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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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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diary date: sassi holford & so sassi collection preview at the little pearl bridal boutique

October 6th, 2016 | Julia Braime


Ladies, if you’re on the dream dress hunt then grab a pen and prepare to take note, for we have news of an exciting event that features two of our fabulous Sponsors.

On Friday 21st October and Saturday 22nd October, the gorgeous Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in Pickering, Yorkshire, will be hosting a Sassi Holford and So Sassi collection preview, to which you are invited to attend. The exclusive event will feature the full range of dresses from Sassi’s new Twenty Seventeen collection, as well as stunning dresses from the So Sassi diffusion line.

Unsurprisingly appointments for this event are in high demand, so let’s not delay in handing over the blog to Little Pearl owner Diana, who can give us full details, including how to secure a place…


What can brides-to-be expect from the collection preview event include?

diana says: All of the gowns from Sassi’s new Twenty Seventeen collection, plus a selection of certain styles from her previous collections, will be in the boutique. We are also very excited to be hosting a So Sassi collection preview on the same day too. So Sassi is the diffusion line to Sassi Holford. This collection mixes Sassi’s signature elegant silhouettes with super-cute, fashion-focused styles.

Will there be any special treats in store?

Every Little Pearl event comes with lots of special treats, including fizz, cakes, luxury goody bags, and a £100 accessory voucher with any order placed on the day.

What would you say are the main benefits of the preview event for brides-to-be?

Not all of Sassi’s new collection has hit boutiques yet so this event allows brides exclusive access to Sassi’s whole collection in one place! Plus it’s a chance to enjoy lots of extra special treats too

How many appointments will be available on the day and how long will the appointments last?

Our collection preview will run across two days – Friday 21st October and Saturday 22nd October – to give more brides the chance to come and view and try on this stunning collection. Each appointment will last one hour and 15 minutes, with brides given exclusive use of the boutique during that time.


Tell us a little about the Sassi Holford collection…

The Twenty Seventeen collection encompasses beautifully fitted fishtails, subtle hints of colour, full skirted gowns, soft crepe skirts, rose satin belts and unique wrap coat gowns – perfect for the classically modern bride. Sassi has really pushed boundaries with her new collection, bringing more of a stylish yet tailored twist to the separates trend and, of course, I’m loving the increased introduction of colour into the collection.

And what about the So Sassi collection?

The So Sassi collection introduces details like high-lo hemlines and tops and full tulle skirts, just perfect for modern brides who like their bridal traditions with a creative twist.  I love the fun element of the So Sassi collection and it still gives brides that amazing couture fit.

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a whole lot of lovely at the bowdon rooms

September 28th, 2016 | Julia Braime


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.


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 for details.

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more than music: introducing entertaina

September 14th, 2016 | Rachel Parry


So the venue is booked, the flowers are on order and you’ve found your dream dress – but have you given any thought to the entertainment for your big day yet?

If not, no need to panic, as this afternoon we’re introducing a new Brides Up North Sponsor to the blog who can help make your wedding day even more memorable – say hello to Entertaina.

Operating via an easy to use website, couples can search for bands, singers and musicians, as well as more unusual acts, such as jugglers, caricaturists, silent discos, all at the click of a button with no need to fill in laborious forms or register.

To explain more about the fabulous talent on offer we’re handing over the blog to the friendly Entertaina team…


Tell us a little bit about Entertaina and the services that it offers to wedding couples…

entertaina say: The website is an entertainment directory that launched in 2015 and is run by professional musicians, passionate for live entertainment. Our aim is to make finding an act for your wedding quick, simple and hassle-free. There’s no need to sign up or register any payment details with the site. You simply view entertainer profiles, save your favourites, and contact acts directly through their profile to make an enquiry. Our directory is completely free to use and we do not charge or take a cut from any bookings made. Payment is made directly to the entertainers, ensuring you get the best possible price and do not incur any extra charges.


What different types of entertainment does Entertaina offer?

We have a whole host of entertainment, from bands, singers and musicians to jugglers, magicians and comedians! One of our latest acts is one of the world’s top foot jugglers. Educated by Juan Liu (Chinese State Circus, Cirque du Soleil), she uses her technical perfection and theatrical skills to create something unique and breath-taking.

In our opinion, how can live entertainment help to enhance a wedding day?

To us, live entertainment is everything. You really can’t beat it, from a magician performing the impossible and breaking the ice with your guests, to an eight-piece band getting your guests dancing all night long. Live wedding music can really add something special to your day. Nothing resonates louder than hearing your favourite melodies on an instrumental piano or quartet as you walk down the aisle, or a live band playing your first dance at the reception.

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