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Monthly Archives: May 2015

  • 4 Creative Summer Proposal Ideas

     

     

     

     

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    Looking for the perfect opportunity to pop the question this summer? The season is already starting to heat up, so now is a good time to make plans for your romantic proposal.

    Make a moment to remember with one of these sweet summer proposal ideas.

    At the Fair

    There is something timelessly romantic about going on a date to the state or county fair. Go in the evening, when it’s not as hot outside, and do all of the activities she loves. Speed around in bumper cars, eat cotton candy and hold hands on all the roller coasters. Pick a simple but heartfelt moment to propose. Wait until you reach the very top of the Ferris wheel, with a view of the whole fair, and ask her to marry you. Or play a game to win her a giant stuffed animal, then hand it to her along with a diamond engagement ring.

    Nighttime Stroll

    If the two of you love being active in the great outdoors together, use nature as the perfect backdrop for your romantic proposal. Head out on a night hike close to home, bringing flashlights, a few blankets and a romantic surprise, such as champagne and strawberries. When you reach your destination, propose under a blanket of stars.

    Child’s Play

    Plan an entire day of fun, throwback-to-childhood summer activities. Go for a long bike ride. Get ice cream cones. Run through the sprinklers or do cannonballs in the swimming pool. At the end of the day, suggest you make chalk art on your driveway or sidewalk. Make it into a game, saying each of you should draw a picture with a hidden meaning that the other person has to guess. Turn your backs to each other so she can’t see your masterpiece, and write your romantic proposal.

    Rainy Day Romance

    Have a custom jigsaw puzzle made of a photo of you holding the diamond engagement ring and a sign that says, “Will you marry me?” Wait for a summer storm, and spend the day at home putting together the puzzle together. Wait for the big reveal, and have the real ring ready for her!

    Choose the perfect diamond engagement ring

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  • Ideas for Wedding Day Attire: Something Old, New, Borrowed & Blue

    something-blue“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…” You know the old saying, but are you planning to incorporate this tradition into your wedding day attire for good luck?

    There are many different ways you can find your own unique something old, new, borrowed and blue. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

    Something Old

    This item can be an accessory you already own and love or something vintage you find secondhand. Start by looking through your own closet and jewelry box to see if you have a pair of shoes or a bracelet or a shawl that would complement your wedding attire. Then search at antique stores, thrift shops and Etsy stores for unique vintage finds. You can also take pieces of lace or material from a secondhand piece of clothing and use it in your wedding outfit. For example, make a handkerchief from the lining of an old coat belonging to your father, or sew lace from a thrift store dress onto your clutch.

    Something New

    This should be the easiest one to check off your list! You’ll likely be purchasing at least one new piece for your wedding day attire - from your dress and shoes to your veil and wedding jewelry.

    Something Borrowed

    An especially meaningful way to honor the past is to wear a borrowed item from a close family member or friend. This might mean incorporating something your mother or sister wore on her wedding day or a memento from someone who has passed away. Choose to wear one piece of wedding jewelry from someone special to you - earrings, a necklace, a brooch. You could also use jewelry as an accent on your bouquet or as hair accessories (transforming an antique pin into a hair comb for a fascinator, for example). Or wear a veil, headpiece, shawl or purse borrowed from a family member.

    Something Blue

    Even if blue isn’t one of your wedding colors, you can add a tiny accent into your wedding day attire. Wear azure or turquoise shoes (or paint the soles blue). Add blue stitching to your veil, purse, undergarments or handkerchief. Sport pale blue nail polish or eyeshadow. Incorporate blue flowers into your bouquet.

    Find more creative wedding planning ideas 

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  • 6 Important Questions to Ask a Wedding Planner

     

    "Y'know, 'those who can't do, teach'? Well those who can't wed, plan." -Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner

     

    questions-to-ask-a-wedding-plannerWhether you decide to hire a wedding planner or not will depend on your budget, the type of event you are hosting and the amount of help you need. Some couples prefer to save money on a wedding coordinator and take the DIY approach. Others think it’s worth the investment to hire a professional to handle all the arrangements and details for a stress-free wedding day.

    If you do decide to use a professional wedding planner, do your homework to make sure you find the right person for the job. A great wedding planner will do everything he or she can to make your wedding run smoothly so you can enjoy your celebration - whether that’s by getting the best deals from vendors or troubleshooting a crisis right before you walk down the aisle to exchange wedding ring sets.

    Here are five of the first questions to ask a wedding planner before committing:

    1. What wedding planning services do you offer? Do you specialize in any area?

    Get an idea of what she offers clients. Does she customize full-service packages to each wedding - offering everything from event design to day-of coordination? Does she offer a la carte services or smaller packages as well? Does she handle coordinating rentals, vendors, contracts and all the details you want her to manage? Ask her to tell you about a few specific examples of different weddings she has managed so you can get an idea of her style.

    2. Have you worked with our wedding venue or vendors before?

    It’s helpful if he has worked on an event at the location you’ve chosen or has existing relationships with your florist, photographer or other vendors. But if you are still searching for service providers, he can also be a valuable asset in this process. Ask if he has strong contacts in certain industries, and get a feel for how he chooses the right vendors for a wedding.

    3. Do you work alone or with a team?

    Ask for a breakdown of her wedding planning team - what each person’s expertise is and what he or she is responsible for. Be clear on who you will be working with and who will be there on your wedding day.

    4. How do you handle tricky situations or things that don’t go as planned?

    This is one of the most important questions to ask a wedding planner, so don’t let him off the hook with a generic response. Weddings can have emotionally charged or challenging moments - guests showing up who haven’t RSVPd, flower arrangements showing up late, wedding ring sets getting temporarily misplaced by the best man. You want to know the wedding planner you hire can keep his cool and fix any problems that arise (preferably without you having to get involved at all). Ask for examples of times he’s successfully managed crises.

    5. How does your wedding planning process work?

    Ask her to outline how she usually works with her clients, including how often you will meet and the best way to communicate. Be clear about what you are looking for - if you need someone to take a strong lead with all aspects of planning, for example - and see if your two styles will algn.

    6. How do you charge? Is there a minimum budget you work with?

    Wedding planners charge in different ways - some quote a flat package rate or a percentage of the total wedding budget (often 10 to 20%), others charge hourly. Ask for a detailed quote, including any extra expenses, such as transportation or travel fees.

    Get more expert wedding planning advice

    Photo credit 

  • Should You Plan a Mini-Moon?

    Many couples dream of the glamorous honeymoon they will take together right after they say exchange matching wedding bands and say, “I do.” This vision is often of a faraway location (preferably with room service, beautiful scenery and no reminders of work back home).

    But, while you might want to hop on a plane for Bali or the Amalfi Coast, you might not have the time, the finances or the energy right after your wedding. If that’s the case, how do you celebrate the huge milestone of getting married while not putting any more strain on your resources?

    Enter: the mini-moon.

    What is a mini-moon?

    A mini-moon is the same concept as the traditional honeymoon - you two take a romantic and relaxing trip together before starting your new married life. The difference is that it takes the pressure off of you to go halfway around the world or plan a long and lavish trip. The perfect mini-moon can be a quick drive or plane ride away and last as long as you want. It can even be right in your own city - staying in a nice hotel and playing tourist for a few days (and not telling anyone you’re in town!).

    What are the benefits of taking a mini-moon?

    The great thing about a mini-moon is that it lets you to take time to appreciate each other and the importance of what you just did. As newlyweds, you deserve to revel in your new married status and not have to go right back into the daily grind. If you want to save up money and vacation days to take a big trip in six months or a year, you can and should. But a mini-moon allows you to do something special without causing stress or financial strain.

    What are some good ideas for planning a mini-moon?

    Mini-moon planning is a fun exercise to do together. Browse local guidebooks and magazines. Look at maps for nearby destinations. Research cheap short-distance flights. Find a location you are genuinely excited about visiting - especially if it is a good attraction for something you enjoy doing together, such as wine tasting, hiking, eating or gallery hopping. Look into the California wine country, upstate New York, big Southern cities like New Orleans and Austin or small Midwestern towns like Lanesboro, Minnesota and Nashville, Indiana. Plan a mini-moon you will remember for the rest of your lives.

    Find matching wedding bands for your budget

     

  • Best Places to Propose in Long Beach, California

    Long Beach is only about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, but it has its own distinct atmosphere and personality. With a population of close to 500,000 (compared to nearly 4 million in L.A.), it combines the thriving culture of a big city with the natural beauty of an upscale beach town.

    Long Beach is full of stunning views and seaside scenery that make perfect places to propose. It also boasts lovely weather almost year round, so it’s easy to find just the right moment to pop the question. Shop for beautiful and affordable engagement rings, pick the one she'll love and plan a day to remember.

    Romantic Places to Propose

    Gondola Getaway

    No need to book a ticket for Venice - you can arrange a romantic gondola ride for two right here in Long Beach. Book a private hour-long tour of the Naples canals, timing it so you get to enjoy the sunset. You are allowed to bring your own food and drinks, so bring along a bottle of bubbly and some antipasti to enjoy. It’s supposedly good luck to kiss under every bridge, so uphold the tradition. Under one of them, take out a diamond engagement ring and ask her to marry you. If you’re lucky, you’ll even get one of the singing gondoliers who can serenade the newly engaged lovebirds.

    Peaceful Garden

    The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is located on the CSU Long Beach campus, and it offers a serene oasis within the city. Explore the 1.3 acres of gardens, trees, ponds, statues and bridges. Buy fish food so you can feed the colorful koi swimming in the ponds, then sit down for a picnic in a quiet area. Present her with a ring along with her favorite dessert.

    Island Escape

    Catalina Island is just an hour away from Long Beach by boat, but it feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and it’s one of the best places to propose in the area. Take a day trip or stay in one of the small hotels on the island for a weekend getaway. Explore the charming town of Avalon, go snorkeling or rent a golf cart (full-sized cars are restricted on the island) to see more of the wild landscape. Find a spot with a gorgeous view (they are everywhere), get down on one knee with a diamond engagement ring and propose.

    Browse our affordable engagement rings

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Monthly Archives: May 2015

  • 4 Creative Summer Proposal Ideas

     

     

     

     

    summer-fair

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Looking for the perfect opportunity to pop the question this summer? The season is already starting to heat up, so now is a good time to make plans for your romantic proposal.

    Make a moment to remember with one of these sweet summer proposal ideas.

    At the Fair

    There is something timelessly romantic about going on a date to the state or county fair. Go in the evening, when it’s not as hot outside, and do all of the activities she loves. Speed around in bumper cars, eat cotton candy and hold hands on all the roller coasters. Pick a simple but heartfelt moment to propose. Wait until you reach the very top of the Ferris wheel, with a view of the whole fair, and ask her to marry you. Or play a game to win her a giant stuffed animal, then hand it to her along with a diamond engagement ring.

    Nighttime Stroll

    If the two of you love being active in the great outdoors together, use nature as the perfect backdrop for your romantic proposal. Head out on a night hike close to home, bringing flashlights, a few blankets and a romantic surprise, such as champagne and strawberries. When you reach your destination, propose under a blanket of stars.

    Child’s Play

    Plan an entire day of fun, throwback-to-childhood summer activities. Go for a long bike ride. Get ice cream cones. Run through the sprinklers or do cannonballs in the swimming pool. At the end of the day, suggest you make chalk art on your driveway or sidewalk. Make it into a game, saying each of you should draw a picture with a hidden meaning that the other person has to guess. Turn your backs to each other so she can’t see your masterpiece, and write your romantic proposal.

    Rainy Day Romance

    Have a custom jigsaw puzzle made of a photo of you holding the diamond engagement ring and a sign that says, “Will you marry me?” Wait for a summer storm, and spend the day at home putting together the puzzle together. Wait for the big reveal, and have the real ring ready for her!

    Choose the perfect diamond engagement ring

    Photo credit

  • Ideas for Wedding Day Attire: Something Old, New, Borrowed & Blue

    something-blue“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…” You know the old saying, but are you planning to incorporate this tradition into your wedding day attire for good luck?

    There are many different ways you can find your own unique something old, new, borrowed and blue. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

    Something Old

    This item can be an accessory you already own and love or something vintage you find secondhand. Start by looking through your own closet and jewelry box to see if you have a pair of shoes or a bracelet or a shawl that would complement your wedding attire. Then search at antique stores, thrift shops and Etsy stores for unique vintage finds. You can also take pieces of lace or material from a secondhand piece of clothing and use it in your wedding outfit. For example, make a handkerchief from the lining of an old coat belonging to your father, or sew lace from a thrift store dress onto your clutch.

    Something New

    This should be the easiest one to check off your list! You’ll likely be purchasing at least one new piece for your wedding day attire - from your dress and shoes to your veil and wedding jewelry.

    Something Borrowed

    An especially meaningful way to honor the past is to wear a borrowed item from a close family member or friend. This might mean incorporating something your mother or sister wore on her wedding day or a memento from someone who has passed away. Choose to wear one piece of wedding jewelry from someone special to you - earrings, a necklace, a brooch. You could also use jewelry as an accent on your bouquet or as hair accessories (transforming an antique pin into a hair comb for a fascinator, for example). Or wear a veil, headpiece, shawl or purse borrowed from a family member.

    Something Blue

    Even if blue isn’t one of your wedding colors, you can add a tiny accent into your wedding day attire. Wear azure or turquoise shoes (or paint the soles blue). Add blue stitching to your veil, purse, undergarments or handkerchief. Sport pale blue nail polish or eyeshadow. Incorporate blue flowers into your bouquet.

    Find more creative wedding planning ideas 

    Photo credit

  • 6 Important Questions to Ask a Wedding Planner

     

    "Y'know, 'those who can't do, teach'? Well those who can't wed, plan." -Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner

     

    questions-to-ask-a-wedding-plannerWhether you decide to hire a wedding planner or not will depend on your budget, the type of event you are hosting and the amount of help you need. Some couples prefer to save money on a wedding coordinator and take the DIY approach. Others think it’s worth the investment to hire a professional to handle all the arrangements and details for a stress-free wedding day.

    If you do decide to use a professional wedding planner, do your homework to make sure you find the right person for the job. A great wedding planner will do everything he or she can to make your wedding run smoothly so you can enjoy your celebration - whether that’s by getting the best deals from vendors or troubleshooting a crisis right before you walk down the aisle to exchange wedding ring sets.

    Here are five of the first questions to ask a wedding planner before committing:

    1. What wedding planning services do you offer? Do you specialize in any area?

    Get an idea of what she offers clients. Does she customize full-service packages to each wedding - offering everything from event design to day-of coordination? Does she offer a la carte services or smaller packages as well? Does she handle coordinating rentals, vendors, contracts and all the details you want her to manage? Ask her to tell you about a few specific examples of different weddings she has managed so you can get an idea of her style.

    2. Have you worked with our wedding venue or vendors before?

    It’s helpful if he has worked on an event at the location you’ve chosen or has existing relationships with your florist, photographer or other vendors. But if you are still searching for service providers, he can also be a valuable asset in this process. Ask if he has strong contacts in certain industries, and get a feel for how he chooses the right vendors for a wedding.

    3. Do you work alone or with a team?

    Ask for a breakdown of her wedding planning team - what each person’s expertise is and what he or she is responsible for. Be clear on who you will be working with and who will be there on your wedding day.

    4. How do you handle tricky situations or things that don’t go as planned?

    This is one of the most important questions to ask a wedding planner, so don’t let him off the hook with a generic response. Weddings can have emotionally charged or challenging moments - guests showing up who haven’t RSVPd, flower arrangements showing up late, wedding ring sets getting temporarily misplaced by the best man. You want to know the wedding planner you hire can keep his cool and fix any problems that arise (preferably without you having to get involved at all). Ask for examples of times he’s successfully managed crises.

    5. How does your wedding planning process work?

    Ask her to outline how she usually works with her clients, including how often you will meet and the best way to communicate. Be clear about what you are looking for - if you need someone to take a strong lead with all aspects of planning, for example - and see if your two styles will algn.

    6. How do you charge? Is there a minimum budget you work with?

    Wedding planners charge in different ways - some quote a flat package rate or a percentage of the total wedding budget (often 10 to 20%), others charge hourly. Ask for a detailed quote, including any extra expenses, such as transportation or travel fees.

    Get more expert wedding planning advice

    Photo credit 

  • Should You Plan a Mini-Moon?

    Many couples dream of the glamorous honeymoon they will take together right after they say exchange matching wedding bands and say, “I do.” This vision is often of a faraway location (preferably with room service, beautiful scenery and no reminders of work back home).

    But, while you might want to hop on a plane for Bali or the Amalfi Coast, you might not have the time, the finances or the energy right after your wedding. If that’s the case, how do you celebrate the huge milestone of getting married while not putting any more strain on your resources?

    Enter: the mini-moon.

    What is a mini-moon?

    A mini-moon is the same concept as the traditional honeymoon - you two take a romantic and relaxing trip together before starting your new married life. The difference is that it takes the pressure off of you to go halfway around the world or plan a long and lavish trip. The perfect mini-moon can be a quick drive or plane ride away and last as long as you want. It can even be right in your own city - staying in a nice hotel and playing tourist for a few days (and not telling anyone you’re in town!).

    What are the benefits of taking a mini-moon?

    The great thing about a mini-moon is that it lets you to take time to appreciate each other and the importance of what you just did. As newlyweds, you deserve to revel in your new married status and not have to go right back into the daily grind. If you want to save up money and vacation days to take a big trip in six months or a year, you can and should. But a mini-moon allows you to do something special without causing stress or financial strain.

    What are some good ideas for planning a mini-moon?

    Mini-moon planning is a fun exercise to do together. Browse local guidebooks and magazines. Look at maps for nearby destinations. Research cheap short-distance flights. Find a location you are genuinely excited about visiting - especially if it is a good attraction for something you enjoy doing together, such as wine tasting, hiking, eating or gallery hopping. Look into the California wine country, upstate New York, big Southern cities like New Orleans and Austin or small Midwestern towns like Lanesboro, Minnesota and Nashville, Indiana. Plan a mini-moon you will remember for the rest of your lives.

    Find matching wedding bands for your budget

     

  • Best Places to Propose in Long Beach, California

    Long Beach is only about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, but it has its own distinct atmosphere and personality. With a population of close to 500,000 (compared to nearly 4 million in L.A.), it combines the thriving culture of a big city with the natural beauty of an upscale beach town.

    Long Beach is full of stunning views and seaside scenery that make perfect places to propose. It also boasts lovely weather almost year round, so it’s easy to find just the right moment to pop the question. Shop for beautiful and affordable engagement rings, pick the one she'll love and plan a day to remember.

    Romantic Places to Propose

    Gondola Getaway

    No need to book a ticket for Venice - you can arrange a romantic gondola ride for two right here in Long Beach. Book a private hour-long tour of the Naples canals, timing it so you get to enjoy the sunset. You are allowed to bring your own food and drinks, so bring along a bottle of bubbly and some antipasti to enjoy. It’s supposedly good luck to kiss under every bridge, so uphold the tradition. Under one of them, take out a diamond engagement ring and ask her to marry you. If you’re lucky, you’ll even get one of the singing gondoliers who can serenade the newly engaged lovebirds.

    Peaceful Garden

    The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is located on the CSU Long Beach campus, and it offers a serene oasis within the city. Explore the 1.3 acres of gardens, trees, ponds, statues and bridges. Buy fish food so you can feed the colorful koi swimming in the ponds, then sit down for a picnic in a quiet area. Present her with a ring along with her favorite dessert.

    Island Escape

    Catalina Island is just an hour away from Long Beach by boat, but it feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and it’s one of the best places to propose in the area. Take a day trip or stay in one of the small hotels on the island for a weekend getaway. Explore the charming town of Avalon, go snorkeling or rent a golf cart (full-sized cars are restricted on the island) to see more of the wild landscape. Find a spot with a gorgeous view (they are everywhere), get down on one knee with a diamond engagement ring and propose.

    Browse our affordable engagement rings

    Photo credit

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