March 27th, 2017 | Julia Braime
After the clock change at the weekend, we’ve officially sprung into spring, meaning lighter nights, warmer weather and the approach to peak wedding season are all on the way!
To mark the arrival of the new season, we’re bringing a glorious helping of inspiration to those of you planning springtime weddings, courtesy of our fabulous Sponsor, award winning hospitality and event management company Dine.
Established in 1998, Yorkshire-based Dine caters for more 200 weddings a year as well as offering exclusive private dining. Through its stunning portfolio of venues, the team provide event services for organisations ranging from English Heritage and the National Trust to the owners of some of the UK’s most notable private houses, providing a varied choice of beautiful big day settings.
For this afternoon’s post, we’re welcoming Dine’s managing director, Matt Jones, to the blog to share some of his helpful pointers on planning a wedding in the season of new beginnings…
Matt says: With Yorkshire offering some of the finest countryside in Britain, make the most of the warmer, longer days by choosing a spectacular setting for your big day. Dine boasts an impressive portfolio of stunning venues to suit every taste – whether you favour a magnificent deer park, picturesque walled gardens, or breath-taking views over historical ruins.
While beautiful indoor locations can be appealing for a spring wedding owing to the chance of April Showers, marquees can provide a fantastic compromise. Although popular for the quintessentially British summer wedding, with the right planning, flooring and heating, a reception under canvas can be a perfect venue whatever the time of year. You can even choose a marquee with sides that can be removed or with windows to enable you to make the most of the weather and the view.
Many of Dine’s stunning venues provide fantastic lakeside settings with outstanding outlooks across Yorkshire’s breath-taking countryside. Gothic-style Carlton Towers and Ripley Castle’s Lakeside settings provide panoramic views – across an island which is home to majestic swans and a glorious, rolling deer park respectively. Alternatively, Bolton Abbey nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, provides a secluded and private setting with exclusive access to the River Wharfe and views of the Augustinian Priory. Belvoir Castle, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Rutland offers a magnificent setting for a marquee wedding while Dalton Hall’s walled garden is quintessentially English and perfect for a more formal spring theme.
Marquees make a spectacular backdrop to wedding celebrations, and offer the ultimate in flexibility, even allowing you the ultimate luxury of getting married at home. Such a wedding can create a relaxed and intimate atmosphere, while the individual location enables couples to buck the trend of a traditional spring wedding and create their own traditions in their unique family setting.
With marquees able to accommodate as many or as few guests as you choose, a huge garden is not necessary. Marquees are also available in an array of sizes and styles, from tipis and vintage army tents, to sailcloth and traditional, enabling you to match a style to your spring wedding theme.
No matter the season, it’s always a fantastic idea for your wedding breakfast to reflect the seasonality of your day, in terms of both the dishes and presentation. With 18 years’ experience as a hospitality and catering specialist, Dine can provide innovation and skill when creating food for your spring wedding. Experienced and imaginative event managers and chefs, combined with seasonal ingredients always promise to deliver your perfect spring menu.
Edible flowers available in spring on both savoury and sweet courses are an innovative and impressive use of unique ingredients to make your dishes look gorgeous. Nasturtiums, French Marigolds and Cornflowers all make colourful additions to your dishes and provide a seasonal touch. Yet if you’d prefer greenery to the bright colours of seasonal flowers, adding fresh herbs to dishes, especially desserts for a unique touch is another great way to add spring colour to your food. Chocolate and rosemary are a match made in heaven so why not add dark chocolate and rosemary tart with a fennel ice-cream and orange sherbet to your wedding breakfast for bright colours and fresh flavours.
Incorporating seasonal vegetables such as asparagus, sugar snap peas, baby carrots and new potatoes provides fresh flavours and crunchy textures. Dine can provide innovative starters, main courses and desserts which combine spectacular presentation and fantastic flavours.
From asparagus velouté with a soft poached quail’s egg and crème fraîche, to fillet of halibut marinated in lemon confit and thyme with vegetables Provençale, gazpacho dressing and buttered anya new potatoes, Dine can create dishes which will remind your guests of spring no matter your venue or the weather.
Menu tasting well ahead of your big day is vital to ensure seasonality and the combination of your chosen ingredients are a perfect match. This also allows you to discuss the menu with your Dine event manager and any adjustments you would like to make.
Wherever you choose to get married, a spring wedding should reflect on the rejuvenation and expectation of the season with soft hues and delicate textures. Pastel pink, lavender and green can be incorporated through dresses, suits, bouquets and food to bring the season inside.
Building a Pinterest ‘mood board’ will help you focus on the spring styles you like, and look carefully at brochures and social media to see what has been done previously at your wedding venue. Working with your venue, whether it be a marquee which provides a blank canvas for you to dress. or somewhere pre-prepared, is important to see how your theme can be incorporated and what might not be as easy to achieve.
According to the Pantone Colour Institute, the colour of 2017 is ‘greenery’ and this certainly reflects the seasonality of spring with images of new growth and new life.
With simple greenery bouquets also becoming increasingly popular, this can be a great backdrop to other colour choices for decorations and favours. The contrast between bright vivid green and delicate pastel colours will create a fresh and vibrant palette, evoking sensations of spring even if the weather isn’t as glorious as you would like, or you are having an indoor wedding.
March 17th, 2017 | Julia Braime
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.
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.
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!
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.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest in any of our events for 2017. Places are limited and subject to availability.
Images from Olga & Chris’s real wedding by JPH Shah Photography – see the full celebration by clicking here.
February 28th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
Following a surge of engagements over Christmas, New Year and Valentine’s, we’ve been welcoming lots of lovely new brides-to-be to our pretty pages. If you’re one of them you may well be looking to steam straight into the wedding planning process, though feel a little overwhelmed with all the different elements to consider.
What areas should you tackle first, where should you invest the majority of your time and effort, and what should you look for in suppliers? Here to assist with some of the questions is our fabulous Sponsor, award-winning catering and events specialist Dine.
Catering for more than 200 weddings each year, the Dine team has drawn on its vast experience of hospitality and event management, whilst also taking into account comments from some of its happy newlywed couples, to share its top ‘do and don’t’ tips to planning the perfect wedding.
We will be hosting one of our Luxury Bridal Show with the Dine team at its flagship venue The Mansion at Roundhay Park in Leeds, on Sunday 12th March, 11am till 3pm, free entry where you can gain further pointers and advice while meeting some of the area’s finest wedding suppliers. You can pre-register for the free-entry event here.
Now, on with those tips…
Images supplied by Dine/ Joel Skingle Photography
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Give yourself plenty of time to plan and appreciate every part of the process. As the actual day goes by so quickly make sure that the anticipation and build up is also something you will remember with fondness.
Think carefully about the expense and research all aspects to ensure that your budget isn’t overstretched. You may well end up spending more than you originally planned. Wedding planners like ourselves can be a great asset when it comes to budget planning, as we have lots of experience and can advise where savings can be made and where it is worth splashing out.
Book the main aspects of the wedding such as venue, photographer and the registrar first as these often get booked up the quickest. Once these have been sorted it’s much easier to plan the rest of your wedding around them. For example, if your wedding is going to be in a stately home you may decide to theme the day accordingly.
To avoid disappointment, sit down with your photographer prior to the wedding to ensure they are fully aware of what you want to achieve and the photographs you’d like to be taken.
Communicate with each other and family, friends and suppliers. It is important that both the bride and groom with the plans for the day and communication is the best way to make sure this happens.
Remember that you have your partner to rely on. Even if everything feels like it is getting out of hand, the relationship between you and your partner means more than anything and should come before any wedding planning.
Make sure you involve all of your guests on the day as it is important everyone has fun. Think of the different age groups that will be present and plan elements, such as food and entertainment, accordingly.
Enjoy the day! It goes by in a flash so make sure to take it all in and take time out with your partner. Having an events caterer such as Dine means that you can spend more time with each other, as they will be checking everything runs smoothly, leaving you to simply relax and enjoy.
Leave planning to the last minute. Foresight saves you money, hassle and stress and no stress means you enjoy planning the big day far more.
Book suppliers that you don’t trust or whose work you haven’t looked at otherwise there’s a very high chance you’ll be unhappy with the results. Responsible suppliers also mean that on the day you can relax as you know they will be doing a great job.
September 21st, 2016 | Julia Braime
The pretty just keeps on coming…
We’ll be reprising our popular Luxury Wedding Fair, set in it’s own secret walled garden– packed with the area’s most fabulous exhibitors – at the stunning exclusive use venue that is Nostell Priory next Sunday 2nd October 2016, 11am till 3pm.
This 18th century mansion is set amongst 300 acres of parkland and beautiful landscaped grounds, with a curved carriageway, elegant gardens and luxury interiors that make it a prestigious spot for tying the knot. Make your vows as you overlook superb views from The Orangery, or hold the ceremony in Wragby Church within the estate. Clink glasses in the Rose Garden, before heading into the Riding School & Coach House for dining and entertainment.
Trust us when we say this is one not to be missed. This season we’ve got all the details covered – and more, all under one very beautiful roof. There’s bridal fashion galore, with some of Yorkshire’s best boutiques in attendance – as well as all you need to get your man suited and booted – live music, flowers, cakes, photographers, photo booths, diamonds (who doesn’t want those?!)… you name it!
This show is a personal favourite of mine, the space is divine and our exhibitors are a friendly and fabulous bunch, but most of all our visiting brides are always so lovely at Nostell Priory. #dreamjob
So, is the date in your diary yet? It should 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 VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.
While stocks last.
We would love to welcome new exhibitors and old friends to the Brides Up North family in 2016. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our award winning luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions. Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Discounts are available for block bookings. Get in touch for pricing, exhibitor info and to guarantee your place.
Email email@example.com listing the events or area that you are interested in.
September 3rd, 2016 | Julia Braime
We’ve got a Super Sunday coming up, and it’s next weekend, Sunday 11th September 2016! Tell me you’ve cleared those diaries already?! We’ve already told you about the first of our sensationally pretty events at Hilltop Country House in Cheshire next Sunday, and now, let us introduce the second event in the line up, especially for our Yorkshire readers.
It’s big and it’s beautiful! With it’s newly granted Civil Licence the marbled halls of stately giant Wentworth Woodhouse can be exclusively yours for a very special day.
Wentworth Woodhouse offers one of the most picturesque and luxurious settings in South Yorkshire, which complemented by Dine’s award-winning food and service, and with beautiful parkland views, is a stunning venue for your celebrations. On Sunday, the beautiful, gilded Marble Saloon and adjoining Van Dyke and Whistle Jacket Rooms will be dressed with luxury wedding inspiration to showcase this venue at it’s very best. We have invited the region’s very best exhibitors to join us for a day of delight and inspiration.
We do hope that you can make it too?
bride to be? register now
To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (stuffed with treats and glossy mags) on Sunday 11th September 2016, simply follow the link 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.
EXHIBITOR ENQUIRIES: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of all of our forthcoming events.
Images (c) Cat Hepple Photography
April 9th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Excitement levels are at a near all time high in the Brides Up North office this week (and its not due to over consumption of left over Easter sugar either) for this weekend we have another epic #supersunday instalment of fabulous wedding events to bring to our readers across the regions.
This Sunday its another double whammy of wedding pretty with two of our most brilliant venues packed to the rafters with the most sensational exhibitors in your area. Our supplier places are limited, varied and sell out months in advance, and there’s a reason for that: we work with the best. If you are looking for the most special locations with the highest quality suppliers for your wedding day – you need to keep this Sunday free.
Even if you’ve already got your venue sorted, the suppliers at our award winning shows will help you to design the wedding day of your dreams.
First up, the doors open early at,
Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition
Sunday 10th April 2016
11am – 3pm
This season we’ve got all the details covered – and more, all under one very beautiful roof. There’s bridal fashion galore, with some of Yorkshire’s best boutiques in attendance – as well as all you need to get your man suited and booted – live music, flowers, event dressers, flash motors, photographers, photo booths, diamonds (who doesn’t want those?!)… you name it!
Then, a little further north, and a little later in the day,
Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition
Sunday 10th April 2016
1pm till 4pm
We are proud to be working once again with award winning venue Middleton Lodge (only the best for our readers!) to bring you a big and beautiful wedding show with a large, handpicked selection of the region’s best bridal exhibitors at this exclusive venue. The house, gardens and grand marquee will be open for exploration and inspiration! With every detail covered from gowns to garters, this should be a day for every soon-to-be-weds diary.
We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be goody bags at each event, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors. As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.
While stocks last only.
We can’t wait to see you there!
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