Present Protector

September 14, 2008

Set your gift table at your reception site near the door and have an attendant monitor it. Better safe then sorry as unattended present/cards dissappear all too often.


Are you keeping everyone HAPPY?

September 6, 2008

The secret to a joyful celebration is remembering all the other people involved in your day. Here are a few ideas that will make you bride of the year.

1. Treat your attendants like the friends they are and not like servants.

2. Trust your mom with at least one major job(working with the florist, tracking RSVP’s.

3. Ask your dad’s opinion about something important – the menu, the wine, whether Aunt Velma will be offended if the band plays heavy metal, whatever – so he knows he is a vital part of the day and not just a check writing machine.

4. Let your vendors do what they do best; resist the urge to micromanage.

5. Create a registry that fits everyone’s budget; include some group gifts.

6. Choose outfits that all of your bridesmaids can afford.

7. Limit the break between the ceremony and reception to no more than one hour.

8. Arrange pre- and post- reception transportation for guests who can’t- or don’t want to- drive.

9. Personally greet every guest at the ceremony or reception.

10. Make sure the music isn’t so loud that it drowns out conversation.

11. Have cool drinks, fans, and shade ready, if hot weather is in the forecast.

12. Offer a vegetarian entree choice if you know several guest are not meat eaters.

13. It’s a long day for everyone, so start on time and keep the toasts to a minimum.

14. Don’t forget to feed your photographer and the band; sandwiches are just fine.

15. Be kind to the singles. Don’t throw them all together at one big table – being unmarried or dateless isn’t a conversation starter. Instead, seat them with people, unaccompanied or not, who share similar interests or backgrounds and with whom they’ll be compatible.

A Diamonds Cut

July 19, 2008

Cut refers to the proportions, finish, symmetry and polish in transforming a rough diamond into a polished diamond. A well cut diamond will internally reflect light from one mirror like facet to another and disperse and reflect it through the top of the stone. This results in a display of brilliance and fire. Diamonds that are cut too shallow or too deep leak or lose light through the side or bottom, resulting in less brilliance and ultimately, value.

Cut is the only one of the 4Cs that is influenced by the human hand. Diamond cutting requires great skill. The diamond cutter must polish tiny surfaces known as facets onto the rough diamond. This process is what creates the crown, culet, table, girdle and pavilion of the diamond. The facets when arranged in precise proportions, will maximize brilliance and sparkle.

Many people also refer cut to the shape of a diamond for example – round, heart, princess, oval, emerald, pear, marquise, radiant, trillion, asscher and cushion.

Cut and cutting style work in harmony to create a diamond’s brilliance. Three basic cuttings styles are: brilliant-cut (round); mixed-cut (princess) and step-cut (emerald).

A round diamond is symmetrical and capable of reflecting nearly all the light that enters, it is the most brilliant of all the diamond shapes. Non-round shapes, also known as “fancy shapes” have their own guidelines to be considered well cut. As an example, a round brilliant cut, which has 58 faucets. Since the quality of the cut is directly responsible for the stone’s beauty, the precision with which the facets are arranged is of prime importance. They determine the amount of light reflected to the eye called brilliance.

Expert diamond cutters over the years have created specialty cuts with spectacular fire and brilliance. Examples are kites, stars, and half moons. Other specialty diamonds might look like a standard round, when in fact they have more facets then the standard 58.
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Wedding Day Shoes

July 15, 2008

When selecting your wedding day shoes, you should choose shoes that are complementary to your wedding dress, wedding theme and your personality.

Wedding shoes come in a large variety of shapes, colors and styles. It is recommended you shop for your wedding shoes in the afternoon when your feet are more swollen. Remember you will be in them all day so select a pair that are comfortable. Try to stay with the same heel height you normally wear. Once you purchase your wedding day shoes wear them around the house to break them in before your wedding day. Bring your shoes with you to your first dress fitting or know what heel height you will be wearing so your hem can be altered to the correct length.

Some brides may want to change to a more comfortable shoe after the ceremony. Some popular styles are ballet slippers, decorated tennis shoes or flip-flops. Do what ever feels best on your feet. After a long day, they will thank you.

My Wedding

July 13, 2008

I just thought I would share my wedding with you. I was married on July 8, 2006. I can’t believe the last two years have flown by. The 7 months we planned the wedding seemed to drag on much to do and so little time. Our original plan was to get married on a glacier in Alaska, due to running his business my father and step-mother could not make the trip. So since I wanted my father to walk me down the isle and his sadness of not being there we decided to have our wedding here and go to Alaska for our honeymoon. I wanted the wedding to be a reflection of my future husband and I. I also didn’t want to go broke. So I decided to do as much as I could myself and with the help of a few wonderful people. I realized what items were most important to us and worked my budget around them. It was not a platinum wedding but a true reflection of who we are.

My arch! I bought the lighted arch at Michaels using a coupon and decorated it with silk flowers, garland and tulle on eBay. With the help of my future husbands family we spent a day putting everything together. It was special for us to be married under something that was created with love.
I love sweets! So I created a candy bar. I ordered organza bags and customized ribbon to fill with customized M&M’s. I also ordered the customized labels and placed them on different kinds of candy.

I couldn’t resist the M&M cake topper I found on eBay..well that had to go on the grooms cake..LOL. Photobucket

Here is the entry table, my wedding cake, and the guest tables. And who couldn’t forget the bubbles. Photobucket



Just Married Photobucket