May 2nd, 2016 | Julia Braime
Hope you are all having the most wonderful long weekend? *Waves* to all those who’ve cracked into the first Pimms of the Summer…
We’re just popping in to remind you that next weekend is going to get a. little. bit. EPIC too! Ladies and gents, it’s time. It’s #WEDSTOCK16! And we can’t wait to see you there (with yet another Pimms in hand)!
Stockeld Park, Harrogate Road, Wetherby, LS22 4AN
Sunday 8th May 2016, 11am till 4pm
FREE entry for registered brides plus a FREE VIP media pack whilst stocks last.
Brides Up North in association with Shades, Tipi Chic, Curious Tent Hire, Stockeld Park and Yorkshire’s finest wedding industry suppliers are proud to host the UK’s first dedicated large scale festival wedding exhibition in 2016. With free entry for you and your bridal party and open 11am till 4pm, on Sunday 8th May 2016 Stockeld Park will be transformed into a wedding wonderland!
There’ll be huge sail cloth tents, tipi hats, an arched wedding tent, a vintage MASH tent, bell tents, an Indian cupola tent, chill out areas, a Pimm’s tent, street food vendors, lakeside cafe, picnic area, cars and campers, live music, bridal fashion, a bloom bar, and 60 luxury wedding suppliers covering absolutely all the details to make all your festival wedding planning ideas a reality.
All under cover in our warm and weatherproof outdoor wedding structures, come rain or shine, we’ve got your inspiration sorted. Bring your bridesmaids, designate a driver, wear flowers in your hair and make a day of it… this is set to be an event to remember, and it won’t cost you or your wedding party a penny!
Watch our social media feeds for ongoing “line-up” announcements, all this week!
Use the hashtag #WEDSTOCK16
bride to be?
Please register for free entry to WEDSTOCK16 for you and your party.
We’re also giving away up to 250 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North. As demand is high, to pick up your media pack all you need to do is fill in the form below. While stocks last.
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.
Click here to view the full schedule and to apply.
Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Email Julia at email@example.com for details.
Images by Darren Mack.
April 26th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
This afternoon we’re delighted to introduce another of our talented Brides Up North Sponsors to the blog, the wonderful Big Chief Tipis.
There’s not much that the company’s team (aka the ‘Little Chiefs’) don’t know about staging a dream outdoor wedding under the protection and beauty of a fabulous event tipi having organised 50 weddings in their very first year of operation.
Among their clients is gorgeous celeb couple Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright, who hired a Big Chief Tipi for their lavish big day back in July 2015! Impressed? Us too! So much so that we’ve called upon Big Chief Tipis to showcase some of their stunning structures at our exciting WEDSTIVAL16 event at Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire on 22nd May 2016 – which will be one of the UK’s first dedicated large scale festival wedding exhibitions!
To celebrate becoming a Brides Up North Sponsor, Big Chief Tipis are offering our readers an amazing 5% discount on bookings, just quote “Brides Up North”.
We’ll now hand over the blog to those knowledgeable Little Chiefs to explain what makes a tipi wedding so special…
Can you give us a little overview of Big Chief Tipis and the services you can offer to our bride-to-be readers?
Here at Big Chief Tipis we specialise in hiring out large event tipis for weddings throughout the UK. The dream alternative to a marquee, our tipis create a breath-taking space for you to celebrate in the great outdoors. All of our tipis can be interlinked together endlessly to create a space big enough for any number of guests. They are perfect for both summer and winter weddings as you can raise the sides when the sun is shining, or you can lower them down and light a fire inside when the weather is…British!
Our aim is to turn your dreams into memories and we have a dedicated team of Little Chiefs on hand around the clock to ensure these memories are the happiest of your life!
We are a young company, with a vibrant team of enthusiastic and dedicated individuals who absolutely love weddings. In our first year of operation, 2015, we organised 50 weddings – one of them being Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright’s wedding, after which we appeared in Hello magazine as they loved us so much!
Why do tipis make a great option for weddings?
When planning a wedding, we ask our brides – what do you desire? Do you want something unique, exclusive, fun, stunning, individual? If the answer is yes to any (or all) of the above, then a tipi wedding could be the answer you’re looking for.
Our tipis act as a popup venue that can be erected practically anywhere, so that you can enjoy your big day with friends and family in the great outdoors. Whether you have a large garden, your grandma’s field, a campsite with amazing views or a local venue with land, our team of Onsite Little Chiefs can work their magic within one to two days, to make your vision a reality.
Our motto at Big Chief Tipis is “making dreams into memories” and with your wedding, we’ll do just that. We know that your special day means the world to you and that you want to have the best time of your life within a space that brings fun, love and atmosphere. A wedding in one of our tipis is like no other party and we can guarantee that your guests will leave with smiles on their faces and their dancing shoes worn out! Even the most sceptical of guests who are expecting to walk into a ‘wigwam’ are blown away when they see our 21st Century version of what was a very traditional space.
What types of tipis do you offer?
We offer three different sizes of tipis – our Big Hats (10.5m), Midi tipis (8.5m) and Baby tipis (6.5m). They can all be interlinked together to create different spaces. For a wedding, we tend to work off 50 people per tipi, which will leave enough space for a dancefloor. So if you have 80 to 100 guests then two Big Hats is perfect but you may want to add on a Midi tipi to act as the bar and chill out area. In addition, our Baby tipis can be linked to the main formation using a tunnel which creates the perfect chill out space with Moroccan styled furniture or children’s play area complete with multi-coloured bean bags and bunting.
How many guests can your tipis cater for?
The answer is “How long is a piece of string?” You can use one tipi on its own for a more intimate gathering of 50 people, or you can interlink a number of our tipis together to create an incredible space to accommodate a wedding in excess of 400 guests.
Can the tipis be used for weddings all year round?
Big Chief Tipis is open all year round as our tipis are perfect for both summer and winter weddings alike. We can lift the sides while the sun shines for you to enjoy the weather and views, or we can lower them to protect you from the elements and light a fire pit inside to create a magical and cosy vibe. The bonus of booking with Big Chief Tipis is that our sister company is The Tipi Company, which manufactures the tipis for the tipi hire industry, and as a result we have a few additional extras that set us apart from the rest – such as our weather-proofing kits complete with doors and clear view windows!
Do you offer extras such as toilets and heating to make hiring a tipi a simpler option?
Yes, we can take care of all the ‘boring bits’ for you, including generators, toilets and heaters, and plan the timings of arrival / collection of them all to coordinate with the set up and break down of the tipis and the layout of the site, so that you don’t have to worry about any of it.
March 14th, 2016 | Julia Braime
It might be Monday but we’re getting your week off to a pretty start with this wonderful rustic wedding that is brimming with inspiration for all you creative brides-to-be.
Much of the styling of today’s wedding followed after bride Rachael found her dream dress in the form of a coffee and ivory tea-length design by Justin Alexander. Fitting in perfectly with her desire for a relaxed country garden style wedding, Rachael teamed the neutral yet warm tones with elegant pastel shades and picked complementary décor in hessian and ‘just picked’ blooms to complete the look.
Rustic romance at its best…
With images by Crayden Wedding Photography.
rachael says: John proposed on my 30th birthday in January 2013. It was during a meal with 11 family members – they all knew about it as John had visited my dad a few nights previous to get his permission. The morning of my birthday in typical John style he advised me he’d ordered me a present online and it had been delayed because of the snow and it would be here in a couple of days, I thought nothing of it and went off to work. After meeting the family at the restaurant and after the family gift giving, John started to shuffle back on his chair and got down on one knee, I thought he’d drop something, then he proceeded to say I’ve got a little gift, I thought he was kidding until I saw the ring and instantly burst into tears of joy and he asked if I would be his wife. I obviously said yes – I felt so lucky and he looked so relieved.
Our wedding date was originally booked for New Year’s Eve 2015 but after feeling a little nervous about the weather we brought the date forward to 19th September 2015. My parents and sister also got married in the month September, which gave the date more meaning.
We had a church ceremony at the village church where my parents and sister got married. My parents live next door to the reverend and directly across from the church. We then went onto a marquee wedding reception at my family’s small holdings, which has a fabulous rustic feel and a large fishing lake.
We wanted a relaxed rustic, county garden feel to the wedding. I initially fell in love with the idea of tipis for the reception but after visiting a Papakata open day we saw the Sperry marquees and quickly realised they would be perfect as they had transparent side walls meaning we could take in the views from outside.
January 14th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Ladies you’re in for an absolute treat today as this morning’s real wedding is brimming with pretty inspiration to take note of.
After tying the knot during a traditional church ceremony, Emma, Jamie and their wedding guests carried on the celebrations in an elegantly styled marquee, pitched in the bride’s parents’ garden.
We adore the pretty pastel colour scheme and in particular the maids’ muted coloured dresses and the a-maz-ing flowers created by Emma’s talented mum.
Top of our swoon-list though has to be the bride’s stunning bespoke gown, made by British designer Emma Hunt.
With images by Nicola Denby Photography.
emma says: We got engaged in February 2014 in Dubai. Jamie had planned a surprise holiday during half term and I didn’t know where we were going until the day we were leaving, which also happened to be my birthday! On our first night in Dubai we went out for dinner at a beautiful restaurant overlooking the Dubai Fountain. When we got back to the hotel room, Jamie got down on one knee and presented me with a gorgeous vintage style diamond ring and asked me to marry him. I said yes then burst into tears before calling our families to tell them the exciting news! Weeks before our engagement, I’d pointed out the style of ring I liked and Jamie had remembered and had a similar ring made especially for me!
We got married on 11th July 2015. As a teacher, I knew I wanted the wedding to be in the summer holidays so I could have some time before the wedding to do any last minute preparations and so we would have time to go off on our honeymoon afterwards. It worked perfectly and we were really lucky with the British weather!
We got married at All Saints’ Church, Ripley in North Yorkshire. Jamie is from Winchester and I grew up near Harrogate and for the last 15 years my parents have lived in their beautiful home near Ripley. It’s a lovely village and the church is stunning. We knew straight away that it would be where we would hold our wedding.
We held the reception at my parents’ home which, as it turns out, lends itself perfectly as a wedding venue! It has super views over Harrogate with plenty of space for a marquee, drinks reception and even a bar in the stable! I had dreamt of having my wedding at home and it was just what we both wanted.
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November 27th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Today’s couple are based in New Zealand but bride Rosie and her fiance Nick headed home (to her Grandparent’s back garden no less!) to say their “I Dos”. Keeping things super relaxed but seriously pretty, Rosie and Nick had their perfect English wedding (with lots of Kiwi touches) under canvas.
With images by Miki Photography.
rosie says: Nick proposed on my 30th birthday (May 2014)! We were about to head out to meet my friends for drinks, when a tuk-tuk turned up on the driveway (we met taking part in an adventure rally, racing tuk tuks the length of Indonesia) and I just thought it was a cool birthday surprise. We were driven around my home town and out into the countryside, then we pulled up at a church in a tiny village called Alveston – the church that my parents were married at. We went for a walk around and Nick got down on one knee to propose. I don’t think I even looked at the ring (!) I just said yes and we hugged and cried for what seemed like hours. Then we got back in the tuk-tuk, he put on a song that he played to me on guitar when we first met, and we drove back to the bar where my friends and family were waiting for us. It was definitely the best birthday to date!
We got married on 28th August 2015. Nick wanted to get married on a Friday and I wanted to get married on a significant date. We both wanted to have a summer wedding and choose a date close enough to the Rugby World Cup that any Kiwis coming over from NZ could catch the first games.
Our wedding day would have been my dad’s 60th Birthday (he passed away when I was 15) and so it was really special. And it fulfilled all of the criteria above!
November 12th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
image by Glass Jar Photography
As the rules on where you can and can’t say your ‘I dos’ have become more relaxed we’ve seen venue options for brides and grooms soar.
In particular there has been a notable rise in the amount of places couples can now wed outdoors, with many venues and land owners seizing the opportunity to get permanent structures, such as pretty barns, gazebos and band stands licensed for civil ceremonies.
Meanwhile those wanting to stick to tradition with a church ceremony need not to miss out on the great outdoors action as open air receptions hosted in pretty gardens, enchanting woodland and rolling fields, appear to be equally popular.
So for those that are wanting to take all, or just a part, of their big day celebrations outdoors, we’re exploring what’s needed to make it an al fresco delight rather than an out-in-the-wilderness fright.
image by Jonathan Stockton Photography
A big plus point to outdoor weddings is couples’ freedom to have their wedding in an unusual location and to be able to do everything their own way, from the styling to the food. However, even if you’re fortunate enough to have parents with an adequate garden in which to pitch a marquee, be prepared to encounter costs you wouldn’t face when partying indoors.
Beyond the cost of the actual marquee or tepee, if you plan to hire one, you’ll need to think about electricity sources for lighting, catering and entertainment. Also is the flooring, stage, dance floor and a bar included in the cost or will these be extra? Oh, and is there running water and toilets on the site or will Portaloos be required?
And once that’s all taken care of you will need to think about hiring chairs, tables, cutlery, glassware, linen and possibly waiter staff. So though an outdoor wedding brings great flexibility, it can also come with its fair share of ‘hidden’ costs.
image by Award Weddings
But it’s not all bad news, there are many pros to taking weddings outdoors – one of the biggest being the opportunity to get as creative as you like with the décor.
Most outdoor weddings take place in a blank canvass area – be it a barn, marquee or woodland – making the styling possibilities pretty much endless. Firstly couples can arrange their ceremony area, deciding how guests will be arranged, what style of seating they will rest upon, how to create a makeshift aisle, with the help of flowers and lighting, and whether to have backdrop at the alter, such as a floral archway.
Plans can then commence for the reception. Is there a marquee that needs to be styled and how can you incorporate the surroundings that are already there? For example stringing festoon lighting or bunting through the trees, using feeding troughs or wheel barrows as drinks coolers and hanging pompoms and pictures from branches. There is also the opportunity for a little fun by juxtapositioning furniture outside, such as old dressing tables and chests of draws, and using them for floral displays and cake stands.
And why stop at just one reception area? With no four walls as a boundary, outdoor couples can have a spot for eating and dancing, another for outdoor games and a quiet area for chilling.
image by Alexandra Holt Photography
In Britain an open air wedding is not without risks, the most obvious danger being the weather. As we are blessed with conditions that are as unpredictable as what comes out of Katie Hopkin’s mouth, it’s best for those planning outdoor celebrations to have contingency plans in place. For example is there an area of shelter in case it rains and is hard flooring being laid in case the ground is soggy?
When deciding on decorations also consider the wind, the last thing you want is all your hard work being blown away.
Keep a close eye on the weather and prepare for last minute buys to cover all eventualities, such as parasols/umbrellas in case it turns out to be really sunny or rainy, blankets/throws for guests and jackets/boleros for the bride and her maids if the temperatures are set to drop.
Perhaps also put a little reminder in your invites about appropriate footwear depending on the terrain guests will be faced with so ladies don’t sink into sodden ground.
image by Elle & R Photography
Another great area of flexibility to an outdoor wedding is the catering choices. Many indoor venues provide their own catering or offer a trusted supplier, which may restrict couples’ options, but this is generally not the case for open air venues.
To complement the freedom of being outdoors, many open air brides and grooms opt for relaxed and informal styles of wedding breakfasts, such as quaint afternoon teas, modern sharing platters and good old British barbecues. For those wanting to do away with formalities altogether there is also the option of picnics and street food vans. The latter option is quickly growing in popularity with couples loving the idea of wheeling in their favourite food (and drink) to serve up to their guests throughout the proceedings; whether it be an old fashioned ice cream cart, cool crepe van, rustic style pizzas or prosecco and Pimms on tap!
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