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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.


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


#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.



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!


Wedding Myth-Busters Part 1

There are so many factors that need to be taken into consideration when you begin wedding planning. You need to think carefully about your suppliers, the ceremony, your chosen venue and so on. People will often feed you all sorts of information when it comes to wedding planning, but we’re here to tell it to you exactly how it is. Here’s presenting the first part of our myth-buster series in which we put some of those common misconceptions to bed.

1. I don’t need any assistance on the day
Wrong! You are going to need someone to run your day. Whether it be your best friend, a family member or a purposely hired wedding planner, someone needs to be on hand to ensure all the suppliers are sticking to the plan and making sure timings are spot on. You could be the most organised person on in the world, however, you’re going to be far too busy to chase people while your standing at the altar or sitting in the mandap.

2. My caterer or décor company will bring along a dedicated event manager
There are some amazing companies out there who will really do a brilliant job with your event. But, please double check what it means if your caterer or décor company promise to bring along an event manager. You may think this is a substitute for a wedding planner – but it’s really not! They will most likely be managing their own staff on the day but may be too busy to deal with other suppliers, or other guests or family members. Just be sure to double check at the start and go in with your eyes open, as you don’t want any confusion on the day.

3. My guests will not complain
We are not going to lie; there will always be that uncle who will complain about the food being too spicy, or not spicy enough, or the music being too loud or the venue being too far. It’s going to happen. Trust us. You need to build up a shield to ensure you don’t let any of this get to you. It’s impossible to please everyone, and just remember; your wedding day is about you.

4. I will not burst into tears
So many brides think they’re going to make it through the day without getting tearful. While this might be the case for some, we think it’s always best to ensure you keep a handkerchief nearby. It’s not uncommon for even the strongest of brides (or grooms in some cases) to burst into tears at some point during the day.

5. I will be too stressed to enjoy the day
Who told you that? It’s your big day. You deserve to enjoy it. Some people may have had a bad experience on their wedding day, but that doesn’t mean you will too. If you do the hard work at the start and ensure you’re working with quality suppliers, you will be able to relax and party the night away like you deserve.


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


Top 15: How To Save Money On Your Wedding

With the average Asian wedding in the UK topping the £50,000 mark, it’s clear that weddings equal big spending. Whether you are working to a budget or have thousands at your disposal, there’s no harm in looking for ways to save money – because let’s face it, everyone loves a good bargain!

1. Go off-peak
While the wedding season is no longer limited to summertime, a lot of weddings do still take place between June to August (largely due to the sunshine factor). Therefore try and avoid these months and set your date for a slower month as your suppliers will be more willing to negotiate on price.

2. Get married on a weekday
While this doesn’t work for everyone, if you can opt for a weekday wedding then why not, you’ll save a staggering amount of money on not only your venue, but on other wedding suppliers too.

3. Opt for a cheaper venue
If your dream venue is over budget then sometimes it’s not worth scrimping and saving every penny to pay for it, because it will mean you’ll really have to compromise on other important aspects such as décor, entertainment and food. Instead, why not go for a cheaper venue and then pay a little extra to decorate it well and ensure it looks stunning.

4 .Choose a full-day hire
If you are having a wedding reception then have it at the same venue as your ceremony and preferably on the same day. A full day hire charge is always less than two separate days and it will save you costs on transportation and things like catering, as your caterers will be there from the morning, right till the dessert is served.

5. Attend wedding fayres
If you do some research beforehand and decide which suppliers you want to go for, keep a track of their social media as they’ll most likely be exhibiting their services at a wedding fayre. Most suppliers will have some sort of on-the-day offer if you book them then and there which will definitely save you some money. 

6. Double-up on items
If you’re having a seating plan and want to have both place cards and favours on the table, then a good idea would be to double up on these. You can also reuse any chairs or chair covers you may have hired for the ceremony and even reuse any personalised signage for the reception.

7. Ask family and friends
If you have a big network of people at your disposal then use them. They may be able to put you in touch with a wedding supplier who can offer you a discounted rate due to relations. Sometimes you may be able to reuse things like centerpieces or material that some people may have stored in their attic from a previous wedding. Just because it’s been used before doesn’t mean you should stay clear. Just think of a way to make it unique to your special day.

8. Get bigger tables
If you can get more people seated on the table then it means less tables in total which is fantastic news for you. This will mean forking out less money on centrepieces, tablecloths, and even menu cards and bottles of wine if you’re having any on the table.

9. Nearby location
If you go with a venue that is close to home then it will naturally mean it will take you less time to travel back and fourth and hence making you a saving on travel costs. However, it also means you don’t have to stay over the night before or on the night of the wedding if you don’t want to.

10. Plan ahead
Sometimes you need to sit back, relax and think of the bigger picture. Work out your event theme before you start buying things or putting down any deposits. You don’t want to end up regretting your decision and then end up splashing out more money on extras you could have avoided.

11. Selective drinks
You don’t have to have an open bar at your reception in order for people to enjoy themselves. Instead you can opt to have a choice of two non-alcoholic and two-to-three alcoholic drinks instead. One cocktail, a beer and bottle of wine will usually work well. Better yet – try and keep them in keeping with your theme and guests will think it’s a deliberate move to create a certain ambience. 

12. Don’t go overboard with the flowers
Flowers are a big expense. To keep costs to the minimum try and choose types that are in season and slightly cheaper. If you stick to one or two different ones instead of a whole mixed bunch that will also be less costly.

13. Clever cake
Of course you want your cutting cake to be a showstopper – but it doesn’t have to be huge! Go for something small and sophisticated and have a separate, plain, large slab in the kitchen, which can be cut up and served to your guests.

14. Everyday savings
If for example your wedding is a year away, you can make a conscious decision to perhaps stop buying a daily cup of coffee. With an average cup costing around £3.20, if you stop having a coffee Monday-Friday for one year you could save a whopping £768.

15. Hire a wedding planner
At first you may think a wedding planner means forking out more money on your wedding, but actually, a good wedding planner will have built good relationships with other industry suppliers and may be able to negotiate some great deals for you. A 10 per cent saving on a caterer and a free pre wedding photo shoot, for example, can be a huge saving, and means the wedding planner may have pretty much already paid for his or herself through the savings made.

For any further advice contact our team at enquiries@carriagesevents.co.uk




Say Hello To The Midlands’ First Wedding Hour

We’re so excited to share with you that on Wednesday 9th December we are launching the Midlands’ first ever wedding hour!

You see, we understand that weddings are supposed to be fun, but too often brides and grooms are bogged down with so many unanswered questions that they don’t know where to start, which is why we’ve come up with a brand new, innovative concept to offer couples some much needed advice – completely FREE.

On Wednesday 9th December (and every Wednesday thereafter) between 1pm and 2pm we are offering you the chance to get in touch with a professional wedding planner with any questions you may have – and get an immediate response in return.

Questions can be sent to us on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #AskCarriages and can also be emailed to enquiries@carriagesevents.co.uk  with Ask Carriages in the subject line.

For those of you looking for more in depth advice, you can arrange a complimentary telephone or face-to-face consultation with us via prior appointment. The only catch – all questions and appointments must be sent or arranged with the team between the allocated hours every Wednesday.

We promise to get back to you straight away, because we feel it’s important to keep turnaround times to the absolute minimum when working in such a fast-paced industry where things are changing minute by minute.


10 Reasons Why You Need To Hire A Wedding Planner

Your wedding day is arguably one of the most important days of your life. Not only do you want the day to run as smoothly as possible, but you want to ensure that you and your guests have a good time. Trust us when we say that hiring a wedding planner may actually be the best investment you make for your big day – and here’s our top 10 reasons why:

1. Save money
A good wedding coordinator will have established links with many good suppliers and should be able to negotiate a good discount for you. Whether it’s a 10% saving on the catering or a free bouquet of flowers thrown in, you may find that by the end of your wedding, your coordinator has actually paid for his or herself through the savings you’ve made.

2. Save time
It can be stressful to find good trustworthy suppliers that you like. If you don’t have anyone you can really turn to for advice, it can mean an endless list of meetings with various different suppliers to try and find the ones that are right for you. As they say time is money, which makes this one a no brainer.

3. Keep the romance alive
Sadly for many couples, from the very moment they announce their engagement their entire relationship becomes about the wedding. While this is great to some extent as it means you are both taking an interest in your big day, it also means that you’re moving away from what really brought you together in the first place. Investing in a wedding planner means you can plan some exciting dates and enjoy a wedding-free zone.

4. Focus on the detail
You may have a venue coordinator and a caterer or décor supplier who have told you they can manage your event on the day. While this is true to some extent, just make a note that they will most likely only be handling their team. You need someone who is going to bring all of these suppliers together and make sure they work in-sync without any hitches, while ensuring all of your guests are looked after at the same time.

5. Reduce stress levels
Let’s face it, when you have a full time job to cope with, wedding planning can be a stressful time. The bride and groom need to feel relaxed ahead of their big day to ensure they look and feel their best and this is not going to happen if you are up half the night worrying if your caterer will arrive on time or not. You should be focusing on getting yourself pampered!

6. Bring your vision to life
If you’re not an overly creative person or do not have much experience of organising events it can sometimes be difficult to imagine how everything will come together. This is where your wedding coordinator will step in. He or she should be able to take your vision and bring it to life based on the budget you provide. Whether you want vintage, rustic, bling or anything else – a good wedding coordinator should be able to make this happen.

7. Location, location, location
Many couples will often choose to get married in a different city to where they live simply because they’ve either fallen in love with a venue, or their families live in the area. This however means you need to invest more time into getting to know the area so you can advise guests on travel and accommodation for example. If you hire a wedding planner then they will do all the research for you and take away the extra stress and hassle you don’t really need.

8. Ask the right questions
When meeting suppliers, sometimes many brides and grooms forget to ask some rather important questions that may seem trivial at the time. An experienced wedding planner will make sure all bases are covered and you are getting the best value for money from your suppliers, even if it means asking those awkward questions you may not want to ask yourself.

9. Let the family have a good time
If you’re going to be standing at the altar or sitting in the mandap then you obviously can’t manage the day yourself, so you will end up designating tasks to one or a whole group of family members. However, by hiring a wedding planner you are ensuring that all of your guests can relax and the job will be done. No matter how reliable a family member will be, not everyone has the experience of liaising with certain vendors.

10. Peace of mind
In addition to the family enjoying themselves, it is important that the bride and groom also have some piece of mind that everything is taken care of. All you need to focus on is looking amazing and smiling for your pictures, because after all, you’ll never get this opportunity again so make the most of it!


Team Carriages



You’re Engaged! What Should You Do Next?

He’s finally popped the question and you’re enjoying copious amounts of fizz and chocolate. Go for it, it’s a time for celebration after all! But once word has got around and the congratulations messages have slowly stopped coming in, it’s time to get serious. Your mind is probably buzzing with so many unanswered questions that you have no idea where to start. But don’t worry, here’s our top 5 guide on what you need to do straight after you’ve announced your engagement:

1. Set a date
Have a chat with your other half, your parents and anyone else who you feel should be included in the decision making process (i.e siblings). The first priority is to set a date because everything else will follow. Once you’ve got a date in place notify your guests – which leads us on to point number two.

2. Know your numbers
Start making a guest list for two main reasons; 1) It will enable you to send out save-the-dates to everyone to ensure they keep the date free, while you work on the finer details of your big day. 2) You need to know what sort of numbers you’re dealing with when you’re conducting your venue search.

3. Set a budget
Let’s be honest, when it comes to weddings everyone tends to get carried away. We mean EVERYONE. Think about how much money you realistically want to spend and then work your way backwards. Think about the things you want to prioritise and which you’d be happy to spend more on (we tend to suggest things like venue, caterers, and any video/photographers).

4. Know your style
What kind of couple are you? Think about your style and the type of look you want to go for on the day. You might want vintage, rustic, traditional or modern chic. Don’t rule out any unconventional themes or settings. Look at all the possibilities. Think bridal magazines, blogs, websites and Pinterest. These will become your best friend.

5. Start venue hunting
Once you have an inkling of the type of setting you want, start looking at venues. This is arguably one of the most important decisions you’ll make when it comes to your wedding day, as things like timings, logistics, food etc will all be determined by the venue itself. Make a prior note of any questions you need to ask on your visit, if you have a wedding coordinator then he or she will prompt you on these and most likely accompany you on any visits.

If you have any further questions or would like to arrange a complimentary event consultation with our event experts, send across an email to enquiries@carriagesevents.co.uk

Team Carriages