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25
Jan

Fun Canapés For Your Drinks Reception

It’s so important to feed your guests properly throughout your wedding celebrations – because let’s face it, who’s happy on an empty stomach? There are so many different functions throughout your celebratory week,  (or maybe even month) but one of the most important, is perhaps the cocktail hour before your wedding reception, where there should be no cutting corners at all. It all kicks off with your Hors d’Oeuvres, sliders or canapés or whatever you wish to call them. They may be small, but trust us, your guests will love you for them. Think outside the box when it comes to presentation to give your guests the perfect welcome. Here are our top 5 delicious small-bites to give you some inspiration:

1. Street food snacks

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Take your guests on a journey and stop bang in the middle of the rustic streets of India. Whether you opt for spicy chana jor garam or masala cashews and peanuts, serve these finger-licking snacks in newspaper cones to give your guests the authentic Mumbai experience.

2. Martini papri chaat

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Serve mouth-watering papri chaat in clear martini glasses if you are looking to add a bit of sophistication and glamour to your drinks reception. Even 007 would find it hard to say no to this delicious appetiser.

3. A bit of British

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If there’s one thing us Brits love, it’s our fish and chips. Complemented with salt and vinegar, serve in rustic local paper with wooden forks to give your guests that true British seaside experience. Perfect for an outdoor summer wedding.

4. Poppadum scoops

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These mini poppadums are a great way to add a bit of fun to your drinks reception. Top with your personal favourite pickles and chutneys from mango to chillies, these canapés will go down treat with your guests.

5. Skewers

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When it comes to skewers, anything goes and the choices are endless. Bring more flavours and colours by serving a selection of skewers from tandoori chicken to grilled vegetables accompanied by mint raita, there’s something for everyone.

 

(Images: Pinterest)

 

 

21
Jan

Alternative Wedding Favour Ideas

We often find our couples in a bit of a pickle about what to offer to their guests as a favour. They know they want to give out something, they just can’t seem to decide on exactly what. You see, no bride wants her carefully thought-out wedding favours forgotten or left behind, and long gone are the days of thanking your guests with organza bags filled with sugar-coated almonds (yikes!). These days, anything goes, but remember to choose something that is in keeping with your theme, reflects your personality and will be adored by your guests. To help you make this all-important decision we’ve handpicked 5 of our favourite wedding favour alternatives to give you some inspiration.

 

1. Lollipop macaroons

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Fun, colourful and delicious – everyone loves macaroons. Choose from a selection of flavours and colours to suit your theme and present with a customised sleeve to add a bit of personality. Perfect for any couple looking for a sophisticated, yet nonchalant wedding favour.

 

2. Mix-tapes

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Remember waaaaaaaaay back to the mix-tape days? Create a CD of your favourite songs that tells your story as a couple or memories of your single days for your guests to take away. This gift will be sure to leave your friends and family reminiscing of all those good times. The key to this favour is all in the presentation – go one step beyond the plastic cover and design your very own pretty music label that works with your style.

 

3. A bit of bubbly

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Miniature bottles of champagne – it would be rude to say no! Spoil your guests with a bit of sparkle and they will obsess over these for the entire night. Pop-open these miniatures during the speeches making it the most luxurious favour of them all.

 

4. Lego men and women

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A personal favourite of ours! Whether your bridesmaid reminds you of Wonder Woman or your best man is Darth Vader obsessed, there’s a Lego man (or woman) for all your guests. A truly thought-out wedding favour that can reflect each guest’s personality, both adults and children will love this.

 

5. Midnight snack

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Who doesn’t love wedding favours that involve food? Once the dinner has been served, the bar emptied and the last song of the night played, treat all your guests with a midnight snack hamper before they leave. They’ll need it after showing off all their moves on the dance floor. Ideal for couples wanting something practical yet delicious.

 

(Images courtesy Pinterest)

20
Jan

7 Wedding Guarantees From Carriages

For us, our brides and grooms are so important and lets face it, no matter how much fun wedding planning can be, it is also one of the most stressful and confusing times a couple (and their families) go through. With that said, we are here to make things a little easier and to take the load off your shoulders so you can truly enjoy the months to come and not wish your special day away.

Just like the 7 vows made at the mandap, we’ve put together our very own 7 promises for all of our present and future brides and grooms-to-be, as a guarantee when you book our services.

1. Unlimited contact
Whether it is via the telephone, online or face-to-face, we guarantee to be there for all of our couples, no matter the time of day or even the time zone.

2. Exclusive supplier lists
We will give all of our couples a list of our amazing, trusted and reliable suppliers, who we know will work just as hard as we do to bring your vision to life.

3. Save you money
We promise to negotiate on your behalf and get you the best price possible.

4. Create a personal and memorable day
We will always incorporate your personal style and story into your special day to make it truly memorable for years to come.

5. Attention to detail
Whether it be setting up your favours and name cards to making sure the cake stand and knife are in place, we will take care of ever little detail so there are no last minute surprises.

6. Follow the event schedule
With a detailed event schedule put together months before the day, accounting for every minute along with contingency plans, we will ensure that everything runs according to your wishes.

7. Be the go to person
To make sure you and your guests enjoy the celebrations without worrying or running around, we will be on hand for you, your families, suppliers and guests. No request is too big or too small.

If you would like to book your complimentary consultation contact a member of our team on 0116 268 8804 or email us on enquiries@carriagesevents.co.uk.

19
Jan

2016 Bridal Trends: India’s Biggest Designers Reveal Their Fashion Tips

Earlier this month we had the pleasure of catching up with some of India’s most highly regarded fashion designers thanks to our friends at Aashni & Co. And because we always love to keep our brides updated with whatever is happening in the world of weddings, we put some very important questions out there to those who are practically ruling the fashion scene – and here’s what they had to say:

 

 Sabyasachi – ‘Desi is the new cool’

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Ok, firstly we just have to say that the mere fact that we got to share the same room as this man was just incredible, so to actually be standing next to him and to have been given the opportunity to ask him questions was a complete privilege (he’s like the Vera Wang of bridal fashion in case you didn’t know). We asked him what the biggest bridal fashion trends in 2016 were going to be and what he said just might surprise you.

“I think tradition is going to be the next big thing in Indian fashion. That’s what the Internet’s done to you; when you get easily connected to the whole world you want to go back to your own roots to identify yourself and say; this is who I am.”

While we could’ve spent hours talking fashion with him, we took away something truly important – don’t be ashamed of who you are, but actually, own it and be proud of your heritage – how’s that for wedding advice?!

 

Manish Malhotra – ‘Everyone has their own story’

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He is without a doubt one of the most celebrated fashion designers in the country. Whether it’s Katrina Kaif or Kareena Kapoor, they’re all fans of his work and rightly so. He’s a designer who’s spent years working in the Bollywood film industry as a stylist prior to launching his own line so he knows exactly what it takes to achieve a full-on glamorous look for your day. We asked him how a bride should decide what to wear.

“Everyone has their own story. Whether it’s a resort wedding, winter wedding or a cross-cultural wedding, every story has it’s own place. I’m interested in the bride’s makeup, hair, jewellery and everything else. It’s not about selling your gown but about being part of one of the most important days of their lives.”

This is perhaps one of the most crucial lessons you can take away when choosing your outfit. You need to take into consideration the setting and style of your event, the time, the country and even your own personality. Everything needs to be in keeping and this is what Manish Malhotra focuses on for his brides – helping them to achieve a gorgeous and complete look.

 

Anju Modi – ‘Personal characteristics play a strong card’

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Echoing our previous designer, Anju Modi spoke to us in great detail about how you need to focus on your own traits and your own personality when choosing an outfit. This is exactly what she had to do when she created the much talked about, award-winning look for Deepika Padukone in Bajirao Mastani. It’s the look she’s constantly being asked to replicate by her brides, and even though her collection is full of long layers and sharaaras, she spoke about where fashion is heading.

“The beautiful rich heritage fabric of our country is coming forward and we are bringing it back with different combinations. We then have the challenge of finding the right balance, embroidery, layering, flare and so on.”

If there’s one woman who knows how to make historical looks rock it’s this lady! She again reinforces the idea that tradition is here to stay and can look modern and chic so don’t hide away from it. Whether you opt for Banaaras or Gujarat, everywhere has something special to offer – it’s about bringing it together the right way.

 

Masaba – ‘Brides are taking the unconventional route’

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Masaba does unconventional and she does it the best. She is not afraid to experiment and be bold – and actually what happens to be rare for a designer – admit to occasionally making a bad decision. But, this is what makes her so relatable to the modern bride. Having recently got married last year herself, Masaba was able to give us some real-life advice which we can pass on to those of you searching for your perfect look.

“The biggest challenge is to decide what you’re going to finally wear because there is so much stuff coming out all the time. For me, finding jewellery that matched was the biggest challenge, so I would advise the bride to actually pick her jewellery first and then choose the outfit accordingly – that’s my tip.”

We were quite surprised by Masaba’s revelation as we’d never even dreamed of advising a bride to go down this route, but actually, thinking about it – makes so much sense. If you’re spending a lot of money on real jewellery then of course it’s got to be just right – and sometimes even decent artificial jewellery is hard to find. What she also happened to reveal was that British brides happen to take the more conventional, traditional route when shopping for their weddings compared to their Indian counterparts – So girls, take a leaf out of Masaba’s book and don’t be afraid to try something new!

 

Anamika Khanna – ‘Avoid doing too much’

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Anamika Khanna was actually the final designer we caught up with, but by no means the least. This lady has taken the industry by storm and knows what she’s talking about, she was after all the first female Indian designer to display her collections at Paris Fashion Week and was offered an exclusive contract by Harrod’s post her participation in London Fashion Week. Her global experience means she knows exactly what works and what doesn’t. So, if you want to know what to avoid, read on.

“A lot of brides in their quest to look their best for their wedding day tend to look so full on. They forget that on the day they’ll have excessive jewellery, perhaps a nose ring, which they haven’t worn before, or something like a tika on their head. With their var-mala and often excessive makeup you sometimes end up looking at everything but the face of the bride.”

It may sound harsh to begin with, but we love Anamika’s openness and blunt honesty. Please take note of what she has to say because it’s so very true. Remember you don’t need to be full on bling on your wedding day to look your best. Sometimes, a simple chic outfit can look just as good. It’s all about finding the right balance. If you feel uncomfortable, then trust us, you’ll probably look it on the day too.

And there you have it, expert advice from India’s very best. If you’ve got any tips of your own that you’d love to share with us then leave a message below or send an email to enquiries@carriagesevents.co.uk

photo credits: Adnan Qazi

18
Jan

10 Shades Of Red: Find Your Bridal Lipstick Match

Every girl needs a classic shade of red in her makeup bag – especially during shaadi season! Whether your beauty icon is Marilyn Monroe or Madhuri Dixit, Adele or Aishwariya Rai Bachchan, we’ve got it covered. We’ve handpicked 10 of the best red lipsticks on the market that will instantly transform you from girl next door to glamorous diva.

What you need to look out for:

Darker skin tones – Look for deep, rich colours like burgundy or warmer brick tones. Tip: Avoid coral reds with blue undertones

Medium skin tones – Pink reds will work well with your complexion and go perfectly with those golden undertones. Tip: Don’t go too dark

Lighter skin tones – Look for coral reds to add a shot of colour to your face. Tip: Stay clear of orange-based tones.

10. Revlon – Fire & Ice

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Our list kicks off with an easily accessible and equally affordable lipstick which is suitable for most skin tones. Giving off a truly classic vibe, this range by Revlon also boasts SPF 15 protection and a nourishing vitamin E and avocado oil complex. Ticks most of the boxes we say.

9. Burberry – Military Red

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This is lightweight, buildable and so comfortable to wear, but yet so very bold and beautifully British. This shade would work great for brides looking for a slightly quirkier look, who are not afraid to experiment and step away from the norm.


8. Dior – Trafalgar

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Again for those girls who aren’t afraid to be bold. This punchy, powerful and actually, all-round brilliant shade of red comes with a hint of orange. Works best for those looking to create a stylish statement alongside a simple, sequin-free outfit.


7. Lancôme – Rose Boudoir

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Promising to last 6 hours, this pink-y-coral shade is perfect for those with lighter skin. It would work well for a cocktail party or pre-wedding sangeet and has such a feel-good summery vibe, that you’re sure to fall in love with it instantly. Match with lighter outfit shades and minimalist eyes.


6. Nars – Heat Wave

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While lots of people are still coming around to the idea of Nars, we are big fans. This bright orange-red hue comes with a modern matte finish that is sure to create a striking look. Will look great on those with darker skin and is best paired with soft, natural-looking eyes.


5. Rimmel – Deep Scarlet

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Kate Moss is the nation’s ultimate stylish diva and boy does she wear lipstick well (ok she wears anything well but you know what we mean!). Her own range of colours for Rimmel are fabulous. Not only do they look great on, but they won’t break the bank either. Shade 1 is so old school Hollywood.


4. Bobbi Brown – Red Carpet

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This creamy matte lip colour will feel effortlessly light on your lips all day. The bright red is great for a more subtle look during the day and can be layered on to give you a more glitzy look for the evening.


3. Estée Lauder – Red Ego

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Definitely one of the most underrated brands out there. Whenever you’re unsure just go to Estée Lauder we say. This hydrating formula will not only transform your lips, but your whole look. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of attitude – you go girl!


2. Chanel – Pirate

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We love Chanel. We just love everything about the brand and this lipstick is no different. This classic blue-toned red is great for those with golden skin tones. This chic colour will look great on any snaps and is sure to give you a shot of added confidence.


1. MAC – Ruby Woo

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Of course this comes in at number 1 – it’s practically perfect! This lipstick has a fan following of its own and rightly so as it’s great for any skin tone. It’s extra matte, extra red and will last the entire day. If you’re looking for a red for your wedding day or any other day for that matter – this is the ONE.

 

If you’ve got a favourite shade of your own that we haven’t mentioned, leave a comment below or get in touch with us at enquiries@carriagesevents.co.uk

14
Jan

10 Things Your Wedding Planner Will Do On Your Wedding Day

We feel so fortunate to be able to say that we LOVE our jobs, we really do! That’s why when it comes to a client’s wedding day we are totally in our element. There are so many things that need to be done, or so many things that can go wrong or so many things that crop up out of nowhere – all of which become our responsibility. So, when people say to us – what is it that you actually do? We say the following:

1. Crisis management
When something happens that wasn’t exactly planned on the day (and trust us, this happens more often than not, even when you’ve planned right down to the very last second) we are on hand to deal with any issues while making sure the guests don’t notice.

2. Go to person
If the mother of the bride needs her saree adjusting last minute, or if the brother of the bride needs a hand moving his sister’s luggage, we are there. We make sure everything is taken care of on the day, meaning the family can sit back and relax. Okay we’ll admit Indian weddings aren’t always so relaxing, but you know what we mean!

3. Coordinate the vendors
You are going to have a lot of suppliers rock up on the day. The décor company, the caterers, the florist, the cake lady, the priest, the DJ and so on – they are all going to be around and turn up at different times with different things that need doing. They need a point of contact who can point them in the right direction and answer any questions they may have on the day.

4. Stick to timings
All of our clients and suppliers are given a detailed event schedule with every minute accounted for. With this in mind we make sure everything runs to plan. We won’t lie, there have been occasions where certain non appointed members of the family have taken it upon themselves to change some important details, but rest assured with a wedding planner around – everything will be happening according to the bride and groom’s wishes.

5. Look after the tiny details
Who lays out your guest book and lights your candles? Who makes sure the cake knife and stand are ready? Who makes sure your gifts have been collected? Who makes sure all of your items are ready in a box for you to take home after a long day? – We do! Anything you need doing that you cannot trust another supplier with, we’ll do.

6. Have an emergency kit
You probably think we’re making this up but at our last wedding we had an incident where the groom’s shoe broke! Bit of a problem when he only had one pair. But our super safety kit contained super glue, blue tac, selotape and safety pins so there was no way he was walking down the aisle with a broken shoe. Of course there are other useful items in there too – a whole suitcase worth.

7. Look after personal items
There are some things which need to be carried around on the day. Whether it be the bride’s lipstick so she can have a regular touch up in between photo shots or the groom’s phone or keys that he wants safely tucked away – we will keep these on us at all times so that they are ready to use at any moment.

8. Stay by the bride’s side
Once the hair and make up artist has worked her magic and left the bride in her suite, a member of our team will stay with her until she’s ready to walk down the aisle for the ceremony. Whether she wants to talk through those last minute nerves or have a coffee to calm her down, we’ll make sure her every need is looked after.

9. Final checks
Once the décor company have finished setting up we will do a final check and walk around every room to ensure it is laid out exactly as per the couple’s wishes. We’ll check floor plans, dispose of any rubbish and make sure everything looks nice and sparkly before the guests enter.

10. Take away the stress
If you want to enjoy your wedding day and want your guests to relax and participate in the ceremony without any of the added stress or hassle, then hiring a wedding planner may just be the best investment you make for your big day.

You can get in touch with a member of our team at enquiries@carriagesevents.co.uk

13
Jan

#HusbandToBe: 5 Wedding Day Duties You Need To Complete

Traditionally, when people think of weddings, they think about the bride. When it comes to supplier meetings, you can see them gushing over the bride expecting her to have the final say, or when it comes to the actual day, everyone seems all too concerned about what the bride will be wearing and seem to almost bypass the groom.

It’s kind of sad in a way but also means the bride is often overwhelmed with so much pressure that it’s up to you to stick by her side and make her feel calm. There are a few things we recommend you should never get involved with (look out for a future post), but today, it’s all about the things you should be doing to earn extra brownie points with your wife-to-be.

1. Only intervene when necessary
We recently read the most hilarious stat. Apparently being the groom means you should be aware of the 80/20 rule, which basically means 80 per cent of your wedding costs will come from 20 per cent of the decisions (The Knot). This means it’s key that you help your fiancée with the right 20 per cent. You’re going to have to think carefully and pick the right battle. When it comes to things like catering, venue sourcing and guest list, you need to have an input – when it comes to things like centerpieces, clothing and cake – perhaps let her take the lead.

2. Write your vows and speech
This is something you will have to do yourself. Of course you can always go down the route of hiring a copywriter or if you’ve invested in a quality wedding planner, he or she may be able to help. Remember, this is your job and you need to get it right. Do not embarrass the bride in front of all her guests, but maintain a balance of being sensitive, funny and all-round adorable at the same time. No pressure!

3. Pick your Groomsmen
This is the important one. When it comes to Indian weddings, traditionally the brother-in-law was chosen to be the best man with the remaining brothers and friends all pitching in. Nowadays it’s pretty much open to anyone. Don’t pick the guys who you tend to have the most fun drinking down the pub with. Choose the men who can focus on the task at hand. They need to be able to think quickly on their feet, not be beaten down by over-the-top (almost scary) aunties and most importantly have your back at all times.

4. Pick your outfit
If you pick the right Groomsmen they should be able to help you with this task. If not, perhaps take along a female member of the family who is not afraid to dish out the truth. There are so many online publications dedicated to wedding-day outfits that should give you some sort of indication – Pinterest is also a great source. But, if all else fails, just go with your gut and wear whatever you feel comfortable in.

5. Practice your first dance
This is perhaps for some people the most terrifying part of the day – especially if they’re not big on dancing. However, those drops of sweat and stomach wrenching nerves can all be avoided by simply investing in a few dance lessons prior to the big day. If you want to surprise your bride then take the lessons without her, but if you both want to perfect your moves as a couple then enroll together – which can actually work quite well as a date night in between all the craziness of wedding planning. Just remember, there’s no need to go over the top with a Bollywood-style choreographed routine – we’re not the biggest fans.

 

12
Jan

10 Classic English First Dance Songs We Know You’ll Just Love

Ah, the first dance – one of the most intimate and sweetest moments of the entire wedding day. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll have already established a song that’s unofficially ‘yours’, but if you haven’t then picking a first dance song isn’t the easiest thing in the world. Do you opt for a timeless classic and keep it safe? Or do you go with something a little off beat and different? Whatever your preference, we’ve selected a few personal favourites to give you some inspiration for that all-important decision.

 

1. Etta James – At Last

This song needs no introduction. ‘At Last’ is a classic, feel good song that will leave your guests in tears.

 

2. Jack Johnson – Better Together

For something a little more upbeat yet romantic, Jack Johnson’s ‘Better Together’ is perfect, especially if you decide on a beach wedding.

 

3. Ben E King – Stand By Me

This is a truly timeless classic and will get everyone singing along by the final chorus.

 

4. Will Young – Your Love Is King 

Originally by Sade, ‘Your Love Is King’ is the perfect jazz number, especially if you have a live band at your wedding reception.

 

5. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

A popular choice for many couples in 2015, this beautiful ballad has become a modern classic and ideal for that all-important bridal Waltz.

 

6. Leon Bridges – Coming Home

If you’re looking for a modern song that feels like an old classic ‘Coming Home’ by Leon Bridges is a great choice.

 

7. Enrique Iglesias – Hero

If you’re looking for a romantic (yet almost cheesy) ballad, this is the one for you. It’s the one song everyone forever loves (or loves to hate).

 

8. Ellie Goulding – Your Song 

This rendition of Elton John’s 70s song is fit for any royal couple. After all, it was perfect for Prince William and Kate Middleton.

 

9. Eva Cassidy – Songbirds

This isn’t your standard Waltz or Fox Trot, but a simply beautiful first dance song sure to give all your guests goose bumps.

 

10. Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight

One of the best known Sinatra songs, this swing favourite will be sure to impress.

11
Jan

Destination Wedding Guide: 7 Things To Consider Before Tying The Knot Abroad

Destination weddings are without a doubt the flavour of the season and why not?! You get to tie the knot in a beautiful location amongst a few select guests who genuinely want to be there, and you get to have a holiday at the same time. It’s practically a win-win. While many brides and grooms may fantasize about a wedding abroad, they sometimes forget to factor in the practicalities when making their decision. If you’re at the start of your wedding planning journey, then this article is a must-read for you!

1. Location
If you’re looking to get married abroad then this is the first thing you need to consider, as it will determine everything else; your theme, cost, time-frame and travel options. When choosing a location, try and pick somewhere that reflects your personal style or means something to you both as a couple, or as a family. Remember, your guests will be making a special trip to be part of your big day so think about any extra activities they can participate in and how comfortable they will be in your selected area.

2. Date
This is perhaps the trickiest part. You need to choose a time when the majority of your friends and family are free; think Easter, summer or Christmas. But, you also need to ensure this time coincides with your chosen location. You don’t want to get married during peak season when there will be crowds of tourists everywhere you go, meaning fewer hotel availability and higher prices. Yet, you also don’t want to go when it’s completely off-peak and the weather takes a dip – not to mention a lot of local vendors will shut shop to take a holiday.

3. Visit
Make sure you have the time to head out to your chosen location at least once before your wedding to secure and source venues and accomodation, and visit local suppliers. Don’t just trust the Internet when it comes to booking suppliers for your wedding, as you never really know what something or someone is like until you see them face to face. If time is an issue for you, then see number 4.

4. Hire a wedding planner
If you can’t make it down to your country before the big day or feel overwhelmed with all the planning then get help. Planning a destination wedding is twice as hard as planning a normal wedding as there are so many factors to consider. There are many local planners who specialise in destination weddings, who have great ties with suppliers abroad and will be able to do all the legwork for you. It’s worth investing in someone if you can.

5. Vet vendors
If you’re hiring a wedding planner then they will be able to meet with potential vendors on your behalf and brief you with all the details. If you don’t have a planner, you should arrange video chats with your suppliers so you can physically see what they have to offer – and it gives you a chance to get a sense of their personality and demeanor before you sign any contracts. The best option is of course to head out to your chosen area and meet local suppliers – try and take a few samples of local items you like if you want something specific. The more costlier option is to fly out local suppliers to your location however, we tend to ask clients to avoid this.

6. Budget from the word go
You need to have a clear budget in place from the word go. Make sure you are aware of the exchange rate but do be weary that this may change, so put an agreement in place with your suppliers which highlights if you are working to a fixed exchange rate or not. You also need to think about the smaller expenses you will incur on behalf of your guests such as welcome packs, their travel arrangements, any activities and food and drink (if you’re paying for this). Some local vendors may also require travel expenses.

7. Research
You need to just get out there or get on Google and do as much research as you possibly can. Brides and grooms planning their wedding now are quite lucky as there is a lot of information accessible online (Tripadvisor is great for things like this). Look at local wedding blogs, magazines and try and find out as much about the area as you can. Ring friends and family or travel agents if you have to. And MAKE SURE you know everything you need to about local marriage requirements. These vary from country to country and you don’t want to end up breaking the law.

 

If you’d like any further information or assistance with planning your destination wedding then give us a call on 0116 268 8804 or email enquiries@carriagesevents.co.uk

 

Happy wedding planning!

06
Jan

How To Style Your Wedding Mandap

Choosing a wedding Mandap is one of the most important parts of your wedding as it will set the tone for the rest of the décor. If you’re going to have a particular theme, this needs to be reflected through your structure. Don’t just settle for any standard design – go ahead and think of ways to make yours stand out! There are so many ways to get creative and personalise your Mandap, which is why we’ve put together the following list for you:

1. Type

Style Alternative Mandap

When it comes to Mandaps there are so many different ranges to choose from. You can opt for a traditional wooden carved one, a simple frame which is draped in a range of different material, go for either a four or six pillar design, or even something completely different – like an acrylic structure. Get creative and make it personal, there’s no set style guide.

 

2. Lighting 

2. Natural lighting

There are so many ways to add an element of light to your chosen design. You can opt for candles to create a romantic ambience, lanterns to give a rustic feel or our personal favourite; chandeliers which will really give your event a sophisticated edge. But, don’t forget, if you have the opportunity, then nothing beats an outdoor celebration filled with an abundance of natural lighting.

3. Walk Way

Walk Way

Sadly, we feel that the aisle way is often neglected, which is a real shame considering the huge impact it has on the overall visual appeal of any wedding. Gone are the days when it’s necessary to have a red carpet running down the middle. Instead, think chic and elegant. Go for fresh flowers or candelabras displayed on podiums on either side of the aisle. To keep the traditional, religious elements intact you can have Ganesh statues places either at the top or bottom of the aisle.

4. Finer Details

4. Finer Details

Once you’ve decided on which Mandap you’re going with, think about what you can use to enhance the design. One trend is to have items hanging down; flowers, bells and lanterns would work quite nicely. Remember, your backdrops, flooring, and ceremony items all need to look the part too.

5. Seating

Floor Seating

You need to think carefully about your seating within the Mandap and for your guests. Are you having chairs, sofas, or lower, traditional stools to sit on? The less clutter around the Mandap the better, as it will help create a calmer vibe. When it comes to your guests’ chairs – think simplicity. Chiavali chairs are the style of the season and fairly easy to source, it’ll also save your décor company a lot of time as they’re not having to put out chair covers and bows. Or, why not go old-school and get your guests to have a comfy seat on the floor filled with soft cushions?

(Images courtesy: Pinterest)

05
Jan

7 Must-Have Wedding Trends For 2016

A new year brings with it a range of new styles and trends which are predicted to take the wedding industry by storm. Impress your guests by being bang on trend with our top picks for 2016!

1. Bold Lighting

Candeliers

Lighting is so key for any event and in 2016 it’s really going to come to the forefront. This year is all about being bold. Whether you go for candles or statement chandeliers make sure you wow your guests with your lighting design.

 

2. Mix & Match Styles

Mix Match


The days where you had to pick one theme and stick to it are well and truly gone. You can go vintage-Bollywood, rustic-meets-glam or even bring the outdoor inside with pops of colour. The year 2016 is all about mixing and matching different styles and layering textures to create unexpected, bold, yet gorgeous looks.

 

3. Patterns

Patterns

Don’t be afraid to make a statement at your event whether it be your linens, plates, invitations or other stationery. While colour is making a comeback, if you really want to take things to the next level then go for patterns and layer them up.

 

4. Loose organic Florals

Loose Organic Floral

Brides want their weddings to be elegant and subtle but unfussy at the same time, which is why less structured floral arrangements are becoming more popular. Loose, wild romantic florals were big in 2015 and this trend will be carried into the new year, but enhanced with more organic outdoorsy elements such as feathers, greenery and wood.

 

5. Pre Wedding Cocktails

Pre Ceremony Drinks

Before the civil ceremony begins many couples are opting to treat their guest to some pre-ceremony cocktails to lighten the mood, helping the festivities to kick off before even taking their seats. This can be accompanied with a round of canapés or nibbles for the guests to mingle over.

 

6. Calligraphy

Cake Topper

We love beautiful hand-written calligraphy so it’s exciting to see it everywhere in 2016. We’re not just talking on the invites or paper goods, but from laser cut cake toppers to leaf place cards – calligraphy will be popping up everywhere.

 

7. Be Seated

Seating

The typical round-table seating is now being faded out with couples tending to opt for a mix of either very long, rectangular tables, or a mix of long tables, surrounded by smaller square and round tables, to create a more intimate vibe. Lounge areas are also back in, helping to create a more informal vibe for cocktail and after-party hours.

(Images courtesy Pinterest)

04
Jan

How To Pick The Perfect Engagement Ring

Hello and welcome to 2016! It’s the start of a brand new, bright year, so what better way to kick-start our blog than with a post about some shiny new diamonds?!

It is proposal season after all, and no proposal is complete without a bit of sparkle, which is why we’ve put together the ultimate guide for you (with a little help from the folks at Tiffany & Co who make us feel some serious diamond envy).

 The 4 Cs

 

The Cut:

Cut

 

When we think about a diamond cut, we think about the shapes, whether it be round, emerald, pearl or so on. However, a diamond’s cut grade is really about how well its facets interact with the light. Out of all the diamond 4Cs, it is the most complex and technically difficult to analyse.

 

The Colour:

color-grading

You evaluate a diamond on the absence of colour. For example, a chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond without any hint of colour (like a drop of water) has a higher value. The most widely accepted grading system is the D-to-Z colour-grading system, which measures the degree of colourness by comparing a stone under controlled lighting and precise viewing conditions.

 

The Clarity:

tiffany-co-setting-engagement-ring

 

Evaluating the clarity of a diamond involves determining various characteristics such as the number, size, relief, nature and position of the stone as well as seeing how they affect its overall appearance. While no diamond is perfectly pure, the closer it comes, the higher its value. There are usually 6 categories, with 11 specific grades used to determine the value, with many inclusions and blemishes unnoticeable by the naked eye, which is why an accurate assessment from an expert is so important.

 

The Carat:

Carat

This is the measurement of weight. Each diamond carat is subdivided into 100 points to allow very precise measurements to the hundredth decimal. Therefore a diamond can even weigh as little as 0.25. Typically, the price of a diamond increases with its diamond carat weight, however you should remember that even two diamonds of equal carat weight can have very different values depending on the other Cs.

If you’re looking for someone to accompany you on your diamond shopping trip then give us a shout. We’re always happy to shop for something new and sparkly. Jokes apart though, we hope your 2016 is full of many bright and shiny moments.