Rustic Barn Wedding - Cheshire Locations!

Rustic Barn Weddings

The biggest wedding theme for 2019 is a rustic barn wedding! Part of the popularity of barn weddings is that they’re perfect for either a blow out or budget wedding as you can dress them up or down. Exposed beams, wooden floors and rustic decorations are also things that can work for both a cosy hygge winter wedding or a summer outdoor party wedding and a barn is the perfect location for it!

Manchester, Cheshire and Stockport are home to some gorgeous barn wedding venues if you know where to look! Here are some of our favourite North West barn locations and a few ideas to go along with them!

Photo: Hilltop Barn 2018.

Photo: Hilltop Barn 2018.

Hilltop Barn

Lyme Road, Higher Poynton, Stockport
Cheshire, SK12 1TH

A stunning and intimate yet spacious barn that can hold up to 120 people, surrounded by over 90 acres of beautiful greenery. The venue owners are very helpful for those planning a budget wedding; allowing you to source your own vendors which will cut down on budget and often offering access to the venue for a week before the big day if you need to dress it!

Sandhole Oak Barn, Tobiah Tayo Photography.

Sandhole Oak Barn, Tobiah Tayo Photography.

Sandhole Oak Barn

A34 Manchester Road, Hulme Walfield, Congleton
Cheshire, CW12 2JH

Sandhole Oak Barn stands next to a lake and surrounded by miles of stunning Cheshire countryside. It is a modern barn designed with events in mind so it’s a perfect option for those who want a traditional feel within a modern setting. The barn has french doors which open for a summer wedding or underfloor heating for a cosy winter wedding! There are also beautiful on site details like the Oak Clock Tower or the veranda which overlooks the lake which are perfect for wedding photography!

Hyde Bank Farm

Hyde Bank Farm, 2018.

Hyde Bank Farm, 2018.

Oakwood Rd, Romiley, Stockport SK6 4DX

“As a Wedding Venue, Hyde Bank Farm has been developed by the Blackhurst family and we’re really proud of the fantastic environment we’ve lovingly created for your special day. Set within the beautiful Cheshire countryside, our farm provides the perfect setting for a spectacular wedding. We treat every wedding individually and our family run business gives personal attention to all your requests and requirements. We look forward to helping you to make your day special, memorable and beautiful – The Blackhurst Family”.

The Best TV Wedding Dresses

The Best TV Wedding Dresses

A lot of brides come to us saying that they've already found their dream dress...on TV! So we spent time doing some serious research (on Netflix) to come up with our favourite TV wedding dresses and the styles we stock to recreate the look! 📺🙌🏽😍

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Sincerity 1142

How I Met Your Mother

Robin's gorgeous fishtail weddding dress with tulle detailing from the How I Met Your Mother wedding season still takes our breath away. For a similar silhouette with a bit more sparkle, try Mori Lee Keira 5601. We also offer a range of sparkly belts just like hers for a wedding dress glow up! 


Gossip Girl

Blair's iconic wedding to Chuck was the perfect end to the series. She broke tradition with a blue illusion lace long sleeved bateau wedding dress with stunning crystal detailing. For a similar look in a more traditional colour we have Mori Lee Karlee 8207 in store. 

Serena also went experimental in a gorgeous fairytale gold strapless sweethear wedding dress with a ball gown skirt. While we don't have them in gold, we have several ballgown wedding dresses in stock from Sincerity, Mori Lee and Sweetheart! 👑



Rachel's tea length satin wedding dress on Glee screamed Audrey Hepburn to us, which was more than appropriate! Styled with a cute double tier veil for an old Hollywood wedding look. 

The Big Bang Theory

Penny's tea length, illusion lace wedding dress was a more modern version of the style and was perfect for their non traditional wedding! Styled with a flower crown for a Instagram filter finish. 🤓



Even though it's been 17 years (!!!) since Monica and Chandler's wedding in Friends, her elegant Mikado satin wedding dress is back in fashion for 2019/20. For an updated version try Sincerity 3958. 



OK so technically it wasn't a real Riverdale wedding but Veronica's illusion lace wedding dress with a ballgown skirt was a dream come true for some of us! ( #Varchie )  She even teamed it with a cute and understated tiara. Sincerity 1142 is a perfect dupe dress and we have a range of tiaras and headpieces to go with it! 


Dress the Bride's Top 5 Stockport Wedding Venues

Unique Wedding Venues in Stockport, Manchester.

We love Stockport, and not just because it's Dress the Bride's home, but because it's also home to lots of beautiful, historic buildings, mansions and churches which make for unforgettable wedding venues! In the borough of Stockport you can do everything from a picturesque countryside wedding in a Medieval chapel to a unique wedding in an Art Deco theatre!


Photo: Stockport Council Website

Photo: Stockport Council Website

Bramall Hall, Bramhall

Bramall Hall is a Tudor stately home in Bramhall, Stockport and after recent renovations uncovering more historic details, it's more impressive than ever. The Great Hall can hold up to 75 people for a civil ceremony only, or up to 60 people for a civil ceremony with a wedding breakfast. Surrounded by leafy grounds with a lake, river and gardens it's beautiful inside and out!

Chadkirk Chapel, Romiley

 Dating back to 1307, the Grade 11 listed chapel can accommodate up to 80 wedding guests for an idllyc countryside wedding. The venue looks particularly stunning in the snow, so would be lovely for a winter wedding venue!

Photo: Stockport Plaza website.

Photo: Stockport Plaza website.

Stockport Plaza, Stockport

Stockport Plaza is a fantastic grade II listed Art Deco Cinema and Theatre in the heart of Stockport. They offer the amazing auditorium with private bars for your evening reception where you can dance the night away on stage, the stunning restored Art Deco cafe and cute extras like cinema tickets issued from our pay box on arrival as a keepsake for your guests. Perfect for a vintage wedding or for a couple looking for a truly unique local wedding venue.

Photo: Stockport Council Website

Photo: Stockport Council Website

Stockport Town Hall, Stockport

Stockport Town Hall is historically known as ‘The Wedding Cake’ due to its white façade and its beautifully designed tiered clock tower. It has several options for wedding ceremony venues including a ballroom or the stunning council chamber.

Wedding Dress Styles - A Guide

Shopping is something we all know how to do, but while shopping for a wedding dress isn't the same as scrolling through ASOS at lunch, it shouldn't be any less fun! When you first start looking there might be a lot of terms which you have never heard of that can make wedding dress shopping seem scarier than it is. Don't worry though, we've created a definitive guide to translate for you! 🤯


When you start shopping you might be asked what style of dress you like, here are the most popular styles:

Fishtail / Mermaid Wedding Dress - A form fitting dress which flows into a large skirt starting around the knee to create a mermaid or fish tail silhouette.

Ballgown / Princess Wedding Dress - A dress with a large layered skirt starting from the hips. Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty's iconic dresses are classic examples.

Tea Length Wedding Dress - A Tea Length Wedding Dress is a dress with a fuller knee length skirt. They tend to be 1950's vintage inspired.

Ilusion - Skin coloured net with embroidery used to create the ‘illusion’ of embroidery floating over skin. 

Sweetheart neckline - When the neckline dips towards the bust creating an almost heart shape. 

Bateau / Sabrina neckline - 'Bateau' is French for 'boat' so it literally means boatneck, which is more elegant than it sounds on paper! It's a high neckline that follows that shape of your collarbone. Meghan Markle wore a classic boatneck wedding dress for her 2018 Royal Wedding.

Queen Anne neckline- A Queen Anne neckline is a dress with a higher collar at the back and a scoop, V-neck or sweetheart at the front.

Train - the long back portion of a wedding dress that trails behind the bride. There are a few lengths of train each with their own name:

Sweep train - A Sweep train is the shortest of trains; at around 6 inches long it's a subtle way to add a bit of tradition to a gown. Perfect for the wedding reception dancefloor or an outdoor wedding! 

Chapel train - A Chapel train is between 12 and 18 inches long. It is the most common style of train as it's just long enough to add a bit of drama, but short enough to allow low maintainence movement.

Cathedral train -  A Cathedral train is the longest for most wedding dresses, measuring from 22 inches. For making an entrance with real impact, they look stunning in wedding venues with a long aisle.

Royal / Monarch train - Serious trains, timewasters need not apply. A Royal / Monarch train does what it says on the tin. Princess Diana's 25 foot train was a classic example.