Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

friday fabulous: glitzy secrets present the rose gold collection

July 15th, 2016 | Julia Braime - Rose Gold Collection

We’ve long been fans of Glitzy Secrets‘ range of beautiful yet affordable bridal jewellery here at Brides Up North HQ, and have been known to rock a little of the magic sparkle ourselves when the occasion demands.

How excited we were to hear then, that the award winning label have launched a new collection of precious pieces (without the price tag!) in our fave metal du jour, romantic rose gold?! Glitzy Secrets‘ Rose Gold Collection does what it says on the tin – presents a capsule jewellery range of earrings, pedants, bracelets, necklace and hair accessories all blushing with the delicate and feminine hue of rose gold. - Rose Gold Starlet Necklace

glitzy secrets say:Our silver and pearl classic collection has been the choice of thousands of brides and bridesmaids with its elegant and timeless style. We planned to introduce some of the designs in gold and rose gold tone early next year but, after receiving so many requests, we knew we had to bring the launch forward. It’s clear that with more brides opting for nude and blush gowns, they are looking for warmer hued accessories for a beautiful romantic feel and our classic collection offers just that. - Rose Gold Blooms Hair Comb

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friday fabulous: thomas sabo’s love bridge collection

June 17th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Thomas Sabo Love Bridge

Here at Brides Up North, we’ve always been fans of Thomas Sabo‘s range of fashionable, wearable jewellery, so when our go-to jewellery brand decided to throw some extra romance into the mix, the result was always going to be right up our street.

thomas sabo say: Our bridal jewellery collection is all about eternalising the best day of your life with stunning jewellery designs to be treasured forever. As every bride has a different taste, we have created wedding jewellery to suit every style, whether it be vintage inspired, glamorous, classic and timeless or sweet and romantic.

The bridal selection includes carefully hand-picked pieces: delicate or statement necklaces, glorious drop earrings, bangles and bracelets to give that extra special touch to your wedding look and rings so elegant that they’ll perfectly pair with your wedding ring. The array of Thomas Sabo engagement rings offers options for all budgets, including both stunning cubic zirconia encrusted designs in sterling silver and solid gold rings with real diamonds and gemstones from the Fine Jewellery collection.

The groom will be able to complement his look with stunningly designed cufflinks, elegant watches and sophisticated bracelets and the wedding jewellery edit also includes cute Charm Club pieces for flower girls.

At Brides Up North, we are particularly keen on the The Love Bridge range for brides or bridesmaids. The idea is inspired by a romantic ritual: as a symbol of their love and everlasting togetherness, lovers attach padlocks engraved with their initials to famous bridges in the most romantic cities in the world. From New York, Paris, Venice to Cape Town, the so-called ‘Love Bridges’ have become a symbol of romance, celebrating a special promise made by two people.

Profound feelings, meaningful moments, love and happiness – the new Love Bridge line from Thomas Sabo captures important events in life with a bespoke engraving. Why not use yours to send a secret love message? #anyexcuse

Visit the Thomas Sabo website to find out more about The Love Bridge range and their stunning bridal collection

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lasting style: picking your unique engagement ring

December 14th, 2015 | Julia Braime

There’s no doubt that an engagement ring is one of the most important purchases during a couple’s lifetime. It’s a symbol of your love, and will always remind you of the day when you promised yourselves to each other forever. For many brides it’s also a piece of jewellery that speaks about her personal style – especially if you have an unusual design in mind. Whether you love vintage, diamond clusters, halos or side-stones, your ring should be as uniquely ‘you’ as possible.

To talk about unique engagement ring styles, the team from the luxury London online jeweller are taking over our corner of the internet with some expert tips and key pieces from their newest collections. (1)

if in doubt, add diamonds

When it comes to engagement rings, there are more options than we tend to realise. The classic solitaire is just a start. Right now the focus is on innovative shapes, big designs and multiple diamonds. Yellow gold is making a slow but elegant comeback. Stones on the ring’s band, or forming a halo around an unusual centre stone, add extra radiance and romance.

super stylin’

It’s good to understand the basic diamond quality factors of the 4Cs – cut, colour, clarity and carat weight. But ultimately it’s the style of a ring that should influence your decision. If you want an antique look, pick detailed Art Deco patterns, multiple diamonds clusters or yellow gold. Minimalist or asymmetrical shapes are instantly more contemporary. And if you want to combine the two, look for a ring that has Old World opulence within sleek, modern geometric lines.

Also, you don’t need to forgo classic design to be unique. Just choose a simpler ring with hidden detail that only you know about. Such as intricate gold work in the shape of a heart underneath the mount.

the bigger the better?

Another important factor when choosing any ring is identifying the right size of the mount. Small hands tend to suit delicate designs. Longer fingers or wider hands can accommodate big settings, as they cover more of the finger without looking too heavy.

follow your heart

Style and size aside, the most important aspect of choosing a unique engagement ring is that it suits your personality. For this, allow yourself simply to be drawn to the right ring. Whatever your heart says will be right.

Visit to check out their range of rocks. Like you needed telling twice…

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the exclusive: bridal jewellery & accessories by laura rhodes

November 3rd, 2015 | Julia Braime

Laura Rhodes Bridal (c) Carolyn Mendelsohn Photography (8)

After months of design and hours of tediously hand stitching these beautiful creations, laura rhodes has finally launched her first jewellery and accessory collection, and Brides Up North are thrilled to be the very first to bring this luxury collection of hand-made pieces to your attention.

Never seen before, these beauties are designed and created by Laura herself in her Ilkley studio set within the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. These opulent accessories are crafted to the highest standard using only the finest components with every piece being lovingly hand stitched with stunning attention to detail. The collection doesn’t follow trends – instead Laura designs and creates timeless pieces that will last and be worn over and over again.

After ‘discovering’ Laura’s work at London’s White Gallery trade event earlier this year, we are thrilled to bring these pieces to our pretty pages as an exclusive first look. We know that you’ll love these treasures just as much as we do!  Get ready to twinkle…

Images by Carolyn Mendelsohn Photography.

Laura Rhodes Bridal (c) Carolyn Mendelsohn Photography (7)
Accessories are an important part of any outfit, as a bride they can completely change or complete your look on the big day, with this in mind the Laura Rhodes collection covers all aspects ranging from headpieces and earrings to statement necklaces and sash belts. Brides can also put their own mark on their accessories by meeting Laura at the studio and having a bespoke piece specially designed.

Laura Rhodes Bridal (c) Carolyn Mendelsohn Photography (2)

Laura Rhodes Bridal (c) Carolyn Mendelsohn Photography (3)
To coincide with the launch of her first collection, Laura Rhodes has also launched her website where brides who are not local to the studio can view and purchase the entire range, allowing the designs to be available both nationally and internationally.

Laura Rhodes Bridal (c) Carolyn Mendelsohn Photography (6)
laura says: I love what I do and I take a great deal of pride in each and every piece. I am a perfectionist and my own worst critic but that is what makes my work what it is. I like to think my creations are some-thing that can be passed on, timeless and without age. I consider each creation an individual piece of art and continue to take my inspiration from everyday architecture and nature. A lot of thought has gone into each design, each having been sketched many times in my book before I begin creating. I still feel so honored when someone chooses to buy my work; there is nothing more re-warding than when a bride chooses to wear one of my designs on her special day.

Laura Rhodes Bridal (c) Carolyn Mendelsohn Photography (5)

Laura Rhodes Bridal (c) Carolyn Mendelsohn Photography (4)

Laura Rhodes Bridal (c) Carolyn Mendelsohn Photography (1)

To see more visit Laura Rhodes’ website

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friday fabulous!

August 7th, 2015 | Julia Braime


The prettiest treat for the best bridesmaids ever.

Are your girls worth it?

Delicate Bow Ring by Pandora, prices start at £40.

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a wedding alphabet. j is for jewellery

January 30th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Precious Heiress Necklace

Precious Heiress Necklace

Girls, it’s time to dazzle ’em.

While us ladies love jewellery it’s surprising just how many brides-to-be are guilty of leaving their accessories to the last minute. These are the items that will complete the dream look and help to enhance elements of the dress so it’s certainly worth investing some time in. For those that don’t have a sentimental ‘something borrowed’ to wear, costume jewellery can work equally well.

Pearls of Treasure Bracelet

Pearls Of Treasure Bracelet

Glitzy Secrets is one supplier that offers incredibly pretty and reasonably priced pieces that are sure to turn heads.

I own a pair of GS earrings myself which I’m always receiving compliments on – a lovely pair of sparkling studs that were buried in the bottom of the bursting goody bags we received when we were recently Highly Commended in the Wedding Blog Awards 2014′s “Best City Wedding Blog” category.

Precious Heiress Earrings

Precious Heiress Earrings

The Vintage Heirloom and Hollywood Starlet collections include 1940s inspired necklaces, twinkling bracelets and antique-looking chandelier earrings that won’t break the bank. The majority of the opulent accessories remain well below the £50 mark, freeing up more money for brides to splurge on the all important dress and heels!

When deciding on the right pieces of jewellery to accompany their dream dress, brides should remember that less is more. So although it’s tempting to become somewhat of a magpie when faced with things that glisten and sparkle, decide which accessories you want to do the talking. Pick just one or two pieces, whether it be a statement necklace or decorative dropped earrings and matching bracelet and think about which accessories will work best with your chosen hairstyle and the neckline of your dress.

Divine Deco Earrings

Divine Deco Earrings

Pearls of Deco EarringsFor those not keen on necklaces, a piece of arm candy can be an effective way to add a little extra sparkle to your attire. Glitzy Secrets’ Bejewelled Vintage Cuff is one of my favourites and could easily be worn for another occasion beyond the big day.

If it’s lavish earrings you desire, the 1940s inspired Precious Heiress Earrings and the oh elegant Pearls of Deco Earrings are sure to tick boxes.

Meanwhile for those wanting studs, there are stunning designs, such as the Eternally Timeless Earrings and the Vintage Bow Earrings, which can be matched with accompanying necklaces if a bride’s chosen dress style allows for jewellery along the neckline and the dazzling duo won’t look too OTT.

For a standalone necklace, the Precious Heiress design with regal drop detailing will take some beating – pure glitzy perfection.

Delicate Pearl Necklace

Delicate Pearl Necklace

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