Signs Your Ready to Propose Flow Chart~ See if your Ready

Signs Your Ready to Propose Flow Chart

You’ve found the perfect partner and things are great…so what’s next? Find out if you’re ready to take the big step with our fun, easy and oh-so-telling Are You Ready To Propose? flowchart! Hope this helps someone to know when it’s time :)

Ok, so now you know your ready, but what’s next? How do you start?

Here are some great ideas we think are some really cool Proposal ideas… please feel free to comment below if you want to add your own ideas. We love to hear from YOU!

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In Joseph’s Words:

How did you two meet?
We met at a concert in San Francisco. A well-known DJ (Kaskade) was performing at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium; I went to the show with my friends and she went with hers. Right before the start of the show, we happened to stumble upon the same step and our eyes met. Coincidentally, the show opened with a song called “Eyes,” which is about how eyes reveal true feelings and how love is easy to recognize just by looking into one’s eyes. We had an instant connection, singing to the lyrics of our favorite songs and dancing throughout what we both consider the most magical night of our lives.

How did you propose?
At the Bill Graham, exactly one year since we met! Knowing this would not be an easy task, I emailed the venue’s production company and asked them if it would be possible to coordinate a marriage proposal inside on the steps we met on. They happily agreed and helped me plan the whole surprise, which evolved into something even better!

On the day of, I rented a stretch limousine to take myself and my blindfolded girlfriend to the auditorium. As I took her hand and led her into the space, the song “Eyes” was softly playing in the lobby. As I opened the double doors into the auditorium and removed the blindfold, she was shocked to find a long, red carpet leading to a table for 2 in the center, complete with champagne, flowers, and speakers in the background playing all “our” songs. We shared a toast and enjoyed a dance together. After we left the venue, I took her by the hand, told her how much I loved her and wanted to be by her side until the end, and asked her to turn around. On the marquee, in bold, black lettering, read “Jennifer Brooks, Will You Marry Me?”

What does she love most about her engagement ring?
She said, “I really like that the ring is the perfect representation of our relationship (pure and simple), my partner’s understanding of my personality and style, and the eternal love we have for one another.”

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Surprise! Jennifer is stunned to see the proposal message on the marquee.

Jennifer’s eyes filled with tears, she said YES!

What does she love most about her engagement ring?
She said, “I really like that the ring is the perfect representation of our relationship (pure and simple), my partner’s understanding of my personality and style, and the eternal love we have for one another.”

Sergeant Jasmine was so in love with her boyfriend, Sergeant Luis. They met and bonded while they were in the same Army Reserve Unit. Confidence just overflows from Jasmine. She knew what she wanted and decided to go the non-traditional route. After she surprises and proposes to Luis, he in turn proposes to her! This unique love story (and this adorable military couple) makes hearts melt!

Skatells Proposal Ideas

Please feel free to comment below if you want to add your own ideas. We love to hear from YOU!

Signs He’ll Propose This Valentine’s

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Wondering if you’ll be showing off a ring on your finger this Valentine’s?  Maybe you have a hunch but you’re still not quite sure. Here are 6 signs that he’ll propose for Valentine’s ! Ready your heart and see if all signs point to ‘yes’:

He’s not stressing over what to get you for Valentine’s. If he’s typically stressing over gifts for you, and he seems cool and collected, he probably already has your gift in a teeny little box hidden in his sock drawer. He knows that he’s got this swoon worthy gift in the bag.

You’ve noticed that one of your favorite rings are missing. Chances are, one has been whisked away for size reference (which is a sizing tip we’ve been giving guys for a while, now).

Valentine’s plans have been locked in, way in advance. He’s probably been planning this way in advance, so if he’s the one initiating that the two of you visit your family soon after Valentine’s or if you two are going to have a quiet evening alone, he may have something way bigger (and long-term) planned.

He’s talked about getting married earlier … but has been strangely quiet these last few weeks. In an attempt to throw you off course for the big surprise, he could even be acting aloof and distant. Sometimes the anxiety of the proposal can make guys seem distracted and/or brain-dead.

He’s been squirreling away some cash. Is it just you, or does his shopping list look a little short this year? Has he been cutting back on Starbucks, washing his own car, and passing on the beer during date night? He may be saving for a big shiny purchase…

You’ve got some special plans this year. You and your guy typically spend time with friends around the weekends, but he’s suggested some other super romantic outing for this special holiday weekend ( Valentine’s fall on a Friday this year ). Are either of you super shy and private? He may want to have a private proposal with you and would rather celebrate with friend’s at a later time.

If any of these ring true for you.. you may want to schedule in a mani before the festivities! Are you hoping for an engagement during Valentine’s? Or would you prefer to keep these seperate? Do you prefer a proposal around family or privately? Let us know if you see the signs!

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Watch this New Arrested Video Proposal below, one of the best Ideas we found: Traffic stop turns into a Proposal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_N8j0BQOHOs&feature=player_embedded

Samantha and Matt met at a party their freshman year of college… which was busted by the cops. After that, it seemed the two connected, and began dating.

When it came time to propose, Matt decided that since they mat as “trouble makers”, it only made sense to propose in that way. The police pulled them over, and had him by the vehicle putting him in handcuffs. Samantha didn’t know what to think as the officer began patting her boyfriend down… until the officer pulled something out of Matt’s pocket.

An engagement ring.

Matt then strides over to Samantha, clearly not cuffed, and asks her to marry him. As he does, friends appear from all over to get it on camera. Obviously they were staged around the area, knowing what was going to happen.

- See more at: http://www.yourengagement101.com/blog/2014/01/an-arrested-proposal/#sthash.CWcNDMrD.dpuf

Samantha and Matt met at a party their freshman year of college… which was busted by the cops. After that, it seemed the two connected, and began dating.

When it came time to propose, Matt decided that since they mat as “trouble makers”, it only made sense to propose in that way. The police pulled them over, and had him by the vehicle putting him in handcuffs. Samantha didn’t know what to think as the officer began patting her boyfriend down… until the officer pulled something out of Matt’s pocket.

An engagement ring.

Matt then strides over to Samantha, clearly not cuffed, and asks her to marry him. As he does, friends appear from all over to get it on camera. Obviously they were staged around the area, knowing what was going to happen.

- See more at: http://www.yourengagement101.com/blog/2014/01/an-arrested-proposal/#sthash.CWcNDMrD.dpuf

Samantha and Matt met at a party their freshman year of college… which was busted by the cops. After that, it seemed the two connected, and began dating.

When it came time to propose, Matt decided that since they mat as “trouble makers”, it only made sense to propose in that way. The police pulled them over, and had him by the vehicle putting him in handcuffs. Samantha didn’t know what to think as the officer began patting her boyfriend down… until the officer pulled something out of Matt’s pocket.

An engagement ring.

Matt then strides over to Samantha, clearly not cuffed, and asks her to marry him. As he does, friends appear from all over to get it on camera. Obviously they were staged around the area, knowing what was going to happen.

- See more at: http://www.yourengagement101.com/blog/2014/01/an-arrested-proposal/#sthash.CWcNDMrD.dpuf

Samantha and Matt met at a party their freshman year of college… which was busted by the cops. After that, it seemed the two connected, and began dating.

When it came time to propose, Matt decided that since they mat as “trouble makers”, it only made sense to propose in that way. The police pulled them over, and had him by the vehicle putting him in handcuffs. Samantha didn’t know what to think as the officer began patting her boyfriend down… until the officer pulled something out of Matt’s pocket.

An engagement ring.

Matt then strides over to Samantha, clearly not cuffed, and asks her to marry him. As he does, friends appear from all over to get it on camera. Obviously they were staged around the area, knowing what was going to happen.

- See more at: http://www.yourengagement101.com/blog/2014/01/an-arrested-proposal/#sthash.CWcNDMrD.dpufhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_N8j0BQOHOs&feature=player_embedded

     A LEGENDARY GEM Thousand of years ago, long

A LEGENDARY GEM

Thousand of years ago, long before written history, man probably discovered the first pearl while searching the
seaside for food.

Since that time the pearl has
been treasured as a symbol of wealth and social status. It has been revered for its mystical powers, valued for its uniqueness and sought after for its rare natural beauty.

Medieval knights wore them
for protection in battle, Ancient Romans saw them as the ultimate symbol of power and wealth, Cleopatra is believed to have worn them and the Greeks esteemed the pearl for it’s association with love and marriage

The pearl has made its mark in history and continues to be the cornerstone of classic style, culture and refinement.

 

Pearls are the foundation of the modern woman’s wardrobe.
The elegance of fine pearls is a fashion statement in the work place as well as a night on the town. Fashionable, luxurious and adaptable, pearls enhance a woman’s style.

WHAT IS A PEARL?

A pearl begins its life when a grain of sand or other small foreign object accidentally enters into an oyster’s soft inner body. The oyster tries to expel the foreign object, but when it cannot, it becomes an irritation.

To protect itself, the oyster takes a defensive action. It produces a smooth liquid called nacre, to cover the irritant. Layer upon layer of this silky substance continues to cover the irritant, which
results in a lovely, lustrous gem called a pearl.

CULTURED PEARLS

Cultured pearls are the same as naturally grown pearls. Oysters
are collected and raised in a controlled environment to ensure their healthy growth. When they are mature, an irritant is intentionally introduced. Like all pearls the nacre is produced and the natural process takes its course.

In cultured salt-water pearls, a bead of crushed and compacted mussel shell is places inside the oyster to serve as the irritant. These pearls are referred to as Akoya, (A-coy-ya) which means “salt water” in Japanese. Akoya pearls are somewhat more lustrous and rounder in shapes.

In cultured fresh-water pearls a tiny bit of tissue gathered from a donor oyster, is placed inside
the oyster to serve as the irritant. Unlike the round bead of compacted mussel shell, this natural irritant dissolves into the oyster, leaving behind microscopic nuclei. This means the pearls produced are composed almost entirely of nacre. They are not coated bead, but a nearly solid composition of nacre. Cultured freshwater pearls are available in much larger sizes from their saltwater counter parts. Although available in white, they have the unique quality of all natural colors including apricot, orange and
plum purple. These brilliant gems are grown largely in China, where the process of fresh water cultivating has been practiced since the 13th century.

5 Reasons Not To Accept A Proposal Without The Engagement Ring

ImageThere are a lot of ways that your guy could propose to you without a ring. He can get really creative, propose in a really romantic way, go ring shopping with you after, or you might not even want an engagement ring. However, if you were totally let down and were hoping for something a little sparkly, read on. While keeping the whole proposal execution in mind, here are five reasons that you might want to say no to his proposal (or at least make him do it over).

1. The first reaction your girlfriends are going to have is “How did he propose?” The second: “Can I see the ring??” Even if they don’t ask, curious eyes are going straight to your ring finger (trust me, it’s going to happen). When they see that it’s vacant, they are probably going to feel a little confused and ask…

2. “Where’s your ring?” You’re visiting your parents to share the news and you tell them that there is no ring. Depending on how traditional your parents are, they might wonder if he’s taking you seriously and if your future husband didn’t plan ahead to get an engagement ring, how is the rest of your future together going to look? An awkward conversation is about to happen in 3…2…1…

3. Does your guy typically act on impulse? The process of purchasing an engagement ring is not typically as carefree as buying a pair of new stilettos and you can’t always just return it. It takes a huge amount of education, research and shopping, so the guy will have spent time seriously thinking about the huge commitment he is about to make. In a contest that we hosted, a woman explained to us how her fiancé proposed to her, “We were laying in bed watching The Simpsons, when he rolled over and said, ‘So, you wanna get married?’” A broken engagement can just as easily happen as a proposal without any serious thought or planning.

4. The “I’m engaged” excuse to the next guy who hits on you won’t be as believable if you’re walking around sans ring. “So then where’s your ring?” Even the “I have a boyfriend” line had a guy retorting, “Come on, I know you don’t.” Seriously, there are jerky jerks like that out there! #TrueStory

5. An engagement ring isn’t just about the shiny bling or the price tag, it’s the symbolism behind it that makes it so special. Because the guy has to sacrifice a little bit symbolizes that he is not taking this decision lightly. No matter the budget, your guy has been squirreling away money for some time to prepare for this by cutting back on beer and the latest PS3 games. He isn’t proposing on a whim.

20 Perfect Proposal Ideas

When it comes to proposing there are three comfortable approaches: the Traditional, the Non-Traditional, and the Event. As you read through them, remember, none of these proposal ideas are impossible for you to pull off. If you need any help or advice, just see one of our Perfect Proposals experts at Skatell’s Jewelers or call us at (864) 576-6434

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Traditional

1. Take her to New York, Paris, San Francisco or Las Vegas and propose to her at the top of a landmark skyscraper with the twinkling lights of the city below.
2. Take her for a walk on the beach and draw a heart in the sand and write, “Will you marry me?” in the center. Write it ahead of time and fill the heart with candles and rose petals. Just make sure the tide is going out and not coming in.
3. Treat her to a decadent breakfast at a five-star hotel, and tell her that you couldn’t wait until evening to ask her to marry you.
4. Pop the question at the location where you met or had your first date. Depending on where it is, you could bring a bottle of champagne with you.
5. Arm yourself with a good supply of rose petals then sneak into her house or office. Arrange the petals to read, “Marry me” on the bed, the floor or another flat place.
6. If you can sing or play the guitar/piano/accordion without making dogs howl, you can create a musical proposal. Compose a ballad or folk song, or pop the question with some pop music. If you’ve found the words but can’t carry a tune, hire a local singer or band to perform the proposal. If you can carry a tune but can’t compose, go to your favorite karaoke place and sing your favorite love song. Then, as the song ends, ask her to come up to the front, and propose in front of everyone!
7. Carefully open a box of Cracker Jacks, steam open the prize packet and place the real engagement ring in and then re-glue packet and box. Casually give her the box of Cracker Jacks during a movie and watch closely as she opens the prize.
8. Hire a car service that has classic cars, such as a vintage Rolls Royce, and drive around to romantic areas for an hour. Have the driver stop at a place that holds special meaning and propose. Then, spend the second hour of your elegant drive cuddling and enjoying your first hour as an engaged couple. Bring the champagne (not to be shared with the driver).
9. Hire a friend to take photos of you both just for fun. Then, surprise her by getting down on one knee and proposing. You’ll have photos you’ll both cherish forever.
10. Consider a holiday theme around Christmas, Easter or the Fourth of July. Use the magic of these celebrations to create a “halo effect.” Stash the box in her stocking or right under the tree. Or adorn the tree with lots of lights and garlands but only one ornament: a velvet ring box tied up with festive holiday ribbons. On Easter, give her a basket and hide plastic eggs in the backyard, one of which has the ring inside. During Fourth of July fireworks, pop the question during the finale.

Non-Traditional

11. Hire a magician to perform with the rabbits, the doves, the scarves and all the usual. As the last trick, he can make her engagement ring appear from behind her ear. It’ll be a truly magic moment.
12. If you are both golfers, have a ball imprinted with “marry me.” Give her the ball to put on the tee, but have her “inspect” it first. Then, open the golf ball-shaped ring box when you get down on bended knee.
13. Flying together? Join a different mile-high club. For this one, you need to let the flight attendants know your plan ahead of time. And that plan is to tell your girlfriend you are going up front to get some water/more peanuts. Then, ask the attendant to make this announcement: “Hello everyone. We hope you are enjoying your flight today. We have a special guest on board today, (your girlfriend’s name here) sitting in seat number X, row X. Go ahead and come on up here!” Then, you’ll get on the microphone, and tell her how much you love her, then propose 30,000 feet in the sky! Have the crew pass around bubbly (7-up will do) and celebrate with everybody on board.
14. If you attend a place of worship, walk up with her to the altar following a service. With the pastor, priest or rabbi there (and in on the surprise) tell her you want to stand at this location with her when you become husband and wife. Then get on one knee and propose.
15. Love to ski or snowboard? Propose at the top of a mountain. For you expert athletes, go for the top of the double-black diamond run!

Event

16. If she wakes up each morning to the clock radio, arrange for an ad on her usual station at just the right time so she hears your proposal when she wakes up in the morning. Try to be at her door (or beside her) when she hears your public proposal, and have the diamond in hand.
17. Place an ad in a local newspaper or on a billboard asking her to marry you. If you choose the newspaper, make sure it’s in a section you know she loves to read everyday. Be there when she reads it! (It’s a good idea to have a talented friend help with the design.)
18. Rent ad space for your proposal at a theater and invite her for a night out at the movies. Get there in plenty of time to buy popcorn before the ads begin. After your proposal has run, present her with a ring. Hooray for Hollywood!
19. Propose at a sporting event or concert. Arrange to have your proposal broadcast over the public address system or displayed on the large screen. You could also contact the team’s/performer’s public relations department and try to make arrangements to make your proposal on the field at halftime or during an intermission.
20. Hire a local high school marching band to play “your song” in front of her house. When she opens the door, kneel down and present her with the ring.

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Love Don’t Cost A Thing: 6 Affordable Valentine’s Day Ideas

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So Valentine’s Day is coming and you want to avoid the last minute panic and pressure. Maybe you don’t feel like taking out a loan for an evening out either. What to do? As with many things in life, a little thought goes a long way. So, start thinking Bud. Drawing a blank? That’s where this post comes in…since I’ve done a little bit of thinking for you. Yes, you’re welcome (fist bump).

First – know your partner! If she is the kind of person who loves to be wined and dined and showered with gifts – do it. This post is not to avoid or replace her needs and desires with a cheap “out” for you. Sorry – you chose her. However, you can augment your evening with one of these low-cost ideas to make the evening even richer. On the other hand, if your partner prefers thoughtful gestures and the little things (okay, not everything should be little), these tips may be just what you are looking for to make her happy and give you both a great night together. Alright, let’s go…

Write Something. Write a Poem. Write a song. Write a letter. Write a card. Write something. Corny right? WRONG. She will love it. Are you capable of writing a poem? You could do it in 3rd grade – you can do it now. Think about what she does for you…spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Make it rhyme if you like. Put thoughts into words. Make it funny. Make it sweet. But here’s the key. Read it out loud. To her. Don’t hurry. Pause and make eye contact. Feel the words as you read them – and she will too.
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Cook Something. You have never claimed to be a chef, but maybe for one night you can be. If the school of burn and turn grilling is your thing – go for it – but add some finesse with the side dishes and desserts. The key here is effort – as well as knowing what she loves, and planning. Have everything ready before she arrives. Do not let her lift a finger – you are chef, waiter, maître D, and dream man rolled into one. Okay, maybe 3 out of 4. An appetizer is mandatory. If she likes alcohol, make her favorite cocktail. Main entrée should be her favorite dish. Don’t forget to set the table. Candles. Music. Set the Mood. Should you not make it to dessert, remember to turn off the oven. You only want one room burning this evening.

Time Travel. If you’ve only been dating a few months then this may not be for you. But, if a few years have passed and you look back with fondness on those early days…why not live them again? That little neighborhood spot you went to for a bite on the first date? The dive bar you went for a drink at later? The walk you took together. The first place you kissed. Retrace your steps while recalling how you felt that night and how the world changed for you both.

Pamper Her. Take a moment and think of everything she does for you…now, what can you do in return? How about a little de-stressing? Yeah…who doesn’t like that? Again, set the mood with some aromatherapy (sometimes known as candles); get some essential oils to heighten the experience; read a website or two on effleurage and pressure point techniques – and then take your time working your way from head to toe and then back up. This is a great time to tell her how you feel about her, and how you appreciate her. She will feel it in her heart and in every tingling nerve ending. Then order in a pizza and beer for afterwards ;-)

Sing her Praises. Feeling brave? Kind of guy who loves show tunes? Neither? Well, this one will knock her out then. While Valentine’s is all about LOVE, relationships are also all about FUN. So have some. Karaoke can be your middle name! Face it – dinner is dinner, but having your man sing to you in public? Well that’s downright embarrassing…I mean wonderful. Whether it’s “Marry Me” by Bruno Mars or “Lovecats” by the Cure or “Baby Got Back”…pour your heart into it and let her know how you feel. It will be a memory she will never forget and can never erase.

Make Something. So you’ve got 874 photos of the two of you on your phone, and on your laptop you have even more. Isn’t that special? Actually..no it’s not. What is special? Having something to hold in your hands that is not digital – but is tangible and real and beautiful. With online publishing – you can take your photos and tell a story, YOUR story, in your book. The places, events and times you have shared are the bond that holds everything together as you move toward the future. Celebrate her, and your time with her with funny, sweet, awkward, cute, beautiful moments shared. She won’t expect it, but she will love knowing how much you value those moments WITH her.

So there you have it. Six splendidly sweet and possibly sexy ways to let her know you love her on Valentine’s Day. Pick your favorite, combine a few of them together, or add one or two to the standard evening out – you’ll be making this Valentine’s unique – and you’ll have a few ideas left over for next year.  Or you could head over to here for more romantic ideas… www.skatellsjewelers.com

Watch this New Arrested Video Proposal below, one of the best Ideas we found: Traffic stop turns into a Proposal !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_N8j0BQOHOs&feature=player_embedded

 

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How to Welcome Out of Town Guest during your Wedding

Welcoming Out of Town Guest.

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For a significant number of your friends and family members, showing up for your nuptial celebration may mean hopping on a plane to cross state lines. These out-of-towners will go to a lot of effort and expense to share in your momentous occasion, so it’s your job to welcome them, help them get around, and keep them entertained. With that in mind, here’s how to put them at ease.

Essential Details

One of the simplest, yet probably most useful, things you could do for your guests is to provide a wedding itinerary. After sending out your invitations, mail guests an additional clever, elegant, or interesting communique with a complete rundown of the events leading up to and following your walk down the aisle. In addition, create a wedding web page for an easily referenced one-stop-shop for guests to check up on everything you have planned. In both cases, include key times, locations, who is hosting, what to wear, and so on for each activity. Tell your visitors about any free time they’ll have, and provide suggestions for how to fill it. There may be events you have in mind (such as a brunch the morning after the wedding) that travelers should know about in advance so they can schedule their trips around them.

These intrepid travelers have come to see you, so make sure they do — pull them aside for some one-on-one attention.

Be aware that since many of your guests are taking to the skies, they may be turning your nuptial event into a weekend getaway or part of a vacation. Also, remember that some of your guests may never have visited the area before. You may wish to add in “travel guide” bits of information to your prewedding itinerary to get guests excited about the journey. For example, if there are some great sights to see or points of interest to visit, tell your guests in case they’d like to do some exploring. Do some research and investigate which museums will have amazing exhibits showing, whether or not the local sports team is playing a home game, and what musical or other cultural performances will be happening.

Shelter & Travel

Though footing the bill for travelers’ overnight accommodations and flights isn’t your responsibility, you and your fiance should offer suggestions for how to find both (and tips on how to score good deals will no doubt be appreciated by guests). Be sure to put important details for airlines and hotels (website and street addresses, phone numbers, directions, and cost information) on an insert sent out with your invitations, or post it separately on your wedding itinerary or web page so guests can book their flights and rooms early and know how to get around once they arrive.

Recommend different places for guests to stay. Look for locations near your ceremony and reception sites, and start calling around about six months beforehand to check on large-scale availability for the days surrounding your wedding, and to inquire about special group rates. To get the best deal for your guests, reserve blocks of rooms at a couple of hotels. Keep your guest’s probable budget range in mind, and recommend both fancy fare for those flush with cash and a less expensive alternative for the budget-minded. For the best airfares, try getting in touch with the airlines directly. Inquire about frequent-flyer deals, special discounts, and group rates for those who may all be flying in from the same place.

Getting Around

Some out-of-towners will choose to rent cars (be sure to provide car rental info with your hotel and airline details), but for those who don’t, you’ll have to figure out how they’ll get to and from the wedding. Cover all the bases: organize a fleet of relatives that will act as chauffeurs, talk to the hotel manager to arrange for a hotel shuttle, hire a car or limo service, or rent a few vans or a bus.

It’s also a kind gesture to have someone pick up nondrivers from the airport — especially if they’re new to the area or get nervous traveling. Recruit volunteers for this: parents, next of kin, and friends are likely targets. Put together a roster of arrival times, and have trekkers greeted at the gate with signs bearing their names (be sure to let guests know you’ve arranged this, and clue them in on who to look for).

Surprise Treats

Comfort the jet-lagged and travel-weary with a little something left in their hotel rooms. Imagine their delight — walking into their temporary living quarters and discovering a basket of fresh fruit, a bouquet of flowers, a tin of local chocolates, or a bottle of chilled bubbly. What you choose to give depends on your resources, and can be as lavish as a free massage at the hotel spa or as simple as a plate of homemade chocolate-chip cookies. The purpose is to let guests know you appreciate their effort to join you for your special day.

Create welcome packets of relevant information (phone numbers of the families of the bride and groom, the names of the other guests staying at the hotel, nearby hot spots to check out) to leave in guests’ rooms with another copy of your wedding itinerary, plus local brochures and sightseeing maps. Enlist the aid of your wedding crew to assemble and distribute all these treats. Finally, add that finishing touch and pen a personal note thanking each guest for coming to celebrate with you.

Evening Entertainment

Leading up to the main event, you may have plenty to fuss over, but out-of-town guests may not. Don’t leave them in the lurch with nothing to do. If many guests are showing up the night before the ceremony, suggest ways they can stay amused while you hold the rehearsal dinner. Ask a friend or relative to host a gathering like a backyard barbecue or pizza party to help guests get to know one another. Or arrange to have everyone meet together at a restaurant or bar. Better yet, create a more casual rehearsal dinner, and open up the invite list to include everyone who might be around. For guests who like to entertain themselves, be sure to supply a roster of your favorite restaurants, shops, and local movie theaters as a thoughtful gesture.

Time In-Between

Though recommended, sometimes it’s not possible to have your reception immediately follow your ceremony. If there will be a lengthy break between your “I dos” and the party, or your ceremony is late in the day, try to come up with a game plan. During a lull, some people won’t mind going back to the hotel and kicking back. But others may be interested in touring your stomping grounds. If guests will have the morning free, suggest a game of golf or a visit to a museum. With lots of spare time between the main events, you could organize an excursion, such as taking a group of guests to visit nearby attractions or to see a movie.

Quality Time

Remember the reason that these intrepid travelers have come is to see you, so make sure they do. Pull them aside amid all the revelry for some one-on-one attention, or make it a point to tell them at the receiving line how much seeing them means to you. Raise your glass during toasting time to acknowledge those who have come from afar, and consider setting up something special for journeyers, such as a brunch the morning after the ceremony (if you aren’t already off to a magnificent honeymoon).

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Halloween Proposal Ideas…

  Costumes, sweets and surprises! These are the best elements for a marriage proposal! There are some couples that just absolutely love the fun and exciting festivities revolving around Halloween. It might even make sense to propose marriage during the spooky holiday. Costumes also add the element of surprise. Here are some ideas you might want to consider for a Halloween proposal:Image

Carve the proposal into a pumpkin: A reader named Courtney told Glamour that she and her boyfriend had a pumpkin-carving contest. Her boyfriend insisted they hide their pumpkins until they were done. On the big reveal, he turned his pumpkin around and it read: “MARRY ME?” He definitely won the contest. The pretty lighted pumpkin also adds an element of romance.

Hide The Ring In A Pumpkin: Another way to incorporate the pumpkin is to carve a pumpkin with  her, but already have the ring planted inside the pumpkin. The easy way to go about this is to carve a hole at the bottom of the pumpkin, fill it with your surprise, and place the piece back on.

Another way to hide the ring in a Pumpkin…

Wear A Costume And Surprise Her: Being that it’s Halloween, it’ll be easy to hide behind a mask and surprise her somewhere totally unexpected… like while trick or treating with a group of kids.

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Engagement Ring Insurance 101

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Putting a policy on your engagement ring may sound unromantic, but nothing’s sweeter than peace of mind.

What It Is:

There are a few ways to insure your engagement ring. Ring insurance can be purchased as an extension (also called a “rider”) for your renters’ or homeowners’ policy. Renters’ and homeowners’ policies cover the stuff in your home, but only up to a certain dollar value: Expensive, special items like engagement rings, art, and electronics are guaranteed through scheduled personal property coverage — an insurance policy extension that covers particular items. Another option is to insure your ring through a company that specializes in jewelry insurance, which might offer more coverage than a standard homeowners’ policy (replacing a lost or stolen ring rather than paying a set amount of cash, for instance).

All those wedding presents drastically increase the dollar value of your stuff. Make sure to adjust your homeowners’ or renters’ coverage to reflect that!

Who Needs It Most:

Any couple with jewelry that has high material or sentimental value — whether your wedding and engagement rings cost $500 or $50,000, an insurance policy is a way of honoring not just their financial value but what they represent. The sentiment behind your rings is priceless, but the rings themselves can be replaced — if they’re insured — in the event that something happens to them.

What to Know About How It Works:

You’ll need to provide your receipts, as well as an appraisal (which costs a small fee; you can get an appraisal from a certified gemologist). And remember: If you move after the wedding, make sure your “ring rider” follows you. Some couples have the ring insured at the bride’s house (or her parents’) before the wedding, but forget to add it to the policy for their new home when they move in together.

If you don’t have a renters’ or homeowners’ policy, there is an alternative way to insure your ring: Certain insurance companies offer policies through jewelers on individual pieces — ask your jeweler if they work with an insurance company to offer ring insurance. These kinds of policies can vary widely company by company (usually a jeweler will offer a policy that’s underwritten by smaller company), so ask specific questions about the level of coverage provided.

Questions To Ask Before You Choose a Policy:

  • Is the ring covered if you lose it accidentally, or only if it’s stolen?
  • How will the company replace the ring — with a check? Or will they require you to purchase a replacement through a specified jeweler?
  • What if it’s a vintage ring or other unique piece? How will the quality and size of your diamond — and that of a replacement if needed — be documented?
  • Is the ring insured to full cost or a fraction of it?
  • How will you need to prove the ring vanished if you make a claim?
  • Are there any circumstances that aren’t covered? (What if your ring flies off at the circus and gets trampled by elephants, for example?)

Average Cost:

The yearly cost to insure your ring is $1 to $2 for every $100 that it would cost to replace. In plain English, this means that if your ring would cost $9,000 to replace, you might expect to pay between $90 and $180 per year to insure it — or slightly more in cities where the risk of theft is higher.

How To Get Your Cost Down:

Buy a vault or safe to keep jewelry in when it’s not being worn. (You can also keep paperwork like appraisals in the safe, so you’ll always know where it is if needed.)

What To Remember if You Only Remember One Thing:

When you shop for a “ring rider” policy, make sure to read the fine print: A good policy will cover every potentially ring-threatening situation from theft to damage to accidentally dropping it in the garbage disposal.

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