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Happy Sunday! Win A £300 Online Bridal Shopping Spree With Simply Be! (CLOSED)

January 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Grace

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Happy Sunday Brides Up North!  How are you spending yours? 

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Today is one of those rare days when I have absolutely nothing in the diary whatsoever.  No calls to make, events to host or attend, not even a family roast dinner.  And you know what?  Rather than feeling bored or restless, I’m absolutely revelling in it!

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If you are a regular reader of the blog, you’ll know that the last few weeks months have been super hectic here at Brides Up North towers, with a huge home and office move thrown into the usual mayhem, just to keep things interesting.  So I’m grabbing hold of this glorious free time with both hands, using it to relax, recharge, read the Vogue Catwalk Report, feather my nest and catch up with all the outstanding admin issues that the past fortnight’s dodgy server and internet provision have left me with.  I’m hoping that I’ll enter next week feeling thoroughly fresh.  And goodness, do I have some gorgeous to share with you next week…

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Marilyn

Marilyn

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In the meantime, I thought that I should spread this unusual January joy by spreading a little happiness to one of my lovely readers too (yes, it could be you!).  Whether you are a bride to be, wedding watcher or industry reader, this fabulous prize – courtesy of my friends at Simply Be, the online retailer for plus size fashion, exclusively for sizes 14 – 32 – could be winging it’s way to you!

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Isabella

Isabella

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Head over there now and check out their beautiful new Bridal Boutique and exclusive new collection. This is impressive stuff!  The team say:  Feel divine on your wedding day in one of our stunning plus size wedding dresses. Our angel-sleeve wedding dress in a sumptuous oyster shade features flattering arm coverage and beautiful beading on an empire line silhouette. The ivory coloured petal trim dress has a fabulously feminine feel, with pretty ruffled straps and a super floaty fabric to have you gliding down the aisle. For those who like a little more arm coverage, the clean lines of our long sleeved wedding dress are perfect. Or for something a little different, pick our knot-front bridal gown in soft blush peach – it makes a gorgeous plus size bridesmaid dress too and is available with a matching bridal shrug.

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Evelyn

Evelyn

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So, what’s the prize?  Well, now…

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Simply Be – the online retailer for plus size fashion, exclusively for sizes 14 – 32 – are offering one lucky Brides Up North reader the chance to win an online shopping spree worth up to £300!

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That’s £300 (!!!) of new clothes, shoes or accessories, bridal or otherwise, to brighten up the most depressing and financially stretched month of the year.  Sounds pretty amazing to me!  Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to enter, but you can.  Bah!

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All you need to to in with the chance of winning is leave a comment on this here blog post stating why you think you should win*.  Simples.  And no worries, your data will not be passed on to any third party, ever.  Even more simples. 

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The competition is open now (get commenting!) and will close at midnight on Sunday 3rd February 2013.

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Go, go, go!

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*Winner will be drawn at random. The judges’ decision is final.  No cash alternative.  The winner’s contact details will be passed to Simply Be to allow you to claim your prize.

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  – Images © 2013 Simply Be

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Wedding Blog Giveaway! The Wedding Diaries

August 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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When Harper Collins contacted me asking to run a giveaway of their brand new novel, The Wedding Diaries, on the blog I was a little sceptical.  More wedding planning fiction? How good could this be? 

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The Wedding Diaries

Yes, I own a copy of Blogging For Dummies too, I’m not sure I’d recommend THAT

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So, when they sent me a copy in the post, I didn’t get overly excited.  In fact, I tossed it to one side and got back to dealing with my inbox.  But that night, whilst my hubby insisted on watching wrestling re-runs (don’t get me wrong, I loved almost every other Olympic event, just not the wrestling, okay?), I decided to give it a whirl.

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And this was pretty good stuff.  It’s light, fun, chick fiction, yes, but the characters are engaging, the approach fresh and the reading easy.  I finished it in two days, and that’s because I was enjoying it.  If you need an escape from your own wedding planning and perhaps a little reminder of what’s actually important – this might just be the summer read for you.

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To whet your appetite, here’s what the lovely Harper Collins – I’m keeping them sweet in case they fancy offering me a book deal *waves to Harper Collins!* – have to say:

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The Wedding DiariesThom: Kiki, will you marry me?
Me: Is that a joke?

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Kiki Carlow is shocked but delighted when boyfriend Thom proposes. Planning a wedding is easy, right? As she sets to work planning THE wedding of the year she soon discovers…

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1. The perfect wedding dress does exist although it will make you bankrupt.
2. The Mother of the Bride will be up in your grill with her suggestions e.g. chicken really is the safest option.
3. The Father of the Bride doesn’t care. As long as you don’t make him decide anything, he just wants you to be happy (and a cheap wedding).
4. Your fiancée will remain a gorgeous, sane human being throughout the whole ordeal.

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As Kiki begins to lose her mind over the big day, can she stop being a Bridezilla in time to marry the man she loves?

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The Wedding Diaries is published 23rd August, £6.99 paperback original & ebook and will make you want to watch Bridesmaids all over again.   And I have 10 free preview copies to giveaway before the book hits the shelves! If you want one, just leave a comment on this blog post, it’s that simple. The first ten people to comment get a copy each. Sorted. GO!

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Sam Binnie was the 2005 winner of the Harper’s/Orange Prize Short Story Competition, and lives in London with her husband and two children. She is still embarrassed that she forced people to camp at her wedding (which I love!). The Wedding Diaries is her first book.

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Seriously, give it a go.  This is alright stuff.  I now declare this giveaway open. 

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  – Images © 2012

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Bridal Blog GIVEAWAY: Win your Wedding Day Jewellery With Polly Edwards for Damselle Tiaras (CLOSED)

August 15th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Whoever said Monday was the worst day of the week clearly isn’t reading Brides Up North!  Today on the wedding blog, Polly Edwards and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Damselle Tiaras are giving away one of these gorgeous sets of wedding jewellery to one lucky reader worth £105!  Get your name down…

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Polly Edwards and Damselle Tiaras are giving one lucky wedding blog reader the chance to win their choice of one of these 12 stunning sets of designer wedding jewellery, worth a cool £105!

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To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling Brides Up North why you deserve to be a winner.*

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The competition will close on 15 September 2011.

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*Winner will be drawn at random.  Winner will choose 1 of the 12 sets of Polly Edwards jewellery as shown above.  If the set chosen is not available the winner will be asked to choose again.  No cash alternative.  All entrants will automatically be entered into the Brides Up North monthly newsletter.  Brides Up North operates a no spam policy. 

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Click here to read an interview with Damselle Tiaras from earlier on today and see more pretty twinkly things!

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