Archive for June, 2012

Men’s Moissanite Wedding Rings: A New Choice for the Modern Groom

Explore the new trend in wedding jewelry   men’s moissanite wedding rings. Men are becoming increasingly savy about their choice of wedding jewelry. Many grooms wish to create a unique yet affordable look by exploring different stones and metals. Men’s moissanite wedding rings are an attractive and economical alternative to the traditional diamond wedding band.

 

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Moissanite is an increasingly popular choice for men’s wedding rings. Though less expensive than the diamond, moissanite is so similar to the diamond in appearance and properties that even those with a trained eye may have trouble distinguishing them. Manufacturers claim that moissanite actually sparkles more than a diamond, and is almost as hard. 

 

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Moissanite was first identified as a rare natural substance in meteorites. In the late 1800’s, Dr. Henri Moissan, discovered the substance associated with a fallen meteor in Arizona. However, it is only recently that moissanite was available for purchase. Today, moissanite gemstones are synthetically produced for jewelry. Moissanite’s durability and resistance to heat make it easy to work with for jewelers. Many people are drawn to the stone’s original “otherworldly” origins, and diamond-like appearance. 

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Men choosing a Moissanite wedding ring can have the look of diamonds without the exorbitant price. Indeed, the groom can splurge on bigger stones and a more dramatic look by choosing the less expensive material. While less expensive, moissanite is a quality stone that is typically set in gold or other precious metals.

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Charles & Covard is the only manufacturer of moissanite. JC Penney now sells the line, calling it “one of the fastest growing choices for jewels today.” Moissanite rings come with a lifetime warranty, and will endure the years of marriage as well as a diamond. Those interested in purchasing a men’s moissanite ring may visit Charles & Covard’s website at www.moissanite.com for a list of stores that sell this unique product.

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Get in on the facts you need to know when wording your wedding invite.

One of the hardest things about choosing wedding invitations or even making your own is decided what format to use. Should you spell every word out and how do you handle all the particulars? 

 

Get in on the facts you need to know when wording your wedding invite.

Most people fail to understand that their wedding invite content needs to embody the caliber of the wedding they will be hosting. There currently exists no type of invite that is universally fit for all sorts of weddings. This leaves you and your future spouse with the chore of deciding what type of wording to use. As if wording isn’t a big enough issue on its own, you also have to decide what names go on the invite and in what order. There are many things to consider in this dilemma, including what side of the family is responsible for the heftiest financial contributions. 

 

Many people somehow fall under the impression that wedding invite wording always has to be formal. It really doesn’t. You can keep the invite very simplistic and include you and your spouse’s name and a request to the particular recipient to make him or herself present and your wedding. 

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Naming parents in your invite can be quite a complicated process. It’s common for a typical invite to first mention the bride’s parents, followed by the actual invite, than the name of the groom and his family. While this is not very complex in itself, problems can get quite apparent when divorced or step-parents come into the picture. You want to limit the number of people you name in the invite as you may end up confusing guests. You also want to remember to take your parent’s feelings into consideration. Omitting people without first consulting them can result in problems. Thus, be very careful before you strike someone from the wedding invite. 

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For casual ceremonies, the sky is really the limit as to style.

 

But most weddings follow a certain set of formalities in their

invitations. Here is a template for a normal wedding invitation:

 

         Mr. and Mrs. John Doe

   request the honour of your presence

    at the marriage of their daughter

              Kathryn Marie

                   and

          Mr. James Henry Smith

     on Saturday, the tenth of July

 

         two thousand and five

            at seven o’clock

          First Baptist Church

            222 Ellerbe Road

              Paris, Texas

 

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As for a formal wedding template, there are some rules of wording

that are appropriate:

 

1.  Spell out every word, even the date and year. Street, not St.

Road, not Rd.

2.  Use Roman numerals in titles, such as David Kenneth Williams

III. Do not use “3rd” or “third”.

3.  For weddings in a church, say “request the honour of your

presence”. For non-religious weddings, say “request the pleasure

of your company”.

4.  Write out full names. Do not use initials.

 

You can copy and paste this template onto your word processor for

easy guidance:

 

       (the name of bride’s parents/parent)

        request the honour of your presence

         at the marriage of their daughter

               (the name of bride)

                      to

               (the name of groom)

                on (weekday name),

    the (day of month, spelled out) of (month)

           at (time, spelled out) o’clock

          (name of church or building)

          (address of church/building)

           (city, state of ceremony)

 

Optional:

        Reception Immediately Following

                      At

             (name of location)

 

Directions to the reception hall can be given at the wedding or

on a separate card in the invitation envelope.

 

 

When it comes down to it, you and your soon to be spouse have a lot of control over how your wedding invite is both worded and organized. You need to maintain a certain degree of flow in the invite, but aside from that you are essentially given a lot of flexibility.