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Happy Sunday! Win A £300 Online Bridal Shopping Spree With Simply Be! (CLOSED)

Posted on: 20/01/2013





Happy Sunday Brides Up North!  How are you spending yours? 


Today is one of those rare days when I have absolutely nothing in the diary whatsoever.  No calls to make, events to host or attend, not even a family roast dinner.  And you know what?  Rather than feeling bored or restless, I’m absolutely revelling in it!


If you are a regular reader of the blog, you’ll know that the last few weeks months have been super hectic here at Brides Up North towers, with a huge home and office move thrown into the usual mayhem, just to keep things interesting.  So I’m grabbing hold of this glorious free time with both hands, using it to relax, recharge, read the Vogue Catwalk Report, feather my nest and catch up with all the outstanding admin issues that the past fortnight’s dodgy server and internet provision have left me with.  I’m hoping that I’ll enter next week feeling thoroughly fresh.  And goodness, do I have some gorgeous to share with you next week…






In the meantime, I thought that I should spread this unusual January joy by spreading a little happiness to one of my lovely readers too (yes, it could be you!).  Whether you are a bride to be, wedding watcher or industry reader, this fabulous prize – courtesy of my friends at Simply Be, the online retailer for plus size fashion, exclusively for sizes 14 – 32 – could be winging it’s way to you!






Head over there now and check out their beautiful new Bridal Boutique and exclusive new collection. This is impressive stuff!  The team say:  Feel divine on your wedding day in one of our stunning plus size wedding dresses. Our angel-sleeve wedding dress in a sumptuous oyster shade features flattering arm coverage and beautiful beading on an empire line silhouette. The ivory coloured petal trim dress has a fabulously feminine feel, with pretty ruffled straps and a super floaty fabric to have you gliding down the aisle. For those who like a little more arm coverage, the clean lines of our long sleeved wedding dress are perfect. Or for something a little different, pick our knot-front bridal gown in soft blush peach – it makes a gorgeous plus size bridesmaid dress too and is available with a matching bridal shrug.






So, what’s the prize?  Well, now…


Simply Be – the online retailer for plus size fashion, exclusively for sizes 14 – 32 – are offering one lucky Brides Up North reader the chance to win an online shopping spree worth up to £300!


That’s £300 (!!!) of new clothes, shoes or accessories, bridal or otherwise, to brighten up the most depressing and financially stretched month of the year.  Sounds pretty amazing to me!  Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to enter, but you can.  Bah!


All you need to to in with the chance of winning is leave a comment on this here blog post stating why you think you should win*.  Simples.  And no worries, your data will not be passed on to any third party, ever.  Even more simples. 


The competition is open now (get commenting!) and will close at midnight on Sunday 3rd February 2013.


Go, go, go!



*Winner will be drawn at random. The judges’ decision is final.  No cash alternative.  The winner’s contact details will be passed to Simply Be to allow you to claim your prize.


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  • vicki
    January 20, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I think I should win as I would share the prize with my mum so she could get a special outfit as mother of the bride :)

  • Val
    January 20, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I think I should win because I fell in love with the Evelyn dress and it would suit me perfectly.
    So if I win I could buy it.

  • Natalie
    January 21, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I think I should win because I would look magnificent in the Isabella dress and I could surprise my new hubby with some fabulous new underwear for our wedding night!

  • Barbara
    January 21, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I would love to win because I’m in love with the ‘Marilyn’ – it’s so unusual and just my style!

  • Kari Mason
    January 21, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I would love to win this amazing competition as I’m a plus size girl who is currently pregnant and due to be chief bridesmaid at my little sisters wedding in April when I will be extremely pregnant. We’re yet to find the perfect bridesmaid dress. This is where simply be could come to the rescue. Winning would also have the added bonus of plus size maternity wear and clothes that will fit me after the birth. Come on Lady Luck shine on me xxx

  • Kelly
    January 22, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I would love to win, we are currently saving for our wedding after I had my son nearly 2 years ago, since then ive struggled to lose the bit exra weight i put on and have felt very self conscious of my body, im sure winning this and finding the perfect dress to fit i will feel beautiful again x

  • Caroline
    January 22, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I’d love to win this competition. I was diagnosed with a disability in 2010 and since then I have lost all confidence in my body. I used to love my curves, now I just see a fat blob. Hubby to be is constantly telling me that I’m beautiful and, just for once, I’d love to feel it myself.

  • Melissa
    January 23, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    Wow, I’d love to win this prize. We haven’t set a date yet although we are hoping for a beautiful vintage-styled wedding and these dresses and accessories look picture perfect for what I’m after. We are both self-employed and money is tight, plus with the very sad losses of my mum to pancreatic cancer 11 years ago this year and my partner’s mum last summer (to lung cancer) I am dreading going wedding dress shopping… The thought of going it alone makes me terribly sad. To be able to order a few lovely things from the comfort of home will certainly take the edge off. Thank you for the opportunity x

  • Hannah
    January 23, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I think I should win becuase we live with my parents so we can save to buy our first home and pay for our wedding at the end of the year, and any extra towards the wedding, will go towards the deposit :)

  • Sarah
    January 23, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I’d love to win this prize because I looked in my wardrobe the other day and realised most of my clothes were ten years old or more. Tatty bottomed trousers, shirts with white stains on the armpits, faded jumpers and nothing that fits right. I need some new clothes for my honeymoon in Lake Como – or else I’m going to give the British a bad name by looking an utter scruff.

  • Linda
    January 23, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess, Lets call her Linda ;0) Linda worked hard all day long, and was saving all of her gold coins for the day her prince made her his wife :)

    One day, (whilst strolling through the proverbial internet forest!) she stumbled upon a beautiful cottage with a sign on the door saying “Brides up north”. She opened the door and looked inside. It was full of wonderful, beautiful, SPARKELY things. She couldnt believe her eyes!
    She explored the house, inspired by the gorgeous ideas!

    She wondered into the room marked Simply Be and browsed through pages and pages of gorgeous clothes, and stunning accessories!

    “Oh I wish I could have these for MY big day”, she exclaimed!

    As if by magic, and with a POOF of light – her Brides up North, and Simply Be fairy godmothers appeared from no where , and made her dreams come true! :)

    (And of course -) they all lived happily ever after :) (with new shoes, what girl would not!!) :) )) x

  • aj
    January 25, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    would love to win some new clothes for my honey moon as my partner as seen me in the same clothes a thousand times and now they are looking old im beginning to feel dwodey no bride should feel like this.

  • janine
    January 25, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    would be great to have honeymoon clothes that will cost more than my wedding :)

  • claire woods
    January 25, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I don’t think I should win but I’d like to win. I would love to find the perfect wedding dress and they cost so much money. This would really help out.

  • Stephanie Clarke
    January 26, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    My mum and me are a larger sized girl
    Wedding soon, we’re in a whirl.
    Bridal and accessories would be a dream
    With Simply Be I’ll look supreme

  • Julia Briscoe
    January 26, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I would love to win because I love the clothes on Simply Be and some of the dresses would be perfect for my wedding.

  • kelly johnson
    January 26, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    i have been engaged to my partner for 8 years and whenever the conversation arises we all ways say we will get married next year and never do. for the past month my eldest daughter who is 5yrs has been talking about it alot saying that mummys and daddys should be married so we have finally decided to do it this year unfortunately we are doing it on a budget as one wage does not go far in a houshold of 4 so i would love to win this as i do not think i could find anything as gorgeous as these on my budget i would deffinatley be one happy bride :) good luck everyone

  • Claire Morrison
    January 29, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I would love to win, my wedding is in 7 months and so much to buy still, this all looks gorgeous!

  • Ashley Hamilton
    January 29, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I would like to nominate my partner for this amazing prize. She works 40 hours plus per week and has absolutely no money when her wage comes.I have struggled to get a job therefor she is working extra shifts to pay for our wedding. She Is my rock and I would love to give her this prize. x

  • stacy
    January 30, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I would love to win this prize for my MOH, she is going through a tough time at the minute and this would brighten up her day sooo much. we have yet to choose her bridesmaid dress and this would be an amazing chance to find a dress that suits her best.
    I would love to suprise her with something like this, maybe in the same way i asked her to be my MOH and we both cried x

  • fern
    January 30, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I should win as my best friend is marrying my brother in november and its amazing to see the two people you love most so happy, the only problem is, im skint after being made redundant in aug (have a job now but poor pay) and i would love to treat her <3

  • Marie Halstead
    January 31, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    Please pick me, wedding in September :-) xx

  • Ann Hanley
    February 1, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I live in australia and your blog is being my saviour for planning my wedding!!!
    I’d give this voucher to my mam so she could get a mother of the bride outfit, being so far away sucks sometimes as i wont be able to go out shopping with and she missed me trying on my dress so this would be an amazing little thank you present to her.

    Loving your work Julia!!! ;)

  • Katherine L
    February 1, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    It’s been indeed a gray and dreary month … hard to think of wedding preparations at a time like this! I’d love to win as we are looking for a maid of honour dress for me for a wedding in July. It hasn’t been great financially but my friend deserves THE best wedding, as the photos will last a lifetime. I know winning this will give her some relief, knowing that at least my bit will be taken care of for her wedding :)

  • lynn neal
    February 2, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I should win because i would give this to my lovely daughter so she could choose something special for her big day in March!

  • tracey denby
    February 2, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    i think i should win this as we are struggling to get things together for our wedding, so £300 would go so far xx

  • nat davies
    February 3, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I really need to win this for my fiancee

  • Lucy Earnshaw
    February 3, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I think I should win as I’m plus size and proud! But have recently been put down by a bridezilla who chose a bridesmaid dress that only went to a size 16!(and a small one at that!) I am having to pay for it to be majorly altered to fit and made to feel ashamed about my size! Oh and all the other BM’s were 6′s and 8′s great! Would live a wardrobe refresh to pick me back up and have something great to wear next time I see everyone!

  • Lindsay Burdis
    February 3, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    Not trying for the sympathy vote here, but I’m getting married later this year. My mam passed away eight years ago and although I’m excited to be getting married, I’m struggling to get excited about going dress shopping without the one person every girl should have with her. Online dress shopping at Simple Be sounds like the perfect way to find the perfect dress so I can once again get all gooey over cakes instead!

  • Petra Hora
    February 3, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    I am getting married this year, our wedding is going to be very low key on a budget so this will help us a lot. I am size 14 after having our baby so Simple Be sounds perfect for me.

  • maureen.m
    February 3, 2013 | Permalink | Reply

    This prize would be a kick start for a 2014 wedding.

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