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What Wedding Ring Metal Is Right For Him?

In recent years, one of the biggest trends on the internet has been artisanal jewelry. From Instagram retailers to Etsy crafters all the way to international drop shipping, jewelry has seen an explosion in popularity. However, while costume jewelry is great for a night out with friends, it is not heirloom quality worthy of your wedding day. This is doubly true for men. While some husbands may want a wedding band made from a whiskey barrel and elk antlers, they aren’t a wise choice for a wedding ring. When selecting a wedding ring metal for your husband, be sure to pick a strong precious metal like gold or platinum that will last as long as your marriage.

To help future wives select the best wedding ring metal for their man, we’ve put together this simple guide to men’s wedding bands. By answering just a few questions, you’ll easily be able to select the perfect men’s wedding band for your big day.

Colorful or Refined?

If your man is into fashion and bright colors, then the perfect wedding ring for him is made from rose gold. Not only are rose gold rings incredibly on trend, they are also very much on the rise as a men’s accessory. The rose gold color wonderfully compliments almost every skin tone, plus it adds a pop of color that can be paired with a wide range of looks. On the other hand, if standing out from the crowd isn’t the goal, then a white gold or platinum wedding band may be the better choice. The subtle, cool silvery tones present a refined, sophisticated look. If you find your future husband needs more than one ring metal, then browse dual finish wedding bands that utilize multiple ring metals.

men's yellow gold comfort fit wedding band

Thick Or Thin?

Another question to answer with men’s wedding rings is the thickness of the ring itself. Although most men do not wear rings other than their wedding band, many quickly grow comfortable wearing the ring and prefer it to have some heft. In these cases, a wide, comfortable band in a heavy metal like platinum is the best option. However, the most classic of all men’s wedding rings is the simple yellow gold band. A typical comfort fit wedding band is approximately 5mm in width. Men with larger hands will probably want a wider ring.

Shop for men’s wedding rings from Adiamor today!

 

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Wedding Planning Tips: Online Wedding Invite Etiquette

For anyone who is planning a wedding in 2018, it is important to remember that times have changed. Almost everyone, even your grandmother, now has a smartphone. This means that modern wedding invite etiquette has changed, too. In the past, wedding invitations contained a wealth of information including RSVP cards, return envelopes, registry information and more. Just a few years ago, wedding planners and worried brides would be huddled around the mailbox waiting to see who was bringing a date and whether they ordered the chicken or the fish. Thankfully, those days are now over.

Do I Have To Include Stamped Return Envelopes?

In 2018, the simple answer is no. While mothers of brides to be will certainly push for stamped return envelopes, they are no longer required wedding invite etiquette. In fact, the majority of wedding RSVPs are now made online. A wide range of online companies now exist within the wedding industry, and these websites help wedding planners. By allowing users to create and manage guest lists online, wedding invites are much easier to manage. When it comes to your wedding day, you no longer need to create a paper trail.

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When it comes to wedding invitations, the rules have changed.

Should I Live Stream My Wedding?

While most people are now comfortable committing to attending a wedding using the internet, a less common thing is live streaming the wedding. However, this option makes plenty of sense for many couples. One scenario is that more and more couples look to exchange wedding bands during intimate, destination ceremonies. These weddings would be prohibitively expensive if they also included 200 guests. In this case, streaming the wedding online makes perfect sense. Modern wedding invite etiquette would suggest sending actual invitations that include the web address of the stream. This is also a great option for friends or family members who are unable to travel, such as the elderly or new mothers.

Can I Invite People To My Wedding On Facebook?

Although it may seem like the easiest way to send invites in 2018, modern wedding invite etiquette still requires sending actual invitations. Therefore, only inviting people to your wedding via social media like Facebook is frowned upon. However, Facebook can still be a great auxiliary tool. It’s a great way to manage smaller aspects of the wedding, such as planning wedding showers or contacting the entire bridal party at once. Additionally, it is a great space to share wedding photos or to brag about the men’s wedding ring you picked out for your husband. Overall, though, Facebook should not be the primary invite.

For more help in planning your wedding, check out the Adiamor wedding ring guide today!

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How To Budget For Your Wedding

Getting engaged is one of the most exciting parts of any couple’s life. However, it can also lead to a huge amount of stress. This is because weddings are huge events that require endless planning. Additionally, anything “wedding” related is extremely expensive. Whether it’s the photographer, the restaurant hosting the rehearsal dinner, or the flowers, adding the word “wedding” increases the price. These days, the cost of the average American wedding is upwards of $35,000. In order to help you best prepare for your dream wedding, we’ve put together some helpful tips to budget for your wedding.

How Large Is Your Guest List?

The biggest costs will your wedding will be dependent upon the size of the guest list. Large weddings require large venues, and these will be exponentially more expensive. Additionally, consider the location of your wedding. A rustic barn wedding venue will cost less than a destination wedding. Weddings in major cities like New York or Los Angeles will also be much more expensive than weddings in rural Arkansas. Also, large weddings mean massive catering bills. The average cost per plate at a wedding is $68, which means you should probably consider how much you want to invite your third cousin Jimmy. Finally, a big wedding reception wouldn’t be the same without alcohol, and an open bar will quickly rack up a high tab. Essentially, the larger the wedding, the bigger the bill.

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It’s simple math: the larger the wedding, the bigger the bill.

Where Can I Save Money?

The list of places to save money when figuring out how to budget for your wedding is extensive. However, the smarter list is to figure out where NOT to skimp. Most married couples point to three places to splurge: the photographer, the wedding rings, and the wedding coordinator. Since the photographer will be the primary source of memories, it is important to have an exceptional documentation of your big day. The wedding coordinator will help prevent any mishaps and keep the day running smoothly even if there is a last minute catastrophe. Finally, the wedding rings are the ultimate representation of your marriage. While it may seem like a fun idea to get matching tattoos or picking up a wooden ring from the local farmer’s market, the smart move is to buy wedding rings online. Not only will you still save money over shopping at a mall jeweler, your gold or diamond wedding bands will last forever. When planning your wedding budget, definitely set aside money for wedding rings, a photographer, and a day of coordinator.

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The Perfect Pair of Diamond Earrings For Your Wedding Day

Planning a wedding is hard work. From finding the right dress to getting the seating chart just right, there’s plenty of details that can be overlooked. However, one thing many brides focus on is wedding day jewelry. In addition to finding the perfect matching wedding band, most women want the right pair of earrings too. While earrings may seem like a small detail, the right pair can make a huge difference. Although picking the right pair of diamond earrings can seem impossible, it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Consider these tips when selecting your diamond earrings, and you’ll find the perfect pair in no time!

Match Your Diamond Earrings To Your Diamond Ring

One of the best ways to pick the right pair of earrings is to match them to your ring. For example, if you have a halo setting, then pre set diamond halo earrings make perfect sense. Even if you have a custom designed engagement ring, matching styles is a great option. This simplifies your decisions, and it also allows your jewelry to appear as a set. Additionally, while the diamond earrings may be intended for your wedding day, they can still be worn for other occasions. When selecting diamond earrings, be sure to also match the diamond shape. If your ring is round, you’ll want round diamonds in your earrings whereas a princess cut ring should be paired with princess cut diamond earrings.

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These round diamond earrings would pair perfectly with a halo engagement setting.

Contrasting Metals?

One question many brides ask is whether or not to have contrasting metals. The truth is that the decision is up to you. While some engagement rings and wedding bands combine two different metals successfully, this should definitely be the limit. Also, consider what pieces of jewelry are made from which metals. If both your engagement ring and wedding ring are rose gold, then you should probably continue the theme with your diamond earrings. However, white gold earrings are extremely versatile and can be paired with almost anything. Therefore, if you like the look of white gold earrings with a yellow gold ring, then go for it!

Shop Adiamor’s collection of pre set diamond earrings today!

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Rose Gold Rings Are Perfect For Fall Weddings

One of the reasons rose gold is such a popular color is the pinkish hues compliment skin tones. With such romantic coloring, its no surprise that rose gold wedding rings are rising in popularity almost as fast as rose gold engagement rings. However, whether you are the stunning bride or simply a wedding guest, rose gold is the perfect choice for fall weddings. The color plays well with autumn light, and it looks spectacular when paired with a diamond’s sparkle. Keep reading the Adiamor blog for more rose gold jewelry ideas for fall weddings!

Rose Gold Wedding Bands

The surge in popularity of rose gold engagement rings seems to be without end. While the trend picked up steam after Art Deco stylings saw a resurrection in the early 2010’s, it is no longer considered just a fad. With rose gold being so popular as an engagement ring metal, it’s no surprise that many brides favor matching rose gold wedding bands. Since the matched bands nestle perfectly alongside their engagement ring counterparts, brides do not have to worry about damage from the rings rubbing together. In addition to rose gold wedding bands being popular among brides, the color has seen a rising acceptance by men. Occasionally, it is even referred to as “bro’s gold” when used on men’s wedding bands and men’s accessories.

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Rose gold is seeing a rise in popularity that even extends to men’s wedding rings.

Rose Gold Pendants

In addition to rose gold rings being an excellent choice for a fall wedding, rose gold pendants are another excellent choice. While the rose gold itself is a beautiful color, adding diamonds takes rose gold to another level. The fire and brilliance of traditional white diamonds can really make a necklace a shining star. However, yellow gold can sometimes be seen as ostentatious. Therefore, rose gold has a subtle, classic elegance making it the perfect fall wedding accessory.

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This rose gold halo pendant setting is stunning with a marquise cut center diamond.
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Wedding Planning Tips: Who To Cut From The Guest List

If you ask anyone who has ever tried to plan a wedding, the guest list causes fights. Whether it is trying to justify inviting your best friend from second grade who moved to Chile or her sorority grand little, every guest list has issues. When deciding on wedding guests, there are a couple of tips that help the process. However, not every guest list is equal. If you have a large family, the guest list is very challenging. Another thing to consider when deciding who to invite is who is paying for the wedding.

Start Planning Early

By starting early, you can avoid many problems with the list. Depending on who you ask, a wedding venue needs to be secured at least one year ahead of time. Not only will this determine the wedding date, it will also decide the maximum number of invitations. By planning ahead, you will avoid forgetting someone. Additionally, if you will be exchanging wedding vows at a destination wedding, less people are likely to show up. Take these things into consideration when trimming your list.

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Deciding who makes the wedding guest list is hard, but it doesn’t have to be a battle

Ask Your Mom

Even if your parents aren’t paying for the wedding, they will have people they think should be at your wedding. Whether its friends of the family, a long lost cousin, or the neighbors you forgot, mothers have a keen sense of who should make the cut. Additionally, mom is a great resource on family. Plus, while you can’t remember who was at your baptism, she knows. Finally, if you get to any friends that raise an eyebrow with mom, it’s probably a wise choice to cut that person from the invite list.

Two Becomes One

The best tip in deciding who to cut is start with two lists. Once you and your spouse consult with family, you should have a large list to merge together. If either of you is iffy about an invite, then cut that person. A wedding ceremony is your day together, and the best move is to keep that focus. It will be a great chance to see old friends and family, and any acquaintance who gets upset over a wedding invite probably wasn’t a friend worth keeping anyway.

Planning a wedding does not have to be a constant battle. If you start early, get assistance from family, and merge two lists into one, it can be done. Once you have the invite list together, start figuring out the best wedding rings for your ceremony!

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Why Do So Many Couples Skip the Wedding And Elope?

In recent years, young couples have dramatically changed the dynamic of traditional weddings. From outdoor ceremonies to themed weddings, more and more millennials are pursuing unique wedding experiences. However, this change has also coincided with rising wedding costs. Currently, the average cost of a wedding and reception is nearly $30,000. This is one reason many couples are choosing to elope instead of having a wedding ceremony. While eloping is definitely cheaper, couples should definitely weigh the pros and cons. A traditional wedding allows parents to participate, a wedding photographer to document the memories, and offers the reception. Nevertheless, eloping has plenty enticing advantages, and more and more couples are deciding to elope.

You Can Elope And Still Have A Party

Even if a couple decides on eloping, it is still possible to through a reception later. This can be tricky as some people feel hurt and left out since they were not able to participate in the ceremony. It is important to word post-elopement reception invitations carefully. The main goal is to invite friends and family to celebrate love and marriage. In order to do this successfully, be warm and inviting in a way that encourages other people to show up. This will help them feel like they are a part of the wedding, even if they didn’t attend the actual exchanging of the wedding rings. One tip is send invites to a Wedding Celebration instead of a party. While eloping will definitely save money on wedding costs, it should be noted that most couples do not receive wedding presents in the same manner after eloping.

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Be sure to have a professional photographer capture your elopement

Be Sure To Document Your Elopement

Even if you’ve decided to skip figuring out a guest list and ranking your friends to determine who should be the maid of honor, it is important to document an elopement. Whether you decide to hire a photographer for the moment or go all out with a wedding video, you will want to be able to share your wedding day with other people at some point. It may be something to give to your parents as a photo album, or it may be something you decide to show during a later celebration. Additionally, having the photos or videos to look back on will be a great way to spend future wedding anniversaries.

Deciding to elope can certainly save young couples a lot of money and avoid plenty of stress. However, keep in mind how friends and family will react, especially if you plan to have a reception later. Finally, even if eloping is more for a sense of privacy than saving money, be sure to have someone capture the moment so you can look back on your wedding day in the future.

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Leave Your Phone At Home On Your Wedding Day

There’s a million things to take care of while planning your wedding. From handling the guest list to picking out a caterer, both the bride and groom have plenty to worry about. However, one thing you both should do on your wedding day is leave your phone behind. While it may seem like common sense, many grooms and plenty of brides think they might need their phone for last minute disasters or even for a quick “Just Married!” selfie. The fact of the matter is the best choice is leave your phone on the charger.

Why Leave Your Phone?

This may sound like unnecessary advice, but wedding gowns do not have pockets. When you’re getting married, you should be focused on your vows and the ceremony.  If there happens to be a last second fiascos, that’s why you hired a wedding planner. It’s also why you did your due diligence in selecting your maid of honor and best man. If you need something moved before the ceremony, the groomsmen can take care of it. If your great aunt needs a wheelchair for the reception, have your wedding planner track one down from hospitality. If you think you’ll need a cell phone to handle a disaster, you can borrow one from the bridal party.

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Leave your phone behind and let your guests upload pics to social media.

You Hired A Photographer For A Reason

Nearly every wedding advice magazine, book, or blog post offers the same advice: do not skimp on wedding photography. Wedding photos are something you may not think about too often during the first couple years of marriage, but as time passes, you’ll definitely want to look back at the memories. A wedding photographer will capture every critical moment from the exchanging of the wedding rings to the first dance. Plus, they have the artistic eye to get the right angles as well as the patience to do all the editing afterwards. While you may think you need a selfie of the first kiss, it’ll look much better when captured by a professional. Leave your phone at home and let the pros do their job. Finally, just about every one in attendance will be posting their cellphone pics to social media, so simply put a clever wedding hashtag on wedding programs. This will let other people handle the photos while you enjoy your big day.

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The 4 Best Reasons To Exchange Wedding Rings Outside

In recent years, more and more couples are looking to get married in non-traditional places. While churches often provide beautiful backdrops for a wedding ceremony, younger couples are exploring other options. With the help of Pinterest, more and more millennials are taking the DIY approach to wedding ceremonies. Crafty couples have found ways to turn barns, old fire stations, and city parks into gorgeous wedding venues. If you’re looking to join the outdoor wedding movement, consider these 5 great reasons to exchange wedding rings outside.

Customize The Decor For A Unique Setting

One reason couples are moving their wedding vows outside is the ability to completely customize the decor. This allows a bride to have the themed wedding of her dreams with every detail exactly as she imagined it. Additionally, this allows for a great variety of DIY decorations. Not only will the choice to exchange wedding rings outside inspire decorating creatively, it will also allow couples on a budget to save money by doing it themselves.

Get Married At Sunset

Although indoor weddings provide a timeless feel, there’s nothing quite like getting married during the sunset. In addition to a picturesque backdrop, your wedding photographer will love getting shots during the so-called “golden hour” leading up to sunset. Plus, the natural lighting will allow every wedding dress to shine and every custom designed engagement ring to sparkle.

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Getting married outside allows for plenty of dramatic photographs.

Casual Atmosphere

Outdoor weddings also allow for a more casual atmosphere. This means both the crowd and the bridal party can breathe a sigh of relief. Deciding to exchange wedding rings outside will keep the ceremony lighthearted. Plus, the groom won’t have to worry about sweating through his tuxedo with a cool breeze. And, with a more casual ceremony, the reception will sure to be off to a great start without stifling small talk. Everyone will be able to instantly remark at the great weather and gorgeous sunset.

Ceremony + Reception In One Venue

Speaking of the reception, the last great reason to exchange wedding rings outside is its easy to combine the ceremony and reception into one venue. This especially works great for outdoor venues that have a bit of separation, such as a barn wedding or a wedding in a park. During cocktail hour, simply relocate the rows of chairs while everyone is grabbing a drink. By combining venues, couples can save a little money that they can put towards a honeymoon or buying a home.

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Surviving The Reception Means Surviving The Wedding Brunch

Getting married and enjoying the reception is an incredibly fun time. After making a public commitment to your soulmate, you probably partied late into the night. This celebration of your love with your best friends and closest family is a once in a lifetime chance. However, before getting to the absolute best part of the wedding– the honeymoon– you have one more duty: brunch. Although the morning after brunch is a newer tradition, brunch is the most popular millennial choice since rose gold engagement rings. Before setting off to the beach getaway of a lifetime, here are a couple helpful tips to survive your wedding brunch.

Invite Everyone to Brunch

Even before you have to worry about handling a hangover in public, make sure you have the brunch plans figured out ahead of time. The best way to do this is simply invite everyone. However, one thing you should not have to worry about is footing the bill for the wedding brunch. After the reception, consider yourself off the hook. The wedding brunch is simply a chance for everyone to catch up the morning after the wedding, and that means everyone pays their own way. Brunch will be way less hectic than the reception. First off, you’ll be seated the whole time instead of being in the handshake line. Additionally, you will actually get a chance to eat your food. To make the best of your wedding brunch, simply pick a location and show up.

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The wedding brunch is the last stop before your honeymoon

A Little Hair of the Dog Helps

If you spent your wedding night staying up too late, it’s okay. Whether it was the alcohol or the excitement, plan on being tired and hungover. To handle this, a little hair of the dog can help. Some people frown at putting booze in coffee or drinking a Bloody Mary with breakfast, but you just got married. Keep the party rolling, and let everyone come to your seat at the table. This way you can focus on getting some food in your stomach before getting on a plane to Cabo.