Tag: aisle

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

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)

10
Dec

#ChairSwag: How To Make Your Wedding Chairs Stand Out

Chairs – they’re so simple really, and yet when it comes to wedding chairs it can be quite tricky to ensure they’re looking just right. Over the years we’ve been to plenty of events as guests, and sadly it seems like most people assume there’s only one way to dress their chairs, when in fact, it’s a great opportunity to unleash your creative side. Here are five different styling options:

1. Swept to the side

Wedding Chairs

This classic look is a favourite of ours and is complemented by the ghost chairs so well. This look will work for pretty much any theme and can be used for wedding chairs down the aisle, on the head table or even for seating for all the guests during an evening reception (though you may need to limit the bouquet to a single flower for budgeting purposes). While here it’s pink on pink, with peach and ivory, you can use bright contrasting colours if your theme is more exuberant.

2. Soft ruffles

Wedding Chairs

This look is so chic and glam at the same time and would be perfect for a vintage-glitz event – think Great Gadsby. The soft ruffles add a touch of warmth to the decor, and the plus point of covering the majority of the chair with material, is that you can really bring out the colours of your theme. The downside..more material equals more time and more money.

3. Mr & Mrs

Wedding Chairs

This obviously works best for the bride and groom but to make it more fun you could add ‘father of the bride’, ‘mother of the bride’ or ‘best man’ and so on at the head table. Alternatively, you can even use them as place cards and have each guests’ individual name written on.

4. Centre knot

Wedding chairs

This style works great with chiavari chairs as a large part of the actual chair is still visible. The long material ensures a splash of colour is added to the room while the bow on top keeps everything looking tidy and in place. With the material dangling at the bottom, it would work well for rooms with plenty of floor space.

5. The weave

Wedding Chairs 

This is perhaps the most intricate of them all and to get this right, you need to ensure you are going with a quality décor team. There’s nothing worse than having chairs all looking different to one another. This design works best with the plain coloured material and of course can only be done with chiavari chairs. If there’s not enough time to weave all your guests’ chairs then perhaps opt to do the top table, but use the same material, but different design for the remaining wedding chairs.

 

Images: Pinterest