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He Pays, She Pays – A General Guide to Wedding Expenses

Organizing your own wedding is never easy. Setting a budget is even harder. But it's also the most important thing in planning a wedding. So go ahead and talk to your groom and your families about the expenses. But before you do that, read this article so you do not have to think yourself out, trying to figure out who pays for what.

So you have decided to tie the knot? You are excited and happy, and you can not wait to start planning your big day. But unless it's going to be your fifth wedding, which is not at all impossible these days, you need to know how the whole thing works, especially the wedding expenses. While your cultural background and personal preferences will absolutely dictate what will happen on your big day, here is a general guideline regarding wedding expenses that you might want to consider before you start organizing.

Splitting the Bill

In older days and in Oriental cultures, only one party – either the bride or the groom – was expected to pay for all the expenses of the wedding. In some cases, the groom or the bride were also expected to pay a high price for the other called the dowry. The dowry could be either money, jewelry, or other valuable properties. But today, the bride and groom can both breathe easy since wedding expenses are now typically split between her, the groom, and their families, and wedding dowries are no longer expected.

What the Bride Pays For

Typically, the bride typically shoulders expenses for the following: wedding ring for the groom, wedding favors for the attendants, and accommodation for out-of-state guests. While it is not imperative, the bride is also expected to present a wedding gift for the groom.

Bride's Family's Share of Expenses

The bride's family is expected to pay for her wedding attire, as well as the announcements, invitations, and thank you notes, seating assignment chart and mailing costs, napkins, bridesmaid luncheon, flowers and accessories for the bridesmaids, ring bearer and flower girl, ceremony costs, transportation costs for the bridal party from the ceremony to the reception area, parking and security gratuities, photographer, and videographer.

What the Groom Pays For

The groom, on the other hand, is expected to secure, first, the bride's wedding ring, as well as the engagement ring. He must also pay for the marriage license, the groomsmen gifts, accommodation for out-of-state groomsmen, boutonnieres and gloves, ties and accessories for the male attendants, going-away corsage, corsages for lady attendants and the mothers, fee for the judge or clerkgy, flowers and wedding gift for the bride, and the honeymoon.

The Groom's Family and Other Attendants Share of Expenses

Since the groom covers most of the expenses, the groom's family is only expected to pay for the remaining expenses such as the rehearsal dinner, clothing expenses for the wedding, travel and accommodation expenses, and wedding gifts for the couple.

As for the attendants and the matron of honor, they are generally …

Indoor and Outdoor Jewelry Displays

Plan and invest effort, money, and time to create displays which will help to sell your handcrafted jewelry. The attractiveness of your display needs to compel a customer to stop at your location and see the jewelry creations. As you compete with other competitors’ side-by-side at indoor or outdoor shows, your display needs to attract and hold the attention of customers.

The style of jewelry which you create with your hands will help to determine how these articles should be displayed.

  1. Elegant jewelry will require an upscale background and commercial display racks
  2. Craft jewelry appears at its best surrounded by crafty knickknacks
  3. Leather and stone displays nicely among original uncut raw stone and animal hides
  4. Fashion jewelry is best displayed with high fashion apparel
  5. Specialty jewelry deserves its own unique support
  6. Children’s jewelry is enhanced by placing them with toys and children’s clothing

The items which you use to show off the jewelry will help the customer to see how the piece of jewelry which they are buying will look when they wear it with their garments.

A Thoughtless or Careless Display:

  1. Arranging an unappealing jewelry display will cause passersby to look and walk away
  2. Unattractive or inappropriate containers do not enhance the product line
  3. Jewelry scattered haphazardly sends a do not care attitude
  4. Too many pieces which present clutter will confuse and discourage shoppers

An attractive display shows that the artists have pride in their work and the artistic ability to display their creations to help the customer make a decision to buy. Solving the customers’ problems will sell more jewelry. Much effort and heart is given to creating a piece of jewelry; the same should be done when displaying your artwork.

We are guilty of wanting to show off every creation which we have made. However, this may cause a display area to look cluttered and will diminish the uniqueness of your creations. The customer may be overwhelmed by too much merchandise and will walk away from your table.

Showing less gives the customer a clear and detailed picture of whatever piece they are admiring. Let the customer ask if you have a different size or color and if you do, pull it from a stock box. Or perhaps, the customer may have a custom order. Conversations with customers will open opportunities for more sales.

Indoor and Outdoor Displays

The type of materials which will be used for displays rests heavily on the location. An indoor setup can be done with glass. Glass tops and counters, shelving and display cases may be used. Strategically placed mirrors offer luxury and the illusion of a large space.

Commercial retail stores have special display units or glass showcases to arrange their jewelry. These types of display cases may be considered for gold, silver, and gem jewelry. These cases are made of wood or plastic with locks and may also be considered for outdoor displays to keep jewelry safe and clean.

Outdoor shows require articles that will not blow away on a …

Holiday Sharing Ideas

The holidays bring happiness and a spirit of sharing. Events are planned with family, friends and business associates as we use the holidays as an excuse to socialize and celebrate. Popular forms of sharing are brought to the forefront during the holiday season. Many are annual traditions but there are opportunities we should all consider as this year comes with new challenges in this economic environment. Here are some ideas for holiday sharing that can be done by individuals or companies.

Recipes– We all love to eat during the holidays. We make special family recipes that have been passed down through the generations. Christmas cookies are popular as are holiday recipe contests. Thanksgiving is known for food a plenty and potlucks and office parties during the season include opportunities for us to impress others with our culinary talents.

Many simply enjoy the process of baking during the holidays, sometimes more than the actual eating itself. This year, why not consider testing a new found recipe and if successful, sharing it with an organization within your community that could use the donation. Consider baking cookies with children and donating them, providing everyone a fun sharing opportunity. Check first to find an organization that can accept donated baked goods, like a retirement home. This active lesson in sharing can become a new holiday tradition to be passed down.

Decorations– During the holidays decorations come out of closets where they have been hiding throughout the year. Wreaths are placed on doors, lights appear on houses and city streets are adorned with greenery and candy canes. This year, take a look at your boxes of ornaments, lights and holiday decorations to see if you really use or need all that you have gathered throughout the years. If you have excess, donate those to others who may not be so fortunate. Your local schools may know of families that would greatly appreciate the gesture.

Holiday Cards– Receiving the annual holiday card is something we look forward to each year. It is an opportunity to stay in touch with friends and family we don’t see often enough. Business holiday cards are great for networking and strengthening business relationships. Charity holiday cards donate a portion of the proceeds to deserving charities. Every year we buy new cards while holding onto the ones from the year before. Consider donating these unused cards to someone who can put them to good use. This form of recycling holiday cards helps the environment as well as those who will benefit from their use. It also relieves clutter so you can use that space for more important things, like the keepsake photo Christmas cards you receive from others.

Clothing– Use this opportunity to go through your drawers and closets and thin out your wardrobe. A good winter indoor activity, make room for your new Christmas sweater by donating items you no longer need or wear. If you didn’t wear something all summer, go ahead and get rid of …

1940’s Women’s Fashion Inventions

1940’s Women’s fashion was a time of great restrictions on design, fabric, and trim materials. The war forced clothing designs to be simple yet it also forced manufactures to be creative with what they could use and invent new materials. The 1940’s brought about new women’s fashion inventions many of which are still around today.

  1. The girdle. Prior to the 1940’s a women’s shape was made by metal boned corsets. In the 1940’s the girdle was invented as a form of tummy tuck underwear. It shaped just the middle down to the hips and created the smooth hourglass silhouette associated with vintage fashions. The girdle was uncomfortable and was eventually replaced by nylons or no shaping undergarment at all. Today the girdle returns with body shapers, control top stockings, control top underwear and other suck and smooth foundation garments. They name may have changed but these garments are just updated girdles in disguise.
  2. Wedge shoes. Leather and wood was needed for the war so shoe designs had to get creative. The solution was cork. A cork sole was used for shoe heels and then wrapped in a pretty fabric, mesh or even reptile skin. It was economical and allowed a taller heel then what was considered a safe heeled pump. Today wedgies come in and out of fashion, particularly in summer, when wedge sandals hit the beaches.
  3. Rayon. If you didn’t know, Rayon is a synthetic fabric. It was invented and became very popular in the 1940’s. Up till then wool, silk, and cotton was what clothing was made of. Silk and cotton were needed for the war so Rayon was used instead. It could be lightweight like silk or heavy like wool. Today rayon is still used in fine fabrics, especially in summer.
  4. Nylons. Prior to the 40’s women’s stockings were made of silk. They were very delicate and needed frequent mending and hand washing. Dupont then invented nylon and thus “Nylons” became a brand name for stockings. Today nylon is still used to make all kinds of hosiery and fabrics.
  5. The Zipper. Thanks to new inventions of the 1940’s women can zip up clothing instead of using buttons, snaps or lacing.
  6. Plastic. Although various forms of plastic had been around since the 1920’s it wasn’t until the 1940’s that they really took center stage in the fashion world. Jewelry was made of Bakelite plastic in big colorful designs. Handbags, makeup case, and household items were being made of Lucite. You may not recognize these plastic names but I am sure you are aware that plastic is everywhere in fashion- from cute barrettes to zippers to purse handles.
  7. Shoulder pads. You may think that the 1980’s were the first decade to use shoulder bags. They actually go back much farther than the 1940’s but as a regular fashion accessory for women the 1940’s were the first. They used shoulder pads in dresses, jackets, and blouses in order to square off the shoulder for a boxy military feel.

What Is Your Personal Style?

Style does not happen by accident.

It can not be clipped from the pages of a fashion magazine. It can not be purchased at a designer boutique. Style does not follow trends. It can not be copied, and it is never swayed by others.

Style does not worry about status. Style does not diminish with age. Style is not wonderful. Style is authentic, unique and expansive.

Style is powerful.

When you define your style, you define your life.

Have you ever left the house feeling confident about your look, only to find yourself standing in front of the mirror the next day confused how to recreate that fabulous vibe?

Do you ever feel burdened by a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear?

Style is not created randomly – it is an acquired skill, cultured through careful attention to details and nuances. Without an understanding of the psychology of color, line and design and a working knowledge of the part that they play in harmonizing apparel with appearance and expression, you may be unable to express why some clothes satisfy and others disappoint.

Your style is a unique collection of distinguishing characteristics, creating awareness around what flatters you directs focus to the best of you – you immediately feel better, stand straighter and think clearer. As your focus expands, so do all the positives you choose to focus on. Your unique profile is the how-to of taking your essence to self expression.

Most people look to celebrities, clothing designers and store mannequins for style guidance. While these can certainly offer inspiration, they can not replace your own internal style expert. True style works from the inside out, but in a clamorous world of contradictory information and countless choices; It is difficult to discern what your individual tastes really are.

In a huge field of choices and information – how do you edit?

What is the right hair cut for my face, how does make-up work for me, is this really my style?

A criterion is an essential guidepost to finding satisfaction in a culture currently pushing trend conformity and celebrity tour de force.

Defining yourself and making selections that ground your image feet appropriate because it reflects you and not the next turn of the rapidly changing trend wheel.

Style is a sensitivity waiting to be tapped. It is about the private pleasure you take in knowing who you are. Once you learn the underpinnings of proportion and design, your style naturally evolves.

Dressing well is an acquired skill. Ultimately it is a private process and is at its best when it springs from the human qualities of intelligence, passion and sense of humor. It creates a mindful state where you and others see where you want to go; It joins what you need to get there.

Style is a skill. It is a conscious process of self-discovery.

Image consultants provide you with the tools to express yourself authentically, distinctively and successfully. They help you to elevate the confusion …

6 Timeless Advice for a Dapper Look

“A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them.” ~ Hardy Amies

Whether you agree or not, the look and appearance have become judging criteria these days. Gone are the days when men were barely concerned about their clothing. The dressing style of an individual plays a very vital role in determining the personality. This is the reason why most men invest a lot of time in getting the much-desired dapper look. However, being dapper is generally misunderstood for donning the tuxedo look. Being dapper is not just about wearing the best clothes. In fact, In fact, regardless of your wardrobe, it is a way of stylizing yourself.

The write up has compiled some quick tips, for all the style connoisseur who want to don an impressive look. Apply the timeless fashion advice and caution in your daily life in order to turn dapper.

  • Self-grooming: Personal hygiene and grooming are one of the most decisive factors. No matter what you’re wearing, a neat, clean and classy look is a proven weapon to turn every head around. So, before you decide your wardrobe for the day, make sure that you take your hygiene to the extreme. Remember to bathe well and trim your beard before leaving home. Wash your face and apply a moisturizing lotion to remove the white patches and flakes. Along with this, your clothes should be neat and well-ironed.
  • Get the clothes tailored: Tailoring your clothes appropriately is the best way to get a noticeable difference in your appearance. Wearing the wrong fit is one of the major error of fashion. Not every man is as particular about the size as the ladies. The wrong fit can make or break your look. So, make sure that you get your attire tailored accordingly. Do not wear it if doesn’t fit. The attire should fit you like gloves.
  • Dress according to your age: Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable, but the style is more about being yourself. The contemporary styles may intrigue you at times, but make sure that you dress according to your age. So, do not try to fit into the fashion, but choose a style that fits your personality. This is the best way of dressing to the nines.
  • Accessorize your clothing: As a gentleman, you can never go wrong with a timeless statement wristwatch. It not only adds flair to your look, but also gives an elegant look. Most dapper men will be seen in a neat pair of formal shoes. Wearing an elegant footwear helps in power dressing. Along with this, the accessories should be according to the clothing. In case, you are in your formals, then, the ensemble should be formal as well. For casual outfits, you can go with the subtle ones that get you an easy-going look, yet oozes effortless style. Right from the cuff-links to the undergarment, everything contributes to the overall personality. Wear

Buying Indian Ethnic Wear for Women Online

Let’s raise a toast to the most loved fashion fad across the globe i.e. Indian ethnic wear. There’ something elegant & classy about the Indian fashion that has grabbed the eyeballs of bigwigs in fashion industry. Indian ethnic has undergone a drastic metamorphosis to such a level that every woman simply loves to flaunt herself in it. Fashion experts believe that Indian ethnic wear is the ever-green trend that will never go out of fashion as it has managed to connect every woman to her roots & culture. The demand of ethnic wear has increased manifold & the attire breed has occupied rack space in every women’s closet.

Women celebrate ethnicity by flaunting ethnic wear. They don’t just wear it, they embrace style in it. The trends in ethnic fashion change every day but the essence of the attire remains the same. It has become the most preferred choice of women worldwide. Be it a festival, occasion or a wedding, the first choice of attire that comes to mind is designer ethnic wear. One can find a wide assortment of styles & designs in ethnic wear that comprises of sarees, salwar suits, lehengas, kurtis, gowns & many more designed in varied fabrics, colors, styles, patterns & embroideries. It’s the only genre of women’s clothing that has so much to offer in terms of styles & designs.

These days, it has become very easy for everyone to follow the latest trends going on in ethnic fashion – thanks to the advent of Internet. Gone are the times when women use to hop on each & every shop in busy streets to find the perfect design. No one has time now to go out in crowded shopping streets to shop. With the technological advancements, women’s too have become advanced & are now opting to shop those vogue styles of Indian fashion online & get it delivered at the doorstep without any hassles. Yes, this recent trend of shopping ethnic online has gained too much momentum, as it provides the ease of shopping favorite & latest designs from the comfort of abode with so many options to choose from.

There is plethora of online shopping stores available that caters to the demand of ethnic amongst the women. These ethnic fashion stores are leaving no stone unturned to satisfy the inner shopaholic desires of women looking for latest styles in Indian wear. According to recent consumer survey, 49% of women love to shop ethnic wear online because of various factors like best prices, discount sale, free delivery, more designs & styles, convenience, comfort & lots more.…

Embroidered Baby Clothing

When a good friend has a baby most of us want to offer unique and memorable gifts that will stand out from the clutter of stuffed animals, diaper cakes and blankets. It's not easy being original these days and often times the price of a unique gift can be way out of your price range. However, there is always a tried and true option for offering truly exceptional gifts and that is to personalize specific items with the baby's name.

Many different baby gifts can be personalized but none look quite as catchy as embroidered clothing. You can personalize furniture, toys and photo albums but these are more keepsake items and not unnecessarily for everyday use. But with personalized t-shirts, sweaters, sweat suits and bath robes your baby boy or baby girl will have a special reminder of who they are no matter where they go.

Roll neck sweaters are gaining popularity with infants and toddlers and you can find boy and girl sweaters in terrific colors including classic navy blue and pink. Made from 100% luxuriously soft cotton roll neck sweaters are super comfortable and keep babies warm when the air gets nippy. Best of all roll neck sweaters can be embroidered in a number of ways including monogrammed block, script or funky style lettering to match your little one's unique personality.

Great for everyday apparel t-shirts never go out of style and you can find comfortable and durable t-shirts made from high quality material blends including cotton, polyester and spandex that make for great baby gifts . Double layer t-shirts can be found in baby boy blue and baby girl pink for classic baby apparel and can be personalized with a baby's full name, initials or single letter.

If you really want to make an impression on that newborn baby boy or baby girl then consider a fresh looking personalized velor sweat suit that will keep them current with today's trendy fashions. You can find high quality baby track suits that feature pink, blue or white piping, matching gusset and interior hood lining for added comfort.

Infant velor sweat suits are ideally sized for babies and toddlers between 6-12 months and the cuffs are snug so the sleeves stay baggy to keep up with the latest styles. Keep it simple and plain with a single embroidered letter that looks cool and gives your toddler a sense of his own identity. …

The Fashion of Women’s Jackets Made From Leather That Is a Trend

Fashion for women is simple they always want to stay on trend with the latest ones that are available in the market. But the fashion sense of women keeps on changing and this is the reason that the market is always flooded with new arrivals. But still, there are clothes that are always in irrespective of the fact the fact that women have a habit of not repeating styles and that kind of clothing are leather jackets. The look of such jackets made from leather might change but the demand is always on.

Jackets made from leather are always in fashion:

Be it the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or even the present time women’s leather jackets are always a trend. Women from all around the world love to adorn this style because of the style that such jackets give away are unmatched. There are various kinds of such women’s leather jackets that are easily available in the market and the same are very popular amongst the customers. Some are long whereas others are made for some specific purposes such as biking.

Leather being an important material that has enthusiasts and buyers for it from all around the world comes a bit costly than the normal materials that are available in the market. It is also often seen that due to fact that the demand of the jacket made from leather is always high in the market so there are suppliers who offer faux ones in the name of leather. This is the reason that a branded company should be sought so that one ends up with the real leather jackets for the women.

Things to consider while buying such jackets made from leather for women:

Before you end up buying from leather there are certain things that are worth keeping in mind such as the quality of the jacket from leather. You need have a clear cut idea about the jacket made from leather that you are choosing to go with. The best way to make sure that the jacket made from leather that you are buying is worth is to buy choosing the right company to go with.

There are several companies that are available in the internet world that offers all kinds of such coat from leather for the women. It is important that the company that you choose to go with the best. So, to make sure that you end up choosing the right company you need to go through the customer feedbacks about the jacket from leather that is sold by the company. The previous customers will give you much idea about the company and what is the quality that they offer.

It is best to go with the company that exclusively deals with leather items. Such companies are in abundant that you can find out especially on the internet. Such companies which deal with leather goods are the best way to be assured that you are in the right direction of getting the coat made from …

Rustic Style Clothing

Women love fashion, and rustic style is a trend that most women love. This style can be seen in a variety of clothing. The materials that are commonly used for it are corduroy fabrics. However, clothing is not the only thing that can represent the rustic style. Fashion enthusiasts often incorporate rustic clothing with pieces such as pouch, earrings, cowboy hats, and wristbands. The rustic look really becomes better when paired with cool accessories. Hollywood celebrities even wear lambskin vests, hue leggings, and animal print boots or pumps.

The rustic style is truly in for the fall season. Today, it is ideal for you to adorn yourself in dark hues. Funky and creative styles will also hit the stores this fall season. So, expect a dose of whimsy layers. You may combine knit, chambray, and brocade. You may wear a pair of boots with a silk dress. You may also wear high clogs, rolled khakis, and a feminine blouse. Then again, the pieces you must choose are entirely up to you. However, if you really want to be in rustic style, you can gain inspiration from runway models and fashion designers.

Some of the pieces that models wear are bow brooches, tiffany garden brooches, organic wool purses, khaki fur collar jackets, fur vests, postman boots, sleeveless cable cashmere cardigans, tweed blazers, fur platform boots, and tweed hats. These items clearly represent the rustic style. Anyone who wears these pieces will surely achieve the “glamour girl in the great outdoors” look. One good thing about this trend is that a lot of items that were trendy during the spring and summer can be worn to pull off the rustic style. So, buying new pieces of clothing is not really necessary. You can just mix and match certain pieces and add some new accessories.

Proper combination of what you already have is the key. Just keep in mind that chambray, broken-in leather, khaki, and plaid are must-haves for the rustic style. Once you have acquired these items, you can combine them with luxurious and dressy pieces. Also, you have to wear a lot of chunky jewelry to attain that feeling of faded grandeur. Nonetheless, you may also wear flannel shirts for casual activities. These shirts are also perfect for fun activities outdoors. Anyway, since your wardrobe is already set, you need to have your hair fixed. The rustic style is all about being casual yet attractive. So, you must wear your hair in a low maintenance but classy fashion. Ponytails, messy buns, and braids are some of the best hairstyles you can choose from. You may also have your hair cut short or wear a bandana to pull your hair away from your face.…

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