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Jeweler's Mutual tells us how you can protect your most valuable, personal possession (expert advice)
By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Jewelers Mutual
He proposed. You said yes. Now What?
Your engagement and wedding rings could be the most meaningful jewelry you’ll ever own. So what happens if you drop your ring down the garbage disposal? What if you take a chip out of your diamond? What if that heirloom piece mysteriously disappears during a swim? Avoid an unfortunate loss (and that awful feeling in the pit of your stomach) by looking for the right insurance for your rings.
Are you really covered?
Many brides and grooms assume homeowner’s or renter’s insurance is all the coverage they need. But you may be surprised at what homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover. Since those policies are created to cover things like sofas and stereo equipment, they don’t always cover a broken prong or chipped diamond. They rarely replace a ring that mysteriously slips off at sea or is left on a hotel room sink. And if you lose just a part of the ring, say a gem or a diamond, homeowner’s insurance could leave you lacking. Most importantly, the fire and theft coverage on a homeowner policy is usually limited to $1,000. Your wedding rings could easily be worth five times that much.
Consider jewelry insurance.
There are insurers who specialize in protecting your precious jewelry and cherished memories. A company like Jewelers Mutual Insurance can give you broader coverage than your homeowner’s insurance policy. As jewelry insurance specialists, they create policies that cover nearly every situation such as jewelry loss or theft, damage, partial loss, even those mysterious disappearances.
Not just any insurance.
Chances are, a jewelry insurer will better understand the sentimental value of your jewelry. With certified jewelers and gemologists on staff, they can work closely with you to repair or replace your ring so it’s as beautiful as the day you got engaged. While many insurers require that you work with their replacement company, a personal jewelry policy often lets you choose the jeweler you want to fix or replace your ring. Also, making a claim with a jewelry policy doesn’t drive up your homeowner’s premiums.
How valuable is valuable?
Personal jewelry insurance isn’t just for some vast collection of jewelry. After all, it’s the meaning behind your ring that makes it invaluable. So make certain you get a complete appraisal from a respected jeweler. (If you have other jewelry you haven’t had appraised in some time, this would be the perfect time to bring those pieces as well. The value of gold and diamonds has soared recently, and your jewelry may be worth more now than it was just a few months ago). Give yourself peace of mind; jewelry insurance is more affordable than you think!
See more tips on how to protect your cherished memories, at www.insureyourjewelry.com
1. A Pair of Mums
A cute pair of flowers is simply perfect for celebrating the pair of you! Oh, and mums the word on how cheap these invites are.
2. Pastel Patterns
A trend you can’t resist — mixed patterns! This distinctly patterned invite will also reflect your savvy style for a price that fits your budget. Find them here.
3. Flair for Style
Show your flair for style and your knack for scoring a good deal with these flourish wedding invitations featuring a bold element of design.
4. Flowers and Flourishes
A colorful floral sketch accented by faint flourishes creates a touch of whimsical charm on these inexpensive wedding invites.
5. Love Springs
You won’t have to spring much for these! An array of colorful flowers below two lovebirds becomes a trendy display of modern day romance. Find them here.
6. Sultry Blooms
Sultry blooms in rich colors bring an artistic quality of romance to these watercolor wedding invitations
7. Typography on White
Trendy typography looks amazing on this bright white wedding invitation- they’ll never know you paid so little for something so stylish!
8. Simply Modern
A unique look and vibrant colors all for an affordable price.
Shop for more invitations under $100 here
Browsing through the beautiful bridal collections of JLM Couture, we were particularly taken by how many gowns in the Spring 2014 collections featured stunning back designs. From illusion lace to bejeweled keyholes, there were so many pretty styles we couldn't resist sharing a few of our favorites.
1. An open back flanked by jeweled panels (Gown by Hayley Paige)
2. A unique twist on the traditional keyhole (Gown by Jim Hjelm)
3. A romantic one-shoulder style (Gown by Jim Hjelm)
4. A touch Southern, don't you think? (Gown by Tara Keely)
5. Sweet—and just a touch sexy. (Gown by Tara Keely)
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By: Sarah Zlotnick
Weddings come in all shapes, sizes, and styles these days. And while we love a casual backyard celebration as much as the next gal, there's something to be said for getting (way) dressed up to say 'I do'. So we've whipped up a supremely elegant, Art Deco-inspired ensemble fit for the fanciest bride on the block. Pops of deep crimson paired with sparkly statement earrings (and a belt!) amp up the glam factor of this sultry halter gown, and a maribou purse is equal parts playful and chic.
Where to Buy: BCBG Ooversized Rhinestone cocktail earrings ($88) • Ann Taylor Maribou Feather Clutch ($135) • Nicole Miller embellished satin bridal sash ($330) • Chanel matte lipstick in L'Exquise ($34) • Badgley Mishka 'Ginnie' peep toe pump ($130) • Giambattista Valli Twisted Crepe Gown ($2395)
By Sarah Zlotnick
Don't forget about wedding day jewelry! We've rounded up ten stunning necklaces—and picked one for every bridal style.
1. For the Elegant Bride. Unexpected Grace necklace, $288 at Elva Fields.
2. For the Vintage Bride. Dancing Floral necklace, $125 at Ann Taylor.
3. For the Budget Bride. Seeing Bauble necklace, $27.99 at Modcloth.
4. For the Glam Bride. Sari Necklace, $334 at Nicole Miller.
5. For the Gatsby Bride. Deco collar necklace, $885 at Ben Amun.
6. For the Goddess Bride. Stone floral necklace, $98 at BCBG Max Azria.
7. For the Fashion-y Bride. Crystal Compilation Necklace, $165 at J. Crew.
8. For the Winter Bride. Crystal necklace, $98 at Lydell NYC.
9. For the Preppy Bride. Belle Fleur collar, $298 at Kate Sapde New York.
1. The Feather
We love this look for a glam or vintage chic wedding. It also looks best when your hair is all the way up in a tight chignon.
2. The Flower
If you're having a destination wedding, this hair style is perfect. We recommend a tighter up-do and that you choose a flower size that doesn't take over the look, but accentuates it.
3. A little Bling
You can have with this look for truly any wedding style. Go with a lot of bling for a glam look, or a more beaded hair pin for a understated classic feel.
Stay away from these 10 common hair mistakes (expert advice)
It’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life. As the bride, you’ll be the center of attention, and not only will your friends and family be present, but your photographs will capture the moment forever. On the big day, you want to look like yourself, only better. There’s nothing worse than a bride wearing a gorgeous gown, in the perfect location, whose hair is so dreadful that guests can’t keep their eyes off of it. Neil Weisberg and Amanda George, co-owners of the celebrity-filled Neil George Salon in Beverly Hills, say brides should always have a consultation with the stylist who will be doing their hair one to two months before the wedding date to ensure that their dream hairstyle fits in with their dream day. Weisberg and George advise staying away from these 10 common hair mistakes that brides make.
1. You forget your veil or headpiece. The veil factors into your overall look, and its length and style may determine if you’ll want to wear your hair up or down. If the veil hasn’t arrived yet, ask the bridal salon to loan you a sample, or at least bring along a photo when consulting with your hairdresser.
2. You cut your hair days before the wedding. Stay away from the scissors and don’t plan on getting a haircut right before the big day. Instead, do it a month or two prior to the wedding to ensure that you like the cut and it will work with the hairstyle you’ve chosen.
3. You don’t carefully choose your stylist. You will remember your wedding day forever, so choose someone you trust to style your hair. If your hairdresser doesn’t typically do wedding hairstyles, ask him or her for a recommendation, or speak with friends or other brides who have had hairstyles you’ve admired.
4. You experiment with hair color. Talk to your stylist about how you envision your hair on the big day, and let your colorist know if you are planning on wearing your hair up or down. It’s also not advisable to dramatically change your hair color before the wedding. You want to look like an enhanced version of you, not someone completely different.
5. You only try one style. Just as you tried on several wedding dresses (even if you knew the first one was the best), have your stylist show you at least three different looks based on your description of what you want.
6. You go to your consultation without any ideas. Pictures speak louder than words. Gather photos (e.g., from magazines) of hairstyles you like. This will give the stylist an idea of the kind of style you’re seeking. The stylist can’t make you look like the person in the picture, but he or she can attempt to copy the hair as long as the texture and length are not an issue.
7. You forget about touch-ups. If it’s in your budget, consider having the stylist stay after the ceremony and throughout the evening to do touch-ups to your hair—or even give you a completely different look. If the expense is too high, ask the stylist for tips on how to touch up your own hair during the reception.
8. You forget about the dress. Your hair should always complement your gown. Select your gown first and then decide on the hairstyle with your stylist.
9. You think short hair is your only option. If your cute bob doesn't jive with your dream of having long locks on the big day, ask your stylist for extensions. This temporary fix can be a perfect solution.
10. You forget about the groom. Although you’ll be the focus of the big day, you will want his hair to look just as good. Make sure the groom gets a good haircut a week before the wedding.
Lose a few pounds by eating more often -- yes, it's true! (expert advice)
If you're not particularly thrilled with your body, you've probably been dieting as your wedding day approaches in an attempt to reach your desired weight before the walk down the aisle. Many brides do this but find that they are lacking a few pounds a week or so before the wedding. If this sounds familiar, here are some important tips to lose those last pounds.
Eat More Often
Wow - didn't know it would be so easy, did you? That's right. If you want to lose those last pounds before your wedding day, eat more often but eat much smaller portions. By doing this, you will be giving your digestive system a break as well as speeding up your metabolism. As your metabolism kicks into overdrive, you will burn more fat and calories - and lose more weight.
Drink More Water
Another important thing that will help you lose those last pounds is drinking more water. Most experts recommend that you drink 8 glasses of water each day. Not only does this help you feel full for a longer period of time, but it aids the body in the natural fat and calorie burning process.
If you find it difficult to drink so much water each day, there are a few different things you can do. Go to bed after drinking 4 ounces of water and drink 4 more when you wake up. This is one glass gone - only 7 more to go. If you don't like the taste of water, slip a wedge of lemon in to create a more palatable drink.
Don't neglect your exercise as you try to lose those last pounds. Anything that gets your heart pumping and makes you break a sweat is an excellent exercise to do. For instance, jumping rope, skating, dancing and even jogging can help you lose those last pounds. While most people aren't overly fond of exercise, doing it regularly will boost your energy and even your sense of well-being! Exercise each day for about a half an hour to forty-five minutes at a time.
Skip the Sugar
In the last week before the wedding, don't indulge in processed sugar at all. Instead, fill your rumbling tummy with fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans and lean meat. This will help get rid of those last stubborn pounds and you may notice that you feel a lot better too! These foods are great for your health and provide important nutrients and vitamins.
By following the tips above, you can lose those last pounds and feel beautiful and confident in your wedding dress.
Find out what's hot in wedding cakes this year; we've asked a few of our favorite cake designers to weigh in! Geometric Patterns Cake by Erica OBrien "Feminine geometrics, such as chevron, are still very popular," says Connecticut-based Erica OBrien. "I'm expecting to see a lot of arrows and hexagons this season." Photo by Brooke Allison Photography Metallics Cake by City Sweets & Confections The gilded look is a favorite for both Deborah Lauren of City Sweets & Confections and Erica OBrien this year. "Gold is back, and stronger then ever," says OBrien. Photo by CLY Creation Hand-Painted Cake by Sweet & Saucy Shop "Hand-painting is definitely a new trend right now," says Sweet & Saucy Shop's head pastry chef Melody Brandon. "It's a personal and a one-of-a-kind style that brides are falling in love with." Photo by Melody Brandon Staying True to Your Style Cake by Maggie Austin Cakes Virginia baker Maggie Austin recently created this lovely confection for a friend's casual backyard wedding, and she loves that it perfectly reflects the couple's "understated and sophisticated style." Matching a cake to the personalities and priorities of her clients will be a big focus this year. Photo by Maggie Austin Multiple Cakes Cake by Layered Bake Shop Brides booking cakes with Layered Bake Shop's Shannon Star have been moving away from the traditional single large wedding cake. Instead, they're opting for multiple smaller confections in a similar decor suite. "It allows for more creativity and personality," says Star. Photo by N. Barrett Photography Showpiece Cakes Cake by The Pastry Studio According to owner Sherri Meyers, cakes have become a core component of reception decor. They are increasingly created to be equal parts delicious dessert and visual show-stopper. Designs are getting bigger and grander, and sometimes even include a fake tier or two to accommodate for ceiling height! Photo by Sherri Meyers Going Natural Cake by Enjoy Cupcakes Honor a cake that's free of artificial dyes by allowing the natural state of its flavor to become the main decorative element. This year, Amber of Enjoy Cupcakes is all about making fluffy chocolate cakes look fluffy, drenching caramel desserts in drips of caramel, and providing texture to peanut butter cakes with chopped up peanuts. Photo by Alex Creswell Ombré Cake by Erica OBrien Almost every baker we asked agreed— ombré is still at the forefront for 2013. "The shading lends itself so naturally to romantic designs," says OBrien of the style. Photo by Devon Jarvis Embossed Cake by City Sweets & Confections City Sweets & Confections owner Deborah Lauren recently etched an intricate floral pattern on a wedding cake for a friend. "It was modern, and different from any cake I've ever done or seen." Photo by Turnquist Photography Classic White Elegance Cake by Mark Joseph Cakes A white wedding cake never goes out of style, says Mark of Mark Joseph cakes. Couples turn to him for a modern, sophisticated take on the timeless aesthetic. Photo by Mark Joseph Textured Icing Cake by Betty Bakery Cheryl Kleinman agrees with Mark Joseph—white will always be popular, especially for formal weddings. At her Betty Bakery, she and partner Ellen of Bijoux Deux Specialty Cakes keep the look from becoming boring by texturizing the outer layer of icing. Pleats (seen here) and confetti are two favorite styles.