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Jul 14

It seems everyone has their own opinion of what the best exotic wedding destinations are.  So we’ve compiled our “best of the best” posts on wedding destination hot spots.  From Google and Yahoo search rankings to The Huffington Post, here are what the industry experts have to say about the top 10 wedding locations.

Destinations From Google Searches

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Fodor’s Travel[1] has used Google’s annual Zeitgeist report, “”which curates a variety of top 10 lists for popular searches” to compile their list of the most searched for destination wedding spots globally.  Their post World’s Best Places For a Destination Wedding has good descriptions, a slide show, and links to resorts as well as their own travel guides.

Small surprise that destination spots in the Caribbean are popular, as “the Caribbean” ranks fourth in Google’s searches.   Mexico, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Jamaica, Italy, Las Vegas, Disney World in Florida, Costa Rica and Kauai, also made it on their list.

Suggestions from the Huffington Post

This article from The Huffington Post has created a list of resorts for a stress free celebration.   Their guide to “10 popular wedding destination resorts in sought after locations that offer wedding packages and planning services for large and small events”[2] features a great slide show with a good description of the resorts and links to each website.

In the U.S., they cover Martha’s Vineyard, The Napa Valley, Santa Barbara, Key West in Florida and Maui.  Included are resorts in Costa Rica, Jamaica, Puerto Vallarta, and Sorrento (Italy).

Most Searched Wedding Destinations on Yahoo

Yahoo Travel [3] posted an article in June/14 and compiled this list of the most sought after wedding destination spots on Yahoo.  The post has some links for popular resorts in the area and some good resources in helpful links to the names and websites of local wedding planners.

These are Yahoo’s most searched for wedding destinations in 2014:

Hawaii, Bahamas, Anguilla, Cozumel, the Cayman Islands, the Florida Keys, Las Vegas, the Outer Banks, N. Carolina, Los Cabos in Mexico, and Costa Rica.

The Travel Channel’s Best Wedding Destination Hotels

The Travel Channel also has a best of list for wedding destination hotels. Click on the link for the name of the resort and you’ll get a summary of reviews for the resorts with an informative “pro and con” comparison sheet by Oyster.com, the hotel tell-all company.

Here are the locations they cover:

Negril and Montego Bay in Jamaica, three resorts on Oahu, Punta Cana and Cabarete in the Dominican Republic, Miami, Maui, and Caneel Bay in the Virgin Islands.

Destinationweddingmag.com Recommends These 16 All Inclusives

destinationweddingmag.com[4] has a listing of the best 16 all inclusive resortsWith a slide show and brief resort descriptions plus links to the all inclusive resorts for wedding package and price information.

They cover destinations such as:  Cancun (3 resorts), the Bahamas, Montego Bay in Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, St. Croix, 3 along the  Mayan Riviera, Antigua, Fiji, Belize, Chile, and St. Lucia.

One thing’s for certain, each of these wedding destination spots have a lot of romance in common.  Is it any wonder they’re so popular?

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Jun 14

The secret to humor is surprise.- Aristotle

What greater gift is there than the gift of laughter?  If you’re thinking of making a proposal, one that will bring peals of laughter and delight, then check out some of these funny wedding proposals.  They’re sure to bring a smile, and maybe even a bit of inspiration!

Don’t Try This at Home!

This guy thought that scaring his soon to be finance would by funny; I’m not so sure she agreed.  He’s lucky she didn’t kill him for scaring her so badly!  Funny?  You decide!

 

The Old Shell Trick

Here’s a new twist on the old shell trick.  She didn’t find a pea under the shell, but she did get engaged!  Her laughter’s infectious; you can’t help but giggle along with her.

 

People Are Looking

Now, you have to be a little bit careful if you’re planning to pop the question in public… this man’s girlfriend wasn’t thrilled with the idea because “people were looking”.  She declines his proposal by whacking him over the head with a ukulele!

 

Some Good Friends and a Little Imagination

In this video, Isaac Lamb’s proposal sets the bar really high.  It’s the first full length, lip dub proposal to Bruno Mars’ “Marry You” and it’s become a classic.  It just goes to show, you don’t need a lot of money – just some good friends, a little imagination and a whole bunch of sincerity.

 

The Mad Scientist

This video falls into the “wacky, mad scientist” genre!  He didn’t put a lot of money into his proposal, but he did put in a lot of heart, soul, and passion.  She’s not really happy about being woken up, but changes her mind quickly when she sees what up.

 

Waiting… and Waiting… and Waiting

This Aussie has a world of patience… which is a good thing in a marriage!  He waits, and waits, and waits to get his girlfriend’s attention.  It looks like they’re both pretty happy when she finally does notice him.

 

We Need Smelling Salts!

Anything can happen when you propose marriage.  This poor woman faints dead away the moment she hears the words “Will you marry me?”  Happily, she seemed to recover enough to say “yes”!

 

The Happiest Place in the World

What better location to propose than Disneyland, “the happiest place in the world”?  A lot of time and creativity went into this proposal, and it’s a memorable one!

 

Some of these men went to great lengths to stage their question; others went for the simple, straightforward approach.  But they all did it with heartfelt sincerity and love.  One thing’s for sure – they created memories that will be shared and laughed over, again and again!  And judging from the comments with some of these videos, there’s a lot of women who appreciate a little imagination and creativity – along with an engagement ring!

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Jun 14

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May 14

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As is the case for almost anything there are lots of myths and misconceptions out there about diamonds and some of them have been repeated so many times over the decades that the commonly held belief is that some of the fictions are indeed facts.

While for the most part you can put this all down to simple misunderstandings and mistakes if you are actually considering investing in a diamond then it is rather important that you get your facts straight. Here is a little about nine big misconceptions about diamonds that are rather commonly believed and the actual facts behind them.

Diamonds are Formed from Pressurized Coal

You may have even heard this from your elementary school science teacher years ago because this is one big diamond myth that never quite goes away. That is probably because no one is actually quite sure how diamonds form.

The science is, admittedly very inexact, because no one has been able to study a diamond in the formation stage. The generally held belief is that diamonds form deep in the Earth’s mantle from another form of carbon, graphite. They are eventually then pushed up to the surface via pipes formed from a fascinating rock called Kimberlite.

Coal on the other hand is an impure combination of organic materials that forms at a much shallower level and although some agree that in theory coal under extreme pressure could form a diamond it would be a very impure gem and worth almost nothing.

Diamonds are Rare

Diamonds are many things, but rare is not one of them. In the grand scheme of things any natural gemstone could be considered relatively rare as thy make up such a small portion of the organic materials found on the planet. However, among ‘precious’ gemstones, diamonds are in fact some of the most common. This does not detract from their potential value or beauty but if you think about how many people own at least one diamond it becomes rather hard to claim that they are in any way rare.

Diamonds are Indestructible

Diamonds are hard, that much is true. In fact, they are the hardest known naturally occurring substance in the world. Hardness and toughness are two different things though and although a diamond will last, and last beautifully for centuries and centuries it can still be chipped, broken or otherwise damaged if handled carelessly.

Diamonds are Precious

The designation of a gem as precious or semi precious is a very inexact ‘science’. The whole idea of classifying gems this way began with the standards of a single, well known 18th century French jeweler and many diamond experts and gemologists prefer to avoid the terms all together as they are misleading. A garnet for example, is generally considered ‘semi precious; and yet some of them have sold for $10,000 per carat, a lot more than many ‘precious’ diamonds. Therefore, this terminology is not a good way to judge gems at all.

Diamonds Possess More Fire than Any Other Gemstone

The term fire, or dispersion, when used about a gemstone, refers to its ability to split white light into the colors of the spectrum. Diamonds can certainly have a lot, which is part of their great appeal, but the average dispersion is around.044 which is a great deal less than a gem like rutile which can boast a dispersion as high as .330!

The Bigger the Diamond the Better

Not always. A big diamond may look impressive and if you are the kind of person who likes big jewelry, then you will probably love a huge sparkler. The value of a diamond in the jewelry world however, is not solely based on its size, but on its cut, clarity and color as well and often a big diamond may ‘score’ very badly in these areas and actually be far less valuable than a smaller counterpart.

The More Facets a Cut Diamond has the Better

Again, not necessarily. The function of facets is to increase the refractive index of a gem, but it is not the number of facets that determines its overall brilliance but the skill of the gem cutter who created them. Without those very special skills someone could cut a diamond over and over again and all they would do it damage it.

Diamonds Have Always Been Associated with Engagement and Wedding Rings and are the ‘Proper’ Choice

Engagement and wedding rings in one form or another have been around since the times of the Ancients but the association of diamonds with such jewelry is a relatively new one, dating back to a huge marketing campaign launched by a jeweler in the early part of the twentieth century to market diamonds as the perfect engagement ring ‘gem’.

Diamonds are indeed the most common choice these days when it comes to such things, but there is also nothing wrong with ‘mixing’ them with other gems in the same ring. Most people choice a diamond engagement or diamond wedding ring based on the fact that they simply love the ring as a whole, which is exactly the way it should be!

Very Few of the Diamonds Sold Online are Real

As is the case with merchandise sold on the Internet in general, you are, sadly, always going to have those looking to make a quick buck on fake or inferior merchandise and in a handful of cases this is true of diamond sellers online. However, if you exercise the same amount of caution when shopping for a diamond online in regards to the company’s reputation and its business practices then you can find plenty of genuine diamonds of the highest qualities being offered for sale online. Most online jewelers are simply professional jewelers who have found a more convenient way to sell their offerings, but are as knowledgeable, honest and genuine as any ‘bricks and mortar’ based jeweler.

 

 

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Melanie has over a decade of experience in the world of content creation and blogs in a number of different niches. She especially enjoys writing about the things she loves, which include fine jewelry, especially beautiful diamonds.

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Feb 14

Wedding season has not really got into full swing yet but for those who love a bit of celebrity gossip there are plenty of confirmed – and no so confirmed – star studded nuptials on the horizon for 2014. It is fair to say that most have given up on either Brad Pitt and Angelina Joile or Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux ever getting hitched so if either couple do actually make it down the aisle in 2014 it will be a surprise bonus. There are other couples though who are more likely to make the move from engaged to hitched in 2014. Here are some of the nuptials we are looking forward to most:

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

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When it comes to big proposals and BIG engagement rings Yeezus himself was not going to be outdone when it came to wooing Kim Kardashian. That is why he rented out a baseball stadium to pop the question and then proceeded to seal the deal with a 15-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond – really, 15 carats. Rumours now have the couple getting hitched in such insane venues as the Palace of Versailles and outer space but wherever they do it Kanye has promised it will be ‘big’.

Ashley Simpson and Evan Ross

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This pair are probably as famous for their relatives as they are for themselves, as Ashley tends to be overshadowed by big sister Jessica and Evan’s mom is none other than Ms. Diana Ross. However after a relatively short 6 month courtship Ashley and Evan announced they had become engaged over New Year’s in Hawaii. Ashlee’s ring is truly a one off, a Neil Lane exclusive design that the celebrity jeweler has called ‘one of the most beautiful I have ever created’

Snooki & Jionni LaValle

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She is already a mom and now reality star Snooki is getting set to marry long time fiance Jionni sometime later this year. Snooki’s style has seriously changed since the early days of GTL and ‘Jersey Shore’ and the beautiful square diamond solitaire that she has been sporting for a while now really reflects that.

Fearne Cotton and Jesse Wood

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BBC radio One DJ Fearne and musician Jesse (yes his dad is Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood) already share an adorable little boy together, Rex and over the New Year Jesse finally popped the question and presented his quirky girlfriend with a very unique ring that certainly matches her style to a tee. The big question now is will Jesse be able to persuade his Dad and his mates to serve as the wedding band?

Zayn Malik & Perrie Edwards

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With the news that this pair were engaged 1/5 of the world’s hottest boy band officially went off the market. The One Direction star picked out a gorgeous ring for the Little Mix star which she debuted at the One Direction movie premiere ahead of the pair making a formal announcement on Twitter.

So of all of these gorgeous gents who do you think did the best job of picking out just the right engagement ring for his beloved?

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Melanie has over a decade of experience in the world of content creation and blogs in a number of different niches. She especially enjoys writing about the things she loves, which include fine jewelry, especially beautiful diamonds.

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