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Archives: June 2015

Engagement Ring Crash Course

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So you found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. You have a good idea on how you want to pop the question, but now you need the bling. For the stereotypical guy, chances are you don’t have a lot of experience in a high-end jewelry store. Never fear, this article will give you a crash course in how to buy the ring of her dreams and get you started in the direction you need to go.

First and foremost, before you even step into the jewelers, talk to her best friend or sister. It’s not a myth; girls sit around with their girlfriends and talk about what kind of ring they want. Don’t ask why, we just do. The closest girl in your girlfriend’s life will most likely know what shape, band color, and general look of the ring you should be looking for. They can also be utilized to sneak around and get the ring size. Try to take an old ring to the jeweler with you (make sure it’s one that fits her ring finger!), or if she will notice a piece of jewelry missing, trace the outline of the ring on a piece of paper. For sizing, a good rule of thumb is to err on the side of a bigger size; it’s easier to size down than to size up. Also, even before walking into the store, have an idea of what sort of budget you are working with and leave some wiggle room. She may have champagne taste and you may have a beer budget, so you may both have to meet somewhere in the middle to make sure she is happy and you don’t break the bank. read more

Why Do We Do That?

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“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” we’ve all heard that rhyme at some point in time. Wedding celebrations have been around for centuries, with every culture doing things just a bit differently. However, most traditions have the goal of blessings couples with good luck, happiness, fertility, and prosperity. Here are a few examples of some of the modern day traditions and how they got their start way back when…

Best Man and Bridesmaids

Back in the day, it wasn’t just a manner of picking your closest friends to party with and plan the wedding. No, this carefully selected bunch had to be on hand to possibly defend you if kidnappers, scorned exe’s, or disapproving parents tried to ruin the nuptials. The “Best” in Best Man meant that that guy knew his way around a sword and would fight for you and your bride, should the need arise. This is also why the groom and groomsmen stand on the right at the altar, this position kept their right hand, aka sword holding hand, free in case they had to fight at a moment’s notice. read more