Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The perfect proposal is something which is expected by all women. The venue has to be right, the mood has to be right and the ring certainly has to be perfect. There is a lot of pressure put on men to delivery this to the woman they love, however this can be made easy with the investment of an antique engagement ring. If the ring is right then everything else will fall into place, and your partner is guaranteed to fall in love with an antique gem.

Antique engagement rings have become increasingly popular with brides over the last few years and they will continue to do so. There is something romantic and unusual about the ring having a past and carrying on this story is something which people cherish. Someone else will have been on the same journey and worn this ring for a lifetime, and somehow along the way it has ended up with you. The fact that antique jewellery is pre-owned can in fact put people off even considering it, however if it has been well cared for and maintained it will last you many years of happiness.


The fact the ring has been worn by someone else sometimes makes people presume the quality and condition won’t be as good as a modern high street bought ring, however an antique piece will never lose beauty with age. If you buy a ring for your partner and you think they will be unhappy with the condition there is always the option of having it restored. This may add a few unexpected costs, however the ring will look brand new and still keep its beautiful unique design.

The uniqueness of antique engagement rings is definitely one of their top qualities and you won’t find anything similar on the high street. Antique ring designs are sometimes reproduced, however the quality won’t be as good and it won’t be something special, so don’t be fooled by the cheaper prices. With something as special as an engagement the ring should be a unique piece to the bride as it was a unique and once in a lifetime moment for the relationship. With an antique ring your bride will never come across another person wearing the same piece, and this is something everyone looks for in a ring which they will wear forever. The unique piece you choose will guarantee you to get the answer you are hoping for and your partner will have a beautiful ring to wear forever.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Meticulous planning, a carefully set up venue and an energetic, on-the-ball host are just a few of the ingredients needed to make the perfect garden party. Regardless of the occasion, time of year or weather forecast, there is nothing to stop you throwing an incredible British garden party. Here are six tips to help you do just that.

1. The Marquee
The focal point of any luxurious al fresco gathering, the marquee requires careful consideration. For semi-formal or formal gatherings or any event where you’ll be serving food it is sensible to enlist the help of a local professional marquee company, such as Umbravilia. They will be able to offer you advice on seating arrangements, decorations and how to make the most out of your space.
More casual events will also benefit from a marquee of some shape or size. Smaller varieties are ideal for providing cover for the BBQ and food and drink station although it is always advisable providing some sort of cover for your guests. If the garden venue is too small to hold a marquee make sure there is ample space inside for your guests in case the weather takes a turn for the worse!
2. Food
Food is an essential part of any garden party, particularly if you plan on your guests enjoying a glass or two. Even if alcohol is not going to feature at your get together, food of some sort is vital for the party’s longevity.
Formal celebrations, such as birthday, engagement and wedding parties are often best served by a catering company. This removes the stress of having to prepare huge quantities of food at time when you should be making yourself beautiful and adding the finishing touches to the party’s décor. Caterers offer a range of plans depending on your budget, from canapés to silver service.
On the other hand, finger food or a homemade buffet may well suffice for smaller or less formal celebrations. If you do opt to self-cater, choose season specific nibbles and offer a range of starters, mains and desserts.
3. Drink
Self-service bars are a great idea for any garden party. Not only will you save money on hiring bar staff, it gives guests an opportunity to mingle whilst creating drinks. Ensure the bar is fully stocked with beers, wines and spirits alongside a good selection of soft drinks. The latter is particularly important and shows you have really thought about the needs of your guests.
Opting for plastic glasses is sensible, particularly if you plan on hosting a lively soiree. Other things to consider stocking in plentiful supply are ice cubes, fruit (particularly for summer parties – think Pimms!) and buckets for hosting bottled drinks around the venue.
4. Music
Putting your iTunes collection on shuffle isn’t going to cut it if you wish to create a great atmosphere at your party. Think carefully about the guests you are catering for and piece together a playlist accordingly. If your party has a theme, ensure the playlist matches. There are lots of ready-made playlists on sites like YouTube to help you save time.
5. Entertainment
Formal and semi-formal occasions are often enhanced by hiring professional entertainment. Traditional ideas include magicians, croupiers or cocktail makers although don’t be afraid to get creative. Again, consider your audience and the sorts of things that will appeal to their idea of fun.
Planned entertainment might not be necessary at every garden party; particularly for groups of already close friends. Having one or two games up your sleeve in case things aren’t quite as swinging as you had planned is never a bad idea.
6. Décor
Finally, don’t underestimate how much the décor can affect the atmosphere at your party. It also shows your guests that you have put a great deal of thought and effort into the party. Pick a colour scheme that suits your theme, if you have one, and keep things stylish but relatively simple. Candles, napkins and table clothes should all match your colour scheme, which should consist of no more than two colours.
Things to consider when planning the décor include plants and flowers, lighting (essential if your party is going to extend into the night) and navigation. Ensure your guests can easily identify the way into your garden party along with the way to the drinks, food and restrooms. 

Monday, 1 December 2014

Same sex-couples in America have finally gained the right to marry after years of struggle. But along with marriage rights, one will also start seeing divorce cases featuring same sex couples in the news soon. It may not sound romantic and especially when the freedom to marry has come after such a long time. But divorce attorneys say that to forego a pre-nuptial agreement and marry without one would be a completely illogical option for couples.


Lois Liberman, a divorce attorney based in New York, says that since many same-sex couples have been living together for years now before the marriage rights became valid, it makes perfect sense to have a pre-nup in order before walking down the marriage route. A pre-nup will only make it easier for such couples to share assets in a cordial fashion without any animosity. Liberman herself says that she recommends such a step to all same sex-couples who she knows.

Law will not consider live-in years

An important reason for a pre-nuptial is that in the event of a separation, divorce, or death, the current existing law will not take into account all the years of living together that the couple has put in. Though Liberman agrees that talking about divorces or death may seem like an unnecessarily morbid thing especially when same-sex couples are only just celebrating their right to marry their partners for life, she says that an agreement is an essential tool and can help gay couples circumnavigate the pitfalls of the law in the event something bad happens.

Child custody can also be discussed

Another family attorney – Kathy Harmon from Indianapolis – says that a pre-nup is advisable for all those gay couples who had been in a relationship before the law change occurred and who may have assets to protect. The pre-nup can have detailed agreements on how the assets the couple has acquired together should be divided in the case of a divorce.

Many same-sex couples also have adopted children and believe that child will not be affected by their life status, or perhaps have biological children of their own. The pre-nup can also take this into account and answer important questions about how the custody of the child should be divided between the parents. If the child was born or adopted before the couple's marriage was finalized, then the pre-nup agreement about sharing the child's responsibility makes complete sense in the long run.

A pre-nup is a fantastic idea for couples

Heterosexual couples who have been in a live-in relationship for a long time have also been given the same advice by their family attorneys. So it is no wonder that the gay couples are being asked to follow a norm that can only help them in the eventuality of a divorce or the death of one of the partners. Couples today are more open to the idea of a prenuptial agreement and it is only because it helps maintain a fair record of the assets and prevents unnecessary fights over shared assets later in life. Though unromantic, it is a gesture that will only help married couples in the long run.

Monday, 24 November 2014

After the birth of a child, one of the most important events that take place, aside from taking a child home for the first time, is the christening ceremony that is held to welcome a child into the family church. These christening ceremonies are also a time when the announcement of whom will be the godparents to extended family, friends, as well as the members of the church. As one of the most important days to a child’s life, it is important that parents take the time to make sure every detail is perfect.


Christening Attire

Aside from all of the plans associated with booking the church, pastor, sending out invitations, and the party that may follow the christening ceremony, one of the most important details is what the child will be wearing during the ceremony. Traditionally, christening gowns are the outfits that are worn by both boys and girls as they are considered a unisex outfit. These traditional christening gowns are not the only options that are available for parents. Couples that have sons have the option of going for a more modern option, the christening suit. Christening suits can have all of the details as the christening gowns, such as embellishments and embroidery, but in place of a gown, they come with pants so it appears that little boy is wearing a fancy suit. These outfits also come with the options to purchase vests, jackets, berets, or other hats to complete the stylish look.

For parents that opt to go with the christening gown, regardless of the sex of their child, there are numerous options related to the gowns and all of the accessories that can be purchased. Additional accessories that are available, regardless of the sex of the child includes, shoes, socks, bibs, blankets, sweaters, shawls, headbands, and other assorted items. Since there are so many different options related to christening gowns, christening suits, and all their accessories, if I find out that a member of my family or friends are going to have a christening ceremony I send my friends to TCB. I know, without question, that the options that are available to parents there are of the highest quality and they have a selection that will suit the needs and budgets of almost any family.

The Importance of Fabric

Deciding on the style of christening gown or christening suit that is going to be worn by a child during the ceremony is important, but one aspect to selecting a christening outfit that has to be thought about is the type of material that is used. Christening outfits are available in an assortment of fabrics. Each of the fabrics can create beautiful outfits but they can also have an impact on the comfort of the child. Keeping this in mind, parents should consider which of the following fabric options is best suited for their child. Traditionally, christening outfits come in linen, 100% cotton, or silk. Other material options are available. When selecting the type of material that is going to be used for the child’s outfit one must contemplate what the weather will be like on the day of the christening, if certain fabrics appear to irritate the child, and if necessary, which fabric best fits the parents budget. The most important aspect to consider when choosing fabric is which one will keep the child most comfortable, as a child that is too hot or uncomfortable can be fussy.

Picking out the perfect christening gown or suit for a child’s christening is an important decision. The outfit that is chosen for a child can help determine whether or not the child is excessively fidgety and fussy during the ceremony or if they are calm and quiet throughout all, if not part of the ceremony. The actual part of the christening where the child is anointed with water can cause even the calmest infant to get a little fidgety, as most parents know.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Iconic American hairstyles have often become a part of the iconography of certain generations. Who started the trends is not often cited, but their popularity would sweep the country and then the world. Certain decades are defined by these hairstyles as much as the music and architecture of the era. The most significant trends began in and around the 1920’s and were spurned by the tremendous economic success of the era. There was also a significant shift to a club atmosphere as prohibition caused people who would formerly drink at home to seek libations in nightclub atmospheres. This atmosphere was also fostered as World War II ended and soldiers began to matriculate into society. This was thirty years after the hairstyle revolutions of the roaring 1920’s.


As the 20’s were characterized by finger waves and bobs, the 1950’s started the revolution of the up dos, and big hair would endure even throughout the 1980’s. In the 1960’s, hairstyles were reflective of the times and started to reflect certain cultural aspects as mainstream America became more diverse. People started to treat their hairstyles like personal reflections of themselves, and styles became more personal. This can be seen in the success of Broadway musicals like Hair in the late 1960’s, and by the 1970’s, hair was fiercely protected as a personal and public statement about pride. This started ethnic styles like the Afro which also became as prevalent in the era as bell bottoms and peace symbols. By the 1980’s, even rock bands would be known for large flamboyant hairstyles to go along with the flourishing punk rock scene, its ambiguous fashion and cross dressing themes.

Although today some hairstyles are reincarnated form past eras, many people choose to have hairstyles that reflect their own personal styles and enhance their looks. Often, they replicate styles that are currently worn by celebrities, but due to the skill of hair stylists today, styles can vary from person to person and still be as striking as fad hairstyles. In fact, famous hair stylists are sought by celebrities to bring that personality to their own image. It almost a fashion faux pas to have a style that is replicated by the masses. This quest for individual hairstyles has fueled a large industry in hair styling and hair care products. However, many of these styles are borrowed from previous generations and because of the skill of the stylists given that added touch.

Friday, 14 November 2014

One of the most memorable events and for some, a once-in-a-lifetime event, is your wedding day. There is a lot that goes into planning a wedding such as selecting seating arrangements, choosing catering menus, picking floral arrangements and so much more. When couples embark on this amazing journey together, one important element of the wedding that some seem to forget about is entertainment. The entertainment that you choose to have at both your wedding and reception can actually contribute to the overall success of the event and may be the major difference between a good wedding and an amazing wedding. If selecting a live wedding band you should be aware of some of the types available, For example Leicester based Adam Thomas & The Souljers are a live wedding band who provide a great mix of styles whereas if you are looking to get married in Warwickshire you might opt for something a bit more suited to a medieval Shakespeare theme.


Live Music and Ambiance

Planning the entertainment for your special day should be a top priority. Live wedding bands can help to make your wedding even more special and with so many different options to choose from, you may be wondering where to start. The first thing that you should take into consideration is the overall type of vibe and theme that you're going for. The music that is played will set the stage for your reception, so it should be something that you will not only enjoy, but that will enhance the ambiance of your event. The bride and groom should think about the type of music genres that reflect their own personalities and that inspires that theme of the wedding. For example, string quartets may be the ideal choice for those who are planning a swanky reception, while a groovy funk band may be a great choice for those looking for a more upbeat sound.

Opting for a Variety

When thinking about set lists and styles of music, the bride and the groom may have very different tastes or specific ideas in mind that they would each like to incorporate into their wedding. When selecting a live band, it is recommended to ensure that they are able to play a variety of music styles and are encouraged to play fast songs, slow songs, old tunes, and new tunes so that all guests feel comfortable enough to make their way out onto the dance floor.
No matter what type of live band you select for your wedding day, it is important to book your entertainment in advance. Top talent and live bands can be booked up to a year in advance, so you will want to start planning today.

Nestled in the heart of England, is Warwickshire, the ideal wedding spot for all couples who are planning on tying the knot. Whether you're looking for a modern, traditional, grand, historic, or romantic wedding venue, you will find it all within Warwick. Warwick lies upon the River Avon, which creates a beautiful backdrop for many different wedding venue locations. Because this beautiful county town dates back to the year 914, you will find a wide range of historic sites, castles, cottages and more that have since been turned into quaint and luxurious wedding destinations. Here supplied by staff at Warwickshire Weddings UK, experts in wedding information for the area, you will find some of the most popular wedding venues in Warwick. These will provide you with beautiful backdrops, plenty of space and an ambiance that is sure to match the theme of your wedding.


Romance at Dunchurch Park

Dunchurch Park provides the bride and groom with a romantic and idyllic setting on their wedding day. Located in the cozy village of Dunchurch, this wedding venue is made up of 72 pristine acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds complete with lake and fountain area. Because this manor house venue is able to accommodate up to 400 guests, it is a great choice for those who are planning either large and extravagant weddings or small and intimate weddings.

The popular Shustoke Farm Barns

Those who are looking for a more outdoors and laid-back feel along with a historic vibe will want to consider the Shustoke Farm Barns for their upcoming wedding. This Warwickshire wedding venue is run by Cripps Kitchen, offering delicious catering complete with spectacular rotisserie chicken and delicious BBQ food. The 18th century barns at this venue are made out of red brick and sit tall and dramatic on the interior. Outside of the barns, guests will enjoy a spacious courtyard with gorgeous ancient olive trees. This wedding venue is able to accommodate 189 guests.

Studley Castle as a wedding venue

Nothing says romance and elegance more than a wedding at Studley Castle. Here, you will enjoy beautiful countryside views and a magnificent castle estate that has the space to bring even the most extravagant ideas to life. Whether you're planning an elegant evening, stylish and sophisticated wedding, or traditional event, the possibilities are endless. This venue also features 57 spacious en-suite bedrooms that guests can enjoy staying at during your wedding.
Warwick truly has a little something for everyone to enjoy. As you begin to plan your wedding, the venue is one of the first things that you will want to decide on, as some Warwickshire wedding venues can book up more than a year in advance.

Subscribe to RSS Feed Follow me on Twitter!