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dress date: caroline castigliano 2017 collection trunk show at the bridal collection

October 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime


As huge fans of bridal designer Caroline Castigliano, us Brides Up North girls would most definitely be making an appointment for the event that we’re sharing with you this afternoon – if only we had an occasion that required a wedding dress, that is!

But while we don’t have an excuse to attend the Caroline Castigliano 2017 Collection Trunk Show at our fabulous Sponsor boutique, The Bridal Collection, you lucky brides-to-be most certainly do.

Taking place on Saturday 29th October, the stunning Harrogate boutique will be showcasing Caroline’s exquisite 2017 Love is in the Air Collection, providing a unique opportunity for you to be among the very first to see, and try on, the latest designs from this incredible designer.

Here to give us all the details is owner of The Bridal Collection, the lovely Hayley Hoyle…


What can brides expect from the Trunk Show event?

hayley says: For this day only we will have an extended selection of gowns from the 2017 Collection along with some of Caroline’s Signature Classics so it’s a perfect time to come and find your dream Castigliano creation.

The Love is in the Air Collection features exquisite back details, clean lines and flattering silhouettes. A variety of fabrics include luxury Mikado, silk organza, beautiful stretch crepe new for this season and Caroline’s signature beaded Chantilly lace.

Tell us about a little about Caroline Castigliano designs/collections, what type of brides do they appeal to?

Celebrating 25 years as a leading bridal wear designer this year, Caroline’s gowns are renowned for their classic and timeless style mixed perfectly with contemporary trends for the modern bride. The emphasis of each dress is to enhance the female form, which is achieved through incredible corsetry and luxury fabrics – and the latest collection is no exception.

For you personally are there any standout/favourite designs that will be featured at the event?

Mirabeau from the collection features a show stopping sheer back with incredible metallic embroidery. It’s a real standout design for us and was a must when we chose our selection.

For something with a fuller skirt we fell in love with the Eternal Love gown, which has a tiered skirt with a fitted bodice and a gorgeous sweetheart neckline.

The collection also showcases many timeless shapes with impeccable fit and fabric, with the addition of jackets, shrugs and belts allowing brides to customise their look.


What is the price range of the Caroline Castigliano gowns that will be featured at the event?

Prices for the collection range from £2,200 to £5,000.

Is there any preparation that brides can do prior to attending the event?

Take a look at our website and social media pages to gain a good insight into the collection and Caroline’s designs.

How long will appointments be during the event and what can brides expect during their appointments?

Saturdays at The Bridal Collection work a little differently. Personal appointments and a tailored experience are at the forefront of everything we do and so when many bridal boutiques pack their most popular shopping day full to the rafters with brides, we have taken a unique approach. With extra special treats and a longer more relaxed appointment this really is an experience to enjoy.


What are you most looking forward to about the event?

As the collection is yet to land in boutiques around the country, we feel very privileged to have the full collection here for the weekend and we are looking forward to seeing all of the collection again and showcasing the beautiful designs to our brides.

How do brides go about making an appointment for the event?

Appointments are very limited and demand is expected to be high so appointments carry £30 consultation fee to secure your slot, this is fully redeemable against any dress purchased.

If you would like to be part of this amazing trunk show call us on 01423 202029 to reserve your spot, alternatively you can email us at

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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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diary dates: september events at the harrogate wedding lounge and the bridal collection

September 2nd, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Ladies prepare to block out your diaries for the next month as we have news of a host of fabulous events set to take place at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge and The Bridal Collection, throughout September.

Located in the gorgeous Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate, the two beautiful boutiques feature stunning wedding dress collections from a number of the top British and International designers, making them a must-visit during a bride’s dream dress search.

Owned by the lovely Hayley Hoyle, a good friend and Sponsor of Brides Up North, visiting brides can be sure of top customer service and first-class styling advice in their pursuit for that one special dress.

Better still, over the next month ladies can save money on a dress, receive expert advice on their accessories and try on some very exclusive designs during a line-up of exciting boutique events, which include sample sales, accessory events and a Jenny Packham trunk show. We said to block out your dairies!

Here to fill us in on all the details is the lovely Hayley…

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When will the sample sale events be taking place at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge and The Bridal Collection, and what can brides expect from them?

hayley says: Our upcoming sample sales will take place between Saturday 3rd September and Friday 9th September and will provide a fantastic opportunity for brides-to-be to find their dream gown at a discounted price.

At The Harrogate Wedding Lounge we have an amazing selection of dresses in the sample sale from designers such as Maggie Sottero, Sottero and Midgley, Justin Alexander, Justin Alexander Signature, Enzoani, Blue by Enzoani and Raimon Bundó. Gowns will start from as little as £400!

At the Bridal Collection we have some iconic British designers’ gowns heading into our sample sale such as Jenny Packham, Suzanne Neville, Caroline Castigliano, Sassi Holford and Ian Stuart as well as picks of some top international labels, such as Badgley Mischka and Claire Pettibone. We have some fantastic discounts and our sample gowns will be priced between £550 and £3,500.

All of the dresses going into our sale are sample gowns, this means that they have been tried on by brides-to-be. The condition of our sample dresses varies; some are new collection dresses that are in excellent condition and others have been well-loved and tried on. A selection of the sample sale dresses are discontinued gowns, however many dresses are going into the sale simply to make more room for the stunning new collections we have coming into the boutiques!

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What sizes of dresses can brides expect to find at the sample sales and how much could the save on the cost of a dress?

We have lots of amazing discounts on our sample dresses. The discounts will start at 20% and go up to an incredible 70% off!

At The Harrogate Wedding Lounge our sample sizes are between an 8 and 16, while at The Bridal Collection our sample sizes are between an 8 and 14.

Please note that the majority of our dresses are between a size 10 and 14. If you have any enquires in regards to the sizes of our samples please don’t hesitate to get in contact.

Do you have any tips or advise to brides who wish to attend the sample sales?

Take a look on our website and social media pages to gain a good insight into what types of dresses you are likely to find at the sample sale. Study the designers that we stock and make notes of any particular styles or dresses that are standing out. We advise brides to have tried dresses on prior to attending a sale event and to have a clear understanding of what it is they are looking for in their dream dress. As the sale is a first come, first serve it is for brides who are ready to find their perfect dress at an amazing price. We advise that you bring along to your appointment the one person who you wish to be there when you make that big decision, whether this is mum, relative or your maid of honour. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on your dress or make a decision without them. It’s going to be a busy week and space may be limited so we do ask that you only bring up to three people to your appointment.

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You will also be hosting exclusive accessory events at both boutiques, can you tell us when these will be taking place and what will be in store?

On Thursday 15th September we are holding an accessories evening at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. We will have an extensive selection of accessories for you to admire ranging from headpieces and veils to that perfect pair of sparkly bridal shoes. Charlotte from Charlotte Mills bridal shoes will also be here to showcase her new collection to the boutique – an amazing opportunity for brides to choose their wedding shoes with the designer herself. Our bridal stylists will also be on hand throughout the event to assist you on styling your own individual look for the big day.

Our accessory evening at The Bridal Collection will take place on Wednesday 21st September. At The Bridal Collection we are extremely proud to stock the beautiful Emmy London Bridal Shoes. The attention to detail is amazing, with Swarovski crystals and pearls perfectly hand beaded onto soft suede. The designs range from classic and simple, to vintage and full on glitz and glamour, there is a piece for every bride.

When it comes to the all-important veil we work with the wonderful design team at Sassi Holford who bring us The Couture Veil. Couture Veil’s offer a wide variety of beautiful handmade veils. Soft and delicate vintage or English tulles, silks and a whole host of pretty edgings and scatters that perfectly complements your gown. We also have an extensive selection of beautiful hair pins, vines, tiaras and clips from Jenny Packham, Ivory & Co and Emmy, for that extra bit of sparkle.

Finally in September The Bridal Collection will be holding a Jenny Packham trunk show. Can you tell us a little about it?

The boutique will be holding the Jenny Packham trunk show on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th September, for brides to see the full 2017 collection before it arrives into boutiques. This two-day event will be a very exciting for brides-to-be who have long lusted over wearing a Jenny Packham gown as it will be one of the first opportunities to see the full 2017 collection straight off the international runways.

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#dreamteam diary date: charlotte mills shoe launch at luella’s bridal

August 25th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Today we have news of an exciting new #dreamteam with two of our fabulous Sponsors teaming up to bring you lucky brides-to-be a stunning choice of exquisite dresses and gorgeous accessories, all under one roof.

As from next month Manchester-based Charlotte Mills will be stocking her fancy bridal footwear at the wonderful Luella’s Bridal boutique, located in Wimbledon, London. And to mark the beginning of the pretty partnership, the boutique will be hosting an exclusive launch event on the 2nd and 3rd September – to which you are all invited!

As well as the opportunity to try on Charlotte’s stunning footwear, those who book an appointment for the event at Luella’s will also get to meet the designer herself during a one-to-one consultation, and, better still, will receive a fabulous 10% discount on any purchases made from her collection.

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We spoke to Rachel Attwell, the founder and creative director of Luella’s.

rachel says: We are so excited about our new venture with Charlotte. Her designs perfectly complement the dresses we have in store and our brides are going to be really spoilt for choice.

Not only are we going to be able to offer our customers a fantastic variety of styles, but we will be carrying a large quantity of stock, so they will also be able to walk away on the day with a pair of shoes in their size. We view this as a key step towards really giving our brides what they are asking for and leading the way in instant bridal fashion.

As it’s the first time that the entire Charlotte Mills collection will be available to purchase in London, the northern designer is equally thrilled about the union.

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charlotte says: I’m delighted to be working with Rachel and the team at Luella’s to bring our collection to London brides. We opened our first boutique, based in Greater Manchester, in March this year and it’s been a huge success. We have so many brides in the south wanting to see the shoes and try them on, so this collaboration will be the perfect opportunity for us to make this possible.

To book an appointment to meet Charlotte on the 2nd or 3rd of September and to receive 10% discount, email Luella’s directly at

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diary date: charlotte balbier trunk show at the little pearl bridal boutique

August 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon on the blog we’re thrilled to bring you details of an upcoming event that features not one, but two, of our fabulous Sponsors.

Between Thursday 1st and Sunday 4th September, the gorgeous Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in Pickering, Yorkshire, will be hosting a Charlotte Balbier trunk show, so you ladies on the dress hunt book out a day in your diary asap!

The event will give brides-to-be the amazing opportunity to be among the first lucky ladies in Yorkshire to exclusively view and try on Charlotte Balbier’s brand new collection, ‘Untamed Love’ – which us girls here at Brides Up North HQ are totally head over heels for!

From exquisite back detail and fine fabrics to edgy separates and dreamy floral prints, this collection really does have an oh-so-pretty design for everyone, so our advice to you is to book an appointment for the trunk show, pronto!

Here to explain how to do just that, whilst telling us a little more about the Charlotte Balbier event and collection, is Little Pearl owner, the lovely Diana.

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Tell us what brides-to-be can expect from the Charlotte Balbier trunk show…

diana says: As the exclusive North Yorkshire stockist of Charlotte Balbier, we are very proud to be hosting this event. The boutique will be transformed into a haven of bridal beauty with statement florals and soft flowing ethereal gowns, there really is a style for everyone within Charlotte’s new collection. I’m so excited to see brides-to-be trying on the dresses and hearing their thoughts on the collection too.

No Little Pearl event is complete without a gorgeous goody bag for our visiting brides, plus pink fizz, cakes and £100 accessory voucher for brides that find their gown during the trunk show!

What type of bride would you say the new Charlotte Balbier collection appeals to?

Charlotte’s new collection is perfect for brides who love fashion and style, and who really want to express their personality through their gown. This collection brings some stunning fresh designs and styles to the bridal world that we just know our #pearlsgirls are going to fall totally in love with!

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Do you have any personal favourite designs from within the collection?

Luna is the ultimate in boho chic! Such a soft, romantic lace fabric and plunging neckline, she brings something unique to the boutique. It’s all about the florals for me too, so I cannot wait to see Untamed Love and Bloom gliding around the boutique at the event! We’ve had lots of requests about these gowns and I love that brides are wanting to push boundaries and go for a statement florals on their big day.

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Is there anything brides can do in advance to prepare for the trunk show?  

It will really help a bride if she has already tried on some different styles, and therefore has an idea of what she likes. Not to worry if they haven’t though as Charlotte’s collection has a range of styles, from fishtails to full skirted A-lines and more boho inspired designs – there’s something for everyone!

What are you looking forward to most about the event?

I love hosting events in the boutique and making appointments extra special for all of our visiting brides. It’s just the best feeling seeing lots of happy and excited ladies on their journey to finding their dream gown!

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How do brides-to-be make an appointment to attend the trunk show?

The trunk show will run from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th September, so ladies should get in touch quickly to book their exclusive appointment. Due to popular demand for these appointments, we request a £20 deposit, which is refunded to ladies as soon as they arrive for their appointment. Email, or call the boutique on 01751 798080. Hope to see you there!

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diary date: the bridal collective at gilpin lake house

January 22nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Girls: stand by.  We are interrupting your Friday lunch al-desko with news of another exciting date for your brand new 2016 diaries!

On the weekend of Saturday 30th January 2016, five of the North’s best luxury bridal boutiques will be showing their finest dresses in the tranquility of Gilpin Lake House, a stunning wedding venue set in 100 acres of private grounds with its own lake, swimming pool and spa.

This is a special treat for the girls (no grooms allowed!) and a rare opportunity to have unfettered access to these stunning luxury bridal boutiques, some of whom *waves to LOVE Bridal Boutique and The Bridal Collection Harrogate* are our wonderful Brides Up North Sponsors.

You will be welcomed with Champagne (of course!) and later enjoy either lunch or afternoon tea at Gilpin Hotel, where they will show you their Garden Suites (with hot tubs) and Spa Lodges with their own private spas – perfect for a minimoon or even a pre wedding getaway.

If you fancy making a girls weekend of it and book a room at Gilpin for the weekend, brides will receive a complimentary pass to The Bridal Collective at the Lake House.

Where else can you find the following designers all under one roof?!?! Stewart Parvin, Suzanne Neville, Jenny Packham, Alan Hannah, Charlotte Balbier, Sarah Seven, Ian Stuart, Charlie Brear and Sassi Holford…

Tickets are £25 per person, with a maximum of 2 tickets per bride.


What’s included:

Exclusive access to 5 of the North’s best luxury bridal boutiques

Complimentary transfer from Oxenholme train station (please request when booking)

Champagne on arrival at the Lake House

Lunch or afternoon tea at Gilpin Hotel (3 AA Rosettes)

Preview of the brand new Spa Lodges and Garden Suites

For full details of how to book visit The Bridal Collective website. 

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