Engagement Ring Buying Tips

marquisestone_1The Wedding Planner calls the time between Christmas Eve and Valentines Day, The Engagement Season. If you are thinking of popping the question in the coming months  there is a lot to know about rings and about your bride before you purchase the ring.

By the time you buy the engagement ring, you should know her ring size. An easy way to figure out her ring size is to secretly take one of her rings to a jeweller. They will be more than happy to help you out. You might also ask her sister or mother, or anyone close to her who would possibly know he ring size, but if you go this route be prepared for her to her of your intentions before you get to ask! You should also know what shapes of jewellery stones she likes. Does she like white or yellow gold, or platinum? White gold and platinum are the most popular at the moment. If she wears mostly silver jewelllery go with platinum.

Next, you must set your budget. Engagement ring prices can range from moderately expensive to very expensive. The price of the engagement ring is only limited by your budget. The diamond is what makes the engagement ring such an expensive gift. With such an expensive investment, you should make sure you understand some of the basics of buying diamonds.

Diamond professionals use four factors to purchase diamonds, and you should use the same standards to buy the diamond engagement ring.

1. Colour – The colour of the diamond has a significant impact on the overall price. Sometimes this is referred to as the colour value of the diamond. You might ask the jeweller to place the diamonds you are interested in order based on colour value. Since the colour differences are so light, it might be difficult to see the colour difference between diamonds. Keep in mind the less colour the more expensive.

2. Clarity – Clarity is no less important when it comes to selecting a diamond. An Fl (Flawless) graded diamond shows no inclusions (inclusions = flaws) under 10X magnification. Since flawless diamonds are extremely rare, be prepared to pay extra for perfection.

3. Cut – It is the first aspect of the diamond that is influenced by humans. Cut is also called ‘make’, the better the make the more gorgeous the diamond. Valuing the diamond based on cut can be very subjective.

4. Carat – Carat weight is the basic measuring unit of diamonds. It has to do with how much your diamond weighs.

There is a huge variety of diamonds to choose from. While they are all beautiful, they are very different in colour, clarity, cut, and carat weight. We hope you’ll find the above information helpful in selecting your engagement ring diamond. Keep in mind, you should only buy a diamond from a reputable jeweller.

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What your wedding neck tie says about you!

368179751Green necktie:
Creates an easy balanced ambiance. You can show your sense for harmony and stability. Men wearing green neckties are usually conventional and bounded to traditions and are usually environmentally conscious.

Yellow necktie:
Mostly worn by intelligent men, who like having an authoritive  position. Yellow means being interested in details and having an open spirit. Yellow is the colour of the light. The wearer wants to express his positive and optimistic energy with this colour.

Orange necktie:
Stands for a stimulating colour full with energy. The wearer is enthusiastic and stands for that what he is doing. He loves adventure. Men wearing this colour are open-minded and they like to make someone laugh. They are good at conversation and have a sense of humour.

Red necktie:
This red tie wearer is full of energy. He is an extrovert and wants to advance. Red wants to be the eye-catcher, it could be that you express a passion and a way of ruthless power. Red neckties are mostly worn by people who like action and drama. Red stands for a strong sexuality.

Turquoise necktie:
Turquoise neckties are a sign for open-minded, fresh and easily available characters. The colour comforts onlookers  to care for the affairs of its wearer. Turquoise helps clear thinking and helps create free communication. If you are wearing turquoise you probably want to make a young and brilliant impression.

Magenta necktie:
Shows in general dignity and  self-confidence. Wearers tend to be creative, artistic and be spiritually aware.

Claret necktie:
Claret embarrasses assection, love and passion. Because of his relation to red it also stands for a strong sexuality, which is sometimes a little manipulative.

Black necktie:
In our society it usually stands for death, funeral and pain. Sometimes people ,who are against society, wear this colour. The wearer doesn’t want to be in the limelight. Black is often worn by people from the church, the government or by people with influence so that they can show authority and power. Traditionally black is the colour of the mysterical, but it also has a high erotical value. Black is also worn by men who want to appear traditional and respectable.

Brown necktie:
Brown is usually connected with stability and earth. Usually its wearer is a hard working man, who cares for family and friends. Mostly a practical human being. The man ,wearing a brown necktie, is very self-confident and they know how to reach their goals easily and fast.

White necktie:
Stands for a distant attitude. White reflects but also presents innocence and clarity.

Blue necktie:
Blue tie wearers have a high intellectuality and rank in their life. They reflect peace, silence and sometimes loneliness. It is not an agressive colour and those wearing have high values like honesty and honour.

Wedding Ring Tip

Wedding Planner Ireland Tip: During the summer months skin often swells up, and people may have trouble with the fit of the rings. I tell brides to put a little bit of lotion on their finger before they walk down the aisle.

Wedding Vows

 The Wedding Planner Ireland advises: austria_kaprun_wedding_jamesmichelle_07.jpg A “wedding vow” is a set of promises you and your groom make to each other during the wedding ceremony. You may choose a traditional, a religious, a customized, an interfaith, a multilingual, the possibilities are endless.

 

In Western culture, the wedding vows customarily included the notions of unselfishness such as -love-, faithfulness -forsaking others-, unconditionality -in sickness and in health-, and permanence -until death do us part.  During your vows at the very least you must have an officiant and witnesses present. Traditionally, the groom pronounces his vows first, followed by the bride. The order can be changed; there is no law that sets the order in which the vows said. It is possible for the bride and groom to say the vows in unison to each other. Usually the couple will face each other and join hands for their vows. In some countries there are set things that have to be said to make the marriage legal. Some churches may frown on the idea of you writing your own vows so be sure to discuss it with the celebrant well in advance. If you are unsure about the wordage of your vows, ask your friends, family, and the officiant for some examples they’ve used in the past. Sample Vows: I, (your name), take you, (your name), to be my [opt: lawfully wedded] (husband/wife), my faithful friend, and partner and my love from this day forward. In the presence of God, our family and friends, I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in your goals, to honour and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live. I, (your name), take you, (your name), to be my friend, my lover, the (mother/father) of my children and my (husband/wife).I will be yours in times of plenty and in times of want, in times of sickness and in times of health, in times of joy and in times of sorrow, in times of failure and in times of triumph. I promise to cherish and respect you, to care and protect you, to comfort and encourage you, and stay with you, for all eternity. Remember that you and your groom can say different vows.

Choosing the Maid of Honour and Bestman

The Wedding Planner Ireland advises: pageboy-and-flowergirl-funny.jpgMany women feel the pressure of having to choose their ‘bestest’friend for the honour of being maid in their wedding.

They feel like they are leaving one of their friends out or hurting their feelings.

 

First of all, realize that the duty of being in the wedding party is enormous. The Maid of Honour has a lot to do before and during the wedding itself, so you will want to choose someone that you think can handle it. If you’re the bride, you may feel that you have to choose a family member as well, but that’s not necessary. You might include them as a part of the party, but if you have a really close friend that you want to bestow the honour upon, then do so. Find someone who isn’t overly busy or committed. If they live in the town that you’ll be married in, that’s great too. Even if you’re out of town, you’ll get to be able to visit each other and she can make arrangements while you’re at your home. You also want to find someone who isn’t financially burdened. The thing is hen parties, manicures, tanning, etc all cost money, so you don’t want to stretch them or have to pay all their expenses other than their dress and  hair and makeup on day. 

And then the men

Just like choosing the Maid of Honour, you don’t want to choose someone that ‘should’ be the Best Man. This should be someone that you can count on to plan the stag party and get the other groomsmen to stay on schedule. Of course, your best friend may fit this bill, so the decision might be easy. Again, don’t pick someone who doesn’t have a lot of time or is financially strapped. Picking someone to be your right hand person is an important decision and an honour for the person that you ask. Although you may think that they are the right person, they may decline the offer and the extra work but don’t be offended.

Alternative Wedding Speech

 If you are somewhat confident with making the speech you can enhance it with some novelty extras! Sometimes a picture can tell a thousand words. An alternative approach might be to show a Powerpoint presentation with humorous pictures.  Photographs of the couple when young will always raise a smile, especially nappy shots, old fashioned clothes/hairstyles and in dressing up garb.  Visit: www.blarneyspeeches.com for a full guide to making your special wedding speech.

Wedding Speeches – when to do them

speech-groom.jpgSpeeches are traditionally done after the meal however an alternative approach now is to give the speeches at the start of the reception so that nervous speakers can then relax and enjoy the meal which was so carefully planned – breaking with tradition can be a good thing and hunger may also produce shorter speeches which everyone will enjoy!

Alternatively, have the speeches after the second course, by doing it this way hunger pangs are quietened and speakers still save on the indigestion! If you do decide on either of these options be sure to tell the venue management, as the chef will have to time the courses accordingly. If you do have the speeches at the beginning, then arrange to have a toast at the end of the meal to wrap things up. For a full guide on wedding speeches see: http://www.blarneyspeeches.com

Buying an engagment ring

Diamond Buying Tips

For all you guys preparing to pop the question this Valentines Day, I though I’d give you a bit of advise. There is a lot to know about rings and about your bride before you purchase the ring.

By the time you buy the engagement ring, you should know her ring size. An easy way to figure out her ring size is to secretly take one of her rings to a jeweller. They will be more than happy to help you out. You might also ask her sister or mother, or anyone close to her who would possibly know he ring size.

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You should also know what shapes of jewellery stones she likes. Does she like white or yellow gold, or platinum? White gold and platinum are the most popular at the moment. Next, you must set your budget. Engagement ring prices can range from moderately expensive to very expensive. The price of the engagement ring is only limited by your budget. The diamond is what makes the engagement ring such an expensive gift. With such an expensive investment, you should make sure you understand some of the basics of buying diamonds.

Diamond professionals use four factors to purchase diamonds, and you should use the same standards to buy the diamond engagement ring.

1. Colour – The colour of the diamond has a significant impact on the overall price. Sometimes this is referred to as the colour value of the diamond. You might ask the jeweller to place the diamonds you are interested in order based on colour value. Since the colour differences are so light, it might be difficult to see the colour difference between diamonds. Keep in mind the less colour the more expensive.

2. Clarity – Clarity is no less important when it comes to selecting a diamond. An Fl (Flawless) graded diamond shows no inclusions (inclusions = flaws) under 10X magnification. Since flawless diamonds are extremely rare, be prepared to pay extra for perfection.

3. Cut – It is the first aspect of the diamond that is influenced by humans. Cut is also called ‘make’, the better the make the more gorgeous the diamond. Valuing the diamond based on cut can be very subjective.

4. Carat – Carat weight is the basic measuring unit of diamonds. It has to do with how much your diamond weighs.There is a huge variety of diamonds to choose from. While they are all beautiful, they are very different in colour, clarity, cut, and carat weight. We hope you’ll find the above information helpful in selecting your engagement ring diamond. Keep in mind, you should only buy a diamond from a reputable jeweller.

Who Says What? – Wedding Speeches

wedding-speech.jpgWHO SAYS WHAT? 

These are the important traditional points that should be included in each speech:

 Father of the Bride 

·         First to speak

·         Welcomes everyone to the reception

·         Thanks everyone involved in planning the wedding

·         Speaks proudly of his daughter and welcomes the groom to the family

·         Proposes a toast to bride and groom

 Groom 

·         Speaks second

·         Speaks on behalf of himself and his new wife

·         Thanks the father of the bride for welcoming him to family

·         Thanks everyone who helped with the big day especially the best man and the bridesmaids

·         Thanks everyone for coming to the wedding and for their gifts

·         Praises his new wife

·         Toasts the bridesmaids

 Bestman 

·         Master of ceremonies for the day

·         Introduces all speakers

·         Speaks last

·         Thanks groom on behalf of the bridesmaids (for the toast)

·         Thanks groom for the honour of being asked to be his best man

·         Compliments everyone on the great day

·         Tells stories about how the couple met / fell in love and of the stag party

·         Reads out messages from absent family and friends (letters/emails/telegrams)

·         Propose a toast to the bride and groom

For all your wedding speech needs go to: http://www.blarneyspeeches.com

Your Wedding Speech – we’re rooting for you!

grooms-speech-nice.jpgWhile you may be nervous at the thought of making a speech at a wedding, rest assured this is probably the only time that you will have a completely welcoming and positive audience. Think of all the speeches made across the world every day to restless crowds, hostile audiences and bored people.  You on the other hand are talking to people who want to hear what you are going to say. The wedding speeches are one of the ‘talk after’ points of every wedding, so you want to say something memorable.

Although you may be addressing a large number of people, each and every one of them is rooting for you as much as for their most loved sports team.  After all, they are your guests or at least the guests of your friend’s or family and are listening to you speak because of the great, wonderful and loving marriage that is taking place on this special day.

Less is definitely more.  Brevity is the soul of wit.  And if you are nervous, then a short speech once started will finish sooner. Short and funny is better than long and boring.

A great site for full guidelines on weding speech making and sample speeches which you can easily recreate your own award winner from is  www.blarneyspeeches.com. Try it, they have great packages for grooms, bestmen, brides, fathers and more.