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Diary Date! The Etc Magazine Wedding Show This Sunday

March 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Etc Magazine Wedding Show

It’s still light outside (wahey!) and I’m whizzing by with a late post this first day of Spring (hope you’ve managed to get out in the fresh air to smell the daffodils today!) to bring news of a wedding event near you – if you’re a North East bride to be that is – this weekend, from my friends at etc. Magazine

etc. Magazine, your luxury lifestyle magazine for the North East – and home to my monthly Bridal Buzz columns – is set to host a wedding show this weekend at the Radisson Blu in Durham. The free event will take place this Sunday from 12-3pm and will feature more than 30 hand-picked exhibitors from across the region.

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etc editor Georga Spottiswood says: If you’re planning on getting married then make sure you head along. We’ll be featuring everything you need to make your day extra special.

From wedding cars and cakes to dresses and suit hire, the day will cater for all your wedding needs. Models from Miss 24 Carat Beauty Pageant, in Sunderland, will be strutting their stuff in a dazzling catwalk show. They’ll be wearing wedding dresses from bridal shop Opal, in Coxhoe, and First Glance, in Sunderland, along with bridesmaid gowns from Middlesbrough-based Kate Fearnley boutique and accessories.

It’s the second wedding show etc has held this month, as loved-up couples headed to Seaham Hall last Sunday. More than 200 people filled the five-star venue, on Durham’s Heritage Coast, for the extravaganza.  etc launched its popular wedding shows more than three years ago, but it is the first time the magazine has worked with Seaham Hall.

Georga says:  What a day, what a venue! Brides and grooms were in awe of the place when they walked through the grand entrance, and I’m not surprised. With its glistening chandeliers, stunning courtyard room with glass ceiling and beautiful grounds, it’s the perfect place to wed.  I am really looking forward to welcoming brides and grooms to our wedding event at the Radisson Blu in Durham this weekend, which I hope will be as equally as busy.

It’s in the diary Georgia!

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Online Offline. Recent Press For Brides Up North

November 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North in Fabulous Magazine

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

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

Brides Up North in Fabulous Magazine

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

(to over 8 million readers no less!)

Brides Up North in Wedding Magazine

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

Brides Up North in Wedding Magazine

Brides Up North in Unveiled Magazine

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

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Brides Up North in Unveiled Magazine

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

Brides Up North in Unveiled Magazine

Brides Up North in Mosaic Brides

“Picture Perfect” – more photography talk in Mosaic Brides

Brides Up North in Belle Bridal Magazine

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

Brides Up North in Etc Magazine

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

 

Join the Northern Revolution – or should that be #jointhenorthernrevolution? – over on the Brides Up North Twitter feed and Facebook page now. 

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

 

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Etc Magazine is Showing Off!

February 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Regular readers of the wedding blog will know that I support regional luxury lifestyle magazine etc with a monthly column keeping their North East readers on the pulse of all that’s happening in the bridal world.  Click here to see the latest features.   

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Meanwhile, Georga, my colleague and etc’s editor has been in touch to keep Brides Up North updated about their bridal events this Spring. The first will be held at the luxurious Linden Hall, in Northumberland, on Sunday March 3rd 203 and the other at Rockliffe Hall on March 24th 2013.

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Georga says: We started the wedding events at Rockliffe Hall last year and they proved such a hit that we have now decided to extend into the Northumberland area. Linden Hall is a beautiful venue and we’re calling out to all brides and grooms-to-be to come along and join in the fun.  There’ll be plenty to see and do and we have hand-picked the best exhibitors from across the region.

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At both events, which will be held from noon to 4pm, there will be free fizz, catwalk shows and top-class wedding exhibitors. They will feature everything from bridal gowns to hats and groomswear.  Some of the best wedding photographers in the industry will be there to showcase their talent and there will be a range of cars you can choose from to help you travel in style on your big day.

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Georga adds: The wedding exhibitions are always a great day out for brides and grooms-to-be.  The last one we held at Rockliffe Hall attracted more than 450 people and we’re hoping all our events this year will have a great turn out. We’ll be hosting catwalk shows at the events and they always go down well with the ladies. We have some stunning collections lined up for the models to strut their stuff in.  We’ll also be featuring for the first time mother-of-the-bride outfits from Jules B. 

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Brides-to-be and their families can expect five-star treatment at the wedding shows.  On arrival each bride will receive a goodie bag and glass of champagne, then have the opportunity to browse around the stalls.

The show also provides the ideal chance for guests to look around these two stunning venues and see how their big-day dreams could become a reality there.

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We’ve done all the hard work by carefully selecting the very best exhibitors. Brides and grooms-to-be can come along knowing we are showcasing only the finest in the wedding industry.   The events will be ones to remember.

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For further information, visit www.etcnortheast.co.uk

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 supplied by etc Magazine

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Press Gang: Brides Up North in Etc Magazine

January 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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As well as curating and editing content for these swirly silver pages, I am also proud to contribute on a freelance basis to a raft of glossy magazines each month, both regional and National. 

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Crafting a magazine article is different to writing blog content – whilst I carefully research all my blog features, each print article needs to be planned in advance, structured for an audience that may be unfamiliar with my personal style of writing and it’s supporting images sourced, selected and credited. 

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Whilst writing the blog feels like a cosy chat with a friend (or tens of thousands of friends, hello you!), writing for print feels more formal.  Whilst the process is more laborious, it’s also cathartic, and as long as they let me, I’ll be offering up my bridal based advice for your favourite bridal titles. 

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I’m currently a regular columnist for Wedding Magazine, Etc Magazine and LovedUp Magazine, and contribute regularly to Wedding Ideas Magazine and Mosaic Brides, as well as having features published in Bridal Buyer, Pure Weddings Magazine, Belle Bridal Magazine, Hitched Magazine, Fabulous Magazine, The Yorkshire Post, Harrogate Living, The Journal, The Daily Mirror, The Evening Chronicle, The Sunday Sun, The Times and Times Online.  Phew. 

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So whilst blogs are most certainly where its at for up to the minute advice, 24 hour inspiration and can-read-at-work-ability (what, you too?), I still get a thrill from seeing my work in print.  And call me old school, but I’m still not comfortable with reading my iPad in the bath…

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Today I met with the fabulous team at popular regional title Etc Magazine, a title for whom I have been writing for the last quarter, to catch up and put the wheels in motion for continuing our great working relationship in 2013.  Make sure to pick up your copy next month.  In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at what I’ve been up to for them, away from the pages of this site… 

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To enlarge and read the columns in full visit the Etc Magazine archive

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Diary Date: The etc Magazine Wedding Show

September 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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So, it may be a wrap on this year’s Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition (click here for details of our Wedding Exclusives in Yorkshire) but North East brides have still got lots of wedding inspiration right at their fingertips with a jam packed schedule of wedding fairs and events across the region this Autumn.  I’ll be letting you know about the very best here on these pages.

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Taking place on Sunday September 30th 2012, in the magnificent surroundings of the five-star Rockliffe Hall, just outside of Darlington, the etc Wedding Show will host 30 exhibitors representing the best of the region’s wedding industry.

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etc editor Georga Spottiswood says: You’re engaged. You may have even set the date. It’s the most wonderful and exciting time of your life. But when the initial buzz has died down and you start to plan the rest of your big day, it can be a bit of nightmare knowing where to start.

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Having just been a bridesmaid for etc’s Cara Houchen, I understand the stress that brides-to-be can be under. From choosing the wedding stationery to marrying the colour scheme to the table centrepieces and bouquets, it can be a daunting experience.  That’s why we’ve chosen the best the wedding industry has to offer here in the North East and our array of exhibitors will be there to help brides-to-be make their big day go off with a bang.

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W Salon and Eve Beauty will be there to offer wedding hair and beauty ideas, while Durham-based Ava Rose Hamilton can help you find the dress of your dreams. 

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But it is not just about the brides – prospective grooms can make sure they’re looking dapper on the day with formal wear and suit hire experts Affleck & Moffatt  and Bakers.

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Stan Seaton Photography and Camera A will show you how they can capture the magic of your big day, while Prime Entertainment and Snaparazzi Photobooths can provide some quality entertainment for your guests. 
Flowers by Nattrass will be there to guide brides and grooms through bouquets and buttonholes, while Berry Boutique will be showcasing a beautiful range of bridal bling.

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And if you want a honeymoon to remember, let the experts at Travel Bureau help you pick a first-class destination.

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etc publisher Linda Burnside says: Last year was our first ever wedding event and we really did pull out all the stops to make it a top-class day, but we’re hoping this year will be even bigger and better.  The etc Wedding Show will take place from 12 to 4pm. Guests will be greeted with a goodie bag and a glass of champagne, after which they can see what’s on offer and talk to the exhibitors at their leisure. There will also be a glamorous bridal fashion show, with entertainment from wedding swing singer Anthony Stringer.

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For soon-to-be brides and grooms, and their families, this is one event that is not be missed – even if we do say so ourselves!

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Tickets for this event are free, all you have to do is pre-book at www.etcnortheast.co.uk or call 0191 501 7195.

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I hope you love these images by Stan Seaton Photography – styled by yours’ truly at Rockliffe Hall for a Journal fashion spread (click here to see the full shoot).  Watch out for ’s brand new column in the October issue of etc Magazine – out soon!

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Brides Up North – Images © 2012 etc Magazine/ Stan Seaton Photography

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Wedding Fair Season Is Going Strong!

March 17th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’m down in the Smoke this weekend for a family trip to support my friend (and honorary little bro) Nick in the final of the Top Model UK competition.  Nick is a recent Brides Up North model – see him in action here – and we have been massively rooting for him here at Brides Up North HQ.  Come on Nick – bring it home!

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Alongside some FROW action as we cheer Nick on along the catwalk, I’ll also be finding the time to explore the capital – some shopping, a theatre trip, a trip to the park and a Mother’s Day lunch en masse on Sunday.  Sounds a.w.e.s.o.m.e.

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Let’s all take a breather and spoil our mums this weekend eh ladies?  It’s time to celebrate, snuggle up and regroup as take it from me, next weekend is such a busy one all over the North with some top quality wedding events for Brides to Be that you just do not want to miss.   

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Here are my three top picks:

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For North East ladies, pop along to the etc Wedding Show at Rockliffe Hall on Sunday 25th March.  This is a ticket only event and the first 150 callers go completely free (!) so call 0191 501 7114 to make sure that you get yours.

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This is no ordinary event, as brides-to-be and their families will be given five-star treatment at the wedding show with a glass of champagne on arrival.  There are three time slots for visits to allow you to browse at your leisure.  You will then get to browse the 30+ stands, visualise your wedding ceremony taking place in the elegant Old Hall or glass-roofed Victorian Orangery – which will be set up as if to host a civil wedding – then sit back and relax while etc Magazine puts on a glittering catwalk show.

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For Yorkshire ladies, my friends Lisa and Allison over at The Wedding Affair are hosting their biggest event yet!  You’ll be needing a glass of wine after this one girls! Lisa and Allison have been so supportive of the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives this season and I wish them all the best with their first – sure to be stunning – two day Wedding For All Seasons event, on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March at Newburgh Priory in York.  You can register online here

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And last but certainly not least, Brides Up North will be meeting and greeting you lovely North West ladies at an event we’ve been waiting a long time for – that I’m sure will be so good that I have put my name to it as a sponsor – The All Wrapped Up Events Wedding Carnival on Saturday 24th March at the Salford Reds Stadium.  If you saw the shoot these ladies did to promote the big day (you can see it again by clicking here) you will know that this certainly isn’t one to pass on.  Register here for your free goody bag. 

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I will see you there!

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An Exclusive Day Of Wedding Inspiration: It’s The ETC Wedding Show – Coming Soon

February 22nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’ve been really privileged to work with some fantastic regional newspapers and magazines recently as a features writer, and one magazine that I am really looking forward to writing a series of columns for later in the year is etc, a lifestyle magazine for the North East. 

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etc Editor, Georga Spottiswood, is such a lovely lady and so full of inspirational ideas that when she asked me to mention the exclusive event that etc are running for brides in the North East at the end of March at dream venue Rockliffe Hall (the location for a recent bridal fashion shoot that I had the pleasure of styling), I couldn’t wait to tell you fabulous wedding blog readers all about it. 

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This is a ticket only event and numbers are very limited, so call 0191 501 7114 to make sure that you get yours. 

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etc say: The happy memories of your wedding day will last a lifetime and at the etc Wedding Show we have everything to make sure you get the day you have dreamed about.

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Taking place on Sunday, March 25th 2012 at the stunning Rockliffe Hall, a five-star hotel in Hurworth, near Darlington, the day will feature 30 handpicked exhibitors as well as a spectacular catwalk show showcasing the latest bridal gown trends, mother-of-the bride must-haves and men’s formal wear.

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etc editor, Georga, says: “It is every girl’s dream to have a fairy-tale wedding and the etc team has waved its magic wand to help make that happen. Our event will feature the crème de la crème of the wedding industry and there will be everything from cars and cakes to beauty tips and wedding hair ideas – all the essential ingredients to make sure your big day is one to remember.”

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Brides-to-be and their families will be given five-star treatment at the wedding show with a glass of champagne on arrival.  They will then get to browse the stands, visualise their wedding ceremony taking place in the elegant Old Hall or glass-roofed Victorian Orangery – which will be set up as if to host a civil wedding – then sit back and relax while etc puts on a glittering catwalk show.

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The event will take place from 11am to 5pm, with visitors being allocated one of three times slots.

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etc director, Linda Burnside, said: “From stunning wedding jewellery to chair covers, hats, fascinators and honeymoon ideas, there will be something for every bride at the etc wedding show.  This is an exclusive event and tickets are limited, so I’d advise people to book early.  The etc Wedding Show will be a hugely enjoyable experience – it is no ordinary wedding event.”

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Sponsors of the etc Wedding Show are Brides Up North favourites: Poppy Bridal, Hooker and Young, Stan Seaton Photography and Simply Bows and Chair Covers.  All will be there showing brides and grooms how to add the special touches to their day. 

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etc has also teamed up with many of the exhibitors to offer one lucky bride and groom the chance to win some amazing prizes.  They will include bridal make-up for the bride on her big day, courtesy of Eve Beauty Darlington, and a mini honeymoon at Rockliffe Hall worth more than £1,000.

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Tickets cost £7 and are pre-paid only. Call 0191 501 7114.

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