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    Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Man’s Wedding Ring

    If you are wondering how you are ever going to pick out your husband-to-be’s wedding ring, don’t be afraid; you are not alone! Finding the one doesn’t have to be an intense or stressful search. However, it does need to be thoughtful. When ring shopping for your man, there are certain things you need to consider.

    Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Man’s Wedding Ring

    The wedding ring has been around since the dawn of human history but it’s not until more recently the man was traditionally given a ring. It came about from the times when soldiers were given them as a way to remember their wives when sent to war. It could also be to remember other commitments if sent away for years and give him more strength to continue fighting.

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    Coming from an interesting history, the man’s wedding band is just as important today as it was back then.  If you are currently on the hunt for your other half’s wedding ring, check out these elegant men’s wedding bands.

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    It helps when you go somewhere which has a wide range of choice and their experts highly suggest going for comfort when choosing a man’s wedding band. We will discuss this amongst other things when looking at what to keep in mind when buying his wedding ring.

    • Consider his lifestyle: Whilst the number one may be design and appearance for the ladies, it is more so comfort for the men. Even though how comfortable the ring fits is generally important for everyone, men tend to give more significance to this aspect. This may be due to his work, love of sports or just personal preferences. Either way, it’s important to consider the lifestyle of your other half or if it fits well with the ring you had in mind.

    This moves us on nicely to the next consideration, the metal of the ring. Men may not want fancy diamonds, settings or bands but they will want you to have considered the material. You can get several for male rings with some of the most popular being: platinum, gold, silver, titanium and tungsten. Higher carat gold rings will last longer and hold their shine more than lower carat. They are also great for the hands-on man who is always on the go as they can weather a bit more man-handling then the usual ring. Even though silver is cheaper, it doesn’t last as long whereas titanium is extremely strong.

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    • Ensure you think about his personality: Choosing a ring that reflects the sort of person he is can make lots of different in your final choice. Think about whether he’s a fairly simple dude or if he prefers something more lavish and different?

    Some options may be going for something two-toned to add a hint of uniqueness, or a satin finish, maybe even a texture or woven pattern. You can see a collection of wedding bands in Melbourne that’s perfect for you at Simon West.  They have a surprising amount of varied designs you can choose from when it comes to men’s wedding bands.

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    Considering these elements when buying a man’s wedding ring will really help you gain some insight and help you choose the perfect one.

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    5 Interesting Wedding Jewellery Traditions, Beliefs & Superstitions

    Ever since people began to converse with each other, superstitions have been created about almost every facet of life, including weddings. The old English rhyme of “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…” outlines one of the best known wedding traditions.  The fact that brides still gather these four objects together to avoid unhappy and ill-fated marriages is so common that we don’t question the practice nor call it what it is: a superstition.

    Wedding jewellery has had its own share of ominous and sometimes wacky beliefs assigned to it.  For example, even where and how jewellery is worn can be based upon very old traditions that have long since been proven false.  For centuries, folks wore their wedding rings on their ring fingers because they thought that 4th digit on the left hand contained a vein that went straight to the heart.  Most of us know that this isn’t true, just like we know the rest of these traditions are not true.  But we still follow them!

    Read on for some of the most common superstitions in our modern weddings.

    5 Interesting Wedding Jewellery Traditions, Beliefs & Superstitions

    1. If it’s Not Your Birthstone, Don’t Wear It

    Even if it’s not your wedding, it’s supposedly bad luck to wear a birthstone that is not yours. Consider this along with the fact that the birthstone for April is the most common stone associated with weddings—the diamond.  So if this is true, everyone who wears a diamond will have bad luck. And advising against diamonds could also cause problems with the next wedding superstition.

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    1. Diamonds Instead of Pearls, Always

    Although the origin of this tradition is fuzzy, it’s been around for a very long time.  There is a persistent believe that pearls symbolize tears, so they shouldn’t be used in wedding jewellery.  According to tradition, the pearls represent the future tears from unhappy marriage.  This superstition gives us one more reason why diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

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    1. Don’t Give a Watch as a Wedding Gift

    In some European cultures, a watch that is received as a gift can symbolize the limited amount of time in the relationship.  The meaning is even more menacing in Chinese.  Apparently the words for timepiece sound almost the same as the Chinese word for going to a funeral.  Add the implication of limited time to the concept of death and you have a no-brainer for not giving a watch as a wedding gift.

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    1. Silver Brings Good Mojo

    The wearing of silver earrings once meant that evil spirits could not enter the body of the wearer.  Wearing a simple pair of silver hoops on your wedding day will make you safe from ghosts as well as add a touch of elegance to your wedding ensemble.

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    1. Leave the Engagement Ring On

    If you have your engagement ring on before the wedding ceremony, don’t take it off. If a woman takes the engagement ring off before the ceremony, it means that the wedding may not occur.  Leaving the ring on your finger means that your marriage will not only happen as planned, it will also be long-lasting.

    5 Interesting Wedding Jewellery Traditions, Beliefs & Superstitions

    Remember that superstitions are only as true as you make them.  Bringing your own special joy to your own special day is the best way to create your own new special type of wedding tradition.

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    Choosing a Diamond Engagement Ring as Unique as Your Girlfriend

    This post is aimed at all the blokes out there, or can be subtly put under the nose of your other half, if you want to drop a major hint.

    Chances are high that your girlfriend is a pretty unique person with her own distinctive quirks and personality traits that make her especially endearing to you. If you’re planning to propose marriage and create a shared future together it really is worth thinking about the type of diamond engagement ring that would suit her best.

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    Girls aren’t all the same and neither are diamond rings. If you can figure out the kind of engagement ring that really matches her style, her appreciation and respect for you will go through the roof. This is a major decision you’ll definitely want to flow as smoothly as possible.

    • Looking for Clues

     Although it may seem difficult at first, once you start looking more closely for clues there are many ways to tell what type of engagement ring would tick all the right boxes for your girlfriend. You need to play super sleuth and release your inner detective by observing certain details about her and her environment.

    • What Other Jewellery Does She Like?

     Check out her jewellery and see what themes you notice. Is it elegant and understated or kind of boisterous and over the top. Does she wear chunky, over-sized jewellery with big stones or is it more slender, dainty and antique looking? Does she prefer to wear gold, silver or some other type of metal?

    Choosing a Diamond Engagement Ring as Unique as Your Girlfriend bracelet and watch

    Gold comes in a variety of colours; but if your girl doesn’t wear it, there are other precious metals such as platinum that engagement rings can be fashioned from.

    • Clothing Style

     Paying attention to your lady’s fashion sense can also help you understand the type of jewellery she is likely to be attracted to. How does she tend to dress, both for work and in her leisure time? Is she conservative, traditional, business-like or corporate in her style?

    Perhaps she likes natural fibres and earthy, sensual clothes that float and flow. Or is she more playful, provocative, fiery and boisterous in her manner of dress? Are her colours vivid and bright, muted beige and greys or flowery pastels?

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    Believe it or not, all of these things can help you identify the style of jewellery that would complement her general way of expressing herself in the world on multiple levels.

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    Trawl through some of her favourite photos and notice what she has on in terms of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings. Take some photos of the jewellery she commonly wears along to a jeweller and their expert eye will be sure to notice common themes developing. You can also see custom diamond rings at www.diamondsforless.ca.

    Ask her best girlfriend, in the strictest confidence, about the kind of jewellery your girl is attracted to. It may be cliché but women generally know these things about each other. They’ll have engaged and married friends or co-workers and likely repeatedly discussed the specific types of rings they received.

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    Gossip and fashion magazines are full of articles about jewellery with photographs to boot. At the very least they would have pointed some of these images out to each other and you’ll probably hit pay dirt if you can get her girlfriend to open up to you.

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    When it comes right down to it, your lady will undoubtedly be over the moon that you’ve asked her to marry you. Finding the right type of engagement ring to suit her style will be the icing on the cake.

    If you feel like you’ve gotten it completely wrong, many jewellers allow for returns with minimal fuss and conditions. Do your best, trust your instincts and good things will surely follow.

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    Wedding Beauty – Nail Art fit for a Princess Bride

    Today’s post is all about beauty inspiration for your wedding day, in particular makeup and nails. We have 2 gorgeous styles with a bit of an Ascot/My Fair Lady theme, which is timeless, classic and elegant. We have the fab talents of Elise Scholes-Pilkington of Flawless Nails and Jenna of Studio 624 to thank for the look and the photography talent of Jenny from McAvoy Photography who captured the look beautifully.

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    A pretty fitted lace gown by Pearl Bridal Boutique and bespoke black and ivory net and feather birdcage veil by Dream Veils are perfect for an Ascot inspired wedding.

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    Subtle pretty jewelled nail art.

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    Thick winged eyelashes are the main focus of the makeup look, the rest is soft and very subtle.

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    Top Five Hen Party Activities

    Who has been to a hen party and thought that it could definitely be a little bit more fun and exciting? Maybe you thought it could have been more original? Most women have! It can be difficult to come up with ideas. So we thought we would help you out! Here are our top five hen party activities. Perfect for those bridesmaids and maids of honour to get some tips on what they could do for a hen party.

     Top Five Hen Party Activities

    Cocktail Making

    This is definitely a winner in our book! You will most likely be having cocktails anyway – so why not make them? It’s a great way to break the ice and have some fun, you will also be able to keep those recipes for future reference at your next cocktail party. You can act as if you are Tom Cruise in Cocktail and get things mixed up. Remember not to drink too many of your own concoctions though if you want to last the entire night.

      Top five hen party activities cocktails for love me love my wedding

    Bingo

    Don’t be fooled, bingo isn’t just for the older generation. It’s for young people too! There are all kinds of twists that you can put on it – in fact you can make your own bingo cards to match any kind of theme that you want. This is perfect, as you can personalise it to match the bride’s favourite things. Plus the prizes can be some saucy treats for the bride to be and her guests. If you want to check it out – you will be happy to know that the pgbingo editor contributed the idea of playing bingo – so it’s not just us!

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    A Spa Weekend

    Everyone can do with a little bit of rest and relaxation before a wedding, they can certainly be stressful. This will allow you to get some treatments like massages, manicures, pedicures, tan, eyelashes and essentially whatever else you want to make yourself beautiful for the big day. Spa’s also have sauna’s, hot tubs, pools – that are also perfect for you to have a gossip and chat about the upcoming nuptials with a glass of champagne or a cocktail. Some of the best spas have top notch restaurants too, so you can have some amazing food.

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     Hen Weekend

    You never know, it may be the last chance for a girls’ holiday so a weekend away to somewhere you have never been before may be just the thing. It doesn’t need to be anything too crazy, but a few days with some sun, sea and sand could be the perfect prep for a wedding. It’s the perfect excuse to get away. Everyone could work on their tan and get bronzed for the big day too. Of course there will be the obligatory glass of bubbly or cocktail to keep things going and all kind of exotic things to enjoy.

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     Booze Cruise

     This is for those of you who like things a little bit wilder! You can make your way out to sea and enjoy all of the festivities with the wind in your hair. There could be butlers at your beck and call, champagne and cocktails on tap – and of course lots of music and dancing. Make sure you don’t get sea sick though. It is great for those of you who like the thought of one last hurrah before a wedding.

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    Well that’s our top 5 ideas folks, what do you think? You can have a cheeky cocktail, head out to sea, pamper yourself silly, or else you could even win some naughty prizes of bingo. We hope you all have fun planning a fabulous hen party.

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