Engagement Ring Shopping As A couple- How to make It Special


Over the past few years, a new engagement trend has occurred – choosing the ring together. Traditionally, the guy would pick out a ring before popping the question. However, today that’s not always the case. The truth is, a lot of men worry that they won’t get it right when it comes to choosing a ring.

It can seem like this takes the romance out of him asking you to be his wife, but it doesn’t have to. Ring shopping as a couple can be fun, romantic, and a great way to celebrate your engagement. It may not be a traditional approach to take, but that’s okay. All that matters is that you and your husband-to-be are happy and excited for your future. To make ring shopping together extra special, here’s some ideas to consider.


Have a chat beforehand – The first thing that you should probably do is have a chat with your partner about the engagement ring and what the budget for it is. The last thing you want is to find a ring that you love, only to find that it’s out of budget. That’s why it’s best to know the amount you have to spend beforehand, to prevent any upset or embarrassment when shopping. It’s also a good idea to find out whether he’s buying the ring or whether you’re splitting the cost between you. The chances are he’s paying for it, but it’s still best to check.

Get inspiration – Before you head out ring shopping, it’s a good idea to get some inspiration. The best places to find inspiration is online – there are plenty of ring stores that you can browse to get ideas. You may even find a make or style of ring design that you love, such as Verragio rings, that you can then use as your inspiration. It’s worth taking the time to get inspiration, as it will make shopping for the perfect design that little bit easier.

Plan a whole day out – Make the day that you go ring shopping special by planning out a whole day together. Arrive at your chosen shopping location early, get a coffee and a pastry, spend some time browsing all the best ring stores – make it a celebration. Take the time to try on ring designs that you never thought you’d like. As you never know, you might end up liking something different. Ask your partner’s opinion and listen to what he has to say – ask him if there’s a ring design he envisioned you wearing. It’s important that he feels included in choosing the ring, even if he hasn’t picked it out himself.

Take the wedding bands your want into account – Oh and don’t forget to take the type of wedding bands you and your partner want, into account. Your engagement ring should, ideally, match your wedding bands in some way. So when picking it out, it’s important to think about yours’ and your partner’s wedding bands. Take the style, make, and metal into account, to ensure that your wedding bands can be what you want them to be.

It might be traditional that the guy choose the engagement ring before popping the question, but that doesn’t mean that’s how it has to be. Believe it or not, choosing the ring together can not only be a lot of fun, but also a fantastic way to celebrate your upcoming nuptials. whoop!

Plan an Engagement Party with These Simple Tips

Getting engaged is always gonna be pretty exciting. It won’t be long before you’re married, and legally tied to the love of your life. Except, many couples nowadays opt for a long engagement. It takes the pressure off planning the wedding and allows for you to save a bit more. While there’s heaps of benefits to waiting, it also means you could have a long while before you get to have a partaaay, so, if you’re impatient, the answer to your problems could be in having an engagement party. It doesn’t need to be anywhere near as lavish as the wedding, and it’s an ace excuse to get everyone together before then. Try the ideas below to decide how to plan yours.

Consider the Scale – If you’re going to throw an engagement party, you need to consider the scale of it. Chances are, you don’t want it to be as big a to-do as your wedding will be. It’s not the sort of thing you can afford to spend a year planning! Ideally, you can put your plans in place to have the party no more than a month or two after getting engaged. It’s best to do it while the excitement is still fresh. You’re probably not going to invite everyone who will be on the wedding guest list. Closest family and friends will want to make an appearance, but no one needs to travel long-distance to make it.

Choose a Theme – If you want to do something at least a little fancy, you should pick a theme for the party. It doesn’t have to be too complicated, but it will help to bring everything together. Your theme could be a design style or period. It could even be an activity that everyone can enjoy at the party. For example, you can rent a bowling alley from some private venues. You could do something rustic or relaxed, or you could glam it up with a Great Gatsby theme. Get everyone to dress up if you want.

Pick a Venue – Once you know what you’re doing, you need somewhere to host the party. Think about what will be suitable for your idea and convenient for your guests. You, of course, have a budget in mind, and it’s important to be able to stick to it. Look at different places to find the right venue for your party. You might find suitable function venues in a variety of places. Don’t just look at hotels and restaurants. You can also consider pubs and bars, as well as other places the offer rooms for hire.

Keep Your Guests Happy – Throwing a party isn’t just an excuse to massage your ego. Even though an engagement party is about celebrating you as a couple, the aim is for everyone to have a good time. You should keep your guests in mind at all times when you’re planning the party. It should make you happy, but your guests should enjoy it too. If you hire a DJ, will they get up and dance? What sort of food is everyone going to like?

An engagement party doesn’t have to be particularly complicated. It could just be a quick meal with some close friends and family if you want it to be, it’s all about having the excuse to celebrate and have FUUUN!

Be The Most Beautiful Bride Ever With These Top Tips

Your wedding day is the day when you should look and feel your most very, very beautiful. You’re getting married to the big ole LOVE of your life, and natch, you wanna look your absolute best, right? How you look on your wedding day often relies on how much preparation you put in beforehand. The majority of brides decide to do a little diet to help them look incredible on their big day, to be in their best shape possible. But there are heaps of other things you can do too. If you’re eager to turn heads on your big day, here are some top tips to maybe follow.Eat in moderation – While you understandably want to look your best, extreme diets and skipping meals is not the way to do it, NOPE. But you wanna feel fit and strong and healthy on the day. Not eating enough of the right foods each day can affect your health and make your skin and hair look dull, I really notice it myself. It can also make you feel drained and unmotivated to continue with your wedding plans. While you probably should cut out junk food, don’t cut out whole food groups altogether. You should be eating appropriate portions of well-balanced foods each day. Each food group gives our body the nutrients it needs to work efficiently. While also helping it look it’s very best. Good healthy food will make you glow for sure. So make sure you eat in moderation and make healthy food choices in the run up to your big day.

Get plenty of beauty sleep – You’re never going to be your most beautiful if you don’t get enough quality sleep at night. While planning a wedding is notoriously stressful and time-consuming, it’s essential that you rest too. It’ll help you look beautiful, but it also improves concentration and helps you to feel energized. Regular exercise, meditation, I like yoga, and changing your bedroom’s layout can all help you sleep better each night. You can also create a sleep schedule where you go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. This will ensure you get the recommended 7-8 hours sleep you need to function at optimal level.  No matter how busy you may be in the weeks leading up to your big day, always make your beauty sleep a priority, you don’t wanna look frazzled, you wanna look relaxed and rested to be your best!

Quit your bad habits – Wrinkles, dull skin, and breakouts are every bride’s worst nightmare. While stress and the weather can contribute to these issues, bad habits can too. Overeating and smoking are just a few habits that all brides should try quit ahead of their wedding. Start researching the best way to combat your bad habits quickly and effectively. You could search for an e-liquid UK store online or talk to your doctor, my boyfriend has recently quit smoking and switched to vaping and he feels much cleaner and fresher. You could also start a new hobby or use your wedding planning as a distraction to refocus your mind. Stopping your bad habits will help improve your looks, while also increasing your energy levels and allowing you to stay trim. Win.Pick one or all of the tips in this guide and you are guaranteed to walk down the aisle with your head held high, showing off your glowy and smiley face. This is pretty much the biggest day of your life, and, I would imagine you wanna feel like the prettiest gal in the room!

Bustin’ The Myths of Hen Do’s

There are heaps of hen party myths floating around today, enough to make make you think ‘Eeeek, are hen parties EVEN fun?’. If you’re planning a hen party, these myths can be quite confusing, but, be confused no more, here, we’ve busted some of the most common hen party myths so you can kick back and have an ace night!

You Have To Have A Stripper  – You don’t have to have a stripper on the hen night if it isn’t your taste. If you’re planning for the bride, you really need to take her personality into account. Will she find it funny if you book one, or will she be absolutely mortified? You don’t want to upset her on a day that’s really special to her. The hen night does not have to include any naked men at all, y’know. You can have a good time without them, right?

Things Have To Get Really Wild – When you think of hen nights, do you think of way too many shots and crying women with mascara down their faces? It doesn’t have to be like this either. Things can get really wild on hen nights, but that’s not how they have to go down. You could go out for a quiet meal, and still have a gorgeous, sentimental time together. But heck, if you want a wild night with hen party accessories and ALL the works, go ahead. But don’t do something because you feel obligated!

You Have To Know Everybody There – Of course the bride needs to know everybody at her own hen party, but don’t worry about the other women not knowing many people. It’s a great opportunity to socialise and meet new people. Making new friends is a good thing!

They Cost A Fortune – Hen parties don’t need to be lavish, expensive affairs where you jet off somewhere far away for a weekend. You can have an affordable hen party and still have the best time. You just need to make sure you plan in advance. Many think that by planning last minute you’ll save money, but this is pretty rarely the case.

You Plan It Alone – Whether you’re the bride or maid of honor, you shouldn’t plan the hen party alone. Two heads or more are always better than one, but too many cooks can spoil the broth, so don’t go gettin’ everyone involved in the planning! Get some of your best girls together and brainstorm what you can do to make this hen party the party a great one. Then you can go about booking, collecting money, and buying the necessary accessories for the party. When you split the jobs, you split the stress!

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Hopefully this has made you see that a hen party can be anything you want it to be. It can be quiet, wild, fun, held over the course of a week…whatever necessary for a stylish send off. Do you have any amazing ideas for a hen party you’d like to share? Any planning tips? Pop them below, Happy Hen planning!

 

Four Ways To Make Your Wedding Day Personal And Unique

It’s just been leap year proposal day and, I have a friend who is planning a super-dooper wedding so, with that in mind, we are ALL about wedding ideas right now, and it got me thinking… To create a wedding day that is reeeeeally remembered for years to come, you need to put your own mark on it, make it like no other. Some of the more memorable weddings have aspects that are truly unique and have you talking about them for evermore! From bespoke menus to personalized wedding toppers there are so many ways YOU can make YOUR wedding more unique. If you’re stuck for ideas and in need of some inspiration, here’s some suggestions you could potentially use….

Make your own invitations – Nothing is more personal than something you make yourself. Create fun, personalised wedding invites to send to your friends and family; they will totally LOVE them! Consider the kind of look and feel you want to create for your wedding and experiment with invitation designs. Try different shapes, sizes and colours to really make your invitations amazing. You might want to include a drawing or photograph of you both for more personality, ones from when you were kids are always ace. You could even try an alternative kind of invite such as vinyl record or memory stick which you can record a video or message onto, that’s a very cool move. This will add a unique quality to your invites and your guests will want to keep them forever and ever!

Create a hashtag – Social media is a perfect way of documenting your wedding with pictures and updates. It’s so easy to create your own wedding hashtag that you and your guests can use both during and before your big day on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook! This will give your wedding a modern edge and encourage your guests to share their pictures. Think of a hashtag that is relevant, easy to spell and cannot be confused with something else, and obvs, make sure your guests are aware of it by adding it onto their invitations and having it displayed on a blackboard or sign as they enter your wedding venue! So much fun! 

Find an alternative to confetti – While there is nothing wrong with confetti, it’s a little predictable. So again, think about your theme and consider an alternative to traditional confetti. You could have your guests blow bubbles, release balloons or wave colourful flags for instance. Add your name, a photograph or the date of your wedding to these items for an even more personal touch. Make sure that all of your guests have a balloon or flag as you leave your venue and encourage them to keep them as a memento. 

Get creative with your table numbers – Making your table numbers more personal to you and your partner will let everyone know a little bit more about you. For instance you can have a table that is called March 4th, which could be the date you first met. Or you could have a table called 643 which could symbolise how many days you’ve known each other. Alternatively you could use characters from books and TV shows you both enjoy instead of numbers, or road names from the area you live!

These are just a few examples of ways you can make your wedding day more unique and personal. Remember this is your wedding day and everything about it should reflect you both as a couple. So regardless of whether you want a minimalist or vintage themed wedding, make sure your uniqueness is apparent in every aspect of your big day, and then, ta-da, you’ll have the best wedding ever!