Aug 31

Jewelry is ornaments of precious metals worn to beautify ourselves. It is an art form that lures people and attracts people of all ages. Heirloom jewels are passed on from parents to the next generation. Such is the bond that jewelry creates in the hearts of people who believe in looking beautiful.

The word ‘jewelry’ is derived from the French word ‘jouel’. The earliest form of jewelry was made from shells that were made into beads. Jewelry of our ancestors was made from materials such as animal teeth, shells, wood, stone, bones of animals etc. They used all natural materials. It was worn by people of high stature and even after death, the jewelry went into the grave with them. You would have seen archaeologists discover skeletons from the past with jewelry on their body.

With passage of time, jewelry was made from synthetic materials too. Although, primarily gold, silver, white gold, platinum remain the more sought after metals to be used in the making or ornaments. Precious gemstones like diamond, emerald, ruby, sapphire etc. are also embedded into the metal to make the ornaments even better looking.

Costume jewelry is something that’s made of synthetic materials like plastic, ivory, wood, glass etc. Fashion jewelry is cheap and easy to buy and there is a craze for it amongst teenagers, who can just pick up a piece with their pocket money.

Wearing jewelry made with costly metals and precious stones such as diamonds is considered a sign of wealth and prosperity. Some people buy precious jewelry as an investment for the future. They know that the value can only increase.

Jewelry over the ages has come to become an important part of a special occasion; in fact it is an essential part in some occasions like engagements and weddings. In the West, an engagement ring and a wedding are the quint essentials in performing these ceremonies. Similarly, there is no Indian Hindu Wedding without a mangalasutra, which is the sacred thread worn in the neck.

Jewelry comes in all shapes and sizes, chains, necklaces, chokes, finger rings, wrist bands, bracelets, waist bands, leg chains, ear studs, earrings and name it and you have it. All these again come as plain jewelry with nothing but gold or silver etc., or embedded with precious gemstones. Again, depending on the quality of the metal used or the weight of the stone, from the most expensive to the least expensive, diamond jewelry being the most expensive and most sought after. You even have watches with gold and precious stones, like diamonds.

With such a varied choice, how can you restrict a woman from wanting more to make her look beautiful or for that matter, how can a man contain himself. From ancient times, jewelry has been synonymous for both men and women equally. Diamond watches are in vogue with men right now and they are made to show off a man’s masculinity.

For those of you that appreciate jewelry, there are no bounds. Pick something within your budget and enjoy the pleasure it affords and the beauty that becomes your own.

Aug 31

What do you do…where do you go when you are so often in a no win situation? Every personal relationship has had and will have these moments. What should you do, give up and get out? Should you trudge on and go through? Here are some issues of apparent no impasse with a look at possible to do’s.

What if you don’t care to engage in a lot of idle “chitchat”, or care to talk much at all for that matter, then you are perceived as a “rude” person and others comment that your tacit manner is “bad” behavior. Suppose you don’t have a sanguine personality, outgoing and effervescent? You abhor conflict. So, on occasion you do converse and then many times what you say is interpreted in a manner for which you had never intended, consequently someone gets very upset and then tells you, “You should never say anything that someone could interpret as being bad”. One of the points you’ve tried to make is that so often what you convey is seen as bad, evil, or wrong and that your intent and interpretation of something is incorrect because that’s not how the other “sees it”. You now say, “Duh, is anybody home? If I ’should never say anything that could be interpreted as being bad’, why should I offer conversation at all if my observation or point of analysis is usually wrong?”

You understand that another person often reckons something differently and you can understand how they could arrive at their conclusion. However, apparently you are just plain and unequivocally wrong. Well, why does the other person seemingly always have to be right and you’re not? Are you not entitled to an outlook? No, it’s not theirs seems to be the tilt. Can you not say something without a value judgment being put on it? Apparently not, every one is entitled to an observation but you. Additionally, why is the other person licensed to have a double standard and what you say is just dreadful? Now here is the real kicker, not more than an hour earlier someone makes the same statement, using the exact words but what you said is unforgivable.

Here’s a for instance and let me try to put it from one perspective. If a normal male and female in their twenties engage in sexual intercourse just once, is it not possible, even if they use contraceptives, that the woman can get pregnant? Isn’t this one of the points of the “Worth the Wait” curriculum promoted through the Scott and White health care program? Isn’t abstinence the only one hundred percent reliable method of not getting pregnant, or am I just dumb and “never understand”? Doesn’t the mathematical possibility of pregnancy increase with the number of times a couple enjoys each other in these performances? So, if this couple has been together for over a year and a half, should it be a surprise if the two are blessed (looking for the good here and I’ll address this later) with an anticipated birth? Wait a minute, I didn’t mention that the couple is not married, but does it matter? Yes, for many people, depending on their religious, economic, and social perspectives, very much so.

If the two are going to have a child, great as far as you’re concerned, you’re happy for them, you know they will both make wonderful parents, but you’re not the mother, you’re a male. Okay, back to having said the wrong thing using the exact same words. The mother and daughter are talking on the phone and the mom says “I’m not surprised”, referring to the daughter’s news of expectancy. A while later the mother and a male (not the natural father of the daughter) are having dinner and conversation. They discuss the evening events and news of the earlier phone call. The male mentions that he is “not surprised” that the girl is with child. Immediately, the mother becomes agitated, defensive and literally accuses the man of calling the daughter a “Slut”. This, however, was never his intention, it never crossed his feeble brain, nor would he ever say such a thing.

Suppose you are the male uttering the infamous quote, the exact same words the mother has spoken on the phone, “not surprised”, but you extracted them from the concept of the previous paragraph and mathematical probability? Well, no matter what you say in defense of yourself, you are wrong, no two ways about it. Your words didn’t come from recently thinking about your daughter and pregnancy, yours wasn’t based on premonition. You’re not a mother so you don’t understand, end of discussion. Any further mention of the topic initiated by you is given a response tantamount to a threat of dissolution of the relationship or divorce, one of those “you don’t need to be with me” statements.

Isn’t this a double standard: she can not be surprised, but you can’t without it becoming a value assessment of a person’s character? Definitely a no win scenario.

More of these state of affairs, if you have an opinion or something that you like is not the same as the other person’s, then that person promptly explains the errors of your thinking and proceeds to lobby for their notion. With an accumulation of these events, why should you bother to express an opinion when it’s just shot down and lobbied against with terms like “you never listen”, “you never understand”, “I never get to have an opinion”, “you twist everything around”, “don’t you think it should…”, and “then, you don’t need to be with me”. Remember, you don’t like conflict, so, what should you do regarding these manipulative responses?

What if in your naive mental abilities you don’t believe that it is ever bad to find the good in a situation or a person? Perhaps, you’ve been “called on the carpet” and convicted and sentenced harshly for doing so in more than a couple of instances, particularly if in doing so you are indicted for defending an ex.

Suppose you stand up for yourself and express your feelings, hurts, and reasoning behind your actions but the logic is not accepted and then you are chastised for making them feel worthless in an attempt to provide you a guilt trip. You are also told this is breaking up your relationship. You get another one of those “then, you don’t need to be with me”. What do you do?

Your circumstances will certainly be different, yet will be similar in that your experiences may lead you to deem that no matter what you have done, it appears to be the wrong thing.

So, what do you do? It’s a valid question. What do you do? You look inside the other person and notice the wonderful, gleaming facets of a flawed gem. You see the tenderness, compassion, the caring that may be hid by other actions. You witness the joyful character, the playfulness, the enthusiasm for life, and passions for nature. You spot the creativity and warm spirit.

What do you do? You try to understand. You try to understand where the other person’s perspectives are coming from, what may have influenced their thoughts and actions. You try to understand that perhaps you actually are in error. You try to understand that sometimes in a relationship even if you are correct and they are wrong it’s better for their psyche and emotions than yours to let them be right. You also try to understand that it’s important to apologize even if you’re spot on.

What do you do? You try. You try to make things right. You try to be calm and control your emotions. You try to talk and choose your words carefully, words that are caring and uplifting. You try to work out solutions and come to agreement. You try to acknowledge the other person’s feelings, ideas, and individuality. You try to make compromises. You try to look for the good in the situations and learn from them.

What do you do? You accept. You accept apologies without tearing into the person and inventorying their mistakes and faults. You accept that someone can’t always read your mind and feelings. You accept that others can’t always offer apologies in a manner, time, and wording that you anticipate or desire. You accept that others must also deal with problems and issues in a means that is different than what you would do or expect and its okay for them to do so without holding it against them.

What do you do? You remember. You remember that this is not their usual behavior. You remember that no one wins in an argument. You remember that there is no such thing as a “no win scenario” in a relationship because your relationship is about love and that love is about giving, not getting or winning. You remember that love is patient and kind. You remember that love doesn’t seek its own way. You remember that love cares about the welfare of others first and foremost. You remember the blessings you have together and the good moments past. You remember that love is an act of choice. “You don’t need to be with me.” That is entirely true, you don’t “need” to be with that person. You remember that you feel God brought you together and you’ve made that choice to accept each other, damaged goods and all.

If none of these seems to be an appropriate, amorous option, then out of love it is time to take a look at the quality of life you are bringing to the relationship and mutually decide if it is in the best interest of the other to dissolve or change the nature of the relationship.

Aug 31

What is the one small detail you’ve overlooked in your wedding planning? You’ve been thorough, so this may keep you up a while. Have another cup of coffee and think. You’ve remembered to order the wedding flowers and hire a wedding photographer (hint!). When the photographer is taking the money shot of you on the happiest day of your life, in your exquisite wedding gown and veil, in front of the most beautiful background imaginable, and the photographer says “Smile”, will you want to?

How can you express the joy you’ll feel on your wedding day if you’re reluctant to reveal your less-than-pearly-white smile? Relax. Here are some tips and remedies that will have you wearing white with confidence.

Be aware of the habits, foods and drinks that produce stained, yellow teeth. Cigarette smoke turns teeth an unflattering brown. We love cherry and blueberry pie, but those rich, dark colors turn your teeth, as do other sugary foods and soy sauce. Drinks like red wine, coffee, tea and dark-colored juices also stain teeth. Carbonated drinks have a double negative - they stain your teeth and they contain phosphoric acid which, over time, thins the layer of enamel that protects your teeth and lets the yellow dentin show through. Recent studies confirm that sports drinks, energy and fitness waters also contain acid. Using a straw for carbonated and sports beverages will diminish their negative effects..Sucking on lemons or any citrus fruit with high acid content will also damage teeth severely.

You’d be amazed how simply brushing daily for two minutes after every meal will remove plaque and up your bright-smile factor significantly. Bleaching trays are a moderately inexpensive whitening method. The rubber trays, custom-fit by your dentist, are filled with a bleaching solution that interacts with oxygen to decrease stains. Wearing them one-to-two hours a day can make your teeth up to five shades lighter in two weeks.

Though somewhat costly, ultraviolet whitening is the speedy way to whiter teeth. This safe and easy cosmetic dental procedure can whiten your teeth by up to ten shades in one visit. Dentists apply a gel with whitening agents on the surface of your teeth and then use a special light to activate the gel.

For do-it-yourselfers, whitening strips are over-the-counter, affordable options for home use. However, they only bump your whiteness factor up two or three shades - much less noticeable than professional procedures. Another in-home option is brush-on gels. Similar in effect to white strips, brush-on whitening gel is applied to the teeth before bedtime. Though easy and convenient, you may wake up with a chalky taste in your mouth. Keep in mind that any bleaching solution or gel-based whitening method you use will only last six months to a year.

A high-end electric tooth brush, when used correctly can produce amazing results. Clinical studies showed an 84% reduction in cola and coffee stains over a four-week period.

If your teeth problems go beyond stains, there’s an answer for you, too. Ultra-thin porcelain veneers, or covers, can be placed over your teeth to correct a number of imperfections - the size or shape of your teeth, or no teeth at all. Porcelain veneers must be professionally applied, so talk to your dentist.

When all else fails, the right lipstick can do the trick. Stay away from orange shades, because they’ll bring out the yellow in your teeth, even if your teeth are a healthy white. Use lipsticks with pink or purple tones to bring out the white in a magnificent smile you’ll want to flash joyfully to friends, family and photographers on that momentous day!

Aug 31

Well here is one more ‘how to’ guide for all you Internet greenhorns and this time we are talking about writing and posting Personals. How many times have you shied away from hitching on to a dating site only because you didn’t think writing personals ads was your forte? A whole lot of people are dissatisfied with the way they wrote their ad and they may not be entirely wrong.

A personal is the most important piece of writing you’ll ever upload on a dating site because your advertisement is your sales pitch! It is that little ad that is going to be the first thing noticed by other singles. So the better you write your ads the higher is the possibility of getting more singles interested in you.

Adding the Bling

Good ads are the one that give all the personal information needed to get other singles attention. Great ads are the ones that grab eyeballs and push people into action. A great advertisement should be a like a personalized invitation asking others to get in touch. Try these tips to write a great ad and put your dating plan in the top gear.

Basically your advertisement should tell who you are and what you want in your date. Stand out by being creative in your personal profile. Instead of doing the regular age and vital stats thingy, use personalized exiting copy telling people why they should want to date you.

If you want a more personalized profile and get more responses, add a photograph (it increases interest by leaps and bounds!). Finally, spell check your ads. Bad spelling can sound the death knell for your ad faster than you can say ‘presonal ‘.

Success in getting a date online depends on how you project yourself. So crack the ad code with these tips and put your dating plan in the top gear. You’ll find some great site reviews on our website to help you and yahoo personals is a great place to start

Aug 31

A churning stomach and some serious dehydration - those are the usual symptoms of a person about to go on a blind date. Dating by itself can be a mystery for many singles and blind dating can get downright hairy!

The fact is that a lot of singles have still tried their hand at such a date. Such dates are the ones where your date is a mystery and you don’t know a single thing about them - so all that sweat is probably induced by the fear of the unknown! But you can remove some of that ‘blind’ part and singles make a success of such a date with these tips.

Unraveling The Mystery

First of all, don’t be completely blinded on such a date. The same rules as regular dating apply here. So know a bit about your date beforehand; maybe through the friend or relative who set you up this blinded romance or from the person themselves if you met them on a dating site.

This would take care of tip number two - making conversation. Even if you are totally blinded by her beauty do talk! When you already know a few things about your dates likes and dislikes, for instance, that can be a good ice-breaker.

Arrive a little before time on a blind outing. That will give you the time to get adjusted to the surroundings before your dates arrival and also to pull yourself together….deep breaths, remember? If you have set the time and place for this blind outing, keep it in a public place.

Finally, dress up for the occasion. Countless single people make the mistake of dressing up too garishly or too shabbily. But remember you get a single chance to make a good first impression, don’t spoil it with that pink dinosaur tie!

Browse through our articles section for more on dating, blind or otherwise. Also worth a look is RedHotPie for some hot adult dating

Aug 31

Sometimes the first thing guys want to do when they meet a girl is show her that they understand GAME.

They’ll start talking about evolution, alpha males, how girls will always cheat on their boyfriends, how they know girls like intimacy more than guys etc.

From now on, I will refer to this nonsense as “The Talk of Death”.

Let me explain why, and also give you a very counter-intuitive idea of what to do instead.

The kinds of things we learn in pick-up generally make very poor conversation topics with women. Especially hot ones.

It might work with the social anthropologist grad student, but to the girl that any man in his right mind would be attracted to, there are a few major things wrong with this strategy:

(BTW - if you do happen to run into a girl that loves this kind of stuff, by all means talk about it, I’m just saying it should not be used as an ATTRACTION strategy for most of the female population)

1. It puts her on the defensive. It’s exactly like one country revealing it’s battle plans to another country that it is at war with.

It shows that you are “thinking too much” about the dynamic, which not only is a huge turn off, but also makes her think you’re going to be a mind-trip. Not good.

2. Chances are, her awareness level is about 10 of women actually DO get this stuff. It’s obvious, intuitive and accepted for them.

These women tend to also like women, capable of open relationships, and generally a lot of fun.

But here’s the thing - the guys they end up dating ALSO get this stuff intuitively.

And when you get something intuitively, you’ll never go out of your way to convince another person of it, or explain it like it’s some huge revelation!

So the minute you do, the girls who are most eligible for the lifestyle you’re looking for, will automatically disqualify you.

So… What to do instead?

Well - one of the most powerful techniques I use is this:

**Understand society’s programming, understand her specific programming, and appear to be under the exact same programming.**

Keep your knowledge of REALITY to yourself (and of course, if you figure out anything amazing, I would appreciate it if you share it on my forum as well)

You’re going to see a big difference in your game.

And I want to be part of it.

Aug 31

A few years ago, I went out with a woman three times in a couple of weeks. We had great chemistry, and despite the fact that I was a customer service representative at JDate pulling in barely $30K, I’d paid for everything. First date was $60. Second date was $90. The third date was brunch the morning after the second date. She’d ordered a dozen bagels and then realized she’d forgotten her wallet. No big deal. An innocent mistake. She generously offered to pick up our next date.

She called me at work the following day to tell me of a play that sounded like fun. She said she was busy at work and asked if I could find out if there were tickets available. No problem. I called the theater and learned there were only six left. What’s a guy to do? No big deal, I bought a pair of tickets and figured she’d pick up dinner before we went out.

After our $40 meal, she put down her credit card and went to the bathroom. When she came back, she noticed that I didn’t put in my credit card to pick up or split the check. Upon which she glared at me and said, with a ton of venom and not a shred of irony: “What am I, your sugar mama?!”

Yeah, being a guy isn’t always the most rewarding thing in the world. But what are you gonna do? I’ve stopped wondering about what’s “fair” and have decided to embrace the system I’ve inherited. In this system, a guy pays unquestionably, and if a woman offers to pay, he is supposed to say no. At least on the first few dates. Or as long as she’s being courted. Or maybe always. It depends on the woman. We can never know unless we let down our guard and allow her to pick up a check. And by then, it’s often too late to justify your behavior.

This is a quandary all right and there is no one right answer. Until now. As your friendly neighborhood single dating coach, I’m going to give you the definitive rulebook on how to negotiate this tricky territory, once and for all….

WHAT PEOPLE SAY:

HER: He should WANT to pay for me.

Yes, and, generally, that is the case. Being generous, especially to someone you care about, is an incredible feeling - right up there, I’m told, with having everything paid for by someone else. The one time I forgot my wallet on a date, she gracefully picked up the check and told me not to worry. This was both extremely classy, and extremely appreciated.

HIM: She EXPECTS me to pay for everything.

Yes, and that’s the precedent that was established way before you were born. Don’t fight it, just do it with a smile, ’cause if you don’t, you ain’t getting another date.

HER: He SHOULD pay, especially at the beginning.

This logic is a little dicier. Why should a man pay? Because it’s chivalrous? Consider that chivalry started at a time when men worked and women didn’t. Women, literally, could NOT pay. Thus, men picking up the check sprung out of necessity, not out of kindness. It has since been codified into a gentleman’s code, which is considered in very poor taste to question. I’m not questioning, but see how angry you are that I’m even bringing it up?

HIM: But SHE asked me out.

So what? If etiquette says that you pay for the first date, and she expects you to pay for the first date, and you can afford to pay for the first date, then pay for the damn first date.

HER: It doesn’t matter what he makes. A gentleman always pays. It indicates how he feels about me.

If a guy makes a ton of money, I can assure you, it’s his absolute joy and pleasure to spring for every last drink and spa treatment. But there’s a big difference between being cheap and being poor. Cheap means the guy asks the woman to pay for the fish when he ordered the less expensive chicken. Poor means that the guy has trouble making rent if he has to pay for five dates in a month. Put yourself in his position: it’s hard to blame him for wanting to alternate checks.

My solution is, not surprisingly, an equivocation. Let’s all try to understand one another.

Guys, be as generous as possible, not only because she expects you to, but because it’s genuinely rewarding to “be the guy” and make life easier on her.

Women, be sympathetic to the grad student or schoolteacher that doesn’t have the means to be as chivalrous as he’d like. You may not be our sugar mamas, but please don’t take it for granted that we’re your ATM’s, okay?

Postscript: A version of this article was written five years ago. Since that time, I find myself in a much greater position to be generous. I remain sympathetic to men who can’t blindly pick up every single check.

My slightly revised position for who pays on a first date is this:

He grabs the check immediately.

She does the “fake reach”.

He waves her off and insists on paying.

She thanks him for his generosity.

End of scene.

Presuming the man can safely afford it, this script should play out on every date during the courting phase.

HOWEVER:

You, as a man, can’t get mad if she doesn’t make the offer to split. If you offer to take her out, expect to pay for the whole thing, and be pleasantly surprised if you don’t have to.

You, as a woman, can’t get mad if he accepts your reach. If you offer to split, and he lets you split (or even pick up) the check, he has done absolutely nothing wrong. It’s not a game or a test, unless you treat it like one.

One final, overriding note for men: It doesn’t matter if it’s coffee or dinner, whether you make more or she makes more, whether you asked her out or she asked you out. You can never go wrong by paying.

Aug 31

Though most people meet their dates at social organizations, in their daily life and work, or are introduced through friends or relatives, and took their dating from there, the dating agency industry emerged strongly, but discreetly, in the Western world after World War II, mostly catering for the 25-44 age group. Newspaper and magazine personal ads also became common as introduction services.

In the last five years, dating and courtship have seen changes due to online dating services and introduction services. Telecommunications and computer technologies have developed rapidly since around 1995, allowing people that are dating the use of home telephones with answering machines - mobile phones, web-based systems or by visiting a matchmaking agency to find prospective partners. “Pre-dates” can take place by telephone or online via instant messaging, e-mail, or even video communication. A disadvantage is that, with no initial personal interview by a traditional dating agency head, Internet daters are free to exaggerate or lie about their characteristics.

While the growing popularity of the Internet took some time, now one in five singles is said to look for love on the Web, either by joining single dating sites or searching for a dating agency which has led to a dramatic shift in dating patterns. In 2004 research in the United Kingdom suggests that there were around 150 introduction services there, and the market was growing at around 20 percent a year due to, first, the very low entry barriers to setting up a dating site, and secondly, the rising number of single people. However, even academic researchers find it impossible to find precise figures about crucial statistics, such as the ratio of people dating to the large number of inactive members (whom an agency will often wrongly claim as potential partners, leaving them ‘on the books’ long after they have left) and the overall ratio of men to women in an agency’s membership. Academic research on traditional pre-Internet agencies suggests that most such agencies had far more men than women in their membership. Traditionally, in many societies (including Western societies), in dating men were expected to fill the role of the pursuer. However, the anonymity of the Internet (as well as other factors) has allowed women to take on that role online. A recent study indicated that “women pay to contact men as often as the reverse, which is quite different from behavior in telephone-based dating system[s]” (from Wired magazine). There is still plenty of room for a matchmaker to thrive, however, and only time will tell which industry wins out in the end.

An introduction agency we believe with good reason is the country’s most successful dating agency is a success in London called Drawing Down The Moon. It began in 1984 in a bookshop near the British Museum, bringing together people from the local business, professional and creative communities.

Aug 31

The coy glances, the tender touch, the passionate embraces, the fun outings… it’s always smooth sailing in the beginning. Then, inevitably the strong currents pick up and roughly toss the relationship around. The question is how to determine whether your relationship is safely docked or is perilously on the rocks? Read on for those tell-tales signs of trouble…

Ho-hum… whatever!

When your outfit no longer evokes a reaction from your partner, when your partner returns one in every five calls, it’s time to hit the pause button. Indifference can slow poison a relationship, so next time your partner shrugs and says, “whatever” question their lack of interest.

Go with your gut

You know that queasy feeling that causes knots in your stomach and subconsciously warns you? Trust it completely. Never ignore your instincts. If you have a nagging doubt that something is amiss in your relationship and you’re depressed, discuss it immediately with your partner. Don’t procrastinate as your in-built gut radar is generally never wrong.

Human touch

Stress, fatigue and illnesses can all be deterrents for a healthy physical relationship. But when your partner makes up excuses for your advances all the time, it’s a signal you mustn’t ignore. It just may be that your partner is looking to move on.

Let’s get physical

If the only physical touch involves violence, walk out pronto. An abusive relationship, be it mental or physical, can scar you for a long time. Nip it in the bud and don’t make excuses to justify your partner’s actions.

Mountains out of molehills

Take the cue when every little argument escalates into a full blown drama. Bickering is common in every relationship but when the frequency of the fights increase for no apparent reasons, be alert.

Disappearing act

When your partner doesn’t have much time to talk or be with you occasionaly, it could be work. But when the Houdini acts get routine there’s definitely a problem.

Me, myself and I

If everything in your relationship revolves around your partner and what he/she wants then you’re stuck with one selfish soul! Be careful.

Criticism

When your partner no longer wants to be with you, he/she will find ways of putting you down even though you’re fulfiling every wish and demand. Don’t let your self-esteem take a beating.

THE FIVE ‘Cs’ QUICK FIX GUIDE

1. Clearly communicate how you feel

2. Avoid getting too clingy

3. Find a middle ground, commit to make the relationship work

4. Don’t lose your confidence or your relationship will crumble

5. Be calm - your patience and effort will definitely win over the situation

Aug 30

There is one thing that everyone craves for, and that is called style. So many make claims of possessing style, but truly speaking few understand its essence. Style is not bought and sold in the market, and spending huge amounts of money does not always translate into fine taste. Style is something more complicated than that.

Talking of weddings and the flowers that must grace the wedding, style and money may not follow the same tune. But there is good news. Nowadays arranging of flowers is bending more towards minimalism. So it is a lot less difficult to come up with an eye-catching interior design on reasonable finances. So what is the way of reducing the cost of flowers without compromising with style? Let me present you with some terrific ideas, like designing a motif of flowers for the wedding that at once easy on the pockets and speaks of style too.

Have an Intimate Bridal Party

If the list of invitees is kept to minimum, then the florist will have to design just that many boutonnieres and bouquets. This would result in quick savings that will not contradict your floral aspirations. And if there are too many close pals then think of giving them alternative important posts like a ceremony reader.

Shrink the Guest List

You will have to adorn fewer isles at the ceremony if there are fewer seats to begin with. And lesser tables at the reception party of the wedding ceremony would indicate lesser floral decoration pieces to keep on them. The concept is this, that you will have fabulous arrangements, just not too many of them.

Go With the Season

Get a list of the flowers for that season in which your wedding is taking place. The flowers that bloom during the season are easier to get hold of and are seldom very expensive.

Keep It Simple Sista!

Irrespective of the season, there are a few kinds of flowers that would surely be costly to purchase. You can have a session with your florist to know your options. You can in fact make less costly flowers look as stunning as the expensive ones - pack together the same kind of flowers. If you have ever seen a bunch of daisies packed together, you will know what I am saying.

Consider Alternative Arrangements

You can also go in for the latest hot trend of the season - beautiful decorations with vegetables, fruits, or grasses. Go green, in other words. Another favorite idea is to scatter flower petals around votive candles. This would create a romantic effect without crippling you financially.

Choose a Naturally Beautiful Location

Call on Mother Nature for help, and who would ask for expensive designs for the wedding? If you plan to have your wedding during the beautiful season of spring in a garden, then no flower arrangement would be necessary at all. Similarly a beautiful church can do the décor trick for you because it would be splendid to look at by its own merit. Then again, during holidays many facilities are decorated anyways. Hence a December wedding might just give you breathtaking garlands and poinsettias without spending a single penny.

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