Believe it or not, the wedding season approacheth! And from popping the question to picking out the ring to donning your groomly attired, the soon-to-be-betrothed proposer needs more than just a checklist for help. Thankfully, the wedding expert and founder of CaratsAndCake.com recently released a quick triplet of tips to help get through one of the hardest parts to planning of a matrimonial proposal: picking the engagement ring. Jess Levin’s three simple rules are:
Cost is based on the 4 C’S: Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat
It goes without saying that one of the most important costs to pay mind when on the path to marriage is that of the rings (yes, plural). And just because the engagement ring isn’t The Ring, doesn’t mean the accessory first foray isn’t an investment. For instance, the cost of the engagement ring can vary vastly on four components: cut, color, clarity and carat. Consider how rare cuts, like circular, can drive up the price. and color matters since colorless diamonds are the most coveted and expensive. The clarity, and therefore price, of a diamond is measured on a spectrum from flawless to imperfect. Finally, Carat comes down to weight, in this case, the heavier the better.
Insure the ring
Now, seeing how someone can easily spend up to three months of hard earned coin on a piece of jewelry, it is extremely important to insure the ring. Imagine dropping it down sewer accidentally before you even present it – yikes!! You will need to get an appraisal from your jeweler, which you can often get before you pick up the ring! without coverage. Subtip: If you own a home, consider adding the ring to your current policy.
Decide if you want to have an over the top reveal or a simple heartfelt proposal
There are two types of proposals: the fireworks-champagne-rented-limo type and the simple/ straightforward option. And in all honesty, one doesn’t necessarily trump other – just ask yourself what would make the experience authentic and menaingful for your companion. Keep in mind that if you go the extravagant route, you might need to enlist some friends for help or even hire a proposal consultant (a very recent occupation development).
When you are at a wedding, you are there to help celebrate the love between two people. However, above all else, you are a guest of the happy couple.
The last thing you want to do is to upset the bride or groom, especially on their special day. It is the day that’s supposed to be completely perfect and all about them, and you do not want to interfere with that.
In order to make sure that no one gets angry or has their feelings hurt, follow these ground rules when attending any wedding, and you’ll be the guest every couple dreams of.
- Don’t Wear White
This one is mostly for the women, although I would advise against men wearing white suits too.
Wearing white is not only rude, it is bad luck. The only person who is supposed to wear white at weddings is the bride, so unless the bride has specified that she wants everyone to wear white, avoid it.
Even if the bride does not say anything to you at the wedding, she’ll always remember that girl who wore white to her wedding. (Not in a fond way, either.)
- Don’t Wear Black
This rule is a little bit more old-fashioned. It used to be that wearing black to a wedding was like predicting the failure of the marriage.
Nowadays, many couples are doing black tie weddings, so black dresses are acceptable. However, if it is not specified as black tie or anything like that, it is still not widely acceptable to wear black. Black is the traditional color that signifies death in formal situations, and it is still associated with funerals to this day.
So stay on the safe side and just go with something festive and bright that signals that you are rooting for the couple’s happiness.
- No Complaining
This rule kind of goes without saying.
Even if you are not enjoying yourself and the ceremony was too long, and it is too cold in the reception room, it does not matter. To be brutally honest, no one cares about what you have to complain about.
When you are at someone else’s wedding, you do not complain. You don’t get to be moody or irritated. You just have to smile and understand that it is not your day, and it does not matter what you think of the food or the music or the maid of honor’s speech.
- No Gossiping
In addition to not complaining, you should not gossip either. About anyone.
Nobody loves every single thing about anyone else. Everyone has some little habit that drives someone else crazy. However, a wedding is not the place to talk about those things.
Especially if you are talking about the bride and groom. It is their wedding day, and for that reason, they get to be totally gossip free for at least a day. Weddings are supposed to be special and happy. So just enjoy yourself and mind your own business.
- Use Your Manners
This is also a pretty common sense rule. At a wedding, you’ll probably be sitting at a table and eating with many people you do not know very well. For that reason alone, you should be using your best manners. Chew with your mouth closed, use your napkin, all the things your mom told you a hundred times over.
However, beyond that, it is important to be polite. If there’s something on your plate that you do not like, don’t eat it. However, don’t make a big deal out of not liking the food. Once again, it is not about you when you are at someone else’s wedding.
- Drink In Moderation
Although weddings seem to be a giant invitation to drink free booze and party, it is important to keep yourself in check.
Nobody likes someone who is sloppy drunk or is so drunk that they need to be taken care of. When you are that person, it draws much attention to you, especially if you make a scene.
Do the bride, the groom, and everyone else at the wedding a favor and keep your drinking in check.
Make sure to avoid those six faux-pas when attending a wedding, and you’ll be a great guest to any bride and groom. Make sure you also get a great gift! If you need some ideas you can visit sites like weddings-magazine.com!
Kate Stefanski is the sort of girl who has been planning her dream wedding for a long time, and writes on wedding related topics whenever she gets the chance. If you wish to learn more about Kate you can visit on Google+.
Picking the right precious diamond to symbolize an important occasion in your life, for example, a marriage proposal, could be a troublesome errand for any man. This is no easy task as this diamond will be the symbol of your future engagement. The diamond ring that will be shown off by your bride-to-be to everyone. You may be asking yourself will my future bride-to-be like it? How can I know which diamond cut is the best one for us? Even with knowing your future bride-to-be relatively well this can still be a complicated task. While asking your bride-to-be for help is now acceptable in society, numerous men are still looking to keep the proposal a secret. How, then, would you be able to guarantee that your picked diamond engagement ring will be precisely what your loved one wants? There are various diamond engagement rings in Sydney. Here are three sorts of diamond cuts you essentially cannot go wrong with.
1. The Round Cut Diamond – Seen continuously as the most prevalent cut of diamonds, the Round Cut diamond otherwise called the Round Brilliant is definitely the most popular. Although it was created in 1900, it still remains a popular choice even today. It is regularly the best decision for those who care about insurability as a result of its “safe” shape. In addition its surprising optics are attractive. This makes it a most popular choice by men when choosing an engagement ring. Many jewelers are proud to offer quality round cut diamonds Melbourne couples love.
2. The Princess Cut Diamond – While the Round Cut diamond is the most popular choice the Princess Cut diamond does not stay far behind. The Princess Cut diamond is the second most prevalent cut shape for diamonds. Having become known only until the 1960s that has not stopped the Princess Cut from being highly recognized. With two options to choose from either a square or rectangular shape this gives it a unique touch. Its brilliance in relation to that of the Round Cut diamond has made the Princess Cut diamond a novel state of its own.
3. The Cushion Cut Diamond – Appropriately named, as the Cushion Cut diamond this precious stone comes in either a square or rectangular with adjusted corners. The adjusted corners and shape contribute to the pillow like look. This is where its name was derived from. There are some fluctuations of this cut, for example, Antique Cushions and Modified Cushion Brilliant. Each of these cuts are accompanied with its own particular peculiar excellence.
While in the end it is very probable that you chose the perfect diamond engagement ring, would it not be pleasant to realize that you got the diamond that stole the breath of the adoration of your life? Picking any one of these three diamond cuts is certainly going to help symbolize this important time in your life. Atlantis Diamonds spends a significant time to offer astounding diamonds, engagement and wedding ring all of high quality. See more information by going on atlantisdiamonds.com.au.
The wedding ceremonies can be a nightmare let alone WITHOUT planning for the party following! Here’s a nifty infographic from Ever-Pretty full of tips and tricks about how to run a smashing wedding party:
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Man-gagement Rings: I Do or I Don’t?
The idea of a man wearing an engagement ring to express his commitment to his fiancé is not a new one, but over the years it has not been a very popular trend. However, this year, some celebrities have brought it back in a big way.
One trend-setting guy who was spotted with a “man-gagement” ring recently on his left ring finger is Johnny Depp. His rather substantially large round diamond solitaire is flanked by graduating diamonds down the shank of the ring and is a nice compliment to Johnny’s fiancé Amber Heard’s sparkling solitaire that is in a slightly more feminine setting.
Another couple who has jumped on board with the “man-gagament” ring trend is Singer Jennifer Hudson and her Wrestler fiancé David Otunga. His commitment ring is a band style ring with raised geometric squares and inset diamonds in between each square and along the profile. It is a modern design by one of the top ring designers, Neil Lane. It has both sparkle and unique interest all in one package.
Considering that engagements can be quite lengthy sometimes and both parties may enjoy professing their love and commitment for each other, the idea of a “man-gagement” ring seems like less of an oddity. Also, in breaking with tradition, the usual engagement ring recipient may really enjoy being able to show their love for their “spouse-to-be” with the gift of a ring in return. Most people may not have the finances to buy a 5 carat diamond set in Platinum that celebrities like Johnny Depp and David Otunga may be wearing, but there are simpler band styles made out of white gold, sterling silver, and stainless steel that may fit the bill.
While there is a lot of focus on selecting the perfect wedding engagement ring for the bride, the wedding band is in fact, a more important choice for the bride and groom.
While an engagement ring can be left at home for whatever reason, married people never go without wearing their wedding bands.
The way in which you pop the question should be as memorable as doing it. Throughout my years I’ve heard a number of strategies, and surprisingly, very few of them are inspired and creative. In college, I paid my bills working as a waiter at a not that great restaurant that postured as a great one. I’m sure you know the kind that I’m talking about. I wore a bow-tie and served hamburgers, that kind of place. Anyhow, I’ll never forget, one night this delightful couple walked in, and the gentleman pulled me aside and presented me with a diamond ring. Of course I was flattered! He asked me to make sure to present the check to his girlfriend, and put the ring inside the check presenter. I almost told him no, but this was his plan and who was I to get in the way of it. I bring up this anecdote to illustrate a wonderfully uninspired way to ask the love of your life to spend the rest of her days with you. I have no doubt that thing man is a delightful one, and if my math skills are working properly, he’s hopefully celebrating his twelfth wedding anniversary right about now, but someone should have helped him brainstorm for a more memorable strategy.
Location, location, location
I haven’t met my future wife yet, but once I’ve decided, I promise you she’ll never forget the manner and location of my asking and her answering. Don’t do it at a burger joint, even if the waiters wear bowties. If the idea of popping the question at a restaurant is appealing to you, choose a spectacular one. That doesn’t mean you need to spend a ton, it just means that you need to do a bit of research. Don’t put it in the check. Fellas, we take a knee for the sake of romance and vulnerability and as a gesture of desperation, because just the thought of her saying no would be soul crushing. I already know where I’d like to do it and it’s a beautiful place outside. I discovered this secret wonder of the world while exploring the coast on foot thirteen years ago. Find a place that is as majestic as your love.
Think outside the box
A diamond is forever, and a diamond ring is a symbol of just that. However, every other guy in the history of the world has offered his love a diamond ring. You should consider augmenting the ring with something that’s a symbol of your precious lives together. A women’s Rolex watch is as classy as it is elegant, it’s as timeless as it is perfect in keeping time, and it’s an inspired addition to your presentation. You won’t believe your eyes when you see the countless jaw dropping examples of Rolex watches for women.