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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.

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Fashion Tips For Attending A Beach Wedding

When it comes to destination weddings, nothing is more fun than a beach wedding. Not only do beaches provide great scenery, they also allow for a more relaxed atmosphere. Unlike traditional ceremonies, beach weddings often forgo tuxedos in favor of breezy attire. If you’re attending a beach wedding to watch your best friends exchange their vows and wedding rings, consider these tips to make sure you are comfortable and fashionable.

Pick Your Fabrics Wisely

For anyone who has ever visited the beach before, you know the environment offers some wardrobe challenges. From handling the sand to dealing with ocean breezes, beach weddings require a little bit more planning. You’ll want to choose fabrics that breathe easily, such as linens, silk, or synthetic blends. This will allow you to keep from overheating while sitting in the sun. Additionally, pick clothing that fits loosely. One absolute don’t of a beach wedding, though, is do not wear a bathing suit top to the wedding unless the invitations specifically state this is okay. The last thing you want to do is be a distraction.

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Beach weddings offer beautiful backgrounds and a casual atmosphere

Beware The Sun

Unless the beach wedding is taking place in a gazebo adjacent to the beach, there is a good chance you’ll be sitting directly in the sun while your friend gains a husband. Before watching her slide a wedding band on her new man, prepare yourself for the sun. In addition to picking breezy fabrics, you may want to stock up on a couple accessories. An outdoor wedding totally allows sunglasses, and beach weddings are a great opportunity for you to incorporate a hat into your look. Finally, be sure to load up on sunscreen to keep yourself from getting weird tan lines.

Smart Footwear Decisions

The last thing to consider when attending a beach wedding is to carefully select your shoes. Knowing the exact location of the wedding will help you choose wisely. If the wedding is taking place directly on the sand, then sandals are completely appropriate. However, if the wedding is near the beach, such as on a pier or at an overlook, then more traditional footwear is in order. Remember, beaches are often sandy and even potentially rocky, so think ahead before wearing heels.

With these simple tips, you can make sure you’ll truly enjoy a beach wedding in comfort and style.

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Win Your Wedding Reception With The Perfect Playlist

Planning a wedding doesn’t have to be all stress. Some times, the best thing to do is take a break from arguing over the guest list and enjoy yourself. Some aspects of wedding planning, such as cake tastings or picking out which craft beer to have on tap, can be quite fun. One thing many people forget when planning a wedding is the day is a celebration. If you’ve found yourself spending too many hours fretting over floral displays and bridesmaid gifts, take a break. In fact, you should take a break and throw yourself a dance party and pick out some great songs for your wedding reception. Although a skilled wedding DJ should play a variety of great songs, here are some tips in building the perfect playlist for your reception.

Choose Songs For Everyone, Including Grandma

The last thing anybody wants at a wedding reception is an empty dance floor.  Although the right amount of alcohol can help, building the perfect playlist of fun songs can go a long way in making the night unforgettable. One important thing to do is to choose some songs people of all ages can enjoy. An oft overlooked group of wedding guests include senior citizens. Many times, grandma is relegated to a family table in the back, but you’ll have a better party if she’s dancing. When selecting songs for your reception, be sure to pick tunes from multiple decades. Unless your playlist has a little bit of Elvis, it’s not yet complete.

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The perfect playlist will keep the reception dance floor going all night.

Don’t Forget The Kids

Another way to get people up and dancing is to include songs that will make your ring bearer lose his mind on the dance floor. A wedding reception without a little kid shaking the night away simply isn’t as fun. Not only will it help the little ones enjoy themselves, it’ll give the photographer plenty of chances to get some happy photos of smiling faces. When it comes to choosing songs for kids, picking fun, danceable pop songs is a great way to go.

Cheesy Songs Make For Great Dance Parties

Whether it’s getting everyone on the floor for the Electric Slide, a rousing rendition of the Chicken Dance, or even an ironic three minutes of the Macarena, choreographed dances can turn a good wedding reception into a great one. When building the perfect playlist, be sure to select one or two songs that have dance instructions. However, do not overplay these types of songs! It may be fun to do the Cupid Shuffle once, but don’t force it. Otherwise the line for the bar will be much longer than the Conga line.

A great wedding DJ can help you build the perfect playlist that will please all your wedding guests. Make sure you pick out a handful of favorites, and tell your DJ if there are any songs to absolutely avoid. In the end, a danceable wedding playlist will make for an unforgettable reception.

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Wedding Planning Tips: How To Pick Your Maid of Honor

There’s no shortage of ways in which a wedding can create drama. From the endless agonizing over the guest list to picking the bridal party, weddings are filled with tough choices. However, perhaps the hardest decision to make is not related to picking out your husband’s wedding ring or choosing a dress: it’s selecting your Maid of Honor. Before you suffer through a wedding day filled with side eye, consider these tips for figuring out which lucky lady will be your Maid of Honor.

Your Sister Doesn’t Have To Be Blood Related

When selecting a Maid of Honor, the most obvious choice will be your closest sister. However, this does not necessarily mean she will be a blood relative! It could be possible that you do not have a sister, or you have 3 sisters, or you grew up with a cousin who was closer in age. Or, perhaps you met your sister for life during college. Even more complicated, though, is what about your future sister-in-law? When it comes to choosing a Maid of Honor, definitely consider family first, but do not simply rule someone out for not being an immediate relative. Consider this question: which women closest to you helped your future husband pick out your engagement ring? This woman is probably the right choice!

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Pick the right Maid of Honor to help you get through wedding day stress

Consider The Maid of Honor’s Duties

Even if you have the closest sister in the world, another thing to consider when selecting your Maid of Honor is how good this woman will be in carrying out wedding tasks. In addition to helping out with invitations, selecting the dress, and generally helping you stay sane throughout the planning process, a Maid of Honor has to be on top of their game during the wedding and reception. The Maid of Honor needs to be quick on her feet, a good problem solver, and an eloquent speaker. She’ll have to run last minute errands, calm your nerves, as well as give a toast at the reception. When choosing, it’s important to pick someone who can handle the pressure.

When it comes down to it, your Maid of Honor will probably present herself during the wedding planning. If you have a sister who is willing to pitch in, keep you sane, and speak confidently in front of strangers, then she’s the one!

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Wedding Planning Tips: The Importance to Wedding Gifts

At their heart, weddings are a huge celebration. However, not only are they the time to exchange vows and wedding rings, they are also a time for gift giving. Although you may be thinking of the giant stack of wedding gifts the couple at the reception, the bride and groom should be giving some gifts as well. While many people think of wedding favors for the attendees, there are certain people who require special wedding gifts. The parents, the bridesmaids, and the groomsmen should all receive gifts from the couple. Additionally, the bride and groom should exchange presents as well.

Wedding Gifts for the Parents

Even if a couple is paying for the entire wedding themselves, it is still important to give a gift to both sets of parents. This is because parents put up with, and pay for, plenty during the lifetime of their children. When the wedding comes, it’s time to give a little bit back. Be sure to pick a gift that is personal, practical, and something you can can do equally well for both sets of parents. One great gift idea would be to purchase a nice frame and have it engraved with your wedding date. Whatever you decide is appropriate, remember to write a heartfelt letter to accompany the present. This will ensure your gift is perfect no matter what you pick.

Bridesmaid and Groomsmen Gifts

Shopping for your friends can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Traditionally, bridesmaids receive the jewelry they will wear on the wedding day as their present, but this is not the only option. On the other hand, classic groomsmen gifts include flasks and cufflinks. No matter what wedding gifts you decide on your wedding party, just be certain that the gifts are equal for all party members. Also, try to personalize them as best as possible. A great way to do this is through monogramed tote bags which can the be reused for years to come.

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Cufflinks make an excellent wedding gift for the groomsmen

Gifts For Each Other

The wedding day is certainly a celebration of your love, and some couples prefer to call the honeymoon their wedding gift. However, more and more couples are deciding on giving a little something extra on the morning of the wedding day. For men, a new watch is an excellent gift to receive on the wedding day.  On the other hand, many brides love to receive jewelry such as a pendant that can be worn on the wedding day. Whether you decide to exchange actual gifts or not is up to you, but one thing you should definitely do is exchange hand written love notes. Yes, you’ll be exchanging vows soon, but nothing sets the tone for a wedding day like a love letter!

For more ideas, check out the Adiamor gift guide.

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10 Things Every Groom Should Do During Wedding Planning

Let’s face it, more brides dream about their perfect wedding than grooms do. However, that doesn’t mean the groom can simply hand the reigns over to his wife to be. When it comes to wedding planning, both parties need to be on the same page. Otherwise, the groom will be stressed about the plans, the cost, and the details of the wedding once it’s way too late. In order to help future husbands start their marriage off on the right foot, we’ve put together this quick guide of 10 things every groom should do during wedding planning.

10 Things Every Groom Should Do

  1. While your bride may love your choice of engagement ring, your job of helping decide on colors, bridesmaid dresses, and floral arrangements is probably not up to you. Instead, every groom should handle the details on booking an officiant, DJ, photographer. Also, you should handle booking the catering– including the baker! However, the good news is that means plenty of cake tasting, and hopefully a groom’s cake!
  2. In addition to chipping in on some of the planning tasks, perhaps the most important wedding planning task every groom should handle is assisting with the guest list and seating chart. Yes, this will be stressful, but it is important to provide input and stand your ground on not inviting every third cousin.
  3. Every groom must register for gifts, even if she’s filled the registry with cutlery you’ll never use. If you decide to defer, then no complaining about not receiving that perfect tailgating cooler!
  4. While you’re poking around the internet for gifts, be sure to buy your partner a gift, order the wedding rings, and purchase your groomsmen some gifts as well.
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    Every groom needs to handle at least these 10 things during wedding planning

    Speaking of groomsmen, it is your responsibility to dress them. Try and organize all your groomsmen to be fitted at once. This typically works best if you offer to pick up the tab on some wings and beer afterwards.

  6. One last thing about your groomsmen is you’ll have to survive your bachelor party. When selecting groomsmen, remember to pick your best and closest friends. It will help you survive the party and your wedding day.
  7. In preparing for the wedding day, it is the groom’s job to take care of booking hotel rooms for the wedding guests. While you’re at it, you should book a wedding suite for your wedding night.
  8. While booking that wedding suite, every groom should go ahead and book the honeymoon, too. Also, don’t forget to pack for your honeymoon while you’re at it.
  9. Before the wedding day, the groom should get a haircut and try on the suit. This gives you an idea of how you’ll look in the wedding photos you’ll be digging through later.
  10. Finally, every groom needs to write their vows as well as a speech for the reception. You can keep it short and sweet, but be sure to write something unique that honors your bride. Include some thank you’s to her parents, especially if they are helping to foot the bill.

Most men don’t care about picking out wedding details, but these things a future husband needs to get right. By following this guide, you’ll be certain to start your marriage off with happiness.

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Wedding Planning Tips: Selecting The Right Wedding Venue

When planning a wedding, there are a ton of things to figure out. One of the most important aspects, though, is choosing the right wedding venue. Whether you are planning a wedding locally or a destination wedding will have a major impact on your guest list, budget, and possibly your wedding date. For guidance when planning a wedding, keep reading the Adiamor blog for tips on selecting the perfect wedding venue for your big day.

Venue Size Matters

One of the biggest aspects in choosing the right venue is making sure your locale can handle your guest list. Different venues will have different capacities and different amenities based on the size of the crowd, so be sure to have a solid idea of your guest list. Venues that can handle larger crowds also tend to have more on site options for onsite catering and drinks if you plan to do the ceremony and reception in the same location. They may also include decorations and seating arrangements as part of their wedding packages. Once you have your guest list under control, you’ll have a better idea of how big of a venue you’ll need to host your dream wedding.

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The right wedding venue can make all the difference

Inside or Outside?

Depending on the time of year you plan to exchange vows and rings, you may have a desire to be outside for the ceremony. Outdoor weddings can be gorgeous occasions, but they are absolutely dependent on perfect weather. In the event you live in a rainy location, be sure to have a back up plan such as an awning, pop up shelters, and umbrellas. The last thing you’d want on your wedding day is to be standing around in a wet wedding dress, so be sure to plan your venue accordingly.

Always Visit The Wedding Venue

Regardless as to whether or not your wedding is a destination or local ceremony, you must be sure to visit the venue. While the internet is a great tool for researching everything from bridal gifts to DJs, the only way to truly know if the venue is right is to visit. When you do visit, be sure to ask questions such as “How many weddings have you done before?” and “How does your venue handle deposits and payments?” In the case of outdoor venues, make sure to ask about their Plan B for inclement weather. Finally, be sure to take plenty of pictures when you visit. Not only will they help you decide on a venue, these first hand photos will help you plan decorations, floral arrangements, and may even help you decide on wedding colors.

Your big day should be an accurate representation of your relationship, so choosing the right wedding venue is important. For more help on planning your ceremony, check out the Adiamor wedding ring guide to make sure you have the perfect bands!

 

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When Should I Order Wedding Rings?

If you’ve been preparing for the biggest day of your life, you’ve probably got a check list started. From developing the guest list to booking a venue and attending all the tastings, the past couple months have most likely been busy. However, even with a check list, some things can get overlooked. One item that is often overlooked by engaged couples is purchasing the wedding rings. While they are a crucial aspect of the ceremony, many couples are unsure as to when to order wedding rings.

Set The Date First

From the moment you received an engagement ring, you’ve been dreaming about the matching wedding band. However, before you start shopping for wedding rings online, the first thing to do is set the wedding date. This can only happen if you have an estimated guest list and budget established, so these should be your first steps in planning a wedding. After setting a date, then you can consider the details of the ceremony. Once you’ve picked the date, you will have a better idea of your budget and can start shopping for wedding  bands.

Shop For Wedding Rings Today, Order Later

Whether you want to make sure your engagement ring matches your wedding band or want something altogether unique, the best advice is to start shopping early. By exploring your options for both women’s and men’s wedding rings now, you can better determine your budget for the rings. Recent publications state the average cost of an American wedding is somewhere between $25,000 and $35,000. However, each couple will have their own budget to decide how much to spend on wedding rings.

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Start shopping for wedding rings early to determine your wedding budget

Because there are so many options for wedding bands these days, there is a wide price range, too. By shopping early, you can figure out what you can afford then order later. This will allow you to offset some of the costs involved with planning a wedding, such as vendor deposits. However, don’t wait to the last minute, even if your jeweler offers overnight shipping.  It is important that you have time to try on the rings to make sure they do not need to be resized. Consider ordering your wedding bands at least one full month before the wedding date.

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How To Keep Your Wedding Guest List Under Control

While getting an engagement ring is exciting, planning a wedding can be stressful. One fact is an absolute truth: wedding guests are expensive. Plus, they take up space, and it turns out venues do not have infinite capacity. When you combine the two issues, it can create a difficult scenario. In order to decide who makes the cut, you should pay careful attention to your invite list. When creating your invite list, it is important to be realistic. You will not be able to invite all of your Facebook friends and all of your mother-in-law’s second cousins, so be prepared to compromise.

The A List and the B List

The first thing to do when figuring out your list is create your dream list. Basically, start making a list of every person you could ever want to invite to your wedding. From there, start whittling down to an A list and a B list. This will allow you to determine how many people you absolutely must invite– immediate family, wedding party, and the closest friends go on the A list. Everyone else lands on the B list, and then compromise with your soon-to-be spouse. For every long lost sorority sister that gets moved to the A list, add your favorite high school soccer teammate.

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The wedding guest list takes lots of patience and compromise

Truthfully, you should plan on 10 percent of people you invite to decile. However, if you are exchanging wedding rings and vows in a destination wedding, the number rises to 20 percent. If you find that more people are declining earlier than expected, then you can send late invites to more people from the B list. However, make sure to be timely in sending the invites. You wouldn’t want to a wedding guest to think they were a “maybe” all along!

Family and Friends of Family

One of the things many brides and grooms learn on the wedding day is just how many people they don’t know at their wedding. Since the bride’s parents traditionally pay more (or all) of the wedding costs, her parents will have plenty of input on the guest list. However, more and more young couples seek to pay for their weddings themselves. Nevertheless, you should expect both sets of parents to provide suggestions. Keep in mind that while you may not want to invite your mother-in-law’s boss, the future in-laws are simply excited about the wedding, too. In order to make sure their happiness is considered, leave room for a couple friends of the family on the A list.

Once you have cut down the A list, hopefully it close to your target number. If not, you’ll have to start making cuts together. The wedding guest list is one of the more difficult parts of planning a wedding, so plan ahead and keep the conversation civil. In the end, it is your wedding day, and you’ll want to enjoy it.

 

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Popular Styles of Men’s Wedding Rings

Last month, we posted a blog about how to choose a man’s wedding ring which we hope was helpful. However, one element that we did not discuss was a breakdown of the different styles of men’s wedding rings available on the market. In order to make the process of selecting a men’s wedding band even easier, this month we are tackling the subject. Check out these popular styles of men’s wedding rings to see if any of these match your man’s look.

Traditional Men’s Wedding Bands

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A traditional men’s wedding ring in yellow gold

The classic men’s wedding ring is a simple band that contains no diamonds or additional details. Typically, these traditional wedding rings for men are made in either plain gold or platinum. While yellow gold is the more traditional choice, some men do prefer the look of white gold. Additionally, as the color continues to gain popularity amongst both sexes, 14k and 18k rose gold wedding rings are available for men as well.

Diamond Wedding Rings For Men

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A men’s diamond wedding band in platinum

Men’s rings also now frequently feature diamonds, too. With a variety of styles ranging from single diamond bands to channel set diamond rings, men have nearly as many choices as women do these days. With men’s wedding rings available in yellow gold, white gold, and platinum, there are plenty of choices available to suit the style of any man.

Contemporary Men’s Wedding Rings

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Men’s wedding rings are now available in 18k rose gold

Finally, for men who prefer to add more flair to their rings, there are a number of options with contemporary design details. From masculine braids and milgrain accents to multiple finishes and even multiple metal tones, the variety of men’s wedding bands on the market allows every man to express his personality.

These days, men have more options for wedding rings than ever. At Adiamor, our varied selection of men’s wedding rings are designed to help you demonstrate your sense of style. To learn more about men’s wedding rings, visit our Wedding Ring Guide today.