Choosing an engagement ring is not always an easy task – whether the groom is on his own or you pick it together. It is something you will wear for the rest of your life, so finding the perfect ring is very important. Some find ‘the one’ straight away, but for others, it takes more thought and time. Having so much choice probably makes it harder! You have the jewellery shops of course, but don’t forget to look online as there are so many great websites with a huge variety of rings (sites like http://www.77diamonds.com/engagement-rings.htm are good).
Before you spend the whole weekend trekking around town and all night on the internet it is probably a good idea to at least have an idea of what you are looking for. With that in mind, here are a few questions and concepts that can help you to decide.
Diamond Or Gemstone?
The first decision you make when choosing your engagement ring may be whether to opt for a traditional diamond or a coloured gemstone, or both? Most think of diamonds when it comes to engagement rings, but if you are looking for something a little different perhaps a coloured stone is the way to go? Although why choose – why not have both?! If it is good enough for Kate (I love her diamond and sapphire ring – once Princess Diana’s)!
Once you choose your stones, you need to think about the general style and shape too. The traditional image of an engagement ring tends to feature a metal band with a single, prominent diamond on top. However, multi-stone engagement rings have become more popular as alternative options.
If you are going for a diamond ring, it is so important to learn a bit about diamonds and what differentiates one from another. Often, you may have a choice between a larger diamond or a smaller but more perfect one. Learn about the four C’s of diamonds – cut, colour, clarity and carat – and you will be better able to decide which qualities you most value in a stone.
Diamond shapes vary greatly, and the shape will do a lot to define the ring’s style. Some of the most traditional options include round and oval stones, as well as asscher. However, there are also alternative options, ranging from emerald and pear, to heart or diamond shapes. I think you just need to try a few and see what shape you like on your hand – also think about how it will sit with your wedding ring.
If you are looking for a little inspiration, take a look at the current trends in engagement rings – coloured gemstones, vintage settings, and even fancy diamonds – those rare diamonds that display natural colour, rather than the sparkling clarity most of us associate with diamonds. There is so much choice… just enjoy it!
My brides and other clients are always asking for ideas to make their tables look special. One great way of doing this is by using fabulous table runners and I thought I would share some inspiration with you today.
As first discussed last week, our clients often ask us about entertainment ideas for their weddings and events – usually wanting something different and something their guests will remember and be talking about for a while! Over the next few weeks we will be looking at various options on the blog and you may have seen our post last week, Entertainment – Celebrity Guest.
This week we are going to look at food and drink. This may not be an area that immediately springs to mind when it comes to entertainment as food and drink are usually just a given. This is true, but why not use it to wow your guests and try out a few different things?!
Rather than just your traditional bar, why not have a few pretty drinks stations as well – manned by mixologists who can whip up cocktails for your guests? Frozen fruit stirrers and flower filled ice cubes can also be very pretty for a summer event.
There is no doubt that guests like to be fed and what better to get the party started than with special and plentiful canapes. Speak to your venue or caterers about the different options and what you can do to make things look pretty as well as taste great. Use inventive ways of displaying and presenting the canapes too, as that makes a huge difference.
A dessert or sweet/candy table is another popular way of entertaining guests and is always very popular. It is not a new thing, so just try to be inventive in what you have on it and in the way that you display.
A few other different ideas for your wedding or event could be to use doughnuts, margarita ice lollies, heart sugar cubes, gourmet jelly shots or even Baileys (or milk) and cookies? There really are no limits – think about what you like and then how you can incorporate that into your day.
Our clients are often asking us about entertainment ideas for their weddings and events – usually wanting something different and something their guests will remember and be talking about for a while! Over the next few weeks we will be looking at various options on the blog and today we are starting with celebrities.
Strictly Come Dancing’s Kristina Rihanoff & Robin Windsor at a Temple Gregory event at The Savoy
On a very basic level many weddings and events are the same. There are people dressed nicely, a carefully planned menu, and some form of music, dancing, or entertainment to keep people busy. This is simply the world of events, and it is probably why many people who wish to set their wedding or event apart consider something a bit different. A celebrity guest is not something you see at every event, so definitely an option to consider. This is not to say that your event will not be special without one, it is just something to think about if you are looking for a little extra.
The best way of finding your celebrity is through an agency. For example, you may want to consider booking celebrity speakers through MN2S. This agency, and others like it, exist specifically to represent celebrities and help people to book them for speaking events or performances. So once you know what kind of celebrity you would like (sports personality, speaker, singer or dancer to name a few) and if you do not have a planner to do it for you, research which agencies best represent that field and make some enquiries.
What do you think – is this something you would want for your wedding or event? Have you done it in the past?
Keep a look out for more in our Entertainment series of blog posts over the next few weeks x
We are actually quite excited and feeling rather patriotic here at Temple Gregory at the moment – with the Queens Diamond Jubilee on its way this weekend, and the London Olympics fast approaching.
The only other monarch to celebrate 60 years in England was Queen Victoria in 1897 – so not something that will happen again in our lifetime.
It would therefore be wrong not to celebrate this on the blog and we would like to dedicate this post to our lovely Queen and share a few of our favourites from her long and eventful reign. First looking at her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947. I wish I had a crown like that at my wedding, and look at that tiny waist!
The Queens Coronation took place later in 1953 following the death of her father George VI. The dress took eight months, three dressmakers and six embroideresses from the Royal School of Needlework to become a reality! It was obviously worth it though – just look how fabulous she looked!
It is safe to say that the Queen has an impressive set of jewels! I would love to get a look at her jewellery room – most of us have a box, but I expect she has a wing for all her gorgeous jewels! Why not, she is the Queen afterall.
Apparently, on her first Commonwealth tour alone the Queen took over 100 different outfits. Add all of the tours she has made since and you get quite an impressive number of dresses – that must be one very large closet!
Did you know that the iconic colors of Tower Bridge (super close to our Temple Gregory office!) only dates from 1976 when the structure was painted red, white and blue for the Queens Silver Jubilee? Before that, the bridge was painted a chocolate brown – hhmmm, not sure that would be quite so special!
Creating the wow factor at your wedding is always very important to us here at Temple Gregory – and is something we specialise in – we love a bit of luxury and grandness and want to share a bit with you on the blog.
Following our previous post on gorgeous hanging wedding décor, we are going to be sharing some more ideas to wow your guests over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out.
Today we would like to focus on ceremony decorations. The ceremony is what your wedding day is all about and in terms of decoration can often be overlooked – so we are going to show you what can be done.
Happy Valentines Day! What an exciting time for lots of ladies out there – so many proposals on the way tonight! If you got engaged on Valentines Day or you do tonight – then leave your comments, we would love to hear your Valentines proposal stories.
I know a lot of people go on about it being a silly commercial holiday with no real point – but I don’t care! I love any excuse for an occasion with my husband – we all have busy lives and it is too easy to forget to make time every day for the little things. So this is the perfect excuse! It does not mean you have to spend lots on presents or go out to the best restaurants (unless you want to!) – it should just be about making a little bit of extra time for your loved ones and appreciating what you have got.
What do you think about Valentines Day – are you celebrating it? Are you having a cosy night in with wine and a movie, going to your favourite restaurant, or even nothing at all?
“Truly loving another means letting go of all expectations. It means full acceptance, even celebration of another’s personhood.” (Karen Casey)
Ladies, Valentines Day is almost upon us and I know that not everyone will want to be blowing the budget! We watch romantic movies and wish that our man would whisk us off to Paris or fill a restaurant with a million red roses. This however does not happen to majority of us, but don’t worry you are not alone on this and we can still create a “home made” night of romance.
We may like the idea of rustling up a 5 course meal, but really?! Especially on a Tuesday! You want to enjoy yourself and I doubt you want to spend the whole day in the kitchen. From experience you end up spending more on ingredients anyway, and you’ll end up tired, with burnt food and sauce running down your dress! Instead why not try something easy or even a Forman & Field hamper?! Would be nice to have a valentines hamper picnic in the comfort of your own home.
Pretty scented candles are a must for a night in on Valentines Day. Lighting is so important and really helps to create romantic atmosphere. Pic via Style Me Pretty.
These pretty champagne coupes (seen on Inspired Design) would be perfect for your Valentines Day champagne. Love them for weddings too!
Strawberries dipped in chocolate are another of my favourites for a romantic night in – as well as being delicious they are also one of your 5 a day and go beautifully with champagne! I usually go for the Godiva ones, but I have made them myself before, so you could try that if you would prefer.
Just because you are staying in don’t be tempted to sit around in your pyjamas (this applies to me too!)! Dressing for the occasion will make it that extra bit special. It doesn’t mean you have to buy something new though – just dig out one of your old favourites – or maybe try a bit of customisation? This dress below is a cheap New Look dress customised with an underskirt and belt for me by my clever crafty friend!
Have lovely Valentines Day wherever you are and whatever you do – Svetlana x