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All About The Shoes. Supplier Showcase: Paradox London

June 2nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Pink Paradox London

We’ll make no apologies.  Here at Brides Up North, we’re proper girly girls.  We love romcoms, hen parties, classic Friends, the tall, dark, handsome ones, manicures (Shellac changed our lives), spa days, forages in Topshop, a family sized bar of Dairy Milk… and most of all, we’re all about the shoes

Oh come on girls, isn’t everything all about the shoes?

Lucky for us, we’ve got some pretty epic Featured Suppliers who care about the shoes just as much as we do, and it’s with pride that I introduce one of our best heeled sponsors to the pages of the wedding blog this afternoon.

Ladies, get ready for some serious shopping, as we meet the beautiful Sophia of Paradox London (who’s just about to add a darling baby to her brood any day now… congratulations mama!) and talk fancy footwear.

Benjamin Adams London

What’s the story behind Paradox London?

With 30 years of shoe manufacturing heritage manufacturing footwear for bridal companies and the high street, Paradox felt that the bridal market needed some fashionable inspiration as styles as that time were very plain and boring. Therefore in 2002 Paradox developed its own bridal collection specifically targeted at the more fashion conscious bride. 

Why should a Bride choose Paradox London? 

Paradox London incorporates both the Pink Paradox London and Benjamin Adams London collections. With decades of footwear manufacturing heritage we understand the needs of the bride and bridal party. Both the Paradox London collections incorporate unique on-trend styling that do not sacrifice comfort. Combining comfort, quality, a budget suit all types of brides and most importantly design, this is what sets us apart from the competition.  

Benjamin Adams London

Tell us about the Pink range of wedding shoes that you design and create? 

Pink Paradox London is a collection that is designed for the entire bridal party; Bride, Mother of Bride and Bridesmaids. The collection has a strong on-trend fashion influence which is translated into the needs of the bridal party. The collection features 4” inch crystal encrusted heels to mid-heel vintage t-bars. Styling is paramount with Pink however we never compromise with comfort as the entire collection features memory foam padding and soft lining. The collection is made with luxurious dyeable satin which can be hand coloured to match any gown which is great for bridesmaids and mother of bride, or even for the bride if she wants to wear the shoes after the wedding. 

Which designs from the collection are your favourite and why?

Our current favourites are styles Dahlia and Cupcake. Dahlia is an elegantly simple round toe court with a cute bow detailing. Stylish and comfortable, sometimes less is more. Cupcake is our vintage lace pump, on-trend and comfortable – a truly unique style from Pink.

Pink Paradox London

Tell us about your range of accessories?

We offer matching handbags with all of our footwear styles.

Tell us about your Little Miss Pink collection?

We have fantastic kids collection called Little Miss Pink that’s perfect for flower girls. The shoes are made with ivory dyeable satin that can coloured to match any flower girl gown.

Pink Paradox London

Tell us about your Benjamin Adams 2014 bridal collection?

The 2014 Benjamin Adams collection takes inspiration from 1950’s Hollywood film star styling such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. The collection combines both vintage themes and the alluring glamour of the red carpet and is designed specifically for the fashion conscious bride that wants to add some drama and interest with footwear to complete their bridal look.

Benjamin Adams London

Pick out a few favourite designs from the collection and tell us why?

Mia is the perfect style for short wedding dresses, a classic t-bar set off with elegant pear crystals, whilst Minnie is a great shoe to team with a vintage dress. The round toe Mary Jane optimises the vintage era.

Benjamin Adams London

What are your prices like? 

Our prices are really competitive.  The Pink range starts from £49.95 to £99.95 and our Benjamin Adams collection is a little more expensive between £139 and £450. 

What sizes can you offer?

Dependent on style, generally we offer sizes from size 2 – 8. 

Pink Paradox London

You’re based in London, but are Brides Up North able to order your designs online too?

Brides Up North can order any of our collection from our recommended on-line retailers such as www.elegantsteps.co.uk or www.crystalbridalaccessories.co.uk

Benjamin Adams London

What would be your top tips for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding shoes?

First and foremost any bridal shoe must look amazing as it completes your bridal attire, however you cannot sacrifice comfort as you will be on your feet for a number of hours. Benjamin Adams shoes all include soft kid leather lining and special memory foam padding. With Benjamin Adams you can have the best of both worlds. 

What would be your no nos for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding shoes? 

The bridal shoe completes your bridal outfit, therefore it should be purchased in conjunction with your dress. Having your shoes at your dress fitting is essential in ensuring you have the correct gown length.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch to see your designs and find out more?

Your readers can visit our website at www.paradoxlondon.com, follow us on Twitter @paradoxlondon or @benjaminadamsln or like us on Facebook.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 supplied by Paradox London

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Wedding Blog Exclusive: Eye Candy: ELSE By Rainbow Club

November 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Its Saturday.  And that means shoe shopping.

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Today, in this wedding blog exclusive, I debut the Else collection by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Rainbow Club.  Else is a fresh collection with a price tag that won’t break the bank.  Add to that Rainbow Club’s specialist colouring service and the fashion options for your wedding day and after the event are endless.  

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Rainbow Club say: Affordable and fun, these designs are younger and more high street influenced {than our other collections}.  The stunningly simple designs in the Else range makes them an ideal option for hand colouring for bridesmaids and evening wear.

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Such shopping facilitating!  Criminal. 

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Else Dolcetto

Dolcetto

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Else Bellini

Bellini

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Else Bellini

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Else Chianti

Chianti

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Else Metropolitan    Else Malbec

Metropolitan & Malbec

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Else Dolcetto

Dolcetto

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Else Syrah

Syrah

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Else Brandy

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Else Brandy

Brandy

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Else Merlot    Else Muscat

Merlot & Muscat

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Grenadine

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Else Grenadine

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Explore the entire Else wedding shoes collection.

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  – Images © 2012 Rainbow Club 

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Eye Candy: Diane Hassall Collection For Rainbow Club

September 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Liliana

Liliana

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Last week, I introduced a new Brides Up North Featured Supplier, the one and only Rainbow Club, in an exclusive interview here on the wedding blog.  To read my interview with Rainbow Club, find out about their collections (including pretty veils and bridal accessories) and their Colour Studio service, click here.

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Whilst preparing that feature, this gorgeous collection by their in-house designer Diane Hassall really caught my eye (I’ve a beady eye for the extra pretty), so I decided to feature some of the images in a special eye candy blog post of their own, just in case those pink lace heels in my interview blog post had you in too much of a spin to notice much else. 

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Cherish

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Cymbeline

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Rainbow Club say: Hassall is a hand-made collection which is adorned with sparkle, lace and pearls. This is the only non-dyeable range but, as a brand, stands alone with its lavish detailing and originality. .

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Designed specifically by our in-house designer Diane Hassall, the love and attention that has gone into this particular range is astounding.

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From early guidance under the world renowned shoe designer Jimmy Choo, to celebrity weddings and permanent historical exhibits, Diane has over 20 years’ experience designing shoes at the highest possible level so you can rest assured that your feet will be slipping into gorgeously designed, fashion forward footwear.

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Flora

Flora

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Mary Rose

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Each pair of your wedding shoes are handmade using only the best components. We also spend time ensuring that our shoes are comfortable, leaving you free to concentrate on your special day, or glamorous event. 

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All our gorgeous products come beautifully packaged and in particular look out for our stunning candy-stripped Rainbow Club boxes which contain our shoes, veils and headdresses and make for a very special treat!

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Minette

Minette

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Pearl Drift

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Click here to visit the Rainbow Club website and get shopping!  

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  – Images © 2012 Rainbow Club

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Perfectly Matched! Supplier Showcase: Rainbow Club

September 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Rainbow Club

Ella PinkI want these HOW much!?

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Wow!  I can’t believe the response to this post this week, so many of you have been registering for this weekend’s headline event this season – the Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition at Ramside Hall Hotel – (my inbox has literally been groaning under the strain of your enthusiasm!) and I can’t wait to meet you all there!  If you would like to come along, there are still some VIP goody bags left to get your hands on (containing lots of special treats and hundreds of £ worth of exclusive on the day discounts – you need to pre register to get one!) so be quick and sign up!

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In the meantime, this morning we get to meet one of the fabulous Featured Suppliers who ensure that I can keep this blog running alongside our events, and keep filling your days with inspirational wedding pretty, exclusive discounts and the latest buzz from the bridal front line: the magnificent Rainbow Club, purveyors of beautiful wedding shoes for gals big to tiny that can also be perfectly matched to your colour scheme. 

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Tell us about Rainbow Club – the company’s background, growth and ethos?

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Rainbow Club have been designing, making and colouring handmade satin wedding shoes since the mid 1980s and we are now firmly established as the UK’s leading and most inspirational producers. We have over 600 UK stockists and 55 Eire stockists who hold a wide range of products across our collections. From award winning shoes, to veils and headdresses, Rainbow Club prides itself on quality and comfort as well as elegance and exquisite colour.

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We also offer a very unique and special process whereby we can hand colour your shoes and bags to match any colour you can possibly think of to ensure that your accessories are perfectly matched to that very special outfit for any occasion. We do this in our in-house Colour Studio where all colours are mixed and applied by hand by our expert colourists. This process has been going strong and successfully for over 25 years.

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Rainbow Club   Rainbow Club

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Coral, Faith, Kerrie & Katherine

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Rainbow Club   Rainbow Club

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Tell us about your range of bridal shoe styles?

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From the simple elegance of the Else range to the gorgeous hand-made detailing of the Hassall collection, Rainbow Club has everything a bride needs. Starting with Rainbow Club’s main range, we have several collections within this brand alone. From Bliss and Plus Fit, to the new Shimmer and extended Lace collections, there is so much to choose from.

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Our Else range is simply stunning. With perfectly plain designs as well as that added bit of sparkle on newer styles, it makes this collection the best to show off a range of colours. Directed more at Prom and Bridesmaid, the Else collection is affordable and perfect for colour matching, as the dyeing service is included in the price of the shoe.

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Hassall is a hand-made collection which is adorned with sparkle, lace and pearls. This is the only non-dyeable range but, as a brand, stands alone with its lavish detailing and originality. Designed specifically by our in-house designer Diane Hassall, the love and attention that has gone into this particular range is astounding.

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Rainbow Club

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What about your Rainbow Couture collection?

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Our Couture collection has a wide range of styles and heel heights to suit everyone. Teamed with the option of classic satin and luxurious silk satin, this range dyes up beautifully with the different finishes. Embellished with crystals and pearls, we have also developed a Sparkle collection within this range, which is adorned with crystals toe to heel to give that original and glamorous look.

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Rainbow Club

Andalucia Veil

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What is your colour room service?

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Our Colour Studio is a unique service that we provide here at Rainbow Club. We have a selection of skilled Colour Technicians who hand mix dyes to match any fabric colour swatch. Each order is hand picked and hand dyed with precision and care, and all within a 2 week time frame from time of order. This service was established when the Rainbow Club brand first launched and has been a competitive brand within Bridal and Occasion wear industry ever since.

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Tell us about your range of bridal accessories?

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Since Winter 2010 Rainbow Club have branched out further with our range of Veils and Headdresses, which have sold fantastically ever since. Our presence within the Veil market has increased since the acquisition of Joyce Jackson, who make bespoke Veils in house, as well as Rainbow Club stocking a range of styles as standard available to order for instant delivery; an industry first for Veil manufacturing and selling. New to 2013, we have developed even more stunning styles and ideas such as lace wraps and crystal embellished edging, along with a beautiful range of Headdresses from simple bands to grand and ornate designs, to suit everyone.

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Rainbow Club

Daydream Veil

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And your range of children’s shoes?

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We have a good range of children’s shoes available in various sizes. One particular style, ‘Abigail’, was specifically selected to be worn by the young bridesmaid’s at the Royal Wedding last year. This style is available from infant’s size 5 to adult size 5 to allow a wide range of ages to wear. From pretty pumps, to elegant short heels for the older child, we have a strong collection available for Children.

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How can Brides Up North find a stockist?

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If you visit our website www.rainbowclub.co.uk and click on ‘Find a Stockist’, type in your postcode and a list of stockists with their contact numbers and addresses, in your area, will be listed for you to contact. Unfortunately we do not have a list of which stockist holds which particular style and size at any one time, however if they are a stockist of that particular range they are able to order through us on your behalf.

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Rainbow Club cannot speak on behalf of individual stockist’s policies and pricing is down to the discretion of the shop.

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Rainbow Club

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What can Brides Up North expect when they use your service?

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Customer satisfaction, guaranteed. From the beautifully bespoke Colour Studio service, to the helpful and knowledgeable Customer Service team, we can happily agree that your order from start to finish will be handled with care and attention. We also have an online service for customers to contact our in-house ‘Fairy Godmum’. This allows you to e-mail her directly with any questions or queries you may have, such as heel heights, service times or even opinions on what style would suit best, and she will happily reply within 24 hours.

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Rainbow Club

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Is there a particular style of shoe that has been immediately popular with your bridal customers? What is your best selling piece?

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Our most popular styles so for this year are either the Chianti from our Else collection, or the Allora from our Couture range. Both styles incorporate an enclose platform, which has proven to be very popular within the past two years, as well as looking classically stunning in both ivory or dyed to match. The Chianti starts at around £65 and Allora at the higher end of £140 RRP.

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Else Chianti & Pouilly

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Does Rainbow Club stock styles that would be appropriate for Bridesmaids? 

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I would recommend any styles from our Rainbow Club range for Bridesmaids, however our Else range would be more suitable as the cost for dyeing to match is included in the price of the shoes. This affordable range of styles are just perfect to show off colour with simple designs and pleating that you will find mirrored in a lot of bridesmaids dresses on the market today. We also hold an extensive range of colour swatches for Bridesmaid dress companies such as Forever Yours, Dessy and Alfred Angelo, which means we can efficiently dye to match your dress exactly.

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What about Mother of The Bride? What would you recommend?

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For Mother of the Bride I would recommend mainly the directional Rainbow Club range. The Bliss collection within this range has proven to be very popular for Mother of the Bride due to the extreme comfort in the design. Inside each of the styles in the Bliss collection there is extra padding for comfort and they are all built on a slightly wider fitting last to allow room for movement throughout the day. Each of these styles are made in the traditional Rainbow Club classic satin, which makes them great for dyeing to match your outfit perfectly.

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Rainbow Club

Sweetness Veil

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How do your products come packaged?

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From shoe boxes to veil boxes, all of our ranges are carefully packaged with distinct patterning depending on which range they belong to. The Rainbow Club main range, including the veils and headdresses, are branded with the distinct candy-striped boxes, Hassall distinctly marked with the logo printed on the box and booklet and organza bag included inside, Couture with the elegant branded white box and stunning pink interior and Else’s fun bright orange box with complimentary white lid and logo printed on the top.

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

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Pop onto our website and find a retailer near you who will be happy to answer any questions you may have or call us direct and speak to our customer services team!

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Online Treasure Trove: Supplier Showcase – Euphoria Boutique

July 7th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Euphoria’s online boutique is like Cinderella’s dressing up box, full of twinkly things, bejewelled shoes and pretty bridal accessories.  This wedding blogger could get lost for hours.  Before I dive in, lets chat to the founder of Euphoria Boutique, Teneale, about her online treasure trove. 

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Euphoria Boutique

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How did Euphoria Boutique begin? What is your story?

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My previous background in business administration and quality/contracts management in the public sector has given me a whole host of skills to utilise in my business today, from business planning to money and service management. Being a creative and busy mum of three young children, my priorities changed and my children needed me at home more. I left after 10 years of service to set up Euphoria, working around nursery, nap time and school. It hasn’t been easy but I have enjoyed every minute of building Euphoria Boutique to what it has become today. “Euphoria” symbolised the happy transition in my life.

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What jewellery products and bridal accessories are available from Euphoria Boutique?

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A wide range of bridal headwear, dyeable wedding shoes, jewellery and bridal party accessories. We are accessory specialists, so we leave the gown to the bridal shops! Along with our own Euphoria brand we are also stockist to many major designers and brands. We offer our customers a wide choice of products with a good range of prices. We will help brides stay within their budget and offer any advice necessary. We want all our customers to have a positive and memorable experience with us.

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Do you design and make any of the jewellery or bridal accessories on your site?

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We have our own Euphoria brand, in which I create many of the designs and have two designers working with us for our bespoke service. We also have the facility to crystalize and customise shoes and can even put your wedding date on the sole of your shoes! We also sell some manufactured pieces to enable us to cover all budgets but the majority of wedding accessories are handmade.

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Which Euphoria product is your favourite and why?

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I am in love with the Fable dreams handmade wedding hair accessories – Hollywood meets fairytale. She is a very talented designer and a pleasure to work with. Also new to Euphoria Boutique we have launched “Weddington” boots, perfect for good old british weather, winter weddings and outdoor weddings. They are brilliant for the whole wedding party and make fantastic quirky photos.

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Can you create bespoke bridal accessories?

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Yes we can. We offer free consultations and advise our brides on the best way to make their dream a reality. We work with all materials, crystals and fabrics and have no boundaries when it comes to design. We are currently in the process of designing some green polka dot wedding shoes for a bride having a vintage wedding tea party.

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What celebrity would you like to see in a Euphoria product and why?

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I would loved to have seen Kate Moss wearing the Weddington Boots for her three day festival wedding in July! I also think she would look fabulous in some of our bohemian floral wedding headwear with birdcage veil.

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Which products are your best sellers?

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With the current wedding hair updo, our bun wrap is extremely popular. Adorned with crystals and pearls, this wedding hair accessory is so versatile and flexible as it can be worn as either as a tiara or bun wrap. It’s beautiful and only £75. We have also seen an increase in demand for gold wedding jewellery and accessories this season. Our vintage wedding jewellery set is very popular at the minute. It also has a matching tiara. The whole set including tiara can be purchased for £150 and is also available on a silver finish. Our wedding dress sashes have had quite a lot of publicity this last month and have also featured in bridal magazines. There are many designs available and brides may customise their own design. From Grecian, vintage to art deco designs.

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Can you buy all your products online?

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Yes, but as well as purchasing online, our clients may also visit us by appointment, in our boutique in Silver Street, Stockton on Tees. Quite often local brides pick their wedding accessories online then come into the boutique to see if they look right with their dress and colour scheme. We will also do home appointments and bridal evenings upon request.

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Are you married? What Euphoria Boutique products would you choose for your own wedding day?

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I would love to have got married overseas on a Caribbean island. I would have loved a beach wedding, Grecian style chiffon dress, sun-kissed tan and floral accessories. Possibly wedding flip flops and one of our handmade wedding dress sashes.  In the evening I would wear the Benjamin Adams Swarovski crystal Electra shoes as they are so glamorous and lots of sparkle.

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What Euphoria Boutique products would you recommend for a Bride on a budget?

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I would recommend one of our wedding combs. They start at £35 and are beautiful. I particularly love the ivory pearl and crystal comb for £35. It is very light therefore versatile for different hair types and hairstyles. They are also popular for bridesmaids.

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What pieces would you recommend as bridesmaid’s gifts?

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I think the wedding wellies are a brilliant idea. Especially as they can be worn after the wedding (especially in this typical British Weather). Our Swarovski crystal teardrop wedding jewellery set is priced at £38. This set comes beautifully wrapped with a personalised message card. It is also available in a range of different colours, chain lengths and clip or pierced ears.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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We cover all budgets and price ranges and work closely with our brides to ensure we are offering them products within their set budget. We do discounts for multiple purchases and have exclusive discount offers on our Facebook page (search for Euphoria).

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How about a discount for wedding blog readers?

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We will offer a 15% discount to Brides Up North readers.  Quote BUN15 at checkout.

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

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You can email us at enquiries@euphoriashop.co.uk. Or arrange an appointment to see us in our showroom on Silver Street, Stockton on Tees. Contact us on 01642 607194. We have secure online shopping with all major cards and Paypal accepted.

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We would love you to follow us on twitter – @euphoriashop

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Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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We also offer prom dresses for hire or purchase and include accessories in our packages. We stock Scarlett Evenings prom wear and Alyce Designs and a beautiful collection of prom footwear. We offer an ‘everything but the gown’ service and will do our best to source all brides requests. We are a very approachable and friendly team and love working with our brides. All budgets welcome. We will always give best advice and have a professional approach to our work.

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