Posts Tagged ‘Holiday Proposals’

Make Your Holiday Proposal Rich With Meaning

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

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The holidays are one of the most popular times of the year for engagements. In fact, there may be no time of year as perfect for popping the question. The crisp air, the beauty of falling snow and the twinkling lights provide the most romantic backdrop for a proposal. And it’s also usually a time when families get together, making the engagement announcement memorable. But even the most creative holiday proposal can be derailed by an engagement ring that doesn’t “wow” her.

These days, according to The Knot, almost 2/3 of brides are involved in some way with the ring purchase, but her focus is aimed primarily on the style of the ring. There are two more elements that you need to think about when choosing a ring so it will have visual appeal and be emotionally charged: quality and meaning.

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1/2 ct Halo Diamond Engagement Ring from LVE

To ensure quality in any product, it’s always wise to seek out a trusted leader in any field. This is even more vital when it comes to something as important as a diamond engagement ring. One of those leaders is LVE™ Diamonds, a part of Schachter & Co, the leading producer of fine diamonds in the world . The company’s founder, Leo Schachter, originated some of today’s most popular and brightest diamond cuts.  As a testimony to this precision, each LVE round-brilliant diamond is certified by the American Gem Society, as “AGS Triple Zero”, the highest grade for cut, polish and symmetry. LVE fancy shape diamonds are accompanied by a GIA report supporting their quality.

Every piece of LVE beautifully designed diamond jewelry is the culmination of passion and craftsmanship, achieved with the experience of four generations of artisans. When it comes to symbolizing meaning in an engagement ring or wedding band, LVE designs include an iconic thread, the symbol of the brand.  This proprietary design element is something you will not find in any other piece of jewelry and it represents a couple’s unique voyage together.

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Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring from LVE

For the most romantic backdrop for your proposal, think about the holidays. If you want her to have a sparkling engagement ring of impeccable quality that wows, look no further than LVE Diamonds. To see a full selection of styles visit http://www.lvediamonds.com.

About the author: 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 Facebook and Twitter.

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5 Holiday Season Proposal Tips

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
A beautiful handmade Christmas tree ornament that asks if she'll marry you.

Photo courtesy of Little Wee Etsy Shop

Thinking about popping the question this holiday season? You’re not alone. According to national statistics, about 1/3 of couples get engaged around the holidays. If you’re planning your proposal now, here are a few tips for nailing it.

1. Plan ahead. While it may seem right to spontaneously ask her to marry you while you’re binge-watching “Homeland” together, she’ll appreciate it even more if she can tell you put some serious thought into your proposal ahead of time. Also make sure to sketch out a schedule of events beforehand to ensure that everything comes together as planned. She’ll be telling your engagement story over and over again, so make sure it’s a good one.

2. Make it about both of you. Love flying? You might think about popping the question during a helicopter ride. But is it her thing, too? If she’d just be going along for the ride, consider something that’s important to both of you instead. For example, if you both love wine tasting or cycling, think about ways to incorporate shared interests into your proposal.

3. Use the season for inspiration. If you’re not quite sure how or where to pop the question, use the season for cues. For example, if you both love hitting the ice skating rink, a favorite sledding hill or local holiday light display together, consider using one of these locations for your proposal. Incorporating nostalgia is another good option. Choosing the joint where the two of you shared your first cup of hot cocoa together could be the perfect, memorable proposal spot.

4. Add some bling. Including a ring in your proposal makes it official. Whether you propose with a diamond, sapphire, topaz, pearl, a simple band or even a placeholder ring until you can go ring shopping together — whatever makes most sense for her — she’ll know you mean business.

5. Include her loved ones. Really knock your proposal out of the park by incorporating her closest friends and family into this special moment. Consider enlisting a sibling to secretly lure her to the proposal location or size up her dream ring beforehand, or arrange to have her nearest and dearest meet you at a nearby bar for a celebratory drink afterward.

How do you plan to pop the question this winter?

 

Will You Marry Me This Christmas?

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Well, millions of Americans each year express their holiday spirit by giving their hearts to that special someone. This year many soon to be grooms are turning to the web for that ‘special engagement ring’, over a traditional jewelry store.

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Amidst all this, some men also think about popping that life-changing question: ‘Will you marry me’? This is one of the most important purchases you will make, as well as one of the most expensive, and you need to keep several issues in mind when making your decision. Everyone’s checklist is different, but these basic concerns will insure that you do not leave out any major considerations.

6 Crucial Tips for Online Diamond Buying

Convenience can quickly turn to confusion if you are not adequately prepared so here are a few essential tips to help guide you through the diamond buying process.
•    Don’t Be Passive
•    Cut to the Chase- Prioritizing the Four Cs
•    Buy Shy of 1 Carat
•    Smoke in Mirrors
•    Go With Your Gut
•    The Devil is in the Details

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Giving Her Your Heart In More Ways Than One

One such online e-tailer, WhiteFlash.com, might be your best bet to visit when looking for a high quality certified diamond engagement ring online at an amazing price. As a trailblazer in providing some of the best craftsmanship, selection and assurance to online diamond shoppers, WhiteFlash’s site does your homework for you thus making it a dependable destination and resources guide. For a completely unique look Whiteflash offers their own Superideal Cut Hearts and Arrows Diamond brand known as Whiteflash A Cut Above®.  With their selection of more than 30,000 diamonds and over 40 unique settings men can create a staggering array of engagement ring combinations. A Cut Above remains the onlyHearts and Arrow diamond with advertised standards and a guarantee of true Hearts and Arrows patterning. Each A Cut Above is faithfully cut so that all 57 facets line up perfectly with their opposites.
The key to coming out of the process feeling completely satisfied, and secure in your purchase, is to shop around and find an online site that offers a wide selection, informative staff and, most importantly, a reputation of standing behind their product.  No matter which type of engagement ring you ultimately buy, by following certain tasks and approaching the purchase in an educated fashion, you will be pleased with an investment that will grow in value just as your love continues to grow throughout your marriage.

Holiday Season Wedding Proposals: Be Prepared, Grooms

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Did you know: Approximately one-third of the 2.3 million annual engagements occur in November and December, making it the most popular time of year for engagement proposals.

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What is the ultimate Holiday Gift for a single gal? Well, millions of Americans each year express their holiday spirit by giving their hearts to that special someone. The heart is priceless, but the ring definitely has a hefty price tag which makes it the ultimate Holiday gift. This year especially, more men, who are looking for that ‘special ring’, will choose the Internet over a traditional jewelry store.

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6 Crucial Tips for Online Diamond Buying
The convenience and sheer volume of selection is perhaps the biggest draw for men who surf the net looking for an engagement ring.  Convenience can quickly turn to confusion if you are not adequately prepared so; we have compiled some essential tips to help guide you through the process.

•    Don’t Be Passive: With simple research, a few clicks of the mouse and a bit of time, you can gather all of this information you need to become an empowered shopper—Take control of your buying experience.

•    Cut to the Chase- Prioritizing the Four Cs: A loose diamond has four major characteristics – cut, color, clarity, and carat weight, known as the Four Cs. These characteristics determine the diamond’s performance and value. All are important. Many diamonds are beautiful and all diamonds sparkle well in bright jewelry store lights. But, the cut determines diamond performance and light return outside of a jewelry store. Some diamond sites claim true hearts and arrows, but to get great and consistent performance you need a mathematically consistent set of criteria to cut by.

•    Buy Shy of 1 Carat: Diamond prices jump at the carat and half-carat marks, so try to buy just shy of these levels. For example, instead of a 1 carat, look for a .95. You’ll save some money, and the slight size difference will not be visible.

•    Smoke in Mirrors: As color and clarity grades improve, diamond prices increase. However, above certain color and clarity grades the human eye cannot detect these subtle differences. In effect, you’re paying for something that you can’t see, not unlike paying someone to paint the underside of your house. For example, to achieve the best value, consider a near-colorless instead of a colorless diamond or a VS2 (Very Slightly Included) clarity grade as opposed to a Flawless clarity grade.

•    Go With Your Gut:  If it sounds too good to be true buyer BEWARE! All diamonds are not created equal. Insist that your diamond have an independent grading report. Labs which get very high kudos are GIA (Gemological Institute of America) or AGS (American Gem Society). The AGS and GIA have gotten the ‘housekeeping’ brand of approval by the diamond industry.  Diamonds accompanied by these grading reports are the most highly valued in the industry, as their quality is considered guaranteed. Add the Fifth “C” –CAUTION to your diamond buying experience.

•    The Devil is in the Details: Finally, and probably most importantly, know the return/exchange policy beforehand of the e-tailer that you choose to do business with.

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Not seeing exactly what you are looking for on the site you have chosen? Well, one of the growing trends for many husbands-to-be is to find a company that allows you to design your own ring.  The customization option that some traditional brick and mortar retailers offer has spilled over to the online retail community thus increasing the personalized aspect of buying online.

One such e-tailer, WhiteFlash.com, might be your best bet to visit when looking for a high quality certified diamond engagement ring online. As a trailblazer in providing some of the best craftsmanship, selection and assurance to online diamond shoppers, WhiteFlash’s site does your homework for you thus making it a dependable destination and resources guide. The company’s heralded site helps shoppers through the process by offering extensive and interactive education tools. Still confused? WhiteFlash.com goes the extra step of allowing potential buyers to connect with their highly knowledgeable diamond and jewelry experts who are available to answer individual questions through a personal consultation over the phone or via email. This nod to impeccable and seamless service will definitely take the jitters out of purchasing high ticket items over the web.

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Giving Her Your Heart In More Ways Than One
For a completely unique look Whiteflash offers their own Superideal Cut Hearts and Arrows Diamond brand known as Whiteflash A Cut Above®.  With their selection of more than 30,000 diamonds and over 40 unique settings men can create a staggering array of engagement ring combinations. A Cut Above remains the only Hearts and Arrow diamond with advertised standards and a guarantee of true Hearts and Arrows patterning. Each A Cut Above is faithfully cut so that all 57 facets line up perfectly with their opposites.

Just like the proposal, the engagement ring is a very personal and intimate reflection of the couple’s personality. The key to coming out of the process feeling completely satisfied, and secure in your purchase, is to shop around and find an online site that offers a wide selection, informative staff and, most importantly, a reputation of standing behind their product.  After all, the only surprise should be the look on that special lady’s face when she sees the fruits of your labor.

Should an Engagement Ring Really Be a Christmas Surprise?

Monday, December 7th, 2009

It always looks good in the commercials. The unsuspecting girl opens just one last gift and surprise, surprise, it’s an engagement ring! She cries, hugs the guy and they live happily ever after.

Christmas proposals make a great story, but do they add to the holiday stress?

Christmas proposals make a great story, but do they add to the holiday stress?

Except, I don’t think it always works out that way. Despite what the commercials tell us, the holidays can actually be pretty stressful. The last thing you want is to hear “Yes, I’ll marry you, now can you please put your coat on, we were due at my mom’s an hour ago, then we have to get to your stepmother’s.” Adding the stress of a surprise proposal and the commencement of wedding planning in with normal holiday stress might make things a little less merry than you like. Consider really surprising her and proposing a few days ahead of time. Make the announcement of the engagement the holiday surprise.

In addition to serving as OneWed’s VP of Marketing, Jennifer Napier is a guest contributor to the GroomsAdvice blog offering a little local flavor for the grooms. You can connect with Jennifer on Google+ and Twitter.

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