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The Editorials. Bride-o-meter Spring/Summer 2014

March 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

The start of every season always begins with a flurry of freelance commissions here at Brides Up North, and days spent with my head buried in my laptop feeling like “a proper writer”.  Of course, the end product is rarely very different from producing features for my own blog, but when it’s for someone else’s publication (and they’ve entrusted you with one, two or even four of their precious editorial pages) and it’s actually going to be “in print”, the stakes somehow seem higher. 

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

Respected North East bridal title Belle Bridal Magazine celebrated their fifth birthday this season, and so, when they bestowed upon me the honour of selecting the hots and the nots of the wedding world for spring 2014, I was thrilled. But oh, the pressure!

So, with a lot of industry knowledge behind me, and a little bit of crystal ball gazing, these were my predictions for the trends that’ll be topping the charts (and sliding off the scale) at a wedding near you soon.  Tell me, are you incorporating any of these trends into your big day? 

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Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

Going Up…

Overstatement

Blame Jay Gatsby, but flamboyance is back in a big way. A little party never killed nobody, but why do things by halves? After these mean recession years, we’re ready for some fun. Expect heavy embellishments, cascading blooms and excess all areas.

Katy Melling Photography

Image: Katy Melling Photography 

Lucabella Wedding Photography

Image: Lucabella Wedding Photography

Alternative Settings

It started with the tipi, and now there’s an outdoor option for almost every theme. Whether it’s a Scandinavian hat, Mongolian yurt or Bedouin tent, it’s still chic to say I do under canvas. Just remember to budget for a generator too!

Gerrard Photography

Image: Gerrard Photography

Jo Bradbury

Image: Jo Bradbury 

Structured Silhouettes

Amongst all the usual layers of lace and tulle a new breed of wedding gown is emerging: clean lines, sharp edges and super cool. Closer to catwalk trends than a Royal Wedding, these frocks are for the slick chicks who don’t want to leave their personalities by the church door. Choose bold shapes and structured satin (not a sequin in sight) for strut-your-stuff wedding day style.

Astral Sundholm Circa Brides

Image: Astral Sundholm Circa Brides 

KMR Bridal

Image: KMR Bridal 

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

Gold Rush

Platinum will always be precious, but all the best dressed ring fingers are going for gold this season. Romantics should try rose gold and pave diamonds for an on trend look that’s forever timeless.

Helen Russell Photography

Image:  Helen Russell Photography 

Colour Me Pretty

Adding a touch of complimentary colour to your wedding day wardrobe is nothing new, but this is a trend that refuses to fade. Pastels are huge on the catwalks and in the bridal boutiques for 2014 and designers are upping the ante with all over washes of warmth or layered ombre lace effects. Go on, live life in colour! If a dip dye wedding dress isn’t for you, you can still give a nod to this pretty trend with colourful stationery or blushing blooms.

Cuvee Rose by IAN STUART BRIDE

Image: Ian Stuart 

Going Down…

Traditional Tinsel

Forget the humble tiara, 2014 is the year that bridal headwear gets big and bold. From glittering bunny ears and feather head-dresses to vibrant flower garlands, the fashion forward bride will dare to decorate herself in colour and originality. Still not sure? Stick to simple for the ceremony and style things up for the after party!

Katy Melling Photography

Image: Katy Melling Photography

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

James Melia Photography

Image: James Melia 

Cat Hepple Photography

Image: Cat Hepple Photography 

Words:  Julia Braime for Belle Bridal Magazine, S/S 2014

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Let’s Get Ready To Rumble! The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza At Hardwick Hall Hotel – THIS SUNDAY!

February 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Grand Wedding Exhibition Spring 2014

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If you follow the blog over on Twitter and Facebook – you’ll probably have guessed that I am just a little bit excited about kicking off our jam packed season of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions with one of my very favourite events, North East SUPER show, the Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at the gorgeous 4* Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield, County Durham THIS SUNDAY (that’s come around quick!) on Sunday 23rd February 2014.  

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If the level of pre-registrations that Team Brides Up North has received from you lovely ladies is anything to go by, it’s going to be an amazing day!  We love hearing your little stories and getting excited with you and we can’t wait to meet so many of you in person.

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Other wedding fairs?  Pah!  What’s the point?! We are very proud to run OFFICIALLY the largest and most exciting FREE ENTRY bridal exhibitions in the North East (our last epic event at Hardwick’s sister hotel, Ramside Hall, attracted over 2,000 visitors in one afternoon – now that’s big!) with two specially choreographed professional fashion shows and almost (and sometimes over) 80 – 100 exhibitors at each, tempting on the day discounts and stuffed goody bags tailor made for each event. I might like things big and exciting, but I also like them personal.

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And yes, you read that right, the events are FREE ENTRY.  Cos I love ya, baby.

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Hardwick Hall Grand Wedding Exhibition Spring 2014

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So, get the first of our huge North East events firmly in the diary (in indelible pen please) and come along to support the most fabulous wedding suppliers in your area – I only work with the best, dahlings – for an inspiration packed afternoon of all that is pretty, new and super gorgeous in the wedding industry.  And the most important bit?  Local to YOU.

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And can I vouch for the beautiful 4* wedding venue that is Hardwick Hall Hotel?  Well, I chose it to host my own wedding day back in October 2012 – and what’s a better recommendation than that?!.

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Goody Bag packed with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy magazines well as some fab on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking the Brides Up North event venue of choice e.g. “HARDWICK HALL” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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Online Offline. Recent Press For Brides Up North

November 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North in Fabulous Magazine

So.  Recent press for this little wedding blog, eh?  It appears that there’s quite a lot to cover.

2013 has been one busy year. (I wouldn’t have it any other way).

Brides Up North in Fabulous Magazine

“Here Comes The… Bridal Business!” Brides Up North is profiled in Fabulous Magazine’s Careers Issue

(to over 8 million readers no less!)

Brides Up North in Wedding Magazine

“It’s All In The Detail” – an inspirational three page spread on decor and details in Wedding Magazine

Brides Up North in Wedding Magazine

Brides Up North in Unveiled Magazine

“Snap Happy!” A three page guest feature in brand new Unveiled Magazine

Brides Up North in Unveiled Magazine

Brides Up North in Unveiled Magazine

“Catwalk Queen” – getting excited about the 2014 bridal collections in Loved Up Magazine

Brides Up North in Unveiled Magazine

Brides Up North in Mosaic Brides

“Picture Perfect” – more photography talk in Mosaic Brides

Brides Up North in Belle Bridal Magazine

“Wedding Venues – The Expert Opinions” in Belle Bridal Magazine 

Brides Up North in Etc Magazine

“Bridal Buzz” Catching up on a year’s worth of columns in Etc Magazine 

 

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That’s where all the magic happens, first.  Get involved!

 

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Something For The Weekend!

May 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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The Wedding Wonder Show

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North East laydees! If you find yourself at a loss this Bank Holiday Sunday, this is exactly where you should be – visiting my friends at Belle Bridal Magazine and their fabulous Wedding Wonder Show

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There’ll be a champagne reception, amazing goodie bags and the team are raffling two bridesmaid dresses courtesy of Fever London and an Eliza Jane Howell wedding gown worth £1,180 courtesy of Kathryn Trueman!  They also have a fashion and floral art show lined up for you too, sponsored by Jules B.

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Doors open at 12pm.  Entry is £2, £4 for a family of four and £1 for concessions. 

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A trip to Whitley Bay just can’t compete.

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Diary Date: The Wedding Wonder Show

November 15th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Just dashing by this morning on a way to a big bad planning session for the Brides Up North Christmas Party!  I’m feeling so festive that I have even broken out the sparkle early and am sporting a few sequins as day wear today.  I hope the lovely folks at CWC Malings that I am working with to bring you the most Christmassy celebration of the century won’t be too dazzled. 

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Our Christmas Party (Sparkle & Sequins on Tuesday 11th December 2012 at the stunning Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire) is open to wedding industry friends and readers alike but is now completely full up.  Entry is strictly by invitation only but if you had issues getting on our guest list – it filled within 48 hours! – please drop me a line julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk and I will see what this Christmas fairy can do for you. 

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Anyhoo, I have another date for your diary this morning – and this one is especially for the North East ladies and gents.  Brides Up North likes to support those who do the same for us, and my friend Karen of Belle Bridal Magazine has been in touch to let me know all about their second Wedding Wonder Show, closing the Autumn season in style (you might have seen their banner flashing away prettily on my sidebar for a while now)! 

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This one will be at The Sports Direct Arena/ St James’ Park (what are they officially calling it now?), Newcastle Upon Tyne on Sunday 25th November 2012, 12 – 4pm, £2 entry. 

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The White Wedding Wonder Show

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Karen tells me that they have 100 plus exhibitors, live entertainment, and a HUGE fashion show plus a dedicated bridesmaids and grooms wear area.  What’s more, there’ll be free cupcakes and mince pies on arrival!  Reserve your goody bag by clicking here.

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Forget the Christmas shopping girls, that can wait at least one more weekend!

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Unless I get lost under all those sequins, I’ll be back this afternoon with more wedding lovely, and tomorrow is a very special day for Brides Up North… watch this space. 

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What’s On This Weekend? Quite A Lot Actually!

October 12th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Get ready for another bumper weekend of wedding inspiration people!  There are absolutely LOADS of bridal events across the regions this weekend, but  I have a few special shout outs this morning for some great bridal events brought to you by lovely people that I love to work with. 

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Even though I run my own branded (and rather brilliant, even if I do say so myself) wedding exhibitions, I still like to support my industry friends and colleagues who do the same for me – and plus, I get to bring you news of all the shows that you need to see.

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First up, brand new Brides Up North Featured Supplier Beamish Hall are holding a wedding fair this very Sunday 14th October at their lovely hotel in County Durham from 11am – 4pm, and it’s free entry too.  If you are still on a venue hunt, make sure to pop in and say hello to the team. 

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After that – hop in the car and hot foot it across to Belle Bridal Magazine’s White Wedding Wonder Show – at Sunderland AFC from 12pm – 4pm.  With 100 exhibitors, some fab goody bags (with Green & Blacks, Choccards, Paul Mitchell, Gosh Cosmetics and organza filled sweeties from Love is Sweet Company) and an opera themed fashion show – this is well worth the £2 entry fee!

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Wedding Wonder Show

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My friend Karen at Belle Bridal Magazine has also been telling me about their £1,000 beauty box to raffle for Breast Cancer UK with prizes from Chez Bec, Euphoria and Aruna Seth plus bouquets, cakes and other fabulous jewellery pieces.  Stick it in the diaries now ladies!

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Mentions should also go to the Darlington Weddings Bridal Fayre being held at The Bannatyne Hotel in Darlington from 12 – 4pm, with free goody bags, and By Gina’s Explore Wedding Fayre at Woodhorn Museum, Ashington from 12 – 3:30pm. 

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Bannatyne Hotel Wedding Fayre

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Over in the North West, don’t miss the Wedding Link show at Arley Hall in Northwich – the show is open from 11am – 3pm and is free entry. Wahoo!

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For more information visit the Wedding Link website.

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Have a good one! And don’t forget the last Brides Up North show of the season at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall next weekend (as if I’d let you do that)!

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North East Brides? You’d Be Mad To Miss Bridal Gathering…

February 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Just a quick one to remind all you North East ladies of one for your diary, this Sunday 12th February at Sunderland Stadium of Light, Belle Bridal Magazine are hosting Bridal Gathering – Hollywood Glamour – from 12pm until 4:30pm.

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The footy’s not just for the lads this weekend ladies, get down there and get your glam on!

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Bridal Gathering - Hollywood Glamour

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You can pre-register for your VIP goody bag by clicking here.  Entry £2, Concessions £1.

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Our Real Wedding featured in Belle Bridal Magazine

February 25th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I am very proud to have our Real Wedding featured alongside some of the region’s most gorgeous celebrations in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of that super chic North East wedding magazine, Belle Bridal.  *Squeal!*

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Belle Bridal Magazine - Julia & Alan

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Pick up your copy of Belle Bridal today!

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You can also click here, here, here and here to see our wedding blogged in all it’s glory on these pages, if you missed it the first time round.

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Brides Up North in Belle Bridal Magazine

February 22nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North is featured not once, but twice in the Spring/ Summer 2011 issue of Belle Bridal magazine, the North East bridal magazine.

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First up, my freelance article, An Honest Wife, the follow up to my column in their Autumn/ Winter 2010 issue, An Honest Bride.  I hope you like it!

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Click here to see my previous article, An Honest Bride.

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I am also available for freelance writing commissions.  Please contact me for more information.

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Get Ready… for Bridal Gathering!

February 4th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Bridal Gathering

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Brides Up North is hitting the road this Spring, and two of the wedding fairs that I will be attending are the fantastic Bridal Gathering exhibitions.  These shows boast excellent exhibitors, fabulous fashion shows and now, me! Come and find me in Blogger’s Corner…

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See you all there?

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Bridal Gathering

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To celebrate Brides Up North On Tour I am offering one lucky bride to be a wedding planning consultation with Brides Up North Wedding Planning Services worth up to £250.  All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is subscribe to the blog via my sign up box on the right!

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All those who have already subscribed don’t worry – I will add your names to the draw too!  This round of the competition will close on June 1st 2011.

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By subscribing you will get my monthly newsletter* direct to your inbox, to help you catch up on all the blogtastic gorgeousness that you might have missed.  I might also occasionally notify you of new giveaways or special events – you lucky things!

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