Choosing an engagement ring she’ll absolutely love!

Are you thinking of popping the question to your other half? Planning a proposal and shopping for an engagement ring can be difficult. Here are some tips and tricks for choosing the perfect engagement ring. This short guide will tell you everything you need to know about buying an engagement ring she’ll love!
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Give her what she wants. – You don’t have to buy a sparkling, diamond solitaire ring just because tradition says. Listen every time your other half is talking about what type of jewelry she likes. Get her a ring that reflects her style and personality. Perhaps consider something different, such as turquoise engagement rings for a unique gift!

The four C’s. – If you do decide to choose a diamond ring, do plenty of research. You might be wondering what the difference is between the £100 ring and a £10,000 ring. There is more than meets the eye! Price is based on the four C’s – cut color, clarity, and karat.

What metal should you choose? – Platinum, silver or gold are popular options for rings. Researching their strengths and weaknesses is important. While silver is cheaper than platinum, it does scratch easier. But platinum doesn’t polish up as well as silver, but it is tougher.

How much should you spend? – Much debated, is the fifth C! Knowing how much to spend can be a difficult question to answer. Tradition suggested two months salary was expected for a ring. In recent years, this has changed. Whatever you’re comfortable with is suitable. There’s no need to spend the world if the ring is right!

Find out her ring size. – If the ring fits the first time she put it on, it’ll make the moment even more special. Knowing her ring size save her having to be without her ring for a week while it is getting resized. It’s easy to find out her ring size, though. Just pick up one of her favorite pieces from her jewelry box and take it down to your local jewelers. They’ll tell you what size the ring is, without having to buy in their store.

Choosing a jeweler. – There are so many stores, with rings of different prices. Where do you start? Firstly, go into your local jewelers and see what they have to offer. You might even want to drive to the next city, in case you get caught shopping! Talking to experts in the profession is a great way to learn more about what ring is right for her. Don’t forget to look online, too. There are lots of reputable stores that you can buy engagement rings.

Picking the ring – Once you know what type of ring you want to buy her, and know her ring size, you are ready to shop. Choosing a ring can be a difficult task because there are so many options. Consider taking a trusted friend or family member with you to help choose the ring for your fiancé. Make sure you take someone you trust and respect, though, you don’t want the surprise to be spoilt!

Best of luck shopping!

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Every Bride Needs This Key List Of Wedding Accessories

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As a bride to be you’ve got a lot to think about and no one is denying that planning a wedding is stressful. It is, but it’s also a lot of fun, and that’s mainly because you get to go on a massive shopping trip. There’s a lot of different items and accessories that you’ll need to buy before the big day of the wedding. These range from those little things that make you look like a princess to a few classical traditions. But here is the ultimate list that you need.

Earrings, Necklaces And Bracelets

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You can’t be a beautiful princess bride without a few, well placed and selected pieces of jewellery. Obviously, you don’t want to wear too much jewellery because it will take away from the stunning stress you should be wearing. But you want a little on each main feature. Start by thinking about the earrings. Pearl drop earrings are the perfect choice because they are both simplistic and beautiful.

To go with your pearl drops, you might want to look into a pearl necklace or bracelet. It’s not a bad idea to make sure that your jewellery matches in this way. It brings together your style and makes sure everything looks as though it fits together.

Remember, when choosing jewellery, you do need to think about colours and shades. Don’t pick anything that clashes with your overall outfit or the dress that you have chosen. If you’re wearing a white dress, the jewellery should be silver, white gold or platinum. Continue reading →

Facts Every Bride Should Know About Wedding Beauty

Are you one of the lucky brides to be that is getting married soon? Read on for some beauty facts that all brides need to know to make the best of their big day.

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Getting a professional makeup artist could help keep you calm.

Now you might find it surprising but getting a professional to do you make up isn’t it was expensive as you think. Of course, there is nothing wrong with doing your own, make-up, but you will need to practice beforehand. However if you do decide to put your bridal make-up in the hands of a professional, you get the benefit of all their experience and knowledge. Having a professional makeup artist can also take the stress off of you, as having your makeup done can create a peaceful space, just before the you leave for the ceremony. You also get a trial so you can see what your look is going to look like for the day itself and make any changes you want.

Natural beauty

Natural beauty is the look that most brides go for. Think of the look as your best natural self. That means out with the harsh eyeliner and bold colours and in with more natural colours and tones. For an effective natural beauty look, you want to pick colours that compliment your skin and hair tone. So warm coloured skin tones would use olives and peach colours. Cooler skin tones might go for white and frosty pinks. A more natural false lash, can also help your eyes seem bigger on your wedding day, without any danger of that spidery look.
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Making Sure You Look Astonishing On Your Wedding Day

On your wedding day, all eyes are going to be fixed on you for the duration of the day. It won’t matter so much about your flower arrangements or colour scheme. Although those things are important, you and your partner are going to be the stars of the show. This is why you want to make sure you look simply astonishing. These tips will help you!

Plan Everything Far Enough In Advance

Make sure you plan everything far enough in advance so that you get the appointments you want. You want to take your nail booking as seriously as your cake booking. Make sure you consider everything that will contribute to the way you look on the big day to make a huge impact on your guests.

Make Sure Your Outfits Fit

Of course your outfits need to fit. There’s no rule that says you have to wear a suit or a dress. In fact, some couples are wearing whatever they like. However, you do need to make sure they fit. Wearing something too big or too small will just look ridiculous. Get a good tailor.

Look At Portfolios Before Booking Treatments

Before you book treatments, whether it’s nails or makeup, make sure you look at portfolios first. After all, how will you know the quality of the treatments if you don’t? Not all therapists and beauticians are created equal, so check them out first. Although you want good deals, the price shouldn’t be the deciding factor. It’s always worth paying a little more to get a good job done.


Practice Posing And Smiling Before The Big Day

You might have your posing and smiling down, but you want to make sure you’re happy with the pictures on your big day. Consider practicing your best posing and angles so you get some great shots.
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What’s On Your Wedding Shopping List?

While planning a wedding may be one of the most stressful things you could ever do, there are plenty of times when you’ll love it. After all, who doesn’t love shopping? There are so many things you need to buy before the big day. Perhaps one of the most stressful parts of all the planning is the worry that you’ll forget something! So we’ve compiled the ultimate wedding shopping list for you so you can be sure that everything you need is just a credit card transaction away:


This one isn’t every likely to be forgotten, but we’ve kicked the list off with it anyway. As well as the dress for the ceremony, you might want a lighter one for the reception. Think food and dancing! And it’s not uncommon to change into another outfit for leaving the party for the honeymoon. You’ll need underwear as well. Many brides opt for contouring undies to give the dress the ultimate silhouette shape. Then there is the bridal lingerie for the honeymoon! Are you opting for a veil or a tiara? These can usually be picked up at the bridal shop together with the shoes, stockings, and wraps.


The Mother of the Groom may be happy to help you here. As well as your beautiful bridal bouquet, the Groomsmen will need buttonholes. Any guys in formal wear often wear them. Pick a color to keep them uniform. The bloom is usually selected to match something from your own bouquet. You might choose to have a corsage on the day. Bridesmaids may also wear corsages or floral hairpieces. And your Maid of Honor is likely to need a small bouquet too. Don’t forget all the decorations for the ceremony and reception venues. What about your bridal car? Finally, ask Mom if she would like a bloom for her hat.

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Your wedding jewelry could be as simple or complex as you like. Start with the wedding bands. Most couples choose matching bands. This doesn’t mean they need to be boring, but you should shop together to be sure you’re both happy. Modern bands are often a silver color rather than gold. You could even choose a meteorite wedding ring for each of you. There are many choices in white gold and titanium that could suit you both. Your Husband may want some gemstone cuff links. You may want a necklace to complement the dress. Pearl sets of necklace and earrings are common.
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How To Plan A Romantic And Heartfelt Proposal

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Asking someone to marry you is one of the most important questions you will ever ask. Your proposal will be remembered for the rest of your lives. It will a subject referred to at dinner parties for years to come. This simple romantic gesture will be loaded with significance. It will be a symbol of your love and your intention to be with that person for the rest of your life. So, you want to get it right. You want it to have meaning. The following tips will provide you with some ideas.

Go Big Or Go Home?

Not necessarily. We often hear about elaborate proposals. This is because they make the news. But there are millions of couples around the world who opt for simpler declarations. Don’t feel pressured to make a big fancy proposal. What you’re offering is big enough. You’re offering a lifetime, not just a gesture. Continue reading →

Four Exciting Ways to Make Your Wedding Unique

I hate to say it, but don’t a lot of weddings just look really similar these days? Whenever people want to show me pictures of their wedding day, I kind of know what to expect. Sure, that won’t stop me looking at the photos. After all, who doesn’t want to see such memories of people on what may have been the happiest day of their lives? But the venues, the dress codes, the stories… they can all seem to blur into each other.


Of course, your wedding should be exactly what you want it to be. If you want the exact kind of weddings that you see in Hollywood movies, then you should go for it. Listening to the prescriptions of someone else may only negatively affect your day. But for those of you who want to add some kind of spice to your wedding, this article is for you. Here are some slightly offbeat suggestions.
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Fantastic Food For Your Themed Wedding: Ideas & Inspiration

Whether you’ve chosen a vintage wedding or a Mexican themed day, it’s essential that the food matches your theme. After spending months planning all the small details of your big day, the last thing you want is the food spoiling that. The good news is that whatever your theme, there is a catering option that’s suitable for it. It’s just a case of getting creative and coming up with the perfect idea. Here are some catering ideas for a selection of popular wedding themes.

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The great outdoors

Be it a beach wedding or a wedding atop a hill, if your wedding is set to be an outdoor affair, your food needs to match. For a beach wedding, seafood is a must, but what else can you include? How about opting for traditional foods you would find in a seaside cafe with an elegant twist? For dessert, ice cream could be a fantastic option. For an outdoor wedding that’s not beach themed, the best option is a cookout. There are plenty of wedding catering companies that offer grill themed foods, so have a look into these. Continue reading →

You Need Your Groom’s Help With These Wedding Essentials!

It can be easy to leave your groom out of wedding planning when you are busy planning what you want for your big day. But he does have an opinion on what he likes, and it’s his big day too, so he should be there helping you to make some decisions. Here are some wedding essentials he needs to assist you with.


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Essential Guide To Wedding Dress Shopping!

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Wedding dress shopping can be fantastic as you are trying on so many gorgeous dresses. But it can also be a stressful time trying to decide which dress to get. It can be quite overwhelming going to a wedding dress shop and you don’t know where to start. Here is some advice for when you go wedding dress shopping!

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Final Wedding Details That Are Too Important To Forget

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Even the most organised of brides can find it difficult to keep on top of their wedding day plans. With so many elements coming together at once, some details are bound to slip through the cracks. But, while forgetting some minor details won’t cause much impact, others can put your big day in jeopardy. Use this list of important final wedding details that you should prioritise to make your wedding day a roaring success.

Confirm your accommodation

Not confirming your accommodation beforehand could put a real downer on your big day. Not only for you but for your guests too. The last thing you want is to have to find last-minute accommodation for everyone after your wedding is over. Contact your accommodation in the week leading up to your wedding day to confirm your booking. You should also check that the guests who are planning on staying in the same establishment have reservations too. In addition to this, you need to organise transportation from your venue to the hotel after the reception is over.


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Prepare a shot-list

This is a list that you will give to your photographer on the day of your wedding. This should include which guests should be prioritised for group photographs, location shots and poses you want to try. This will help your photographer no end and give you the beautiful photographs you desire. Brainstorm some ideas with your partner and look online to see what other couples have done. Make your list as detailed as possible and ask a trusted friend to assist the photographer throughout.

Update your wedding website

Many couples create wedding day websites that feature vital information that their guests can refer to. It can include weather forecasts, maps, itineraries and more. But this is pointless if the website is not kept up to date. If you have to slightly alter some of your wedding plans a week before, your website can relay the information quickly. This will keep your guests in the loop and stop anyone from getting lost or arriving at the wrong place or time. So take the time in the days before to check and make sure your website is functioning correctly and is up to date.


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Get your wedding licence

One of the most important last minute wedding details you need to remember is getting your wedding licence. Without it, your wedding ceremony cannot take place. These are often available from City Hall, but this will vary depending on where you intend to get married. The designated time you have to use your licence will also vary. Getting your licence a week before the day of the wedding a good rule of thumb and give enough time for it to be signed and checked. Remember that you both need to take identification and other vital paperwork with you to avoid delays.

Add these items to the top of your to-do list and ask your friends and family to help you. No bride wants to be calling suppliers or making arrangements on the morning of her big day. So ask for help and have these details arranged in advance so you can relax and enjoy your wedding more.

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7 Tips for Planning the Perfect Bachelorette Party

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Much responsibility falls on the head of the chief bridesmaid. One of these responsibilities is planning a fabulous bachelorette party. Follow our tips to create a wonderful evening that the bride will remember for a lifetime.

  1. Talk to the Bride

It is important to throw a party that the bride will enjoy. Have a chat with her about the things she does and doesn’t like. Some brides will relish a wild and raucous night. Others may prefer something a little more subtle. You don’t need to go into the fine detail, and you will probably want to keep some of your ideas a secret. But knowing what she will and won’t enjoy is a good place to start.

  1. Attendees

It is important to work out who will be attending early in the planning process. You can then tailor the evening accordingly. Some activities may not be suitable for all attendees.

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Julie & Denis’ Country Wedding

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From the photographer: July 17 is the day Julie would walk down the aisle and marry Denis at the church in Casselman.

The day started with photos of the groom and his boys in a park in Casselman.  They all looked handsome and were very entertaining.

Julie was surrounded by her family and friends and all her nephew and nieces. The bridesmaids looked radiant and their coral dress and flowers from Passiflora. Perfect color for a summer wedding. Continue reading →

Planning a Proposal? Read Our Guide to Coloured Diamonds and Their Meanings

If you are planning to propose this summer, there will be a lot on your mind. You will be thinking about how to make the proposal just perfect. Thinking about the perfect setting for the proposal, plus all of the special words that you will want to get across. Then, of course, there is the engagement ring to think about. Your other half may have an ideal ring in mind. There might be a setting or gem that they have always dreamed of having. If there isn’t something in particular that they would like, you could think about something a little different.

A truly unique and special ring could be a coloured diamond. It makes such a change from a classic clear diamond. It might not have been a choice you would have gone for but there are special meanings to the colour of diamonds. Perhaps there is one that is perfect just for the two of you? You could even theme your wedding around the colour of the diamond. The bridesmaids’ dresses could be in that colour, as well as perhaps the flowers.


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That’s Entertainment: Keeping Your Wedding Guests Happy

Your wedding should be fun for everyone who’s invited. You might have people from all generations turning up, so keeping them all happy won’t necessarily be easy. How do you entertain Great Aunt Sally while at the same time keeping tiny cousin Timmy from getting bored? Of course, there’s usually music to listen and dance to at the reception. However, many people like to go beyond that to entertain their guests. Not everyone wants to dance, and it can be difficult to find music anyone wants to sit and listen to. If you want to go further, try out some of these ideas.

Getting the Music Right

First, you should start by getting the music right. It’s essential to have some kind of music or it won’t be a real party. Without a band, DJ, or string quartet, everyone will start thinking about going home mighty early. Choosing the right music can be so hard. Firstly, you need to think about your budget. DJs can be expensive but live music costs even more. Of course, it’s only fair that your performers are paid well for their work. As well as your what you can afford, you need to think about what your guests will like. More importantly, what you enjoy matters too. It’s also essential to consider the venue. In some places, the acoustics might not be suitable for certain types of music.

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