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#JoinTheNorthernRevolution… Our Brand New Brides Up North Facebook Group Is GO!

July 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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I might have mentioned it a few times have total mentionitis about our brand new website look, which I promise should be launching on these pretty pages shortly.  I’m hard at work with my designers perfecting everything behind the scenes, and can’t wait for the big unveil very, very soon.

In the meantime though, the team here have been pulling our socks up a bit to get our social media offering in ship shape.  We really do want to offer you, our readers, the best overall Brides Up North experience possible – and believe that it should extend beyond the confines of these blog pages: to our real life exhibitions and our social media communications too.

If you already follow Brides Up North over on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest (especially Pinterest – it wasn’t around when I planned my wedding and I’m now a fully invested member of the walking obsessed) you’ll have noticed that we’ve upped our game a little.  We’re trying to share lots more content (and not always just re-posting what you’ll already find here on the site), industry news, inspirations, chatter and things that we think our readers will like across those mediums.

Quite a lot of traffic passes through my inbox on a daily basis (like giveaways, cool press stuff, notifications of flash sales or pretty, one off imagery) that for various reasons won’t quite make it into a blog post, but will definitely make it onto our live feeds.  If you’re not already with us, get it sorted… those links again… Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the new kid on the block… Google +.  Join us!

Now, to the main feature.  Something I’ve thought about doing for a long time now is launching a dedicated Facebook Group as a place especially for my brides and industry friends to connect.  I meet a whole lot of you at my events – from both groups – and you’re all such a lovely bunch, that I think you might just get on. And there’s likely to be an even lovelier wedding for you readers at the end of it… those suppliers know their stuff.

For a while, I toyed with the idea of adding some forums to the blog instead, but Mr Zuckerberg is already doing such a good job of connecting people that we’ve decided to let him host the party, with our name above the door.

This is a Facebook Group for regional brides (and grooms!) and Brides Up North’s Featured Suppliers, exhibition exhibitors & industry friends to mix and mingle. 

I see this space as an "interactive" extension of our site – a space where my bride to be readers and industry professionals can talk directly with each other in an open forum, safely moderated under a Brides Up North roof.  There’ll be no hard sell, just help and guidance and useful connections.

On a personal level, as a lot of our “office hours” here at Brides Up North HQ are dedicated to managing our events, business admin, meetings and email enquiries, I spend a lot of long, lonely hours working on the actual editorial content for the site (often long into the night when the rest of my young family is finally sleeping!) and groups like this one are an excellent way of keeping in touch with my readers and supporters.

Please use this special space to ask and answer questions, share inspiration, links and recommendations… and lots of ‘em. 

I hope the group is used and useful.  You are invited. The Brides Up North Facebook Group is go!

Launched late on Tuesday night, just to “test the waters”, the group had 250+ members within the first half hour!  So, I’m getting the impression that you all like this idea, and for those of you who are only getting the memo now, we’d love you to join the party!  Don’t be shy, get involved and say hello.

It’s an open group (the more the merrier: we want to get those inspirational ideas flowing!), but I’m managing requests, so sign up here, I’ll click you in and I’ll look forward to chatting to you there.  Mine’s a Sauvignon Blanc please.   

I have a feeling that there’s going to be just a little Facebook procrastination going on in the near future…

#jointhenorthernrevolution

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Like Me, Like Me, Like Me! Find Brides Up North On Facebook

September 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’m off beautifying myself and double checking scripts today, in preparation to host the first ever North of England Wedding Awards.  I am sure that I will be reporting back on progress throughout the day at Twitter and Facebook, trying to keep those dreaded nerves at bay.  Watch out for a blog post (and frock update!) coming up soon. 

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UK Wedding Blog Brides Up North on Facebook

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In the meantime, I thought that I would rudely hijack the wedding blog this morning to ask you if you like me, if you really like me, and if not, why not?  Wait.  Don’t answer that! 

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I mean over on Facebook of course!

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I am pleased to report that unique hits here at Brides Up North are higher than currently ever – hooray! – we have well over 7,000 followers on Twitter and that judging from pre-registrations (and an absolutely fantastic turnout at our first show of the season last weekend at Nostell Priory) that the Brides Up North wedding exhibitions this Autumn look set to be a huge success.  So I think you like me…

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But have you liked the Brides Up North Facebook page yet?

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UK Wedding Blog Brides Up North on Facebook

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This isn’t just one huge plea for popularity (I promise!), and our numbers over at Facebook are hugely swelling day on day (I’ll admit, I neglected Facebook a little at the beginning of this Brides Up North journey) but because I want to make you aware of the fabulous Brides Up North community that is growing over there.

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Facebook is always the place I’ll head when I want to share brand new news, sneak peeks or breaking stories with brides – it’s quick, easy, and it gets the gossip off my chest.  I really do feel like a little community is hanging out over there – and often you engage more and leave more comments there than on the blog itself!  Please note: I love blog comments (and would encourage you not to be shy and leave more – especially for my real brides!) but it’s nice to hear from readers over on Facebook in real time too – and it’s quick, easy and gets your gossip off your chest!  Note to self: it seems that billion pound businesses are built on quickness and ease. 

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I’ll also share news of events, breaking featured supplier discounts and giveaways, brand new competitions and the like over there first (and sometimes only there!)  A recent competition to win a free copy of The Wedding Diaries was posted on Facebook and closed half an hour later, with all ten copies snapped up.  You really have to be in it to win it, it seems.

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Brides Up North on Facebook

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I love to hear your news too – leave me a message on the Brides Up North Facebook page wall, or send me a direct message.  It’s just another great way of staying in touch.

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And you might meet some of the fabulous wedding suppliers who hang out there too!  Mates rates!?

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So, I’m feeling a little dirty, like I’ve just sold my soul to Mark Zuckerberg or something, but before you put down that morning cuppa, click through to my page (or search for Brides Up North once logged into Facebook tonight at home if your work has got mean and blocked it!), LIKE the page, and let the good times roll.  And why not let some of your engaged friends know about the site too?

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Spread the LIKE!

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I’m off to wash my Facebook loving mouth out with soap.

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Facebook Lovin’: Share Your Proposal Story & WIN a Mini Break with Bride & Groom Direct

June 15th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Friend of the blog Bride & Groom Direct – purveyors of stationery and accessories weddingy and wonderful- got in touch this week to ask Brides Up North to spread the word about their latest Facebook contest.  With a fabulous spa mini break worth £500 up for grabs, plus gorgeous wedding guest books for the ten runners up, who was this wedding blogger to refuse?!

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Like the Bride & Groom Direct Facebook page and share your proposal story to win.*

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Bride & Groom Direct Facebook Contest

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What are you waiting for?  Spread the love!

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*Competition permits only one entry per couple
*Winners will be decided by a draw between the three couples who have the most ‘likes’

*10 runners up (people with the most likes in descending order) will win a Bride & Groom Direct Wedding Guest Book
*Winners of the romantic weekend away can choose a two-night stay with spa treatment, and two evening meals at a Marriott of their choice – up to the value of £500.
*Competition runs closes on 21st August 2011
*Winners will be contacted via Facebook

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Let’s Get Connected?

May 16th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Did you know that you can also follow Brides Up North on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest posts, news, views and more in real time?

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Lets Get Connected

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Click here to LIKE Brides Up North on FACEBOOK

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Click here to FOLLOW Brides Up North on TWITTER

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You can also subscribe to Brides Up North to receive my monthly newsletter (no spam, ever!) and notice of special competitions, discounts and giveaways.  Just enter your email address into the Sign Up! box at the top right of the blog.

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Wedding vendors – are you interested in becoming a Brides Up North Featured SupplierContact me for more details.

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