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visit the north west wedding fair with brides up north!

February 2nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

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I’m extremely excited to be reprising my role as official blogger for The North West Wedding Fair for the fifth time this spring!

Whilst our own events are bespoke, exclusive and perfectly formed (…are they in your diaries yet !?), The North West Wedding Fair is the largest premium show for brides from the North West and I love that every one of their Exhibitors and Partners are dedicated to serving the North West region. Isn’t that what Brides Up North encourages: thinking local?

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Our position as one of the top wedding blogs in the UK – and the only one specifically for Northern Brides – is extremely valuable, so alliances like this one need to be right for us. It is Mercury Events’ excellent reputation in the market that gave me the confidence to join up with The North West Wedding Fair in spring 2014, and I‘m happy to report that it was the start of a beautiful friendship.

As well as hosting my own features over on the show’s official blog, I’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 my judging hat on to award the “best in show” exhibitor prize.

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The show brings you the finest collection of over 180 wedding suppliers and experts from your area. Try, buy, book and hire all you need for your perfect day. Every detail is covered; from venues to favours, transport to catering, stationery to cakes, and much more. There are also free expert workshops and live entertainment acts.

Eight stylish Catwalk Shows take place throughout each day of the show, showing a hand-picked selection of dresses in their very best light and keeping brides-to-be up to date on the latest trends.

Plus all of the show’s regular features return, including The Vintage Village and the live Entertainment Stage, where you can hold your own auditions for your big day’s entertainment.

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My top picks for any bride’s visit include:

  • The Entertainment Stage
  • Those Beautiful Catwalk Shows
  • The Essential Bridalwear Collection
  • The Stylish Prosecco Bar (of course!)
  • Meet The Experts
  • Inspired Bakes Gallery (cake!)
  • The Vintage Village

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Go VIP for an extra special girl’s day out. For the ultimate in wedding show experiences, treat yourself to a day out to remember. Enjoy FastTrack entry to the show and make your way to the You & Your Wedding VIP lounge for some all-day pampering. Pick up your bridal beauty tote from Benefit Cosmetics, sip on some bubbly and then make your way to your reserved seating at the popular catwalk shows.

VIP tickets include FastTrack entry, access to the VIP lounge & dedicated Prosecco Bar, Benefit Bridal Beauty Tote Bag, glass of bubbly, Benefit makeup masterclasses and reserved catwalk seating.

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save 1/3 on standard tickets

Save 1/3 on standard tickets by quoting the code LN70 when booking.

Standard Adult tickets £15 each (£10 with 1/3 off). VIP ticket £25 and not included in 1/3 off offer. Booking fees apply. 1/3 offer closes at midnight on 11th March 2016.

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

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leafy chic. an autumn wedding with a nod to halloween at hilltop country house – joanne & chris

February 1st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Monday comes around quick, don’t you think? But to get you through what always feels like the longest day of the week, we’re sharing this gorgeous real wedding.

We absolutely love Joanne and Chris’s big day, not only because it took place during one of our favourite seasons (the other being spring), but also because it was held at a venue that we adore too!

Located in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, Hilltop Country House provides a stunning setting combined with first class service, exclusivity and delicious menus.

And how do we know all this? Because we’re fortunate enough to stage our Luxury Wedding Exhibitions in the romantic gardens of this charming venue twice a year – the next one is coming up on 3rd April 2016, so put it in your dairies!

In the meantime we’ll leave you to admire the pretty via Joanne and Chris’s wonderful wedding photos.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown Photography.

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joanne says: We got engaged at midnight on 11th October 2014, while we were at home. We’d just got home from a trip to Matlock Bath to see the illuminations so were in high spirits.

Following the engagement we set the date of wedding for 31st October 2015. We wanted an autumnal wedding, but practically speaking, it had to fall in with school holidays as I’m a teacher and Chris is training to be one. The fact that it was Halloween was a nice extra touch.

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Our chosen venue was Hilltop Country House, in Prestbury, Cheshire. It’s close to where we were both brought up; I was brought up in Rainow and a lot of my family are from Bollington; Chris is from Disley.

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dream venue: the belle epoque

January 26th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North is on tour on Sunday 31st January 2016 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 in hand.

As well as hosting a fabulous Bridal Party event at Worsley Park Marriott (click here for all the info on that event) this Sunday, a choice selection of the finest North West wedding industry talent will also be descending upon The Belle Epoque, Knutsford for a super gorgeous Bridal Soiree.

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The Belle Epoque, 60 King St, Knutsford, WA16 6DT
Sunday 31st January 2016, 11am till 3pm, Free Entry

This chocolate-box-perfect, foodie gem of a wedding venue, The Belle Epoque in the heart of beautiful Knutsford is the perfect destination for your intimate wedding day. We’ve filled its stunning spaces with 20 of the area’s finest exhibitors, and we’re set for a day to perfect all the details! You can click here to register now. 

In today’s feature, we speak to our beautiful host venue to find out more about their unique wedding day offering and stellar service.  But hey, come along and find out for yourself this Sunday…

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Where is The Belle Époque located?

We are located in the heart of the stunning market town of Knutsford, Cheshire with lots of parking and accommodation surrounding us.

Tell Brides Up North about your beautiful venue?

The Belle Époque is a family owned business and has been in the Mooney family for the last 43 years.  We are a unique intimate venue with the personal touch.

From the warmest of welcomes in an incredibly dramatic bar – think Italian glass mosaic floor, original copper Art Nouveau fireplaces, sumptuous red leather upholstery or in the warmer months our incredible Mediterranean roof garden – hosting a wedding or special event has never been more stylish and relaxing than at The Belle Époque. In addition, we have seven beautiful hotel rooms and stunning civil ceremony rooms. We are fully licensed for civil ceremonies including our outdoor area.

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What makes The Belle Époque a special wedding venue?

The Belle Époque is the perfect location for your stylish and individual wedding day. The ceremony room is the most romantic setting, with the option to have the room candle lit. The beautiful dining rooms come ready dressed with stunning table centre pieces, or you may choose to dress the venue in your own style.

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win a wedding at worsley park marriott worth over 20k with the manchester evening news!

January 26th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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You already know we’re all super excited to bring you yet another set of sparkling bridal events (our first show of the season at Capesthorne Hall on Sunday was just sublime!) this weekend at The Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club and The Belle Epoque in Knutsford, but we might just have the cherry to put on top of what looks set to be a very special Super Sunday!  Our lovely sponsor, The Manchester Evening News, have teamed up with Worsley Park Marriott  and other top wedding vendors from across the region to offer one lucky couple in Manchester the chance to win a wedding beyond their wildest dreams, and worth over £20,000!

Last year’s winning groom Rick said “It was just a wonderful, wonderful day. We’re so thankful to the sponsors for their help and support and to the M.E.N. who gave us a wedding day we will remember for the rest of our lives.”  This year, it could be you!

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manchester evening news say: What’s included in the prize we hear you ask? This year’s package includes everything to ensure your big day is truly special.

To start it off, I Do Designs will be providing a bespoke stationery package inviting your guests to Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club on Friday 16 September 2016, where you will receive a premium package for 80 day and 130 evening guests.

Worsley Park Marriott is discreetly set in over 200 acres of mature parkland at the historic site of Worsley Old Hall. The hotel combines the grandeur expected of a country retreat, with all the benefits of a modern venue. This location boasts a perfect setting for your wedding celebrations. Guests can enjoy our beautiful open-air courtyard that’s perfect for alfresco drinks or dining.

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Whilst you’re being chauffeur driven to your wedding in a luxury vintage Horgans car feeling like the most important bride in the world, your guests will enjoy your theme at the venue styled by Divine Designs, including chair covers.

You’ll be walking down the aisle, along with your bridesmaids, in a stunning bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses provided by Sense and Sensibility, meeting your soon-to-be husband who will be kitted out in a Groom suit. The bridal party will look the part with their hair and make up by Bianca Levins and bouquets provided by Venus Flowers.

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On the evening, DavesDisco will play your favourite songs whilst you and your guests enjoy the wedding cake provided by Slattery. The precious moments of your day will be captured in timeless photographs by Autumn Stone Photography, who will also be providing a photobooth on the evening.

As if all of that isn’t enough, the winners will also enjoy an all-inclusive 7 night honeymoon, courtesy of Turkish Airlines and Constance Hotels & Resorts, to one of the most romantic islands in the world – Mauritius.

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We will be launching this amazing competition on the most romantic day of the year – Sunday 14th February! In the meantime, come down to The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Worsley Park on Sunday 31st January, 11am till 3pm, to take a look at the venue you could be getting married at and to meet our Win a Wedding team!

To find out more visit manchestereveningnews.co.uk/wedding or like us on Facebook

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this weekend… join us at capesthorne hall!

January 22nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

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We’re so excited to launch our beautiful season of Brides Up North events with our innaugural show at the stunning Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire this Sunday!  We’re starting the season as we mean to go on: extremely beautifully and jam packed with wedding inspiration at our pretty and perfect ‘Bridal Gallery’ Luxury Wedding Exhibition.  You should see this glorious, luxurious line up – we’ve everything covered from cakes to blooms, stationery to cars, music to styling, via tipis and vintage photobooths. And, wait and see… some seriously, seriously beautiful bridal gowns!

Did we mention that you are invited? Oh, and did we also mention that it’s completely free?

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Capesthorne Hall, Congleton Road, Macclesfield, SK11 9JY
Sunday 24th January 2016, 11am till 3pm, Free Entry

This one has the WOW factor and it’s yours exclusively for the whole day. Set in the heart of Cheshire, with its elegant interior, photogenic gardens and imposing approach, Capesthorne Hall is a stunning location which is fully licensed for your special day. We’ve filled it’s rooms with our selection of the region’s best wedding industry suppliers, ready and waiting to turn your dreams into reality.

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

To pre-register for a free Brides Up North 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 Exhibition. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

a stunning wedding at Capesthorne Hall (c) Melissa Beattie (2)

are you a wedding industry professional?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2016. 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 julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.

a stunning wedding at Capesthorne Hall (c) Melissa Beattie (45)

Images from Amy & Christopher’s picture perfect wedding at Capesthorne Hall, by Melissa Beattie.

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tis the season… it’s our first luxury wedding exhibition at capesthorne hall!

January 13th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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We know January can be a pretty dull, wet (and ironically dry… anyone regretting THAT decision already?!) month of endurance, but fear not!  Brides Up North to the rescue, spreading sparkle, tulle and confetti covered cheer as our absolutely epic Luxury Wedding Exhibition schedule kicks off for another season.

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!

a stunning wedding at Capesthorne Hall (c) Melissa Beattie (40)

Make sure to click the link with your diary on hand to check out the full selection of loveliness coming your way, but for now, we’re delighted to announce our innaugural event at the stunning Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire.  We’re starting the season as we mean to go on: extremely beautifully and jam packed with wedding inspiration at our pretty and perfect ‘Bridal Gallery’ Luxury Wedding Exhibition.

Did we mention that you are invited, oh, and did we also mention that it’s completely free?

a stunning wedding at Capesthorne Hall (c) Melissa Beattie (45)

the detail

Capesthorne Hall, Congleton Road, Macclesfield, SK11 9JY
Sunday 24th January 2016, 11am till 3pm, Free Entry

This one has the WOW factor and it’s yours exclusively for the whole day.

Set in the heart of Cheshire, with its elegant interior, photogenic gardens and imposing approach, Capesthorne Hall is a stunning location which is fully licensed for your special day. We’ve filled it’s rooms with our selection of the region’s best wedding industry suppliers, ready and waiting to turn your dreams into reality.

a stunning wedding at Capesthorne Hall (c) Melissa Beattie (37)

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

To pre-register for a free Brides Up North 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 Exhibition. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

a stunning wedding at Capesthorne Hall (c) Melissa Beattie (2)

are you a wedding industry professional?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2016. 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 julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.

Images from Amy & Christopher’s picture perfect wedding at Capesthorne Hall, by Melissa Beattie.

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