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THIS SUNDAY! The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition At Nostell Priory!

April 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Nostell Priory Spring 2014

After a week or so’s break from our Luxury Wedding Exhibition schedule, the Brides Up North team are ready to bring on the pretty!  We’ll be reprising our popular event – packed with the area’s most fabulous exhibitors (completely sold out on exhibitor space, in fact!) – at the stunning exclusive use venue that is Nostell Priory this Sunday!

Sunday 6th April 2014

The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Nostell Priory, Wakefield

Time 12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

This is your exclusive invitation to a day of bridal brilliance at Wakefield’s most desirable and newly refurbished wedding venue: Nostell Priory.   A choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will be on hand to inspire and advise.  With fabulous giveaways and on the day discounts too, only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine

As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 200 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 and Love Hearts.  Just because we love you.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using

To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “NOSTELL PRIORY in the subject line and quoting “VIP.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.the form below.  While stocks last only.

Your Name (required)

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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form.  VIP Bride To Be Goody Bags are limited and subject to availability.  We operate a first come, first served policy.

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Images of real weddings at Nostell Priory by Created By Karl Photography, Red 5 Studios and Peter Boyd Photography as tagged. 

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Trust me when I 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 some up and coming new designer – bespoke stationery, live music, flowers, event dressers, menswear, flash motors, photographers, photo booths, diamonds… you name it!

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Peter Boyd Photography

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You can also meet with the venue managers, Dine, and enjoy tours of the stunning ceremony room and rose gardens before returning to the refurbished riding school event space to get your wedding inspiration on!

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This show is a personal favourite of mine, the space is divine and our exhibitors are a friendly and fabulous bunch, but the visiting brides are always so lovely at Nostell Priory.  It’s a happy job we do here at Brides Up North.

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So, is the date in your diary yet?  It should be. 

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EXHIBITORS: Are you a wedding industry professional? Join the Northern Revolution! We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2014. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all our 2014 events.

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 these shows to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

Please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for exhibitor booking and pricing information.

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It’s The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition At Nostell Priory – THIS SUNDAY!

October 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Nostell Priory Luxury Wedding Exhibition Autumn 2013

Well, well, well  it’s been one exciting week so far – a fantastic show last weekend at the gorgeous The Mansion in Roundhay Park where over 160 brides and their families turned out to meet our fabulous exhibitors, then a blink and you’ll miss it trip to London to pick up our first ever Wedding Blog Award for “Best Big Day Inspiration” from National glossy Wedding Magazine. It’s all a bit of a blur, really.  Is it really only Wednesday?!

Lucky for us, the weekend isn’t going to end on an anti-climax, as we’ve got our really rather lovely luxury wedding exhibition at the beautiful, exclusive use venue that is Nostell Priory this Sunday.  Hurrah! 

The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Nostell Priory

Doncaster Road, Nostell, Nr Wakefield

Sunday 13th October 2013

12pm till 4pm

FREE ENTRY

If you haven’t been to one of our events this season – where on earth have you been?! – make sure you don’t miss this one.  Managed by the amazing Dine, who I am extremely proud to work with, this venue is an absolute gem.  There’s a stately pile to say “I do” in, plus the exclusive use Riding School building with it’s glass atrium, high ceilings and beautiful, fresh decor for your reception and party.  You’ll be surprised on price too – this venue is extremely reasonable to hire, and you’ll feel like a Jane Austen heroine for the day.  All you need now is a Mr Darcy…

Nostell Priory Luxury Wedding Exhibition Autumn 2013

I can’t promise Colin Firth (and if I could, I wouldn’t be for sharing anyway) but what I can promise is that this gorgeous space is going to be jam packed with the area’s finest wedding industry suppliers and more inspiration for your big day than you could shake an Austen bonnet at.  With almost 40 independent exhibitors across every bridal category that you could possibly think of, you need to get this one in your diaries!

Come along and meet our brilliant team… Dream Cake Designs, Confetti & Lace, Dorchester Ledbetter Photography, Peter Boyd Photography, Deans Fine Jewellery, Heirloom Balloons, Angels Carrying Savage Weapons, Fantail Designer Florist, Swing Thing Duo, Catherine Elizabeth Make Up & Beauty, Jill Ryder, A D Photography, Iain Henderson Designs, Gilpin Photography, Rose & Co Flowers, Joel Skingle Photography, BlossEm, The Wedding Guide, John Gardner Photography, Flutter Eyes Wakefield, Dine, Flowers By Anderson, Greenwoods Wakefield, The New Vintage Band, Top Mark Suit Hire, White Petal Design, Lovebirds & Co, Black Tie Photo Booths, Buttercup Boutique, Max Hemingway Chauffeur Services, Alexandra – Electric Violinist and more…

Nostell Priory by Peter Boyd Photography

As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 200 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 Fenwick York.  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 “NOSTELL PRIORY in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

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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, subject to availability and do not include a Mr Darcy (sob!). We operate a first come, first served policy. 

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THIS SUNDAY! The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition At Nostell Priory!

April 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It’s this weekend!  Make the most of the (slightly) warmer weather and come and visit us at the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition, this weekend at the newly refurbished and absolutely stunning Nostell Priory near Wakefield, West Yorkshire.  You know, another exciting event out there in the big (and, as it turns out, really rather beautiful) real World!

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Step away from your computers peeps, and come and explore and experience the wedding industry talent right on your own doorstep.  It’s all good!  

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If you’ve been to one of our events already this year, you will know that each beautiful venue is bursting at the seams with wedding pretty and the best regional suppliers, waiting to make your big day super special.  Add in open house venue tours, some super on the day discounts and a FREE VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag bursting with treats and mags, and you have a really rather lovely and unmissable day out that’s all about inspiring your own celebration.

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If you haven’t been to one of our events this year – and why on earth not?! – this is where the fun begins!  If you are still searching for that to-die-for venue, all the better…

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Nostell Priory Luxury Wedding Exhibiton Spring 2013

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Visit West Yorkshire’s most gorgeous luxury wedding exhibition in association with prestigious Dine Events & Channel 4′s "Top Blog For Northern Brides" Brides Up North.

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Nostell Priory

Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wakefield

Sunday 7th April 2013

12pm till 4pm – FREE ENTRY ALL GUESTS

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This is your invitation to a day of bridal brilliance at West Yorkshire’s most desirable wedding venue: Nostell Priory.  A choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will be on hand to inspire and advise.  Only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine Events! 

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40 Top Exhibitors/ Stunning Wedding Venue/ Civil Ceremonies/ Meet The Dine Team/ Venue Tours/ Live Music/ Bridal Fashion/ All The Details/ On The Day Discounts!

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Pop by and say hello to the Brides Up North and Dine teams and our amazing line up of suppliers, including: BlossEm, Curvy Bridal, Angels Carrying Savage Weapons, Jess Petrie Photography, Deans Fine Jewellery , Flowers By Anderson, Iain Henderson Designs , John Gardener Photography , Peter Boyd Photography, Smooch Rings, The Little Bridal Company, Joel Skingle Photography, The Wedding Guide, Top Tier Cakes, Unforgettable Memories, Vintage 78 DJs, VW Wedding Campervan Hire, Wedding Belles Of Otley, White Petal Design, John Hope Photography, Jill Ryder, Heirloom Flowers & Balloons, Dorchester Ledbetter Photography, HobbyCraft, Butter Cup Boutique, Top Mark Suit Hire, Swing Thing Duo, Photobooths 4 U, Cake! and more…

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Yorkshire’s most fabulous brides have been quick off the mark, but if you haven’t already, pre-register online NOW.  Beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Goody Bag packed with treats from Brides Up North and lots of fabulous sponsors like House of Fraser, Molton & Brown, Debenhams and the regions’ best bridal glossy mags – while stocks last only.

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Fill in your details below, marking “NOSTELL PRIORY” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. 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.

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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy.

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Can’t make it to Nostell Priory? Click here to view our amazing range of luxury bridal exhibitions this Spring, and save the dates!

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"The Brides Up North Wedding Exhibition was a fantastic day, it was the most professional, well organised event that we have ever attended. Thank you for making the day so seamless."  Caroline & Vanessa, Exhibitors, Amelia Elliot Bridal

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"What a great event. One of the best! Well done for organising it so well, it was a pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful event."  Trevor, Exhibitor, Patisserie Viennoise

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"Well done for Sunday. In my opinion, you are pioneering the way in which bridal events should be run. The Wedding Exhibition was so well organised." Helen, Exhibitor, The Wedding Concierge

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NEW EXHIBITORS – we are about to close sales for this season. To be a part of the magic and for exhibitor and pricing details for all events please email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk ASAP.

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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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UK Wedding Blog Brides Up North by Karen McGowran

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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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Drumroll, please…

October 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Wedding Exhibition Dates for 2013

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Brides to be, some dates for your diaries if I may!

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After just closing a super successful and inspirational Autumn season of Brides Up North events (we do do ‘em best, even if I do say so myself), I can’t believe that we are already looking ahead to 2013 here at Brides Up North HQ.  My inbox is already absolutely awash with enquiries from the regions’ best wedding suppliers, reserving their places at what look set to be an absolutely smashing series of Brides Up North shows in the New Year -  I think I might be up until the early hours this evening!  I can’t wait to get planning, and to see you – my lovely readers – at one or more of our events.  Do say hello if you see me!

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You know I’ll be reminding you about each and every one of these fabulous dates nearer the time, so for now, just mark ‘em in that calendar, and get on with browsing the rest of the pretty I have coming up for you on these pages.  There’s a lot of it…

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If you are a wedding supplier reader (*waves hello!*) you can find out more or request a booking form by email me julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk – we are working through your enquiries as fast as we possibly can.  The sooner the better to register your interest, we work on a first come, first served basis and strictly limit our suppliers by category.  Watch out for a few more dates and venues being announced soon too!  I can’t wait to add some new regional talents to add to our amazing supplier database in 2013.

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Roll on the Northern Revolution in 2013!  Yee-hah!

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Behind The Blog: The Life & Times Of A Wedding Blogger – Autumn 2012

October 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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1  Have you been bitten by The Wedding Bug?

2  There’s more!

3  A record attendance at our beautiful Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion

4  And the sun was shining on us too!

5  Say hello to my little friend!

6  Rainbow cranes for a village hall celebration

7, 8, 9, 10  Practising my camera skills at the Caroline Castigliano event at Lace Bridal (stunning)

11  My beautiful gown by Phil Woodhead for The North Of England Wedding Awards

12  Relaxing at the end of a surprisingly hard day shooting on location in Cyprus for Thomson Weddings

13  Primping and preening before taking to the stage

14  My office is a Yo Sushi between exciting meetings in Manchester City Centre

15  They are multiplying!

16, 17  Stunning displays and busy shows at The Mansion and Rise Hall

18  Allerton Castle or Downton Abbey?

19  Another column in Wedding Magazine

20, 21 Little surprises for my brides and goody bag chaos at Brides Up North HQ

22, 23, 24 Stunningly dressed venues at Rise Hall, Allerton Castle and Nostell Priory for our shows

25  Ready to enter the spotlight at The North Of England Wedding Awards

26  And a pretty table to relax at afterwards!

27  More goody bag mayhem ahead of our massive Super Showcase event

28  Column inches…

29  Bliss. .

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It’s been a while since we delved behind the scenes here at , so I thought that a catch up post was well overdue.  There have been quite a few ‘developments’ here at Brides Up North HQ over the past few months… not least a sell out season of super successful Brides Up North wedding exhibitions, becoming the host of the inaugural North of England Wedding Awards, adding new talent to the team in the form of a brand new regular guest blogger and a full time member of support staff (hello Kate!), more fabulous Featured Suppliers joining the Northern Revolution and swelling our ranks, many meetings about brand new Brides Up North projects in 2013 and some very exciting new venues for some huge wedding shows next year.  All whilst maintaining and (I think) improving upon our daily schedule of twice a day wedding inspiration, features and a real variety of stunning Real Weddings.  Oh, and a growing baby bump

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It’s been one helluva ride!

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As you do, I tend to take pictures of the *fun stuff* rather than the hours days spent hunched over VAT returns, contracts and spread sheets, but that’s what a wedding blog is all about isn’t it?  The fun stuff… and as it would appear, the use of a great under eye concealer to mask all those very late nights and almost as early mornings that go into making a growing business a success. 

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I’m also pleased to report that whilst all this has been going on, our exhibition attendances and blog hits have been reaching new record highs (that’s what it’s all about after all!) and that Brides Up North is happily sitting right up there at the very top of the charts with the other top wedding blog names for Great Britain popularity rankings on Alexa.com. The Northern Revolution is in full swing!

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When I look back at how much fun it’s been, how much this brand has achieved and where I hope I can take it in 2013, it’s all worth it!  Some exciting times are coming up…

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I hope you enjoy this peek into my World!

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It’s Here!!! THIS SUNDAY: The LARGEST FREE ENTRY BRIDAL SHOW IN THE NORTH EAST Has Arrived!!!

September 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Ramside Hall Hotel Wedding Fair by UK Wedding Blog Brides Up North

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I can’t believe it’s finally here!  Months of plans and preparations have paid off as I look forward to our headline event this season – the MASSIVE Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition at Ramside Hall Hotel on Sunday 9th September 2012: that’s this weekend!  Eeep!

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We are throwing open the whole venue (two massive ballrooms, a grand marquee and some outdoor exhibits – perfect on a sunny weekend like this one) to welcome OVER 100 of the region’s finest wedding suppliers and all you lovely brides-to-be and your families.

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I’ve worked day and night (with some assistance from my small yet perfectly formed team of helpers!) to bring this event together and make it bigger and better even than our last show this Spring -  which was a fabulous day packed to the rafters with wedding inspiration and over 1,000 visitors!  What can I say?  I love a challenge!

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An exhibitor space sell out, the event is now recognised as the largest free bridal event in the North East, and if that’s not worth popping along to, I don’t know what is!

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I’m thrilled to say that it looks like all the hard work has been worth it as all the elements have come together to make one amazing day.  The web is abuzz with excitement, and the VIP pre-registrations are flooding in.  I just can’t wait to see you all now! 

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To get your FREE VIP Bride-to-Be goody bag packed with fabulous treats and exclusive on the day discounts worth ££hundreds of pounds (seriously these are too good to miss!) and speedy entry make sure to pre-register pronto, while stocks last.  One lucky lady will also take home a pamper hamper courtesy of our amazing friends at Clarins!

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To register for a free VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking “Ramside Hall” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Super Showcase on Sunday 9th September 2012.

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If you can’t make it this weekend, but want to visit another of our absolutely beautiful wedding fairs this season, ALL remaining dates confirmed and now open for VIP Bride-To-Be Registration this Autumn are as follows. Remember – these are the only shows this year actually being coordinated by Brides Up North! Accept no imitations, and get them in your diaries!

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Allerton Castle I'm Attending Web BadgeThe Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Allerton Castle

Luxury Wedding Fair

Allerton Park, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

Sunday 16th September 2012

12pm – 4pm

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The Mansion I'm Attending Web BadgeThe Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion

Luxury Wedding Fair

Roundhay Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Sunday 7th October 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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Rise Hall I'm Attending Web BadgeThe Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall

Luxury Wedding Fair

Rise, East Yorkshire

Sunday 21st October 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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IT’S HERE! The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive Luxury Wedding Exhibition At Nostell Priory!

September 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Wedding Exclusive at Nostell Priory Autumn 2012

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It’s finally arrived!

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We are kicking off another fabulous season of Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives and Super Showcases at the super gorgeous and brand spanking newly refurbished Nostell Priory in West Yorkshire - THIS VERY SUNDAY!

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I’m busy putting the final touches to what looks to be a fabulous event – and with the main building open for guided viewings as well as the gorgeous Riding School exhibitor area, this is going to be a lovely day out!

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Nostell Priory Wedding Fair 2012 by Peter Boyd Photography

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Nostell Priory Autumn 2012 This , plus the Dine events team and thirty odd of the regions finest wedding industry talent will be there to welcome you and your groom, family and friends (you know, your bridal “entourage”) on Sunday 2nd September 2012 from 12 – 4pm.

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Better yet, entry is completely FREE for your entire party, and you can go away with goodies too!  Brides Up North readers can now pre-register as a VIP Bride-To-Be, entitling you to a Brides Up North goody bag and speedy entry on the door (which can be very useful when you are just itching to get going!).

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All you need to do to pre-register is fill in your details below, marking “Nostell Priory” in the subject line and quoting “VIP” in the body of the message. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag upon entrance to the show.

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I can’t wait to see you all there.  We’re gonna have an absolute ball!

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Nostell Priory Wedding Fair 2012 by Peter Boyd Photography

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In Flower! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Clare & Mirek

July 31st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Let’s keep the pretty coming as we fast forward towards August (can you believe it?!).  Just over a month to go until Brides Up North Wedding Show season kicks off good and proper.  I couldn’t believe it when nearly 100 of you registered for the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Nostell Priory in under an hour following a mail out yesterday, and I am super excited for a busy season packed full of wedding inspiration.

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You can pre-register for your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag and speedy entry to Nostell Priory and our other headline shows this Autumn by contacting me hereGoody bag sponsor Clarins Skin Spa has confirmed that they will be giving away a luxury hamper of Clarins products to one of our visiting brides. That’ll surely get your wedding preparations off to a beautiful start! Don’t delay, make sure that you are on our VIP guest list.

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YORKSHIRE Nostell Priory, Wakefield – Sunday 2nd September 2012 (Wedding Exclusive)

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YORKSHIRE The Mansion, Roundhay, Leeds – Sunday 7th October 2012 (Wedding Exclusive)

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YORKSHIRE Rise Hall, Rise, East Yorkshire – Sunday 21st October 2012 (Wedding Exclusive)

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Yorkshire Wedding by Nicky Chadwick Photography

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But for now, lets celebrate one beautiful bride’s wedding in Yorkshire, as Clare and Mirek tie the knot, with images by Nicky Chadwick Photography.  I’m in orchid heaven!

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Claire says: The day after the royal wedding we were in Wales and on a bowling green!  Mirek had been planning to ask me for months but hadn’t found the right moment – then when someone in the group of friends asked if he was ever going to ask -  he did, there and then! The ring was at home but it got in the papers and everything because they were featuring the bowling event!

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Yorkshire Wedding by Nicky Chadwick Photography    Caroline Castigliano Wedding Dress

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We were married on 1 June 2012 at St Joseph’s church, Harrogate with the reception at the Sun Pavilion Harrogate.  The venue just felt right – we wanted a relaxed day with no real formalities and it fitted perfectly with our plans.  We opted for a grey and pink colour scheme.   

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My beautiful classic dress was by Caroline Castigliano.  I carried a cascading bouquet of pink orchids and my bridesmaids carried white sweet peas, all by Kate Mell Florist, Boston Spa. 

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My favourite moments were definitely walking down the aisle and our first dance. 

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We travelled in style in Mirek’s TVR Tuscan, which had been decked out for the occasion!

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Instead of favours we had charity boxes on the tables for three charities close to our hearts, Alzheimer’s, Cancer Research and MacDonalds House.  Sally Barber provided our chair covers. 

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After the wedding we enjoyed a honeymoon in sunny Portugal. 

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be select the right suppliers that fit with your style and understand your needs. Go to a good bridal shop for your dress and enjoy it!

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Congratulations Clare & Mirek!

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Newlywed?  Contact Brides Up North to see your Real Wedding featured on the wedding blog.

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Let’s DO This! Now Open For VIP Bride To Be Registration!

July 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Super Showcase Autumn 2012

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You might have noticed some changes to the wallpaper at the top of the blog over the past few days (see that big pink banner up there?!), and I am thrilled to announce that our Autumn season of Brides Up North events for brides to be – that’s you – across Yorkshire and the North East are now officially open for VIP Bride-To-Be registration!

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The last Brides Up North Super Showcase at Ramside Hall and Wedding Exclusives at Dine Venues this Spring were such fabulous, inspiration packed events – and all complete sell outs on exhibitor space with a record attendance for each and every venue.

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I so loved meeting each and every bride and groom who came through the doors at the venues and seeing how excited and inspired you all were after each event.  I received so many lovely emails of thanks from readers and exhibitors afterwards – it was all a little mind blowing (and after five shows back to back left me feeling overwhelmed and that I needed a long lie down in a dark room!).

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The fact that so many of you took the time to contact me to say what great days you had absolutely made the six long months of planning and hard graft that went into each event totally worthwhile, and lots of you were asking when we could do it all again.

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Well, now we can!  We have another full line up of shows at all our venues this Autumn, with some new venues being added in 2013 (and North West?  I haven’t forgotten about you!).  I can’t wait to do it all again, and with a huge press interest and excitement at an all time high, I have a feeling that these shows are going to be better than ever!

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The dates confirmed and now open for VIP Bride-To-Be Registration are as follows.  Remember – these are the only shows this year actually being coordinated by Brides Up North!  Accept no imitations, and get them in your diaries!

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The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Nostell Priory

Nostell, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Sunday 2nd September 2012

12pm – 4pm

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The Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibiton

This is the largest free entry bridal event in the North East

Ramside Hall Hotel, Carrville, Durham

Sunday 9th September 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Allerton Castle

Allerton Park, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

Sunday 16th September 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion

Roundhay Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Sunday 7th October 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall

Rise, East Yorkshire

Sunday 21st October 2012

12pm – 4pm

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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 venue that you wish to attend e.g. “Ramside Hall/ Nostell Priory/ Allerton Castle/ The Mansion/ Rise Hall” in the subject line and quoting “VIP” in the body of the message. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag upon entrance to the show.

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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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***All exhibitor enquiries please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk asap to avoid disappointment***

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Let’s do this!

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