Charlotte Balbier
Festival Wedding Exhibitions

this sunday! be sure to wear some flowers in your hair: it’s wedstock16!

May 2nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

WEDSTOCK Email Flyer

Hope you are all having the most wonderful long weekend? *Waves* to all those who’ve cracked into the first Pimms of the Summer…

We’re just popping in to remind you that next weekend is going to get a. little. bit. EPIC too!  Ladies and gents, it’s time.  It’s #WEDSTOCK16! And we can’t wait to see you there (with yet another Pimms in hand)!

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wedstock16: a brides up north wedding festival

Stockeld Park, Harrogate Road, Wetherby, LS22 4AN
Sunday 8th May 2016, 11am till 4pm

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

Brides Up North in association with Shades, Tipi Chic, Curious Tent HireStockeld Park and Yorkshire’s finest wedding industry suppliers are proud to host the UK’s first dedicated large scale festival wedding exhibition in 2016. With free entry for you and your bridal party and open 11am till 4pm, on Sunday 8th May 2016 Stockeld Park will be transformed into a wedding wonderland!

There’ll be huge sail cloth tents, tipi hats, an arched wedding tent, a vintage MASH tent, bell tents, an Indian cupola tent, chill out areas, a Pimm’s tent, street food vendors, lakeside cafe, picnic area, cars and campers, live music, bridal fashion, a bloom bar, and 60 luxury wedding suppliers covering absolutely all the details to make all your festival wedding planning ideas a reality.

All under cover in our warm and weatherproof outdoor wedding structures, come rain or shine, we’ve got your inspiration sorted. Bring your bridesmaids, designate a driver, wear flowers in your hair and make a day of it… this is set to be an event to remember, and it won’t cost you or your wedding party a penny!

Watch our social media feeds for ongoing “line-up” announcements, all this week!

Use the hashtag ‪#‎WEDSTOCK16‬

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bride to be?

Please register for free entry to WEDSTOCK16 for you and your party.

We’re also giving away up to 250 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 fill in the form below.  While stocks last.


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wedding industry professional?

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 and to apply. 

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Email Julia at for details.

Images by Darren Mack.

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outdoors in. maggie sottero for a marquee wedding in east yorkshire – ellie & dan

April 20th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Relaxed Marquee Wedding in East Yorkshire (c) Carly Bevan Photography (46)

When we first saw the images of Ellie and Dan’s wedding we were totally bowled over by their choice of venue for the ceremony – the amazing Beverley Minster. Talk about stunning! We love its impressive stained-glass windows and stone pillars.

Following their grand ceremony setting Ellie, Dan and their guests enjoyed a relaxed reception in the Walled Garden at Bishop Burton College and managed to bring the outdoors in, with the use of beautiful botanical décor and arrangements.

With images by Carly Bevan Photography.

A Relaxed Marquee Wedding in East Yorkshire (c) Carly Bevan Photography (12)

ellie says: Dan proposed on my birthday in October 2014 – it was a complete surprise. We’ve been together seven years, but he managed to keep it completely secret!

We set the date for 24th October 2015. Dan is a farmer so is busy working all summer and we wanted to enjoy the planning and the run up as well as the day itself. We got married in Beverley Minster, East Yorkshire, as we lived in Beverley in our first house before moving to the farm, and held our marquee reception in the Walled Garden at Bishop Burton College. We were very lucky to be able to use the Walled Gardens, as my parents live at the college, and it meant a lot to be able to be somewhere that meant such a lot for our special day. Everyone who got involved at the college were fantastic and went above and beyond in making our day such a success, and stress free!

A Relaxed Marquee Wedding in East Yorkshire (c) Carly Bevan Photography (69)

We didn’t really have a theme as such but the overall design of the wedding came from our invitations. We wanted to include all of the things that are important to us both, and all the other aspects of the day just fell into place from there. The marquee was set up in beautiful gardens and we wanted to bring the garden through into the marquee with lots of greenery, but also to keep it relaxed with lots of fairy light and subtle candles. I spent a lot of time getting ideas from Pinterest!

A Relaxed Marquee Wedding in East Yorkshire (c) Carly Bevan Photography (60)

As I always wanted my bridesmaids to wear navy blue and it’s my favourite colour, we went for mainly navy colour scheme with a touch of gold mixed in too.

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love & lilies. a fairy tale wedding at nostell priory – emma & paul

April 8th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Fairy Tale Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) David Conway Photography (54)

Happy Fri-yay! To get your weekend off to a very pretty start we’re sharing the big day of Emma and Paul.

Their gorgeous wedding took place at Nostell Priory in Wakefield, Yorkshire – a stunning and exclusive-use venue where we will be hosting one of our Luxury Wedding Exhibitions this Sunday! Join us between 11am and 3pm to view this wonderful venue in all its glory while also meeting some of Yorkshire’s very best wedding suppliers, to take care of all the little details too! Register here to join us at what promises to be a fabulous event! 

Emma and Paul’s classic fairy tale wedding, featuring pale pink details and lots of lovely lilies, showcases the venue perfectly and provides plenty of charming inspiration for all you brides-to-be…

With images by David Conway Photography.

A Fairy Tale Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) David Conway Photography (18)

emma says: We got engaged in June 2014. Paul proposed in ‘the love tunnel’ on the Finding Nemo ride in Epcot, Florida. I came off the ride in floods of tears!

Our wedding took place on 19th September 2015. We decided we wanted to get married in 2015 and the date was one of the last ones available at the venue. The date also corresponded with the month we met, nine years previous.

A Fairy Tale Wedding at Nostell Priory (c) David Conway Photography (82)

We were married at St Aidan’s Church in Skelmanthorpe, and the reception was at Nostell Priory in Wakefield. We chose the church as this was where I was christened and it’s close to where my parents live. It was the same vicar that christened me that married me as well! We chose Nostell Priory as the reception venue for the scenery and overall wow-factor. It’s a stunning venue!

I’d describe the style of our wedding as classic and grand and we took care to make sure that it catered to our guests’ every need. The colour scheme was baby pink as this was part of my idea of a fairy tale wedding.

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brides/unveiled: the luxury wedding show

November 20th, 2015 | Julia Braime


If you are a long term follower of our blog (*waves*) you’ll know that we are also very proud to edit a glossy print magazine, Unveiled, which is a bi-annual bridal publication, and the luxury wedding magazine for the North of the UK.

I work purely on the creative side for Unveiled, which makes it a total passion project and a dream come true for the girl who grew up wanting to be editor of Vogue. If Vogue was a bridal mag, Unveiled would get close. No lie.

As I said in my Editor’s letter at the opening of issue #04: targeted from its inception at the discerning, luxury bride (that’s you, dear reader), Unveiled is glossier and more gorgeous than the rest. A true coffee table tome, it’s always been the best looking.  My brief?  To give this beauty some heart and soul.

I was proud to press print on my first issue in charge this autumn and the collaboration has been (even if I do say so myself!) an unprecedented success.  To everyone who called, emailed or wrote – and especially those who sent chocolate – to congratulate me on A/W2015, thank you so much for your support. Unveiled is available to buy online, at WHSmiths across the North of the UK, independent retailers and all the very best wedding exhibitions.  I do hope that you managed to pick up your copy and that its helping to inspire some seriously chic wedding plans. Get it while you can, as issue #05 is already well underway, landing spring 2016.

But, you know us.  Once we’ve found something that our readers love and want more of, we can’t just let it go.  We’ve an absolutely amazing season of innovative and excellent Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions and events planned for 2016 (and boho brides, have you checked out our brand new WEDSTOCK and WEDSTIVAL concepts yet?) but for 2017, it feels right to go even bigger.  To plan, produce and deliver to the North a truly designer wedding show – an entirely bespoke offering crafted in collaboration with our favourite suppliers and our readers – super glossy, super inspiring, but still wholly useful and accessible to all.  Basically to bring together everything we do best at both Brides Up North and Unveiled, put it all under one huge roof, and add a cherry on the top.

So, it’s set: Our multi award winning wedding blog Brides Up North in collaboration with Unveiled magazine, is thrilled to bring you brides/unveiled The Luxury Wedding Show, debuting spring 2017 at Harrogate International Centre.

As an immersive luxury bridal experience spanning two days in this celebrated, accessible exhibition space in the heart of the UK, brides/UNVEILED will aim to bring the stylish pages of our popular media products to life. With bespoke spaces, creative concepts and luxe visual displays like no other, this high end consumer bridal event aims to connect the inspiration gathering process with the professionals who can deliver sensational results.

And we haven’t got all the answers yet. We’re at the very beginning of the planning journey – the date is booked and we’ve one huge space to design, and we’d love to hear from you about what you’d like from this very special event.  We want this event to deliver for everyone involved – it’s up to you to tell us how.

As a first step in the ‘by application’ exhibitor process, one step email applications are now being welcomed from individual wedding professionals and larger companies. As we aim to offer bespoke exhibitor experiences at an affordable price point, please use the forms on our site to register your interest. The team will then be in touch very shortly to discuss your individual requirements, options and benefits. We aim to make exhibiting with us a five star experience too. From the moment your application is processed, your personal brides/UNVEILED Event Concierge will be on hand to support and guide your exhibitor experience, maximising impact and effectiveness.

Brides to be, we’d also love to hear from you with your ideas, input and (the more diva-ish the better) demands!  What do you want from this event?  Let us have it!  The more creative you get, the better.  At this stage, anything is possible.  Email us at or contact us via our shiny new website to join us in creating something spectacular.

There’s a lot of work to do behind the scenes but we’re so excited to see what this amazing industry can do! Get involved.

Watch the hashtag #bridesunveiled web-wide for more news as it lands.

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welcome rachel (but this time it’s serious).

February 26th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Rachel Parry - Features Writer

If you’re a long term reader of the wedding blog, chances are you’ll have seen the name Rachel Parry pop up a few (hundred) times.

If you recognise this pretty face, that’s because I formally welcomed Rachel to the team back in May 2014 when she joined us as a regular freelance features writer, but this time around, we are playing for keeps.

After about three years of guest blogging and one as our regular contributor, former news reporter Rachel has finally joined the Brides Up North team and signed on the dotted line (in blood) to become a full time member of staff!

She’s left hard news behind for the world of weddings.

Things just got serious.

#getsetsparkle Brides Up North (c) Cat Hepple Photography  (127)

This is a huge moment for us.  This little corner of the internet that I started in a flight of fancy on a summer’s evening back in 2010 has grown beyond all recognition to support a huge online resource for inspiration and practical, local planning; a directory packed full of and passionately supported by the very best individuals, businesses and brands in the wedding industry; twenty (yes, two-oh!) Brides Up North branded luxury wedding exhibitions per annum plus the odd industry knees up; social media management contracts for some of the industry’s leading businesses; a whole host of speaking and mentoring engagements; editorial responsibility for one of the leading glossy wedding magazines in the north and now is home to a proper little team of two full time and one part time members of staff. Check us out!

Little did I know when I pressed publish on that first blog post that I’d write twice a day, every day (religiously) since that moment, or did I have any concept whatsoever of the places I would go, the people I would meet, the knowledge that I would acquire and the huge opportunities that Brides Up North would bring with it.

Rachel joins us not a moment too soon.  I’m not ok with average. I’m not ok with standing still. This blog, this brand, this northern revolution, it has wings. I want to see it fly.

It was time to call for back up.


With a demanding blog schedule, a heaving inbox and lots of all consuming offline projects on the go (not to mention a teeny toddler at home), it’s an understatement to say that my resources were feeling stretched. In order to curate the best content for Brides Up North and to keep our related workflow running smoothly I needed a support team. Like, yesterday.

I did consider bringing in more freelance writers on a casual basis, but to be honest, I want my readers to engage with the writer as much as what they are writing about, and for a blog built on personality and good old northern soul, I felt anxious about expanding the team too much. I still think that the best blogs are those written by real people, for real people.  Yes, our voice might have grown, but our accent isn’t changing anytime soon.

And then of course there was Rachel herself: talented and stylish, super keen, and with the perfect background in PR and wedding media. Besides, she just wouldn’t go away.

That’s passion and hustle for you.  Right there.

I decided to invest: in Rachel and in the future of Brides Up North. The job was always going to be hers.  Or nobody’s, as I can’t think of anyone else that I’d want to share this journey with.

#getsetsparkle Brides Up North (c) Cat Hepple Photography  (34)

If you’re beady eyed, you might have noticed a shift around here already.  Rachel joined us at the start of the month, but we’ve been so busy playing catch up and hatching plans that it’s taken me a while to sit down and type out a proper welcome.  Finding the right words has been difficult.  A bit like writing a wedding speech, the more I’ve thought about what I’d like to say, the more overwhelming actually doing it has become. I don’t envy those grooms, one bit.

Like I say, this is a huge moment.

I could take pages to outline my hopes for the blog and our brand, our plans for growth, related projects and dreams, but instead, I think I’ll keep it simple.  There’s a lot to be said for letting the proof be in the pudding.

As features writer and editorial assistant, Rachel will be penning lots of our daily content, helping to manage our very active social media output and dealing with her own client accounts as well as actively sourcing the very best weddings, shoots and suppliers in the northern wedding industry to share with you. She’s got a nose for a fabulous wedding and an eye for stunning detail, so expect these pages to be looking even more inspirational, very soon. We’re on a mission to deliver on a new level editorially and are looking to enrich our offering to provide more in depth, cutting edge content that’s also really, really lovely to look at.

She’s my right hand girl, so you can also expect her to be mixed up in whatever crazy-exciting project I have my eye on next, by my side as we steer the fabulous Unveiled Magazine to even greater creative success and hanging around offering her help at all of our Luxury Wedding Exhibitions. It’s an evolving process, so who knows where we’ll be and what we will have achieved by this time next year?!  And in the meantime, I have a feeling that you are going to get to know her very well indeed.

It’s been a slow burner, but this is the start of a beautiful friendship… so I’ll just say: Welcome, Rachel.

I can’t wait to work with you.

Lets do this,

julia x

Images by Cat Hepple Photography

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the circle: be a wedding industry insider

September 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime

The Circle_Master_strapline_WO rose gold

A glittering press party at Media City, Manchester this Wednesday night saw the launch of The Circle – a brand new concept in creativity, training and connectivity for wedding and lifestyle businesses.

I’m so proud to stand along my industry friends (who also just happen to be the very best entrepreneurs in the business), Charlotte Balbier, Jonny Draper and Howard Wing, as we launch our new concept.

Finally… I’m allowed to talk about it! (It’s been killing me).

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Just so you know who you are dealing with here, Charlotte Balbier is one of the UK’s leading bridal gown designers; Jonny Draper is an award winning photographer and boutique owner; Howard Wing is the most in-demand wedding entertainer in the UK and I’m the Editor In Chief of one rather lovely wedding blog… all four of us have won numerous coveted awards and are recognised for excellence and experience in our specialisms within the industry. (*blush*)

Over the years (and over the odd cocktail or ten!) we’ve discussed the need for a club or collective – an inspiring and exciting space, comprising a combination of special events, practical training and online membership – where wedding industry suppliers can meet to exchange insider ideas, secrets and knowledge with the aim of boosting business and raising standards, profiles, contacts and turnover.

Our answer?

The Circle. Founded 10th September 2014.

Following Wednesday’s big reveal (an exciting and nail biting evening explaining the scope of our plans to assembled press luminaries like editors from Brides Magazine, Perfect Wedding Magazine… and other industry big wigs – official photos and lots of thank yous coming soon!) The Circle are now proud to announce our exclusive inaugural event, strictly limited to just 100 initial The Circle members.

Attendees should forget anything they ever knew about training days and get ready to transform or refresh the way in which they do business.

The first ever full day event is suitable for experienced industry professionals and start-ups alike and sessions packed full of insider tips and strategy will tackle topics such as brand evolution, blogging, social media wizardry, killer sales, effective networking and management, before ending the day with a VIP After Show Party.  More in-depth info about the event, The Circle’s founders and pricing info can be found over at our brand spanking new website, just live:

Inspiration is guaranteed, and surprises come as standard.

As an attendee at the February event, delegates will automatically become a year-long member of The Circle’s essential online support networks, gaining exclusive access to an immediate, priceless forum in a private space to share ideas, make referrals, win business, solve problems and generate goodwill.

When you’re in The Circle, you’re one of us.

We’d love to see wedding businesses old and new, fresh and familiar faces at our first event, strictly limited to just 100 places. Since the website went live yesterday our inbox has been pinging with booking confirmations, so we’d urge you to move quickly to avoid disappointment.

This is going to get epic, and quickly…


the 100 club

Tuesday 10th February 2015

Styal Lodge, Cheshire

9:30am till 5pm

Then After Show Party

One day to transform your wedding business.
Inspire. Apply. Connect. Elevate

Book now at


Images by Hayley Baxter Photography

Film by Silk Wedding Films

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