Charlotte Balbier
Luxury Wedding Fairs

diary date: the black swan wedding open day

October 17th, 2016 | Rachel Parry


If you’re currently on the hunt for a wedding venue that offers a beautiful rustic setting, stunning reception rooms, first class service and to-die-for food, then we might just be able to help. For our wonderful Sponsor, The Black Swan hotel is inviting brides and grooms-to-be to see its fabulous wedding offering for themselves during a special open day between 12 noon and 4pm on Sunday 6th November.

Located in the idyllic North Yorkshire market town of Helmsley, The Black Swan is renowned for being among the North’s finest weddings venues and has twice been voted ‘Best Venue in the North East’  in the prestigious Wedding Industry Awards.


During the open day event, couples will be able to see two of the cosy boutique hotel’s unique reception rooms, ‘The Garden Room’ and ‘The Gallery’, each with their own character, individually styled for a wedding reception for up to 50 and 90 guests. It will also provide the perfect opportunity for brides and grooms meet the venue’s preferred suppliers and the friendly in-house team, including wedding coordinator, Nicola Bolden, who can help bring their big day dreams to life.


The Black Swan houses four welcoming reception rooms in total: ‘The Crosland Room’, ideal for small, wedding sophisticated parties; the hotel’s restaurant ‘The Gallery’, the largest reception room; the cosy and intimate ‘Tudor Lounge’, and the lovely ‘Garden Room’, with its access onto the hotel’s stunning English walled gardens.

Meanwhile for those who wish to marry outdoors, there’s the hotel’s locally hand-crafted oak gazebo, which is licensed for al fresco ceremonies and makes the perfect setting for an English country garden wedding.


To help couples save time and money when planning their big day, The Black Swan offers an all-inclusive wedding package. Available on select dates during 2017, up to 50 guests can enjoy food and drink, accommodation and many other extras for just £5,495. There’s also a generous 20% discount* off the hotel’s standard wedding package in January, February and March 2017, making the charming venue an even better proposal!


Preferred suppliers supporting the open day include Emma Dodsworth Photography, Brides of York and the Bridal Lounge Northallerton, Libby Butler Jewellers, Busy Liz’s Floral Design, Kate Pymm Hair and Makeup, Fabulously Finished Events, Celebrate Country Cake Design, Yorkshire Chauffeur Company, and live entertainment, courtesy of magician Mark Waddington, with live music by pianist, David Robertshaw, and vocalist/guitarist, Val Hill.

The event will also include opportunities for canapés and wine sampling from the hotel’s wedding packages. Entry is complimentary and so is car parking at the hotel.

Images by Annemarie King Photography/ supplied by The Black Swan.

*Terms and conditions apply (see website for full details)

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hey #bridesquad… join us at our luxury wedding barn event at hornington manor!

October 13th, 2016 | Julia Braime


We’re really excited to be able to invite our readers to a one off special Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fair in the new (and very fabulous) Wedding Barn at Hornington Manor, next Sunday 23rd October, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY!

In our usual style, we’ve also packed the lovely space with so much amazing wedding day inspiration, that it’s starting to feel like a bit of a pretty party! There’ll be bubbles (from the Bubbles & Barley Piaggio van no less), bridal fashion, floral design, cakes, cars, beauty, all the little details… you name it, with all the area’s very best and most creative wedding bods.


The most recent addition to Hornington Manor and previously home to their new born lambs, the Wedding Barn has been lovingly transformed into a beautiful wedding venue that seats up to 150 guests comfortably. The wedding barn still provides a few clues to its former use such as the huge double doors which open out onto the courtyard, and the wonderful exposed beams, but the beauty of the wedding barn is that you can really put your own personal style into your day.


Hornington Manor is licensed to hold civil ceremonies at a number of spectacular locations around the grounds and it’s surroundings are second to none. Set amongst gorgeous Yorkshire countryside, this is a truly special wedding venue whether you choose to use the Barn, The Lawn, or the rooms inside The Manor itself.

But don’t just take our word for it – join us next Sunday and you’ll be able to see just how magical your special day can be.


bride to be?

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.



wedding industry professional?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2016 and 2017. 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. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

Please email for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.

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hydrangeas & sparkles for a personal summer wedding in sheffield – faith & pete

October 11th, 2016 | Julia Braime


Instead of focusing all their plans around one set theme, today’s real wedding couple decided to go with their preferences and gut feelings when it came to both their big day setting and suppliers.

Proud to show off their home city of Sheffield, Faith and Pete chose to use local businesses where possible to help bring their pretty Yorkshire wedding to life.

With inspiration taken from everything from their favourite flowers to their favourite food, Faith and Pete’s wedding is without doubt a true reflection of them as both individuals and as a couple.

With images by Kindred Photography.


faith says: We got engaged on the 8th July 2014 at Monsal Head. Pete said he wanted to take us somewhere with a nice view and had seen Monsal Head listed on a website recommending beauty spots. We went early and there was no one else around. I was eight months pregnant at the time and wasn’t expecting the proposal at all because we had recently been on several romantic mini breaks where Pete had ample opportunities to ask but nothing had happened. It turns out he just hadn’t chosen the ring; he found the perfect one though with a little help from his friend Stevie at Beaverbrooks in Meadowhall.

Pete had packed a picnic and some fizzy wine (non-alcoholic of course) which he got out of the car. I was going to start setting it up but before I had a chance he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him – it was an amazing moment and couldn’t have been more perfect. We ate the picnic and called our friends and family to tell them the news. My hands were so swollen from the pregnancy I couldn’t get the ring on so Pete drove us to Castleton where we chose a temporary Blue John ring to wear in the meantime. It was very special to return to Monsal Head the following year with our son Alfred and have an engagement/family shoot with our wedding photographer.


Our wedding date was the 18th June 2016. We chose June because it is when all our favourite flowers are in season, also because I always remember a friend telling me it is statistically least likely to rain, I’m not sure if that is true but it stuck in my mind.

We got married at Staindrop Lodge, in Sheffield. We knew we wanted to get married in a venue where we could have both the ceremony and reception. We hadn’t been to Staindrop before but saw it online and thought we would have a look. Both of us loved it straight away. We loved how clean and light it was, we liked the idea of having the reception in the restaurant, which is on two levels and a little more interesting that just a room, we loved the modern feel with art deco touches and all the artwork throughout the venue. We also loved Rachel who is the wedding planner there, she is the most organised and in-control person you could ever meet, I tend to be a bit of a control freak but I had no doubt she would do a fantastic job. They were so flexible and really embraced all the ideas we had. They also saved all the hotel rooms for us which meant most of our friends and family could stay over after the wedding.


We didn’t have a wedding theme as such, we just wanted day to be about us; to feature everything we loved and be a really fun celebration with our closest friends and family. The styling was simple with just a touch of sparkle. We were also keen to show our love of Sheffield by using lots of local or small wedding suppliers.

For our colour scheme we took inspiration from the crocuses, which always look so lovely and cheerful at the start of spring. We had shades of purple for the bridesmaid dresses and my bouquet, bright yellow ties and pale yellow table runners, ivory for my dress, the bridesmaid’s bouquets and the centrepieces, and gold sparkles for the place names and numbers.

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serious skills: say hello to lipstick & curls

October 7th, 2016 | Rachel Parry


Two of our very favourite places in life to visit have to be the hairdressers and the beauty counters of a luxury department store. It’s therefore little surprise that we love to talk all things bridal hair and beauty, particularly with the pros who can offer an abundance of advice and those expert industry tips.

And they don’t come much more knowledgeable than our new Sponsor that we’re introducing on the bog today, the fabulous Lipstick & Curls.

With excess of 150 professional hair stylist and makeup artists on the books, these guys know their MAC from their McGrath and can provide a whole host of treatments to have you looking and feeling your very best for your big day. From bridal hair and makeup through to those all-important little extras, such as manicures, lash extensions and brow grooming, these guys have got it well and truly covered.

And if you like what you see ladies you will be excited to learn that the fabulous team are offering a 10% discount to all brides booking in 2016 if they mention Brides Up North.

Here to explain more about their super services is the director and head stylist of Lipstick & Curls, Amanda Moorhouse.


Tell us a little about the Lipstick & Curls team and the various services that you offer?

amanda says: Lipstick & Curls is a hair and makeup team of more than 150 artists providing services nationally for brides, parties, fashion and media. I established the company in London and we now have a second office in Leeds for the north of England.

We are always adding new services to our website as we try and give our customers the widest choice. We work closely with our customers helping them put a package together that will suit their group booking and event. Our most popular service is our bridal service where we can accommodate any size group and provide a wide range of services including manicure, lash extensions, brow grooming, hair styling and makeup.

We also work closely with other companies so can now help with recommendations for catering, car hire, DJ, photographer and much more.

In addition, we offer a great party service (particularly popular with hen parties) and make over lessons and masterclasses.


What makes you different to other hair stylists and makeup artists?

We are very proud to have a wonderfully talented team of more than 60 artists in the north of England, all of which have been handpicked and have an amazing body of work, outstanding skills and a winning personality!

All of our artists are highly skilled in all aspects of hair and make-up styling and are fully trained, fully insured and fully qualified to a very high standard. Our team are extremely friendly and have lots of experience working with brides on their special day. We want a reputation of being the best and we only employ the best.


What process will a bride go through if they pick Lipstick & Curls to do their wedding hair and makeup?

At Lipstick & Curls, we understand the importance of getting it perfect for a bride. We work with the bride to develop a look that will complement her dress, her features and her own personal style. We offer a very personal experience; we want all our brides to feel special. We develop a relationship with all of our brides and work together to create what they desire for their special day. This often includes sending pictures to each other including images of the dress, themselves and perhaps a colour pallet.

Most of our brides will have a trial, this usually happens six to eight weeks prior to the wedding (every bride is different however and some like to do this earlier). As soon as a bride has sorted her dress we encourage them to get in touch, if not before! We want as much time as possible to work with our brides and to be part of this process by letting us help them along the way. We can offer advice right at the beginning on head pieces, hair extensions and top tips on how to look after your hair and skin in the run up to the big day.


What advice do you offer brides when they are planning their wedding, and where do you advise that they look for bridal hair and makeup inspiration?

I’ve met a lot of brides and whilst most of them relish in the thought of planning a wedding, in hindsight it’s not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’. My main advice is it’s your day, so do it your way! There are no rules, so make this day your absolute fantasy wedding (whatever that may be).

In terms of inspiration, there is lots of information online and so many alternative options when it comes to creating your perfect day. Remember it should be fun so enjoy planning it together!

Pinterest is fab for sourcing images and collecting ideas. However, I‘m a firm believer that showing our customers our past work, often does the same. Look at as many blogs and websites as you can, and in particular look at ‘real brides’ and read about their chosen looks and experiences. It’s the best inspiration!

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next sunday: get set, pretty at the mansion!

October 5th, 2016 | Julia Braime


The pretty just keeps on coming around here!

Next Sunday 16th October 2016 from 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY we will be opening the doors to Leeds’ most gorgeous boutique – exclusive use – wedding venue: Dine’s The Mansion, Roundhay Park, for a Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fair with some serious style.


I’ve said it before, but you have to see The Mansion for yourself: visit the venue’s website to check out this swanky space! And even if you have already found your dream venue, come along and tick some #wedmin off that list. Only the most fabulous wedding day suppliers have been handpicked to attend and with loads of wedding dress and accessory inspiration on site next Sunday (plus every other decorating detail conceivable covered too!), it’s certainly one for the fashionistas!

So what are you waiting for, grab your #bridesquad gals, it’s time to get inspired!


bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North.  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.



want to exhibit with us?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2016 and 2017. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this year. Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

Email for details and pricing. 
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white lace. a winter wedding in york – stacey & alex

October 4th, 2016 | Rachel Parry


Have we mentioned that we love all things Christmas? So with less than 12 weeks to go until Santa visits us once again we thought it was high time for another festive themed big day on the blog.

Taking place in the charming city of York, we adore how Alex and Stacey’s stylish wedding gives subtle nods to the season without a single piece of tinsel in sight!

We’re also big fans of the atmospheric venue and choice of simple white blooms and cake. The star of the show for us though just has to be Stacey’s gorgeous bespoke, lace detailed dress, complete with floor-length veil and glamorous red lips. Pure perfection!

With images by Photography34.


stacey says: We got engaged on the beach at Alnmouth, in Northumberland. We’d been staying in a cottage nearby and had gone out for a walk when Alex asked the question. It was 5th November in 2014, and a really crisp cold day with blue skies and very few people around.

We set our wedding date for 28th November 2015, as we liked the idea of getting married in the same month that we got engaged.


Our chosen venue was Merchant Taylors Hall, in York. We live in York and wanted somewhere central that our friends and family could easily travel to. We looked around several venues and loved this one. The beamed ceilings and open fire seemed to be perfect for a winter wedding. The layout of the hall was also great for the number of guests we wanted and allowed us to have both the ceremony and reception all in the same place.

We initially didn’t really have a theme to the wedding but then we discovered that the week we were marrying would be when the Christmas tree would be put up in the Merchant Taylors Hall. We therefore decided to with a bit of a festive feel, adding lights in the hall and having Christmas crackers as favours.


We didn’t set out to have any specific colour scheme either, at first kept it simple with everything in white. However, we then decided on a deep blue/purple colour for the bridesmaid dresses and so incorporated that hue into the wedding and matched the ties, invitations and table names.

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