Tag: groom

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.

 

08
Dec

How To Enjoy Wedding Planning

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. Yes, there will be times when it can get stressful and confusing, but on the whole, it’s a beautiful time which can actually bring you closer to your loved ones. Here are 7 ways to enjoy the whole planning process:

1. Hire a wedding planner
Your wedding planner will be your best friend during your wedding planning journey. He or she will help you make important decisions, give you a reality check, make sure your money is spent wisely and do all the hard work to ensure you’re left with all the fun bits.

2. Use it to bond with your girls
If you use your planning time well, it can actually be a lot of fun. When it comes to things like dress shopping why not turn it into a girls’ day out? Finish off with a champagne afternoon tea to get the giggles and gossip really going. 

3. Get the groom involved
If you can get the groom involved then it’s a win-win all-round. You get to spend time with your loved one and it also helps take the load off. Remember to make it fun. Perhaps stop over for a round of cocktails when you’re venue hunting and turn it into a date night or date afternoon.

4. Splash out
You can use your wedding as an excuse to splash out on all the latest wedding and fashion magazines. It doesn’t just stop there. Why not dig out all your favourite wedding rom-coms and get comfy with a bowl of popcorn on the sofa? It is for research purposes after all…. 

5. Eat as much as you like
Weddings are partly all about food. So whether you’re food tasting or deciding which flavor cake to go with, you can enjoy as many delicious treats as you like without feeling guilty about it. 

6. It’s your moment
It’s your big day and it’s all about you. Wedding suppliers will be going out of their way to impress you, while friends and family will be showering you with plenty of attention. Take it all in your stride and simply enjoy being the centre of attention. 

7. Think honeymoon
The world is your oyster. Yes, the focus will be on the wedding, but that doesn’t mean you can’t daydream about which exotic location you wish to soak off all those hours of work in. Once it’s booked you won’t be able to contain your excitement. 

To get in touch with us email enquiries@carriagesevents.co.uk