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castles&canvas: a pop up wedding festival at ripley castle

August 30th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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If you follow our social media feeds (like, doh!) then it won’t have escaped your notice that we are getting all fired up here at Brides Up North HQ for another bloomin’ epic season of Brides Up North events.  These amazing days – jam packed with wedding inspiration and all the details for your dream day, in the coolest locations to get wed in the North – aren’t just your average wedding fair: they are these pretty blog pages, brought to life.  If you love our daily dose of wedding pretty, you are going to want to pop one, or more, of our free entry days out into your diary. Grab your groom, gather your bridesmaids… things just got (P)interesting.

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We’ve already told you about our BIGCITYWEDFEST’17 event, kicking off the wedspo in Manchester this weekend with a bang (if you are a North West bride or supplier who doesn’t yet know about this, click here to catch up and be there!), but next weekend we’re bringing the fun to Yorkshire, with a pop up wedding festival style show – CASTLES & CANVAS  – at Ripley Castle Lakeside on Sunday 10th September 2017, 11am till 3pm.

Come and see our pristine wedding big top, filled with 35 luxury exhibitors, in the beautiful lakeside location at stunning Ripley Castle.  There’ll be street food, live music, floral design and details galore.  The event is in conjunction with event specialists Dine and Shades, and their experts will also be on hand to advise on how to achieve your perfect wedding day.

As with all of our events, the show is FREE ENTRY for you and all your guests. Girls and guys, its time to get some wedmin done!

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bride to be?

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

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

CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

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

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wedding industry professional?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2017. 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 for 2017 to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

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Alternatively, please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk ASAP for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.

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this sunday: its a pop up wedding festival fair at bolton abbey!

June 1st, 2017 | Julia Braime

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Well, its been an absolutely EPIC Spring season of luxury bridal events, all with our unique and fun-loving Brides Up North spin on ’em (our shows really are the best in the business!), but we’re not quite done just yet…

We’ve already told you about our UNVEILED Wedding Wonderland, taking place at Rockliffe Hall this weekend, but for you Yorkshire brides and grooms, we couldn’t end the season without one last festival-style hooray!

We’re extending the WEDFEST’17 ever so naughtily, with one more pop up wedding festival fair, this weekend at Bolton Abbey lakeside, in partnership with events experts Dine, with elegant canvas canopies – an aurora sailcloth marquee and two hat tipi – by our friends at Shades and Tipi Chic.  THIS Sunday 4th June 2017, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY for registered brides (one registration needed per vehicle),

The event has grown a little since we signed off on our artwork above, and we now have nearly 30 of Yorkshire’s finest suppliers in attendance, and every detail covered for your big day, all under our warm and weatherproof structures (so don’t mind if theres a spot of rain on the forecast… the pretty goes on!) in this area of absolutely stunning natural beauty, in the shade of the historic Abbey.

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Occupying a superb position alongside the River Wharfe, this wonderful North Yorkshire location offers a fantastic combination of historic natural countryside setting with the most luxurious facilities. The marquee site provides the perfect place to take in the views of the spectacular Wharfe valley and the Abbey ruins, whilst watching the sun set over the river.

Dine have launched a number of exquisite marquee locations, all of them individual and offering you an exclusive setting to host your marquee celebration. If you have set your heart on a marquee wedding, but aren’t sure of the next steps, come along on Sunday to speak to their dedicated experts.

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bride to be?

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

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

CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

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

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fancy exhibiting?

This event is now SOLD OUT but we would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2017 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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hey north west? its wedstival’17 (yay)

May 20th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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The wait is OVER! #WEDSTIVAL’17 is FINALLY here!

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Capesthorne Hall, Congelton Road, Macclesfield
Sunday 21st May 2017, 11am till 4pm

FREE entry for registered brides plus a FREE VIP media pack whilst stocks last.

bride to be?

Please register for free entry to WEDSTIVAL’17 for you and your party.

We’re giving away up to 300 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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE ENTRY

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Brides Up North in association with Shades, Big Chief Tipis, Capesthorne Hall, UNVEILED Magazine and the North West’s finest wedding industry suppliers are proud to host the UK’s original and finest dedicated festival wedding fairs in 2017.

We’ve just celebrated two absolutely EPIC weekends on the trot at Stockeld Park and Ormesby Hall (photos coming very soon!) but we’re not ready to hang up our flower crowns yet… oh no! The WEDFEST’17 TOUR continues!

With free entry for you and your bridal party and open 11am till 4pm, on Sunday 21st May 2017 Capesthorne Hall will be transformed into a wedding wonderland!

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There’ll be a huge sail cloth tent, tipi hats, vintage MASH tent, a blow up pub (yes really!), a honeymoon bell tent, Pimms, prosecco, street food – and drink, LOTS of drink! – vendors (so stay for lunch and a tipple or ten!), a cars and campers, live music, bridal fashion – including a brilliant designer dress sale and a pop up boutique with gowns starting at just a fraction of the original price! – and 60+ luxury wedding suppliers covering absolutely all the details to make all your wedding planning ideas a reality.

All under cover in our warm and weatherproof outdoor wedding structures and the grand building itself, come rain or shine (we know you love a bit of drizzle and we come prepared!), we’ve got your inspiration sorted.

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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!

Use the hashtag ‪#‎WEDSTIVAL17‬ to follow the event build up across all our social media feeds.

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Images from previous events by Peace Wedding Photography and Jonny Draper Photography.

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lady of the lakes. pronovias for a gold & cream themed wedding at the lingholm estate – michelle & adam

November 24th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Today’s real wedding on the blog is pretty damn special in that the bride is an industry friend and Brides Up North Sponsor, the wonderful Michelle of Box Tree Events and the Bridal PA.

An expert in both catering and event management, some might think that Michelle would have it easy planning her own big day, but having seen so many weddings from week to week she was looking for something that bit different.

Cue a stunning lakeside wedding at the beautiful Lingholm Estate near Keswick, with a church ceremony, followed by marquee (top class) wedding breakfast and a stately home evening party. Impressed? Us too!

We must say Michelle and her beau Adam pulled off a truly elegant wedding to perfection with Michelle looking nothing short of stunning in her swoon-worthy Pronovias gown.

So let’s hand over the blog to the leading lady herself to tell us more about her dream day…

With images by Wynn Davies Photography.

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michelle says: We got engaged on the 14th December 2014. We went on a weekend away with some friends on the Isle of Arran where Adam spent a lot of his childhood with his grandparents. On the very last day we went for a walk on the beach in the pouring rain and he proposed; after nine years of being together it was a big shock. I remember a lady walking past with her dog, saying “Isn’t it a miserable day” and I was ecstatic! He knew I loved all things vintage and had bought the ring six months beforehand in Whitby. The ring dates back to 1909.

We set the date for 3rd September 2016, as Adam’s birthday is on the 9th of September and he always has great weather. However, on the 3rd, it didn’t stop raining – all day!

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Being a wedding planner and events caterer I have been to a lot of wedding venues so it was very difficult to find somewhere that I hadn’t worked at, or that was a bit different. Adam actually chose the venue after working up in the Lake District. The venue is owned by friends and has only been a wedding venue for a very short time. It is truly breath-taking; it is called The Lingholm Estate, where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her books. It’s situated on Derwentwater, not far from Keswick.

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We didn’t really have a wedding theme as such. The sail cloth marquee that we hired from Paul at Shades, had transparent sides all the way around and so I wanted the view to be the focal point. The later part of the evening was up in the house, where we just lit all the fire places with hundreds of candles, contrasting with the old panelled wood, it looked lovely.

Our colour scheme was gold and cream, with blush tones brought in by the bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen’s ties.

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Choosing a dress when I see them every week turned out to be hard. I wanted something less weddingy! My only conditions were no lace or sparkles, I wanted something elegant and super plain. I chose two dresses from Pronovias that they were able to combine. I had a capped sleeve, fitted, slightly fish tailed dress with a low back and buttons to the floor with a detachable bustle which made the most beautiful train. I didn’t want to take it off! I bought the dress from Eternity Bridal in Warrington.

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Adam wore a Hugo Boss black suit, shoes, socks and shirt. All the gents had personal cufflinks made by Chimo Holdings, my father’s silver company in Sheffield. All the cufflinks were personalised with my nana’s hallmark.

The groomsmen wore suits by Moss Bros and the bridesmaid dresses were from ASOS.

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For our wedding transport, we used my father’s car, which used to belong to my uncle, who has sadly passed away. The bridesmaids’ car was Adam’s BMW, which I had bought a personalised number plate for as a little pressie.

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this sunday! it’s wedstock16!

May 6th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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wedstock16: a brides up north wedding festival

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.

Ladies and gents, it’s time.  It’s #WEDSTOCK16! And we can’t wait to see you there!

Brides Up North in association with Shades, Tipi Chic, Curious Tent HireStockeld 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 a huge sail cloth tent, 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 (so stay for lunch!), 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

Use the hashtag ‪#‎WEDSTOCK16‬ to follow the event build up across all our social media feeds.

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bride to be?

Please register for free entry to WEDSTOCK16 for you and your party.

We’re also giving away up to 300 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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE ENTRY

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Images by Darren Mack.

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A Beauty of a Boutique! Supplier Showcase – The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

July 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Yorkshire ladies.  Stop. Right. There.  Before you even think about ordering your wedding gown, pay my lovely friend Hayley at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge a visit.  This wedding blogger wants to move in to Hayley’s gorgeous boutique and sit on her flumpy sofas, flicking through planning guides and ogling the gorgeous wedding dresses forever more!  That ok with you Hayley?

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When did The Harrogate Wedding Lounge open and what is your background?

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I opened The Harrogate Wedding Lounge on 29th May 2009.

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After taking voluntary redundancy from my full time job in Leeds I decided it was time to do something I loved. I had my own wedding planning business which was growing and developing nicely on a part time basis and I decided this was the route I wanted to take. The wedding industry is such a lovely industry to work in and bridal fashion and trends were always my favourite part. When an opportunity presented itself to move into existing premises currently used as a bridal shop it just seemed like fate had dealt me a hand. We completely overhauled the then existing shop in just 6 weeks. We replaced all of the designers and stock and created a beautiful, welcoming and homely shop brides can be proud to visit.    

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What lines of wedding gowns do you stock?

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We are very proud to stock some of the industry’s leading names including Maggie Sottero, Ronald Joyce, Madeline Gardner and Justin Alexander Signature.  The designers and their gowns have all been handpicked by us for their quality, structure, fine fabrics, attention to detail and because they are just that little bit different.      

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What lines of accessories do you stock?

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We are well known for our accessories collection! Having gowns that are a bit different means we have to accessorise accordingly and we have great fun choosing our fabulous designs to complement our gowns. We stock everything from birdcage veils to Art Deco and vintage inspired head bands and tiaras. We have lace veils, short funky veils and cathedral veils from industry leaders like Richard Designs. We also have an amazing collection of bridal jewellery from the fabulous award winning Chez Bec (a wedding blog Featured Supplier), stunning vintage inspired headwear and jewellery by Madeline Isaac James and plenty of glam shoes from the likes of Rainbow Couture, Rainbow Club and Shades. We also have lots of quirky extras like “Weddington” Boots, bespoke garters exclusive to The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, parasols, wraps and jackets in lots of fabrics and styles. One of my favourites is the Milan wrap pictured below its so glamorous!           

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Where are you located?

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We are located on the main A59 Between Harrogate and Knaresborough only a 30 minute drive from either Leeds or York and a big bonus is we have free parking – either at the side of our shop or in the small residential cul-de-sac next to our shop.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Our gowns start from around £800 for some of our lightweight more destination style gowns and our top end is currently £2,200.  We do add to our collections all the time but this is the usual price range you would expect to pay for one of our gowns. Accessories start from £70 for veils, £90 for headbands/tiaras and shoes by Rainbow Couture start from £115. 

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Do Brides Up North need an appointment?

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We work on an appointment basis to make sure each and every bride gets the undivided attention she deserves. You won’t have to share a changing area, nor sit with other people’s relatives at this special time. At The Harrogate Wedding Lounge we pride ourselves on our personal service and we only ever see one bride at a time. We also give you a generous appointment time of 90 minutes so you can take your time and really enjoy this wonderful experience.     

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What can Brides Up North expect when they come in for an appointment?

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At your first appointment we will sit down and have an initial discussion. We get to know the facts: when is the wedding, where, are you having any bridesmaids, what’s your dress budget etc, then we discuss what you have tried on to date, what you like and don’t like and we talk you through our collections. You are then left to browse the rails for a few minutes while we prepare refreshments for you and your party. We have pink fizz, bucks fizz, orange juice, tea & coffee with a selection of flavoured syrups and lovely little treats to eat. We then review your selection with you, possibly throw in a couple of wild cards of our choice and get on with creating a stunning wedding day look. If at the end of your appointment you require some thinking time there is no pressure, we simply make a note of your favourite gowns and accessories on one of our beautiful keep sake cards and send you away to sleep on it.    

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What is your current favourite gown that you stock and why?

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Oh no! I hate that question because we handpick all of our gowns at selected shows throughout the year and it is so difficult to select one as my favourite, I love them all in their own way. My very favourites include the Maggie Sottero Geneva because it has so much amazing detail you just can’t stop looking at it! Maggie Sottero Annabelle is a beautiful fitting dress that is very elegant but also a bit sexy. The Ronald Joyce Lidia has the ability to make any bride feel like a true princess.    

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Is there a particular style of dress that is popular with your brides at the moment?

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A key trend at the moment is backless gowns, they are really popular this season. Glamorous gowns like the Ronald Joyce Sable are a real hit and the Maggie Sottero Bernadette with its beautiful key hole back and lace shoulders is a gorgeous twist on a classic shape. For a more lightweight style or a beach wedding the Caprice is unbeatable! It’s cool, sassy, understated and elegant all in one.  

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How does The Harrogate Wedding Lounge provide a superior experience to other wedding dress boutiques?

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We are a down to earth friendly team of females who absolutely love what we do! This isn’t just a job for us – we genuinely are so excited about helping you plan your dream day whether that be just your gown, our help with finding other fabulous suppliers or helping with styling ideas too. We are much more than just a dress shop. We offer each bride our personal one to one service too with enhances this special experience.  

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Do you stock Bridesmaid Dresses?

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We hold around 20 great selling styles from Ronald Joyce in a fantastic selection of colours and fabrics. We don’t stipulate that you have to buy your bridal gown from us either so if you already have your dress you are still welcome to come and view our range of gowns for your best girls. We normally recommend a dedicated bridesmaid appointment and not doing it at the end of your bridal appointment. It adds a sense of occasion for your bridesmaids and means we get to concentrate on you all individually too.   
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We hear you offer planning consultations – can you tell Brides Up North a bit about that?

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We offer our popular Wedding Lounge “Sessions” – these are a perfect way to gather your nearest and dearest who you would like to help with the planning process. Mums and bridesmaids often chip in to give this as a gift to the bride to get her started on the planning. It really is an informal evening full of ideas and advice to set you on your way. The evening is a 3 hour workshop with drinks and treats and offers you great tools along the way. Including guest trackers, budget planners, helpful websites, wedding blogs, planning advice and a few other surprises too! Our planning sessions represent great value at £179 and they will get you off to a fantastic start with the planning aiming to make things clearer in your head.    

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What did you wear on your wedding day?  What would you choose to wear now?

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My dress was very different, it was actually green! Is was by a designer called Catherine Jane and was a two tone shot silk. It shone lots of colours from peacock blue to rich yellow tones, I loved it. I would probably wear something very different now I love the Maggie Sottero Nora dress, it has a low waist so helps to pull in your tummy and it has a real fairytale feel without being too cumbersome to move in. It is very sparkly too .

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

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We can be contacted by phone on 01423 888 242 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday or you can email us on  info@theharrogateweddinglounge.com  There is also an appointment request service on our website www.theharrogateweddinglounge.com Fill in the form with your desired date and time and we will call you back with the options.

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Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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We do 2 late night openings per week, usually a Monday and Wednesday nights with the last appointment being 7pm. If you do require a late night or a Saturday appointment give us plenty of notice as we currently book around 4 weeks in advance for these times. We look forward to seeing lots of Brides up North readers very soon.

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As a special treat if you mention Brides up North when you book your appointment you will receive a goody bag with luxury skincare and perfume samples for you to try! 

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What are you waiting for Yorkshire brides?!

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To see me rocking some of Hayley’s amazing samples to celebrate the Royal Wedding earlier this year, click here.

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