Along with all the wedding planning excitement, you and your hubby-to-be get to shop for your wedding bands.

Wedding Bands 101

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Our friends at The Knot recently shared their ultimate ring buying guide with tips for selecting wedding bands you will love and cherish for years.

We just had to pass along The Knot‘s 11 ways to pick the perfect wedding bands…

  1. Narrow down your choices
    “Since this is one of the few pieces—if not the only piece—of jewelry you’ll shop for together and wear every day, it’s smart to make some preliminary choices before you even hit the stores.”
  2. Consider buying your rings and your bands together
    “If you prefer to be surprised by the engagement ring, or you already have it on your finger, this may not work, but knowing what bands go with the engagement ring can help you make a decision.”
  3. Start your search early
    “Once you have a basic idea of what you’d like, it’s time for the fun part: trying on rings! Give yourselves at least two to three months before the wedding date to ring shop.”
  4. Mix it up
    “Don’t fret if you like platinum and your partner likes yellow gold. There’s no rule that says you have to choose the same metal or even style.”
  5. Set a budget
    “Shop with the assumption that you’ll spend about 3 percent of your total wedding budget on the rings.”
  6. Keep your lifestyle in mind
    “What’s the point of buying a pricey, pretty band if it feels uncomfortable on or if you have to remove it often (and increase your chances of losing it)? Remember: You’re going to wear this band every day, so the goal is to choose something that seamlessly becomes a part of your life.”
  7. Take your time trying
    “You may love the idea of a braided rose gold ring or a diamond eternity band, but once you get to the store, try some rings that aren’t on your inspiration board.”
  8. Think long term
    While you shouldn’t be afraid of being trendy, make sure the style you choose is something you’ll want to wear for, say, the next 40 years. This ring is meant to last through all the jobs, PTA meetings and social functions from now until then, so pick one you love that you can picture yourself wearing for a long time.
  9. Consider maintenance
    “To keep a wedding band with stones clean and sparkling, you’ll need to wash and soak it in warm sudsy water, then gently brush it with a soft toothbrush or eyebrow brush, rinse it and pat it dry with a soft lint-free cloth. Sound like too much upkeep? You may want to opt for a fuss-free gold or platinum ring.”

  10. Size it right
    “Most people rarely take off their wedding bands; they wear them through summers, winters, exercise, pregnancies—all times when your fingers swell and contract from heat, cold, water retention or weight gain. To find the right size that will best weather all of those changes, schedule your final ring fitting at a time when you’re calm and your body temperature is normal.”
  11. Check for quality
    “Make sure the ring has two marks inside the band: the manufacturer’s trademark and the quality mark, 24K or PLAT. If the ring consists of two or more metals, make sure there’s a quality mark for each.”

See The Knot‘s full wedding band guide.

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18 Oct 2016

Eeek, you’re engaged! Congratulations! Now it’s time to start planning…

The Breakers’ destination wedding team is often asked if we recommend hiring a planner to help coordinate your wedding – this is an important decision, so we have compiled a list with our top five reasons hiring a wedding or event planner is a great choice…

Should I hire a wedding planner?
{Photo by Donna Newman Photography}

1. Professional Pros: Planning a wedding or event can be a full time job. From researching vendors, taking care of the details, and coming up with creative ideas to make your celebration amazing, a planner will save you hours of legwork. A professional keeps you updated, makes detailed itineraries for all involved, including other vendors, and assures you that everything will happen on time and on schedule. They will flawlessly execute your event.

2. Expert advice: Your planner channels your tastes, taking into consideration your style and personality. They make sure that your event day surpasses all expectations and turn your dreams into a reality, and can offer etiquette and ideas along the way.

3. Vendor Loyalty: Great planners have built outstanding relationships with vendors in all categories. In turn, vendors want to work with these planners because they know the event is going to run smoothly. You are assured to get the best prices from the finest, most reliable vendors who love working with your planner.

4. Just In Case: A planner is educated in handling situations that involve any unforeseen circumstances relating to your event day with grace and ease. Their goal is to go above and beyond and to devise solutions to make your day perfect, no matter what it takes.

5. In the Know: A savvy planner will keep up with all the latest industry trends and stay ahead of the curve. They have the ability to suggest out of the box ideas that will add personalization and a wow factor to your event.

Our team has had the opportunity to work with many talented wedding planners. Here is a list of The Breakers recommended wedding and event planners…

Wedding & Event Planners

Local

New York

Boston

West Coast

  • Laurie Arons Special Events, LLC: (415) 332-0600, Laurie Arons; LaurieArons.com

Say “I Do” at one of the most beautiful places on earth. Contact us today to
start planning your dream wedding at The Breakers!

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When it comes to writing your own wedding vows, what matters most is that it comes from the heart.

Huffington Post Weddings shared a great article with advice for writing “vows your spouse will absolutely love.” We just had to share…

Wedding Vow 101: Writing Vows From The Heart

Of the nine refreshing tips Huff Post shared, our favorite advice: Create a framework.

Before you start writing, sit down with your fiance at least six weeks before your wedding and establish a framework or outline template for your vows. Items to consider:

  • Tone – Heartfelt yet funny? Serious and romantic?
  • Length – 150-200 words? 1-2 minutes?
  • What types of things you want to say – Memories from your relationship? Your “how we met” story? Promises for the future?
  • How you’ll close your vows – You may both want to say the same thing,  for example, “I’ll love you forever,” “I’m so glad you picked me” etc.,  or surprise each other with a unique closing line

{Read more: See the full article and all nine tips here.}

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The most magical wedding day is a flurry of excitement and nerves — and the best advice is remember to slow down and take it all in.

5 Wedding Day Must-Do's for the Bride

{Photo by Chris Joriann Photography}

Our friends at BRIDES magazine recently shared some great advice and a few must do’s that we just had to pass along…

  • Take Time for Yourself —
    You are surrounded by all of your loved ones — best friends, family and guests — don’t forget to take a little “me” time if you need it. Review your vows, glance at yourself in all your wedding day glory or sneak a peek at your ceremony or reception decor.
  • Breathe —
    Feeling over excited or nervous? Take a minute and a few deep breaths… a breather helps you reset a new level of calm.
  • Take a Snack Break —
    From getting ready to heading down the aisle, you need your energy. Place your maid of honor on snack duty so you remember to eat periodically throughout the day.
  • Remember What the Day is About —
    In the midst of dancing, dining and drinking, it can be incredibly simple to forget that your wedding day is about your marriage and partnership with your husband.
  • Appreciate the Moment —
    A stolen kiss, a sweet smile and a touching tear. Remember to appreciate all the special moments, especially your walk down the aisle, wedding vows, first dance and cake cutting. Take a minute to relish the details of your wedding that make it truly special and oh-so-you!

 Enjoy more tips from BRIDES.

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