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super sunday!

March 21st, 2015 | Julia Braime

The Bowdon Rooms Spring 2015It’s a super sunday weekend at wedding blog HQ as we bring you not one but two fabulous Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions across the regions.  Brides Up North is on tour in Cheshire and Leeds this Sunday 22nd March 2015, with one aim only: to bring a whole lot of beautiful to our bride to be readers, and send you home excited and inspired, VIP goody bag in hand.

First up, the finest North West wedding industry talent will be descending upon The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, for our fifth Luxury and Vintage Wedding Exhibition at this unique & authentic vintage venue. Like everything vintagey, these events just get better and better with age.  It’s going to be even fabulous this time around. You need to be there.

the bowdon rooms

Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

The Firs, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2TQ

Sunday 22nd March 2015

12pm till 4pm

FREE ENTRY

This brilliant, exclusive use venue is as fun as it is special, with it’s high ceilings, sparkling drapes, ornate fireplaces and perfectly sprung dance floor.  Dancing shoes at the ready!  If you are looking for a bespoke and private wedding venue with a little added period pizazz, it’s your lucky day.

The Mansion Spring 2015And for you Yorkshire ladies, doors open early at our chicest bridal exhibition of all – one for Leeds’ most fashionable brides – at the gorgeous boutique, exclusive use wedding venue that is Award Winning Dine’s The Mansion in the heart of Roundhay Park.

the mansion

Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Mansion Lane, Roundhay Park, Leeds, LS8 2HH

Sunday 22nd March

11am till 3pm

FREE ENTRY

This venue is stunning, simple as that.  Book nothing till you’ve seen it. Plus, with absolutely loads of wedding dress and accessory inspiration on site next Sunday (plus every other decorating detail conceivable covered too!), you have to add this to your to-do list this weekend. Visit the venue’s website to check it out.

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 200 free Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors at House Of Fraser, Unveiled Magazine, Belle Bridal Magazine, Yorkshire Bride and Love Hearts.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

While stocks last.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Select the event that you wish to attend (required)

Number of people attending the event (including yourself) (required)

 

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hey fashionistas? welcome to The Mansion!

March 12th, 2015 | Julia Braime

The Mansion Spring 2015

There’s a whole lot of coffee and Kit Kats being consumed at Brides Up North HQ right now, as we motor through nine (nine!) straight weeks “on tour” of back to back luxury wedding exhibitions.  All in the name of bringing you the finest wedding inspiration at the most gorgeous venues in your area!

We’ve a double date coming up next weekend, and whilst we’ve already told you about our extraordinary wedding fair that’s happening at The Bowdon Rooms on  Sunday 22nd March, we’ve still found time to squeeze in our chicest bridal exhibition of all, and will be opening the doors to Leeds’ most fashionable brides at it’s most gorgeous boutique, exclusive use, wedding venue – Award Winning Dine’s The Mansion, Roundhay Park too!

the mansion

Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition

Mansion Lane, Roundhay Park, Leeds, LS8 2HH

Sunday 22nd March

11am till 3pm

FREE ENTRY

I’ve said it before, but you have to see this place.  If Carrie and Big decided to up sticks to Yorkshire, this is where I imagine their wedding would take place.  Plus, with loads of wedding dress and accessory inspiration on site next Sunday (plus every other decorating detail conceivable covered too!), it’s certainly one for the fashionistas! Visit the venue’s website to check it out. 

Images by Joel Skingle Photography.

The Mansion

bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 200 free Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our sponsors at House Of Fraser, Unveiled Magazine, Belle Bridal Magazine, Yorkshire Bride and Love Hearts.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

While stocks last.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Select the event that you wish to attend (required)

Number of people attending the event (including yourself) (required)

wedding industry professional?

We would love to welcome 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.

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

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Telephone No

Your Website (begin web address with http://www.)

What sort of wedding business are you enquiring on behalf of? e.g. Bridal Boutique/ Photographer etc

Select the event that you are interested in (required)

If you wish to attend more than one event, please list all here - discounts are available for block bookings

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giveaway: fall in love at the mansion this valentine’s day

February 5th, 2015 | Julia Braime

The Mansion

This morning, I gave you the heads up on some of my very favourite Yorkshire venues, and I’m swinging by this afternoon with a special treat for one lucky couple from my friends at Dine At The Mansion.

I work really closely with award winning event caterers and venue managers Dine at their venues (check out our fantastic exhibition schedule here) and so I’m really proud to help them unveil their beautifully refurbished Garden Room Restaurant at this iconic Leeds venue with this special competition.

I have a feeling that love is in the air

My friends at Dine would love you to join them to celebrate St Valentine’s Day with dinner for two at The Mansion, their beautiful wedding venue in the heart of Roundhay Park.

For one lucky couple, the evening is on them – just like the Dine Facebook page & share their Valentine’s Competition image for your chance to win.

Click here to like, share and win.

Happy St Valentine’s y’all!

Love, julia x

Competition closes at midnight on 09/02/15. No cash alternative. Prize includes dinner for two from set menu. Prize does not include drinks. Dine At The Mansion Ltd’s decision is final.  Winner to be notified via Facebook by Dine At The Mansion Ltd.   

 

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#venuehunt. we love yorkshire weddings.

February 5th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Feature in Belle Bridal Magazine

It’s a hard job, but someone’s got to do it!  As the editor these pretty pages I spend my days immersed in designer look books, wedding magazines and glued to my computer screen tracking down the latest trends and ideas in the wedding world, so my readers don’t have to.  I also spend a lot of time meeting with industry insiders to discover the best services, shops and venues for brides based in the North of the UK.  Super sleuth that I am, Belle Bridal Magazine sent me off to Yorkshire early last year with one mission, and one mission only – to check out their best wedding venues and come back to divulge all.

This county has so many stunning spaces for weddings and events that it’s almost impossible to choose between them (that venue hunt might take a long time!) but I share my top tips from the article – plus a few more favourite places – below.

Think Yorkshire and what comes to mind?  Flat caps, rolling countryside, whippets?  You’d be right, but as well as the ale and Yorkshire pud, this beautiful county – named as the top European destination by Lonely Planet for 2014 – is also fabulously diverse.  Yes, it has it’s fair share of pubs (not necessarily a bad thing, more on that later) but it’s also home to stunning vistas, crumbling stately piles, chic city venues and fairy tale castles.  There’s plenty to discover, but these are some of my very favourite spots.

Allerton Castle

Allerton Castle by Chris Chambers Photography

allerton castle (Knaresborough)

With seriously impressive features and beautiful surroundings this 18th century gothic castle will take your breath away.  Dine, the Yorkshire based experts in providing exceptional weddings and events, work in partnership with the Allerton Castle team to deliver faultless perfection to ensure your wedding is special.

the mansion (Leeds)

From The Mansion‘s tree-lined drive to the sweeping staircase, panoramic park views and immaculately restored interior spaces, this exclusive use, boutique venue is wedding day perfection.  One for the fashionistas, this city chic space has a stellar reputation for fantastic events and wedding

mansion

The Mansion by Joel Skingle Photography

swinton park (Masham)

This privately owned hotel is the perfect romantic retreat, and good food is guaranteed, for as well as fine dining Swinton Park boasts its own cookery school!  Set in 200 acres of parkland, this secluded, ivy covered castle provides the perfect setting for a fairy-tale wedding.  And if it all gets too much for you, just head to their superb spa… bliss.

hotel du vin (York)

This beautiful hotel in York city centre is housed within a Grade II-listed building that dates back to the early 19th century. With 44 stylish bedrooms and suites, trademark bistro, bar and private dining rooms along with a terrace, courtyard and inner forum for alfresco dining Hotel Du Vin York is a cool and contemporary sanctuary within the city’s ancient walls.

the feversham arms (Helmsley)

Cosy yet contemporary, this former public house and secluded luxury retreat in the market town of Helmsley is perfect for a boutique wedding.  With stunning menus and an award winning spa, I’d have the honeymoon at The Feversham Arms too!

thorp perrow (Bedale)

An authentic private stately pile, with amazing manicured gardens and space for a grand marquee, this beautiful property wows all year round, but my top tip is a springtime celebration when the bluebell walk at Thorp Perrow will be in full bloom.  Divine!

Middleton Lodge (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (3)

Middleton Lodge by Hayley Baxter Photography

middleton lodge (Richmond)

Fancy your own country mansion for your wedding weekend?  Middleton Lodge has that covered.  Boasting Yorkshire’s only outdoor licensed space in the midst of rolling countryside, Middleton Lodge and its 250 acre Georgian estate offers the perfect setting for a traditional country wedding party with a modern twist.

denton hall (Ilkely)

An authentic stately pile, nestled right in the heart of God’s own county, Denton Hall offers an idyllic rural settic in 2,500 acres of stunning private parkland. Just add your own Mr Darcy, and you are good to go!

East Riddlesden Hall (c) Lissa Alexandra Photography (18)

East Riddlesden Hall by Lissa Alexandra Photography

east riddlesden hall (Keighley)

With ceremony space in the Great Hall of this historic Grade I house and a reception for up to 180 in their fabulous converted barn, the National Trust estate at East Riddlesden Hall offers plenty of options for creating a bespoke and beautiful day.

bolton castle (Wensleydale)

Bolton Castle is a spectacular medieval fortress, preserved in outstanding condition and situated in the heart of peaceful Wensleydale. For a celebration full of atmosphere, Bolton Castle has to be at the top of your wish list.

Lee Scullion Photography for Braime Pressings (110)

Braime Pressings by Lee Scullion Photography

braime pressings (Leeds)

Ok so, I’m a little biased, but this authentic vintage venue in the heart of Leeds has been in my husband’s family for 125 years and only now is it open to the public for weddings and events.

The working factory’s stunning listed canteen, used to host public meetings and dance parties during two World Wars (with a separate upper floor for ladies!),  has stood almost untouched for 50 plus years.  With its original historic features, marble bar and parquet flooring, Braime Pressings offers a completely unique space for wedding celebrations.

the kp (Hull)

A stylish and contemporary space that can accommodate up to a whoopping 400 guests, The KP is one fabulous blank canvas for a bride and groom who want to create their dream day.

a winter wedding at Priory Cottages (c) Helen Russell Photography (52)

Priory Cottages by Helen Russell Photography

priory cottages (Wetherby)

Like a little piece of Provence in Yorkshire, this exclusive use barn and marquee venue is my destination of choice for summer soirees, and oh so cosy for winter weddings too.  A huge bonus is the cottage accomodation on site at Priory Cottages which means that you and your party can make a whole weekend of the festivities.

oulton hall (Leeds)

With impressive grounds and an incredible 18th Century mansion on your doorstep, it’s hard to look past Oulton Hall. Factor in the serene spa space and beautifully manicured golf course for him indoors and I’m pretty much sold. 

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Nostell Priory by Peter Boyd Photography

nostell priory (Wakefield)

Space for ceremonies in the huge house, an outdoor drinks reception in the rose garden or orangery and a wedding breakfast in the newly refurbished riding school, beautiful Nostell Priory has it all.  Set in gorgeous National Trust grounds and with the fabulous Dine events team on site, this is the stuff that dreams are made of.

the deep (Hull)

The Deep is one of the most exciting aquariums in the world, home to a whopping 3,500 fish including a pair of Green sawfish, magnificent sharks and rays, but also one of the coolest wedding venues in the UK. Make a splash by choosing somewhere completely different for your celebration. 

Check our Brides Up North Directory for more brilliant venue ideas in Yorkshire and beyond

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Oopsie! Did You Step Into Our Photo Booth At Our Luxury Wedding Exhibitions?!

March 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Booth Revolution

You’ll never learn will you?  You have to watch out for those sneaky folks at Booth Revolution you know!  It’s Friday… it’s payday… and if that’s not enough to put a smile on your face, this lot will.  Yorkshire’s brides to be have never looked more beautiful, have they?

All images captured at The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions at Allerton Castle & The Mansion, this season. 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 Booth Revolution

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