September 4th, 2018 | Julia Braime
Could it be (gasp!) time for another epic season of Brides Up North wedding events? We think so!
To get this party started, we’re too excited to be returning to the exceptionally pretty Hilltop Country House to open our best line up of bridal shows yet on Sunday 9th September 2018, 12pm till 3pm, FREE ENTRY for a secret garden luxury wedding show! Is this the loveliest, most friendly and personal wedding venue we’ve come across? Just maybe!
As well as our usual goody bag full of little treats from Brides Up North, including the BRAND NEW issue of UNVEILED Magazine, we also have 100 pairs of complimentary tickets for The National Wedding Show to give away to the first 100 registered brides to arrive.
Hilltop is super 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 – plus some street food, cool cocktails, a spot of wine tasting and some rocking live music – 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 (now with extended Boogie Room!) by clicking here.
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.
We also have 100 pairs of complimentary tickets for The National Wedding Show to give away to the first 100 registered brides to arrive.
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.
Images by Lee Brown Photography/ Amy Louise Photography/ supplied by Hilltop Country House
August 23rd, 2018 | Julia Braime
We’re super excited to be reprising our role as official blogger for The National Wedding Show at Manchester Central this autumn on 27th to 28th October 2018! As the North West’s biggest wedding show, you can try, buy, book and hire all that you need for your perfect day.
With up to 200 wedding specialists, from bridal boutiques and florists to photographers and cake designers, this is the place to gain first-class creative ideas, tips and advice from the area’s crème de la crème of wedding suppliers. As one of our very favourite events of the year, we’re always eager to learn what wonderful extras The National Wedding Show team have in store – and ladies and gents, we can safely say that you’re in for a real treat!
As usual, we’ve got some great savings up our sleeves for you too – we ain’t the Official Blogger for nothing!
Book tickets adult tickets for just £12.50* or save £5 on VIP tickets by clicking here.
We’ve put together a list of our not to be missed moments at the show – and there’s SO much to see and do. Top tip: leave the high heels at home!
This is your ‘all under one roof’ chance to meet hundreds of top wedding suppliers face-to-face. Some of the exciting names joining the fun this season include: J&J Designs, The White Gallery, Bride at Swarbricks, Churchmouse Cheeses, Krispy Kreme, Manchester Gin, Moss Bros, Nigel Rayment, Qube Events, Shropshire Petals, The Eclectic Hotel Collection and many more. We’d say that’s every detail covered.
she’s in fashion
Our favourite bit (you’ll always find us in the FROW)! The showstopping catwalk brings the latest looks for brides, bridesmaids, grooms and guests to life in a fabulous show that takes place four times a day. Whilst the bridal dresses are the obvious showstoppers, you’ll also see beautiful make-up looks, a variety of on-trend hairstyles, shoes to fall in love with and even inspiration for bouquets and other accessories! Grab yourself a guaranteed seat with a VIP ticket (more on that later)!
There are loads of free DIY wedding workshops running throughout the weekend. Get creative at ‘The Inspiration Lab’ where a selection of suppliers will be running free classes covering everything from calligraphy to flower crown making. Nice.
Visit the gallery to see the North West’s star bakers showcase their delicious creations.
June 26th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Get ready for an achingly cool real wedding as we welcome fabulous newlyweds Jane and Nathan to the blog. The super fashionable industrial interior of Holmes Mill in Clitheroe provided the swoon-worthy backdrop to their big day; with its bare plaster walls, metal columns and cinema-style fold-away seating, perfectly styled with simple, blowsy blooms of hydrangea and sweeping curves of festoon lights. There’s even a chic Louis Ghost chair to perch on while signing the register.
Jane is effortlessly beautiful in a Halfpenny London dress, a classic vintage-inspired gown with fine corded lace and delicate cap sleeves. The open back and dropped waist add a modern feel that is totally at home with the industrial vibes. She finishes her outfit with a stunning pair of towering Jimmy Choo sandals in delicate grey. The guys are equally cool in black tie, which looks great against the shimmering blue of the bridesmaid dresses.
Family is important, and so the couple’s adorable twins quite rightly take centre stage, and fabulous details from those closest them, such as the hand-drawn table names by Jane’s father, add wonderful personal elements to the celebrations too.
Diary Date: Love Nathan and Jane’s choice of venue? Then be sure to join us for our Urban Luxe Wedding Show at the stunning Holmes Mill on Sunday 23rd September, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY.
With images by Stuart Hornby Photography.
jane says: We got engaged in Palma in June 2016, after almost six years together. I’d given Nathan quite the hard time about proposing, so I don’t think he had much choice!
We got married on Saturday 26th May 2018. We wanted a bank holiday weekend so we could have a ‘wedding weekend’, extending the festivities to the Sunday.
We had our ceremony and reception at Holmes Mill, Clitheroe. I found the venue by chance on Instagram and loved the pictures, so took Nathan along to have a look. We both fell in love with the place, which was very quirky and different to anything we’d visited already. We wanted somewhere our friends wouldn’t have been to before and, as this was a new venue, it ticked that box. We would absolutely recommend the venue – all the staff were amazing and the day went without any issues.
Our colour scheme was mainly blue and white, which was purely to match the bridesmaids’ dresses, which I’d already fallen in love with.
For my dress, I chose a Halfpenny London design, which was bought from The White Closet in Didsbury. I was actually 12 weeks’ pregnant with twins at the time, so I wanted something that wasn’t too fitted so as to not put too much pressure on me after the birth. The dress was called Violet, which was extra special as this was my grandmother’s name.
Nathan chose a black-tie theme for the men, as he wanted something a bit different to the traditional blue suit. He bought his suit from Reiss.
My bridesmaids wore Ghost dresses in blue, which I loved as they could each wear one that was a slightly different design. I actually found these dresses before my own!
June 7th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s bride and groom clocked up quite a few air miles when it came to their big day, deciding to tie the knot at the stunning Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, travelling all the way from their home in Kuala Lumpur. Needless to say, planning their wedding from Malaysia proved quite a challenge, but luckily for the couple, they brought on board some fabulous suppliers to make the process a cinch!
Madelaine and Jack – both teachers – settled on a date just before Christmas and brought those festive feels to life with the most beautiful nude, blush and crimson palette. And just wait until you see the bouquets, which also feature these oh so pretty shades.
The industrial vibe to the venue really added to their winter celebration, too, think twinkly fair lights, exposed walls and stone floors. Throw in a cake table, mulled wine, sparklers and live music – and you’ve got the perfect mix for a fine festive soiree!
And if you’re craving a cool urban wedding of your own, we’ll be returning to the totally awesome Victoria Warehouse on Sunday 16th September to host our BigCityWedFest’18 wedding show, that’s not to be missed! For now, here’s the lovely Madelaine to tell us more about her perfect day…
With images by Dan Hough.
madelaine says: We got engaged at home in our flat in Kuala Lumpur on a normal Friday evening after work. It turns out that Jack was planning on proposing during our holiday a couple of weeks later, but panicked the minute he picked the ring up from the shop, so proposed that evening! In his words, “it was like having a live grenade in his pocket!”.
We got married on Friday 22nd December. We knew that we wanted to get married during our Christmas holidays – we’re both teachers living abroad but would be back for the school holidays. I also thought that if we had the big day before Christmas I could still tuck into a huge Christmas dinner!
We had both the ceremony and the reception at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. We knew that we wanted an industrial setting for our big day and fell in love with the brickwork and high ceilings the minute we saw it on the internet. It was great to see how other couples had set the warehouse up with fairy lights and candles too – we thought it would be perfect for the time of year!
We are both from Sheffield originally, but couldn’t find the right venue there. However, Jack lived in Manchester for a few years, we both love the city and it is a great distance from Sheffield so it was a brilliant place to tie the knot!
There was no real theme for the wedding, we just wanted an industrial style with some nods to Christmas, with candles, fairy lights and mulled wine.
We chose nudes, blush and some crimson as our wedding colours. I just loved this combination and the crimson, again, gave a nice nod to the time of year.
I wore an Essense of Australia crepe dress that I found at Emily Bridal in Sheffield. I absolutely loved the fitted style and the low back. In fact, it was the first and only bridal shop that I visited and I found the perfect dress within about 20 minutes! The team at Emily Bridal were great and helped me to figure out which style would suit me best and feel right on the day.
May 16th, 2018 | Julia Braime
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ (ok, it’s been a crazy eight years, but who’s counting…) as we prepare to bring you the final date in our epic, epic, EPIC(and that’s a lot of epics we know) festival wedding fairs wedfest’18 tour finishing in the North West with the glorious WEDSTIVAL’18 at Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire this coming Sunday 20th May 2018, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY*
*yes, you’re not seeing things, these EPIC events are FREE for you and your entire bridal party to attend (just make sure someone else is the designated driver for this one!)
To us, the WEDFEST’18 TOUR is like all our Christmases coming at once… but kicking off the start of summer, with Pimms, and tents, and gorgeous gowns… and ALL the wedding inspiration!
If you’re a North West bride to be, Capesthorne Hall is where you need to be THIS SUNDAY 20th May, as we transform the popular stately home into a wedding wonderland with our huge sailcloth tent, tipi tops, stretch tents, PIMMS Bar, street food vendors, live music, cars and campers, 70+ luxury wedding suppliers and so much more. It’s one for every bride, whether your style is breezy boho or super chic. We’ve just made the planning process so much more fun – a real day out, rather than just ticking a box on your planning checklist. And grooms always seem to enjoy this one too…
These events are big, beautiful and brilliantly useful too… don’t miss it! It’s your last chance this year!
Please register for free entry to WEDSTIVAL’18 for you and your party.
As well as fast track, free entry, we’re giving away free Bride To Be goody packs, sponsored by UNVEILED magazine, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North. As demand is high, to all you need to do is select the show that you want to attend via the link below and register. While stocks last.
We create events that are fun, friendly and affordable events for wedding suppliers too! We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2018. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous Luxury Wedding Shows 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. Consequently, we expect demand for 2018 to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.
Alternatively, please email email@example.com ASAP for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.
The forecast looks great right now, but, if the weather is looking a little dubious on the day (hey, it’s the North West!) there’s nothing to worry about either – all of our structures are perfectly weatherproof, warm and welcoming, so a little drizzle ain’t going to spoil our party. And what a party it’s going to be!
As well as our street food vendors, live music and entertainment, we’ve so many amazing exhibitors and styling ideas on show that you’ll leave with every last detail covered. Any supplier worth their sequins will be at one of our WEDSTIVAL’18, many offering on the day discounts too, and the Hall itself will also be open for viewings!
Order a cocktail, stay for lunch, and get your wedding planning all wrapped up at the same time. Result.
Grab your groom, your girl squad (and even your gran!) and get yourself to the bridal event that everyone’s been talking about. Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair… and we’ll see you on the field for the WEDSTIVAL’18!
Images by Jonny Draper Photography. Continue reading to view our entire gallery!
March 2nd, 2018 | Rachel Parry
One of the elements of our job that we love most is being able to hook-up our readers with the very best venues and suppliers across the North; not only hopefully helping to make the wedding planning that bit easier for you, but also opening your eyes to options you weren’t even aware of.
Today we’re thrilled to be introducing a brand new Sponsor venue to the blog, and one that might just cause you to go all heart-shaped-eyes – drumroll please, for the stunning Titanic Hotel Liverpool.
Located on the city’s uber-cool Stanley Dock, this is an example of urban luxe at its best. Combining its history and industrial architecture with contemporary interiors and opulent touches, Titanic Hotel is the perfect choice for couples seeking a cool venue with the wow-factor.
Within its handsome red brick walls, the hotel houses a choice of two spectacular wedding settings for varying size parties, plus jaw-droppingly-gorgeous accommodation and even a plush wellness centre.
We know, amazing right?! So, let’s hand over to the hotel’s team for full details on this impressive Liverpool gem.
DIARY DATE: The Titanic Hotel’s Wedding Show takes place this Sunday 4th March, 11am to 3pm, free entry, giving couples the opportunity to view the venue, meet the team and be inspired by a selection of local suppliers. Full details below.
Can you tell us a little about the history of the venue?
the titanic hotel say: Titanic Hotel and Rum Warehouse is part of the redevelopment of the historic Stanley Dock complex. It is located in what was the North Warehouse. The North Warehouse was built in 1846 and finished in 1854 and has been derelict for a number of years. Part of the North Warehouse was damaged in an air raid in World War II. The Rum Warehouse, which is attached to the North Warehouse and built in the 1950’s, has become a major new conference, banqueting and exhibition venue for 21st century Liverpool.
The luxury four-star hotel is set in what was the North Warehouse and boasts views over the Mersey estuary and Tobacco Warehouse, the biggest brick building in the world. Titanic Hotel set within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was opened in 2014 after a £36 million renovation, which has seen the once industrious warehouse transformed into a luxury destination in Liverpool.
Steeped in heritage and style, the iconic Titanic Hotel Liverpool is impressive in every way.
How would you describe the look and feel of the venue?
The luxury 4-star hotel is one of the largest brick buildings in the world – complete with original exposed brick arches reflecting the hotel’s rich heritage and history. Titanic Hotel adjoins the incredible Rum Warehouse, that is the hotel’s primary wedding venue, and West Bay, the hotel’s newest separate event space contributing to Titanic’s entire offering.
The hotel has ensured that the interior design is contemporary luxury, yet also reflects its spectacular history and so it boasts original redbrick, steel pillars, vaulted ceilings, stone floors and floor-to-ceiling windows. Rum Warehouse and West Bay are stunning wedding venues that can be tailored to your special day.
Can you tell us what each of the ceremony and reception areas offer to couples?
Titanic Hotel has two impressive wedding and events spaces; the vast and versatile Rum Warehouse and the new intimate West Bay:
A beautifully renovated 1950’s warehouse, Rum Warehouse is the perfect banqueting space for your wedding reception and a stunning venue for your ceremony overlooking the Stanley Dock. In fact, it offers the perfect blank canvas for every style of wedding.
Rum Warehouse is a generous venue accommodating up to 500 guests for a seated wedding breakfast. Due to the grand scale of the venue you can invite everyone from your nearest and dearest to your distant cousins without ever worrying about invitation lists. (Please note that we do require a minimum number of 100 day and 180 evening guests).
For something a little different, why not have your wedding ceremony on the impressive TitanicStaircase followed by your wedding breakfast in Rum Warehouse?
West Bay is an exceptional new wedding venue reflective of our rich maritime heritage and restored warehouse design. Its stone floors, steel pillars and vaulted brick ceilings are perfectly in keeping with the distinctive style of the hotel and venue. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer striking views of the dock and the outdoor space on the colonnade is ideal for summer drinks receptions.
West Bay can accommodate up to 180 guests for a seated wedding ceremony and breakfast. (Please note that we do require a minimum number of 80 day and 120 evening guests).
What sort of bride would be a Titanic Hotel bride?
A Titanic Hotel bride is anyone who wants to celebrate their special day in style. We can transform our wedding spaces to reflect all themes and no request is too much for the team who will go above and beyond to ensure that those getting married are in love with the venue and their wedding day itself. Every bride to be can be a Titanic Hotel bride and we’ll be here to offer as little or as much advice and support as they require.
How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?
Titanic Hotel’s experienced and dedicated wedding coordinators will take care of all the details of each wedding. They will work with couples on everything from venue arrangements, menu choices and accommodation requirements to wellness packages, ensuring they all fit together seamlessly.
Can you tell us about the accommodation at the venue?
Titanic Hotel Liverpool has a whole range of room types available including classic, superior, superior dockside, superior corner and the stunning presidential suite. With beautiful views across the waterfront, Titanic Hotel has retained many of its original features to create a truly distinctive and memorable stay for guests. There’s a total of 153 bedrooms which each have original windows and some with exposed brickwork and are furnished in subtle tones. Titanic Hotel’s bedrooms are all very spacious with high ceilings creating an airy retreat away from the city.
For the happy couple, we offer a complimentary Superior Dockside room for the night of the wedding with the option to upgrade to our Presidential Suite at an extra charge. We also offer a discount rate for wedding guests.
The hotel also houses a spa, can you tell us a little about it?
Maya Blue Wellness is tucked away in the hotel and is the ideal place to indulge in some time away from the hustle and bustle, pre- or post-wedding.
Amid the red brick arches and beautiful cool stone floors lie the warm waters of the wellness centre. Tranquil yet atmospheric, Maya Blue features a unique thermal suite, hydrotherapy pool, sanarium, relaxation area, ten treatment rooms offering an extensive range of treatments including facials, body treatments and beauty treatments and health & fitness centre.
Wedding wellness packages also available.
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