We’re back, babes! Happy New Year! After an ab-sol-utely crazy 2022, our team have been holed up at Brides Up North HQ finalising plans in place for some massive Brides Up North projects in the year ahead. What can we say… it’s time to press the “go hard or go home” button! Watch this space!
So now we’re back to full service as usual here on these pretty pages, what better way to kick things off than with our favourite annual feature and some words of wedded wisdom from some of our wedding couple alumni?
As some of these clued-up couples point out, the Brides Up North FIND A SUPPLIER directory is a great place to locate top local talent, as are our epic Brides Up North wedding shows that we host at top venues across the North. And with our Spring season of events just around the corner (have you SEEN this line up!?), you can soon follow in their wise planning footsteps.
We’re also thrilled to read how our gorgeous featured real weddings here on the blog, have inspired couples’ big day plans.
Now, on with the nerve-calming as our featured couples complete the sentence – “My top tip to other Brides Up North would be…”
Click on the links to see each wedding in full.
Kirsty says: Immerse yourself in the day and just be in the moment. If you can, take ten minutes after the ceremony for you and your new husband. We had Champagne on the roof after ours and it was so needed! I followed Brides Up North on social media for inspo too! I loved reading the real weddings and those really helped me to find suppliers and inspiration for our wedding.
Rebecca says: Do what you want. There is always lots of pressure that you need to do this and that… screw the rules. Structure the day how you want. Also the Brides Up North real weddings were really useful for inspo and ideas!
Lauren says: Don’t bottle it up. I couldn’t have done the months running up to the wedding without opening up to Tom, my mam and my best friends. A problem shared is a problem halved, and you’ll be amazed at how much your people will want to help you. That’s why they’re your people.
I found Brides Up North really helpful when planning our wedding! I used the supplier directory, which came in very handy indeed, and I was also a frequent visitor to the real weddings articles and loved reading about the amazing wedding days of others. I’m a very visual person and was inspired by the amazing photography, which definitely informed my decisions on styling our day. I have no doubt I’ll still read Brides Up North because I just love a wedding, and there are always friends and family to help – just need my brother to pull his finger out and propose to his girlfriend so I can get my spreadsheets out again, like the true Monica Geller I am!
Nikki says: Do it your way. We followed our instincts with the planning and kept everything personal and sentimental.
Sarah says: Don’t stress about the small things because you really don’t notice them on the day. Peter’s tip would be that having a few before the speech always helps the nerves!
Sheredan says: Choose your suppliers wisely and your day will be very smooth! We loved each company we used as they made it really personal, gave a lot of time to us and even when we had to postpone, they made the process easy for us.
Abbie says: Believe other brides when they tell you how calm you will feel during the ceremony! I was convinced I’d blub the whole way through and ruin my lovely makeup artist’s work… but in reality, I was just so happy and calm. We smiled and laughed the whole way through.
Abbie says: Enjoy it! What will be will be. That’s our advice! I always thought I’d be really stressed on the day but when it came down to it, I wasn’t at all. My suppliers and my bridal party made the morning so enjoyable and I didn’t feel nervous at all. Even when things went wrong, we were both just so happy to be getting married on our original wedding date after so much uncertainty.
Jane & Kirstie say: Plan YOUR day how YOU want it! Take some time out just the two of you on the day to absorb the day and try to take everything in as the day just flies by. Have the best day!
Joanne says: Make sure you both enjoy your evening reception without worrying about finding all of your evening guests to say hello. They will find you whether you are on the dancefloor or struggling with your wedding dress in the loo!
Another tip would be to try to stay in that bubble a little longer. If you aren’t dashing off on honeymoon straight away, have another night stay at your venue or somewhere you can relax to take it all in.