Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Advertise

Thank you for your interest in sponsoring Before the Big Day! 

Before the Big Day is a boutique wedding inspiration blog for stylish brides and grooms. Updated daily, and brimming with ideas, it's the go-to website for creative couples who are keen to make their big day stand out from the crowd.

Launched in September 2009, we're the favourite wedding blog of thousands of brides and grooms! So if you're a wedding business, and you sponsor or advertise with Before the Big Day, you can be sure you're targeting the right people.

One of the most popular UK wedding blogs, Before the Big Day rates very highly on Google searches. We're usually top of the list when you search 'wedding blog UK'.




This is a great time to get involved with Before the Big Day.

 Our readership has more than tripled since January this year, and we're now posting at least once, sometimes twice a day.

 We've updated our appearance, with a brand-new fresh look, designed to keep readers on the blog for longer, and to make the most of our massive real wedding archives.

 I've started my regular appearances at wedding fairs, where I host hugely popular DIY Bride sessions, which draw large numbers of brides to the blog. Over 2000 new regular brides joined Before the Big Day's readership after my appearance at The In Wedding Show.

We've recently won Editor's Choice at the prestigious Wedding Blog Awards at The Ritz. We were also nominated for two other awards! Plus we've been nominated one of the UK's best blogs by Sky Living and Channel 4, and that's on top of all the other industry recommendations.

Readership is set to rocket, and with brides already booking for next summer's weddings, this is a great time to raise your profile.  Get in touch to find out more!


♥ Advertise! 
Button adverts {Ad Banners} are available in a range of sizes, with prices ranging from as little as £50. Please get in touch for my rate card. I'm also more than happy to offer larger sized adverts or banners.

Regular: 100 x 300 pixels
Large: 180 x 300 pixels
Extra Large: 300 x 300 pixels

Sponsored Features & Sponsored Links 
I'm more than happy to recommend fantastic services and companies to my readers, in fact I do it every day. My readers trust me to only suggest the best, so if you fit into that category, then I'd be more than happy to arrange a sponsored feature. Do get in touch for details of my sponsored feature fees.

♥ Bride Testimonials & Happy Advertisers 

Kelly, Lola Rose Photography - "Advertising & having real weddings featured on Before the Big Day wedding blog has been hugely beneficial to the development & growth of my business. Georgia is not only a super-friendly lady, but she always responds to any submissions & questions quickly, and is very supportive of promoting my business through her blog. Being featured on Before the Big Day has lead to strong enquiries from couples who are well matched to me, and also lots of clicks through to my website too!"

Kerry Bracken, Lavender & Rose Weddings: "Not only has Before The Big Day brought me several business leads, appearing on such a fantastic blog has validated the quality of my services for clients who have not even initially found me via the blog. As a wedding vendor, being featured on quality wedding blogs like Before the Big Day is extremely valuable not just for the generation of business leads but also for overall brand recognition. A huge thanks to Georgia at Before The Big Day for being such a loyal ambassador and overall good egg!!!

Kayleigh Pope Photography: "I want to say a BIG thank you to Georgia at Before the Big Day for showcasing my work which in turn gained me work! I live in Coventry and have booked a fabulous wedding in London thanks to having my work featured Before the Big Day. The couple who have booked me, saw one of my previous weddings on the blog and contacted me through the details on the blog post. I love the fact, that I am able to branch out to other couples across the UK and get my work seen!"

Alex from My Love Story: "In the wedding world you seem to get people who are either really cold and never get back to you, or people who are really lovely, helpful and encouraging. Georgia is definitely the latter! She's very keen on promoting good quality work, and giving a platform for people to shine. She was key in helping me develop my business, by featuring my work, which in turn led to me getting new clients."

Patrick from Butler-Madden Weddings: "Before the Big Day is a fantastic blog to be featured and have a banner. I often meet up with brides after they have seen my work on the blog, and they come armed with mood boards and inspiration mostly drawn from Georgia's pages. They love it, not only for the photography, but for all the ideas and details that are so important in modern weddings. Thoroughly recommended!"

Juliette from Brown Paper Designs: "Last year you put one of our invitations on your lovely blog. From that we got so many inquiries, and subsequently also designed a bespoke set of wedding stationery for one of your readers! So thank you!"

Kym from Lash Lab: "Since I was featured on Before the Big Day, I’ve had lots of brides getting in touch to have their lashes done for their wedding day. The blog is a great source of information for brides to be and has given my business valuable exposure to the wedding community. If you're in the wedding business, Before the Big Day is the blog for you!"

Katy: "I look at all the wedding blogs, but Before the Big Day is my favourite. I love the style of your postings, and there's always tonnes of inspirational ideas."

Sarah:
"I just wanted to write to say how much I've enjoyed reading your blog; admittedly I only discovered it last week but I've been making really good headway with it since then even staying up to the small hours reading it in bed! So full of great ideas and useful hints."

Jade: "I recently stumbled across your blog and completely fell in love with it! I am due to get married next June and the theme for my Wedding is 'Key to my Heart'. I have spent most of yesterday afternoon (at work) reading your blog and looking at the other stunning weddings, gaining inspiration as I go."

Izabella: "First of all - loving your blog! I'm not a very girly lass, and before my wedding I sort of looked at about 2 magazines - but followed your blog closely - inspirational, classy stuff!"

Wedding Fairs

Stuck for ideas? Never fear, the Wedding Fair is here! Targeted at brides and grooms who are planning their weddings, they're a great way to spot all the latest trends for 2014. And the best news? There's usually one happening every weekend! Listed below are the details of the big events, although there will be local fairs unique to your area - just search online. Plus it's always worth trying the Brides Event Diary.


♥ The Bluewater London ExCeL Wedding Show is coming soon. It's the first wedding fair of 2016, and it promises to be a humdinger, stuffed to the brim with the best local bridal wear and specialist wedding suppliers, essentially everything a bride-to-be could need! Mark your diary for 29 - 31st January.

But brides in the north don't need to fill like they're missing out! The Manchester Wedding Show takes place on 12-13th March.


 Brides looking for a vintage look for their wedding day are going to L-O-V-E The National Vintage Wedding Fair.

It does exactly what it says on the tin - puts you in the same room as over 400 vintage wedding gowns along with the best British vintage exhibitors including amazing florists, photographers, jewellery, stylists, entertainers and hair stylists.

The next shows are on 7th February in Birmingham, 21st February in London, 13th March in Manchester, followed by 2nd April in Liverpool


 The National Wedding Show is the daddy of all wedding fairs. It's the big one and it's now in three cities, Manchester, London and Birmingham.

Pick your closest one and be sure to book your tickets for a wedding extravaganza! With over 300 wedding specialists from bridal boutiques and florists to jewellers and photographers, plus a bridal catwalk show, it's a brilliant day out!

Manchester on 20th-21st February, London on 26-28th February and Birmingham takes place on 4th-6th March . 

♥ Here are some lovely links to what we do best here on Before the Big Day 

Real Weddings - we're talking hundreds of pictures and pages of inspiration

DIY Bride - DIY wedding projects of the crafty or hoping-to-be-crafty amongst you

Wedding Themes - the first rule of planning a wedding, pick a theme!

Wedding Advice - helpful hints and tips if you're feeling freaked

Before the Big Day Black Book - our favourite vendors and a work in progress

Our Free Newsletter - get the best of Before the Big Day before anyone else, for free!

Follow Me on Twitter - umm....self explanatory?

Never miss a wedding event! Get free updates by email or RSS. Looking for wedding ideas? Don't miss the Before the Big Day Wedding Themes.

About Me

Hello! I'm Georgia, and I'm a journalist and a massive wedding obsessive. There's something about the way they combine design and romance, that has got me hooked.


I've been running Before the Big Day wedding blog for over three years now, and there's nothing I like more than hunting for wedding inspiration and wedding ideas, and sharing them with you. The whole experience of starting Before the Big Day was like getting caught on a runaway roller-coaster of wedding popularity! The blog has grown exponentially, with thousands of new brides finding us each month.

Our blog family has recently expanded to include Before the Baby - a fantastic baby inspiration blog. Packed with hundreds of ideas for cute children's products & parenting hints & tips, it's the perfect blog for the next stage in your life!



Before the Big Day has also been recognised by the wedding industry. We won Editor's Pick at the prestigious Wedding Blog Awards 2013, and also notched up two other nominations, including Best Real Weddings Blog and Best London Blog.

Sky Living and Channel 4 Beauty voted Before the Big Day one of the Best Wedding Blogs, and we've been featured in all the top wedding publications in the UK, including most recently Wedding Magazine.

You & Your Wedding voted us one of their Top 15 Favourite Wedding Blogs and Wedding Magazine voted us Blog of the Week. Brides magazine's Editor, Astrid Joss, wrote on her blog, how much she loves Before the Big Day.

I've also written articles for Best Scottish Weddings Magazine and Staffordshire Life, and our wedding has appeared in Living France MagazineDestination Wedding Magazine and Photo Professional Magazine.

A recent highlight was my appearance on the Newshour programme on the BBC's World Service. I got into a heated debate about whether flashmob proposals were a good way to get engaged. What do you think?

Last April I appeared as the Resident Wedding Blogger for The In-Wedding Show, and I'm booked for next year's show as well.

My job was to blog all the fabulous happenings at the show, and I also hosted six fabulous wedding inspiration sessions, where I taught over 200 brides how to DIY their wedding. I was only supposed to do four sessions, but demand for pom-pom tutorials was crazily high!

I'll also be a guest at the The French Wedding Show on 9th November, where I'll be helping brides and grooms plan their wedding abroad.

On a more personal note, I recently celebrated my own two weddings! We had a legal one in London on 5th May, and another official wedding in France, on 28th May. The Boy and I got engaged 18 months before our wedding days, so I had plenty of time to puzzle over every detail. I tried to DIY as much as I could, with varying degrees of success. See for yourself here.


Sponsorship

I love writing Before the Big Day, and I'm very lucky that I enjoy my job, but even bloggers need to eat! So I'm sure my readers understand that in order to provide you with all these lovely Real Weddings and wedding ideas, I accept sponsorship from likeminded businesses. This sponsorship takes five forms:

1. Button Adverts - you can see these running along the right hand side of the blog. Often they are bought by wedding photographers - all of whom are very talented, and come highly recommended.

2. Sponsored Features - these are entitled Introducing....and then the business name. Again, I wouldn't recommend a company to you, that I wouldn't wholeheartedly recommend to my friends.

3. Affiliate Links via Skimlinks & Amazon - this is an automatic service that adds links to certain words in my features. If you click on them, and then buy something, then I get a small percentage of that sale. I don't get any money for just a click.

4. Linkshare - some of the larger button adverts you see on the blog are created via Linkshare. Again, if you click on them, I get a small percentage of that sale.

5. Sponsored Links - sometimes an advertiser will come directly to me, and ask me to add their link to certain words in my features. I only accept relevant links, and they never affect my content.

I write all the content for Before the Big Day, and unlike some blogs, I don't accept articles written by anyone else {ever! how ever nicely you ask!}. Please support the businesses that support Before the Big Day, so that I can keep on searching out wedding fabulousness on your behalf!

If you're a business interested in sponsoring Before the Big Day, then please do get in touch.

And if you're a future bride, then I'd love to hear from you as well! There's nothing I like more than a real life bride submitting her own wedding, and if you've got any questions, then shoot me an email.

Thank you for your visit to Before the Big Day. Please do leave comments at the end of each post, and tell all your friends about Before the Big Day. Come back soon, and in the meantime, find me on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest xx


Here are some lovely links to what we do best here on Before the Big Day

Real Weddings - we're talking hundreds of pictures and pages of inspiration

DIY Bride - DIY wedding projects of the crafty or hoping-to-be-crafty amongst you

Wedding Themes - the first rule of planning a wedding, pick a theme!

Wedding Advice - helpful hints and tips if you're feeling freaked

Before the Big Day Black Book - our favourite vendors and a work in progress

Our Free Newsletter - get the best of Before the Big Day before anyone else, for free!

Follow Me on Twitter - umm....self explanatory?

Friday, 30 May 2008

Before the Big Day's Jubilee Special Offer


{Photo Credit} Caught the Light


Thank you for your interest in sponsoring Before the Big Day!

In celebration of the Queen's Jubilee, Before the Big Day is offering an amazing deal on advertising this June.

With every 6 month long Large or Extra Large advert, we're offering a FREE Sponsored Feature worth £100.

Sponsored Features include lots of pictures, plus a glowing editorial about your work. Here's one example, and here's another!

But we only have space for FIVE new adverts, so you'll need to get back to us quickly!



This is a great time to get involved with Before the Big Day.

♥ Our readership has more than tripled since January this year, and we're now posting at least twice, and sometimes three times a day.

♥ I've started my regular appearances at wedding fairs, where I host hugely popular DIY Bride sessions, which draw large numbers of brides to the blog. Over 2000 new regular brides joined Before the Big Day's readership after my appearance at The In Wedding Show.

♥ We've recently been nominated one of the UK's best blogs by Sky Living and Channel 4, and that's on top of all the other industry recommendations.

Readership is set to rocket, and with brides already booking for next summer's weddings, this is a great time to raise your profile.

Here are the costs for Adverts on Before the Big Day

Large adverts (190 x 120 pixels) cost £160 for 6 months / 12 months = £260

Extra-large adverts (190 x 180 pixels) cost £170 for 6 months / 12 months = £270.

For more information about this incredible offer, or just for a chat, do email me. I'd love to hear from you!

More Information

Before the Big Day is a boutique wedding inspiration blog for stylish brides and grooms. Updated more than twice-daily, and brimming with ideas, it’s the go-to website for creative couples who are keen to make their big day stand out from the crowd.

Launched in September 2009, we're already the favourite wedding blog of thousands of brides and grooms! So if you're a wedding business, and you sponsor or advertise with Before the Big Day, you can be sure you're targeting the right people.

One of the most popular UK wedding blogs, Before the Big Day rates very highly on Google searches. We're top of the list when you search 'wedding blog UK'.

♥ Advertise!
Button adverts {Ad Banners} are available in a range of sizes, with prices ranging from as little as £30. Please get in touch for my rate card. I'm also more than happy to offer larger sized adverts or banners.

Regular: 190 x 60 pixels
Medium: 190 x 120 pixels
Large: 190 x 180 pixels

Sponsored Features & Sponsored Links
I'm more than happy to recommend fantastic services and companies to my readers, in fact I do it every day. My readers trust me to only suggest the best, so if you fit into that category, then I'd be more than happy to arrange a sponsored feature. Do get in touch for details of my sponsored feature fees.

♥ Bride Testimonials & Happy Advertisers

Kerry Bracken, Wedding Planner: "Not only has Before The Big Day brought me several business leads, appearing on such a fantastic blog has validated the quality of my services for clients who have not even initially found me via the blog. As a wedding vendor, being featured on quality wedding blogs like Before the Big Day is extremely valuable not just for the generation of business leads but also for overall brand recognition. A huge thanks to Georgia at Before The Big Day for being such a loyal ambassador and overall good egg!!!

Alex from My Love Story: "In the wedding world you seem to get people who are either really cold and never get back to you, or people who are really lovely, helpful and encouraging. Georgia is definitely the latter! She's very keen on promoting good quality work, and giving a platform for people to shine. She was key in helping me develop my business, by featuring my work, which in turn led to me getting new clients."

Patrick from Butler-Madden Weddings: "Before the Big Day is a fantastic blog to be featured and have a banner. I often meet up with brides after they have seen my work on the blog, and they come armed with mood boards and inspiration mostly drawn from Georgia's pages. They love it, not only for the photography, but for all the ideas and details that are so important in modern weddings. Thoroughly recommended!"

Juliette from Brown Paper Designs: "Last year you put one of our invitations on your lovely blog. From that we got so many inquiries, and subsequently also designed a bespoke set of wedding stationery for one of your readers! So thank you!"

Kym from Lash Lab: "Since I was featured on Before the Big Day, I’ve had lots of brides getting in touch to have their lashes done for their wedding day. The blog is a great source of information for brides to be and has given my business valuable exposure to the wedding community. If you're in the wedding business, Before the Big Day is the blog for you!"

Katy: "I look at all the wedding blogs, but Before the Big Day is my favourite. I love the style of your postings, and there's always tonnes of inspirational ideas."


Sarah: "I just wanted to write to say how much I've enjoyed reading your blog; admittedly I only discovered it last week but I've been making really good headway with it since then even staying up to the small hours reading it in bed! So full of great ideas and useful hints."

Jade: "I recently stumbled across your blog and completely fell in love with it! I am due to get married next June and the theme for my Wedding is 'Key to my Heart'. I have spent most of yesterday afternoon (at work) reading your blog and looking at the other stunning weddings, gaining inspiration as I go."

Izabella: "First of all - loving your blog! I'm not a very girly lass, and before my wedding I sort of looked at about 2 magazines - but followed your blog closely - inspirational, classy stuff!"



Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Before the Big Day Wedding Experts

Exciting news! Now that Before the Big Day is over 2 years old, it's time for this boutique wedding blog to get growing. I'm all about roping in as much wedding expertise as possible, because I want you to be able to plan an exquisite wedding, with tonnes of beautiful details to make it stand out from the crowd. But I also want you to feel your very best. So.....{drum roll}....I'd like to welcome Before the Big Day's Wedding Experts!


Alice Cowen is a personal trainer to the stars {actual proper famous people you see in Hello!}, and she's also a nutrition expert. She specialises in weight loss, body sculpting and toning, and she's agreed to be Before the Big Day's Personal Trainer - woohoo! I reckon nearly every bride and groom wants to drop a few pounds before their big day, and Alice is going to help us on our way to body-beautiful. She'll be posting diet tips, fat-free recipes, fabulous toning exercises, and inspirational features that will make getting wedding-fit easier. Check out her blog, and her amazing Bootique Bootcamp in Majorca. Click for Alice's posts on Before the Big Day.


Savannah Britten-Long is a hugely talented gemologist with massive expertise in antique jewellery. She's worked for Sotheby's, Christies, and studied at the prestigious Gemological Institute of America in New York. She really knows her onions {or diamonds}! A couple of years ago she started her own company called BL&T Fine Jewellery, and now she works hard at selling and sourcing jewellery for private clients. She's designed three of my friends' engagement rings, and promises that jewellery doesn't have to be expensive - woohoo!  So if you're on the search for an engagement ring or wedding jewellery, you can contact Savannah, or just enjoy all her wedding jewellery advice for free right here. Click for Savannah's posts on Before the Big Day.



Julia Bowden is a professional make-up artist and hair stylist who works on music videos, adverts, fashion shoots, TV and films. She's a serious name in the hair and beauty world, but {thank goodness} she loves working as a bridal make-up artist as well. For brides-in-the-know, she's a secret beauty weapon, and I've heard her name mentioned in hushed tones at many a wedding reception.

If you're on the search for a make-up artist and hair stylist for your wedding, contact Julia or follow her on Twitter, but in the meantime, enjoy her beauty and hair advice for free on right here. Click for Julia's posts on Before the Big Day.



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