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diary date: wedding open day at the biscuit factory

April 26th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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On the hunt for a cool, quirky and individual city centre wedding venue? Then it’s time to sit up and pay attention as our fabulous Sponsor, The Biscuit Factory, is opening its doors to brides and grooms-to-be for its first wedding open day of the year – and we have all the details!

Situated at the centre of Newcastle’s cultural quarter, the unique venue – which was the only North East-based venue shortlisted for “Best City Venue” in the 2016 UK Wedding Awards – will be hosting its wedding open day on Saturday 6th May 2017, between 12pm and 3pm.

The event is an opportunity to see the gallery’s dedicated events space, The Biscuit Room laid out for a ceremony and reception. This purpose-built function room is one of the largest in the city, accommodating up to 150 guests for a ceremony and 250 seated guests for a meal and party.

Throughout the afternoon, The Biscuit Factory’s events team will be on hand to talk to guests, one-to-one, about the venue’s unique portfolio of services, The Wedding Collection. Couples looking to tie the knot in 2018 can take advantage of an exclusive 10% off offer, for a minimum of 80 guests*. Plus, for brides and grooms keen to tie the knot this summer, The Biscuit Factory is offering its full Wedding Collection for 80 guests, for only £5,000* (inc VAT), with additional guests charged at £62.50 per person.

Guests can also enjoy a selection of handpicked canapés and home churned ice creams as a little taster of the in-house catering; accompanied by a complimentary glass of fizz.

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Events Coordinator, katie says: Our open day is the perfect opportunity for couples to explore our beautiful venue and sample our catering first-hand. It’s always exciting to meet with couples face to face and find out more about the ideas they have for their special day – and how we can then make that vision become a reality.

Located within the Ouseburn valley, The Biscuit Factory is an award-winning art, craft and design gallery housed within a former Victorian warehouse, providing weddings with an inspiring, culturally-infused backdrop that’s characterised by contemporary art collections, wooden beams and original brickwork.

For more information about the wedding open day, visit The Biscuit Factory website. To book your free space, RSVP to events@thebiscuitfactory.com

*Terms and conditions apply. Can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer.

** Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability – July to September 2017. Can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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well look at that #bridesquad, it’s a super sunday!

March 31st, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We do like to spoil you, don’t we?

It’s a  S U P E R   S U N D A Y  weekend at wedding blog HQ as we bring you not one, not two, but THREE fabulous Brides Up North Luxury Bridal Shows across THREE regions.  Brides Up North is on tour in Yorkshire, the North East and Cheshire this Sunday 2nd April 2017, with one aim only: to bring a whole lot of beautiful to our bride to be readers, and send you home excited and inspired, VIP Media Pack (including the brand new issue of UNVEILED Magazine, hot off the press!) in hand. All events are, of course, FREE ENTRY.

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First up, we’ll be descending upon Hilltop Country House and filling Cheshire’s prettiest exclusive use venue with wedding inspiration. It’s going to be fabulous!

Hilltop’s just a little bit special.  A stunning, exclusive use, family home with seriously gorgeous gardens, a pristine permanent marquee, rooms on site and a civil license, book nothing till you’ve seen it! Add the region’s very best wedding supplier stars – this line up is an absolute knockout – and we’ve a recipe for another crazy beautiful day.  Are you in?

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Approached by a long tree lined drive, Hilltop lies in the centre of fifteen acres of private land. With four enchanting reception rooms, wonderful views, formal gardens and woodlands, Hilltop is an oasis of peace and tranquility situated half a mile from Prestbury Village in Cheshire, providing the perfect location for your special day.

lartington hall

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And if that’s not enough pretty for you, we’ll also be at the sensational Lartington Hall this Sunday too, at the slightly earlier start time of 11am till 3pm. This absolutely stunning, private stately home, exclusive use wedding venue will be dressed to the nines and full of a handpicked selection of super chic exhibitors.

Lartington Hall has quickly become one of the most sought after country house wedding destinations in the North of England. Having been lovingly restored, the Grade II listed building set amongst 78 acres of romantic parkland is now equally stunning on the outside as within; housing an opulent collection of ceremony and reception rooms, luxurious, boutique style accommodation and its very own private chapel.

The quality of the restoration and attention to detail is nothing short of spectacular; from reclaimed venetian marble floors and regency antiques, to Nina Campbell furnishings and state-of-the-art Bose sound systems, the old and new have been blended together seamlessly.

For weddings, the impressive country house, which combines the glamour of The Great Gatsby with the grandeur of Downton Abbey, becomes couples’ very own rural retreat for their special day, with exclusive use of the entire building for just them and their chosen guests. Helping to bring the perfect package together, a wedding specialist, stylist and, of course, a butler, will be on hand to assist brides and grooms with their every wish.

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Expect stunning styling, perfect interiors, all the details from fine art florals to bridal fashion, cakes, photographers, stationers, live music and more.  The whole of the Hall, including it’s beautiful Chapel, bedroom suites and gardens will be open to explore and enjoy.  If you haven’t found your venue yet (or even if you have and just fancy some serious wedding inspiration) then we would love to see you there.  Register now!

denton hall

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And last but not least to complete a simply stellar line up, our team will be at the beautiful Denton Hall from 11am till 3pm.  This is Yorkshire at it’s finest.

As your very own exclusive-use country house for the weekend, the team at Denton Hall pride themselves on meeting your needs with a personal touch. Denton Hall blends its rich history with a bespoke, flexible modern-day service – including a Michelin-starred fine dining experience courtesy of award winning Box Tree Events – to ensure that your special day is as successful, enjoyable and memorable as possible.

This Sunday, we’ve enlisted the help of 25+ luxury wedding exhibitors who plan to fill it’s stately rooms with wedding inspiration to help make your day even more perfect.

Watch out for the Hall’s many charming features including a spiral staircase, hand-crafted genuine vintage Mouseman oak furniture, Adam style fireplaces and ceilings and crystal chandeliers. There are also 24 newly-refurbished bedrooms and two luxury suites – including an elegant bridal suite.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW 

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bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs at each event, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North, plus the brand new copy of UNVEILED Magazine.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is register using the link below.

While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT OF YOUR CHOICE

fancy exhibiting with us?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors and old friends to the Brides Up North family in 2017. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our award winning luxury wedding fairs across three regions. Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Discounts are available for block bookings. Get in touch with julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for pricing, exhibitor info and to guarantee your place. Click here to view our list of events. 

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your exclusive invitation: join us at stunning middleton lodge this sunday!

February 27th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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If you follow us over on our social networks, you’ll have seen that we’re enjoying the most sensational season of Brides Up North events so far.  Thank you so, so much as always to our visiting brides, grooms and entourages and also to our amazing wedding industry suppliers for making both events extra special. They are really the loveliest of days!

If you’ve missed out on the pretty so far (or if you want the chance to do it all again!) you’ll not have long to wait! Today I’m proud to tell you about our annual Luxury Bridal Show taking place this Sunday 5th March 2017, from 12pm till 3pm at the absolutely stunning, private stately home, exclusive use wedding venue that is Middleton Lodge, near Richmond.

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We are proud to be working once again with award winning venue Middleton Lodge (only the best for our readers!) to bring you a beautiful wedding show with a handpicked selection of the region’s best bridal exhibitors at this exclusive venue.  The house, gardens and grand marquee will be open for exploration and inspiration! With every detail covered from gowns to garters, this should be a day for every soon-to-be-wed’s diary.

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bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be Media Packs, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North and exclusive offers from our sponsors, plus complimentary tickets to The National Wedding Show (worth £40) and the BRAND NEW issue of UNVEILED magazine.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW 

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wedding industry pro?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors and old friends to the Brides Up North family in 2017. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our award winning luxury wedding fairs across three regions. Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Discounts are available for block bookings. Get in touch for pricing, exhibitor info and to guarantee your place.

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Please list the events that you are interested in - or tell us which region you work in North East/ North West/ Yorkshire for a general enquiry - discounts are available for block bookings

Alternatively, please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk listing the events or area that you are interested in.

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tiaras at the ready: you’re invited to allerton castle!

February 23rd, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We are motoring through an absolutely gorgeous month of #wedspo at our Brides Up North live events (*waves* to all our visitors, suppliers and new readers!) but if you’ve not put one of our pretty bridal shows this season in your diaries – or if you have and would very sensibly like to join us more than once (each of our events is completely bespoke and entirely different from the rest) then you need to pop this date on the calendar in red pen.  Because this show is special…

We’ll be quick stepping it to Allerton Castle on Sunday 5th March, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY to bring more Brides Up North readers a huge dose of wedding pretty.

A Glam Wedding at Allerton Castle (c) Laura Calderwood Photography (1)

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 200 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and little treats from Brides Up North.  As an extra treat, each Media Pack comes with a free pair of tickets for The National Wedding Show, worth a cool £40! As demand is high, to pick up your VIP media pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

want to exhibit?

Email us at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details. Places are limited and subject to availability.

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Set amongst beautiful landscaped gardens, with dramatic architectural features throughout, this 18th century gothic revival Grade I listed castle is a magical setting for your dream wedding day.

We’ve handpicked a selection of the most brilliant wedding suppliers in North Yorkshire. Come and see this spectacular venue dressed to the nines: be amazed by our towering floral displays, sample our artisan cake creations, pose in our photo booths, hear some of the best live music in the County, play dress up with gorgeous gowns and accessories and tick off all those last essential details.

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One of our very favourite events in our entire calendar, the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Allerton Castle really is that – pure luxury.  Even if you’ve already booked your wedding venue, come along to meet and seek inspiration from the region’s very finest wedding industry suppliers.  Trust us, you will not be disappointed!

Who wants to play at princesses?!

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Images by Laura Calderwood Photography and Insight Photography.  See the real weddings in full by clicking here, here and here.

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10 top tips for planning your day at the north east wedding fair + discount for wedding blog readers

January 23rd, 2017 | Julia Braime

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You’ve got the ring on your finger and it’s now time to start planning the big day – but where do you start? Brides Up North Media Partner The North East Wedding Fair is a great place to begin, with everything under one roof – from venues and dresses, to bands and florists– you’ll be on your way before you can say ‘I do’.

As well as offering 1/3 off Standard Tickets for our readers using the code BRIDESUPNORTH (click here to book!), The Wedding Fairs have compiled a list of their top 10 tips to make sure you make the most out of your visit to The North East Wedding Fair. Before you head down, make sure you visit the fair’s website to familiarise yourself with the show, the features and all of our exhibitors, and then be sure to follow our top tips for your first visit!

Images by Louise Bjorling Photography.

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Start your day at the Catwalk Show

the wedding fairs say: There’s no better place to see a wide variety of beautiful wedding dresses than live on the runway. Large scale shows will always have a fantastic runway, with top bridal boutiques showcasing the year’s most sought after designs and elegant classics, in a choreographed showcase that shows you a wide variety of dresses. Grab a glass of bubbly and watch as models run the catwalk in beautiful gowns and elegant footwear, bridesmaids and occasion wear, often joined onstage by male models showcasing tailored suits. It’s the perfect way to start your day and get you inspired to start hunting. We run 3 catwalks a day out at The North East Wedding Fair.

Find your wedding dress

Having seen the dresses on the catwalk, take note of your favourites and head to the boutiques and designers to try them on. At The North East Wedding Fair, we have a plenty of bridal designers and boutiques where you’ll be able to try on the gowns you’ve just seen on the runway, as well as hundreds more. With a huge selection of dresses, experts are always on hand at any fair to assist you in looking for your perfect dress and guide you in the right direction to make sure you feel and look your best on your big day.

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Take your time

At our Newcastle show we over 100 exhibitors, so make sure you arrive with plenty of time to make your way around the fair. Exhibitors at any fair are experts in their respective fields and are dedicated to making your day the absolute best it can be, so be sure to speak to them about your wedding, ask as many questions as you need and let them know all about your special day.

Find the perfect wedding venue 

The first step for planning your wedding day is finding your wedding venue, whether you are looking for a castle, hotel, hall, outdoor wedding or wedding abroad The North East Wedding Fair has a vast range of stunning wedding venues for you to book for your special day!

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Grab a show guide

You’ve found the perfect venue – beautiful but fun, you know your guests will love it and you can’t picture your day being anywhere else, but, you’ve forgotten the name now you’re home and you’ve googled everything you can think of to find it with no luck. We try to make it as easy as possible to find the people you’ve met at The Wedding Fairs. We have an online exhibitor list but our printed show guide is free, so be sure to grab one at the entrance to make note of the people you need to contact once you’re home! If you can’t find one, be sure to ask staff at the fair and a member of staff will be more than happy to assist!

Celebrate your engagement in style 

The planning process comes only second to the big day itself in terms of excitement, so why not treat yourself and your party to extra special visit to the fair with Silver or Gold afternoon tea tickets with SHOW Beauty. You’ll experience plenty of benefits and if there’s one time you should treat yourself, it’s in the build up to your wedding…

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real wedding recap: martina liana for a luxurious wedding at lartington hall – stefanie & jason

December 29th, 2016 | Julia Braime

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 9th January 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from 2016. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

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Brace yourself for some incredible beauty and blooms, as today’s real wedding is among the prettiest that we have ever seen!

The elegant wedding of Stefanie and Jason took place at the incredibly stunning, exclusive-use venue that is Lartington Hall, a beautiful country manor in the Teesdale countryside. As you can see from Stefanie and Jason’s wedding, beautifully captured by photographer Helen Russell, this is a first class venue for a first class big day!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Helen Russell Photography.

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stefanie says: We got engaged on 8th May 2015, which was exactly six years to the day since we met. Jason had booked a surprise trip away to New York, and I only found out where we were going once we arrived at the airport. It was such an emotional moment when I found out!

On the second afternoon there Jason had booked me a surprise massage in the hotel spa. When I returned to the room he was nowhere to be seen! He had left me a note saying I had to be ready for 7pm as a driver would be waiting for me at the hotel reception. The driver took me to a mystery location which turned out to be a private rooftop overlooking Manhattan. Jason was there waiting for me with a bouquet of red roses and his hand behind his back! He then got down on one knee! We celebrated with a bottle of champagne on the rooftop, before heading to a lovely little restaurant nestled underneath Brooklyn Bridge with a view of Manhattan, to continue the celebrations. It really was like fairy tale!

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We got married on 8th October 2016. We chose this date as the venue we had fallen in love with – Lartington Hall – was fully booked up for every Saturday until this date!

Lartington Hall is a beautiful country manor in the Teesdale countryside. We got a good feeling as soon as we drove up to the venue, along the long gravel track through a field of curious sheep! We instantly fell in love when we saw how stunning all the rooms were, it certainly had the wow factor we were looking for. We also loved that the venue offered exclusive use of the hall and gardens for the weekend. Knowing it was just our friends and family there certainly gave it a more intimate feel.

We didn’t have a theme as such however we wanted to create a stylish and luxurious feel that tied in with the style of the venue.

The colour scheme was pale grey/blue with lots of whites/creams and a hint of blush. We also incorporated a lot of gold as Lartington Hall has lots of gold detailing throughout the venue. For example we added gold beaded charger plates from The Whole Sch-bang, to complement the gold chairs and the gold mirrors/candelabras in the dining room where we had our wedding breakfast.

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My wedding dress was a Moroccan silk and lace fitted gown by Martina Liana from Ava Rose Hamilton, in Silsden. The top half of the dress was made from guipure lace, with illusion sleeves and an illusion back. There were buttons right the way down the back of the dress from the top to the bottom of the skirt. I visited a few wedding dress shops first but nowhere seemed to have the style of dress I was after. I then spent hours searching the internet trying to find this style of dress, but struggled to find one that had all the aspects I envisioned! When I finally came across this Martina Liana gown, it was the only dress I got shivers over, I knew it was the one before I even tried it on! Ava Rose Hamilton ordered a sample dress into store for me to try and it was everything I imagined. Terri (the seamstress) did an incredible job at making sure the dress fitted perfectly – it fitted like a glove!

On the morning of the wedding, Lisa Cameron did the hair for the bridal party and Heather-Francesca did our makeup. We would highly recommend both, they were brilliant to have around on the morning and a calming presence as I was extremely nervous the whole morning.

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Jason and his groomsmen wore navy blue suits from Marks & Spencer. Jason originally wanted to go for a designer suit, however with five groomsmen it was getting rather pricey! In the end we came across a really good quality suit in M&S. Jason also wore a Thomas Pink shirt, a navy spotted tie and a grey waistcoat. He completed his look with Ted Baker shoes, Mulberry cufflinks and a Mulberry tie clip.

The groomsmen wore grey bowties and pocket squares from Mrs Bowtie and dark brown shoes from ASOS.

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