How He Asked

All the guys out there wanting to propose to their lovely ladies need to check out this site! It’s full of super sweet proposal stories, features a “Man Blog,” and even has a proposal idea finder!

How He Asked

Engagement Ring Trends

What are your thoughts on the engagement rings trends this year? I’m totally swooning over the “East to West” ring!

  • Floral-Details
  • Monique Lhuillier Floral Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

  • East to West
  • Marquise Halo Ring

  • Double Halo
  • Tiffany Soleste Engagement Ring

  • Twisted Band
  • Clarity Engagement Ring

Planning to Pop the Question?

Today’s post is for all the men out there waiting to ask their lovely lady to marry them! Check out a few tips below to plan the perfect proposal:

  • Keep it private – no one likes to be put under pressure, especially when other people are watching! Plan a romantic picnic, a late evening stroll on the beach, or something similar. Whatever you do, just make sure there aren’t other people around.
  • Hire a photographer – proposal photos are some of my absolute favorite; I just love the emotions and the happy tears! If you can, hire a professional photographer to capture these precious memories for you.
  • Don’t share it on social media – at least not right away. Take some time to bask in the excitement of your engagement, call your closest family + friends, and then share the news with the whole world 😉
  • Don’t forget the ring – I understand how nerve-racking it can be when it comes time to propose. You’re anxious, your mind’s going a mile a minute, and you may get a little tongue tied. But before you head out, make sure you’ve got the ring! Nothing is more embarrassing than kneeling down and realizing you don’t have that sparkler in your pocket.

Staycations ll Epicurean Hotel

For anyone that doesn’t know our team, we love vacations! But then again, who doesn’t!? Every now and then we like to venture out into our own backyard to explore all the great things Florida has to offer. Plus, these staycations are a great way to rejuvenate without having to pack for a long trip. Just grab an overnight bag and you’re good to go! If you’re in the Central Florida area, a fun place to visit is the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa. Prices average around $150 per night (depends on time of year), but there are so many activities nearby – the Tampa Museum of Art, Florida Aquarium, and the beach are just a few places that’d be on our list of things to do =)

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Caring for Your Engagement Ring

Our stylist, Katie, got engaged over the weekend (*squeal*), so in honor of her new sparkly ring I’m sharing some tips on how to keep those precious stones in tip top shape!

  • Insure your bling – I’ve preached on this before (see post here), but I cannot stress enough how important it is to purchase insurance to cover your ring! It’s also a good idea to have your ring appraised at least every five years, since the cost of diamonds and precious metals fluctuates.
  • Wait until after the wedding to re-size the ring – unless it’s just absolutely too big or too small to even remotely fit, hold off until after the wedding to re-size the ring. Planning a wedding can be stressful, and stress can cause swelling, and it would be terrible to re-size the ring during your engagement to find that it doesn’t fit after everything is said and done.
  • Never take off your ring in public – in my case, chances are I would drop my ring down the drain or leave it on the ledge when washing my hands. My advice – be gentle when washing your hands, but never ever take that ring off in public!
  • Have your ring professionally cleaned – don’t use random cleaners on your ring as they may cause damage. Instead, take it to a jeweler to have them clean it properly (plus if they do damage it, it’s on them).
  • Avoid harsh chemicals – if you’re cleaning around the house (even if you wear gloves), take off your ring and store it in a safe place (like your jewelry box). Bleach and other cleaning products can tarnish rings and cause other damage.
  • Schedule maintenance appointments – in addition to having a jeweler clean your ring, it’s also a good idea to have them inspect the prongs (that’s what holds the stone(s) in place), and make sure there are no cracks in the shank (the main part of the band).

Statement Cake Toppers

These are by far some of the prettiest cake toppers I’ve seen in quite some time! The calligraphy trend is one of my favorites this year, so these are right up my alley.

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Via: Etsy

Summer Menu Ideas

So many fabulous foods are especially suited for the summer months, so it can be hard to choose the menu for your summer wedding. Just think of all those great memories of savory cookouts and sweet treats at carnivals. We’ve consulted some top wedding pros to get the trendiest food and drink ideas for your summer wedding.

  • Refreshing drinks – help guests stay hydrated and refreshed with lemonade {I’m loving cucumber-mint lemonade lately}, iced tea bars, and fruit infused water. Have your caterer setup a creative display so guests can help themselves during your cocktail hour, or even prior to the ceremony!
  • Light hors d’oeuvres – avoid over-stuffing your guests at cocktail hour by featuring summer inspired appetizers. Think mini shrimp cocktails, bruschetta {this is always a crowd pleaser} with red + yellow grape tomatoes, and bite sized greek salads.
  • Sizzling entrees – since summer weddings can be a bit toasty {especially if held outdoors}, consider forgoing heavy fare like steak. Feature dishes like grilled fish with mango salsa, or anything else with fun + fresh flavors!

Why I Love Summer Weddings

Summer weddings are some of my favorites because there are just so many things you can do to make them fun! Check out some of my top tips below:

  • Keeping cool – Florida has some pretty hot summers, so help your guests beat the heat with pretty umbrellas and fun drinks!
  • Be bold – summer is the perfect time to feature bold colors in your wedding. Incorporate bright hues into your floral, linen, bridesmaid dresses, anything you can get your hands on! Just don’t go over board 😉
  • All about the lighting – one of my favorite things to do during the summer is hosting late evening picnics. I love hanging pretty lanterns and market lights, and being able to spend time with friends. If you’re hosting an outdoor shindig, make sure you don’t skip out on providing some pretty lighting options for the big day!
  • Icecream – I don’t know a single person that would not enjoy a delicious scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day! Feature a ice cream station as a midnight snack so guests can create their own tasty masterpiece.
  • Lawn games – what better way to entertain your guests than with lawn games! Break out the corn hole, ladder toss, and croquet to ensure your guests have a wonderful time.

“Shoe Valet”

Is this not the cutest reception idea ever!? Give your guests a place to store their shoes {you can even provide cute name tags} so they can hit the dance floor with you =)

Women's Shoe Storage for Wedding Reception

Photo: Sarah + Ben

A Perfect Menu

Couples are always asking how to go about planning their wedding menu. There are definitely a lot of things to account for, but don’t make it more of an ordeal than it should be. These are just a few of the questions {with answers} almost every couple has when determining their meal:

  • How many appetizers should we serve?
    Usually three to four provides enough selection for your guests. But, if you want to throw in another couple of options, go for it! Just keep in mind that you still want your guests to be hungry for their meal =)
  • Should we do a buffet or a plated meal?
    Plated meals are great if you want an elegant event without interruptions. A buffet is better suited for more casual affairs.
  • What’s the best service option?
    There really isn’t one service option that is best for all weddings. It really depends on the style of your event, and how you want everything to flow. Personally, I love weddings that feature food stations. They’re interactive and get your guests mingling!
  • What foods should we feature?
    When choosing your menu, think seasonally! Foods that are in season will be less expensive, plus much fresher. It’s also fun to incorporate your favorite foods, or even family recipes.