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planned to perfection: introducing fabulous together

February 2nd, 2018 | Julia Braime

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While planning a wedding is super exciting, it’s also classed as one of life’s most stressful events and so it’s good to have support to hand to ensure you’re organised and not overwhelmed by the task ahead.

If you’re already feeling a buried in the wedmin, or know exactly what you want but aren’t sure how to make it a reality, then the Sponsor we’re introducing on the blog today is going to be very useful to you. So, join us as we welcome professional wedding planners Andrea Swift (Northern Ambassador and Supreme Member of UK Alliance of Wedding Planners) and Debbie Rainford (UK Alliance of Wedding Planners) of Fabulous Together.

Dubbed as “Fairy Godmothers” and “Secret Weapons” these are the ladies in the know, who can help bring your wedding dreams to fruition. Whether you require a full or partial planning service Andrea and Debbie will be there to bounce ideas off, provide professional advice and banish any pre-wedding worries.

So, let’s hear more from the dynamic duo on how their approach, services and style.

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Can you tell us a little about your backgrounds and how was Fabulous Together was formed?

andrea & debbie say: After working together on several large-scale luxury weddings we had a ‘lightbulb’ moment – we realised that we not only shared the same ethos, the same professional values and the same sense of fun, but ultimately, the same vision. By combining our experience and expertise, we decided we could offer the region the ultimate luxury wedding planning service: Fabulous Together Weddings.

Why would you advise couples to hire a wedding planner?

Planning a wedding can be really stressful and we know how time consuming it can be too. A big part of our role is to match our clients with people we think will best suit their style, vision and personality, then deliver the wedding day they had always dreamed of and we keep ourselves up-to-date with all the latest trends, ensuring each individual wedding has its own unique ‘wow’ factor.

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Can you outline the services that you offer to brides and grooms?

Our Full Planning Service includes a detailed consultation and bespoke proposal after which clients are assigned a senior planner who will remain by their side throughout the whole process.

Our Partial Planning package would be better suited to those clients who have already undertaken some of the planning themselves. Fabulous Together Weddings will review all bookings and plans to-date, manage the booked suppliers and stay with the couple right to the end of the wedding day, ensuring everything flows smoothly.

Proving that distance really doesn’t need to be a barrier when creating your dream wedding, our Fabulous Together Weddings’ unique Destination UK service is perfect for couples who live overseas but want to marry in the UK.

What would you say to couples who think hiring a wedding planner means they will lose control of their wedding day?

Absolutely not! The relationship we have with our couples is always collaborative. We are here to help and bring their ideas to life. Think of us as super organised fairy godmothers – we’ll offer professional advice when it’s needed, banish worries and ensure everything runs smoothly from start to finish.

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What area of planning would you say that couples find the most stressful and how can you help?

It is always hard keeping everyone happy and it can be a delicate balancing act, especially where parents are concerned. As we have so much experience in dealing with these sometimes tricky situations, we can provide an independent view that often puts things into perspective. That and the weather! We always ensure we have a good Plan B so we are prepared for whatever the British climate throws at us!

What is it that you love about the world of weddings and what is the favourite part of your job?

Sometimes it’s the simplest thing, that moment in the ceremony where the couple are officially married – the kiss, the love, the intimacy of it all – we feel privileged to be a part of it. But we also love hearing the guests chanting for one more song on the dance floor after a stunning band set or catching them talking in the toilets about it being the best wedding they have ever been to! At the end of it all we can slip quietly away knowing we have helped our couple have the very best day imaginable!

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Lisa Aldersley Photography

Are you noticing any trends in weddings at the moment and, if so, what are they?

A key element now though is that couples want the wedding to last as long as possible. We are seeing more and more ‘wedding weekends’ often at lavish venues, but increasingly at home or in the grounds of a close family member’s property, providing a more personalised option.

Do you have any particular memorable moments from weddings you’ve organised?

Lots and lots of memorable moments, yes, but some real stand out ones include the groom and his eight best men singing as they walked down the aisle, it was a definite ‘hairs standing up on the back of your neck’ moment. Of course, it did help that they were all professional singers! Then there was the wedding where we were waiting (outside in the rain), to get a call from Heathrow airport to see if the cloud base was high enough for our couple’s air acrobatic display to take place – it meant that Heathrow would have to alternate take off and landings to allow for the seven-minute display – when they finally said yes, we literally had two minutes to get the guests outside and in position. It was stressful but completely amazing when it happened as if on cue.

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Your Wedding, Only Better! Supplier Showcase: Pomp & Ceremony Wedding Planning PLUS 10% DISCOUNT

May 17th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon I am proud to introduce two lovely ladies (who also happen to be able to plan a wonderful wedding or two) to the pages of Brides Up North. These girls are wedding planning maestros who can bring their expertise to your own wedding day and in the meantime are full of hints and tips for the DIY bride. Lets meet Caroline and Claire of Pomp & Ceremony. They know weddings, that’s for sure!

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All images courtesy of Jeff Ascough with thanks.

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How did Pomp & Ceremony begin?  What is your background and training?

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Pomp & Ceremony was officially launched in September 2010 after much preparation. We are both from marketing, PR, and events backgrounds so in terms of training we were used to running events. We did however make sure that we took a course to specialise in weddings to make sure that we had everything covered. This was fantastic and fuelled our creativity and inspiration for our wedding events. We share a passion for creating bespoke and beautiful events that reflect each of our couples and also love the organisational side of things ensuring that everything is executed perfectly – a little nutty but it makes us tick!

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Tell us about your wedding planning services?  What different packages do you offer?

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We have three main packages that we offer to couples which we feel suit the needs of most people. Full Planning which involves our assistance from the beginning to the end of the process, mood board concepts, sourcing suppliers, budget, negotiation, timeline and basically guiding the couple through the process then being there on the day to ensure that it all runs smoothly. Preparation Planning is suited to those who have booked their main suppliers but who are looking for some assistance to sort out some remaining items and décor to make sure that it is just right. On the Day Coordination is popular with those who have planned the day themselves but want to relax on the day itself safe in the knowledge that they have professionals coordinating suppliers, helping to set-up spaces and making sure that everything runs on time. This is very popular with the mums too! We also create bespoke packages to suit our couple’s exact needs so that they can get the service that they are looking for.

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What can a bride and groom who book Pomp & Ceremony expect?

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They can expect an individual approach to wedding planning. Each couple is unique and are therefore treated as such, some have a very strong idea of exactly what they want but want help and support to make it happen, whereas some are looking to be inspired and have a creative team helping them to work on the look and feel of their day. We strongly believe that every decision is completely the couples, and will keep going until it is perfect for their day.

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What sets you apart from your competition?

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We completely balance our creativity with our sound knowledge of event planning and coordination to provide a complete service. We don’t just specialise in either area so like to think that our clients don’t have to compromise between having someone who will help them to create a stunning visual for their day or making sure that everything is expertly organised down to the last detail.

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Why do a bride and groom need a wedding planner?

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Planning a wedding involves a lot of work. From research and supplier sourcing, negotiation, budgeting and timekeeping down to pulling it all together for the perfect event. Our clients are typically savvy in the understanding that it isn’t their area of expertise so they look to the professionals for assistance with their wedding planning. The main reason for most of our couples is not having the time and wanting to avoid stress so that they can relax and enjoy the process. It isn’t that they are surrendering involvement for their wedding but rather working with people to support them through the process.

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What are your top 5 wedding planning tips for a DIY bride?

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Get Creative – Look at blogs and tutorials to find things that you can replicate and recreate for your big day.

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Get the family on board – There could be some great skills within your family that could come in useful!

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Involve your Fiancé – When going down the DIY route the groom can be a little left out due to the sheer amount of work the bride is doing! Select some tasks that you can enjoy doing together so that the work gets done but you also get to spend some time together.

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Use your relationship as your inspiration – The best weddings are those that represent the couple and their relationship from a love of a certain hobby, to a favourite place or experience. Try to personalise items and details wherever possible.

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Double-Up: A great way of saving money is to make detail items have a double-function to save on the number of items that you need to buy. Examples include: Favours doubling up as place cards, bridesmaids bouquets being used in vases at the reception for additional decoration etc…

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What are your wedding planning words of caution for a DIY bride?

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Go Easy – However tempting it is at the beginning to take on everything to do with the wedding be mindful that only so much is possible. If you take on too much yourself it can get quite intense and stressful.

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Prepare Ahead – Enjoy creating things for your wedding before the big day, such as favours, but don’t take on DIY jobs that will require your attention on the day, such as the floral arrangements! Few brides will enjoy having to be there on the morning rushing around putting it all together when they should be relaxing.

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Play to Your Strengths – Don’t attempt to learn a new skill unless there is a lot of lead time before the wedding, instead look at your skill set and use this to create a list of DIY items. Be realistic.

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Delegate – Put your family and friends to work! You’d be amazed how honoured those around you will be to help make your day special by contributing to helping you make or do something. Don’t take it all on your shoulders.

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Go OTT – There are plenty of things that can be embellished and personalised yourself to save money without having to do it all yourself and go DIY OTT!

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What wedding styling trends and colour schemes are popular for 2012?

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Last year nudes and whites were the key look for super stylish elegant weddings, and coral colours for those looking for a more statement look. This year the bright corals are being toned down for a more knocked back powder pastel look. Inspired by the designer fashion catwalk shows of this year which showcased lots of very pale yellows, greens, pinks and lavenders these are set to be key for 2012/2013.

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What is your all-time favourite “look” for a wedding? 

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As mentioned earlier we both genuinely believe that each wedding should be unique and reflective of the couple. Once this is established it’s all about working within this to form an amazing colour palette and style that will create a remarkable look.  

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What new styling trends have you really excited?

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We adore the American ability to style weddings with amazing bespoke details; they really have got the whole industry down to a tee over there. It really excites us that increasingly we have access to their products over here, and it is so easy to source things from all over the world for couples these days which is amazing. Some items that have blown us away over the last year are gold edible paper dragonflies to decorate the edges of wine glasses, personalised retro couple cake topper, paper pom aisle decorations, glass drinks pedestal jars with taps, glass ball tea light holders suspended with ribbon the list could go on and on!

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Are there any really memorable weddings that you have worked on? 

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We have been very lucky to work on fantastic weddings with amazing couples over the past few years. Some examples include…

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A Sweetie Theme in Cheshire – A whimsical fun affair including a handmade museum pattern dress, individual flavoured cupcake tower, ice cream cart, sweets aplenty and a lovely palette of sage, lavender, lemon and rose.

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White Ethereal Elegance in Yorkshire – Relaxed elegance with a Buddhist inspired outdoor ceremony, white chandeliers hanging from the ceremony tree, A pathway lined with lanterns and petals, white Chivari chairs and a first dance on a lake surrounded by white lanterns. The colour palette for this wedding was whites and nudes.

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Vintage Travel in Cheshire – Inspired by the couple living and working in Singapore, vintage travel is a wonderful theme. Lots of old luggage, cameras and postcards, luggage card seating cards and place names, maps, stamps you name it. The colour palette was navy and white to provide a stylish edge to the vintage travel look.  {Editor’s note:  you can see the wedding here on Brides Up North}

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Where are you located and will you travel?

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We are located in Cheshire but cover all of the North West, Lake District, Manchester and extending up to the whole of Yorkshire. We are happy to travel and love working in a variety of locations and destinations.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Our Full Planning service is percentage based at 10% as we feel that it is easier for couples when the cost is incorporated into their existing budget rather than adding it on top. This way it shouldn’t cost any extra to benefit from our services, it’s down to us to make sure that the other areas of their budget come in at the right price!

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Full Planning – 10% (existing budget)

Preparation Planning – £1200

On the Day Coordination – From £400

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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We would love to offer Brides Up North readers 10% off any of our services for 2013 weddings – quote BUN when enquiring.

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How can Brides Up North see more examples of your work/ find out more?

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Visit our website www.pompandceremonyplanning.co.uk to see more about us, read our testimonials from clients and view our gallery.

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Why do you read and recommend Brides Up North to your customers?

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It’s all happening in the North when it comes to weddings and it’s so great that Brides Up North exists to keep us all in the loop about this! We are spoiled with amazing venues and suppliers on hand to create amazing wedding days. It’s great to be linked with a professional wedding blog who ‘gets it’ and promotes excellence in the local industry.

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  – Images © 2012 Jeff Ascough

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Best Laid Plans! Supplier Showcase: TLB events

October 29th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Evening all.  I’m having a night in with the hubby tonight, recuperating after a busy day chatting with brides to be about all things pretty as a guest of The UK Wedding Shows in Manchester.  I’ll be at Manchester Central bright and early again tomorrow to do it all again.  I can’t wait!  Click here to get your complimentary ticket and I’ll see you there!

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Right now on the wedding blog, it’s another type of event in the spotlight – your own!  I chat to wedding and party supremos TLB Events about how they can get the champagne corks popping on your big day plus some practical hints and tips if you are doing it yourself.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: TLB Events

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How did TLB Events begin? 

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Tracy, owner of TLB Events, trained and worked operationally in all departments of hotels and venues up to being a general manager. This included arranging and overseeing over 120 wedding receptions a year within some of the hotels.  TLB Events was set up to offer a more personal service, manage the events and book events all over the UK in any venue.  We organise wedding receptions, birthday parties, marquee and corporate events. 

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Tell us about your wedding planning services?

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We offer a full service from booking the venue and location through to arranging all the suppliers. Its better to get us on board straight away, as the earlier you do the more savings we will make for you! If you are thinking of getting married abroad, then a bit more time is needed for site visits.  We offer various packages depending on what the client wants as we can tailor our services to suit.  We are located in Wilmslow, Cheshire but travel all over the UK & Europe.  You can get in touch with us at www.TLBevents.co.uk

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Why should Brides Up North hire a wedding planner?

No matter how much you think you are saving, you will never save or get the same service as we can get for you as we have the inside knowledge having worked in venues.  We have trusted suppliers and also take the worry and strain off you and your families on the most important day of your life.  With TLB Events you can expect a fun, caring and professional service. 

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What sets TLB Events apart from other wedding and events planners?

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We have operational experience from having trained and worked in award winning venues for 18 years.  We also offer an all inclusive service, high level of quality and will work all hours until we achieve the results that you want.

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What trends for weddings do you predict for 2012?

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A return to understated sophistication.  This year has seen a lot of black and white, all white and vintage style weddings. 

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What celebrity couple would you most like to plan a wedding for and why?

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Christine Bleakly & Frank Lampard.  As I am Irish too, I love doing weddings there and would pull out all the stops to make it more than perfect !

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: TLB Events

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What are your top five tips for any Bride to Be organising their own wedding?

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HEARTBook a wedding planner – we really can save you money and stress!

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HEARTSet your budget & stick to it as much as possible

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HEARTIf on a budget, always spend more on good food & music

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HEARTCheck testimonials for any suppliers that you book direct yourself

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HEARTKeep some spare cash flow for any last minute items you forgot

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Any no nos?

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HEARTDon’t sign contracts until you have read all the terms & conditions

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HEARTDon’t book music until you have heard or seen them

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HEARTDon’t book items from the internet unless they have a secure site

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HEARTDon’t leave anything till the last minute as may not be available when you want it

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HEARTDon’t pay for anything without an invoice or receipt

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: TLB Events

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  – Images © 2011 TLB Events

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Your Wedding All Wrapped Up: All Wrapped Up Events

June 7th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier, All Wrapped Up Events, got in touch this week to tell Brides Up North all about their brand new boutique which has opened in Irlam, Manchester where they showcase a few ideas on how to style your day and stand out from the crowd.

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Colette and Kelly explain: .All Wrapped Up Events started as a wedding planning company back in 2007 and merged with Simply Covered in April 2011. We are best friends and have known each other from high school and we are both passionate about weddings.  All Wrapped Up Events boutique was born after a night out and deciding that we wanted to do something together and have our own base to hold consultations and inspire potential clients.

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After finding the perfect shop we set to work and turned the dream into a reality within two weeks and after a lot of hard work we opened 2 May 2011.  Things are going fantastic!  We both already had existing bookings for wedding planning, vintage crockery hire and chair cover hire, but we are both really pleased with the response to the candy cabinet, venue dressing, guest book hire and other services we offer (see the All Wrapped Up Events website for details).

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In store we also showcase lovely jewellery from Sarah at Tiny Gems, Posh and Pretty Party Bags from Lianne at Posh Party bags, stationery from a few fantastic companies including the very talented Lisa from Ribbons and Tulle and cakes and cupcakes from Emmy at Lily Bud Cupcakes.

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Eventually one day we would love to branch out into alternative bridal wear, but one step at a time… plus we would need a bigger store… not that we are looking… yet…

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Colette and Kelly xxx

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Visit the girls on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter at @All_Wrapped_Up

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Photographs by Stephen Bailey
Hair & Makeup by Danielle Horan

Venue for shoot Dylan Roberts Hairdressers

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Lovely to Meet You!

March 6th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North is at wedding fairs across the North this spring, chatting to brides, trying on tiaras and scoffing sample cupcakes.  Spread the word! Watch out for my logo and come and say hello! You could be my next featured Real Wedding!

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To celebrate Brides Up North on tour I am offering one lucky subscriber the chance to win a wedding planning consultation with Brides Up North Wedding Planning Services worth up to £250.  All you have to do is SUBSCRIBE via the SIGN UP! box at top right!  Easy!.

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All those who have already subscribed don’t worry – I will add your names to the draw too!  This round of the competition will close on June 1st 2011.

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By subscribing you will get my monthly newsletter direct to your inbox, to help you catch up on all the blogtastic gorgeousness that you might have missed.  I might also occasionally notify you of new giveaways or special events.

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No nasties.  And I would never sell your email address.  No one likes a spammer! See my terms and conditions and privacy policy for more promises on that!

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Venues and exhibitors – any wedding showcases that should be in my calendar/ you would like my brides to know about?  Contact me!

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