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be our guest: summer wedding high street haul

June 16th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Summer Wedding Ted Baker

Eleese Skater Dress by Ted Baker

As well as planning your own wedding, it’s highly likely that you’ll be attending a friend or relative’s big day during the peak summer season.

If that’s the case and you’ve still not picked an outfit to wear, help is at hand as we’ve pulled together a haul of some of the very best summer wedding guest options on the high street. Whatever budget you’ve set, you’re bound to find something to fit the bill with shops awash with pretty summer time colours, elegant free-flowing shapes and pack-a-punch patterns.

And as we’ve always got your back ladies, we’ve not only picked out the top wedding guest outfits, but also some fabulous accessories to help complete the look!

So without further ado – let’s shop!

the threads

Summer Wedding High Street Haul - The Threads

Double Dot Silk Dress, £150, from Whistles – Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months you’ll be aware of a little trend known as the ‘cold shoulder’. This super-sweet dress is a stunning example of the trend, flashing a little flesh but then covering the tops of the arms that us girls usually get hung up about. The sugary pattern screams summer and the dainty belt will cinch waists at the most flattering point. What’s not to love?

Ada Embellished Top, £95, & Hi Low Meslita Skirt, £150, both from Coast – The absolute pros at occasion wear, Coast is brimming with sophisticated cut dresses, elegant skirts and sparkling tops for prime wedding season. We just adore their hi low skirts, and particularly this one in pale grey. There are numerous cropped tops to team with, though we thought this pretty pastel blue number was perfect for the season and gave just the right amount of sparkle!

Self Portrait Azaelea Guipure Lace Dress, £240, from Net-A-Porter – Lace has been incredibly popular in bridal wear for a while now and thankfully the wonderfully girly material is also making a strong appearance on the high street. This has to be one our very favourite lace numbers currently available with its soft, feminine detailing, thin straps and flattering flared skirt. We’re in love!

Green Drape Panel Jumpsuit, £75, from River Island – If skirts and dresses aren’t really your thing, what about a jumpsuit? Guaranteed to turn heads, this design features an attention-grabbing Missoni-style print that makes it look much more expensive than its price tag. Though bold, the drape detailing (another big trend for summer) and wide legs gives it a lovely relaxed feel.

Ruffled Wrap Slip Dress, £55, from Topshop – A real steal for a summer wedding guest dress, this cute polka dot frock will suit a variety of figures thanks to its wrap style waist. Ruffles are bang on trend, both on fashion and bridal catwalks, and give the dress a soft feminine edge while its metallic spots and a little touch of glamour.

Avenue Blazer, £130, & Avenue Slim Leg Trousers, £80, both from French Connection – Another excellent choice for those wanting to cover up more. This sleek single-breasted blazer and straight leg trouser are paired-back tailoring at its best. Comfortable and colourful this is an ideal outfit for summer weddings, and one that can be easily worn again for events beyond the big day. Bonus!

Long Printed Dress, £49.99, from Zara – Nothing quite says summer wedding like a maxi dress. If this is your cup of tea we adore this floaty number from Zara that features on-trend ruffles and a bright and beautiful floral pattern in sunshine yellow.

Needle & Thread Ornate Embellished Georgette Top, £125, & Embellished Skirt, £225, from Net-A-Porter – If you’ve got a bigger budget to blow, this is one of the most gorgeous summer occasion wear outfits that we’ve ever seen. The intricate beaded detail in pretty pastel tones and sparkling silver will catch the sun beautifully while the high-waisted skirt and backless cropped top create an elegant silhouette. Though at the higher end of the price bracket, the top and skirt could be separated to create further outfits following the wedding.

Iris Lace Dress, £260, from Whistles – If you’re wanting to pack a punch with colour this is how to do it. We fell head over heels for this vibrant patterned dress as soon as we saw it. Featuring on-trend pleats, this strappy little number will see you good through a number of summer time events.

the finishing touches

Summer Wedding High Street Haul - The Finishing Touches

Liesel Lace-Up Suede Sandals, £95, from French Connection – A summer wedding is the perfect excuse to buy a new pair of heels, and top of our list has to be these gorgeous strappy sandals from French Connection. In this perfect neutral tone these will match with almost any outfit, meaning you could even purchase them before finding your dress. Go on, you know you want to!

Resin Floral Necklace, £25, from Marks & Spencer – Flowers are big in accessorises for the summer season, adorning everything from bags to shoes. We think this statement necklace from M&S is a great way of dressing up plainer summer wedding outfits, for that ultra girly finish.

Florentina Statement Bow Fascinator, £39, from Accessorize – As well as flowers, bows are making a big impact in accessories too, earning this pretty fascinator a place on our top picks list. After all, what’s a wedding outfit without a fancy headpiece?

Pavola Mid-Heel Mule, £89, from Topshop – Talking about bows, we absolutely adore these gorgeous mules, which are a top shoe style for summer. Not too high to walk in, with love the powder blue colour, and check out that pearl heel ladies #swoon!

Foldover Zip Clutch, £95, from Whistles – If you can rely on one store to deliver elegant arm candy its Whistles, and it doesn’t come much more pretty than this candyfloss pink clutch with gold zip. Big enough to fit in all the essentials and small enough to tuck under your arm when it’s time to hit the dancefloor, it’s perfect!

Pearl Bird Fascinator, £35, from Coast – After something striking yet dainty to finish off your look, then look no further. This elegant headband from Coast will add that finishing touch without blocking other guests’ view in church.

Crossover Metallic Sandals, £39.99, from Zara – For those wanting to add a touch of glamour to their outfit, metallics are everywhere this summer and do the job perfectly. We love these block gold heels from Zara which will be easy to walk and in make brilliant holiday footwear too!

Mega Rhinestone Chandelier Earrings, £15, from Topshop – Another way to add some glamour to your outfit is with some glitzy jewellery. For ladies planning on an updo for the occasion, statement chandelier earrings, such as these beauties, are an ideal purchase.

Chelsea Hardcase Clutch, £45, from Accessorize – Did we mention flowers were a thing this summer? Well, you can’t get much more floral than this fabulous 3D number. Though small in size it certainly makes a statement, so just streamline your packing girls!

Round Sunglasses, £120, from Karen Millen – Finally, the absolute essential for all summer weddings – a pair of statement sunnies! Not only to keep the sun out of your eyes during the Pimms drinks reception, but also so that you can spy discreetly on other guests’ outfits. Come on ladies, we all do it!

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Glitterball. High Street Honey: New Look

December 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

It’s been a while since we ran our last High Street Honey series here on Brides Up North (mainly since pulling the editorial together was an unhealthy online shopping enabler), but – especially as we approach the festive season – I think it’s high time that we reinstate this popular feature.  

I’ll be checking out all the most popular High Street retailers (and lesser known online finds too) and picking our favourite looks, so that you don’t have to.  No gorgeous gowns get past me!  Whether it’s bridesmaids dresses you need, a frock for your reception dinner or heading off on honeymoon, we’ll have it covered.

This week, I’ve been browsing the online aisles at fashion forward favourite New Look who contacted me recently to show off their sparkly sequin dresses, evening party dresses and prom dresses, with sartorial options for a wedding guest or glitzy bridesmaid (see this beautiful Real Wedding for inspiration) in mind.  And since it’s the festive season, these  wouldn’t go amiss at your Christmas do either.  See what I do for you!

High Street Honey New Look AW 2013

1  Gold Sequin 3/4 Sleeve Bodycon Dress £39.99

2  Navy Sequin Floral Bodycon Lace Dress £27.99

3   Belle Heart Black Sequin Side Panel Pleated Dress £22.99

4  Tokyo Doll Gold Strappy Sequin Contrast Cami Dress £27.99

5  Gold Sequin Sleeveless Bodycon Dress £24.99

6  AX Paris Navy Sequin Plunge Maxi Dress £60.00

7  Parisian Gold Floral Sequin Skater Dress £34.99

8  AX Paris Bronze Lace Midi Dress £35.00

Finding the perfect outfit to wear to a wedding can be a bit of a challenge. There are many factors to consider when choosing what frock (or trouser suit, or shorts suit, or separates!), from the location of the ceremony and the reception to the time of day and season in which the event will be held.

Even in winter, guests have more flexibility with a daytime wedding ands can wear shorter, above-the knee length dresses to create a more casual look.  Have some fun experimenting with vibrant colours and punchy patterns as much as possible. For the autumn/ winter season, haute hues on Pantone’s Fashion Colour Report include samba red, koi orange, vivacious magenta, acai purple, and Mykonos blue.  Patterns that are sure to pop this season range from dainty oriental butterflies and flower prints to fierce tribal and animal patterns. If you decide to wear brighter hues or eye-catching prints, be sure to pair them with neutral bags and shoes to balance out the look, and don’t forget a pretty shrug or jacket to keep of the chill. High Street Honey New Look AW 2013 (2) 

1  Red Metallic Ruched Side Bodycon Dress £24.99

2  AX Paris Black Floral Print Midi Dress £28.00

3  Tokyo Doll Burgundy Metallic Grid Shoulder Midi Dress £27.99

4  Burgundy Lace Cap Sleeve Midi Dress £22.99

5  AX Paris Red Crochet Neck Midi Dress £30.00

6  AX Paris Purple Crochet Waist Midi Dress £28.00

7  AX Paris Purple Raglan Bodycon Dress £22.00

8  Dark Red One Shoulder High Neck Aztec Dress £19.99

If the wedding is being held in the evening, skip the flirty frock in favour of something more sophisticated like a curve-hugging bodycon dress or midi dress in emerald green, gold or midnight blue.  You can amp up the wow factor with crocodile and snakeskin print clutches, bags and heels that incorporate the current colour blocking trend or (my favourite) plenty of sequins. 

Now, where’s my credit card…

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Just Add Icing Sugar! A Retro Styled Bridesmaids’ Inspiration Shoot In The North East

June 21st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’ve arrived in Knutsford and am hard at work styling up The Belle Epoque for tonight’s Brides Up North Tweet Up North West.  I’m ridiculously excited.

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I have a fabulous team behind me, so big ups and snaps for Simply Bows & Chair Covers, Laurel Weddings, , The Cheshire Cat Cake Company, Lilybud Cupcakes, Fonix Music and Martin Hambleton Photography who are all helping me out today.  Official photographs coming soon. 

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Once again, I wouldn’t leave you without something extra specially gorgeous to muse on here on these swirly silver pages, so step forward (regular guest blogger) Katy of What Katy Did Next and her team of retro magicians for a beautiful vintage inspiration shoot with a focus on bridesmaids and wedding guests.  They need something lovely to wear too you know!

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I’ll see you lovely lot bright and early tomorrow.  Maybe. 

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Katy says:  Organising photo shoots and styling up my headwear, has quickly become one of my favourite parts of being in this industry. I sometimes design and make my pieces with a final shoot in mind – kind of backwards but it works for me. When college friend Lauren Crawford mentioned getting some professional images of her fabulously quirky, vintage style home wares for her business ‘Thimble & Bobbin’ I jumped at the chance to style a colourful retro photo shoot – focusing on bridesmaids and wedding guests this time – and involving a handful of local and handmade suppliers.

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Lauren is inspired by all things vintage, retro and kitsch. She creates framed original screen prints, quirky cushions, wedding gifts, bunting and other household knick-knacks. With this theme in mind, and the this year’s Jubilee celebrations, I set my mind on a 1950s Britain theme with colourful baking scenes, beautiful dresses and hair and make up to match.

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After finding the perfect venue in the amazingly decorated, self catering holiday cottages Bousdale Farm, I gathered props from various suppliers to show off the beautiful building and versatility of Thimble & Bobbin’s products in the home. Tea with Ruby is an amazing china hire company in the Durham, Teesside and North Yorkshire area run by the very lovely Jane Day. Jane was a great help and instantly latched on to my ideas, helping me out with my ever growing prop shopping list.

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The beautiful Northern models Beth Dooley and Pippa Welch were made up very glamorously by the amazing Make Up by Jo & Vintage Tinsel hair styling – who expertly added vintage glamour to the event. After using Alexandra King from Make Me A Dress in my previous shoot, it was lovely to borrow dresses from her again. Bright colours I had shied away from before to promote my bridal headwear were now top of the list and I loved being able to show off even more of Alexandra’s incredible work.

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The marvellous aprons were handmade by Nikki Williams from Pinnikity, a delicious range of oilcloth aprons and retro influenced cotton aprons for both adults and children. Their oilcloth aprons can be personalised with any message or your own logo – great idea for your hen party ladies!

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Extra props were provided by Alexandra Garrity Art – her painted canvases suited the shoot style down to a ‘t’ particularly her cupcakes and super cute mini French Fancy canvas. Beautiful hand printed fabrics from Lillian’s House were draped over furniture adding a street party style to certain areas of the cottage.

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It was a real joy to work on this shoot with so many talented handmade and local businesses. I managed to create a mini head wear collection consisting of six colourful retro style head pieces, which would be perfect for a unique daring bride, bridesmaids, wedding guests, or simply a day at the races? All which will be available to order on my website in the next couple of weeks.

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Special thanks to wonderful photographer Sally Thurrell Photography who captured the shoot. I’m sure you’ll agree she did a fabulous job!

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Little Black Book

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Photography: Sally T Photography
Styling & Headwear: What Katy Did Next
Homewares: Thimble & Bobbin
Dresses: Make Me A Dress
Venue: Bousdale Farm
Make Up: Make Up By Jo
Hair: Vintage Tinsel
Art: Alexandra Garrity Art
Tea cups and saucers: Tea With Ruby
Aprons: Pinnikity
Printed Fabrics: Lillian’s House
Models: Beth Dooley & Pippa Welch

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  – Images © 2012 Sally Thurrell Photography

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Friday Fabulous!

June 15th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Friday Fabulous Dune

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I’ve seen these babies in the flesh and let. me. tell. you: the most covetable shoe I’ve seen all year.

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On the feet of only the very best heeled wedding guests this summer. (Hopefully mine).

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Did I mention that there’s a clutch to match?

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Donna D Spotted Peep Toe Netting Shoe by Dune, £90

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  – Image © 2012 Dune

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Wedding Blog Sponsor Competition! Celebrate The Jubilee & Win £250 To Spend At Jacques Vert!

May 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Just stopping in with a quick competition post this afternoon (I know you love them!) as I prepare a beautiful Real Wedding feature to share with you tomorrow.  By the way, did you catch this morning’s gem of a celebration?  Make sure to scroll down to check it out, and I’ll see you bright and early tomorrow.

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Until then, good luck!

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Jacques Vert Jubilee GiveawayJacques Vert Jubilee Giveaway

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Brides Up North sponsor Jacques Vert, which is famous for its stylish occasion wear and wedding outfits, has launched a competition. If you (or someone in your wedding party) are still looking for the perfect look for any upcoming summer weddings, you could be in with a chance of winning £250 to spend online on wedding outfits at Jacques Vert.  Just think… treat the Mother of the Groom to a new outfit and she might just forget that you are stealing away her little boy…

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Jacques Vert Jubilee GiveawayJacques Vert Jubilee Giveaway

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The winner can choose from a beautiful selection of occasion wear, including elegant midi dresses, feminine boleros, fascinators and more.

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To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is answer the following question:

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How many years has HRH Queen Elizabeth II been on the throne?

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a) 60 years
b) 10 years
c) 40 years

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To enter, click here to visit the Jacques Vert competition page.

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The competition closes at midnight on 8th June 2012 and the winner will be contacted by email by the 12th June.  To enter you must live in the UK.  Other terms and conditions can be found on the competition page.

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Something For The Weekend!

May 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Something For The Weekend - French Connection

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I personally think this is the best party piece (or rockin’ bridal cover up) since sliced bread. 

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In fact, forget the bread – I’d rather go hungry in sequins!

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Pearl Queen Jacket £300 by French Connection

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