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Getting Married Soon? Don’t Forget The Wedding Ring

Getting Married Soon? Don’t Forget The Wedding Ring

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Before getting married, there is so much to think about. If you are (or have been) in this fortunate position, you will know what we mean. You need to choose the right venue, decide on your bridal style, and pick your honeymoon destination, as examples. There is much to do, and in amongst your wedding checklist, there is one very crucial part that no woman (or man) should forget. The wedding ring. Here are some of the factors you need to consider.

 

  • Your personal style. There are many beautiful rings to choose from, but you need to narrow down your choices to make buying something easier. One of the ways to do this is to consider the personal style you are going for. Do you want something simple, or are you looking for something with embellishments? Does a particular gemstone take your fancy, or do you prefer something less showy? Do you want to match your engagement ring, or do you want to mix things up a little? You will (hopefully) be wearing your ring for life, so you do want to find something that you will be happy wearing for many years to come. Consider your choices, and find something that will fit your style (and finger) perfectly.

 

  • Your budget. Weddings are notoriously expensive, and a percentage of your budget will be going on your wedding ring. While you don’t want something that looks like it came out of a Christmas cracker, you don’t want something that is going to cause you bankruptcy, either. The wedding band is one thing to consider, but then there are the embellishments, such as added gemstones and engravings. The price will go up accordingly, so factor extras into your budget. When it comes to gemstones, diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but you may want to choose a cheaper gemstone, such as an amethyst or a sapphire. When it comes to the personalised engraving, each letter will add to the price, so you may prefer your initials rather than your name, especially if your moniker is a long one! Know your budget and stick to it!

 

  • Your lifestyle. You will be wearing your ring every day, so you do need to choose something that won’t get in the way of your life. Rather than taking it off, and risking losing your precious ring, you should purchase something that will seamlessly fit within your lifestyle. You might want to consider platinum and silicone rings, as examples. Both are durable and safe to wear, no matter what activity you are involved in. Choosing something without gemstones is another good choice, especially if the stones are in danger of coming loose if you use your hands regularly for sport or work. You don’t need to forsake style for comfort, so shop around for something that will accommodate your needs, day in and day out.

 

  • Your finger size. To say you need a ring that fits your finger is a no-brainer. However, you should schedule your ring fitting at the right time. The temperature can cause your fingers to swell, as can other external factors, such as weight gain and exercise. So get your ring fitted when your fingers are at their regular size. Take heed of the jeweler’s advice too, letting your head rule over your heart when looking for a ring that fits. If mistakes are made, you can always go back to make adjustments later, although depending on your jeweler, you may have to pay for them.

After considering these factors before buying, there is one more thing to remember after purchase. The wedding day itself! Don’t let the page boy/best man forget the rings on the big day! If you are getting married soon, we hope you have a fantastic day, and that the partner you have chosen fits you as perfectly as your ring does! Take care, and thanks for reading.

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Tips for Choosing the Right Means of Transport for Your Trip

By Guest Blogger Marie N.

Tips for Choosing the Right Means of Transport for Your Trip

 

Provided by guest blogger Marie N.
Provided by guest blogger Marie N.

Image 1 – Featured image

There was a time when travelers had a very limited choice of means of transport to choose from, and they had to make their trips by trains or boats. Today, that is not the case. If you want to travel, you have access to a wide variety of options. This abundance of choices is making things easier for modern-day travelers. On the other hand, it brings a whole range of new questions that can make things even more complicated for you. If you are having any doubts concerning transport options you should use, here are some tips that should make your choice clearer.

Provided by guest blogger Marie N.
Provided by guest blogger Marie N.

Image 2 – Plane

Know the purpose of your trip

Traveling for business, pleasure or family emergency are all different purposes that require different approaches. For the last one, for instance, the speed of your arrival is imperative, so it would probably be best to stay away from buses and trains (unless your destination is very close to your starting point) and book a plane ticket. If you are going on a holiday, and time is not of the essence, you can either rent a car or decide for other road transportation option.

Look into your budget

In most cases, the budget will have a large impact on the way you will reach your destination. You don’t want transport to eat half of your travel budget, do you? If you’re on a shoestring budget, consider renting an affordable car. Research your destination because some countries, like South Africa for instance, have very cheap train transportation.

Provided by guest blogger Marie N.
Provided by guest blogger Marie N.

Image 3 – Bus

Consider the length of your trip

So, you have rented a car, but will you be able to sit behind the wheels for more than 10 hours? Probably not. At least not if you want to be a responsible and careful driver. If you plan to cover a large territory, such as Australia, where the distance between two cities can be thousands of kilometers, it is always best to go with a reliable bus charter. If you are determined to travel on the ground, you’re in luck; Australia also has very well-constructed roads, so the drive will be long, but not bumpy.

Intermediate stations or one-way trip?

It is not the same if you are traveling from New York to Chicago directly and if you want to truly get to know a region and make multiple stops. For example, many travelers who go to Europe really want to see Paris and Vienna, as well as many other cities of the continent. The best way to achieve that is by taking Eurail train tickets that allow you to save money and see everything you want to see.

Provided by guest blogger Marie N.
Provided by guest blogger Marie N.

Image 4 – Train

How many people are you traveling with?

The number of travelers will largely impact your choice. Sure, if you are traveling with a friend or two, you can go by with renting a car, but if there is a whole bunch of you, you should think of alternative means. Traveling with a newborn is also a significant game-changer car (with an appropriate car seat) or a plane is the safest choice. Also, while some plane companies allow pet passengers, others won’t, so do your research.

Pros and cons of different options

In the end, you should always weigh in on the pros and cons of the available options, here are some ideas:

       Planes are the fastest option, but often the most expensive one too.

       Trains have extensive networks in many countries and are affordable but, in some destinations, they’re not very fast or reliable.

       Buses are a good way to explore the country and travel with larger groups or meet new people, but they shouldn’t be used for very long distances.

       Cars give you maximum freedom and independence, but they also require more attention and responsibility.

Provided by guest blogger Marie N.
Provided by guest blogger Marie N.

Image 5 – Car

Considering these crucial factors will help you choose the appropriate vehicle for every situation, and your trip will be as relaxed, comfortable and hassle-free as it should be.

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