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

#girlsquad: bridesmaid trends for 2017

February 10th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Allure 1435 & 1436

We’re seeing lots of exciting bridesmaid trends coming up in 2017, which means that come the big day, your leading ladies can be looking as stylish as you (well, almost!).

This afternoon we’re putting the blog in the safe hands of our guest writer, the lovely Izzy Hicks of our media partner, Love Our Wedding Magazine, to tell us about the top bridesmaid trends for the year ahead.

floral prints

Izzy says: Floral wedding gowns were popular in designers’ 2016 collections, so it’s no surprise that bridesmaids are jumping on the bandwagon too with stunning flower print dresses. This trend can be worn a few different ways: in different colours for a cute vintage vibe, in different lengths but a matching print for an updated take on mix and match maids, or with just the maid of honour in floral print to make her really stand out! A top label for floral prints this season is Allure.

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Christina Wu 22704

sequins

One of our favourite bridesmaid trends this year is sequins! Luckily for magpie brides, this trend is appearing in more and more 2017 bridesmaid collections, meaning they can pick sparkling gowns in a number of different styles and colours. Try full-length sequins for Jessica Rabbit glam, mixed metallics for an Instagram-worthy bridal party or sequin tops with chiffon or tulle skirts for just a hint of sparkle.

Look to Christina Wu Celebration for some dazzling options.

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Kelsey Rose Style 12559

separates

Another bridesmaid trend taken from bridal is the separates. Instead of dresses, designers are including separate tops and skirts (or even trousers!) in their bridesmaid collections so that brides can mix and match styles for their maids. Not only does this mean that you can change up the styles depending on your bridesmaids’ preferences and body shapes, but they’re more likely to be able to wear the separate pieces again. We especially love this look combined with an on-trend crop top, perfect for boho or destination weddings. Our favourite label for separates this season is Kelsey Rose.

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Special Day Diamond Collection D16556

tea-length tulle

With more brides opting for 1950s-inspired tea-length wedding dresses, 2017 will be the year to have matching bridesmaids. Tea-length tulle gowns look cute on young bridesmaids and elegant on adult maids, and make the perfect choice for a vintage-inspired wedding theme. Add brightly-coloured petticoats for a fun retro twist! Special Day Ireland has some stunning tea-length tulle examples in its collection.

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Jasmine B2 Style B193011

cold shoulder

This pretty detail updates a classic bridesmaid dress and brings it right into 2017. The cold shoulder silhouette is the ideal way to balance coverage with just a little skin showing, and flatters bridesmaids of all shapes and sizes. Wear it in pastel colours for a dreamy, summer boho vibe, or switch it up for winter with rich jewel shades. A great label for this look is Jasmine B2.

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well heeled: 2017 wedding shoes trends

January 21st, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Forever Soles

This weekend we’re handing over the blogging reins to our guest writer, the lovely Sophie Grabham, Online Editor at Love Our Wedding Magazine, to fill us in on all the new bridal shoe trends for the year ahead…

sophie says: Gorgeous wedding shoes have always been the perfect finishing touch to any bridal look, but with shorter hemlines and high-low dresses growing in popularity, they’re more important than ever before!

Brides are now looking for show-stopping heels that play a big part in their overall look. So whether you’re in search of something comfy and low, or sky-high and striking, here are a few 2017 top trends to look out when choosing your perfect pair…

1. METALLICS - Rachel Simpson - Ginger shoe

Rachel Simpson – Ginger

metallics

Ultra-glam and bang on-trend, metallics are a great choice for stylish brides. Confident, fashion-forward brides can opt for a full-on metallic design, while those looking for a more chic and timeless style may prefer to stick to metallic detailing or muted tones. Check out this gorgeous design from Rachel Simpson, for a vintage twist on metallics.

sequins

Following on from metallics, sequins are also big news for 2017! This trend is everywhere in the wedding world right now, from bridesmaid dresses to table runners, so it’s no surprise that shoe designers have embraced the trend, too. From all-out glamour, to subtle hints of sparkle, make the sequin trend work for you by finding a design to suit your style. Rainbow Club have a stunning selection of sequin shoes and matching clutch bags this season, as do Pink by Paradox.

2. SEQUINS - Pink by Paradox Eve shoe

Pink by Paradox – Eve 

colour

A great way to add a pop of colour to your bridal look is by wearing a funky pair of colourful heels. Feeling brave? Go for a bright and beautiful pair to really stand out from the crowd, perhaps with a bold floral print – another key trend for 2017. If you’re more of a pastels girl, try chic shades of blush, champagne or nude. Or, why not choose a blue shade, so your heels can double up as your ‘something blue’? Rainbow Club offer a great shoe dyeing service, making it easy to match your shoes to your scheme.

boots

One trend we adore, especially for autumn/winter weddings, is bridal boots. We love this chic pair by Harriet Wilde that will keep you looking stylish and feeling warm! What more could you ask for?

3. COLOUR - Rainbow Club - Harlow shoes

Rainbow Club – Harlow

barefoot sandals

Forget heels sinking in the sand, the latest trend for barefoot sandals is a real game changer for those marrying abroad. The romantic boho designs simply adorn the top of the foot, and are ideal for laid-back summer celebrations. Forever Soles have a stunning range, including silver, beaded and crochet designs, that will have you looking effortlessly elegant.

shoe clips

Personalise your look and jazz-up a plain pair of heels with beautiful shoe clips. Customising a non-bridal shoe will mean you can wear them again and again after the big day, and is also a great option for matching up your bridesmaids shoes, too. Again, Rachel Simpson has some stunning designs, including embellished and floral style clips, that will instantly make your footwear fancy. Check out Brides Up North Sponsor Charlotte Mills‘s collection too.

5. SHOE CLIPS - Rachel Simpson Simone shoe clips

Rachel Simpson – Simone shoe clips

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bridal trend alert: the illusion wedding dress

December 1st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Allure Couture

Keen to collaborate with other big-day enthusiasts in the world of weddings, we’re introducing a new guest writer to the blog today, the lovely Sophie Grabham, Online Editor at Love Our Wedding Magazine.

Aa a regular feature in our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fair media packs, we’re big fans and supporters of Love Our Wedding Magazine and enjoy flicking through its glossy pages of inspiration. As such Sophie will be sharing a monthly feature with us on everything from dresses to décor, and in return we will be writing for the wonderful Love Our Wedding Magazine website once a month too. If you didn’t see our first feature on the Top 2017 Wedding Themes, be sure to take a look.

For her first feature, Sophie has some serious dress candy in store for you as she talks bridal fashion trends.

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Mark Lesley

sophie says: One of our favourite bridal trends of the moment has to be illusion gowns!

Illusion necklines made an appearance in many designer collections for 2016 and the trend is showing no signs of slowing down for 2017. The elegant detailing gives the appearance of tattooed lace on skin and is a must have for any fashion-conscious bride.

But it’s not just necklines that have been featuring this illusion styling. There has also been a lot of emphasis on the backs of gowns as well as on sleeves, with intricate illusion lace patterns cropping up in many of the hottest new collections.

From chic and subtle to the fashion-forward and daring, this trend will work for any style of bride.

Let’s take a look at some of our favourites…

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Kenneth Winston

illusion necklines

The signature style for 2016/2017 weddings, illusion necklines can be as daring as you like! There are many variations of this look; from high-neck detailing to plunging V-necklines – another huge trend for the new season.

We’d recommend wearing minimal jewellery and hair up or to one side, to really show off the gorgeous detailing on this style of gown.

Labels including Allure, Chloe Bridals, and Kenneth Winston all rock this look.

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we’ve been shortlisted in the wedding blog awards 2016!

October 10th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Rachel and I are absolutely thrilled to share that Brides Up North has been shortlisted once again in the The Wedding Blog Awards 2016, hosted by Wedding Magazine. We’re up for not one but two categories this time, Best Regional Blog and Best Blogging Team, so things are pretty excitable here at Brides Up North HQ!

The awards evening is one of our yearly “best bits” and we are looking forward to another night of hobnobbing and hi-jinks with our fellow UK wedding bloggers (cue cupcakes washed down with Champagne) – and not-so-much the hungover train ride home – later on this month.

It might seem from our pretty Instagram feed that all Rach and I do is play with pretty dresses when we are in the office and put our feet up in spas when we are not.  Usually, that’s exactly what we want you to think. Unfortunately, it’s not quite the reality.

Behind the scenes here at Brides Up North we work really, really long, often unsociable hours – just ask my husband – to make sure that the inboxes are emptied and the pretty pages of the wedding blog and related social channels are constantly fuelled with new wedding inspiration.  That’s not to mention my role as Editor-In-Chief of Unveiled Magazine or the vast amount of effort that goes into our extremely busy seasons of Luxury Wedding Exhibitions. I think what I’m trying to say is that it’s hard work being this goddamn fabulous.

We’d be really pleased to take home the gongs this year (lets go for the double!) and will keep you posted! We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our loyal readership, so big love and thanks for your support, it’s very much appreciated.

Let’s show the rest of the UK exactly what us Northerners can do!

julia & rachel x

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are we the online/digital business of the year?

September 29th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Today I’m really very excited to share that Brides Up North has been shortlisted in the Forward Ladies women in business awards 2015 for Online/Digital Business Of The Year.  As you read this, Rachel and I are perfecting our lippy and heading to Newcastle to join lots of bright business minds at the Yorkshire & North East Awards ceremony.

We’re never really ones for making a huge fuss (in our ever so Northern manner), but we’re ever so chuffed that our work in this field has been lauded by an organisation with so dynamic and varied a membership as Forward Ladies.  Today, at the sparkling do, we’ll be over the moon if we take home the award – but it’s just as nice to see our hard work, loyal readership, solid supporter base and resultant business success recognised.

forward ladies say: ‘This year’s awards continues its tradition of being the premier forum for recognising and rewarding the talented women across the UK. The awards, which were created to celebrate trail blazing and pioneering women from enterprise and business, are hugely important because they give women a unique opportunity to acknowledge their successes and become credible and inspirational role models for others.

We have categories to showcase the underrepresented women working in traditionally male dominated fields such as the Digital and Online category, and have received some outstanding entries in this category.  The judges have seriously had their work cut out for them this year… This is a testament to the high quality of our female business leaders across the regions who are helping the region’s economy grow.’

Here at Brides Up North, we’ll ALWAYS be all about the pretty… but there’s a serious side to what we do too.  We connect. We aim to connect our bride to be readers with each other as a community; we aim to bring our wedding industry friends together, forging solid business relationships and networks along the way and most of all, we aim to put our bride to be readers directly in touch with the very best professionals in their area to help them realise their wedding day dreams.  We achieve this through our daily blog posts, social networks, luxury wedding exhibitions, supplier gatherings and more recently through our work with Unveiled Magazine.

We’ve recently gone back to the proverbial drawing board to assess our entire service and how Brides Up North can better help our readers and supplier clients. Soon, (watch this space) we hope to bring you an exciting new online offering to make these connections even easier than ever before, but just for tomorrow, we’ll stick to networking in the old fashioned way… hopefully over a glass of celebratory bubbly!

Wish us luck!

julia, rachel & the team x

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a friday podcast!

April 10th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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A few weeks ago I was honoured to be asked to record a podcast for broadcast on the fantastic industry resource Evolve Your Wedding Business.

In this hour long episode with the website’s founder and host Heidi I discuss what you should know about working with bloggers, how to get the most out of blog advertising, how to get more engagement on social media and how to manage a busy workload.  If you are one of our lovely industry readers (or just curious about how this whole blog thang works behind the scenes!) then why not stick the kettle on, cosy up for an hour and have a listen.

You can listen to our podcast by clicking on the link here. Enjoy!

Before you start, if you are interested in finding out more about Brides Up North, just click here.

I’d love to hear from you with any comments!

what’s covered?

  • What you need to know before submitting a wedding to a blogger
  • The best way to reach out to wedding bloggers
  • How to follow up with a blogger after submitting a wedding
  • How we get such fantastic social media engagement
  • The common threads between wedding professionals who do well with blog advertising
  • Blog advertising best practices & mistakes people make
  • What you should have in place before advertising on a blog
  • How to get the most out of your next wedding fair
  • How to start making connections with wedding bloggers
  • Why you shouldn’t putting wedding bloggers on a pedestal
  • How I juggle the blog, writing, running wedding fairs, and a whole lot more without going nuts
  • How to start building a team

…happy listening!

 

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