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Suited & Booted! Supplier Showcase: Sensational Formal Hire

May 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’m recovering after an excellent night at the Brides Up North Tweet Up North East yesterday evening – more on this later – but before we move on a  massive thank you to the wonderful North East wedding industry for coming out in force and making it so special.  You are absolute stars!

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More from the Limelight Hire Photobooth shortly…

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After the success of last night’s event, and a super inspiring meeting this morning about a future very special project for the Brides Up North brand, I feel ready to take on the World! (See, I haven’t just been sleeping off a hangover!). 

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It’s onwards and upwards today as we meet another star, Brides Up North Featured Supplier John of Sensational Formal Hire, to get those grooms suited and booted. 

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When did Sensational Formal Hire open?

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We opened in June 2009. I have a varied, colourful background that has always been based on excellent people skills. I have worked for transport companies, oil companies, ran social clubs and been a full time Union Official. I have at times managed up to 75 petrol tanker drivers and done things others would not believe. My wife at Elegance Bridal Studio, Barnsley had planted the seed around five years ago, however until 2009 I had visions of Mr Grace and "I’m Free" and did not fancy the opportunity.

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What lines of menswear do you stock?

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I stock Cameron Ross Menswear and Highlandwear which are the hire products and I sell suits by Torre and Lloyd Atree & Smith. The shoes I sell are by Loake, however they are sold to order at a Barnsley price. Cameron Ross are the market leaders in hirewear and cannot be beaten on quality in my opinion. The suits I sell are good quality, value for money and start from £140.

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Accessories wise, I stock waistcoats, ruches, ties, dickie’s, cumberbunds and cufflinks. I pride myself on being able to offer any colour ruche to compliment the bride’s colour theme. I also do a great line in Groom, Best Man, Father of the Bride and so on matching cufflinks and socks, which my customers enjoy at a discounted rate.

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We hear that won an award recently?

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Yes I did, it was a great honour bestowed upon me and I am now officially the best at what I do. I won the Best Wedding Menswear Supplier Award for the North East and the whole of England at this year’s Wedding Industry Awards. However, my feet are firmly on the ground and I know I have only set the standard.  I do intend to raise it though. As the award was based on customer feedback, what my customers had to say was not only invaluable to the judges, but more importantly invaluable to me. There were some great comments, I did not realise the difference I make to peoples’ weddings. All feedback has been evaluated appropriately and has been acted upon.

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Where are you based?  What if a member of the wedding party lives elsewhere?

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I am based in Barnsley, which surprisingly is in the centre of the country. I am in a town centre location 50 yards from the Transport Interchange. If members of the wedding party live in other areas they too can be supplied using Cameron Ross’ Roaming Wearer service. I have supplied customers who have sent their details from Australia, South Africa, Singapore, Ireland, Dubai, Hong Kong and Spain. I have supplied suits for weddings in Poland, Malta and Cyprus.

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What about the price?

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As I deal in quality and excellent customer service, I am not the cheapest. However, why chance your photographs being ruined for the sake of an extra £10 per suit? Prices are based upon a customer’s individual requirements and tailored to their needs.

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Do we need an appointment?

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Yes, I work by appointment only. This is due to there only being me here and more importantly the customer then has my undivided attention during their initial two hour appointment. I offer appointments Tuesday to Saturday until 8pm and Sundays if the need arises. As most of my customers work, evenings and Saturdays do get booked quickly.

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What can brides and grooms who come to visit your showroom expect?

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They can expect to receive the friendliest and warmest Northern welcome available. They will be invited to sit down and then be offered refreshment (also Northern style). Everything will be explained, I shall be attentive to their needs and offer honest and expert advice. I offer a stress free and no nonsense approach that cannot be matched.  Enjoying themselves is all part of the experience.

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The feedback I receive is that I am a breath of fresh air within the Industry and I don’t just get the one time customer, my grooms all return time and time again to hire suits for other social occasions such as a day at the races, so that they can again enjoy my famous “Sensational Service”.  Sensational Formal Hire is only three years old in June and the amount of recommendations I receive from my customers proves that I genuinely care that my customers look their best on their big day.

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Are any styles particularly popular?

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Some outfits, styles and colours look better on some than others. I would not suggest a 4 foot 6, 15 stone man to order a tailcoat outfit and I would not put someone in something if it did not suit them or look right. I do not have a particular type of customer, most are honest, straightforward, uncomplicated northerners, who appreciate the service that I strive to provide.  In conclusion, my favourite look is what will look best on the groom and all groom’s are different.  Navy and Silver are fashionable at the moment, as is any form of Grey.

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Are you married?

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Yes I am married, we got married in Cyprus in June 2006 and there was a heat wave! I was married in a pair of linen trousers, a cotton shirt and a silk waistcoat with matching ruche. When I do it again (we are to renew our vows in 2016) I shall wear sun factor 75 and the biggest hat I can find! Seriously though, the most lightweight trousers available, another 100% cotton shirt and whatever else my wife wants me to put on.

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How can wedding blog readers get in touch with you?

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Via my website www.sensationalformalhire.co.uk or by email to sensational.formalhire@btconnect.com

and on 01226 321 117.  You can also find us on Facebook.

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Right Royal Giveaway – Ties.com (CLOSED)

April 27th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Don’t forget him indoors!  Today, Brides Up North has a treat that you can win for your man and his merry men.  Kit him and the ushers out for a visit to the altar with a brand new silk tie each from Ties.com.  There are five up for grabs!

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Ties.com is offering one lucky Brides Up North reader the chance to win five ties of your choice.

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Simply comment on this post to enter!*

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Competition closes on 27 May 2011

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right royal giveaway bonanza

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Click here for the chance to win your WEDDING DRESS (worth up to £1,200!) with Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear.

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Click here for the chance to win gorgeous Royal Wedding inspired stationery by Cards By Sophie.

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Click here for the chance to win a bed and breakfast break at Hardwick Hall Hotel, County Durham with a bottle of champagne!

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Click here for the chance to win an  free engagement shoot, a free 14 x11 mounted image for signing and a free storybook album worth £350 with Lee Brown Photography.

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Click here for the chance to win one of 10 personalised magazine covers from Blue Friesian.

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Click here for the chance to win a portrait session and free 10×8 print from Karen McGowran Photography worth up to £150.

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Click here for the chance to win a bespoke hair accessory from Tiararama worth up to £250.

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Click here for the chance to win a bed and breakfast break at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham with a bottle of champagne!

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Click here for the chance to win a vintage style couples shoot plus a 24 x 32 canvas of your favourite shot, worth £470, with Mandy Charlton Photography!

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Click here for the chance to win a “Finesse” Pearl and Crystal Bracelet from Purple Princess Designs.

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Click here for the chance to win 50% off your wedding cake (or cupcake tower) with Cakes By Beth.

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Click here for the chance to win a mini boudoir shoot worth £99 with FYEO Portraits.

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Click here for the chance to win 50 French macaroon wedding favours with The English Rose Bakery

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Click here for the chance to win a 20% discount voucher on any order with The Cupcake Studio

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Click here for the chance to win your wedding photography worth £750 with Matt Ethan Photography!The prize includes a full day of wedding coverage with a digital DVD album.

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Click here for the chance to win a personalised wedding paper lantern from Papaver Designs plus 25% off their whole product line.

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Click here for the chance to win an engagement shoot and supply of images in an online slideshow set to music worth £295 with Sean Elliott Photography.

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Click here for the chance to win a bespoke table plan and 25% off on the day stationery from their gorgeous Save The Pennies range with XOXO Stationery.

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Click here for the chance to win a gift voucher for 50% off a gorgeous cake from Heaven Sent Cupcakes.

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Click here for the chance to win 50 popcake wedding favours covered in sparkly sugar to match the colour theme of the winner and the ‘Mr & Mrs’ popcakes for the special couple with Popcake Kitchen.

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Click here for the chance to win a couple’s shoot with Hannah Dornford May Photography

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Click here for the chance to win an Amanda Wakeley & Ernest Jones goody bag with look book, DVD and a leather jewellery case.

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Click here for the chance to win a bridal headband of your choice from By Gina Jewellery.

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Click here for the chance to win the Eleanor Swarovski crystal and bead headpiece from Wedding and Baby.

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*Winner will be drawn at random.  Entrants will be automatically be subscribed to the Brides Up North monthly newsletter. No cash alternative. .

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Rent a Groom?! Eye Candy: Mia Sposa Menswear

February 17th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, sent me these fab images from their latest menswear shoot at Seaham Hall Hotel and Spa.  Like what you see?  Visit their website or pop into their Grainger Street boutique, Newcastle Upon Tyne, to get your man measured up.

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Well. If that lovely lot haven’t cheered up your Thursday night, I don’t know what will!  I will firmly be filing this post under “Eye Candy”…

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MIA SPOSA Bridal and Menswear

42-44 Grainger Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1 5JG
Telephone:   0191 2211 688 

Appointments and Customer Dress Queries: miasposa@btconnect.com

General Enquires: miasposa@btinternet.com

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Top tips from a Tailor: Michelsberg

February 2nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brand spanking new Brides Up North Featured SupplierMichelsberg, got in touch with some tips for your man! Listen very carefully boys…

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COPYRIGHT PIC: HELEN TURTON
07720 543993
WWW.HELENTURTON.CO.UK

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Over to James Michelsberg:

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So you’re getting married eh? Fabulous. I have no doubt, like mine, it will be one of the happiest days of your life. But be warned – the preparations can all get rather full on. Most blokes are happy to take a back seat, and apart from spending a few Sundays tucked away in the corner of a draughty church, or, shuffling round a wedding fair, your role will probably be largely supportive.

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Welcome my friend to a world of bridal magazines, swatches of fabrics, chocolate fountains, colour schemes, and negotiating the minefield that is second only to attending a G8 summit, when you sit down together to discuss “The Guest List.”

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As Vinnie said in ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ it could get ‘emotional,’ but I promise, as you make those vows to each other in front of your nearest and dearest, it will be worth it.

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As a bespoke tailor who truly has your best interests at heart, you must faithfully promise me one thing. Don’t hire your wedding clobber. Please. Don’t. This is a day when you owe it to yourself to find the living god within and be, without question, the best dressed man in the room.

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A wedding day is stressful and the suit you wear is in many ways your armour. Get it right and you’ll feel two inches taller, cruising down the aisle in a cloud of confidence, secure in the knowledge you look and feel absolutely awesome. As the wedding car pulls up outside, you want to be able to look in the mirror, straighten your tie and say, this is my wedding day, and I’m going to own it.

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07720 543993
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How can a chap expect to feel comfortable with sleeves hanging over his knuckles, crotch round the knees, waddling around like an emperor penguin with rickets?

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So, what to wear?

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Well, that depends on you and most importantly what you feel comfortable in.

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Many of our customers want a lounge suit – something razor sharp and very fitted, often single-breasted with slim, or peak lapels and a bright silk lining that is often a nod to the colour scheme of the day. In my opinion, navy blue and charcoal grey are the most elegant colours and black is without doubt their cool cousin. Waistcoats are rather dapper, give you a reassuring hug and mean you’ll still look smart when the jacket comes off after the speeches.

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Mohair and finer cloths are particularly popular as they have a wonderful sheen and lustre that is great for a swanky occasion, although we’ve used modern tweeds complete with velvet collars for more eccentric customers who wanted to achieve the Lord of the Manor look.

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Simple, understated, luxurious cloths are usually the order of the day as jazzy numbers can be a bit full on, and are more difficult to match if the rest of the wedding party are buying off the peg. If you are buying ready-to wear, then the fit across the shoulders and chest is the number one priority.

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If it’s a traditional church wedding, a morning suit can look very elegant but you do have to be quite tall to pull it off. I love double-breasted waistcoats in dove grey, and think they look far more sophisticated when worn with a tie, rather than cravat.

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The right shoes, as I’m sure you’ll agree are vital. Like the suit, you can wear them again after the wedding, so invest in a decent pair, with leather soles. Black with laces are more in keeping for more formal weddings and Church, or, Grenson do a mean pair. For something cool and more laid back, try Paul Smith, Oliver Sweeney, or my personal favourite, Jeffery West – simply gorgeous.

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In my opinion, getting the right look is keeping it simple and focusing on the details – accessories are everything and lovely cufflinks, a pearl stickpin, and simple pocket hanky will raise the outfit to a different level.

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When I sit down with my customers, we talk, and it’s my job to get on their level. I get a feel for their personalities and suggest ideas that fit. Between us we come up with something special ranging from the under-stated to the simply outrageous. The most important thing on the day is that you feel comfortable with what you are wearing.

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Good luck!

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Wise, wise words! Pass them on…

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Calls Wharf
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Brides Up North: My Own Wedding Day…Let’s Hear It for the Boys!

January 6th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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And so we come to one very nervous groom, a relatively calm best man (well done Carl!) and some very excitable ushers.  Its a wonder Alan made it to Durham School Chapel on time to meet me at the altar! My heartfelt thanks to David Lawson Studios for capturing the action (and helping to calm the groom down)…

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Presenting, the “A” Team…

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Alan was sick with nerves the morning before our wedding – he even suspected my Dad had tried to poison him at our rehearsal dinner (which may not have been far off the mark…)

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Our rings were bought from Ace Jewellery in Leeds.  A fantastic little shop, hidden away above W H Smith in the city centre.  Pay them a visit!

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Whisky for the ushers, with a cut glass tumbler each.

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Ever mindful of budget, Dad sourced the top hats on Ebay.  We needed 8, we had 13.  Er…well done Dad.

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We hired the gentlemen’s morning suits from Troughear Suit Hire in Gilesgate, Durham.  Alan’s shiny new shoes were from Dune.

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Better weather than August!

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A fabulous lady leading her troops…

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.Alan with his best man, his brother Carl, awaiting the bride’s arrival… but where is she…?

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…still posing probably!

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Coming up tomorrow morning… I’m goin’ to the Chapel…

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Stay tuned!

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