Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

cool character: the bowdon rooms, cheshire

September 6th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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If you’re currently on the hunt for a venue with individual features, charm and class, plus that’s totally private and a space you can truly make your own – then you’re in luck! For today we are catching up with our fabulous Sponsor venue, the stunning Bowdon Rooms.

Located in the leafy idyll of Bowdon, near Altrincham, Cheshire, this really is a rare gem of a venue, complete with high ceilings, sparkling drapes and ornate fireplaces and features. Furthermore, (for you party lovers out there) it boasts a sprung dancefloor and stage large enough for an 18-piece swing band, so dancing shoes are a must!

Impressed? Us too! And that’s why we regularly visit The Bowdon Rooms to stage one of our Luxury Wedding Fairs, inviting couples to come and see this beauty for themselves. Our next event at the venue – a Mini Pop-Up Wedding Festival – will take place on Sunday 5th November, 11am to 3pm, and its FREE ENTRY, so there really is no excuse to miss out! We’ll be joined there by the areas crème de la crème of wedding suppliers to help bring all your big day plans together.

To whet your appetite in the meantime, we’re handing over the blog to director of The Bowdon Rooms Neil Hughes, to tell us more about this spectacular space.

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Can you tell us about the style and history of The Bowdon Rooms?

neil says: Our luxury wedding venue in Cheshire is a charming building that offers an abundance of authentic character and beautiful features. More than 110 years old, the property’s Edwardian decadence will offer you and your guests a superior environment.

Amid subtle yet exquisite details of art nouveau charm, you can relax and dine in our glorious ballroom, with its stunning chandeliers suspended from a 40-foot domed ceiling, against a backdrop of romantically-lit voiles.

What types of couples does the venue appeal too?

The Bowdon Rooms is definitely suited to couples who would like an authentic vintage venue, that is what we are. We have over 100 years of unspoilt architecture and features. And because we also host live music, we attract couples who wish to party, with fantastic live bands playing on our stage at most functions. We have a full sound and light system, in house engineers and event managers you can trust. Plus, a late licence until 1am.

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Can you tell us about its reception rooms?

The ballroom – Our beautiful spacious ballroom seats up to 230 guests and offers a stage large enough for an 18-piece swing band. With a fully-integrated lighting system and an experienced team to help create your ideal theme, we have everything to inspire and deliver – all under one roof. It is a period ballroom with chandeliers and has a fully-sprung maple dance floor to really get the party in full swing.

The lounge – Our other reception room is located on the first floor and offers a more intimate environment. An air-conditioned jazz lounge at the top of the building. It accommodates up to 90 guests and is perfect for wedding reception drinks or civil ceremonies. It can either be set as a 1940’s speakeasy, or a modern voile lit lounge.

What would you say are the unique and special features of The Bowdon Rooms?

We were built in 1905, so we do really have an abundance of period features; from sprung dance floor to fireplaces, to those hard to describe nooks and crannies – but they all ooze charm. We have two huge chandeliers that tower above the ballroom adding a touch of elegance.

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How can couples really make the space their own?

We love having couples help design their own special day, so just ask about anything at all. Couples can choose their own colour scheme as we can completely dress the room in their fabric of choice, and they can also work on table decorations, favours, table layouts – in fact nearly every aspect of the wedding. We also have plenty of couples who provide their own band.

Tell us about the food and drink options available at the venue…

We do all of the catering with our team of award-winning chefs. They have worked around the world and provide every type of food; from an informal Mediterranean risotto to a formal four-course meal. If couples want to go away from standard menus and personalise their choices, that’s fine, they can come in, meet with chefs and have a menu tasting.

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How do the venue’s staff assist couples in planning their big day?

Every bride and groom are assigned their own wedding event manager. Karen has worked here for more than ten years, and Suzanne for more than six, so couples can rest assured that our team has a huge amount of experience.

What is the feedback like from couples who have married at The Bowdon Rooms?

Most couples love our flexibility; we are not a hotel with fixed packages. So, clients can really get involved, helping with table design, centre pieces and venue set-up. Quite often we have a team of ushers and bridesmaids in helping out, it makes for a very relaxing wedding party.

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this sunday: its a pop up wedding festival fair at bolton abbey!

June 1st, 2017 | Julia Braime

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Well, its been an absolutely EPIC Spring season of luxury bridal events, all with our unique and fun-loving Brides Up North spin on ’em (our shows really are the best in the business!), but we’re not quite done just yet…

We’ve already told you about our UNVEILED Wedding Wonderland, taking place at Rockliffe Hall this weekend, but for you Yorkshire brides and grooms, we couldn’t end the season without one last festival-style hooray!

We’re extending the WEDFEST’17 ever so naughtily, with one more pop up wedding festival fair, this weekend at Bolton Abbey lakeside, in partnership with events experts Dine, with elegant canvas canopies – an aurora sailcloth marquee and two hat tipi – by our friends at Shades and Tipi Chic.  THIS Sunday 4th June 2017, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY for registered brides (one registration needed per vehicle),

The event has grown a little since we signed off on our artwork above, and we now have nearly 30 of Yorkshire’s finest suppliers in attendance, and every detail covered for your big day, all under our warm and weatherproof structures (so don’t mind if theres a spot of rain on the forecast… the pretty goes on!) in this area of absolutely stunning natural beauty, in the shade of the historic Abbey.

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Occupying a superb position alongside the River Wharfe, this wonderful North Yorkshire location offers a fantastic combination of historic natural countryside setting with the most luxurious facilities. The marquee site provides the perfect place to take in the views of the spectacular Wharfe valley and the Abbey ruins, whilst watching the sun set over the river.

Dine have launched a number of exquisite marquee locations, all of them individual and offering you an exclusive setting to host your marquee celebration. If you have set your heart on a marquee wedding, but aren’t sure of the next steps, come along on Sunday to speak to their dedicated experts.

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bride to be?

To pre-register for a FREE 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 Show. Only the bride need register for larger groups.

VIP Bride-To-Be Media Packs available while stocks last only.

CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

Your data will not be shared with third parties without permission.

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fancy exhibiting?

This event is now SOLD OUT but we would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2017 and beyond. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous Luxury Wedding Shows across three regions.

Click here to view the full schedule.

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Since their inception in spring 2012, all exhibitions have been sell outs on exhibitor space. Consequently, we expect demand to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

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flower crowns at the ready! its time for wedstock’17!

May 5th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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It’s been a crazy couple of weeks behind the scenes here at Brides Up North HQ (ok, it’s been a crazy seven years, but who’s counting…) as we prepare to bring you our three most exciting events to date* – our epic festival wedding fairs, the wedfest’17 tour – starting with the glorious WEDSTOCK’17 at Stockeld Park, Yorkshire this coming Sunday 7th May 2017, 11am till 4pm, FREE ENTRY**

*and we create really exciting events.

**yes, you’re not seeing things, these EPIC events are FREE for you and your entire bridal party to attend (just make sure someone else is the designated driver for this one!)

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To us, WEDSTOCK’17 is like all our Christmases coming at once… but kicking off the start of summer, with Pimms, and tents, and gorgeous gowns… and ALL the wedding inspiration!

If you’re a Yorkshire bride to be, Stockeld Park is where you need to be THIS SUNDAY, as we transform the popular attraction into a wedding wonderland with our huge sailcloth tent, tipi village, little and large yurts, vintage M.A.S.H tent, PIMMS Bar (in fact, there are a few bars to visit…) street food vendors, live bands, cars and campers, 70 luxury wedding suppliers and so much more. It’s one for every bride, whether your style is breezy boho or super chic.  We’ve just made the planning process so much more fun – a real day out, rather than just ticking a box on your planning checklist. And grooms always seem to enjoy this one too…

THIS EVENT IS BIG, BEAUTIFUL AND BRILLIANTLY USEFUL – DON’T MISS IT!

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Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (11)

wedstock’17: a brides up north wedding festival

Stockeld Park, Wetherby, LS22 4AN
Sunday 7th May 2017, 11am till 4pm

FREE entry for registered brides plus a FREE VIP media pack whilst stocks last.

bride to be?

Please register for free entry to WEDSTOCK’17 for you and your party.

We’re giving away up to 300 free Bride To Be media packs, sponsored by UNVEILED magazine, 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 fill in the form below.  While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE ENTRY

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (41)

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (58)

If the weather is looking a little dubious on the day (but hey, it’s May, let’s look on the bright side!) there’s nothing to worry about either – all of our structures are perfectly weatherproof, warm and welcoming, so a little drizzle ain’t going to spoil our party. And what a party it’s going to be!

As well as our street food vendors, live music and entertainment, we’ve so many amazing exhibitors and styling ideas on show that you’ll leave with every last detail covered. Any Yorkshire supplier worth their sequins will be at Stockeld Park this Sunday, many offering on the day discounts too.

Grab a cocktail, stay for lunch, and get your wedding planning all wrapped up at the same time. Result.

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Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (65)

It’s a fun and friendly day so grab your groom, your girl squad (and even your gran!) and get yourself to the bridal event that everyone’s been talking about. Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair… and we’ll see you on the field for WEDSTOCK’17!

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Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (126)

To whet your appetite, or if you came, partied and wedding planned at our WEDSTOCK’16 event last year, here are some official photographs to get you excited or to remind you that Brides Up North do wedding fairs differently… and to celebrate what a great day we all had.

You can also view the images from our equally epic Cheshire event (the next one coming up on 21st May!)  by clicking here or here.

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Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (116)

Images by our official event photographer Peace Wedding Photography. Continue reading to view our entire gallery!

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this sunday: join us for our luxury bridal show at the hepworth wakefield

April 28th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’re so excited to finish off an April packed with #wedspo with our brand new and gorgeous show at the super stylish The Hepworth Wakefield this Sunday 30th April 2017, from 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY!  We’re celebrating the extended weekend extremely beautifully and jam packed with wedding inspiration at our pretty and perfect ‘urban luxe’ wedding show.

Come and see ‘The Calder’ space dressed in its best! You should see this luxurious line up – and even if you’ve already got the venue sorted – we’ve everything covered from cakes to cars, stationery to styling, via love light letters and photobooths. And, wait and see… some seriously, seriously beautiful bridal gowns!

Did we mention that you are invited? Oh, and did we also mention that it’s completely free?

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Whether you are having a civil ceremony or reception these multi award-winning galleries and function spaces combine stylish design with world class 20th century modern British art and contemporary exhibitions, making The Hepworth Wakefield the perfect location for the modern wedding.

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 Show. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND REGISTER FOR ANY OF OUR EVENTS THIS SEASON

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fancy exhibiting with us?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 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 julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.

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this sunday! you’re invited to a luxury bridal show at ripley castle

March 17th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’re so excited to host another brand new event in our Brides Up North Luxury Bridal Show portfolio. This Sunday 19th March 2017, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY, we’ll be opening the doors to the sensational Ripley Castle near Harrogate for a bespoke and beautiful wedding fair, featuring a truly handpicked selection of the area’s most talented suppliers.  The Castle will also be dressed and ready for a wedding celebration, with the teams from Ripley and caterers Dine on hand to inspire and advise your perfect day. An Elegant Wedding at Ripley Castle (c) JPR Shah Photography (20)

Ripley Castle and Gardens, situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is a historic attraction in a beautiful location, making for a picture perfect wedding day.

Few venues can match the Ripley Castle team’s years of experience, professionalism and ability to turn visions into reality when it comes to organising your wedding. Ripley Castle offers a range of excellent packages as a base from which you can plan your special day with the help of their experienced and dedicated wedding coordinators, who are on hand at all times.

Now working with events specialists Dine to offer marquee weddings by the lakeside, Ripley offers every possibility for your dream celebration.

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Come and see this spectacular venue, meet the Ripley wedding planners, be amazed by our floral displays, sample our cake creations, see our pretty paper, try a vintage motor for size, hear some of the best live music in the County, play dress up with gorgeous gowns and accessories and tick off all those last essential details.

Even if you’ve already booked your wedding venue, come along to meet and seek inspiration from the region’s very finest wedding industry suppliers.  We’ve got every last thing covered!

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and little treats from Brides Up North.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP media pack all you need to do is register using the form below. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

fancy exhibiting with us?

Email us at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk to register your interest in any of our events for 2017. Places are limited and subject to availability.

An Elegant Wedding at Ripley Castle (c) JPR Shah Photography (64)

Images from Olga & Chris’s real wedding by JPH Shah Photography – see the full celebration by clicking here.

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food and flowers. a night at the mansion with dine

March 8th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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We’re fortunate to host our Luxury Wedding Shows at some of the north’s finest wedding venues, including The Mansion in Leeds – a truly gorgeous stately home set within Roundhay Park.

Not only is this venue beautiful on both the inside and out, but it also boasts first class catering and wedding planning services provided by hospitality and event experts Dine.

Ahead of our spring wedding fair at The Mansion this Sunday (which we are SUPER excited about!), the Dine team invited us to experience the incredible food and service that they deliver to wedding couples at the venue during a Dine Ambassadors’ Dinner.

With images by 123 Photography.

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Joined by fellow wedding professionals, we were told to expect an evening of “food & flowers” – two of our very favourite things – and so we were highly intrigued as to what lay in store.

Much to our delight, the event began with a floral crown making workshop, hosted by wedding floristry specialist Twisted Willow. Owner director (and all-round flower wizard) Joanna Cairns demonstrated creative uses for the armfuls of flowers, berries and foliage that span across the tables in The Mansion’s Garden Room Café, before we were let loose on the roaming piles of roses, ranunculus and hydrangeas.

Each of the ladies present, including ourselves, fully embraced the challenge by carefully wiring the stunning blooms to create some really bold and beautiful designs. To brides-to-be out there toying with the option of a flower crown for their big day, we simply say, do it! Nothing feels quite as pretty (or strangely, as empowering) as a beautiful ring of florals to top off your attire!

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After a sea of selfies to show off our horticultural creations, it was onto the ‘food’ element of the evening, and boy we’re we in for a treat! Bucking the new year trend of abstinence, the canapes and three-course meal followed a theme of indulgence with chocolate cleverly incorporated into every course.

A treat for all the senses, each stage of the meal was beautifully presented and the aromas were nothing short of divine, not to mention the taste!

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After canapes of venison tartare on chocolate spätzle discs; ham hock and smoked Wensleydale croquette with apple gel, and Caprini goats cheese cones with tomato and dill concase and fig and balsamic caviar, we took our seats at beautifully dressed tables in The Mansion’s Colonnades Room for the main event.

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Each course was served with paired wines, supplied by Hoults wine merchants, to educate and excite our taste buds further. To start, we served crab and saffron risotto, pan fried scallops and tempura soft shell crab, followed by a main course of fallow deer with spiced Umbrain lentils, choucroute, smoked kale and chocolate jus. And as if we weren’t already in food heaven, the best was yet to come – dessert! As part of an ‘indulgence’ menu we were particularly looking forward to the sweet course, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Dark chocolate and rosemary tart with fennel ice-cream, orange sherbet and baked white chocolate – pure pudding perfection!

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The whole evening was a true treat that showcased The Mansion’s stunning rooms, whilst inviting us to learn a new skill and sample the incredible cuisine created by Dine’s awarding-winning chefs. Foodies and fans of fine interiors alike will fall head over heels for this wonderful venue as we do time and time again!

So, if all that’s left you with an appetite to find out more about The Mansion, be sure to join us this Sunday, 11am to 3pm, when we will be filling the rooms of this stunning boutique-style venue with handpicked wedding suppliers to help you build your dream big day. The event is FREE ENTRY and we have 150 free Bride To Be VIP media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North, to give away to those that register for the event first. Just click here to do so.

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