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How to choose the perfect wedding ring

July 11, 2017

Choosing a wedding ring is a major event in your life. The wedding ring is the symbol of purity and unity. It is a perfect circle with no beginning and no ending. This represents your life together as husband and wife. 

You will wear your wedding ring for the rest of your life. This is why it needs to be the right ring. It must be strong and durable, beautiful, and timeless.

There are many metals to choose from. They include:

  • Yellow gold
  • White gold
  • Platinum
  • Titanium

Before we talk about these metals, let’s talk about silver.  While silver is a precious metal, it is not your best choice for your forever ring. Pure silver is much too soft to wear every day. It will lose its luster and if there are stones set in your wedding ring, you will need to have the prongs serviced annually. Many jewelers do not repair silver rings.

Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper alloy. It is usually coated with rhodium plate, which will need to be replaced as it wears away.

As you can see, gold is a better choice. As with silver, pure gold is much too soft to use as a wedding ring.  Instead of 22ct, consider 14ct gold. This metal is beautiful and will last for generations. It will not lose its luster. If you prefer to go to a higher gold content, do not go above 18ct gold for durability reasons.

The traditional bride will enjoy the elegance and eternal beauty of yellow gold. Throughout history, white gold, and platinum wedding rings have their “seasons”. There are decades when everyone opts for white gold. But yellow gold never really goes out of style. And when the season of white metals fade away (until their next season) yellow gold retakes the throne.

If you love white gold, then go for it. But know the difference between the metals to ensure the ring will perform as you expect for a lifetime. White gold is just like yellow gold with the exception of the color. It is usually coated with rhodium which lasts for years. It is easily reapplied if it wears. Platinum is the rarest of metals. It is the strongest, most durable, and expensive material available for your wedding ring. If you opt to go for platinum, expect to pay more. Also, know your ring will be unscratched and unmarked 100 years from now.

Affording the ring you love

Couples are regrouping and allowing the gifts of their wedding guests to contribute to their wedding and honeymoon. The do this by setting up a Crowdfunding site such as Plumfund, which is a free registry. In lieu of traditional wedding gifts, they ask their guest to choose something on their Plumfund to contribute to. This frees up cash for things like the perfect ring.

Perhaps the most popular way couples are using their registries is to lists their honeymoon adventure. For example, They may list a trip to Hawaii.  They list the costs of the required items needed for the trip. They sometimes use social media or even their wedding invitations to announce the registry, The guests simply go to the site, decide what they want to pay for as their wedding gift, enter their secure information, and they are finished, At the end of it all, the guests spent the same amount of money they would have on traditional gifts, in a convenient and more desired way.

By allowing the guests to help pay for expenses, they can use their money to purchase the perfect wedding ring. Everyone wins.

Guest Post written by Wendy Dessler

Wendy is a super-connector with OutreachMama and Towering who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customised blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.

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Whimsical woodland wedding

June 12, 2017

 

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This whimsical woodland wedding has just been listed for sale. Pick up these stunning centrepeices for £25 each, there are ten available. Be quick, We don't think these will be available for long. Browse the full listing here.  

Rose gold detail

May 17, 2017

 

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We can't get enough of rose gold decor. Contemporay yet with a romantic, vintage feel It was the theme for our recent styled shoot at the B Loved Hive, and seller Zoe has just added these rose gold candelabras and votives for sale. Browse here wedding here.

Keep your eyes peeled we will soon be listing some of the items from our Romantic Industrial shoot recently featured on B.Loved for sale in our marketplace.   

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Bottom image credit Fiona Kelly. 

Real Wedding - Charlotte's story behind her Chateau wedding and dream Inbal Dror dress

September 26, 2016

Newlywed Charlotte has just listed her exquisite wedding dress for sale in our preloved wedding marketplace.  A dress created by the Israeli designer Inbal Dror, there is currently only one stockist of this designer in the UK.

Charlotte's wedding took place in the Languedoc region in southern France at an 11th Century Chateau.

Her she explains the story behind the dress: "I think I started looking for my wedding dress before we had even set the date!

"As soon as I got zipped into it, I cried. It's a strange experience. Once you try on 'the one' you can't imagine getting married in anything else.  It was the perfect mix of classic, vintage and boho!

"Morgan Davies Bridal based in Islington is the only stockist of Israeli designer Inbal Dror in the UK. Each gown is a masterpiece, designed to flatter the female form, so I finally found the dress that worked with my body instead of sucking it all in! I like to eat - so a corset style dress would not have worked.

"The wedding was in the Languedoc region in southern France at Chateau Queille. I found the venue on a blog and as soon as I saw the pictures I knew I had to get married there - so Jerome and I were on the next flight and it was all booked 24 hours later!

"The 11th century chapel within the grounds sealed the deal for us.  Having our wedding service and reception at the same place meant there was no messing around with transport by having two venues.

 

"It was a perfect day - the sun shone and the French wine flowed.  The men wore their kilts and our dog Dotty was the guest of honour.

"There was lots of work to do to prepare the venue, but my bridesmaids were on hand to help with that. The flowers were gorgeous - our florist took all the flowers from her garden to create a wild and rustic look.

"I got so caught up in the day I forgot to throw my bouquet! I think that's my only regret with it being a tradition!  We plan on going back to Chateau Queille in 10 years' time to renew our vows."  

The details

Designer: Inbal Dror, 2015 collection

Original Price: The dress cost £6,500 brand new (Charlotte received 10% off the RRP) from Morgan Davies Bridal in Islington.

Sell My Wedding Price: Charlotte has listed it for offers in the region of £3,400.     

Size: 10

Condition: This dress was only worn for five hours!  

Details: Beaded lace wedding dress with long sleeves. 

Buy it: To view the full listing or to make an offer click here.

Photo Credits: Charlotte's wedding photographer was Susie Lawrence.

Wedding inspiration - A gorgeous North East Gatsby Affair

April 17, 2016

We would like to take a minute to introduce you to one of the latest weddings we have for sale. Seller Redders had a gorgeous 1920's, Gatsby inspired affair full of lots of DIY touches and detail. From metres of crsytals and pearls used to adorn the venue to gorgeous glass wear and vintage finds. We love it when sellers literally list their entire wedding on our marketplace and are excited and passionate about finding buyers to share their items with. So, what are you waiting for, if you like any of these items we would suggest getting in touch asap. We've listed our top five favourites below.

  


If you are interested in any of these items, all you need to do is to create a free account to be able to send her a direct message and then she will get back in touch to arrange details about delivery and payment.

It's as easy as that. Happy shopping.

Becca x

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