Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

a musical match: warble entertainment

March 21st, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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If we’ve said it once, we’ll say it again; there’s nothing like live musical entertainment to set the scene at a wedding.

Whether its creating a romantic ambience for the ceremony, chilled out vibes at the drinks reception or creating a full-on party atmosphere for the evening celebrations, live acts have all the skills to take your big day celebrations to the next level.

Our fabulous Sponsor Warble Entertainment, know this better than anyone as a trusted agency with an incredible portfolio of UK-wide quality acts on their books that cater for thousands of weddings and events year on year.

As such we’ve invited them to the blog today to update us on their amazing offering while also sharing their pearls of wisdom on how to pair the right musical entertainment to particular styles of weddings. So, we’ll leave you in the safe hands of the lovely Warble Entertainment team member Joey Burdon…

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Can you give us a brief overview of Warble Entertainment and tell us what it offers to wedding couples?

joey says: Warble Entertainment Agency was established in 2007 with a vision to make entertainment hire both simple and fun. We aim to make things easy at Warble and are proud to offer something exciting and different when it comes to booking wedding entertainment with the best acts available in the UK right now. From the beginning our approach has been one of honesty and passion towards understanding our customers’ needs and the importance of weddings. We are lucky to have a strong team who value the company’s core beliefs and ethos when it comes to reliability, transparency and incredible customer service in providing the UK’s most exciting wedding entertainment.

What sets you apart from other entertainment agencies?

Warble are an agency with bags of personality and a huge passion for what we do. Our team is made up of industry professionals and experts who have vast experience in co-ordinating all manner of events. We are always on hand to answer any questions or give impartial advice to help make your wedding a success. Warble are also the only agency who run a video advice series with guides on booking entertainment, wedding inspiration and tips – often with guest spots; from appearances from acts, suppliers and wedding industry professionals to help educate couples on the world of weddings and entertainment!

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Steve Grogan Photography

What is the feedback like from your clients?

Every customer of ours is highly valued and we make sure that we are able to provide a bespoke service to every single one. We are always getting amazing comments from couples who have booked with us and it makes us so happy when we know that we were able to help them find an amazing act for their wedding. Everyone is always surprised to find out how easy the process can be! We are aware that booking wedding entertainment isn’t something that people do every day – or only do once in their lifetimes so we are constantly keeping couples up to date throughout the process and making things stress free. We know that great entertainment can absolutely make a wedding, and this is something we hear daily from couples who have booked through us. Our acts are the best around and there is so much choice to suit absolutely any event.

How do you vet the acts on your books to ensure they meet the Warble standard?

The quality of our acts is important to us and we ensure that every act is stringently vetted before being allocated a place on our roster. We have a dedicated Artist Liaison team here at Warble who have procedures in place in order to assure that every act has the correct PLI and PAT documentation, so you can be safe in the knowledge that they are eligible to perform at your chosen venue. We work with trusted and experienced acts who do this full time as a profession and only a small number of acts who apply are accepted onto the roster – we have a very high standard! We also hold regular showcases, host interviews and act features meaning that we are lucky enough to see many of our amazing acts from all over the UK performing live.

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What elements should couples take into account when choosing the right type of entertainment for their wedding?

Our aim is to always try and match the right entertainment with the style of the wedding. Entertainment comes in all shapes and sizes and can be used in so many different ways! Every wedding has some kind of personality or theme. This can be something simple like a ‘casual’ wedding or ‘rustic’ and other themes can be much stronger such as ‘vintage’ or a ‘wedstival’. These play a massive part in choosing the right entertainment so look for entertainment that not only matches your theme, but enhances it! Definitely pay attention to gaps and lulls throughout your day too. Using entertainment to fill these is a great idea if you’re aware of them.

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year-round beauty. four seasons in one day for an inspirational styled shoot at stock farm

March 20th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh

Stock Farm (c) Stephen McGowan Photography (17)

Believe us, it’s tricky task to deliver one gorgeous styled photoshoot in just one day, which is why we were so impressed when a dynamic group of industry suppliers from the North West upped the ante recently and pulled off what was essentially four different styled shoots – yes, you heard us, four – in 12 hours.

The backdrop for the shoot is the stunning Stock Farm on the Tatton Estate in Cheshire, where we will be hosting a Pop Up Wedding Festival on Sunday 8th April, 11am to 3pm, FREE ENTRY. We will be joined there by a collection of the area’s top wedding suppliers, including a few that feature in this very shoot, to help inspire your big day while giving you chance to view this gorgeous venue first-hand.

Falling in love with the venue’s country charm, the creatives behind today’s shoot were on a mission to prove that choosing a farm or barn as your wedding location doesn’t automatically equate to a rustic theme. And with looks and styling as diverse as ultra-glam makeup, edgy bridal separates, urban-style neon lighting and luxe candelabra floral arrangements, we’ve got to say – we’re in agreement.

The professionalism and skills of the team involved here is quite simply phenomenal and if you’re planning a wedding in the North West, we think you’d be incredibly lucky to have any of these guys on board! Over to the lovely Jacklyn now from Precious Things Event Styling to tell us more.

Images by Stephen McGowan Photography.

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jacklyn says: As a new venue, Stock Farm were keen to show the versatility of their barn, and so the idea for a ‘Wedding For All Seasons’ shoot was formed. It’s such a beautiful new venue and has been deliberately designed as a blank canvas. We worked in the big barn but also in the outside areas and another smaller barn. We wanted to illustrate how the setting could suit each season and how it could be adapted for any style and theme; from rustic to glamorous.

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We used different flowers and styling approaches for the different seasons, of course, to create a range of completely different looks. The summer colour scheme was soft golds, ivories and blush pinks, complemented by avalanche roses and lisianthus nestled at the centre of a gold candelabra, set against a background of eucalyptus nicholii, pink grevillea and gold-dusted eucalyptus cinerea. We dressed the chairs with ivory sashes and gold tulle flowers, used an ivory carpet and positioned ivory lanterns to dress the aisle. Love Lights The Way‘s rustic neon heart finished off the ‘relaxed glamour’ look perfectly. Hattie, our model from Boss Model Management, carried a hand tied posy bouquet of roses, hydrangeas and lisianthus and James, our groom, wore a pink rose buttonhole detailed with lisianthus and gold wire around the stem. The beautiful five-tier cake by Marie Antoinette Cakes complemented this colour scheme perfectly with its soft pink and gold detailing.

Hattie wore a gorgeous boho dress – the Lea by St Patrick – with a chiffon skirt, an open back and an overall light and airy look. 7th Heaven Bridal provided all of the dresses for the shoot and they were real beauties. James wore an Italian stretch fabric jacket by Circolo, a blue shirt, navy Jacob Cohen jeans and shoes from Joseph Cheaney & Sons, all provided by Stephen Muldoon Bespoke.

The menu, created by Top Table Wedding and Event Catering, was dreamy – prosecco, plus canapes of slithers of rare Angus beef on rocket crostinis, lobster mac n cheese, tiger tail king prawns with a Pina Colada dip and strawberry and white chocolate cheesecake.

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For our spring photoshoot, seasonal flowers dominated (obviously!) Mixed tulips, anemones and ranunculus were set against a background of sword fern, eucalyptus nicholii and asparagus fern. Hattie carried an elongated bouquet and wore an asymmetrical flower crown while James sported a parrot tulip buttonhole detailed with an oversized bow. The spring table setting was a tulip tree with an abundance of sword fern and rainbow tulips, which were simply gorgeous on their own. Dusky pink chiffon ruffles transformed the chairs and the subtle, elegant table stationery by Inspired by Lisa had just the right amount of sparkle.

For this shoot, Hattie wore some super-cool separates by Charlotte Balbier – the Lyric topper and the River skirt – provided by 7th Heaven. Her makeup, created by Gemma and Amy at Dollface Makeup, was soft and fresh with subtle pink and lilac hues on the eyes and bold matte pink lips. They styled Hattie’s hair in natural, soft and textured boho curls, providing the perfect base for the flower crown. James donned a blue check suit and silk tie by Pal Zileri and a white shirt from Eton.

The canapes were heavenly: mini vegetable garden filo baskets with a red pepper hummus and pine nut pesto, broccoli and Gruyere soufflé tartlets, ham hock and cheddar cheese terrine and lemon and lime panna cotta garnished with a chocolate shard.

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Autumn was unanimously our favourite season to shoot – and the mix of burgundy anthuriums, trailing red amaranthus, plum astrantia, blue eryngium, dusky pink cymbidium orchids, dusky pink chrysanthemum blooms, green hellebores and blush pink spray roses set against a background of mixed, berried foliages was just stunning. Pheasant feathers and hydrangeas also featured. We shot autumn in the outside barn area and lit the archway with vintage Edison bulbs and rustic love letters. Hattie carried a relaxed, unstructured trailing bouquet and wore a headpiece of hydrangeas, feathers, leucadendron and skimmia. James wore a boutonniere of spray rose, astrantia, hellebores, berried eucalyptus and feathers dressed with raffia as well as a very elaborate bow tie made of pheasant feathers! The stag-themed, rustic table plan fitted perfectly with this look with its hessian backing and vintage embroidery circles and the stunning hand-painted cake – another of Marie Antoinette Cakes’ creations – beautifully captured the warmth and depth of this beautiful season.

Hattie wore Justin Alexander 8925 with its adorable sweetheart neckline and lace applique. The makeup was bold, with deep burnt orange and bronze shades, black smudged eyeliner and fuller lashes. Matte skin and defined brows were finished off with a dark plum matte lip. Dollface Makeup styled her hair in a lightly structured side bun and some textured curls, while feathers and flowers created a statement feature to complete the look.

Top Table served mini toffee apples, fish and chips with tartare sauce, crispy duck spring rolls and quail scotch eggs with black pudding and homemade piccalilli – divine!

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the sky’s the limit: high flying helicopter

March 19th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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When ticking the wedding day must-do boxes, ‘arriving in style’ features highly on most couples’ lists. After all, the journey to your chosen venue is all part of the experience and so it’s important to make it both memorable and enjoyable.

There are many ways in which to travel, from classic car and vintage bus to cool campers or traditional horse and cart. Perhaps the most impressive way to get from A to B though is in your very own piloted helicopter.

Just imagine the adrenaline rush as you soar through the skies to your wedding destination, sharing the moment with your nearest and dearest, and instantly removing the worry of getting stuck in traffic.

If this thrilling option spikes your interest, or that of your partner’s, then you will want to pay extra close attention to this afternoon’s post, as we’re taking a look at the fabulous offering from experts in the field, High Flying Helicopter, to see how their various air travel packages can add to a couple’s wedding experience, not only on the big day itself, but before and after the “I dos” too!

High Flying Helicopter Proposal

cloud nine proposal

As a reader of the blog there’s a high possibility that you already have a ring on your finger. However, if you are still waiting on the official ask, or are planning to pop the question to your partner soon, then why not do it a thousand feet up in the air, for that real cloud nine feeling?

High Flying Helicopter offers a range of Proposal Experiences for varying budgets, that can be tailored to achieve your dream ring-reveal moment! You could select one of their helicopter tours over the capital, taking in London’s iconic landmarks before touching back down by a “will you marry me” banner and celebrating with bubbly and chocolates. Alternatively, you could add on a champagne afternoon tea at a 4* hotel, or even dinner at a Michelin star restaurant.

Taking things up a gear, you could spoil your new fiancé with an overnight stay in a swanky penthouse or luxury hotel. Then there’s also the option to top off the helicopter ride with an indulgent spa day or romantic vineyard tour and wine tasting. Though, for the ultimate proposal, there is no finer option than High Flying Helicopter’s Paris Proposal, which includes a return helicopter trip to the French capital, a ten ft personalised “will you marry me” banner, chocolates, flowers and champagne, plus lunch/brunch at a Michelin star restaurant. I mean, if that doesn’t have your other half nodding frantically when you get down on one knee, we’re not sure what will.

High Flying Helicopter Proposal

heavenly big day

A sure-fire way to blow your guests away is arriving by helicopter on your big day, and High Flying Helicopter can easily make that possible with their fleet of fabulous aircraft.

From ensuring the bride makes a grand entrance to providing transport to the airport for the newlyweds, its experienced team can provide Wedding Travel for all aspects of the day.

Imagine surprising your other half with a helicopter ride before the wedding, with the pilot then safely delivering them to the venue in time for the ceremony. Alternatively, the bride and groom could be whisked away after the “I dos” for a little alone time up in the skies as they celebrate becoming husband and wife, and then touch down at their reception to carry on the celebrations. And as nobody likes the added pressure of rushing to get to the airport for the all-important honeymoon, High Flying Helicopter can even get couples to the gate on time ready to depart on their holiday of a lifetime!

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uplifting gifts

Once the big day has been and gone, why not reignite the excitement of taking to the sky with a special package to celebrate your anniversary? Chose from one of High Flying Helicopter’s spectacular Gifts and Experiences or even create your own, with the possibility of soaring over London, the Lake District or even travelling to a cool European city, such as Amsterdam.

Those minimooning in London following the wedding could choose to add an experience to their itinerary for magical memories that will last a lifetime. Or you could even choose to surprise your new husband of wife with a Helicopter Lesson, giving them to opportunity to get behind the controls of the cockpit and learn the joy of flying for themselves.

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it’s bigcitywedfest’18 at victoria warehouse (whoop!)

March 14th, 2018 | Julia Braime


We are looking forward to seeing you THIS SUNDAY at BIGCITYWEDFEST’18, our Brides Up North Grand Wedding Show at Victoria Warehouse, Sunday 18th March 2018, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY!

Autumn’s debut event at this sensational venue was absolutely EPIC, and this season we are going bigger and better than ever!  For the first stop on our spring #WEDFESTtour 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, beautiful bridal fashion, floral inspiration, super cool styling ideas, popping prosecco, pretty paper, sparkling diamonds 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 kick-ass cool 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…

bride to be?

REGISTER NOW and you’ll take home our VIP media pack containing the BRAND NEW issue of UNVEILED Magazine and lots of other glossy mags and treats from Brides Up North, plus speedy entry! Only the bride or groom need register for larger groups.

Visit our events page to REGISTER NOW.

fancy exhibiting?

To make an exhibitor enquiry, please email ASAP – availability is now VERY 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 see you soon, with fairy lights on!


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.


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.


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.


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’.


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 or 0161 974 1200

Alternatively, you can visit our website:

REGISTER NOW FOR BRIDES UP NORTH’S BIGCITYWEDFEST’18 Luxury Wedding Show at Victoria Warehouse, click here.

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the whole experience: perfect daze bridal

March 13th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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As quite possibly the most exciting aspect of the wedding planning, we here at Brides Up North are firm believers that brides should remember their boutique visits for all the right reasons and have an experience that is professional, yet personal and fun, as they search for that one special dress.

And we’re not alone in our mantra, for the new Sponsor that we’re introducing on the blog today was built upon these very beliefs – the fabulous Perfect Daze Bridal.

In opening her gorgeous Yorkshire boutique, Perfect Daze owner Emma Roberts, wanted to offer ladies the full bridal shopping package; from a chic and relaxing setting to stunning designers, excellent customer service and faultless attention to detail – and she continuously strives to give her brides the very best experience.

Whether buying a designer gown or investing in a bespoke dress, all brides are seen by Emma as she gets to know them over a cuppa or glass of fizz, and she sees them through to their big day with assistance from her highly-experienced team in ensuring absolute perfection.

Here to tell us more about the boutique’s ethos and offering is the leading lady herself. Take it away Emma…

Images by Glix Photography.

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Where is your boutique located and how would you describe the look and feel of it?

emma says: Perfect Daze is nestled in the rural village of Scissett in the heart of Yorkshire. A stone’s throw from Holmfirth, we are sat right on the boundaries of Wakefield, Huddersfield and Barnsley and only ten minutes from the M1 making Leeds and Sheffield quite close by.

The emphasis is on the whole experience and the boutique is spacious and luxurious. Large changing rooms and comfortable seating, plush fabrics and an industrial edge. Copper, steel and woods are the perfect backdrop to the chic gowns.

We stock the best of British bridal with our signature look being couture.

What designers do you stock and can you tell us a little about each one?

Enzoani Blue is at the cutting edge of bridal fashion. Designed by Kang Chun “KC” Lin, the gowns incorporate intricate lace, beautiful fabrics and the Enzoani signature cut out trains. Enzoani Blue is perfect for the style savvy bride, their gowns are anything but ordinary.

Enzoani Beautiful sits alongside Enzoani Blue with the same attention to detail, but with a slightly more traditional look. If Blue is a little too edgy for your bridal style, but you still appreciate the signature cut out trains and attention to detail then Enzoani Beautiful is perfect for you.

As for Badgley Mischka – think red carpet, think glamour, think the Oscars. This designer supplies high-octane styling for a bride who desires the wow factor. Their designs are a little more couture, sometimes quite edgy, but always focusing on fit and shape.

Suzanne Neville is a designer adored by celebrities such as Holly Willoughby, Tess Daly and Katherine Jenkins. Her gowns exude class, sophistication and elegance. Using the most opulent fabrics, every single dress is handmade in the UK and as beautiful on the inside as the outside.

Her ‘less is more’ approach to bridal is breath-taking and her famous corset shape creates the most fantastic curves.

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How do you pick the right designers for the boutique and what do you think makes a good bridal collection?

I believe our designers have to work well together and their collections must complement each other.

We have a wide range of styles which are all focussed on fit, quality and elegance. When I invest in a label, I am looking for design which works well within the ethos of Perfect Daze Bridal. I firmly believe that shape and good fabrics are key, and when it comes to detail, just the right amount.

Furthermore, fantastic customer care, is essential. I need to know my designers can deliver 100% every time, I can then pass this onto my brides.

What current trends are you seeing in bridal wear and can you forecast any future trends that will be coming through?

It is all about the back in bridal at the moment. We are seeing some stunning designs and Enzoani are right at the forefront of this. We love it when a dress looks demure from the front but has a wonderful surprise in the back. Vision backs with floating lace and cut out trains give the wow factor.

I don’t think this current trend will be going anywhere for some time.

I think we might start to see a return to more structured fabrics like satin and Mikado. A sophisticated look which focuses on curves and structure. Seams and panels will replace lace, and sparkle will be there, but as a statement rather than all over. Badgley Mischka introduced these types of dresses in 2017, and my brides are loving the opulence.

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What research/preparation would you advise brides to do before visiting the boutique?

It doesn’t matter whether you bring a full board on Pinterest to show me or arrive with nothing but your wedding date – every bride is individual and the fun is to find what works for each person.

If you have firm ideas about the type of look we are going for, then I need to know so I can work with your wedding day ideas. If your wedding has a rustic theme, you would probably not want to go for a sexy, glamourous gown. Likewise, you wouldn’t want to turn up to a black tie themed wedding in a crochet dress. Brides often allow their choice of dress to determine the theme of the wedding.

Prepare to be honest – this is what I ask of all my brides. I always start by saying “Be honest with me, you will not offend me, if one gown was right for everybody then I would need just one in every size. The more feedback you give me, the more chance I have of finding you ‘the one’.”

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fairytales & feathers. essense of australia for a lavish winter wedding at carlton towers – chloe & lee

March 12th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh

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Opulence is the hallmark of this stunning real wedding, which took place in the magnificent Gothic surroundings of Carlton Towers in North Yorkshire. Chloe and Lee were craving drama and decadence, and – with their Gatsby theme, gold and silver accents, pearls, candelabras, feathers and troupe of dancing girls – we think they just about pulled it off.

Chloe confesses to dreaming of a winter wedding since she was a little girl, and the Christmas season gave her plenty of opportunities to create the fairytale day she’d always wanted. Her bridesmaids wore floor-length gold sequin dresses, she treated herself to a pair of Jimmy Choo stilettos and her own gown was an absolute showstopper. We’re unashamedly in love with its epic train and lace detailing, and her feathered cape and scarlet lips are the perfect partners for a celebration of such ultra-glam proportions.

Get ready for some fireworks, literal and metaphorical!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Valentina Weddings.

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chloe says: We got engaged on 12th October 2015, at Daytona Beach in Florida. We were on holiday in Orlando and had decided to take a road trip over to the coast for the night. We’d booked into the Hilton and when we arrived at our room I thought we’d been upgraded – little did I know that Lee had told the hotel of his plans to propose! We had the penthouse suite with a wraparound balcony overlooking the ocean all the way to the city. As we were checking everywhere out, I ran out onto the balcony to find Lee down on one knee. I couldn’t believe it was true and neither of us remember exactly what was said, other than Lee’s “Will you marry me?” Of course I said yes, and the rest is history!

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We got married on 15th December 2017. I’d wanted a winter wedding since I was a little girl and this particular date just happened to fall well. We chose Carlton Towers for our full day of celebrations from the night before, to the ceremony and the day and evening receptions. We only looked at a couple of venues and fell in love with Carlton Towers’ Gothic and opulent charm. As well as offering us exclusive use, we knew it was a place people wouldn’t ordinarily go to and probably wouldn’t ever go again, making it that extra bit special.

Our wedding had a loose Great Gatsby theme. We incorporated lots of gold sequins, white feathers and our stationery was in a 1920s style, too. Our colour palette was blush pink, silver and gold – they’re my favourite colours and we felt that they went with the opulent and elegant theme we wanted to convey.

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My wedding dress was Aurora from Essense of Australia. I tried on lots of different styles of wedding dresses; I wanted to make the most of the experience, plus you never know what you’ll love until you’re wearing it. I fell in love with my dress; it showed off my figure in such a beautiful way, as well as having a stunningly long train which I was desperate for. I bought my dress from Ava Rose Hamilton in Silsden, who were amazing and made my whole experience a dream.

For accessories I picked out a couple of pieces from the bridal shop, as well as Jimmy Choo sparkly shoes and a Swarovski necklace and bracelet.

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Lee wore a slate blue tail suit from Joshua Adams in Cleckheaton. He and his best man wore a grey fleece waistcoat, while the other groomsmen wore a blue dogtooth print waistcoat. They all finished off their outfits with matching tan shoes and blush pink cravats and handkerchiefs. Lee also gave the men a hare pin to wear on their jackets and matching socks with their role, e.g. best man, usher etc. Lee also accessorised with a new Hugo Boss watch in a deep blue colour from a limited-edition range.

Our four adult bridesmaids wore gold sequin Sorella Vita dresses from Limelight Occasions in Lepton. We picked two different styles to suit everyone’s figures and style. Our junior bridesmaid and flower girl wore matching blush pink dresses from Monsoon. They also wore white fluffy capes and sparkly rose gold shoes. I bought all of the girls their jewellery as gifts.

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