Charlotte Balbier
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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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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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Let’s DO This! Now Open For VIP Bride To Be Registration!

July 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Super Showcase Autumn 2012

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You might have noticed some changes to the wallpaper at the top of the blog over the past few days (see that big pink banner up there?!), and I am thrilled to announce that our Autumn season of Brides Up North events for brides to be – that’s you – across Yorkshire and the North East are now officially open for VIP Bride-To-Be registration!

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The last Brides Up North Super Showcase at Ramside Hall and Wedding Exclusives at Dine Venues this Spring were such fabulous, inspiration packed events – and all complete sell outs on exhibitor space with a record attendance for each and every venue.

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I so loved meeting each and every bride and groom who came through the doors at the venues and seeing how excited and inspired you all were after each event.  I received so many lovely emails of thanks from readers and exhibitors afterwards – it was all a little mind blowing (and after five shows back to back left me feeling overwhelmed and that I needed a long lie down in a dark room!).

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The fact that so many of you took the time to contact me to say what great days you had absolutely made the six long months of planning and hard graft that went into each event totally worthwhile, and lots of you were asking when we could do it all again.

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Well, now we can!  We have another full line up of shows at all our venues this Autumn, with some new venues being added in 2013 (and North West?  I haven’t forgotten about you!).  I can’t wait to do it all again, and with a huge press interest and excitement at an all time high, I have a feeling that these shows are going to be better than ever!

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The dates confirmed and now open for VIP Bride-To-Be Registration are as follows.  Remember – these are the only shows this year actually being coordinated by Brides Up North!  Accept no imitations, and get them in your diaries!

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The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Nostell Priory

Nostell, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Sunday 2nd September 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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The Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibiton

This is the largest free entry bridal event in the North East

Ramside Hall Hotel, Carrville, Durham

Sunday 9th September 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Allerton Castle

Allerton Park, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

Sunday 16th September 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion

Roundhay Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Sunday 7th October 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall

Rise, East Yorkshire

Sunday 21st October 2012

12pm – 4pm

FREE ENTRY

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Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives Autumn 2012

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking the venue that you wish to attend e.g. “Ramside Hall/ Nostell Priory/ Allerton Castle/ The Mansion/ Rise Hall” in the subject line and quoting “VIP” in the body of the message. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag upon entrance to the show.

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VIP Bride To Be Goody Bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy.

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Your Name (required)

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You can also email me direct at julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form.

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***All exhibitor enquiries please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk asap to avoid disappointment***

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Let’s do this!

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Eep! Less Than Two Weeks To Go!

April 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It’s been a sore old start to the week for me following the completion of the Ski The World Challenge for the Make A Wish Foundation with Ski Solutions and on behalf of Wedding Ideas MagazineDon’t forget that you can still donate some pennies to this amazing cause by clicking here.  You can see my full recap of the weekend in your copy of Wedding Ideas Magazine and online shortly.

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Now that the muscles are finally starting to relax, I am looking onwards and upwards to the next event – now in under a fortnight’s time!  It has come around so quickly and following the success of the last two Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives and the Brides Up North Super Showcase I am super excited to meet another set of fabulous brides, grooms and their families.

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This beautiful National Trust venue – Nostell Priory, Near Wakefield – is throwing open its doors for the first time since it’s huge refurbishment, so make sure to pop in to see what all the fuss is about.  You won’t be disappointed!

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Nostell Priory Wedding Exhibition  

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You can see a list of exhibitors, which we are updating daily, by clicking here.

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Remember that you can still register for a VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag by filling out the contact form below.  It’s not obligatory, but loads of you are registering daily and I can’t wait to meet you. 

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To register simply fill in your details below, marking “Nostell Priory” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.  You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Wedding Exclusives.  

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Your Name (required)

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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. 

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VIP Bride To Be Goody Bags are limited and subject to availability.  We operate a first come, first served policy.

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This Crazy Little Thing Called Wedding Blogging

March 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It seems like this has been here there and everywhere over the past couple of months, whilst still somehow finding the time to share gorgeousness like this, this and this here on the wedding blog.  I’m pleased to report that all this hard work seems to be paying off, as visits to have never been higher than in this first quarter of 2012.  So I guess I’m doing something right!

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You can’t ride the rollercoaster of starting and developing your own brand and business without the odd pit stop though, or you might go crazy (or more crazy)!  So, weary of mind, body and spirit, I thought it was high time for two things.  Firstly, a little break to have some “real life” fun, hell, just to have a real life!  And secondly, a long over due personal post to recap just some of of what I’ve been up to behind the scenes.

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I always find writing my more personal posts slightly more daunting than say, a Real Wedding or fashion feature, but you guys seem to like them and it’s a nice way of reflecting on all my hard work – and proving that bloggers don’t just spend their days on an extended holiday or lazing on the sofa.  Not this one anyway!

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So here goes.  An insight into the crazy World here at Brides Up North HQ.  Excuse the limited and rather rubbish selection of iPhone pictures, I’m no professional!

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Let me take you back.  Way back, to a snowy week at the start of February.  We thought that we were home and dry, Winter was over, and then all of a sudden – flurries of the white stuff.  In my previous life as a solicitor, an unexpected snowfall and the very possibility of a snow day would have been met with unprecedented glee – but the week before my very first Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive (and in a fairly remote castle location too?) – No thank you very much. 

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Lets just say that there was a lot of weather forecast watching, prayers being fired upwards left right and centre and a few expletives that week.  But, just as I had accepted that what would be would be, the snow suddenly disappeared as quickly as it had arrived, and we were in the clear!

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All ready to go!

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The first ever Brides Up North events team!

AKA The hubby and my dad – cheap labour, but a bit too much back chat Winking smile 

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The inaugural Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Allerton Castle ended up being a roaring success – way beyond my hopes.  Beautifully decorated by our 40 fantastic exhibitors, this stunning venue really came to life and the day saw a record attendance.  I couldn’t have asked for more, and my thanks must go out to each and every exhibitor, visiting bride and the Dine and Allerton teams for making the day so excellent.

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Never one to take much of a breather, there was no lie in for me the next day and it was onwards and upwards, as the next Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive – this time at The Mansion in Leeds – followed a very short two weeks afterwards.  One record attendance event in a fortnight would have done it for me, but the turn out at The Mansion exceeded all expectations and it was another truly fabulous day.  Yorkshire, you rock.

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And then, the hat trick!  Brides Up North rounded off a very busy three week period with the Brides Up North Super Showcase Wedding Exhibition, this time in the North East, at Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham.  This one was a biggy to say the least – in fact it was the largest free bridal event in the area this Spring – with over 100 exhibitors, two professional fashion shows and nearly 1000 visitors.  Woah mama!  That’s a lot for one gal to coordinate!  Luckily I had a team of fabulous helpers and each and every exhibitor really worked hard to make it a knock your socks off show.  To say that it was a good day is a complete understatement – and this first Super Showcase has to be the highlight of my Brides Up North career thus far.  Thank you to everyone who supported this huge event.  I can’t wait till the next one… and here’s a clue – you might want to save Sunday 9th September in your diaries now!

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A little Snaparazzi action with the boys from AMV

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After a few glasses of bubbly and a twelve hour sleep, it was time to boogie all my cares away.  In the week following the Super Showcase I moved back into my old bedroom at my parents’ house for a few days and awaited the eagerly anticipated AMV Live Music and Brides Up North Battle of The Wedding Bands at As You Like It Jesmond.  The first event of it’s kind and oh what a night it was!  The whole of the downstairs venue was packed to the rafters with lovely couples looking to book their wedding band whilst six amazing acts performed some classic party hits and more contemporary tunes.  AMV Live Music were flooded with bookings and I just drank some vino, bopped about chatting to brides and grooms and had the time of my life.  It was so much fun to let off some much needed steam but also to take the time to get excited with my readers about their forthcoming weddings.  When can we do it all over again?

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It’s been back to the desk since then, catching up on admin – all the boring bits about running your own business – plus planning the next two Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives in Yorkshire in just under a month’s time (have you noticed the new banner at the top of the blog?  You can register for your VIP Goody bags now! GO GO GO!), plotting some really rather fabulous blog content including one SERIOUSLY kick ass competition – coming up very soon – and finalising details for the next set of Brides Up North Tweet Up wedding industry networking events.

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I’ve also found the time to attend The British Bridal Exhibition in Harrogate, including the twinkling Bridal Buyer Awards where I was thrilled to be part of a panel of “web experts” (who, moi?) judging the Best Retailer Website Award, delivered a webinar and three seminars to the Forward Ladies and The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners on blogging for business and even been nominated for a little award of my own – for Best Wedding Directory at The Bridal Magazine Awards in just under a month.

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Told you that I’d been busy. 

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So one of the most nerve wracking, exciting, thrilling and dynamic periods of my life was wrapped up beautifully this weekend with a break in London with my hubby, and then joining my family and friends to watch my great friend (and honorary little bro) Nick wipe the floor at the Top Model UK competition – winning both the top prize and the public vote.  Nick’s a Brides Up North model, so I’ve been campaigning hard for votes here on the wedding blog and it seems that your votes really did count!  Thanks to each and every person who voted for all of your support.  I can’t wait to see where his career might go, and we discovered him ladies!

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There’s been a fair bit of bubbly consumed this weekend, but I’m starting the week fresh and bursting with new ideas.  I’m never one to rest on my laurels for long, so what’s next for Brides Up North?  Well, just you wait and see…

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A couple of bottles of bubbles later…next year’s winner?  Working it Zoolander Style on the Red Carpet!

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The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive At Nostell Priory, Wakefield: VIP Bride To Be Registration Is Now Open!

March 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I am super excited to announce that VIP Bride to Be registration for the third Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive is now open!  The Brides Up North events this Spring have been fabulous days packed with the finest bridal talent, excited happy brides and inspiration galore.  And we get to do it all over again in just over a month’s time.  Wakefield: bring it on!

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The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Nostell Priory

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Sunday 15th April 2012

The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive

Nostell Priory, Wakefield

Time 12pm – 4pm

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Your exclusive invitation to a day of bridal brilliance at Wakefield’s most desirable and newly refurbished wedding venue: Nostell Priory.   A choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will be on hand to inspire and advise.  With fabulous giveaways and on the day discounts too,  only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine 

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking “Nostell Priory” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.  You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Wedding Exclusives.  

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Your Name (required)

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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. 

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VIP Bride To Be Goody Bags are limited and subject to availability.  We operate a first come, first served policy.

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The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Nostell Priory

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Coming Up This Weekend!

March 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Just a quick reminder of some fun wedding related events coming up in your area this weekend!

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First of all, TONIGHT, I’ll be joining AMV Live Music and As You Like It Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, for the first ever Battle Of The Wedding Bands evening. 

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There are 241 meals between 5pm and 7pm and the show, including six live acts, begins at 7pm.  With free bubbly and discounted cocktails, what better way to try your wedding band before you buy!  There will also be photography on the night by Scott Spock and Snaparazzi!

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The event is FREE ENTRY, but you can call Donna on 0191 281 2277 for VIP guest list.

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Battle Of The Wedding Bands

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North East Brides also shouldn’t miss the Wedding Pages Exclusive Wedding Fayre this Sunday 11th March at the new DoubleTree By Hilton, Newcastle International Airport, from 12pm – 4pm.  Entry is free, but you can pre-register at www.weddingfairsnewcastle.com

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DoubleTree Newcastle International Airport Wedding Fair

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For you Yorkshire ladies, Box Tree Events are hosting a special wedding event at the gorgeous Denton Hall, with a focus on quality and service. 

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Denton Hall

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Box Tree Events say:  We are proud to present an event where the emphasis is on providing a unique insight in to what we, the suppliers, have to offer.

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Rather than the brides and grooms being inundated with endless sales pitches and competition entries from lots of very similar exhibitors – we would like you to sample the fine champagne and canapés, and see Denton Hall dressed to its full potential created by the very best suppliers in the area.

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We propose that each supplier offers each bride some of their expertise, time and a sample of what they could add to your very special day by providing a consultation area and an appointment system where you can book appointments with each suppler if you wish. No rush, no pressure, just lots of fun!

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Sounds good to me!  The event runs from 11am – 4pm this Sunday.  Book now for your individual appointments at info@boxtree-events.co.uk

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Box Tree Evemts at Denton Hall

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And that’s not all!  Harewood House are also hosting their open weekend from 11am – 4pm this Sunday, 11th March. 

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The Harewood Wedding Showcase

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With some of Yorkshire’s favourite exhibitors in attendance including: Grace & Tailor – Event stylists;

Linda Abrahams – Wedding Stationery; Ambience – Room dressing; Leafy Couture – Florist; Olivia Brabbs – Photography; Bettys Harrogate – Wedding Cakes; Elysium – Entertainment; Strelitzia – String Quartet

its sure to be an inspirational day!

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To register your interest to this invite only event please contact Harewood’s wedding coordinator, Emma Jones on 0113 218 1036 for more information.

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North West ladies… why, the UK Wedding Shows are in town!  You have a whole weekend of fun to look forward to on both Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March at Manchester Event City.  Tickets are £7 in advance and £8 on the door – and you can book in advance and find out more by clicking here.

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The UK Wedding Show Manchester Event City

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There is also one very special date for your diaries coming up NW girls!  Do you have it pencilled in?

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Wedding Carnival

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Sponsored by

Salford City Stadium

Brides Up North

iLove Media Collective
Zankyou Online Wedding List

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Brides Up North is thrilled to have been invited to be a sponsor for this very special and different event, hosted by on Saturday 23rd March 2012.

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I can’t wait to see you there, but in the meantime, click here to see a very special wedding inspiration shoot in honour of the big day!  Roll Up!  Roll Up!  The Wedding Carnival is coming to town…

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It’s going to be a busy one!

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