Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017

a whole lot of lovely at the bowdon rooms

September 28th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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We’re so excited to introduce another event in our so-far so-fabulous autumn 2016 calendar! *Does dance* The finest North West wedding industry talent will be descending upon The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, for our Luxury Wedding Exhibition at this unique & authentic vintage venue next Sunday 9th October 2016!

This brilliant, exclusive use venue is as fun as it is special, with it’s high ceilings, sparkling drapes, ornate fireplaces and perfectly sprung dance floor.  Dancing shoes at the ready!  If you are looking for a bespoke and private wedding venue with a little added period pizazz, it’s your lucky day.

We’ve added the very best wedding planners, floral designers, beauty specialists, bridal ateliers, vintage cars , venue stylists, photographers, live music, photo booths, cakes, diamonds (and more!) that the area has to offer, to make sure that every detail of your big day is covered with style.

I don’t know about you, but I feel like a bit of a party…

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

 

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 media pack all you need to do is register.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE ENTRY

While stocks last only.

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

fancy exhibiting with us?

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 this year.

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.

Email Julia at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details.

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Save The Date! Supplier Showcase: All The Little Details PLUS Exclusive 10% Discount For Wedding Blog Readers!

July 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It must be something in the air (the sun perhaps?!) but this week just feels like a good week.  Do you feel it too?  We’ve just announced our most exciting new event yet – did you miss it? – click here for the big reveal – and this morning I’ve a cheeky little discount on some very pretty stationery to pass on to you from Brides Up North Featured Supplier Nicola of beautifully bespoke stationery company All The Little Details.

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Like I said, just feels like a good week!

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For your 10% discount at All The Little Details, just quote BRIDES UP NORTH when booking. 

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ATLD Elegant Chandelier with Swarovski Crystals Flat Invitation £3.50

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ATLD Elegant Chandelier with Swarovski Crystals Swept Framed Table Plan £70.00

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Welcome Nicola!  Tell us your story?

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All The Little Details started trading in 2012 after I spent a few years making stationery for friends/ friends-of-friends and course, I made all the stationery for my own wedding in October 2012.

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I was a PA for many years, working part-time, so wedding stationery was my ‘hobby’ and something that I did to help me relax. I was receiving many lovely compliments for my work but it was only after my own wedding that I realised I wanted to make it my full-time job. Then, fate stepped in as I was made redundant 12 days after my wedding (and a day after my birthday!), so I decided the time was right to give it a go.

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I spent three months setting up my website, getting my samples together and sorting out the business side of things. My first wedding fair was on 24 February 2013 and since then, I have attended six including, of course, the Brides Up North Luxury and Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms on 19 May 2013!  It has been a crazy seven months and business is booming. I just wish I’d have taken the plunge sooner but, better late than never!

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Who is an All The Little Details bride?

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There is not a stereotypical All the Little Details bride as all the items I produce are bespoke so I am able to cater to all tastes. Whenever I create a new design, I make a sample to add to my ever-growing box to show to brides-to-be. These are then used as inspiration for their own unique design.

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Where are you based?  Do you work by appointment or online?

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I am based in south Manchester and I work all the time! Seriously, I do not have set working hours and I fit in around brides-to-be and they also fit-in around me as I am a working mum. I prefer to visit clients so that we can have a good chat about what they want and what I suggest and just get a feel for them. This helps with the design process enormously.

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I do also receive orders via my website, which is also fine and just requires a few phone calls and lots of emails with photos so that I can get an idea of what the bride-to-be is looking for in her wedding stationery.

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Tell us about the range of gorgeous designs on your website?

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As I offer a bespoke service, the designs on my website are there as a guide only. As it states on the website, I am happy to reproduce it with the bride’s own twist. Maybe there are elements from several designs that they like and I will then bring all of those elements together. I can produce anything and everything from Save the Dates to Orders of Service to Table Plans to Gift Bags. Basically, if I can print it, I can make it!

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The process begins with a consultation where we will look through my samples, discuss the theme, colour scheme, venue and the overall ‘look’ that the bride is hoping to achieve. After the consultation, I will go off and design two or three samples and take it from there.

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What style of stationery designs are popular at the moment?

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Designs using lace and pearls are extremely popular and I can see this continuing next season given the beautiful lace dresses that were in the recent bridal fashion shows. Then, of course, there will be lots of ‘Great Gatsby’ inspired weddings, and stationery is a fabulous way of bringing the designs of the 1920’s into a wedding in an elegant way.

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I love using florals and they are always popular. They can be anything from vintage chic to bright modern designs.

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Simple and elegant designs highlighted with Swarovski Elements® crystals and sumptuous double-satin ribbons will always be in vogue as both come in a myriad of colours and are therefore a great way of bringing in a particular colour without it being too OTT.

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What other products and services do you offer?

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I have a large Wishing Tree (which can be separated into small ones), wire birdcage frames, swept frames and several wooden easels for hire. I am happy to add to my selection should a bride want a particular item. My table plans can be supplied in an ornate swept frame or mirror.

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What would be your top five tips for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding stationery?

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1. Your wedding invitation is the first glimpse of your wedding that your guests will see so it is important to set the right tone from the outset be it traditional, contemporary or fun.

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2. Choose a design that will tie-in with the overall ‘theme’ of the day.

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3. If you are considering making your own stationery, work out a realistic budget of what everything will cost and then the amount of time involved to make it. It may be worth getting some of the more time-consuming items made by a stationer then make the more fun and less time-consuming items yourself.

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4. Bear in mind postage costs when choosing stationery as adding a simple embellishment can really bump up the postal costs – remember to include postage in your stationery budget.

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5. Stationery is not something you should go over budget with. So, if your ideas are beyond your budget, speak to you stationer to find ways to achieve the overall look you are after, but within your budget. A little tweak here and there can be enough to lower the price to what you can afford.

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Does all the stationery have to match? 

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It all depends on the theme. A vintage theme is more effective when it is more eclectic whereas I’d recommend co-ordinating stationery for a more traditional, elegant theme.

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What are your prices/price range, are you doing any special offers? 

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There is a Price Guide on my website and it is there to give brides a starting point for working out a stationery budget. I regularly post new Special Offers on my Facebook page so please ‘Like’ then you will be notified when they are posted.

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I’d be delighted to offer a 10% discount to Brides Up North readers, just quote BRIDES UP NORTH when booking. 

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ATLD Vintage Lace & Pearls Pocket Sleeve £4.75

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Which designs are your bestsellers?

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Vintage Lace and Pearls, Sparkle Chandelier and Vintage Grey Damask – these are always popular and elements can be changed to tie-in with a brides chosen colour scheme.

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What sets All The Little Details apart from its competitors?

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I offer a very personalised service – a lot of my brides will change their minds about what they have initially ordered (if say, the bridesmaids’ dress colour changes – a popular reason for changing the stationery design!). This is not a problem as I want my brides to have exactly what they want.

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How long do you take to turn around an order?

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It just depends on the order book at the time, but the average turnaround time is four weeks.

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How can I get in touch to discuss my requirements or place an order?

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Mobile: 07450 252997

Office: 0161 998 1777

Website: www.all-the-little-details.co.uk

Facebook: All the Little Details UK

Twitter: LittleDetailsUK

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 All The Little Details

All The Little Details is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, and this is a sponsored post

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Behind The Blog: Brides Up North Goes Vintage At The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire

May 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Ellie and I taking a breather!

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If you follow the wedding blog over on Twitter or Facebook (and why ever not?! – go get involved) and catch my feeds of a Sunday, you will know that the last few months have been absolutely manic behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ.  And I’m talking every. single. weekend. 

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We are verrrrry near to completing a full season of fabulous Brides Up North branded luxury wedding exhibitions for Spring 2013, with just one to go (diarise this: we are at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall on Sunday 9th June, bringing together the best wedding suppliers in East Yorkshire under Ms “Restoration Nightmare”’s very, very lovely roof) and with eight (EIGHT!) under our belt since the season kicked off back at Allerton Castle on a frosty morning in early February, I’m ready for a summer holiday!

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I think I have aged at least ten years since New Years Eve.

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Each event is hard, hard work and takes months of planning, promoting, sales and admin.  Oh the admin!  Luckily I have a full time assistant here at Brides Up North HQ now (hello Kate!), but this blog and it’s related events are my (other) baby, and I invest a lot of time and energy into making sure that each and every event is individual, venue appropriate and just right.

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Last Sunday, it was time for my tiny team to head North West for the very first time, to the unique and authentic vintage venue that is The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham.  Just on the doorstep of Hale and Bowdon, this delectable dance hall with it’s high cornices and sprung floors is prime for a wedding party.

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Matt Bowen Photography & Florence The Vintage Caravan

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And what a swell party it was!  Our wonderful team of wedding industry suppliers decorated the venue from head to toe with their vintage and luxury loveliness.  Feathers, sequins, beading, antique lace and the odd cloche hat sat beautifully alongside fresh blooms and pretty printed papers. 

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It didn’t stop inside either, outside Matt Bowen Photography brought along his gorgeous new girlfriend: Florence The Vintage Caravan (available for hire as a photo booth on your big day) and Event In A Tent and Woodland Weddings invited visitors into their cosy tipi for delicious canapes by Greengages.  As the weather – amazingly – was in our favour, the garden also played host to an impromptu jam session from Dominic Halpin and his swing band, who also entertained hourly on the main stage. 

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Pretty florals from Barkers The Florist, who beautified the whole venue with their blooms

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And oh! the music.  The venue is an operating jazz club, so I was keen to reflect this on the day.  Performances from Dominic and the boys along with Minerva Ensemble, It’s A Wind Up! vintage DJs and with Phil Lyons and his New Vintage Band on site kept the place buzzing all day long. 

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Stunning stationery from Uberfly Invites

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There wasn’t much time to chat once doors opened!  My wonderful friend Ellie and I (big love to Ellie) were on our feet all day greeting brides to be and their families, and shifting a whole lot of Brides Up North goody bags. 

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Luckily, my friend and fellow exhibitor Martin Hambleton Photography was around to catch a bit of the action in these beautiful images showing off the talents of our other suppliers, although even he got a little bit side-lined! 

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Martin says: Well done on organising such a brilliant show!  I’m sorry there aren’t as many images of brides browsing – every time I moved away from the stand looking for shots, someone stopped to look at my albums so I had to dash back (that’s not a complaint)!

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Martin, that kind of distraction I absolutely do not have a problem with!

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Delicate table settings by Pretty Little Trio

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If you didn’t make it on Sunday, we are doing it all over again in November!  As part of our Autumn tour, we’ll be back in Altrincham on Sunday 3rd November 2013 for another beautiful event filled with wedding inspiration and some winter vintage sparkle.

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But first, a little rest, if you please!

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Enjoy these images and do visit our wonderful exhibitors’ websites when sourcing your wedding suppliers.  I would personally recommend each and every one of them.

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Until next time North West!

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Pearls, lace and sparkle by Beautifully Vintage and Melanie James Bridal

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Cakes that taste as gorgeous as they look by Marie Antoinette Cakes.  Doing my diet no favours whatsoever.

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Fancy frocks by The Little Bridal Company

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Lovely linens and delicious details by Perfection On Linen

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Pretty paper by All The Little Details and favours by Romantica UK

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Elegant styling by Look Darling

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That date for your diaries again – Sunday 3rd November 2013 at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – save it!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Martin Hambleton Photography

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THIS SUNDAY! The Brides Up North Vintage Wedding Exhibition At The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire

May 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Are you ready to rock and roll Cheshire?!

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I’m headed North West this evening to get things ready for our first ever show in the region this Sunday at the unique venue that is The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham.  Just the right side of retro, with amazing vintage features set into high, high ceiling, a sprung dance floor for jiving the night away, spot on location and plenty of room – this venue is the business.  I can’t wait to pack it to the rafters with wedding industry talent and give it a special vintage twist this Sunday. 

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Come along and see Brides Up North and our fabulous exhibitors (plus a few exciting surprises – wait and see!) this Sunday 19th May 2013.  If you are looking for an authentic and friendly venue with a real vintage vibe, yet big enough to hold a proper party – this is for you.  We are open from 12pm – 4pm and entry is FREE!

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The Bowdon Rooms team, All The Little Details, Amanda Morgan Photographer, Barkers The Florist, Beautifully Vintage, Event In A Tent, Greengages Catering, it’s a Wind Up!, LCH Jewellery Design, Look Darling, Marie Antoinette Cakes, Martin Hambleton Wedding Photography, Matt Bowen Photography, Melanie James Bridal, Minerva Ensemble, Perfection On Linen, Pretty Little Trio, Richard Milnes Photography, Romantica UK, Spiritus Bars, The Little Bridal Company, The Wedding Guide, Uberfly Invites, Unforgettable Memories, Wonderful Weddings By JT, Woodland Weddings and Your Perfect Day can’t wait to meet you!

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And yes, of course Dominic Halpin’s Swing Band are coming along too!

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Welcome Pack packed with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy mags as well as some fab on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack fill in your details below, marking YOUR EVENT VENUE OF CHOICE e.g. “THE BOWDON ROOMS” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Welcome Pack upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome Packs are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy.

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