October 14th, 2017 | Julia Braime
We’re having a fabulous autumn season here at Brides Up North HQ, spreading tulle and confetti covered cheer as our absolutely epic Luxury Bridal Show schedule continues across three regions.
Have you seen this line up? We’ve been working hard to bring your very favourite – or soon to be favourite – suppliers together under the roofs of some of the most celebrated wedding venues across the North. And we think we’ve done a pretty cracking job of it! Make sure to click the link with your diary on hand to check out the full selection of loveliness coming your way.
For now, we’re delighted to announce another event at stunning 5* The Chester Grosvenor in Cheshire on Sunday 15th October 2017, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY. We’re putting on autumn’s most luxurious wedding fair at this sensational Chester landmark hotel. Did we mention that you are invited, oh, and did we also mention that it’s completely free?
This one has the WOW factor and it’s yours exclusively for the whole day. We’ve filled it’s beautiful function spaces with our selection of the region’s best wedding industry suppliers, ready and waiting to turn your dreams into reality.
The award winning Chester Grosvenor combines breathtaking architecture with contemporary yet traditional interiors and Michelin star dining experiences. Steeped in history dating back to the 18th century, the hotel sits elegantly next to the Eastgate Clock, where the pillared entrance and black and white timbered exterior provide the perfect backdrop for a fairytale wedding.
From the first appointment with your dedicated wedding coordinator to the minute you say “I do”, The Chester Grosvenor’s wedding team will be on hand every step of the way to make sure your special day is one of the most memorable for you and your guests.
From the Eaton Suite which overlooks beautiful Eastgate Street to the sleek Westminster Suite, designed by world-renowned manufacturer Porsche and the traditional surroundings of the Drawing Room where the dainty side plates and marble fireplace take you back in time, The Chester Grosvenor can accommodate wedding breakfasts and civil ceremonies from 2 to 240 guests.
The spa, located in the heart of the hotel, has five luxury treatment rooms, herb sauna, crystal steam room, salt grotto and a relaxation area, as well as a manicure and pedicure station for the finishing touches enabling you to completely relax before, during and after the big day.
To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (stuffed with treats and glossy mags, sponsored by UNVEILED Magazine) and FREE ENTRY, fill in your details below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to the Luxury Bridal Show. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.
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. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.
Images supplied by The Chester Grosvenor.
October 12th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
The wonderful Owen House wedding barn in Cheshire provides the delightful backdrop to today’s beautiful nuptials between Fiona and James, who tied the knot back in May of this year.
With a dusty pastel palette, a classic red double decker bus and a floral bouquet that made the mother-of-the bride shed a tear or two – the couple’s rustic themed day has got us falling head over heels for an effortlessly chic barn wedding.
What we love best though is how the couple ‘tell their story’ through all their personal touches, from their wedding cake to their table names – and even Fiona’s special gift to James on their big day. It comes as no surprise to us that this is Fiona’s top tip for other brides-to-be, too!
With images by Paul Joseph Photography.
fiona says: We got engaged while we were living in London. James had secretly booked one of the treehouses at Chewton Glen on the south coast as a surprise getaway. He had intended to propose whilst we were there, but he got himself a little too excited so he popped the question in our bedroom whilst we were packing! He didn’t use many words, but the gestures were all there and he was down on one knee with a ring! I said yes – after asking whether he was sure!
We got married on Friday 19th May 2017. When we started looking for venues, we were set on a Saturday in the summer of 2017. However, we fell in love with Owen House and didn’t want to have to wait until 2018 to get married there, so chose a date entirely based on their availability. Having a Friday actually ended up quite useful, as we were able to set up on the Thursday afternoon. The venue is charming yet cheeky, elegant yet relaxed. The ceremony room with its lovingly carved wooden benches and twinkle lights has a real rustic beauty. I cried when we first saw it!
Vanessa, Dan and the rest of the family have created something truly special at Owen House. They work tirelessly to make sure your day runs like clockwork, and yet they make it look effortless. Nothing is ever too much trouble, no question is too silly.
Family and friends are really important to us, and we are fortunate to be surrounded by a lot of amazing people. We wanted to create a day that was personal and relaxed, without losing the gravity of the commitment we were making to each other.
We wanted quite a muted palette which lent itself to the rustic nature of the barn. We opted for pale pinks and dusty blues to create a relaxed romantic feel.
Although James and I have settled in Manchester, I am a Surrey girl. Since we were getting married in Cheshire, I wanted to get my dress from near my parent’s. I went to Chobham Bride in Chobham, Surrey, where I met the lovely Louise who spent a lot of time with me and helped me find the perfect fit. I was adamant that I didn’t want a strapless fishtail, but that’s exactly what I fell for in the end.
The dress I chose was from the Pronovias White One collection. The original dress had a high neck, which I had peeled back by Louise’s seamstress, Lucy, to reveal a sweetheart neckline. I then had an off the shoulder lace bolero made, to wear over the top. It was gorgeous, and was a dream to wear on the day.
September 28th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
For some couples, there’s no better setting for their big day than their home. Given that there is space, we can see the attraction – a place that the couple feel comfortable in and know inside out, the ability to style the wedding exactly as they wish and the opportunity to party late into the night. What’s not to love?
Favouring an at home for these very reasons, today’s real wedding couple Katie and Jordan planned a traditional church ceremony followed by a marquee wedding at their house in Cuddington.
Now people, don’t let anyone ever tell you a wedding marquee can’t be glamorous because Katie and Jordan, with the help of some talented suppliers, absolutely aced the styling. They transformed the plain white canvass into a luxurious setting complete with opulent blooms, chic mirrored décor and gorgeous ghost style chairs.
We also have to say that we’re totally in love with Katie’s big day look; from that super-pretty Ian Stuart gown to her pale blue M&S shoes – pure top-to-toe perfection!
With images by Jess Yarwood Photography.
katie says: We got engaged in June 2015 while on our first holiday as a family after having our son, Jenson. We were in Portugal and went to one of our favourite restaurants, Piri Piri. I was already suspicious as family were acting strange! Jordan had picked the ring himself and it was perfect fit – everything, we celebrated with champagne!
We set the date for Saturday 8th July 2017. Our ceremony was at St John’s church, Norley, followed by marquee reception at our home in Cuddington.
We both wanted a marquee for the reception as we felt it would be more personal would give us control over everything. It also meant that we could carry on partying as long as we wanted, and could invite as many as we wanted!
Jordan and I had attend a lot of marquee weddings and so we wanted to make sure that ours stood out. We wanted it to look classy, glam and luxurious and so we picked a white, grey and silver colour scheme.
My wedding dress Paradis was by designer Ian Stuart. I got it from Maria Modes in Macclesfield. After trying on numerous dresses in numerous shops this dress just stood out as it was completely different to all the others!
I picked a pair of blue shoes from Marks & Spencer. I wanted to be able to wear them again after the wedding – which I have done many times already!
Jordan wore blue suit with a grey tweed waistcoat, silver tie and tan shoes, all from Maria Modes’ menswear department. The groomsmen had suits to match and Jenson also wore a matching suit to his daddy.
On the day of the wedding we travelled to church in a white Rolls Royce Ghost and matching white Range Rover from Cheshire Luxury Cars.
September 6th, 2017 | Julia Braime
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 10th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
Even as we creep closer to Autumn (I know, I know, I’m sorry!), a good old English country garden summer wedding still gives us all the feels. And Sarah and Daniel’s glorious big day at Meols Hall, Tithe Barn, is just the ticket if you’re looking to inject some rustic charm and countryside elegance into your ceremony and reception.
There’s a stunningly simple Pronovias gown, homegrown British garden blooms, a subtle colour palette that Farrow and Ball would be proud of and some seriously classy designer elements – Jenny Packham shoes and a Tiffany bracelet as a wedding morning gift from the groom.
These pictures have a lovely sun-soaked charm, full of intimate joy and relaxed laughter – just the vibe this gorgeous pair were going for, and the perfect end to another beautiful week on the blog.
With images by Bobtale Photography.
sarah says: For our engagement, Dan surprised me with a trip to the Cotswolds; it’s a place I’d wanted to go for a long time. He booked a cottage called ‘The Old Smithy’ in a village called Kingham. We were celebrating our ten year anniversary together that year.
Whilst I went to freshen up after the long journey, Dan set about preparing the cottage, filling it completely with candles, flowers and champagne on ice. He’d even set up the table with vintage cutlery given to my mum and dad as a wedding present back in the day!
When I walked through I found him with our six-month-old Cockapoo puppy, Waffle, who was dressed to impress in a Harris tweed bow tie!
He’d had a book made with a wax stamp seal on the cover reading “D️+S” and he’d filled it with nine polaroid pictures from each of the years we’d been together – with one missing on the final page. The book also contained the poem ‘I carry your heart’ by EE Cummings and the final verse of the poem was on the last page. Dan got down on one knee and removed the final verse of the poem to reveal a hollowed-out section containing an engagement ring and an empty section to fill with the tenth image! The poem was read at our wedding, which was very special.
We announced it with a picture using vintage lexicon letter cards spelling out ‘She Said Yes’ and Waffle proudly leaning over the table!
We were married on Saturday 10th June 2017 – I’d always wanted a June wedding. We had our ceremony and reception at Meols Hall Tithe Barn in Southport.
We’d attended a wedding at Meols Hall around three years previously and, at that moment, knew that would be our chosen venue. It was just our style, and we really wanted it to be ‘us’. It was the most important decision we made.
Our theme was ‘English country garden’. We chose it to go along with the Cotswolds feel; a sort of relaxed, wildflower, rustic vibe. We also wanted a more informal day so that our guests felt relaxed.
We went for pastel colours, dove greys, blues and blush pinks. We felt the more subtle colours would create the relaxed feel we were going for – we definitely didn’t want to have everything in one colour which we felt could look a little harsh.
My dress was Pronovias and purchased at Brides of Liverpool. I went to the store and tried on a number of dresses, but it was only when I went back a second time that I saw ‘the one’. It was very fitted and felt it was a more classical look rather than flashy.
July 24th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
When today’s real bride was planning her big day, she made the unusual move of buying her shoes before she’d even stepped foot inside a dress shop. But who can blame her when the shoes in question were a pair of electric blue jewel-encrusted Sex-and-the-City style Manolo Blahniks?
This super-classy wedding is full of super-pretty details, from white roses and blush peonies to on-trend rose gold accents. The navy/ivory/blush colour scheme is effortlessly chic, and the quaint red-brick charm of their reception venue makes for countless exquisite photo opportunities.
Get ready for some serious gorgeousness, guys.
With images by Jess Yarwood.
jane says: We got engaged on 4th June 2016, in Tatton Park, Knutsford. It was a sunny day and Tom suggested going for a picnic. We found a spot by the lake, Tom put some music on, opened a bottle of champagne and the next thing I knew he was on one knee asking me to marry him!
We married on 3rd June 2017. We picked this date as it was the same weekend we got engaged, so it was a special weekend for us already.
The ceremony was at St Wilfrid’s Church in Mobberley, and the reception was at The Church Inn pub just over the road. We picked The Church Inn as it was our local pub – in fact, we had our second date there. We have lots of good memories of the Inn from over the years. Once we’d picked the reception venue, we decided to have a look at St Wilfrid’s church and fell in love with beautiful, so it was an easy choice for us.
We didn’t really have a theme; we just wanted the wedding to be very relaxed and for people to enjoy the day. Colour-wise, however, we went for blush, rose gold, ivory and navy. I’d always had an idea of how I wanted our wedding day to look and it was based on these colours.
I had a ‘traditional’ wedding dress designed by Pronovias. I bought it from Eternity Bridal. Unusually, I picked my dress to match my shoes as I’d chosen my footwear first! I saw my dress online and knew it was the one. It had everything I wanted: a v-back, long train and could be changed for the evening do.
On the day of the wedding, I used Maxine Smith as a makeup artist. She was fantastic and I would definitely recommend her. My hair was done by Unity Hair Studio. David and Paula did a fantastic job – there was a lot of us who needed our hair doing!
Tom wore a suit from Whitfield and Ward. It was three-piece and navy with a grey waistcoat. Our groomsmen wore the same as the groom but they wore plain navy ties as opposed to a spotty one.
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