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rachel’s diary: team wedding is go!

September 18th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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Gotcha! The lead image on today’s post may well have caused you to double take, but Andy and I haven’t got hitched just yet! The photo was actually taken at our best friends’ wedding a few weeks ago where I was a maid of honour and Andy one of the groomsmen.

Attending four fabulous weddings this year has certainly made for very helpful research for our own big day, reaffirming the most important elements to us, where we should allocate more of the budget, where we might be able to make a saving and how to weave special touches among the proceedings.

And now, with no other weddings in the diary between now and summer 2019 we are officially next in line to become Mr & Mrs – and I feel that with less than eight months to go, we are making surprisingly good progress.

I have, however, found myself somewhat torn when writing these diary posts as I’m excited to give you updates and share my experience, but like any other bride-to-be, I don’t want to give away too many details about the big day before it’s happened, especially for those that will be attending.

Following the wedding I’ll certainly be divulging all aspects and details of the amazing suppliers we have onboard, but in the meantime, there are some elements that I think are safe to reveal…

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Since my last diary post the day invites have been sent out causing Andy to get weirdly cocker-spaniel-style excited for the post arriving each day. Every time a few more RSVPs drop through the letter box he quickly retrieves them and moves the responding guests’ names into the ‘attending’ column on one of our many planning spreadsheets. I have to say though, I adore this level of enthusiasm and organisation (if only he could take transfer such skills keeping ‘his side’ of our bedroom in order!).

Clean and elegant, we went with a personal ‘R&A’ design in a gold leaf garland for the invite with accompanying details card and RSVP sealed within a brown Kraft envelope, which should tie in nicely with other styling elements that we have planned for the wedding.

Another box ticked is Andy and his groomsmen’s suits, which he found while shopping with his best men in Manchester. It’s really important to me that Andy loves what he wears on the day as much as I love my dress and I must say, though he’s still to accessorise his outfit, he looks absolutely gorgeous in his chosen suit and picturing him in it at our chosen venue The West Mill, gives me butterflies! Finding his attire also helps to pull together the wedding colour palette a little more, though the hue of his tie is an ongoing debate!

We’ve ticked all entertainment boxes now too, with bookings for different parts of the day that we hope will reflect our musical tastes while setting the desired atmosphere and, in turn, creating memories that will last beyond the wedding.

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I’ve also recruited my #glamsquad to beautify me and my four bridesmaids – it was certainly an area where I was spoilt for choice as through both Brides Up North and UNVEILED magazine we work with some true talents of the hair and makeup industry. The two pros I’ve enlisted the skills of are Lake-District-based hair stylist Gareth Lambert of Aqua The Salon, and North East makeup artist Anna Cordelia Mason. I’ve had the pleasure of working with this dynamite duo on several occasions and I’ve found their approach and styles to be right up my street, plus they both have such lovely personalities that I know they will bring a really fun yet chilled vibe to the wedding morning.

What else? Well after letting you all know that I unexpectedly found my dream dress in record time in the summer I thought I’d move onto my accessories, starting with my shoes – and I’m thrilled to say I’ll be a Charlotte Mills bride when it comes to my big day footwear. I was keen to go to a designer that specialises in bridal shoes, rather than buy off the high street, as I know the experts in this area provide both style and comfort in their designs. As a girl that lives in trainers (all hail the Stan Smiths!) I couldn’t bare the thought of hobbling around in pain on my wedding day, though I knew I’d want a heel for added height and an elegant posture. Thanks to Charlotte I had the most amazing experience picking the perfect pair from her utterly gorgeous collection and would highly recommend others to follow in my footsteps by visiting her cute boutique in Saddleworth near Oldham or visiting one of her amazing stockists for personal on- to-one service and advice. For those coming to our Luxury Wedding Shows this season, you’re in for an extra special treat as our goody bags will include a Charlotte Mills discount voucher meaning you can bag yourself a pair of her totally dreamy heels and make a saving in the process!

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Next on my wedding to-do list is the bridesmaid dresses, an element of the planning I’m really stoked for as I’m looking to fabulous designer Rosanna Garden of Motee Maids to assist me in dressing my leading ladies. Having first met Rosanna at The White Gallery in London when she’d not long launched her amazing bridesmaid collection, I instantly fell in love with her clever customisable creations that give options on dress style, colour and delicate hand embellishment detailing, enabling individual personalities and style preferences to shine through. Furthermore, Motee Maids was named ‘Best Bridesmaid Collection of the Year’ at the 2018 Bridal Buyer Awards, just last week further cementing Rosanna’s position as a leading designer in the industry. The only problem with picking such a talent is that I will, without doubt, be enviable of my maids’ attire.

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Over the coming months we have a few more suppliers to source and meetings to arrange, including with the florist, caterer and our amazing photographer Jon of S6 Photography. And so, I guess what is safe to say is that the wedding clique is coming together, and momentum is building for the big day, though I’m eager to not wish away the run-up as it’s all part of the wedding experience and a time that I aim to absorb and enjoy!

Catch up on Rachel’s other diary entries here.

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put your own stamp on it: personalised paper goods by basic invite

August 16th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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As the very first insight you give guests into your big day it’s super important to take time when deciding on your invites. For maximum impact you will want them to be both a nod to the colour scheme and theme you have planned for the wedding, but also a reflection you and your partner.

We therefore love stationery suppliers that give brides and grooms the option to personalise designs through their wording, colour and material choices. One such company is the fabulous Basic Invite who we’re chatting to on the blog today about their utterly gorgeous paper goods, which range from save the dates and invites to on day essentials, like name place cards, menus and guest books.

Taking custom designed wedding invitations to the next level, Basic Invite offer couples an incredible range of designs, from pretty floral creations to cool graphic prints, and then give them the power to make their stationery truly unique with 180 custom colour choices, 100 font styles, plus multiple paper types and card cuts.

Better still, they’re offering Brides Up North readers 15% off orders placed on their website – just use code 15FF51 at checkout.

So, let’s handover the blog to the team behind Basic Invite to showcase some of their delightful stationery options while talking us through the design and ordering process.

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Can you give us an overview of the service and products that you offer?

basic invite say: We offer truly custom stationery for all of life’s major moments! From wedding invitations and thank you notes to personal stationery and business cards. We have a card for everything and designs to suite any style!

Why is stationery such an important element of a wedding and how can it help to enhance the build-up and the big day itself?

Wedding invitations and stationery are an important element because it’s one of the first things your guests will receive in regards to the big day. It’s important that your invitations reflect you as a couple and give guests a sneak peek into your wedding style, giving them a taste of what’s to come.

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How would you describe the style of the stationery that Basic Invite offer?

We have something for everyone! We strive to offer the most innovative designs while also designing timeless options that will never go out of style. The cool thing about Basic Invite is our customisation options. This offers endless options for brides to tweak their design and make it truly unique. Brides can choose styles ranging from vintage to modern, typography to calligraphy, and even photo invitations.

What is your most popular design currently?

Our most popular design for the 2018 wedding season is definitely our watercolour wedding invitations. Brides are loving the soft touches of colour and delicate floral designs. With that said, our new Seal & Send wedding invitations are coming in as a close second. This popular line offers an all-in-one design with a tear-off RSVP card and no envelope needed as addresses are printed on the front and sealed with a custom sticker. We anticipate seeing a lot of brides going for this look in the 2019 wedding season.

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How far in advance of the wedding would you advise couples to source their stationery?

The sooner the better! Based on a one-year engagement we suggest couples follow the following timeline.

8+ months order samples

6+ months order your save the dates

4+ months send your save the dates and order your wedding invitations

3+ months send your invites and order your wedding day stationery

2 weeks post-wedding send your thank you notes

What elements of the wedding would you advise couples to consider when picking their stationery and where should they look for inspiration?

Incorporating wedding colours is a huge design detail that will go a long way, especially if you are keeping a cohesive theme throughout all of your wedding festivities. Theme is another element to consider. Switching things up throughout your engagement is a fun option but designing invitations that will match and transfer across to your wedding day stationery, like your menus and place cards, will make for a solid overall look which is super classy!

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Basic Invite offer various ways that couples can personalise their wedding stationery designs, can you tell us more about such options?

Our customisation options are what help us stand apart from other online stationery vendors. Not only do we offer hundreds of wedding invitation designs and so many other products, we also offer 180 custom colour choices, 100 font styles, multiple paper types and card cuts, three foil colours in two styles, and almost every aspect of reach design can be edited or customised including wording, spacing, colour, and more!

Can couples order material samples and previews of stationery products before placing their final order?

Absolutely and it’s something we highly recommend. That way customers can see their invitations first hand before they order in full. Although our website shows edits in real time it’s still a good idea to see the final product before sending hundreds out.

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delight in the detail: fine finishing touches

June 19th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh

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image source, photography by Carly Bevan Photography

So, you’ve chosen your venue, decided on the date, picked your colour palette and drawn up your guest list. Dress dilemmas are done and dusted, and you’ve selected which gal pals will accompany you down the aisle (still agonising? Check out our tips!). You’ve painstakingly worked your way down the wedding admin tick-list, from the cool stuff – food, music, entertainment – to the not-so-cool stuff – insurance and checking the venue’s PAT testing requirements.

If that’s the case, then bravo and a big shiny gold star for you! And we have good news: it’s time to take a break from all the adulting and spend some time indulging in the frivolous – but fun – details. We’re talking about the kind of finishing touches and frippery that won’t necessarily make or break your day (or your budget, for that matter) but are nevertheless important to you. These little features are often used as a way to make your celebration more personal, more poignant or simply to pump up the wedding wow factor.

So how to make your big day stand out from the rest?

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Maybe I’m just a weird stationery fiend – always a possibility – but I find that there are so many ways to incorporate little personal paper details into your big day. I’ve been to weddings where origami decorations (flowers, rainbow-coloured cranes) featured heavily, paper pompoms, lanterns and streamers provided a colourful (and cheap) decor hit, and place settings and table plans and numbers/names were creatively inspired. Plus, any excuse for a creative get together and cava – oops, I mean crafting – session with your pals, eh?

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Couples who put thought into their favours just make us squeal with their cuteness. They don’t need to be expensive – bottles of Bolly and Creme de la Mer products might be affordable for Kimmy K, but not for us mere mortals – so get your thinking caps on. My favourites from recent years have included a pork pie wrapped in floral fabric, gingerbread men from a local bakery, Jameson miniatures from a fellow whiskey-loving bride and Nutella tubs with guests’ names on the label. What’s personal to you that you haven’t seen before at a wedding? I feel a spider diagram coming on….

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Another detail we love – guest books with a twist. Colouring in charts, polaroid or photobooth sessions, date and anniversary ideas, advice for a happy marriage, memory requests, song recommendations – they all get a thumbs up for individuality and creativity from us. Could your venue or interests lend you some inspiration? One couple I know who married in Newcastle’s Baltic modern art gallery asked all of their guests to draw a self-portrait of themselves and stick it to the glass walls, later putting all of the pictures together into a book. It was a great ice-breaker activity on the tables for people who didn’t already know each other and caused a not-insignificant amount of hilarity – bonus!

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It used to be that brides and grooms thanked their mums with a big bouquet of last-minute lilies and that was that. Well, no more. Bridal party gifts are another area where the bride gets to go off the beaten track and have some fun. You can go personal – family pictures from the past turned into a beautiful photobook? – or poignant – an engraved locket with a snapshot of the two of you? Maybe she’d appreciate a massage to unwind from all of the stress of the preparations, or perhaps you could book an afternoon tea for the two of you to debrief and share photos a few weeks down the line. The same goes for your #bridesquad, #groomsquad and all of the others who’ve lent a hand, an ear or a wedding car for the big day – think personal and be creative.

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image source, photography by Hayley Blackledge Photography

We look at a lot of pictures of cake (I know, it’s a tough gig) and, by default, lots of cake toppers. It’s clear that this is an area where brides and grooms express their individuality, straying far from traditional couple figurines. We’ve seen Lego people, knitted creations, superhero motifs and even beloved pets rendered in icing. What tickles your fancy?

Also, we’ve lost count of the number of brides who declare their dislike – or their husband’s lack of enthusiasm – for a traditional fruit cake with marzipan icing. The cake flavours described on these hallowed pages, from chocolate orange to pink lemonade, reflect the individuality of each couple and make us drool with worrying regularity. But who says you even have to have cake? We love it when brides demand something a bit different: a favourite family pudding, a humungous cheeseboard or a croquembouche – or an entire wall of doughnuts?! Now we’re talking!

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trend spot: pretty paper for 2018

February 5th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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We’re forever looking ahead to spot the upcoming styles in wedding décor and themes, and today we welcome Bride and Groom Direct – wedding invitation and stationery retailer known for beautiful wedding invitations – to the blog to reveal their top three key trends for 2018 wedding invitations.

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Millennial pink and blush pink are the wedding invitations shade to have for 2018. Pink will never be out of style for weddings and this particular shade will give the colour a refreshing and modern uplift! It’s a great way to tie your wedding invitations into your wedding colour scheme.

soft watercolours

Incorporate one of 2018’s biggest stationery trends into your wedding and opt for a soft watercolour invitation. Available in a wide range of colours from purple, to mint green you’ll be able to find a watercolour wedding invitation that is perfect for your wedding theme.

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Taking influence from the 1970’s, this shade is one of the must have colours of 2018. The beautiful shade is a great way to use an uplifting colour in your wedding that will instantly give your wedding stationery a touch of style!

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yellow wedding invitations

It can be hard to work colour into your wedding, especially if you have a lot of bridesmaids to please! If you have your heart set on including something bright as a part of your wedding, why not use your stationery to do so? Yellow is a great choice when looking to include colour, it symobolises positivity and new life – and is scientifically proven to make us happy, as we associate the colour with the sun! It is an especially perfect choice for a spring or summer wedding. Yellow doesn’t have to be bold either, consider using a paler yellow instead. Looking for inspiration? We love these colourful wedding invitations, there is lots of options if you already have a few colour selections in mind.

Are you looking for something a little different? Colour isn’t the only way trends and style can be added to your wedding invitations. These top ticks below are perfect for weddings with a decor theme, and include this year’s most popular wedding themes.

photo wedding invitations

The popularity of candid photography at weddings is on the rise again and to be honest, we don’t understand why it ever went out of fashion in the first place! Candid photos allow you, the bride (and groom) to look behind the scenes at the bits of your wedding you didn’t see. Pop up photo booths are becoming a huge hit at weddings at the moment, and are a great way to loosely theme your wedding. Why not introduce that theme by having a photo of you and your groom on the front of your wedding invitations? Depending on budget, many couples are actually having photoshoots to get that perfect ‘candid’ moment on the front of their invitations!

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Another huge trend right now, is to make your own wedding invitations. This is great if you are a whizz at crafts and have enough time to hand craft perhaps over 100 wedding invitations. However, if you aren’t able to make your own from scratch, Bride and Groom Direct actually sells DIY wedding invitations kits. You can buy all of the items you need to give your invitations that handmade appearance with a professional touch.

What are your thoughts on these wedding invitations colours and themes? If you have any suggestions, or thoughts we’d love to hear them.

Bride and Groom Direct retails a huge range of wedding invitations; ranging from traditional styles to the latest trends. You’ll also find the perfect wedding stationery and favours to complement your wedding invitations.

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hot off the print: new wedding stationery designs by project pretty + 15% discount

December 4th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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If you got engaged during late summer or early autumn and have found your dream venue and secured your date but are yet to send out the save the dates or invites, then this afternoon’s post is perfectly timed as we’re sharing the gorgeous new stationery collections from our fabulous Sponsor, Project Pretty.

The talented due behind the business, Kerry and Becky, have been working hard on eight fresh designs, which feature varying colourways, typographies and illustrations, meaning there’s a pretty paper option for all.

With the ladies predicting berry and burgundy colours to be big in weddings for 2018, we’re definitely drawn to the opulent jewel tones of Grace but also adore the monochrome and pastel appearance of Marble – though with one of the collections being named ‘Rachel’ it’s easy for me to pick out an overall fav!

Take a look below to see which of the lovely designs catch your eye, and if you order quick, you can enjoy 15% off your wedding stationery order up until the end of December 2017. Just use code NEW15 at the checkout.

Now over to Kerry and Becky to tell us more…

With images by Holly Booth Photography.

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Where did your inspiration for the new collections come from?

project pretty say: Our new wedding stationery collections have been inspired by the autumn and winter months. Think autumnal berry and burgundy tones, crisp icy greys, cool mint and winter botanicals.

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Do the new designs follow a certain theme?

While we have used the colder seasons as inspiration for the collections, each design has its own theme.

What type of couples or styles of wedding would the new collections appeal to?

We hope that there is something for everyone in our new collections. From outdoors and adventure types, to couples looking for contemporary wedding stationery and those that prefer traditional styles.

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Which is your favourite design from the new collection and why?

Our favourite is the Eloise Collection. I love the combination of blush and green florals on the contrasting Kraft background, with the geometric frame adding a modern twist.

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Can you talk us through each of the new collections?

Adventure Collection – The Adventure collection is perfect for rustic, outdoor weddings. We have hand painted the abstract landscape and used a mixture of textured white and Kraft card for a rustic effect.

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personal paper: introducing jeccabox stationery

November 20th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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If beautiful fonts, pretty patterns or cool graphics are your bag, then stationery is a part of the planning you can afford to get super-excited about. We at Brides Up North are most certainly fans of gorgeous paper goods (the piles of slogan-emblazoned notebooks on our desks are proof alone) and so we are delighted to be introducing a Sponsor to the blog today whose stationery designs have us all heart eyes!

Introducing lovely Lancashire-based Jess of Jeccabox, who offers a complete suite of stunning stationery to complete couples’ big day celebrations. From pre-designed beauties, to amazing bespoke creations, Jess loves nothing more than matching brides and grooms with the perfect pieces that are complimentary their chosen wedding theme and them as a couple.

We can barely take our eyes off her stunning marble designs, and don’t even get us started on the metallic foils!! Here to lift the lid on Jeccabox is the talented lady herself. Take it away Jess…

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Can you tell us a little about your background and how you came to set up Jeccabox?

jess says: I have always been passionate about design and have always been a creative person. I originally started creating graphic personalised prints through Jeccabox and then wedding stationery was a natural journey when my customers stared to enquire about such paper goods – it was then that my for love for it really came to life! I have a degree in Interior Design and that gave me the basic tools I needed to explore my design capabilities further, and now I absolutely love designing wedding stationery in all its forms! Oh, and if anyone is wondering about the business name, Jeccabox is the nickname my mum has given me since I was a baby (and still calls me now!)

Can you give us an overview of the service and products that you offer you wedding couples?

Jeccabox offers complete wedding stationery suites; everything from save the dates, to invitations, table plans, place names, table layouts and even gifts for parents of the bride and groom! We can print on a variety of cards and can foil in various colours and metallic finishes.

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How would you describe the style of your stationery and where do you draw inspiration from for your designs?

I’d describe our stationery as a real mix of traditional and modern styles. My inspiration comes from everywhere – architecture, pattern, print designs, etc. and I love to work with the brides and grooms and really listen to what they want. Whether it’s the theme, colour palette, even particular flowers and textures, I’ll try and work it in as best I can and as much as they would like!

In your opinion, why is stationery such an important element of a wedding?

It’s the first glimpse that any guest receives of the wedding; it’s so exciting to see the reaction from loved ones. The save the dates or invitations can give a real insight into the theme of the day and allows not only the bride and groom, but the guests to start to get very excited too! I also think it’s a great way to get the information out to guests and is a big ‘tick’ for any bride or groom!

How far in advance of the wedding would you advise couples to source their stationery?

It totally depends on the couple’s wedding; if it’s a destination wedding abroad, the sooner the better, for example! I think with save the dates, they can go out whenever the couple is ready, but with invitations I usually recommend anywhere between three and six months prior to the wedding.

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What elements of the wedding would you advise couples to consider when picking their stationery and where should they look for inspiration?

I think elements such as the venue style, flower colours, suit colours, dress texture, and even suit texture can really get the couple’s minds whirling and before they know it, a theme that is often unique to them will come out of it.

Do you have a favourite design from within your stationery collection, and if so, which one is it and why?

I really do love the marble and copper foiling invitations; not only did I design them for a friend, they have proven to be a very popular design that I love to come back to.

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Do you offer a bespoke design service and, if so, what is the process?

Yes, I pride myself on my bespoke service, which can either be done completely via email or social media, or sometimes I like to meet with couples to really discuss what they would love and show samples, card textures etc. I initially like to get the couple’s ideas, styles etc. and any wording they specify, and then I get going with the designing and always design until the couples are 100% happy.

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