Planning

Why Now Is The Time You Should Start Saving For An Engagement Ring

For every young man, there comes a time when he will propose marriage, and the one thing that absolutely come with the proposal is a stunning diamond engagement ring. The very thought of buying such a valuable item is enough to send some men into panic, as they wonder how they will find the cash to buy their fiancée a suitable diamond engagement ring.

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If you’re planning to propose to the love of your life, here are a few good reasons why you need to start saving for the engagement ring as soon as possible.

  • What Should My Budget Be? – This is a question that many young men have asked themselves, and while there is no set figure for this, you certainly don’t want a ring that is considered to be cheap. Some say that 3 month’s salary is an acceptable figure for a diamond engagement ring, while others say it isn’t the cost that’s important, as long as she loves the ring. Once you have calculated the maximum amount you can spend on this very important symbol, there are affordable diamond rings NZ men can buy from Diamonds.co.nz, who are one of New Zealand’s best online jewellery store. Once they know your budget, they can show you an impressive catalogue of diamond engagement rings.
  • Start Putting a Portion of your Salary Away– If you have 6 months to a year, that is more than enough time in which to save up for a diamond engagement ring, and little by little, your nest egg will grow to the point where you can start to look at diamond engagement rings. If you can work overtime, then do whatever you can to add to your savings, or take a part time job to help pay for the ring.
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  • Discuss the Engagement with your Partner – Good relationships are all about communication, so talk to her about the engagement ring, as she might say the cost isn’t important, and by ensuring the ring is one she likes and you have the right size, you can choose the ring with some confidence. The last thing you want to happen is for you to go into debt to buy an impressive ring, when she would rather have something a little more modest. There is also an article that focuses on saving money for the engagement ring, which might help you.
  • Look for Good Deals from Online Jewellers – In New Zealand, there are online jewellers who have special offers, and by keeping your eye on their catalogue, you might get lucky and save a fair amount on the purchase of an excellent diamond engagement ring. Special offers do come along, and keeping your eye on their website might prove to be a wise move.

The most important thing is that your bride to be likes the ring you have chosen, and with online jewellers who have diamond engagement rings to suit every budget, you are sure to find something that is more than suitable.

A Few Reasons For Artificial Flowers

There’s a flower for every occasion, and rightfully so, every occasion definitely needs one. It’s because flowers instantly transforms a place into something more inviting, something more captivating. You’ll notice this when you attend weddings and compare the kind of attention to detail given to flowers. The only downside is they don’t last forever. No matter how many times you change the water you use to preserve them, flowers typically wilt and dry up. Maybe it’s time to consider getting artificial flowers.

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We adore genuine blooms. We do. Be that as it may, there is a period and a spot for artificial flowers as well, particularly the extravagant artificial ones. While genuine flowers offer stimulating fragrances and the fulfilment of flower arranging, these artificial flowers also have undeniable merits, you can’t really tell which one is fake and which one is genuine. It might be the best décor investments that you make for your big event.

No Need to Be in Season

The one troublesome thing about real flowers is that you may not generally get your preferred blooms consistently. Artificial blooms are in season lasting through the year and can be spritzed with scents to keep your home smelling great straight from January to December.

Always Ready Visually

You like new cut blooms yet you don’t generally have them at home in case you have an unforeseen guest. Artificial ones blooms will help you improve your home whenever you have companions appearing all of a sudden or family remain over at the most recent visits.

Perfect for Sensitive People and those with Allergies

In case you’re a sufferer from hypersensitivity of some of your senses, you may, justifiably, feel the void of keeping blossoms at home. With an artificial flower course of action, you can keep your preferred blooms at home effectively without stressing over a potential problem for the body.

You Can leave them Anytime

On the off chance that you choose or you need some sort of shading at your window or another sun-filled territory of your home, you can add some artificial florals to the zone without dread of them drying out or shrivelling rapidly because of abundance daylight. Similarly, in winter, when you have your heating turned up, an artificial blossom will withstand any measure of warmth, which isn’t exactly valid for most cut flowers.

Act as Beautiful Centrepieces for your Home

It’s Sunday supper, a birthday party or a sentimental dinner for two, you don’t have a highlight and no opportunity to visit your nearby flower vendor. An artificial flower is the least complex and most ageless approach to enhance your table’s appeal. Nobody will ever know.

Just Like the Real Thing

Extravagant artificial flowers, as well as fake plastic plants, are made to mislead the eyes, really. Even those with keen eyesight would need a double take just to know if these flowers are real or fake. So if you put them on display at your own, they won’t really know it’s artificial, unless they get to touch and feel it.

 

Tips On Planning The Perfect Wedding

So you’re engaged to be wed and your heart still flutters with the remembrance of that romantic proposal, you get lost in hindsight with daydreaming about planning the coming months, and you can’t stop staring at that new item on your hand that states your love from every angle. New words like “fiancé” are a new addition to your vocabulary and you’ll find pretty much any excuse to inform others and address each other at any given moment. Dialogue opens up with streams of “Congratulations” and “Best Wishes”, pouring in from every direction and everyone you bump into wants to treat you to a glass of wine or a celebratory bottle of champagne. It goes without saying that you couldn’t be more excited to move into a new stage of your life with the one you love, so here are a few ways you can plan that perfect and special day.

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The average couple is engaged for a total of 13 months. This is considered a great timeframe that works for most couples to achieve their dream wedding. After the initial engagement, it is advised to wait about three weeks before jumping into planning the wedding. Not only does this give the bride and groom to be plenty of time to revel in the engagement, but it’s not too long so that the start of planning doesn’t lose its momentum. Once you’re ready to start the planning, start by coming up with a realistic budget and an estimated guest count, then begin researching your favourite venues. Do this at your own pace, this could take a fair few months, to get it right. A lot of factors in choosing the perfect venue may depend on where you’re marrying, it’s unlikely that all venues will be booked up at the same time as your proposed wedding date but checking way in advance is the best way to minimise problems with booking at the best prices.

The only big responsibility for the Bride and Groom is to get married, of course, but there is a multitude of planning decisions to make first. Ideally, both the bride and groom should work together on these decisions to share the workload and to make sure both parties are happy with the ideas. Here are a few common things to consider:

  • Set A Realistic, Safe Budget
  • Choose The Date, Venue, Style and Any Other After Party Locations
  • Meet With The Ceremony Officiant To Discuss Ceremonial or Registration Details
  • Coordinate All Of The Invitations and Photographer, Flowers etc.
  • Shop For Each Others Wedding Bands
  • By Choice: Plan The Wedding Vows
  • Thank-You Notes For Any Wedding Gifts.

In most cases, the bride and groom each handle certain details on their own, including each parties making sure that their side of the family are included within the guest list.

Again from a traditional sense, the bride chooses the bridesmaids and maid of honour. She would also make plans to host a meal and give her attendants thank-you gifts. Bridesmaid gifts are also another common item that is considered along with choosing a gift for the groom.

The groom would need to choose his groomsmen and the best man, including picking their ceremonial attire. He would, along with the bride, buy thank-you gifts for his groomsmen and for his bride. He would also have to arrange and pay for the registration of the marriage license and the practising officiant’s fee. Sometimes the responsibility will also fall to the groom if there are reservations needed at a local hotel for out-of-town guests, who are attending the wedding.

Picking The Maid Of Honour

So what is included with the status of a maid of honour? The maid of honour’s’ duties’ include helping plan the bachelorette party, making sure the bridesmaids dresses are ordered correctly and in a timely fashion, serving as the first point person on the wedding day, giving a speech at the reception, being a model wedding guest ensuring invitees are on time, including, reserving travel and hotel with the room block early and if needed, so much more.

Who Is Responsible For Putting Together The Bridal Shower?

For the majority of times, this duty will be split amongst a few people in the bridal party. I can be the mother of the bride and the groom, any sisters of the bride and the groom, or even extended family member such as the aunts of the bride and groom. All family members, if capable, should have the first opportunity to take the responsibility of planning this. If no one can take responsibility in the planning then the maid of honour will do it. When this happens It’s important that the maid-of-honour keeps in contact with the bride and the bride’s family members about this early on in the wedding planning process. This way, everyone knows who is doing what and when the shower is to reduce any confusion or double booking any other events.

Here are some final ideas on what other ‘Traditional’ Roles & Responsibilities might need thinking about when planning a dream wedding:

  • Bride’s Parents
  • Groom’s Parents
  • Flower Girl
  • Ring Bearer
  • Photographer

There is plenty of information that you can obtain online which can elaborate on the number of responsibilities that is needed to successfully fill these roles. Depending on your religious views and other family factors, these roles may be limited or extended down to the wishes of the parties that are to be wed.

After months of planning, and the big day is finally here, Both you, your partner and the families have worked hard to help achieve all the steps to planning your perfect wedding. Staying calm and enjoying your special day, last but not least is the ceremony.

Here are standard steps that are taken in the ceremonial reception of a marriage:

  • The Procession
  • The Officiant’s Opening Remarks
  • The Officiant Addresses the Couple
  • The Exchange of Vows
  • The Ring Exchange
  • The Pronouncement of Marriage
  • The Kiss
  • The Closing Remarks
  • The Recessional

Once the ceremony is over, many choose to host a celebration party for the families to further create lifelong memories from the joining of the two families, shortly followed by the honeymoon.

What ideas did you come up with that helped a smooth perfect day for you and your partner to wed? Give everyone a little inspiration and comment about your plans or experiences in the comments below!