Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

get ready for the wedding event at matfen hall: a very stylish wedding fair

September 18th, 2018 | Julia Braime


On Sunday 30th September 2018, 11am till 2pm, FREE ENTRY we’ll be hosting The Wedding Event, a stylish wedding show in association with our glossy print product, UNVEILED, The Luxury Wedding Magazine and the sensational, newly refurbished Northumberland wedding venue, Matfen Hall.

An immersive experience, we’re transforming the rooms and suites at Matfen Hall into a bridal playground, inviting a huge selection of the area’s finest wedding suppliers and encouraging brides and grooms to discover the magic of this beautiful place.

Matfen Hall is an historic, traditional venue that brims with luxury and style. Built in 1832, the Hall boasts many original features and offers all couples exclusivity of the entire East Wing on their wedding day, so they receive the undivided attention from the dedicated team.

Now even more breath-taking, the entire ground floor of Matfen’s East Wing has been entirely refurbished, including The Great Hall and entrance area, The Terrace Room and Sir Edward’s Bar. The stunning rooms now offer beautifully modern spaces for wedding celebrations, though retain their original features and historic charm.

Discuss all things weddings with the dedicated Matfen Hall wedding planners and, even if you’ve already got your venue sorted, try, taste, test and talk to our handpicked on-site luxury suppliers.

There’ll be up to 40 talented wedding creatives in attendance, with every single detail covered – from bridal fashion, to live music and love lights, via cakes, floral displays, photo booths and much, much more!

Yes, you did read that right – it’s completely FREE for you and your whole bridal party to attend – we’d suggest bringing a bridesmaid or two to help with that goody bag!

Matfen Hall

bride to be?

To pre-register for a FREE VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (stuffed with treats and glossy mags including our stunning UNVEILED Magazine) and FREE, SPEEDY ENTRY, fill in your details below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to the Wedding Show. Only the bride need register for larger groups.

VIP Bride-To-Be Media Packs available while stocks last only.


Your data will not be shared with third parties without permission.

fancy exhibiting?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North & UNVEILED family in 2018 and beyond. 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 to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

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more about matfen

Matfen Hall is unique in that it is still owned by the same family that built it, the Blackett family, giving the building an individual and homely feel. Opened as a hotel in 1999, the Hall has been modernised over the years but has retained many original features that provide extra character and interest.

Earning itself a place in the hearts of many, Matfen Hall has developed a glowing reputation making it a top choice among those looking to marry in the North East. Praised for its friendly and relaxed atmosphere, its stunning interiors and exteriors, but most of all its personal approach, the privately-owned hotel, has a family orientated philosophy and enjoys welcoming back its wedding couples beyond the big day for anniversaries, baby showers and birthdays.

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Matfen’s wedding team are passionate about every couple’s big day and take great care in ensuring that all details go without a hitch. During the planning they will work closely with brides and grooms to get to know their special story and help them work through every step up to the wedding. The on the day team, led by head master of ceremony, are also meticulous with their attention to detail for seamless celebrations.


The hotel houses 53 comfortable bedrooms for guests to rest and relax. The stunning bridal suite complete with four poster bed and glorious views of the grounds and gardens, is inclusive with all wedding packages. Furthermore, couples receive a preferential rate on a number of the Hall’s bedrooms, which they can also make the most of for the night prior to the wedding.

Matfen Hall (1)spa

All guests receive full use of the Hall’s Aqua Vitae Spa facilities as part of their stay, which includes a 16-metre swimming pool, aromatherapy room, sauna, steam and monsoon shower. Discounted golf rates on the 27-hole championship course are also available so guests can experience all elements of the estate.

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2017, unveiled.

January 10th, 2017 | Julia Braime

image for UNVEILED Issue 06 by GASP Photo Co

Almost exactly two years ago I wrote a blog post (here) announcing that I would be joining the team at glossy, luxury wedding magazine unveiled as Editor In Chief. My role? To help the publishing team build on the stellar work that they had done in creating their first three issues and to produce a truly aspirational bi-annual bridal print product that was still accessible for brides to be planning their stylish wedding in the north of the UK (and successful in supporting the suppliers who could help them to achieve that).

How time flies when you are having fun!

Two years and three more issues under our belt, I’m proud to say that we faced the challenge head on and absolutely smashed it.

As I wrote in my Editor’s letter for Issue 06 of UNVEILED, I can finally say with confidence that this magazine has truly become the respected luxury title that I hoped it would when I accepted the post in January 2015. UNVEILED is making waves in the luxury bridal industry, gaining the very valued support of internationally celebrated bridal couturiers and brands whilst still celebrating and collaborating with the very best talent to be found in your local area.

UNVEILED asks that our readers, sponsors and collaborators expect more, and we aim to raise the bar even higher with each new issue. We’ve always shot our own cover images and every single editorial shoot found within UNVEILED’S beautiful pages is conceived and styled entirely in-house by our creative team – with the help of trusted teams of industry experts –  to create sensational, fashion forward and cutting-edge content to inspire your own wedding day look.

We feature more pages of real weddings than any other regional title and are proud to support the talented local professionals who helped our stylish brides to make their vision a reality. We work with big names, emerging talent, long established businesses and start ups alike, all with one thing in common: from luxury bridal boutiques to fine art floral designers, superstar photographers to sugar craft experts – if it’s beautiful, we want to know about it.

UNVEILED has an unrivaled distribution across the entire north of the UK, via our exclusive partnership with Brides Up North (who else?) as the largest host of luxury bridal events across three regions and special relationships with all the other biggest and best wedding shows such as The National Wedding Show, The UK Wedding Shows and other brilliant independent promoters. The magazine is available to purchase via the UNVEILED online store, on the newstand at WHSmith and independent retailers and new for SS17 will be at WHSmith travel outlets and available to download digitally via the App Store. UNVEILED is also a media partner for leading bridal trade events such as White Gallery, The London Bridal Show and The Harrogate Bridal Show.

This mag is going places…. and its pretty damn beautiful too.

Whilst planning and perfecting UNVEILED alongside the Brides Up North branded events and our pretty pages here on the blog, we prefer to let both products stand alone and speak for themselves, so despite announcing each new issue here on the site, we haven’t really shared any of our work for the magazine online. So why the change today?

We are really proud that as of mid-December, UNVEILED became a trading name of Brides Up North Ltd, and the magazine was transferred into our ownership. We are thrilled to announce that UNVEILED will now be managed entirely by our team, both creatively (as before) and now commercially, in order to continue to grow and develop this stunning title.

Die hard UNVEILED fans (like, er… me) can rest assured that the aesthetics of the magazine won’t be changing.  The magazine’s Founder, Craig – now a very good friend – remains an important part of the UNVEILED team and his support has been paramount in making the transition of ownership seamless. Pink might be our thing here at Brides Up North, but its almost a dirty word over on the UNVEILED side of the office! Instead, we’ll be keeping both products separate but drawing on our skills and contacts and pooling our resources across both titles. We’ve already proved that together we are stronger. UNVEILED is the most gorgeous bridal print title in the UK and we can’t wait to see where we can take it to next.

First up, we’ve got our SS17 issue to complete, for our end of February print date, and the line up of creative shoots, fashion features, venue showcases and styling inspiration is looking even better than ever. We can’t wait to share our hard work with you.

We’ve also been busy building a stunning new website: UNVEILEDdigital. Over on the new site, we’ll be applying our online skills to create a truly sleek and smart online resource for UNVEILED readers, including a brand new blog, digital edition, brands directory, live catwalk content and many more innovative and exciting features. We can’t wait for the big reveal, to coincide with the launch of Issue 07 and beyond.

And that’s just the beginning.

It should go without saying, and I’d like to reiterate that we may have big dreams, but we’ll never forget our roots.  I’ve already shared our news with many of our trusted collaborators and I’d like to thank our wonderful northern wedding industry colleagues who continue to support our journey, fuel our fashion shoots and feature pages.  They are the best in the business, bar none, and this will always be their magazine.

So, 2017, to work….

Limited sponsorship opportunities are available for Issue 07. Please contact to request your Media Pack and for more information. We would love to hear from you. 

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September 8th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Unveiled Issue 06

We are so excited to announce a new arrival: issue#06 of Unveiled Magazine is OUT TODAY!

(and how cool is our cover?!)

This, our third issue at the helm of beautiful print magazine Unveiled, has been a complete whirlwind – not least because I welcomed my new baby daughter, Lili Charlotte, at the end of June! Personally, all bets are off, but professionally, I can finally say with confidence that the magazine is truly becoming the respected luxury title that I hoped it would when I accepted the post of Editor-In-Chief in January 2015.

Unveiled is making waves in the luxury bridal industry, gaining the very valued support of internationally celebrated bridal couturiers and brands. We are so proud to feature some heavyweight talent in this issue, with contributions from the likes of Suzanne Neville, Ian Stuart, Caroline Castigliano, Sassi Holford, twobirds Bridesmaid and Emmy London. Their enthusiasm for our magazine and passion for their craft delights me. We are also excited to work alongside newer luxury labels that are creating quite the stir such as House Of Ollichon, Houghton Bride, Charlotte Mills, Andrea Hawkes and Poppy Dover. These designers are redefining the concept of bridal design and widening the fashion options for stylish women like you on your wedding day.

If you pick up your copy of Unveiled as you start your wedding dress hunt, you are in luck.  We’ve more pages dedicated to bridal fashion in this issue than ever before, with collection previews, designer interviews and insights to assist your style choices. We’ve dedicated no less than five fashion shoots – including a few Unveiled exclusives – to the cause too, as always conceived and styled entirely in house by our creative team with the help of our trusted industry expert colleagues. I hope that these excite and inspire you.

We’ve also kept our now longstanding appointment with the North’s most fabulous bridal boutiques, as we go behind the scenes to find out more about their beautiful collections, exceptional service and to get the low down on the trends landing in a shop near you soon.

More than anything though, I love to see a real bride with sensational style, and so we’ve packed this issue with over 50 pages of real wedding inspiration. We feature more pages of real weddings than any other regional title, and as the luxury wedding magazine for the North, are proud to support the talented local professionals who helped our brides to make their vision a reality.

We may have big dreams, but we’ll never forget our roots, and we’d like to thank our wonderful Northern wedding industry colleagues who continue to fuel our fashion shoots and feature pages.  They are the best in the business, bar none, and I’d implore you to snap them up to be in your own wedding day team.  This will always be their magazine.

I hope that you love every page of Issue #06. Get set, wed.


julia x


Unveiled is available to buy at WHSmith, hundreds of independent retailers and via  You can also collect your complimentary copy at all the very best bridal events across the North of the UK.

Cover image: CARRO Studio // Bridal Jumpsuit: House Of Ollichon // Shoes: Stylist’s Own // Ring: Stylist’s Own // Hair: Gareth Lambert at Aqua The Salon // Make Up: Jo Leversuch // Stylist: Julia Braime // Model: Katherine

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