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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 …

Fashion Jewelry Designer – Naming Your Business

Naming your business will take a lot of thought. Through my experiences the best business name should be simple and reflect your type of business. Likewise, designing the company logo will also take much consideration and thinking.

Of the two I think designing the company logo is the most challenging. It needs to be simple in design yet speak volumes. The simplicity of the design will be mentally exhausting.

For example, we will pretend that your name is Rose. That is a very easy name but if you are not careful people may think that you are in the flower business rather than the jewelry business. If you use roses as your company logo, again, they will think you are florists.

You are in the fashion jewelry business. Rose is your name and that is the fact. To separate you from the flower business and to also use your real name, you might consider 'Fashion Jewelry Designs by Rose'.

Fashion jewelry designs says what you do and your name is Rose. This is simple and to the point. Then on your business card, brochures, stationary, and other business correspondence print your business address, phone number, fax number, web address, and email.

To start your own business you will need brochures, business cards, and business correspondence papers with matching envelopes. These are necessities describing who you are, what you do, and how to contact you for your jewelry services. Be professional. Allow time, word of mouth advertising and other forms of advertising to give your small business start a boot into action.

I do not know the statistics, but staying with your real name seems to present less legal problems.

An incident comes to mind where a local restaurant had a contest asking people to name their business. The winning name represented the type of food specialty and the type of restaurant. Everyone enjoyed the contest and the winner got a free dinner for two.

This contest took place in a small town. Vacationers to the area were visiting some relatives where they were treated to a fine dinner at this small restaurant. However, these visitors represent a well known worldly company. They forced this small restaurant to remove their name because of its worldwide familiarity or be taken to court to be sued for using their name.

You will want your business name to be attractive, positive, and unforgetable. It is to your benefit and profit that you invest time and effort in selecting your business name. It is your company identity. …

History of Ear Gauging in Tribal Civilizations

A study of the history of ear gauging indicates the practice to be as old as recorded human history. For males, this form of ear piercing has been a symbol of status, while for women, in addition to being used as means of bodily decoration, it has also been employed to signify the attainment of womanhood.

Ear gauging, which is also referred to as ear stretching, is the stretching of ear lobe piercings to larger diameters than that of the original piercing. It is a form of body enhancement or beautification that many young western people adopt to look ‘different’ from the usual crowd. However, this is not a modern form of body piercing, since it has been around for as long as archaeological records exist.

In many cases, ear gauging has been used historically to indicate the standing of members of a specific tribe, and in many respects this is still the situation today. Stretched piercings have been, and still are, a reflection on the individual’s sexual capability and also their superiority over other males in the tribe. The larger the stretching, the more important the individual.

Otzi the Iceman is a prime example of mummies known to have stretched ears. This is the earliest known example of ear gauging, Otzi having 7-11 mm ear piercings during 3300 BC. It has been suggested that the stretching of the ears noted in depictions of Siddhartha Gautama, better known as Buddha, may have been caused by the weight of the gold jewelry he wore, but this is mere supposition.

It is supported, however, by the fact that the Masai tribe of Kenya and the Lahu and Karen-Paduang people of Thailand use this ‘gravity’ technique to stretch their piercings. Let us have a look at the ear gauging practices used today by various cultures.

A. Mursi Tribal Women

The Mursi is an Ethiopian tribe where the women are obliged to wear plates in their gauged ears and on their bottom lip. About a year prior to her marriage, or at about 15 years of age, a Mursi girl’s lip will be pierced by her mother and a wooden peg pushed through the incision.

Once healed, the peg is changed for a larger diameter one. Eventually, the peg is replaced by a plate of clay or wood, and this plate is successively changed for larger diameter ones until the required diameter is attained – from around 8 – 22 cm in diameter (3 – 9 inches). Once these plates have been secured, she receives a higher degree of respect than those without them, and is known as a ‘Bhansanai’.

These lip and ear plates need not be worn permanently, but are an expected adornment during special occasions such as during weddings and other celebrations, and when they serve food to men. Today, young women can generally make their own decision as to whether or not they follow this tradition.

B. The Masai People of Kenya

The practice of ear gauging has been common …

5 Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gifting Options for Her

Valentine’s Day is a yet another ordinary day for few. However, this day is really special for all those who are madly in love with the women of their life. The fun and romantic vibes of the event is accompanied with the responsibility of making the day special for your girl.

Gifts are an inevitable part of the entire celebration. This is a way of expressing your feeling to her. People are of the view that Valentine is a commercial holiday, but the fact can’t be avoided that a unique present can commemorate the relationship with your lady love. This day and the traditions related to it is something that both of you will cherish forever. So, take some time out of your busy schedule and get something for her.

Discussed below are some of the considerate Valentine’s gift ideas for your girlfriend. Check them out and impress your girl.

1. Bouquet and cards

How can a bouquet and card be a thoughtful gift? Probably this is the first question that will come in the minds of every man. However, you need to remember that you are supposed to impress a girl. No matter how modern she is, there is no woman around who appreciate gifts of this sort. Moreover, there is nothing as expressive as a rose, when it comes to confessing your love. Along with this, a Valentine card with a couple of lines written on it can do the magic. It might sound cliche, but receiving a love letter from the person you love is always special.

2. Shoes and handbags

Don’t consider buying dresses for girls. There are factors that are required to considered while shopping an attire for ladies. The chances of going wrong in your choice are higher. Shoes and handbags are always a safe option for them. These are, in fact, the best friends of women. Regardless of the fact that they have already a huge collection of footwear and bags, there is always a place for some more in their closet. Buy a pair of branded footwear or ladies purse and she will go head over heel.

3. Accessories

Women have the fetish for accessories like earrings, necklaces, ring fingers, scarves and things of this sort. Hence, this can prove to be a perfect gift for them. The heart shaped couple jewelry such as pendants, rings etc. are other in fashion items for the Valentine week. Girls go crazy when they receive these things from the man of their life. Moreover, this is something that both of you can cherish.

4. Personalized gifts

Home decor items like wall hangings, pillow covers, lamp, wind chime, and others are a safe option for a woman, especially when you are not good at shopping. You can make it even more special by customizing them. Select some of the best pictures of both you together and get it printed on the product. The decorative items engraved with an image or message will remind her of you, …

Jewelry Tips

Women love to purchase jewelry and today there is a wide variety of jewelry to choose from. This includes everything from modern to traditional jewelry with your choice of metal. With all of these choices available to you, there are definitely some things that you must consider before you make your purchase. These things include:

1. Do you want to purchase just 1 piece of jewelry or an entire set? You need to know what you want to buy before you ever enter the jewelry store.

2. What is your budget like? The cost of an item will depend upon its weight, size and the materials that it is made out of as well as any taxes.

3. Will this piece of jewelry complete the look that you are trying to achieve? You may find several pieces of jewelry that would work which is why you will want to try the jewelry on in a mirror before making your final decision.

4. Do you want to purchase a piece of jewelry that has stones in it? If so, then make sure that the jeweler weighs the gold without the stones so that you are paying the appropriate price for the piece that you are purchasing.

5. What is its true quality like? This is very important, especially since you are considering purchasing something as precious as gold or a diamond. For this reason, you should be knowledgeable about these things before purchasing any jewelry.

6. Is the design really attractive and up-to-date with the latest fashion trends? Consider whether you want a contemporary or a traditional design. This way you will not be tempted to buy something that you are not going to be happy with in the end.

If you are able to keep these tips in mind the next time that you purchase a piece of jewelry, you will be able to get a really beautiful piece of jewelry for yourself. …

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.

Home Based Business – Jewelry Making

Today you are very excited because you are thinking about how to start a new business with your jewelry designs. It will be a home based jewelry making business at first. You have selected a special place in your home to begin a new career. That is wonderful. Home based businesses are great! Many businesses had started in a home basement, a bedroom closet, at a kitchen table, or a table in the corner of the garage. It is a good start. And that is all you need.

Actually it is wise to start small. And take the necessary time to grow up with your jewelry making business and to build a solid reputation. The first time I went into business I experienced every emotion similar to when you purchase your first home. There is a mix of excitement, happiness, anxiety, fear, wonder, a sense of freedom and so on.

Take sensible business steps of education, preparation, and production and you will have the energy and stamina for a successful jewelry designer business. As artisans we are blessed with creativity and live in a world of beauty. You may take this for granted, however, because we are able to see beauty and to produce beautiful jewelry for others we are free to feel happy, relaxed and at peace with our creative employment making original handcrafted jewelry.

Because our jewelry designing surrounds us with gold, silver, precious gems, or cut glass, pearls, and beautiful charms this is our heaven on earth which make us emotionally and mentally strong and flexible to handle business or people related problems. This is an advantage that jewelry artists have working in beautiful and peaceful work settings. And should a problem arise they are calm and quick to correct the situation.

We love our work and will spend hours creating and assembling our fashion jewelry line. Therefore, we need to take time alone to recharge our body systems. I find myself addicted to making jewelry with beads and I am sure you are the same because you feel confident that you can maintain production to keep up with your customers needs and requirements.

You have also been encouraged to go into business because if you have been wearing your creations and doing word-of-mouth advertising amongst friends and relatives they have probably told you to get started in designing your own line of jewelry. …

Fashion After 40

With so many designers and trends targeting the svelte body

of the twenty-something, is it possible to look fashionable

as the years pass and your body begins to tell the tale?

Absolutely!

In fact, with a little ingenuity and sleigh-of-hand, it’s

easy to be fashionable and stylish regardless of how many

candles are on your birthday cake.

Now let’s be frank: unless you work out religiously, you

probably don’t have the same body at 40, 50, or 60 that you

did at 25. Time, gravity, and pregnancy all take their toll

on the female body, as does menopause. And when you mix a

mature body with fashions obviously made for a younger

person, it can lead to self-doubt, frustration, and

confusion.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Getting older also

means getting wiser, and like a fine bottle of wine, you’re

improving with age. So you don’t have the same body as

those twenty-somethings you see in magazines or on TV. So

what? Would you REALLY trade everything you’ve learned

since your twenties for the body you had back then?

Probably no sooner than you’d like to re-live puberty,

thank you very much.

So how can you be fashionable without wearing all those

body-conscious clothes so en vogue these days? By

remembering the “3 C’s” when you dress: clean, classic, and

coverage.

CLEAN

Clean lines create a clean silhouette which makes the body

appear more youthful by skimming the trouble spots instead

of calling attention to them. Complicated cuts, seams, and

details usually call for a killer body to pull off, so if

you haven’t got it, steer clear of those styles.

CLASSIC

Classic styles are called classic because they remain in

style year after year. Why? Because they look good on so

many bodies! Sheathes, A-line skirts, flat front pants –

all tend to flatter a variety of shapes. What’s more,

because they remain in style year after year, classics are

easier on the budget than trends.

COVERAGE

Covering appropriately is the key to aging gracefully. If

your upper arms, thighs, and décolletage have all seen

better days, it’s time to cover them up a bit instead of

sharing the wear-and-tear with the world. Now I’m not

talking about draping yourself in a tent for the rest of

your life. Far from it. I’m talking about wearing short

sleeves instead of going sleeveless, Capris instead of

shorts, and modest necklines instead of plunging necklines.

Now I know that covering up the parts that used to turn

heads and draw envy can be tough to take for some women.

Which is precisely why beautiful jewelry and fine fabrics

are the revenge tools of choice for many well-dressed

mature women.

So your bustline isn’t as perky as your twenty-something

daughter or granddaughter. So what? Add a beautiful

necklace and draw envious glances from women of all ages.

Don’t have the same backside you did as a teen? Encase it

in a fine fabric and see how many men go …

Sentimental Gifts for Him

Sometimes getting a man to talk about his feelings can be hard to do. In fact some men are just emotionally shut down. In this article we’re going to discuss some sentimental gifts for him. These are gifts that we thought would perfect for all those men out there who are comfortable with their feelings. When we came up with these gift ideas we wanted to choose gifts that would easily raise emotions. Since I don’t know you personally it was actually hard to do. The reason being is that I couldn’t bring up old memories that the two of you might share. However I still did a great job of coming up with some gift ideas for you. As for my gift suggestions this is what I managed to come up with.

Rock: This is a truly sentimental gift idea. You would have to read the whole idea first. We got this gift idea from an old wise tale about a girl who had many problems. She fought her parents most of the way through her entire life. Until one day her mother gives her a box with a note inside. The note read that this rock is over millions of years old which is how long it would take for me to give up on you. Unfortunately I couldn’t just take the whole story from it’s author. If you want to read the real story you could find it on the internet. What I liked about this gift the most is that it’s truly sentimental. In fact it’s a great gift idea that won’t cost you much money.

Jewelry: For some reason jewelry is a highly sentimental gift. What I would suggest doing for this next gift idea is buying some jewelry that has some romantic features. For example you could buy a necklace in the shape of a heart. Alternatively you could pull out some old family owned jewelry and give it to him. Unfortunately most families don’t do that anymore. However if you do it’s a great gift suggestion for those men that you trust.

Poems: Our last gift suggestion is gold for all those people out their looking for sentimental gifts. The reason being is that poems can get the words right for you. We know that not everybody are wordsmiths. They don’t know what to say or how to express themselves. However poets are great at that sort of thing! Which is why for our last gift we want to recommend buying a romantic poem depending on your relationship with the recipient.…

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