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  • Wedding Day Survival Tips

    You've spent months planning your wedding, and now you are looking forward to the big day.  Now that you're almost there, here are some wedding day tips to make your special day wonderful and stress-free. 

        1. Enlist the help of your wedding party
    Bridesmaids and groomsmen are involved in your wedding for more than matching attire and great photos.  Each of them plays a significant role in your life and wants to do as much as possible to help on your big day.  It's often useful to make a list of to-dos for the wedding day and to divide them amongst the bridesmaids and groomsmen.  Activities such as greeting vendors, seating grandparents, and picking up lunches can easily be performed by members of the wedding party.  By delegating these tasks, it will leave the bride and groom more time to enjoy their day.
    2) Prepare your list of photos ahead of time
    Wedding photographs will be keepsakes that you and your family treasure.  Of course you will want photos of the bride and groom, but you will also want to include the bridal party, family members, and special friends as well.  In order to ensure that the photographer captures all the moments that are most special to you, it's a good idea to make a list of photos ahead of time.  This list should include where the photo will be taken, who will be in the photo, and any other key details.  If your wedding venue has beautiful scenery, you'll want to be sure to include some landscape shots as well.  Making a list of your photos and sharing it with your photographer will ensure that no special moment is missed.
    3) Bring an emergency kit with you 
    Hopefully your big day will go off without a hitch.  Just in case, we recommend assembling an emergency kit.  Whether it's a torn bridesmaids dress or a scraped knee, having an emergency kit will ensure that you're ready to handle whatever the big day brings.  Your emergency kit should include products that will help to remove any stains or rips in the wedding or bridesmaids dresses. Items such as stain remover, sewing needles, thread, soap, chalk, baby powder, and safety pins will help for any emergencies involving the bride’s dress, or for anyone invited who experiences damage in their clothing. In case there is a medical emergency (or someone's shoes cause a blister), make sure to bring a separate kit with bandages, eye drops, and aspirin. 

    4) Save as much money as you can 
    There are plenty of ways to save on your big day. Take advantage of coupons and decoration ideas that you can do yourself. For example, centerpieces for tables can be made easily by purchasing glass vases and artificial flowers. Plus, this will allow more personalization for your wedding. It’s also a good idea to think about pre-owned engagement rings. Buying a pre-owned engagement ring means you get the same ring, and same diamond, at a fraction of the cost. 

    5) Sit back and enjoy the day 
    The most important tip for your wedding day is to enjoy every moment.  Your wedding is a rare time when so many people in your life are together.  Don't get caught up in the details if something is not perfect on the big day.  What matters is that you are getting married, and that you celebrate your love. 
    With these tips in mind, you and your future spouse will have a great wedding day. 

  • Perhaps The Most Beautiful Ring We Have EVER Sold

    Set in majestic 18k yellow gold, at the center of this stunning piece is an incredible 3.15 carat pear shaped diamond. Surrounded by 8 small baguettes and 2 large baguettes, this beautiful ring glimmers with an additional 0.66 carats.

  • Three Creative and Delicious Wedding Cake Ideas

    When it comes to getting married, aesthetics mean everything. There is a lot of attention dedicated to finding the perfect wedding venue, designing the event, determining the menu and finding inventive ways to avoid inviting those crazy family members.

    One important wedding factor is the cake. Although a cake should always be tasty, a cake that fits your theme can turn an ordinary wedding into an exceptional event.   Some cakes, such as white cakes, work well for almost any wedding—but in case you’re searching for something suiting, here is a guide for finding some creative and delicious wedding cake ideas. 
    A Beach-Themed Wedding Cake 

    In case your wedding will be held on the beach, make sure to be appropriate by having not only beach-themed décor, but a beach-themed cake as well. This doesn’t mean that the cake should taste of sand, rather that you can accomplish this by using aqua or blue icing and seashell designs on your cake in corals and peaches.  Additionally, you can add hints of white swirls on your beach-themed wedding cake. 
    A Formal-Themed Wedding Cake

    If you are holding a wedding with a more formal theme, then an elegant black and white cake is the perfect choice for you. With intricate black floral designs and black bows, this cake option is absolutely perfect. Your guests will notice a sense of class simply by eyeing your sweet and sophisticated cake. 
    A Fall-Themed Wedding Cake

    Are you and your fiancée getting married during the fall? What a beautiful time of the year to get married. Fall has gorgeous colors to incorporate into your cake, such as rich reds, gold, orange, greens, and browns. By adding a bit of these colors to your cake, you’ll set the theme effortlessly. This can be achieved by adding artificial floral stems around specific areas of the cake or by selecting appropriate icing colors. Another idea is using leaf decorations made out of icing for your fall wedding cake. 
    On your wedding day, make sure it’s a celebration that you, your fiancée, friends, and family will all enjoy. By saving money on pre-owned engagement rings, you will have more funds to use for the big day.
    Used engagement rings are a great idea to help save money through the wedding planning process.  
    Used engagement rings are just as attractive as their unused counterparts—the only difference is their more affordable price.  If your fiancée chooses a used engagement ring, you’ll have more money to spend on the big celebration.

  • Three Budget-Friendly Ways to Propose to Your Girlfriend

    Are you considering proposing to your girlfriend, but don’t know if you can afford an engagement ring, let alone that romantic trip to Paris? While getting down on one knee in front of the Eiffel Tower may be viewed by many as the ultimate gesture of love, it is sadly out of reach for the majority of us. Don’t worry—there are plenty of options out there to propose to your girlfriend that are creative, unique, affordable, and of course, memorable. 

    The Beach 

    One of the best ways to propose on a budget is by going to the beach. Do a little reconnaissance first; if you see big groups of spring breakers, then it may not be the spot for you. If you are planning something elaborate, then draft in some help where possible.

    A recommended time to go would be at night, when it is more romantic and intimate. You could start off by setting the mood; adding a table and chairs with a gorgeous array of flowers is a good start.  Be mindful of tide times, as I’m sure that you’d want to avoid watching your proposal plans drift out to sea.
    Set the table and chairs around a series of large candles that form a heart. Serve her your finest homemade food, and eventually tell her that you need to ask her something. Tell her to turn around while you write “Will you marry me?” in the sand.  When she turns around, make sure to show her the gorgeous ring you selected. She’ll be speechless.

    A Treasure Hunt 

    This is one of the most mysterious (and fun) ways to propose.  By setting up various locations in your apartment, house, or even your neighborhood, your girlfriend will enjoy searching for the next clues, all the while wondering the purpose of the activity.   We don't recommend sending her into dark allies or known criminal hangouts.  Be sure to keep her interested by providing little surprises that she’ll appreciate; then, when she gets to the final treasure (her engagement ring), you’ll see her look of ecstatic shock. 

    Breakfast in Bed

    If you and your girlfriend share a bed together, this idea will require a bit of sneakiness. While she is snoring soundly, creep into the kitchen and prepare a delicious breakfast (I’m afraid this is not the day for pop tarts and sunny delight).  Add the engagement ring to the breakfast tray along with some pretty flowers.  Serve her breakfast in bed before she wakes up; when she goes to reach for her food, she will notice the ring, which is when you can ask, “Will you marry me?” 

    These are only three creative and affordable proposal ideas. Of course, before coming up with a creative way to propose, it helps to consider what she’s interested in (obviously, you wouldn’t want to take her to the beach if she hates the sand). Pre-owned engagement rings will help in your perfect, budget-friendly proposal. 

    Believe it or not, a pre-owned engagement ring is a great way to make your girlfriend smile without having to break the bank. Afterwards, selecting a spot to propose to her will be a cinch. 

  • Help Ash: July 20th - A Day of Remembrance

    July 20th will live long in the memory as one of the darkest days in US history. The Aurora, CO community, along with the rest of the United States will remember the twelve unfortunate victims who lost their lives on this fateful day.
    Lives were changed forever not just for the 70 injured people, but for the countless family members and witnesses, July 20th marks an important milestone in their journey to move forward.
    Ashley and Veronica Moser
    Remembering and Creating New Memories
    Many of those who were present in the Century movie theater at that time have made significant process in healing, mending, and rebuilding their lives. Take, for example, Eugene Han and Kirstin Davis, a young couple who survived the incident and have scheduled their wedding date on the anniversary in order to build better memories to be associated with that date. There are also a number of therapeutic events to be hosted by the community on the dates surrounding the anniversary. For victim Ashley Moser, who withstood several gunshot wounds, it’s all about taking it one day at a time.
    Where are they Now?: Ashley’s Adventures
    Despite being paralyzed after the incident, Moser is letting nothing hold her back. She’s excited to announce that she’s re-enrolled in college courses for the upcoming fall semester, which she’ll be attending on-campus. Until then, she’s been keeping busy doing many of the things she loves to do: for example, she recently participated in the Paralympics, competing in three different throwing events. Thanks to Adaptive Adventures and her love of the outdoors, she also recently went on kayaking and hand-cycling excursions. She’s attending a summit adventure next month, will attend a women’s conference at the end of the summer, and will be the special guest at Tony Robbins in Palm Springs come December – there is much to look forward to!
    Family Ties Stay Strong
    Putting yourself back in the game the way Ashley has – continuing with her dreams of going to school and trying new things – takes a lot of resiliency, and she thinks hers can be attributed to her strong family bonds. Just this weekend she attended a family reunion where there were over a hundred attendees and lots of fun to be had, so it’s easy to see where her support system comes from. Though the one year anniversary of the day that changed her life still brings about strong memories, her family gives her the strength and the foundation she needs to create new positive ones.
    If you want to make a difference to the life of an amazing young lady who needs our help, please contribute here: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/0NGG6
  • Hottest 2013 Trends in Engagement Rings

    Without overplaying the engagement ring purchase too much, it does represent one of the most significant items you will ever buy, as well as being one of the most romantic.  The engagement ring is a symbol of love and devotion, but can also make a unique fashion statement. There is no bride that will deny that the day her husband got down on one knee and slipped the engagement ring onto that left ring finger was one of the happiest days of her life.

    Fashion is constantly evolving and engagement ring styles are no different. The traditional classic ring is making way for settings with a more unique appearance. With that being said, today’s designers are not moving away from the classic ‘Tiffany’ style solitaire ring too much, they are just creating a bolder, more ornate style that produces a little more sparkle.

    For brides looking to move towards more modern ring styles, many love the halo setting.  Halo rings both highlight the beauty of the center stone and make the center diamond look larger.  These settings can work with round, cushion, princess, and many other diamond shapes.  Halo settings can also be paired with a thin, pave diamond band, a traditional metal band, or with a split-shank style.  Whatever the band, halo settings make a bold, beautiful statement.

    Another hot trend is vintage looking engagement rings.  Whether these rings are authentically vintage or new rings designed to look older, many brides opt for a vintage style ring.  Vintage rings have intricate details, and often utilize brightly colored centered stones.  Many brides looking for a one-of-a-kind ring choose a vintage style.

    Many modern brides are also turning to eternity rings as their engagement ring of choice.  Eternity rings are understated, refined jewelry that can be worn alone or stacked with other rings.  Brides that have busy lifestyles often like eternity rings as they can be worn during athletic or other physical activities.

    Whatever engagement ring she chooses, every bride hopes that her engagement ring will bring a lifetime of happiness.
  • The Bling Ring

    We had to bring this to your attention, although the movie is not necessarily purely about 'bling', it sure is entering!

    In Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, a crew of L.A. high-schoolers embark on a burglary spree in the Hollywood Hills. They target the homes of, among others, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Audrina Patridge, Megan Fox, and Rachel Bilson. They thrill at their proximity to the celebs (yet bizarrely discard a love letter found chez Orlando Bloom). Their haul in designer loot is enough to make law-abiding fashionistas in the audience salivate.

    Check out the trailer: http://movies.yahoo.com/video/bling-ring-trailer-2-211239808.html

  • Five Ways to Save on Your Wedding Day

    There is no denying that getting married can be one of the most important times of your life. However, when it comes to planning the wedding, cost can become a huge factor.

    As all brides and grooms can attest, weddings can be expensive. In 2012 alone, the average cost of a wedding was $26,989. If you have been thinking about getting married in the most cost-friendly way, here are a few tips to consider. 

    1) Coupons, Coupons, Coupons! 

    One of the best ways to save is through coupons. If you are having a wedding, coupons for certain items will help you to save a lot of money. 

    In fact, if you can manage to be crafty on your own, you can make your own centerpieces for the wedding by using coupons for craft stores and receiving almost half off of expensive glass vases. You could also use coupons for stationary, which can become a bit pricey.

    Also check out sites like Groupon and Living Social to score photographers, invitations, and other wedding vendors at a discount.

    2) Consider a Used Engagement Rings

    You would be surprised at how used engagement ringsstill hold exceptional quality and value for your future spouse. 

    If a used engagement ring was good enough for Kate Middleton, then why not you?

    Many people opt to purchase a pre-owned engagement ring and to have the diamond (the most expensive part of the ring) re-set into a new setting.  This allows you to have the perfect ring at a deep discount.   

    3) Consider Buying a Used Wedding Dress

    Buying a used wedding dress could save you thousands of dollars.

    It is more than likely that the dress that you are looking at in the boutique is available online, pre-owned, but only worn once.

    Get it cleaned, get it altered, and you have the fairytale wedding dress for a fraction of the price. You could even re-sell it after use and get all your money back.

    There are a number of notable websites that offer this service, but the most popular and respected is Oncewed.com. Check out their great selection.

    4) Create a Wedding Priority List

    Do you create a shopping list when you go to the supermarket? Personally I don't, but my fridge regularly contains 12 red onions, 15 green peppers and a cucumber ( I don't even like cucumbers ). 

    Creating a wedding priority list will help you think rationally about what is really important to you and your future spouse, and where the budget should be allocated.

    If your mom really wants you to spend a fifth of the budget on flowers, then perhaps suggest a contribution. I know my guests definitely preferred food and drinks over elaborate table center pieces and flowers in the restroom.

    What is actually important to you and your spouse? Creating a simple list can do wonders to your planning.

    5) Utilize Your Resources 

    Who can you trust to do a good job? Maybe one of your best friends is an incredible photographer and you can ask her to take pictures, or maybe your uncle can whip up a delicious cake. 

    I can't emphasize enough how important it is to pick people that you can trust. Everybody has a friend who likes one too many drinks and has a history of going M.I.A. Yup, that guy. It maybe in your best interest to steer well clear of him. Ask for help, but choose your helpers wisely.

    These are only five tips on how to save for your big wedding day. If you are getting married, these ideas will help you on your quest to budget your finances for the occasion.
  • Three Tips on Finding the Perfect Engagement Ring

    You might be head over heels in love and have been ready to get married for a while now. Maybe you’ve thought it over for years and you’re officially prepared to propose. If you are thinking of proposing, finding the perfect ring can be a challenge.  There are many important factors to consider, such as clarity, color, cut, and carat weight. Most importantly, you will want to make sure that the ring you chose is highly personalized.
    If finding the perfect engagement ring has you frustrated, the following tips might help. 
    1) Take notice of her style. What kind of rings or jewelry does she tend to wear? Does she like simpler jewelry, or does she tend to wear chunkier, more flamboyant jewelry? Also, take notice of what colors she likes to wear. This can help you to make a decision easily.
    2) Ask her friends or family. Although you might know her extremely well, her friends or family can offer a bit of insight as to what kind of ring she would like to wear for the rest of her life. You could always sit down with a friend or family member to discuss your thoughts on her perfect ring.  
    3) If cost is getting you down, consider previously owned engagement rings.  Purchasing used engagement rings allows you to buy a nicer ring for the same price.  Discount diamonds are also an intelligent choice. With discount diamonds, you can find the same certified diamonds that your local jeweler sells, but at a fraction of the cost.  
    These are only three small steps you can take when it comes to finding the perfect engagement ring. Your future wife will appreciate the time, effort, and research that you put into finding her the ring of her dreams. Of course, if all else fails, you can ask her what she wants—but the key is to keep her surprised!
  • Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

    The old British saying goes, "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in your shoe." For the past three weeks, simply bridal have brought their readers ideas on how to incorporate the old, the new, and the borrowed into your weddings plans. Since "a sixpence in your shoe" is pretty straight forward, last but not least, they have brought  you "something blue"! 

    Did you know, that the color blue is associated with purity and fidelity? It also used to be worn in order to ward off the “evil eye” that would make new brides infertile. Nowadays though, this may be one of the easiest of the four "somethings" to incorporate. There are endless options of blue wedding products in the market. Many brides choose to incorporate a shade of blue into their color palate, using either blue bridesmaid dresses or decorations at the reception. 

    For those brides who aren't keen on having blue as visible on the big day, here are some of our favorite alternatives. While some of these may be hidden under your skirts, others are small enough that they can have meaning for you without taking over your color scheme. Either way, these items will ensure you have all that traditional good luck!

    “Something blue” may be one of the easiest to incorporate, with endless options of things to color blue!  For those who aren't keen on having blue bridesmaid dresses or decorations, the simply bridal infographic contains favorite alternatives, including jewelry, ribbons and bouquets!  

    SimplyBridal.com is an online retailer for quality wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, and wedding accessories. In addition to providing quality bridal products, we also create bridal resources such as infographics and downloadables.

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