What Your Engagement Ring Says About You

Whether you chose your own engagement ring or your man picked it out, the ring on your finger tells a story. A story about you.

You love your ring and love to show it off to everyone any chance you get. But what do they think when they see your ring? The type of engagement ring you wear actually says a lot about your personality and style.

Wonder what yours says about you? Here are seven types of engagement rings and what they mean for the women who wear them:

Round

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This type of engagement ring is as classic as they come. You love tradition and want to incorporate as much of it into your wedding as possible. You have an elegant and sophisticated style and love to keep things simple.

Princess

Women who wear princess cut engagement rings are a little bit more alternative. You want a modern wedding with fun twists that will make it your own. You’re a bit edgy and don’t like to conform to stereotypes.

Emerald

Emerald engagement rings are all about simplicity. You love retro styles and want your wedding to have simple, but elegant details. You’re a minimalist and would rather have a small intimate affair than a big bash.

Cushion

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Like round cut, cushion cut engagement rings are traditional, but bring their own spin to it. You’ll likely go for a trendy twist, like wearing colorful shoes, while keeping with your favorite tried and true wedding traditions. You’re a true romantic who loves a bit of glam.

Marquise

You love showing off this rock and being the center of attention. You have a flair for drama and love glitz and glamour. You’re sure to pull out all the stops for your wedding – just be careful you don’t let all that attention turn you into Bridezilla!

Colored

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Colored engagement rings make a statement. You’re unique and march to the beat of your own drum. Your wedding will likely be quirky and fun. You love to do your own thing and stand out from the crowd.

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8 Tell-Tale Signs He’s Going to Propose

If you’ve been dating your significant other for awhile, you may be wondering, when is he going to pop the question?

You’ve probably discussed the idea of marriage, and you may even know a proposal is in the near future. There are several giveaways that your guy is getting close to getting down on one knee.

Don’t get caught unaware! Look for these signs to tell if your partner is about to propose:

1. He’s started saving money

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Is he being extra frugal lately? If he’s suggested cutting back on nights out at a restaurant and cooking more, or has decided to delay purchasing that big-screen TV, he may be gearing up for a major purchase. Could it be an engagement ring?

2. He’s talking more about the future

Your guy doesn’t want to pop the question only to be rejected. He’s probably going to scope things out with you first. If you haven’t talked much about the future before, and he brings up the possibility of getting married, he’s probably thinking about proposing to you soon.

3. He’s taken an interest in your jewelry

Have you caught him staring at the rings on your fingers? Has he asked about the styles you like or what kind of diamond you’d prefer? He’s probably trying to get some insight into what engagement ring to buy you. Keep an eye on your jewelry box too. If things look askew or one of your rings goes missing for awhile, he may be trying to size you up.

4. He’s banished you from areas of the house

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Have you attempted to enter one of the rooms in his house only to be told that room is off-limits? Especially if it’s a room you’ve been in before, he may be trying to hide your engagement ring. Play along and let him keep things a surprise. Don’t snoop!

5. He’s protective of his cell phone and suitcase

Headed on a trip? Take note of how your partner treats his backpack, bag or suitcase. If he’s keeping it close or refusing to check his bag, there may be a special item inside. The same goes for his cell phone. If you’ve tried to use his phone and he’s grabbed it out of your hand, chances are he’s hiding something. It may be pictures of your ring or conversations with your family members!

6. He takes the reigns on plans

Whether it’s a normal Saturday night or a special occasion, if your man decides he wants to make all the plans and surprise you, it may be time for the proposal. He will probably want things a certain way and won’t let you in on where you’re going or what you’re doing until you’re already there.

7. He tells you to get your nails done

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Has he taken extra care with his appearance or instructed you to take care with yours? Before the special day, your partner may suggest you wear a special outfit or get your nails done – a key giveaway, since a lot of people will be looking at your left hand soon!

8. He’s nervous and on edge

If it looks like he’s sweating and jumpy, he may be nervous about getting down on one knee. Get ready – he may be about to pop the question! Look out for those four little words: Will you marry me? And don’t forget to say yes!

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5 Tips For Choosing the Right Wedding Favors

You may be tempted to skimp on your wedding favors and not put much thought into choosing the right ones. But without choosing carefully, your tiny tokens will end up discarded and forgotten.

Make sure your wedding favors stand out and pack a punch by making the right choice! Wedding favors are the perfect way to thank your guests for attending and help them remember your big day for years to come.

But how do you choose the right wedding favors? Here are our top five tips to help make your decision a little easier:

1. Incorporate your theme

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Start by thinking about your colors. Choose some chocolates or candies in those colors for your wedding favors to reflect your color scheme. Your venue can also play a part in your theme. A flip flop keychain or seashell candle would be perfect for a beach or destination wedding. For a wedding at a vineyard, go with wine stoppers or bottle openers.

2. Reflect the season

Throwing a fall wedding? Look for pumpkin-themed favors or package up your favorite pie or baked good. For a winter wedding, ornaments make perfect wedding favors. Whatever season you choose to throw your wedding in, giving out seasonal wedding favors is always a hit.

3. Go practical

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Your guests probably don’t need a beer koozie with your wedding date stamped on it. Think about giving them something they’ll actually use and enjoy having. Ask yourself, “is this something I would want?” Wine glasses or candles are a good option. Or consider choosing an edible favor. A delicious treat definitely won’t go to waste!

4. Show off your personality

Your wedding day is the one day it’s completely about you. That means your wedding should be a reflection of you – and that includes your wedding favors! Choose something that is meaningful to you and your fiance and gives your guests a taste of your personality. If you’ve got a green thumb, go with potted plants. Is golf your favorite sport? Give out personalized golf balls.

5. Don’t forget about the display

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To give your wedding favors that extra special touch, make sure you think about the presentation. Consider using a favor box or wrapping them in fun paper or tissue to make a statement. With beautiful packaging, your guests will be wowed as soon as they see the wedding favors on the tables.

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The Top 7 Wedding Cake Alternatives

The holiday season always has us thinking about sweets. And with so many desserts to choose from, brides shouldn’t have to limit themselves to cake for their wedding.

Nontraditional wedding cakes are the perfect way to show off your personality and creativity. These days, anything goes! If you have a favorite dessert that you want to incorporate into your wedding, make it your wedding cake.

Here are a few of our favorite options for your nontraditional wedding cake:

1. Cupcakes

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One of the most popular new wedding cake trends, cupcakes give your guests a perfectly portioned treat. You could even do multiple flavors and let the guests choose their favorite! Stack them up on a cupcake tower for that extra “wow” factor.

2. Cake pops

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Sometimes a bite of cake is all you need! You can frost and decorate cake pops in a number of creative ways. Whether you like sprinkles, drizzled chocolate or just plain, cake pops are a great way to show off your personality.

3. Cookies

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Are you and your fiance cookie monsters? Then cookies might be a perfect option for you! Go for a classic like chocolate chip or peanut butter or try something out-of-the-box! You could even enlist the help of your bridal party and family to help bake the batches yourself and save money.

4. Pie

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Another new trend in place of wedding cakes is pie. This is a great choice especially for brides looking to throw a fall wedding. Get in the spirit of the season with pumpkin pie or apple pie. You could even make little hand pies to give everyone their own personal treats.

5. Pancakes

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Are you more of a breakfast person than a dessert person? Then, go for a pancake stack for your wedding cake! Get fancy with chocolate chips or blueberries and stack them up high to make a grand pancake tower. Don’t forget about the maple syrup!

6. Donuts

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Make your wedding fun and casual with a donut cake! Order them from your favorite bakery and include an assortment of flavors to give your guests plenty of choices. Or, you could even order a giant donut and give everyone a slice.

7. Macaroons

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If you’re looking to make your wedding a more elegant affair, macaroons are a lovely dessert option. Stack them up on beautiful trays or a giant tower. Your guests are sure to love indulging in the sweet treat!

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To DIY or Not to DIY: When to Call in a Wedding Professional

These days, even modest weddings can cost a pretty penny. Because of this, brides on a budget are turning more and more to DIY. And what better way to put your own personal stamp on your big day?

If you love to craft and have time to do it, DIY is a great idea. And with inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram, it’s easier than ever! But taking on too much yourself can lead to extra stress and worry, and there are some things that are always best left to the professionals.

So how do you decide which parts of your wedding to DIY and which to go professional? We’ve got a few suggestions you.

DIY

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Centerpieces: Your centerpieces are the perfect place to show off your personality. Whether you want to go simple or elaborate, elegant or fun, putting together the right centerpieces is worth doing yourself. Get flowers from your florist, or go fake and arrange them in beautiful displays in a container of your choice. You could even choose to create a centerpiece with another element besides flowers. The possibilities are endless!

Stationary: Ordering your invitations, save the date cards and programs from a specialty store or vendor can be pretty expensive. But using a DIY kit or creating a design on your computer and printing it out can look just as nice. Go for a simple design that will fit in a standard envelope. You’ll still have to pay for postage, but why pay extra for a piece of paper that people are going to throw out eventually anyway?

Makeup: If you have even a basic knowledge of makeup, doing your own makeup for your wedding may be a good option if you’re looking for ways to save money. You’ll be able to use all your own products, and you’ll look like yourself, instead of an overly done-up version of yourself. If you’re worried, do a trial run beforehand for practice.

Go Professional

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Cake: If you love to bake, it may be tempting to make your own wedding cake. But making and transporting a wedding cake can be difficult and add unnecessary stress to your big day. Better to let a professional take the job than to let one missed ingredient lead to a giant cake disaster. Plus, you’ll get the added benefit of having your cake skillfully decorated.

Photos: Your photos are an important part of capturing and remembering your big day. Though the photographer will definitely eat up a large chunk of your budget, it will be worth it. A professional photographer will be able to capture every moment, including the ones you and your guests miss. You can even have the photographer put together a high-quality album that you and your new hubby can look at for years to come.

Favors: Getting crafty with your wedding favors can be tempting, but letting a professional do the hard work for you will surely save you time and money. No matter what type of favor you’re looking for, there is an affordable and fun option out there, and all it takes is a few clicks of your mouse to get it. The peace of mind that comes with simply placing in order and knowing it will arrive on time and ready to be passed out to guests is sure to put you at ease.

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8 Wedding Costs You May Not Have Thought Of

You’ve set your budget, decided on vendors, and now your wedding day is fast approaching. You know what you will pay for your venue, caterer, photographer and DJ, but have you taken everything else into account?

Too many brides forget everything they will be responsible for paying for on the big day. Don’t let yourself get caught with a mystery payment. Start making a list now to keep track of your costs and ensure you stick to your budget.

Here are eight things you may not have thought of that will cost you money for your wedding:

1. Postage

Before you order your save the dates, invitations and thank you cards, be sure to take into account the amount of money it will cost to send them. At 49 cents a stamp, things can really start to add up. Keep in mind how many invites and other stationary items you’ll need to send, and be sure to include some room for postage in your budget.

2. Overtime Charges

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You’ve most likely booked your DJ, photographer and other vendors for a set amount of time. But what if your wedding runs longer than expected? Read your contracts carefully and pay attention to any fees for overtime. When booking your vendors, consider choosing a longer time frame than you think you’ll need. That way, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re covered no matter what happens.

3. Taxes and Tips

The cost agreed on with your vendors most likely doesn’t include tax and gratuity, but you’ll definitely end up paying them. When creating your budget, make sure you leave room for the tax and tip. If you only plan on paying the cost, you’ll be in for a rude awakening when the bill comes.

4. Alterations

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Your dress is probably not going to be ready to go right off the rack. If you want to look your best on the big day, you’re going to need to alter it, but alterations do not come cheap. Before you swipe that credit card, be sure to tack on at least an extra $100-200 in your mind. If the added cost pushes your budget over the edge, you may need to consider another dress option.

5. Cleanup Costs

Depending on your venue, cleanup may already be included, but you should always double check. If you’re only paying to rent the space, cleanup will most likely be an additional charge. Read your contract carefully to avoid missing something and plan for the day accordingly.

6. Vendor Meals

You have a final headcount, but have you taken into account your photographer, DJ and other vendors? These people are with you for an entire day, so it’s common courtesy to provide them with a meal. When adding up your cost per head for catering, remember to include your vendors in your calculations.

7. Stationary

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Your save the dates and invitations aren’t the only paper goods you should plan for. You’ll also need to budget for place cards, programs, menu cards and thank you cards. This is one area you may even be able to save some money. Consider creating the programs or menu cards yourself. Just be sure you’ve covered everything you’ll need for before, during and after your wedding.

8. Marriage License

Everything else won’t matter if you don’t make it legal! You’ll most likely need to file for your marriage license before the wedding, and it will cost you between $20 and $100, depending on your state. And if you want a copy, you may need to pay an additional fee.

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4 Wedding Favors That Double as Decor

It’s no secret that weddings are expensive. You want your wedding to be a beautiful affair, but you don’t want to take out a loan to do it.

By having a couple of elements of your wedding reception play dual roles, you’ll be able to save a few pennies but still manage to pull off the wedding of your dreams. But that doesn’t mean your wedding has to be a complicated mess, with both people and things constantly changing places and duties.

Instead, try something simple like turning your wedding favors into centerpieces, place card holders or decorations. Here are four types of wedding favors that play double duty perfectly:

1. Candles

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If you’re going for a romantic theme, a candlelit reception provides the perfect ambiance. Cover your tables in candles to give that all over glow. Choose different sizes and shapes – from small votives to tall pillars – to create an interesting design.

Continue your candle theme by placing a candle wedding favor on each guest’s plate. These dove candles make a beautiful addition to your tables. Or choose these cupcake candles to brighten up the room and get your guests in the mood for dessert!

2. Placecard holders

There are so many little details to keep track of when planning your wedding. Your placecards are items that are easy to forget. But you don’t need to put a ton of effort or money into making them look interesting and unique.

Instead of purchasing placecard holders and wedding favors separately, find a product that can do both! This snowflake ornament is perfect for a winter wedding and has a spot for your placecards. Then, at the end of the night, guests can take them home and use them during the holiday season.

Looking for something quirky and romantic? Instead of waiting for one of your guests to clink a glass so hard they break it, let them ring one of these dainty kissing bells.

3. Candy

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Everyone loves a sweet treat! Adorn your tables with personalized candies and they’re sure to be a hit with your guests. You can customize them with your name and your wedding date, giving your tables and your day a special touch.

Toss these Hershey’s Kisses all over your tables or place them in a cute candy dish. You can even coordinate your candy dish with your centerpieces or your wedding theme. At the end of the night, hand out little baggies full of the candies for wedding favors.

4. Fresh flowers

When choosing centerpieces, many brides resign themselves to being stuck with 10-15 vases of fresh flowers after their wedding is over. But that doesn’t have to be the case!

Instead of one large vase full of flowers, break it down into small mini centerpieces. Place small bunches of fresh flowers into mini vases like these and group them together in the middle of your tables. Or, use cake stands to make your display even more interesting.

Then at the end of the night, guests can each take home one of the mini vases, and you won’t be left with a ton of centerpieces and nothing to do with them.

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