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coming right up: it’s bigcitywedfest’17 at victoria warehouse (whoop!)

August 16th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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Eek! We are TOO EXCITED to start our autumn season of Brides Up North​ Luxury Wedding Fairs with an absolute cracker of an event! We’ll be hosting BIG-CITY-WEDFEST-17 at Victoria Warehouse​ on Sunday 3rd September 2017, 11am till 4pm, FREE ENTRY!

Expect the amazing spaces at this unique wedding venue to be transformed into a twinkling wedding wonderland! There’ll be inspiration a go-go from our very favourite North West wedding suppliers, live music, sweet treats, popping prosecco and all the details for your dream wedding day, wrapped up as usual in one huge dose of Brides Up North style excitement and fun. If you plan on having an absolutely EPIC wedding day, you need to be there!

Entry  is completely FREE for you and your whole party, and you get to take home a VIP media pack too, sponsored by UNVEILED Magazine and filled with treats and glossy mags!  There might even be a glass of bubbly with your name on it…

Visit our events page to REGISTER NOW.

EXHIBITOR ENQUIRIES for all events – please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk ASAP – availability limited, we would love to hear from amazing suppliers who want to be a part of something special!

In the meantime, here to tell us more about this amazing space is Victoria Warehouse wedding team’s Freya Glenn. And we’ll ee you in a few weeks, with fairy lights on!

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Where is Victoria Warehouse located?

freya says: Victoria Warehouse, a completely unique, entirely innovative event space based in Manchester. The venue, located in Trafford is just a short journey from the city centre and very easily accessible via motorway, rail and tram links.

Tell Brides Up North about the venue, what is its history and how has it changed over the years?

Built in the early 1900’s as predominantly a cotton storage facility, our warehouse buildings have stood as a symbol of this city’s industrial strength and innovation for around 100 years and careful renovations have made it a venue to capture the imagination.

What facilities does it have? 

A truly unique venue, with exposed walls, stone floors and a rustic feel, the simplicity of the space provides a blank canvas upon which you can design a spectacular setting for your day. The industrial pillars and original brickwork have been lovingly restored to reveal a striking backdrop across two rooms, that is ideal for both traditional and contemporary celebrations.

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Is Victoria Warehouse licensed for civil ceremonies, and what rooms are available for the rest of the celebration?

We are licensed to hold civil ceremonies in The Bays and The Cotton Sheds.

The Bays is our versatile event space within the Victoria Warehouse Hotel. It provides a stunning backdrop for weddings, the raw industrial aesthetic is ideal for both contemporary and traditional ceremonies and due to the richly historic nature of our building. The Bays can hold ceremonies for up to 300 guests with dining for up to 250 guests. Evening receptions can increase to 300 guests across both Bay 1 and Bay 2

The Cotton Sheds combines a raw and urban backdrop (a setting inspired by the Industrial Revolution), with the glitz and glamour of your wedding. With exposed walls, stone floors and a rustic feel, the simplicity of the space provides a blank canvas upon which you can design a spectacular setting for your day. The Cotton Sheds can hold ceremonies for up to 1,500 guests with dining for up to 900 guests meaning its the perfect venue for large multi-cultural celebrations.

What makes Victoria Warehouse a special wedding venue and sets you apart from others?

At Victoria Warehouse, we are a wedding venue like no other. Our unique, entirely innovative and industrial event space gives our couples the chance to make their day a very memorable day to remember in years to come. Not only will they be able to produce and put together a wedding of a life time, but they will have a great team and all the right people who are able to help them and go above and beyond.

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What sort of couple would love Victoria Warehouse?

Our brides and grooms at Victoria Warehouse are of course truly unique and so we encourage creativity as we help them along the way. Our couples are able to tune into the atmosphere and work with the different characteristics of the venue for every part of the celebration, we know that a Victoria Warehouse couple’s big day will be a day with a difference. Just like our slogan, ‘We are what you make us’ at Victoria Warehouse we are here to work with for our brides and grooms and offer an innovative setting for an incredible day.

How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?

The wedding team at Victoria Warehouse are always happy to discuss your specific needs and preferences. Right from the initial enquiry down to the big day itself, we understand the importance of the occasion so are therefore here to manage the whole process according to your beliefs and traditions. We have trusted suppliers to recommend who are all experienced in working with us offering services to enhance chosen elements of your wedding.

Can guests stay over at your venue? 

We have our own hotel on site. From the outside, a solid Mancunian landmark, on the inside it’s an urban oasis of calm and comfort. Adorned with East Asian artisan trinkets and full of character, our unconventional hotel complements both the architecture and history of Victoria Warehouse and provides truly unique wedding photo opportunities for you and your guests. Our industrial chic style rooms celebrate the character and original features of the warehouse and are perfect for your wedding party to get ready on site or for your guests to stay overnight.

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Tell us about your catering services? 

We offer in house catering services through our trusted and award winning catering supplier; Grape and Grain Catering Co. Winners of ‘Best Outside Catering Company’ at The CHS Awards 2017, they provide us with outstanding service, creative imaginative menus and delivery of fabulous events of all types.Grape and Grain Catering Co. pride themselves on their products, passion and creativity, offering clients with different bespoke options from; simple and stylish catering solutions to extravagant dining experiences.

What is the feedback like from couples that have married at Victoria Warehouse?

We have received a great number of fantastic reviews, many giving compliments to the venue itself and testament to our staff who helped all the way from the very first enquiry. People love the mystery and historical base of the venue, and how much history has been preserved in modern, vintage and classy manner. Of course the nature of the building is quite different to the modern buildings, but that’s what gives us our edge and that pushes people to look beyond just the space given, because you really can and truly transform each room whichever way you want it.

‘Everyone at the Victoria Warehouse Hotel was absolutely perfect to a T. Everyone was so professional, accommodating, and kind. The guests were all saying how nice the staff were and I couldn’t have asked for a better team. If we were to do the wedding all over again we wouldn’t have changed a thing. Thank you Victoria Warehouse for making our wedding extra special. We are honoured and thrilled that we are the first wedding at the venue.’

‘We had so many comments on the venue, and especially the staff. Everyone fed back how amazing the staff were, how helpful and how they couldn’t do enough for the guests. I really appreciate how hard everyone worked and how lovely they all were. We also had loads of comments on the food – which was just brilliant!’

‘Thank you and your team for being so amazing. We cannot say enough good things. We received an overwhelming number of compliments about the venue and your staff’.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price or any special packages available?

We provide traditional package options, however if you call for something truly unique, our wedding coordinators can assist by offering you bespoke options specific to your requirements.

Where can we get more information or contact the venue?

To find out more, please contact our weddings and special events team on specialevents@victoriawarehouse.com or 0161 974 1200

Alternatively, you can visit our website: www.victoriawarehouse.com

REGISTER NOW FOR BRIDES UP NORTH’S BIGCITYWEDFEST’17 Luxury Wedding Show at Victoria Warehouse, click here.

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hey north west? its wedstival’17 (yay)

May 20th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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The wait is OVER! #WEDSTIVAL’17 is FINALLY here!

wedstival17: a brides up north wedding festival

Capesthorne Hall, Congelton Road, Macclesfield
Sunday 21st May 2017, 11am till 4pm

FREE entry for registered brides plus a FREE VIP media pack whilst stocks last.

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Please register for free entry to WEDSTIVAL’17 for you and your party.

We’re giving away up to 300 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North.  As demand is high, to pick up your media pack all you need to do is fill in the form below.  While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE ENTRY

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Brides Up North in association with Shades, Big Chief Tipis, Capesthorne Hall, UNVEILED Magazine and the North West’s finest wedding industry suppliers are proud to host the UK’s original and finest dedicated festival wedding fairs in 2017.

We’ve just celebrated two absolutely EPIC weekends on the trot at Stockeld Park and Ormesby Hall (photos coming very soon!) but we’re not ready to hang up our flower crowns yet… oh no! The WEDFEST’17 TOUR continues!

With free entry for you and your bridal party and open 11am till 4pm, on Sunday 21st May 2017 Capesthorne Hall will be transformed into a wedding wonderland!

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There’ll be a huge sail cloth tent, tipi hats, vintage MASH tent, a blow up pub (yes really!), a honeymoon bell tent, Pimms, prosecco, street food – and drink, LOTS of drink! – vendors (so stay for lunch and a tipple or ten!), a cars and campers, live music, bridal fashion – including a brilliant designer dress sale and a pop up boutique with gowns starting at just a fraction of the original price! – and 60+ luxury wedding suppliers covering absolutely all the details to make all your wedding planning ideas a reality.

All under cover in our warm and weatherproof outdoor wedding structures and the grand building itself, come rain or shine (we know you love a bit of drizzle and we come prepared!), we’ve got your inspiration sorted.

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Bring your bridesmaids, designate a driver, wear flowers in your hair and make a day of it… this is set to be an event to remember, and it won’t cost you or your wedding party a penny!

Use the hashtag ‪#‎WEDSTIVAL17‬ to follow the event build up across all our social media feeds.

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Images from previous events by Peace Wedding Photography and Jonny Draper Photography.

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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?

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

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.

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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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW 

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!

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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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#bridesquad: you’re invited to cheshire’s prettiest wedding fair at hilltop country house!

March 24th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’re too excited to be returning to the exceptionally pretty Hilltop Country House on Sunday 2nd April 2017, 12pm till 4pm, FREE ENTRY! Is this the loveliest, most friendly and personal wedding venue we’ve come across?  Just maybe! (Olympians Laura Trott and Jason Kenny definitely thought so!)

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Hilltop’s just a little bit a lot 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?

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.

Read our Dream Venue feature on Hilltop Country House by clicking here. 

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As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 150 FREE Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North, as well as the brand new issue of UNVEILED Magazine.  Just because we love you.  As demand is high, to pick up your pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.  While stocks last only.

Only the bride need register for larger groups.

CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM 

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fancy exhibiting with us?

For all our forthcoming events please email us at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk.

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visit the national wedding show with brides up north!

March 6th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’re so excited to be reprising our role as Official Blogger for The National Wedding Show in Manchester when it debuts at EventCity from 11 – 12 March 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.

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in fashion

See the latest bridal trends in groomswear, bridalwear, mother of the bride and bridesmaid outfits come to life on the Revlon Runway with top brands and designers including Allure Bridals, Ruth Milliam, Monsoon and Debenhams then shop over 200 of the North West’s best wedding suppliers!

Shop the dress of your dreams at the show and choose from 1000’s of top designer dresses from the likes of Issac Charles Bridal & Berketex Bride, plus take advantage of exclusive show only discounts & offers so you can save on your wedding dress!

Don’t forget the groom… at the show it’s not just the bride-to-be who can get everything they need to be wedding day ready. With an array of menswear designers including Moss Bros, Youngs Hire, Swarbricks and more.

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go vip

Make your day extra special with VIP tickets to the show. The ticket includes; a goody bag full of beauty products including Lancome, St.Tropez, Revlon Professional, Omorovicza, Pink Parcel, Barry M, Model Co, Browcote & delicious treats from Baileys, Propercorn, Graze Box, Blossom Hill & more; fast-track entry to the show; a glass of fizz from Blossom Hill; reserved seating at the Catwalk; mini makeover or hair consultations from Revlon and Revlon Professional and a free copy of Perfect Wedding and You & Your Wedding magazine… plus much more!*

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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, entertainment and much more.

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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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save on tickets with brides up north

Get two tickets for £40, quote “BUN” when booking.**

book now

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

Images by Cat Hepple/  Louise Bjorling.

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*T&C apply
**Savings relate to the door prices of £20 for standard ticket and £35 per VIP ticket.
Offers are valid until 10/03/2017 only. Hair consultations and mini makeovers are subject to availability.
Children under the age of 10 go free. 

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fifty shades. a chic urban wedding at the great john street hotel – jess & rob

March 6th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

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Today’s real wedding saw Jess and Rob pull off the mean feat of a Valentine’s Day wedding without the cheese. Instead of succumbing to Love Hearts and an all-out pink colour scheme, the bride opted for a tea-length polka-dot dress and timeless, elegant shades of silvery blue and dove grey.

Ready for a chic urban wedding that shines with love? We are.

With photography by Brides Up North Sponsor Mark Newton Weddings.

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jess says: We got engaged on Christmas Day 2015 after around eight years together. I didn’t think it was going to happen as Rob had given me all my gifts in the morning and he waited until midnight to propose. It happened at home, which was lovely as I didn’t really want a big fuss.

Our wedding date was 14th February 2016 – Valentine’s Day! We didn’t really choose the date as such; it needed to be in half term as I’m a teacher, and we preferred a Sunday. So it just happened to be Valentine’s Day!

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We got married at Great John Street Hotel in Manchester city centre. Rob and I knew we wanted something different and quite urban, so I decided to go along to the wedding open evening. I never imagined that we could afford such a beautiful venue but the packages that they offer there are very good value for money.

The venue itself is just stunning! We got married up on the rooftop, which is gorgeous. It’s such a modern and elegant hotel, it really suited us perfectly.

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There was no set theme for the wedding but we constantly reminded ourselves that this was our day. It’s very easy to get caught up in what other people want but we tried to make our decisions for us. Also, we wanted a less traditional day so we tried to make our choices as unique and individual as possible.

Although it was Valentine’s Day, we wanted to avoid the obvious reds and pinks so we decided on greys and blues. I didn’t want everything to match perfectly so I just picked any variation of blue or grey that I liked. We also wanted hints of blue to incorporate our love of our football team – Leicester City!

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My wedding dress also followed the ‘non-traditional’ direction we were taking; I always knew I didn’t want a full-length dress. A shorter dress always felt more ‘me’ and I wanted to feel like myself. My beautiful dress was made to measure by a wonderful shop in Nottingham called Frock. Esther who runs the shop was amazing throughout the whole process and the dress was nothing less than perfect. For any bride wanting a tea length dress, Frock is a must!

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