Wedding Ideas

Groomsmen Gifts: To Give or Not to Give

Trying to decide whether or not get your groomsmen a gift? Groomsmen are – ideally – guys who are closest to the groom. The list can include the brother, the cousin, the high school crowd, or the best friend that lived next door for as long as anyone can remember. If you’re trying to decide whether or not to give your groomsmen a gift then read on. Below are just a few reasons why it might be a good idea to give those special guys in your life something special.

1. To show how much you really know and understand them.

Well-thought out gifts show how well the gift giver knows the recipient. Same goes with groomsmen gifts. You may not be vocal with just how much you value the presence of your boys, especially on such a big day, so why not show your appreciation by taking the time to give each groomsman a gift that suits him the most?

2. To spend more time with them

Groomsmen gifts are often times products or items that serve a purpose (such as socks for the wedding day), but that doesn’t mean they should be limited to anything you can put inside a box. If your groomsmen are all fans of a specific sport, it can be a great idea to treat everyone to tickets for the upcoming game. Or maybe it’s a weekend fishing trip that will not only satisfy your fishing buddies but also allow you to spend quality time with your crew.

3. To make sure they look their best for the wedding.

Groomsmen socks

You love your friends, you really do. They’re the best group of guys a man could hope for. But after knowing them for years, you just KNOW they’ll turn up at your wedding with a missing sock or the wrong belt buckle – or even looking unkempt. Giving socks, belt buckles, or shaving sets as groomsmen gifts may just be the resolution needed to ensure your guys look as presentable as ever.

4. To immortalize your brotherhood.

Groomsmen gifts need not be generic but should also avoid being tacky. Personalized items are usually well-received and can certainly be taken up a notch by way of well-meaning yet symbolic gifts, such as groomsmen caricatures. These creative art pieces have taken the world of wedding party gifts by storm as they are not only unique, but also immortalize the bond of brotherhood during one of the most important events of a man’s life. Definitely one of the best groomsmen gift ideas to date.

5. To say thank you.

Tie the Knot Gift Box

Saying thank you by giving gifts is an age-old practice, but it is no less meaningful today than it was centuries past. Simply saying thank you may be enough, but giving a functional yet meaningful gift is even better. Show your gratitude to the guys who have been with you through the ups and downs of life. The same guys that will stand by you as you say goodbye to the carefree life of bachelorhood by preparing awesome gifts that you know they can never say no to.

Giving groomsmen gifts may already be a tradition that your friends and family practice in which case no further reasons are necessary. However, if you haven’t thought about giving your groomsmen gifts then perhaps now’s the time to start thinking about what to give to the best bros a guy could have.

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A Guide to the Top 5 Photo Booth Styles

Photo booths have developed and evolved since the passport booths and navy snapshots sent home to loved ones. Now, there are so many variations on the traditional photo booth that it can become confusing. To help avoid that confusion, here is a brief guide to some of the many types of photo booths, and what style would be best suited to your event.

    1. The Closed Photo Booth

      Also goes by: Photo Booth, Retro Photo Booth, Traditional Photo Booth, Original Photo Booth
      This type of booth can comfortably fit 2 to 3 people inside and up to 10 very squashed people. They have a bench or seat inside for sitting. Usually operated by touch screen or arcade buttons, the booth shows a live picture inside. Prints come out automatically in 3-4 photos per strip.
      Enclosed booths are the most common type of booth available, most closely resembling the early automatic photo taking machines. They can be found at parties, weddings, and expos, and also as permanent fixtures in a or shopping centre or city street. Easily securable, they often don’t require the presence of an attendant.
      Tried and trusted with a long history, closed photo booths rarely have issues or break down, aside from occasionally swallowing your $2 coins. Though this might not be an accident!
      Pros:
      People can pose without judgement, a pretty reliable machine.
      Cons:
      Becoming an overdone cliché, cheap webcams can be disguised as cameras, print quality is often just average, home made booths can look quite cheap.
      Best suited for:
      Small intimate weddings, large festivals or events where people don’t know each other, permanent fixtures.

        2. The Open Air Photo Booth

          Also goes by: Open Photo Booth, Studio Style Photo Booth, Kiosk Booth, Tower Photo Booth, Reverse Booth, Free-standing Photo Booth, Plinth Booth and even more! (no wonder it gets confusing)
          A popular modern variant on photo booths, technically this photo booth isn’t a booth at all. An open photo booth actually refers to an automatic photo taker, complete with camera, lights, and prints, minus the enclosing walls. Meaning yes, onlookers can see all your silly poses.
          Typically, an open air booth looks like a 1-2 metre tall tower with a touch screen, a hole for the camera lens to fit through and a perspex screen for the lighting. Apart from that, they can look a whole lot different. Some are small, lego-like pieces and poles that fit together when in use and pack down tiny for transport. Some are black road cases stacked on top of each other. Some are simple, purpose built structures that can be covered with branding or left plain. The quality varies greatly, so its important to see what you’re getting before you hand over any money.
          Open photo booths should come with a photo booth attendant or operator to refill the printer, troubleshoot any issues and explain to guests how to use the booth.
          These types of booths are usually standing structures that can fit heaps more people in the image than enclosed booths can. A few choices of backdrops are provided (this is a good option for product branding) and the whole thing will look a little like a photo studio.  Onlookers can see everything happening, so after the first few photos the fun can get contagious and spread throughout the venue space.
          Pros:
          Lots of branding options from booth wrap to backdrop – applicable for weddings and parties too, entertainment for onlookers and participants
          Cons:
          Hard to know what you’ll receive on the day, no privacy for guests, quality between businesses varies greatly.
          Best suited for:
          Staff parties, large weddings, product launches, expos, award nights, anything with branding required.

            3. The Vintage Booth

              Also goes by: Vintage Photo Booth, Victorian Photo Booth, Antique Photo Booth
              This photo booth revolves around its vintage camera centrepiece. With a digital SLR disguised inside, the antique camera is a beautiful themed touch to a vintage style event, often paired with props that match.
              Vintage booths can be either open or enclosed, with closed booths featuring curtain backdrops and open air booths with free standing backdrops. Keep in mind the closed versions are often home made, so make sure you’re satisfied with the design.
              The differences between vintage photo booths hides in the details. They can be self operated by touchscreen or button, or require a photographer. They can be for standing guests, use plastic chairs or antique stools. They can have genuine vintage props, cheap dollar store props or even no props.
              Warning: some businesses label their Closed Photo Booth as ‘vintage’, but will actually only offer a regular photo booth.
              Pros:
              A more unique option, impressive for guests, fits in with event theming, beautiful photo prints.
              Cons:
              Can be hard to find, can be more expensive
              Best suited for:
              DIY personalised weddings, garden parties, vintage themed events.

                4. The Caravan Booth

                  Also goes by: Airstream, Outdoor Photo Booth, Van Photo Booth
                  The largest and most impressive of photo booths. Caravan booths look slick, can handle heaps of traffic and draw people to them from far and wide.
                  Usually set up for people to line up outside before entering through a door near the middle. One end of the booth will have a seat and camera with a touchscreen menu for taking photos. The other end can be set up with iPads for social media sharing, but sometimes just contains prop options.
                  Caravan booths don’t always include photo printing or backgrounds, but often have various branding options. These photo booths always come with a few attendants and are  owned by people who have been in the business a while and know what they’re doing. For the type of events that need a caravan booth setup, lots of people will be using the facility throughout the event, so set your priorities high for customer service and reliability. Don’t be afraid to ask your potential vendor lots of questions beforehand to see how good they are.
                  Pros:
                  Awesome marketing options, impressive looking, social media kiosks.
                  Cons:
                  Take up a large space, most expensive.
                  Best suited for:
                  Festivals, carnivals, expos, large outdoor events.

                    5. The Slow Motion Booth

                      Also goes by: Slow Mo Booth, Slo Mo Booth, different to the Stop Motion Booth or the Video Booth (which records guest messages)
                      A very new take on photo booths, the first slow motion booth was done by Super Frog Saves Tokyo with their video of Ellie & Quang. Instead of taking photos, the slow motion booth uses a movie camera with high frame rates to video guests moving in super slow motion. The movies are then played back on a screen for everyone to watch, and usually edited into a short film by the company afterwards.
                      Guests can take a some time to warm up to this new idea and it does take a little extra thought to dream up a cool idea. Booth attendants can help with suggestions and give out props including streamers, confetti and water guns – which look impressive when captured in slow motion.
                      The setup will look just like a mini movie studio, with lots of lights, a background and a camera housing or camera on a tripod. There should be somewhere to watch the video playback straight away, as this is a big part of the fun.
                      A few extra things to keep in mind for this style of booth are: It can get messy, so check with the venue what they’re ok with. Guests wont have any solid gift to leave with, but the movie will probably get shared extensively online when it’s available. People can get a little crazy after they get into the spirit – be prepared.
                      Pros:
                      Super original, shakes people out of their comfort zone, very fun.
                      Cons:
                      Not for the shy, can get a little messy, nothing physical for guests to take home, needs a big space, can be expensive.
                      Best suited for:
                      Weddings with fun guests, staff parties, school formals and events, brand campaigns.
                      It’s obvious there needs to be a proper glossary of photo booth definitions, as the whole idea has evolved quite a bit since its beginnings. It’s easy to get confuddled between the wide range of types out there, and what makes them better or worse than each other. Every vendor offers something a little different to the next, so make sure to check to make sure the business includes props, prints, custom design, guests books, booth logos, social media options and anything else important to your event.
                      Article submitted by:
                      MoBooth
                      Based in Melbourne, Australia, MoBooth offers original open air photobooth hire and slow motion booth hire for weddings, parties and corporate events.

                      Silver Plated Crystal Toasting Flutes & Contemporary Swirl Wine Stoppers

                      Say Cheers! Make your Toast unforgettable with these Silver Plated Crystal Toasting Flutes that will add elegance and style to your Wedding décor. Your first Toast as Newlyweds is a special moment and deserves to have the perfect glasses for a perfect memory.  They are beautiful keepsakes to not only cherish in remembrance of your Wedding but can also be used for many of your Special Occasions such as Anniversaries, Birthdays or to Celebrate New Years! The Toasting Flutes are 10 ½ inches tall with a Glass Top and Rhinestone Accent.

                      Stop your guests in their tracks with these Contemporary Swirl Design Wine Bottle Stopper favors! They’re loaded with elegance and guaranteed to have a long lasting appeal in your guests’ homes. Each chrome plated metal Wine Bottle Stopper favor measures 4.25 x 1.5 inches and has a modern freeform swirl showstopper top on a conical base, wrapped with a black rubber gasket for a snug seal.

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                      Make It Memorable With Wedding Thank You Cards

                      Thank You … two quick words, but strong enough to keep the relation going, two words which bring smiles, words which lets one forget all the vices, words which one often loves to hear …
                      To add to the smile-bringing factor of a thank-you, there are now Thank You cards. And these come for various occasions, like for simply being thankful for a task made easy, or accepting a gift, or some help, or accepting an invitation.
                      Thank You should not only be in words, but it also should directly come from your heart, it should be said with a heart of gratitude. If not, be it over the phone calls, messages, or cards, thank you seem to lose gravity. Thank You said without sincerity, a smile on face, and gratitude in heart will sound hollow.
                      Often distance hampers the effect of a heart-felt thank you. And that is when Thank You cards come in handy.

                      Strengthening the Bonds: Thank You!

                      Not many would agree to it, but the truth is that a true thanks still strengthens social relationships, helps fight emotional battle during stressful times. Something as simple as thank you wedding cards to people who attended you or your relative’s weddings works wonder. When relationships are going through tough times, it’s sorry and thanks that do their magic to prevent them from dying. It might be difficult to say ‘sorry’ but it’s easy and essential to say a thank you. Despite it being easy, people hardly get time or even the right words to express thanks, and then comes a need of the card which says all that is required to convey their heartiest feelings. Thank you cards are the best way to express one’s gratitude and thankfulness. If one can’t return the favor then saying thanks fulfills the need. Thanks … a small word that makes huge space for you in heart.

                      Say it through Cards: Thanks stored for Years!

                      Here, a must to mention, thank you wedding cards, something well in trend in the western culture, has also entered Indian culture. There have been several changes in Indian weddings today if compared to what it was earlier; thank you weddings cards are a welcome change. Realizing that some of the guests might come tantalizing their personal plans and work, a thank you card to them makes them feel not only good, but also proud and much appreciated.

                      Thank you cards do wonders when one lacks right words to express feelings. Thank you cards are the best to go for when you want people to know how grateful you are to them. One might also wonder why not to call the invitees to thank them! But then, a card, with a personalized text, and a few photographs in it … won’t that make it a much memorable gesture, something that probably even the receiver would like to preserve for long.

                      These days, there are professional designers for beautiful thank you wedding cards. These designers plan on cards along with the preparation of the wedding invitation cards. They’d either like to be involved with the wedding families and some occasions, or might simply ask you to hand them over a few memorable pictures of the wedding. For a personal touch, the designers design cards with the receiver’s pictures with the bride and groom, which is a special effort.

                      Cost Effective Thank You

                      With the digitization of everything in today’s world, designs for these cards are also available on the Internet. Want more?, like online wedding invitation cards, thank you wedding cards too can be made online and shared with every guest, displaying your personal gesture for each.

                      Article Written By: Mr. Atul Gupta is the co-founder of 123WeddingCards.


                      All Inclusive Destination Wedding and Honeymoon

                      If you’re a fan of Sandals Resorts, by now you’ve heard the big news; The Sandals Ochi Beach Resort was unveiled to us last week and it has quickly become the hottest and sexiest new resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica! Besides undergoing a whole slew of renovations to what used to be Sandals Grand Riviera Resort and Spa, the new Sandals Ochi boasts a lot of sparkly additions that have left us positively sure this is hottest spot for trendy destination wedding couples and honeymooners.

                      We are experts on this resort and have sent over 120 couples here in just this past year! Our clients absolutely love it! Click here to get a quick all-inclusive honeymoon quote! Don’t hesitate, utilize our free honeymoon planning service! Have one of our specialists help you plan the honeymoon or destination wedding of your dreams!

                      So here’s what the new Sandals Ochi means for Destination Weddings and Honeymoon couples!

                      New Honeymoon Entertainment and Activities

                      If you’re a couple who loves excitement when you want it and privacy when you need it, then Sandals Ochi is going to be your dream resort. Sandals Ochi offers, hands-down, the most exclusive and thrilling night life of any of the Sandals Resorts.

                      You can party the day and night away at the Ochi Beach Club – a stylish beach party by day and the hottest outdoor lounge in the Caribbean at night. Add to the list of new activities the Caribbean’s largest rock climbing wall, cirque-like pop-up entertainment and exciting beach-side activities, including daily themes such as  Sexy Sundays, complete with Bloody Mary’s, and a Mix + Blend Power Hour featuring the resort’s famed mixologists; Beach Jouvert featuring a cavalcade of color that fills the air with hues of the Caribbean.

                      Experience the Caribbean at the  Carnivale Beach Party with live DJ’s and performers; Ho’ Down with a line dance class and mechanical bull ride; retro Throwback Thursdays with guests’ favorite games from the past; Ultra Sizzle Pool Party where guests can enjoy a bonfire, guest DJs and fireworks; and Reggae Bonanza for guests to experience authentic Jamaican culture.

                      If you’re into a more quiet night experience, you can head down to the Popcorn and Palms cinema to enjoy a film and endless popcorn and drinks under the stars or take a walk around the lit pools to nestle around one of the many fire-pits sprinkled around. It’s ultra romantic (We know from experience!).

                      For the sophisticated, enjoy the exclusive new speak-easy, The Rabbit Hole. We’re not joking, this resort has an actual 1920’s inspired speak easy, complete with a hidden location (we’re not gonna tell you where), password protected entry, and a live jazz singer in a vintage-inspired lounge.

                      The Wedding Chariot

                      If you’ve never been, the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort is a huge resort spread out over 100 pristine acres, nestled among a hillside and a beach side. There is no way we would make a bride all dolled-up and ready to wed, walk to her wedding location. No ma’am! We’re going to escort you in style in our new, specially customized Wedding Chariot now available at Sandals Ochi!

                      Brides (and grooms) can take advantage of this complimentary new sweet ride by having their personal resort wedding planner reserve the Wedding Chariot according to their wedding day transportation needs. Whether you’re getting ready for your big day at the RedLane Spa or having a pre-wedding toast with your bridesmaids in your suite, we’ll personally escort you to your location. All eyes on the bride when you roll through!

                      New Weddingmoon Cake Fillings

                      Last year, the WeddingMoons bakery revealed they were adding one of the most popular, new wedding cake flavors, Red Velvet. This highly sought after flavor joined the Vanialla, Rich Chocolate, and Caribbean Fruit cake flavors. Now the bakery is dropping new and tasty, Caribbean-inspired cake fillings on us!

                      From now on, couples can include signature Strawberry Daiquiri , Coconut and Pina Colada fillings to whatever cake flavor they desire. Can you imagine how delicious a Red Velvet wedding cake with Pina colada filling tastes? We know it sounds sinful but hey, treat yo’ self!

                      New Signature Cocktail Additions

                      In 2013 WeddingMoons rolled out their first signature cocktails that any couple could have served at their wedding bar. Those cocktails just got some new additions to the family. Welcome for the first time anywhere Southern Punch, Zesty Mint, Summer Dream, and Yellow Mist. This is just a sneak peek, we’ll be sharing their tasty recipes soon. If you can’t wait, plan your wedding at Sandals Ochi and taste them for yourself!

                      Newly Manicured Wedding Locations

                      The most popular destination wedding location in the region, Sandals Ochi Beach Resort now offers brides and grooms-to-be even more beautiful settings and improvements for their destination weddings.

                      Whether you choose to get married on the beach during sunset at the chic Ochi Beach club, or in or alongside one of the newly manicured lush gardens, there is something for every bride and groom at Sandals Ochi.

                      Seriously, we can go on and on about all the things you can do at Sandals Ochi but we rather you just see it for yourself!

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                      Blog contributed by: Sandals WeddingMoons

                      Sandals Destination Wedding

                      We love this Real Destination Wedding From Sandals Grande Antigua! Thanks Sandals and WeddingMoons for letting us showcase this beautiful wedding! Click here and inquire about a Sandals or Beaches Destination Wedding or Honeymoon. We offer a FREE planning service!

                      Matthew and Holly

                      Spend one second with Holly and Matthew and the one thing that resonates is how incredibly sweet and kind they are with each other- a trait that poured into every single element of their bespoke destination wedding. After an anniversary trip to Sandals Grande Antigua, Matthew surprised Holly during a beach photography session by dropping to one knee, confessing just how much she meant to him and asking her to be his wife while their photographer captured the entire moment. The couple returned to the very spot where Holly said “Yes!” and decided to begin the official first chapter of their new lives together.

                      Keep scrolling after viewing their destination wedding video to see more sweet images from their romantic wedding loaded with personal details and read their sweet love story that made them our winners.
                      Holly and Matt RW (12)

                      Holly and Matt RW (2)

                      Holly was a completely hands-on bride, with a lot of her small, personal wedding details made by herself and members of her family. Her incredibly personal wedding bouquet incorporated all of her something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue-;

                      “The something old was a photo charm I had made of Matt and my first kiss from our first official date, over 6 years ago. The something new was the white and crystal French beaded flowers and the white and green laced holder I crafted for the bouquet to sit in. The something borrowed was the cream and green French beaded flowers from a wedding my maid of honor had been in, which were made by the mother of that bride. The something blue was a small piece of a blue silk blanket from my childhood. My mom cut, kissed, and wrapped the piece into the bouquet for her to be with me on that day.” *

                      Before the bridal party arrived in Antigua, Holly’s maid-of-honor secretly composed a scrapbook made entirely of love letters and well wishes for the couple from their friends and family and presented it to Holly the morning of her wedding. Seriously, this may be the sweetest wedding ever!

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                      While the bride and maid-of-honor had their hair and make-up done, they both wore silk robes made exclusively for them by the bride’s uncle. Along with their respective initials, both robes had embroidered on them the dates of their individual weddings as well as the badge numbers of their husbands who are both police officers. Holly also added a small hand-cuff charm to her garter to show her appreciation and support of her soon-to-be husband’s commitment to duty.

                      Holly and Matt RW (3)

                      Holly found her perfect open-backed and flowy destination wedding gown before she was sure she would even have a destination wedding. Her Caprina gown by WToo-Watters was the very first she tried on and just like soon-to-be husband, she immediately knew it was the one. Holly based her entire bridal look off of the crystal and pearl hip embellishments found on her dress. A tasteful chignon of curls at the base of her neck completed her timeless look.

                      Holly and Matt RW (4)

                      While Matt stood waiting to marry his dream girl, Holly had her brother deliver to him a special wedding gift, a black-matte watch to match his wedding band- in an engraved, wooden box with a special note that read, “Sometimes, if you give someone just a moment of your time, they will end up giving you the rest of their life … See you at 4.” -xoxo Holly. We told you these two were the sweetest couple ever!

                      Holly and Matt RW (5)Holly and Matt RW (6)

                      “Shortly after we booked our WeddingMoon, we discovered a small lump in Matt’s throat which later turned out to be two separate forms of thyroid cancer. After his thyroid was removed, he underwent radiation treatment while we planned our wedding. With only four months to go until our wedding we could not have been more relieved that we chose to have a Sandals WeddingMoon.We were so reassured that we had made the right decision to have an intimate destination wedding, because every step of planning with our wedding planner was both easy and fun. This was a very emotional and stressful time in our lives, and that wasn’t how we wanted to remember our wedding. The Sandals wedding planning made it ideal and we have nothing but happy memories every step of the way.”

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                      Get ready to cry! Before their wedding reception, Matt changed into his Marine Corps Dress Blue Alphas uniform and surprised Holly with a jewelry box engraved with, “Holly Hope Wells. To my amazing wife, to a true love story that never ends. I love you, beautiful. 07-14-2014″. Inside was a beautiful, heart-shaped necklace with a floating diamond center that a beaming Matt,  places around Holly’s neck right before their first dance.

                      Holly and Matt RW (10)Holly and Matt RW (11)Holly and Matt RW (13)If Matt hadn’t joined the Marine Corps and served with my brother we would have never met. It was during their active duty tour in 2009 that our love grew and intensified as we eagerly awaited our reunion. His service has had a huge impact on our relationship, and it has made him the man I fall more in love with each day – Holly.

                      “We don’t have words gracious enough to properly thank the many people with Sandals who took part in our perfect WeddingMoon stay! From the moment we selected it as our venue to the moment we left on the plane, we could not have imagined a better experience. We can’t wait to visit again, soon!” – Love, Matt & Holly

                      Blog Contribution: Sandals WeddingMoons

                      Date: July 2014
                      Location: Ocean-front gazebo, Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa
                      Number of Guests: 4
                      ThemeChic and Natural with personal customizations
                      Hair and Makeup: Red Lane Spa
                      Photography: Joseph & Janet Jones, Sandals Wedding Photography Partner

                      *Sandals WeddingMoons® offers an extensive selection of bouquets and boutonnieres for the convenience of our destination brides and grooms. This lovely DIY bouquet featured, as they are extremely sentimental to the bride and her family. Holly’s DIY bouquet was an accompaniment to the fresh floral purchases for the other members of the bridal party, groom and centerpieces.

                      Contact us if you are interested in a Sandals WeddingMoon!

                      Elegant Summer Wedding

                      Lena and Harnell wanted a simple but elegant summer wedding, and that is exactly what they got. This lovely couple got married at the Coyote Hills Golf Course in Southern California where they had a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony. The ceremony and aisle was draped with gorgeous summer floral arrangements, crystals, and peach rose petals. The bride had a soft bouquet of white lilies, peach roses and ranuculus. Choosing peach and a tan for their color scheme couldn’t have been more perfect for this loving couple.  The decor was all very neutral in color with a splash of peach thrown in and was just beautiful.  The couple chose peach bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen had tan suits.  We especially loved their unique key place cards and non traditional cake topper.  Thanks to the awesome photographer, Your Lovely Day, who captured this beautiful So Cal Wedding.

                      Photography: Your Lovely Wedding

                      What to Consider Before Purchasing an Engagement Ring

                      Have you come to that point in your life when you are ready to express your eternal love and commitment to your partner by asking for their hand in marriage? If the answer is yes, then chances are you have either started or are getting ready to look for that perfect ring!

                      If this is you and you are feeling a mix bag of feelings; excitement, overwhelmed and daunted all at the same time, we can reassure you that these feelings are completely normal. To help put you at ease and enjoy the journey it is a good idea to do a bit of forward planning and research.

                      To make the journey as enjoyable here are our top tips to consider:

                      1. First and foremost you need to decide on how much you would ideally like to spend. It’s very easy to be overwhelmed by the abundance of dazzling diamond rings, as it is to give into temptation and possibly spend more than you would like.

                      2. Allow plenty of time! Engagement rings are a significant and sentimental purchase and deserve the time you take. Keep in mind that custom made engagement rings can take approximately 4 – 6 weeks.

                      3. Diamond or coloured gemstones? Since ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend you can usually do no wrong when purchasing a diamond engagement ring. But some girls love a splash of colour and coloured gemstones might be perfect for them! Chances are if your partner has her heart set on a coloured gemstone she will make sure you know!

                      4. Consider the style. Engagement rings styles are endless, so before stepping foot into a jeweler’s spend some time getting an idea of the design you are after. It can be confusing staring into a cabinet with a
                      plethora of different designs.

                      5. What shaped diamond? The most popular style is the Round Brilliant set as a solitaire in a six-claw setting. This is of course is not the only option.There are several other beautiful ‘fancy’ cut diamond shapes to choose from. The best thing is, Fancy cut can often be more affordable than an equivalent Round Brilliant. Round Brilliant diamonds are the most popular and demand a premium.

                      6. Read up on the 4C’S. Your first appointment with a jeweler can feel like you have been bombarded with information. So that you get the most out of your appointment, do some reading to familiarize yourself with the 4c’s, the grading system of diamonds.

                      7. When you are ready to book an appointment give the jeweler as much information as possible, the style, the gemstones and size (if you know it) and how much you would ideally like to spend. It’s very helpful from the jeweler’s perspective. This way they can source a selection of beautiful diamonds or gemstones that sit within / around your budget.

                      Enjoy the journey! Engagement ring shopping should be exciting and memorable! With a little forward planning, the experience will be a pleasant one!

                      Article Submitted By: Sarah, Larsen Jewellry
                      http://www.larsenjewellery.com.au​

                      Things to Consider When Hiring a Proffesional Wedding Photographer

                      Seeing a wedding through and having fabulous photos afterwards is a dream every bride looks forward to but before that, some important aspects ought to be put in place like hiring a professional wedding photographer. Couples should know that there are photographers and there are wedding photographers, so not anyone who can hold a camera can qualify. The following is a list of few things you should consider when hiring your wedding photography services.

                      Cost and Budget: A very important factor is cost, nevertheless you should not just choose a wedding photographer based on their pricing only. Sometimes cheap is expensive. Would you not rather spend a bit more on hiring a professional wedding photographer who is skilled since those are the photos that will last and make your wedding memorable?. Photography is the one thing left after your wedding day is over. If you have a specific budget, be realistic towards it. What is the most important to you? Prioritize towards that…whether it be the catering, the venue of your dreams, your photography and memories, or the wedding dress??

                      Photographer’s Personality: It is important to connect with your wedding photographer and this is because you will actually be spending a lot of time with them from meeting, to emails then planning the engagement session, working together to create your best photography timeline to capture all those amazing memories during your wedding day. Do not overlook having and making this connection.

                      Wedding Albums and Options: Your wedding album should be the epitome of it all. This is how your story will be told, great images will be showcased so why not have one that will stand the test of time?.  Your wedding photographer should be able to provide you with an assortment of cover options and album sizes.

                      The Coverage: Consider having a sit down with the wedding photographer and let them help you pick and coordinate your photography coverage according to your day and timeline needs. A professional wedding photographer should be able to capture your story in full, from the moment you are getting ready until the peak moments of the night and reception like speeches so full of laughter and emotions, a romantic first dance or the traditional cake cutting. A standard wedding will require eight to ten hours of wedding photography to truly document the day.

                      Style: Most wedding photographers have their own unique style so when you are looking for one; make sure that you are familiar with the photographer’s portfolio. One way to ensure that is to have a look at a couple of full galleries of their recent work and or wedding albums from their past summer. This may be a lengthy process but will show you their capabilities of story telling.

                      Qualifications: A certified and experienced wedding photographer will not only know how to produce great images but will also know how to react to different unexpected situations. If photography is the number one thing on your list…then make sure that the wedding photographer you want to hire has the experience you expect and deserve.

                      Contract: Always sign an agreement, a contract will protect you as well as the photographer. There are payments, guarantees, refund policies and timelines concerned. When everything is in writing, there should be no worries left unattended.

                      Consider the aforementioned and you will have a wonderful wedding day and be glad that you did!

                      Happy wedding planning, smiles Barb

                      Article Submitted by: Barbara Rahal Edmonton Wedding Photographer and Destination Wedding Photographer

                      Website – http://www.barbararahal.com/

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