April 10th, 2018 | Julia Braime
North East readers, we have one sensational date for your diaries, SUNDAY 22rd April 2018, from 11am till 2pm, we’ll be bringing the most lovely Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Show your way. In the diary once a year only, this one is all sorts of lovely. Don’t miss it.
We’ll be filling the gorgeous Pavilion at The Alnwick Garden with 30 of the region’s most wonderful wedding exhibitors, plus, this time, popping up a tipi tent too, courtesy of our friends at Tipi Chic. Even if you’ve already got your venue in the bag, the setting and the suppliers are so bloomin’ amazing (literally) that you’ll leave feeling super inspired to create your own dream day.
Its free to enter the event – and the Garden for the day, BONUS! – for registered brides (or grooms, we’re not fussy!) plus one guest. So grab that wedding planning folder, and we’ll see you there!
Each wedding at The Alnwick Garden is an original.
Whether for an intimate and relaxed event or a more formal and lavish affair, The Alnwick Garden is a truly unique setting for the most wonderful wedding day.
Ceremonies take place in a light and contemporary space overlooking one of the world’s most exciting gardens. With its glass walls and high ceiling, you can enjoy the panoramic views and beautiful colours of The Garden in bloom.
The Pavilion Room can hold civil marriages and civil partnerships for up to 150 guests, with celebratory drinks served on terraces with captivating views. Up to 500 guests can join the party, with dinner overlooking the Grand Cascade followed by dancing under the stars and above thousands of twinkling lights on The Pavilion’s terrace.
The Alnwick Garden team is dedicated to making your day perfect and unique, and they can’t wait to meet you on Sunday!
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 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.
fancy exhibiting with us?
We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2018. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous Luxury Wedding Shows 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. Consequently, we expect demand for 2018 to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.
Alternatively, please email email@example.com ASAP for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.
February 16th, 2018 | Julia Braime
We do like to spoil you, don’t we?
Brides Up North is also on tour this spring with one aim only: to bring a whole lot of beautiful to our bride to be readers, and send you home excited and inspired.
For those of you who want to feel the love, we’re filling The Ballroom at the super luxurious Worsley Park Marriott in Manchester THIS SUNDAY Sunday 18th February 2018, 11am till 2pm, for a pretty perfect luxury bridal show, The Love Parade: A Valentine’s Wedding Show, where you can tick all your must have suppliers off your to do list – and it’s on us, the event is FREE ENTRY for you and your guests.
This sensational Manchester venue prides itself on excellent service and definitely knows how to throw a good party. We’re hosting one of our own, and we’ve invited along 30 of the area’s best bridal exhibitors to make your wedding plans perfect. We’ve got ALL the details covered, so don’t forget to RSVP!
We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs at the event, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North. As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag – and for FREE ENTRY – all you need to do is pre-register using the form for your venue of choice (you can register for more than one) found by clicking below. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.
December 3rd, 2015 | Julia Braime
And we don’t mean Christmas.
Ok, ok, we know there’s the matter of the festive season to contend with first… but you’re going to want something exciting in your diaries to face the post-Christmas January gloom. In a month usually filled with rain, non alcoholic beverages and hopeful new gym memberships that you’ve forgotten by February, we think you need a little added sparkle! So here at wedding blog HQ we are making the perfect plans for an absolutely sensational year of Brides Up North bridal events.
*Check out the new dates just added too!*
For those Brides Up North readers who are new around these parts, we have a loyal and local following both on these pretty pages and off, and have hosted over 60 gorgeous wedding exhibitions and soirees since 2012! We’ve amassed
a fair bit a ridiculous amount of experience in this time, and are always tweaking our events and offering (every single event at every single one of our beautiful partner venues is completely bespoke and meticulously planned from scratch each season, we’re fussy like that).
We generally hate blowing our own trumpet (modest? us? noooo!) but we really do think that our shows are the very best in the business, and pride ourselves on delivering an amazing and inspiring experience to both our visiting brides and exhibitors alike.
2016 is by far our busiest and most exciting year yet (the team have like, one Sunday off each out of 52) and we’d love to help you get your wedding inspo on and see you at one of our very special wedding shows. We are proud to be working with some stunning new partner venues this season – watch out for dates at Capesthorne Hall, Adlington Hall, The Belle Epoque, Hornington Manor, Newby Hall, Denton Hall and Worsley Park Marriott, to name a few – as well as some well established Brides Up North favourites, like Middleton Lodge, Ramside Hall, Hardwick Hall, The Bowdon Rooms, Hilltop Country House, Allerton Castle, The Alnwick Garden, Nostell Priory, Wentworth Woodhouse, The Mansion… the list goes on…
We’ve also freshened things up for 2016 by adding some exciting new concepts to the mix as we host the UK’s first dedicated large scale festival wedding exhibitions in 2016, in collaboration with Stockeld Park and Capesthorne Hall. These outdoor venues will be transformed into a boho wedding wonderland! There’ll be huge sail cloth tents, chill out areas, tipi villages, vintage Pimm’s tents, street food vendors, live bands and 60+ luxury wedding suppliers at each to make all your festival themed wedding planning ideas a reality. Bring your bridesmaids, designate a driver, wear flowers in your hair and make a day of it… these are set to be events to remember. Watch this space for more news and “line-up” announcements, coming soon!
So, there’s just a bit going on backstage right now, and we can’t wait to share all the fun with you lovely lot. Whilst we sweat over staging and floor management, why don’t you take a moment to have a browse of our jam packed schedule and start blocking out a few Sundays… things are about to get very, very pretty.
See you in 2016?
We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2016. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions 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 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.
Alternatively, please email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.
October 29th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
This morning on the blog we’ve got two words for you treat yourself – as we’re sharing with you another gem of a venue that we’ve discovered in the north of the country, which is a haven for both pre and post wedding pampering.
Located within the Ribble Valley countryside in Mellor, Lancashire, Stanley House Hotel & Spa really is a rural retreat, housing 30 luxurious bedrooms, bar, restaurant and a world-class spa. Oh and if that isn’t enough, you can get married there too.
Keen to experience its impressive offering for ourselves (and to recharge the batteries after a particularly hectic stint in the world of weddings), myself and Julia booked in for an overnight spa break.
Included in our package was one night’s accommodation, farmhouse breakfast, three-course evening meal in the hotel’s restaurant, use of the spa, a 60-minute treatment, and to round it all off, a two-course afternoon tea in the bar and lounge. We were literally chalking off the days on the office wall as we counted down to our visit (which didn’t disappoint).
Upon arriving, we were advised where to find everything and then left to explore our room and surroundings. The hotel is centred around Stanley House, a stunning Grade II listed manor house dating back to 1799, that has since been lovingly restored to hold luxury bedrooms. The hotel’s function rooms, reception, bar and restaurant meanwhile are located in the main hotel building and the spa and further bedrooms (where our room was located) are situated in the newest area of the hotel.
Clearly designed with care, the two newer buildings are still in keeping with their rural surroundings and the historic Stanley House building, which stands proud in the venue’s well-manicured grounds. All buildings boast stunning views of the surrounding countryside, as did our generous sized bedroom, with which we were thrilled.
To start our 24-hours of relaxation we headed to the hotel’s Mr Fred’s bar and lounge where we enjoyed a bottle of wine whilst brainstorming future ideas for Brides Up North (some of our very best concepts come out of a bottle of Sauvignon it would appear!)
Next we glammed up and indulged in a three-course meal at The Grill on The Hill restaurant, which prides itself on offering diners ‘something just a bit different’ – as we soon experienced ourselves. We ordered starters of ham hock terrine with crispy ’bits and bobs’, golden sultana puree and quail’s egg, and a chilled tomato gazpacho with spiced avocado espuma. What arrived was a treat for the eyes as well as the palate; dainty but plentiful portions that were punchy in flavour and beautifully presented. We ate every last bit!
Next mains of soy and ginger poached fillets of lemon sole, with sea vegetables (presented like little sushi parcels) and citrus butter, and a 10oz rib eye steak served with balsamic onions, semi dried plum tomato, field mushroom and triple cooked chips. Top marks once again for taste and appearance, resulting in more clean plates.
You’d think we’d be full at this point, but a lemon delice served with sorbet and cherries caught my eye while Julia took up the offer of cheese and biscuits. Faultless once again. And just when we thought we had come to the end of our culinary delights, we were presented with a crisp and chewy macaroon to finish. How could we resist?
Having almost eaten our way into a food coma a good night’s rest was needed and thankfully that’s exactly what we got. The hotel’s rural location means no rowdy passers-by or noisy traffic to interrupt your sleep, just pure peace and quiet.
Eager to explore the spa, the following day we enjoyed a light breakfast in the comforting lounge area before heading off for our morning of (further) indulgence.
Almost somewhat of a secret, the hotel’s spa is accessed down a spiral staircase where those ‘in the know’ can make the most of its relaxation rooms, thermal suite and hydro pool, whilst also enjoying a treatment of two, if they so wish.
For Julia (a self-confessed mermaid), the hydro pool alone would have been enough to keep her blissfully happy. Warm and welcoming the pool’s jets bubbled away our aches and pains while we admired the tranquil gardens beyond the floor to ceiling windows.
Prizing Julia from the water, we then went on to experience the thermal suite, which offered both hot and cold environments to awaken the senses. Not only did the rooms vary in temperature, but also in design and music with different influences from around the world, which is perhaps what sets the spa’s thermal suite apart from others.
Though fairly compact it was both easy and enjoyable to while away several hours in the relaxing yet invigorating environment of the spa.
Feeling cleansed and refreshed we headed for the highlight of the break: a 60-minute C&C Vitamin Facial (us Brides Up North girls just love a facial). Designed to fight the signs of premature ageing the zingy anti-oxidant facial gives stressed skin an instant boost of Vitamin C, which means the treatment doesn’t only feel amazing but the products used also smell amazing too. An ideal pre-holiday treatment I’m told, this would be a great choice for anyone indulging in a minimoon at Stanley House before jetting off on their main honeymoon. Emerging from the treatment room I can honestly say my skin felt the best it ever has, so much so I took away a Natura Bisse C&C Vitamin Soufflé Mask so I could recreate the magic at home for myself (well almost).
To end our break in a similar way to how we started it (immersed in glorious food) we enjoyed an afternoon tea of freshly made finger sandwiches, pastries, dainty cakes and, of course, yummy scones, all washed down with a refreshing jasmine tea.
So you can see from our visit just how much this place has to offer, whether you chose to visit as a pre-wedding girly getaway to escape the planning pressure, or to prep yourself ready for the big day. It would also make for a fabulous minimoon with your partner, whether it’s just overnight to fill the void between the wedding ending and the honeymoon beginning, or for a full weekend of indulgence if you’ve chosen to delay your main honeymoon until later in the year.
Better yet, there are plenty of hugely tempting packages to choose from, meaning this is one activity that doesn’t require much planning (you brides-to-be will be pleased to hear). So, whether you opt for a ‘Diamond’ day package or an ‘Only the Finest’ overnight getaway, we guarantee Stanley House Spa & Hotel will leave you wanting more (just as we did when we begrudgingly left!).
For full details of Stanley Houses’ facilities, accommodation and packages, visit their website.
February 25th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
All too easily engaged couples can let wedding plans consume them as they become hung up on the small details and forget about the big reason the day is taking place – love.
Of course you want to put on a day for everyone to remember with the perfect styling, décor and attire all in place. But beyond the pretty and the party the day is ultimately a celebration of you as a couple, your love for one another and the joining of two families (gushy, we know). So we’re encouraging our readers not to lose sight of the love during their planning journey and if anything to embrace it.
Fall outs are bound to arise along the way but work out what you both want from your big day and then join forces to achieve it. We all hear stories of brides neglecting their men and ploughing ahead with the plans, and equally the men that don’t want to get involved and would rather take a back seat. Either scenario is going to result in someone feeling alone and possibly undervalued – in our book planning an occasion that joins two people together requires two people’s input.
So take on board one another’s ideas, wishes and requirements and where you can’t agree be prepared to compromise – there will be a lot more of that to come in married life! Also try to look at the planning less like a chore or one great big ‘to do’ list and instead remember that this is something special that you are creating together. Have fun with it and don’t take things too seriously – everyone will still have a great day whether or not the napkins are an exact match to the bridesmaid dresses.
On the flip side be sure to take a break from the planning here and there for those all-important ‘date nights’. Engaged or not we all fall victim of getting into a rut, but spending quality time together doing the things that you enjoy can often remind you of all the reasons you fell in love in the first place. It doesn’t matter if it’s a trip to the cinema, visiting the place you had your first date or escaping on a pre-wedding getaway, you’ll just be grateful that it’s a no-planning zone.
A wonderful way to express how you feel about your other half and to reflect on your journey together so far is to write your own vows in the run up to the wedding. This gives you an opportunity to rip up the script and to tell your own love story. You could include details of how you met, how you’ve grown as a couple, what your partner means to you and your promises for your future together.
If however you’re planning a religious ceremony, or you would simply like to stick to tradition, you could always request to speak at the reception. More brides are now taking up the opportunity to write their own speech for the big day – not only to say how they feel about their other half and their future together, but also to thank the other people in their life that they love and who’ve championed their relationship, such as friends, parents and siblings.
Meanwhile for those that get stage fright there’s always the option of sending your fiancée a special a card or letter on the morning of your wedding to remind them just how much they mean to you and how excited you are for what’s to come. You might also want to include a gift that they can wear on the wedding day and beyond as a keepsake of your special day.
So as girls that have made weddings our full time job we fully support you in creating a beautiful big day but by keeping sight of the love along the way we believe you will have an equally beautiful marriage ahead of you to match.
August 2nd, 2011 | Julia Braime
This little wedding blogger is super thrilled to have been asked to work with Hitched Magazine as an associated contributor. I’ll be penning a regular column for this fabulous wedding glossy for North East brides to be. I can’t wait to share my feature with you here.
In the meantime, this is a call for assistance! Have any of you lovely newlyweds or professional photographer readers taken part in/ shot a Trash/ Cherish or Rock the dress shoot recently? I am on the hunt for submissions… and my favourites will feature in Hitched Magazine as well as on the wedding blog.
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