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let’s get this party started @ hardwick hall hotel

February 23rd, 2016 | Julia Braime

Hardwick Hall Hotel Spring 2016

If you follow the wedding blog over on InstagramTwitter and Facebook – you’ll probably have seen that our jam packed series of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions are bigger and more beautiful than ever this season.

With our portfolio at it’s very best, every venue that we work with is handpicked and special, and I can’t wait for another weekend of the finest wedding inspiration and welcoming you to the beautiful country house hotel that is Hardwick Hall Hotel for our bridal ballroom on Sunday 28th February 2016. 

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Other wedding fairs?  Pah!  What’s the point?! We are very proud to run the largest and most exciting free entry bridal exhibitions in the North East.  Hardwick Hall is a special one too. It’s going to be packed to the rafters – and it’s twinkling crystal chandeliers – with wedding inspiration, fabulous ideas and the very, very best of the North East wedding industry.

Watch out for the “Brides Up North Edit” designer catwalk shows, champagne bar, wedding hair and beauty advice sessions & demos & glossy media packs for each visiting bride.

For this event, we are filling the whole of the Coleman Suite – and it’s going to be spectacular! We don’t just squash in any old exhibitors either! Whether you are shopping for the final details or have no idea where to start, we can promise you the very best choice of the best bridal experts in the region.  Everything you can think of for planning your big day will be represented.

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If the level of pre-registrations that Team Brides Up North has received is anything to go by, it’s going to be an amazing day!  We adore hearing your love stories and getting excited with you and we can’t wait to meet so many of you in person. I just love saying hello to my readers in real life, scoping out the new trends and generally hosting a fabulous party every single Sunday. Who wouldn’t love this job?

Well then, what are you waiting for? Grab your girls or your groom, and we’ll see you there!

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Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, Co. Durham, TS21 2EH

Sunday 28th February 2016

11am till 3pm

FREE ENTRY

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bride to be? you’re in the right place!

We’re giving away up to 250 free Bride To Be goody bags, 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 goody bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

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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.

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 with a record attendance for every venue. Consequently, we expect demand to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

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If you wish to attend more than one event, please list all here - discounts are available for block bookings

Images by Cat Hepple Photography.

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Let’s Get Ready To Rumble! The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza At Hardwick Hall Hotel – THIS SUNDAY!

February 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

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If you follow the blog over on Twitter and Facebook – you’ll probably have guessed that I am just a little bit excited about kicking off our jam packed season of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions with one of my very favourite events, North East SUPER show, the Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at the gorgeous 4* Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield, County Durham THIS SUNDAY (that’s come around quick!) on Sunday 23rd February 2014.  

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If the level of pre-registrations that Team Brides Up North has received from you lovely ladies is anything to go by, it’s going to be an amazing day!  We love hearing your little stories and getting excited with you and we can’t wait to meet so many of you in person.

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Other wedding fairs?  Pah!  What’s the point?! We are very proud to run OFFICIALLY the largest and most exciting FREE ENTRY bridal exhibitions in the North East (our last epic event at Hardwick’s sister hotel, Ramside Hall, attracted over 2,000 visitors in one afternoon – now that’s big!) with two specially choreographed professional fashion shows and almost (and sometimes over) 80 – 100 exhibitors at each, tempting on the day discounts and stuffed goody bags tailor made for each event. I might like things big and exciting, but I also like them personal.

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And yes, you read that right, the events are FREE ENTRY.  Cos I love ya, baby.

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So, get the first of our huge North East events firmly in the diary (in indelible pen please) and come along to support the most fabulous wedding suppliers in your area – I only work with the best, dahlings – for an inspiration packed afternoon of all that is pretty, new and super gorgeous in the wedding industry.  And the most important bit?  Local to YOU.

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And can I vouch for the beautiful 4* wedding venue that is Hardwick Hall Hotel?  Well, I chose it to host my own wedding day back in October 2012 – and what’s a better recommendation than that?!.

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Goody Bag packed with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy magazines well as some fab on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking the Brides Up North event venue of choice e.g. “HARDWICK HALL” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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THIS SUNDAY! The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition At Hardwick Hall Hotel

September 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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You’d think that halfway through our Autumn season of events (with twelve amazing days already under our belt this year and five to go) I’d be feeling a little jaded, but I just LOVE meeting my readers in real life, scoping out the new trends, catching up with my supplier friends and generally hosting a fabulous party every single Sunday.  Who wouldn’t love this job?

So far this season in the North East alone we’ve been at the extraordinary Alnwick Garden for our luxury and vintage event and Ramside Hall Hotel for our massive Brides Up North Super Showcase and now it’s time to creep just that little bit further South to Sedgefield.

Every venue that we work with is handpicked and special, and I can’t wait to welcome you to the beautiful country house hotel that is Hardwick Hall Hotel THIS SUNDAY 29th September 2013, from 12pm till 4pm, FREE entry.  It’s going to be packed to the rafters (and it’s crystal chandeliers) with wedding inspiration, fabulous ideas and the very, very best of the North East wedding industry.  Ladies, if there’s one show to be at this weekend, this one would be it. 

We’ve access to all the details you need to plan your big day, live music, exclusive on the day treats, two professional bridal catwalks and the Hardwick Hall wedding planners will be on hand to help you to realise the day of your dreams. 

Come along and meet Beauties UK, Gray Events, Greenwoods Menswear, Ideal Photos, Isabelles Bridal, Joanne Kay Bridal Boutique, Just Perfect, Ken Hills Photography, Limelight Photobooth Hire, Little B Stationery, LMS Events, Lovedub Cars, Martin Ker Photography, Merlin Wedding Cars, Nigel Playle Photography, One Digital Image, Party Pics Photo Booth, Paul Lytton North East Magician, Photo Occasions, Pretty Little Vintage Things, Megan Green Hair & Make Up, Roger Burlison Photograhy, Sadie May Cakes, Sareli Jewellery, Belle Bridal Magazine, Celebration Cakes Peterlee, Chiyo McMillan Photography, Debenhams Metro Centre, Exclusive Wedding Cars, Exclusively Yours, Fyzal Photography, Glen Roughead Swing Singer, Glitz & Glamorous, Grange Photography, Simply Bows & Chair Covers, Smooch, Snaparrazzi Photobooths, The Florist Shop, The Wedding Guide, Troughear Suit Hire, Wildchilds Ltd, Zodiac Disco, Cordelia & Co, Molton Brown, Origins, Classically Covered, MacVean Videography, Your Coverage, Low Moon Over High Town, Millennium Limos, GW Holmes & Sons, Dandy Events, Opal Bridal Boutique, Dusk Till Dawn Entertainments, Kelly’s Event Boutique, Aryana, Make Up By Jo, My Wedding Belle, Rings By Design and more…!

As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 300 FREE Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, on the day discounts, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our amazing sponsors House Of Fraser & Molton Brown.  Just because we love you.  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 only. 

To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “HARDWICK HALL in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome packs are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy. 

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Diary Date: Super Saturday! Wedding Open Day At Eslington Villa

February 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Now I know you North East brides already have a very busy weekend ahead of you, but before popping into our newest SUPER SHOW on the block – The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition – on Sunday (have I mentioned that a few times?), why not spend your Saturday paying a visit to rather lovely Brides Up North Featured Supplier Eslington Villa’s Wedding Open Day, this Saturday 23rd February 2013 from 12 noon until 3pm?

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Melanie at this gorgeous private wedding venue says:  We know that so much detailed planning goes into organising a wedding, so we are here to help our brides and grooms along the way, we want to ensure your big day is everything you dreamed it would be.  Don’t miss the opportunity to view Eslington Villa at our Wedding Open day and talk to us about what would make your wedding perfect.  We hope to see you there!

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Eslington Villa is a family owned and run hotel and restaurant in Gateshead.  Nick and Melanie Tulip bought the hotel in 1987 when it had six bedrooms and a small dining room.  Twenty five years later the hotel has eighteen bedrooms, a ninety seater restaurant with additional private dining rooms and extensive grounds.

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Melanie says:  When you come to Eslington Villa, you’ll feel at home as soon as you arrive and like an old friend as you leave.  Whether you’re staying in one of our beautiful rooms, dining in our award winning restaurant or hosting a part, your comfort and satisfaction are at the heart of all that we do. 

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Eslington Villa offers a unique blend of professional and friendly attention, relaxed yet stylish surroundings and a secluded but central location.  Many of our staff and management have been with us for a number of years and this experience combined with our 27 years of running the hotel and restaurant guarantees a high standard of service and attention to detail in everything we do.

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If you’re looking for a relaxed and more informal venue for your wedding reception, Eslington Villa is the perfect place for you to celebrate your happy day.  From a small intimate evening reception, to a full day at the hotel including wedding breakfast, evening buffet, accommodation for guests and even a marquee in the garden, we will help you to plan the event that is right for you.

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For more details about the beautiful venue or their Wedding Open Day this Saturday visit their website or contact Melanie at home@eslingtonvilla.co.uk or on 0191 487 6017. 

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Enjoy! And I’ll see you on Sunday (you know where)!

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Sage, Sparkle & Song! A Real Wedding In The North East – Kimberley & Andrew

February 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today we join Kimberley and Andrew for their beautiful Real Wedding at Hardwick Hall HotelNow what could be happening there this weekend?

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Oh yes!  I had almost forgotten about that!  Not really, click here for more details and to pre-register for your VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag.

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My bad. Forgive my shameless plug, and let’s head back to the sparkle and song of Kimberley and Andrew’s classic yet contemporary wedding, with contributions from lots of our favourite North East suppliers, and images by Grange Photography.

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Kimberley says:  We got engaged on 2nd January 2011.  We went for a walk around Greatham Church and he got down on one knee and asked to meet him back there on our wedding day. I was totally surprised really didn’t expect it… cue lots of happy tears!

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We were married on 25th August 2012 at Greatham Church (of course!) with the reception at Hardwick Hall Hotel, where we fell in love with the beautiful grounds and chandeliers and the staff were so helpful.

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We chose a colour scheme of sage green & ivory.

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I chose a Ronald Joyce dress from Christabel & Keats and accessories by Jenny Packham

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My bridesmaids wore floor length strapless chiffon dresses from Christabel & Keats and the groomsmen wore traditional tailored grey suits from Bakers in Middlesborough.

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We travelled in style – in my friend’s dad beautiful Bentley and I also chose a VW camper van for my bridesmaids, which they loved.

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I copied Kate Middleton’s bouquet, as I loved it!  It had lily of the valley, gypsophila, small roses and a few crystals.

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I loved every second of the day and wish that we could do it all again.  It really was the best day of our lives.

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We love music, so had a table plan based on our favourite bands.  In the evening we chose to have a live  band called The Lizards, as well as a retro photo booth from Snaparazzi Photo Booths.

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We chose a vanilla sponge, fruit and chocolate praline cake with ivory fondant from Celebration Cakes.  We added a sage green ribbon and a gorgeous brooch.  Beautiful and delicious!

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After the wedding we went to Thailand. Bangkok, Koh Samui & Phuket. We seriously didn’t want to come home – it’s such a beautiful country! 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure your organised and well prepared so you can enjoy every moment. Don’t stress about the small things it all comes together on the day.

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Congratulations Kimberley & Andrew!

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Fancy seeing your Real Wedding on these pages?  Get in touch!

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Grange Photography will be exhibiting at the Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel, this Sunday. Come along and say hello – the event is FREE ENTRY and is open to the public from 12pm – 4pm.

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Click here for more information about the event and to reserve your VIP bride to be goody bag, packed with treats, exclusive discounts and magazines.

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2013: It’s On!

January 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Well helloooooooo Brides Up North!  It’s 2013!

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We survived apocalypse (and Mum’s trifle) – so lets blearily prise open our glitter heavy lids and welcome in this brand New Year with a bang!  Whether you just slipped your sparkler onto that ring finger (Congratulations you!) or are preparing to say I do imminently: it’s all to play for, and I can promise you another – bigger and better – 12 months of gorgeous weddings, helpful features, supplier showcases, diary dates, inspiration galore and of course, some very special collaborations and surprises here on these swirly silver pages.

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It’s pretty, it’s useful and it’s local to you.  And it’s coming right up.  Welcome to the Northern Revolution!

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I’ve spent a lovely Christmas break relaxing with friends and family, catching my breath after a whirlwind year (if you are just joining the party then you can read all about a busy 2012 here, find out all about me here and about the wedding blog in general here) and preparing for a fast paced start to 2013.

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As well as getting ready to welcome our first Brides Up North baby – currently cooking nicely! – welcoming a new member of staff to the team, putting the finishing touches to a raft of freelance bridal features and planning some rather snazzy tweaks to this here website (coming soon!), I’ve been up to my ears in packing boxes as we get ready to ship out to our brand new home and Brides Up North’s sparkly new headquarters in a few days’ time.  Phew.  After all, if you don’t do it all at once, why do it at all?*

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I’ve adored recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from 2012 on the wedding blog over the last week or so – there was a whole lot of stunning going on last year!  If you’ve had a break from your computer screens over the last 10 days then why not take some time to catch up.  Inspiration overload! 

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And you know what? I think things are only going to get prettier around these parts in 2013.  I already have an inbox busting with beautiful submissions that I can’t wait to share with you.  Come to think of it, the packing can wait!

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We are also looking ahead to a full season of Brides Up North bridal events – across three regions this season – at painstakingly selected partner venues packed with the very best of each area’s bridal supplier talents.  What these people and places can add to YOUR big day is unfathomable, and it’s all there and waiting for you.

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I LOVE meeting our readers in real life – and have so many tips, hints and recommendations up my sleeve to share with you in person – so make sure to diarise at least one of our free entry (yep, you read that right) Luxury Wedding Exhibitions this season and come along to say hello.  If you can’t make an event, make sure to check out our Directory of the regions’ finest too. 

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Brides Up North Grand Wedding Exhibitions North East SPRING 2013

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YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Allerton Castle, Knaresborough – Sunday 17th February 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) – 40 of the region’s very finest suppliers in this stunning North Yorkshire castle setting, rarely open for public viewing. This venue is magical and has to be seen to be believed.

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NORTH EAST: Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield – Sunday 24th February 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) – A huge show with 80+ of the North East’s best bridal exhibitors at this 4* country house venue – the setting for my own wedding, actually, with huge banqueting spaces and beautiful parkland. Throw in two professional fashion shows and this will be a day jam packed with wedding inspiration

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YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Mansion, Leeds – Sunday 3rd March 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) – One for the fashionistas, this chic private wedding venue on the edge of Roundhay Park will host the most beautiful celebrations and will be full of the area’s best suppliers for one day only.

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NORTH EAST: Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham – Sunday 17th March 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) – The big one! Our biggest event in the calendar sees over 100 of the North East’s most fabulous suppliers all under one roof, plus two professional fashion shows. Don’t miss it! Seriously.

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YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Nostell Priory, Wakefield – Sunday 7th April 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) – This stunning stately home and newly renovated event space is one not to miss from your venue hunt. Browse the National Trust gardens and parkland before stopping by to meet over 35 of the area’s top wedding suppliers.

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YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at The National Railway Museum, York – Sunday 21st April 2013 (10am- 5pm, Free Entry) – A huge and premium brand new show at a VERY exciting new venue! Join over 60 of Yorkshire’s absolute finest exhibitors at Brides Up North’s first ever luxury and vintage event in the heart of York. The beautiful vintage trains will keep the boys happy too…

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NORTH YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire– Sunday 12th May 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) – The one everyone is dying to see, this newly-open-to-the-public venue throws open it’s doors with it’s first ever bridal event this Summer. Bring a picnic, you won’t want to leave!

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NORTH WEST: Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – Sunday 19th May 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) – The North West’s most fabulous will be joining us for a day of inspiration at this beautiful, authentic space. Our first show in the North West, and one most definitely for the diary.

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All our Brides Up North events in 2012 were sell outs on exhibitor space with a record attendance for every venue, so if you are an exhibitor please do get in touch for details soon to avoid disappointment.

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Goody Bag packed with treats from Brides Up North and sponsors like House of Fraser, Debenhams, Belle Bridal Magazine, Yorkshire Bride as well as HUNDREDS of pounds worth of on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can be an early bird and pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now.  What are you waiting for?

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Simply use the contact form below, stating THE EVENT VENUE OF YOUR CHOICE e.g. “Hardwick Hall” in the subject box and “VIP Bride To Be” in the body section.  Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email me direct at julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form.

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I’d also love to hear from those of you who tied the knot in 2012 and perhaps even feature your own Real Wedding on these pages.  I accept submissions from brides and grooms, photographers, planners and other wedding vendors, and as well as weddings, I also love to see engagement session photographs, couples shoots, trash the dress, cherish the dress and styled session photographs. I accept wedding submissions of all themes, sizes, religions and gay weddings.  From intimate do-it-yourself-dos with a difference to big budget blow outs, I believe that every wedding is special. I want to share in your day and help to inspire tens of thousands of other brides to be across the North of the UK and the wider web. Click here to see some of the most recent beauties on the blog. And it’s so simple too! Just click here to find out how to submit a Real Wedding.

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Before we say goodbye until tomorrow when the usual twice daily blogging schedule resumes with gusto and I let you get back to whatever you should be doing this first morning back in the office (I know, I’d make planning your wedding a salaried role too, but they just haven’t caught on upstairs yet) make sure that today is the day that you click through and join our community over on Twitter and Facebook.  I can’t always fit all the newest news and offers from my Featured Suppliers into a blog post, so that’s where you’ll find all the hottest gossip first.  Plus plenty of extra pretty, musings and tips.  Go, go, go!

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I’d also love to encourage even more interactivity here on the blog pages in 2013 too.  Never feel shy to leave a comment on a post, ask a Featured Supplier a question at the end of an interview, tell our real brides exactly what you loved about their wedding, track down where items were sourced from or just say hello.  It’s dead easy and we are all ears.  This is YOUR blog, so get the discussion going! 

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To start you off, why not leave a comment on this post to tell us about your wedding plans in 2013, your perfect proposal or simply say hola!  I’d LOVE to hear from you.

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Happy New Year!

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Julia x

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