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How to Choose the Rings

Do you know what details you should consider when choosing your wedding rings?

Photography by: This Love of Yours   http://www.stylemepretty.com/2015/05/16/23-vintage-inspired-engagement-rings/

Photography by: This Love of Yours
http://www.stylemepretty.com/2015/05/16/23-vintage-inspired-engagement-rings/

It is not only the budget you have available for the engagement and marriage rings, it is also vital to know the characteristics that make on ring more valuable than another and there is, of course, the sentimental side.

There are some aspects you should know before buying the rings, we have listed them for you below:

  • Before starting the search, you must definitely define your budget. Usually, it is the groom who takes the lead because, by tradition, he will buy the engagement ring. However, some couples decide to buy all the rings together so they must discuss how much money they may spend.
  • Visit different jewelers to get an idea of the current price ranges, characteristics and other details such as reservation, installment payments, custom fit, initial engraving and discounts.
  • Some jewelry shops offer a package that includes the engagement ring plus the wedding rings, so you have a clearer idea on how much you may spend.
  • Do not confuse the carat of the stone with the carat of the gold. The carat in stones refers to the mass of the stone while for gold it refers to the fineness of it.
  • There are a variety of stones that can be used for wedding rings and its value is priced according to their size, color and the less amount of imperfections.
  • Besides yellow and white gold, there are also rings made of platinum; however, due to its high cost, fewer jewelers provide them.
  • When choosing, it is vital to take into account the taste and personality of the bride. The groom should know if she prefers yellow or white gold, flashy or discreet, modern or classic. If chosen correctly, the bride will wear it proudly as a symbol of the love union.
Photography by André Teixeira, Brancoprata.  http://www.stylemepretty.com/2015/05/16/23-vintage-inspired-engagement-rings/

Photography by André Teixeira, Brancoprata.
http://www.stylemepretty.com/2015/05/16/23-vintage-inspired-engagement-rings/

You may also take into account the new tendencies:streaming Rings film

  • White gold is currently the most popular.
  • Brides are looking for rings that do not have a lot of stones around the main one.
  • Most women are interested in single rings with small stones so they don’t risk to hit it or stay hooked in their clothes.
  • Sapphire rings such as the ones worn by Princess Diana and Kate Middleton are in vogue now.

 

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Finding the Perfect Wedding Jewelry

 Finding the Perfect Wedding Jewelry

Wedding Look If you look at the dress in the photo above, it's flowing style works great for the boho, whimsy look that the bride went with. But if she had worn her hair up or neatly curled with a small gem clip, and instead wore a a pearl necklace, the dress would still look gorgeous and a new look would be created. A wedding dress can be seen as a bit of a blank slate. Lace and beads does not require a traditional bridal look (though it also doesn't hurt it). It is instead the wedding jewelry and headpieces (along with her hair) that creates this boho style. There will always be exceptions like how a large poofy ballroom style dress doesn't exactly scream whimsy, but what your wedding look really comes down to is your chosen wedding jewelry and accessories.

Some things to consider when picking out your wedding jewelry:

1)What is your Look? Are you going for complete elegance, light whimsy, or summer causal? Wedding Jewelry It is a given that as you create your wedding look you will need to make sure each of the pieces work together, but there may be those moments when you find a drop dead gorgeous set of earrings that you feel you just must have, but the large white diamond look just doesn't mesh with the more naturalistic or Boho look of your beaded headband. This is a more exaggerated example, but the point should be clear: beautiful doesn't mean it is perfect for your chosen look. 2) What is your budget? Bold Wedding Jewlery As you piece together your look, you will want to decide how much money you are willing to pay for what. Basically, you need to prioritize. There are going to be those have to items that you will not want to compromise on, and then there are going to be those items that you want to be a have to, but are not really necessary. That is the trouble with shopping for wedding jewelry; everything is just so pretty. If you are having trouble deciding between getting the perfect bridal necklace and bracelet, flip a coin. I am being serious. There is this quote, "When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you, but because in that brief moment when the coin is in the air you suddenly know what you are hoping for", and with that, you can separate those musts and the not-so-much-musts. If you are creating a more dramatic look, you will want to prioritize your budget on items that establish that look quickly. Look at the bride pictured above. Which jewelry accessories immediately establish her look? That is probably the best way to prioritize your budget. The biggest bang for your buck! 3) Something old, new, borrowed, blue

Something Blue Wedding Jewelry Wedding jewelry is a great place to add some sentiment. A lot of brides like to include the old, new, borrowed, and blue wedding traditions and jewelry is an easy avenue of upholding that tradition because it can fit into any of the four categories. So as you select your earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, take a moment to see if you can create the wedding look you want while using items that work within this tradition.

Share with us your wedding look! What are you doing to create your perfect style?

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Why You Need Bridal Bouquet Accessories

Why You Need Bridal Bouquet Accessories

Purple Handmade California Wedding

1) Flowers are great, but do they glitter? -Okay, so that might seem ridiculous, but there is an important point to be made here. Flowers are beautiful and if your wedding is focusing on simple decor, then you probably won't want any accessories that will be very showy, but adding small accessories or a little bit of dazzle to your bouquet can add a dimension that will personalize your wedding bouquet and look great in your wedding photos. French Bistro Inspired Wedding at Prairie Productions 2) Make it beautiful. Make it personal. Typically you are going to find two forms in which a bride's bouquet will be put together. The first is using a formal bouquet holder which broken down to its most basic sense is florist foam on a stick. These are great if you are making your own bouquet and are easier for florist to shape and really make an artistically designed bouquet. The second is a wrap. This typically means you will be keeping and wrapping your flowers long stems with ribbon or some other wrapping appropriate material. This lends to a more casual wedding theme, but can also be made to be just as formal as a bouquet holder, just as a bouquet holder can be used to create a more casual bouquet. Bridal Bouquet Locket Charm Bracelet With these as your options it gives you plenty of room to personalize or glam up your bouquet. If you are using a wrap style and want to make your bouquet a little more personal you can choose to use something like a brooch that was your grandmothers as your something old and have it pinned to the ribbon or you can use something like the bridal bouquet locket charm featured above with an image of your groom or even a small wedding photo of your parents and then your new initial. What is great about this particular bouquet accessory is that it comes with a link bracelet so you can later wear the charm as a jewelry accessory!

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Making Old Traditions New With "a Silver Sixpence in Your" Shoe

Making Old Traditions New With "a Silver Sixpence in Your" Shoe

Old-New-Borrowed-Blue

"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe." 

There countless wedding traditions that have developed over time, cross cultures, been combined, redefined, and made anew with each new bride that says I do (did you enjoy my rhyming?). Most people remember -at least vaguely- the tradition of having something old, new, borrowed and blue at the wedding, but they forget the whole "silver sixpence in your shoe" ending. While putting a large coin in your shoe may not sound so appealing in term of comfort walking down the aisle in already hard to walk in heels, the old-new-borrowed-blue tradition truly is incomplete without it. Each item of the old-new-borrowed-blue are meant to be tokens of luck and wishes gifted to the bride on her wedding day and each item has its own individual significance: including the sixpence. 

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The something old is meant to be a symbol of the past moving forward or looking to the future. Then, the something new is representative of the new life the bride and groom are starting together, and the something borrowed is meant to represent borrowing happiness. Next, the something blue is symbolic of  good fortune and fidelity, and finally, the sliver sixpence is meant to encourage and wish prosperity on the couple. 

Authentic Sixpence with Bridal Shoe Holder

Contemporary brides are known to pick and choose which wedding traditions to uphold based on what is most important to them, but if you want to uphold the old-new-borrowed-blue traditions(and yes I am aware that I am ironically leaving it out in my coining of the title to represent it), then you really ought to include the sixpence in your shoe in some form or fashion. You don't necessarily need to put it in your shoe either. A lot of brides will have it sewn in to the hem of her wedding dress or attached to her bridal bouquet. There have been other modifications from the sixpence to using a lucky penny, a minted coin, or an old coin from the country of the bride's ancestry. 

Wedding traditions, like the sixpence, are a fun way to include cultural traditions and to take a look at your own past and future. You do not need to be boxed in by tradition, but can instead make it your own. By doing so, you may even be paving the way of new traditions for brides to come. 

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How Guests Can Dress Their Best for a Fall Wedding

How a Guest Can Dress Their Best As a guest, getting dressed up for an event like a wedding can be a little tricky. There are questions of how formal or casual the wedding will be; if it will be indoors or outdoors; if there is a specific theme that the bride wants people to adhere to; what colors should be avoided in order to not blend in with the wedding party; and even what the fashion trends are for the season. So, the question in this blog article is, what should guests wear to a fall wedding?

Warm Tones

Dressing warm for a fall wedding does not necessarily mean dressing to withstand cold weather. If the wedding is indoors, guests have a lot more wiggle room to show off their wedding ready bodies in elegant warm toned dresses, ties, and suites. A light strapped dress or even an elegant strapless gown can work in any fall wedding. The key for a strapless or thinly strapped dressed is keeping the color tone warm: Think maroon, custard, forest green, navy, rose, orange, brown, and black. Other elements that are trending this fall are mod and tea shaped dresses, as well as lace and crochet patterns. ABS Allen Schwartz Flair Lace Dress w/ Cutout Back Longer Lengths Knee length or floor length dresses are the ideal for a fall wedding. Not only do they work better for the colder weather, but the knee length ensures a classy look , and the floor length dress allows you to create a mixed look of formal and casual. With such a simple floor length dress like the one below, we would suggest a sparkling hair piece like a crystal comb or some large dazzling earrings. ABS Allen Schwartz Sleeveless Mesh Back Gown   Sassy and Classy If you want to wear something a little more vibrant, just stay away from the neon and highlighter colors that have been so popular the last few summers. Instead, go for a lively color that embodies the same intensity of the sun hitting fall leaves. You will want to pay attention to how formal the wedding style is when deciding between a mini skirt or a strapless knee length, but regardless you can still get that spunk from that perfect pop of color. Or, if you want to give yourself a little more edge, go for a dress with a gorgeous pattern on it! Patterns work great in the fall and will gladly say "I like to dance more than that monotone dress". A nice touch with these styles below could be a chic feathered head pieceRoxy Sea Siren Tube Maxi Dress - ZapposMuse    

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How to Customize Destination Weddings With Style & On Budget

Top 10 Ways to Customize Destination Weddings

Customize Everything For Destination Weddings, Including Accessories, Jewelry & Apparel

Customized Destination Weddings Can Be Fun & Affordable

Adding a certain uniqueness to destination weddings can mean finding the right kinds of wedding accessories and other little odds and ends to make it absolutely perfect. There are all sorts of things, which can help add the certain "something" to any destination wedding. However, there are ten particular inexpensive ways that should be considered or even used as inspiration for creating that personalized touch. 1. Customized Wedding Cake Toppers
It might not seem like the most important thing, but even the cake topper can be customized for destination weddings. Whether the wedding is in Hawaii or the English countryside, take inspiration from the destination's surroundings and add them to the topper inexpensively. Destination Weddings Wedding Cake Topper   2. Personalized Wedding Apparel
When it comes to destination weddings, the bridesmaids and groomsmen can have inexpensive and personal wedding apparel, such as the beach side wedding with tasteful and decorative flip-flops. There is no need to go out to the dollar store and return home disappointed. 3. Unique Wedding Accessories
Speaking of customized apparel for destination weddings, there are also unique wedding accessories you can use to accent your special day without having to go overboard on a "theme" destination. Small touches such as handmade table cards or customized groom cufflinks are all ways to keep your wedding budget reasonable without having to sacrifice personalization. 4. Specialized Wedding Jewelry
There are options out there for gorgeous but affordable wedding jewelry that will match your wedding colors and theme perfectly, contrary to popular belief. Whether it needs to sparkle or be down to earth, there are endless options for elegant and tasteful jewelry and accessories for brides, Maids-of-Honor and bridesmaids taking part in destination weddings. 5. Memorable Wedding Invitations
The invitations don't need to be designed by a huge printing company in order to be memorable. In fact, invitations personally designed by the bride and groom can be much more unique and welcoming. Destination wedding invitations can tie into the overall theme, such as seashell mementos or scrolls with wax seals. 6. Affordable Wedding Stationery
The guestbook and other stationery should be something that the happy couple can cherish, which is why they are perfect to customize for a destination wedding. There are countless ways to remember the day instead of the common guestbook, too. 7. Customized Wedding Decor
Whether it's fresh flowers from the countryside, braided knots and anchors or something other unique item; customized wedding decor doesn't have to mean spending thousands on decorations. Also, the scenery of the destination can be great decor in itself. 8. Destination Weddings: Gifts
While the couple will be receiving many gifts, why not add a personal touch to party favors for the guests? Or better yet, to the close family attending the wedding. Each gift can be personalized for each person, making it all the more personal during this unforgettable occasion. 9. Cute Flower Girl Baskets
Since wedding accessories happen to be the easiest and most inexpensive to customize, here's another consideration for that perfect destination wedding: the flower girl basket. While flower girls are certainly more traditional, her flower basket doesn't have to be. 10. Individualized Wedding Candles
No matter what kind of wedding destinations are popular, one wedding accessory that will always be a staple are candles. They are affordable, can be easily customized, and don't always have to be the traditional white candles. Destination weddings are getaways first and foremost to your dream location, and having the right kind of customized wedding accessories, decor, apparel and more, can certainly be included in your special day without being so costly. All of these mementos and accessories become great inspirations for unforgettable and affordable destination weddings wherever they may take you!
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A Subtle and Classy Bridal Bracelet for the Big Day

A Bridal Bracelet for Posterity

Bridal Bracelet

Though many brides spend months compiling their outfits and accessories for their big day, the entity that is the bridal bracelet is often ignored. A bridal bracelet makes a wonderful addition to any bride’s wedding attire, and they’re often striking and inexpensive while still maintaining the classy composure that a bride expects of her wedding jewelry. The right bridal bracelet will add to your outfit without distracting from it, and it makes a wonderful keepsake after the fact that you can pass down for generations to come. While styles in dresses, earrings, and even necklaces may come and go, a simple and beautiful bridal bracelet will likely stay in style for years to come. Finding this magical bridal bracelet is easier than you think, and finding pieces to compliment your color scheme is even easier. The most common color and material combos for the right bridal bracelet are white and silver, be it in pearls, rhinestones, or clasps, and combinations of these things will always produce a memorable but subtle bridal bracelet. Consider a bridal bracelet that will stick with your throughout the day, but will be easy to remove if you need to. A Tiffany’s-style clasp is ideal for this, and most conformers to the typical bridal bracelet style are equipped with it.
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Complimenting a Bridal Toe Ring

Fabrics and Venues that work with a Bridal Toe Ring

Bridal Toe Ring

  A bridal toe ring is a fun and flirty piece of jewelry that you can wear on your wedding day that will add a subtle sparkle to your look. A bridal toe ring is a popular piece of sparkling jewelry for beach (or just barefoot!) brides, as it adds some flair and class to otherwise bare (though probably pedicured) feet. If you’re planning on rocking bare feet for your wedding day, you won’t just need a bridal toe ring to make your look come together in a fancy free fashion – your dress choice is just as (if not more) important. Compliment your bridal toe ring with one of two of our favorite barefoot dress options: Flowing Free
A long, flowing, airy material is a must for barefoot brides who love a good bridal toe ring. This dress option will fit your venue (a beach, garden, etc) better than a heavier ball gown. If you want to look casual enough for a bridal toe ring, yet still feminine and bridal, stick to something long and sheer.   Short and Sweet
The other gown that perfectly complements a bridal toe ring is something short and cute. Hippie brides and brides of the beach will love a tea-length cotton dress of any style. Again, like with the longer gown, you want to avoid heavy materials and excessive beading. You want your gown to work with your bridal toe ring, just like you want your bridal toe ring to work with you!
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Stay True with a Simple Bridal Necklace

A Simple Bridal Necklace for your Wedding

Simple Bridal Necklace

When you’re preparing just the right accessories for your wedding day look, it’s important to find little things that won’t distract from one another. If you’re wearing an ornate wedding gown, pairing it with a bridal necklace that has too much going on will make your whole look feel a little busy. A simple bridal necklace will make you sparkle without overdoing it. Also, try not to layer too many pieces; a simple bridal necklace and a pair of matching or complimentary earrings should do just fine. Don’t think that more accessories equal more impressive and beautiful. True style is knowing when to quit (the same goes for makeup!) Your simple bridal necklace should reflect your personal style. Don’t think that you have to change everything about the way you dress just for your wedding day. If you’re an easy-to-please laid-back bride, don’t feel that you HAVE to go for the layered cupcake princess look just for your wedding day. You should be comfortable in your own skin as you walk down the aisle – which is why a simple bridal necklace is perfect for every bride. Even brides who normally wear a lot of bling can appreciate the subtle sparkle of a simple bridal necklace. When selecting your accessories for the big day (including your simple bridal necklace), remember to be true to your style. After all, don’t you want to be able to recognize yourself in wedding photos?
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The Right Wedding Necklace

Finding a Wedding Necklace that Suits You

Wedding Necklace

  Whether you’re an eager bride, a mother-of-the bride, a bridesmaid, or just a guest fretting over the perfect piece of wedding-appropriate jewelry, the right wedding necklace can often be hard to locate in your average department store. The bride wants a wedding necklace that’s understated but special, a bridesmaid wants to shine without getting to flashy, and a guest just wants to get through the night without breaking any obvious fashion rules. So what should women look for in the right wedding necklace? The answer is pretty much the same from bride to mother to bridesmaid to guest: you want a wedding necklace with just the right amount of sparkle and simplicity.   The two best materials for a wedding necklace (pearls and diamonds) don’t have to be real and expensive to fit the bill. With the right wedding necklace, it’s more important that they’re small and simple in design – nothing too crazy that might compete with your outfit (especially if you’re the bride!). Popular now are natural vine-like motifs for a wedding necklace – it keeps the necklace from looking too drab while remaining subtle and beautiful.   Don’t go crazy when you’re hunting for the right wedding necklace – remember that it’s what the necklace is complimenting that counts!
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A Bridal Necklace that Helps you Shine!

Selecting Your Bridal Necklace

Bridal Necklace

Choosing which bridal necklace you will don on your special day shouldn’t be an easy decision. A bridal necklace should be simple, elegant, and beautiful - without taking too much attention away from you and your dress. Popular wedding gowns today often feature a swooping or absent neckline (perfect for a bridal necklace), but there are so many options that the search could easily become overwhelming.
In reality, finding the right bridal necklace for you doesn’t have to be difficult - it should just be a decision that is informed (but mostly intuitive).
If your gown features prominent bling, opt for a slightly understated bridal necklace. If you dress is a little less showy, you should feel more comfortable wearing a bridal necklace with sparkle. For the bridal necklace, expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better. Like with all of your decor, simpler is better. For your guests, it will be almost impossible to tell a sterling silver chain from Tiffany’s from any other bridal necklace. It will be even more impossible to tell from your pictures. Go for style in your bridal necklace over brand - choose something that will frame your face and dress in a flattering way (a bridal necklace that starts simple at the base of the neck and rises in complexity as it reaches your chest with draw the eye to your face). Sets (where the bridal necklace matches your earrings) always speaks to uniformity and makes you look more put together. No matter what you choose to wear around your neck on your wedding day, stand tall and wear it with pride - a bridal necklace will only shine if you do!
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Which accessory captures the spirit of wedding day romance and serves as perfect keepsake?

You can get some wonderful wedding garters of your choice with fascinating features. Depending on your tastes, you may opt for a simple albeit attractive or a jazzier yet elegant picks. Among our special recommendations is a magnificent Monogram elite garter that manages to capture the spirit of wedding day romance. It’s deftly embroidered with your very own marital monogram. Fashioned in super smooth satin and perfectly polished with a superb Swarovski crystal accent as well as sweet bow details, this garter is a precious piece. It’s available in white and ivory shades. You can get the garter (in white) embroidered at no additional cost with your monogram in light purple, sage, white, ivory, medium pink, red, aqua, chocolate or black thread. Beaded Elegance keepsake wedding garter is another lovely choice thanks to is crystal beadwork laced over sizzling chiffon. It helps make a contemporary wedding day statement on this beautiful bridal garter. Made with satin & organza, it carries a little pink rose bouquet in fine porcelain. Another wedding garter in cowboy western style looks adorable. It features a tiny rope bow aptly accented with a nice handmade porcelain Daisy. An elegant French lace garter, it has a pearl flower accent plus blue banding (specially for something blue!). To sum up, a gorgeous garter is a beautiful bridal accessory that not only meets a special wedding day tradition, but also adds a great finishing touch to with its classic appearance. It also makes for an ideal wedding keepsake!
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