‘Ol Matt Foley took some time away from his van to toast this couple on their wedding day. Enjoy!
‘Ol Matt Foley took some time away from his van to toast this couple on their wedding day. Enjoy!
By Michael O’Connor, Jewelry & Style Expert
When the time comes to take the big step in your relationship and ask your girlfriend to become your wife, there are two things that strike panic in even the coolest of guys – buying the ring and creating the proposal. The two actually have a lot in common. Both are not done every day, both require a lot of research and planning and both can either leave you feeling like you’re king of the world, or a complete idiot!
Wouldn’t it be great if you could just Google the word ‘proposals’ and get a list of companies who could do it for you – professionals who specialize in learning her likes, understanding what she wants, buying the perfect ring within your budget and creating the most romantic proposal that would be the subject family stories and folklore for generations? Well wake up! That doesn’t exist and it’s up to you to get it right. No wonder you’re panicked!
Fortunately, getting these elements right doesn’t have to be complicated. All it takes is a little knowledge. If you’ve already started to research the engagement ring you’ve already heard about the 4 C’s. Well, for the proposal elements think about it as the 4 P’s: Planning, Preferences, Platinum, Perfection. You might even say, “planning her preferences predicts platinum perfection” as a way to remember.
When buying an engagement ring it’s important that you are planning to deal with a reputable jeweler who will work within your budget and give you the best information. You’ll need to understand her preferences. An engagement ring is the most emotional and important pieces of jewelry that she will ever receive. It’s something she’s been dreaming about since she was six years old. Therefore, it has to be perfect – the best. For this, you’ll need to make sure that it matches her style and contains the best elements – a quality diamond, and more importantly, a quality setting. Platinum is the only answer to that. We all know platinum is “the best”. Platinum jewelry is more pure than most other precious jewelry, being 90% – 95% pure platinum. Also, platinum is more rare than most other precious metal jewelry, being 30 times more rare than gold. Most importantly for her (and for your piece of mind) platinum is a durable metal, able to stand the test of time by not wearing down like other precious metals, holding your diamond securely and creating a piece that demonstrates you feelings to perfection.
When creating the proposal you need to think about planning the right place and time. You’ll need to think about her preferences. Would she prefer a grand and public proposal or something more romantic and intimate? Whichever her preference you’ll want to make it a “platinum experience”, meaning the best experience for her. These are the elements that will create a story of perfection that will be told over and over throughout your lives.
Sure, “Professional Proposers” might be a great business opportunity someday, however, in the meantime, guys are fortunate to have websites like The Man Registry to help guide them through steps like the proposal, and sites like PreciousPlatinum.com to help them select the perfect ring for her.
Michael O’Connor is one of America’s leading voices on jewelry, style and accessories and has become the “go-to” resource for editors and producers seeking information on current trends and celebrity information. O’Connor as been involved in the luxury, jewelry and fashion industries in a career that spans over 25 years. Connect with Michael on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.
Have you researched stones or settings more? Which are you focusing more on during your buying process? Tell us in the comment section below.
Special guest blogger David Tutera™ drops by to tell our grooms why platinum weddings bands are the way to go
The Diamond’s Security
David says: If you choose a platinum setting, it’s like having the ultimate safety clasp for your diamond. Platinum settings are more durable, more resilient, and will hold your precious diamond more securely than any other metal.
David says: For a ring you wear every day, choose something that’s resistant to life’s wear and tear. With platinum you can rest assured your bumps and bangs won’t result in significant metal lost – making it a smart choice for his and hers wedding bands.
Key Differences of Platinum vs. White Gold
David says: Buy a white setting that will actually stay white. Unlike white gold, platinum is naturally white and doesn’t change color or need replating. As an added benefit, platinum settings actually enhance the brilliance of your center stone.
David says: Propose with personality. Make it echo something meaningful to your relationship with one another and do it in a place that highlights your love story. That way you will be able to cherish and share it for years to come.
David says: Matching your ring metals makes the most sense. For the bride, both the engagement ring and wedding band should harmonize aesthetically and in terms of how they endure together over the years. For the groom, when he chooses platinum for his wedding band he can rest assured his band will stand the test of time – just as his relationship will.
David says: Choose a setting that truly reflects how you feel about your partner. Platinum is definitely the premium…it’s a mark of the deepest and most enduring relationships making it everlasting.
David says: Do you love your favorite celebrities’ platinum engagement ring but know it’s unrealistic for most budgets? Don’t forego your fantasy so fast! Designers have gotten creative and have endless options so you can have the high quality of platinum without the high price tag.
David says: Do you have sensitive skin? If the setting contains any alloys (as white gold does) it can cause skin reactions. Platinum is 95% pure and hypo-allergenic making it perfect for all skin types.
What are your thoughts on platinum wedding bands? Post comments below:
As a big fan of the WWF of the late 80′s, this news is bittersweet: Randy Savage, aka “The Macho Man,” has tied the knot for the 2nd time – this time to Lynn Collins. Savage, who is still active in the wrestling community, is said to have found the love of his life again. The bittersweet part is that I always wished he would grow old with Miss Elizabeth. Sadly, she died of a drug overdose in 2003.
One thing is for sure, I need to find a Slim Jim ASAP.
By Guest Blogger Gary McSwain of SouthCarolinaMemories.com
South Carolina has some of the most beautiful beaches and saying your vows with the feel of the ocean breeze and the sound of breaking waves can make memories to last a lifetime. Since an outdoor wedding has many considerations, we have compiled a list of tips from brides who have said “I Do” along the coast of South Carolina.
Location – Popular Hilton Head Island beach wedding locations are Sea Pines, Shipyard Plantation, Palmetto Dunes and Daufuskie Island. Popular Charleston beach wedding locations are Edisto Beach, Kiawah Island, Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms. Popular Myrtle Beach beach wedding locations are Pawleys Island, Garden City, Surfside Beach and North Myrtle Beach. All of these locations have areas that would make for a lovely ceremony. Many local facilities specialize in beach weddings and have the expertise to handle every consideration to make your ceremony go as you have always dreamed of including tide charts, required permits, decorating and music restrictions.
Weather – There is an element of risk with an outdoor wedding and many brides have said the best way to take the fear out of what the weather may do is to have a backup plan. This will put you, your wedding party and your guests at ease, so communicate it with your invitations and let them know that you have an alternative in case of inclement weather.
Time of Day – It is a good idea to consider a morning or late afternoon ceremony when the heat is not as intense, or to plan the wedding for a cooler spring or fall month. Since beaches are open to the public, these times usually have fewer people around which can reduce the level of distraction for the ceremony. And make sure you rehearse the positioning of the wedding party relative to the sun so that no one has the glare in their eyes.
Attire – Dresses that flow beautifully indoors can be ruined in a beach wedding because of contact with the ground so keep that in mind when selecting your dress. Shoes can work if they are low or no heel, especially if carpet is placed on the sand for the wedding party to stand on. If the ceremony is actually on the sand, consider wearing flip flops or sandals, but be careful of going barefoot so bugs don’t distract you. Wind is also a factor to consider with deciding to have a veil since a breezy day could break your concentration if you have to hold down the veil when the wind blows.
Expense – Beach weddings can offer a lower cost approach if you let the ambiance and views provide your natural decorations. You can have the ceremony and reception at the same place which saves expense and travel time which can be a great convenience for out of town guests who may not be familiar with the area.
Food – Special consideration has to be paid to the reception food to make sure that bugs do not interfere and that the wedding cake does not melt, so selecting a caterer that has beach wedding experience is almost a necessity. Some of your guests can pitch in to assist in keeping birds away.
With careful planning your South Carolina beach wedding can be a beautiful and enjoyable experience for you, your wedding party and your guests to remember for a lifetime!