November 14th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
A post for you and your #girlsquad this afternoon as the focus is on finding the perfect outfits for your leading ladies. Here to suggest how to shop smart and keep everyone onside in the process is our lovely guest writer, Carrie Marsden of media partner Love Our Wedding Magazine.
carrie says: So, the day of choosing your bridesmaids’ dresses has finally arrived. Everyone has assembled excitedly for brunch somewhere uber-chic first (the flowergirls and smaller bridesmaids are meeting you later). There’s a free prosecco fountain in the middle of the restaurant and, obviously, in the background, Bradley Cooper is setting the mood on the harp. You get down to business and brainstorm some dress ideas and are delighted to find your bridesmaids in unanimous agreement on your style of choice – even more surprisingly, they suddenly break into a rousing burst of spontaneous applause. Bradley Cooper is so moved by this show of female solidarity that he sweeps you off your feet and then…you wake up!
Real talk, it’s more likely that the day will begin with your maid of honour calling to say she’s fallen out with the other bridesmaid over hemlines; one of your maids will casually let you know that she can’t possibly wear any shade of pink… or blue; your best friend will reveal she’s pregnant and will be eight months’ gone by the time of the wedding, and your flowergirl lets you know she’s not coming if you try and put her in a dress. Bradley Cooper is nowhere to be seen.
As unlikely (and borderline depressing) as it may seem ladies, choosing your bridesmaids was the easy bit. Whether you’ve gone big and love the thought of fifteen girls of all ages accompanying you down the aisle, or have chosen an intimate and select group of your very closest two besties, there are still potential minefields to navigate. To help ensure nothing but smooth sailing ahead, read on for top tips for dressing your bridesmaids and be ahead of the game when that day of shopping arrives…
Being honest with yourself about what sort of a bride you are and your vision for how the bridal party will ‘look’ is paramount. And this is information that needs to be shared with your bridesmaids from the outset. If it’s important to you that all maids wear a particular and uniform style in a colour that you’ve been dreaming of since you were ten (and there’s nothing wrong with this approach whatsoever; in many ways, it makes life easier!), then tell your maids before you go dress shopping. If they’re worthy of the bridesmaid banner, they’ll respect that this is your day and that your wishes are the only thing that matter.
Again, a frank and candid discussion with your best girls about who you anticipate paying for the dresses is needed at the very beginning of the whole process. Bear in mind the overall expense of your wedding for your bridesmaids, including travel, and accommodation etc. Many brides negotiate this often awkward conversation by offering to pay for the dress but ask their maids to cover the cost of shoes. Do also consider the budget for hair and makeup too – will your bridesmaids get their hair and makeup done with you on the big day?
If you see your bridesmaids in styles and colours that are tailored to suit them but loosely coordinate under a general theme, approach dress shopping collaboratively. That picture of prosecco-fueled fun with all your best girls need not be out of the question (sadly, we fear Bradley Copper’s presence might). We women of the world have some incredible insights; get your maids involved with the process! Consider hosting a ‘mood board’ party. Give your best girls some general guidelines then ask them to do their research and bring two or three dress ideas to the party. Put everyone’s ideas up on the wall to pack a visual punch and let the creative juices flow! Out of the mix, a sharper sense of clarity could well emerge, as well as fostering a truly positive dialogue that helps everyone empathise and understand one another’s hopes for, or anxieties about, the big-day look. Plus, this mood board will make an excellent memento for you afterwards!
August 26th, 2017 | Julia Braime
She’s here! She’s here! *does little dance*
Team Brides Up North are slightly delirious after a week of all-nighters spent getting our glossy magazine to print, but I’m certain that issue #08 must be our most stunning copy of UNVEILED to date! Each creative spread is packed with so much beauty and talent that I hope will delight, including some sensational fashion and venue exclusives, new collection reveals, never seen before spaces in which to say “I do” and more pages of stylish real weddings than ever before!
As we turn over so much online content here on these pretty pages on a daily basis, we aim for UNVEILED, our print product, to be covetable and collectable: a coffee table magazine that our brides – and contributors – will be proud to display and will dip into time and time again. The magazine is inspirational, of course, but it’s vital to us that it’s accessible too: every single supplier within it’s glossy pages is available to join your own wedding day team, and can work with a range of budgets.
We ask our readers to expect more: whatever your style or spend, our styled editorial shoots, supplier interviews and real bride features should resonate if you are looking for quality across every detail of your wedding day.
For AW2017, the inspiration doesn’t stop with our printed pages. A bit of exclusive news right here: from September 2017, look out for the launch of our slick new UNVEILED digital platform to sit alongside the magazine and our site here at Brides Up North! Expect all the hottest bridal fashion news, expert styling tips, real weddings, previously unpublished creative footage and behind the scenes action, daily at www.unveiledmagazine.co.uk. It’s coming soon, and YOU will be the first to know about it!
The print magazine hits the shelves on Friday 8th September, but if you can’t wait till then (we definitely couldn’t!) you can also download the online version of the print magazine direct to your phone or tablet via our dedicated UNVEILED App. Just search ‘Unveiled Magazine’ on the App Store, or click here.
Let the wedmin begin! I hope you love every page of Issue 08.
julia & the team
March 7th, 2017 | Julia Braime
We are thrilled to present issue 07 of our beautiful print magazine, ‘The Luxury Edit’.
We are really proud that as of mid-December, UNVEILED became a trading name of Brides Up North Ltd, and the magazine was transferred into our ownership. UNVEILED is now be managed entirely by our team, both creatively (as before) and now commercially, in order to continue to grow and develop this stunning title.
At UNVEILED, we’re all about quality: the high-end, glossy finish and bespoke cover image which makes us the ultimate collectable bridal title; fewer adverts cluttering our 260 pages of unique editorial space for a more enjoyable read; no less than six, self-styled creative shoots featuring the very best wedding professionals in the North and exciting collaborations with the leading lights in the bridal fashion industry.
We aim to be both aspirational and inclusive. Every supplier that we feature in UNVEILED would love to work with you to create your own dream wedding day, and can accommodate a range of budgets. The teams who fuel our fashion shoots and feature pages are the best in the business, bar none, and I’d implore you to snap them up to be in your wedding planning corner.
If you’ve discovered UNVEILED as you start your wedding dress search, you are in luck. We’ve more pages dedicated to the cause in this issue than ever before, starting with an exclusive shoot and interview from bridal fashion’s leading lady, the inimitable Caroline Castigliano.
We’ve also kept our now longstanding appointment with the North’s most fabulous bridal boutiques, as we go behind the scenes to find out more about their beautiful collections, exceptional service and to get the low down on the trends landing in a shop near you soon.
As Brides Up North readers already know, I love to see a real bride with sensational style, and so we’ve packed this issue with almost 70 pages of real wedding inspiration. We feature more pages of real weddings than any other regional title, and as the luxury wedding magazine for the North, are proud to support the talented local professionals who helped our brides to make their vision a reality.
The inspiration continues in our dedicated venues section too, as we showcase some of the most sensational spaces to say ‘I Do’. The hunt stops here. Pop that prosecco!
We are proud that UNVEILED is stocked at WHSmith, WHSmith Travel, in hundreds of independent retailers and distributed at the very best wedding fairs right across the North as well as direct to trade at the UK’s largest industry events. New for 2017, you can also pop us in your pocket – we are now live via App Store with our own dedicated UNVEILED App to download to your phone or tablet.
Whether you pick up your copy in the newsagents, online, at a bridal event or during a visit to one of our venue or boutique partners, I hope that you love every page of Issue #07.
Get set, wed!
julia & the team x
p.s. We’ve also been busy building a stunning new website: UNVEILEDdigital. Over on the new site, we’ll applying our online skills to create a truly sleek and smart online resource for UNVEILED readers, including a brand new blog, digital edition, brands directory, live catwalk content and many more innovative and exciting features. We can’t wait for the big reveal, coming very soon…
January 10th, 2017 | Julia Braime
image for UNVEILED Issue 06 by GASP Photo Co
Almost exactly two years ago I wrote a blog post (here) announcing that I would be joining the team at glossy, luxury wedding magazine unveiled as Editor In Chief. My role? To help the publishing team build on the stellar work that they had done in creating their first three issues and to produce a truly aspirational bi-annual bridal print product that was still accessible for brides to be planning their stylish wedding in the north of the UK (and successful in supporting the suppliers who could help them to achieve that).
How time flies when you are having fun!
Two years and three more issues under our belt, I’m proud to say that we faced the challenge head on and absolutely smashed it.
As I wrote in my Editor’s letter for Issue 06 of UNVEILED, I can finally say with confidence that this magazine has truly become the respected luxury title that I hoped it would when I accepted the post in January 2015. UNVEILED is making waves in the luxury bridal industry, gaining the very valued support of internationally celebrated bridal couturiers and brands whilst still celebrating and collaborating with the very best talent to be found in your local area.
UNVEILED asks that our readers, sponsors and collaborators expect more, and we aim to raise the bar even higher with each new issue. We’ve always shot our own cover images and every single editorial shoot found within UNVEILED’S beautiful pages is conceived and styled entirely in-house by our creative team – with the help of trusted teams of industry experts – to create sensational, fashion forward and cutting-edge content to inspire your own wedding day look.
We feature more pages of real weddings than any other regional title and are proud to support the talented local professionals who helped our stylish brides to make their vision a reality. We work with big names, emerging talent, long established businesses and start ups alike, all with one thing in common: from luxury bridal boutiques to fine art floral designers, superstar photographers to sugar craft experts – if it’s beautiful, we want to know about it.
UNVEILED has an unrivaled distribution across the entire north of the UK, via our exclusive partnership with Brides Up North (who else?) as the largest host of luxury bridal events across three regions and special relationships with all the other biggest and best wedding shows such as The National Wedding Show, The UK Wedding Shows and other brilliant independent promoters. The magazine is available to purchase via the UNVEILED online store, on the newstand at WHSmith and independent retailers and new for SS17 will be at WHSmith travel outlets and available to download digitally via the App Store. UNVEILED is also a media partner for leading bridal trade events such as White Gallery, The London Bridal Show and The Harrogate Bridal Show.
This mag is going places…. and its pretty damn beautiful too.
Whilst planning and perfecting UNVEILED alongside the Brides Up North branded events and our pretty pages here on the blog, we prefer to let both products stand alone and speak for themselves, so despite announcing each new issue here on the site, we haven’t really shared any of our work for the magazine online. So why the change today?
We are really proud that as of mid-December, UNVEILED became a trading name of Brides Up North Ltd, and the magazine was transferred into our ownership. We are thrilled to announce that UNVEILED will now be managed entirely by our team, both creatively (as before) and now commercially, in order to continue to grow and develop this stunning title.
Die hard UNVEILED fans (like, er… me) can rest assured that the aesthetics of the magazine won’t be changing. The magazine’s Founder, Craig – now a very good friend – remains an important part of the UNVEILED team and his support has been paramount in making the transition of ownership seamless. Pink might be our thing here at Brides Up North, but its almost a dirty word over on the UNVEILED side of the office! Instead, we’ll be keeping both products separate but drawing on our skills and contacts and pooling our resources across both titles. We’ve already proved that together we are stronger. UNVEILED is the most gorgeous bridal print title in the UK and we can’t wait to see where we can take it to next.
First up, we’ve got our SS17 issue to complete, for our end of February print date, and the line up of creative shoots, fashion features, venue showcases and styling inspiration is looking even better than ever. We can’t wait to share our hard work with you.
We’ve also been busy building a stunning new website: UNVEILEDdigital. Over on the new site, we’ll be applying our online skills to create a truly sleek and smart online resource for UNVEILED readers, including a brand new blog, digital edition, brands directory, live catwalk content and many more innovative and exciting features. We can’t wait for the big reveal, to coincide with the launch of Issue 07 and beyond.
And that’s just the beginning.
It should go without saying, and I’d like to reiterate that we may have big dreams, but we’ll never forget our roots. I’ve already shared our news with many of our trusted collaborators and I’d like to thank our wonderful northern wedding industry colleagues who continue to support our journey, fuel our fashion shoots and feature pages. They are the best in the business, bar none, and this will always be their magazine.
So, 2017, to work….
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March 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime
If you follow our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feeds – and if not, come on, sort that out! – then you’ll have already seen that the brand new spring/summer 2016 issue of our super glossy print product, Unveiled Magazine is here!
Hot off the press, I present you with unveiled, issue #05.
Rachel and I are so proud to edit this beauty and believe me when I say that a whole lot of hard work behind the scenes has gone into bringing our baby into the world. Worth it? Most definitely.
Unveiled has always been an innovator – the first (and still the only!) regional bridal magazine to shoot our own bespoke cover image – leading the way with 35 pages of unique editorial fashion shoots and almost 50 pages of beautiful real weddings for your inspiration.
As has always been the case, we are extremely proud to support local businesses and I would like to extend our thanks to all of the talented northern wedding industry professionals who have helped to bring issue #05 of this glossy coffee table tome to life. We work with only the best photographers, wedding venues, bridal boutiques, floral designers, hair and makeup artists, stationers and cake specialists (the list goes on) and would recommend each and every supplier within Unveiled’s pretty pages as a part of your wedding day dream team.
The response to our last issue, my first as Unveiled’s Editor, was so phenomenal that I worried about how we might follow it, but it seems that our team work well under pressure, as issue #05 is truly our strongest yet.
The level of support from the wider UK bridal industry has been unprecedented and as such we are thrilled to bring you the designer edit, with two exclusive designer-led fashion shoots and three other stunning editorial spreads showing off some of our favourite in-boutique finds for 2016, as well as interviews with couturier stars Ian Stuart, Kate Halfpenny, Stewart Parvin and Belle & Bunty. Now a regular feature, we also report from the North’s very best bridal boutiques, discovering the dresses within and catch up with what’s hot for this year and beyond in our mid-season trend report.
If it’s styling inspiration that you are looking for, we have that covered too, with ideas galore throughout our sensational real wedding pages and specialist features covering venue dressing, lighting and transport amongst others. Look out for some soft and sensual bridal boudoir styling in our ‘Scandlicious’ shoot and pick up expert make up and skin care tips in our Beauty section.
As always, we’ve profiled the finest selection of venues for your big day in our extensive Venue Guide and are excited to bring you ‘The Unveiled Collection’, our pick of Unveiled’s favourite venues across the regions. We’ve done the venue hunting, so you don’t have to!
We are proud that Unveiled is stocked at WHSmith, in hundreds of independent retailers and distributed at the very best wedding fairs right across the North. Whether you pick up your copy in the newsagents, at a bridal event, during a visit to one of our venue or boutique partners, or via our very sleek and snazzy online shop I hope that you love every page of Issue #05.
Cover image: Kimi at Lenis Model Management wears Jesus Peiro Dress 6017 available at Lovebird Brides, shot by Stan Seaton Photography. Make up by Jo Leversuch at Make Up By Jo and hair by Gareth Lambert at Aqua The Salon. Creative direction/ styling by Julia Braime.
June 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Well, hello there! Happy Monday to you my lovely reader.
So. It’s really very nearly time to unveil the glam new look that I’ve been working on behind the scenes here at Brides Up North since the turn of the year (and procrastinating on since early 2013 – maternity leave can do that to you). We’re so excited to give these pretty pages a little makeover, add some snazzy new features and bring the whole Brides Up North experience up a notch.
Not to worry though, you won’t suddenly find our head in the clouds and you won’t be needing a map. We’re purposely keeping the layout and functions of the site familiar so that you can still find your way around quickly and easily (the experience should just be glossier and more useful) and you’ll still feel loved – everyone’s welcome at our party! You just need to be Northern, and proud of it…
To celebrate, we’re busy working on a whole host of great new features and seeking the advice of a lauded panel of industry experts – the very best in the business, no less- who’ll also be taking their places on the inaugural Brides Up North Team Excellent Panel to administer help, advice and inspiration liberally (and sprinkle a few sequins here and there).
As a blogger and creative events director, I’m used to instant gratification for my efforts. Curate a pretty feature and boom! – there it is for all to see and share, host an excellent event and voila! – the internet is filled with rave reviews and re-bookings. This is different. The site’s makeover has been a real labour of love and has taken longer than I ever imagined. Functional tweaks (upon tweaks), a dedicated branding shoot – sneak peeks of which I’ve been leaking for the past month or so, a couple of the images here – key image choices, font selection, layout decisions, team selection, features planning, writing, writing, writing and re-writing, self doubt, paranoia and self loathing (ok, not those last two)… but it’s been hard work, and I bet you’ve been wondering what I do all day between event seasons!?
Tear my hair out, mainly.
I just hope you all love the new look as much as I do. It’s coming really soon, I promise.
Amongst all the grafting, there are sometimes some nice surprises! Working late on some top secret web stuff last night, inbox pinging away with Sunday submissions (it’s one of our busiest times of the week), I was pleased to find amongst them a happy little email from The Wedding Industry Experts Awards 2014. Turns out that Brides Up North has picked up a few awards this season – Most Popular Wedding Show or Fair, West Yorkshire & Most Popular Wedding Blog, West Yorkshire (are there any others?!?), and named a top 5 National & Worldwide Finalist in both categories. Well, thank you very much! That’s certainly a boost just as I needed it.
We keep banging on about it, but I’ll say it again – our mission is to get you ladies thinking local and to promote the fabulous wedding industry talent that we have right here on our doorstep in the North of the UK. To take the crown in our home County really is something that I’m very proud of indeed.
Now whilst the recognition is nice, The Wedding Experts Awards is a huge process, with many categories and spanning the entire wedding industry and (being honest) to win can sometimes feel a little like pot luck. Lovely – icing on the cake of a lovely Sunday pot luck – but all the same, there is one rather more niche (and very special) awards process that we’d really, really like to do well in again this year. While we’re on a roll, I’d love it if you could give us a hand.
I’ve already told you all about what a fabulous honour it was to take home a Wedding Blog Award for “Best Big Day Inspiration” in 2013, and we’d love to join the Wedding Magazine winners circle again this year. Let’s keep this Northern Revolution going!
Brides Up North campaigns tirelessly to encourage brides to think local and support our fabulous regional wedding industry… so lets show the rest of the UK what we can do!
Click here to VOTE for Brides Up North. We love you! It literally takes a moment, and would mean so, so much to us.
Nominations close on Thursday 26th June 2014.
Thank you, so much x
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