Kobe. Wedding Rings. November 23rd , 2017.
Steps to a Better Engagement Ring Selfie. You have the perfect ring. Now, get that `gram you always dreamed of. If you just got engaged, chances are you`ll be sharing the great news through an Instagram engagement ring selfie (or by sharing your proposal on our sister site HowHeAsked.com). While you may not be into mirror selfies, post-workout selfies or duck-face selfies, the ring selfie is something sacred. Get the photo just right by following a few simple rules of thumb—er, ring finger. Lighting is everything. If you`re not outside, set up your shot near a window for some natural light. If you take an iPhone photo in a dimly lit room, you`re pretty much guaranteed a blurry photo. Flourescents and yellow bulb lights aren`t much better. Trust us–you want natural sunlight. Whether you`re inside or out, watch out for tricky shadows. Know thy ring. Experiment with the angle of your shot so you capture the most amazing qualities of your ring. Love the unique setting? Take a photo on an angle to highlight it. Can`t get over the shape of your stone? Try an overhead shot (but remember, skip the flash). Get your nails done. Everyone wants to see the ring, but no one wants to see your hangnails. If your fiancé caught you with a surprise proposal and you`re due for a manicure, but just can`t wait to snap a photo, put on a little lotion and get creative with your pose. Hold hands with your fiancé, frame your nails out of the shot or do a fist pump pose at the camera—why not?.
Why It`s Hidden: Most hotels don`t factor in a welcome bag delivery fee when you block rooms. And they may fail to mention the rate unless you ask—and they`ll just add it to your final bill. They may even charge you a fee for holding the welcome bags if you drop them off before the guests arrive, so make sure to ask. The Cost: Up to $7 per bag. How to Avoid it: During the booking process, ask about the hotel`s policy on receiving and delivering welcome bags to guests` rooms. It may be free or cheaper if they hand the bags out at the counter as guests check in. Rental Transport. Why It`s Hidden: You`d assume the rental companies would include these extra fees in the per-item costs (do they honestly think you`re going to fit 150 Chiavari chars in your car?), but surprisingly they don`t. The Cost: From $50 up to more than $500. How to Avoid It: Ask the rental company what their shipping and packaging fees are up front—if the cost is too high for your budget, shop around a bit. You might actually save some money by renting items from a more expensive company that includes delivery costs at no extra charge. Taxes and Gratuities. Why It`s Hidden: Even though these aren`t exactly hidden—we all know there are taxes on almost everything and gratuities are expected for almost any service—most couples don`t think about how much they`ll end up owing during the planning process. The Cost: This will depend on the total amount of money you`re spending as well as the location of the event (taxes vary by state). How to Avoid It: There`s no getting around paying taxes, but paying the entire bill in one lump sum can help lower the overall price. A safe bet: Tack on an extra third of your total costs to your budget for tips and taxes. Cake Cutting and Corkage Fees.
Start Your Ring Search Early. Once you have a basic idea of what kind of ring you`d like, it`s time for the fun part: trying them on! Give yourselves at least two to three months before the wedding date to ring shop. You`ll need this time to browse, research prices and revisit rings that catch your eye. If you have your heart set on a custom ring, you`ll probably need even more time. And keep in mind: Extras, like engraving, can take up to one month. Mix It Up. Don`t fret if you like platinum and your partner likes yellow gold. There`s no rule that says you have to choose the same metal or even style. You could compromise with braided bands that blend the two metals together or just be totally different—the key to finding something you both love is choosing wedding bands that reflect your individual styles. Set a Budget. Shop with the assumption that you`ll spend about 3 percent of your total wedding budget on the rings. Depending on the retailer, a plain, 14-karat gold or simple platinum band can cost around $1,000. Embellishments, like diamonds or engraving, will quickly add to the cost, so factor that into your budget if you plan to personalize your rings with any of these extras. The price of engraving is usually based on the number of characters, the font used and whether it`s engraved by hand or machine (hand is usually pricier). Keep Your Lifestyle in Mind.
The ballroom carpet is patterned and totally unbearable. Patterned dance floor. The Expert: Brooke Keegan of Brooke Keegan Weddings & Events in Newport Beach, California. The Style Hack: If your budget allows, roll in some new carpet and completely cover the rug. Not in the cards? Keep your guests looking up. "Once you put down the band stage, the dance floor and a dozen tables, you`ve covered a lot of that carpet," Keegan says. So draw your guests` eyes to focal points around the room, like hanging market lights or a giant floral installation. The venue is large and wide open, and you want an intimate feel. Glamorous wedding reception. The Expert: Amy Zaroff of Amy Zaroff Events & Design in Minneapolis. The Style Hack: Space is usually a bonus, but if you`re after a cozy atmosphere, a big room with high ceilings can present a challenge. "Creating spaces within spaces and points of interest throughout will help keep guests` eyes front and center," Zaroff says. Hang long centerpieces low—just over the table—to bring their gaze down and to create a more romantic feel. Use furniture, flooring and fabric draping to define spaces throughout the venue. Designing vignettes will make it feel smaller and more intimate—and show off your wedding style.
Hidden Wedding Costs Not to Overlook. Don`t let these vendor fees sneak up on you. Having a wedding is expensive as it is. Before signing any contracts, ask your vendors about details like overtime, delivery and cleanup, so these inevitable fees don`t surprise you later . Here`s a list of 10 common charges couples tend to overlook. Wedding Band Equipment. Why It`s Hidden: The cost of the wedding band includes fees for the musicians` time and the minimum amount of equipment needed. If your reception space is extra large, additional speakers and microphones could be required to project the best sound quality. The Cost: Anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars. How to Avoid It: Before booking your wedding band or DJ, you need to clearly explain the layout of the space (or have them check it out, if they can) so the pros know exactly what they`re working with. If they want to add in extra equipment, have them explain why it`s necessary before signing a contract or agreeing to pay for anything else. Postage Stamps. Why It`s Hidden: Stationers don`t advertise shipping costs.
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