Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017
Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017

get gifting: top present picks from the wedding shop

March 21st, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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This morning we’re focusing on one of our very favourite things – presents!! – as we catch up with our fabulous Sponsor, The Wedding Shop.

As a fee-free, multi-retailer gift list provider, The Wedding Shop, provides unrivalled choice when it comes to creating a personalised wedding gift list, with the option to combine products with honeymoon and cash contributions, and even set up a charity fund.

Couples can choose to build their wish list online, or alternatively within one of The Wedding Shop’s beautiful showrooms, including their newly launched Edinburgh store. Located on the Scottish capital’s prestigious shopping thoroughfare; Dundas Street, the launch follows The Wedding Shop’s luxurious revamp of their Selfridges London showroom last September, and expands their portfolio to four locations, including stores in Chelsea and Dublin.

The beautiful new showroom provides the perfect relaxing and inspirational environment for couples to meet with their own personal advisor and compile their dream list – over a glass of champagne, of course!

To celebrate the launch of the Scottish showroom, The Wedding Shop team has complied its top gift list must-haves for 2017, seeking inspiration from top product designers and looking across its range of unique real-life experiences.

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Commenting on current gift list trends, we speak to Edinburgh showroom manager Nicola Gemmell.

nicola says: Feedback from our clients indicates that ‘experience’ is the new luxury in gift lists, as couples wish to create life-long memories not just increase their collection of personal belongings.

For those that are looking to enhance their interiors through their gift choices, 2017 is all about bringing the outdoors indoors; from botanical-inspired and organic patterned homewares to the use of earthy tones and raw materials. That said, your home is a very personal space and should reflect your own tastes and experiences, not simply the trends. With thousands of products from over 350 brands to choose from at The Wedding Shop, you have the option to be able to select pieces which will ensure your home is fresh, fashionable and functional, but more importantly, you.

I look forward to welcoming couples to our inspiring space and helping them to choose from our portfolio of products as well as being able to add honeymoon vouchers, cash contributions, experiences, and anything else they desire.

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50 shades of green

Greenery’, Pantone’s colour of the year 2017, is a refreshing and revitalising shade, symbolic of new beginnings. Therefore, what better way to mark the commencement of married life than giving the gift of green? The Wedding Shop has a multitude of gorgeous green products, from Aquanova towels and LSA glassware to Pooky lampshades, Addison Ross picture frames and even vibrant kitchen appliances.

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friday fabulous: #tinytree

December 9th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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It was definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas for the Brides Up North gals this week as we received a teeny #tinytree through our letter box (yes… you read that right… read on!), courtesy of the coolest florists on the block, Bloom & Wild the flower delivery company.

Bloom & Wild is a British florist that makes sending design-led flowers online a joy. Bloom & Wild’s bouquets are sent through the letterbox, meaning the recipient doesn’t need to be in to take delivery and instead comes home to find the perfect gift waiting for them on their welcome mat. Their flowers are freshly cut, each bloom individually netted ‘in-bud’ and hand-packed in the innovative letterbox packaging allowing you to enjoy the full life of cut flowers – from bud to bloom.

Our Brides Up North tree (“The Drew”, similar to “The Bobby“, still available to purchase via the Bloom & Wild website) may be small, but it’s perfectly formed at 40cm tall, with its pot, wintery moss, twinkly lights, shiny baubles and bow. We love him.

We think Bloom & Wild’s hand cut bouquets (or#tinytree!) would make a perfect and unique gift for your bridal party, for that special someone this Christmas (leave this post open where your other half can see it!) or even to add to your own wedding gift list.

On that note, our favourite idea is their subscription service. Who doesn’t want a present that keeps on giving? Bloom & Wild bouquet bundles come in at £15 per bunch and you can schedule each delivery to a specific date, say Valentine’s Day and birthdays too, as the deliveries continue throughout the year.

The best things come in small packages after all, don’t they?

Find out more at www.bloomandwild.com

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your wedding gift list all wrapped up: introducing the wedding shop

July 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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There’s no doubt that planning a wedding is stressful, but there are enjoyable elements along the way too. One of these has to be drawing up the wedding gift list, because who doesn’t love presents?!

To help you explore options for items to go on that special gift list, and to offer advice on how to compile a list that’s easily accessible to all your guests, we’re introducing you to our new fabulous Sponsor The Wedding Shop.

Doing just as its name suggests, The Wedding Shop is an easy to use gift list service that offers an unbelievable amount of choice, expert advice and a personal service.

Whether couples set up their list online, or at one of the company’s showrooms, they can choose from an amazing array of traditional gifts, such as homeware and electric goods, or select a range of funds for anything from honeymoons and home renovations to cookery courses. Excited? Us too!

We’ll hand you over to the experts themselves now to inspire you further…

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When was The Wedding Shop set up and what does it bring to the wedding industry?

the wedding shop says: The Wedding Shop is the UK and Ireland’s leading and longest established independent wedding list company. We were founded in 1990 with the goal of providing the best and most adaptable wedding list offering delivered with outstanding customer service. We now have showrooms in Chelsea, Selfridges and Dublin and a head office in Barnes, South West London. In the past 26 years we have advised and managed the lists of tens of thousands of couples. The company remains family owned.

Why would you encourage brides and grooms to set up an online wedding gift list?

Research tells us that wedding guests prefer to be given guidance on what to buy as a wedding gift. Not only does it make the process easier for guests, it ensures that they are spending their money on something that is genuinely useful and desirable to the couple.

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What sets The Wedding Shop apart from other wedding gift list websites?

In 2015 we launched the first truly unlimited wedding lift service available, meaning our couples can choose a gift from literally anywhere and we will include that within their list, with no fees. This gives them complete freedom from the restrictions traditionally placed upon them by wedding list services.

Something we are very proud to have innovated is the establishment of a separate Trust Account to hold the pledged monies required to complete lists for couples. This ensures that no matter what happens to The Wedding Shop, each and every list will be honoured in full. We believe this is remains unique to The Wedding Shop.

Is it simple to set up a gift list with The Wedding Shop? What is the process?

Very! Simply visit www.weddingshop.com to complete a simple form. This stores your details, your partner’s details and allows you to go on and personalise your very own wedding list page or start adding items right away. Alternatively, you can visit one of our showrooms.

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What are the different gift list options available through The Wedding Shop?

We categorise our products either by room (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen), by product category (kitchenware, home & décor, travel & luggage) or by brand. We also have ready-made ‘Starter Collections’ that include list suggestions for ‘Setting Up Home’, ‘City Living’ and ‘Country Escape’ to make things even easier for couples. Aside from traditional gifts we offer a wide range of funds for anything from honeymoons to home renovations, cookery courses and driving lessons!

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all wrapped up: zankyou’s online wedding gift lists plus discount for wedding blog readers

December 22nd, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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Technology has helped to make the planning process much simpler for modern couples with online directories putting suppliers at their fingertips and blogs (like us) providing oodles of inspiration. And today we’re learning about another amazing online tool that will make brides and grooms lives a whole lot easier, particularly when it comes to the gift list.

Introducing Brides Up North Sponsor and alternative gift list specialist zankyou. Taking the awkwardness out of receiving a gift that you don’t like or need, this handy website enables couples to set up their wedding gift list online through which their guests can make contributions to the things that are top of their wish list. From a trendy toaster to a trip around the world, the gift possibilities are endless with options for your guests to contribute to household items as well as your dream honeymoon. There is even the option for brides and grooms to spread the wedding love by asking for contributions to a charity close to their hearts.

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Zankyou couples can also set up their very own wedding website where they can list details of their day for their guests to access with ease, such as hotel recommendations, transport options and even DJ playlist suggestions.

So it’s time to fire up your laptop and take note as Zankyou explains how to get your online  wedding gift list all wrapped up!

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When and was Zankyou set up and what does it bring to the wedding industry?

zankyou say: Zankyou was created in 2007 to provide online tools to help couples organise their weddings. The site was created due to the lack of a wedding list and website service that suits young modern couples.

Why would you encourage brides and grooms to set up an online wedding gift list?

An online wedding list can make the whole process of gift-giving so much simpler. Traditional wedding gift lists have become somewhat outdated and online gift lists are becoming increasingly popular. Couples now have the opportunity to receive gifts that they actually want instead of five toasters, three food blenders and some expensive silverware!

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What sets Zankyou apart from other online wedding gift list websites?

Zankyou is the only online wedding gift list specifically designed with international couples in mind. With a gift list created through Zankyou, the couple receives their guests’ payments into their bank account, giving them total freedom to use the money as they choose. This is particularly useful for international couples who don’t want to flood their house with gifts as they’re always on the move, as well as couples who get married later in life and already have all those traditional household gift items!

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get it on the gift list. wedgwood afternoon tea: reinvented

December 16th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Here at Brides Up North, we are all about the love!  It just so happens that your wedding celebration is also a time when kind family and friends are definitely going to want some pointers about what you might like as a gift to celebrate all that love. The presents are unavoidable – we’d suggest that you embrace them!  And whilst honeymoon funds and little nest eggs in the bank are brilliant, there’s something to be said to setting out on your future together with lasting style.

Having spent the last couple of days swooning over the gorgeousness that is Behind the Blue Door – a beautiful new online magazine from heritage homewares brand and Brides Up North Sponsor Wedgwood, we think it’s worth a look for any stylish bride to be. There are lots of styling, food and drink, music and fashion ideas that are the perfect inspiration for weddings or engagements.

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You enter the site through a wonderful illustration of a stuccoed terrace by Sarah Maycock and then you sit back and ‘wander’ through a series of ‘rooms’, which is where the content is housed. Nothing we like better than a nosy, after all! The rooms are themed by event – there’s a Decadent Dinner room and a Weekender’s Brunch room but our favourite is Afternoon Tea: Reinvented.

I’ve always had a soft spot for the romance of afternoon tea and Behind the Blue Door takes a refreshing look at the nation’s favourite meal of the day. There are delicious new recipes, mouthwatering descriptions of the best places to take tea, pretty fashion pieces, hosting ideas and even expert tips on how to style your own tea to look stunning on Instagram.

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Wedgwood is a bit of a British institution, but we had no idea that their tablewares were so pretty and fresh.  We love the quirky mash-up of heritage styles in Butterfly Bloom, while Daisy Tea Story has a more boudoir feel and Cuckoo is just super-pretty.

It’s definitely worth a look if you’re having an afternoon tea theme to your wedding or want to add some super pretty, collectable pieces to your gift list that will stand the test of time. Put the kettle on!​

To explore, visit Behind The Blue Door.

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hey cupid… a valentine’s day wish list

February 12th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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Whether you consider it a day of passion or a commercial con, valentine’s day is the perfect time to swindle a lovely gift out of your other half.

You might be lucky enough to have a romantic fella whose already got your pressie all wrapped up, as well as a table booked at your favourite restaurant. However, if like many of us you fear your beau is more likely to remember when Pancake Day is in February rather than Valentine’s there is still time to drop some major hints so he’ll hot-foot it to the shops before Saturday.

So get leaving your laptop open on web pages displaying your top Valentine’s picks, circle wish list items in magazines and remember to mention that your perfume is running exceptionally low.

And if you’re in need of a little inspiration we’ve put together some top Valentine’s gift ideas right here – good luck ladies!

french connection Rhea clutch bag, £75

This block colour clutch bag in Brides Up North’s favourite hue – pink – is big enough to cradle ladies’ essentials during both the day and night making it a great all rounder.

kurt geiger Sharkie shoes, £250

As the warmer spring/summer season approaches ladies’ wardrobes will be crying out for a pair of killer nude heels – and Geiger’s Sharkie heels certainly tick the boxes. The classic court-shoe design is brought bang up to date by featuring one of the season’s top material effects – mesh.

lancome La vie est belle Eau de Parfum Légère 50ml, £52

It might not take too much thinking outside the box, but a bottle of perfume will land most men in the good books. Lancôme’s latest feminine fragrance, La vie est belle Eau de Parfum Légère blends jasmine sambac, orange blossom and  patchouli essence for an irresistible spritz contained in an elegant bottle.

marks & spencer silk lace bra and knickers, £27.50, £12.50

She’s only gone and done it again! Stunning model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has created yet another swoon-worthy lingerie set for her Autograph collection and M&S. Pretty in pink this set is the epitome of romance, featuring silk and lace, all topped off with a pretty bow. A treat for both him and her!

molton brown Pink Pepperpod gift set, £72

There’s nothing us girls love more than an indulgent soak in the tub when the daily grind gets that little bit too much, which is why this decadent bath and body gift set makes an perfect Valentine’s pressie. Blended with notes of ginger, patchouli and pink pepperpods, these gorgeous goodies will leave you feeling pampered from top to toe.

miu miu purse, £330

While some ladies like to splurge on the bag, others like a posh purse to do the talking. This metallic Matelasse’ purse from Miu Miu is high up the style ranks and is guaranteed to earn partners a bucket-load of brownie points.

oliver bonas silver bracelet, £19.50

As they say, it’s the thought that counts. So if you and your other half agree to buy each other just a small gift on Valentine’s Day this is a great choice for all you accessories lovers.

tiffany & co. Grace ring, from £9,850

Ok, so a girl can dream. While this amazing platinum band with a princess-cut diamond may be a little out of some blokes’ price range, Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular times of the year for proposals. In which case we should be welcoming a surge of new readers to our pretty Brides Up North pages shortly!

yves saint laurent rouge volupte, £26

Red lips are a top beauty trend at the moment making this award-winning Yves Saint Laurent lippy in ‘rouge a danger’ a fabulous addition to any girls’ make-up bag. According to its creators, the long-lasting, comforting formula is highlighted with a unique colour-shine complex that leaves lips visibly smoother, plumper and more radiant – all the better for kissing!

dachshund puppy, POA

Because who doesn’t love a puppy? Popular with celebs including Made in Chelsea’s Rosie Fortescue and previously mentioned model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, this on-trend pooch fast becoming the next Chihuahua.

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