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Summer Love: Proposal Ideas For Your Beach Vacation

For most couples, the summer months provide the best time to take a vacation. This also means that summer vacations provide a number of great opportunities to get engaged. If you are considering popping the question this summer but are looking for inspiration, consider these proposal ideas for your beach vacation before making your move.

 

Don’t Make Her Wait Too Long

When getting engaged, it is important to to make the moment special. However, you can drive yourself mad waiting for the most perfect moment. In fact, you may actually make it harder on yourself and your future bride by waiting it out, especially on vacation. If you have been together for some time and planned this trip together, she may be expecting you to ask for her hand in marriage on the trip. Additionally, if she has been hinting at a lifelong romance, you should definitely be prepared to take the leap before heading out on vacation. Therefore, make sure you have a plan before you and don’t wait the whole week to ask. Finally, make sure you can enjoy your vacation as engaged couple by giving her an engagement ring early in the trip.

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The beach is the perfect place to propose

Take A Moonlit Walk

Although many couples take vacations to get away from work, days at the beach can actually get quite hectic. From planned adventures like parasailing or surfer lessons to simply getting caught up in all the fun in the sun, you may find it difficult to have the right romantic moment during the day. Instead, consider taking a moonlit walk on the beach. Not only will the night sky provide the right accompaniment to your proposal, you will have the time alone necessary to ask her to marry you. To add to the romance, pick a secluded spot with a great view such as a private cove or dock before dropping to one knee and presenting her with a diamond ring.

Skip The Buffet Line

These days, many vacation resorts are all-inclusive, but that also means crowded dining areas during the peak months. If you are planning a whole day of romantic events leading up to your proposal, consider skipping the buffet line and have a private dinner alone instead. Not only will this make her the center of attention, you will also have time to enjoy each other’s company before asking her. However, no matter what you do, do not put her engagement ring into her food. Not only is it a bit silly, she’ll want to put the diamond ring on her finger without it being covered in hollandaise sauce or mimosa.

Have The Right Ring

When you’ve decided to get married to the love of your life, there is nothing that will keep you apart. However, if popping the question is making you nervous, you can rest assured when you have the right ring. At Adiamor, we want all of ring customers to have their highest expectations exceeded. Let us help you create an engagement ring from scratch that will be as unique as she is. Contact us today for assistance in selecting a ring, or check out our Engagement Guide to learn more.

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Who Chooses The Wedding Bands?

Getting married is an exciting step, but with this excitement often comes a lot of stress. From deciding on a wedding venue to whittling down the invite list, there are tons of choices every couple must make. However, between cake tastings and tux fittings, sometimes the smaller details are overlooked. One of these smaller items, though, is the center of the ceremony itself: the wedding bands. When it comes to selecting wedding rings, there are tons of options available for both the bride and groom. Nevertheless, it is important to select the right rings. Not only do the rings symbolize the eternal love of marriage, they must match personalities of both the couple and the ceremony itself.

Who Chooses The Wedding Bands?

Traditionally, it is up to the groom to select an engagement ring as a lead up to the proposal. However, many brides-to-be are often involved in the selection of the engagement ring to some degree. With the popularity of social media sites, it is easier than ever to get an idea of what she might like on her hand. However, when it comes to choosing the wedding bands, the waters are a little murky. A bride may have her eyes on a matched set so that her wedding band will complement her engagement ring. On the other hand, the groom may not wear jewelry regularly, and it may be quite difficult to choose the wedding ring he’ll like best. If this is the case, the bride may do well to consider his everyday style and help him make a choice.

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Dual Band Men’s Wedding Ring in 14k White Gold

The safest answer is to have both the bride and groom select their own rings together. This will ensure both parties are happy with the ring they will wear for the rest of their married lives.

Who Pays For The Wedding Rings?

The cost of the average American wedding continues to grow higher, so sticking to a budget is very important. The cost of the wedding bands should be factored into this overall plan, but there are a number of ways to decide who pays for each ring. Historical examples suggest the bridge should purchase the groom’s ring and vice versa, but this is not always the case. In some instances, the parents of the bride or groom may step in to pick up the cost. More often, though, the cost of the wedding rings is part of the wedding budget. This allows for easier planning and payment.

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A 18k Rose Gold Pave Diamond Wedding Band

When deciding, keep in mind the style of the ceremony and the preferences of your partner. Also, it is important to remember that the rings themselves are symbols of everlasting love, but that does not mean they have to match exactly. A marriage is a union of two individuals, and each person is bound to have a style they like best. When picking out wedding rings together, discuss your likes and dislikes with your partner. It will help determine the perfect band for your new spouse.

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What Are New Bridal Trends for 2014?

Spring has sprung, which means wedding season is official open! Certain bridal trends are already emerging as the most popular for 2014.

Seasonal

Wedding planners are paying a lot of attention to which season and time of year of the wedding. For spring weddings, brides are choosing light colors, outdoor settings and citrus flavored cakes. For fall and winter weddings, brides are wearing fur capes and boots and serving deep flavor like chocolate with indoor décor which is rustic and candlelit.

Fall Wedding Inspiration
Fall Wedding Inspiration image via Rock My Wedding

Themes

Vintage continues to be an inspiration in many forms. Tea length dresses and sweet romantic details recalls mid-century celebrations while full-on gilded glamour references the Gatsby era. Weddings can also have a specific book, genre, or movie theme with everything from the music to the table decorations adhering to that idea.

Gatsby Color Scheme
Gatsby Color Scheme images via Green Wedding Shoes

 

 

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Hiring a Proposal Planner

If you’ve been racking your brains to come up with a way to ask for your honey’s hand in marriage but you continue to fall short despite your best effort, then perhaps you simply aren’t cut out for the demands of planning a truly spectacular proposal. In this case, you may want to do what you can to create a lasting impression by hiring someone who does this sort of thing for a living. Sometimes the best you can do is to hire the best! Here are just a few things such a professional can help you with.

1. Choosing the ring. Before you can even think about asking for someone’s hand in marriage you ought to be prepared with a ring to seal the deal. A planner can ask you pertinent questions to find out what your partner likes in order to help you choose the perfect ring to ensure that the answer to your burning question is a resounding yes.

2. Location. Once you have the ring in hand, you’ll want to choose a locale for the proposal that is special to your special someone. It could be a sporting arena, the restaurant where you had your first date, or even a world-famous monument. As long as the location puts your honey in the mood for love, it could be considered an excellent spot to pop the big question.

3. Setting. Not to be confused with location, the setting includes both the ambiance surrounding your proposal as well as who else is present. You’ll need to decide if the deed should be done in front of a room full of strangers, a flash mob, your closest family and friends, or if it should be just the two of you. A planner can help you choose the best option for you and your soon-to-be-betrothed.

4. Timing. Knowing when to propose is almost as important as knowing where and how to propose. Here, again, a proposal planner can help you. Perhaps your significant other is stressed out at work, essentially creating a bad atmosphere for a proposal. Maybe you’ll want to plan a little vacay to ensure that your partner has a clear head and good attitude (as a way to up the odds of success).

5. Wardrobe. A marriage proposal is a life-changing moment. In fact, it could be seen as a moment of clarity in some cases, in which your future is laid out before you. So do you really think it’s appropriate to show up for such a crucial moment wearing ragged, ripped jeans and a faded concert tee? You probably do, don’t you? That’s why you need a proposal planner.

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Hugh Hefner Lets Crystal Harris Keep Her Engagement Ring

Hugh Hefner, perennial bachelor, has not had much luck in the marriage arena. In his many years, the octogenarian has been married twice, for ten years each time, and it seemed that the third time could be the charm when he became engaged to 25-year-old Playboy playmate Crystal Harris (more than 60 years his senior). But then she called off the wedding just a week before she was set to walk down the aisle (and funny enough, immediately following the release of her first album of candy-coated club music). But what did she do with the ring?

In fact, she tried to give it back. The tabloids certainly made merry during the engagement, painting Harris as a gold-digging harlot. But no one can deny that going to return the ring is what most women would have done after realizing that the man they were about to marry simply wasn’t the right one. However, in a fit of magnanimity, Hefner insisted that she keep not only the 3-carat diamond engagement ring (reportedly worth nearly $90,000), but also the Bentley he had previously given her as a gift. She accepted…again.

Hefner, it seems, is content with the outcome. He tweeted to followers that he is happy to be single and that he feels he dodged a bullet. There had been much speculation that his relationship with former playmate (and long-time girlfriend) Holly Madison would end in wedding bells, but the rumors were dispelled when she moved out of the mansion in 2008, ending their seven-year relationship. Her reason for leaving? There was no future for her. So it was just as much of a surprise to her as anyone else when Hef announced his engagement just a couple of years later.

But it seems the man who has made his living from the nude female figure simply isn’t meant to see just one for the rest of his life (however long that may be). And by all indications he has already moved on, apparently taking up with Harris’s best friend at the mansion, Anna Sophia Berglund. It’s all in a day’s work for the Playboy magnate, and he’s not going to let a little thing like a broken engagement slow him down.

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Paul McCartney Springs for $650,000 Ring

In case you haven’t heard, Sir Paul McCartney is hearing wedding bells once again. After his first wife, Linda, died from cancer, no one thought he would be able to move on. But then he met Heather Mills and love was in the air. Of course, their six-year marriage ended in a very public legal battle (in which the former model received a settlement worth more than £24 million). So no one would have been surprised if the former Beatle had soured on marriage. And yet, just three years after his nasty divorce, it seems like he has once again been bitten by the love bug. Says McCartney of his latest conquest, “I just like being in love.”

The soon-to-be Mrs. McCartney is 58-year-old New York socialite and businesswoman Nancy Shevell, who unlike Heather Mills, has her own fortune (made by father Mike Shevell in the trucking industry). Whether or not this makes her a safer bet for marriage is anyone’s guess, but it seems like McCartney feels that way. Not only has he basically thrown the idea of a pre-nuptial agreement out the window (lawyers have only produced a one-page document for the couple to sign, agreeing that she won’t go after his children’s trust funds in the event of divorce), but he has also presented his lady love with a ring that is reportedly valued at $650,000 (£400,000).

The huge rock, a 5-carat, round-cut diamond in a platinum band, is a vintage Cartier creation from 1925. That’s a whole lot more ring than the £15,000 diamond-and-sapphire ring he presented to Heather Mills. And boy, does it sparkle! The newly engaged Shevell has been showing it off ever since the proposal and it seems like she has already been accepted into the family because she recently paired it with a Stella McCartney ensemble while shopping in New York.

As for wedding plans, it seems they are just about as laid back and lovely as the couple themselves. The event will be a small affair, largely devoid of the celebrity presence that punctuated McCartney’s lavish wedding to Mills. The bride seems to prefer an understated family gathering, and the couple plans to wed at Shevell’s holiday home (ceremony and reception to take place in the backyard). It might be considered quaint if it wasn’t in the Hamptons.

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The Art of Preparing a Flawless Proposal

When planning to propose, most guys will either go for the obvious (a candlelit dinner that ends with him on one knee) or rack their brains (and empty their wallets) trying to come up with something amazing that’s never been done before. The truth is, you don’t have to opt for either of these extremes. If you know the woman you love, you can easily come up with a proposal plan that will wow her without resorting to over-the-top antics (or phoning it in with a checkered tablecloth and a ridiculously long spaghetti noodle). Here are just a few ways to prepare for a flawless proposal.

1. Consider her preferences. Does she live life like she’s on a stage? Then maybe a proposal in front of her family or at a sporting event is the way to go. But if she’s like most women, she’ll want the occasion to be intimate, so think about creative ways to get her alone.

2. Listen to what she says. Women will often tell you exactly what they expect if you just open your ears and pay attention. Did she fall in love with the bedroom proposal from the movie Stepmom (the ring on a string)? Or has she told you that she always pictured herself receiving a ring at the top of the Eiffel Tower? Your lady will likely drop hints here and there, so make sure you’re listening when she does.

3. Ask for help. You might be surprised by all of the creative ideas your friends and family come up with on your behalf. And if all else fails, go to the internet. There is an absolute wealth of information on interesting ways to propose. You’re guaranteed to find at least one that is perfect.

4. Go all out. You don’t need to break the bank when you propose (since you’ll probably need that money for the ring or the wedding), but you should do everything you can to make it a special event since you only plan to do it once. This doesn’t necessarily entail added expense, but it will require you to use your imagination and come up with a plan that is as unique and memorable as the woman you’re proposing to.

5. Practice makes perfect. If you think there’s a good chance you’ll falter once you get to the starting line, practice what you’re going to say. You shouldn’t memorize it word-for-word (you don’t necessarily want it to sound rehearsed), but get down the basic gist of what you want to say before you take a knee.

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Is it Too Soon to Get Engaged?

People tend to place a lot of emphasis on the “right time” to get engaged. In truth, it’s different for every couple, and there may never be a right time. Look at daring duos like Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell or Oprah and Stedman, who have been happily cohabitating without wedding bells for over two decades. The truth is, most of us would prefer the certainty of a marriage certificate at some point, not to mention sharing vows in front of family and friends. Certainly most women are thinking along those lines (even if more than a few men would like to follow Kurt Russell’s example). But how do you know if the time is right? What if you’re just not ready? Here are a few telltale signs that it’s simply too soon to start looking at engagement rings.

1. You just met. You always hear stories about couples that knew it was love at first sight, and put their feelings to the test with a whirlwind romance and a wedding in Vegas a few weeks later. How many of those couples actually stay together, though? Not too many. There’s something to be said for spontaneity, but if you take marriage seriously and you’re looking for a partner for life, this is the wrong way to go about it.

2. You don’t know her middle name. This is one example of pertinent personal information you should have concerning the one you love. If you don’t even know what name will appear on the marriage certificate (or other basic info like her birthday, her parents’ names, and her favorite food or color) then perhaps you should hold off on the engagement for a while.

3. Neither of you has celebrated a birthday since you met. This is just a matter of timing, and the point is that it takes a year or more to get to know someone adequately (much less know them well). Ideally, you should not only date for a minimum of one year, but you should also try living together before you decide to tie the knot. Your mother might be prone to spouting the expression, “Why buy the milk when you can get the cow for free?” But until you know if you can peacefully coexist with another person, you shouldn’t permanently (and legally) entwine your lives.

4. You haven’t met the parents. These people are going to be your in-laws. Even if you can live with their child, you’d better make sure you can handle them, as well, since you’ll be stuck with them once you walk down the aisle.

5. You’re having doubts. Hello! This is a wake-up call! If you’re hearing alarm bells instead of wedding bells, then you might not want to get to one knee just yet. Marriage requires work, but more than that, it calls for unwavering commitment. So before you drop the money for a ring, make sure your heart and your head are in the same place.

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Comparing Diana to Kate: The Future and Former Princess Faceoff

They may be sporting the same gorgeous sapphire and diamond ring in their wedding photos, but is that where the similarities end between Kate Middleton and former Princess of Wales, Diana, the late mother of her betrothed? Both have been considered paragons of style and class (neither evoking scandal early on, although Diana eventually divorced and Kate still has plenty of time to get splashed on the pages of tabloids). And each came from “common” family backgrounds (no blue bloods here, although the time when such things mattered has long since passed). But all of these observations are only skin deep; how do Prince William’s mother and his bride-to-be measure up as people?

Let’s talk about the pre-wedding interviews. In the case of Diana, who was 19 at the time of her engagement, we see a girl who is rather shy and unsure of herself, not at all the charming and confident woman she would later become. She is almost constantly touching Charles, not in a romantic way, but rather as if for reassurance. Kate, on the other hand, displays no hesitation when answering questions, and although she leans towards William throughout the interview (a bit of body language that speaks to their intimacy as a couple), she doesn’t seem to seek his approval before addressing the interviewer. Admittedly, she has the element of maturity on her side at her current age of 29.

In terms of longevity, Diana married Charles after knowing him only a year, while Kate and William have been doing this dance for six years. Are Diana and Charles’ progeny and his intended bride a bit more prepared to enter into wedded bliss? Probably, but only time will tell. But there’s one other thing that unites both the former and the future Princess of Wales: philanthropy. Throughout her tenure as a princess, Diana used her fame to raise money for causes as diverse as homelessness, leprosy, cancer research, children, AIDS patients, and the English National Ballot. Even in death, her crusade continues with the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, which has raised millions of dollars for youth groups.

And Kate is on the same path, reportedly working with the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which helps seriously ill children. So it appears that an engagement ring and a title aren’t the only thing these two have in common. If Kate turns out like Diana, the world can look forward to a lot more charity.

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5 Marriage Proposal Don’ts

Everyone has their own ideas about the proper way to propose. Most men want the event to be special so that she’ll never forget it (and to improve her chances of saying yes). But that doesn’t always mean things go off without a hitch. In some cases, less is more, and by going completely overboard, all you’re telling the woman of your dreams is that you have no clear idea of the meaning of excess. On the other hand, sometimes just being a guy can work against you. But don’t worry; if you’re not sure if your plan might backfire, here are just a few things you’ll want to avoid when you drop to one knee.

1. Putting the ring in food. Sure, you’ve seen it in the movies, but try to remember that what happens on the silver screen should stay on the silver screen. That world is a fantasy. In reality, what happens when you put a ring in her food or drink is that she’ll probably choke on it or swallow it. And a trip to the emergency room is not romantic. At the very least, it will have to be cleaned before she can put it on. Ring tartar? Gross.

2. Proposing with a ring pop. Sorry, guys, this isn’t as cute as you think it is. If you don’t have the money to buy a real ring, you’re going to have to come up with something a little more creative than one made of sugar. Consider famous literary proposals, such as Edmond’s in The Count of Monte Cristo, in which the poor sailor winds a piece of string around the finger of his beloved Mercedes to signify the real ring he will put there one day when he became a wealthy man. The thought counts more if you actually put some thought into it.

3. Jumping out of an airplane. Think long and hard before you hand her the ring midair; there are SO many things that could go wrong. For example, consider the likelihood of dropping the ring (high risk). Or imagine how the proposal might go. You: Will you marry me? Her: What? You: Will you marry me? (wind howling loudly) Her: What?!

4. Proposing in front of a crowd (especially her family). It might seem romantic to involve others, but this moment is really about the two of you. And do you really want her to 1) bow to peer pressure when she says yes, only to recant later, or 2) listen to the advice of her mother, who hates you? Let her decide on her own, in private, with no one listening but you.

5. Checking out other chicks. This is a bad idea at the best of times, but if you’re looking at other women during the proposal (even if you’re just trying to gauge the approval rating in the room) you might wind up with champagne in your face.