Choosing Your Wedding Ring: How to Make it Personal

Everyone knows what the classic wedding ring looks like. And while classic isn’t necessarily a bad thing, do you really just want a basic, cookie cutter ring to stay with you for the rest of your marriage? Probably not. Here are several things you can do to help give your wedding ring a little personality.

Engrave It

According to The Knot, engraving a message, fingerprint, or meaningful symbol on your wedding ring can give it the perfect, personal touch that will remain sentimental for a lifetime. And don’t be afraid of going above and beyond. There are even ways to engrave your electrocardiograph, or heartbeat, if you want to go that route. But in the end, you will want something that is meaningful to both you and your partner.

If you are lacking ideas, just think about you and your partner and what makes your relationship unique. However, if you are stuck trying to think of something special to engrave on your ring, you can always use a more general phrase or symbol, whether that be an infinity sign or a phrase like “always and forever.”

Use Unique Materials

Another way to personalize your wedding ring is to choose unique materials. This could refer to both the band and the stone. For example, rather than a silver- or gold-plated band, you could try a rose gold or platinum. According to Vansweden Jewelers, less common materials, such as tungsten, ceramic, carbon fiber, wood, or even animal bone can also all be used to create unique rings. You can also have a lot of fun mixing and matching shapes and thicknesses of your band.

Furthermore, while the tradition is usually diamonds, there are so many more gems to choose from that are equally as beautiful. If you want your ring to stand out in a crowd, like pearls, emeralds, or sapphires. Plus, rather than the classic oval or square cut gem, try a more triangular or circular shape for extra pizzazz.

Try Two-Toned

If you are on the more conservative side and don’t want your ring to be made from any unique or less common materials, you can always give your ring a more subtle, but still personalized, touch with two-tone metals—like using white gold on the inside and yellow gold on the outside. However, according to Honeyfund, you will want to make sure that if you have a gemstone, the two-tone color combination works well with the color of your gem.

Getting married is one of the most exciting stages of life. While the venue or the color of your tie may stick around in pictures, the small details within the wedding décor won’t matter nearly as what you will keep around with you for the entirety of your marriage: your wedding ring. For this reason, don’t just choose any ring. Make it yours—representative of both your personality and your marriage.

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4 Stylish Tricks to Impress Your Prom Date

Attending prom is a rite of passage for most teenagers. You will never forget this special night in your life that signifies the culmination of your high school experience. Here are four tricks that you can use to impress your prom date.

Plan a Promposal

It is becoming more common to plan a special “promposal” to ask that special person to be your date for the night. The promposal does not have to be an elaborate affair. The key is making it personal with special touches that show how much you care. This can be as simple as creating a poster that asks your special person to be your date.

Consider the Corsage

The first thing that you will present your date at the start of the night is a corsage. It is a good idea to ask your date about the color of her dress so that you choose a coordinating corsage. You can choose to go a traditional route with this flower arrangement, or you can go outside of the box and create an alternative option. Presenting the corsage is a great photo opportunity, so be sure to have a camera ready to get some great shots.

Get Creative With Dinner

While most people use the excuse of prom to head to a fancy dinner, you can let your creativity shine by choosing something more unique. If you have nice weather, you might consider packing a romantic picnic to take to the park. Or, choose a restaurant with a fun theme, such as a Japanese hibachi setting. Do not feel like you have to settle for the standard nice dinner out on the town to commemorate the occasion. You should also plan an activity for after the dance to make the evening complete.

Rent a Limo

Arrive in style to the big dance in a limousine. While a stretch limo is the gold standard when it comes to prom transportation, you could consider other car options to impress your friends if a limousine is unavailable. Other ideas to consider include renting a sports car, getting a group of friends together to reserve a party bus or taking a horse and carriage for a truly romantic vibe.

Make your prom night count by going the extra mile to elevate it from ordinary to extraordinary. By employing these four tips, you are sure to create memories with your friends that will last a lifetime.

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3 Reasons to Have an “Off-Season” Wedding

Weddings have a definitive peak season, which means there’s also a time when there are fewer people competing for the best dates and vendors. Wedding season generally gears up in the late spring and continues through early fall. Picking a date that does not fall during these popular months offers you considerable advantages. Consider these three reasons to have an off-season wedding before you settle on a date for your nuptials.

Venues Are Cheaper

While not every vendor offers better rates during the off season, you will likely see some deep discounts on many elements of your wedding. You will also have more room for negotiation since many vendors are simply looking to fill spots during the slow season. Event venues are the most likely place that you will see the biggest discounts when comparing a January wedding to a July one.

Less Competition

By avoiding the most popular months to wed, you will also enjoy less competition from other couples. This is especially important if you have your heart set on a particular photographer, band, or another vendor that can only accommodate one wedding each day. Some of the most popular vendors are booked more than a year in advance during the busy summer wedding season. By choosing an off-season date, you have a better chance of securing all of the vendors of your choice. By assembling an all-star lineup of vendors, you can have the wedding that you have already dreamed about.

Honeymoon Destinations Are Less Crowded

When thinking about setting your wedding date, be sure to consider more than just the feasibility of the ceremony and reception for that day. You also need to think about your honeymoon choices when finding the perfect day to start your new life. You will generally see fewer crowds and better prices at most vacation destinations if you are traveling during the off season. For example, honeymoon destinations, especially places with beaches, are less crowded after September. Be sure to do some research about your preferred honeymoon destination and its weather conditions during the winter months if you choose a wedding during this time frame.

Not only will you stretch your wedding dollar further by choosing a date during the off-season, but you will also be afforded a host of additional benefits. You can still have the wedding that you have always wanted even if you do not decide on one of the more popular months to wed.

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4 Tips for Budgeting for a Wedding

Your wedding day is one of the most momentous occasions of your life. Here are tips that will make sure you are prepared to make it a very special event without breaking the bank.

Rounding Up

The love of your life has said yes to your proposal, and the date has been set. So now what? It is time to create a budget punch list of your obligations. Things to consider are what to wear to the rehearsal dinner, a tuxedo for the wedding and the honeymoon. By doing some research, you begin to get an idea of the costs. Create a budget to cover these expenses. A word to the wise is to round up the final budget figure by 10 percent to ensure you have some wiggle room to cover any extra costs.

Transportation

If you truly want to impress your bride-to-be, then you may want to consider what kind of transportation you want to use when arriving at the wedding and after the ceremony is over. According to Callahan’s Premium Car Service, hiring a limo is customary and comes with a lot of advantages. Other ideas include an antique car, boat, horse-drawn carriage, or vintage muscle car. If you are going to use your car, have it professionally washed as well as detailed. Remember to add these costs to your budget punch list.

Sooner Is Better

Okay, guys, this is not a time to procrastinate. It’s recommended that you budget ahead of time to account for every expense. The sooner you decide what you want to wear, how you want to ride and where you are going for your honeymoon, the sooner you can get these things reserved. Be prepared to have to put down a deposit. Have your dates and times lined up when you get on the phone or online to make reservations. Also, think of any questions you may have about the service. The sooner you get things locked in, the more options you have available. Also, most times, this locks in the price of the service.

The Ring

You have covered the engagement ring, but the wedding ring needs to be chosen as well as engraved. This needs to be in the budget. Also, think about what you want to be engraved inside the band. The wedding date and initials are traditional, but you may want to include a brief sentiment. Make sure the band is a good match with the engagement ring so she can wear it easily. Allow time for the engraving to be done. This may be an extra expense, so give it a line in the budget.

This is a time to put your A-game into play. Don’t procrastinate on planning for this magical day, so you can make awesome lifetime memories.

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Tips to Help Grooms and Groomsmen Look Sharp from Dawn to Dusk

There are a million things you have to worry about during your big day, from acknowledging everyone to making sure the groom or bride actually showed up. How you look should not be one of those worries. Throughout your wedding, you’re going to be shaking hands, pacing nervously and, of course, dancing the night away during your reception. All these things can, no doubt, affect your appearance. Here are some things for the groom and his groomsmen to keep in mind to stay fresh and handsome all day long.

Hair

Contrary to popular belief, men actually care very much about how their hair looks like throughout their big day. However, men also tend to treat it as an afterthought. You may want to avoid getting your hair cut right before the wedding. Too “fresh” of a cut can make your hair look unnatural, and you might also end up with a bad haircut. The best way a man can approach their hair for the big day is to find a stylist that is knowledgeable in preparing all sides of your hair, not just the ones you can see through a mirror. One of the ways to avoid constant touch-ups is to style your hair depending on the weather. Keep an eye out for the best styles to keep you looking great, even if the temperatures rise or fall.

Suit and Tie

One of the most common issues men face with their wedding day appearance is a potential inability to keep their suits looking perfectly fitted. Often a quick movement can throw off your whole shirt and jacket. To keep your tie in place, you can use necktie accessories, which can help you continue to look fresh as the day goes on. Other recommendations include suspenders or a vest. If you don’t like to wear them outside your suit, there are plenty that go within the shirt and still do the job. This can also be applied toward your socks. Throughout the wedding and the reception, you’re going to be walking a lot. Therefore, it is important to utilize sock suspenders in order to keep those socks tight and high.

Makeup

Women aren’t the only people who can use makeup to stay looking great. You want to look your best and avoid excess shine, especially because the day will often be captured by a professional wedding photographer. There are a few key makeup items that can make any man look his best. This is why actors, politicians, and TV newscasters always use makeup before facing the public. For example, you can use a primer on your face. A silicone-based primer is the best choice as it not only protects your face from breaking out, but it’s also extremely tough and will last you throughout most of your day. You can also use concealer or powder to cover blemishes.

You can look great on your wedding day. Not only can it determine the confidence you have during your “I do’s,” but due to the number of photos being taken, your looks will be memorialized for years to come. Keep these tips in mind and begin making sure that you will look your best during your big day.

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A Teenage Boy’s Guide to Cologne for Prom

Finding a quality cologne for a young man can be a challenge. Many body sprays tend to come on far too strong to allow for the more subtler scents of a good men’s cologne to shine through. To avoid an overpowering dose of cologne, the suggestions below can help you make the best choice.

Don’t Wear What Everyone Else Is Wearing

Not everyone’s body chemistry is the same, and what smells great on your best friend may not work for you. For example, people with dry skin may need more cologne, while people with oily skin actually serve as a better receptor for cologne, so a little will go a long way. According to Byrdie, your skin pH balance may also play a role in how a scent smells on you. Be ready to try a few different scents before you decide because more is not always better.

Sandalwood

Sandalwood has long been an ingredient of both perfumes and incense for religious ceremonies in India. While Mysore is said to be the best sandalwood for perfumes, it’s becoming hard to find because this tree species is endangered. Part of the challenge of harvesting the wood to produce the essential oil used in perfumes is that the woody smell of sandalwood is only found in the heart of the tree and they’re harvested by uprooting, not cutting. According to Parfumerie Nasreen, sandalwood is used in perfumes for a variety of reasons. The scents are long-lasting with a distinct woody odor that blends very well with other scents. It serves as a wonderful background scent for more exotic aromas such as frankincense.

How to Choose Your Best Scent

If possible, go cologne shopping with a woman who knows you and who you can trust. Be aware that cologne needs time to react with your skin and fully project what this will smell like with your body chemistry. You can’t just spray, sniff and buy. Go to a quality department store after a day at school or work, not right after your shower. First of all, you need to let oil build back up on your skin. Secondly, many men’s colognes have an odor with hints of deodorizing soap and your cologne shouldn’t have to be stronger than your other hygiene products. Spray on a sample, let it set for 15 minutes or so, then sniff to see if it’s the right one for you. Try a different sample on each wrist to compare. 

Choosing a cologne is a very personal choice. You want your cologne to make people happy to be close to you, rather than approaching them with a wall of smell. Take some time and try a few different scents in person to make sure you get the one that works with your body.

 

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3 Things NOT to Do on Your Guys Night Out

Having a guys night out is a perfect opportunity for revelry among male friends. Countless memories can be formed by going out on the town and enjoying each other’s company. However, you need to make sure that fun and responsibility are able to exist in tandem. For a successful guys night out, you need to not do these three things.

Push the Groom Out of His Comfort Zone

If you’re hosting a bachelor party, you want to honor the groom in the right way. Just because you have a certain idea in mind for what’s fun for a bachelor party doesn’t mean your friend-to-be-wedded agrees. Before you plan a bachelor party, find out what the groom wants to do. Even if it’s not your first choice, you can make their night by giving them a great experience. Work with fellow members of the party to determine how to give them a night where they can feel at absolute ease.

Get Wasted

Some drinks can really liven up a party, but when people start getting seriously inebriated, things can go south. Too much alcohol can lead to people feeling sick, getting aggressive, and being unable to perform simple tasks. It’s also important to keep this in mind if you have a designated driver. Any driver with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater is considered to be a drunk driver in most states. Someone who drinks too much could be a threat to others, as getting drunk can put someone in danger. Make sure that everyone knows their limits before going out, or else all your fun could be ruined.

Overspend

Going out for a night with friends can make it easy to spend more than you’re prepared to. You might also find yourself feeling influenced by friends who are shelling out money for expensive food and drinks. Additionally, you might start using your credit card, racking up a large debt. While it’s understandable that you’d spend a bit more than average on a guy’s night out, you still need to keep yourself in line. Take out a set amount of cash as an allowance, such as $100, and make a promise to yourself that you won’t exceed it. You might also choose to leave your credit and debit cards at home.


Making rules about what you shouldn’t do on your guys night out doesn’t have to feel like you’re reducing your chances of fun. You can enjoy yourself much more when you’re able to ensure that everyone is comfortable and that no bad behavior is going to be tolerated. Get your solid plan set up for your guy’s night out and look forward to having a very positive time.

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Ring Shopping? How to Get the Best Value for Your Money

The wedding ring you choose to provide for your spouse will no doubt become a lifelong symbol of your love for each other. Therefore, understandably, you would want the best one. However, some of the best wedding rings on the market can cost an astonishing $10,000. Let’s just say that most of us don’t have ten thousand to toss into a ring. This is why we’ve compiled our top three tips to get the best value for your money.

Purchase the Diamond Online

The introduction of big supplier websites has allowed most products to plummet in price. This is due to the elimination of the middleman, such as a brick and mortar store, an elimination that leaves the customer with big savings. It’s not typical or traditional to shop for wedding rings online, but it can be a wise decision. However, there are a lot of people out there attempting to take advantage of people. One should be aware of a few red flags such as the price being too good to be true or the site not providing any references about past customer purchases. Essentially, just make sure to do your due diligence before purchasing anything from an online retailer.

Consider Lab-created Diamonds

One of the most popular growing trends within soon to be married couples is the addition of lab-created diamonds rather than mined ones. Unlike a mined diamond, a lab creation can provide you with your choice of size and look at a cheaper rate. It’s possible to get a lab grown diamond that is 30–40 percent larger than a mined diamond for the same price. Not only are they cheaper, but they can also ease the minds of the more ethically-conscious. Mined diamonds can sometimes be unethically sourced, but lab-created diamonds are grown in ethical conditions.You can get the same look as a mined diamond ring without worrying about the price or the ethicality of the diamond. 

Compromise on One of the Four C’s

The four C’s of wedding ring shopping are Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat Weight. More often than not, the price of a ring will fluctuate whether you go up and down those categories. Many experts in the field have noted that these often make no difference to the look of the ring. A great example of this is the need to have a high clarity quality ring. Clarity does not matter if the cut of the ring looks good to the human eye. Focus on the cut, and you will no doubt save a considerable amount on your engagement/wedding ring.

The great thing about today’s market is that you have a plethora of options. Although you also have a plethora of options to be scammed, therefore, we like to repeat that you should always do your research on a ring retailer before committing. Take some of the advice laid out in this article and make the best choice for your situation.

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What to Wear to Any Type of Wedding

With wedding season underway, you may be looking for that just right outfit to wear to your next event. Before you begin piecing together your perfect ensemble, it is important to consider the time of day, venue, season, and formality of the wedding. Here is a simple guide to help you to decide what to wear to any type of wedding:

Outdoor Weddings – Women

An outdoor wedding lends itself to a more casual vibe. This relaxed setting gives you more freedom when choosing what to wear to the celebration. Other than not breaking the cardinal rule of not wearing white, the only major recommendations are to not wear black or sequins to a daylight outdoor wedding. You want your wardrobe to reflect the setting of the ceremony and reception. While a casual jumpsuit may be appropriate for a simple wedding in the park, you will want to dress it up with a nice sundress or sheath if the setting is more formal.

Outdoor Weddings – Men

The wardrobe that a man should pick for an outdoor wedding is dependent on the location. A formal ceremony on the grounds of a resort hotel necessitates a more refined suit while a wedding on a beach allows you to dress more casually. You can discern a lot about the expected dress code by the formality of the invitation. If it is a more formal outdoor wedding, a nice linen suit is appropriate. For a beach wedding, you can get away with khaki pants and a nice collared shirt.

Indoor Weddings – Women

For traditional weddings at a church, longer, more modest dresses are generally recommended. Covering your shoulders is also a commonly expected standard in traditional church weddings. It is also important to avoid overly sexy or revealing clothing. A little black cocktail dress is always appropriate for an indoor wedding, especially if it is held during the evening hours.

Indoor Weddings – Men

Indoor weddings are generally more formal than an outdoor wedding, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to wear a tuxedo. Unless the wedding invite specifies that this is a black tie wedding, your best bet for an indoor wedding is a suit and tie. Just like with women, if the wedding is in the evening, you will be expected to dress more formally than if the ceremony is held during the day.

Every wedding is different, so you want to make sure you know what type of wedding it’s going to be before you decide what you are going to wear. The most important rule to follow is to aim to look stylish without distracting from the happy couple and drawing attention to yourself. Lastly, do not forget to wear your smile!

3 Legal Preparations to Make Before Getting Married

A lot of planning goes into pulling off a wedding. Between sending out the invitations, picking the venue and caterer and lining up the tuxedos and gowns, there are a lot of details to check off that planning list. What sometimes gets lost in all that planning is that a marriage is a legal contract between consenting adults. That status change for a couple can have a ripple effect throughout their lives. That is why it is important to get all the legal matters resolved before the vows are exchanged and the “happily ever after” can begin.

Marriage License

Every state requires a couple to obtain a marriage license in order for that marriage to be deemed legal. The place where marriage licenses are issued varies in each city. It might be a city hall or a municipal courthouse. It is important to check the “expiration” date. Marriage licenses are given in anticipation of a ceremony and they might become invalid if that ceremony isn’t carried out in a specific amount of time. There are also several documents that are required before obtaining the license. Additionally, both parties need to be present at the time of filing for that license. The person who is officiating your wedding ceremony will need to see a copy of the license before the ceremony. The license is also location specific. You might only be able to use a license in the jurisdiction it was issued. That is something to consider for destination weddings.

Prenuptial Agreement

Prenuptial agreements lay the groundwork for divorce proceedings, and facilitate a more beneficial and amicable resolution for all involved. This is a vital legal contract that can protect the interests of both parties, especially if they are coming into the marriage with significant financial assets. It will set up the equitable distribution of those assets if there is a divorce. The controversy around prenuptial agreements is that it is admitting that there is a chance that the marriage is going to fail. No one sets out getting married thinking that the marriage won’t last. However, being prepared with a prenuptial agreement is like having an insurance policy. You hope you will never need it, but you are glad you have it just in case.

Life Insurance

Getting married doesn’t just change your tax filing status. It also adds to the burden of responsibility for providing for your family. A life insurance policy can set up benefit payments to help your family maintain the standard of living that you’ve provided for them if you aren’t around to do that any longer. When the family grows with kids, that life insurance policy might also have to grow. The insurance can become your legacy and that makes it a very valuable legal matter to set up.

The sooner you can take care of the legal issues surrounding your pending marriage, the better. Taking care of those things will make your marriage go much smoother and make sure you are both taken care of. File those documents in a safe place and enjoy the wedding.