Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

a handpicked pop up wedding show at holmes mill!

October 14th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We are so excited here at Brides Up North Towers to be bringing you the most gorgeous pop up Luxury Wedding Show this very Sunday, at what might just be the coolest wedding venue ever. We’ll be presenting the most lovely, hand picked selection of talented wedding suppliers and showing off the fabulous space at Holmes Mill, Clitheroe on Sunday 15th October, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY!

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A working brewery with immense artisan food hall, pump room, boutique hotel and (most importantly!) a stunning urban-luxe party room which makes the perfect blank canvas for a wedding celebration, Holmes Mill puts Clitheroe firmly on the map.  If you’re a super cool couple who love their food, drink and are looking for something stylish for your special day – look. no. further.

We fell in love the first time we visited, and it wasn’t the beer talking.

How awesome is this place? Click here to view Holmes Mill’s gorgeous ‘Dream Wedding’ brochure online.

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bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and little treats from Brides Up North, as well as the brand new issue of UNVEILED Magazine.  As an extra treat, each Media Pack comes with a complimentary invitation for two to The National Wedding Show at Manchester Central, worth a cool £40! As demand is high, to pick up your VIP media pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

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fancy exhibiting with us?

Please click here to view our schedule for 2017/18.

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We expect demand to be very high.

Discounts are available for block bookings.

Email us at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details. Places are limited and subject to availability.

Holmes Mill (c) Stella Photography

Images by Stella Photography

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up on the roof. a cool city wedding at oh me oh my, liverpool – lindsey & andrew

October 9th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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Kicking off your week in style, we’re showcasing a stunning wedding in the heart of Liverpool – proof, if any was needed, that an urban backdrop can provide the most beautiful of settings for your special day.

Our couple, Lindsey and Andrew, tied the knot earlier this summer. Hosting their celebrations at the truly mesmerising Oh Me Oh My venue, dubbed a ‘secret space’ in the city – the newlyweds opted for a rustic vintage theme. We’re talking a VW campervan, pretty foliage and floral arrangements, miniature chalkboards and pegs, and the most divine naked wedding cake.

We just love the combination of an impressive rooftop garden, sparklers and an enviable view over the city – perfect for couples seeking something a little bit alternative.

With images by Bobtale Photography.

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lindsey says: We got engaged on New Year’s Eve 2014, in London, on the River Thames, as Big Ben struck midnight and the fireworks went off.

We tied the knot on 15th July 2017, at St George’s Hall Liverpool as we wanted a civil ceremony. We then hosted our celebrations at Oh Me Oh My in Liverpool – I absolutely fell in love with this venue the first time I saw it. I love its vintage quirkiness and city centre location.

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The wedding had a rustic vintage theme which went perfectly with the venue. I wasn’t too hung up on colour schemes – I let my bridesmaids pick their own dresses and we took it from there.

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I knew I wanted a lace wedding dress but still tried on lots of different styles. I got my dress from Jules Bridal in Wigan, and knew from the minute I put it on that it was the one.

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Andrew wore a grey three-piece suit from Greenwoods Menswear in Wigan. The groomsmen also wore grey three-piece suits from Greenwoods.

The bridesmaid dresses were purchased from Monsoon and Debenhams. The adults wore grey while the flower girls donned pale pink.

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hot topic: urban vs rural

September 20th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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It goes without saying that choosing your dream wedding venue is one of the first – and most important – decisions you’ll make when it comes to tying the knot.

And even before you hone in on different venues and draw up a wish list, the most basic of questions will need consideration: should you marry in the country or the city?

Both locations offer couples something unique; complementing your grander plans and priorities for the day – whether it’s unrivalled photo opportunities, ease of getting from the ceremony to the party after, or quite simply fitting with your overall theme.

For some brides, you may already have the perfect backdrop mapped out in your head, but for others who are undecided, we’re taking a closer look at the merits of both locations and the special qualities they could bring to your wedding celebrations. Which will you choose?

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When you think of a country wedding, chances are you’ll think of a magnificent manor house, or even a castle with impressive sprawling grounds.

Country weddings are typically traditional, grand and offer exclusivity. And for the most regal of settings, they tend to come with a heftier price tag, too.

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Helen Russell Photography

If you’re after something classic, steeped in heritage and in complete contrast to your day-to-day lives, then this style of wedding offers a true fairytale moment and is perfect for couples after a touch of elegance and decadence.

The backdrop will require minimal effort on your part, with the venue decked out in the most pristine and classy of decors – think chandeliers, illustrious artwork, spellbinding staircases and balconies, and majestic furnishings. The surrounding estate (the stuff from period novels, no doubt) will offer the finest of photo opportunities too. What’s not to love?

Of course, there are other types of country weddings which have become increasingly on-trend in recent years. We’re talking about the country barn or tipi.

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Bethany Whittaker Photography

The barn is another serene, stylish backdrop but it’s much more informal. You’re likely to have more freedom on how you decorate this space (candles, blossom trees and festoon lighting are just a few ideas we’ve seen recently) and you’ll probably be able to bring in your own catering – ice cream parlours, burger vans and street food pop-ups abound!

For something unconventional with an ethereal twist – the tipi is the venue du jour for the boho bride and groom. This is the ideal setting for outdoorsy types who want to break away from the traditional wedding day formula and do it their way, with bundles of rustic charm. We’ve seen everything from outdoors game tournaments to bake offs, and of course, mesmerising photos set within atmospheric woodlands and meadows.

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Shimma Photography

The down-side? The country wedding takes place in a rural, secluded spot and your guests may have to travel far to get to and from the venue. Local accommodation may be limited as well, so guests will need to be super-organised and book early.

Whatever your style or theme though – the country wedding comes in many captivating guises. And irrespective of the venue you choose, all you can really hope for on the day is some good British weather to top it all off!

city chic

The city wedding is brimming with cosmopolitan, contemporary vibes. It’s for the bride and groom who are forward thinking, pragmatic and modern in their outlook, looking to make a statement.

The hustle and bustle of the city might prove too much for some couples, but for the bride and groom who opt for an urban backdrop – the thrive on this hectic yet lavish location. And they don’t shy away from attention either. There’s also the added convenience it offers both them and their guests in terms of transport and accommodation on the day itself.

A city wedding can bring glamour and glitz by the bucket load with chic hotels and city landmarks – everything from maritime museums and art galleries to former warehouses, rooftop bars, breweries and zoos – providing your celebrations with an unconventional edge.

There might be limitations on how you can access and decorate these venues and some spaces may also need to remain open to the public, so it’s worth clarifying these points when you go for a show around.

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2 Ducks Galleries

A city location can present unusual and iconic photo opportunities too. Suddenly the everyday becomes a stunning prop in your photo…crossing a busy road, standing in a doorway scribbled in graffiti or even the quirky architecture of the pub on the corner or a distant towering office block.

And if you’re choosing a city wedding, then chances are, the city in question holds special memories for you and your hubby-to-be, so why not go all-out and pay homage to this in your décor and theme for the day? From your table names and centre pieces to your welcome drink and favours – think of original ideas that will personalise the venue and help put your stamp on the day.

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Lucy G Photography

Country and city weddings offer such a contrast to your celebrations, and within each location, there’s another myriad of choices to be made when selecting a specific venue. But like most things associated with your wedding planning, we’re pretty sure you’ll have a gut feeling what’s right for you and your fiancé. The key is to make whatever venue you choose your own, and make it the flawless backdrop for showcasing your personalities and sharing your special memories together with your loved ones. Country or city? You decide!

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love lights. lusan mandongus for a pretty springtime wedding at victoria warehouse – alicia & paul

August 16th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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As if we planned it *wink,wink*, we’re following up this morning’s post about our fabulous upcoming BIGCITYWEDFEST’17 event at Victoria Warehouse on Sunday 3rd September, with a wedding that took place at the venue so we can showcase why we think it’s such an amazing place to get hitched.

Instantly falling in love with its cool urban style, bride Alicia planned a pretty springtime wedding with yellow accents and rustic details to both complement and contrast with the industrial setting.

Alicia and beau Paul, then went all out on the lighting, to ensure a striking celebration that shone in more ways than one.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Rebecca Parsons Photography.

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alicia says: The proposal was totally unromantic, but very ‘us’ – over tea on a Monday night! I thought it was a bit unusual that Paul 1) Had tea on the table ready for me getting home, and 2) Wasn’t eating very much of it. Half way through eating he said that he’d been to see my dad and I asked if it was to see about him helping to fix our bannister, to which he replied, “No. To ask if I can ask you to marry me – and he said yes, so…” He then got on one knee whilst I sat open-mouthed in shock for ten minutes before saying yes!

Our wedding date was 29th April. There wasn’t a specific reason per se, but we ideally wanted a Saturday wedding in spring, and I love the colour yellow so around Easter was perfect!

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We had both ceremony and reception at Victoria Warehouse in Trafford Park, Manchester. Six days after getting engaged my best friend suggested we attended a wedding fair at Victoria Warehouse, I thought it was a bit early but figured I’d have to start getting ideas from somewhere so might as well! I fell in love with the venue straight away whilst looking around, so I asked if they do weddings there, when they said they did I pencilled our names in without Paul knowing! I later took Paul to see Victoria Warehouse and, luckily, he loved it as much as I did, and the rest is history!

We did have a look at a few other venues around Manchester as we thought it was too good to be true to fall in love with the first place, but nothing else came close for us.

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Our theme was slightly vintage/rustic – mason jars, bunting, wooden centrepieces, vintage suitcases etc. because we wanted to keep the authentic feel of the warehouse.

As we are very proud Mancs, there was also an air of Manchester running through the day, including our table names and seating plan. The main colour scheme was ivory with accents of yellow as this is my favourite colour and fit well with the spring/Easter timing of the wedding.

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I had a Lusan Mandongus lace, full-length dress, which I purchased from The White Closet in Didsbury. I tried several on but just knew when it was the one! It was originally sleeveless but I prefer a capped sleeve, so took the dress to Tusneem at Boutique Alterations, in Bramhall, who is amazing! She altered my dress to perfection (size and length) and then added capped sleeves for me too. I can’t thank her enough!

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fifty shades. a chic urban wedding at the great john street hotel – jess & rob

March 6th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

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Today’s real wedding saw Jess and Rob pull off the mean feat of a Valentine’s Day wedding without the cheese. Instead of succumbing to Love Hearts and an all-out pink colour scheme, the bride opted for a tea-length polka-dot dress and timeless, elegant shades of silvery blue and dove grey.

Ready for a chic urban wedding that shines with love? We are.

With photography by Brides Up North Sponsor Mark Newton Weddings.

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jess says: We got engaged on Christmas Day 2015 after around eight years together. I didn’t think it was going to happen as Rob had given me all my gifts in the morning and he waited until midnight to propose. It happened at home, which was lovely as I didn’t really want a big fuss.

Our wedding date was 14th February 2016 – Valentine’s Day! We didn’t really choose the date as such; it needed to be in half term as I’m a teacher, and we preferred a Sunday. So it just happened to be Valentine’s Day!

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We got married at Great John Street Hotel in Manchester city centre. Rob and I knew we wanted something different and quite urban, so I decided to go along to the wedding open evening. I never imagined that we could afford such a beautiful venue but the packages that they offer there are very good value for money.

The venue itself is just stunning! We got married up on the rooftop, which is gorgeous. It’s such a modern and elegant hotel, it really suited us perfectly.

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There was no set theme for the wedding but we constantly reminded ourselves that this was our day. It’s very easy to get caught up in what other people want but we tried to make our decisions for us. Also, we wanted a less traditional day so we tried to make our choices as unique and individual as possible.

Although it was Valentine’s Day, we wanted to avoid the obvious reds and pinks so we decided on greys and blues. I didn’t want everything to match perfectly so I just picked any variation of blue or grey that I liked. We also wanted hints of blue to incorporate our love of our football team – Leicester City!

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My wedding dress also followed the ‘non-traditional’ direction we were taking; I always knew I didn’t want a full-length dress. A shorter dress always felt more ‘me’ and I wanted to feel like myself. My beautiful dress was made to measure by a wonderful shop in Nottingham called Frock. Esther who runs the shop was amazing throughout the whole process and the dress was nothing less than perfect. For any bride wanting a tea length dress, Frock is a must!

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autumn amour. maggie sottero for a chic urban wedding in leeds – rachel & robin

December 2nd, 2016 | Laura McDonagh

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Today’s chic city real wedding simply exudes elegance. There’s a stunning Maggie Sottero dress, a gorgeous autumnal colour palette and an organic, woodland theme.

There was also plenty of personality to this stylish wedding too, with nods to the groom’s love of owls, Cockney rhyming slang table names and a real ale special brew called ‘Old Legover’!

With images by Olivia Brabbs Photography

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rachel says: Robin’s proposal centred around an owl theme. He has a particular passion for owls – since he was a child he collected all things owl. It has turned into a running joke that owls are literally taking over our house, so it was no surprise that they featured quite heavily in Robin’s proposal. Robin went to great lengths to set out an owl-themed treasure hunt, which went on for a few weeks (!) and, led by a number of clues, I found Robin under the ‘Owl of Justice’ – a carved owl that can be found at the back of the Civic Hall in Leeds, where Robin proposed and we later got married.

Our wedding date was the 9th September 2016. We both love autumn and wanted a natural earthy wedding. The weather also always seems to be lovely in Leeds in September, so we were lucky to secure the date when we did.

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We got married in the Banqueting Hall in the Civic Hall in Leeds city centre. We chose the venue for obvious reasons (hello gold owls!) but we were both so stunned at how beautiful the hall is once you get inside. We even decided to have a drinks reception after the ceremony to make the most of our time there. We really wanted to have our reception somewhere close to where we got married and settled on the Devonshire Hall in Headingley, to have our party; an amazingly grand hall of residence, which forms part of the University of Leeds. We loved the blank canvas of the dining hall and the design of the building is so lovely with the cloisters and outside space. We both got a great feel from the place when we visited so it was an easy decision.

In terms of theme, we’re big lovers of the great outdoors and our vision was for a woodland/autumnal/natural style of wedding. If we’d been brave enough (and my mum had allowed us!) we’d have had our reception in the woods, so this was a good compromise.

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Our colour scheme was navy and gold and, fitting with the autumnal theme, the groomsmen wore navy suits with a variety of dark gold and burnt orange accessories. My sister is a personal stylist so she helped choose the bridesmaid dresses, and navy is a gorgeous universal colour that looks great on everyone. I’m also a big fan of a bit of sparkle so gold shoes were a must!

If I’m honest, I wasn’t entirely looking forward to the wedding dress shopping – I had no idea what I wanted and felt a bit nervous about it all. When I walked into the first bridal shop (the wonderful Bridal Boutique in Baildon) I knew that the first dress that I saw would be the one I’d wear. I tried on all sorts of different styles anyway – and was surprised by how much I loved the huge princess dresses! But I settled for the first dress: Vidonia by Maggie Sottero. Such gorgeous detailing and I felt so comfortable in it, I knew it had to be the one. I cancelled my next booking!

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Robin and the groomsmen wore three-piece navy Ted Baker suits, which we hired from Moss Bros. We got the bowties and ties, made from knitted English silk, from the website Swagger & Swoon.

The bridesmaids wore A-line navy dresses from Coast and they each chose their own gold shoes. As a thank you for being my best women, I got them all engraved bangles made by the fab Libby Jubb Jewellery. They had a little birdy charm on them which matched the turtle doves I wore in my hair. Hannah De Ath and Annabel Bailey also did a fantastic job with hair and make-up and made my mum, bridesmaids and me feel like a million dollars.

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