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How to Buy the Perfect Engagement Ring


Getting engaged is a very big moment for anyone – and if you have been thinking of popping the question over the holidays, you definitely want every element of this special moment to be perfect.


But how do you buy the right engagement ring, though? We have some tips for you.

  • Find a reputable jeweler. Even though Millennials are famous for their affinity for buying a lot of things online, the truth is that a lot of them still want to make the big purchases in store – and the engagement ring definitely qualifies as such. If, however, you prefer buying the ring online, do make sure to find a reputable seller. As many of you know all too well, not everything online is legit, and you don’t want to pay a high price for a ring that will not resist the test of time.

  • Know what you buy. If you decide to buy a diamond ring (which is not necessarily the rule!), be aware of the 4 C’s of diamonds (color, carat, cut, and clarity). Furthermore, you’ll need to decide on the metal you want for your engagement ring and learn the main differences between all your options (sure, yellow gold is really easy to distinguish from white gold, but, for instance, do you know the difference between palladium and platinum?).

  • Know your loved one’s style. The shape of the stone, as well as the style of the ring as a whole matter a lot. This is not a piece of jewelry your fiancée will simply match with one outfit or another – it’s a piece that’s deeply symbolic and a piece that she will wear for the rest of her life. Buy her something she really loves!

  • Which brings us to another very important point: just because everyone these days is wearing white gold and diamonds on their engagement rings, it doesn’t mean that’s what your SO wants as well. At the end of the day, we are all different, and the engagement ring is not about the diamond. It’s about the meaning of the gesture and the personality of the one who will wear it. Think outside the box!


The setting of the stone, the budget, and whether or not you want to customize the ring are all decisions you should make before you make a purchase. Think things through, use your sensibility, but don’t forget that, in the end, this is an emotional purchase – so allow yourself to embrace the beauty of the moment too!

Creative Team
Photographer: Anna J. Photography
Planner/Designer & Floristry: Burlap & Bordeaux


How to Choose the Best Picture-Perfect Wedding Cake

Wedding cakes are a staple tradition that’s still followed by most couples. Sure, you make your own rules and if you don’t like cake, you can definitely choose any alternative you like most (from cupcake towers to towers of cheese rolls). But if you want an actual cake, you definitely want to make sure it’s perfect.


What are the main decisions to make on your path to the picture-perfect wedding cake of your dreams? We have some tips for you.

  • To tier or not to tier? The classic way is to have a multi-tiered wedding cake – but that doesn’t mean it’s the only option. For a small wedding, you can definitely opt for a one-tier cake – and even if your wedding is quite large, you can still opt for multiple one-tier cakes (you can even have them in multiple flavors for the sake of variety!).

  • The flavors. Vanilla, fruit, chocolate – you can have whatever you want. If you want to surprise your guests with something special, you can go with a unique flavor combination. But if you appreciate the taste of a classic flavor for your cake, then that’s perfectly OK too!

  • The icing on the cake. There are three main options to choose from here: fondant (great when you want your cake to have a very polished look), buttercream (perfect for rustic-chic and boho-chic weddings), and naked (with no frosting at all, covered in nothing but powdered sugar and the décor itself). All of these options are perfectly viable – it all depends on the kind of cake you actually like to eat, and the location and season of your wedding (for example, buttercream cakes don’t do well if left out on a hot summer day).

  • The décor. Fresh flowers and fruit are a very trendy option now – but truly, you can choose anything you like. From motifs inspired by your favorite movies to painted flowers or just plain and simply a bit of greenery, anything goes.

Remember: your wedding cake is more than just dessert. It is an integral part of your wedding experience. Decide on a cake that goes well with your entire wedding style, but most importantly, choose a cake that mirrors who you are as a couple, what you like, and what your story is.


How to Include Your Father in the Big Day


You love your father for being the man who made you trust life and yourself. For being the first man in your life – and the one who will always love you, unconditionally, no matter what happens. For being the man who showed you what caring and commitment means, so that you can one day find your own pair and know what these values really look like.

Of course, you want to make your pops feel ultra-special on your wedding day – but how do you include him? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Ask him to help with the planning. OK, your dad may not be the best when it comes to wedding dress styles and wedding color schemes. But he can surely help you with a very important part of the organization of the Big Day: finding the best vendors and negotiating the best contracts with them.

  • Ask him to give a speech. This is quite traditional, so he will most likely be ready for this anyway. However, do make sure to make a “formal” invitation for the speech – your dad has been dreaming of this moment ever since he held you in his arms for the first time, so he will more than appreciate it!

  • Give him the Father Daughter Dance. Not all couples include this dance, but most do. Be among those who do plan for a Father Daughter dance – trust us, it’s one of the single most emotional and beautiful moments in a wedding and you really don’t want to miss out on this!

  • Find a groomsmen-coordinated attire for him. The mothers and fathers of the bride and groom don’t have to dress like the wedding party. However, finding an attire for your father that is well coordinated with that of your groom and his groomsmen will make him feel part of the crew – and he will absolutely love this!

  • Ask him to be your day-of coordinator. Rely on your dad’s organization skills to make sure everything on the Big Day is perfectly well-planned – he will love doing this for you!

Your dad is amazing for having raised such an amazing lady. Dedicate a piece of your wedding day to him – it’s bound to create the kind of memories that will always come back to you in the years to come!

Creative Team
Venue: Quail Ranch 
Photographer: Rewind Photography
Wedding Planner, Designer, and Floristry: Burlap & Bordeaux
DJ: Dj Zeke SB
Catering: Command Performance
Rentals: A Rental Connection
Linens: Dreams America Linens