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La Vie En Lilac – A Styled Shoot In Yorkshire For Your Inner Princess

February 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’ve something a little different, and a lot pretty to share with you this afternoon, courtesy of the team behind My Heart Wanders – who I am thrilled to be collaborating with as their blogger in residence – Cat Hepple Photography, Leafy Couture and We Love This Limited

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I’ve lost count of how many excited little flower girls I’ve met at our Brides Up North luxury wedding exhibitions, and how many tantrums I’ve seen when they’ve been asked to take off the tiara until the wedding day… so today’s post is for those little girls.

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Let’s embrace our inner princesses, and remember what excitement really feels like, as we consider the perfect styling for the prettiest of children’s tables at your wedding. 

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Sarah of Leafy Couture says:  For this shoot we wanted to create a really girly delicate style, to feel like you were invited to the most exclusive little tea party.

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The colours we chose were delicate, sweet tones of white, lilac and pinks. The flowers included huge urns of gypsophila: clouds of delicate flowers that are really popular for weddings this year.  We chose to keep the flowers on masse only using one type in each container to keep the look neat and elegant. We used silver julep cups and clear glass containers containing tulips, ranunculus and gypsophila. We mixed melamine plates in tones of pinks and blues. I adore using tones of colours rather than being too matchy and using one shade. Here it gives a youthful, clean feel with a hint of eclectic but still elegant.

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Layers of textures were added with lace and ribbon on the tablecloth, tulle from the gorgeous tutu and sweets such as mini eggs, marshmallows and exquisite cupcakes.

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We created two main scenes on the shoot the first being a mini tea party in delicate tones with beautiful details in the cakes. Pink milk in mini bottles are evocative of childhood, memories are so important when planning your wedding so little touches like this can be great.  The next look was a cake table where we introduced a stunning cake, you could do a mini version of your wedding cake for the little ones or for a birthday party for a very special little lady. We added meringues to add to the light, fluffy feel.

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The look would work for a children’s table at a wedding, to make them feel as special as the adults. It would be a perfect little set up for a little girl’s birthday too. We used special printed bunting, ribbon bows on the chairs and fabric initials to dress the chairs and tables. The chairs each had the name tags on them, I love the idea of adding them to the back of your chairs: your special place to sit.

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The colours we chose were sweet and would translate work for a very grown up elegant affair too, subtle and delicate, evocative and dreamy.

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At My Heart Wanders we want to keep inspiring you, to show you that no matter how big or small your wedding or event it can look amazing. We are holding our first event on the 24th February at Hotel Du Vin Harrogate, with master classes and Q and A sessions from expert suppliers who are as passionate about creating your wedding look as you are – so that every event can be beautiful, elegant, and captured perfectly.

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Cat Hepple Photography for My Heart Wanders

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Cat Hepple Photography for My Heart Wanders

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Click here to see My Heart Wanders’ inspirational bridal shoot for their February event, and here to find out more about the event itself.

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Flowers, props and styling – Leafy Couture

Props and styling – We Love This Limited

Images – Cat Hepple Photography

Cakes – Otley Cakes

Location – Harewood House 

Stationery – I am Nat 
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  – Images © 2013 Cat Hepple Photography for My Heart Wanders

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Are You Kidding? Children At Your Wedding

November 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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She’s never one to shy away from the tough topics is our resident guest blogger Rachel of Mosaic Brides, is she?  Now that my Mum is just about speaking to me after our last advice post handling the tough topic of pushy parents, Rach is back to debate that age old issue of whether or not to include children at your wedding. We would love to hear your thoughts too – leave a comment at the end of the post to contribute your own two cents. 

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Rachel says: The debate of whether to invite children to a wedding is one that rattles on, for there is no wrong or right answer – it’s a case of personal preferences and individual circumstances. The decision is ultimately down to the bride and groom who will need to approach the sensitive subject with care.

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While some couples’ worst nightmare would be a child crying throughout the ceremony and running riot at the reception, others could not imagine their big day without the little people in their lives there to celebrate it with them.

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Who to invite

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Initially couples should decide if they’re inviting children to the wedding or not.

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The venue or style of the wedding may make this decision very straight forward for some couples. For example brides and grooms may select a venue that doesn’t allow children full stop. Alternatively, they might have planned an evening celebration followed by a cocktail party in an exclusive bar/restaurant that would not be suitable for children.

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If your chosen venue is child friendly the first thing to look at is numbers. First draw up your adult guest list and then see how much it would increase if you were to invite children. While for small families this might just add a handful of extra guests others can rack up more than 30 additional invites. The question now is can your venue cater for this amount of guests and does your budget stretch far enough to cover the costs?

If not more consideration is needed. Can you slim down the guest list by using an age cut off, such as over 12s only? Alternatively you could invite children from the immediate family only, or just those who you are closet to. For example you might have a close relationship with your best friend’s children but may have never even met your cousin’s offspring. Though it can be difficult to explain to perplexed parents you can just invite the children who you consider to be your nearest and dearest. You may also choose to just invite the children who you have selected to be part of the wedding party i.e. flower girls, bridesmaids, ring bearers.

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Another consideration is babies. Parents of newborns in particular may not be able to leave their baby with a sitter due to feeding constraints as well as separation anxiety. Therefore you may need to make allowances in these situations.

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How to address invitations

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Once you have made your decision the most challenging part is to come – how to address the invitations.

Unfortunately it’s not unusual for guests to assume children are invited or to challenge your decision when they discover their child has been excluded.

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If you aren’t inviting any children it may be worth pointing this out on the invite with a line stating it is an ‘adult only ceremony/reception’.

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Meanwhile if you are inviting select children you should list their name on the invitation to make this clear or include a separate ‘child invite’ within. When inviting full families you can address the invitation to the parent(s) and family.

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If you do come up against a guest who either assumes their child is invited or wants to know why their child has been left out you can explain that you have done so because you need to limit the guest list for practical not personal reasons.

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How to cater for children

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If you do choose to invite children you might want to think about how to keep them entertained during the day so parents and little ones alike can enjoy the celebrations.

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During the meal be sure to seat parents with their children and serve the young ones their meals first to keep them happy. You may be able to save money and heartache by choosing a kids menu for the younger children of pizza or hotdogs so they eat the food rather than pushing it around the plate. Older children may prefer to be treated like an adult and would therefore prefer a smaller portion of the adult meal.

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For entertainment you could have a kids’ room with toys, games and crafts overseen by a hired babysitter so parents can let their hair down and enjoy the party knowing that their children are in a safe and fun environment. Alternatively you could give the children goody bags with a present, puzzles and colouring pencils or hire a children’s entertainer. For outdoor ceremonies garden games and activities can be great fun for both adults and children, whether you choose to hire a giant Jenga set or go all out with bouncy castle.

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In the evening discos and/or live bands will keep guests of all ages entertained. You could even request a few songs that you know will appeal to your younger guests – after all what’s a wedding without a child sliding across the dance floor on their knees?!

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What do you think Brides Up North?

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Happy Hens & Cool Kids! Supplier Showcase: Life’s A Celebration

February 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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What a day!  I’ve had a fantastic day at the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at The Mansion, Roundhay Park today – thanks to all the amazing exhibitors (it was a complete sell out of fabulousness!)  and all you gorgeous brides and grooms who made the day so special.  I can’t wait for the next one.

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Whilst I take a breather (and inhale a large glass of wine), lets talk party bags – amped up!  We do like everything bigger and better don’t we Brides Up North?! 

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Let’s meet Featured Supplier Maxine from Life’s A Celebration!

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How did Life’s A Celebration begin?

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Life’s A Celebration began as a business providing Party Boxes for all kinds of celebrations for both children and grown-ups. We have milestone party boxes, children’s party boxes, baby shower party boxes and much more. The idea behind the party boxes is simple – you tell me how many guests you have coming and I box up a party and send it to you.  The business has expanded its range massively since I started and this has been as a reaction to my customers asking for new products.

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In November I launched my fantastic Wedding Activity Bags. These products are designed to keep all the children entertained on your wedding day.

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Tell us about your wedding activity packs for children?

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My Wedding Activity Bags are a product I am especially proud of. These bags are totally unique and are crammed with gorgeous fillings that have all been tested with children so I am confident they will keep all the children entertained on your big day.

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They have been so well received and provide each bride with something unique to give to the children at her wedding. I have a full range of bags to suit boys and girls of all ages with each tailored to the child’s age. For example our Boys bags for the over 6s has a great shield design on the front and is crammed with an aircraft carrier model kit with planes to make, a Roald Dahl reading book, an activity book, colouring pencils, a wooden vehicle puzzle, a noughts & crosses game and some fabric pens for colouring on the bag. Our girls’ bags for the 4-6 year olds come with a delightful floral design and contain a Pinkie Girl Memo Pad, a Pop Crayon, a Princess Sticker Book, Beads in a Tin to make a necklace and bracelet and some fabric pens for colouring on the bag.

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The bags have been designed by Helen Oswald of What A Do Weddings and what makes them even more special is that they can be personalised too. So they can be used as a name place that is a little bit different and is certain to amuse the children.

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What other services/ products do you provide?

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I provide a range of Hen Party Boxes to suit all tastes. These contain everything you need for a fabulous do. We have our Wild Night Hen Party Boxes. These contain everything you need for a lively fun night with the girls — these party boxes contain novelty shot glasses, sashes, tiaras, banners, badges, games with prizes, plates, cups, napkins, wine glasses, swag bags stuffed with novelty items for everybody to take home and much more.

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The Girls Night Hen Party Boxes are for those brides to be that want a slightly quieter night with her friends and these boxes contain games, prizes, novelty items, a DVD, gourmet popcorn, tableware, wine glasses, swag bags for everyone to take home and much more!

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I also have my unique Pre-Wedding Party Boxes which are designed for the bride to say "Thank you!" to the important ladies who have helped organise her special day. The party box will allow everybody to relax, calm their nerves and get ready for the big day. It comes with games, prizes, a romantic DVD and gourmet popcorn along with delightful "Appreciation Bags" — these are filled with novelty tokens of love and affection and will let the bride show her guests how much they mean to her.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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My wedding activity bags start from just £16 and my party boxes are only £10 per head.

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For Brides Up North readers I offer a 10% discount on my entire range including my Milestone Party Boxes, Baby Showers and Children’s Parties as well as all my Wedding products. To take advantage of this offer just use the discount code PEX111220165608 and you will get 10% off everything.

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Why should Brides Up North choose Life’s A Celebration?

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I pride myself on good customer service. I am friendly and flexible and I totally understand that your wedding day is the most important day of your life. I will work with you to give you exactly what you want. For example, with my Wedding Activity Bags if you know that the girls that are attending your wedding are Hello Kitty fans then let me know and we’ll change the fillings to reflect that.

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My products are totally unique and save you so much time and money on sourcing these good quality items leaving you time to concentrate on organising the rest of your big day.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch or find out more?

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My web address is www.lifesacelebration.co.uk and has my entire range of party boxes and Wedding Activity Bags. You can email me at maxine@lifesacelebration.co.uk if you have any queries or would like to discuss your particular requirements. I am always happy to hear from people so please drop me a line.

I also have a Skype button on my website. I am always happy take a video call from brides to discuss my products, that way I can demonstrate everything over a video link. If you would like to take advantage of this then just email me and we’ll set aside a convenient time to sit down and chat together. I don’t mind if this is in the evening. I realise that most people are at work during the day so I will try and fit myself around your timescale.

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I look forward to chatting with you all very soon.

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  – Images © 2012 Life’s A Celebration

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Up For Discussion: The Kids Are Alright! Yes Or No – Children At A Wedding?

February 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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When planning my own wedding, it was a no brainer.  The day would be strictly adults only (with the exception of my very gorgeous 12 going on 25 little friend Lili).  Most of my friends at this stage were still pre-kids, and the ones who had little people were canvassed for their opinion and it was unanimous:  they very much fancied a day off. 

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The style of the wedding also lent itself to a child free day – a black tie style do with fine glassware, oysters and a vodka luge.  Don’t get me wrong – I’m no Cruella De Ville! I love children, and I do love the atmosphere that they can bring to a wedding, but for our wedding it was a no go. 

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The decision can be a difficult one, but make it early (childcare negotiations can seemingly take decades), explain your reasoning to your nearest and dearest and stick to your guns.  Remember that this decision doesn’t make you Cruella De Ville either. 

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If you do decide to invite the brood, my guest blogger Alison has some top tips as a bride who got very familiar with the children’s menu on her own big day. 

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Over to Alison: It’s a very thorny issue – do you allow children at your wedding or not?

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There’s no right or wrong answer. It’s your wedding so you do what you want.

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In our case, we were a bit older when we got married and most of our friends already had children. A childfree wedding would have made it really difficult for many of our friends to share our big day – and as our priority was to have as many of them with us as possible, we took the bull by the horns and made our wedding as child friendly as possible.

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We ended up with over 50 children on the day!

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Logically, I thought if the children are happy then the parents will be happy – which will make me happy. So this is how we did it:

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We chose the most child friendly venue we could think of – Chester Zoo. It was safe and enclosed with lots to do. There was plenty of space for them to run around and an adventure playground right next to the Manor House where we got married. Then once the zoo had closed to the public our guests were treated to a private safari with one of the keepers which the kids loved.

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We had a Wedding Bus which the kids absolutely revelled in.

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There was a designated children’s room and I hired two child minders. Giving the children their own space was a stroke of genius. There were activities in one room – I photocopied lots of animal related colouring-in sheets, quiz sheets and animal masks which all got used. And there was a quiet room where the littlies in particular could crash out. I asked parents to bring blankets and cushions and we had an ample supply of DVD’s and toys.

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The child minders were probably the best £175 I spent. The two of them were on the go, face painting and entertaining the children from 1pm until 10pm when we physically had to send them home. I provided sticky name labels for the children and their bags and a list of children’s names, who their parents were and their mobile numbers, and in return they face painted as though their lives depended on it.

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I gave instructions in advance about meal times. The last thing you want at your wedding are 50 whinging children, so I sent all parents an e-mail the week before the wedding advising them to feed their children beforehand – what time the meals were, what they would be eating and to bring any snacks they might need.

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Other than the bridesmaids, we didn’t have children in the room with us when we actually got married. There just wasn’t the space. While we didn’t have any screaming babies, one of our bridesmaids did announce very loudly, 30 seconds into the ceremony “(yawn) This is taking ages!” which gave the whole room a good giggle.

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We ordered picnic boxes for the children instead of an adult BBQ, and we saved a fortune by giving them packets of animal biscuits instead of a full cream tea which the grown-ups enjoyed. It was all very informal, there was no seating plan and the children were able to sit with whoever they’d made friends with.

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Finally, instead of traditional favours we had a candy bar full or retro sweets which the kids loved and gave them a big enough sugar high to see them through the rest of the evening – bopping merrily to Nirvana and the Fun Loving Criminals alongside their happy parents.

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As I said at the start, there is no right or wrong answer to the question – but for us I wouldn’t have had it any differently. One of my enduring memories of our wedding is all the children, many of whom had never met before, playing together and having a thoroughly brilliant time.

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Alison writes her own personal blog at http://alison-staples.blogspot.com

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Alison’s latest posts for Brides Up North:

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Naked At A Wedding

Honeymoons – Just The Two Of Us!

Santa Baby- A Bride’s Letter To St Nick

Christmas Weddings In Soap Land – Some Very Un-Real Weddings!

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

Up For Discussion- Don’t Tell The Groom! Man Management

Up For Discussion- How To Do “I Do”- Writing Your Own Vows

Up For Discussion- Empty Chairs

Up For Discussion- Achieving The Perfect Level Of Wedding Morning Zen

Up For Discussion- The Name Game (and meet Alison!)

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Would you like to guest blog for Brides Up North? Email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2012: 1: www.danielkrieger.com, 2: www.wildflowersphotos.com, 3-6:  FourT4 Photography 

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