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The Editorials: Surfer Chic. Brides Up North Talks Online Wedding Planning For Loved Up Magazine Spring 2014

April 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North For Loved Up Magazine Spring Summer 2014

Away from the pages of the wedding blog, I’m frequently commissioned to write freelance pieces for various glossy magazines (Carrie Bradshaw eat your heart out, eh?) and quite often like to share that content again here when I think it might be interesting or relevant to my readers.  Or genuinely because I’m just really, really proud to see my work in print.

Loved Up Magazine, to whose pages I’ve been contributing for – goodness! – actual years and years now got in touch to ask me to compile a feature sharing my “top clicks” for online wedding planning content, a subject close to my heart.

Yes, I’m a first and foremost a blogger, but I’m also a consumer.  Shock horror!  I read other blogs.  And I’m a prolific consumer of wedding media especially.  I like to keep up with the industry news, the creativity of my peers and to be honest, it’s still fun for me.  Yes, even after four years of blogging about weddings twice a day and 40+ branded bridal events and exhibitions under my Brides Up North belt… I still love it.  I’ve a full blog reader, test out any new bridal app going and don’t even get me started on social media.  39,394 tweets down at the time of writing, I’m well aware that that’s my unwritten novel, right there on Twitter (hey, come follow me, I’ve clearly a lot to say!)

So, here’s my current top picks of the online wedding World – emphasis on current there: trust me, I could have filled the whole magazine with links.  So, have fun exploring, but come right back again afterwards  y’hear?!

Brides Up North For Loved Up Magazine Spring Summer 2014

I said:  In my role as editor of one of the top wedding blogs in the UK I spend a whole lot of time at a computer screen. Mostly its bonafide blog business, but I also spend some time every day keeping on top of what’s new in the online bridal world. It’s as much about checking out the latest cyber products for my bride-to-be readers as staying ahead of the competition, and I’m here to share some of my favourite online resources with you.

Blogging Bride

Wedding blogs are a dynamic, easy to access and free source of wedding planning know how, with a personal touch. There’s a blog out there to suit almost every bride, so bookmark your favourites and return daily for a rapid turnover of ideas, inspiration and tips.

My Top Clicks

Brides Up North (well, obvs.)  – our site and branded bridal events are a must for local ladies who want to see just what the fantastic wedding industry suppliers on their doorstep can do. Every fabulous feature on Brides Up North is sourced from the regions, be it a supplier showcase, styled shoot or real wedding.

Rock N Roll Bride – a cute and colourful site packed full of diverse and different wedding inspiration. If you fancy trying your hand at blogging yourself, creator Kat also runs courses for aspiring writers at her worldwide Blogacademy.

Festival Brides – if you’d rather host your own “wed-stock” party under canvas than hire a stately home, this is the blog for you. Focusing on outdoor and festival weddings, the site is a little bit of summer sunshine delivered to your blog reader daily.

Brides Up North For Loved Up Magazine Spring Summer 2014

Appy Days

There are apps galore for wedding planning on the move. From finding your dream dress to keeping track of your gift list, a few clever downloads can make the whole process a little less daunting. Take a break from Candy Crush and try out some bridal apps that might just save you time and money.

My Top Clicks

WedPics – An alternative to disposable cameras, this nifty tool gathers all your guests’ pics and videos in one private place – and gives you a record of your big day through your nearest and dearest’s eyes.

AppyCouple – A fully personalised online space that your guests can access to obtain all the key details for your celebration including addresses, gift list info, directions, dress code and timings. They can even RSVP and make menu choices, leaving all the information to hand when table planning hysteria sets in.

Find Your Dream Wedding Dress  – A fashionista’s fantasy – browse different design features and come up with a selection of gowns that meet any given criteria, then find the shops that stock them. The dress hunt made easy.

Brides Up North For Loved Up Magazine Spring Summer 2014

Social Club

Use social media to network your way from engagement to altar. Here you can get real time responses to your queries and supplier searches on a no obligation basis.

My Top Clicks

FacebookMost industry professionals keep their Facebook page more up to date than their brochure or websites, making it easier for you to get a sense for their current work.

Pinterest – If you love a mood board, you’ll adore this image sharing site, also available as a smartphone app. Build online boards by pinning your favourite wedding inspiration images to build up a visual idea of your wedding style. And if you don’t want to spoil the surprise – simple – you can now make secret boards too!

Twitter – You’ll find that the wedding industry is live and loud on the Twitter airwaves: keen to offer advice, sell their services and attract new customers.

Words:  Brides Up North for Loved Up Magazine Spring/Summer 2014

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The Editorials. Bride-o-meter Spring/Summer 2014

March 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

The start of every season always begins with a flurry of freelance commissions here at Brides Up North, and days spent with my head buried in my laptop feeling like “a proper writer”.  Of course, the end product is rarely very different from producing features for my own blog, but when it’s for someone else’s publication (and they’ve entrusted you with one, two or even four of their precious editorial pages) and it’s actually going to be “in print”, the stakes somehow seem higher. 

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

Respected North East bridal title Belle Bridal Magazine celebrated their fifth birthday this season, and so, when they bestowed upon me the honour of selecting the hots and the nots of the wedding world for spring 2014, I was thrilled. But oh, the pressure!

So, with a lot of industry knowledge behind me, and a little bit of crystal ball gazing, these were my predictions for the trends that’ll be topping the charts (and sliding off the scale) at a wedding near you soon.  Tell me, are you incorporating any of these trends into your big day? 

I wrote…

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

Going Up…

Overstatement

Blame Jay Gatsby, but flamboyance is back in a big way. A little party never killed nobody, but why do things by halves? After these mean recession years, we’re ready for some fun. Expect heavy embellishments, cascading blooms and excess all areas.

Katy Melling Photography

Image: Katy Melling Photography 

Lucabella Wedding Photography

Image: Lucabella Wedding Photography

Alternative Settings

It started with the tipi, and now there’s an outdoor option for almost every theme. Whether it’s a Scandinavian hat, Mongolian yurt or Bedouin tent, it’s still chic to say I do under canvas. Just remember to budget for a generator too!

Gerrard Photography

Image: Gerrard Photography

Jo Bradbury

Image: Jo Bradbury 

Structured Silhouettes

Amongst all the usual layers of lace and tulle a new breed of wedding gown is emerging: clean lines, sharp edges and super cool. Closer to catwalk trends than a Royal Wedding, these frocks are for the slick chicks who don’t want to leave their personalities by the church door. Choose bold shapes and structured satin (not a sequin in sight) for strut-your-stuff wedding day style.

Astral Sundholm Circa Brides

Image: Astral Sundholm Circa Brides 

KMR Bridal

Image: KMR Bridal 

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

Gold Rush

Platinum will always be precious, but all the best dressed ring fingers are going for gold this season. Romantics should try rose gold and pave diamonds for an on trend look that’s forever timeless.

Helen Russell Photography

Image:  Helen Russell Photography 

Colour Me Pretty

Adding a touch of complimentary colour to your wedding day wardrobe is nothing new, but this is a trend that refuses to fade. Pastels are huge on the catwalks and in the bridal boutiques for 2014 and designers are upping the ante with all over washes of warmth or layered ombre lace effects. Go on, live life in colour! If a dip dye wedding dress isn’t for you, you can still give a nod to this pretty trend with colourful stationery or blushing blooms.

Cuvee Rose by IAN STUART BRIDE

Image: Ian Stuart 

Going Down…

Traditional Tinsel

Forget the humble tiara, 2014 is the year that bridal headwear gets big and bold. From glittering bunny ears and feather head-dresses to vibrant flower garlands, the fashion forward bride will dare to decorate herself in colour and originality. Still not sure? Stick to simple for the ceremony and style things up for the after party!

Katy Melling Photography

Image: Katy Melling Photography

Brides Up North for Belle Bridal Magazine SS 14

James Melia Photography

Image: James Melia 

Cat Hepple Photography

Image: Cat Hepple Photography 

Words:  Julia Braime for Belle Bridal Magazine, S/S 2014

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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

Brides Up North in Unveiled Magazine

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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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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The Editorials: Va-Va-Groom!

February 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Wedding Magazine

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In this new blog series, The Editorials, I share my pre-published offline content, online.  I write on a freelance basis for numerous regional and National glossies, and rather than be relegated to being rather posh chip paper, I thought that my words might be useful to my online readers who didn’t manage to pick up a print copy of my features.  Double the pretty!

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Wedding Magazine

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The second instalment in this series (click here to see the first, focussing on the trend for all white weddings) catches up on a column I wrote for Wedding Magazine before Christmas, all about giving your groom some va-va-voom!

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Wedding Magazine

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I wrote: The days of identikit grooms are long gone. You might be preoccupied with selecting the perfect wedding gown, but you can bet that your other half is also giving some careful thought to his own wedding day look. For him too, this is a day where he wants raise the style stakes and feel that little bit special.

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Peter Boyd Photography

Image credit: Peter Boyd Photography

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Luckily, there has never been more of a sartorial selection for a groom to choose from. Whether he is a traditionalist looking for a classically cut morning suit or an individual wanting to cut a dash with quirky accessories, it’s now acceptable for the groom to look beyond a hired waistcoat and cravat. Whilst it’s true that his choice of attire should complement the overall style of the bridal party, some of my favourite wedding day images are those where the personality of the groom shines through.

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India Hobson Weddings

Image credit: India Hobson Weddings 

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Damian Hall

Image credit: Damian Hall Photography

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Top man

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If he wants to keep his look classic, help him to stand out from the rest of the wedding party by choosing a different colour of tie or more elaborate buttonhole.

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Katy Melling Photography

Image credit: Katy Melling Photography 

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Katy Melling Photography

Image credit: Katy Melling Photography

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The cravat caveat

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Rather than sticking to the status quo, encourage your man to mix things up with by adding a special touch. How about a colourful bow tie, socks, braces, sharp shoes or a neckerchief?

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Phil Drinkwater Photography

Image credit:  Phil Drinkwater Photography 

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David Lawson Studios

Image credit: David Lawson Studios 

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Keep it comfortable

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For a relaxed celebration or destination wedding he needn’t be trussed up like a turkey. Work with the style of his surroundings and opt for light fabrics and a pale colour palette.

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Andy Hook

Image credit: Andy Hook Photography

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

Image credit: Lissa Alexandra Photography 

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A man in uniform

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If he’s decorated, this is his chance to show it off. I also love to see a groom in national dress: kilts at the ready boys, it’s time to show some leg!

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Jonny Draper Photography

.Image credit: Jonny Draper Photography 

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Andrew Ward Photography

Image credit: Andrew Ward Photography 

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Toys for the boys

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Indulge him! If he has a need for speed, why not hire a cool car or vintage scooter to get him to the church on time and in style.

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Insight Photography

Image credit: Insight Photography

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