Buying the Perfect Engagement Ring

sapphire-engagement-ringBuying an engagement ring can be exciting for a guy but can also be terrifying – what if she doesn’t like it? What if it looks wrong when she wears it? Picking the perfect engagement ring is a matter of doing a little research beforehand to ensure that she loves the ring you pick as much as she loves you.

The Right Ring

Firstly thing to consider is the style and what kind of jewellery she normally chooses. Sneak a look in her jewellery box for some inspiration and look at the kind of clothes she wears Is she quite traditional and classic in her styling? If so, then a solitaire ring may be ideal. This is a ring with a single stone in a nice setting that will work with almost any look. It may be she likes a certain time period and therefore vintage style engagement rings may be perfect. Or she may be a little unusual in her tastes and therefore consider a bespoke piece of jewellery that perfectly sums her up.

Has your future bride lost a dear loved one such as a parent or grandparent? A unique and sentimental option available includes creating a one-of-a-kind ring using cremation diamonds. This ring will be a way to memorialize and honor something precious to you both.

Getting the right size is another crucial factor because it spoils the moment if you slide the ring on her finger and it gets stuck halfway down or falls off. Take a ring that she wears most often on the finger nearest the ring finger and use a ring measure to size it. You can then tell this to the jeweller who will be able to advise you on what the size would be for the engagement ring.


The classic engagement ring stone is the diamond but not everyone likes the colourless stone. Some like combinations such as sapphire and diamond engagement rings that use the deep blue stone alongside the diamond, while others favour rubies or emeralds. These three are all classed as precious stones with diamond but do come in differing quality and shades.

If you opt for a diamond only ring, particularly a solitaire, then there are four characteristics that define the quality of the stone. Carat is the one mentioned the most and this is the special measurement used to measure stones. A carat is divided into 100 smaller units called point so 75 points is three-quarters of a carat.

The other three factors are cut, colour and clarity. The cut is how many facets have been cut into the stone to make it sparkle and give it what is known as its fire. The cut also dictates the shape of the diamond with round cut being the most popular but other common ones including the pear, emerald, marquise, princess, oval and even heart shaped. Colour is confusing with a colourless stone but refers to any subtle shades that can be seen in the stone. Clarity is the other standard and refers to any inclusions in the stone. These are the natural markings within the stone that aren’t really visible to the naked eye so this standard is the least relevant when shopping.

And So…

Unless your girlfriend has pointed to a ring in a window, you are always slightly guessing when buying an engagement ring. But by doing a little research and observation you can vastly increase the chance that the ‘yes’ comes with an instant ‘I love it!’

The Perfect Summer Wedding Outfit

summer-beach-weddingWhen it comes to a summer wedding, during the planning process people tend to focus on how everything is going to look. For instance, the bride, groom, parents, and wedding planner will go over the venue, menu, and the décor a hundred times. But there’s one other element that you should bear in mind when attending a summer wedding, that’s often over looked – the heat!

In the summer, depending on where the wedding is being held, the heat can become a serious challenge for the bridal party, the families, and the guests as well. When you are starting to plan all of the outfits for the bridal party, one of the best solutions for a summer wedding is go for outfits made from linen, with retailers offering a wide range of gorgeous linen clothes to choose from. Linen is a lightweight material that is flattering on most body types, and looks more formal than it feels, which are just a couple of the benefits of wearing linen outfits for a summer wedding.

Some of the things you’ll love about wearing linen for a summer wedding are the fact that you can find beautiful and comfortable dresses for all of the girls, the guys will look relaxed and formal at the same time, and you’ll be able to enjoy the full beauty of a summer wedding, while staying cool and comfortable at the same time. Nobody, particularly the bride and groom, want to be feeling uncomfortably hot when everyone’s eyes are on them, and you want to make sure that your guests are comfortable throughout the whole day, so linen outfits all round is a really good idea.

Linen is easy to clean and maintain, and doesn’t ‘wrinkle at the first sight of a chair’ as a lot of people might think. If you’re worried about your linen outfit looking a little bit ‘worn’ as the day goes on, don’t be. If you buy good quality linen outfits you’ll find they look great for the whole day. Not only will the outfits look gorgeous during the wedding, over time the more you wash the fabric, the softer it will become. One of the largest misconceptions about linen is that it can only be cleaned at a dry cleaner, which isn’t true. Linen is best washed by hand, or on a delicate machine wash. The water should be cold, or at the most lukewarm when you are washing the linen garment, either in preparation for the wedding or after the event.

When it comes to drying, you want to be extra careful not to over dry the material. You can tumble dry the material on low or on a cool setting. If you dry linen on high or for too long then you risk damaging the fabric – so take care. Don’t forget to always store your linen outfits in a cool and dry place. If you take care of them, they’ll look after you, and you’ll be able to attend many a summer wedding in them, looking and feeling great.

Getting In Shape For Your Wedding

Personal TrainingIf you’d like to lose some weight and get in shape, there can be nothing more motivating than an upcoming wedding day. Now we’re not suggesting that you get engaged just so you have the pressure of the big day to finally help you lose those extra few pounds, but a survey by found that 80% of brides to be would look at changing their exercise and eating habits in the run up to their wedding, which isn’t really that surprising. All eyes will be focused on you for the majority of the day, so it’s only natural that you would want to look your best on the biggest day of your life. If you feel good, you’ll look good – confident and happy. But saying it is easier than doing it, so if you’re looking to slim down a little for your big day, here are a few tips.

Start early – Organising everything for your wedding can be a full time job itself, so it’s easy to put your health and fitness plans on the back burner until it’s too late. Then you’re left looking at crash diets and extreme fitness routines that can leave you feeling worn out and worse than when you started. If you start to improve your health and fitness as early as possible, you can take a much more organised and gentle approach to your weight loss, which will not only make it enjoyable, but it’s also more likely to create positive habits that will last beyond your wedding day.

Get some help – If you’ve never been a big fan of exercise but have decided that there’s nothing else for it, getting some help is a great idea. Find a friend or family member to train with you, so you can keep eachother motivated. If you can’t find a training partner look at getting a personal trainer. They can be great if your new to exercise and not really sure what will deliver the best results, plus they will also help to keep you motivated when you might be tempted to slack off. Fitting in a session with your trainer a few times a week can work wonders, and if your time is already filled up with all the wedding plans, you could look at hiring an in home personal trainer, where your trainer will come to you, saving you time for all the other things on your to do list.

Make simple changes – If pounding the treadmill at the gym really isn’t for you but you still want to lose some weight, making little changes to your day to day life can still help you slim down for your big day. Going for a romantic walk with your partner in the evenings and at the weekends hardly sounds like exercise, but it’s estimated that 20-30 minutes walking, 2-3 times a week could help you to lose up to a pound a week. You could even start walking to and from work each day to help you lose even more.

Alternatives to the ‘working out’ – If you would still prefer something a little less taxing, there are other forms of exercise you could try that might be more suitable. You could start doing Yoga which, despite some people’s opinion that it’s simply sitting around meditating, is great for toning and conditioning your body – Santa Monica yoga classes like Warrior Body are great exercise and a fantastic way for you to get into shape.

It’s more than just exercise – Exercise is a great way to lose weight, but to improve your fitness and your health, you should also look at what you’re eating. Making some simple changes to your diet can not only help you lose weight, they can also help you to look and feel better. You’ll be surprised how just adding more fruit and vegetables to your meals and eating less processed food will help your skin to look amazing and give you so much more energy.

Of course the ideal approach might be to try and integrate all of these health and fitness habits into your life in the run up to your wedding. That way, not only will you look and feel great on the big day, you’ll have set yourself up for a healthier, happier married life as well.

Beautiful Wedding Gifts From East Of India

East of India Wedding GiftsEast of India produce high quality, beautifully designed gifts that make that special occasion even more memorable; their gifts warm hearts and reflect the kind sentiments and affection the gift giver has for the couple who receive them. The modern East of India range is made in England, and inspired by skilled Indian tourist pieces of old.

We’re going to take a look at some of East of India’s key pieces from their wondrous range of gifts for weddings, which make perfect presents or additions to any big day.


The East of India wedding album makes the perfect gift for those looking to give something that will last a lifetime and contain precious snapshots of the wonderful day.

The handmade album is crafted in beautiful linen and features the words “WEDDING – AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER LOVE AND CHERISH FROM THIS DAY FORWARD” on the front.

This high quality item is represented in the fashion it should be: in a beautiful box, and bound by gingham ribbon; and with 48 sleeves for 6” x 4” photos, there’s plenty of space for the family posed photos, as well as for the fun evening pics.


Increasingly the bride and groom to be look to ever more inventive ways to make their day unique; recent trends have seen couples opting for unique ring holders to be presented at the most important part of the day.

The East of India Mr & Mrs ring dish is made from beautiful porcelain, and features a delicate porcelain heart tied with string to hold the rings securely. Following the ceremony this wonderful piece can be used as a ring dish forever more.


This Good Luck horseshoe represents a modern twist on the classic gift of the humble horseshoe; what better way to signify your wishes for the happy couple’s future than this beautiful item?

Following the big day it can be used by the happy couple in their marital home as a reminder of their beautiful day.


Bridesmaids can provide the potentially frantic bride with much needed friendship that provides calmness and support on their big day. How better to show appreciation than with these handmade bridesmaid thank you cards; and for a keepsake that will last forever, these cards feature a detachable thick cardboard heart.


Bunting has seen a surge in popularity as more and more brides opt for vintage wedding themes. Bunting can be used to decorate the wedding reception room, disco room or garden if the wedding is held during the spring or summer.

Featuring the words “TIME TO DRINK CHAMPAGNE & DANCE ON THE TABLE”, they are made from high quality, thick card. Choose from either a map, music script or old text background to suit your theme.

After the wedding this bunting can make a welcome addition to any home as a reminder of the wonderful day.

East of India present wonderfully unique designs that can add that special something to what is already guaranteed to be a beautiful day, and you can find more East of India gifts at

Do You Need A Wedding Planner?

True ReflectionsA lot of people don’t even consider hiring a wedding planner. Sometimes it’s because of cost, sometimes they just feel that they can do a perfectly good job themselves. However, planning everything you need for a wedding (the cars, the flowers, the wedding photographer, the reception…) can be stressful – and you’ve probably never done it before. A wedding planner isn’t for everyone, but it may be worth considering whether you would like a little help.


Wedding planners often offer different packages, which involve letting them handle different amounts of the work. They may handle the booking arrangements for flowers, food, furniture hire and so on completely. Alternatively, they may just coordinate them on the day and make sure the frenzy of setting up runs smoothly. In short, they can probably do as much or as little as you want them to, with you or your friends and family free to deal with the rest.

The important thing to remember is that, however much of the work they handle, a wedding planner will work with you to achieve your perfect wedding. They won’t take over with ideas or the style of the day, just help you manage the practical side.


When most people picture wedding planners, they tend to think of the high-end planners who work with lavish budgets. In fact, there are wedding planners out there who found their career on doing wonderful jobs with small budgets and modest, family-centred weddings.

With so many wedding planners working on different types of weddings and offering different packages, an exact figure is almost impossible to name. As a rough indicator, on-the-day coordination starts at around £250. If you just want your own plans double-checked it will cost less, if you want more help in advance it will cost more.


  • A wedding planner will save you time, effort and stress. They will take much of the hard work and many stressful tasks off of your hands, leaving you to look forward to your big day. They could even save you money by helping to negotiate things like wedding photography prices. Plus, if you’re getting married somewhere you’re not familiar with, how are you going to find the best venues and suppliers? You might not know who the best Surrey Wedding Photographers are, but the right wedding planner should come with a list of contacts.
  • You will get an expertly constructed plan for the day. It will include a detailed timeline or running order, and proper positions for flowers, food, photography and so on. They will then take responsibility for executing the plan properly and direct all the service providers at the venue. This will be a big help in making sure your day runs smoothly.
  • You get peace of mind, knowing that this hugely important event is being handled by a professional who knows how to make sure it goes well.


  • Wedding planners cost money. It’s true that there are a range of planners available for a range of wedding budgets, but obviously none of them can work for free. This means that a wedding planner will either cost extra, or sap the budget available for other parts of the day.
  • Wedding planners have become less necessary than they once were thanks to the internet. A huge amount of information is available online – both in terms of advice and practical information about service providers. This makes it much easier to find the right people and companies and to get everything organised yourself. If you are having a modest wedding and have the time to put into planning it yourself, you may find that everything falls into place quite easily without the extra help.

So do you need a wedding planner? A lot depends on how comfortable you feel with organising everything yourself and whether you have a support network of friends and family who can help. A wedding planner may not be appropriate for every couple, but as they’re definitely not just for the rich and famous, if you feel you do need a little help, hiring a planner might be worth considering.

Planning Your Wedding Reception

Wedding Party PlannersGetting the right venue for your wedding reception is undoubtedly one of the biggest decisions that a couple has to make.

Whether you plan to hold the ceremony in the same place or will be travelling to the venue after the ceremony, there are lots of considerations to make when planning your wedding reception.

Basic Choices

The most basic thing to look at when considering venues for your wedding reception is whether the place is large enough for your party. All venues have a person limit on their rooms that specify how many people it can legally hold so once you know how many people you will be inviting, you can start the search. While a room may be big enough on paper to hold everyone, you should consider what it will be like when you add all the tables, room for guests to move around and a DJ if you are having one – this means a dance floor area too.

Look at the facilities on offer from the venue and also consider the time of year you are getting married. Every venue will showcase itself at its best, on a sunny summer day. But what happens if it is cold? Does the venue have adequate heating to stop guests shivering as they eat? Or if the day is one of those extra hot ones, is there air conditioning to cool everyone down?

Getting Help

Many couples today consider using the services of a wedding planner, either associated with the venue they have chosen or an independent one to help find the venue. Whether they’re a specialist wedding planner, or one of the expert London event planning companies who coordinate wedding receptions and all other sorts of parties, not only will they have knowledge gained from experience that they can use on your behalf, sometimes they can even get discounts or extras thrown in. but most crucially, getting some help can relieve a lot of the stress of the process and allow you both to concentrate on other areas of the big day. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to choosing the right company to help you with your reception planning, you can start searching on Google, or see what other clients thought of the companies you’re considering, by checking out their Facebook page.


Other Considerations

You will probably end up with a list of up to half a dozen different places that could be suitable for your reception. So how do you pick one from them all? One way to do this is to look at the other considerations for the day.

Privacy is something that matters for some couples. Are there going to be members of the public wandering around the venue or watching from outside? If you don’t want this, then choose a private venue rather than a public location as you have better control of the location.

Look at the areas for the guests to use during the day. Is there are outdoors area if you are having a spring or summer wedding where the kids can run around? Are there plenty of seating areas after the meal for guests to relax?

Finally look at it from the guest’s viewpoint. Is there plenty of places to park their cars during the day? Are there transport links to help people travel there before the wedding? Also consider how many rooms the venue has if people are going to want to stay there rather than travel home. Answering all these questions will help you find the perfect wedding reception venue.

You’re Engaged! Now What?

So you’re engaged – congratulations! It occurred to us that figuring out whether or not you need to hire a wedding planner might not be the easiest thing to do if you don’t actually know what planning a wedding involves. So here’s a short video from Forever Bride that tells you about the kind of things you need to think about when you’re starting to plan a wedding – so you can decide whether or not you need to get some help, professional or otherwise.

What Does A Wedding Planner Do?

Most people might think that wedding planners only work with rich and famous couples and that they cost a fortune. Some couples might want some help to make their special day the best it can be, but are worried that a wedding planner might ‘take over’. Well here’s a short video to give you a bit more insight into the what it is a wedding planner actually does.

For more information on whether a wedding planner is right for your wedding, and what you should know if you’re thinking of hiring one, check out this article for more details.