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Tips on Getting the Perfect Engagement Ring for Your Fiance

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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When you has asked your beautiful partner to marry you but now you are faced with the unenviable task of choosing the perfect engagement ring. Where do you even start when it comes to Jewelry shopping? Take a look at these points on how to choose the best engagement ring.

Firstly, you need to know how much you are willing to spend on the engagement ring; it is tempting to blow as much as you can on the ring, yet this might not leave you with enough for a honeymoon! Traditionally, it is thought that two months salary is a good guide as to how much you should spend on an engagement ring, although it can be safely assumed that your fiancée would not complain if you spent a little more…!

Choose a reasonable bracket that you are willing to work within and stick to that as much as possible; of course, if you find a real bargain then you should snap it up and conversely, if there is a ring that you know that would make your fiancée ecstatic that is a little out of your price range, then it is probably worth saving up for.

Once you have decided on your price range, it’s time to get researching; compare the entire market, from thrift shops to fancy jewellers and consider every ring going. A useful little tip is that real bargains can now be found in online jewelers, with many sites offering discounts for buying online.

To narrow down the options for engagement rings, try and find out what type of metal your future wife likes the most; this can be done by rooting through her jewelry collection or confiding in one of her friends and getting her to act as a spy…just make sure you can really trust them not to spill the beans.

The most important element of choosing an engagement ring is that you put your whole heart into it; it may sound cheesy and a little ‘Hollywood’, but if you have put as much love, care and attention into choosing the ring as you have your relationship, then you will definitely make the right choice.

It’s the fact that buying a diamond is one of the most important purchases that you will ever make. It will set the tone for your marriage, and may be more meaningful to you than the purchase of your first home. Fortunately, there are excellent reputable sources to engagement rings that will let you stun her with an heirloom quality jewelry at a fraction of the cost. Visit Aquamarine Engagement Rings today and learn the real secret to getting more ring for your money.

Wedding Invitations Versus Announcements

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Invitations definitely fall into the category of being ruled by etiquette, but there can be some confusion about the proper usage of them. This is a look at the difference between a wedding invitation and a wedding announcement, as well as when each is appropriate.

First the fundamentals. What is the purpose of a wedding invitation? To ask your friends and family to put on their best clothes and jewelry and join you in celebration of your wedding. After all, one of the first lines in every invitation is the phrase requesting the recipient’s presence at the wedding. Traditional phrases are “the pleasure of your company is requested” or “the honor of your presence is requested”. In case you were wondering what the difference is, the former is to be used for a wedding in a secular location, and the latter is the correct form for a church or synagogue ceremony.

The other reason to issue an invitation is to let your guests know when and where the event will take place. You want all the information in one place, which is why the wedding invitation is very specific. While a save the date card might just let people know who is getting married and when, the official invitation should have the date, time, location (with street address, if necessary), and city. The obvious reason for this is so that anyone who plans to attend can find their way with ease.

So who should receive a wedding invitation? Anyone you actually wish to have attend your wedding! Make sure to only send as many invites as the number of guests you can genuinely accommodate. Far too many couples have sent out 110 invitations for a venue that only fits 100 people, counting on a 10% decline rate…only to have everyone accept! Invitations should be sent out about six to eight weeks before the wedding to allow sufficient time for everyone to R.s.v.p., as well as so guests can make their travel plans. If you feel the need to inform your guests about your wedding further out than that (perhaps if your wedding will take place on a holiday weekend), send out a save the date card up to six months in advance, and the formal invitation within the usual time frame.

The wedding announcement serves a different purpose than the invitation, which is to let extended friends, family, and acquaintances know about your marriage after the fact. This is a key distinction: the announcement is not about the wedding, but about the marriage. Announcements are not sent to anyone who was invited to the wedding, but rather those who were not invited, such as in the case of a small wedding or a destination wedding. Traditionally they are issued by the bride’s parents, with the following wording: Mr. and Mrs. John Smith / have the honor of announcing / the marriage of their daughter / Jessica Smith / to / Mr. James Howard / on Saturday, the twenty-ninth of May / two thousand and ten / St. Andrew’s Church / Rochester, Minnesota. Notice that “honor” is spelled in the British fashion, just as it would be for a formal wedding invitation.

Announcements should be mailed out as soon after the wedding as possible, ideally the very next day (although a longer lag time is acceptable, particularly in the case of an elopement). Never, ever send a spare invitation after the wedding to serve as an announcement. The person who receives it is likely to notice that it was mailed after the wedding, and take it as an insult; ie, you wanted to make it look like they were invited, but did not actually want them to attend. This is a serious etiquette error, which far too many well-meaning brides have made. The proper response to a wedding announcement, by the way, is a note of congratulations. Gifts, while welcome, are not expected.

With a clear understanding of the difference between wedding invitations and announcements, you can now be sure that you are sending the right stationery to convey your intended message.