What No One Tells You About (Muslim) Marriage Events

Singles, singles and more Muslim singles… There are plenty of them, in all shapes, sizes, races and with various qualifications. Yet, there doesn’t seem to be one singleton sparking enough interest to say ‘let’s take this further and go for a coffee?’ So what’s going wrong at these marriage events? How do single muslim marriage events Manchester  these days?

The hush voices and the deafening awkwardness is unavoidable as the singles wait around for the event to start.

I watch them tiresomely introduce themselves over and over again. I see some singles losing interest, playing on their phone or jumping onto their social media lives. I even witness many bromances and womances blossoming right before my eyes… huh?

Eventually when the intros are over, relief… Phew! Then the disappointment hits. Why? Because there’s no one you want to speak to! You scroll down the list of names and still no one interests you or is remotely like the person you want to marry! You get to the end of the list and start again hoping you overlooked someone, you realise you haven’t and the stifled despair is clear to see… argh!

Half the people you’ve met you don’t even remember, some people turned up late and missed the intros altogether! Clearly creating a good first impression isn’t important when you’re trying to meet your soul mate!

After much consideration and deliberation the singles send some requests or accept ‘requests to meet’ for a one-to-one conversation.

These one-to-one conversations can leave you speechless at the lack of ‘conversation’! At the other end of the spectrum, astonishingly some singles are willing to drop their lives, marry and move in with you tomorrow! It makes you wonder, what on earth just happened?!

Singles walk away from these one-to-ones feeling completely underwhelmed. The brothers talk at the sisters, hoping something they said would connect with them. While the sisters’ preferred approach is a hostile and uncensored interrogation of the brothers’ past relationships and haraam (prohibited) activities… Awkward much!

Despite putting yourself through all of that and with little luck in meeting someone suitable, how do singles get married these days… or is it that they just don’t?!

Some have been trying to get married for years. They attend marriage events and use online marriage websites yet they’re still struggling to find ‘the one’. They say they’re okay with it but their feeling of defeat is palpable.

The brothers either don’t know what they want or they think the sisters are too picky. Whereas the sisters think the brothers are immature, untrustworthy and irresponsible… ouch!

Singles with no ‘requests to meet’ make a quick exit hoping no one notices. While others cling on to hope that someone will speak to them at some point.

I watch the event organisers eager to see the singles find marriage, seek out singles and personally set up a ‘request to meet’ with other singles. However it takes some coaxing, cajoling and a huge dollop of luck to make this happen.

Unfortunately sometimes there are also after-effects of these events… There are some brothers who can’t take no for an answer and think following a single Muslimah (Muslim woman) to the bus stop or tracking her down on social media is a good move… Stalker much!!

It leaves me with the question: how many brothers and sisters exchange numbers (not including bromances or womances) and actually take the next step to meet again?

So where does it leave these singles… Do Muslim singles know how to ‘date’ halal? Are they at these events because they want to be there? Or is it because their siblings, friends and cousins are getting married and they feel left behind!

These muslim marriage events Manchester are a great resource for meeting other singles. They’ve successfully paired thousands of married couples. But are singles taking full advantage of them?

Are the singles looking for a spark or even an inkling of one? Is that asking for too much as a first meeting? So does that then mean love at first sight is out of the question?

Let me know your thoughts: what has been your experience of marriage events, what advice would you give to singles out there?

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Choosing the Best Wedding Venues

Where to Start When Searching for a Wedding Venue.

So if you are planning a wedding without the aid of a wedding planner, your first concern should be to find the Wedding venue.

Naturally, the style of venue directly impacts on the style of wedding for it will shape the entire style, theme and décor of the whole day’s proceedings. So after having set a date and a budget (actual or approximate), you need to decide what style of wedding you are after. No doubt some brides (and grooms!) will have been dreaming about their wedding for months or years before they are engaged and will have an idea about the style of wedding they want.

However, for most newly engaged couples the task ahead can sometimes seem daunting. For many, the first port of call will be the internet where you can practically lose yourself in a maze of wedding resources. We suggest you spend an hour or two online together and immerse yourselves in this strange new world of weddings. Confetti and Hitched are useful UK resources, among many others, whilst Martha Stewart and The Knot are excellent sites that focus on the American wedding market where lots of our trends first originate.

Wedding blogs are another useful online resource and nowadays, more and more couples are turning to blogs such as Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake, OnceWed and Rock n Roll Bride for their wedding inspiration. They are well worth investigating.

After only a short time online you should have a pretty clear idea about your preferred style as well as the avenues you want to explore. Some of the most popular ideas that start to evolve might for instance include classic, vintage, rustic, contemporary, chic, retro, funky or seasonal.

Then, from this position you can start to focus your search on wedding venues that befit the general style or styles(s) you have in mind. For instance classic or vintage would tend to lead you toward old historic venues, such as castles or stately homes. Whereas contemporary might lead you toward venues that are more of a blank canvas, such as art galleries. And if you are considering funky or maybe chic, you might focus your search on appropriately styled boutique hotels.

There are several websites dedicated solely to the promotion of wedding venues. Whilst most feature dozens of venues in a wide range of styles of varying quality, one or two go a step further by assessing the quality of the venues featured.

When it comes to selecting the style of venue, your personal and individual personalities, likes and dislikes will dictate to a large extent. For instance, a flamboyant couple will be drawn to venues that have an immediate ‘Wow Factor’ such as a large and elaborate stately home in the country, whereas a more conservative couple might want to consider guest practicalities and opt for a country house hotel close to a city.

There are a wide range of different styles to choose from, from restaurants to rustic barns or boutique hotels to former palaces. Be warned that unfortunately, as is so often the case, you tend to get what you pay for. Furthermore, peak season Saturdays will usually be booked up 9 months or more in advance, so in order to secure the best venues it is important to either be flexible with the wedding date or start your venue search a year or so in advance. Be warned!

However, if you use an online resource that assesses the quality of the venues featured and offers a wide range of criteria in which to focus your search, your venue search should be reasonably straight forward!

Primary Considerations for a Wedding Venue Search

Wedding date

The more flexible you are, the greater your choice of venues. Remember that Saturdays in peak season get booked up quickly so consider Sundays or even Fridays. You will benefit from lower prices too. Note that Bank holiday Sundays also tend to book up quickly.

Type of ceremony

Typically your options will as follows:

Civil – 25 minute legal ceremony that will take place in a registry office or in approved premise, such as a country house hotel.

Religious – 50 minute religious ceremony in a House of God.

Civil with blessing – civil ceremony followed by a separate religious blessing

Civil with humanist – civil ceremony followed by a separate humanist blessing

Note, if you want a religious ceremony, you should already have good links with your local church. Alternatively, if you want to get married outside your own parish you might be able to register with an alternative church if you are prepared to attend mass regularly before your wedding.

Also note, if opting for a religious ceremony, for convenience your reception venue should be reasonably close by, ideally 5-10 minutes away, up to a maximum of 20-25 minutes.

Number of guests

Naturally, if you expect 100 guests you need to identify venues that can accommodate 100 guests and ideally more in order to avoid the possibility of squeezing tables together.

Total wedding budget

As indicated, allocate 50% of your total budget to your venue and catering costs. However this could be from 40%, or up to 60%.

Preferred geographical location(s)

Clearly the wider the geographical area you consider, the greater your choice of venues.

Venue style

There are a wide range of styles to consider, from boutique hotels to country clubs, or stately homes to livery halls.

Exclusive use of the venue

Decide early on if this is essential to you. Many venues only offer exclusive use as standard but others, such as large stately homes and hotels will have the space to accommodate 2 or more weddings at the same time. Usually they will be kept separate but sometimes it is not always the case. In such venues, exclusive use might be an option, for an additional fee.

Do you require guest accommodation onsite?

If so, how many guests and for how many nights? Note sometimes you might be expected to take a minimum number of rooms on the wedding night.

Would you consider a marquee?

Again, keep your options open in order to maximise your shortlist of venues especially if you expect more than 100 guests. Unfortunately there are many, many excellent venues across the UK that can only accommodate up to 100 guests internally, within the walls of the property and therefore a marquee is the only option for larger weddings. That being said, the design and style of marquees has come on enormously over the past 5 years and there are some super-modern styles available for hire.

Would you consider separate rooms for your ceremony, drinks reception, dinner and dancing? Or mind having the ceremony and dinner in the same room?

The venue’s room format is an often forgotten consideration when venue searching and can lead to huge disappointment, especially if you have travelled to view the property unaware of such considerations. It is sometimes the case a venue requires you to have both the ceremony and the meal in the same room. In such instances the room will be ‘turned around’ whilst the drinks reception takes place in another room, outside or in an annex, so you won’t be able to see the tables laid after the ceremony.

Alternatively, it might be that dancing cannot take place in the same room that the meal is served in and this can lead to segregated guests.

Or if you have filled the room to its dining capacity, it is often the case that in order to make space for a dance floor, 2 or 3 tables have to be removed.

Some Additional Considerations

Fireworks, confetti, candelabras/naked flames/tea lights, garden/outside area, late licence.

Again, all these elements can limit your choice of venues so do try to keep your options open! For instance, do you really want to lose out on what might be the perfect venue that happens to calls last orders at 11pm, just because you like the idea of celebrating until midnight or 1am?

Or will you really reject what could be your ideal property simply because they don’t permit fireworks?


We have seen that when searching for a wedding venue it is vital that you try to be as flexible as you can with regard to your preconceived requirements. And clearly choosing a venue can be a difficult and time consuming task. However, if you bear the considerations in this article in mind your chances of finding your perfect Wedding venue will be greatly enhanced, as will the time it.

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Hiring a Generator for a Wedding

If you’re planning a wedding, it’s easy to get sucked into the glamorous details, like choosing invitations, selecting flowers and crafting a stunning event that your guests will cherish forever. However, if you ignore the important technical details – like a constant power supply or a high quality sound system – they could remember you for all the wrong reasons.

This is particularly important if the wedding you’re planning will be taking place outside, in the absence of a dedicated power supply. In this instance, it’s absolutely paramount that you organise generator hire well ahead of time to ensure that your big day goes without a hitch.

Generator Rental for a Wedding

It’s now relatively simple to find a generator rental company that caters to weddings and other large events. However, as outdoor weddings become ever more popular, it’s advisable to book your generator as far in advance as possible. That’s because, if you leave it until the last minute, you may find it difficult to locate a generator at a price that suits you and with a capacity to meet your needs.

Before choosing a generator, think carefully about what your electricity needs will be on your wedding day. For example, if you’re planning a small wedding with 50 or fewer guests, your electricity needs will be significantly less than if your guests number in their hundreds.

What’s more, if your wedding will feature a live band with several electric instruments, you may need a larger capacity generator than if your entertainment consists of a string quartet or one DJ. Lighting is also a consideration. For instance, basic, atmospheric lighting may use less electricity than a disco-effect, multi-coloured light show.

Finally, it’s also important to consider the noise a generator can make. In this respect, you may need to be flexible on your budget. Paying more for a quieter generator is certainly worth it, especially if a cheaper alternative is going to ruin the atmosphere of your first dance and compete with your wedding playlist throughout the evening.

Seek Expert Advice

If you’re not sure exactly what your needs are, speak to a outdoor weddings expert – whether it’s someone from the company you’re planning to hire from or an independent specialist. They should be able to advise you accurately on what kind of generator will meet your wedding requirements and your budget. Moreover, if you choose a generator that runs on gas or diesel instead of electricity, they should also be able to tell you how much of this resource to have as a back-up, so you don’t run out of the fuel you need to keep your power supply going and inadvertently plunge the best day of your life into darkness.

Harvey McEwan writes to offer information and advice on a variety of areas, from technology to holiday destinations. Read through Harvey’s other articles generator for outdoor weddings to find out more.

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How to Pick a Wedding Band that is a perfect fit your engagement

So, here you will be going to arrange your engagement ceremony things. But have you wondered how to pick the best Wedding bands Ireland for that occasion? Well, having a good wedding band would be a great option for couples to entertain their guests and make their moment memorable for a lifetime.

That’s why we arrange a few tips for you so that you can easily pick your favorite Wedding bands Ireland for your engagement ceremony. Wedding bands are available in a variety of forms, and they will make your entire occasion wonderful till the end.

They will offer you with their own instruments and huge backpack setup, which means, they come with their people and instruments to entertain you and your guests ahead.

How to pick the right wedding band for your engagement?

Here, in this article, we will provide you with some tips and tricks so that you can easily choose your wedding bands which would become a perfect match for your engagement.

However, music can have a significant effect on the day, and it will be turned out in a perfect event, just with the presence of a good live wedding band.

A live wedding band with the correct experience can set the mindset and tone for the entire day. Which purposely develop your mood and enhance your guest energy levels as well.


You need to know about your taste and vision, like, what you want to see or listen through the live band at your engagement ceremony.

Because having a live band will allow you to play your own favorite songs at the moment easily. So, always find out you and your spouse vision about the concert in the event then go for the booking accordingly.

  • ROLES:

Be clear and make the concept easy of what you actually want from the wedding bands Ireland. Many bands who perform in a lively moment, sometimes, like to get an active role in the processes, so you need to be sure enough to find out the band’s roles.

You need to be sure about if they play music as a background stage, or will they be able enough to further announce the groom and bride names at the moment on the engagement’s first dance song, or the DJ you actually hired is talented enough to communicate and entertain the audience as well without making the night boring.

So, these are the active roles which certainly played by every popular and famous wedding band.


This is the most important thing you need to worry about. Choose the band which has a good choice of music as well, sometimes, it happens, that the band performs well, they entertained the audience with their communication and gossips but failed in playing trendy songs.

So, that’s why ask their music choice and selection option, and if necessary, pass them your selective songs, which is also a great safe option for your engagement night.


This is what we called to check their experience. You need to find out their past live shows and other things and take reviews as well before going to pick that band for your engagement.

Reviews are the most important job which should be done before the booking and other steps.


Don’t ever forget to put a burden on yourself while choosing the band out of your budget hand. Check your budget and make sure you are free enough to book that wedding bands for the engagement night without any disturbance to any other items.


Now, it’s a step to book the wedding band for your engagement night. You may be moved now to this step very lately, and in that case, you might be going through with a costly booking fair.

So, it would be better for you to book your wedding band for your engagement night, 2 weeks before. The more early you book your band, the more you get less costly fair.

Don’t go with the urgent booking process at all, it will put you to pay them a huge amount, which is not good at all.


When you book the band, you need first to check out your engagement venue. Because the Wedding bands Ireland comes with a huge group of instruments and they need extra space to settle up the things down with a proper background that also looks neat and clean.

So, check the venue and space and tell them to bring fewer instruments just if you have a small space in your venue.


If you have set a usual theme for your engagement night, then tell this to your band’s member to further dress up like according it, this will create a good unique impression among guests.

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Questions to Ask Before You Book Wedding Car Hire

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Are you worried about what to look for when booking your wedding car hire? Fret not, you are not alone, and while it may seem daunting, with a little guidance anyone can do so successfully. We’ve consulted a few experts to pick their brains over precisely what a couple ought to be confident that a company can provide. Not only do you want a vehicle that suits your theme, but of course one who operates punctually and professionally.

All reputable wedding car hire buckinghamshire  operators will be happy to answer any questions you ask regarding their service – so here’s a selection of those that must be at the top of anyone’s list.

How Many Cars Will Be Needed On The Big Day?

It may sound like an obvious question, but this is one that does matter depending on the theme and style of your wedding. For instance, a traditional arrangement would be for just one car to ferry the bride and father to the wedding venue, and then to carry the bride and groom to the reception. Everyone else attending can make their own arrangements. Alternatively, you may opt to transport the whole wedding transportation buckinghamshire  party (bridesmaids, close relatives etc.) in a fleet of vehicles.

Following the ceremony usually only one car is used for the bride and groom, but again this comes down to personal choice and of course how much you are willing to spend. Many taxi firms will offer a ‘fleet discount’ if ordering plenty of vehicles in advance.

Who Is Travelling With Who?

This really comes down to personal choice, and there’s simply no ‘rules’ to worry about. It used to be the case that the mother of the bride would arrive alongside the bridesmaids, but that is seen by some as a little outdated nowadays.

Don’t forget the groom and his party also! It is less traditional for them to arrive in a formal arrangement, but some people prefer to keep them all together – and ensure they turn up on time!

How Long Can We Have The Car?

One of the most important considerations when selecting a wedding vehicle company is the duration that you have ‘possession’ of the car. It is not uncommon for many companies to serve multiple weddings over a day during peak season – which of course enhances the risk of delays if your ceremonials are in the late afternoon. Good companies will allow you to have it for as long as needed but check their pricing and above anything plan to book at least several months in advance.

Also, consider that the car happens to be one of the most popular features in wedding photography – and we all know how long that can take! Factor this in if it is important to you but only intending to have the vehicle for a set number of hours.

Are Classic Cars Worth The Risk?

The worst case scenario is, of course, that vintage wedding cars buckinghamshire  refusing to start on the wedding day. It is incredibly rare but does unfortunately happen. For this reason, it is worth checking out reviews from previous couples to see if they had any unexpected technical glitches. Any reputable company will not only ensure that their vehicles are in perfect running order, but also have a backup option just in case.

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Celebrities and Their Diamond Engagement Rings

What better way to show the world that you are in love than by the act of giving and receiving a diamond engagement ring? With many actresses and other famous women sporting bigger and sparklier Dallas jeweler  rings, celebrity engagements have become a delight for the jewelry lover. The size of the diamond is not necessarily the key as to what makes some of these rings so famous and recognizable, rather it seems to be a combination of the engagement ring itself and the famous lady it is associated with.


The history of diamond engagement rings

Maximillan I of Austria gave the first diamond engagement ring on record to Mary of Burgundy in 1477. He had the ring commissioned to unite their two houses and make their marriage a unifying symbol to the country.

The smallest diamond engagement ring ever made was given to Princess Mary who was married by proxy to the Dauphin of France in the year 1518. Princess Mary was two years old at the time.

Throughout history diamond engagement rings have become larger, more elaborate, and have included a wide variety of other jewels and metals. Diamond engagement rings settings can be made of silver, platinum, white or yellow gold or a mixture of these elements.

Famous ladies and their engagement rings

Celebrities and other famous people influence the look and style of many aspects in fashion and also set trends. Diamond engagement rings are no exception to this rule. The following is a partial list of the famous ladies and their equally famous engagement rings:


  • Queen Elizabeth II received an engagement ring from Prince Phillip that was made from diamonds from his mother’s tiara.
  • Grace Kelly was given a 12 carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring from Prince Rainier.
  • Lady Diana was engaged with a ring made of an 18 carat blue oval sapphire that was circled by fourteen diamonds.


  • Elizabeth Taylor was engaged to her third husband, Michael Todd, with an emerald cut diamond that weighed almost 30 carats. However, she is more known for her other pieces of jewelry, one more striking than the other: the 39 carat Krupp diamond, the 69.42 carat pear-shaped Taylor-Burton diamond and the 17th century heart-shaped Taj Mahal diamond.
  • Priscilla was engaged to Elvis with a 3.5 carat diamond engagement ring that was circled by another 21 smaller diamonds and diamond chips.
  • Sharon Stone was given a three diamond, 3 1/2 carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring by Phil Bronstien.
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones’ promise to Michael Douglas was finalized with a 10 carat antique marquise diamond estimated at amost $2 million.
  • Joan Collins got a heart-shaped diamond ring in a nineteenth-century setting from husband Percy Gibson.

Pop stars:

  • Madonna received from Guy Ritchie an antique Edwardian three-stone diamond ring with a decorative platinum band. The Neil Lane ring was supposed to represent their family: mother, father and son Rocco.
  • In the case of Toni Braxton, drummer Keri Lewis designed a stunning 4.5 three-stone diamond ring with an oval-shaped center stone and 2 heart-shaped diamonds on the sides.
  • Paris Hilton, even though not a pop star but a diva anyway, received 2 diamond engagement rings from billionaire Paris Latsis, a $5 million 24 carat canary diamond ring and a $2.1 million 15 carat white diamond ring.
  • Britney Spears has two engagement rings also: one that she bought for herself before the wedding, a $40,000 4 carat cushion-cut diamond ring with a platinum pave setting, and one that she received 9 month after the marriage from husband Kevin Federline.
  • Christina Aguilera became engaged to Jordan Bratman after he presented a $54,000 20-carat diamond engagement ring designed by jeweler Stephen Webster.
  • Whitney Houston sports a stunning 4 carat oval-shaped center stone with trillions on the sides which she received from Bobby Brown.

Replica diamond engagement rings

Of course there is the very famous pink diamond ring that Ben Affleck gave to Jennifer Lopez. This 6 carat radiant shaped pink diamond quickly caught the attention of the public and has become a highly sought after replica. It is completed with a platinum band as well as three baguette white diamonds on each side. The pink diamond engagement ring is reported to have been purchased for $1.2 million in 2002. The ring, while easily identified is also very feminine and modern looking.

Replicas of the famous pink diamond ring are now available for a moderate price. The cost of the replicas depends on the quality of the stones and the materials used in reproducing the pink diamond engagement ring.

Some replicas are styled as more antique diamond engagement rings. These rings have an everlasting quality and symbolize tradition and heritage. The recent engagement of Camilla Parker Bowles in February of 2005 featured such an antique engagement ring. The platinum ring has an emerald-cut center diamond with three diamond baguettes on each side. This ring originally belonged to the Queen Mother and is believed to be valued at over $1 million.

Since few people can afford the original item, there will always be a market for replicas of these one of a kind diamond engagement rings. The quality of the replicas varies, as does the price. It is important to note that the styles of diamond engagement rings dallas that are popular with celebrities will soon become the styles that are sought after by the not quite so rich and famous.

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Where to Buy an Engagement Ring in Ireland

A wedding band is a rare buy and a lifetime memory. Regardless of whether you decide on a solitaire or a stone bunch, you need to make sure you’re settling on the correct decision. What’s more, where you purchase your ring from is a major piece of your decision – because an engagement ring is a remembrance for life. In addition to the fact that you want an extraordinary choice of ring in the style you’re searching for, you need dependable guidance about where you are getting it from. Here are some of the finest stores in Ireland to help kick you off on your hunt to get your perfectIrish engagement ring.

Regardless of whether you’re shopping solo or popping the inquiry, or hitting the shops with your accomplice, these Irish gem dealers will most likely join you with the ideal bit of adornments. Before you take off on this exceptionally energizing (and potentially mysterious) mission, we’d like to tell you that you’re in for a fun shopping ride to finding that perfect ring.


Aoife O’Mahony Designs

Goldsmith Aoife O’Mahony is situated in Skibbereen, West Cork, and works with 9ct and 18ct yellow, rose and white gold, and platinum. She has a little determination of wedding bands on offer, perfect for a lady of the hour who has her heart set on an Irish engagement ring.

Area: Skibbereen, West Cork | Website: aoifeomahony.ie




Celtic wedding rings talk more about legacy and class, so they’re an ideal pick if one is looking for something absolutely luxurious. Both Claddagh and Celtic tags are one of their kind and will not fail to impress you.


Area: Drogheda County Louth

Website: http://celtic-weddingrings.com/


Natasha Sherling

Natasha Sherling structures wedding bands that are rich and a la mode. With both a stunning in-house collection of solitaires and extravagant curves and cuts and the choice to have your ring specially crafted, this editorial manager turned-gem specialist has a sharp eye for astounding gemstones. She truly is ideal individual to have in your group when you’re on the chase for a stunning ring.

Area: Wicklow St., Dublin 2 | Website: natashasherling.ie



A family-run business with more than 60 years of gem-deals added to their repertoire, Appleby are best known for their best quality precious stones, their wide scope of styles and their extraordinary after-benefit.

Area: Johnson’s Court, Dublin 2 | Website: appleby.ie



With three areas in the city, Brereton Jewelers are a Dublin foundation and offer a dazzling accumulation of precious stone Irish wedding rings. Their precious stones are uniquely picked for their astounding quality and sparkle, and each ring is wonderfully set – this is the place to go in case you’re searching for exemplary with a band.

Area: O’Connell St., Capel St., and Grafton St., Dublin | Website: brereton.ie


A family-run business for over two centuries, Boodles is prestigious and known for its administration and meticulousness. The staff will talk you through their stones and settings (in extravagant surroundings obviously!), and enable you to discover something immortally exquisite.

Area: Grafton St., Dublin 2 | Website: boodles.com



Those hoping to pop the inquiry with something totally exceptional will love Rhinestones, a Dublin organization for ensemble vintage gems. where you’re ensured to locate a couple of elective jewels.

Area: St. Andrew’s St., Dublin 2 | Website: Rhinestones Facebook page

Rinore Jewelry

Rinore Jewelry offer a scope of wedding band plans highlighting precious stones, rubies, emeralds and sapphires. They can likewise plan bespoke wedding band, on the off chance that you extravagant something somewhat extraordinary.

Area: Kilkenny | Website: rionore.com


Delphi Antiques

Situated in Powerscourt Townhouse, Delphi Antiques is a fortune trove of one of a kind gem pieces. Having some expertise in antique gems dating from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, it’s an absolute necessity for any individual who’s reasoning of going a little vintage and absolutely classy with their Irish engagement ring.

Area: Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin 2 | Website: delphiantiques.com

Wehrly Bros Jewelers

Wehrly Bros is a Sligo gems store offering a staggering collection of plush wedding bands. With a variety of antique-propelled styles, this is one for those looking for great, or vintage-motivated styles.

Area: O’Connell St., Sligo | Website: wehrlybros.ie

Commins and Co. Gem specialists

Another gem specialist situated in Powerscourt Townhouse, Commins and Co stock is exceedingly exquisite and sleek. This place is a lovely determination of classical rings and gemstone bands.

Area: Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin 2 | Website: perfectring.ie



Anybody pondering where to purchase a wedding band in Ireland will inevitably be pointed towards Fields by their loved ones. An Irish store most loved since 1979 and now flaunting 14 stores the nation over, Fields brags a wide choice jewel wedding bands in both classic and contemporary-modern styles.

Area: Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Kildare, Westmeath, Galway, Limerick | Website: fields.ie



Adam’s is a sale house in Dublin that includes artistic jewelry and collectibles, including a unimaginable combination of gems. This is place to go in case you need a really unique piece. Visit their site for more of their standard fine gems closeouts and you may very well get fortunate with a unique Irish engagement rings.

Area: St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 | Website: adams.ie

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Wedding Florists

Flowers, being vibrant, colorful, and appealing, have the ability to convey different meanings; hence, they are known as a non-verbal form of expressing feelings. Weddings demand elegance and a beautiful flower arrangement can make any wedding look stylish. Wedding flowers are therefore, one of the most essential elements for the big day. Wedding florists are professionals in the art of decorating for all kinds of wedding ceremonies, receptions, and wedding parties. These florists are specialists and are trained with numerous years of experience to make weddings look glamorous and memorable. They provide services of a full set up, offer delivery to the place of the wedding ceremonies and receptions. Florists are trained and experienced enough to know how to arrange the flowers at the entrance, at the podium where actual ceremony will take place, at the buffet table, near the guests sitting area, and the entire wedding premises.

Wedding florists take the responsibility of all the decorations and ensure that they attend to every detail and perform their duty well. The services of florists during the off-season are cheaper because during that time the prices of flowers are low as compared to the holiday season prices. Wedding Florist Shrewsbury also recommend that couples use seasonal flowers, as they are inexpensive and avoid additional costs.

The costs for flowers for decorating wedding ceremonies and receptions may vary depending on the budget of the couples. These couples can discuss the ideas and suggestions regarding the wedding decorations with the wedding florist. Wedding florists may prepare contracts that detail the fee, labor charges, delivery place and time, color and types of flowers required, substituting the flowers if the ones mentioned are not available, and any other details that may be included.

Wedding florists can also design the theme depending on the bride’s gown and the groom’s suit. Numerous wedding Florist Shrewsbury can be found online and couples can get easy access to the different price lists, flowers, and their types. The addresses of such florists are also available along with their contact number.

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How to Choose the Best Live Party Bands

What is the best way to add zing to a special event? Without doubt, it’s by hiring a top live party band. When you want your guests to remember your party or dance for days or weeks afterward, make certain that a The Best Acoustic Guitar Songs to Play at a Wedding is an element of your event. For remarkably little cost you will discover scores of great live party bands which will turn a simple celebration into an unforgettable event.

Regardless of whether you are organizing a wedding reception, dance, or big corporate event, the appropriate band will make it a celebration that won’t soon be forgotten. Getting a lousy band can quickly put a damper on the party, so be certain you only hire the finest live music or party bands.

What is the number of attendees that will be there? This is the first question that needs to be answered. Another matter that ought to be established relates to the party’s location. If you are planning on throwing an informal affair in the front room of your home with just a handful of guests, you might not have the space for a larger-sized live band. This doesn’t mean you cannot hire the ideal entertainment or music, it merely means that a large rockin’ band will not be the best match. It is usually better to hire an acoustic classical guitarist or maybe just a vocalist who also plays guitar. Alternatively, when you have a great deal more room it is easy to book any size live music group you want.

Your next step is to choose the variety of songs you want. Do you want pop, rock, jazz, or another kind of music? Subject to your tastes you may wish to have a look at suitable live country bands or swing bands and orchestras. Do you think you’re going to include dancing at the party? If you do, you’ll certainly want to have a look at live party bands that play tunes you can actually twist and shout to. Many live party bands might be terrific in concert, but be inferior when it’s time to begin playing danceable selections.

You also need to know just how much money you’ll be able to spend on a party band. You can book music bands for several hundred dollars or many thousands of dollars. If you are having a huge corporate event with hundreds or even thousands of guests, it’s best to book a top live band along the lines of Party Crashers, one of the top event bands in the country. They will be able to satisfy even the most finicky of folks. After organizers hear them perform one time they almost without exception want to get them again for their next party.

So what is the best way to hire high-quality live party bands for your upcoming occasion? Unless you personally know an individual in a fun and exciting band, the best way to hire a good live band is by utilizing a good booking agency. Booking agencies will not cause you to spend extra money on any individual music group due to the fact that they simply get paid a percentage of a band’s rate. And from time to time they’ll actually be able to lower the fee that you pay, and get you a better deal than if you dealt with the band directly. An effective booking agency is familiar with which good party bands are out there, how much they cost, and which bands will supply you with the best entertainment for the budget. If you’re looking for fun and exciting live The Best Acoustic Guitar Songs to Play at a Wedding at the absolute lowest prices, a booking agency is usually the best way to go.

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20 Tips on How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

How to choose a wedding photographer

With so many wedding photographers, so many prices, and styles choosing the right wedding photographer can become quite a big and unwieldy task for the modern couple

To begin with, the internet makes things easier, because you can see lots of work side by side, but this does not immediately let you know the most important bits of information, which will in the end determine the best choice for you

20 top tips for choosing a photographer

#1 Who ever you choose, you must click with them

A website will only go part of the way of finding out about attitude and the person.

You will be with your DC wedding photographers, on your special day from dawn to dusk in some cases, inviting them into your dressing room, while you are getting ready. The photographer will then work with you and your family through the day. You need to find someone you trust, and get on with

#2 Who ever you choose, you must click with them

Yes that’s point one! But it is point 2 as well. Anyone shooting your wedding needs to get the best out of you, and this ultimately is a mix of communication, and camera craft. You need to be confident your wedding photographer can guide and instruct you and your family during the poses and group shots. If they make you smile, put you at your ease, the job is half done

#3 Know that wedding photography is both a business and a vocation

Wedding photography is a business, and professional wedding photography is one of the hardest and stressful disciplines in the photography game. You need to choose a photographer, who is a good in business and photography. I am not talking about profits here; I am talking about the way they run the business. You need to look at the business and think – will they be here in 5 -10 years time, when I have lost my disk, and I want a re-print.

#4 Can you communicate with them easily

Like all wedding suppliers, you need to know – can you communicate with them easily. A hotmail account and a mobile phone number are a giveaway. Look for a landline number, open in office hours. Ask yourself – how quickly do they reply to e-mails, and at what time of the day. However, remember we don’t work 7 days a week, and we don’t answer the phone if we are shooting a wedding. It is not uncommon for busy wedding photographers to take off a day in the week

With a wedding photographer, you need to be clear on this issue, because unlike nearly all of the other vendors, you will be communicating a lot with the photographer a long time after the wedding

#5 Choose what style you like

There are a number of different styles of  DC wedding photographers ranging between stiff and formal, through to totally documentary (nothing at all set up). There are also photographers that pull in aspects of other photographic disciplines such as fashion, fine art, avant-garde etc.. On top of that, there are a number of ways the photographs are processed, ranging from standard colour, black and white to totally gimmicky processing.

Before you seriously look at choosing a photographer, choose the style you want first

#6 Matching a photographer to the style you want

This is obvious, but more often than not, the photographer is chosen for another reason, and their style is foisted on the couple. You need to know that good professional photographers can change the style they shoot a little from shoot to shoot. However you do not want to choose a formal photographer to shoot a reportage style etc. Most of us are in the middle, and lean one way or the other.

Look at the photographers work, try and look at whole weddings if they are available, and if many weddings are available to view, look to see that the photographer does shoot in the way you want.

#7 Portfolio shots are different to general wedding photographs

Photographers choose images for their portfolios because they are either the best of the best, or they fit a certain format, or both. They tend to be dramatic, show stopping images. The 99.9% of the images the wedding photographer shoots are the ones you need to be interested in..

#8 Recommendations

Nothing is better than a recommendation, but nothing is worse than an unqualified recommendation. If someone recommends any wedding supplier or wedding photographer to you, then you need to know: have they actually shot the wedding yet? What is the relationship between the photographer and the person doing the recommending? I am often approached by venues, wanting a 10% cut, so that they can recommend me. I always say no. This goes on a lot

If you get a recommendation from a happy couple, who have had the album, and enjoyed the service provided from start to finish, then go with it, but still ensure you like the person and style.

#9 Deliverables

Getting the wedding photographs shot is the most important thing. If you have little money, invest in getting the day covered before investing in products.

All other products – albums, canvases, prints – need to be considered separately. What is the photographer’s attitude to longevity, and quality in the products? Your wedding album should last generations if it is made properly, and will last a few years if poor quality materials are used. Consider this to be an investment.

Do a little research first – find out about acid free materials and pigments, and why using them is important.

On the subject of deliverables, find out how reprints, albums and products are delivered, and if online galleries are provided, and if reprints can be purchased online.

#10 Get a short list and have a meeting

If you can get a very short list of photographers, and go and meet them at their studio. At the meeting you need to cover a few key things. Look at complete wedding albums. Are there any surprises, or inconsistencies? Look at the quality of the work, does it match the website? Do you click with the photographer? Does the studio and business look efficient and organised?

If the photographer is coming to you, ask them to bring a few complete albums, but remember they take up a lot of space and are bulky.

With sample albums, expect to see fingerprints, dings and the like, they tend to get carted from pillar to post, and lots of people thumb through them.

#11 Make sure the photographer shooting your wedding is the photographer you are booking

There are a number of industry practices you need to be aware of: Firstly there are networks of photographers, run from a head office. You may look at the website and see stunning images, but that doesn’t mean the local chap they send is any good.

Secondly, A small number of unscrupulous photographers actually use stock images or copy images from other photographers sites. This is done to defeat the chicken and egg problem that photographers have when they are starting out and have no portfolio.

Thirdly, a number of the better photographers actually run their businesses like hairdressing salons – i.e. the name on the door is the award winning hairdresser, you can pay so much for the junior, and a little more for the executive, and the full rate for the owner – however the style book contains only the best work from whoever.

#12 Award winning photographers

There are 1000′s of awards, and nowadays all photographers seem to be award winning. If they are saying this – find out what award, what photograph, and when. Don’t be too swayed by awards, look at results – real wedding photographs in albums, and use your own eyes and judgment.

#13 Professional qualifications / letters after names

Be very clear to find out exactly what the letters mean. In most instances, the photographer sends in 12 mediocre images with a “joining” fee, and all of a sudden they have flashy letters after the name. If you see this, go to the website, and find out how the photographer joins, and find out if it is merely a commercial organisation that promotes photographers, or a genuinely educative organisation promoting excellent photography.

#14 Contracts, deposits, copyright, pricing

Good professional photographers have this sorted, and have an immediate view. No contract – alarm bells. Discuss releasing the wedding photographs on disk, and what the copyright issues are. Discuss the pricing, and pricing for things that are sold afterward like re-prints, and copies of disks.

#15 Attitudes to backups

Film used to last for ages, decades. Digital has issues, disks degenerate, hard drives crash. A photographer’s attitude to backup is vitally important. As a minimum, the images shot at the wedding, and the photographs produced after editing need to be properly backed up, on and off site. If the wedding photographer can’t immediately tell you his or her process for backing up then an alarm bell should be ringing.

#16 Do not be swayed by today’s fashions

Do look at your mums wedding photographs – some things done 20-30 years ago, look cheesy now – faces in champagne glasses, spot colouring etc. We can all do these tricks, but do not let the fizz and polish sway you between one photographer and another. The most important thing they can do is shoot the wedding photographs properly in the first place.

#17 You do have to pay for quality

If the price is stupidly lower than al of the others, corners will be cut. This will be in equipment, processing time, quality of materials. Often people who have full time jobs doing something else, view shooting weddings not as a full time job, but a s a way of earning cash on the weekend, so the price is set low to attract anyone who wants to pay. While this works for a few weddings a year, you need more commitment than this, because as they get busier, something needs to give, and it isn’t normally the day job.

#18 Ask what backup kit / contingency plans they have

Any professional wedding photographer worth hiring will be able to immediately tell you this. You need to cover – what if a camera breaks or stops working? What happens if the photographer gets ill on the day? What happens if the weather is bad?

The correct answers are – I have a full duplicate kit (and some), I have a network of professionals I can call on at the drop of a hat to cover for me, I know the venue, I have a plan, I will do XYZ.

#19 What to look for in the photographs

When you look at wedding photographs, and you are comparing photographers ask: Has the photographer got the attention of the subject? (Ignore if the photograph is purposefully a candid). Are the eyes, and face sharp? Is the background distracting? Are the poses natural or awkward looking? Do the photographs work well as a set in terms of colour, skin tones and lighting? Are there annoying traits like every background blurred, or every image heavily tilted? On the straight images – are the key parts of the shot straight and parallel to the edges of the photograph?

#20 Get the balance right

The relationship, meeting and conversation you have with your wedding photographer needs to be two way. In other words the best place to be is where you bounce off of each other creatively. If it feels like your potential wedding photographer is telling you what he will do and need to the point where you feel you are changing what you want, or if you feel you have to spoon-feed the photographer with ideas – then you have the wrong photographer.

Again this is just like the hairdresser. You won’t go in the hairdresser and be bullied into having a perm and a colour, but on the other hand you expect your hairdresser to react to what you say constructively, and come up with ideas. In the hairdresser, when you find the right one, you know it – there is a balance between what you want, and the creative input the hairdresser brings to the table. Dealing with wedding photographers is the same; you don’t want a mouse or a prima-donna.

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