Posted on 3 Comments

Breaking tradition: An engagement ring without diamonds

Aren’t diamonds the first thing that come to mind, when we think of engagement rings? It seems like diamonds have always been the obvious choice for an engagement ring, and the bigger and brighter it is, the more lucky you are thought to be, to flaunt it on your finger.

An interesting fact, however, is that although we have always been led to believe so, diamonds weren’t the traditional choice. In fact, these stones were available to the public, only after mining operations for this stone were successful in the late 1800’s. It was then popularized by smart advertising campaigns and ingrained into the minds of the common man, that it finally became synonymous with engagements. Remember that our ancestors were all getting engaged and married, long before this happened.

Now that you know the story behind diamonds, you should realize that diamonds needn’t be your only choice for an engagement ring. Plus, if the price of a stunning solitaire is delaying your engagement, welcome the alternative. Do it in style with a different, but equally befitting and colorful choice.

A word of advice here; rather than fix a particular stone, it is better that you choose the color that your lady loves, and look at the various options in that color to find the best ring available. Depending on your choice, you may even be able to afford a bigger stone this way, than you would if you were going for a diamond. Another benefit of choosing a colored stone is that you have the option to have it all by itself, or even set with other smaller stones for a stunning effect.

Let us now take a look at the various other options you have.

via Pixabay

Romantic Red: The color that symbolizes love itself, it is noble and signifies friendship, loyalty and devotion. Choose garnet for an earthy, rustic stone, or ruby which is considered the King of Gems to strengthen your bond of love and eternal friendship.

Blissfully Blue: The color of nobility and youth, you have a variety of choices in blue, depending on the hue you like the most. The deepest blue is for saphire, and the stone is rich and lustrous too. For a lighter shade, choose topaz or aquamarine.

Glamorous Green: Green gems represent the power and beauty of nature itself. Emeralds are the perfect symbol of love, believed to bless the wearer with faithfulness, fertility and fortune. For an individual twist, you can also opt for peridot or tourmaline to add a vibrant pop of color to the ring finger.

Pretty pink and Purple: For that perfectly feminine touch, try pink or purple with stones like quartz, tourmaline or amethyst. These stones have a rugged natural finish, and represent new love like yours, that will mature over the years.

Glitzy Gold and Stunning Silver: If you aren’t really keen on stones, you can even choose to have a gold or silver band with a significant icon such as the love knot on it. Choose a matching pair of ear studs and you have the perfect engagement set, that will form a wonderful jewelry set for all occasions in your married life and a wonderful heirloom.

For more wedding tips and advice, visit us at Best for Bride.

Posted on 4 Comments

Renewing your Vows – A guide to making it perfect

via pixabay
via pixabay

Mignon McLaughlin said, “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”

Is there a better way to fall in love all over again, than by renewing your vows and saying “I still do”? It gives you an opportunity to celebrate your love and togetherness in the best way you can imagine.

The rules of a traditional wedding do not confine you on this occasion. Whether you choose to have an elaborate ceremony, celebrate it at an exotic location abroad, or have a party with just your close family and friends, it is entirely up to you. All that matters is that you enjoy the occasion, and renew your promise of continuing on the journey of life together.

Here are some tips to help you plan and make the most, of this special day in your life.

Traditional or contemporary, choose to have fun

Unlike your wedding day, there are no rules to conducting this ceremony. You can choose to have an officiant to preside over it, or  just be creative and find an interesting alternative.

You could exchange your original vows, or even make up new ones that are more apt in your current situation.

Discuss how you would like to celebrate the occasion with your spouse, and plan a ceremony that the two of you would equally enjoy.

Plan the perfect attire

7161There are no rules here. You could always use this opportunity to bring out your wedding gown once again, as long as it fits!

However, wouldn’t it be more fun, to dress up in a dress that’s different from a wedding gown? Think cocktail dresses, evening dresses or even a casual frock for a chic, fun ceremony. Match your attire to the formality of the event. When the bride and the groom complement each other, it is a pleasant sight. This is your chance to look romantic, fashionable and gorgeous, so make the most of it.

Ideas to make it enjoyable

Unless you decide to go all out and have a grand celebration, renewing vows are normally intimate occasions that involve just your close friends and family. Make it more fun by involving them too. Choose an interesting theme and have your children be your bridesmaids and groomsmen. The young children of the family could be flower girls, ushers or accompany the bride down the aisle.

Being married for so long is a real accomplishment, so you can symbolize it by exchanging engraved rings to honor your love. Bring back the memories of your wedding day, by decorating your venue with photographs of your wedding day. Display before and after pictures of yourselves, have a slideshow of the various milestones in your married life and let the guests join you as you remember these fond memories.

This is the day when you are free to enjoy all that you wanted to the first time, but couldn’t. Dance together to favorite tunes, and wiggle to some fun music too. Make the most of this occasion to pause and reflect on what your life together has been all about.

Best for Bride has the perfect choice of dresses that can help you look just as beautiful when you renew your vows, as you did on your wedding day. Visit us online and take a look at what we have to offer.