Every time I look at my left hand, I smile as I catch a glimpse of my wedding band. I chose an 18 carat gold band with a square amethyst, my birthstone. The wedding ring reflects my personality whilst showing my commitment to my man …
So how do you pick THE one, the wedding band that you will wear from this day forward, for ever and ever?
- Take your time. Don’t buy the first one just because you like the look of it today. This ring will stay with you for a long time. If you can, wear it for a couple of days before you make up your mind. Yes, you can do this! Check out Orla James who has a wedding ring sample service. Wear the ring for a week and if it’s not the one for you, return for a full refund. They have some fabulous different styles.
- Know how much you want to spend. Remember if you want to add jewels or have them engraved, this will add to the final cost.
- Get the fit right. I don’t just mean sizing. Make sure you can wear it with your engagement ring, remember to ensure they are the same metal so they don’t rub together and wear too quickly. Your jeweller can make recommendations. And Orla James has a free ring sizer available to order!
- Be different, or the same. There is no written rule that says you both have to have matching wedding bands. You may want rose gold, he may want platinum. Whatever you choose, make sure you smile every time it catches your eye!My nephew got engaged Christmas Day and now I’m obsessed at looking at engagement rings and wedding bands and you can probably tell I’m loving Orla James – what’s not to like on this website …… just checking out a new eternity ring for the New Year!
Are you planning a winter wedding? Are you getting down to the finer details – like which drinks shall we offer as our signature cocktail?
If it’s cold outside, your guests will appreciate a warming drink to welcome them to your wedding reception. How about serving traditional mulled wine?
Photo courtesy of Bon Appetit
Red wine, cider and port – what more could you want? Finish with cinnamon sticks and cut fruit. You can get a great recipe at Bon Appetit.
This White Chocolate Eggnog Cocktail not only looks the part for a winter wedding, but eggnog and winter just go hand in hand.
Photo courtesy of foodnetwork.com
Or for your something blue (and frosty) how about the Coco Snowball from the Breakers in Palm Beach?
Photo by Lila Photo
What will you choose? Why not spend some time with your bar company or venue bartenders and get them to create something special for you.
Happy tasting xx
The American tradition is for the groom to remove the bridal garter and throw it out into the bachelors – the guy that catches it is the next one to marry – let’s hope he’s stood next to the single lady that catches the bouquet!
Blush Pink Wedding Garter
Taupe Wedding Garter
Whilst traditionally many brides still go for something blue on their wedding garter, there are many styles and colours available, including ones with beautiful flowers, crystals and butterflies.
Don’t forget to add your wedding garter photo shot to your list of photographs. Why not couple with a lovely brightly coloured pair of shoes?
Can you believe that the kids are back at school, X Factor in on the telly and we’re about to get three days of hot sunshine – well we are autumn bound!
Autumn to me means toffee apples, crispy leaves falling to the floor and of course Halloween is only next month. You are just in time to start organising that mega Halloween party.
Of course, we’ve got some personalised products for that spooktacular party but I’ve also pinned some great ideas onto Pinterest – check them out – you know you want to eat creepy Halloween food!
I love a bit of colour, in fact I would say that Wedding Paraphernalia specialises in colour as I don’t often do plain white, ivory or cream!
Today, I am shipping pretty gold pearlescent diamond flap laser cuts from my Nesbit range – their final destination being Jamaica. The gold gives them a beautiful luxury look – finished with the sparkle of the Swarovski crystals.
Have a lovely time in Jamaica Zena, are you sure you don’t want me to hand deliver??
Black and white, black and silver, black and red, black and green, black and …… black.
Sarah and Paul’s colour was black and we mixed it with a light silver and a dark graphite, and finished everything with clear Swarovski crystals.
We folded white napkins and finished with a double tied ribbon – black sheer ribbon and a silver satin. Each napkin had a personalised menu; the ladies then had a little white notepad with the bride and groom’s name and the men had chocolate cigars.
Beautiful white roses in black martini glasses graced each table – the white roses were dipped in black ink and finished with crystals by Magnolia Florist.
We finished the tables with black table crystals, clear dewdrops, frosted tealight holders and diamond bubbles – how very sparkly!