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Diary Date: The Sage Gateshead Elite Wedding Show

March 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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We are elated as ever after our headline North East show of the season here at Brides Up North HQ – the Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition at Ramside Hall Hotel.   I was so excited for this event (I may have just mentioned it just once or twice!) but it turns out that something even more exciting was about to happen in my personal life!  So, whilst I was tucked up at home with my brand new baby (all together now, ahh!, and more news soon), my events team were up to something really special. 

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Reports from the front line tell me that it was another absolutely fantastic day, the venue packed to the rafters with amazing local exhibitors (almost 100 of ‘em) and excited brides and grooms.  Once again, to everyone involved, thank you for your unwavering support and enthusiasm.  Month upon month of planning goes into making sure these shows are the best of the best, with a focus on local talent, so the lovely feedback that I have received by email last night and this morning from happy exhibitors and visitors really does make my heart sing. 

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You know we’ll back in the Autumn of course, so put Sunday September 8th 2013 firmly in those diaries, and if you are a potential exhibitor who wants to join in the fun (and this little Northern Revolution that we have on our hands) – you know where to find me!

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Now.  Let’s look ahead.  You know that I couldn’t (and wouldn’t) leave ‘ya high and dry without more weddingy excitement in your lives, right?  So, North East ladies, if you still haven’t had your fill of lace and tulle, there’s an event up Newcastle way that you might just want to pop into… from sponsor Dawn Marie Wedding & Event Design comes The Elite Wedding Show at The Sage Gateshead – and what do you know, it’s this weekend!

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Dawn Marie WED at The Sage Gateshead

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Sunday 24th March 2013

THE SAGE GATESHEAD Elite Wedding Show

Noon – 4pm, admission free

The Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, NE8 2JR

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Dawn Marie says:  A truly stunning Show for the bride who expects the best…

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We are proud to announce the 11th Elite Wedding Show at The Sage Gateshead. Aptly named The Big One! This is a massive Show with over 80 exhibitors held across 3 floors and the Northern Rock Foundation Hall which is transformed into an entertainment zone for the day…

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Dawn Marie WED at The Sage Gateshead

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Try the Casino, Car Simulators and Giant Operation Table, be amazed by Paul Lytton the fantastic North-East Magician, have a go in the Photo Booth, listen to the Live Music and DJ, see demonstrations of how to impress at your evening reception by having a dance choreographed just for you, sample the delicious retro Willy Wonka style candy packages including Candy Cart and Sweet Centres and don’t leave without your free buttery popcorn and fluffy candy floss and that’s just the entertainment zone!

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Visit the beautiful vintage corner with it’s vintage inspired table & chair dressings, stationery, cakes, crockery, props, ‘wedding theming’ advice, candy bar, jeweller & pink lemonade!  See interactive video & slideshows from the region’s very best photographers and videographers and find your perfect venue using ‘Aerial’ video. 

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Enjoy make-up & hair trials and demonstrations, beauty advice, cosmetic procedures and dental services, plus see the fantastic new ‘Stateside Powder Room’ adding the wow factor to your event – a 1960′s Airstream creating a special space just for the bride.

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PLUS the region’s top jewellers, florists, luxury cars, honeymoon specialists, stationers, cupcakes, miniature cakes, cake pops, truffle towers, table confetti, wishing tree tags, photo booths, chocolate fountains, gift ideas, chair covers and event dressing specialists, dessert carts, nanny services, DJs, fitness experts, live music, luxury venues, entertainment photography, ‘proposal weekend’ cottages and the region’s longest established, independent Wedding Planner – Dawn Marie!

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You really can have your wedding arranged in one unique show!

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Dawn Marie has been arranging Elite Wedding Events at The Sage Gateshead since 2007 and every time manages to put a new slant on the event from huge dining displays to Entertainment Zones, Vintage Corners to Tasting Tables.  Click here for more details. 

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Brides Up North On Tour: See You This Weekend Newcastle!

January 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Occasionally (ok, really quite often – I’m not really one for sitting still) I like to get out from behind my computer screen and head out into the big wide World to meet up with my readers and industry friends.  The online space is great for gathering inspiration, ideas and leads, but there’s nothing like meeting people in person or touching, trying and tasting.

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Basically, I want to know what I’m talking about, ensure that the content on this blog remains relevant, real and useful to my readers – hello there! – and make Brides Up North as accessible as possible.  I’m always only an email away (get in touch – I can point you in the right direction and put you in touch with the right people for almost any wedding query), but there’s nothing like a good in person chinwag, is there?

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Me at the Tweet Up

Always ready for gossip (at The Brides Up North Tweet Up North West)

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That’s why I (and my little team) take such time and effort to plan and produce the best (we think!) bridal exhibitions and wedding industry networking events across the regions, so that our readers and industry friends can connect in an environment jam packed with talent and innovation.  And it’s also why I choose to support selected industry partners at their bridal events across the North.

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The UK Wedding Shows at Metro Arena

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This weekend I’m heading to Newcastle to join my friends at The UK Wedding Shows (and watch out for me at their first ever conference later in the year!) for a weekend of wedding wonders at their big Metro Arena event on the banks of the River Tyne this weekend, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January 2013, from 10am – 5pm every day.  Come and find the Brides Up North team at stand 119, where we’ll be on hand for all the wedding tips and advice that you could ever need – just ask – and giving away some special Brides Up North goodies. It would be lovely to meet you, so drop by to say hola!

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Dandy Events Inspirational Wedding Weekend

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We’ll also be dropping in over the weekend to see our great friends and supporters Dandy Events at their inspirational showroom event on the Scotswood Road.  This is just a stone’s throw from the Metro Arena, so if you are popping into that show, give your groom some sugar and make sure to visit Denise and her team too.

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So, I’m off to pack the car with goodies and quite a lot of pink…  if you are travelling this weekend too, be safe on the roads, and I’ll see you soon!  And after you’ve walked and sample collected yourself into a stupor, make sure to check back here for this weekend’s pretty posts…

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Diary Dates: It’s One Busy Week In Wedding Land!

September 25th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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My goodness, it’s a jam packed week for brides to be right across the North this week.  I have events to tell you about in the North East, North West and Yorkshire – and they are big ones too.  Get ready for a bumper week of bridal action and make sure to factor in some recovery time before the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fair at The Mansion the week after (did you see this morning’s post?  This is one for the fashionistas, and VIP Bride to be registration is now open! Exciting times!).

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Now back to this week. I’ve already told you all about etc Magazine’s wedding show at the gorgeous Rockliffe Hall this coming weekend haven’t I?  Click here for more details.  But did you know that the fun starts even before that?

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Simplicity Weddings

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First up, Simplicity Weddings – a Brides Up North Featured Supplier – are holding a September sale event for four days only this week, between Wednesday 26th and Saturday 29th September 2012. 

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Hurry along to their pretty boutique in Shotley Bridge, Co Durham, and choose from: 
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Fabulous sale sample dresses from £150

30+ sale sample Bridesmaid dresses from £49

A free Bridesmaid dress with all new wedding orders over £699 (new season stock in store now)

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Designers include Alfred Angelo, Mori Lee, Tia by Benjamin Roberts, LouLou bridal and Dessy.

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Simplicity Weddings

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Leave some time to pop into the gorgeous George Hotel in Piercebridge on Thursday 27th September for their wedding open evening from 5pm – 8pm.  It’s the perfect after work treat and is free entry including a fashion show!  For more information visit their website or call them on 01325 374 576. 

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The George Of Piercebridge Wedding Fayre

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And then it’s straight onto the weekend!  (Have a big breakfast!).

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In the North East, Dandy Events are hosting their second wedding inspiration weekend at their showroom at 259 Scottswood Road, Newcastle.  With free entry, free parking, free bucks fizz and canapés and the chance to see what these amazing event dressers and prop hire specialists can do, pop along on Saturday 29th or Sunday 30th September from 9am to 5pm to visit the wonderful Denise and her team.  And give them a kiss from me!

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Dandy Events Inspirational Wedding Weekend

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Over in the North West, the ever lovely Wedding Link team have a fabulous show lined up for you at the beautiful Combermere Abbey, Nr Nantwich on Sunday 30th September, 12pm – 4pm, free entry.  Visit the Wedding Link website for more details.   

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And last but not least, my friends and sponsors at The UK Wedding Shows are heading to Harrogate International Centre for their very popular two day show on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September 2012 from 10am – 5pm on both days. 

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For your free ticket (brides go free with a paying guest) visit their website www.theukweddingshows.co.uk

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The UK Wedding Shows Harrogate

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I think I need a lie down already!

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Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside – A Fun Bridal Shoot in Redcar

July 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A Bridal Shoot in Redcar by iPhotographix

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The sun may absolutely be refusing to shine this summer but we are still off to the seaside this Friday morning on the wedding blog.  This fun bridal photo shoot in the North East seaside town of Redcar was sent to me by Natalie of Brides & Dreams

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And as you are calling by these swirly silver pages in your thousands on a daily basis (and have you joined the fun over on Facebook and Twitter too?) lets try a group exercise in positive thinking: think sunny thoughts, think sunny thoughts.  If enough of us will it to happen, it’s bound to, right?

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Have a great Friday Brides Up North!  I love you for trying. 

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A Bridal Shoot in Redcar by iPhotographix

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Natalie says: I organised this shoot to promote the Redcar wedding industry to encourage brides to use local businesses instead of going out of town. Alongside the shoot I have organised a Wedding Fayre at Redcar Racecourse to bring the town a wedding show to be proud of (it’s set to be Redcar’s biggest wedding event to date) and show people what a spectacular venue they have on their doorstep for weddings!

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A Bridal Shoot in Redcar by iPhotographix

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You join Natalie and the team at the Redcar Summer Wedding Fayre on Sunday 29th July 12-4pm at Redcar Racecourse. 

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A Bridal Shoot in Redcar by iPhotographix

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A Bridal Shoot in Redcar by iPhotographix

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A Bridal Shoot in Redcar by iPhotographix

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A Bridal Shoot in Redcar by iPhotographix

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North East Dream Venue: Blackfriars Banquet Hall – Wedding Fair Next Weekend!

April 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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If you are a North East bride to be looking for a special venue for an intimate celebration, look no further than Brides Up North’s latest Featured Supplier, Blackfriars, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

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Blackfriars Banquet Hall

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A brand new North East wedding fair is taking place at Blackfriars’ Banquet Hall next weekend to showcase the venue and to offer brides and grooms lots of inspiration for their big day.  Blackfriars’ Banquet Hall dates back from 1239 when it was the celebrated venue used by King Edward III for receiving royal Scot, Edward Balliol, in 1334.  In 2011 it was restored by the restaurant owner Andy Hook to bring it back to its former glory and it can now cater for weddings for up to 50 people.  The venue has also just been granted its civil license to hold weddings on the premises.  

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The Banquet Hall is decorated with authentic banners, chandeliers, wall coverings and stained-glass windows, and furnishings include large oak communal dining tables and matching chairs. Guests can also enjoy the enclosed courtyard for pre-event Champagne and canapés or they can move across to the restaurant later on in the day if they prefer.

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Blackfriars Restaurant

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Although Blackfriars is a medieval venue, couples can theme the day in any way they prefer.  Andy Hook, owner of Blackfriars, says: “We offers brides and grooms a truly unique setting in which to celebrate their big day in the heart of the city and we hope our first bridal event will showcase all we have to offer. In particular we are taking bookings for this year so if customers fancy a spontaneous engagement and a wedding on the same day we are the ideal place. We also have a dedicated wedding co-ordinator to ensure the day runs smoothly.”

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The wedding fair will be held on Sunday May 13th from 12 noon to 4pm and visitors will be treated to Champagne and canapés to sample the food on offer at Blackfriars as well as 10% discount on food if they book their wedding on that day. Admission is free.

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Local companies will be on hand to give help and advice on every aspect of a wedding reception from table decorations to entertainment, flowers, stationery, wedding cakes, jewellery, photography, wedding and bridal outfits as well as live demonstrations and a fashion show from Eve and Adam wedding dress hire.

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Blackfriars only hosts one wedding reception on a given day and to help ease the pressure on the couple, the venue also has close links with its recommended wedding fair suppliers for flowers, cakes and photographers, some of which will be at the show.

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Blackfriars Terrace

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Exhibitors on the day will include (Brides Up North Featured Suppliers are linked):  Little Town Bakery, Flower-Fever, Dusk till Dawn, Simply Bows and Chair Covers, Finishing Touches, Amaryllis Beauty, Bespoke Jewellery design, Daisy Chain Events, Paul Lytton, Gerald Simblet Photography and  Eve and Adam.

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Contact Blackfriars for more information.

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