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Have you ever considered proposing with a loose diamond?

So, the time in your relationship has arrived where you are considering proposing to your significant other. But how do you choose perfect engagement ring? With so many elements to consider, how can you be sure that you will choose a ring guaranteed to make their heart melt?
More and more, people are choosing to propose with a loose diamond, but if this sounds a little too adventurous for you, let us explain why this could potentially be the best decision you will ever make.

You can still have the joy of a proposal

Proposing with a loose diamond, rather than a ring won’t take away your opportunity to “pop” the question. This is one of the most memorable moments you will experience as a couple and more often than you would think, the person getting down on one knee fears for their choice of ring. Purchasing the diamond first and having it placed in a simple setting, will allow you to still experience the surprise on their face, whilst minimising your anxiety about the choice of ring.

Stay in control of your budget

As you can imagine, buying a diamond isn’t exactly a romantic experience, so choosing one together could cause unnecessary stress. You will potentially be making one of the biggest investments of your life, requiring hours upon hours of research and evaluation of your finances. And negotiating with a sales assistant, whilst trying to make a thoughtful decision about what your fiance-to-be would want, doesn’t make a good environment for decision making. Purchase the diamond first, giving yourself control over the most important and expensive component of the ring, take your time deciding, then you can ensure you stay within your budget.

You can choose your perfect setting

Being able to design your own engagement ring, is something many girls dream of. Once you have chosen the diamond, you can give them free reign over choosing their perfect setting.  This means that regardless of whether they want a diamond halo, or a unique solitaire, you have taken care of the biggest proportion of the cost, whilst still giving them what they want.  You may even find that they fall in love with a simple solitaire, as it allows them to perfectly showcase their new diamond.

If you can’t find the ideal setting, visit a custom jewellery maker, who will be able to assist you in designing and creating a unique engagement ring setting to suit your diamond.
In a short space of time, your fiancee could have a completely original engagement ring, unseen by any one other than yourselves.

If you decided to propose using a temporary solitaire setting, some jewellers may allow you to use the precious metal towards your new setting.

Purchasing the diamond separately saves you money.

Purchasing a loose diamond from a diamond wholesaler, will typically save you up to 40% on the price that you would pay for a ring of the same specification, chosen from a jewellery store. This saving in itself, can be contributed towards covering the cost of your new setting.

So, there you have it. Just a few of the reasons why proposing with a loose diamond, is a fabulous choice if it is time for you to pop the big question.

Choosing The Right Wedding Venue For Your Big Day

Your wedding day will be be one of the most amazing days of your life. It is the moment that you and your partner will stand before your friends and family to declare your eternal love for each other, so of course you will want to make sure every aspect of the day is perfect as possible. But before you start to plan the smaller details of the ceremony you will need to choose a venue that captures the ideal tone and style of the wedding.

Here is a brief guide to a few of the venue types that are available for use on your big day.

Country House weddings

Country house weddings held on a stunning estate will provide plenty of privacy and act as a wonderful setting where a couple and their guests can get away from the confines of the city.

Booking a country house is also beneficial as it allows for a whole day or weekend to be enjoyed without the structured limitations of wedding timetables in the city, such as those you would experience when booking a registry office ceremony.

Escaping the noise of urban life will also help to create an almost fairytale-like quality to the ceremony; an aesthetic that city based weddings do not allow for. Needless to say, the countryside photo opportunities that country house wedding ceremonies offer are breathtaking.

Livery Halls

If, however, country house weddings are not for you, London Livery halls capture all the splendour of stately home wedding ceremonies without a couple even needing to leave the convenience of the city. Livery halls date as far back as the 14th century when they acted as official meeting places for many of London’s influential livery companies.

With their amazing history Livery Halls bring a cultured tone to a wedding, with each hall featuring a unique interior of its own, which means there is a wide choice of halls with different décor styles to choose from.

Livery Hall

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Livery hall companies have ensured that they maintain the original classic furnishings of each property, including its original interior design, portraits, furniture and ornaments of the period it first served as a livery hall.

Such a vintage appearance will impress your guests while creating a aesthetic that guarantees you get wedding photos that boast a timelessly beautiful appearance.

Marquee weddings

Celebrating your wedding in the comfortable surrounding of a marquee is a popular choice  that will perfectly compliment the aesthetic of a beautiful garden wedding.

A marquee is also particularly useful if the couple do not want their wedding to be characterised by the existed décor of a pre-booked wedding venue. Without such restrictions a couple have the freedom and creativity to turn the marquee into a reflection of their personal wedding vision.

In addition to décor the layout can also be altered inside a marquee so that it fits whatever floor plan the couple want. From guest tables to the dance floor and bar, all amenities can be structured for the benefit of the wedding reception.

The only potential downside of a marquee wedding is that a marquee performs most effectively outside of the winter months, making them a better choice for spring, summer and autumn.

A marquee will certainly protect the interior ceremony from winter climates, but the best photo opportunities come from months when the evenings stay lighter for longer and the surrounding garden setting is less likely to get disturbed by adverse weather conditions.

Once you have decided on the right venue for your wedding you can begin the other arrangements that combine to guarantee you memories that last a lifetime.