April 10th, 2017 | Julia Braime
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!
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.
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.
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!
March 8th, 2016 | Julia Braime
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 manchestereveningnews.co.uk/wedding 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.
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.
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!
Images from last year’s winning wedding with Manchester Evening News.
October 14th, 2015 | Julia Braime
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
September 24th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Sometimes, the best things in life are the things that you didn’t plan for. We love surprises here at Brides Up North (the freebie kind of surprises, rather than the server troubles kind of surprises, of course), so that’s why we’ve collaborated with one of our shiny new Brides Up North Sponsors to run a really rather fabulous competition here on the wedding blog, on this otherwise pretty dull Thursday.
Creative wedding photographer, Jemma King is offering one lucky bride the chance to win your wedding photography for the day! Completely free. Now how about that for a bargain?
A professional photographer since 2011, Jemma says that she loves the fact that each wedding is unique, and to be there to document the story of each couple’s big day unfold is just priceless. Now, she’s looking to work with one very special, lucky couple to give some love back your way!
jemma says: Wedding photography is such a huge responsibility, but it’s a responsibility I absolutely love to have. For me, it is the biggest honour to photograph someone’s wedding day, and I am so lucky that I get to call this my job.
Your wedding day is so special, but once the guests have gone home and the cake is eaten, all you have left are the photographs. Years down the line when you look back at those photographs I want you to relive your day over and over again. I want you to feel what you felt in that moment – whether it was excitement, nervousness or just pure happiness.
I am offering one lucky couple the chance to win their wedding photography worth over £1000 completely free!
up for grabs
– A 1-2 hour pre-wedding engagement shoot in/around the Yorkshire area;
– A full day of wedding photography (preparations to first dance);
– All final edited high resolution images from both the wedding and engagement shoot with printing and sharing rights.
in it to win it
You can enter if you’re getting married in 2015 or 2016, and to be in with a chance of winning simply visit Jemma’s site to enter, armed with the following information (simples!):
– Your and your partner’s name;
– a photograph of the two of you together;
– your wedding date;
– your wedding venue(s);
– a little about the type of day you’re planning (plus links to your Pinterest boards if you have them);
– and what makes your wedding plans unique.
the small print
– The winners will receive an engagement shoot and a full day of wedding photography from Jemma King Photography, with a disk of 300+ high resolution, fully edited wedding images, and 25+ high resolution, fully edited engagement images.
– The closing date for entries is 31st October 2015, winners will be notified by email within 2 weeks after this date.
– The winning wedding must take place before 31st December 2016.
– The wedding can take place anywhere in the world. Reasonable transportation (and accommodation if required) costs from Hull must be covered by the winners.
– Only 1 entry per couple.
– Winners must be willing to be featured on Brides Up North.
– Jemma King reserves the right to use the wedding and engagement images for promotional purposes.
– No purchase necessary.
– No cash alternative will be offered and the judge’s decision is final.
May 8th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
Here at Brides Up North we’re always encouraging our readers not to get too caught up in planning pandemonium and to ensure time is taken out of the hectic pre-wedding schedule to simply unwind.
And we’re not the only ones worried about brides over doing it and burning out before the big day. Online printing company StressFreePrint, which helps to lighten the planning load by making the printing process a breeze for couples wanting to create their own wedding invitations, has noticed brides-to-be getting bogged down and stressed out in the run up to their weddings too.
As such they’ve come up with a few handy tips to help brides on their way to a stress-free wedding day. Plus, they’re also giving one lucky Brides Up North reader the chance to win a fabulous bride-to-be pamper hamper which includes gorgeous goodies such as a luxurious silk Victoria Secret kimono dressing gown, elegant Hotel Chocolat champagne, strawberries and cream truffles, a Heavenly Hands Nails inc. manicure gift voucher and Ted Baker luxury relaxing bath collection. What a prize! To enter simply answer the question at the end of the post.
set a budget and stick to it
If there’s one thing that stresses people out, it’s money, especially when it comes to a wedding. While you want a wonderful day, you don’t want to be paying it off ten years down the line so in the early planning stages set a budget and stick to it. Think about the areas that are most important to you such as the venue and photographer and allocate funds accordingly.
ask for help
Planning details with friends, family or your partner can help bring you all together and as they say, two heads are better than one. This can also provide an opportunity to save some time and money by calling in a favour or playing on the talents of your nearest and dearest. So if, for example, your uncle has a posh motor ask if he will be your wedding chauffer, or if your mum’s baking skills are up there with Mary Berry’s see if she will create you a bespoke cake for the big day.
consider calling in a professional
If the planning burden still feels a little heavy or overwhelming why not look at hiring a professional wedding planner to help? This doesn’t mean losing control of what you want but instead having someone on hand for guidance and reassurance. Wedding planners often have great links to suppliers in the industry too which could also save you some money along the way.
While it’s your big day and of course you will want to do things your own way, be prepared to listen to what others think, especially the groom. So if it would mean the world to your parents to invite some dear old distant relative would one more guest cause that many problems? Or if your groom has his heart set on chocolate brownie for dessert could you forgo your choice of crème brulee? Sometimes backing down is easier than the stress incurred by going against others.
You will want to look and feel your best on your wedding day which might mean upping your exercise regime and though it might feel like a chore, just a little activity can release endorphins which increase your mood – win, win.
It’s not just about how you look on the outside but how you feel on the inside too that can affect your mood. Obviously eating healthy is a good move in the run up to your wedding day but to maximise on calming chemicals try eating foods which contain tryptophan, such as bananas, oats, soy, poultry, milk, cheese, and nuts.
make the admin part easy
StressFreePrint focuses on making the printing process of wedding invitations simple. They can assist every step of the way, from design to print, and help you in producing the perfect invitations for your special day. StressFreePrint offer folded or flat invites that incorporate a design of your choice making the print as personal as you want. With more than ten years online printing experience and proven excellent customer service, StressFreePrint hope to bring you a printing process that is simple and easy and helps to take the stress out of your wedding planning.
To be in with a chance of winning the StressFreePrint pamper hamper*, that will help you find time for you and stay stress free during your wedding planning, simply answer the following question:
Which of these is not a style of invite that StressFreePrint design?
C) Pop up
To enter, just email your answer either A, B or C along with your name to email@example.com by midnight on the 31st May 2015, good luck!
*The full prize includes; a Paperchase wedding planner, delicate and fresh Lanson Rose NV Champagne, luxurious silk Victoria Secrets kimono dressing gown, elegant Hotel Chocolat champagne, strawberries and cream truffles, Heavenly Hands Nails inc. manicure gift voucher, Ted Baker luxury relaxing bath collection, Benefit Primping with the stars makeup kit, clean and calming natural Lush face mask, delicious sweet Wedding Day large jar Yankee Candle and a gloriously soft fragrance of fresh cut roses Yankee Candle reed diffuser.
Competition Terms and Conditions: This competition is open to all UK and NI residents aged 18 and over, excluding employees of the Promoter and their immediate families, the Promoter’s agents or anyone professionally connected to the competition. Only one entry per household. Incomplete entries will be void. No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are incomplete or not received for any reason. The Competition will run until 31st May 2015. Winner will be the first entry drawn at random by computer software. The prize must be accepted as offered. No cash alternatives and the prize is non-transferable. There will be one winner selected who will be contacted within seven working days of the closing date and the winner must respond within fourteen days, otherwise an alternative winner will be selected. If you are a winner, you may have to provide additional information (including, without limitation, proof of age or identity) within a specified time period. Failure to provide such additional information and send them to the Promoter within the required time period, or if any notification is returned as undeliverable as addressed, will result in your disqualification as a winner and an alternative winner will be selected.
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