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Makin’ Rainbows. A Cute & Colourful Styled Wedding Shoot In Northumberland

February 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Adamskii Photography for Emma Bunting at Alnwick Garden

On Monday I featured an ethereal and romantic styled shoot showing off the gorgeous designs of Claire Pettibone at The Alnwick Garden (want to see? Click here to catch up).  Now it seems that the team involved are so skilled that they had time to turn the day on it’s head and produce a second shoot – something completely different – to show off Brides Up North Featured Supplier Emma Bunting’s skills (she makes beautiful bunting, like her name suggests)!

Bright, bold, a little whimsical and a lot of colourful.  I talk about talent all the time here at Brides Up North, but it just goes to show that whatever your style, these wedding professionals have it covered. 

Let’s infuse this Friday morning with rainbows!

Adamskii Photography for Emma Bunting at Alnwick Garden

Emma says:  I was given permission to use The Alnwick Garden whilst it was closed to the public to shoot Emma Bunting’s new Rainbow range. I wanted a fun and slightly offbeat look for a relaxed bride and groom – I think we achieved that with the look of our models and the quirky style. 

I hope you like our colourful creations and pick up some bright and beautiful ideas for your own big day. 

Adamskii Photography for Emma Bunting at Alnwick Garden

Emma Bunting and her team will be exhibiting at The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Alnwick Garden on Sunday 18th May 2014. A beautiful, excusive event in an extraordinary setting.  Closing our spring season for 2014, it’s set to be a magical day.  Be inspired! Click here to register for FREE ENTRY and your VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag.

Adamskii Photography for Emma Bunting at Alnwick Garden

Adamskii Photography for Emma Bunting at Alnwick Garden

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The Editorials: “Its All In The Detail”

January 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Helen Russell Photography

Helen Russell Photography 

It’s time for another online/ offline catch up folks.  The Editorials is a series I run occasionally here on the wedding blog, bringing the offline bridal freelance writing that I do on a monthly basis for numerous glossy magazines online. 

“It’s All In The Detail” was a piece penned by moi and first published in National Glossy, Wedding Magazine as a part of my Trend Alert series of columns (although it’s contents have been tweeted a few times since then)!  I hope it inspires you to accessorise wisely…

Its All In The Detail

I said:  No longer content with just the church, dress and swish wheels, trendsetting brides and grooms are thinking outside the box when it comes to the finer details of their big day.

This isn’t about following the crowd and installing a job lot of teacups, typewriters and the prerequisite bird cage table centres, but selecting unique props and decorating details that say something about the your individual tastes and interests and using them as a backdrop to your celebration.

Dan Jones Photography

Dan Jones Photography

Dan Jones Photography  

A plan is essential. It’s all too easy to get carried away at the car boot sales and lose sight of your initial vision. This isn’t an episode of ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’. Before the great rummage begins, consider your theming carefully and arm yourself with a wish list to avoid expensive mistakes. Consider enlisting the services of a prop hire or event styling specialist who will help you to bring more ambitious ideas to life.

SDS Photography

Middleton Lodge Wedding By Helen Russell Photography  (26)

CG Weddings by The Crawleys

SDS Photography, Helen Russell Photography, CG Weddings by The Crawleys 

A Personal Touch

Whatever decorating details you add to your big day, the most effective schemes will be those that really mean something to you as a couple. Travel mad? Vintage suitcases, picture postcards and grand old maps in place of table runners can add nostalgia and romance to your celebration. Love cycling? How about a bicycle made for two?

Helen Venables Photography

Jonny Draper Photography

Helen Venables Photography, Jonny Draper Photography 

Go Large

Some of the more popular grand schemes like festival or circus themed weddings need commitment to work. If in doubt, add bulk and colour – reams of rainbow streamers or paper pompoms en masse are a cheaper alternative to filling the room with flowers, and in some scenarios more definitely is more!

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Cassandra Lane Photography

Richard Wynn Davies, Helen Venables Photography

Chiconomics

Before embarking on a decorating extravaganza, remember to do your sums. Props and detailing should really be somewhere near the bottom of your budget and an optional extra rather than essential expense. Decide what’s more important to you – 100 Greek urns or your Santorini honeymoon (and I’m not judging!) and budget accordingly.

Jonny Draper Photography

Shelley Hughes Photography

Jonny Draper Photography, Shelley Hughes Photography

Nothing For The Sake Of It

Often, the most stylish weddings are the simplest affairs. Don’t feel pressured to over-style your day if a themed celebration just isn’t your bag. You can still add personal touches with your favourite flowers, photographs of loved ones or a carefully chosen playlist.

SDS Photography

SDS Photography

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Style It Up! Supplier Showcase: Ruby’s Tea Party PLUS Special Offer For Wedding Blog Readers!

January 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Ruby's Tea Party

Brand new Brides Up North readers (well, hello there!) will soon find out that as well as bringing you a double daily dose of wedding inspiration and wedding gown eye candy, we also work hard to showcase the very best wedding industry suppliers in your region (see our Directory for the evidence, or browse back through our posts with the category "Featured Supplier").  Leaving you more time for shoe shopping and, er, going down the pub. 

Today we meet Brides Up North Featured Supplier Karen of Ruby’s Tea Party, a pretty styling outfit based in the North East.  Karen’s got a special New Year’s discount just for Brides Up North readers up her sleeve, and wants a challenge: to make your wedding day as perfect as possible.  I’ve know Karen for quite a while after meeting at one of my Brides Up North Tweet Ups back in 2012, and it’s time for you to meet her…

Karen is offering  a 10% discount on the hire catalogue for any new bookings confirmed by 28th February 2014. Please quote Brides Up North upon enquiry.

Ruby's Tea Party

When and why did Ruby’s Tea Party begin? 

I set up Ruby’s Tea Party in the summer of 2011 because I spotted an opportunity to help brides and grooms with their special day. I noticed the trend towards serving afternoon tea was growing in popularity and I already had a small collection of vintage pieces at home so all I had to do was start collecting more!

Tell us about yourself?

My first ever job was working in the restaurant of a local pub at weekends. I got a real buzz from making sure people were happier when they left than when they arrived and so I went on to study Hospitality Management specialising in events. I worked for top end restaurants owned by celebrity chefs and a 5* hotel to perfect my craft and just fell in love with all things wedding.

Ruby's Tea Party

What services does Ruby’s Tea Party offer?

Ruby’s Tea Party began as a vintage china hire company and has grown from there. My hire collection includes all the vintage china you could ever need to serve afternoon tea as well as cutlery and linens. Over time I’ve found my collection growing and now I offer various props and decor items to help create an overall look in a venue. I finally left the ‘day job’ earlier this year to focus on Ruby’s Tea Party and since then I’m able to more involved and offer a venue dressing service or work with couples on a full venue styling package.

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Diary Date: Inspirational Wedding Weekend At Dandy Events

September 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Well would’ya look at that – this weekend Brides Up North doesn’t have a bridal event planned for you lot!  It’s a very rare weekend off for me and the Brides Up North team and I’ll be spending it celebrating my best friend’s wedding.  Yes, on my days off:  I go to weddings.  It figures, doesn’t it?

Dandy Events Inspirational Wedding Weekend

As I perform my bridesmaid duties for bride to be Victoria (Hello Vic!) – and party up a storm on the dance floor – I didn’t want to leave you high and dry, so I thought I’d pop by this afternoon to tell you about where you can get your wedding planning kicks this weekend.

Brides Up North Featured Supplier and friends at Dandy Events are hosting another of their fabulous weekend  showcase events at their premises on Scotswood Road in Newcastle.  Join Denise and her team of wedding design consultants to see how they can make your styling dreams come true.  Take it from me, I’m not talking about chair covers here – these guys are seriously good.   

There’s free bucks fizz, canapés, fantastic discounts and exclusive decor ideas to be had, plus one lucky bride will dinner for two at The Biscuit Factory.

Be there – 10am till 5pm, both Saturday and Sunday, this weekend.  No appointment necessary. 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Image © 2013 Dandy Events

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Shine On. Supplier Showcase: Carta Projects & Starlight Wedding Hire PLUS Exclusive 10% Discount For Wedding Blog Readers!

September 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Carta Projects courtesy of Papakata

This afternoon I’m happy to introduce a guy who can give your wedding that extra sparkle.  Martin of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Carta Projects (incorporating Starlight Wedding Hire) can add twinkle to your wedding teepee, marquee, function room, ballroom or even a village hall.  If you’ve got the imagination, he’s got the lighting.  And he’s offering a very special 10% off for Brides Up North readers…

Hi Martin, tell us about Carta Projects and Starlight Wedding Hire?

Carta Projects was formed last July, drawing on a 15 year career in technical theatre & 10 years in TV production, I decided to go back to my roots, providing and installing technical equipment for clients.  All our products incorporate LED technology, therefore we are an eco-friendly equipment supplier to the wedding and event industry, having a fantastic ‘carbon footprint’ and green credentials. 

Starlight Wedding Hire was set up to appeal to discerning brides and grooms.  We offer wedding packages in various price brackets so that the client is aware of the total cost upfront. 

We stock LED fairy lights, LED festoons, LED star-cloths, LED up lighting, LED projections, LED circle bars, LED dance-floors,LED mood lighting, LED effects and are soon to stock LED furniture. 

Carta Projects

Who makes up the team and what are your qualifications/ experience?

Carta Projects consists of two full-timers and freelance specialist technicians for deployment whenever and where-ever!  I am the Director of the company and the lead project manager and equipment specialist. I have specialism in technical stage management, event technical management, stage & TV rigging and working at height.  I also have the credentials of a TV production buyer, allowing me the ability and access to hire and purchase almost anything for any event – no matter how weird! Jo Radmall fulfils all the company administration, & Anil Patel is our senior technician, bringing his huge smile to your event – delivering and installing your equipment and also trained to complete any PAT testing of electrical products. Our freelance staff are fully experienced professionals from the event, wedding and theatrical industries.

Why should a Bride consider LED lighting hire for her wedding?  

LED lighting is an inexpensive way to TOTALLY transform your wedding reception (inside & outside) from a white box room,into a colourful reception -  the bride can choose whatever colour they wish.  They can have static colours, slow fading colours or eccentric ‘disco’ chasing light patterns. We also provide bespoke LED projections onto floors and walls with the happy couple’s names or any text they should desire.

Why does LED lighting make a wedding special and how can it enhance the décor of the celebration? Brides can hire a white dance floor and a white LED starry star-cloth alongside LED up-lighters.  Huge sparkly mirror balls can also give a fantastic effect!

Carta Projects

Tell us about your mobile bar hire and managed bar service?

We have a stunning 4.5 m LED circle bar available to hire, it is gorgeous as a cocktail bar, a bottle beer bar or even a water bar. We also work with the professional cocktail slingers at Spiritus to provide a first class cocktail experience. We can provide sumptuous cocktail menus or champagne  receptions.

Tell us about your LED dance floors?

We have the ONLY circular white LED starry dance Floor in the UK.  Stand out from the rest: instead of ‘standard’ square dance floors go circular! Wow your guests with a stunning 15′ diameter circle dance floor filled with LED stars in a twinkly wedding whirl!

Carta Projects

Why is your equipment the best?

All our products use LED technology, our bar uses lightweight stainless steel and aluminium and we also provide a PAT testing service, allowing any wedding or event client to get their equipment tested before being taken to the venue.
What sets you apart from other lighting companies? 

We stock bespoke event ideas and stunning first class equipment.

Carta Projects
What can a couple who book you expect on the day?

We can either work directly with the clients to provide all the best event equipment, or liaise with your wedding planners to create the most fantastic wedding reception!

Can you give us an idea on price?

Please see www.starlightweddinghire.co.uk for wedding lighting packages or www.cartaprojects.co.uk for our products price list.  

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

I would love to offer a 10% offer to your readers if they mention this feature in any quotation request.  Not available anywhere else!

Carta Projects
How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?

Visit our websites: www.starlightweddinghire.co.uk or www.cartaprojects.co.uk.  We will look forward to hearing from you!

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Fly The Flag! Supplier Showcase: Emma Bunting

July 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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(c) Assassynation for Brides Up North

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^^^That’s me up there^^^ – back in the early days of Brides Up North – pre leaving work as a lawyer to become a full time wedding blogger, very much pre baby (I’d kill for that muscle definition right now!), pre all our amazing branded bridal events – but post realisation that the Northern wedding industry is something very special indeed.

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Back in 2010, I first coined the phrase “Join The Northern Revolution” to encourage brides to think local and make the most of all the amazing bridal suppliers right on their doorstep.  It stuck, and it snowballed…

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Today I am thrilled to welcome back to these swirly pages one of the earliest supporters of my cause, and the lady behind that epic Union Jack bunting in the iconic Brides Up North image above, Featured Supplier, Emma Bunting.  Let’s, ahem, roll out the bunting and give her a warm welcome!

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How did Emma Bunting begin and what is your background?

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I’ve been lucky to have travelled most of my adult life, living and working in The States, Australia, Japan, Ireland and Sweden. I’ve worked for small organisations to large multinationals in marketing Communications, but it wasn’t until I moved back to the UK in 2004 that I picked up my first piece of fabric and started designing bunting. It was my daughter, Lottie, who asked me to make her some bunting with her name on that started it all off.  My daughter Lottie and my son Oliver continually inspire me, they make all of this worthwhile!

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I’ve always enjoyed interior design and love creating things that are fun – it’s great to have functionality, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style and quirkiness. I guess that’s why I love designers such as Philippe Starck.

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Tell us about your lovely bunting?

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A couple of people have suggested I have my bunting made in India – cheaper to produce therefore more profitable. Yes, this is true, but the Emma Bunting brand is about creating bunting, which is 100% made-in-Britain using, as much as possible, materials that are manufactured in Britain. Each piece is unique and tailor made to suit our individual clients requirements. I think that is why it works so well for weddings as we can offer brides something special that will last a lifetime. It is important to me that our brand represents quality craftsmanship, unique stylist British made bunting.

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Why do you think that bunting is popular for weddings?

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Bunting has always been popular for events, and is almost synonymous with traditional British parties. Bunting isn’t just for summer country vintage style weddings – we have worked with a varied client base using cottons, silks and satins in a range of colours and styles. Our bunting has adorned stylish London hotels, rural country houses and city halls. We work closely with the venue, which we find eases the pressure on the bride!

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To me, bunting is like Christmas decorations – it brings an air of festivity and fun to an event and once it comes down, the room is left feeling totally bare!

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Emma Bunting

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What materials do you use to make the bunting?

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We can create bunting out of almost anything from new fabric to vintage up-cycled clothing. We have twice worked with the BBC DIYSOS The Big Build programme, which helps families get back on the feet and helps them restart their lives. It is so much more than a DIY show. For the Children in Need Special in November 2012, we used hot air balloon fabric to create 80 metres of brightly coloured bunting for a children’s special needs centre in Edinburgh! It looked fantastic, but the fabric was so difficult to work with!

We have also created vintage denim jeans fabric for a photo-shoot, kite fabric for outdoor bunting and are currently working on creating vintage style bunting for an American multinational launching a new restaurant in London’s Covent Garden, which will involve us ageing the fabric.

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I think the way I look at it, if we can draw the design and cut it out, we can make it into bunting! I think the fabric needs to be able to move, so I’d probably steer away from anything too stiff such as oilcloths or leather, but everything else goes!

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Emma Bunting

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Did you find that orders for bunting increased following the Jubilee and Royal Wedding?

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The Royal Wedding was a real turning point for me – and I have Brides Up North to thank for that! I was asked to create Union Jack bunting for a rock chic photo-shoot with Brides Up North and photographer Assassynation at Danby Castle. I didn’t want to cut up pre-printed Union Jack bunting that you could easily pick up in any shop, but I wanted to create something unique. The design took a while to perfect, as it consisted of six hand cut pieces on vintage and new denim, but it was worth it.

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The photo of Julia and the bunting is still on e of my all time favourite bunting images and has been featured in several blogs and in several national magazines. We had such an influx of orders I decided to change my hobby (then called Little Bundles) into a full time business, rebranded to “Emma Bunting”.

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What other events can you make bunting for?

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We make a lot of personalized bunting for children, which make for perfect new-baby gifts. We also have a lot of corporate clients who are looking for something a bit different and stylish. We are unable to print onto the fabric, all our work is hand cut, so we are not able to copy everything of a corporate clients logo, but we work around the design sometimes simplifying it or changing it slightly. For some parties, we have put photos on the bunting – this would be especially great fun for hen parties!

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Do you have some ready-made designs for brides to choose from?

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Yes we do for our hire service. We have a current selection of nine different fabrics and colours, and will be adding to them over the summer. We have only been hiring bunting since the beginning of the year, so we are more than happy to talk to brides about possible new themes!

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If brides want to go bespoke, can you make bunting to any design? What is the process?

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The majority of our work is making bespoke bunting. Designing bunting from scratch is my favourite part of the process as it means I get to chat to the bride (or groom) about colours, styles and fonts. It’s my job to take an idea or colour scheme and create something visually exciting.

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The process is really quite straightforward. A typical order would involve brides either phoning or emailing me a style or idea, along with their colour theme. I like to see the wedding invitation so that it gives me an idea of the overall style, and where possible replicate parts of the invitation. I would sketch up an idea and email a couple of options for the bride, along with prices, which start from £12 per metre. We have put anything from initials to names on a bunting, and even a tandem bicycle for one couple! If necessary, we send out fabric samples. Once our bride is completely happy, we send out an invoice then the bunting will be dispatched about three weeks after receiving payment.

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What is your current favourite design and why?

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My personal favourite has to be the Lottie bunting – not only was it our first, but also it was named after my daughter. It’s a mixture of 100% cottons and cords in sage greens, pinks, natural whites and blues. I love this, as it’s pretty and quirky as it’s a mixture of patterns, plains and florals.

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Is there a particular design that is popular with your brides at the moment?

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A key trend this year has been lace. I think with the popularity of Downtown Abbey and then The Great Gatsby, we’ve seen a rise in brides telling us they want lace and pearls! Sadly, using vintage lace is just too price prohibitive, but new lace is just as beautiful.

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How does Emma Bunting provide a superior experience to other bunting or event decoration suppliers?

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The two main things we pride ourselves with are our customer service and our attention to detail.

The most important thing for me is that our clients are happy – if it takes weeks and weeks of designing and hunting for fabric samples, then that’s what it takes! We don’t churn out bunting that we think people want; we make personalised pieces that match the client’s precise requirements to suit style, taste and budget. I love all our brides and I hope they feel the same about working with us! Our manner of working is relaxed and good fun. I am contactable every day – any time.

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The only thing I won’t compromise on is our core ethos, which is providing stylish, beautifully handcrafted Unique British Bunting.

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Who would be your dream client?

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My dream clients would have to be the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. I admire them greatly and think they are fantastic role models for us all. I missed making their wedding bunting, but it’s not too late to make some personalized baby bunting – so Kate & Wills, if you’re reading this…

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Tell us about your bunting workshops?

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I am so passionate about my bunting and want to show people that it can be so much more than just cutting a few triangles and stitching them together!

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We started up workshops in my hometown Morpeth and they run once every two months. It’s a great way to get together and learn how to make something just a bit different. I teach people not only how to construct the bunting, but also how to use fabrics in a different way so that they can create their own design. This workshops run from The Sewing Box in Newgate Street.

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I would really like to take this idea further and host bunting workshops for hen parties. I think it would be a great way for all ages to get together and make something unique – whether you write a message on your own flag, or bling it up with lots of diamantes; it’s really up to you! We also have knicker and bra templates, so you can really have fun making some underwear bunting! These parties can be held anywhere. We would be able to offer Vintage Afternoon Tea as well, so you could spend the whole afternoon having fun making bunting, then finish with a lovely afternoon tea! We are working with Jesmond Dene House in Newcastle to offer such bunting & vintage tea party packages.

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Tell us about your online shop?

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We sometimes create one off quirky pieces with fun fabrics we have found – these are sold through our ETSY shop. We have an online eBay shop, and that sells remnant fabrics, bunting craft kits (which make perfect bridesmaids thank you gifts) and mini cake bunting (which can be personalized for the bride and groom). All the links to our stockists and online shops can be found at www.emma-bunting.co.uk/order.html

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Our two stockists are Just Perfect Event & Wedding Gallery – a permanent wedding gallery based in Cramlington (near Morpeth) and The Vintage Wedding Lady who not only plans your entire wedding, but also has masses of gorgeous vintage accessories and china.

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Can brides hire your bunting rather than buy it? What is involved?

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Yes, we started a hire service during summer 2012, and it’s really easy to hire! We are offering a package price that includes delivery, collection and laundry.

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All the brides need to do is decide on the colour scheme, advise of how much they need and when they need it. As easy as that! Our website details everything you need to know about our service.  We can put the bunting up for our brides, again, details of this service can be found on our website.

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Where are you located?

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Our workshop is in Morpeth, Northumberland, but we dispatch our bunting across the whole of the UK and further afield. If a bride would like a personal consultation, we can make an appointment to meet at Just Perfect in Cramlington.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price for purchase and hire?

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Our prices are reflective of our quality and complexity of the design.

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An example of our hire prices: 50m £105, 100m £180 and 150m £255. We are not the cheapest bunting around, but we work to the highest of standards and use the best quality fabrics. We are always available for our brides and will go out of our way to make the process as stress-free as possible for the bride-to-be.

Our plain bunting is £5 per metre and our bespoke prices are dependent on complexity and fabric chosen. Personalised wedding bunting starts at £15 per metre and is priced on complexity of the design and the finish of the lettering, which can include anything from glitter to hand-painted designs.

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For an individual quotation, please contact us.

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

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We update our Facebook page on a daily basis and tweet often at @EmmaBuntingUK. We also use Pinterest and Instagram to publish photos of our bunting. Our website www.emma-bunting.co.uk details all our company information and has links to everything you need to know about our bunting!

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Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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We would love to host a bunting hen party, either just to make bunting for your wedding, or to include afternoon tea! We can either come to a venue near you, or at a venue that we have already arranged. This really would make for a fun day that all ages can enjoy together! Plus you will be making your own wedding bunting – so having fun at the same time as making something for the wedding! Perfect

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Prices start from £150 for min 6 people, including all materials for 3 hours teaching, and additional £10 per person thereafter. Afternoon tea prices additional, price dependent on location and menu.

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STOP PRESS! Emma Bunting will be exhibiting at our brand new (and very beautiful) Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Alnwick Garden on Sunday 1st September 2013Click here for more details and to pre-register for your VIP Welcome Pack and Free Entry. 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 supplied by Emma Bunting

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Tie Me Up In A Ribbon! Supplier Showcase: Chair Covers North West PLUS 15% DISCOUNT For Brides Up North Readers!

February 16th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Pick a colour, any colour!  This afternoon, it’s down to the details.  High level advice and inspirational wedding pretty is all very well and good (and you’ll find a lot of it here!), but sometimes you just want to know where to get things from, don’t you?  Good old Northern practicality!

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Well, here’s one job you can tick off your list,  as we speak to suppliers of sashes in every colour of the rainbow, Chair Covers North West.  Plus, once you’ve found your perfect match, there’s a tidy little discount especially for Brides Up North readers.

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Gift wrapping doesn’t get any better! (Oh, unless its on a stack of wedding presents with your name on of course…)

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Chair Covers North West

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Tell Brides Up North about Chair Covers North West, your team and the service that you provide?

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Chair Covers North West was set up by my wife and I in July 2010 whilst we were arranging our own wedding.  We were our own first customer!  We decided to set up a simple to run and use business offering spandex chair covers and sashes at low prices and also give brides the option of paying for set up or saving those all important pennies and setting up themselves.

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What products can you supply for hire?

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We currently supply chair covers, sashes and table runners but will also soon be offering table cloths and napkins.

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What colours are available in your products?

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Literally any colour that is needed when it comes to sashes.  We can get most colours for covers, but all our jobs to date have been white, ivory or black covers.

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What sets your business apart from other event dressing companies?

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From what our customers have told us, our prices are generally the best but also how quick we are responding to enquiries and questions.  We never leave our customers hanging on waiting for answers.

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What can a Bride & Groom who book you to dress their wedding expect?

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A professional, reliable service where they will never feel any stress with the arrangements.  We will generally liaise a lot with the venue on times/dates and extra details so the bride can forget about at least one thing!

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What if a Bride & Groom want to do the dressing themselves?

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A lot of customers do choose this option to save some money.  We will deliver the covers to the couple on a day that is convenient, and collect also when is convenient.  For most jobs we won’t even charge a delivery fee.

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What areas do you cover?  Will you travel?

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We cover the entire UK due to the fact we have agents all over the UK willing to help with dressing jobs.  The vast majority of our work does come from the North West though, we feel that is because of the company name!

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Standard price is £2 per cover including the sash.  This can be lower for larger orders of course.  Setup fees (if required) range from £30-£60 depending on volume/location.

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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Who would you most like to dress a wedding for and why?

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Noel Gallagher – a real northern icon!

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

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They can call us, email us or use our website.  We are also on all the social networking sites so find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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We are ranked 1st out of 350 chair covers hire companies on the Business Directory ‘Free Index’ – this is down to our dedication to perfection, professionalism and above all reliability.  Around 20% of our jobs last year were last minute orders where couples had been let down by their chair cover supplier.

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Finally… Why do you read and like Brides Up North?

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Count Your Blessings: Kaley

November 8th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Hey you!  Yes, that’s right, YOU.  How happy are you?  Not very?  Feeling tired, stressed and irritable from all all this wedding planning malarkey on top of work commitments, family commitments and having some sort of a social life, are you?  STOP RIGHT THERE

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You need a breather.  Take five to remember why you are wedding planning in the first place, what really counts and be grateful for the little things that are making you happy right now.  Life is about the journey, and it all adds up. 

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For a few weeks now on the wedding blog, I’ve been asking you to Count Your Blessings and send in your happy lists – ten things making you happy right now.  The reader response has been fab, and I’m trying to feature a happy list on the blog every week from now until Christmas.  Join in the fun and email yours to julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk.  Kaley did, so this week, it’s over to her. 

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Over to Kaley: After reading some of your other Count Your Blessings posts, I really wanted to write in and say a few of the things I’m most thankful for and which make me incredibly happy. After a heavy year of work and yet more work at The Last Detail, it’s given me the opportunity to think about just how lucky I am.  Thanks for this easy yet very important way to think about what you have!

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3  The child free lunch in planning with my husband when the children go back to school!

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5  Running through Autumn leaves with my children

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6  Spending time with my nephews aged 1 and 6 months

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9  Catching up with close friends and family over a Sunday Roast

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10  Having cuddles with my children every morning before we get up and face the day

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Get involved.  Whether you are a bride to be, newly wed, wedding enthusiast or wedding industry professional:  please email me at julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk with your own happy list, and I will try to feature as many as I can here on the wedding blog.  Your list can be everything or absolutely nothing to do with weddings – you decide. From the frivolous to the fundamental, it’s your blessings that you are counting, and the contents are down to you. Spread a little happiness!

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Darling Buds, A Real Wedding – Sarah & Richard

August 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Have I got a corker of a Real Wedding for you Brides to Be today!  Sent to me by bridal blog Featured Supplier Karen McGowran Photography, this wedding is brimming with ideas.  Today’s beautiful Bride Sarah helpfully explains where she found her own inspirations and the suppliers that she just couldn’t do without.  North East Brides – pens and paper at the ready!

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Over to the new Mrs Jennings: Richard proposed at the Priory in Tynemouth at the end of September 2010. We were there first thing on a Saturday morning, so we had the whole place to ourselves. The proposal was on bended knee, right on the edge of the cliff overlooking the sea, and the sun even made an appearance just as he popped the question – perfect!

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We married on 21st May 2011 at Woodhill Hall in Otterburn, Northumberland.  A lot of family were coming over from Canada, so we were primarily looking for a venue we could hire for the whole weekend. Our families and bridal party were able to come and stay with us there for three nights, which gave us lots of time to have a proper visit with them and to have an extended wedding celebration. We knew Woodhill Hall was the place for us as soon as we walked in – grand enough to feel special, but somehow still managing to feel intimate and comfortable.

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I had an all white bouquet with hydrangeas, tulips, peonies, sweet peas and roses by Bels Flowers

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I wanted a reasonably simple and elegant dress – I’m not a ‘bling’ type of girl, so I wasn’t after anything with too much sparkly fuss. I also didn’t want a strapless gown, which was a hard thing to find! I struggled to find the right dress until I visited YAP Bridal Boutique in Newcastle. After trying a few dresses on with no success, the owner Jo mentioned she was going to start carrying a new designer, and showed me a picture of a dress from their catalogue. She was sure it would look great, so went to the trouble of ordering up a sample from London, in my right size, just so I could try it. Wouldn’t you know, Jo was right – it was the ‘one’!

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My bridesmaids wore Alfred Sung style D476 in Niagara – they looked AMAZING! I ordered them from Bridal Wish, who had the most competitive prices for that style.

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I can’t recommend Karen McGowran Photography, Bels Flowers, The Fine and Funky Events Company, Simone Whitehead (hair) , Paula Pace of Perfection Nail & Beauty (makeup) and Real Life Films enough – they all went above and beyond for us! We also worked with Simply Bows and Chair Covers, Purple Peacock Stationery, Blades Suit Hire, Stuart Collingwood (pianist) to name a few more – all were great.

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We wanted to day to feel quite personal – instead of a traditional guestbook, we had a wedding ‘tree’ where guests inked their thumbs and pressed them onto the print as leaves on the branches and then signed their names next to it. It looked amazing by the end of the night and will be lovely framed. We also had special favours, which were small pieces of traditional Danish wedding cake, which reflected my family’s heritage – this type of cake was served at my mother’s, grandmother’s and great grandmother’s wedding, and we were so lucky to find Birgit Underwood in London who was able to make them for us! I also embroidered our initials and wedding date in blue onto a vintage handkerchief (which was my ‘something blue’ carried in the pocket of my dress) and also designed keepsake escort cards which were then made by Purple Peacock Stationery.

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Our wedding cake was made by a friend of ours – unfortunately it had an ‘accident’ on the way to the venue! It tasted great though!

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We had an AMAZING band, No Time For Jive, agree to come and play for us. They got us and our guests up and embarrassing ourselves on the dance floor in no time!

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How can you pick a favourite part of a day like this!? I loved the band, and I loved the ‘evening buffet’ where we replaced the ‘buffet’ with a crepe station! Executive Catering provided everything we needed and a selection of crepes that were made to order in front of the guests – they were delicious! And good value!

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Most of all, I just loved marrying the man I loved in front of so many people who care about us… it’s amazing.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is to find a supplier that you like and trust, and ask them for reliable suppliers that they’ve worked with before – it really is the best way to find great suppliers. Karen tipped us off to a lot of great people.

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Winner! Papaver Designs

May 23rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Another week, another winner on this wedding blog!

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Papaver Designs Lantern

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These beautiful lanterns proved very popular in the Brides Up North Right Royal Giveaway Bonanza.

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The winner of a personalised paper wedding lantern along with an extra 25% off on the entire range from Papaver Designs is…

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Sarah Fairless

April 28, 2011 | At last, something a bit different, love the fact that they are personalised with the brides and grooms initials! Fab. x

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Well done Sarah! Contact Brides Up North to claim your bespoke paper lantern.

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Have you visited Papaver Designs’ brand sparkling new website yet?  Go on and take a peep

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Many of the competitions in the Right Royal Giveaway Bonanza are still open! Get involved!  Keep checking the Brides Up North wedding blog daily to see if you are a winner. 

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