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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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Planning A Valentine’s Day Proposal? Start Planning The Wedding, Too

If you are one of the many men who are currently plotting out the details to a Valentine’s Day proposal, get ready to start thinking about the wedding! While presenting your bride to be with the gorgeous custom designed engagement ring of her dreams will be a thrilling moment, wedding planning will start almost immediately. Be prepared to answer lots of questions from your friends and family regarding the wedding date, the size of the wedding, and more.

When’s The Date?

If you’re planning to propose soon, you better have a wedding date in mind, too. If you know your future bride is set on a summer wedding, then proposing on Valentine’s Day either means a short or long engagement. A short engagement can be very stressful because of the amount of wedding planning involved. However, a long engagement can also feel endless to couples who are ready to be married. The average engagement period in the United States is about 14 months, so a Valentine’s Day proposal is perfect for brides who want an early summer wedding.

Big Celebration or Intimate Ceremony?

In addition to the wedding date, the next big question will be about the size of the wedding. Depending on the size of the families, the guest list can get very long very fast. If you know her mom has 8 siblings, then you better expect a big wedding. One thing to keep in mind, though, is a wedding ceremony is the day of the bride and groom.  Be sure to make the wedding day special for the both of you, even if you’re getting help paying.

Matching Wedding Rings

While it may not seem important when you’re deciding between rose gold engagement rings and white gold engagement rings, another thing to consider with your Valentine’s Day proposal is the wedding bands. Many brides prefer to have a diamond wedding band that matches their engagement ring. Additionally, some couples prefer both to have matching wedding rings as a couple, too. Although its a smaller detail, its another big questions. Definitely consider matching bands when planning your Valentine’s Day proposal this year.

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Ring Size 201: Ring Sizing Without A Ring and Re-sizing

In our previous installment of our series on ring sizing, the goal was to surprise her with an engagement ring that actually fits. Since it would be difficult to surprise her if you visited a jeweler together, we explained how the best way to size an engagement ring without her knowing is to use a different ring. However, this isn’t always possible. For these scenarios, we’ve compiled part 2 of our ring sizing in Ring Size 201.

Ring Sizing Without A Ring

Depending on where you look, there are all kinds of ring sizing guides available online. Some of them say to use string to to measure the ring finger, and then measure the length of string. However, when attempting ring sizing without a ring, the string method is not a good solution. One of the main problems is that string will often stretch. Because of this, the best methods for ring sizing without a ring are to use paper.

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Ring sizing without a ring doesn’t mean you can’t surprise her with the perfect fit.

Ring measurements are standardized by countries, and you can check out the Adiamor guide to Find Your Ring Size for help in determining the proper size.

When All Else Fails, There’s Resizing

While getting the exact ring size is the best way to get the perfect fitting solitaire engagement ring, some times things just don’t go as planned. Even with the most careful of planning, there’s a chance her ring won’t fit perfectly. Fortunately, nearly every newly purchased engagement can be resized by a jeweler. However, with older vintage engagement rings, it can be very difficult to determine the exact ring metal used. If you purchased your engagement ring online, check out the ring sizing policy of the jeweler.  Here at Adiamor, we offer free ring sizing within the first 90 days from the original shipment date. Additionally, most rings can be quickly resized in just four business days. This means she’ll be back to wearing a perfectly fitting engagement ring in about a week!

Need more help when selecting an engagement ring? Visit the Adiamor Engagement Guide today!

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Ring Size 101: How To Surprise Her With A Diamond Engagement Ring That Actually Fits

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, more and more people are planning their proposals. From picking out the perfect restaurant to selecting just the right outfit, everyone wants their Valentine’s Day proposal to go off without a hitch. However, even with the most extensive planning, there’s one thing most guys get wrong: the ring size. While most men ready to get engaged know their future wife’s shoe size, knowing their ring is much less common. Plus, it’s a lot harder to surprise her with a diamond engagement ring if you’ve both been to a jeweler to have her sized. But, before you get scared away from proposing, finding her ring size is very doable without tipping her off.

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Surprise her with an engagement ring that actually fits this Valentine’s Day

Step One: Get A Ring

When trying to surprise her with a diamond engagement ring that actually fits, the first step is to get a ring. Not just any ring, though, the one you’re after is a ring she currently wears on her ring finger. Even more important, be sure to select a ring for her left ring finger. Ring sizes can vary greatly from finger to finger and from hand to hand. For the most accurate sizing, you’ll need an proxy for your surprise engagement ring. If she has a large jewelry box, it may be easy to sneak such a ring to a jeweler. If not, you’ll need to create a guise such as having the ring cleaned for her.

Step Two: See A Jeweler

The next thing to do is take the proxy ring to a jeweler. Since ring sizes are standardized and based on empirical measurement, a ring size will be the same between jewelers. With this information, you can now confidently order a custom engagement ring online. This will allow you perfectly size the ring and surprise her with a diamond solitaire that actually fits. Not only will she be wowed with your ring choice, she’ll be astonished that you knew her ring size. These things will definitely lead to her saying “Yes!”

Now, this scenario is for ideal situations when there’s a ring to borrow. For more ring sizing tips, check back on Thursday for Ring Sizing 201! For more engagement tips, check out our Engagement Guide today!

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How To Select The Best Diamond Carat Size

One question many customers ask when first looking for diamonds is “what carat size is best?” Although there is no simple answer because every diamond is unique, there are some basic guidelines to consider. When buying diamonds online, it can be difficult to determine the differences between two diamonds of nearly identical size. While “carat” is one of the four C’s, it is often considered to be the least important in determining value. However, this is a bit of a misnomer as carat size is still extremely important. To help our customers better understand carat size and learn how to select the best diamond carat size for their jewelry, we’ve compiled these helpful tips.

Understanding Diamond Carat Size

The most important thing to understand with diamond carat is that it refers to a diamond’s size. More specifically, though, a carat is a unit of measurement for weight. A carat is equal to 200 milligrams, and each carat is divided into 100 points. For this reason, diamonds that are a half-carat in weight are sometimes referred to as “50 pointers.” When selecting a diamond, the best carat size will be determined by a diamond’s proportions. By comparing the measurements, you will be able to select the best diamond carat for your ring.

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A 1.5 carat diamond ring

Why To Buy Slightly Bigger

Diamond carat size is important when budgeting for a diamond ring. One thing to consider, though, is buying a diamond that is ever so slightly larger in carat size. For example, if you are wanting to purchase a 1.5 carat diamond ring, then you should shop for diamonds with a carat weight of at least 1.51 and up to 1.55. The reason for this is final polishing and shaping. In the last stages of manufacturing, a diamond may require additional polishing to be properly set. This way, when the ring is appraised, it will still have the full 1.50 carat weight even if some of the diamond was removed during polishing. This will help your diamond ring maintain its highest value.

For more information on diamond carat weight, visit the Adiamor Diamond Education Center today!

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Picking The Right Ring Metal For A Valentine’s Proposal: Part 2

When planning a Valentine’s proposal, it is important to get every detail right. Earlier this week, we spent some time discussing different ring metals for engagement rings. Although rose gold and platinum are popular choices for Valentine’s Day, they aren’t the only options. Depending on your bride to be’s personality and style, yellow gold and white gold may be better options. Continue reading the Adiamor blog to help decide the best ring metal for your Valentine’s day proposal!

White Gold Engagement Rings

Pear Shape Diamond Halo EngagementChoosing the perfect ring metal for your Valentine’s Day proposal depends heavily on the future bride. Pairing her style and preferences with a white gold ring is easy to do. White gold has a silvery shine to it, similar to platinum. However, platinum is more dense and heavier than white gold, which makes a white gold engagement ring the perfect choice for a dainty, feminine ring. Additionally, pave set engagement rings look great in white gold because it appears as if the entire ring was dipped in diamonds. If you’re looking for sophisticated elegance for your Valentine’s Day proposal, then white gold may be the perfect solution.

Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

yellow gold engagement ringProposing on Valentine’s Day is definitely a popular idea. Because of this, many men overthink their Valentine’s proposal and do too much. Yellow gold can be a solution this problem. In fact, yellow gold is the most traditional and classic of all engagement rings. This makes choosing a simple yellow gold solitaire engagement ring an excellent choice for Valentine’s Day. Although this traditional elegance may seem understated, a solitaire diamond sparkles and shines when paired with yellow gold. When in doubt, there’s simply nothing like a classic yellow gold ring.

Not quite ready to purchase an engagement ring? Visit our Engagement Ring Guide today to learn everything you need to know before proposing!

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How To Afford A Diamond Engagement Ring

For many people, getting engaged is a milestone in life. However, there a number of reasons that prevent lots of younger couples from getting engaged. One of the main reasons is finances. Engagement rings contain rare precious metals and gemstones like diamonds;  this means they are often quite expensive. Although the cost of the average American engagement ring continues to rise, this does mean they are unattainable. In fact, with the right budget skills, most people will find they can afford a diamond engagement ring.

Creating An Engagement Ring Budget

One of the most important things to do is to determine the ring budget. By figuring out exactly what you can spend, you will be able to purchase an engagement ring online that fits your lifestyle. Essentially, there are two separate ways to pay for a diamond ring: save up the total cost or pay monthly. Most people prefer to save up the total cost of the ring and pay for it this way. While there are many advantages to saving up, the primary problem is this takes time. For example, if you decide you want a $5,000 one carat diamond ring, you will have to put money away little by little to afford this. On the other hand, certain windfalls like tax returns of annual bonuses can provide the total amount needed to afford a diamond engagement ring. With some careful planning, this can help you decide when to buy the ring and propose.

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Have you started saving up to propose this Valentine’s Day?

How Much Can You Afford In Monthly Payments?

Another way to afford a diamond engagement ring is to set up monthly payments. Many companies offer financing for jewelry purchases, such as Affirm. Although interest rates can range widely from 10% to 30%, monthly payments for an engagement ring allow many more people to propose. However, one thing to consider with monthly payments is determining your ring budget. While many people think about only the final cost, the real way to decide how to afford an engagement ring is to figure out your monthly payment. If you can afford a $400 monthly payment for 12 months, then your total budget for the ring would be $4,800. Additionally, you must factor in your monthly interest payment. This will help you decide which diamond ring you can truly afford.