February 7th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
Once a big day has been and gone, images and film are the ways in which we relive those important memories, and so we believe it’s super important for couples to document as much of their wedding as possible.
That said, it’s also key that brides and grooms aren’t distracted from their day, meaning they’ll need to rely on others to capture the action for them. While professionals can of course take care of this, getting guests to play photographers too allows for even more fabulous candid snaps to be taken, and can easily be arranged thanks to a fabulous service provided by our Sponsor Take a Pic.
Moving on from the days where disposable cameras were dished out to guests, Take a Pic specialises in hiring a range of digital cameras for the wedding day, which can be used by the groom and bridal parties during the prep and by guests during the main event – resulting in high quality images and video from all angles from the whole day.
There are various camera packages to choose from; from simple compacts for the tables or better quality cameras for the groom/bridal party. There are also packages with HD video camcorders, instant print cameras and even action cameras.
Better still, the process is simple and stress-free: Simply visit Take a Pic’s website and select your package, hire duration and your delivery date; then capture the action before returning the cameras in pre-paid returns packaging at your local post office. The data will then be transferred onto a USB stick and sent to your address, so you have all your guest images in one place.
Keen to find out more? Us too! As such, we’ve invited the Take a Pic team to the blog with their suggestions of the best packages and products for capturing different parts of the celebrations. And if you like what they have to offer, Brides Up North readers can get £10 off all orders using the discount code BRIDES10PO (online bookings only).
Take a Pic say: We offer a specially designed ‘His and Hers’ camera hire package ideal for capturing your entire wedding day, including all the preparation from both sides of the family. This package includes two bridge cameras, for the bride and groom, capable of taking 20MP images as well as 720p HD video with optical and digital zoom. Those who hire this package tend to give the job of photographer to the chief bridesmaid and best man alike. This package also allows you to select a number of compact cameras for your guests at the reception too.
If capturing the vows and speeches is important to you, and something which your photographer may not record on video, we recommend one of our HD video packages. Although most of our cameras have the capability of recording video, the compact handycams in these packages are much more up to the job, with 1080p HD video quality recorded straight onto a memory card. This package also allows you to select a number of compact cameras for your guests at the reception too.
The best and most popular package we offer is our standard camera hire, consisting of a select number of compact digital cameras. These are most commonly placed on your wedding tables to allow your guests to capture photos and videos during the wedding reception and into the evening.
We have an instant camera available for those who want to fill their guestbooks with a photo alongside their messages to the bride and groom. We also offer a mounted video camera with tripod and remote as an alternative to a costly photo booth, designed for capturing your personal messages to the bride and groom. These can then be put into a film, with all your guests and their special messages.
December 20th, 2017 | Julia Braime
We’ve been building up to Christmas since the very beginning of the month and so the excitement here is almost at fever pitch. Santa’s coming!
Being the uber-organised (and slightly smug!) individuals that we are, we’ve pretty much completed our Christmas shopping for our loved ones, and so we’re self-indulging today with a little retail therapy focusing on the gifts we would love to receive on the 25th.
If you’re sensing your other half is planning a Christmas Eve shopping dash, or you’re still looking for gift ideas for your sister or bezzie, then we hope our wish lists can provide you with that little extra sprinkling of festive inspiration.
Merry Christmas everyone!
julia’s wish list
Violet Black Mid Heel Over The Knee Boots, £229, from KG Kurt Geiger – Just call me Meghan Markle, these beauties – the actual pair rocked by the soon to be Mrs Wales on her first public engagement – wouldn’t leave my feet all year (who needs to go the gym anyway when your lower legs look this good)!
Gabrielle by Chanel, from £79, at John Lewis – my new scent for 2017, and possibly my signature scent to see me into 2018 and beyond. A fresh delivery should help with the decision making process…
Butterfly Sunglasses by Chanel, £349, at John Lewis – sticking to a theme, these big and beautiful sunnies would top off the boots, the scent (and the threads mentioned below) with aplomb!
Leather A Line Skirt, £170, from Whistles – A future classic, this leather pelmet would look great dressed up or down. Cost per wear = negligible.
Raspberry Pom Pom Hat, £25, from Mint Velvet – It’s pink. It has a pom pom. Need I elaborate further?
Winter Signature Candle, £20, from The White Company – I’ve been buying these gorgeously scented candles for all my girlfriends this year. I just hope someone returns the favour.
Over The Rainbow Laptop Case by Skinnydip, £25, at Topshop – I seem to be on the road more than ever for work these days – whether scouting locations for UNVEILED or managing our Brides Up North events – and this case would keep my carry-on cheerful!
Kitty Embroidered Velvet Slippers, £325, by Charlotte Olympia at Net-A-Porter – a girl can dream, right? I’d be the cat that got the cream in these highly impractical but hugely loveable kitty slippers.
Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Dulche De Leche, £22, at House Of Fraser – I’m very fussy with lipsticks and this one ticks all the boxes: smooth, classic and named after my fave dessert!
Tiered Lace Dress, was £89, now £60, from Warehouse – Ok, ok, so I *might* have already bought this one (pressies to self totally allowed around here!), but I couldn’t leave it off. In the shade of the season (that’ll be the Markle effect again), super flattering and MUCH more expensive looking than its price tag. It’s one I’ll dress up (already have) and down (natch), and love to pieces. And yes, I bought it at full price. That’ll teach me.
rachel’s wish list
Devonna Mix Faux Fur Coat, £185, from French Connection – The winter chill combined with the party season calls out for an ultra-glam cover-up, and for me, it has to be this super-gorgeous, super-soft number from one of my main go-tos, French Connection.
The Uptown Girl Eye Kit, £74, from Charlotte Tilbury – Christmas and New Year give us the perfect excuse to up the beauty-ante with extra shimmery and seductive eyes. As a blonde, some smoky palettes can be a little too dark, but this one is just right!
Alphabet Wash Bag, £22, from Olive Bonas – Being on the go a lot means I always love a new travel item, whether it be a swish hand-luggage case, cool holdall or extra cute wash/cosmetic bags – just like this one.
B by Ted Baker Light Pink Satin Pyjama Set, £45, from Debenhams – Christmas isn’t complete without new PJs, right?! Which is why I’ll be putting these gorgeous girly ones top of my list.
Feather Pom-Pom Ballet Slippers, £39, from The White Company – Likewise, new slippers are a must at this time of year and these beauties would go oh-so-perfectly with those light pink jammies!
Metallic Star Gloves, now £15, from Topshop – Just when I thought I couldn’t love these glam burgundy gloves anymore, they go in the sale. Ab-sol-ute steal!
Oscar de la Renta Tiered Tassled Beaded Clip Earrings, £395, from Net-A-Porter – Statement earrings have definitely been my weakness of 2017, so if I was to have one splurge item under the tree this Christmas it would have to be a beaded pair from the master of bold ear candy, Oscar de la Renta.
Hoxton Ankle Boots, now £40, from Topshop – The Magpie in me just can’t resist these incredibly shiny ankle boots – amazing dancefloor footwear if ever I saw it, and another pre-Christmas bargain courtesy of Toppers!
Textured Rivington Clutch, £89, from Whistles – My bag collection has been a little neglected of late (must be all those statement earrings I keep buying) and so I’m trying to top it back up again with a new casual and ‘out, out’ addition – I think this gorgeous pewter number would tick the latter box just fine!
Cropped Sequin Sweater, £39.99, from Zara – I’m not a huge fan of Christmas jumpers (sorry!) but this shinier-than-a-disco-ball design covers off both seasonal and stylish, kudos to Zara!
July 6th, 2017 | Julia Braime
When it comes to a wedding you may think that all the gifts come after the big day, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Thanks to a clever new concept put together by wedding supplier duo Lisa Steane, a Brides Up North Sponsor and owner of The Bobby Pin, and Katherine Cocksedge, owner of The Bridal Market, you lucky brides-to-be can treat yourself to a helpful planning pressie every month in the run up to your wedding.
Through Hook Box, brides-to-be will receive a pretty package containing priceless information, fabulous inspiration and wonderful treats, all relevant to current wedding trends. From planning tools and glossy magazines to beauty treats and stationery, it’s bursting with show-stopping ideas from a range of handpicked wedding suppliers. Brides can pick to subscribe, or alternatively there are one-off boxes for brides-to-be, bridesmaids and festival hens (the latter of which is apparently glitter-tastic!) Interested? Then read on as the lovely Lisa lifts the Hook Box lid…
Can you give us a brief overview of Hook Box?
lisa says: Hook Box is owned by myself, Lisa Steane, and Katherine Cocksedge, who owns The Bridal Market. We became partners in October last year and really saw a massive hole in the market for brides to acquire great gift boxes to help with wedding planning as well as introducing brides-to-be to amazing independent wedding suppliers available in the UK. Our subscription box aims to give brides the choice of what is out there in the wedding supplier world. We give them helpful hints and tips on how to plan their wedding and also add in a few gifts and wedding ideas for them to keep.
Can you tell us what types of items brides can expect to find in their Hook Box?
The great thing about our boxes is that we have some amazing suppliers on board that will be introducing their products in our boxes. The products range from beauty, stationery, favours and decorations – the list is endless as we put products in our boxes that are trend relevant and are amazing quality. Our box also includes the latest edition of Wedding Ideas Magazine, which is a great addition.
How far in advance of the wedding would you advise brides to subscribe to Hook Box and what different subscriptions are available?
We would say in order to get the full enjoyment of our box, a 12-month subscription would give you the best overall value, but the subscription can be picked up at any time as it offers so much information and different ideas that it could help a bride that is already halfway through her planning. We offer a monthly rolling subscription and then a three, six and 12-month subscription offer that gives discounts for signing up for longer periods.
What brands are you currently working with at Hook Box and what kind of style does a brand have to have in order for you to work with them?
We are currently working with fantastic wedding suppliers like Team Hen, Treat Kitchen, Mix & Twist Cocktails, Ginger Ray, Wedstock Stationery. We are open to working with more independent wedding suppliers as long as we feel it is the right fit for Hook Box. The Hook Box brand is all about unique products that will offer fantastic ideas to our brides. We love new products that haven’t been around long because we are all about offering brides things they haven’t seen before in the market.
You also do one-off Bride-To-Be and Bridesmaid Hook Boxes, can you tell us a little about them?
Yes, we offer one off Bride-To-Be, Bridesmaid, Hen and also a summer Festival box for the girls who love glitter. These are similar to the Bride-To-Be box in terms of they are full of amazing gift products and wedding ideas. The one-off gift boxes are great to give to your bridesmaids to either pop the question or to say thank you, and our Hen box is great to give to your bride-to-be on her hen night. All the products have been handpicked for the type of box it is and has no tacky plastic products in sight!
How have Hook Boxes been received by brides so far?
We have had so much love for our boxes. I think the brides are totally amazed on how many products you get inside our box for the £25 subscription. It is great value for money but it is also full of great planning help that is so valuable when you are starting out with your wedding planning journey. It can be daunting when you first start and we wanted to take the stress out of it.
February 11th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
Meadow Playsuit, £325 from Needle & Thread
While some people view Valentine’s Day as a commercial con, we view it as the perfect excuse for some pretty presents. So (naturally) we’ve drawn up a list of gorgeous gifts that we girls here at Brides Up North HQ would love to receive come February 14th.
Anyhow, a girl can dream – and we feel that if a Valentine’s present drought or disaster does occur, then we’re 100% justified in going out and buying one of these fabulous treats for ourselves (just maybe not the ring!)…
Poppy Print Waisted Dress, £46, from Warehouse – whether dining in or out this Valentine’s, every girl needs a pretty new dress for the occasion.
Hey Girl Bow Point Courts, £72, from Office – We are totally crushing on Office’s latest collection of heels and this swoon-worthy pair makes the perfect pressie, all wrapped up with a bow on top!
Lulu Guinness Glitter Perspex Lips Clutch Bag, £245, from House of Fraser – For an ultimate statement clutch it has be Lulu Guinness and it doesn’t get much more on point for Valentine’s than this swish, shiny number.
Pink Satin Kimono, £45, from Victoria’s Secret – With warmer weather on the way soon (we hope!) a lighter type of cover-up is required for those ‘getting ready’ moments – this cute kimono certainly gets our vote!
Rosie for Autograph Silk and Lace Bra, £26, and knickers, £12.50, from Marks & Spencer – lingerie may be a predictable gift at this time of year, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Turn things up a gear with this racy red set from our major girl-crush Rosie.
Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum 100ml, £96, from Boots – Full bodied and opulent with addictive floral notes we think this is the scent of pure romance .
Milano Mozart Ladder Detail Jumper, £65, from French Connection – As it’s not mild enough to ditch the jumpers altogether, we like the idea of this peak-a-boo, cut-out detailing, revealing just the right amount of skin.
Dior Addict Lip Glow, £24, from feelunique.com – As we prepare to pucker up for some extra kisses on February 14th, a gorgeous lip-colour with staying power, such as this fabulous product from Dior, would be greatly received.
Rose Embroidered Mom Jeans, from Topshop, £59 – We’re all for a big Valentine’s bouquet, but this type of flowers will last much longer than a dozen real red roses.
Tiffany Legacy Engagement Ring, starting at £12,400 from Tiffany & Co – because diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right?!
December 23rd, 2016 | Julia Braime
Its Christmas eve, eve in the Brides Up North office and our inboxes – usually pinging constantly – have gone very, very quiet. It’s no server error… it’s christmas! So, we figure, it’s time to hang up our blogging boots (suede, over the knee, metallic block heel) and reach for the Charbonnel & Walker truffles.
Its been the most epic year of growth here at Brides Up North. As well as a double daily dose of #weddinggoals via our pretty blog pages (and we think the blog has been better than ever in 2016, thanks to all our beautiful brides and grooms and fabulous supplier submissions) and our ever swelling social media channels, we’ve aced 35 Brides Up North branded bridal shows, completed the UK’s first ever WEDFEST Wedding Festival tour back in May – with big plans for 2017 – and pressed print on two gorgeously glossy copies of UNVEILED Magazine. Not to mention, of course, the arrival of another Brides Up North baby. Lili Charlotte Braime was born on 25th June 2016, and we’re training her up already!
2017 looks set to be bigger and better still. The WEDFEST tour is expanding to include new dates and venues, we’ve added some other amazing venues to our events portfolio and we’re currently working on the most beautiful issue of UNVEILED yet, due in March. We’ve got some pretty plans, including a blog facelift, and some very, very (and I mean VERY!) big news to share after the Christmas break. Watch this space.
I’m often asked how I manage everything on my own, and of course, as our blog and brand has grown, so has our little team. I’m not superwoman (although checking emails whilst managing night feeds at 5am I sometimes feel like it). Our editorial team now includes Rachel our Features Editor and the lovely Alexis and Laura, our contributing writers – who you’ll be meeting properly and hearing more from in the new year – whilst over on the events, account management and admin side we have Robin, Kate, Hannah P, Lucy, Mandy, Sam, Hannah B, Helen, Kathryn and Kathryne to thank for keeping our well oiled machine running. Go team!
We’re taking a short break to celebrate with our families over the Christmas season, and we’ll be back (with that big news!) when normal blogging service resumes on 9th January 2017. In the meantime, from Tuesday we’ll be leaving you with our usual yearly recap of ten of our favourite real weddings that wowed. Check back daily to see if your big day made our top ten!
For now though, we’ll raise a glass to you our lovely readers, sponsors, exhibitors and supporters (we couldn’t do it without you!) and wish you the loveliest, merriest Christmas imaginable, and a very happy hygge New Year!
love julia and the team x
* via John Lewis, who else? And of course our house (or the office for that matter) doesn’t look like this: we’ve two small children, a blog and glossy magazine to write and 40+ amazing bridal events planned for 2017. We’ll be lucky if we actually get the tree up…!
December 21st, 2016 | Julia Braime
We’re so close to the festive break now that we can almost smell the mulled wine.
From both a work and present-buying point of view, we’ve got Christmas all wrapped up and so are indulging in a little virtual retail therapy this afternoon by sharing the top items on our wish list to Santa.
We work hard, we play hard and so we’re hoping to be rewarded with a few of these lovely gifts beneath the tree come Christmas Day – though we fear our other halves may not have even started their shopping yet. If yours is the same, try leaving your laptop or tablet open on this page with the hope they will get the hint and hop-foot it to the high street!
Merry Christmas everyone!
rachel’s wish list
Siren Band, £75, from Monica Vinader – Having been spoilt with a few pieces of Monica Vinader jewellery for my 30th birthday recently, I’d quite like to add to my collection with this gorgeous topaz pimped gold band.
Coach Eau De Parfum, £35, from Debenhams – Every girl needs a new scent to start the new year, and it was this sweet-smelling fragrance from Coach that caught my attention in the perfume aisles of Debenhams. Not a bad price tag either!
La Boheme Watch, £75.41, from Cluse – By now you may be well aware that I have a slight addiction to watches, I blame by boyfriend for that, he started it – so now he will have to continue to feed by cravings with this clean and contemporary design from Amsterdam-based brand, Cluse.
Trin Heeled Over The Knee Boot, £78, from Dune – Having celebrated a milestone birthday this year, I decided it was now or never to become the proud owner of a pair of over-the-knee boots – no matter how pantomime-esque they may look!
Phellia Textured Leather Shoulder Bag, £215, from Ted Baker – A new bag often features on my Christmas wish list, and I thought this stunning metallic Ted Baker design made the perfect evening arm-candy that can withhold more than a phone and lipstick.
Four Season Votive Candle Collection, £40, from The White Company – Because surely everybody wants their home to smell like a White Company store.
Eddie Harrop Voyager Appliqued Textured Leather Weekend Bag, £675, from Net-A-Porter – Having enjoyed some fabulous short breaks away this year I feel like it’s high time I replaced my rather worn-out weekend bag – and top of the list to take its place would have to be this gorgeous Eddie Harrop design.
La Boheme Pyjama Set, £38, from Topshop – Another Christmas staple, the festive period just wouldn’t be complete without some new PJs and this pretty pink set certainly get my vote.
711v2 Graphic Trainer, £55, from New Balance – More of a practical request. I loathe buying new gym gear but my trainers are literally about to fall apart, and so if I’m going to make Joe Wicks (aka The Body Coach) proud – needs, must!
Premium Fine Cord Lace Shirt, £49, from Topshop – Finally, for those festive nights out I’d love this oh so pretty lace shirt, which I would top off with an on-trend black bow tied at the neck. Well it is Christmas, after all!
julia’s wish list
Toulouse Printed Skirt, £129, from Coast – Having welcomed our brand new baby girl this year, we’ll just be toasting 2017 at home with friends, but I’ve some glitzy industry events coming up in the New Year where I’ll need to look the part. I love this statement skirt: very Olivia Palermo, don’t you think?
In The Bag Perfect Pouch, £15.99, from Katie Loxton – this working mama likes to stay organised, and look chic whilst doing so. Katie Loxton’s Perfect Pouches are great to grab in a hurry and transfer from work tote to changing bag, keeping all my essentials in order. I’m buying them for all my girlfriends too!
Red Performance Swimsuit, was £60 now £42, from Stella McCartney for Adidas – working out used to be something that I loved to hate, and now it’s my ‘me time’. This gorgeous swimsuit means that I’ll look fab whilst clocking up the laps.
Any makeup by Charlotte Tilbury, price varies – For me, the best part of a night out is getting my glam on, and Charlotte Tilbury’s products are both fun and effective. I’ll take one of everything please!
Classic Bracelet by Nomination, price varies – I’ve worn my Nomination charm bracelet every day since I was 15, but would like to add some stacking bracelets bearing my daughter’s names to my collection… it’s the closest this needle-phobe will ever get to a tattoo!
Kate Spade 2017 Agenda, £20 from Quill London – I’m a sucker for pretty stationery, and this beautiful agenda will look beaut on the desk at Brides Up North HQ.
Letters, from £19, L.K. Bennett x Boyarde – I can’t wait to personalise every clutch I can get my hands on with these beautiful leather handbag stickers designed by Boyarde for L.K. Bennett.
Gwyneth Dress, was £195 now £115, from Whistles – Whistles just works for me, full stop. I’m currently coveting this beautiful jaquard cut out frock. Santa better be quick though, because it’s just gone into the sale…
Mirah Embellished Collar Jumper, £129, from Ted Baker – Super feminine and snuggly to boot, this knit will work well both on and off duty. Hope my baby gets the memo… this one might be dry clean only.
Lola Ruffle Front Dress, was £109 now £130, from Reiss – Ok, so I might have already treated myself to this one, but who could resist such a perfect festive party dress. Get the Kir Royales on ice, this girl is ready to shimmy!
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