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How to Dress Happy Bridesmaids

Bridesmaid Dresses

You’re getting married and of course you want your best friends to be an important part of the big day. So far so good. But does that have to mean that your girlfriends should shell out a fortune for matching dresses that none of them will never wear again? Not at all!

The kindest thing you can do for your bridesmaids is to keep budget in mind. You might be going over the top for your own dress, but there are tons of great and surprisingly affordable bridesmaid dresses out there.  

The next best thing you can do for your friends is to let them select styles that work with their figures. Unless all of your bridesmaids are top fashion models or members of the Rockettes chorus line, the concept of one-dress-suits-all is a fantasy. Select a single color or a palette of shades, choose a length and perhaps even a fabric, and let your friends find their own dresses within those guidelines. You can maintain veto power, but wearing a dress she’s comfortable in is going to make for a happy bridesmaid.

As for the actual shopping, you can make a day of it browsing at a salon or even gather around a laptop — champagne brunch optional — and pick the dresses that way. Buying online gives you a second occasion to get together with your pals when the dresses arrive, and they gather to try them on. Just keep these guidelines in mind…

When Should the Dresses Be Ordered?

If you’re ordering from a bridal salon, it can take two or three months to get delivery. Taking alteration time into consideration, you’ll want to order bridesmaid dresses at least four, and preferably, six months before the wedding. If you’ve got the time, though, there’s no reason to wait, just so long as you’ve already ordered your own dress.  

If you’re ordering bridesmaid dresses online, you can order fabric swatches first, and then once you place your order you can generally get the dress delivery in as little as a month. But alterations may be necessary even if you’ve been able to order a custom size, and you still want to allow time to have that done.

Do Bridesmaid Dresses Run True to Size?

Yes, unless you’re told otherwise, they should run true to normal size. But if someone is between sizes, or planning to lose weight before the wedding, order the larger size. The best of intentions don’t always pan out, and it’s always easier to take a dress in rather than let it out at seams that may not be generous.

Will the Bridesmaids Need Special Lingerie?

Good question! Most grownups have gotten over the let-the-bra-straps-hang-out non-fashion fashion even for casual outfits. But it’s a grievous faux pas to have anything showing in a bridesmaid dress. Lingerie is underwear and it is called under wear for a reason. Tricky straps, halters, low-cut backs, and other design elements require bras that accommodate them. And unless the dresses are black or another dark color, the bras should be in neutral colors that won’t show through. Conversely, black and dark colored dresses call for bras in black or deep hues. Even it you can’t tell in normal light, flash photography can sometimes reveal light colors even under dark ones, especially if the fabric is lightweight.

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Do all the Bridesmaids’ Shoes Have to Match?

For all the reasons that not everyone looks good in the same dress, not everyone is comfortable in the same shoes. There are several ways to get around this and still have the wedding party look cohesive. As the bride, you can set some guidelines like a range of heel height, open or closed toe, and so on.  If the dresses are different hues, each bridesmaid can get shoes dyed to match her dress or all the bridesmaids can wear the same neutral color or metallic. Again, you want happy bridesmaids, and no one can be happy if her feet hurt.

What About Accessories?

Some brides make a gift of necklaces or earrings for the bridal party. If that’s not your plan, then you may want to make suggestions as to the jewelry your bridesmaids wear. Anything flashy, dangly, or oversized is going to draw too much attention and look awkward in photographs.

Makeup Tips to Protect your Eyes for you Big Day

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Your wedding day is one of the most memorable days of your lifetime. But for brides with allergies or sensitive eyes, Mother Nature may wreak havoc on the way down the aisle. Cloudy vision, itchy and watery eyes or bloodshot eyes should not ruin your day…and your beauty look.

Contact lens wearers and those prone to eye sensitivities beware and be prepared before you grab your bouquet and make your grand entrance. Because those beautiful blooms—as well as other allergens and irritants—may burst your eyes full of tears for all the wrong reasons!

Protect your eyes on your wedding day with these tips to keep eyes crystal clear…and makeup from running down your cheeks!

Skip the real flowers.

Pollen allergy sufferers don’t tempt your allergies by carrying or decorating with real flowers. While some flowers like roses are low in pollen counts, others are just a nightmare. Play it safe with silk flowers. Yes, quality sill flowers still look beautiful…and just like the real thing. Except they are lighter to carry! You also may opt for lush greenery—sans flowers. Greenery is Pantone’s Color of the Year, and more and more brides are opting for lush green décor and bouquets.

Stay indoors.

Don’t plan an outdoor wedding if you know your allergies might flare up. And especially don’t go outdoors during peak allergy season. Plan an indoor ceremony and reception. If you want a rugged outdoor feel, use image mapping at the reception to bring nature inside. Or choose wood décor, lush green garlands (use faux if you need) or other elements nature.

Wear sunglasses

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Grab your shades before heading outside. Sensitive eyes should be protected from the UV rays of the sun, which may damage them down the road…possibly leading to cataracts. Feeling fancy? Buy a pair of sunglasses bedazzled with rhinestones or that matches your dress. Or just wear your typical go-to shades! The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends selecting sunglasses marked “100 percent UV protection” and that provide enough coverage (go bigger!).

Watch how you apply make-up.

This one is for contact lens wearers. How you apply your make-up is important. Never apply eye makeup before putting in your lenses. Debris from products may stick to your hands and find their way onto your contacts (ouch!). Always wash your hands before and after placing lenses. Clean hands are happy hands…and happy eyes!

Replace old cosmetics.

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Cosmetics are breeding ground for bacteria. If you’ve had an eye infection, toss out all eye makeup…STAT! Otherwise, be sure to regularly replace products. Mascara and liquid eyeliner should be tossed and replaced at least every three months. Powder shadow and eyeliner pencils are good for about one to two years, according to Shape.

Get regular check-ups.

Your eyes are part of your overall health. For individuals with poor eyesight or those with eye sensitivity, make sure you’re scheduling regular appointments to have eyes checked and evaluated. But even those with healthy eyes and clear vision should not skip the check-up. The American Optometric Association recommends that adults should have a comprehensive eye exam every year.

Keep your eyes healthy and away from allergens and sensitivity on your wedding day by being mindful about your beauty routine…and your health. Don’t take your eyesight for granted, and protect those peepers from irritants, allergens and the harmful sun. The tears you shed on your wedding day should be tears of joy…not tears of eye pain or irritation.  

6 amazing honeymoon ideas for under $3,000

Of all the research and planning you have been doing for your wedding, your Honeymoon is supposed to be the FUN part of the planning; the cherry on the sundae, the icing on the cake….

But getting started can be hard.  You don’t know where to look or what to look for…. or what to do after you find a spot you like.

So the Specialists at Wedding Vibe Honeymoons have compiled 6 different high-quality honeymoon options that offer a tremendous value.

These honeymoons are in different locations, but they all share important defining characteristics:

-They are all located on Islands where:  The water is safe to drink from the tap, English is the main language, the U.S. dollar is the main form of currency.

-They take food and drink very seriously!  The food and drink is truly unlimited, and it is all of top quality.  The restaurants are all sit down GOURMET dining, with classically trained Chefs.  The restaurants are authentically decorated for the most romantic ambiance. Drinks are truly unlimited, and include top shelf PREMIUM alcohol.  If you have any dietary requests, the Chef will sit down with you to plan a menu that meets your dietary needs.

-They will pick you up at the airport!  Upon arrival, there will be no guesswork.  You will be greeted by a representative, and they will escort you to a clean, modern shuttle with ice cold AC waiting for you at the airport to take you to the resort.  The shuttle will be for guests at your resort only, and it will go directly to the resort with no other stops along the way.

-There will be lots to do!  They will have land sports and water sports, with top of the line equipment and professional instruction, and it’s all included.  There will be World Class Live entertainment EVERY night!  Live music, live shows, signing, dancing, professional level quality entertainment.

-Elbow room!  These resorts limit the number of guests in order to give you the most elbow room and quality personal service.  They have the best trained staff in the industry, and the best staff to guest ratio in the industry to give you the best service and experience possible.

-Rest easy.  These resorts have King beds with Serta mattresses and premium Egyptian cotton linens for sleep so good you’ll want to take the bed home with you!

-No awkward exchanges!  Gratuities are included in the price.  They do not even allow tipping on the resort.  So you don’t have to wonder if someone is angling for a tip.  They aren’t, they just really ARE that friendly!

And best of all, the Specialists at Wedding Vibe Honeymoons provide the best one-on-one personal service to help you find the honeymoon of your dreams.  They are there from the beginning to the end to make sure everything is done right.  And all of this personal service is absolutely free to you!


And now, for your consideration, 6 budget friendly, high-quality, high value honeymoon location ideas under $3,000:


1. Sandals Ochi Beach All-Inclusive resort in Jamaica:

Ochi Beach All Inclusive resort

Only a 45 minute flight away from Miami, this resort is like two resorts in one with something for everyone.  This resort is a wonderful combination of fun/active and romantic.  A large resort with LOTS to see and do.  They have a nightclub, a chic beach club, beach parties (Wednesdays are country western night, complete with live music and a mechanical bull!) a rock climbing wall, golf at the nearby Ochi Country club.  Or, the Mountain side of the resort is quiet and romantic, with a magnificent Great House pool.  AND, the resort is conveniently located close to Jamaica’s best attractions: Dunn’s River Falls, Mystic Mountain, Dolphin Cove.

See our current Sandals honeymoon deal for under $3,000 per couple in Jamaica.


2. Sandals Regency La Toc All-Inclusive resort in St. Lucia:

Regency La Toc All Inclusive resort

Located in lush, tropical St. Lucia, this resort is a sparkling jewel.  It has a 1/2 mile beach,  and one of the best views of the Caribbean from the Sunset bluff.  It boasts fun and active nightlife, plus quiet romantic spots to slip away and be alone.  With the Stay at 1 play at 3 program, guests at Regency La Toc can take a free shuttle to the 2 other nearby Sandals resorts and dine there and play there, and it is all included in the one price.  So you TRIPLE your dining and entertainment options.

See our current Sandals honeymoon deal for under $3,000 per couple in St. Lucia.


3. Sandals Grande Antigua All-Inclusive resort in Antigua:  

Grande Antigua All Inclusive Resort

This resort has been named the Worlds Most Romantic all-inclusive resort, year after year.  It is located on Antigua’s best and most famous stretch of beach, Dickenson Bay.  Romance is everywhere at this beach lover’s resort.

See our current Sandals honeymoon deal for under $3,000 per couple in Antigua.


4. Sandals Royal Bahamian All-Inclusive Resort in The Bahamas:

Royal Bahamian All Inclusive Resort

This resort is conveniently located 45 minute flight away from Miami.  This resort is known for it’s private off-shore island that is reserved for Royal Bahamian guests only.  The island is incredible.  A true tropical oasis.  Quiet and private, you can find a hammock or thatch cabana to chill under.  But you won’t go without; they have a beach club, a restaurant, a bar and a pool with a swim up bar, ON the private island!

See our current Sandals honeymoon deal for under $3,000 per couple in The Bahamas.


5. Sandals Barbados All-Inclusive resort:

Sandals Barbados All Inclusive Resort

You will feel welcome and included when you go to Barbados.  The people are as warm and inviting as the weather.  The resort is new and chic, and loaded with features and romantic ambiance.  This resort has world-class cuisine, and innovative pools and bars.

See our current Sandals honeymoon deal for under $3,000 per couple in Barbados.


6. Sandals La Source Grenada All-Inclusive resort:

Sandals La Source Grenada All Inclusive Resort

This is Sandals newest resort, located on the exotic island of Grenada.  The “spice island” is known for having black sand and white sand beaches.  The water is a divers paradise, crystal clear with tons to explore; reefs, shipwrecks and even an underwater sculpture park.  The resort is brand new, and ultra chic and luxurious.  Romance abounds from every corner of this modern masterpiece.

See our current Sandals honeymoon deal for under $3,000 per couple in Grenada.


Would you like to book one of these fabulous honeymoons?  It’s easy!  Click here to contact one of our Wedding Vibe Honeymoon Specialists, and they will make it easy for you from beginning to end.  All at no charge to you!



Dream Wedding on a Budget

Are you recently engaged? Are you constantly searching pinterest for wedding ideas? Do you have a vision flowing, but cringing at the thought of how much it will cost to bring your vision to life? Have you considered a destination wedding yet? You can have your dream wedding and save thousands of dollars!

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Did you know Sandals and Beaches Destination weddings are FREE. That’s right, FREE! Just stay 3 nights or longer and you’re wedding is completely free! Along with the free wedding, you also get 3 free Wedding Planners! You have our help and expertise, a Sandals & Beaches pre-travel planner and on-resort wedding planner to help with all the wedding details! Is your wedding stress slowly lowering already?!

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Sandals and Beaches destination weddings are perfect for any couple. Choose to tie the knot on the beach, under a gazebo, or create the perfect backdrop. Sandals and Beaches weddings are so fun and stress free!  The weddings can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like and are fully customizable. So bring your vision to life – we will help make it happen!

You can have just the two of you tie the knot in paradise, or have your whole crew down to celebrate the nuptuials. WeddingVibe helps you plan the entire trip for you and your guests – we’ll take care of finding you the perfect honeymoon suite. We’ll also help with the travel planning for all of your guests! So you’re not trying to help everyone and be the middle man! We’re award winning travel specialists and have helped tons of couples plan the destination wedding of their dreams! We specialize in Sandals and Beaches resorts, so we have great relationships with the management, and know the resorts like the back of our hands.

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How To Create A Beautiful Wedding When You’re On A Tight Budget

Your special day should be just that, special. So, even if finances are tight, rest assured that you and your significant other will still be able to make your ‘big day’ perfect. With painless do-it-yourself projects and simple tips like reducing your guest list, saving thousands on your wedding day is relatively easy. Take a look at these suggestions — and discover that having a beautiful wedding while on a tight budget is easier than you think.


Pick a perfect outdoor location or borrow someone’s home for the ceremony.

Wedding on a Budget

Renting a wedding venue could end up being the most costly portion of your special day. Function halls, buildings, and restaurants for both the ceremony and reception can incur astronomical hourly rates. There are many options when it comes to outdoor ceremonies — public parks, nature reserves, even a friend or family member’s backyard. Outdoor areas can provide a picturesque setting and an affordable tent can be rented in the case of a rain emergency. Chances are you have a loved one who would be willing to host you and your friends and families in their home too if you want to stay indoors.


Narrow down the guest list.

So we all want to feel the love when we tie the knot but does this really mean inviting that friend from college that you only communicate with through the occasional Facebook ‘like’? Just try to consider that each additional person means an additional cost in terms of food, drink, seating, and others — not to mention all the obligations to talk to each and every person on the big day. Try creating a list of all the potential invites, then try to cross out half of them.


Consider cheaper options for catering.


Between all of the different dietary requirements and the desire to leave all of your guests feeling satisfied, catering can be quite expensive. See what you and your closest friends and families can take care of on your own — many people are happy to contribute a dish or a dozen delicious desserts. If you want nothing to do with the food preparation, a good idea is to seek out a local family-owned restaurant. They are generally willing to help make your wedding special, while staying within your budget.


Seek frugal flower ideas.


While beautiful and elegant, a room full of flowers is expensive and the benefits are short lived. It may be a good idea to still use flowers, but keep it simple. Perhaps a single rose instead of a bouquet for each bridesmaid and a small arrangement for the bride. If you know anyone with a luscious garden, why not see if they will donate some to your special occasion? Also, fake flowers generally receive very little criticism from guests and will save you time as you will be able to prepare the arrangements in advance.


Do the bridesmaids and groomsmen really need gifts?


Instead of buying ten ‘bridesmaid’ mugs that will just end up shoved in the back of a cupboard, consider alternatives to buying gifts for those in your wedding party. Many friends would be happy to receive a personal thank-you note to show your gratitude. As your closest friends they will understand and respect your wishes to have a wedding that fits into your budget.


Be your own bartender.


Alcohol is a component of most weddings and as such, is one of the major expenses. A full open bar can be costly, so try to stock it yourselves with just wine and beer, or perhaps bottles from a discount liquor store. It is cheaper to buy a keg, which allows you to overestimate and get more to prevent running out during the reception.


Consider used or homemade decorations.

Wedding on a Budget

A truly fun activity to bring the wedding party together before the big day could involve some good old arts and crafts. DIY decoration materials can be purchased at craft stores for a reduced cost and decorations from previous weddings can be found at thrift stores and online.


In lieu of a wedding gift, ask for wedding help instead.


On your registry, after your new toaster and frying pan, why not include a list of desired skills and trades as well? You may be surprised to find out that certain friends may have experience DJing or bartending, or may be skilled musicians or photographers. This will save you from having to hire someone — and it will save them from last minute wedding gift shopping.


With just a few changes or reconsiderations, your total wedding bill has the potential to drop quite a bit. Not only will you save money, but you will probably end up preventing a few headaches as well — and your wedding will just be just as beautiful.

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Sophie Washington is a rising designer in fashion who dreams of becoming a jewelry and bridal fashion designer. She currently writes for and is working on finishing her studies. In her spare time she enjoys sewing, sketching new jewelry pieces, and looking through bridal magazines.

Top Wedding Color Trends of 2017

Can’t decide on what color scheme to go with for your big day?  Looking for some inspiration?  We have some of the top color trends of 2017 according to The Black Tux. It’s often hard to find a quality wedding suit and tuxedo rental that fits your budget and color scheme well, luckily The Black Tux has plenty of options that fit the most current color trends.

Go Green


Neutrals & Metallics


Blue & Blush

Wedding Color Trends 2017

Creative Bridal Shower Ideas

Bridal Shower Ideas

Bridal showers have evolved through the decades, and millennial showers have embraced an ‘anything goes’ approach.  Today’s bridesmaids may even host…a Spa Bridal Shower!

While spa parties are usually reserved for the bachelorette party (or “hen” party, if you’re a UK friend!), many brides and their friends are taking the once-conservative bridal shower to the massage table. These showers are all about pampering treatments, relaxation and time with the girls. And don’t forget the mimosas!

Bridal Shower Ideas

This isn’t your grandmother’s shower where the guest list included spanned generations…and seemingly every woman in the family secured an invite. While grandma should obviously be at the top of the guest list, all potential guests need to be aware that this shower won’t be the typical and traditional event where the ladies wear their Sunday best while drinking punch, eating cake and playing games. When taking the shower to the spa, here are five ways to plan in style…and without breaching any etiquette:


A spa shower isn’t cheap, and hosts must know their budget. Do not expect guests to pay for their treatments; a guest should not be expected to pick up part of the tab for a party. Work with the location to decide how each guest will be pampered…or provide guests with a menu of treatments from which they may choose.

Set the Guest List

Many brides have more than one shower. So friends or family members may still plan a true-to-tradition shower with the cake, punch and games. If the spa shower is a secondary party, limit the guests to a close group of girlfriends…and all the bridesmaids. Moms also should be included. If this is a surprise shower for the bride, speak with her mom or her group of close friends to map out the guest list. If the bride knows about the event, make sure she has a say in the guest list.

Be very clear on the invite about what this shower will entail. Make sure guests know to dress comfortably…and to be ready for pampering!

Room for Refreshments

Plan a spa bridal shower at a location that offers a room for guests to retreat for lunch or refreshments. The spa may even offer in-house catering to provide a luncheon for guest. Be sure to inquire what the spa may provide and also what hosts may bring to the location. When planning the menu, Beau Coup recommends healthier food choices like fruit salad, cheese and crackers and veggie trays. Dessert and sweets bars also provide an indulgent surprise for guests…and spa days are all about indulgence! Champagne may be available to all spa guests; or perhaps the bridal party needs to provide their own for mimosas.

A Gift Table

Unless hosts have strictly stated ‘no gifts please” on the invite, guests will arrive bearing presents. Ensure that there is a table where gifts may be placed, and decide if the bride is going to open gifts at the shower, of if she will open them privately with her fiancé. If the bride decides to unwrap gifts at the spa, make sure the time is scheduled into the itinerary and that guest know when to move to another location for lunch and/or presents.

The Spruce also recommends that guests can chip in for a spa gift certificate as a big present to the bride or theme gifts for the spa (creams, oils, luxurious robes, etc.).

Party Favors

Gift guests monogrammed flip flops (check out this easy DIY tutorial!) to wear while at the spa. On their way out, present them with a spa gift bag with scented lotions, nail polish and fun bath bombs.

A bridal shower hosted at the spa gives every guest a pampering treatment while showering the bride with well wishes. Guests can enjoy pedicures, manicures or massages while chatting and reveling in the relaxation. Spa Showers also take away the need for games and other activities to keep guests engaged; most women will prefer a pedicure to Bridal Bingo any day! And at a Spa Shower, all guests will leave relaxed…and blissful!

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Be A Radiant Bride With Flawless Skin

No bride wants to be photographed on her wedding day with pimples. Waking up and finding a big red bump on the nose, chin or forehead is every bride’s worst nightmare. Clear skin exudes wedding radiance. Unfortunately, not every woman can easily achieve glowing skin.

Some women are naturally prone to pimples, especially if their skin is more oily than dry. While not every pimple may be prevented, you can take measures to help nurture, nourish and protect delicate skin for a healthier complexion. Don’t think you can rush that bridal glow, though. Good skin is an investment…of time.  

Start pampering and treating skin a few months before the wedding to acclimate to new products or treatments. You’ll also be able to see how the skin reacts to new scrubs, masks or other products…and have plenty of time to heal skin if a reaction occurs.


Exfoliation sloughs off the dead skin cells to reveal a healthier complexion. Exfoliation is good for all skin types, but each type of skin needs its own unique exfoliating ingredients. For dryer skin, opt for an exfoliating scrub that also adds moisture. Look for honey or sugar as ingredients. Be cautious, though, when using sugar to exfoliate sensitive areas. Sugar grains may leave tears in skin, so it’s best to melt the sugar a bit in warm water. You want a nice paste…not too grainy, but not a true liquid, either.

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For oily skin, Glamour magazine suggests a scrub with charcoal, as it helps dry up excess oil.  And exfoliation should be a weekly ritual. According to Marie Claire, most dermatologists recommend exfoliating once or twice per week.


After exfoliating, use a good moisturizer. For dry skin, a richer moisturizer is recommended. Women with oily skin need to make sure their moisturizer is oil-free. For women with dry skin or normal skin, moisturizing with Argan oil or coconut oil provides great hydration and skin nourishment.

Treating Blemishes

Don’t pick or pop! Yes, we know it’s hard. The goal is to heal the clogged pore. Use tea tree oil to help combat bacteria and aid in healing. Some women have even used hemorrhoid cream to provide redness relief. For swelling and inflammation, you can also apply a cool compress. Or use moist heat to help a pimple drain.


Sometimes cosmetics can cause skin to become red and irritated. Switch products if you suspect a powder, foundation or blush may be leading to finicky skin. Another common problem is irritation caused by sleeping in last night’s make-up. Never sleep in makeup! Wash your face each night and make sure all products are removed. Otherwise, you could end up with clogged pores and acne!

Other irritations

Sometimes tweezing and shaving may lead to ingrown hairs. While these appear to be pimples, they are little hairs that have become trapped and infected within the follicle. Use tea tree oil to help heal. And shave with the hair instead of against the hair to prevent further issues.

Preserve and Protect

The best way to preserve your skin for your wedding is ensuring that you always protect with SPF. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone use a waterproof sunscreen that offers a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Sunburn and sun damage are not pretty for a wedding day. If you really want a sun-kissed glow, opt for a sunless tanning lotion or bronzer.

Bridal Beauty Tips

Pamper skin months before the wedding to nourish and keep skin healthy. Exfoliate and moisturize regularly and always remove make-up before heading to bed. With proper care, you will have a healthy glowing complexion that radiates on your wedding day!


Things You Need To Do Before Popping the Question

Engagement Ring

The proposal―one of the most truly romantic moments in a person’s life as it clears the direction to which the relationship is headed: a life together. Now that you’ve found the right person to be with, it’s only natural to want to make this special. Before you go planning what you think would be the dream proposal, there are certain things you need to do that might not be on your list.

1.) Have you spoken with her family?

As old-fashioned as it may sound, it’s still a much-treasured act to ask for her family’s blessing. It would earn you the highest respects of the people who are trusting you with their family member’s happiness. Prioritize the parents, especially the dad. After all, they raised her and he’ll be giving her away to you on the special day if she agrees to marry you. Also talk to any sibling she’s close with, if any, and extended family like grandma and grandpa. One advantage is you could ask if there’s any family heirloom ring they would gladly pass down to the two of you. Getting a free ring is a given advantage but what makes this one special is the history and the love of previous couples in the family, and knowing that your story has now become part of this heart-melting chain.


2.) Did you allocate a budget?

We’re not just talking about ring budget. You’re planning forever together, remember? We’re talking about preparations for the proposal, the wedding, the honeymoon, your future home. People are more practical these days and the idea of spending months’ worth of your salary is beginning to lose hold on society. A lot of aspiring brides would prefer their partners buy less expensive engagement rings and put most of the hard-earned money into planning the honeymoon or the house.


3.) Are her interests and preferences your main criteria in the planning?

This includes the engagement ring too! Is she partial to an ostentatious piece of jewelry as they match her magnetic personality or something more classic and simple yet timeless? When planning the surprise proposal, think about what catches her attention and keeps it. This helps you think of unique and personalized ideas to make it more memorable for her. She’ll love you for it and would greatly enjoy retelling the story to everyone she knows who’d be asking once your engagement is announced.


4.) Keep the ring safe.

This is not a question meant to be asked but a must for every man when they plan to propose. Oddly, many men execute risky proposal ideas such as placing it in food and more only to lose the engagement ring in the garbage or have the dog swallow it by accident. Such a sentimental item should be guarded more closely. Engagements can still be romantic and unique without putting the ring in danger of getting lost. Tip: take extra caution when including animals in the plans but it would be best to steer clear of them.


5.) Relax.

If you get a positive response, the proposal is only the beginning of a period of hectic schedules, seemingly never-ending planning, and streams of relatives and friends you need to give your attention to. Relish this moment and allow her giggles and hysterical jumping to be embedded in your mind. You can’t recreate this moment so immerse yourself in it.

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