What to Know Before Engagement Ring Shopping

Becoming engaged is very exciting.  While your friends and family will be eager to congratulate you, more than likely their first words will be, “Let me see that ring!”  It will be with you always, so if you are beginning the selection process, here is a guide for choosing your style. 

Shape and Texture

Typically, the shape of the diamond if the first thing you will select.  Square, round, and pear-shaped stones are very popular this year, and each of these options are stunning and timeless.  But, keep in mind the difference between shape and cut of your stone.  While the shape reflects its appearance, the cut describes its ability to reflect light.   Try on a variety of options, as one may look better on your finger than the next.

After you decide which shape and cut you prefer, pay choose attention to its texture. Note your preference to the stones that are smooth on the top vs. the ones with more of an angle. It may be the determining factor between a few of your top choices. 

Color

While you may already know if you prefer a gold or silver band, you may be surprised to find that adding color into your ring gives it a beautiful edge.  Look at a variety of colored diamonds and even branch out into rings with alternative stones. For example, sapphires, emeralds, and amethyst are beautiful and each carry a special meaning. Diamonds aren’t for everyone. 

Yes, some couples like to shop for engagement rings together, but you may find that your significant other will surprise you! If you have a unique preference in mind, don’t be afraid to speak up…and no need to be conventional.  

Hottest 2018 Summer Wedding Trends

This summer is all about going “natural.” Here are a few 2018 trends to help you with your dress selection, cake choice, and reception décor.  Let’s give your guest a taste of the summer season!   

Casual Dresses

While this summer welcomes a flowing and natural look, adding an oversized bow is also a hit. Many weddings this season are held on the beach, mountains, or other tranquil outdoor setting. Keeping a smooth and casual look is the perfect way to tie in nature with romance. 

Summer Dress

Colorful Cake

This summer, details and selection are what stands out at your dessert table.  Giving your cake a facelift with beautiful tiered décor, unique shapes, and add-on elements are sure to he a hit.  Be creative with your color and design to allow the sweets to become a focal point at your reception.

Summer Cake

String Lighting

String lighting is a beautiful and affordable way to make your wedding reception elegant with little effort.  It is also a perfect for adding just the right amount of illumination to an outdoor summer wedding reception.  These lights can be used as a back drop or a spectacular addition to your reception tables.  The possibilities are endless! 

Summer Lights

Make your summer wedding one to remember.  A mix of warm weather and a natural outdoor setting will create a perfect mix for your special day!

Choosing Bridesmaids Dresses – What you Should Know for Your Wedding Party

As if shopping for your own wedding gown isn’t exciting enough, you also get the joy of selecting the bridesmaid’s dresses. You may already have some ideas in mind, but here are a few things to contemplate that will also make them smile.

Cost

How much do you think your bridesmaids would be comfortable spending?  Make a selection that is considerate of their wallet and their closet. If they are purchasing a brand new dress, pick one that will also look good for a night out on the town. A dress well suited for other occasions may help your wedding party be more pleased with their investment.

Renting a dress is always an option.  This is a new trend, and a great alternative to forking over a lot of cash on a brand-new designer dress.  Rent the Runway has thousands of options, including accessories, that you can wear at a fraction of the cost.

Color

If you have already chosen your wedding colors, you will want to select bridesmaid’s dresses that compliment your theme as well as their skin tone.  While one color looks dazzling on one, it may not compliment another.  So, try to stick with a safe hues that will help your wedding party look their best.  Options to consider are: turquoise, deep red, hot pink, and emerald green.  But, let your girls be your guide.  If they seem obviously stressed about a particular hue, consider their feelings and steer in another direction when possible.

Style

Now is good time to remember that your bridesmaids don’t have to wear the exact same dress!  If you think that finding a color that suits each one of your bridesmaids is difficult… try finding a style that flatters every figure.  Perhaps, if you are lucky, you have a line-up of women with the same body type. But, chances are, this is not the case. Your safest option is to select a dress you love, then explore other styles are in the same line and color.

If it is a must to have your girls in the same gown, consider an A-line.  This style shows off an hour glass curve with a smooth silhouette. A-lines are also amazing at hiding any curves that do not want to be exposed.

 

The more involved your wedding party is in selecting their dresses, the happier everyone will be.  They want to look their best too, and they know what colors and styles will flatter them best.  The most important thing they will wear by your side at the alter is a smile!

 

 

Tips to Make Your Wedding Reception Upscale

Did you know that the key to elegance is simplicity?  The fewer details you incorporate, the more upscale your wedding reception will feel.  Here are a few other tips that are sure to help you create a more sophisticated vibe.

Color Choice

Color choice alone speaks volumes when creating an ambiance for your wedding reception.  According to www.colorpsychology.org, shades of white are associated with “goodness, perfection, and purity”.  When mixed with black which represents “elegance and formality” the blend creates a simple, fashionable, and classy setting. If you integrate a few soft or neutral colors into the mix you can also retain a sense of calmness and harmony.  Imagine yourself walking into a wedding reception full of detail and color in comparison to a simpler arrangement.  For most, the reception with less detail and bright color choices will have a more sophisticated feel. Other elegant color choices are: silver, gold, and soft shades of green.

Lighting

Adding some sparkle is one of the most fun and beautiful ways to create exquisiteness and elegance. If you are having an outdoor reception, string lighting is a great table accent. For an indoor reception, lanterns and candles are a beautiful way to incorporate soft and upscale illumination.  Whether indoors or out, the right lighting can add such a beautiful tone for your reception. Be sure to spend some time selecting the best lighting choice for your party!

Timing

It is understood that evening receptions lean on the side of elegant.  Guests may arrive more formally dressed and ready for cocktails and appetizers. Typically, at an evening reception, dinner is also served and guests plan to stay for the duration.  It is less likely for guests to sneak out early for other obligations, which in turn creates a less casual atmosphere.  Mixed with your brilliant lighting choices, an evening wedding can look stunning and maintain that intimate and upscale vibe.

If an elegant wedding reception is what you are shooting for, remember to still have fun! Smiles and laughter never go out of style, no matter what setting you desire.