March 3rd, 2015 | Julia Braime
We love local, and we love stylish weddings – so as well as promoting our own luxury bridal events via these pretty pages we also like to tell our readers about certain selected special events – like the massive North West Wedding Fair this weekend – or this rather lovely little event, The Exquisite Secret Vintage Wedding Fair, hosted by our friend and Brides Up North Exhibitor, Rebecca Jenkinson of Pretty Little Trio Vintage (Rebecca will be showing you what she can do at our Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, later this month).
To celebrate the announcement of the secret location of the show, released later today, these beautiful images were curated by Rebecca and were captured by exhibitor Lucy Greenhill Photography with Emma Hillier Photography. We’re thrilled that they chose Brides Up North to show them off.
rebecca says: The inspiration for our shoot was a modern interpretation of one of my favourite vintage styles, Art Nouveau, with a hint of the twenties too. I wanted to showcase our beautiful secret venue and took inspiration from the surroundings and weaved in pretty spring oranges, a hint of teal blue, deep greens and of course a beautiful dash of gold sequins and vintage elements.
For the shoot we wanted to produce images that could be easily interpreted as inspiration for real wedding days rather than anything too aspirational so the general brief we took was everything was to be beautiful but achievable.
When planning the shoot, in the same way as many brides planning their wedding ideas, I found Pinterest a huge help in pulling thoughts together. I selected ideas for colours, dresses, hairstyles, makeup, props, stationery, cakes and lots of other details and then shared the board with the team ahead of the day so we could all add our skills to bringing the vision together.
Our bride Charlotte was dressed by Fiona of The Wedding Boutique Cheshire, all the stunning designs are from the Felicity Cooper Collection and are exclusively designed and crafted by Fiona in her boutique where she takes inspiration from vintage styles and materials. She is going to be debuting her latest collection at London Bridal Fashion Week in May, I’m so excited for her.
Charlotte’s pretty hair and make up are by the amazingly skilled Sophie, part of the fabulous Manchester based Bethany Jane Davies - Vintage Beauty Parlour.
The stunning flowers are by the super talented Heather at Living Colour Floral Design, there is literally no vintage style this girl can’t master for you whilst giving it a contemporary feel too.
All the beautiful stationery, so perfectly vintage, is created by Emma at Hattie Boo Designs. It has a real vintage heritage being based on wedding stationery found in an old wooden box from the wedding of Emma’s Nanna’s Husband’s first marriage in the 1920’s!
The beautiful swirly icing art nouveau inspired white and gold tiered cake was created by Manchester based Beth at Cakes by Beth. She is a total genius and can turn her hand to any idea you might have and they taste phenomenal too!
I supplied all the vintage china, suitcases, books and other props through my vintage hire company with the look completed with dazzling table cloths from lovely Helen at Pudding Bridge, who hires nationwide.
The team involved in the shoot are just some of our wonderful exhibitors, I’d definitely recommend any one planning their day with a vintage flavour to come along on the 8th March to enjoy the event and meet our lovely exhibitors.
The Exquisite Secret Vintage Wedding Fair returns to Manchester city centre for its second year this Sunday the 8th March 2015. It is a vintage wedding fair with a bit of a difference, as the exact location is a total secret until just days 5 before when the secret venue is unveiled. (That’s today!)
Tickets are £2.50 in advance (£5.00 on the door) and £10.00 for group tickets.
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February 18th, 2015 | Julia Braime
I’m really excited to be reprising my role as “Official Blogger” for The North West Wedding Fair this spring.
This isn’t just a sponsored “I’m really excited” either, I genuinely love this gig. Whilst our own events are bespoke, exclusive (and perfectly formed… are they in your diaries yet !?), The North West Wedding Fair is the largest premium show for brides from the North West and I love that every one of their Exhibitors and Partners are dedicated to serving the North West region. Isn’t that what Brides Up North encourages: thinking local?
And, whilst I can’t wait to see as many as possible of you at our own events this season, I wouldn’t want my North West readers to miss out on the biggest juggernaut of a bridal event to come your way this spring either. There’s plenty of room in the diary for us both and what better way to get my brand in front of thousands more Brides Up North and fuel this Northern Revolution even further?
Plus, it was loads of fun last year. And I like having fun.
The North West Wedding Fair is taking place at EventCity, Manchester on 6th – 8th March 2015. Visit the website for more details. Brides Up North can save 1/3 off gold and standard tickets by entering exclusive discount code MK82 at checkout.
And guess what?! I’ve got a handful of FREE passes for two up my sleeves, and I’ll be giving those golden tickets away to the first 150 brides through the door at our own Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Hilltop Country House on Sunday 1st March 2015. Bonus! Be there…
^^^And yes, that is me nervously introducing the showreel above! (dies) ^^^
Our position as one of the top wedding blogs in the UK – and the only one specifically for Northern Brides – is extremely valuable, so alliances like this one need to be right for us. It is Mercury Events’ excellent reputation in the market that gave me the confidence to join up with The North West Wedding Fair in 2014, and I‘m happy to report that it was the start of a beautiful friendship.
As well as hosting my own features over on the show’s official blog, I’ll also be on site on the Friday evening at the event, tweeting, facebooking and instagramming like mad (from a front row seat on their designer catwalk no less), trying to meet as many of you lovely brides to be as possible and also putting my judging hat on to award the “best in show” exhibitor prize.
Joining me this autumn will be 180 of the most trusted suppliers from Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and Liverpool. The best boutiques in the North West will be on hand to help you find the best type and fit of dress for you and your whole wedding party.
Ideas for every aspect of your wedding will be on tap all weekend, with stunning Catwalk Shows, The Essential Bridalwear Collection, Vintage Village, Live Entertainment Stage, Inspired Bakes Showcase, free Tasting Sessions and so much more.
Treat yourself and visit the Fair in style, GOLD tickets include a reserved priority seat at the popular Catwalk Shows and a glass of bubbly from the Champagne Bar.
I can’t wait.
Visit their website for more details. Remember – Brides Up North can save 1/3 off gold and standard ticket prices by entering exclusive discount code MK82 at checkout, or we’ll see you for those free tickets at our Hilltop Country House event!
Standard Adult tickets £15 each (£10 with 1/3 off). Standard GOLD tickets £30 each (£20 with 1/3 off). Booking fees apply. These offers close at midnight on 5th March 2015.
January 22nd, 2015 | Julia Braime
Excitement is building at Brides Up North HQ and there’s a frisson of confetti in the air.
Is it really that time again?
We are so excited to get started with another fabulous Brides Up North exhibition season, and this spring, it’s going to be bigger, busier and more beautiful than ever.
You can view the full schedule of events – spanning three regions (North East, North West and Yorkshire) over three months - by clicking here. You can use our drop down menu to browse, select the event of your choice, pre-register for free entry and your VIP goody bag and pop the date in your diary. You can even register for more than one event if you like – each is very different and we’ve made sure that there is something to delight everyone!
We’ve said it before but we don’t just work with any old venues or suppliers. Our venue portfolio is carefully managed to offer our readers choice and quality, and our exhibitors are handpicked. We cover every detail – dresses, menswear, stationery, cars, photographers, videographers, rings, accessories, bridesmaids, finishing touches, entertainment, photobooths, love lights, flowers, favours, hair and beauty… the list goes on. You’ll leave our events excited and inspired (and maybe a little poorer – but happier)! We promise you that.
See you there?
bride to be?
To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag (stuffed with treats and glossy mags) and FREE ENTRY at any of our shows, fill in your details below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibition. Only the bride need register for larger groups, and you can register for as many as you like!
VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bags available while stocks last only.
wedding industry professional?
We would love to welcome old friends and new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2015. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions in 2015.
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 with a record attendance for every venue. Consequently, we expect demand for our 2015 events to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.
Images by Cat Hepple Photography
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April 3rd, 2014 | Julia Braime
Made you look? Don’t worry, Brides Up North isn’t going anywhere!
If you’re a regular reader of the wedding blog, you’ll know that I recently took on a special assignment as Official Blogger to the North West Wedding Fair.
We run our own beautifully crafted Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions in the Cheshire area – yes, these ones… do you have them in your diaries yet (you can pre-register for your VIP goody bag here)?
But when Mercury Events invited me along to their huge event at the start of March, I wasn’t going to turn down an opportunity to meet so many lovely North West readers and wedding industry suppliers, or get my brand in front of so many new brides to be either (crafty eh?). If – as a consequence – you are one of my brand new readers, HELLO you!
In the run up to the show I guest blogged over at their website once a week (catch up on what I was talking about here), and shouted about the upcoming event on the Brides Up North Facebook and Twitter pages. I also hosted a very special Pinterest competition in conjunction with the North West Wedding Fair, which will see me lend my industry knowledge and sympathetic wedding planning ear to our lucky winner, Steph, who I was thrilled to meet for an initial chat at the event itself.
So, talking of the event, how was it? Were you a visiting bride to be or an exhibitor? What did you think?
Me? I loved every minute: hosting the show’s visitor video (scrambling up onto the raised catwalk in my 4 inch heels and pink mini dress to film a segment must have been a sight to see!); catching up with my industry friends; sitting FROW at the beautiful bridal catwalks; tasting cake; trying on tiaras;getting excited over glittery things; trying a spot of crafting, and meeting so many lovely, lovely brides to be and their future husbands, friends and families.
The highlight for me? Meeting my Pinterest competition winner Steph and her lovely Mum, and hearing all about her nautical themed wedding plans. Steph’s winning entry stood out for it’s originality, but also because despite being heavily themed, it was also very beautiful. I’m looking forward to helping Steph out on her journey to “I do!”.
Official feedback from the Mercury Events office looked good too, with over 2,000 brides and 6,000 visitors through the doors and 122 exhibitors already rebooking for next season.
Mercury Events continue to invest heavily in establishing this show as a true ‘destination’ event for the whole wedding market across Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire. This season they added the Garden Restaurant, the Vintage Crafts feature, Inspired Bakes: A Wedding Cake Showcase, an improved Catwalk build and show and a more fabulous VIP ticket package than ever before. I can’t wait to work with the team again going forwards. Just watch this space for more details soon…
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February 27th, 2014 | Julia Braime
If you’re a regular reader of the wedding blog, or follow Brides Up North on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll have shared my exciting news that I have been invited to act as the Official Blogger for the huge event that is The North West Wedding Fair in a few weeks’ time.
I’ve already been contributing over on their blog – click here to read my thoughts on this season’s bridal fashions and why you really should hire a professional wedding photographer (I don’t care if your mate will do it for free!) – and will be blogging for the team up till the weekend itself, when I’ll be live from the first night of the event on Friday 7th March, giving you a preview of all that lies in store for you lucky visitors (and hosting the official show video – eep!).
When I announced my involvement with the team at The North West Wedding Fair and Mercury Events, I was quite candid in that initially I wasn’t sure if teaming up with (essentially) a competitor was a good idea, but I liked the company’s ethos and attitude – basically, they want to bring you North West brides one hell of a good show and look after their exhibitors whilst doing it – and I also saw the opportunity to further the Northern Revolution that we have going on on these pretty pages and get Brides Up North in front of a lot of new readers. If you are one of them, hello and welcome. I hope you’ll stay awhile!
However, right from the word go what (hands up) started out as a bit of a marketing exercise was suddenly an event in my diary that I am very much looking forward to. I’m swept up in the excitement and super, duper thrilled to be able to write this post today. You see, I have something pretty special to share with you, my readers, as part of the Official Blogger job!
The North West Wedding Fair and Brides Up North are teaming up to offer one VERY lucky bride to be and her guest a money can’t buy prize! And all you have to do is show me your pins…
Up for grabs are two VIP Experiences at The North West Wedding Fair at Event City, Manchester on 7th March 2014, plus 5 runner up prizes of a standard pair of tickets worth £30.
The VIP Experience includes Fast Track Entry, a Luxury Goody Bag, a Complimentary Glass of Champagne, Reserved Catwalk Seating and Complimentary Premium Ice Cream, plus tickets to the show itself, completely free.
And here’s my icing on the rather lovely cake – the prize includes a wedding brainstorming session with the Official North West Wedding Fair Blogger – that’s me! – at the event itself, and follow up sessions by email to help to turn your pins into plans.
As the editor of Brides Up North,one of the top UK Wedding Blogs and the only blog written for brides in the North of the UK there’s not much that gets past me in this industry. Whether you are looking for the freshest new ideas, budget advice, supplier introductions, sneaky discounts, insider info and (sometimes) a shoulder to cry on, I’m your woman.
And after the planning is done and the day arrives? I’d love to share your wedding with my readers here at Brides Up North in a special Real Wedding feature.
So how can you win this one off, never to be repeated prize? Simple. You know that wedding mood board you’ve been cultivating on Pinterest? All you have to do is share the link to it with me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org along with 250 words (maximum) introducing yourself, your wedding date and describing your dream wedding.
Don’t worry about sprucing things up either – I want to see what your actual dream wedding would look like! If you are new to Pinterest, it’s really easy to get going too. Create a board and send it my way.
The competition is open now, the closing date is midnight on 4th March 2014, and my decision is final. The winner will be notified by email.
1. Log onto Pinterest and create your board, or share an existing wedding planning board that you’ve already been curating.
2. Send the link to your board to me by email at email@example.com along with 250 words (maximum) introducing yourself, your wedding date and describing your dream wedding.
3. Win those fabulous prizes if your board is my winner.
Happy pinning! I can’t wait to share your planning!
Terms & Conditions:
Competition closes 11.59pm on 4th March. Promoter: Brides Up North & The Wedding Fairs. Prize excludes travel to and from the venue and personal expenses. Entrants must be UK residents aged 18 years or older. Only one entry per person allowed. Email data will be shared with The Wedding Fairs but no other third parties. No responsibility accepted for lost, delayed, ineligible or fraudulent entries. One winning entry and 5 runners up will be chosen at random from all eligible entries. Winner will be notified on the closing date by email. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. If the winner is unable to be contacted within 24 hours of the closing date, the promoter will offer the prize to a runner-up. Tickets are non-transferrable. Children under 4 enter for free.
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