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LOVE Bridesmaids at LOVE Bridal Boutique. Introducing Maids To Measure To The North West!

June 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

Suddenly find yourself with a gaggle of glamorous gals to dress? A host of different sizes and styles?  Hope they go easy on you on the hen do? Thought so.  Time to win some serious brownie points then…

You need LOVE Bridesmaids in your life. 

Diarise this:

Brides Up North favourites LOVE Bridal Boutique will be officially launching LOVE Bridesmaids at a fabulous catwalk event on Sunday 29th June at Styal Lodge in Cheshire, to give brides and their maids a first hand experience of LOVE and Maids To Measure.

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

Tell Brides Up North about your launch event?

Emma says: The gorgeous team from Maids To Measure will be on hand on the day to offer brides and their maids advice on the perfect style for them, with a catwalk show to show off their gowns. We will also have a hair and make-up station on offer to give styling inspiration with Paisley Gamble hair stylist and Gemma Hallowell make-up artist. Shoe designer Charlotte Mills will be there with her brand new collection, plus bridesmaid underwear from Pompadour Lingerie and lots of other little surprises too! It promises to be a fabulous event!

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

Why have you decided to stock bridesmaid dresses?

Ever since we opened the boutique back in 2012 we have toyed with the idea of stocking bridesmaid dresses, but kept coming back to the fact that our brides are the focus of everything we do and we didn’t want to take away from that. We are dedicated to creating a very special exclusive, private and intimate atmosphere when a bride comes into the boutique ensuring that she will have the boutique to herself for the duration of her appointment. For this reason it was a challenge for us to find a way to offer bridesmaid dresses and maintain the experience that brides love us for and are telling all their friends about. But at the same we wanted to offer those very same brides who have been asking (telling!) us for the past 2 years… ‘If only LOVE did bridesmaid dresses…’

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

Why did you choose to stock Maids To Measure?

I first made contact with Sinclair at Maids To Measure when we first opened LOVE to say how much I loved their dresses as I had already sent quite a few of my brides their way, as their style fit so beautifully with our bridal dress collection and whilst we weren’t then in a position to stock their gowns, we would continue to be a huge advocate of theirs by recommending them to our brides. Well, lots of emails and chats followed, including a few chance encounters at award ceremonies particularly at the You & Your Wedding Awards where we both won our respective categories of Best New Bridal Retailer and Best Bridesmaids Retailer!!

When we received our invitation to preview their latest collection this year I then contacted Sinclair to say we finally might have a way to stock their beautiful dresses so just wanted to chat it through with them and see the new collection! So we went, we saw and we are now currently the only North-West stockist of this stunning collection.

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

What price are we looking at?

Maids to Measure dress prices start at £265 and this price excludes any alteration fees required.

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

How will Maids To Measure work at LOVE?

Due to the set up of the boutique and the fact that only one appointment will ever take place at one time, we will be setting up a pop up Maids to Measure boutique one Sunday every month for LOVE Bridesmaids, to give brides and their maids the opportunity to try and buy dresses from the Maids to Measure collection on this day only. A list of recommended seamstresses will be provided in order for maids to book appointments with them directly at their convenience.

From placing an order for a Maids to Measure gown the standard delivery time will be around 12 weeks. Rush orders are available at an additional cost.

LOVE Bridesmaids - Maids To Measure at LOVE Bridal Boutique

For more information about LOVE Bridesmaids and to register for their exciting upcoming event please email bridesmaids@lovebridalboutique.co.uk or call 0161 941 6446.

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Bespoke Bridesmaids! An Exclusive First Look At The New Collection By Jessica Bennett Bespoke Bride

May 27th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Jessica Bennett Bespoke Bride

This afternoon I’m excited to be bringing you a sneak peek at the newest bridesmaids’ collection from one of my sponsors, Jessica Bennett Bespoke Bride.  We’ve heard from Jessica before about the benefits of going bespoke for your bridal gown, and now your bridesmaids can get involved too.

We’d usually wait for a full set of editorial images before leaking news of any big launch, but the lovely ladies at Jessica Bennett Bespoke Bride have agreed to share some preview images on these pretty pages first. 

Very special and super exclusive, this is a small collection which encompasses styles and silhouettes to suit every type of wedding and bridesmaid. Within the collection there are styles that can be worn together for those brides that wish to mix and match or there are styles that can be tweaked and altered to suit each bridesmaid when a group girls are being asked to wear the same dress.

I’ve a feeling your best girls are going to love these…

Jessica Bennett Bespoke Bride

Jessica says: We have found that our clients love the opportunity to tweak the designs to make them extra unique and bespoke to their wedding. Our brides are able to choose the colours and fabrics and what type of support the dresses have.  Most of the dresses in the collection can have extra boning in the bodice to give additional support and a super luxe finish.

Jessica Bennett Bespoke Bride  

When designing the collection we wanted to try and move away from the traditional bridesmaid’s dress to a collection whereby the girls themselves will love the dresses they are being asked to wear and feel comfortable knowing they can alter the designs to best suit their body shape and feel at their best.

Jessica Bennett Bespoke Bride

We’re really excited to be able to launch this range in addition to our couture wedding dress service. The collection will continue to expand over the coming months as we introduce new designs.

Jessica Bennett Bespoke Bride

Jessica Bennett Bespoke Bride

If you are interested in finding out more about Jessica’s bespoke bridesmaids range please get in touch at info@jessicabennettbespokebride.co.uk to book a consultation. 

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Ice Cream Maids. High Street Honey: Ted Baker

May 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Ted Baker - Remma

If you’re one of the many Brides Up North picking a pretty pastel colour palette for your big day this summer, you’re in luck, for the Great British High Street is awash with options.  Topping our High Street Honey charts is staple favourite Ted Baker, who we think has batted one out of the park with it’s summer 2014 collection.

Flirty dipped hems, cute creases, pretty pleats and delicate details… this collection is as unique as it is charming, and although some of the price points are at the top of the usual bridesmaid budget, the pieces are oh so special. And very, very wear again (and again, and again) able.

Dress your maids in these ice cream shades and you’ll be one popular Mrs.

High Street Honey - Ted Baker

Top Image:  Remma, £449

Faybll, £179

Priscil, £159

Iberis, £179

Pheabea, £149

Josa, £149

Verity, £179

Fayth, £999

Halina, £179

All Ted Baker

 

All prices were correct at the time of going to press.

To check out Ted Baker’s (gorgeous) full collection of fancy frocks click here.

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Blossoming Bridesmaids

May 12th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Did you catch our exciting news on Thursday?  The Brides Up North team has grown!  The lovely Rachel joins our editorial team, and you’ll be hearing a lot more from her every week on these pretty pages. Opening the blogging for another beautiful week, it’s our Rach, on blossoming bridesmaids…

twobird Classic Gowns long in Coral, twobirdsbridesmaid.co.uk 

The Classic Gown by twobirds bridesmaid 

Rachel says: You’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid which is a great honour – you’re excited and flattered though you can’t help feeling ever so slightly anxious as you wait to find out what dresses the bride will pick for you and your fellow maids. Will it be a flattering colour, fit, style? Or are you going to be thrust into the limelight feeling massively uncomfortable while the entire experience is captured on camera? Even if you weren’t keen on the dress choice you’d have to grin and bear it right? It’s ultimately the bride’s decision, it’s her big day and you don’t want to add to her pre-wedding stress now do you?

I feel there may be one exception to this underlying rule though – a bridesmaid with a baby bump.  I have great admiration for these ladies – especially those who will be approaching their due date when the big day arrives.

Alfred Sung style M423, www.dessy.com

Alfred Sung style M423

Not only does a pregnant bridesmaid have to worry about what she will look like and how she feel at the point the wedding arrives, but also who are the other bridesmaids and how will she compare on the day with a hefty bump, enhanced breasts and the strong possibility of a sweaty, I mean glowing, appearance?

I feel mutual respect is key in such as situation – it is ultimately the bride’s decision, but she should take the feelings of her pregnant bridesmaid into account when selecting the bridesmaids’ attire so that all maids feel equally comfortable and attractive.

Dessy Collection style 2904, www.dessy.com

Dessy Collection style 2904

Dessy Collection style 2909, www.dessy.com

Dessy Collection style 2909

Dessy Collection style 2913, www.dessy.com

Dessy Collection style 2913

One option for pregnant maids is to buy a regular bridesmaid dress several sizes too big and get it altered by a seamstress nearer the time. This can work out fine though it is rather difficult for a bride to predict what stage her fluctuating weight gain will be at on the big day or in which areas she is going to expand. Therefore, in order to avoid numerous costly alterations and the dress being chopped and changed within an inch of its life, brides should consider what styles and fabrics of dresses will be most flattering and forgiving on their pregnant maids.

twobirds - High-lo Gown with sash, twobirdsbridesmaid.co.uk

twobirds – High-lo Gown (above and below, with and without sash)

twobirds - High-lo Gown without sash, twobirdsbridesmaid.co.uk

Another option is to choose a maternity specific dress in the same colour and fabric as the other maids’ dresses, or alternatively, choose a maternity-friendly dress for all your maids that the pregnant bridesmaid can buy simply buy in a slightly larger size for that little extra space.

Designers including Dessy and Alfred Sung have maternity specific dresses as well as designs more suitable for pregnant maids such as pretty A-line dresses and floor-length, flowing frocks. Meanwhile, twobirds is a great example of a designer with maternity-friendly options that will look equally attractive on pregnant and non-pregnant maids. Its Classic Gown (top image) has an empire waistline below the breasts which provides some support while its straps can be tied in 15 different ways for various looks and further support for those that need it. The loose jersey-blend material skims over bumps beautifully for an overall flattering appearance. The designer’s latest Hi-Lo Gown (above) is another maternity friendly option. It’s a strapless dress but with a built in bra in the same comfortable material as the Classic Gown which can be worn with a sash, to cinch the waist, or without a sash for a fabulous floaty feel.

Watters Bridesmaids Juniper style 3535, www.watters.com

Watters Bridesmaids Juniper style 3535

Watters Bridesmaids Max style 5537, www.watters.com

Watters Bridesmaids Max style 5537

Wtoo bridesmaid style 919, www.wtoo.com

Wtoo bridesmaid style 919

Now there’s just the question of suitable shoes to consider!

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Here Come The Girls! High Street Honey: Monsoon

February 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

High Street Honey Monsoon

1. Effie Dress, £169;  2. Dallas Dress, £109;  3. Ava Dress £99;  4. Ania Dress, £139;  5. Crissy Dress, £119;  6. Evina Dress, £179;  7. Beatrice Dress, £139;  8. Bonnie Dress, £89;  9. Lyra Dress, £139;  10. Lainie Maxi, £179;  11. Lorena Maxi, £119;  12. Lyra Maxi, £179. 

You know we’re not adverse to a bit of high street browsing here at Brides Up North HQ in our quest to uncover the prettiest bridesmaid offerings and bridal accoutrements out there – in boutiques, online and by pounding the pavement.  It’s a hard job… yaddah yaddah yaddah. 

This afternoon, step forward Monsoon, with their tonal selection of pretty gowns in a wash of muted red, white and blue.  Given our recent weather, Monsoon may not be the best named retailer on the block, but in terms of bridal party offerings, it’s as good as a day on the beach. 

Click here to check out my other recent High Street Honey finds

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Bridesmaid Mecca. High Street Honey: Coast

January 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Researching for our regular Friday Fabulous feature is no great hardship –  I love scouring the interwebs for the prettiest new things.  It sometimes hurts my credit card, but other than that, the pleasure is all mine.  Chancing upon something really rather lovely from Coast for this afternoon’s coveted spot (wait and see), I decided to stick around and browse the rest of this High Street Honey’s new Spring collection.

High Street Honey Coast S14

All dresses by Coast:  Amorette, in naturals, £150; Venus, in yellow, £95; Riley, in orange, £135; Poppy, in green, £125; Tulia, in pink, £165; Mandy, in naturals, £125; Glamour Bow, in orange, £160; Lori Lee Lace, in grey, £125; Mirabella, in yellow, £125; Aloisa, in white, £350; Carraway, in blue/ silver, £160; Darling, in white, £295

As I said at the end of last year, in 2014 I’ll be checking out all the most popular High Street retailers (and lesser known online finds too) and picking our favourite looks for, so that you don’t have to.  No gorgeous gowns get past me!  Whether it’s bridesmaids dresses you need, a frock for your reception dinner or heading off on honeymoon, we’ll have it covered.

Let me tell you ladies, if you are in the market for bridesmaid dresses this season, I think we’ve just found heaven.  Usually strong on this front, those fabulous people at Coast HQ have just raised the bar that little bit higher. 

The lines come in sizes 6 to 18, are pretty affordable and with a new petites range just added, this wedding blogger is seriously impressed.  Here’s my top picks for maids and mates.  Gather your girls, but hands off Riley, she’s all mine!

 

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Here Come The Girls! Princess Frocks & Westwood Heels For A Bridesmaids’ Shoot In The North West

September 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Jules Fortune Photography

I just love it when when of my real brides stays in touch, even after the big day.  We first met Kirsty on the wedding blog last winter, when I featured her gorgeous Christmassy real wedding (images that time by Jonny Draper Photography) and now she’s back – and she’s bringing her best girls with her – for a bridal shoot with a difference.  Brides Up North, here come the girls…

With images by Jules Fortune Photography.

Jules Fortune Photography

Kirsty says:  The inspiration for the shoot came from the lovely ladies at the boutique I purchased the Bridesmaids dresses from – Judith and Emily at Just Gorgeous.  On one of the many visits to the boutique during the wedding planning we talked about doing something fun after the ‘Big Day’ – a funky shoot with picnics and fizz. A friend of Emily’s has a VW camper van in the same vibrant red as the girls dresses – We jumped at the opportunity.

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

The bridesmaids were all so in love with the fabulous 50′s style dresses that they couldn’t wait to dust them off and hit the lens one more time! and I of course had to join them.  We’d set the date – borrowed picnic hampers, blankets and the camper van… it was full steam ahead!

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

I of course wore my amazing wedding dress! My dress was by White Rose. On the big day I teamed the dress with sparkly Jimmy Choo’s but opted for boots (hidden under the dress!) for the shoot.  I wasn’t risking sinking my heels into sodden grass…

The Bridesmaids wore 50′s style Lou Lou dresses with gorgeous Vivienne Westwood heels. 

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

We decided to use Whitaker Park, Rossendale as it’s lovely quiet parkland would be perfect for the ‘look’. Rossendale Museum & Art Gallery is also situated on the park and we were kindly invited in to continue the shoot when the heavens opened! The park is also close to Jules’ fabulous studio so it was only a short drive – needless to say the windscreen was almost covered with my frock and we did get some funny looks!

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

The day was such good fun! A great girlie day and a must do for those Brides that get the chance. We had such a giggle, I remember having to reposition the cakes on the cake stand because one of the bridesmaids had taken a chunk out of one proclaiming she was starving!  It’s nice to dig out your dress once again and the photographs are great.

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

When I get round to it I’m going to frame the photographs. The shots are fantastic, Jules really captured us having fun and the images don’t look staged at all. We didn’t realise Jules was there at times!  

Jules Fortune Photography

Little Black Book

Photographer – Jules Fortune Photography 

Bridal Boutique – Just Gorgeous, Crawshawbooth

Bouquets – Love Bouquets, Bury

Bridesmaids – Danielle Carss, Kat Carss & Victoria Borg

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Milk Maids: Would You Dress Your Wedding Party In White?

August 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime

(c) J Davies Photography

Image © J Davies Photography

Last time you met, she wanted you to wear colour on your wedding day – and now she wants you to put your bridesmaids in white!  Our regular guest blogger Rachel of Mosaic Brides keeps on arguing the case for turning the tables on traditional bridal fashion.  Over to you, Rach!

Rachel says: In my last Brides Up North feature I asked if brides-to-be dare to deviate from a traditionally white wedding by wearing a coloured dress. This time I’m switching things around to discuss if it’s acceptable to dress bridesmaids in white – or should the pure hue be reserved for brides only?

While I often to-and-fro over what colours my maids will wear (when that day finally arrives) white has never cropped up, not even on my maybe list. But having recently noted a rise in the number of brides dressing their main girls in white or ivory, I’m finally starting to warm to the idea.

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Good Morning Beautiful! A Supplier Showcase – PLUS 10% OFF For Wedding Blog Readers

July 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It really is a beautiful morning isn’t it… following a very special weekend, where all of the UK’s wishes seemed to come true all at once!  Blinding sunshine, a Lions win and a straight sets victory at Wimbledon for our very own Andy Murray.  If (like my friends Matt and Charlotte) you said “I do” this weekend, you sure picked a blinder! So, what better time to spring out of bed, and welcome Bella of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Good Morning Beautiful to the wedding blog?!

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And to make things even more rosy, Good Morning Beautiful are offering Brides Up North readers a 10% discount for purchases made before 1st September, using discount code BRIDESUPNORTH10 at the checkout.  Go forth, shop!

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Why and when did you decide to launch Good Morning Beautiful – what is your story?

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My husband, Fiachra, and I got married in September 2012 and I was desperate to find bridesmaids’ presents that were unique, that my girls would love but that weren’t particularly ‘bridal’. I wanted them to have a great memento from the day, but thought it was a waste of money to buy them gifts they might never look at again! I searched for ages (and bought loads of presents!) but couldn’t find exactly what I was after. I knew our photographer, Katharine Peachey, would be there in the morning to photograph us getting ready and this sparked the idea that non-traditional ‘bridal’ dressing gowns could make the girls feel comfortable in her presence, look awesome in the photos and be used again and again after the wedding. There wasn’t a huge amount of choice for us, but this idea stayed with me and, on a very cold October morning we decided to just go for it and start Good Morning Beautiful. Originally we were going to focus solely on brides and their bridal parties – with the name ‘Married in the Morn’ – but out on a long ‘business chat’ walk I exclaimed to Fiachra “Women should feel beautiful every day, not just on their wedding day!” Good Morning Beautiful’s personality – and mission – really was formed from that point onwards.

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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What is the Good Morning Beautiful “philosophy”?

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We know we won’t change the world one dressing gown at a time, but our philosophy is that every woman deserves to feel beautiful, every day. We believe that the simple act of popping on a gorgeous gown can make your day feel a little brighter and make you feel a little more beautiful. You don’t have to be a particular shape, size or ‘look’ to look and feel gorgeous in our gowns and that, I think, is the beauty of them.

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Tell us about your range of gowns, fabric, colours and styles?

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Our first collection, the Rosalie collection, consists of a bright floral print in five colours (white, black, red, blue, purple) and two styles, long and short. The dressing gowns are made from soft Indian cotton here in the UK. We plan, over the next few months, to introduce our second collection so stay tuned!

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Where are your gowns produced?

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Right here in good ole Blighty! It was really important to us to support the UK manufacturing industry and guarantee the very best quality for our customers. The UK manufacturing industry has some really fantastic characters, many of whom are carrying on family businesses, and we are proud to be involved in it.

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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All the models on your site are your real life friends (and very nice they look too)!  Why did you decide on this approach?

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Quite frankly, I was tired of seeing models and thinking ‘but I’ll never look like her in that’! As our philosophy is that every woman deserves to feel beautiful, every day, why not use ‘real women’ to show off our gowns? Our gowns come in sizes 8-22 and we wanted to reflect, in our website, what we believe as a company. The main model was actually one of my bridesmaids, too, as were three of the others! It was fantastic to be surrounded by friends during the photo-shoot, too. Our photographer was Katharine Peachey again, as we loved her so much after our wedding, my friend Gemma Conley-Smith, who works in fashion, styled the shots and my pal Anna Allen (www.skinandblisterblog.com) was in charge of hair and make-up. My ‘veil lady’, the wonderful Margaret Byrne over at Sale-based Dream Veils lent me veils to use – it really was a family affair!

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Why should a bride choose to wear a Good Morning Beautiful gown on her wedding day?

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The feeling a bride gets on her wedding morning is second to none. There’s excitement, a little nervousness and a strange amount of calm – all going on at once! The last thing you want to feel is self-conscious when people are popping in and out and you’re sitting there in your hair rollers and no make up on! Our dressing gowns are so easy to take on and off, protecting your hair and make-up, and add a touch of glamour to start your day off in the best way. Wearing a gown will also mean that every time you wear it post-wedding you’ll be reminded of your big day – particularly if you take it on honeymoon! One of our brides told me that her husband loves when she wears her gown around the house because it always reminds him of their incredible honeymoon, which is pretty awesome!

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Do they make good gifts for the bridal party?

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Our dressing gowns make fantastic gifts for the bridal party because they are, first and foremost, gorgeous! They are fantastic mementos from the day that will make your best girls feel special, and, importantly, more relaxed in front of your photographer that they might be in old PJs. The dressing gowns are ageless, so equally appropriate for your mum or grandma, or your 15 year old bridesmaid, and they add a special touch to the getting ready preparations. My big bit of advice, however, is don’t forget the mums – they will care! (My mum now has two to make up for my previous oversight!)

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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What sizes are available?

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Our sizes run from a size 8-22 and, as we have two lengths (knee and ankle length) we can cater for most heights, too.

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price? Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers? 

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The short dressing gowns are £54 and the long gowns are £60, including postage and packaging to a UK address.

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I loved Brides Up North when I was planning my wedding (particularly as we moved to Hale 8 weeks before the big day!) and so we’d love to offer your readers a 10% discount for purchases made before 1st September, using discount code BRIDESUPNORTH10 at the checkout.

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What can Brides Up North expect when they use your service?

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Brides Up North can expect high-quality products that they – and their friends with love – delivered with a personal touch. We really care about our customers and, as such, welcome questions and queries directly to me.

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How does Good Morning Beautiful provide a superior experience to other online accessory retailers?

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We really care about the personal touch. I have so many of our customers emailing me about sizing, or colour suggestions, or just to say hello and every email or tweet back comes directly from me. Wedding planning – and indeed present buying – can get stressful at times, so I see it as my job to take that stress away and just leave our customers with beautiful dressing gowns they can treasure.

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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How are your products packaged? 

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Everyone deserves gift wrap! Our gowns come in beautiful cotton gift bags, which can be used again and again and we use acid-free tissue paper to protect the gowns in transit.

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or find out more?

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To find out more you can find us at www.goodmorningbeautiful.co.uk, tweet us, follow us on Pinterest or say hi on Facebook. You can also email me on bella@goodmorningbeautiful.co.uk anytime!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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The Editorials: Maids In Heaven In Wedding Magazine

May 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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The Editorials is a series bringing the offline bridal freelance writing that I do on a monthly basis for numerous glossy magazines (both National and regional) online. 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog in Wedding Magazine

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Although the blog has been whirring away as usual these last eight weeks, with a small baby it’s harder to get to the shops – so my lovely friends at Wedding Magazine have just sent me a job lot of glossies to catch up on.  Today, we visit their April/ May issue, and my column about keeping your team on side.  After all, you want some friends at the end of it all, don’tcha?

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I wrote: These days, bridesmaid duty doesn’t have to equal sartorial disaster. There are plenty of options out there for dressing your best girls and still staying friends at the end of it all. Not a hoop skirt or Little Bo Peep impersonator in sight, unless you are being intentionally ironic!

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Whilst a strong vintage, alternative or high glamour focus might demand a certain look, there’s nothing worse than overstepping the mark between theming and fancy dress. Once you’ve chosen your own dress, the best bet is a set of bridesmaid frocks that will flatter and contrast with your own styling and suit your chosen venue. And when it comes to adhering to a chosen dress code, the bridal party always should lead by example.

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Consider your wedding day colour choices and inspirations carefully, but don’t feel that every collar and cuff has to match. Think about what will look best in your wedding photographs: bridesmaids’ should help to create a beautiful background to show off their leading lady. Try offsetting an all-white palette with deeper tones in the Winter, choose all over florals for a fresh and contrasting Spring time look or complimentary rosy hues for warmer weather.

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Katy Lunsford Photography

Image by Katy Lunsford Photography

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You First

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Pick your own gown first. You might be dead set on a certain style, but tastes are often known to change once shopping starts. That way, you can be sure that your style selections will enhance the overall look. A sash of lace around a bridesmaid’s waist can set off a matching wedding dress beautifully.

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Cat Hepple Photography

Image by Cat Hepple Photography

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Maids To Measure

Image by Maids To Measure

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Would It Work For You?

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Be fair. If you wouldn’t be seen dead in it, why should your best mate? Do show some consideration of their shape, size and usual style. Do they all have to wear exactly the same? Equally, remember that your guests do know you, and how tall you are. Forcing your girls into unflattering flats or sky high heels when they would rather be wearing the opposite is just cruel, and discourages dancing. That’s never a good thing.

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Sarah Gawler

Image by Sarah Gawler

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Shop Around

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Don’t feel pressured to buy for your bridesmaids in the same boutique as your wedding gown. Whilst this can be advantageous in terms of ease and pricing, there is no need to narrow your options if you want to look elsewhere. Gems can be found in independent fashion boutiques, online, via the big name bridal houses and never, ever rule out the Great British High Street.

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Steve Gerrard Photography

Image by Steve Gerrard Photography

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Belle & Beau Photography

Image by Belle & Beau Photography

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Dare To Be Different

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Just because everyone is working rainbow brights, contrasting cuts or pastel pales doesn’t mean that you have to. My favourite bridesmaid styles this year have all been in elegant tones and classic shapes with a quirky twist. Don’t shy away from unexpected colours or a bit of embellishment. After all, everyone loves to sparkle.

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Jonny Draper Photography

Image by Jonny Draper Photography

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