Archive for March, 2011

Ask the Wedding Babe: Taking Off Your Wedding Ring

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

hey look, it’s the wedding babe! today she’s back to answer another burning reader question. she’s chiming in on the heated debate of when it’s acceptable to remove your wedding ring.

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Something you shouldn’t be doing at the bar.

Q – Is it ever OK to take off my wedding ring?

No.

Just kidding. Here are a few rare occasions during which you may remove your wedding ring without facing the wrath of your wife (AKA, bride of Chucky):

1. Water sports activities, such as swimming, surfing, skiing, jet-skiing, white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, etc. Removing it is better than losing it.
2. Rock climbing.
3. Boxing or wrestling.
4. Lifting weights (if it bothers you).
5. Landscaping or mowing the lawn.
6. Painting the house or staining the deck.
7. Sleeping (again, only if it really bothers you).
8. When it’s being cleaned or resized.
9. While you’re wrestling a rabid grizzly bear.
10. Sorry, that’s it.

Cases in which you absolutely cannot remove your wedding ring:

1. On your honeymoon (unless you’re engaging in water sports – see above).
2. At a bar or club, especially if your wife isn’t with you.
3. On a business trip.
4. Anywhere else.

Each week,  The Wedding Babe answers a popular reader question. If you’d like to submit one for consideration, click here.

In what scenarios do you think it’s acceptable to take off your wedding ring? We’d like to hear from both brides and grooms, so chime in below.

Hip, Unique Wedding Bands for 2011

Monday, March 28th, 2011
celtic wedding bands

Celtic wedding bands for the bride and groom

By Azure Nelson, OneWed.com

2011, the year of the dapper groom, wouldn’t be complete without awesome wedding bling. In the past, stylish guys had very few options when selecting their wedding bands. But today, jewelry designers known for walking on the stylish side have reinvented the once-blah wedding bands marketplace.

Some of the coolest unique wedding bands I’ve seen are from Little King Ltd..  When a jeweler with 40 years experience partners with a Graduate Gemologist, you’ve got to expect great things.  And Little King most definitely delivers.

Just check out these rings. Some are funky, some are edgy, others are traditional, and all of them are gorgeous!  Which wedding bands are just your style?

*Savvy Scoop says- If you still need the rock so you can pop the question, check out Little King’s engagement rings collection. Oh, and the cufflinks are pretty rad too.

Which style of wedding band fits you best? Do you see any rings in the image below that you like? Let us know in the comments section.

Stylish 2011 wedding bands

Stylish groom wedding bands for 2011

What’s “As Good As Gold”?

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

as good as gold

By Michael O’Connor, Jewelry & Style Expert

“As good as gold”, what’s better? Since childhood we’ve known that “as good as gold” indicated the highest level. But were we naïve? When we got older and wanted to show the highest level of financial responsibility, we didn’t want to settle for a mere “gold card”.  By then we learned there was something even better! There was something much more rare, something that showed a purity in our credit rating and showed our persistence and endurance as shoppers and diligent bill payers. We aspired, of course, to a “platinum card”.

This analogy isn’t entirely metaphoric, however, and actually becomes quite relevant as you search for the perfect engagement ring or wedding bands. Here’s why.

L – Platinum and diamond engagement ring by Hearts on Fire R – Platinum and diamond engagement ring and wedding band by Michael M.

Every metal has characteristics that make it “right” for usage in particular items. Titanium for eye-glasses, because it’s lightweight; aluminum for patio furniture, because it can brave the elements but be light enough to move around the pool; and surgical steel for operations, because it’s hypoallergenic. When it comes to jewelry, however, we primarily look to what’s known as “noble metals” (metals that are rare and resistant to corrosion) as being most suitable. Even within this “noble” category however, there are characteristics that make metals just “right”. Let’s take two of the most frequently used metals for engagement rings and wedding bands – platinum and gold. Both are noble, rare and precious, however when used for engagement rings and wedding bands, one metal shows superiority. The superiority has to do with what you need those pieces of jewelry to do.

Men’s platinum wedding band by Gelin Abaci

Men’s platinum wedding band by Gelin Abaci

Engagement rings and wedding bands are exchanged to signify the highest level of relationship – marriage. Therefore, they should be made from something that’s precious, rare and pure. In the hierarchy of metals platinum is more precious and thirty times more rare than gold. Platinum jewelry is usually made of 90-95% pure platinum, while gold at 18K is 75% pure gold and 14K is only 58.5% pure gold. Therefore, from a significance standpoint this makes platinum the more appropriate choice.

Further, engagement rings and wedding bands are given with the expectation that they will be worn every day for life. Therefore, they need to be made from something that will never fade or tarnish, something durable enough to stand up to a lifetime of daily wear, something that is hypoallergenic, and in most cases, something that can hold a precious diamonds or gemstones securely for life.  Again, platinum proves to be most appropriate. Platinum is naturally white and will remain white over time, unlike white gold which is originally yellow but mixed with other metals, then plated over the top to look white. Over time, the white plating on gold will wear, revealing a “less white” color underneath. Platinum will not only stand up better to daily wear but gems held in a platinum setting are more secure because it is virtually indestructible. Finally, because platinum is usually 90-95% pure it will always be hypoallergenic.

Now that we’ve looked at the differences isn’t it time we updated our language to reflect our new knowledge? Let’s replace that old saying with something better. “As good as gold” should really be “perfectly platinum”.

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 begun your engagement ring search? Did this blog post change your thinking on gold vs. platinum? Tell us your story in the comments section below.

Ask the Wedding Babe: Strippers at the Bachelor Party

Monday, March 21st, 2011

after a brief hiatus, the wedding babe returns today to take on another reader question. This week, she gives her thoughts on the consequences of hiding bachelor party strippers from your bride-to-be.

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Do your bachelor party plans include strippers?

Q -  I want strippers at my bachelor party, but my fiancée hates the idea. Should I hide it from her?

Ah, the age-old bachelor party dilemma. You want to celebrate your final days of singledom with poles and tassels, but your fiancée isn’t having it. What’s a guy to do? Although lying to her may seem like the easiest solution, do yourself a favor and don’t. While some guys might think that what happens at the bachelor party stays at the bachelor party, the truth almost always has a way of getting out eventually — and causing you some serious heartache with your fiancée later on. Trust me, it’s much better to let her in on your plans ahead of time, whatever they may be.

Not sure how to broach the subject? Try having a conversation about your bachelor party with her when you’re both relaxed and in a good mood. (Bringing this up when you’re already arguing = bad idea.) Be honest about what kind of bachelor party you have in mind, even if it means a trip to the strip club, and then listen to her feelings on the subject. Maybe she just needs to hear from you that this is all in good fun and that it won’t in any way affect your feelings for her or your impending nuptials. Even if she still hates the idea and you agree to disagree, you’ve laid your cards on the table.

However, if you lie about it and she finds out later (which is usually inevitable), be prepared to deal with the pre-wedding firestorm. We’ve all heard the horror stories of weddings being called off at the last minute because of this exact situation. Don’t let this happen to you. If you lie about the bachelor party, she may wonder what else you’ll lie about once you’re married. The best policy is to be honest and keep the peace.

Each week,  The Wedding Babe answers a popular reader question. If you’d like to submit one for consideration, click here.

Do your bachelor party plans involve strippers? Are you going to be telling your fiancée about them? Share your story in the comments section below.

Turn Your Groomsmen Into Bobbling Heads

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Have you been looking for that one-of-a-kind groomsmen gift that will have everyone turning bobbling their heads? Custom bobblehead dolls from our friends at 1MiniMe.com might be just what you’re looking for. These durable statues are just like the one’s you’ve seen for your favorite baseball or football player –except YOU get to design them.

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Custom bobbleheads from 1MiniMe.com

Custom bobbleheads from our friends at 1MiniMe.com give you the power to completely customize a handmade bobblehead figure to match the likeness of the recipient. In other words, you can really emphasize those giant foreheads and noses that make your buddies so unique. There are over 500 different models to start with and you can even select the clothes and figure’s position. So if you can’t match these up to perfection, maybe it’s time to find some new friends. Learn more about how the process works here.

If you think bobbleheads are best reserved for athletes and rock stars, perhaps a custom portrait fits you better. These babies work for your wedding party, but also make excellent thank-you gifts for parents or even a wedding-day gift for the bride. The process starts with a photo of the recipient. From there, the artists at 1PaintMe.com draw the face from scratch (no copy/pasting). The finalized canvas is mounted on a thick wooden wall and arrives to you ready to hang. For added customization, you can even choose to have the recipient’s face drawn onto Superman’s body. Check out popular models here.

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Custom portraits from 1PaintMe.com

Express shipping is available for both the bobbleheads and paintings, so don’t fret if you’ve waited until the last minute. Furthermore, customer satisfaction is of the utmost importance, so orders don’t ship until you’re 100% satisfied. And no, they won’t be annoyed if you want to tinker with your designs 100 times before finalizing. What more could you ask for?

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What stand-out characteristics would your Best Man’s bobblehead feature? Big nose? Gigantic forehead? Let us know in the comments section below!

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