Notes from the Carriage Trade

Best Dressed Brides Of 2014!

Every bride is beautiful in her own way – but the truth is that we will always have a special kind of fascination towards celebrity brides. 2014 has been a full year in terms of weddings, so if you need inspiration for your own Big Day, don’t hesitate to take a look at some of the best dressed brides of the year that has just ended. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Angelina Jolie. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been together for many years now and they have 6 children together (both adopted and their own children). They chose to have a very intimate wedding, far from the eyes of the paparazzi – but even so, pictures of Jolie’s wedding gown really conquered our hearts. Simple, elegant and absolutely magnificent, Jolie’s gown was complemented by a wedding veil decorated by her children. Adorable!
  • The Simpson sisters. Both Ashlee and Jessica Simpson tied the knot in 2014 and both of them looked stunning too. Ashlee chose to wear a lacy gown with a very feminine, delicate design – and we must say that it really complemented her small frame. As for her older sister, Jessica, her glamorous gown was simply astonishing!
  • Kim Kardashian. We couldn’t have ended our list without including famous Kim Kardashian. If Brad and Angelina chose to get married in secret, Kim and Kanye made a huge show out of it. The bride wore two dresses (both of which were gorgeous) and the wedding was a true spectacle of light, beauty, glam and opulence.


If you want to feel like a celebrity (or even better, like royalty) on your own Big Day, don’t hesitate to contact Vintage Carriage Company. From elegant carriages to “pumpkin” (Cinderella-like) models, we have something for every type of bride in Northern California!


How to choose a wedding color

Choosing a wedding color is a great way to make sure your wedding will look well-balanced and elegant. However, making this decision is not always as easy as it seems and it can be a true headache for many of the brides out there. How do you do it? How do you choose one or two wedding colors? Here are some tips to help you out:


  • What kind of atmosphere do you want to create? This will give you a broad idea as to what kind of color palettes you should be looking into. Do you want your wedding to look vintage, romantic and graceful? Pastels will be a great option. Do you want to be bold, to make a statement? Choose brighter colors.
  • What is your wedding theme? What about the season? Your wedding theme and your wedding season should help you narrow down the list of options. Certain colors look really great with very specific themes (such as dusty pink and vintage weddings, for example). Also, your wedding season might provide you with some inspiration too (yellow and orange tones for fall weddings, light green and pastels for spring, various shades of blue and tan for summer, white and “icy” colors for winter, etc.).
  • Check out the trends. Although you shouldn’t guide yourself based on the wedding trends only, they can be great sources of inspiration. Wedding trends can help you decide on very particular shades of the colors you want for your wedding and they can give you an idea on how to combine them with other colors too.

If you want this day to be perfect from all points of view, don’t forget to hire a carriage too! Vintage Carriage Company holds a wide range of spectacular carriages meant to suit your wedding theme and colors perfectly. Come visit us and learn more about our Northern California carriage rentals!

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5 Things You Should Not Do After Your Engagement

We all know what a big moment being proposed to is. We also know that the moment you say “Yes” is also the first moment of your wedding planning process as well. However excited (or stressed out) you might be about the approaching Big Day and however amazing you want your wedding to turn out, there are certain things you should definitely not do right away. What are the 5 most important things not to do after the engagement? Read on and find out more.


  1. Don’t move. Not right after the engagement and not anytime between the engagement and the wedding. Moving and getting married are considered to be two of the most stressful events in people’s lives – so you definitely don’t want them to “explode” both at the same time.
  2. Don’t get a dog (and don’t do anything that might change your usual schedule in any way). You really want to make sure you allow some spare time for the wedding planning. Making a big change in your life (such as getting a puppy for example) would be the exact opposite of “saving your time”.
  3. Speaking of savings, don’t over-spend. It might be tempted to get away with your fiancé and travel to Paris, but the truth is that saving the money would be a much safer bet. Your wedding will be very expensive as it is, even without spending on a lot of other things.
  4. Don’t rush into buying the very first wedding gown that comes your way. Shop around, try on as many gowns as possible and decide on that which truly suits your style. Even more, once you have bought a dress, stop shopping for wedding gowns because it will only give you second thoughts. Of course, if you want to wear two or more dresses, you are more than free to continue your shopping. But if you don’t plan on doing this, stop once you have found “the one”.
  5. Don’t postpone thinking of the smaller things. You might not have booked your venue yet and you probably have no idea what food you will serve at the wedding, but you can still work on the small things. For instance, you could try making a playlist for your DJ or you could try and think of wedding favors too.

Don’t forget to take into consideration the option of hiring a carriage for your Big Day! Here at Vintage Carriage Company, we can provide you with a splendid variety of carriages to make you feel like a true princess!


Romance Anniversary Ideas

Regardless of whether this is your one-year anniversary or your 25th, you will want this day to be special. Surprising the love of your life with a romantic idea will be absolutely amazing for him/her – so do not hesitate to do it!


If you are running short on romantic anniversary ideas, here are some that may help you out:

  • Cook a delicious candlelit dinner. True, this is an all-time classic but the reason it’s still so popular is because it’s actually romantic. Even if you are not an experienced “chef”, you will still be able to cook something tasty and to create a romantic atmosphere. All you need is genuine willingness to surprise your love and a bit of know-how gathered from books and the Internet.
  • A house full of flowers. Who doesn’t love flowers? Order your wife’s favorite flowers and decorate the entire living room with them. She will most definitely love the idea!
  • Do something silly and childish. Take your spouse out for an ice cream and cotton candy at the amusement park that is closer to you. Have some childish fun and shoot some pictures too.
  • Create a slideshow with your favorite pictures. You can choose pictures from the wedding as well as other pictures too. Bring them together in a nice slideshow and make sure to include your “first dance” song as the soundtrack for your little anniversary movie. He/she will surely be touched!
  • Spoil your special someone. Offer your spouse an entire day of “special treatments”. Bring him/her breakfast in bed, rent a carriage to take you away for dinner at a fancy restaurant, exchange gifts and make this day feel completely different than all the other days of your life as a couple.

If you are searching for a carriage to make your loved one feel special on your anniversary, don’t hesitate to contact Vintage Carriage Company. We have a wide range of carriages for all styles – and we would be more than happy to be part of your romantic surprise too!

Photo source: Beraldo Leal