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The Editorials: “Its All In The Detail”

January 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

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It’s time for another online/ offline catch up folks.  The Editorials is a series I run occasionally here on the wedding blog, bringing the offline bridal freelance writing that I do on a monthly basis for numerous glossy magazines online. 

“It’s All In The Detail” was a piece penned by moi and first published in National Glossy, Wedding Magazine as a part of my Trend Alert series of columns (although it’s contents have been tweeted a few times since then)!  I hope it inspires you to accessorise wisely…

Its All In The Detail

I said:  No longer content with just the church, dress and swish wheels, trendsetting brides and grooms are thinking outside the box when it comes to the finer details of their big day.

This isn’t about following the crowd and installing a job lot of teacups, typewriters and the prerequisite bird cage table centres, but selecting unique props and decorating details that say something about the your individual tastes and interests and using them as a backdrop to your celebration.

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Dan Jones Photography

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A plan is essential. It’s all too easy to get carried away at the car boot sales and lose sight of your initial vision. This isn’t an episode of ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’. Before the great rummage begins, consider your theming carefully and arm yourself with a wish list to avoid expensive mistakes. Consider enlisting the services of a prop hire or event styling specialist who will help you to bring more ambitious ideas to life.

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A Personal Touch

Whatever decorating details you add to your big day, the most effective schemes will be those that really mean something to you as a couple. Travel mad? Vintage suitcases, picture postcards and grand old maps in place of table runners can add nostalgia and romance to your celebration. Love cycling? How about a bicycle made for two?

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Go Large

Some of the more popular grand schemes like festival or circus themed weddings need commitment to work. If in doubt, add bulk and colour – reams of rainbow streamers or paper pompoms en masse are a cheaper alternative to filling the room with flowers, and in some scenarios more definitely is more!

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Chiconomics

Before embarking on a decorating extravaganza, remember to do your sums. Props and detailing should really be somewhere near the bottom of your budget and an optional extra rather than essential expense. Decide what’s more important to you – 100 Greek urns or your Santorini honeymoon (and I’m not judging!) and budget accordingly.

Jonny Draper Photography

Shelley Hughes Photography

Jonny Draper Photography, Shelley Hughes Photography

Nothing For The Sake Of It

Often, the most stylish weddings are the simplest affairs. Don’t feel pressured to over-style your day if a themed celebration just isn’t your bag. You can still add personal touches with your favourite flowers, photographs of loved ones or a carefully chosen playlist.

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Hold The Vinegar! A Green Ted Baker Dress For A Relaxed Real Wedding At Hargate Hall – Eve & Jem

June 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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A pretty party dress, groovy tunes, a fish dinner, your nearest and dearest and each other.  That’s all you need for the perfect wedding, right?

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Eve and Jem and their friends and families definitely thought so, as we join them for their relaxed and funky Real Wedding in The Peak District.

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Eve says:  We got engaged in August 2010 watching the sunrise over Sheffield, and said I do on 1st March 2012 at Hargate Hall in the Peak District. 

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We chose our venue because of the gorgeous architecture, because we love the Peak district and because you can bring your own food and drink and all your guests can stay over as it sleeps 70!

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“Getting married” was the only theme for the day. 

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I wore a short gold dress, off the peg from Ted Baker. The net underskirt was from Dream Petticoats, purple shoes from Aldo and I made my necklace myself.  I chose not to carry any flowers.  My hair was cut by Ben and coloured by Jo at Wigs and Warpaint, Sheffield.

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The groom and best man had their suits made in Thailand when we were on holiday there.

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My aunt got us both to write a love letter to each other, which we put in a sealed box with a bottle of port to open in 20 years time.

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We used KK Catering for the wedding breakfast of fish and chips and Chris Beech Butcher of Walkley for sausages as canapés after the service. The beer was from White Rose Brewery, Sheffield and the wine was from Laithwaites.

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We got personalised mini Heinz ketchup bottles from the USA as guest gifts and some of the guests made desserts to go on the “sweet trolley”, which was the Jem’s Nanny’s, original from the 1970s.

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We had a cheese cake from Paxton and Whitfield, London.   

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My favourite part of the day was partying with our friends and family and the relaxed atmosphere at Hargate Hall. There’s no cut off time!  Jem’s band played a mix of 70s, 80s and 90s pop and indie.

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After the wedding we headed off snowboarding in the French Alps.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t stress about the little details. As long as everyone you love is there and you have good food and drink, you’ll have the best day!

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Congratulations Eve & Jem!

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