Archive for the ‘Proposals + Rings’ Category

Let Little Bird Be Your Engagement Ring Shopping Wingman

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

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If you’ve watched any football or baseball playoff games over the last month, you’re probably aware that something called “engagement season” is upon us. It’s the time of year where jewelers launch marketing campaigns targeting men who may be thinking of popping the question over the holidays. These ads often make the engagement ring shopping process seem like a breeze. The truth is, however, that it rarely is. It can be a daunting task if you’re going at it alone — which is where having a helpful little bird can come in handy.

We hire accountants, real estate agents and wedding planners to assist with some of life’s biggest moments — why should the engagement ring purchase be any different? This is where Little Bird Engagement Ring Consultant comes in. Little Bird’s co-founders, Danielle and Lia, are diamond and style experts who have guided men all over the world through the complex process of engagement ring shopping. The last thing you want to do is make an expensive mistake, so Little Bird is very thorough in their process. They take the time to get to know you, help design the ideal ring and find it at the best price. They’ll save you countless hours of research time, meet your proposal deadline and save you money. What’s not to love?

OBB Lia in the field

Little Bird’s Lia in action

Here are Little Bird’s top three tips for guys thinking about popping the question this holiday season:

1. Please, please get started early. Did you know that 33% of engagements happened on Christmas Eve last year? That means that there are thousands upon thousands of people shopping for rings between September and December. As you can imagine, things get pretty crazy. Prices jump, good options get snapped up and inventory starts to dwindle as the months go by.

2. Give yourself time to do your research. Every diamond is slightly different, but you can do some sleuthing and figure out equivalent prices for a diamond with similar characteristics to the one you have your eye on. Have this knowledge ahead of time so when you see a ring you really like you have the confidence to act quickly. Keep in mind that inventory turns over very quickly this time of year. If you’re looking at an exceptional diamond, you can bet you’re not the only one.

3. Don’t feel bad if you’re confused or overwhelmed by the amount of diamond info out there. We built up our level of expertise over years of industry experience and had to spend months at the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) to absorb the vast amount of detail that goes into analyzing a diamond. The average guy can’t be expected to teach himself all this in a few weeks before he goes shopping. That’s why you want an engagement ring consultant. Little Bird’s experts guide you through the process and educate you specifically on the subjects that are most relevant to your search. You don’t have to get a gemology degree to get a great ring for a stellar price.

For more advice on the best way to shop for an engagement ring, connect with Little Bird on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. They also have an amazing blog full of photos and inspiration!

And They Lived Camo-ly Ever After

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Deluxe camouflage wedding ring for the groom designed by Kingsfield. Available at Camo Ever AfterIs it coincidence that the fall wedding season overlaps with the kickoff of hunting season? We think not. We’re huge supporters of grooms incorporating hobbies into the wedding — especially when it comes to the love of the great outdoors. Whether you’re a hunter, shooting enthusiast or just a good ‘ol country boy, you’ll love the collection of camo wedding bands we recently discovered on CamoEverAfter.com.

Camo Ever After boasts an impressive collection of quality-crafted, handsome camo rings designed with the outdoorsman in mind. You can sort rings by style, price and brand to find the perfect match for your personality. The collection is crafted here in the good ‘ol US of A from a variety of durable metals including cobalt, titanium and tungsten. This provides the guarantee of long-lasting quality in addition to a handsome look that the bride will love too.

Buying your wedding band can be a stressful process. You are, after all, committing to a ring that you’ll wear for the rest of your life. Because of this, Camo Ever After’s jewelry experts have also created a series of helpful guides on nailing the correct fit and size so you don’t have to mess with adjustments after the big day. They also have a lowest price guarantee that beats any competitor’s rate by $5. Their rings may be camouflage but there’s no hiding the fact that a visit to Camo Ever After is well worth your time.

Is your groom a lover of the great outdoors? Check out this handsome camo ring from Camo Ever After

Shop hundreds of camo wedding rings at CamoEverAfter.com

Connect with Camo Ever After on their Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages. They also have a blog that’s chock-full of valuable wedding advice and creative ideas for both the bride and groom. Happy hunting!

The Best of the Web for Grooms – August 28, 2015

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Want to create the ultimate wedding video? If you’re a habitual one-upper, you’ll have your work cut out for you after seeing this. These newlyweds managed an impressive feat by recording an 8-minute group dance video with their 250 reception guests — all in a single take.

PrimeStyle offers a wide selection of popular engagement rings, wedding sets and men's bands with lifetime warranty and free returns within 30 days.

Looking for an engagement ring or wedding band that won’t break the bank? We recently discovered PrimeStyle, a diamond jewelry manufacturer that eliminates the middle man and sells direct to customers at prices up to 50-78 percent off retail with free U.S. shipping. PrimeStyle offers a wide selection of popular engagement rings, wedding sets and men’s bands with a lifetime warranty and free returns within 30 days.

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Who says flower girls have to be under the age of 10? If you’re looking for a unique way to incorporate special family members in your wedding ceremony, this may be the best idea we’ve seen. Instead of simply being escorted down the aisle, these two adorable grandmothers had a ball taking on the flower girl role.

You'll be the MVP of the tailgate with this handy 2-in-1 engraved NFL team money clip bottle opener.

Want to be the MVP of the tailgate? Vow to never go searching for a bottle opener again with this handy 2-in-1 engraved NFL team money clip bottle opener.

Feel like you just have to get in a good workout on the wedding day? You’re not alone. This Norwegian groom, who met his bride on the water, swam across a fjord to make his grand entrance at their ceremony.

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Great Scott! This “Back to the Future” Engagement Photo is Heavy

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Normal engagement photos? Where we’re going, we don’t need normal engagement photos. After Alec popped the question with a “Halloween”-themed proposal in honor of Katherine’s favorite movie, it was decided that their engagement photos would honor his. The epic announcement beautifully recreates the poster for the original “Back to the Future.” Photographer Ricky Middlesworth nailed all of the details (and it doesn’t hurt that the groom-to-be bears a strong resemblance to Michael J. Fox circa 1985). All in all, it’s a great showcase on how couples can incorporate their interests into the wedding in fun and creative ways.

Back to the Future Engagement Photo

H/T to Imgur.

Which film would you recreate for your engagement photos? Let us know in the comments.

The Best of the Web for Grooms – April 17, 2015

Friday, April 17th, 2015

This couple got an epic surprise when the bride’s parents arranged for the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile to make an appearance at their wedding.

Best wedding transportation ever? One Columbus, Ohio, couple got an epic surprise when the bride’s parents arranged for the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile to make an appearance at their wedding. Sporting flowers, tulle, a garland of mustard and ketchup bottles and a “Just Linked” sign, the famous Weinermobile arrived to take the bride to the ceremony and reception venue, and stayed afterward for photos with the guests and wedding party. First spied here.

SOAL lets you hear the stories behind your photos, such as how you met your bride, asked for her dad’s permission, an audio guestbook and more.

We recently discovered a fun way to add audio to your wedding photos via a free iPhone app called SOAL (short for “sounds of a lifetime”). Use the voice archiving app to record a voice or sound, attach it to a photo, tag a caption and theme, and automatically save it in your timeline. SOAL lets you hear the stories behind your photos, such as how you met your bride, asked for her dad’s permission, your engagement, stories about each groomsman, your vows, the best man speech, first dance song, an audio guestbook, and more. SOAL recordings can be posted to Twitter or Facebook, or shared via “Soal2Soal” messaging, email and SMS.

These handsome custom cutting boards from Black Canyon Woodworks make a great one-of-a-kind wedding gift.

Looking for a one-of-a-kind wedding gift? Check out the handsome custom cutting boards from Black Canyon Woodworks. You can design your own cutting board by adding personalized text and choosing from a variety of hard woods, including hard rock maple, cherry, walnut and mahogany. Each hand-sanded piece is conditioned to provide a durable finish and bring out shine.

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Planning to surprise your significant other with an amazing wedding proposal? More importantly, want to do it on TV? If so, nominate yourself or someone you know to be cast in “Anything Can Happen,” a new major network show from Simon Fuller, the creator of “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance”. To apply, email danny[at]kasstinginc.com with the nominee’s name, phone number, email address and a brief description.

Citizen’s e-Cigars offer the flavor of a cigar without the smoke or mess for your bachelor party or wedding reception..

Want to spice up your bachelor party without stinking up the joint? Citizen’s e-Cigars offer the flavor of a cigar without the smoke or mess. Containing only four ingredients individually approved by the FDA and ranked as food-grade quality, the e-cigars simulate a stogie by producing an alluring vapor resembling smoke.

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