A round up of Beautiful Engagement rings



I can't not have a post on engagement rings on this little blog. After all, they are an object that some girls out there have dreamt of since their childhood. To others these rings are a complete surprise as they never really gave them much thought and to some, they're not even on their list of things to do. If I had got my own way I would have had an engagement puppy instead of a ring but due to renting a one bed flat it's not possible. One day though.

I thought I would do a mini round up of some beautiful rings that caught my eye via Pinterest. Some may find these a bit untraditional and some are but I feel they're unique and have a bit of character. After all not everyone wants a beautiful princess cut ring from Tiffanys.... 


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I adore this first ring. I think it's beautiful and minimal with the right amount of sparkle. I love that it's not a traditional set diamond ring but offers something pretty and different. Ring number two makes my heart flutter! This ring is made by the talented Angeline Crowder Boyer from Oregon, find her Etsy shop here. She makes THE most beautiful creations all from natural rock. This ring maker holds a special place in my heart as she made my own engagement ring and I love that no one else will have the exact same style. Mathieu handed me her business card and the leaflet that came with the ring a couple of days after his proposal and my eyes were drawn to this colourful ring on the front. My favourite colour is green and I would never have though of a coloured stone for an engagement ring, but this is gorgeous.


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Ring number three and four are rather similar. A thin gold band with single large diamond taking the front. The same aside from the diamond shape, three is a circle, four an oval. I think the circle is another pretty minimal ring but I think I prefer the oval style. I feel it somehow makes t look a little more vintage.

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How beautiful is the idea of three small clustered diamonds for an engagement ring? Ring number five has another thin gold band and shows how beautiful a minimal engagement ring can be. I love ring number six' diamond cut. And is it strange that I love the cushioned pink box it comes in? I love the simple stone and the vintage look.

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Ring number seven is another small minimal approach but I love how it works. I feel people who are not fussed by the size of their diamonds would love this ring. Number eight is a beautiful vintage approach, I love the three set stones and how the colours contrast together.


And last but not least a shameless plug in here of my own engagement ring. I couldn't not add this beauty in as to me this is the best one haha. My ring has a rose gold/copper band set with a grey white unpolished/cut diamond. You can read here why I didn't want an unresearched diamond ring.

I just wanted to add a little note here to say that this is just a round up of some pretty rings that I found online. I am not aware of the prices but I have linked the sources if you wish to find out. I am aware that not every person has the advantage of these beautiful rings and that not everyone wants one. The most important thing about the ring is the gesture/sentiment, story and most importantly the person behind it, even if he/she has asked to spend their life with you without a ring, that is the most important thing of all. As I said before I would definatly choose a puppy haha!

What do you think of this round up? What type of ring did you have? A unique custom ring? A family heirloom? A quick ring because you couldn't wait? A puppy?

Let me know! 





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The Pros & Cons of an Outdoor Wedding




After I got engaged I immediately had visions of our day. I knew from the start I wanted to get married outside. I am not religious and neither is Mat and quite frankly Churches really freak me out. I knew I wanted to spend the day in sunshine and be surrounded by nature. I am by no means a hippy but I knew of all the places to have a wedding it would have to be outside, whether it take place on a beach, a forest, or for me ideally, a field.

I started setting about pinning all the pins! When my mother brought me down to earth. "You can't get married outside!" she told me when I gushed my ideas and plans to her. I yelped and told her it wasn't true and showed her all my beautiful pins woefully. She explained that the UK here has some very strict rules on marriage and that I also would have to scrap the idea of writing our own vows as the UK sees marriage as a holy binding contract and it's not to be messed with. 

I felt defeated and after finding google no help at all I finally came across an article (which I can no longer find!) explaining the UK marriage outdoor laws. I can tie the knot outside but the grounds/place has to have a marriage license. Which is hard to find in my local area, where I plan on getting hitched. I started to feel totally bummed but as I kept scrolling I realised it was still possible. I can get married outside and have the ceremony but it just won't be bindingly legal until we sign the official marriage documents in a licensed place. 

So I now have to decide whether to get married before or after I have my marriage ceremony haha. Very confusing. I wish it was more simpler and relaxed like other countries, damn you UK. 


So with all the planning still commencing I thought I would add a small list of the pros and cons of marrying outside, just to give myself peace of mind. 

The Pros

You can have your wedding anywhere*

I love the idea that you can have your wedding ceremony anywhere (as I mentioned above it won't be legal until you sign the documents on licensed grounds). I think it's beautiful that you could marry the one you love in a place that holds sentimental value to the both of you. The ideas are endless! On a cliff, hidden in a forest, on a bridge! I love that you can have it somewhere extreme like bungee jumping if thats your thing or somewhere super romantic like under the eiffel tower (as long as these places aren't government protected haha). You can make your place family friendly or a perfect elopement for the two of you. 

Views

As mentioned above, wherever you choose to say your vows someplace will offer the most spectacular view which is a bonus for your wedding photos! I would love to be able to have photos in a field of wildflowers or a forest or even a lake on my day! This could be helpful as the view will be so beautiful that you don't need to splash out on the extra venue decor as nature has already done it for you. 

Availability*

I can bet that the field I choose as my venue probably won't be booked up for the next year or so like all the other outdoor locations I've viewed such as hotels and golf clubs. Some locations could be so unique that you wouldn't have to book at all. Handy! But I'm also adding this to my con list...

It's Versatile

An outdoor venue could be so beneficial to some couples as your decor and planning isn't as restricted. You could have more space, less rules and more inspiration.  You could think of somewhere like field as a blank canvas, as there would be no restrictions on decor (unless it ruins the field, but I'm looking at natural decor). I know that this is why I want an outdoor wedding ceremony as I know churches can have strict rules and regulations when it comes to decorating.

Weather Control*

*Not including the UK haha because when have we ever had control over that! The good thing about having an outdoor wedding is that in some places you can control the weather. If you do plan on getting married in the sun you could head to the beach for an over seas wedding in a hot country.

No Hidden Fees

With most venues there are small hidden costs everywhere that you might not even discover until you have to pay th full bill. These things could catch you out such as cleaning fees, damages, even extra music instruments. At least outside you can start from scratch and add up as you go along and not get any surprises at the end.

Cons


Not legal

As I have mentioned at the start of this post, to be legally married you have to do it on licensed grounds, so for some, myself included, we will have to make a trip to a registry office the day before or after to make it legal. 

Availability

I mentioned in my pros list that availability is a pro but it all depends on where you choose to do it. My ideas like a field or forest I imagine would be fine but some places could be in high demand or even a tourist destination.

Privacy and Comfort

An indoor venue gives you the control and luxury of privacy from wanderers or nearby sounds such as a motorway. They can also provide comfort for younger and elderly guests which an outdoor wedding might not. There is also the notion that they will be better equipped during an emergency.

Allergies and Wildlife

I plan on having an open evening party where we dine and dance outside under the star in the summer. As idyllic as this sounds, it could be ruined by pesky flies in the evening and even wasps. Also as my wedding will be taking place at the height of summer outdoors, I know certain people will be uncomfortable as they're allergies will come into full swing. As I'm typing this I just remembered that one of my bridesmaids has hay fever! 


Cost 

This is the worst con. With an outdoor wedding there isn't a nice tidy package for the day so when providing essentials these costs may add up. You may have to rent the land, rent amenities and electricity, and even furniture which will add up your costs. I am planning mine in a field so I have to look at shelters from sun and rain! 

Weather

Weather will always be on a bridesmaid whether indoors or out but it'll make a huge impact on an outdoor venue. To me it doesn't really bother me too much as I know I have no control and would actually love a wedding photo in the rain! But I also need to think of my guests and their comfort. Rain could also destroy the venue such as creating muddy fields and even some vendors won't rent out equipment such as marquees as they can get damaged or muddy. The annoying thing about British weather is that there is no chance of knowing what will come. You could end up walking down the aisle in a gale only for it then to start raining, and as soon as you duck for shelter, it could change into an indian summer. You can't win, but you can be prepared!


What do you think of these pros and cons? Did you have an outdoor wedding? Would you ever consider it?






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Outdoor Wedding Ideas that I love


I've mentioned on here before that my ideal wedding day will be held outside in the British sunshine with lots of greenery, wildflowers, and fairy lights. That's the goal. I've put together here some wee mood boards on what I would consider having. 


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Look at those beautiful ceremonies! I love that they are taking place in the sunshine and under the stars (très romantic). For a while now I have been quite taken with the idea of an arch. I love that you can dress it up but after seeing the tree here all lit up at night is definitely giving me new ideas and the ceremony in the forest with all the guest stood around? I never would have considered a ceremony like that but I think it is beautiful! 

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Another thing to think about (there are many!) with outdoor weddings is where your guests are going to sit. I have seen so many different seating arrangements and love the idea of a circle and having the ceremony in the middle so everyone can see. I am not really too fussed but love the idea of having different chairs to sit on and pretty floral decorations or even hay bales if you're going for that rustic look! 


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I think my favourite thing I'm looking forward to (aside from marrying my lobster haha) is the evening party. I can't wait to dress my venue and would be the happiest person alive if it could look something similar to the photos above. I am dreaming of lots of fairy lights, long tables and no seating plan, a live band and once more lots of greenery. 

I don't know why I'm so taken with the idea of an outdoor wedding, maybe it's because I was always outside as a child. I think I'm a bit nostalgic and would love for this special day to occur on a hot summer day with the smell of grass in the air surrounded by family and friends. I can't wait!






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Thoughts on my first wedding fair


After Mathieu proposed I promptly googled all the wedding fairs and shows in area and jotted the dates down in my bullet journal (yes I have one of those haha)! But the one that I missed was right on my doorstep. the couple I had planned to go to in January backfired as I already had plans and then I booked tickets straight away for the National Wedding Fair at the NEC in Birmingham! Can't wait for that one! 

Mathieu and I were walking down our street one day which just so happens to be the high street in Chester city centre, and noticed that there was a wedding fair at the Grosvenor Hotel. We signed up and went straight in.

The fair was only small  but it was so insightful and I think that Mathieu actually enjoyed it! It was helpful in so many ways such as grabbing all the business cards, meeting local vendors and although its not nice to say, actually helped us to see what we didn't want in a wedding. 

It was nice to see photographers and what styles they did, we realised what style photographs we didn't want. We realised that we don't want huge gaudy table decorations but we soon realised that we did want some kind of floral arrangement. It was so eye opening and I even got a small goodie bag filled with Clarins samples and every perfume sample that I love! I also topped up on every free wedding magazine I could get my hands on haha! 

We came out having a good idea of what we want from our vendor and may have a potential photographer! Mathieu loved being fawned over when he hit the suit suppliers and can't wait to have a suit fitting session, although we both need to decide on the colour of the suit as it's the one thing we can't agree on! 

By the time this post goes live I will have already visited the National Wedding Fair so I can't wait to do a post on that! I am so excited! I will be going with my mother and we're both looking forward to a lovely day out! 

What did you think of your wedding fairs? Is the idea of a wedding fair a nightmare for you? Let me know!





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How to decide on your wedding colour theme




Whilst browsing through multiple wedding boards and pins on Pinterest, I quickly realised what style wedding I want. But as I was scrolling I realised that there were certain colour themes that made these wedding pics stand out. 

Then it just kind of hit me that I needed to have one too! I know that seems kind of obvious to most brides-to-be but as I am new to this stuff it went straight over my head! With that realisation I suddenly became very overwhelmed.

I need to think of flowers colours, table decor, bridesmaids dresses! I went to make myself a cuppa and sat down to a notebook and pen and did a good ol' brainstorm. I am a very minimal person in some ways.

 I like what I like and I am not a very colourful person. I like the saying "Though she always wears black, she has the most colourful mind" as I feel that that saying was made for me. My wardrobe consists of black, white, grey and dark green. But funnily enough the last thing I want is a minimal, formal, black tie wedding. Confusing I know.

I took stock from all the wedding pins I was pinning and noticed that they were full of greenery with the odd pop of colour from a floral bouquet along with the shimmer of gold from a jewellery piece or fairy lights. My favourite colour has always been green so I thought about it and decided it should be a no brainer and have it in my colour palette.

So I have decided on three colours that the colour palette will revolve around and they are Green, Blush & Gold. I am now visioning a venue full of greenery. Table decorations full of leaves and flowers, with of course, fairy lights above our heads.  For the pop of colour I am leaning towards blushes, purples, pinks with hints of yellow and along with the influence of fairy lights, I will have all my accessories gold.


What do you think? What are your favourite colours? Did you use them in your wedding theme? 









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