Wedding

How to choose wedding Shoes

Now that you have found your wedding dress, the next item on your list are the shoes. Understandably choosing the dress is the highlight of the entire process but the shoes deserve some thought and excitement too. The wrong shoes can ruin an entire outfit, so you do not want that to happen with one of the most glamorous outfits you will ever wear.

Christian Louboutin​​​​​​​ So Kate glitter pump

For my wedding I knew I wanted a shoe that had some height, not too over the top but still screamed glam. The Christian Louboutin​​​​​​​ So Kate glitter pump was the perfect match for my dress and checked all the boxes of what I was looking for. I shopped for shoes with my mother and we both knew it was the one the moment we saw it.
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Bride wearing her wedding shoes.

Things to consider when choosing wedding shoes

First things first, you should only choose the shoe after the dress. The dress determines the style of shoe you will pick. For example, if your dress is short and simple then your shoe has to have a wow factor. Other important things to consider are:

  • The length of your dress. Once you have decided on your dress it is highly recommended to take the actual shoe you like to the dress fitting. This will allow the taylor to make the dress the perfect length. For example for my dress, although it was long I still wanted a tiny bit of my shoe to be visible under the dress. The tailor was able to customize the length to allow this.
  • The Venue. Remember you will be walking around and taking photos. For example if you are having a beach or garden wedding, super high heels may not make sense. You should also consider wearing heel protectors if you will be walking in the grass. My dress was long so I was able to remove my heels during the photo session which involved walking down a hill.
  • Style of dress and wedding. If you have a vintage style wedding dress or vintage theme then you probably want a shoe that complements that theme. A casual beach wedding will require a much simpler style of shoe. Basically the shoe should not look like an after thought.
  • Comfort. Last but not least the comfort level of your shoe is very important. There is nothing more unattractive than a seeing a woman limping and looking very uncomfortable on her wedding day. You want to look and feel the best on your day so take care of your feet.
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3 Things You Absolutely Have to Know Before Choosing an Engagement Ring!

Choosing and Engagement ring can be a daunting task because the ring is something that your loved one will wear everyday for the rest of their life. You want them to love it. After my husband proposed I could not stop staring at my ring the entire week, I was just over the moon. There are 3 things you absolutely have to know before choosing an engagement ring and today we are sharing them!

3 Things You Absolutely Have to Know Before Choosing an Engagement Ring!

Budget

This should be your first stop on the journey of finding the perfect engagement ring. Starting off any big purchase, whether you’ll be financing or paying in cash, by assessing your budget and what you’re willing to spend on the item at hand. In this case, you’ve probably already done a bit of research and know what your price point is. However, if you haven’t done much looking around, it can be very easy to get sticker-shocked. The best way to avoid this is to check out some online retailers and make good use of their filters. This works to your advantage in two ways:

  1. It gives you a reason to compare different retailers
  2. You’ll begin to notice the pattern of prices in comparison with type & size of stones and the metals available

Ring Size

Knowing your partner’s ring size isn’t really something that ever comes up before the moment when you realize you’d like to propose to this person and buy an engagement ring but it is a necessity to avoid a ring that doesn’t fit and needs to be resized after-the-fact. It’s no surprise that there are many waysthat are suggested to find the information. Some ideas range from:

  • Tying a string around their finger while they’re sleeping
  • Having a ring that they wear sized
  • Tracing a ring from the jewelry box and bringing it to a jeweler for comparison

However, modern couples are being more open and honest about their expectations and desires when it comes to their relationship, and engagements are no exception. Simply asking for your partner’s ring size could prompt a healthy conversation about your relationship and where it’s headed.

Ring Style

Choosing the perfect ring style for your partner’s engagement ring will be as easy as pie if you two have already had an open discussion about it. However, many people choose to continue to select the ring secretly and do a surprise proposal. In this case, picking a style will require a bit more thought and research.

To get an idea of what you’re partner likes, think about the styles that they wear. Do they dress boldly, with a keen sense for fashion? Or do they tend to be more conservative? Are they into vintage clothing and jewelry? Is there something they are extremely passionate about that should be incorporated? Better yet, if you had a friend recently get engaged, bring it up and ask what she thought of the ring. This may let her know what you’re up to in a very subtle way but that’s not always a bad thing.

Bonus: How will it look with the wedding band?

Many people get caught up in the glamor of choosing an engagement ring, and they absolutely should! But a wedding band is considered part of that decision and so should be thought about during the process, though it’s not a necessity. There are many resources to provide guidance as to choosing a wedding band online, including those put together by online retailers like Blue Nile. This can make the process of finding the right ring seamless and easy.

My husband surprised me with my ring and reached out to my sister for help which I loved. To this day I am still shocked how my sister was able to keep it a secret as she is a terrible secret keeper. Check out the tip sheet below for discreetly picking out a ring and its perfect wedding band.

4 Fun Ways to Announce your Engagement:

The day my Fiancé proposed was easily one of the happiest days of my life to date. It was a magical moment that I will always cherish. The second after he proposed I was in a happy daze but I do remember being so excited to share the news with my family and friends. The first call was to our immediate family who had been waiting to hear the news since he already told them that he would be proposing. The next day, I told my friends and workmates but there was the official announcement to the world that needed to be made.

Fun Ways to Announce your EngagementYou would think a creative soul like me would come up with a fabulous way to announce my engagement….wrong. My engagement announcement was through the good old Facebook status update from ‘in a relationship’ to ‘engaged’. This may sound boring but it worked for me and I found it to be a quick way to spread the news to my relatives around the world without having to make a million phone calls. The response was instant, everyone was very excited for us and we received tons of messages, it was great.

If you are looking for fun ways to announce your engagement other than a Facebook status update I have some fabulous suggestions for you today!

4 Fun Ways to Announce your Engagement:

Fun Ways to Announce your EngagementWearing: E.B. Horn Jewelers: Oval Diamond Engagement Ring Designed by Christopher Designs

1. Mug it out: I am sure you have seen this coffee mug on instagram and there is a reason why it is so popular. It’s so darn cute! Take a photo of yourself holding the engagement announcement mug with the ring in full sight, because what’s the point if people cannot see your new bling right. Isn’t it hard to miss the stunning oval diamond engagement ring that’s on my hand on a picture like this. This fab ring is from New England’s oldest and trusted Jeweler E.B Horn. I still can’t get over their beautiful pieces.

Fun Ways to Announce your EngagementWearing: E.B. Horn Jewelers: Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Ring

2. Do the Starbucks coffee cup toast : The beauty of this shot is that it is faceless. If you have a private and non picture loving type of partner like mine then this is your best bet. He will love that he will not show his face bust still be there with you. I have to say I was pretty surprised that the Barrista at Starbucks did not think I was crazy when I asked for a Mr and Mrs on the cups. Maybe they do this more than I thought.

Fun Ways to Announce your Engagement

3. Say it on a board: A handwritten message on a cute chalkboard or a simple dry erase board is super cute. You can write anything you like for example you can say ‘He put a ring on it’ or ‘I said yes’. I have seen some that say ‘I am engaged’ Whatever you do always remember to keep that ring in full sight.

Fun Ways to Announce your EngagementWearing: E.B Horn Jewelers – Platinum Natural Fancy Orange Brown Asscher Cut Diamond Ring

4. Spell it out: Using letter blocks is such a fun and playful way to announce you engagement. You can either place the ring on the blocks or besides them. Another way would be to place your hand next to the blocks spelling whatever you want. You can spell the word love, engaged, hitched or anything that feels right to you.

Now that you have some good suggestions for your engagement announcement, I hope you get to try them or tell your newly engaged friend. At the end of the day it is important that whatever you decide to do makes you happy. Its your moment and you should enjoy it as it is usually a once in a life time experience.

Check out more E.B Horn engagement rings by clicking the link and be sure to read my Blissfuly Blinged Out post were I talk about my engagement story.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of E.B Horn Jewelers. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Recap: Wedding expo at the Solomon Pond Mall

So a number of days ago I told you about the wedding expo at the Solomon Pond Mall that I was going to attend. Well I made it to the event and had a blast spending the afternoon shopping and watching fashion shows. Since I hadn’t visited a mall in a long time, it was a nice change and made my experience at the wedding expo even more fun. In addition to the fashion show there were also various wedding vendors so I was able to leave with a lot of information and ideas for my wedding.

Wedding expo at the Solomon Pond Mall

Wedding expo at the Solomon Pond Mall

Among the variety of stores, I had to visit the Special Event Bridal shop. They had tons of wedding dresses, prom dresses and it was a lot of fun perusing through the different styles of gowns. .

Wedding expo at the Solomon Pond Mall

Bisou Bisou dresses on sale at JC Penny! Who doesn’t love a sale. I swear every store I passed by had a sale sign. I was losing my mind because I wanted to get into each and every one of them.

Wedding expo at the Solomon Pond MallI wish I could share all the pictures of the wedding dresses I took as they were all beautiful. I never considered a lace dress but this one made me reconsider. Also the mermaid style looked pretty good on this model.

Wedding expo at the Solomon Pond MallLoved the train on this dress, not too long or too short. The fashion show included bridesmaid dresses, suits for the groomsmen as well as everyday clothing from stores like Macy’s, Francesca’s and lots more.

Wedding expo at the Solomon Pond MallOne of the vendors at the Solomon pond wedding expo was Bean Counter Bakery and as you can tell from all the awards on their table, they are pretty good at what they do. I also got to try some of their cake samples and I loved all of them. They make all sorts of wedding cakes, from simple to very artistic.

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Coach was also one of the vendors at the expo and they had these fabulous bracelets that can be engraved. One of the suggestions was to engrave them for each member of your bridal party as a nice thank you gift. I really love this idea and might even get one of these for myself.

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Wedding expo at the Solomon Pond Mall

Other vendors were the Frugal flower , Rodan+Fields. How cute are those flowers in the basket for the flower girl.  If you go on frugal flower’s website you will se their amazing work like the the lovely flower table centerpiece above.

Overall I had an amazing time and if you missed this one, don’t worry because the wedding expo at Solomon pond mall is an annual event. Solomon Pond mall is a great shopping destination with a variety of stores, so its a great place to hang out. I left with a new pair of pointy toe flats from Aldo and I can’t wait to wear them when the weather warms up.

Wedding Diary: The Wedding Expo at Solomon Pond Mall

Now that I have calmed down after my post engagement euphoria, I have now entered the planning phase of my wedding. There are so many things to decide like my style of dress and the kind of flowers I want etc. Making these decisions can be hard if you don’t have a wedding planner which is why I have decided to attend wedding related events as they are very helpful. I am especially looking forward to the Wedding Expo at the Solomon Pond Mall this coming Saturday March 11th. With a good mix of wedding vendors,  businesses and even a runway show I’m sure I will leave with a wealth of information for my wedding.

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The event will be held at Solomon pond Mall which is one of the many fabulous malls from the Simon property group. The mall has something for everyone including a Macy’s, JCPenney, Shoe Dept. Encore, Sears and over a 100 speciality stores. You will find shops like Ann Taylor, LOFT, Coach, Chico’s, The Apple Store, Forever 21, American Eagle outfitters, H&M, Victoria’s secret, Gymboree and lots more. This is also a great place for a fun night out. You can have dinner at Bertucci’s, TGI Friday’s or any of the 8 food court kitchens after a movie at Regal Cinema or games at Tilt Studio. You can find the full Solomon Pond Mall store directory on their website.

The Wedding Expo

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2016 Annual Wedding Expo fashion show.

If you are getting married or know someone who is , you will not want to miss this event. I have been counting the days and totally looking forward to it.

What to expect at the Wedding Expo

There will be 2 runway shows at 12pm and 2pm showcasing the latest styles for brides, grooms and wedding parties. I am looking forward to the wedding dresses from the special event Bridal shoppe and other retailers like Ann Taylor, J.Jill, Francesca’s, LOFT, H&M, JCPenney and Macy’s. The Bridal Shoppe’s pop up shop will be located next to Talbot’s on the main level through April 30.

Vendors at the Wedding Expo will include:

Of course an event like this will have freebies! The first 100 brides-to-be who pre-register for the free Wedding Expo shows  online here  will receive a complimentary goodie bag at the registration table while supplies last. The goodie bag will have awesome treats and samples from The Body Shop, Bare Minerals and more. Also prizes and and giveaways will be offered throughout the day.

Register to win prizes include:

As if that is not enough prizes, JCPenney will also be hosting a in store raffle were all participating attendees stand a chance to win a pair of diamond studs and matching necklace.

If you would love to attend dont forget to pre-register for the Annual Wedding Expo online here . The Wedding Expo will be on Saturday March 11th from 11am – 3pm at the Solomon Pond Mall:          Address: 601 Donald Lynch Blvd, Marlborough, MA 01752    Phone:(508) 303-6255

Disclaimer: I was selected for this opportunity as a Boston Blogger and will be receiving complementary gift for sharing this event. Click here for my full disclosure policy.

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