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4 Perfectly Personalized Wedding Ideas
There is a wealth of wedding planning information available for engaged couples. Websites, blogs, magazines, books – the list goes on. While it is often a blessing to have so many helpful ideas and resources at your fingertips, it can also become a burden when you are trying to make decisions. Different sources offer conflicting advice, and after a while, you may find that you are losing sight of what you want and what others say you must have.
When this happens, it’s a good idea to take a break and focus on what type of wedding you two want. How can you infuse your personalities and styles into your celebration? How can you incorporate small touches that are memorable and unique? Check out these personalized wedding ideas, and brainstorm your own list.
Wedding Planning With a Personal Touch
1. Find an officiant who knows you.
Your wedding ceremony will have greater significance if your officiant shares genuine reflections and experiences about you as a couple. If you can, ask someone you know – a religious leader from your place of worship or a family friend who is licensed to legally marry you in your state. If you are looking for someone you don’t already know to be your officiant, take the time to get to know him or her and vice versa. Ask questions, and share details of your relationship, from how you met to what your plans are for the future. Look for someone who you will feel comfortable with when you exchange trio ring sets and say “I do.”
2. Select readings and songs with personal meaning
.Choosing the music and readings for your wedding can be one of the most challenging parts of wedding planning, whether you are having a religious ceremony or not. Ask the venue where you are getting married if there are any restrictions in advance (for example, if it will be a problem to use a pop song when you walk down the aisle in a Christian church). Have trusted friends and family members do some research and make suggestions. Look outside the standard wedding selections, and try to find reflections that speak to you as a couple.
3. Add flavor.
Make the food you serve at your wedding reception a reflection of your family, your culture or your region. For example, the appetizers you serve could be a nod to recipes your family loves to serve at holidays, or the traditional wedding cake could be replaced by a favorite dessert from your home state.
4. Combine past and present.
Set up a table at your wedding where you can display framed photos from both of your families. For example, photos of your parents or grandparents at their weddings, photos of family members who have died or photos of the two of you growing up. On this same table, you can also include a traditional guest book or something a little different: for example, a box where guests can write marriage advice or date ideas on slips of paper for you to read later.
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Best Places to Propose in Madison, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin is one of the friendliest and liveliest state capitals in the United States. The city is home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has a reputation as an active, innovative and cultural hotspot in the Midwest.
If you are looking to plan a memorable outing with your sweetheart, here are some of the best places to propose in Madison.
Biking Around Town
Madison has a fantastic bike trail system - one of the best in the US - and when the weather is nice, there’s no better way to spend the day than exploring on two wheels. Pack a picnic lunch, and hit the Capital City Trail or the Wisconsin Road Cycling Course. Time your romantic proposal for your lunch break; find a quiet spot where you two can be alone, then ask her to marry you with a diamond engagement ring.
A Garden Stroll
Explore the gorgeous Olbrich Botanical Gardens - 16 acres of outdoor gardens (free admission) and a tropical indoor conservatory ($2 admission). Scope out the gardens in advance to narrow down your list of the best places to propose. The Rose Garden, the Perennial Garden and the Sunken Garden are excellent places to start. You could also plan your romantic proposal during one of the gardens’ outdoor concerts or during Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies festival in the summer - when butterflies emerge from their chrysalises and fly around the conservatory.
Sign up for a couple’s treatment at Madison’s Indulge Spa for a day of pampering and relaxation. Share a unique experience with the specialty rendezvous massage, where two therapists provide simultaneous massage or body treatments for you in your own private suite. Ask them to leave you with a few minutes of quiet time after the massage, and take that opportunity for your romantic proposal.
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Diamond Color: How to Get the Best Value When Ring Shopping
How well do you know the 4 C’s of diamond ring shopping?
Last week, we began looking more closely at these diamond-buying guidelines, starting with diamond cut. Today, let’s continue with the second important characteristic: diamond color.
How is diamond color measured?
When we talk about the color of a diamond, we’re actually referring to the lack of color. The most valuable diamonds are absolutely colorless - and also extremely rare.
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has established a diamond color scale that ranges from D (the highest grade; colorless) to Z (a pale yellow color). A diamond with a stronger color will fall closer to Z on the color scale.
This color spectrum is very subtle and often impossible to detect as an untrained observer. When determining the color of diamonds, gemologists use a plain white background and controlled lighting to compare new stones to diamonds that have already been categorized by color.
What other factors affect how diamond color appears?
Once a diamond is set in a ring and viewed in normal conditions, it is much more difficult for the eye to see color differences. The stone is no longer placed next to another diamond for comparison on a white background; instead, it is set into a ring and worn in everyday settings. For this reason, the H or I diamonds featured in your wedding trio set may look perfectly colorless when you wear them.
How do you get the best quality value in diamond color?
Some diamond fanatics want purity of color over all else and are willing to spend top dollar for diamonds with a grade of D to F. But most couples shopping for an engagement ring or a wedding trio set are more interested in finding quality at a good value. When you shop for diamonds with a color grade of G to I, you will find options with excellent value: they’ll appear colorless or nearly colorless to the normal eye, but they are far more affordable than higher grade diamonds.
Color can also be easier to see in larger diamonds, so rings that feature many smaller stones instead of one large stone often appear to have a higher color grade.
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Engraving Ideas for Wedding Band Sets
There is no better way to personalize your wedding rings than to engrave them with a message that is meaningful to you both. When you buy an engagement ring, wedding band sets and/or trio ring sets from My Trio Rings, you can have them engraved for a small additional fee.
Here’s how it works:
- Go to our ring engraving page and select which rings you’d like engraved.
- Select standard or cursive font.
- Write the message you’d like engraved - up to 15 characters. Double and triple-check it to make sure it’s spelled correctly! (We’ll also email you to confirm the message before we engrave it.)
- Add it to your cart with your rings.
- Your rings will arrive beautifully engraved with your personalized message.
Are you and your partner not yet sure what you want to engrave on your wedding band sets? Here are a few engraving ideas that will last the test of time.
Commemorate the date you met, the date you started your relationship, your wedding date or your two birthdays.
Names or initials
Keep it simple and classic by using your initials - “JB + ML” - or first names if they fit - “Tom + Sarah.”
Expressions of love
Je t’aime, ti amo, te quiero. Engrave a heartfelt “I love you” on your rings.
Lyrics from your song
Do you two have a song? Engrave a short line that is meaningful to you - “All I want is you” or “At last” or “I’m yours.”
If you and your spouse-to-be share a common faith, engrave a Bible verse that is going to be a reading at your wedding - such as Ephesians 4:2-3 ("Be completely humble and gentle; Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.") or Mark 10:9 (“Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.")
Line of poetry
If you two love a certain poem, select a short excerpt of it to engrave on your wedding bands - such as “How do I love thee” or “Love one another”
Choose just one word that represents your bond - such as “forever,” “always,” “together" or “yes.”
Reaffirm your wedding vows every day with an engraving that says, “I do,” “ever after,” or “I choose you.”
What are your ring engraving ideas? Share them in the comments.
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Engagement Etiquette 101: Do’s and Don’ts
Congratulations! You are newly engaged. You might feel both giddy with excitement and a bit overwhelmed as you are sharing your news and planning your wedding. Here are a few basic engagement etiquette tips to set you on the right track.
Engagement Do’s and Don’ts
Tell your family about your engagement before posting on social media.
Believe me: your mom will be livid if she sees your diamond engagement ring selfie on Facebook before you tell her yourself. It’s normal to want to shout the news from the mountaintops… but tell your family first. If you can, share the news in person. If not, call, Skype or FaceTime them. Then get in touch with rest of your inner circle: grandma, your siblings, your closest friends. Now you’re free to broadcast the news to your wider circle of friends on social media - and enjoy the excitement and congratulations.
Talk incessantly about your upcoming wedding in front of people who won’t be invited.
It’s natural to be enthusiastic about getting married, especially when wedding planning is going to be taking up a lot of your time and energy. But be conscious of who you are gushing to about the diamond engagement ring, the reception venue and the wedding party attire. It would be impolite to talk an acquaintance’s ear off about all your plans if you have no intention of inviting her to the wedding. Keep your sharing to a minimum in front of those not on the guest list, and save yourself some awkward questions down the road. This goes for social media posting as well!
Ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen to be part of the wedding early.
Once you start planning your wedding, make your list of attendants one of your earliest decisions as a couple. You’ll want to ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen with plenty of notice. Share any details and logistics you have already - location, tentative dates, attire, any costs you’ll be covering, etc. - and let them know that you’d be honored if they can do it but you will understand if they can’t for any reason.
Feel that you have to have an engagement party.
Plenty of couples want to celebrate their engagement with a party with friends and family, but plenty opt out of this event. If your parents are dying to host a party as soon as you announce your news, go for it and enjoy yourselves. If it seems like another expensive item on your to-do list that you’re not looking forward to, skip it and save your energy for wedding planning.
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