Now We Are Three! Happy Birthday Brides Up North!

15th November 2013 | Julia Braime

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Well, would you look at that? This little wedding blog is growing up fast!  Fire the confetti cannons and wheel in the cake…for today, Brides Up North is three!

Happy Birthday to us!

Taking stock following our #WeddingHourLive party last month, I counted up the number of luxury wedding exhibitions and industry networking parties that I have personally organised and hosted since the site went live back in November 2010.  Not ten, not twenty.  Thirty six!  Thirty six fabulous, jam packed, buzzing events for my readers and industry friends in just under three years.  No wonder I’m knackered!

It may be hard work – and  the arrival of our baby girl in March this year has certainly upped the ante on that – but the late nights, early mornings, thirty six exhibitions and parties, 1,858 blog features, 37,943 tweets (yes you read that right… that’s the novel I’ve never had time to write, right there on Twitter) and constant updating of the Brides Up North Facebook feed have been absolutely worth it. 

I love my job.  I love championing the brilliant wedding industry suppliers that I meet on a daily basis.  I love sharing the celebrations of our readers past and present.  I love scouting out the latest bridal collections and meeting the wonderfully creative people behind them.  I love meeting my readers and their families at our bridal events.  I love writing, talking, living and breathing weddings… all day, all week, all year long. 

Here’s where it get gushy, as I couldn’t do it without your support.  It’s your daily visits (hello you!), your shares and re-tweets, your submissions, sponsorships, freelance commissions and friendship that keeps the Brides Up North engine functioning.  And I love you for it.  Thank you. 

The Northern Revolution continues to grow.  Our Featured Supplier Directory is ever increasing – swelling with the best wedding talent in the North – and about to get a whole lot more interactive, so watch this space.  We have 18 luxury wedding exhibitions, plus a few contracts ready for review, in the diary for 2014 across three regions already.  Our bridal columns and freelance features appear in pretty much every regional or glossy magazine worth reading.  Our Twitter and Facebook following is growing daily (if you haven’t already, do head over and follow and like, those pages really are the place to stay updated with all our breaking news and the most fabulous bits of our features) and we are gradually cultivating a very pretty Pinterest presence.  Happy days!

It’s become a bit of a tradition to do a whistle stop tour of the year that was at this stage, so here we go… it’s been a busy one.  And if I leave anything out, I blame baby brain.

In December 2012 we gathered round roaring fires at the stunning Thorp Perrow for the Brides Up North Christmas Party and celebrated with canapés and cocktails (virgin ones for me as I was sporting a rather huge baby bump).  In the same month Brides Up North also coordinated a brilliant team for a romantic and opulent styled shoot at the same venue. 

In January 2013 we welcomed in the New Year with a few judging engagements.  We joined the panels for The Wedding Ideas Magazine Awards and The Wedding Industry Awards 2013 and were overwhelmed by the talent of some of the finalists and winners.  I also reprised my popular monthly columns in Etc Magazine and National glossy Wedding Magazine for another year. 

In February 2013 we had features published in Loved Up Magazine, Mosaic Brides and Darlington Weddings, as well as kicking off a brand new spring season, with the added excitement that my waters might break at any second (!).  Fantastic luxury exhibitions at Allerton Castle, Hardwick Hall Hotel and The Mansion followed.  

In March 2013, whilst the team held the fort at our largest bridal exhibition of the season – The Brides Up North Super Showcase at Ramside Hall – I packed my hospital bag and handed over the reigns to my mother, and brand new assistant at Brides Up North HQ, Kate.  At 10:37pm on 13th March 2013 Alan and I were overjoyed to welcome our beautiful baby daughter Annabella Robyn into the World. 

In April 2013, it was back to business as we held two more events at Nostell Priory and the National Railway Museum, York, the latter being an absolute triumph in terms of styling and footfall for our first event in this stunning setting. 

In May 2013 we returned to Thorp Perrow for a bridal garden party style exhibition in their lakeside marquee, then headed over the Pennines to The Bowdon Rooms for our most unique and authentic vintage bridal event yet.   

In June 2013 Brides Up North was profiled in Fabulous Magazine’s Careers Issue to over 8 million readers, and we completed our Spring season with our final bridal show at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall.  I had a brief lie down as we took our family holiday to Spain.  Bliss.   

In July 2013 and August 2013 it was down to business once again, completing freelance projects and booking in our amazing exhibitors for the Autumn season.  We also put plans in place for some changes to these pages which will be debuting on a screen near you soon.  We can’t wait. 

September 2013 seemed to arrive super quick, and our luxury wedding exhibition season began once again.  As well as being listed for another year in Bride Tide’s Top 100 Wedding Blogs in the World, Brides Up North was also listed in Channel 4’s 10 Best Wedding Blogs scrapbook, and nominated for a Wedding Blog Award by Wedding Magazine.  Whoop whoop!  Shows at The Alnwick Garden, Ramside Hall, Allerton Castle and Hardwick Hall Hotel kept us out of trouble, and features appeared in Loved Up Magazine, Unveiled Magazine, Belle Bridal Magazine and Mosaic Brides as well as our regular monthly columns in Wedding Magazine and Etc Magazine

In October 2013 we hosted events at Nostell Priory and The Mansion, and only went and won a Wedding Blog Award!  We took home Wedding Magazine’s prize for “Best Big Day Inspiration” and are very proud indeed… what a way to end it all!

So here’s to the end of our toddler years!  Have a cupcake on me and join the party over on Facebook today.

The Northern Revolution rumbles on…

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