Viewing posts for the category Quick Tip
Wedding Tip Thursday is back :-)
Tip #2 is perfect for budget savvy brides!
When choosing a diamond, you should be aware of the "Four C's" – four rules that will help you understand how diamonds are classified.
Cut: There are different ways to cut a diamond and the type of cut impacts the sparkle of the diamond. The cut that produces the most sparkle is the round (or brilliant) cut, while radiant and princess cuts are good at hiding flaws. Other cuts include square, emerald, pear, marquise, cushion, and heart-shaped. When looking at a diamond, if it doesn't catch your eye or if it doesn't sparkle in the light, it's probably not well cut so be careful about your choice.
Colour: The colour of diamonds varies considerably but ideally a diamond should have no colour at all. Colours are graded from no colour (D) to deeply coloured (Z). Beyond "Z" is the range where the diamond's colour is vivid and rich, called "fancy colours". Coloured diamonds are used as comparison stones for colour grading. Grading is done by comparing the diamond to be graded against these "master stones" under either artificial or natural daylight. A machine called the "Colorimeter" can also be used for colour grading but a trained human eye is generally the best method for determining the colour of a diamond.
Clarity: The clarity of a diamond is determined by the amount and location of flaws, or blemishes, in the diamond when viewed under 10x magnification. Being natural, there will be imperfections in the diamond, and most diamonds contain them. Perfectly flawless diamonds with no internal flaws or surface blemishes are extremely rare and very expensive. The less imperfections or “inclusions” a diamond has, the greater the clarity, as more light is reflected from the diamond, causing it to sparkle.
Diamonds are rated from Flawless (F1) to Imperfect (1, 2, or 3). VVS1 and VVS2 are used for very slight inclusions, as are VS1 and VS2 (slightly more inclusions), SI1 and SI2 for slight inclusions and I1, I2 and I3 for imperfect diamonds. Because very slight imperfections are difficult to see with the naked eye, there should be a good choice of diamonds to suit most budgets. However, if you can see a mark without magnification, think carefully before you buy.
Carat: This is the unit of measurement for all gemstones, and refers to weight. There are five carats in a gram, and every carat is divided into 100 “points”. Therefore, a diamond measuring 75 points is 3/4 carat in weight, or 0.75ct. Engagement rings are often about 1 carat.
Snappy Ever After will be bringing you useful tips on everything wedding based every Thursday!
These tips are perfect for storing on your Pinterest wedding boards :-)
Here is the first tip - be sure to check back next week for #2!
Traditional wedding pictures taken by a professional photographer usually include posed shots with the bride, groom and wedding party. Try adding some humour to your wedding album with fun pictures that capture the excitement of your wedding day and the personalities of the couple and the wedding party.
If you’re tired of seeing the same old formal photos, it’s time to set up some photo opportunities, and create one of a kind photos that will be uniquely your own. It’s important to work with your photographer in advance, and brainstorm some fun wedding picture ideas that you can execute on your big day. It would be a good idea to collect some photos of other wedding shots that you like, and show them to the photographer (and your guests) so they can help you create an interesting selection of both traditional and candid shots.
Here are some ideas for informal funny shots:
- Instead of lining everyone up for stiff poses in front of the altar, take shots that are more informal – don’t tell the group when photos are being taken and the photo will appear more natural.
- Perhaps the groomsmen could cheekily pose with the bridesmaids.
- The wedding party could act disgusted at the bride and groom kissing.
- The groomsmen could pose with the bride lying across their arms.
- Use the environment – if there is a pool, park, landmark, bar, concert venue (or anything else you could use to your advantage) nearby, then use it! Play pool or karaoke at a bar, use the swings or slide at a playground, air guitar to your favourite band, or sip cocktails by a pool.
- Pretend to hitchhike to your own wedding – stand at the side of a road, with your thumbs out as if waiting for a lift.
- If there is a bus shelter nearby, it may look amusing for the groom and groomsmen to take a quick photo in it to look like they are waiting for the bus to the church.
- A play-fight for the bride’s bouquet or garter.
- A pretend foodfight at the reception.
- The bride and groom could be pictured with packs of mints or chewing gum before a kiss.
- Capture guest interaction at the reception when the music starts up – the perfect moment to catch your grandmother dancing to “YMCA”!
- Bring some props – wigs, jewellery, glasses, fake moustaches – whatever takes your fancy. These items are bound to create some interesting pictures!
- Remember to photograph children too – their expressions and reactions can make for some cute and funny photos.
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake got engaged earlier this year, and while both have remained fairly quiet on their wedding plans so far, a ceremony is expected this summer.
Despite her celebrity status and star power, Jessica isn’t immune to any bride-to-be pre-wedding jitters, and recently shared how exactly she's staying calm before her big day:
“I like being able to write when I find the time to get into it. I love reading poetry and I’ve written poetry myself since I was in school. It’s very calming and spiritual to be able to get in touch with emotions and states of mind to write poetry.”
What a great idea! Not only is writing a great way to express how you feel, but your pre-wedding diary will also become a treasured keepsake for you to read over in years to come!
- photo via Us Magazine