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Super Sunday! Hangovers, Wedding Blog Winners, Hollywood Vogue & A Big Week Of Wedding Pretty

December 11th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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So, Brides Up North, I will not lie.  I am feeling a teensy bit the worse for wear after a weekend over in Manchester celebrating my friend Rachel’s upcoming nuptials.  Ok, so more than a teensy bit.  We came, we skated, we wined, we dined and we danced.  I’m not cut out for these 5am finishes.

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Rachel, ready to hit the Spinningfields outdoor ice rink yesterday

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Kudos to our friend Vicky for organising such an amazing event.  If you are in middle of hen planning hell, why not check out my top tips for planning a hen party here.  

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It’s been a social kind of week here at wedding blog HQ, between nipping to Sheffield for fellow Kelly’s Boozy Boho Bash last Wednesday, starting the Christmas shopping, catching up with wedding industry friends for a Christmas drink and a ladies lunch with Leafy Couture and the Yorkshire contingent tomorrow, I’ll be needing to get back on the Brides Up North Bootcamp come January.

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Whilst I lie down in a dark room, far away from Christmas lights, high heels and Jaegermeister, why don’t you catch up on what’s been going on at Brides Up North recently…

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See you bright(er) and early tomorrow!

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We have a Wedding Blog Winner!

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Wedding Blog WINNER! £1,500 To Spend With Brides Up North & The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: MGNY

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Real Weddings and Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoots

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Flower Of Scotland! A Real Engagement – Jenny & Dan

Lancashire’s Red Rose – A Styled Bridal Inspiration Shoot

Sugar For My Honey! A Real Wedding – Mairead & Adam

Bonfire Night Bride! A Real Wedding – Laura & Tom

Buttons and Bows! A Real Wedding, Claire & Gareth

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Nicola Thompson Photography

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The Hollywood Vogue Series

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Hollywood Vogue – Issue #1 – Veronica Lake

Hollywood Vogue – Issue #2 – Jane Russell

Hollywood Vogue – Issue #3 – Ginger Rogers

Hollywood Vogue – Issue #4 – Marlene Dietrich

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: McAvoy Weddings

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Talking Points

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Up For Discussion- Money Can’t Buy You Love – Bringing It In On Budget

Count Your Blessings- Laura S

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Current Giveaways – its a cake fest!

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WIN 30 Wedding Favour Pops With Popits Cake Pops

WIN A Grooms Or Engagement Cake Worth £150 With Little Town Bakery

Win 50 Cake Pop Favours Worth £125 With The Whimsical Cake Company

Win 24 Hen Party Themed Cupcakes With Baked Cupcakery

Win 50 Wedding Cookie Favours With Cakes By Beth

Win £300 OFF The Wedding Cake Of You Choice With Celebration Cakes

WIN Your Hen Party Popcakes With Popcake Kitchen

WIN 80 Wedding Cupcakes With Fancie

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And before I go, North East brides… have you signed up for your VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag yet?  Click here to do so. Get this date in your diaries…

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Brides Up North Super Showcase

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  – Images © 2011 as tagged, all images link back to the original post, otherwise © Brides Up North

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Wedding Blog WINNER! What Katy Did Next

December 3rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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And the Christmas pressies just keep coming!  Whatever you are doing with yourself on the first Saturday of Advent, Brides Up North is about to add a touch of sparkle to one lady’s day!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog - What Katy Did Next

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What Katy Did Next was offering one lucky wedding blog reader the chance to win her ‘Jane’ design in ivory (pictured), black, purple or seafoam worth £65!  

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And the winner* is…

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Rebecca

October 29, 2011 | What Katy did next was made this bride to be very happy by giving her a wonderful head piece for her big day!!!! I have been searching for a statement head piece that is a bit different and up to date and I think the fab “Jane” design fits the bill perfectly! (I can’t believe I am the first to comment… are you sure it’s not first come first served? :) ) x

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In this case, it turns out that it is!  Congratulations Rebecca!  Contact me to claim your gorgeous prize. 

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To see the full bridal fashion shoot featuring What Katy Did Next, click here.

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*Winner drawn at random

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  – Images © 2011 Sally Thurrell Photograpy

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The Great Brides Up North Birthday Bakeaway – Win 50 Cake Pop Favours With The Whimsical Cake Company! (CLOSED)

November 22nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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So I can vouch first hand for just how scrumptious The Whimsical Cake Company’s cake pops are.  The lovely Skye baked up a batch for the Brides Up North Tweet Up in Yorkshire with Wedding Ideas Magazine (my largest wedding Industry networking event to date) and they were demolished! 

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Want some of your own?

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The Great Brides Up North Birthday Bakeaway Continues…

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Greyeye Photography

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Brides Up North and The Whimsical Cake Company are offering one lucky wedding blog reader the chance to win 50 wedding cake pop favours worth £125!

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To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is leave a comment using the comments button at the bottom this post, telling us why you should take home the sugar*

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The competition will close on 22 December 2011 at midnight.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Greyeye Photography

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Have you entered the other Birthday Bakeaway giveaways?  You have to be in it to win it!  Click the link to go there.

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Win 24 Hen Party Themed Cupcakes With Baked Cupcakery

Win 50 Wedding Cookie Favours With Cakes By Beth

Win £300 OFF The Wedding Cake Of You Choice With Celebration Cakes

WIN Your Hen Party Popcakes With Popcake Kitchen

WIN 80 Wedding Cupcakes With Fancie

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*Winner will be drawn at random.  No cash alternative.  Prize to be collected or a reasonable delivery charge may be incurred. 

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  – Images © 2011 Greyeye Photography

The Whimsical Cake Company is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier

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Wedding Blog Winner! Eclectic Mix Bridal Headpiece

November 5th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Morning all!  Its the WEEKEND!  What have you got planned?  Maybe a long lie, walking the dog, a spot of lunch with the girls…or a bit more wedding planning?  That to-do list is long and the weekend is your oyster!  Enjoy it. 

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If you are tying the knot this weekend – and I know one lady who is – congratulations!  I hope your fireworks night celebrations go with a bang!

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I’m just about to put some sparkle into one lucky lady’s day as I announce the winner of the Tresse Pearl Headband from North West designer, Eclectic Mix, worth £225.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog - James Melia Photography

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The winner* is…

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Jeanie

October 12, 2011 | Wowza these are some seriously pretty items Rebecca! I would LOVE to win this headband as not only would it go perfectly with my wedding dress, it fits perfectly with the pearl bracelet I have inherited! Can’t wear a necklace with my dress as the lace neckline is too high… so this would be perfect!  Also, we have spent all our budget on having all of our family and friends joining us so can’t really afford treats for ourselves! Fingers crossed! Jx

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog - James Melia Photography

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Congratulations Jeanie, those crossed fingers worked and your Eclectic Mix Headpiece is on it’s way! You are going to look so beautiful on your wedding day.  Please contact me as soon as possible to claim your prize. 

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*Winner chosen at random

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  – Images © James Melia Photography

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What Katy Did Next?! Only Went & Offered A Gorgeous Giveaway & Exclusive Discount For Brides Up North Readers! Win Win Win! (CLOSED)

October 29th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: What Katy Did Next/ Sally Thurrell Photography

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Oh my goodness Brides Up North – whilst I’m out and about meeting you lovely ladies at The UK Wedding Shows in Manchester this weekend (get your complimentary ticket here) the wedding blog goody giveaways are coming thick and fast! Today, a gorgeous styled shoot from a collaborative of amazingly talented Northern ladies and something gorgeous to win from What Katy Did Next!

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What Katy Did Next is offering one lucky Brides Up North reader the chance to win her  ‘Jane’ design in ivory (pictured), black, purple or seafoam worth £65!   This versatile piece could be for a bride, bridesmaid or just a night out! 

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To be in with a chance of winning just leave a comment on this post telling Brides Up North why you would rock Katy’s Jane design*

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The competition will close on 29 November 2011 (just in time for Christmas!). 

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Katy is also offering Brides Up North readers 10% off orders made before 1st December 2011 with the code BUN2011 quoted in an email enquiry or used in her Etsy shop.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: What Katy Did Next/ Sally Thurrell Photography

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Let’s find out a little bit more about this fabulous friend of Brides Up North and her gorgeous creations.  .

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Over to Katy:  I started up What Katy Did Next a few years ago alongside my Degree course in Textiles and Surface Design. The course was a huge inspiration and fuelled my passion for all things handmade. As soon as I got engaged in 2009 I was practically addicted to wedding blogs, and started sketching a few bridal headpieces as a way to ‘pretty up’ my short hairstyle. After a push in the right direction from photographer Sally Thurrell who had me design and make an awful lot of her wedding accessories, i set about designing my first bridal headwear collection.

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After a wonderful trial and error type journey my collection was born. It consists of twenty pieces split into four sections – Bohemian, Classic, Romance & Vintage. I realised I couldn’t stick to one theme, purely because the handful of brides who contacted me after Sally had such different tastes and I wanted a collection that could promote all these styles. I kept the Classic bride pale and interesting, adding touches of pink and floral to Romance, feathers and sparkle for the Vintage bride and hand cut leather butterflies and dried lavender for a Bohemian feel.

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The handmade nature of my work is a huge bonus for clients who want something that little bit different. I am happy to work with brides on commissioned pieces and have already worked with a lot of Mother of the Brides helping design pieces to match their outfits. My website showcases my headwear with a guide price so that custom orders can be made, and as the pieces are made to order they are easily changed to match each bride’s requirements.

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I also have a lot of fun creating other wedding accessories. My love bird & peg doll cake toppers are hugely popular at the moment, with couples being able to personalise styles, colours and fabrics. My sequin heart shoe clips are a hit with bridesmaids and I have recently added garters and ring pillows to my list of products.

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I am currently working on my Winter collection set to be a glittery pale affair including pieces for bridesmaids.
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There are lots of ways to contact this lady:  by email at info@what-katy-did-next.co.uk, or you can visit her website www.what-katy-did-next.co.uk, Etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/whatkatydidnext or find her on Facebook and Twitter
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Katy is also offering Brides Up North readers 10% off orders made before 1st December 2011 with the code BUN2011 quoted in an email enquiry or used in her Etsy shop.

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Little Black Book:

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Photography – Sally Thurrell Photography
Model & Framed Artwork – Alexandra Garrity
Paper Lanterns – Papaver Designs

Macaroons, Cake Pops & Biscuits – Cakes by Beth
Cupcakes – The Cupcake Boutique
Scrabble ‘Love’ Cushions –Lauren Crawford Textiles
Textile Door Sign – Vicky Trainor

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That’s Not Pants! Win Your Hen Party Knicker Making Masterclass With Top Drawer Diva! (CLOSED)

October 28th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Are you a stressed out chief bridesmaid?  STOP.  You need to read my top tips for organising a hen doClick here.

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Now then.  We all know that Fridays are about that feel good factor – finishing work, slicking on some lippy and hitting the town with your gal pals.  That’s why today’s wedding blog competition is all about Hen Parties, and having some silly fun with the girls. 

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Top Drawer Diva

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Top Drawer Diva

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Top Drawer Diva

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For just £25 per person, today’s featured supplier, Top Drawer Diva – who have twenty years of experience in the lingerie industry – will visit your home, Hen Party venue or hotel and host a Knicker Making Masterclass for you and up to 15 of your friends.  They bring the raw materials and kit, a cupcake for each hen, organza goody bags and prizes.  Nothing pants about that, I say.   

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Get the drinks flowing and after a round of Knicker Bingo, Top Drawer Diva will guide your party through the customising process, and away you go.  Try not to get your knickers in a twist as there’ll be a prize for the best pair of pants!  Afterwards you’ll be divided into teams and tasked with making two garters for the Bride – one for her wedding day and one for the hen night – oh la la!  Of course, you’ll all be sporting your own creations too!  Remember to strike a pose, as the session involves a photo shoot to showcase your work. 

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Top Drawer Diva is available in Leeds, Manchester, York, Sheffield, Lincoln, Nottingham, Hull, Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Grimsby and anywhere in between and also as part of a Hen and Stag World package. 

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Top Drawer Diva are offering one Brides Up North reader the chance to win a Hen Party activity with a twist:  a FREE Knicker Making Masterclass for you and nine friends in any of the locations that they cover. 

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To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling Brides Up North why you would like to win*

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The competition will close on 28 November 2011.

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For more information email topdrawerdiva@hotmail.co.uk or call Vicki on 07739 960 568. 

Follow Top Drawer Diva on Facebook and on Twitter.

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*Winner will be drawn at random.  No cash alternative.  Prize must be taken in one of the locations covered by Top Drawer Diva – Leeds, Manchester, York, Sheffield, Lincoln, Nottingham, Hull, Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Grimsby and anywhere in between. 

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