Cuff-Links Give Style And Class To Men

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Cuff-links come in various varieties and are they are made of precious or semi precious stones, made of different metals like gold, silver, platinum etc., made with various designs like pins, flowers and more with modernized designs that suits the modern society and cuff-links also available in different materials.

Cuff-links do not come not only in these varieties but are available in any other conceivable material and we can be assured that some one made cuff-link out of it.

The past centuries cuff-links style exposed a model of one medallion connected with the back post. In The bottom position the post has a stem raised in one end. In the upper position this stem fits exactly in the hollow cavity of the post. In the down position the stem bends perpendicular to the post to create a perfect T-shape.

So when the stem is in up position it slips the post in to the back and front buttonholes. When the post was made to rotate to the whole way it makes a perfect T with the stem to keep the cuff-link in perfect fit.

During those times cuff-links were made with different colors and in different designs, which started from the pretty golden squares to the simple plastic dice.

Though we list all good things about those previous models one decrement also comes in count that those cuff-links have only pretty styles in front and the back was a plain one.

However using the button style cuff-link is the simple thing. There are nothing but two identical ornamental buttons usually comes in cabochon shape join together by way of short lengthy chain. To use this cuff-link model you can simply slip the front and back buttons in their respective slits.

The button style not only comes in regular cabochon style, but also offers us the ocean of designs in it. Adding to this when we use this button style cuff-link the two buttons are identical to give an elegant look to that apparel.

In the silk knot cuff-link the process is the same as that of the button style one. The variation remains only in the buttons replaced by two silk knots. Here two silk knots acts as buttons and also a silk cord acts as short lengthy ornamental chain. These are also gives the same glossy appearance as they are made of two matching silk knots both in front and back.
As they are made of fine silk wires they are smooth and feel heaven when wear. In additional to this they are cost effective, gives a great appearance to us and as well as comes in wide range of colors.

There is one more style of cuff-links known as Clip cuff-links. It also uses the same procedure like previous two types of button cuff-links and Silk cuff-links. But in addition to that it not only clips the button holes but clips them together from front to back.

These clips can be made of gold, silver or any other imitation metals and are placed with semi-precious or precious stones to give a glittering appearance.

Hiring The Right Wedding Photographer

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Hiring the best possible photographer is an important aspect of your wedding planning strategy. Be sure to choose an experienced photographer, preferably specializing in weddings. It is not crucial that the photographer is an experienced wedding photographer, but it helps. An experienced photographer, not specializing in weddings, may be much less expensive than a wedding photographer specialist. Regardless of their experience, the photographer has to be excited about working with you.

A lot rides on the wedding photographer. The pictures in your wedding album should contain some of your most memorable moments of your big day. A photographer should have the ability to artfully capture the most special moments of your wedding day. It is these unexpected and emotional moments that will help create a wonderful wedding album. Your wedding album is one piece of memorabilia you want to feel proud of when you show it to family and friends. It is an important part of your history, and treat it accordingly.

Your photographs should artfully tell the story of your wedding day. Only a good photographer can fill your wedding album with unforgettable pictures. One important aspect of hiring a photographer is personal style and preference. You should view photographs in the photographer’s portfolio to be sure the style is in line with your taste. It is possible that you and the photographer have incompatible tastes and opinion on what your wedding album should look like. Remember, that photography is art and it is highly subjective. For this reason, it is crucial you find a professional who you feel comfortable with, and whose work stands out from any other photographer you are meeting with.

Don’t hire the first photographer you come across. Even if he or she is highly recommended make sure you evaluate several photographers. Don’t take anyone’s word for it, check the photographer’s portfolio. Compare quality and price of each candidates. Most of the time your reception site will have a few preferred photographer’s to choose from, but it should not stop you from doing your own research.

Get everything in writing, and look for guarantees. Many photographers offer their wedding albums with lifetime guarantee, but be sure to look into the details. Lifetime guarantee doesn’t always promise a guarantee forever.

Buying a Tungsten Carbide Wedding Band Ring

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When you decide to marry, one of the most important decisions will be about your ring. Traditionally, gold, white gold, silver and platinum have been used in wedding bands. But today, the selection of metals is broader, reflecting the change in our tastes and lifestyle. Tungsten carbide is one of the new metals from which jewelry designers have begun to craft wedding band rings, offering a wide variety of styles and designs that fit every taste and budget.

What is Tungsten Carbide?

On its own, tungsten is a very hard and dense metal, with the highest melting point of all metals – 6,100 degrees Fahrenheit. Alone, tungsten is vulnerable to scratches and damage just like any other metal, it gains its extreme hardness by being combined with a carbon alloy, transforming it into tungsten carbide, with a hardness between 8.5 and 9.5 on the Mohs hardness scale. The strength of tungsten carbide has made it widely used for decades in industrial applications – it is four times harder than titanium, twice as hard as steel and almost impossible to scratch. The resulting metal can be designed into wedding band rings that are both visually stunning to please the eye and durable enough to withstand everyday use. These rings can only be damaged through extreme measures, such as abrasion from diamonds or being struck with a hammer.

Choosing Your Tungsten Carbide Wedding Band Ring

Make sure you ask your jeweler which metal was used in the finishing or binding process. Many manufacturers of tungsten carbide wedding band rings use cobalt as a binder, mostly because it is cheaper to produce. The problem with cobalt is that it bonds with oils in the skin and leeches out of the ring resulting in oxidation. The oxidation appears similar to tarnished sliver, but cannot be removed by polishing or grinding. The better choice is nickel-binder tungsten carbide which is chemically inert, will not oxidize and because it is hypoallergenic, there is no danger of irritation to the skin. Be careful about dealing with a jeweler that doesn’t specify that their tungsten wedding bands are made with the nickel binder alloy. Many jewelry stores do not know which alloy they are selling, and if they don’t know, it is most likely cobalt alloy or pure tungsten, which lacks the hardness of tungsten carbide and are easily scratched.

Because of tungsten carbide’s extreme hardness, wedding bands made from this metal cannot be sized like gold, silver or platinum rings. When you are ready to purchase, make sure that you take extra care in determining the proper size. In regards to engraving a tungsten carbide ring, it is possible, but the results will be very faint and difficult to read.

Finally, since your tungsten carbide wedding band ring is not indestructible, it makes sense to get a warranty, especially against breakage. Under normal usage there should be little or no wear on both the polish and the textures of your tungsten carbide wedding band ring and you will never need to use your warranty.

How To Have A Fairytale Wedding On A Sensible Budget

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Congratulations! So now that you both have agreed to take the big step and get married – the excitement of a long and happy life together lays ahead for you both.

So now comes the fun of planning the wedding, the big day, the main event! The most important part of the planning is setting the budget. Did you know the average wedding costs $19,000? So you need to set your budget carefully and stuck to it. If you overrun, even a little, it could cost you thousands of dollars.

Set your budget very carefully – nobody wants to spend every last nickel they have on their wedding yet every couple dreams of the perfect wedding. Gone are the days of parents footing the bill for the wedding, in fact 4 out of 5 couples today pay for their own weddings. So that probably means you are

Fortunately there are many things you can do to have your dream wedding without breaking the bank. But be prepared for the hard sell! Every vendor out there just loves it when a newly engaged girl walks into their store – they start seeing the dollar signs! Make sure you shop around and get at least 3 quotes for each service – you will be surprised how much they vary.

Also do not be afraid to negotiate with the vendors. If you find a florist you just love but they are $1000 more expensive – then talk them. Maybe tell them you just adore their work but they are a little too expensive – ask them what they could do to make the price fit within your budget.

Additionally be very careful when telling any vendor the budget you have for their service. Somehow all the photographers will quote you $1500 when you tell them your budget is $1500! Ask them their price first. If they try to tell you they have many packages ask them what their most popular price point is. It also doesn’t hurt to let it slip that you will be visiting some of their competitors as well!

Finally don’t forget this is supposed to be FUN! Your wedding day WILL be wonderful, sure there will be some hiccups, but trust me, in the end it will go off wonderfully if you just apply a little planning and commonsense.

Enjoy your life together!

Choosing A Live Band Or A DJ – Better Get It Right!

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The live band or DJ that you choose to entertain at your wedding can either enhance your wedding or put a damper on the festivities. It is important to choose a live band or DJ who is capable of ensuring that the guests in attendance are having a great time. A great live band or DJ is able to sense the mood of the crowd and adapt to meet their mood and vibe in order to keep the party moving.

The first thing to consider is whether you want a live band or a DJ to perform at your wedding. There are a couple of things to consider when deciding between a live band or a DJ. The first thing is price. A DJ is likely to cost considerably less than a live band. A DJ is usually just one person or possibly two people while a band usually consists of an average of about five performers. Right there is where you typically see a rise in cost because the fee you see in bands is usually split between quite a few people and therefore higher than the fee for one or two DJs. Next you need to consider selection. Many bands that perform at weddings have a set list that is typically not as long as the list of recorded music that the DJ has on hand. While this may not seem important because there are not many songs played during the wedding it does come into play if guests request individual songs. The other thing to consider is that a DJ is capable of keeping the crowd entertained for the entire duration of the wedding. They usually even play light music while dinner is being served. Bands however usually play approximately 15 minute sets at a time and then take a break which could interrupt the flow of the wedding. When choosing between a band and a DJ it is important to consider these factors and decide which works best for you.

The most important tip for choosing a live band or DJ is to make sure that you have the opportunity to see them perform before you commit to their services. Most live bands and DJs that perform at weddings gain popularity through their performances at other weddings. The best way to find a live band or DJ that will do a great job at your wedding is to use a live band or DJ that you enjoyed at the wedding of a friend or family members.

In choosing a live band or DJ it is imperative that you ensure that your contract specifies the exact names of those who will be performing at your wedding. This is usually not a problem with a live band because they usually have the same members present at all of their performances. DJs on the other hand are a different story. Many DJs become so popular that they are unable to perform at all of their committed parties. In this case a DJ may offer your party to another DJ for a small finder’s fee. In other words the DJ may essential sell the right to perform at your party to another local DJ. Additionally a very popular DJ may also have a number of younger, less experienced DJs that sometimes work for him. If you suspect that this is the case, it is important to make sure that your contract specifies exactly who will be performing at your wedding.

You may find that there are a variety of live bands and DJs available for hire in your area. This could make choosing just one a difficult task. One great way to ensure that you are choosing a good live band or DJ is to seek recommendations from close friends or family members. If you didn’t attend their wedding or don’t remember their entertainment, ask them if they would recommend their live band or DJ. If they do come highly recommended, ask your friend or family member if you can borrow a copy of their wedding video. Pay special attention to the parts of the video where the guests are dancing and decide if you think the live band or DJ might work for your wedding.

Although you may be certain that you wish to hire a particular band or DJ but try to interview at least three to five potential candidates before making your final decision just for comparison. You may find you feel more comfortable with a service provider or that there is another band or DJ that suits your needs better than your previously preferred candidate. Finally, once you make your decision make sure you obtain a detailed contract that specifies all of the details of your wedding as well as all of your expectations.

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A Guide to Hiring Wedding Professionals

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One of the most challenging things about getting married is finding and hiring the wedding vendors. However large or small their roles may be, they will have a significant impact in the overall outcome of your wedding day. Because of this, it is imperative to take your time and follow some very simple steps to ensure you are hiring quality and reputable wedding professionals that you can trust.

As you will soon discover, there is really no shortage of wedding vendors in any given category. The goal is finding the professional that is right for you, not only with product, service and price, but with personality as well. The search for wedding day vendors can begin in a number of places. Knowing where to look and what to look for will assist you in your search. The following are suggestions as to where you may begin the search for your vendors.

Bridal Shows

The greatest value in bridal shows is the opportunity to meet with a large number of wedding vendors and view many products at one time, in one location. There are many categories of vendors represented at the shows, making it an invaluable tool for doing research and for gathering wedding-related information. When you find vendors you particularly interested in, make a note of it and call soon after the show to book a personal one on one appointment.

Ceremony and Reception Location

The locations you select for your wedding day are quite familiar with particular vendors, and usually have a preferred vendor list. The vendors on this list have worked at that site many times before and are familiar with the logistics and rules of the location.

Friends and Family

You will usually get honest no nonsense answers and opinions regarding products and services when you ask married friends and family members (even co-workers) about their own weddings. Ask them about their vendors, the services they used, what they liked and didn’t like, would they hire them again, etc.?

The Internet

The Internet is an easy access, easy to use, anytime resource. You can find a wealth of vendors on the web. Checking out a vendor’s web site can give you a good idea of pricing, packages, and type of work they do before making a personal appointment.

Local Bridal Magazines

Using local wedding magazines and directories can at first seem overwhelming, as there are a large number of advertisements in these publications. You can, however, find excellent vendors in the magazines, but it will take some calling around to acquaint yourself with these vendors.

Wedding Planners/Consultants

Wedding consultants have several pre-established relationships with local vendors. If you are working with a consultant, she should be able to provide you with preferred vendor list. However, if you are not working with a consultant, you can still benefit from this knowledge, as most consultants will share their preferred vendor list with you for a fee.

Conclusion

Once you have made your final decisions, you must get a written contract. Call the vendor to confirm the details and ask for a contract to be sent to you. A contract is the best way of ensuring you and the vendor understand what is expected, as it should outline specifics such as dates, times, names, and types of services/products provided. It will also spell out payment plans, refund and cancellation policies. It behooves you to read and understand the contract. Do not assume you have secured a vendor for your wedding day until you have a contract that is signed by you and the vendor. And finally remember, part of getting the most from a vendor’s service is also being a good client and providing the vendors with the payments and other requested information in a timely manner.

It’s Your Time To Sparkle

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There is no better time to sparkle and shine apart from the crowd than on your wedding day. After all, the day is all about you and the special one you are marrying. The event has been planned for months, the perfect invitations have been sent out to all of your friends and family, and the details have all been set in place. The only thing left to do is make sure that you are feeling healthy, whole, and ready to sparkle on your big day.

So many brides and grooms put so much time, thought, and energy into planning details of the wedding that they forget about the importance of preparing themselves as well. Weeks are spent determining the right location, the color scheme, the flowers, the photography, the special music, the food and refreshments at the reception, and the perfect song for the first dance. These details are all necessary, but nothing is more important than taking time to prepare yourself to sparkle and make it through the day with a smile.

Take time throughout the planning process to be alone and do things that you enjoy. What energizes you and keeps you centered? Whether it is making time for exercise each day or signing up for a relaxing massage, make sure you keep yourself restful and excited. When your wedding day finally arrives you want to be relaxed and feel great so that you can really sparkle and make the most of the day. No one will really remember whether the decorations were mint or lime, but every guest will certainly recall whether the bride and groom looked happy and had a sparkle in their eye or not.

As your big day approaches, do not forget to do things that are good for your body and mind. Prioritize simple things like getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, drinking enough water, and getting exercise. These four things will be keys to ensuring that you sparkle when you say ‘I do.’ There is simply nothing more important than keeping tabs on your health. It can also be helpful to get into the fresh air, to read a great book, or to keep a journal of your thoughts as the weddding approaches. Small things that keep your mind at peace are important for any bride or groom that wants to really sparkle as they begin their new life together.

So take time now to think about what your body and mind needs in the days and weeks ahead. There is no doubt that you will be happy and full of sparkle if you have taken the time to prepare yourself well.

Choosing the Best Wedding Venue

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You’ve found your groom. You’ve bought the perfect dress. You’re expecting a fairytale wedding. Now all you need is the best wedding venue. Having a perfect wedding relies largely on the venue. That’s why you should treat finding a wedding venue as if you are buying a new house. It’s where you will
treat your friends and relatives to the most memorable night of your life.

Here are some tips to help you search for the best wedding venue.

As soon as you arrive at a venue you will automatically have a certain feeling towards it. Trust your instincts. If you feel a certain vibe when you are at the venue then that’s a good start. You will know automatically if a certain venue is not right for you and your wedding. This doesn’t mean that you should
not use logic when choosing a wedding venue. It’s the place where you will exchange vows with the man you love so it has to feel right.

A wedding is a very important event sotake your time when choosing the venue. You should start looking for a venue at least a year before the wedding date. This will give you plenty of time to make the right decisions and change the venue in case something comes up. Don’t rush when choosing a wedding venue. If you give yourself enough time, then you can make the right choice.

The size of the venue is a very important consideration. If the venue is too large, the wedding will loose its intimacy. If it’s too small, it will be cramped and uncomfortable. Of course, the size of your venue depends on the number of your guests. So before looking for a venue you should at least have a rough idea of how many guests you will be inviting. Be as precise as possible. Try to keep the range no higher than 50 people. If you say you are planning for between 150 and 400 guests, expect a disaster.

Don’t forget the dance floor. This is where mistakes are made. If you are dealing with 300 guests, than a 10 by 10 dance floor won’t do. The more guests you have, the larger the dance floor will need to be.

One of the complaints people have when attending a wedding is the lack of parking spaces. Be sure that the wedding venue you choose has enough parking spaces for all your guests. Parking may be a minor consideration, it becomes a major problem when there isn’t enough.

Be sure to ask about the restrictions of the venue, if there are any. Some venues have time restrictions while others will let you party all night long. There are venues with decorations restrictions.There may even be restrictions
about noise so you might not be able to hire a band or bring in a sound system. Check if the wedding venue will allow you to bring your own caterer, florist, decorator, etc.

Have a layout of your wedding. Before choosing a wedding venue, you need a drawn out plan. You need to know where you want guests to sit, where you want the reception area, the dining area, etc. Then see if the venue fits your layout.

Remember, with a well thought out plan, plenty on time, and a little research, finding the best wedding venue can be a piece of cake. Without these components, a nightmare. The choice is easy.

American Wedding Practices

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Living in the US makes one feel free – free to do anything, free to live, free to love, free from traditions. While this is true, there are still many practices done during wedding that renders this memorable event with a distinct American touch. Here are some:

Starting from the engagement, Americans can think of unique ways to personalize their wedding. As there really isn’t any engagement tradition, the more unique the marriage proposal is done, the better.

For most wedding preparations, the engaged couple visits their parents to inform them of their recent engagement.

At times, the engaged couple hosts an engagement party. The engagement party costs less than a wedding reception since most of the time, the menu will only include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Therefore, if the couple is on a tight budget, they can just invite more guests to the engagement party if they plan to limit the number of guests during the wedding.

Most wedding preparations have a bridal shower given by the maid of honor and the bridesmaids. The groom may also have a bachelor party the night before the wedding but he has to be careful not to drink too much.

Wedding invitations should include response cards to quickly inform the couple whether the person has accepted or declined the invitation. The wedding invitations should also be sent within four to six weeks before the event.

Usually, there is a rehearsal dinner in which the wedding party and guests came from far places to be present at the wedding attend. It was practiced that the groom’s parents pay for this dinner.

A bridal luncheon may be hosted for the bride’s attendants during the wedding day. However, time constraints may not permit this to be part of the schedule for the wedding day. Likewise, the groom may also host a groom’s dinner for his groomsmen.

Interestingly, even if the couple is not very religious, they still prefer a religious ceremony. However, this may pose a problem since in America people of different faiths and religious backgrounds get married.

Even if there are few people who believe in bad luck, some couples still make sure that the groom does not see his bride until she starts waking on the aisle.

It is still practiced that the groom and his groomsmen enter the church through a side door. The bride will then walk down the aisle with her father. In some cases when both her father and stepfather brought up the bride, she may ask them both to escort her.

During a formal reception, there is usually a bridal table where the couple and the attendants sit. Also, food and drinks should be served as the guests appear at the reception.

Before, gift giving used to depend on what the guest will feel useful for the couple. Now, it is better to register for gifts so the guests will know what to bring that the couple will need.

Upon receiving an engagement or wedding gift, it is better to send a thank you note apart from saying “thank you” to the giver. This should be sent within two weeks upon receipt of the gift. Make a personalized thank you note, instead of using an impersonal generic thank you note.

These are just some American practices during weddings. Whether one decides on this or prefers to have a very different wedding, what’s more important is that American’s still believe in the wedding vow, “For better or worse, ’til death do us part.”