Well, hello there! Welcome to our little corner of the internet.
Whether you’re a long-time reader of these pretty pages or you’ve literally just had a ring put on it (eeek!) we are SO excited to join you on your journey down the aisle and beyond in 2019.
A few of you might have a shiny new diamond on your ring finger to match the sparkly new year, so we thought we would take a moment – like we do around this time every year – to tell you what our blog (and beyond) is all about. As we say over on our ‘about’ page, if you’re planning a wedding Up North, you’ve come to the right place.
We keep on banging on about it (and always will), but Brides Up North stands out because it – genuinely encourages its readers – that means you – to think local and to support the fabulous wedding industry suppliers on their own doorstep. Every single featured supplier, styled shoot, real wedding or industry expert we feature on the blog took place or is based in the North of the UK. We couldn’t be prouder about that. We have some super cool and truly incredible wedding professionals doing their thang here in the better half of the country and you’d be crazy to look anywhere else for your ‘I do’ team. Check out our WHITEBOOK directory – where we are adding new Brides Up North approved suppliers weekly – as a great starting point.
The Brides Up North brand has become extremely well known away from the pages of the blog too. We have a loyal and local offline following and Brides Up North have hosted well over 200 amazing bridal events under our brand name since 2012. We’re not slowing down anytime soon and have almost 40 (free to attend!) epic wedding shows planned in 2019 alone, with some brand-new concepts and exciting new venues in the mix. We’d love to see you at one (or all… there’s a challenge!) of them!
We are always tweaking our portfolio (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) and we really do think that our shows are the very best in the business. We pride ourselves on delivering an amazing and inspiring experience to both our visiting brides and exhibitors alike.
We are proud to be working with some stunning new partner venues this year – including hosts like Wharfedale Grange, Titanic Hotel Liverpool, Bunny Hill Weddings, Doxford Barns, Grantley Hall and Iscoyd Park as well as some well-established Brides Up North favourites, like Middleton Lodge, Ramside Hall, Matfen Hall, Hornington Manor, Victoria Warehouse, The Hepworth Wakefield, Stock Farm, Yorkshire Wedding Barn, Hilltop Country House, Lartington Hall, The Mansion, Capesthorne Hall, Saltmarshe Hall, Denton Hall… the list goes on… and its spectacular reading!
We’re also reprising our super popular WEDFEST’19 Tour! In 2019 we’ll be hosting the UK’s leading dedicated large scale festival wedding exhibitions in collaboration with Stockeld Park, Hardwick Hall and Capesthorne Hall. Just like the previous three years of the tour, these outdoor venues will be transformed into a boho wedding wonderland! And, as ever, this year we are going bigger than ever! There’ll be huge sail cloth tents, circus acts, chill out areas, tipi villages, vintage tents, street food vendors, live bands and at least 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!
In collaboration with our glossy print magazine, UNVEILED, we are also thrilled to launch The LUXE Tour – the UK’s first Fine Art Wedding Shows. If you are a Pinterest addict and love beautiful, light filled, creative installations bursting with florals and detail, you are going to be in heaven. More news on these beautifully crafted event experiences very soon too (and in the meantime, make sure to pop the dates in your diaries)!
And all this excitement is not to mention our super stylish, UNVEILED Magazine. We’re thrilled to have launched our brand new, super chic digital space to complement our print pages (take a peep here) and we’re also knee deep in creative shoot planning for Issue 11 (out in March). We’re calling the next issue “The Influencer Edit” and using it to really shine a light on the coolest creatives in the Northern wedding industry with our usual super luxurious styling.
UNVEILED is available to buy at WHSmith and WHSmith Travel, via independent newsagents, online and to pick up free of charge at all the very best bridal boutiques and wedding venues in the North, whilst stocks last. Not only that but every single bride who attends one of our wedding shows can pick up a copy completely free! Think of it as your wedding planning bible, and thank us later. We are so excited to share it with thousands of you very soon.
In the meantime, don’t forget that you can still order the current issue of UNVEILED here (and back copies of older issues too, whilst stocks last). Every issue is also available to download directly to your iPhone, android or tablet via our gorgeous UNVEILED app (simply search “UNVEILED Magazine” at the App store.
So, there’s just a bit going on backstage right now, and we can’t wait to share all the fun with you. Before anything else though, things are about to get very, very pretty, starting with our next real wedding on Monday morning (we just couldn’t wait for the New Year to land) and we feel all tingly with excitement for the year ahead. Lets get wedding planning…
Julia & the team x
ps. If you are a wedding industry professional who would like to work with us you can find out more about exhibiting with us here or working with us online here. Just drop us a line via our contact form here. We love welcoming new talent to our Brides Up North family and can’t wait to hear from you.