Our Tips for Brides Planning a 2019 Wedding

Our Tips for Brides Planning a 2019 Wedding

Consider Vintage

If you have the opportunity to wear or redesign a wedding gown, please consider it. There’s something so special about donning a vintage dress with so many memories. You can get rid of those eighties-style sleeves by using the fabric for your veil!

Bridesmaid Duties

The bridesmaids can help the bride with various parts of the wedding planning and may be asked to help with specific tasks depending on their individual skills and talents. You will also be expected to go bridesmaid dress shopping with the bride. Ensure you establish with the bride too who will pay for the dresses and any extras such as accessories and hair and makeup. Traditionally the bride pays for what she wants the bridesmaids to have, but this isn’t always the case, so make sure everyone’s on the same page to avoid any awkwardness. Be prepared to help with any wedding planning tasks. This can include sorting RSVPs and categorising menu choices once the invitations have been sent out.


We love IKEA for this. So many of their products make beautiful centrepieces just as they are. These wedding decorations certainly aren’t going to break the bank. However, if you want to go a step further, there are many simple ways to customise your purchases. A bit of spray paint and cheap additions can help cater these low-cost decor items to your theme perfectly.


I don’t know about you, but I absolutely adore wedding tiaras. I think they look absolutely stunning on every bride. They always look way more expensive than they actually are too. Even if you don’t believe one would suit you, I urge you to try at least one on. You may be surprised!

Fake Flowers

Real flowers can cost an absolute fortune. So if you’re looking for ways to cut costs on your wedding decor, why not try fake ones? The benefits of artificial flowers are endless: they’re cheap, easy, and their stamens won’t cause any pesky stains. So why not give them a go today? If you’re feeling brave, you can also try your hand at making your own confetti. There are many guides available online about how to do just this.

Wedding Car Hire

Wedding cars are as synonymous as the three-layered cake couples share on the big day. This is why you shouldn’t delegate the task or wait until the last minute to have one squared away. Making a start on your wedding transport arrangements can prove a minefield. With so many options out there, it’s crucial that you find a company and a car that meets all your requirements. Premier Carriage is proud to present one of the UK’s leading collections of beautiful & prestigious wedding vehicles available to hire in West Yorkshire.  Ranging from modern-day luxury through to the classics of the ’50s & ’60s and way back to the age of vintage motoring elegance of the roaring twenties, you are sure to find something to compliment your wedding theme.

Venue Homework

Finally, it’s true to say that without a venue, not much else can happen! So our advice to you would be to leave all of the other decisions that need to be made (for now!) and focus on finding the venue of your dreams. Many of the most popular wedding venues get booked up months or years in advance, all the more reason to make choosing a venue your priority. And if you find that your preferred date isn’t available, don’t be afraid to consider other options such as Sundays or even a weekday which is becoming more and more popular due to the saving you can make in venue hire fees.


If your guest list is bursting at the seams, or you’re only having a small intimate do, then assess the plus-one scenario. If asked why you’re not allowing single friends to bring guests, size or budget constraints or your parents’ never-ending guest list are always good reasons. However, be prepared; there’s usually always at least one who thinks that the rule doesn’t apply to them.

Budget, Budget, Budget

Your wedding budget should follow this formula: 50% of total budget to reception; 10% for flowers; For attire 10%; 10% for entertainment/music; 10% for photo/video; 2% for invites; 2% for gifts. Don’t forget to allocate an extra 10% of your money for surprise expenses like additional tailoring needs or umbrellas for a rainy day.

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