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Here Come The Girls! High Street Honey: Monsoon

February 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

High Street Honey Monsoon

1. Effie Dress, £169;  2. Dallas Dress, £109;  3. Ava Dress £99;  4. Ania Dress, £139;  5. Crissy Dress, £119;  6. Evina Dress, £179;  7. Beatrice Dress, £139;  8. Bonnie Dress, £89;  9. Lyra Dress, £139;  10. Lainie Maxi, £179;  11. Lorena Maxi, £119;  12. Lyra Maxi, £179. 

You know we’re not adverse to a bit of high street browsing here at Brides Up North HQ in our quest to uncover the prettiest bridesmaid offerings and bridal accoutrements out there – in boutiques, online and by pounding the pavement.  It’s a hard job… yaddah yaddah yaddah. 

This afternoon, step forward Monsoon, with their tonal selection of pretty gowns in a wash of muted red, white and blue.  Given our recent weather, Monsoon may not be the best named retailer on the block, but in terms of bridal party offerings, it’s as good as a day on the beach. 

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The Editorials: Maids In Heaven In Wedding Magazine

May 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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The Editorials is a series bringing the offline bridal freelance writing that I do on a monthly basis for numerous glossy magazines (both National and regional) online. 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog in Wedding Magazine

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Although the blog has been whirring away as usual these last eight weeks, with a small baby it’s harder to get to the shops – so my lovely friends at Wedding Magazine have just sent me a job lot of glossies to catch up on.  Today, we visit their April/ May issue, and my column about keeping your team on side.  After all, you want some friends at the end of it all, don’tcha?

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I wrote: These days, bridesmaid duty doesn’t have to equal sartorial disaster. There are plenty of options out there for dressing your best girls and still staying friends at the end of it all. Not a hoop skirt or Little Bo Peep impersonator in sight, unless you are being intentionally ironic!

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Whilst a strong vintage, alternative or high glamour focus might demand a certain look, there’s nothing worse than overstepping the mark between theming and fancy dress. Once you’ve chosen your own dress, the best bet is a set of bridesmaid frocks that will flatter and contrast with your own styling and suit your chosen venue. And when it comes to adhering to a chosen dress code, the bridal party always should lead by example.

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Consider your wedding day colour choices and inspirations carefully, but don’t feel that every collar and cuff has to match. Think about what will look best in your wedding photographs: bridesmaids’ should help to create a beautiful background to show off their leading lady. Try offsetting an all-white palette with deeper tones in the Winter, choose all over florals for a fresh and contrasting Spring time look or complimentary rosy hues for warmer weather.

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Katy Lunsford Photography

Image by Katy Lunsford Photography

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You First

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Pick your own gown first. You might be dead set on a certain style, but tastes are often known to change once shopping starts. That way, you can be sure that your style selections will enhance the overall look. A sash of lace around a bridesmaid’s waist can set off a matching wedding dress beautifully.

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Cat Hepple Photography

Image by Cat Hepple Photography

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Maids To Measure

Image by Maids To Measure

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Would It Work For You?

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Be fair. If you wouldn’t be seen dead in it, why should your best mate? Do show some consideration of their shape, size and usual style. Do they all have to wear exactly the same? Equally, remember that your guests do know you, and how tall you are. Forcing your girls into unflattering flats or sky high heels when they would rather be wearing the opposite is just cruel, and discourages dancing. That’s never a good thing.

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Sarah Gawler

Image by Sarah Gawler

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Shop Around

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Don’t feel pressured to buy for your bridesmaids in the same boutique as your wedding gown. Whilst this can be advantageous in terms of ease and pricing, there is no need to narrow your options if you want to look elsewhere. Gems can be found in independent fashion boutiques, online, via the big name bridal houses and never, ever rule out the Great British High Street.

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Steve Gerrard Photography

Image by Steve Gerrard Photography

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Belle & Beau Photography

Image by Belle & Beau Photography

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Dare To Be Different

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Just because everyone is working rainbow brights, contrasting cuts or pastel pales doesn’t mean that you have to. My favourite bridesmaid styles this year have all been in elegant tones and classic shapes with a quirky twist. Don’t shy away from unexpected colours or a bit of embellishment. After all, everyone loves to sparkle.

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Jonny Draper Photography

Image by Jonny Draper Photography

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Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive: Starlets! A Styled Bridal Shoot In Yorkshire By The Little Bridal Company

January 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon I am proud to introduce lovely Brides Up North Featured Supplier Becky of Bradford based The Little Bridal Company as she debuts her first complete collection here on the blog.  Becky is fiercely proud to be a Northern bridal designer and draws heavily on design influences from bygone eras to create beautiful and distinctive designs.  And we are all for that around here!

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Get ready to twirl, girls!

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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Becky says:  The photo shoot took place in the simply stunning The Midland Hotel in the centre of Bradford.  The idea behind the shoot was to bring together up and coming bright stars of the bridal business based in and around Bradford. Bradford has had a bad press over the last few years, resulting in a lack of jobs and opportunity. I wanted to show that there really is something good happening in our city so watch out!

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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My first complete off the peg collection is named ‘Starlets’  and my muse a young actress, especially one working her way up through the star system. This rings so true in so many ways. The Little Bridal Company with myself at the helm is at the beginning of its own journey through the star system. So too is a bride.

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company.

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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The inspiration behind The Little Bridal Company has many origins.

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Thanks to my grandparents the love of musicals is deep-set: ‘Seven Brides For Seven Brothers’, ‘Wizard Of Oz’ and ‘Some Like It Hot’ (to name but a few). Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Sofia Lauren graced the screens with their true beauty – no air brushing needed – and they had womanly, hour glass figures. No wonder we are seeing a vintage revival with so many smoke screens in the world today! These films take you away to a fantasy world where the good prevail, the bad lose and everybody lives happily ever after.  Isn’t that what we need to pick us up in this time of austerity?

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It isn’t reality but who wants reality 24/7 and what better time to embrace this feeling than on your wedding day were you do get your happily ever after and your knight in shining armour?! You are the star in your own show for that one day and just maybe if you work at it that feeling will stay with you for your entire marriage just like in the good old days.

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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The Little Bridal Company harps back to the days of elegance and sultriness of the 1940′s and 50′s glory days, with echoes of the war time ethos ‘make do and mend’ when dresses were made from old bed sheets and curtaining during the war and grow your own and self sustainability were encouraged.

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In this current age we are encouraged to spend, spend, spend and told that new is best, but in the world of weddings this is not always the best way to go. Embracing the old and fashionably labelling it ‘vintage’ has helped the modern day bride personalise every element of her special day.  ‘Something old’ and ‘something borrowed’ has now taken on a whole new role and I applaud this.

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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‘Starlets’ is a soft, feminine collection created for my 2013 brides to be.  The collection is heavily influenced by ‘The New Look’ collection of 1947 by Dior:  this post war collection brought back the femininity, soft rounded shapes and full flowing shapes which had been lost during the war when women went to work to aid the war effort and fabric was in short supply.

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The term fit or flounce was first penned around this time describing the quintessential silhouettes of the era. The dresses placed great emphasis on the narrowing of the waist, creating a feminine and curvaceous silhouette.

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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Little Black Book

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Dresses – The Little Bridal Company

Suits – Pins Bespoke Tailors

Photographer – Karen Spencer

Location – The Midland Hotel

Make up – Holly Hutchinson

Florist and props – Greenhouse

Bouquets and headpieces – Urban Bride

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  – Images © 2013 Karen Spencer

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Introducing Our New Guest Blogger (& Tips For Choosing Your Bridesmaids)!

October 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’m excited to announce to new addition of a regular guest blogger here at Brides Up North – and this isn’t just any other random guest blogger – this girl comes with some pretty brilliant Northern bridal industry credentials.

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A huge and hearty welcome to Rachel Parry, the newest member of our growing team (ahem), here at Brides Up North HQ, and none other than editor of Mosaic Brides Magazine, an influential industry publication in Yorkshire. 

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In her first post for her favourite wedding blog (*blush*) she tackles a tricky topic for any leading lady – choosing your supporting cast – your bridesmaids.  Over to you, Rachel. 

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With black & white images by Katy Melling Photography

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Bridesmaids by Katy Melling Photography

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Rachel says: So the ring is firmly on the finger and you can’t wait to tell your friends and family.

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After cooing over the ring female attention soon turns towards questions about bridesmaids.  So who’s it going to be? Mums and aunties may well have already formed an opinion on this years ago, but ultimately the decision is down to the bride and it’s not one that should be rushed.

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It’s important to bear in mind from the offset that bridesmaids are there to make the planning process and the big day itself less stressful and more enjoyable – they should lessen the tension, not add to it.

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Winning attributes include those who are supportive of you and your relationship as well as being honest, trustworthy, responsible, organised and loving.

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Bridesmaids by Katy Melling Photography

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How Many?

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Where to draw the line? According to tradition the amount of bridesmaids should be proportionate to the size of the guest list in order to help things run smoothly on the day.

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While it’s important to remember that bridesmaids can be a great help in the run up to and during the wedding, there’s no point recruiting excessive numbers.  In many ways having too many bridesmaids can heighten stress levels rather than reduce them. For example more bridesmaids mean more cost on things like presents, dresses and accessories. It also means more people to organise and please when it comes to picking the bridesmaid dresses and arranging the fittings.

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Really what it should come down to is who you want closet to you on the journey towards and during your wedding day – whether that be just one person or a great big group.

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Bridesmaids by Katy Melling Photography

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Probably the hardest part. Opinions are often divided at this point as whether to pick friends, family or a mixture of the two.  Some would undoubtedly argue that blood is thicker than water and therefore it should be family before friends but not all families are close and it could make both the bride and family bridesmaid feel uncomfortable.

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On the flip side friends can come and go, so as difficult as it is hold back from impromptu proposals and wait until closer the time when you can pick those nearest and dearest.

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When making your decision take time to think about who would suit the role, who knows you best, who has time to fulfil the role and would feel honoured to do so.  You shouldn’t have to explain your choices to anyone but by considering the above it shows you have thought hard about your decision rather than just picking those who will look good in a pretty dress.

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And remember, being a bridesmaid is an honour, not a right, so don’t feel pressured to ‘repay the compliment’ by purely asking someone to be your bridesmaid because you did it for them.

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Bridesmaids by Katy Melling Photography

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What?

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In order to avoid a competitive scene from the film Bridesmaids it’s important to make your maids feel equally important and involved.

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The usual bridesmaid duties might include:

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Helping to pick/organise things for the day

Advising on the wedding dress/bridesmaid dresses and attending fittings

Helping to make things for the wedding

Organising the hen do

Helping you get ready on the day

Doing a reading/making a speech

Working with the ushers/best man to organise guests and photos

Making sure you have everything you need throughout the day and ensuring things go smoothly.

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Remember though, these are friends – not slaves (and you want them to still be your friends at the end of the process!). 

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Bridesmaids by Katy Melling Photography

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The maid of honour/chief bridesmaid is generally a position allocated to the person who knows you inside out and will therefore take on board your feelings and wishes.  This person should also relieve some of the stress resting on your shoulders by overseeing the other bridesmaids, making organisational skills a bonus.   Above all the maid of honour should know how to keep you calm and make you smile.

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Much love, Rachel x

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To see all the beautiful images from Mr and Mrs Luke’s Real Wedding click here. 

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  – Images © 2012 Katy Melling 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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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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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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A Bridesmaid Rainbow: Silver

August 5th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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If classic is your wedding buzz word, consider silver or charcoal to set off a diamond white or blush wedding gown with timeless style.  This versatile colour palette works excellently for both summer and winter weddings.  Mix up your fabrics, cuts and shades.  Grey doesn’t have to equal boring. 

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Bridesmaid Rainbow Silver

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Savannah Maxi Dress by Coast £195

Fun Satin Bow Dress by Karen Millen £140

Sueded Delight Dress by French Connection £110

Pleated Chiffon Maxi Halston Heritage via Net A Porter £550

5 Lace Insert Prairie Dress by Oasis £55

Jelan Dress by All Saints £82.50

Monaco Maxi Dress by Project D via My Wardrobe £550

Style 7070 by Alfred Angelo £stockist

Style 2840 by Dessy Collection £stockist

10 Therese Dress by Hobbs £38

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Stuck on colour choice?  Have a taste of the rest of the rainbow…

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Red

Yellow

Green

Blue

Purple

Pink

White

Black

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Fancy Some Diamonds To Go With That Wedding Dress? ‘Course You Do! A Diamond Love Giveaway (CLOSED)

July 5th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Now, this wedding blogger has been know to do many things (pose on the freezing beach in her wedding dress in February, rock a bouquet of nettles to celebrate the royal wedding, willingly wear layer upon layer of lace and tulle in the 25 degree heat) but has never, ever been known to give diamonds away

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My pretties.  They are mine, all mine!

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Until now. 

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Lucky for you lot Brides Up North: my newest Featured Supplier, Diamond Love (designers of beautiful diamond jewellery without the designer price tag), says that I can’t keep their exquisite diamond earrings all to myself, so a pair is up for grabs today on the wedding blog

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As featured in Perfect Wedding Magazine, these Diamond Love diamond and CZ earrings (similar to the style worn by Kate Middleton on the Royal Wedding day) would add the sparkling finishing touch to your bridal style.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Diamond Love Giveaway 

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These vintage inspired dropper earrings are set with 4 sparkling diamonds and high quality cubic zirconia stones. Inspired by some of the great Art Nouveau jewellery of the1900’s but with a modern twist.  Lavishly coated in rhodium and beautifully boxed. Total drop length 40mm.

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Prepare to be admired!

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To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling Diamond Love and Brides Up North why you deserve my the diamonds.*

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The competition will close at 12pm on 4 August 2011. 

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*Winner will be chosen at random.  No cash alternative.  You will automatically be subscribed to the Brides Up North newsletter.  No spam. I would never sell your email address. 

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A Bridesmaid Rainbow: Pink

June 18th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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When choosing a colour scheme for my own real wedding, pink was always going to be top of the list (yes, I am that girl!).  My bridesmaids tried on dresses in a host of shades from fuchsia to rose and looked gorgeous in them all, but eventually I trumped that idea by picking a blush satin dress, and the gals rocked charcoal instead.  Design houses seem to agree – from the high street to couture there is a wealth of aisle ready inspiration in every girly girl’s favourite colour.  Enjoy la vie en rose on the wedding blog today…

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 Bridesmaid Rainbow Pink

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1 Coast Lily-Anna Dress £220

2 Pink Organza Tiered Bandeau Dress by Topshop £80

3 Antonio Berardi Floral-appliqued silk-chiffon gown via Net A Porter £8,775

4 Monsoon Sienna Shift Dress £120

5 Karen Millen Stretch Satin Dress £175

6 Valentino Embellished Silk Strapless Dress via Net A Porter £5,865

7 French Connection Graingers Summer Dress £140

8 Halston Heritage Raspberry Twisted Centre Maxi Dress via My Wardrobe £200

9 All Saints Sumi Jelan Dress £165

10 Milly Hayley Floral Self Belted Dress via My Wardrobe £294

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Take inspiration (and go shopping!) with the rest of the Brides Up North Bridesmaid Rainbow series…

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Chic Chicks: twobirds Bridesmaid

June 13th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North met the gorgeous Michelle from the equally gorgeous (not to mention innovative) twobirds Bridesmaid at the National Wedding Show at the Birmingham this spring.  Like any wedding blogger would, I oohed and ahhed over her beautiful and clever dresses and she promised to send me some information to share with my readers.  Check this out Brides Up North…

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One Dress.  Two Sizes.  Four Lengths.  Nineteen Colours.  Over 15 ways to wrap.  No alterations. 

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twobirds Bridesmaid

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I hope you are paying attention Brides Up North!  With a growing number of stockists up our way, you are going to want to listen up!  This is no gimmick.  I have seen these beauties up close and they are to. die. for.

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Michelle tells us more:   Inspired by a 1970’s Norma Kamali ‘Infinity’ dress, the innovative twobirds dress is the ultimate fashion statement. Made from a luxurious jersey blend the dress is infinitely versatile and suits all shapes (yes, it is all the SAME dress). The design is classically stylish, timeless and can be worn differently over and over again well after the wedding, effectively killing two birds with one dress!

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The brilliance of this design lies within the ingenious bodice straps that can be tied, twisted, knotted and folded to create a range of necklines from v-neck or strapless to capped sleeve. Bridesmaids can wrap it in any of the 15 ways, flattering their own figures and individual tastes while enabling brides to have the consistency they seek for the bridal party. Plus, their stretchy bandeaus are perfect for bridesmaids who’d like a little more coverage and bust support, making the styling process that much easier.

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The dresses come in a range of nineteen cat walk inspired colours, from the muted pastel shades of Coral, Jasmine and Putty, vintage tones of Rosewater and Dusty Pink to more saturated hues like Windsor Navy and Cabernet Red.

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Dresses are available in four different lengths and start at £205 for the classic collection. Check out the beautiful rosette collection, available in six colours, for a little extra something.

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The best part, especially for those in a time crunch: The dresses come in just two sizes (4-18 and 20-26) and won’t require any alterations.

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twobirds Bridesmaid

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The dress is incredibly simple to style, but helpful twobirds has designed an iPhone app with short video tutorials to help you on your way. So when the time comes, there’ll be no hiccups with your bridesmaids’ dresses and you can focus on what’s really important: enjoying your big day. The videos can also be found on the website as can step by step sketches of each style.

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twobirds Bridesmaid

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As well as their London base in the UK, twobirds is now stocking a select number of bridal boutiques with the number growing each month. Check out the twobirds website for a list of stockists in the UK and Ireland. If you don’t have a stockist in your area, fear not, twobirds operates a handy sample programme. For the small sum of £25 they will send a dress to you to have for seven days for your wedding party to try on before you buy.

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Plans are also afoot for appointment weekends to take place in cities that do not yet have a stockist – keep en eye on the homepage of their website for details or email uk@twobirdsbridesmaid.com

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Wonder dress.  That’s all I’m saying!

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Talking of bridesmaids – have you been following my Bridesmaid Rainbow series so far?  Catch up below:

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Sparkle & Shine: Supplier Showcase: By Gina Jewellery

June 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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The lovely Gina of By Gina Jewellery has become of friend of mine via Twitter and later in real life.  She is a little ray of sunshine: bright, bubbly and boy, does she create some beautiful wedding jewellery!

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I’m like a kid in a sweet shop today as Gina showcases some of her gorgeous creations and tells Brides Up North all about By Gina Jewellery.

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By Gina Romance Tiara

Romance

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How did By Gina Jewellery begin? What is your story?

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I worked as an event planner in hotels for too many years and missed working in the wedding industry after I left – a big surprise to me! I decided I’d like to continue to work with weddings but didn’t want the unsocial hours that come with the hotel industry. It was a drunken idea in a pizza shop that started me thinking that I could run my own business (but isn’t that where all the best plans start?). I started with wedding stationery thinking how easy it would be to make and how wrong I was! With lots of practice and shouting at inanimate objects, I had created a range of stationery I was happy with but I didn’t stop there. If I could make stationery, then surely I could make jewellery, and you know what…I can! That was 5 years ago now and I have no idea how so much time has passed!

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By Gina Acacia Bracelet

Acacia

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What jewellery products/ bridal accessories are available from By Gina Jewellery?

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I have a range of tiaras, hair bands, necklaces, bracelets and earrings on the site at the moment but I am in the process of adding birdcage veils, garters and fascinators. At the moment my range is small but it is growing all the time. I aim to have a wide selection of styles, materials and prices so that no matter what a bride is looking for I should have something to suit.

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Do you design and make all the jewellery on your site?

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I did, but I’m very excited to have some very talented UK designers coming on board. They are designing and making new pieces that will feature on my site and a lot of them will be exclusive to By Gina Jewellery. I’m doing this to expand the selection I have on the site for brides, but also to showcase what amazing handmade items there are out there. A lot of the designers don’t have their own websites and sell through Etsy or Folksy so I thought how amazing it would be to be able to showcase their work on my site too.

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By Gina Acacia Earrings

Acacia

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Which piece is your favourite and why?

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Ooooh…that is a tough one! I love all my designs, they wouldn’t be on the website if I wasn’t 100% happy with them! But if I had to narrow it down to just one thing…at the moment it would have to be the Daisy Hair band (below). It’s just so simple, but yet sparkly. But, by the time this goes to press I will probably have changed my mind 100 times!

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By Gina Daisy Hair Band

Daisy

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Can you create bespoke pieces?

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Yes, because all the pieces are made to order they can be changed to suit the bride. Or if the bride wanted something completely different, I could sit down and discuss their ideas and come up with some sketches for a totally bespoke one off design.

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What celebrity would you like to design for and why?

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I would have loved to have designed Katy Perry’s wedding jewellery. I think a crystal tiara would have looked amazing in her dark hair! But as she’s now married, I’d like her to wear a few of my designs as she’s a bit of a style icon to a lot of people. If she rocked pearls, they would be even more fashionable!

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By Gina Darcy Earrings

Darcy

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By Gina Fae Earrings

Fae

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What materials do you work with?

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I mainly use Swarovski crystals and pearls with sterling silver fitments. I also use freshwater pearls in some of my designs. All the tiaras are made using silver coloured wire. I always make sure that each material is perfect before I use it….I’m too much of a perfectionist to use anything sub standard.

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By Gina Harmony Side Tiara

Harmony

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Can you buy all your designs online or do you do appointments?

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Everyone of my designs are available on my online shop. You can choose crystal and pearl colour and lengths online too. But if a bride wanted a more individual piece they can email or call me to discuss and I can arrange an appointment to go through the design with them.

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By Gina Isla Necklace

Isla

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What pieces would you recommend as bridesmaid’s gifts?

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If it was for a little girl the Mia butterfly pendant (below) is perfect! They are so cute and girly! For an older bridesmaid I would go with Acacia bracelet or necklace…they can be worn with so many outfits and look amazing!

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By Gina Mia Necklace

Mia

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Where do you get your inspiration from?

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From everyday life. I see what people are wearing, what’s in magazines on the TV and ideas seem to come together. I’m not a big one for drawing designs…I like to try things. I am always putting something together to pull it apart and start again. I have a quite simple style and I like to stick to that. I would like to design some more elaborate pieces, but have to wait until I have enough time to make them perfect!

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By Gina Princess CombPrincess 

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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We have so many things, where do I start!

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Tiaras start at £70.00 up to £90.00

Hair bands start from £25.00 up to £40.00

Hair combs start at £45.00 up to £60.00

Necklaces are from £22.50 up to £30.00

Bracelets from £10.00 up to £20.00

Earrings from £8.50 to £12.50

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

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I have every imaginable way of contacting me!

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The old fashioned way by phone on 0191 272 8004 or 07881 903 953, by email gina@bygina.co.uk, via Twitter @byginaevents

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Through my website www.bygina.co.uk  – I have a blog on my website which you can follow for interesting tips and tricks and you can view my full range of jewellery and buy online.

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I have a facebook page www.facebook.com/bygina which I use for special offers and competitions.

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By Gina Twilight Tiara

Twilight

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Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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My aim in life is to have a gorgeous boutique in Tynemouth near Newcastle upon Tyne where I live. I would love couples to be able to come in, sit down and talk through all their hopes and dreams for their wedding day in a consultation room. I also aim to have a shop front in the boutique displaying all my handmade jewellery and stationery.  I’d also love to showcase other handmade items from wedding businesses in the boutique.

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By Gina Vintage Comb

Vintage

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Why do you read Brides Up North?

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I love the complete randomness of the posts! One day I’m reading about a real wedding, the next dresses and the day after a supplier spotlight! It’s never the same old stuff rehashed and I never get bored! I think it also helps that I’m nosey and want to see what all the couples weddings were like!

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