October 10th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Rachel and I are absolutely thrilled to share that Brides Up North has been shortlisted once again in the The Wedding Blog Awards 2016, hosted by Wedding Magazine. We’re up for not one but two categories this time, Best Regional Blog and Best Blogging Team, so things are pretty excitable here at Brides Up North HQ!
The awards evening is one of our yearly “best bits” and we are looking forward to another night of hobnobbing and hi-jinks with our fellow UK wedding bloggers (cue cupcakes washed down with Champagne) – and not-so-much the hungover train ride home – later on this month.
It might seem from our pretty Instagram feed that all Rach and I do is play with pretty dresses when we are in the office and put our feet up in spas when we are not. Usually, that’s exactly what we want you to think. Unfortunately, it’s not quite the reality.
Behind the scenes here at Brides Up North we work really, really long, often unsociable hours – just ask my husband – to make sure that the inboxes are emptied and the pretty pages of the wedding blog and related social channels are constantly fuelled with new wedding inspiration. That’s not to mention my role as Editor-In-Chief of Unveiled Magazine or the vast amount of effort that goes into our extremely busy seasons of Luxury Wedding Exhibitions. I think what I’m trying to say is that it’s hard work being this goddamn fabulous.
We’d be really pleased to take home the gongs this year (lets go for the double!) and will keep you posted! We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our loyal readership, so big love and thanks for your support, it’s very much appreciated.
Let’s show the rest of the UK exactly what us Northerners can do!
julia & rachel x
September 3rd, 2016 | Julia Braime
We’ve got a Super Sunday coming up, and it’s next weekend, Sunday 11th September 2016! Tell me you’ve cleared those diaries already?! We’ve already told you about the first of our sensationally pretty events at Hilltop Country House in Cheshire next Sunday, and now, let us introduce the second event in the line up, especially for our Yorkshire readers.
It’s big and it’s beautiful! With it’s newly granted Civil Licence the marbled halls of stately giant Wentworth Woodhouse can be exclusively yours for a very special day.
Wentworth Woodhouse offers one of the most picturesque and luxurious settings in South Yorkshire, which complemented by Dine’s award-winning food and service, and with beautiful parkland views, is a stunning venue for your celebrations. On Sunday, the beautiful, gilded Marble Saloon and adjoining Van Dyke and Whistle Jacket Rooms will be dressed with luxury wedding inspiration to showcase this venue at it’s very best. We have invited the region’s very best exhibitors to join us for a day of delight and inspiration.
We do hope that you can make it too?
bride to be? register now
To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (stuffed with treats and glossy mags) on Sunday 11th September 2016, simply follow the link below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibition. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.
EXHIBITOR ENQUIRIES: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of all of our forthcoming events.
Images (c) Cat Hepple Photography
September 29th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Today I’m really very excited to share that Brides Up North has been shortlisted in the Forward Ladies women in business awards 2015 for Online/Digital Business Of The Year. As you read this, Rachel and I are perfecting our lippy and heading to Newcastle to join lots of bright business minds at the Yorkshire & North East Awards ceremony.
We’re never really ones for making a huge fuss (in our ever so Northern manner), but we’re ever so chuffed that our work in this field has been lauded by an organisation with so dynamic and varied a membership as Forward Ladies. Today, at the sparkling do, we’ll be over the moon if we take home the award – but it’s just as nice to see our hard work, loyal readership, solid supporter base and resultant business success recognised.
forward ladies say: ‘This year’s awards continues its tradition of being the premier forum for recognising and rewarding the talented women across the UK. The awards, which were created to celebrate trail blazing and pioneering women from enterprise and business, are hugely important because they give women a unique opportunity to acknowledge their successes and become credible and inspirational role models for others.
We have categories to showcase the underrepresented women working in traditionally male dominated fields such as the Digital and Online category, and have received some outstanding entries in this category. The judges have seriously had their work cut out for them this year… This is a testament to the high quality of our female business leaders across the regions who are helping the region’s economy grow.’
Here at Brides Up North, we’ll ALWAYS be all about the pretty… but there’s a serious side to what we do too. We connect. We aim to connect our bride to be readers with each other as a community; we aim to bring our wedding industry friends together, forging solid business relationships and networks along the way and most of all, we aim to put our bride to be readers directly in touch with the very best professionals in their area to help them realise their wedding day dreams. We achieve this through our daily blog posts, social networks, luxury wedding exhibitions, supplier gatherings and more recently through our work with Unveiled Magazine.
We’ve recently gone back to the proverbial drawing board to assess our entire service and how Brides Up North can better help our readers and supplier clients. Soon, (watch this space) we hope to bring you an exciting new online offering to make these connections even easier than ever before, but just for tomorrow, we’ll stick to networking in the old fashioned way… hopefully over a glass of celebratory bubbly!
Wish us luck!
julia, rachel & the team x
April 13th, 2015 | Julia Braime
image by Shell De Mar Photography
In the world of fashion there are those that lead, those that follow and those that don’t give a royal stuff what everyone else is wearing as they simply do things their own way. Today’s wedding superstar in our Style Profile spotlight certainly fits into the latter. This afternoon we welcome to our pretty pages, our friend,
kat williams, founder and editor, Rock n Roll Bride blog and magazine.
Stylish Kat is known for standing out from the crowd, not only for her alternative take on weddings, but also her iconic hair (which has so far been vibrant shades of pink, blue and purple). Here the queen of quirky shares her fashion go-tos and what makes her tick in the world of weddings, which of course includes things that sparkle!
How would you describe your nine ‘til five style and what are your key work wardrobe pieces?
kat says: Well, I work from home most of the time so it’s all about comfort! I’m currently wearing sequinned sweatpants from Pink by Victoria’s Secret, a black vest from Topshop and slipper booties from Next. That’s pretty standard daily work wear I’m afraid. There’s nothing glamourous about working from your home office and I honestly think getting all dressed up is a bit of a waste of time! If I have to actually go out and see people I pretty much dress in my uniform of a patterned midi skirt or a plain maxi, a cropped and/or graphic tee and black boots! I love cropped graphic tees – most of mine come from Forever 21, ASOS and Mango. Finding a pair of the perfect black everyday wear appropriate boots is a constant quest! They need to be hard wearing, comfortable and with just the right amount of heel. I think I’m going to get the Scampy boots from Kurt Geiger next!
What would you wear for a night out drinking cocktails with the girls?
My favourite style of dress is the midi/ maxi skirt, cropped tee and boots combo, or a 50s shaped mid-length dress with some sparkly shoes. I very definitely have a ‘uniform’. I know what styles and shapes suit me so I don’t stray far from them!
If you were currently planning your wedding what would be your top picks in terms of styling, attire, accessories and blooms?
If money was no object I’d wear a Vivienne Westwood couture gown. I saw one at their press event recently and I’m obsessed! My shoes would probably be Miu Miu, or Alexander McQueen or Charlotte Olympia. Something stand-out. And my flowers would no doubt be equally bright and colourful!
Where do you get your fashion inspiration from e.g. celebrities, magazines, catwalks, Instagram?
I love Katy Perry’s style but really I know what does and does not suit me so I’m not REALLY that influenced by what any other people wear. Something that looks amazing on someone else won’t necessarily work with my shape.
What areas of a wedding would you splurge on the most and why?
Photography, because it’s the only thing that remains once the wedding is over (as well as the marriage of course!)
What is your favourite high street store and online shopping site?
ASOS all the way. I also love Ted Baker.
Who is your favourite bridal gown designer and why?
Fur Coat No Knickers are amazing. I love their Flaunt It collection which are made in the UK and based off the vintage dresses they became so well known for. I also adore Vivienne Westwood, and Claire Pettibone, but I also love the idea of getting something custom made.
What has been your biggest fashion splurge so far and was it worth it?
I don’t like to spend too much on frivolous items that you’ll only wear a couple of times, my biggest splash was probably £400 on a pair of sparkly Miu Mius. But I think investing in an amazing leather jacket and comfortable, well-made boots is always going to be money well spent.
Where would be your dream honeymoon destination and why? What top five items would you pack in your case?
I travel a lot with work and by this point I’ve probably visited most places on my bucket list! I recently got back from Vegas though and I LOVE it there. I always over pack when I travel and end up bringing things I never get around to wearing, but some things I can’t live without are good skincare and hair items (travel does play havoc with your skin and my bleached hair needs constant attention, I can’t wing it and use hotel shampoo!) and comfortable clothes for the plane.
What is your key piece in your wardrobe that you couldn’t live without?
Sweatpants! Sad but true.
April 10th, 2015 | Julia Braime
In this hour long episode with the website’s founder and host Heidi I discuss what you should know about working with bloggers, how to get the most out of blog advertising, how to get more engagement on social media and how to manage a busy workload. If you are one of our lovely industry readers (or just curious about how this whole blog thang works behind the scenes!) then why not stick the kettle on, cosy up for an hour and have a listen.
You can listen to our podcast by clicking on the link here. Enjoy!
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I’d love to hear from you with any comments!
May 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime
In my role as editor here at Brides Up North, I’m honoured to be invited to sit on various judging panels for some very prestigious awards ceremonies. Since our launch in 2010, I’ve clocked up a fair few judging credits including; The Wedding Industry Awards 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015; The Wedding Ideas Awards 2013; The Bridal Buyer Awards 2012 & 2014 and headline sponsor & one time host of The North Of England Wedding Awards 2012 & 2013.
I haven’t yet been asked to judge a wedding cake competition… but here’s hoping!
My most recent engagement was close to my heart, and I was thrilled to be asked to act as a judge in Wedding Blog Category for The National UK Blog Awards 2014, alongside my colleagues at Wedding Ideas Magazine.
The National UK Blog Awards 2014 are the only Blog Awards recognising a multitude of industry professional talent across the UK. The awards provide a unique opportunity for individual professionals and organisations from their sector to be recognised for their social media achievements through blogging, with the chance to network and be inspired by other industry bloggers.
From over 900 entries overall, the awards were narrowed down to 10 shortlisted blogs in each category. I was overseeing both the Individual and Professional categories in the Wedding section, so spent a good few days immersing myself in the content of the twenty hopefuls and getting to grips with their websites. The judging process itself was rigorous and time consuming (I got through a lot of Yorkshire Tea, let me tell you!) but very thorough. Each and every site was judged on specific scoring criteria and commentary, before the final scores were tallied across the board and the winners announced.
As a wedding blogger myself, choosing the winners was both a very hard and a very easy job. The structured scoring process made things easier, but as well as ticking the right useability boxes – was the site easy to navigate, fun to use, do what it said on the tin – I had to follow my heart: was the blog beautiful, was it interesting, would I come back to read in my spare time? Two different judges might reach two very different sets of conclusions, but the job was mine, and I had to choose as best I could.
Becki, from The National UK Blog Awards says: These awards were put on to recognise the best in UK blogging industry […and] in our eyes, everyone is a winner. Your blog is your personal brand and each and every one has its own uniqueness which makes them truly great! 900 bloggers entered the awards so to reach the final alone is a great achievement [showing] talent, passion, dedication and commitment. You are all truly inspirational. We did, however, love announcing the highly commended and winners of each category. It was a true delight to see everyone’s reactions and great smiles (and in some cases tears) across the room!
The judges don’t confer, so although I had an idea of who might do well based on my own scoring, I purposefully didn’t find out until the night itself who the overall winners were. I’ve never been all that good with secrets!
Over 300 attendees from bloggers to judges, sponsors and brands celebrated with the team at The Grange Hotel, St Pauls, London on Friday 25th April 2014. Due to the constraints of a small family and our very own event that same weekend (our fabulous Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms – no way I was going to miss that!) I couldn’t attend the awards ceremony itself, but loved following all the action on Twitter from the comfort of my sofa. You could have cut the tension in my living room with a knife that night!
So, Brides Up North, if you’d like to add a few more blogs to your reader (always!) here’s our winners and runners up in the Wedding category. Congratulations to all our finalists.
So You’re Getting Married
Gavin Forster Photography Wedding Blog
Ishari De Silva Ishari
De Silva Weddings
And now the tables have turned. Brides Up North has entered two categories in The Wedding Industry Experts 2014 Awards…
…and we’d love your vote in both!
Please use the links above to show your support. All it takes is a click, and I’ll love you forever.
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