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it’s the little things: say hello to itsy wedding favours – plus 10% discount for our readers

July 19th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon on the blog we’re thrilled to be introducing you to another new Sponsor of ours – the wonderful Itsy Wedding Favours.

Though they can sometimes be a last minute thought, favours are a lovely and simple way for couples to be able to thank their guests for joining them on their special day – and so it’s worth giving them some proper thought.

Perfect for those that want to put their own stamp on their big day, Itsy Wedding Favours offer an exciting range of favours that can be personalised for that all-important personal touch.

And for those that like the look of what they see, Itsy Wedding Favours are offering Brides Up North readers a fabulous 10% off orders, just enter discount code: bridesupnorth

Now let’s hand over to those behind the business to tell us more about the options…

With images by Matt Pickett.

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What does Itsy Wedding Favours offer to wedding couples?

itsy say: We typically sell small wedding favours that can be personalised to individual wedding themes. We aim to inspire. We want people who are struggling to find wedding favours/ideas, to visit our site and instantly recognise something they like and that can work for their wedding, selecting all the products they want and enjoy their big day.

What tends to be the reason that couples give out wedding favours?

Wedding favours are more often than not, small gifts given to guests as a gesture of love and appreciation from the bride and groom during a wedding reception. Our clear glass empty bottles and jars are perfect as wedding favours because they can be easily personalised to the theme of a wedding with a ribbon, sticker, glass pen etc.

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How do you encourage wedding couples to get creative with their wedding favours?

We have a visual website that includes lots of inspirational photography of table settings including our products so they can instantly see how our products could fit into the table decoration.

In your opinion why is a personalised wedding favour better to give to guests than a generic wedding favour?

Every wedding is different. Every wedding is unique. Each bride and groom dresses a venue differently: from the choice of seats, the flowers, and all the way down to the small details, including wedding favours. Brides in particular love for everything in their special day to be in sync and part of an overall plan. Our wedding favours can easily be personalised by colour or text to fit what couples have in mind.

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marble & metallic. mori lee for a stylish wedding in manchester – chorcha & glen

July 19th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Stylish Wedding in Manchester (c) Melissa Beattie Photography (46)

Today’s real wedding is nothing short of stunning and we’re struggling to peel ourselves away from it – be warned, you too may face the same problem.

In a wedding that celebrates both love and the city of Manchester, we are bowled over by all elements: from the natural blooms and cute honeybee touches to the stunning attire and décor. Oh, and that cake – seriously, that cake #toobeautiful

With images by Melissa Beattie Photography.

A Stylish Wedding in Manchester (c) Melissa Beattie Photography (49)

A Stylish Wedding in Manchester (c) Melissa Beattie Photography (48)

chorcha says: We got engaged while celebrating my birthday with friends at an urban picnic in Downtown Dubai. Quite a few of those who were there were in on it – so we have some wonderful video footage of the moment. Our engagement was typically us – in front of our dearest friends (who have become like family as we are ex-pats) and loud!

Our wedding took place on 3rd April. Spring and Easter time in England is typically bright and crisp. We figured if we picked a date around this time we would be safe from the grey Manchester skies – and boy, were we lucky!

A Stylish Wedding in Manchester (c) Melissa Beattie Photography (39)

Manchester Town Hall was our chosen ceremony venue. Glen and I met in Manchester 12 years ago, and then met again in Dubai three years ago. We are both originally from Manchester and both moved to Dubai for work (not at the same time). Living away from such a great city really does strengthen your appreciation and love for the place. Whenever we get time for a holiday, all we want to do is go back home to Manchester! Don’t get me wrong, Dubai is great – but it doesn’t beat cobbles, rain, gravy with your chippy and that wonderful Manc spirit!

The city’s town hall is such a beautiful building – a real icon of Manchester. It was a simple decision for us, why pay a fortune for a country manor when this gorgeous piece of the city’s heritage is everything you need and more!

A Stylish Wedding in Manchester (c) Melissa Beattie Photography (33)

A Stylish Wedding in Manchester (c) Melissa Beattie Photography (45)

Our reception was held at Mr Cooper’s House & Garden at The Midland Hotel. The restaurant is by Michelin star chef, Simon Rogan, therefore the food was absolutely outstanding! The venue itself being in Manchester’s oldest hotel is steeped in heritage with gorgeous original features and that typical Manchester quirkiness. Both venues are only a one-minute walk from each other, which meant our guests could walk between the two!

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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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country class. justin alexander for a traditional wedding at the devonshire arms – gwen & rob

July 18th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Classic Wedding at The Devonshire Arms (c) Mark Newton Photography (48)

Push those Monday blues aside and lose yourself in this classic country wedding.

After a traditional church ceremony, today’s bride and groom Gwen and Rob enjoyed a relaxed yet fun reception at The Devonshire Arms Hotel, complete with fabulous musical entertainment.

Highlights for us include Gwen’s gorgeous gown, the perfectly iced cake and that fine wedding transport!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Mark Newton Photography.

A Classic Wedding at The Devonshire Arms (c) Mark Newton Photography (26)

gwen says: We got engaged in September 2014. Rob took me on an evening walk where we went on our first date – Barden Bridge near Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales.

We set the date for 23rd May 2015. The venue we wanted was free on a Bank Holiday weekend at a few months’ notice and we wanted a late spring/summer date – it seemed too good to be true!

A Classic Wedding at The Devonshire Arms (c) Mark Newton Photography (22)

We had the wedding ceremony at The Priory Church of St. Mary and St. Cuthbert at Bolton Abbey. The reception was held at the Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa, in North Yorkshire. We had stayed there previously. We loved the country hotel vibe and always had brilliant service. The close proximity of the hotel to the abbey meant that if the weather was good then guests could walk along the River Wharfe to the hotel.

We didn’t have a theme as such but I’d describe it as a traditional country Yorkshire wedding with a champagne, pink and aubergine colour scheme.

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friday fabulous: glitzy secrets present the rose gold collection

July 15th, 2016 | Julia Braime

GlitzySecrets.com - 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.

GlitzySecrets.com - 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.

GlitzySecrets.com - Rose Gold Blooms Hair Comb

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all loved-up. ronald joyce for an elegant wedding at eshott hall – jill & thomas

July 15th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Jill and Thomas, Wedding Eshott Hall

Providing a beautiful end to a beautiful week of real weddings on the blog, we’re sharing the classic big day of newlyweds Jill and Thomas.

We absolutely love the elegance of this well-planned wedding, from the stunning venue to the bridal party’s gorgeous attire and the oh so pretty artificial blooms. Pure perfection!

With images by Katy Melling Photography.

Jill and Thomas, Wedding Eshott Hall

jill says: We got engaged 6th September 2014, the week after my 30th birthday just and before Thomas left to go back to sea. It was a very private affair – I would have hated it if Thomas proposed to me in public, so it was just the two of us, which suited me fine.

We met back in March 2006 so we knew we wanted to get married in March, and 2016 marked our ten year anniversary so we decided upon 12th March 2016. We were a little apprehensive about what the weather may be like at this time of year but on the day we could not have asked for better – the sun was shining for us. It just goes to show that you never can predict the British weather, no matter what month you decide upon, so to other brides I say just go with when feels right for you and at a time of year that means something to you both.

Jill and Thomas, Wedding Eshott Hall

Jill and Thomas, Wedding Eshott Hall

We decided to get married at Eshott Hall in Northumberland. With Thomas working away I had to do a lot of the narrowing down myself (which I think Thomas was secretly pleased about!) I narrowed it down to two venues, which we viewed together when he was on leave. The second venue was Eshott Hall, and I definitely saved the best until last! When we arrived we just knew straight away that this is where we both wanted to get married. We loved everything about it, from the quaint little ‘reading room’ in the village, which still had that church feeling without the religious element which Thomas wasn’t too keen on, to the beautiful grounds which provided beautiful photo opportunities, and the hall itself which was just stunning. It really felt like an, albeit huge, home from home. We loved the fact that we could hire the entire hall and grounds and know that it was just our wedding party there, which made it such a special weekend. We travelled up on the Friday afternoon and held an evening meal and drinks with the guests staying over the night before. The guests really enjoyed making a weekend of it for the two nights. We stayed an extra night on the Sunday once all of our guests had left which gave us time to take it all in before leaving on the Monday morning. The staff at Eshott hall were all absolutely amazing especially Lindsey and Hannah who all made our wedding not just a day, but a weekend to remember.

Jill and Thomas, Wedding Eshott Hall

We didn’t have too much of a theme but knew we wanted very elegant and classical, nothing that would date too much when looking back in years to come.

The colour scheme was vintage rose and creams, which suited the time of the year we were getting married.

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