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castles&canvas: a pop up wedding festival at ripley castle

August 30th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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If you follow our social media feeds (like, doh!) then it won’t have escaped your notice that we are getting all fired up here at Brides Up North HQ for another bloomin’ epic season of Brides Up North events.  These amazing days – jam packed with wedding inspiration and all the details for your dream day, in the coolest locations to get wed in the North – aren’t just your average wedding fair: they are these pretty blog pages, brought to life.  If you love our daily dose of wedding pretty, you are going to want to pop one, or more, of our free entry days out into your diary. Grab your groom, gather your bridesmaids… things just got (P)interesting.

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We’ve already told you about our BIGCITYWEDFEST’17 event, kicking off the wedspo in Manchester this weekend with a bang (if you are a North West bride or supplier who doesn’t yet know about this, click here to catch up and be there!), but next weekend we’re bringing the fun to Yorkshire, with a pop up wedding festival style show – CASTLES & CANVAS  – at Ripley Castle Lakeside on Sunday 10th September 2017, 11am till 3pm.

Come and see our pristine wedding big top, filled with 35 luxury exhibitors, in the beautiful lakeside location at stunning Ripley Castle.  There’ll be street food, live music, floral design and details galore.  The event is in conjunction with event specialists Dine and Shades, and their experts will also be on hand to advise on how to achieve your perfect wedding day.

As with all of our events, the show is FREE ENTRY for you and all your guests. Girls and guys, its time to get some wedmin done!

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bride to be?

To pre-register for a FREE Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack sponsored by UNVEILED Magazine (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.

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wedding industry professional?

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 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 for 2017 to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

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Alternatively, please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk ASAP for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.

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truly blessed. a fun, festival wedding in the north west – hettie & tabz

August 23rd, 2017 | Julia Braime

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As far as group efforts go, today’s real wedding is going to take some serious beating. Amazingly, with the help of their incredible family and friends, Hettie & Tabz, planned and pulled off a wedding for 450 guests! That’s right 4-5-0!

Marrying at Hettie’s home church, everyone packed in to see this super-popular couple tie the knot before moving onto an activity centre and marquees in Burrs County Park, for a fun reception with cool festival wedding vibes.

With everyone keen to offer their services, skills and talents, family and friends helped to take care of everything from the attire, transport, food and cake, right through to the evening entertainment. Now that’s how you call in a favour – or two, or three….

With images by Paul & Nanda

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hettie says: We got engaged exactly eight months after we got together. I went on a treasure hunt type adventure with my mum to various places that were special to Tabz and I (including our first date location) where different friends were situated with the next clue. The final clue led us to a church building where many of my friends and family were. They were lined up outside and around the corridors that I followed until I reached the top of the staircase to see Tabz stood at the bottom. As I approached him, he got on one knee and asked me to marry him! I obviously said yes (why wouldn’t I? He’s wonderful!) and a band consisting of our friends began to play ‘our song’ (For Once In My Life) and we partied the night away with our friends and family. It was brilliant!

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We set the date for 27th May 2017. Logic told us that a Bank Holiday before half-term school holidays would be easier for us and others, especially family who live further afield.

Our ceremony was at Life Church Lancashire in Burnley, which is my home church. The building is incredible, I have many great memories there, and I couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. Also, with more than 450 people attending, it was the only church building big enough anyway!

The reception was at Burrs Country Park, in Bury. We used the Activity Centre and field to create a summer festival as there was plenty of space to do so. The venue was very different to traditional weddings, which meant we did everything ourselves, with much help from great friends and family.

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Our theme was ‘Be a blessing’. Those who attended our wedding have been such a blessing to us individually and as a couple that we wanted to bless them as much as we could throughout the day. We also wanted this to reflect our faith and encourage others to bless one another too.

Our base colours were black, white and grey, with pops of yellow, light pink, bright pink, orange and green. We wanted our colours to reflect our personalities and the fun, festival party.

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I struggled with the idea of going dress shopping and having a stranger help you decide such an important outfit (whilst you’re practically naked!). A friend suggested that I looked at the wedding dress that one of my bridesmaids, Sue, wore. She looked gorgeous and it seemed like the kind of dress that could suit me. I tried it on and loved it! Sue gave me the dress to do whatever I wanted with (I told you people are such a blessing to us) and it was an honour to wear the wedding dress of such an amazing lady.

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pompoms & pineapples. la sposa for a festival themed wedding at natural retreats – michelle & james

June 12th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

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Regular readers of the blog will know that Brides Up North fully endorse festival weddings, so much so that we now dedicate several of our wedding fairs to this style of celebration with our epic WEDFEST tour that travelled the north of the country in May.

Fresh on the other side of those uber cool events, we were thrilled to receive the wonderful big day of Michelle and James who demonstrate how it’s done with their fun and fabulous big day in the Yorkshire Dales.

To achieve the colourful and carefree vibe for their festival style wedding, Michelle, James and an army of friends and family descended on their chosen venue with streamers, pompoms and plant chandeliers, transforming its blank canvas into something pretty awesome!

Cue a big, brave, DIY-flavour wedding with bold flamingo and pineapple motifs, tattoos and glitter, a gin bar and mezze-style food.

All of this styled out against the rolling hills of the Dales, plus a timeless La Sposa dress. We spoil you, we really do…

With images by Masha Unwerth

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michelle says: We got engaged at home 20th April 2016. James bought a huge bunch of tulips, my favourite flower, and left a trail of petals through the house leading to more tulips spread around the living room. I found him down on one knee with a lovely sapphire engagement ring.

We had two weddings (I know, greedy) – the first was a legal ceremony on the 20th of April, exactly one year to the day we got engaged. This was a smaller affair with a registrar and just our immediate family.

Our second wedding on the 22nd of April with 120 of our nearest and dearest friends and family. It was conducted by two of our closest friends, who wrote the ceremony without our assistance, so there were a couple of surprises!

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We got hitched at Natural Retreats in the Yorkshire Dales, and had both our ceremony and reception there. It’s a beautiful site with accommodation for nearly 100 guests. We were able to have a whole weekend of parties and got to spend quality time with everyone instead of feeling rushed. The venue was a blank canvas which we transformed with a small army of volunteers who hung, draped and stuck – they basically built an amazing wedding for us!

We chose a few very loose themes: gin, pineapples and flamingos. We also chose to create three rooms, each with a distinct ‘feel’.

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The main ceremony/dance space and bar were as colourful and fun as we could make them with a bit of a festival vibe. We added a photo booth, a glitter and tattoo station and built our own bars from pallets which looked fantastic. James’ friend Pencil Girl created our wedding stationery and we had the design printed into temporary tattoos.

In the dining room we wanted a very clean and classy look with lots of plants instead of flowers. We created our own hanging foliage ‘chandeliers’, built and planted the table centrepieces ourselves and each table was assigned a gin bottle instead of table numbers.

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I chose a La Sposa wedding dress from a boutique in Manchester. I decided it was the one for me because of the beautiful detail in the bodice and the plain but flowing skirt and train. The A-line cut suited my shape and I loved wearing it all day!

James did a lot of research into what he wanted to wear and chose to have a suit made by Beggars Run in East London, which he absolutely loved. He accessorised with Ted Baker shoes and socks, a vintage pocket watch (a gift from me) and Tatty Devine cufflinks.

The chief bridesmaid, my best friend Laura, chose a dress from Coast. It had a navy blue top with a turquoise skirt and floral detailing. The dress wasn’t a traditional bridesmaid’s dress but it went perfectly with the relaxed feel of the day. We also had two flower girls who both wore ivory dresses with a navy waist band from Etsy.

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hey north west? its wedstival’17 (yay)

May 20th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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The wait is OVER! #WEDSTIVAL’17 is FINALLY here!

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Capesthorne Hall, Congelton Road, Macclesfield
Sunday 21st 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 WEDSTIVAL’17 for you and your party.

We’re giving away up to 300 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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE ENTRY

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Brides Up North in association with Shades, Big Chief Tipis, Capesthorne Hall, UNVEILED Magazine and the North West’s finest wedding industry suppliers are proud to host the UK’s original and finest dedicated festival wedding fairs in 2017.

We’ve just celebrated two absolutely EPIC weekends on the trot at Stockeld Park and Ormesby Hall (photos coming very soon!) but we’re not ready to hang up our flower crowns yet… oh no! The WEDFEST’17 TOUR continues!

With free entry for you and your bridal party and open 11am till 4pm, on Sunday 21st May 2017 Capesthorne Hall will be transformed into a wedding wonderland!

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There’ll be a huge sail cloth tent, tipi hats, vintage MASH tent, a blow up pub (yes really!), a honeymoon bell tent, Pimms, prosecco, street food – and drink, LOTS of drink! – vendors (so stay for lunch and a tipple or ten!), a cars and campers, live music, bridal fashion – including a brilliant designer dress sale and a pop up boutique with gowns starting at just a fraction of the original price! – and 60+ luxury wedding suppliers covering absolutely all the details to make all your wedding planning ideas a reality.

All under cover in our warm and weatherproof outdoor wedding structures and the grand building itself, come rain or shine (we know you love a bit of drizzle and we come prepared!), we’ve got your inspiration sorted.

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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!

Use the hashtag ‪#‎WEDSTIVAL17‬ to follow the event build up across all our social media feeds.

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Images from previous events by Peace Wedding Photography and Jonny Draper Photography.

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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

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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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fun on the farm. a festival themed wedding in cheshire – becky & jim

September 23rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Today’s bride and groom should be awarded some kind of medal for the amount of time and effort that they put into the preparations for their beautiful homemade festival wedding.

Taking place in a lambing shed on the family farm, Becky and Jim roped in lots of family and friends to help transform the space from a sparse barn into a chic rustic backdrop for their big day celebrations.

We just love all the thoughtful and fitting touches that added to their unique day; from a tractor ride to the reception and all the personal décor and entertainment choices, to the fabulous hay bale bride and groom. Seriously guys, nice work!

With images by Lois Photography.

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becky says: We got engaged in Reykjavik on New Year’s Eve 2013. Jim had arranged a trip there as a Christmas present – even corresponding with my boss so that I could have the time off work. He proposed at midnight whilst we were standing watching the fireworks outside Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral.

Our wedding date was 18th July 2015. We held our reception at Jim’s parents’ farm (in the lambing shed) so we had to choose a date when lambing time would be over, and which gave us a good couple of weeks to get the place ready!

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We had the ceremony at Heaton House Farm in Cheshire, which I’d highly recommend to others. It was perfect for us as we knew we didn’t want a church as neither of us are religious, and we didn’t want a registry office either. Finding somewhere that we could just turn up, get married and go again did prove to be quite difficult as a lot of places expect you to have the whole day there. We initially spoke to Mick from Heaton House at a wedding fair and knew pretty much straight away that the venue was right for us. It’s a working farm as well as a wedding venue, so it made perfect sense!

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As Jim and I huge music fans and have been to countless gigs and festivals during the ten years that we’ve been together, the wedding was always going to be very music focussed. I work at a creative agency, so luckily had a team of excellent graphic designers on hand to design the wedding stationery exactly as I wanted it. Our save the date cards were designed to look like gig tickets, and the music theme just rolled from there.

We borrowed two huge speakers from a friend, and spent months compiling different Spotify playlists to play throughout the day. For example, the music playing whilst everyone arrived at the farm for the reception was a selection of different bands that we’ve seen together, so it was pretty diverse! It went from Fleetwood Mac to Wild Beasts to Bon Iver, so whilst it wasn’t ‘traditional wedding music’ it had a very special significance to us – and it did get a little bit more mainstream for the evening to make sure the dancefloor was full!

Because we had so much space to play with, we decided to use one of the fields for people to camp in, which then led us onto a festival theme. I think there was around 30 tents in all – including one for us!

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I was never really bothered about a set colour scheme. People kept asking me about it and telling me I should have one, but it didn’t ever seem like something that was necessary to our plans. I suppose the colour palette was more pastel shades than anything, but really, as long as the colours complemented each other, I wasn’t that fussy!

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