winning wedding with Manchester Evening News.

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diary date: the wedding edit (plus win an absolutely amazing romantic break at gilpin hotel & lake house)

October 14th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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We’re interrupting your Tuesday afternoon to remind North West readers of a very special event coming up this Sunday. Introducing the wedding edit at Styal Lodge in Cheshire: brought to you exclusively by friends of Brides Up North, Emma of LOVE Bridal Boutique and Jonny Draper Photography!

This styling event is ideal for brides getting married from 2016 onwards, looking for inspiration for their wedding dress with an exciting catwalk show showcasing new collections and trends from LOVE’s designers Alan Hannah Bridalwear, Enzoani, Raimon Bundó Novias, Sarah Seven and Stewart Parvin.  Not to mention all the finishing touches from accessories to cakes, entertainment to shoes, flowers, photography and so much more…

And all glamour and inspiration aside, as an attending bride at The Wedding Edit you will be given the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win an absolutely sensational prize from our friends at Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, known as one of the best hotels in the Lake District where carefully designed ‘mini-moon’ breaks for newly weds are nothing short of spectacular.


Just by attending The Wedding Edit, you will be automatically entered into a competition to win a TWO night stay in one of Gilpin Hotel and Lake House’s new spa suites with dinner (with upgraded tasting menu with matched wines), breakfast, lunch, all drinks and their new spa journey (described below) included, totalling £1600. This is a unique opportunity for a couple to be one of the first to experience the ultimate romantic break in the hotel’s stunning new spa suites!


Each suite comprises an open plan bedroom and lounge with treatment area, an ensuite spa bathroom with steam room, sauna, hot tubs, rain maker showers and private walled garden. Gilpin Hotel and Lake House have designed a range of beautiful spa products to accompany these spa experiences which are specifically designed to be shared as a couple and as part of a spa journey. The spa journey also includes accompanying music, food, drinks, and lighting to create the ultimate romantic experience. Terms and conditions will apply.


emma says: “Jonny and I were lucky enough to stay at Gilpin Hotel during the summer and can not come close to explaining what a stunning experience we had.  The bedroom, the terrace, the lounge areas – the food, the drinks and the wonderfully attentive staff all led to us relaxing so much that we felt like we’d been away a week!  We are so grateful to our friends at Gilpin for providing this exclusive prize for The Wedding Edit and one bride to be is going to be walking away from our event with an amazing break for her and her hubby to be!

If you would like to be sure of a place on our guest list then please email with your name, wedding date, venue and the name of your ‘plus one’ (unfortunately, due to high levels of demand for places, we are only able to accommodate one guest per bride)

Be quick as there are now only a handful of places left! And remember – this is strictly a girls only event!

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