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Let’s Get Ready To Rumble! The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza At Hardwick Hall Hotel – THIS SUNDAY!

February 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Grand Wedding Exhibition Spring 2014

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If you follow the blog over on Twitter and Facebook – you’ll probably have guessed that I am just a little bit excited about kicking off our jam packed season of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions with one of my very favourite events, North East SUPER show, the Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at the gorgeous 4* Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield, County Durham THIS SUNDAY (that’s come around quick!) on Sunday 23rd February 2014.  

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If the level of pre-registrations that Team Brides Up North has received from you lovely ladies is anything to go by, it’s going to be an amazing day!  We love hearing your little stories and getting excited with you and we can’t wait to meet so many of you in person.

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Other wedding fairs?  Pah!  What’s the point?! We are very proud to run OFFICIALLY the largest and most exciting FREE ENTRY bridal exhibitions in the North East (our last epic event at Hardwick’s sister hotel, Ramside Hall, attracted over 2,000 visitors in one afternoon – now that’s big!) with two specially choreographed professional fashion shows and almost (and sometimes over) 80 – 100 exhibitors at each, tempting on the day discounts and stuffed goody bags tailor made for each event. I might like things big and exciting, but I also like them personal.

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And yes, you read that right, the events are FREE ENTRY.  Cos I love ya, baby.

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Hardwick Hall Grand Wedding Exhibition Spring 2014

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So, get the first of our huge North East events firmly in the diary (in indelible pen please) and come along to support the most fabulous wedding suppliers in your area – I only work with the best, dahlings – for an inspiration packed afternoon of all that is pretty, new and super gorgeous in the wedding industry.  And the most important bit?  Local to YOU.

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And can I vouch for the beautiful 4* wedding venue that is Hardwick Hall Hotel?  Well, I chose it to host my own wedding day back in October 2012 – and what’s a better recommendation than that?!.

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Goody Bag packed with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy magazines well as some fab on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking the Brides Up North event venue of choice e.g. “HARDWICK HALL” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. VIP Bride- To-Be Goody Bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served polic

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Love & Laughter: A Tea Length Justin Alexander Gown For A Fun Filled Real Wedding At Rockliffe Hall – Rebecca & Philip

April 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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We are in the North East this morning for an understated and elegant Real Wedding filled with pretty details, love and laughter.  Rebecca and Philip chose a stunning venue and used some excellent Brides Up North Featured Suppliers to make their big day super special. 

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Rebecca says:  Thank you for your blog! It became my bible in the run up to my wedding!  Not only was I able to source my photographer and entertainment through your directory but  many of my suppliers featured in your blog in the time leading up to my wedding which was always reassuring as your blog/you became my unofficial wedding planner. Thank you for the advice and the inspiration. I will still be checking in to get my fill of all things wedding.

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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Rebecca says: Phil and I were engaged in Newcastle the day after my 29th Birthday on January 8th 2010, after an 11 year “courtship”; we got together back in September 1999.

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Phil surprised me for my birthday with a magical mystery tour which saw us travel from our then home in Leeds to our home turf Newcastle for a weekend away. I was in the early stages of pregnancy and was in need of a rest before dinner and Phil said he would leave me in peace and go and do some shopping. At dinner I had asked Phil in jest if he had managed to find me a ring while he was out. His response was a yes and that if I wanted we could go and get it tomorrow! We went and purchased the ring and then went to meet our parents for lunch where Phil asked my Dad’s permission. I was presented with the ring at lunch in front of our parents who were all thrilled. I joke and say that Phil has never really asked me to marry him we just got engaged.

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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Our wedding was on 21st July 2012. Two years after we got engaged; we had the small matter of having a baby to contend with first.

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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We were married at the gorgeous Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Hurwurth on Tees, Darlington. The ceremony was in the Old Hall Arches and the reception was in the Rockliffe Suite.

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Have you been to Rockliffe? If you have then I probably don’t need to tell you why we made the decision to get married there. Phil and I at the time of our engagement were both working in jobs that meant we travelled a lot staying in many hotels around the country and it was reaching the point where very few places we were staying for social occasions would make us stop and stay “wow”, but Rockliffe did. We stayed at Rockliffe for Phil’s birthday in the March after our engagement and asked to have a look around. It had everything we were looking for and more; a more traditional area for the ceremony; a large banqueting suite that would be appropriate for the large number of guests for the evening; fabulous bedrooms; a spa and for my parents a golf course. The staff during our stay were attentive and professional. The food was – in the words of my mother in law – “to die for “. Perfect!  We booked the wedding that weekend and I am looking forward to many anniversary meals.

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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The theme for the wedding was understated and the focus was on fun, good food and music; a real party rather than a formal event. We wanted to treat our guests, which was made up primarily of our family, to fabulous surroundings and all that Rockliffe has to offer while feeling comfortable and not stuffy. We wanted the day to reflect us as a couple and what we enjoy doing together and good food has always been paramount in our relationship. From the canapés to the hog roast we made sure that our guests all had full tums.

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I had been to seven weddings the year before all beautiful in their own way but I was all “quirked out”, I wanted to keep things simple so the focus of the day became the entertainment.  I didn’t want to be to “matchy” with my colour theme and chose complementary tones of pale blue and pink. 

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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My dress was a Justin Alexander tea length gown in style number 8555, I had never envisaged myself in a long gown and the dress helped set the tone of the day. I had seen a different Justin Alexander dress at a wedding fair and even paid a deposit before I had even tried it on. I went to try the dress on with bridesmaid and mum in tow and was asked by the shop to try on 8555 and quickly changed my mind, apparently my face changed when I put the dress on and the expressions on everyone else’s faces said that this was the one! I used a bridal shop in Shotton Colliery called Just Perfect and cannot praise the staff enough from allowing me to have a morning trying on as many dresses as I liked (even after I had made up my mind). From day one to picking the dress up they were fantastic! I wore Rainbow Club shoes called Coral and my hair I wore a hairband from Coast and a short veil.

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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My bridesmaid dresses were a similar length and gave a 1950’s feel to the day (Alfred Angelo Style 7188 from Wild Brides at Heart). My flower-girls wore shoes from Monsoon and a dress from BHS.

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My husband and I discussed outfits and we both decided that morning suits were a no go and so the groom wore a Reiss suit, while his groomsmen and the dads wore navy suits from Autograph Collection at M&S (the official suit of the England football team), and ties also M&S. The groomsmen were given the suits as a gift and it has been lovely when I have spied them wearing it again

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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My hair was by Lesley and Rachel from Hooker and Young Darlington. I have always had short hair and had no intention of changing it for the big day by adding extensions (just not me) but I wanted it to look different. I wanted soft and feminine and Lesley delivered the goods! My make up was by Victoria Lees – Spa treatment manager at Rockliffe Hall. I have never been big on make-up and Victoria made sure that I felt comfortable.

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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Music throughout the day was a surprise for all of our guests. The string quartet and my chosen music for coming down the aisle was a surprise for Philip and set the tone for the day. I entered to “Dance of the Knights” by Prokofiev – this is the song that his team, Sunderland AFC, come out to on match days at the Stadium of light.  My favourite photo of Philip is one of him laughing as I am about to enter the music has started and the penny has dropped as to my choice. Walking down the aisle to laughter is not what every bride wants but it was the perfect way to start the party.

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Standing with Phil in front of our friends and family and our son Joe declaring to a silent room “That’s my Mammy and Daddy!” was a special moment and I am glad that Joe was part of our big day.

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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We followed the ceremony with reception drink entertainment from a West Yorkshire based singer songwriter we both fell in love with on a night in the Rodley Barge when we lived in Leeds; Roger Davies. We had a pianist during the wedding breakfast and the Blue House Band provided music for dancing the night away to. The music was aside from Roger Davies was supplied by the team at AMV Live Music, who went out of their way to make sure that the music was exactly what we wanted. Our first dance was to “Your Song” by Elton John sang by Andy Garner of AMV (whose version was better than the original). My dance with my dad was to Moondance by Van Morrison and I don’t think my dad has recovered from busting such a move.

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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Our photographer was the fabulous Sean Elliott Photography! Sean is so personable it was just like having an extra friend to share our day. Sean also provided our “Picture Peg Project” at our evening reception.

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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Noble Fine Art supply stationery as part of the wedding package at Rockliffe (menus, name cards and table plan) and they also supplied my invitations and orders of service. The stationery was beautiful and they were a lovely team to work with.

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Simply Bows & Chair Covers dressed the room for the wedding breakfast. 

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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Our cake was supplied by my very talented Aunt, who only does cakes as a hobby, she did me proud.  It was a four tier cake in a mixture of sponge and fruit, covered in over a hundred individually handmade flowers. 

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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Our florist was Adam Prest. Adam was one of the nicest people I came into contact with during my wedding preparations. He is simply amazing. He worked his magic on our bouquets, button holes and on the table and pedestal arrangements. In an early meeting with Adam I had said that I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted but trusted him implicitly and he came up trumps.

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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I have so many favourite parts of the day that it is hard to name just one but the spontaneous helicopter ride stands out! A guest of the hotel had flown his helicopter in for a game of golf so Phil and I asked if he would mind if we had a picture taken. He said he would to one better and would take us for a short flight.  It was totally unexpected and was the part of the day that Phil and I were together on our own (with the pilot).  Unfortunately and much to his disappointment we had lost Sean (our photographer) at this stage of the day and so we don’t have any professional photos.  There were stories of a man with a camera sprinting from one end of the hotel to the other to try and capture the moment once the rumour had spread. Poor Sean.

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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The first dance spotlight shifting form me and Phil to my son and niece, both two, is still talked about as they took to the floor unexpectedly and camera shifted from the bride and groom to the far cuter pint sized couple.

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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We honeymooned in Mexico at the Dreams resort, Puerto Adventuras which was the perfect resort for our family honeymoon. We were lucky enough to travel business class and after the wedding it was time for a lie down.

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(c) Sean Elliott Photography

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be not to stress about the small details as no one will notice but you.  Pick suppliers that you like you are going to be spending a year planning your wedding with these people and you wanted to be able to enjoy the preparations. 

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Congratulations Rebecca & Philip!

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By Gina is Just Perfect! Launching In The North East This Weekend!

October 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It’s time to get the champagne on ice! Following a small business award from Dragon’s Den star Theo Paphitis, Brides Up North Featured Supplier Gina of By Gina has has this week opened her doors to her first boutique!

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By Gina with Theo Paphitis

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Gina says: I have dreamed of running a wedding accessory boutique for the past seven years while building up my web-based jewellery business, but I knew I would have to offer something a little bit different in order to survive. Having travelled to Birmingham earlier this year to meet Theo Paphitis as the winner of a #SBS award on Twitter I was inspired by the experience and was even more determined to make my dream a reality.

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By Gina had been successfully displayed in a wedding and event gallery based in Cramlington and I soon recognised what an excellent concept the wedding gallery is. Just Perfect Cramlington was opened in 2010 by Wendy Reed (another Brides Up North Featured Supplier, no less!) with the aim of bringing together a full range of the best regional wedding and special event services under one roof. After realising how popular it was with brides and seeing the potential for expansion, I approached Wendy with the idea of opening a second branch in South Tyneside, and the idea of Just Perfect Washington was born.

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Just Perfect

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Through a wide network of North East companies specialising in all aspects of wedding services Just Perfect offers customers a free no obligation referral service in a stylish, friendly and relaxed environment.

As well as featuring wedding suppliers including a photographer, florist, DJ, singer, candy buffet, event dresser and makeup artist, the Washington branch also stocks my jewellery designs and other UK handmade jewellery from an array of talented designers. In addition the boutique also displays an extensive range of wedding accessories including handmade fascinators, shoes, umbrellas and even wellies!

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Just Perfect

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Just Perfect Washington, situated on Station Road, will be hosting an official launch weekend on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October from 10am – 4pm and will be celebrating with drinks and nibbles throughout the two days.  Public, press and wedding service providers are invited to come along to the gallery at any point over the weekend with the official ribbon cutting taking place at 10am on Saturday.

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The Washington branch is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am-6pm, Thursday 11am-7pm and Saturday 9am-5pm and also offers an appointment only system one Sunday per month.

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For more information on the Just Perfect concept visit www.just-perfect-uk.co.uk

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  – Image © 2012 supplied by By Gina

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Diaries At The Ready!

May 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Since we are now on the downhill to the May bank holiday weekend (wahey!) I thought I’d take a minute or two to tell you about some events coming up in the next few weeks.

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BUN Tweet Ups 2012

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Of course, its the first Brides Up North Tweet Up of the season with Wedding Ideas Magazine next Wednesday 9th May 2012.  This time we are in the North East at As You Like It, Jesmond from 7:30pm.  This is a wedding industry networking event rather than a bridal event, but watch out for news of some of those coming very soon.  If you are a North East wedding industry professional who would like to come along email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for your invitation.  This is a non profit event.

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Brides Up North Tweet Ups are also taking place in Yorkshire and the North West this season as follows:

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Yorkshire

Wednesday 20th June 2012

7:30pm – 10:30pm

The Mansion, Roundhay Park, Leeds

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North West

Thursday 21st June 2012

7:30pm – 10:30pm

Belle Epoque, Knutsford, Cheshire

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Click here to see all the images and videos from the last set of Tweet Ups in 2011.  Email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for an invitation. 

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The Event Music Company

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Next Wednesday whilst the North East Tweet Up goes on, there’s also a fabulous event happening in Yorkshire, for brides to be and wedding industry alike this time.  Brides Up North Featured Supplier, The Event Music Company are hosting one of their famous musical showcase evenings at Rudding Park, near Harrogate. 

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The Event Music Company

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If you have yet to select a band for your wedding then this could be the event for you.  Get it in the diary – The Event Music Company showcase evening – Rudding Park – Wednesday 9th May.  Visit The Event Music Company’s website for more information. 

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The Event Music Company   Event Music 5

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And with that, it’s over to the North West!  Brides Up North Featured Supplier All Wrapped Up Events is celebrating a year in business with a very special party - and you are all invited!

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All Wrapped Up Events Party

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Colette and Kelly say: So before “us” there was just All Wrapped Up (Wedding Planning) and Simply Covered (Chair Covers)…then in April we merged and in May 2011 we opened our little boutique and became a “WE”.   Being best friends made the first year of the shop and business together a doddle… yes we’ve had our ups and downs along the way… but we have learnt a lot and also have grown into the company we wanted to be! So to celebrate this we are having a P A R T Y! Nothing too much, no dress code or glamour to be added… just us, you and a few cocktails!

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Thursday 10th May 2012 – The Liars Club, Manchester – 7pm

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There will be a guest list on the door so please email info@allwrappedupevents.co.uk to make sure that you are on it!  I will be!

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Just Perfect Wedding Showcase

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And finally, Brides Up North Featured Supplier Just Perfect is launching it’s own special wedding showcase on Thursday 31st May 2012 from 3pm – 7pm, in association with Thomson (another of my sponsors… this is all a bit of a love in!) and the Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle Upon Tyne

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Wendy of Just Perfect Weddings & Events Gallery says: This is not a typical wedding fayre, more aimed at inspiring couples to go for something more unusual and push the boundaries a bit. We have four themed areas, lots of interactive stuff and some great freebies! 

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To pre-register call 0191 247 2050

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Have fun! x

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  – Images © 2012 Brides Up North, The Event Music Company, All Wrapped Up Events, Just Perfect Weddings & Events Gallery

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You Are Cordially Invited – Supplier Showcase: By Wendy Stationery

November 27th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Morning all!  Are you having a fun weekend?  Anyone said I do?  Congratulations if you have! I’ve been spending the weekend in Bath with my newly engaged friend Leah and as you can imagine there has been a lot of wedding chat.  Lucky that I love it!  No rest for the wicked eh?

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Let’s get Sunday off to an creative start as I chat to Brides Up North Featured Supplier By Wendy Stationery about wedding stationery etiquette, inspiration and her popular business. 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: By Wendy Stationery

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How and why did By Wendy begin?

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By Wendy began trading in 2007. I’d been ‘playing’ at designing & making stationery on and off for years then found myself with time on my hands when I was on long term sick leave from my teaching job. I realised how much I enjoyed the whole process of designing and then making everything by hand and decided to make the giant leap into self-employment.
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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: By Wendy Stationery

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Are you married? Did you make the invitations for your own wedding? If not, what stationery would you choose for your big day?

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I’m married to Paul & we celebrate our silver wedding next year (obviously I was very, very young when I married!). We have two grown up children, Simon who is 23 & Caitlin who has just turned 20. Caitlin is in her final year of an advertising & design degree and often helps me out at wedding fairs.

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I didn’t make the invitations for our own wedding. In those days (1987) you picked your invitations from a small selection of designs at a local shop, often a newsagents. You had little choice and often ended up with the same invitations as all your friends. I think that’s why I am so passionate about creating unique designs for my couples. I often say that you wouldn’t wear the same wedding dress as all your friends so why should you have the same stationery?

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I did make the Order of Service booklets for our wedding & remember the minister commenting on them saying ‘I’ve never seen these before, how modern’. I guess you could say that By Wendy has always been ahead of the times when it comes to stationery!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: By Wendy Stationery

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What designs are available to order?

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We have a range of about 10 ‘core’ designs available to order online or from our gallery however even these are adapted to suit each couple. I try to be as flexible as possible with even our ‘off the peg’ designs so that every couple can have stationery that is as individual as they are.

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Do you have any new designs for 2011?

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We bring out new designs all the time as it’s very rare that we do two designs the same. I’m currently working on our new collection which we’ll introduce at fairs & exhibitions in the Spring. One of our new invitation styles for the Autumn 2011 collection will be the Pocket Card – a different way of keeping your invitation ensemble together.

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In our Spring collection for 2011 we were inspired by the English Country garden and used a lot of 3-dimensional embellishments including roses and pearls.

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By Wendy Stationery

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Can you do bespoke designs?

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We also offer a bespoke design service so if a couple have an idea or theme they want to incorporate into their invitations & stationery we can work around that. This is a free service and we usually meet up with the couple for a design consultation in our studio at the Just Perfect Wedding & Event Gallery. This gives us all the opportunity to discuss ideas and work together on the design. I feel that it is really important for the couple to be involved at all stages from deciding on the shape of the invitations to the fonts used. We recently completed an order of wedding invitations shaped like wine bottles, complete with wine glass shaped RSVP cards!

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By Wendy Stationery

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What is your favourite design and why?

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That’s a difficult one! My favourite is often the last design I did as I love to create something new and unique. I would have to say that most of my favourite designs incorporate something from the Envelopments range of card stock. Envelopments is a company based in California that supplies the most amazing card stock the likes of which you just can’t get in the UK. I’m delighted to be the only authorised Envelopment designer in the region.

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What is your most popular design and why?

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Our most popular design currently is the Regency. It’s a pocket fold invitation featuring stunning patterned card from Envelopments, luxury satin ribbon and tiny crystal details. We incorporate a background image of the wedding venue and I think that’s the feature that couples really like – it makes the invitation really personal to them.

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Where do you get your inspiration from?

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Inspiration comes from everywhere. I often wake up in the middle of the night with ideas and have to draw them up before I can get back to sleep! I take a lot of inspiration from the USA. They are a good two years ahead of us in regard to invitation styles & designs, and of course the whole ‘social stationery’ scene in the USA is massive.

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I also get a lot of inspiration from things around me, it might be a vintage tea cup or some spotty fabric, a floral arrangement or a piece of jewellery. Anything can spark the seed of a design.

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What products are available in each design?

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We can provide a full, coordinating range of product in every design and colour way. We’ll usually take the invitation design as our starting point then carry through aspects of the design into every item we make. Our products include:

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· save the date cards

· invitations (day, evening, hen party)

· order of service or order of the day

· place setting cards & tags

· favours

· table plans

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· escort cards

· camera cards

· thank you cards

· guest books

· wedding day post boxes

· cake boxes

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Basically, if it can be made from card or paper we can make it in any design.

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Who would be your dream client, and what sort of design would you envisage for them?

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My dream clients would be someone quirky & a bit eccentric who would give me free reign to capture their personality in their designs. I would have loved to have been involved in Sir Elton John & David Furnish’s big day. Can you imagine? The flamboyance, the over the top, way out design I could have gotten away with? I would envisage a design that would be totally decadent with no holds barred.

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It breaks my heart when some of my clients tone down their own stationery to ‘play it safe’ with and their true character isn’t allowed to shine through. I always feel that the one day you should be allowed to really express yourself should be on your wedding day.

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

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Remember that your invitations or save the date cards will be the first indication your guests get of the style and feel of your wedding. The impression they make can not be underestimated so choose with care.
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Think carefully about the style of invitation you choose, by which I don’t mean the colours or design, but whether you opt for a postcard, pocket fold or booklet style. This depends on the amount of information you need to give your guests. If you wedding is taking place in a venue that guests may not be familiar with they may need directions. If guests are travelling then do they need information about local accommodation etc.? If this is the case I would usually advise a pocket fold into which all this information can be delivered together. If on the other hand you are having a small wedding in your home town where family & friends all live this information won’t be required and a simple post card style invitation will suffice.

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Choose a reputable company. There are lots of companies out there who will make invitations and do special offer prices, however for many it’s not their main service but an ‘add on’ they think will get you to buy their other products or services. Be careful. If you want your stationery to be ‘handmade’ as opposed to ‘home-made’ go to a specialist stationer.

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Finally, and a tip that can save a lot of stress for both bride and stationers is if you want handcrafted stationery then book early! We can get booked up months in advance so don’t wait until you need your stationery to think about it. Remember that to get a bespoke design your stationer will need time to create the design and order in the required stock. Also I often think that people don’t appreciate that handcrafted stationery will take time to make, some of our designs can take us up to 4 hours per invitation.

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How far in advance should save the dates and then wedding invitations be sent out?

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We recommend sending Save the Date cards out 12 months in advance of the wedding if you are getting married at peak times or during holiday periods. Any later than this and you may find guests have already planned holidays.

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Traditionally invitations were sent out 3 months before the wedding and this is usually sufficient, especially if Save the date cards have been sent out. There are some exceptions though. For instance if your guests are likely to need to book transport or accommodation for the wedding it is best to send your invitations out a little earlier so they are able to make their plans.
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Again, can I mention here – don’t leave it until you want to send your invitations to order them. You should have spoken to your stationer several months earlier if you don’t want to find that they are already fully booked.

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Does all the stationery have to match?

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I’d say yes. That doesn’t mean every item has to be identical, but I would certainly say that there should be common design elements carried through the whole stationery ensemble.

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By Wendy Stationery

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Where are you based and where can you supply?

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We’ve recently moved into our design studio in the Just Perfect Wedding & Event Gallery, Cramlington but we supply stationery to clients throughout the UK & Europe .
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What are your prices, are you doing any special offers?

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We can provide bespoke, handcrafted invitations from as little as 99p. The price depends on the style of invitation, the card stock and detail used and the time taken to make each invitation.

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We often run new items at an introductory price for a limited time. Special offers vary and are often announced first on our Facebook & Twitter pages, and to customers who sign up for our newsletter.

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Can you offer a special discount or a giveaway to Brides Up North readers?

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We are offering a free, personalised wedding day post box to Brides Up North readers who order both invitations & ‘on the day’ stationery totalling £350 or more.
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How long do you take to turn around an order?

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We ask clients to give us 6 weeks to design their stationery, source the required stock and make the order. We do often turn an order around in less time than this when required but that’s not always possible especially during peak season.

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Tell Brides Up North about Just Perfect and the concept behind that?

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Just Perfect is our new wedding & event gallery, based at 6K Admiral Business Park, Cramlington, NE 23 1WG.

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It’s a new concept in wedding marketing. It’s an idea that I developed when I first started out in the wedding industry. I decided that I wanted to create a ‘permanent wedding fair’ where couples could browse the products or information from all the different service providers they may consider using for their special day. I wanted it to provide a relaxed, non-intimidating atmosphere where clients didn’t feel pressurised but could feel comfortable to ask questions. From this, Just Perfect was born.

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In the gallery we showcase some of the best wedding professionals in the region. The exhibitors themselves aren’t present so their is no pressure, however our trained and experienced staff are on hand to answer any questions. If clients wish to find out more, or meet any of our exhibitors we can arrange for the company to come to the gallery and chat with them over a coffee in the consultation area.

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So far the feedback from both couples & exhibitors has been very positive, with the most commonly used word in visitor’s book being ‘WOW!’

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By Wendy Stationery

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By Wendy Stationery

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Which suppliers are showcasing at Just Perfect?

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We have an ever increasing team of exhibitors in the Just Perfect Gallery providing anything & everything you need for your big day. These currently include:

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· By Wendy Bespoke Stationery, Favours & Crystal Wishing Trees,

· Tiamo Wedding & Event Planners

· La Dolce Vita Temptation Tables,

· Eclipse Bridal & Prom wear and accessories,

· Fern Florist

· Fi’s Fancies Celebration Cakes

· East of India gifts

· Katie Byram Photography

· Mark Deeks Wedding Pianist

· The Paul James Band

· Simply Bows & Chair Covers

· The Finishing Touch Company

· Wrapped 4 You personalised chocolates

· Sandra’s House of Cake

· Kirkley Hall

· The Novotel Newcastle

· Little B Bunting

- Popcake Kitchen

· RUTH SHAW Make Up Artist

· Ideal Photos

· The Curly Farmer Event Catering

· Hot Buffalo Hen & Stag t-shirts

· DJ Alan Rees

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How can I get in touch to discuss my requirements or place an order?

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You can get in touch via:

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· Contact us form on our website: www.by-wendy.com

· telephone us on 07977 913 281

· email: wendyreed@by-wendy.co.uk

· Facebook: ‘By Wendy Bespoke Stationery’

· Twitter: @By_wendy

· pop into Just Perfect!

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Finally, why do you read the Brides Up North wedding blog?
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I love the Brides up North wedding blog! It keeps me up to date with current happenings not just in the region but nationally too. I especially like to find out more about local companies. We often meet in passing at wedding fayres but it’s really good to find out more about who they are and what they do. I also like the fact Brides Up North is flying the flag for us Northern folk.

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