Monday, December 30, 2013

De Beers: A Legacy of Diamond Engagement Rings

De Beers Diamond Engagement Rings
De Beers has long been considered the largest name in diamonds, and they have a long and stories history when it comes to engagement rings. In fact, they created many of the most loved diamond engagement ring styles of all time and they continue to be a driving factor in the industry. Though most people believe them to be one company, De Beers is actually a group of companies that are combined to make the largest diamond coalition in the world. With unsurpassed quality and cutting edge styles, the most elite women in the world are commonly seen wearing a De Beers diamond engagement ring on their finger.

Diamond Quality

When trying to find the best quality engagement ring possible, the quality of the diamond is always first and foremost. In this area, no other diamond supplier can hold a candle to De Beers when it comes to the “4 C’s” standard (carat, cut, clarity, and color). In fact, many people in the industry cite De Beers for creating this standard as nearly 90% of all diamonds on the market are graded by them. Today, nearly every diamond retailer strictly adheres to these standards when grading a particular stone.

Symbolism

Diamonds have long been considered the ultimate symbol of love, and this is in no small part because of De Beers. Before diamonds were the popular choice for engagement rings, women were still given rings made from precious metals as a sign of love. Once the art of cutting diamonds became perfected, their preciousness was added to the sought-after metals to make the ultimate combination of beauty and scarcity that perfectly reflects the sentiment of love.

How Pricing Stacks Up

Like most things in life, you can certainly expect to pay more if you want the best name in diamond engagement rings. De Beers is widely considered to have the best quality mines and thus best quality diamonds, so to get your hands (or rather finger) on one of them is going to cost you. This also protects their brand and keeps it among the most cherished in the world because not everyone can afford a De Beers diamond; so the celebrities find them even more appealing. While much of the diamond market is driven by rarity and demand, De Beers also brings the allure of the quality you can only get by purchasing one of their fine quality stones.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Color Cake and Bottle Sparklers – Exclusive Items

Color Bottle Sparklers
Wedding Day Sparklers is proud to announce the newest addition to our catalog of wedding sparklers – color bottle sparklers and color wedding cake sparklers. We are the only company to offer these great new items, and as always we offer free shipping on all orders over $50!

Though our color bottle sparklers are fantastic for weddings and other romantic events, they are also a perfect choice for champagne bottles on New Year’s Eve. Bars, restaurants, and nightclubs from Los Angeles to New York and all the way down to Miami are going crazy over our exclusive color bottle sparklers. Compared to the cheap bottle sparklers sold by our competitors, ours burn longer and feature five amazing colors. Everyone else is selling a generic gold bottle sparkler which is why our color items are topping the charts and out-selling everyone else by a wide margin.

Also, we are also proud to be the exclusive seller of color wedding cake sparklers for your cake topper or each tier of your wedding cake. Each cake sparkler has a little red spike that allows you to stick them right through the frosting. They are 100% food safe and will not ruin your cake, plus they are very colorful so you can get much more attention compared to using the typical gold ones that other companies offer. No one else in the United States offers these color wedding cake sparklers, so don’t miss your chance to bring them into your venue or wedding reception.

Exclusive items such as these are why Wedding Day Sparklers is still the #1 wedding sparkler company online. No other company can even come close to our prices, selection, or level of customer service including the fastest shipping at the lowest cost possible. Checkout our site for all of our great options, and from everyone at Wedding Day Sparklers; we hope you have a fantastic wedding!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers in Kansas

Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers in Kansas
Kansas hosts thousands of wedding each year because of their geographical location on loose laws on sparklers and other fireworks. Positioned in the very center of the United States, all roads lead to Kansas which means that it is bustling with activity during the wedding season. Also known as the “Sunflower State”, Kansas is a rural state that is well known for its agricultural contributions to the United States including its #1 export; sunflowers. With so many beautiful landscapes with bright yellow sunflowers dotting the backdrop, it’s easy to see why so many people are wondering where to buy wedding sparklers in Kansas to bring out the natural colors and beauty that surround nearly every plot of land.

Navigating the Different Sizes of Sparklers

Sifting through the dozens of varieties of sparklers that are available to buy can seem a bit challenging, but it can be a quick task if you know what you’re looking for. If you want long-lasting sparklers, than simply pick a variety that has a longer length. The longer the length of the sparklers you buy, the longer they will burn and the more impressive they will be. Conversely, if you want just some quick fun, you can buy sparklers that are short and they will last only 30 seconds or less. Regardless which length you buy, make sure you buy from a quality retailer or you may be disappointed with the results.

Pay Attention to the Laws

Though Kansas has some of the loosest regulations regarding the sale of sparklers and other fireworks, they still regulate their use depending on location and weather conditions. For this reason, you want to check the Kansas fireworks laws before deciding to have sparklers as part of your wedding. These variables include times of drought and the local ordinances that your city or county may have enacted, so make sure you contact all the proper authorities before you proceed. Lastly, check with your venue to make sure that they allow using sparklers. Some venues are in a location that prohibits their use or just have a personal preference that they not be used, so checking ahead of time is always the best course of action.

Origin of Kansas’ State Name

The state of Kansas has officially been part of the United States since 1861, but the culture that gave the state its name dates back much further. The state is named after the Kansa Native American tribe which was the first culture to be settled in that area. Both the state and tribe’s name means “people of the wind” or “people of south wind”, which makes a lot of sense considering that Kansas is directly in the wind belt and suffers from one of the highest tornado rates in the world; though this translation is probably not the original meaning of the term. Furthermore, residents who live in the state are referred to as “Kansans”, which is rare because most states use a suffix rather than just making the name plural to describe their resident’s citizenship.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Irish Wedding and Engagement Rings

Irish Wedding and Engagement Rings
Millions of couples throughout America have ties to an Irish heritage. With so many people representing the Irish culture, the demand for traditional style Irish rings has steadily been on the rise. Depending on whether you want an engagement ring or a wedding ring, there are two classic styles for the consumer. For engagement rings, the Claddagh is the historically accurate choice that most couples opt for buying. For wedding rings, the classic Celtic knot design is the overwhelming winner in popularity. Whichever way you go for your Irish ring design, there are benefits and drawbacks to each style just like any other style of ring that you might purchase.
The Claddagh Design
Usually designated for use as an engagement ring, the Claddagh is a traditional design that is specifically for women. Traditionally, the design depicts two hands holding a heart, but the design can vary depending on region and the artist’s particular style. The intent of the design is to symbolize the dedication and pledge that one takes when making their wedding vows and this has led to it being the most popular choice for Irish engagement rings. The design is one of the most traditional in Irish culture, and just by wearing it a woman can display her relationship status whether it is love, loyalty, or friendship. What the ring indicates precisely varies depending on how the ring is worn, and those are as follows:
  • If the ring is on her right hand with the point of the heart away from the body, it means she is single. The Claddagh is one of the most popular Irish wedding rings, but it can also be passed down from mother to daughter and can be worn by single women.
  • If the ring is on her right hand with the point of the heart towards her, she is in a relationship, but not yet engaged. Having the heart inwards, so it appear right side up from the wearer’s perspective, means the woman’s heart has been captured.
  • If the ring is on her left hand with the point of the heart away from her body, she is engaged.
  • If the ring is on her left hand with the point of the heart towards her, she is married.
The Celtic Knot
Undoubtedly the most recognized of all Irish wedding ring styles, there are countless variations on this classic style. While they all appear similar and are instantly recognized if seen alone, you can certainly see the variations if you compare a few rings next to each other. The most common design for an Irish wedding ring is the “infinite knot” which is a very old and traditional Christian symbol that stands for the intertwining lives of bride and groom that lasts for all of eternity. Most couples end up purchasing their Irish wedding rings with the “infinite knot” style of Celtic knot because they are the most common, most traditional, and offer the most variations from which to choose.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Going Green: Wooden Wedding Rings

Wooden Wedding Rings
With a growing number of couples becoming interested in reducing their carbon footprint, it is no wonder that engagement and wedding ring manufacturers would pounce on that demographic. On top of the ecological impact, the unethical way that many companies go about obtaining their diamonds and gold to make the traditional style of wedding rings is enough to promote some couples to look at alternatives. One of the most popular alternatives is to buy wooden rings which offer the rare benefit of being made right there in America. However, all types of wedding rings regardless of what they are made from have their own advantages and disadvantages, so the ultimate decision is up to the couple.

Renewable Sourcing

One of the biggest benefits of choosing a wooden wedding ring is that they are made from 100% renewable resources. Unlike gold, silver, or other heavy elements that are finite and growing more scarce, timber is one of the biggest exports in the United States and can be replenished in a fairly short timeframe. With that in mind, most jewelers who make wooden wedding rings actually reclaim their materials from old products such as broken guitars or old farm planks to recycle them into another purpose. Some manufacturers even go as far as fining downed trees and branches for their materials, which can actually lead to some pretty high quality woods being used without the larger price tag.

Durability and Longevity

Though gold or silver wedding rings are obviously going to be more durable than one made from wood, they are actually much more resilient than most people initially think. With the proper maintenance and care, a wooden wedding ring can last a very long time. However, they do require more care than metal wedding rings such as being cleaned with lemon seed oil or a similar product. Also, though they are often coated with some sort of waterproof layer, you want to avoid putting your handcrafted ring under water too often as well as exposing it to harsh chemicals.

With all the benefits both ethically and ecologically, wooden wedding rings are on the top of many young couples’ lists when looking for a way to go green. As a bonus, wooden wedding rings are also much cheaper than traditional wedding or engagement rings because they aren’t made from precious metals and don’t feature any rare stones. If you want to give your wooden ring that extra touch, you can have it custom engraved or burned with any choice of words or symbols to suit your personal taste. And as a final hidden benefit, wooden rings are the perfect choice for anyone who has a metal allergy or sensitivity that prevents them from wearing jewelry all together.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers in Iowa

Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers in Iowa
Particularly in the summer, Iowa is home to thousands of weddings; which has led many to wonder where to buy wedding sparklers locally before their big day. Fortunately, sparklers are one of the few items that are actually allowed legally in the state of Iowa, though coming across them can be difficult depending on what time of year it is. Also known as “the Hawkeye State”, it can be tough to locate sparklers in Iowa except for the few weeks leading up to the 4th of July. Fortunately there are several online stores that sell wedding sparklers and deliver to Iowa year-round to supply the huge demand in the state.

Choosing Your Type of Sparklers

There are several types of sparklers that are on the market today, so choosing the right ones for your needs is vital to having a successful reception. If you need to have your sparklers burn for a long time, you’ll want longer ones like the 20 inch or 36 inch variety. If you want something really cheap, you can go for the 10 inch variety. Lastly, if you want something colorful, there are several different options available for that as well. Regardless of your preferences or needs, research the different sparklers options that are available and choose the type that is appropriate for your reception.

Iowa Fireworks Laws

Following local laws is always important to ensure a successful wedding reception, and people living in Iowa are not an exception to these laws. Before you plan to use sparklers at your wedding, it’s important to find out the Iowa fireworks laws in addition to the rules at your reception venue. Even if you are allowed to use your sparklers under Iowa state law, your venue can reserve the right to deny their use or require an additional charge in the event of an incident. By checking with your venue before making a purchase, you can avoid buying items that you end up not being able to use.

Some Historical Facts About Iowa

It was 1673 when the first European explorers were documented as traveling to Iowa, and those travelers were Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet. At that time, the territory was claimed as part of the French territory and remained that way until 1763. The French then handed over control to their ally Spain who oversaw the creation of trading posts along the Mississippi and Des Moines rivers. After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Iowa officially became part of the territories controlled by the United States. After agriculture tanked in the mid-century, they greatly diversified their industries. Since their economy bottomed out in the early 1980s, the population of Iowa has increased at a faster rate than the rest of the United States and maintained a lower than average unemployment rate.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sparkler Tip #5: Supply a Way to Light Them

Sparkler Tip #5: Supply a Way to Light Them
Sparklers are really fun when you make them part of your wedding, but that fact can quickly become moot if you don’t give your guests a reliable way to light them. Whether you are handing out the sparklers during your reception for your guests to use at their leisure or coordinating a specific use for them such as a grand exit, the ability to quickly and efficiently light your wedding sparklers is crucial to a successful and enjoyable time. Fortunately, since sparklers are such a popular addition to weddings these days, there are a few tried and true methods that work very well.

BBQ Lighter

BBQ lighters are a fast and simple way for your guests to light their sparklers. Simply pass out a few of them to your guests, and they can be having fun with their sparklers in a short period of time. They are also a great choice because of how easy they are to use, but they are more expensive than some of the other options so it may be out of the question for couples on a budget.

Matches

Matches are another simple way to light sparklers, but not as fast as some of the other methods. The main problem is that taking the time for each guest to strike a match and light the tips of their smoke-free sparklers can be a bit time consuming, but you can buy personalized matchboxes which adds a fun and elegant touch to the whole affair.

Using Another Sparkler

A super-fast and inexpensive method to light everyone up in a hurry is to use another sparkler as the starting device. Once your guests touch the tip of their sparklers to another lit sparkler, they will immediately light. However, once a sparkler is lit, your guests may get the wrong idea and light their sparkler up before you can start passing it around. You will want to make sure everyone knows what is going on if you use this method.

Candles

Likely the most elegant and overall best way to light your sparklers quickly and efficiently is to have a few candles scattered about the area where people will be lighting their sparklers. The beauty of using candles is that they burn for hours as opposed to seconds, so there is no rush in coordinating everything in a massive hurry. Also, candles are fairly inexpensive and look very nice at a wedding. This makes them both useful for your purposes and also a great addition to your wedding décor.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Halo Engagement Ring Sales on the Rise

Halo Engagement Ring Sales on the Rise
Halo engagement rings are a classic setting style, but their sales are recently starting to rise again after they fell off over the last decade. It’s unclear why the popularity of this style of ring setting lost popularity momentarily, but many experts attribute the small downturn to the “old school” look that they embody. However, as vintage engagement rings start to gain traction in the marketplace once again, halo engagement rings are once again surging which has spawned a whole slew of new styles and designs for the modern bride to sift through.

For some brides, the concept of a halo engagement ring is totally new. In fact, many couples have never seen or heard of this particular style; though many of them have a mother or grandmother with this very style of ring setting. A halo engagement ring usually consists of an oval center stone with a ring of smaller accent stones circling around it. These smaller stones are almost always diamonds, but the center stone can be any number of stone including a ruby, sapphire, or diamond.

Benefits of Choosing a Halo Engagement Ring

Choosing a halo engagement ring style is a great way to show off the stone that you have chosen. Regardless of whether you choose a diamond or another type of stone, the full circle of diamonds will highlight all the fine details that the stone has to offer. Also, with vintage ring styles drastically on the rise, your ring is certain to look timeless for generations to come. By opting to go with a halo setting for your ring, you can pass your engagement ring down to your children and grandchildren with the knowledge that it will be a cherished heirloom for centuries to come.

Colored Stones in a Halo Engagement Ring

Though many brides choose a diamond as their center stone for their engagement ring, colored stones are showcased beautifully when you place them in a halo setting. While some brides choose colored diamonds for this purpose, you can easily replace them with a ruby, sapphire, emerald, or garnet to achieve a stunning look for a lower price than a diamond will run you.

Furthermore, the halo style has seen resurgence with even royalty like Kate Middleton (the future Queen of England) sporting a halo engagement ring. The stunning blue diamond at the center of her ring has led to a huge amount of brides wanting the same spectacular look on their finger. Because that size of blue diamond is so expensive, many choose either dark blue tanzanite or a blue sapphire to replace the use of a diamond as the center stone.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers in Indiana

Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers in Indiana
As home of the famous Indy 500, Indiana is commonly associated with cars. However, I’m asked a lot where to buy wedding sparklers in Indiana because there are so many people who flock to the gorgeous landscapes the state has to offer to say their vows. In fact, there is a whole plethora of different landscapes in Indiana ranging from flat plains to rolling hills, and even areas of beautiful forests. Also called the “Hoosier State”, Indiana has the 16th highest population out of any state in America which also helps fuel the huge amount of weddings hosted in the state each year. That coupled with the cold farmland winters that they experience, it’s easy to see the demand for wedding sparklers in Indiana.

Different Choices of Sparklers

There are so many different types of sparklers available that most companies in Indiana aren’t able to carry all the variations that are manufactured. Deciding on which type of sparklers you’re going to have at your wedding can be tough and really boil down to your preferences in color and the purpose for which you are buying the sparklers.

Depending on how much time you have to shop around and weigh your options, the amount of variety available can be either good or bad. Available colors include red, green, blue, and even neon; while the most popular color is obviously gold. Additionally, there are several sizes available with the most popular being 10 inch, 20 inch, and 36 inch sparklers. Though the variety can ensure you get the perfect size and color you want, it can also be problematic if you are running short on time; so make sure you do some research before you make your purchase.

Know the Rules for Indiana

Indiana has pretty loose laws pertaining to the use of consumer fireworks such as sparklers, but part of the law requires that the owner of the property approve the use. For this reason, it is crucial to check with your venue before planning to use sparklers during any part of your wedding in addition to checking with the local laws and overall Indiana fireworks laws to ensure that they will be allowed for use on your special day. Also, the state laws require you to use your sparklers between 9am and 11pm unless your wedding is taking place on an approved holiday such as the 4th of July or New Year’s Eve. By making sure you’re following all the state laws in advance, you can be sure that you aren’t wasting any money when you make you wedding sparkler purchase.

Fun Tidbits About Indiana

One of the most interesting pieces of information I found about Indiana is that unlike other states where the people who live are referred to as an extension of the state’s name such as “New Yorker” or “Minnesotan”, people from Indiana are referred to as “Hoosiers”. This is also where the nickname for Indiana came from which is the “Hoosier State”, but nobody can agree where the term originated from. The term was first documented as showing up in the early 1800s, but there is n0 feasible reference to what it stands for in any way. In fact, though many schools and businesses throughout the state use it as a mascot or part of their name, there is no physical embodiment of a “Hoosier” so they are forced to just use the name and the initials of their institution.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sparkler Tip #4: Don’t Buy Too Many

Burning Money
When buying anything for your wedding, it can be very tempting to go overboard; and sparklers are no exception. However, it’s important that you don’t buy too many sparklers for several reasons and not the least of which is their cost.

Though sparklers are not going to be one of the most expensive items you purchase for your big day, any wasted money can mean a missed opportunity to make your wedding even better. Whether you overspend by $20 or $200 on your wedding sparklers, that extra money could have gone towards more decorations, wedding favors, or any number of other items that had to be cut from the list. By keeping a few things in mind, you can easily control the number of sparklers you buy to ensure that you don’t buy too many.

Buy for Your Guest List Size

The most important part of buying the right amount of sparklers for your wedding is to calculate based on the size of your guest list. For example, if you are having 200 guests; you don’t need to buy 1000 sparklers. Instead, you’ll want to buy 10 to 20 percent more than the number of guests you expect, so somewhere between 220 and 240 sparklers would be perfect for a guest list of around 200 people.

Buy a Quality Brand

To get the most for your money, you will want to stick to buying reputable brands. While it will be a huge temptation to buy discount sparklers for your wedding, they usually end up burning out quickly and often arrive damaged. It’s important to remember that there’s a difference between cheap and value, so make sure you are buying from a reputable company for your big day.

Choose the Right Length

There are several different lengths of sparklers available, and each is a great choice for different purposes. If you are using them for a sendoff line, then 36 inch sparklers would be the best choice because of their burn time. If you are going to take some pictures indoors, 20 inch sparklers are great because the burn for a long time but don’t produce too much smoke. If you’re just looking for a novelty item to hand out to your guests to make their experience a bit more fun, then you can get away with buying short 10 inch sparklers. Regardless of how you will be using your sparklers, buying the right length for your purposes is the best way to make sure you don’t overbuy.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Choosing a Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring

Yellow Diamond Ring
One of the most unique colors you could hope for in an engagement ring is vivid yellow; something only a yellow diamond can offer. In fact, yellow diamonds are actually rarer than any other color of diamond, which means you get all the value of a diamond with unforgettable color tone of yellow. While most brides opt for a traditional white diamond in their engagement ring, choosing a yellow diamond will make your ring unique, colorful, and stand out from the pack while still being a top grade stone.

Almost exclusively found in Africa and certain regions of Australia, yellow diamonds are found in areas that other diamonds are not. White diamonds are found in mines that stretch long expanses called “diamond veins”, but this is not the case with yellow diamonds. In fact, for every 10,000 traditional diamonds mined, only 1 yellow diamond is discovered; which sums up exactly how rare they are. This has also led to a massive amount of demand and a very large shortage in their supply, and it also means that that more rich the yellow hues are in the stone; the more valuable the diamond will be.

Unfortunately, their rarity and high demand has also spawned a tremendous amount of fakes on the market. As rare as yellow diamonds are compared to other genuine diamond colors, you are likely to see thousands of fake yellow diamonds before you ever lay eyes on an authentic stone. If you are interested in having a yellow diamond as the stone for your engagement ring, make sure you have it authenticated by a reputable jeweler before you shell out the high sticker price most authentic stones will have attached to the ring.

Common Cuts and Setting for Yellow Diamonds

Unlike regular diamonds, yellow diamonds are typically cut in a unique style to show off the color properly. While most people think about large quantities of facets leading to the most sparkly looking diamond engagement rings, yellow diamonds are often cut in asymmetrical shapes to allow the light to show off the color more than the clarity of the stone itself. As part of these cuts, you will usually see very long facets on yellow diamonds.

Of course, the cut of your yellow diamond is only half the battle; you will also need the perfect setting to accent that yellow deliciousness. As one might expect, yellow diamonds look fabulous in traditional settings such as gold or platinum; much like any other precious stone. Many people choose to have their yellow diamond placed in a solitaire setting to avoid creating too busy of a look and to add emphasis to the stone. Furthermore, many people choose either white gold or platinum instead of yellow gold so the yellow tones in the diamond really draw the eye. Regardless of how you set your yellow diamond, it is certain to look fantastic and unique for generations to come

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers in Illinois

Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers in Illinois
Wedding sparklers are a very popular addition to any Illinois wedding, so it’s no surprise that many couples wonder where to buy them on short notice. Fortunately, there are several great online store to accommodate this need, which is good news considering sparklers can really warm up a wedding on a cold day in the middle on an Illinois winter. Often called the “Prairies State” or the “Land of Lincoln”, Illinois has a rather large population for a Midwestern state and thus is home to a very large number of weddings each year. Though they are known for large cities such as Chicago and their very long and cold winters, the state has many great things to offer upcoming brides which have led to a growing number of couples wondering where to buy wedding sparklers in Illinois.

Variations of Sparkler Types

With so many types of sparklers available for purchase, knowing the difference can be vital to make an informed purchase. The last thing you want to do is buy sparklers for your wedding that you end up not being happy with, so understanding the differences between the various lengths, shapes, and colors can be a make or break chunk of knowledge.

The first thing to keep in mind id that the longer your sparklers are, the longer they are going to burn. For instance, 36 inch sparklers will burn much longer than 10 inch sparklers because they are 3 ½ times their length. Additionally, because they need more support, longer sparklers are typically thicker which assists them in burning longer and also creates larger and brighter effects.

Wedding sparklers that come in various shapes such as hearts or stars as well as colored sparklers are essentially the same as regular sparklers with their added features. Shaped sparklers obviously come in their intended shapes, and color sparklers come in the color option you purchase. However, shaped and color sparklers typically put off more smoke, so they are better for outdoor use compared to the traditional gold colored wedding sparklers that are smokeless and can be safely used indoors.

Follow the State Law

Illinois has fairly loose regulations on using consumer fireworks such as sparklers around the 4th of July, but certain areas of the state can clamp down about during other times of the year. Like most states, the regulations around using sparklers can vary across the state, so always consult the Illinois fireworks laws before you decide to have sparklers at your wedding ceremony or reception. You’ll also want to make sure your venue allows using sparklers indoors, and this is especially important if you’re having your wedding during the winter because ventilation can be an issue during the colder months. If it’s too cold outside to open a window, you may not be able to create the amount of smoke that sparklers put off indoors without creating a choking hazard. As long as you clear it with everyone, you should be able to have fun and enjoy what sparklers can bring to your wedding reception without breaking any laws or creating safety issues.

A Few Historical Facts about Illinois

Illinois became the 21st state to join the union in 1818, but the state has changed a bit over the last nearly 200 years. When it was first recognized as a state, the capital was Kaskaskia and its government was housed in a small building rented by the state. In 1819, the capital moved to the city of Vandalia and it remained there for the next 18 years; though the physical building changed 3 times in that period. Finally, in 1837, an effort led by state representative Abraham Lincoln successfully relocated the capital to its current location in Springfield where they erected yet another capital building. The last step on the journey occurred in 1867 when the sixth capital building was constructed, and still serves as the Illinois capital to this day.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sparkler Tip #3: Have Enough Space

Sparkler Sendoff Line
One of the most important things to remember when planning your sparkler sendoff line is to choose a spot that will offer plenty of space and give a good backdrop for your photos. Proper planning can often make the difference between a fun and stressful experience, and there are also obvious safety issues to keep in mind. The amount and type of planning you will need to do will vary depending on whether you’re planning to use sparklers indoors or outdoors for your sendoff line, so having what you want to do determined well in advance can make the whole process a lot easier.

Using Sparklers Indoors

If you are using your wedding sparklers indoors, there are a few things to keep in mind. First off, you’ll want to make sure that your state laws allow for indoor sparkler use as well as your reception venue itself. Many states don’t allow you to use sparklers indoors, and venues can be even stricter on this matter.

If it’s allowed and legal, the next thing you’ll want to do is make sure there aren’t any fire hazards around. Make sure you give your guests plenty of space to safely use their sparklers without fear of injury or any other potential concerns. You will also want to make sure that your sparklers are low-smoke or smokeless if you are going to use them indoors to prevent smoking everyone out of the reception hall.

Using Sparklers Outdoors

If you are using your wedding sparklers outdoors, you have some extra options and an overall easier planning program versus using them indoors. However, you also need to be aware of how dry the weather has been because you can easily cause a fire outdoors if you are in the middle of a drought or in a dry climate.

Also, you’ll want to make sure you setup your sendoff line away from trees, brush, or any overhead obstructions to ensure you aren’t creating a situation that has fire-prone possibilities. You also need a good plan for extinguishing your used sparklers such as a bucket of water, as well as a contingency in case a fire breaks out such as fire extinguishers and logical evacuation routes.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Substitute Diamonds: Moissanite or Cubic Zirconia?

Moissanite or Cubic Zirconia as Substitute Diamonds
Though most people immediately think of diamonds when they think of engagement rings, there are several substitute options like Moissanite or Cubic Zirconia that are just as visually stunning but won’t break your bank. Though the word “fake” often carries along a stigma that leaves a bad taste in the mouth, buying fake engagement rings is becoming more common because it is only the stones that are not real and they look the same as real diamonds but only cost a fraction of the price. Most commonly, your substitute diamonds will be one of two man-made stones; Moissanite or Cubic Zirconia. There are a few differences between these stones and, if you’re in the market, it is important to understand that advantages and disadvantages of each one.

Moissanite as a Diamond Substitute

Though Moissanite is not actually a man-made stone, many people still place it in the “fake” stone category. In reality, it is a rare mineral and its uses date back to the early twentieth century. However, genuine Moissanite is so rare that it is almost exclusively lab-created to fulfill the demands the jewelry industry has placed on manufacturers. Discovered by Henri Moissan around 1900 AD, Moissanite is a mineral that is comprised of silicon carbide. Because of the durable structure containing crystalline polymorphs and it’s completely clear appearance, it is one of the most common synthetic stones produced today and shows up in jewelry designs of nearly every price level.

Furthermore, Moissanite has one of the most brilliant synthetic stones on the market, which makes it one of the most appropriate diamond substitutes available. Registering at 9.25 on the Mohs scale, it is one of the hardest stones available compared to diamonds (10 on the Mohs scale) eclipsing precious stones such as rubies, sapphires, and tanzanite which clock in at a mere 9.0 on the same scale. Some people also believe that Moissanite is a better choice over Cubic Zirconia because it has inclusions instead of being flawless; making it more like a genuine diamond.

Cubic Zirconia as a Diamond Substitute

Probably the best known diamond substitute in the world is Cubic Zirconia, and this is primarily because they are much cheaper than their Moissanite competition. Cubic Zirconia was first introduced in 1974 when manufacturers first started commercial production and they have become increasingly common ever since their inception. Like real diamonds, Cubic Zirconia stones are always cut by individually; but they are also 100% man-made and manufactured to be completely flawless which is virtually impossible in a naturally formed real diamond.

Additionally, Cubic Zirconia stones are not as hard as Moissanite stones and register at 9.0 on the Mohs scale. Also, because they are machine cut rather than cut by hand they tend to be more fragile and are susceptible to having cracks as part of the manufacturing process. However, if you are looking for the best looking ring for your money, many people opt for Cubic Zirconia versus Moissanite because it is much less expensive and there are more options in an affordable price range.

Though the two stones are very similar in appearance, the decision of which to buy comes down to the factors that are most important to you as a consumer. If you want a stone that will be closer in appearance and quality to a real diamond, then you want to go with Moissanite. If price is your primary factor, Cubic Zirconia is the better option because it is the most affordable. Regardless of which stone you choose to purchase, buying substitute diamonds is a great way to save money while still getting all the visual beauty of a genuine diamond.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers in Idaho

Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers in Idaho
Many couples find themselves asking where to buy wedding sparklers in Idaho, even though it’s not one of the first states to pop into most soon-to-be weds minds when planning their destination wedding. However, Idaho has many hidden gems that make it an ideal place for a wedding such as beautiful mountain ranges, vast areas of forest and wildlife, and unbelievable lakes and rivers. Also known as the “Gem State”, many people who visit Idaho find that this namesake really embodies the natural beauty that the scenery of its landscape portrays. All this natural beauty has led to a surprising amount of demand for destination weddings in the state, and as such the number of people looking for where to buy wedding sparklers in Idaho has also risen steadily.

Different Varieties of Sparklers

One thing that many people don’t know when buying wedding sparklers is that they are actually quite different from the type you use on Independence Day or New Year’s Eve. Besides the fact that they come in much more elegant packaging that has a color scheme and graphics better suited for a romantic event such as a wedding, they also are made to be smokeless so you can use them indoors. This is really important because most receptions take place inside, and nobody wants to get smoked out while using their sparklers. Wedding sparklers can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, but most commonly they will be gold in color and 10 inches, 20 inches, or 36 inches in length. You can choose to buy your sparklers in various unique shapes such as hearts or numbers, but the standard stick type sparklers tend to last longer and burn more consistently.

Know the Regulations

Like all states, Idaho has made its own rules and regulation regarding the use of wedding sparklers. Some areas of the state only allow them to be used around the 4th of July, while other areas are a little more lax and allow their use year round. Regardless of what time of year you are planning to have your wedding, you should always contact the local authorities to make sure that using sparklers at your wedding is in line with the Idaho fireworks laws before you make your purchase. You should also check with your venue to make sure you can use them at all, or if they require an additional fee, permit, or fire insurance to be purchased for their lawful use.

A Few Historical Facts about Idaho

Unlike most states in our country, the name Idaho has somewhat mysterious origins. It came from congressional lobbyist George M. Willing suggesting the name “Idaho” citing that it derived from a Shoshone word meaning "the sun comes from the mountains" or "gem of the mountains". Later on, Willing came clean and informed he made the name up completely. Though congress named the area the Colorado Territory in 1861, a community named “Idaho Springs” was created and later inspired the state’s final name; or at least that’s our best guess.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sparkler Tip #2 – Make an Announcement

Sparkler Sendoff Line SignOne of the most common mistakes that couple who are having sparklers at their wedding make is that they forget to make a formal announcement about how and when to use them. Unless you tell your guests when the appropriate time is to use the sparklers you provided is, you run the risk of your guests using them before the intended time or worse; not being ready to use them at the time you originally planned. There are a few simple ways you can make an announcement about your sparklers, and they may be easier than you think. Below, we have listed a few of the most popular methods to help give you some ideas.
  • The most common way to make an announcement about your wedding sparklers is to have either your music DJ or a representative from the bridal party verbally tell everyone over the PA system. This is probably the most effective method because it ensures everyone will get the message, and also serves as a great way to inform your guests about other information such as where your sparkler sendoff line will be and what they need to do to get ready.
  • Another popular choice is to have a sign at the entrance of your reception hall to inform your guests as they enter. This is particularly useful because you can also place your wedding sparklers by the sign to have the distributed in a simple and orderly fashion. Many couples buy premade signs that are printed on cardboard or thick card stock, but other creative ideas include chalkboards or even hand-painted billboards with thorough instructions.
  • Yet another option is to place your wedding sparklers on the reception tables themselves with a little announcement card or tent with information such as when you will be using the sparklers and where the designated area for their use is located. If you are using them for a sendoff line or something that is coordinated, you will want to give them some type of formal instructions to reduce any confusion that may arise.
No matter how you choose to make the announcement to your guests regarding the use of your wedding sparklers, you can see from above that taking the time to do this will result in a simpler and less stressful event. There is nothing worse than trying to coordinate a bunch of guests at the last second or have them use their sparklers too soon, which can really ruin your sendoff line or other intended purpose. Make sure to use your creative skills and figure out a fun way to make the announcement and it will surely add some extra fun to your magical day.

Why to Avoid Silver Engagement Rings

Why to Avoid Silver Engagement Rings
Though silver is considered to be a precious metal, grooms should avoid buying silver engagement rings and there’s good reason why. I know it may seem like a great way to save a little money versus more expensive precious metals like gold or platinum, but the fact of the matter is that silver is simply an inferior metal for jewelry meant to last a long time. If you’re looking for proof on this matter, you should look no further than the price of the metal itself. The free markets tend to appraise precious metals based on their usefulness and intrinsic value, so seeing that silver is a fraction of the value of gold or platinum should be an obvious reason why to avoid silver engagement rings regardless of how tight your budget is.

However, if you’re like most thrifty shoppers, you will not always believe there’s a direct correlation between the cost of a metal and its ability to be turned into a high quality ring. Truth be told, there are many items such as certain fashion lines that are very trumped up and carry prices tags ten to twenty times higher than they should be just because people are willing to pay the price. However, silver actually has a laundry list of flaws that make it a poor choice for engagement rings, and I have listed a collection of those reasons below.
  • Silver tarnishes easier than most metals, and it is also more flexible and malleable than most other metals which makes it easy to bend. As you wear your silver engagement ring over the years and put in on and off, it will start to become misshaped and turn more into an oval.
  • Beyond being easy to bend, they also scratch and pit very easily. Fortunately, while there isn’t much you can do about shape distortion, you can keep the silver ring looking nice by polishing it every few months.
  • Silver engagement rings are not water friendly. You must remove your silver ring each time before washing your hand or going into the water or else it will tarnish. Each time you take off your ring, you run the risk of losing or forgetting it; especially in a public restroom or other public location.
  • Silver is typically less pure than other precious metals and contain impurities or other alloys which can cause skin irritations or rashes after extended exposure times. If you are more sensitive than the average person, silver rings can even cause your skin to turn black or green.
  • Though buying silver rings that are plated with other precious metals like yellow gold, white gold, or platinum is a popular choice the plating is usually very thing and will rub through in a short period of time. Also, if you opt to go with white gold, the plating is already plated with rhodium to give it the white coloration from where it gets its name. Plating a metal with a metal that is already plated is a bad idea as it hastens the timeframe that the plating will wear off.
  • Because silver is so much less expensive, the gemstones you’ll find are usually non-precious or fake diamonds such as cubic zirconia. While you can rarely find a precious stone set into a silver ring setting, it’s very uncommon and the selection will likely be slim.
As you can see above, there are many reasons that silver engagement rings are cheaper than other more traditional types of rings, and for good reason. When buying an engagement ring, you truly get what you pay for; and I think you should take your time to save the right amount of money to get a ring that you both will cherish forever. After all, isn’t she worth every penny?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers in Georgia

Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers in Georgia
Whether you’re looking for a country style or riverboat wedding, high demand has led to many couples wondering where to buy sparklers in Georgia. The state of Georgia has a very unique landscape and culture you can’t find anywhere else, making it a dream location for many brides looking to plan a destination wedding in the south. Also known as the “Peach State”, Georgia’s hospitality and down-home charm is just as sweet as its nickname suggests. Whether you’re talking about Atlanta, Savannah, or another area of the state, they host thousands of weddings each year. The large volume of weddings held there each year has led to a sharp spike in the demand for wedding sparklers, and most people aren’t interested in buying sparklers packaged for patriotic holidays from their local store.

Varieties of Sparklers Available

If you are looking at the types of sparklers available for your wedding, you will probably notice that there are dozens of great options available. Manufacturers have begun catering to every whim of the wedding market with such creations like heart sparklers, star shaped sparklers, and even sparklers that have neon colors! Most commonly, wedding sparklers will be at least 10 inches, 20 inches, or 36 inches long and produce gold colored sparkles. It is important to buy quality brands for your wedding instead of buying the absolute cheapest sparklers, so look for a reputable company that has a large selection and fair prices. Choosing a premium sparkler company will help you get the best product for your money and keep your purchase in line with your budget.

Adhere to the State Laws

Georgia is one of the unique places in the country where the rules pertaining to using wedding sparklers can vary from county to county. While there are Georgia fireworks laws that apply globally to all areas of the state, each county has the right to dictate certain restrictions on what time of year and what locations sparklers can be used without permits. While most areas don’t tack on additional conditions, some counties require permits, fees, or other regulations in order for you to use your sparklers legally. Also, you should check with your venue because they also have the right to impose their own restrictions and limit the areas at the venue that you’re allowed to use your wedding sparklers or not allow their use at all.

Brief Overview of Georgia’s Rich History

As one of the original thirteen colonies of America, Georgia has a very rich history that is tied into the legacy of our great country. Founded by James Oglethorpe in 1733, Georgia was originally inhabited by mound building cultures before the European settlements moved in. After the Revolutionary War and America claimed its independence from Britain, Georgia became the fourth state to officially join the union by ratifying the constitution on January 2, 1788.

Sparkler Tip #1 – Check with Your Venue

Check With Your Venue Before Buying Sparklers
So you were at a wedding and saw how fun and elegant wedding sparklers can be as part of your celebration. But hold on one second, have you thought about checking with your venue? While we certainly don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade when it comes to their ideas of planning their wedding, it’s equally important to encourage doing the proper research to make sure you aren’t wasting money that could be spent elsewhere. As the industry leader in wedding sparklers, we obviously want you to enjoy having sparklers at your wedding. However, if you’re venue doesn’t allow you to use them, we would much rather you spend your money elsewhere to get the most fun and exciting day possible.

The reason we stress that you check with your wedding venue before you buy wedding sparklers is because they may require special permits or not allow their use at all. Depending on where you live in the country, some states only allow the use of sparklers on or near the 4th of July which makes them impossible to use even if the venue were to be okay with the idea. Other areas require that you buy additional fir insurance or apply for a permit by paying a fee in order use sparklers at a wedding.

Furthermore, some venues may require you to use your sparklers in an area that won’t work for your purposes. Many venues only allow them to be used indoors if they are smokeless sparklers, so they may have a policy that requires you to use them outside. This can be fine if you are planning to use your wedding sparklers as part of your send off line or as something for the kids to do while the adults dance, but if most of your reception will be happening indoors it can be a real hassle. As long as you check with your venue in advance and clear your plans with them, you can order your wedding sparklers without fear that they may go to waste or that you will be breaking any state or local laws regarding their use at your wedding reception.

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Dos and Don’ts of Engagement Proposals

Engagement Proposal
Without exception, engagement proposals are a huge deal and are the first step in the official union of a couple. Bending down on one knee and asking the women you love is an ambitious and exciting task, but it can be very stressful trying to make sure you get every detail right. Everyone has their own ideas and personal touch added to their proposal method, so the list of ways you can ask for their hand is virtually endless. However, there are a few dos and don’ts that apply to every engagement proposal regardless of how you go about it, and we will go over some of them to help relieve your stress and ensure a perfect proposal when the time is right.

Proposal Dos
  • Test the Water: Talking in advance about the idea of getting married is very important. Just making the decision and “shooting from the hip” out of the blue can lead to an embarrassing and depressing conclusion. This is especially important before you go out and spend a tremendous amount of money on an engagement ring. You don’t have to be obvious and completely telegraph your proposal, but knowing she’s at least mildly interested can be a huge plus.
  • Make it a Surprise: Though you already know she’s interested, you want to pick a moment that is both unexpected and romantic. The more thought you put into your proposal the better, so going to a favorite place or a fancy restaurant and surprising them can really go a long way.
  • Find the Right Ring: Choosing the perfect engagement ring is nearly as important as choosing the right time and place to make your proposal. Be vigilant of the styles of jewelry she wears, and make sure you get the ring the correct size. The last thing you want is for her to hate her engagement ring.
  • Get on One Knee: Yes, it may sound cliché; but it is an age old tradition that your potential spouse will love. By getting down on one knee, you not only demonstrate your faithfulness and love, but also make it incredibly hard for them to say “no”. When most women picture their proposal, they picture their soon-to-be husbands on one knee.
Proposal Don’ts
  • Don’t do it Publicly: Usually, you want your proposal to be an intimate affair between just you and your partner. With the exception of your partner enjoying over-the-top public displays or proposing in front of a large group of friends or family, most women would prefer a quiet candle-lit dinner to a public spectacle.
  • Don’t Put the Ring in Food: Though it may sound like a great way to surprise her in a much unexpected way, putting an engagement ring in her food is an altogether bad idea. Despite the glamorization in Hollywood movies, the risk that she may swallow the ring and require emergency surgery is way too risky. Your engagement should be spent in a romantic location, not a hospital. Plus, who wants their new engagement ring tarnished by spaghetti sauce or champagne before they have a chance to wear it?
Regardless of how you choose to propose to your partner, it’s a good idea to avoid being caught up in all the rules and traditions surrounding the right of passage. However, there are a few traditions that shouldn’t be overlooked, as well as some common sense ways to ensure you don’t embarrass yourself. If you speak from the heart and put all of your thought and love into this special moment, your partner should say “yes” and you can start your lifelong journey together on an unforgettable note.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers in Florida

Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers in Florida
With scenic beaches and beautiful weather, Florida is a premier wedding state. With so many weddings, knowing where to buy wedding sparklers is a very popular quest for soon-to-be brides and grooms and it’s easy to see why. Also called the “Sunshine State”, Florida has many wealthy residents who have extravagant wedding ceremonies and receptions. Because of the scenic nature of the state, Florida is also a very popular wedding destination for people outside the state. For these reasons, there is a huge demand for finding real wedding sparklers in elegant packaging versus going to the fireworks stores that pop up near Independence Day selling tacky sparklers for patriotic events. If you want something that blends nicely into your wedding decorations, you want to buy sparklers labeled and packaged specifically for romantic events and celebrations.

Different Sparkler Types

With so much growing interest and popularity, the wedding sparkler market has been flooded with dozens of options and types ranging from short to long, various colors, and even fun shapes like stars and hearts. When trying to sort through the various options, you should try to remember that cost and quality are a delicate balance that should be considered carefully. Often times the cheapest sparklers will be very poor quality and can even offer a fire hazard, while buying good quality wedding sparklers will cost only slightly more and burn brighter and longer than cheap ones. By doing some homework and buying from a reputable company, you can get quality wedding sparklers that will not blow your budget out of proportion.

Know the Rules

One of the most important things to do before buying your sparklers is to make sure they are legal for use in your state and at your venue. Becoming acquainted with the Florida fireworks laws is a vital step before making your sparkler purchase. Some areas of the state may not allow their use or restrict the time of year that their use is acceptable. Also, many wedding venues in Florida don’t allow using wedding sparklers, so you’ll want to check with them as well. It can also be difficult to find where to buy wedding sparklers in Florida because of licensing issues, such as finding wedding sparklers in Miami.

Overview of Florida History

The earliest historical records for people in Florida start around the 16th century when Native American groups including the Apalachee, Timucua, Ais, Tocobaga, Calusa, and Tequesta tribes began keeping more detailed records.

However, research done by archaeologist infers that the first people to live in the Florida region of America were a group of Paleo-Indians, which were also the earliest known inhabitants of the entire country. It is suspected that they were here as early as 14,000 years ago. Without and cessation, Florida was inhabited through the Archaic period, civilizations began to come together around 500 BC in unique and distinct cultures.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Choosing Bright Sparklers

Brightest Sparklers
When choosing to have sparklers at your wedding, finding ones that are very bright and entertaining is a vital part of decision making process. Most brides are excited about the notion of having sparklers to use as part of their sendoff line or in the background of pictures, so the brighter the better is the mantra here. Because you will likely be doing your photos in a low-light situation without a flash, the light from the sparklers will be the only thing making your pictures turn out great. Buying high quality wedding sparklers from a reputable company is the best way to ensure you get the brightest sparklers possible at the best prices around.

What Size Should I Choose

In order to get the most brightness and largest effects out of your sparklers, you should consider buying 36 inch sparklers for your wedding. Besides having the brightest and most spectacular effects, they also last over 4 minutes each. Their long burn time and huge effects make them an incredibly bright addition to any wedding reception or ceremony. Whether you’re using them for photos alone or for a grand exit, 36 inch sparklers are the perfect choice when looking for the brightest sparklers available.

How to Light My Sparklers

When you want to light your sparklers, there are a few popular ways that people often use. Barbecue grill lighters are a fast and affordable way to light sparklers, and they are very easy to use compared to matches or typical lighters. Lighting a candle or lantern is another popular choice because your guests can simply walk by, stick the tip of their sparkler into the flame, and they are ready to go. The last way to light your wedding sparklers is to light one short sparkler and let everyone light their sparkler off of it. Sparklers burn very hot, so you can light several sparklers in a very short period of time.

Disposing of Sparklers

Once you have used up your sparklers, it is important to properly dispose of the hot wires. Residual powder can stay hot and even reignite several minutes after the sparkler appears to be out, so you don’t want to just throw them in the trash. The best way to make sure your used sparklers have completely extinguished is to throw them into a bucket of water. If that option isn’t available, you can also throw them into a pile of sand or a fire pit. However you choose to dispose of your used sparklers, make sure you are putting them in a place that doesn’t have any risk of starting a fire; which could easily ruin your wedding ceremony in a big hurry. As long as you’re safe and smart, you can dispose of your sparklers in a very simple fashion.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers in Delaware

Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers in Delaware Delaware isn’t the largest state in the country, but they have their fair share of weddings which makes couples wonder where to buy wedding sparklers in the state. Also known as “The First State”, Delaware is actually the second smallest state in America right behind Rhode Island. However, don’t let the small are fool you; Delaware has a very affluent population with a median income that is much higher than most states in the country. So, it’s no wonder that many of the weddings in Delaware are large, costly, and pull out all the stops. For this reason, many people are looking for places to buy wedding sparklers and are often forced to buy from the fireworks stands that come out near the 4th of July. However, if you’re looking for a more attractive option, buying sparklers for weddings that are specifically labeled for that purpose is the best choice.

Choosing Your Type

There are several types of wedding sparklers that range in size, shape and color. When trying to decide on sparklers for your wedding, it is important to balance price and quality in order to get what you pay for. Buying discount wedding sparklers may sound like a great way to keep costs low, but you may end up with factory seconds or lackluster performance. By carefully selecting your type and length of sparklers, you can ensure you get the best price possible without having to sacrifice quality.

Obey State Laws

Another important thing to keep in mind when deciding where to buy wedding sparklers in Delaware is to obey the local and state laws. Depending on where you are in the state, the laws and local ordinances can vary greatly; so it’s important to freshen up on the Delaware fireworks laws. Also, you will want to check with your venue or reception hall in order to make sure that they are allowed. Some venues require an additional deposit, insurance, or may not allow using wedding sparklers at all.

A Brief History of Delaware

Delaware received its name from the Delaware River; which was named by Thomas West in pre-colonial times around 1600 AD. As the governor of the Colony of Virginia, he named it when the river was first explored and mapped by European settlers and cartographers. Besides just the state’s name the indigenous civilization, the Lenape, were named the Delaware Indians by the Europeans after the river. However, besides all of these fun facts, Delaware is home to tax-free shopping making it a destination for people seeking a great shopping experience.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Are Vintage Engagement Rings Trending?

Vintage Engagement Ring It is rare for there to be a lull in the amount of brides choosing to have a vintage engagement ring, and present day is no exception. Though there is no way to recreate or mimic the beauty of a genuine vintage engagement ring, several companies are manufacturing reproduction rings to fuel the need in the current marketplace. Unfortunately, there just aren’t enough vintage rings to go around in the most popular styles that brides-to-be are craving. In the absence of a genuine artifact, a ring made to look like it is vintage is the next best thing and makes a very nice substitute.

Why Are Vintage Rings Popular?

Vintage style engagement rings are so popular because they embody the elegance and charm of a timeless era long gone by. While most brides would prefer to own a genuine vintage diamond ring, they can be expensive and hard to find. This huge spike in demand has caused many jewelers to design and craft rings done in the style of vintage rings but for a much more reasonable price.

Is It Always Diamonds?

Though diamonds are certainly the most common and popular choice for the main stone in any engagement ring, you don’t always need to opt for a diamond in your vintage engagement ring. Like any other style of ring, there are literally dozens of great gemstones that are perfectly suitable for such an elegant piece. In fact, many couples choose to have rubies, sapphires, emeralds, or other beautiful stones instead of diamonds to match their birthstones or the month in which they are married. If you are on a budget or are looking for something unique and colorful, gemstones are a great way to make your vintage engagement ring special.

Custom Vintage Rings

While there are certainly thousands of classic styles of vintage engagement rings that many jewelers model their reproduction rings after, many quality jewelers are more than happy to create you a custom ring in a vintage style. Also called bespoke rings, a custom engagement ring allows you to add family diamonds, birthstones, and custom intricacies that you can’t find in a mass-produced ring. If you find a skilled jeweler with experience in making vintage style rings, they can work with your concepts and blend them into a design that harkens back to a previous era.

Whether you’re obsessed with the original Hollywood elite or just adore the look of vintage items, there is simply no substitute for a vintage-style engagement ring. With so many great designs and styles available on the market and the ability to have a custom ring made to your specifications in a vintage style, finding the perfect ring that looks much older than it is will be a labor of love.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers in Connecticut

Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers in Connecticut Connecticut has one of the wealthiest populations in the northeast, which is why so many couples are wondering where to buy wedding sparklers in Connecticut.  Also known as the “Constitution State”, Connecticut is home to some of the most patriotic Americans in the country. Also, as one of the oldest states in our union, it has a rich history that makes it an ideal place to have a wedding. From the old colonial architecture to the vast landscapes that speak of years long past, Connecticut is a premier place for couples who are looking to get married in the classic tradition.

On the top of the list for most couples looking to get married in this beautiful state is Hartford. Hartford is very friendly to the use of sparklers, which are growing in popularity among people planning weddings. Wedding sparklers are a great alternative to birdseed or rice, and offer the added element of making your pictures even better. From sendoff lines to reception table centerpieces, the uses for wedding sparklers are virtually endless.

If you are interested in using sparklers at your Connecticut wedding, however, there are several things to keep in mind. You need to check the Connecticut fireworks laws for the county you are having your wedding in because they can vary depending on your location. Also, your venue may require special training, additional insurance fees, or other stipulations before you are allowed to use wedding sparklers as part of your ceremony or reception. In fact, some venues don’t allow wedding sparklers at all, so planning ahead and making sure they are approved for use is always the best option.

Another thing to keep in mind when finding where to buy wedding sparklers in Connecticut is that most stores only sell sparklers for a brief period of time during the summer. Sparklers can be difficult to find as you get away from the 4th of July, so you should either buy them ahead of time. If this thought eluded you, there is a great alternative. There are several great online shops that sell wedding sparklers and ship to Connecticut. Just make sure that you are buying from a premium retailer and you shouldn’t have any problems with your wedding sparklers when they arrive. As long as you plan ahead and buy from a reputable company, you should be able to enjoy all the fun and magic that wedding sparklers bring to your event.

Friday, September 6, 2013

A Comparison of Diamond and Moissanite Engagement Rings

A Comparison of Diamond and Moissanite Engagement Rings For a very long time now, couples have been searching for an elegant and suitable replacement for diamond engagement rings. Recently, moissanite has emerged as a growing trend in the engagement ring market because it looks as brilliant and gorgeous as diamonds at a fraction of the cost. Also, unlike cubic zirconia and other knockoff diamonds, moissanite isn’t a cheap copy of real diamonds but an elegant gemstone. This major difference between moissanite and other diamond substitutes for engagement rings has led to a huge increase in their sales as the price of diamonds has become unreachable for many younger couples.

What is Moissanite?

Discovered in 1893, moissanite is a natural mineral that was found while Henri Moissan was examining samples of rocks found in the crater of a meteor in Canyon Diablo, Arizona. At first glance, Henri assumed that he has discovered a vein of diamonds that were either created by the meteor or incidentally were uncovered by the impact. However, upon closer examination in 1904, he realized that the beautiful crystals he had uncovered were made of silicon carbide; which doesn’t exist or form naturally on earth and is incredibly rare to find. Because the mineral was so rare, thus making it precious, there was a race to create a synthetic version of the moissanite in laboratories by scientists. In 1998, moissanite was first used in retail jewelry and introduced to the marketplace with a remarkably warm welcome. Since its release, it has steadily gained popularity as a valuable and quality gemstone that fits nicely into the fine jewelry market.

Benefits of Moissanite vs. Diamonds

Though most people would rank the lower cost of moissanite as its best property, there is actually another feature that makes moissanite a great choice for an engagement ring compared to diamonds. One thing many people don’t know is that moissanite has superior optical properties compared to diamonds; making them sparkler more brilliant and reflect light off of the facets more beautifully.

Drawbacks of Moissanite vs. Diamonds

Obviously, by most people’s standards, diamonds are a superior gem to virtually any other type of stone on earth. Though there are minerals that are more rare than diamonds, such as tanzanite, diamonds continue to hold their place in the market as the most expensive and popular stones. With this prestige comes a certain amount of pride when you show off a good quality diamond perched upon your ring finger.

Furthermore, since moissanite is all lab created, there is something to be said about a mineral that is formed geologically over millions of years by the earth compared to something created in a laboratory in a much shorter time span. Though moissanite is more brilliant and flawless to the eye, there simply is no replacement for the original and beautiful diamond for their engagement ring.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers in Colorado

Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers in Colorado With so many weddings each year, it’s easy to see why couples are wondering where to buy wedding sparklers in Colorado. Home to the Rocky Mountains, which offer majestic views and beautiful photo opportunities, Colorado is an obvious wedding destination for anyone looking for natural beauty or who loves the great outdoors. Also, with huge cities like Denver, Colorado Springs, and Boulder, the well over 5 million people who live in the state are getting married in record numbers each year. Areas like Rocky Mountain National Park offer couples the scenic and serene getaway that dream of for their wedding ceremony, but also offer a relaxing and romantic place to stay for their honeymoon.

With so many great venues and high demand in the state’s wedding market, the sales of wedding sparklers have kicked into high gear and are present at nearly 10% of all weddings. However, there are some major reasons that you need to buy quality wedding sparklers instead of generic sparklers that are made for the 4th of July, New Year’s, or another holiday, especially when you are in a dry state like Colorado. Unfortunately, Colorado is stricken with forest fires that decimate entire areas of this beautiful landscape, and many of these fires are caused by human negligence. From campers leaving fires burning at their campsites to people throwing lit cigarettes out their windows, some as small as a poor quality wedding sparkler can quickly create a raging inferno.

Fortunately, there are high quality wedding sparklers available that won’t fall apart as they burn and won’t smolder after you put them out. Until recently, many couples were just buying whatever was cheap or available after the summer sales for the 4th of July were over, but now a more educated population is actually seeking out where to buy wedding sparklers in Colorado that are going to be high quality and safe for their guests to use without incident. There are many good companies selling wedding sparklers online that can ship directly to your doorstep in Colorado, just make sure your take your time and buy from a reputable company that only deals in high quality products and the leftovers from other events.

Another thing to keep in mind when deciding where to buy wedding sparklers in Colorado is that you need to check with your local and state laws before you purchase. As we mentioned before, there can be restrictions on when you can use your wedding sparklers because of dry conditions and the potential for forest fires, so make sure you stay on top of the rules and double check the Colorado fireworks laws at the time of your wedding. You will also need to check with your venue to make sure you can use your sparklers, especially if you’re going to be in the mountains. Many campgrounds and National Parks ban the use of fireworks and sparklers as a safety precaution, so you’ll want to check into that before making your purchase. As long as you do your research and follow all the rules, you should be able to include sparklers into your Colorado wedding experience safely and legally.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

3 Tips for Photographing Wedding Sparklers

Sparkler Photo Probably the most desirable and popular facet of using sparklers at your wedding is the fun and excitement they can bring to your wedding photos. Simply adding some lit sparklers to any part of your ceremony or reception can make ordinary pictures turn into unforgettable moments captured on film. However, depending on how you will be using your wedding sparklers and whether your photographer has taken pictures of wedding sparklers before, there are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for your photo shoots. Below, you will fun 3 tips for photographing wedding sparklers that will help you get the most out of your experience.

Choose the Right Length

While this may seem obvious to many couples planning their wedding, having sparklers that burn out before you can get those memorable photos is the fastest way to disappointment. When determining which length of sparklers to purchase, you need to think about the amount of time you will need to be posing for pictures as well as the amount of time it will take for everyone to get their sparklers lit and into position. It may seem like 1-2 minutes of sparkler is enough, but if you have to coordinate several people getting lit and into position; this can quickly prove to be much less photo shoot time than you expected.

Plan Everything in Advance

Once you’ve chosen the appropriate length sparklers based on the type of photos you are after and how many people will be involved, the next thing you should do is plan out all the details in advance. By creating a good strategy for everything from the order people will light their sparklers to exactly where they will be positioned, you can eliminate any last second hang-ups or errors than can cause your sparklers to be wasted. Also, it’s a good idea to have a fast and efficient way to light your sparklers to save as much of the “sparkle” time for your wedding photos. Grill lighters (barbecue lighters) or candles care a great choice for this purpose because the large flame lights your sparklers quickly; or you can use another lit wedding sparkler to get your going.

Camera Settings

If you have a very experienced wedding photographer who has capture sparklers on film before, then this part will already be handled for you. However, if you are having a friend act as your photographer or have a professional that has never done this type of work before, there are a few things to keep in mind for your photos to turn out.

Depending on what you will be doing with your sparklers, there are a few techniques that can be used to capture them in photos in perfect clarity. If you are going to be writing shapes or words in the air with your sparklers, you will want to make sure you have the exposure set to a much longer time. It is a good idea to experiment with your camera settings in advance using only one sparkler at a time to get everything correct before lighting several sparklers and having everyone get into position for the final shoot.

If you are going to be getting photos of your sparklers during a sendoff line, first kiss, or other similar type of scenario, then you should be able to use the same settings you use for nighttime shots. Since most people use digital cameras these days, you should likely be able to see the results on your screen immediately. The same rule applies as with the method above; practice your shots in advance to fine-tune the camera settings and take as many pictures as possible during the event. This will give you the most photos of your wedding sparklers to sort through and find the ones that turned out the best.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Where to Buy Wedding Sparklers in California

Wedding Sparklers in California With California having such a huge population, it is easy to see why people are wondering where to buy wedding sparklers in California. Also known as “The Golden State”, California is home to massive cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Sacramento; just to name a few.  With a state population exceeding 38 million, California is home to tens of thousands of wedding each year; driving the need for wedding sparklers to be sold year round. Also, many people flock to the state to have their destination wedding with beautiful beaches, stunning mountain ranges, and unparalleled weather. Places like Napa Valley are on the top of the list for many couples looking to have a romantic destination wedding getaway, and many couples take advantage of having their honeymoon in the same state to save money without compromising the adventure of a lifetime.

Unfortunately, California fireworks laws are very strict and items such as sparklers can be very difficult to find during certain parts of the year. The good news is that there are mail-order companies setup to address this issue and give peace of mind to couples searching for where to buy wedding sparklers in California. Though there is a bit of a delay in shipping and it requires some advance planning, ordering your wedding sparklers by mail and having them shipped into the state will save you time, money, and the headache of finding them at a retail store.

Some Things to Keep in Mind

As we mentioned before, California can have some pretty strict laws pertaining to the use and sales of fireworks. The laws can vary from city to city and county to county, so it is important to familiarize yourself with the local ordinances before seeking out where to buy wedding sparklers in California. Many places only allow fireworks to be sold around the 4th of July, and there may also be restrictions on the time of year that using fireworks is allowed. Also, with wildfires being a constant threat in California, there may be seasonal restrictions when it is a dry month or there is a state-wide drought.

Furthermore, you will want to check with your wedding venue before purchasing wedding sparklers for your California wedding experience. Some venues may require extra insurance or deposits before you are allowed to use sparklers, only allow them in certain areas on the property, or not allow their use at all. The last thing you want to do is spend some of your precious wedding budget on sparklers only to find out that you can’t use them when your big day arrives.

As long as you do your due diligence in advance and have a firm understanding of all the local laws, you should be able to have your wedding sparklers shipped in plenty of time for your celebration and have no problems being able to use them at your wedding venue in California. Most venues are more than happy to give you all the help and information you need about the local guidelines, companies that ship wedding sparklers to California usually can have them delivered in only a handful of days.