With the start of the holidays also comes the start of another exciting time of year…engagement season. Women everywhere have their eyes set on their dream engagement ring, but unfortunately some of their significant others just have no idea what that is.
My advice? Take matters into your own hands and subtly make sure he knows what you want (he needs to think it’s his decision, after all). Here are some not-so-obvious tactics to send a clear message without blowing your cover.
1) Alert friends and family
If he’s thinking about proposing, there’s a good chance he’ll recruit your friends or family for advice or help. It’d be a good idea for you to tell anyone he’s likely to ask what styles you like, so they can offer to help him pick out a ring.
2) Let your browser do the talking
If you two use the same computer, leave a tab or two open to websites with your favorite rings or styles. This also works for casually leaving open your engagement ring Pinterest board (I know you all have them!). Or, if you want to be a little more subtle, create a bookmark in your browser called “favorite jewelry” with links to several rings you like.
3) Dish out complements in public
If you’re together with a friend or family member who has, for example, a halo ring you love, tell her you love halo rings and be specific about why. Be effusive, so he pays attention and knows it’s something you care about.
4) Show him what you ‘Like’
Often when you click the Facebook “like” on websites outside of Facebook, it’ll show up in your friends’ news feeds. When he sees rings you’ve liked in his, he’ll see you didn’t share it directly, but rather that you just casually liked it.
5) Be direct
When all else fails, sometimes you have no choice but to drop more than a hint. Especially if you know he is shopping for rings, or you have discussed it together, share your opinions by sending an e-mail, text, or link to your top Pinterest pick to help guide him to the right design.
Anything I missed? How would you tell him without actually telling him?
It’s getting dark early…the winds have that crisp “winter” chill and the air smells like snow (at least here in Boston). And it has us thinking about Thanksgiving, holiday shopping, and winter weddings.
I know most people want weddings in the traditional “nice” months like June or September…but there is just something sweet and magical about getting people together during the dark, cold winter months for such a bright moment. And let’s be honest, a little light snowfall makes for some incredibly romantic photos. In fact, because it’s less common, having your wedding in the winter can give you a little freedom to try something new or unexpected to make the occasion truly yours.
So how do you plan a winter wedding theme? Well, first off, don’t go trying to squeeze a summer wedding into a winter one. Make the season work for you! Start by making a list of all the things you love about the season. Then think about ways you can share that with your family and friends. Hot chocolate bar, anyone?
From there, don’t be afraid to incorporate unique seasonal elements, like branches, pine cones, and dried flowers into things like centerpieces and bouquets. Embrace winter colors like whites and reds, or even plaids. Take advantage of the low winter light and use tea lights and candles to make your wedding and reception cozier.
Winter can be peaceful and beautiful, and with a little creativity, it can be all yours! Are you planning a winter wedding?
P.S. Check out our Pinterest board for even more inspiration!
No longer is getting a beautiful engagement ring and dropping down on one knee enough…today, many people are investing in the help of “proposal planners” – people hired to help create proposal ideas and especially, to pull off crazy and spectacular proposals.
And while it seems “strange” to many – business in this industry is booming. In just a matter of months, proposal planning agencies have helped hundreds of men plan, carry out, and document some rather amazing proposals (many of which have been featured on YouTube, The Today Show, CNN and more!). Reports even confirm that Bravo has a show in development featuring men who pay upwards of $50,000 for proposal planning services.
To be honest, I tend to be old fashioned and don’t love the idea of someone else creating the “moment” for you. However, I can see how it could be helpful in certain situations, and why some people might go this way.
Here’s the low down on how it works
Most proposal planners offer two services: consultation and full-service proposal planning. A consultation costs roughly $200, and involves the agency emailing several ideas for how to propose. Then, you are responsible for pulling it all together on your own.
The next level up is getting most of the media attention. Here, a professional planner works one-on-one with you to plan the proposal, and then pulls all the strings necessary to make it happen. As you might imagine, there isn’t a definite price tag on this service—however, most agencies say their clients spend around $2,500 on average, and many spend upwards of $10,000.
So should you hire a proposal planner?
- It’ll make for a great memory
- It’s a major stress reliever
- It brings in a female perspective to a major, emotional moment
- It’s expensive
- It’s not as personal
- It’s less private
So, what you think - If your guy wants to plan the perfect proposal, would you rather him hire help? Why or why not?
♥ HOF Girl
If you have planned a wedding – or helped someone you love – you have seen the highs and lows that come along with it. Especially the crazy stress levels…What if it starts raining? Where is the “something borrowed”? Did the caterers remember some of the guests are allergic to nuts?
I wish I could tell you differently, but, unfortunately, there’s no escaping the stress and anxiety. But I can tell all the bridesmaids and maid-of-honors out there – there are ways to help the bride relax when it happens. And it’s easier than you think…
- Excitement is Contagious, Pass It On! No matter what, there are some problems you just can’t avoid. But one thing you can do from the very beginning is cultivate an attitude that’s so positive it outshines any problems or worries. Truly, one of the best things you can do is stay upbeat and excited. Remind the bride that this is her day, that she’s making a commitment to true love. No catering mishap or outfit failure can touch that
- Be Prepared. Half the anxiety of a wedding day is worrying about and trying to remember all the details! When do does the procession start? Who’s in charge of the wedding rings? Staying on top of the details and having answers on hand is the easiest way to keep a bride calm before her magic moment. Even better, suggest your friend have a wedding planner to help manage these details!
- Backup the Backup. Remember: you’re human. You can only be so prepared. It’s impossible for the bridal party, or the bride, to remember everything…and if you try, you will end up crazy and cranky. Which defeats the whole purpose of calming the bride down! To avoid this, long before the big day arrives, make sure you’re organized. Get everyone’s contact information: both sets of parents, the best man, the wedding planner, and all the vendors. This way, if you don’t have the answer, at least you’ll be able to reach someone else who might.
- Keep Calm and Carry On. Okay, so the often-used slogan didn’t really catch on during WWII, but it bears repeating anyway. Whatever you do, panicking won’t help anything. Whether the bride is crying or screaming (hopefully not both), proceed with calm. Taking things in stride will help diminish the strength of whatever speed bump has come along, and take the charge out of the atmosphere. And a glass of champagne never hurts either…
A wedding is the biggest and best party any couple can throw…and every moment should be enjoyed! There’s a lot to keep organized and arrange in advance, but none of those things can ever trump the reason for the day. Lay the groundwork early, and it should be no sweat to keep the bride focused on the magic of her wedding day.
I always knew our Director of Design, Italian native Ilaria Lanzoni, was beautiful, funny and talented…but when you really get to see her personality shine, it makes you love her even more.
Get to know Ilaria in this exclusive video chat - where she shares insight into her favorite things, her passion for her job and so much more!
If you haven’t already heard, we officially opened our second U.S. based retail store last week - Hearts On Fire King of Prussia, just outside of Philadelphia!
I was lucky to get down to the store for the grand opening event - and, honestly, I could not have been more impressed with the look and feel of this store!
We have been talking about how our evolving retail concept would “change the diamond jewelry shopping experience” and “break down traditional barriers” that people face when shopping for high quality goods. If you were skeptical at all…a walk into our store will absolutely change your mind. Because we more than achieved those goals.
Here is a sneak peek of some of the first pictures of this amazing new space!
The beautiful, sleek store front (located just outside of Neiman Marcus)
A peak inside our truly modern environment…
Eye-level, transparent “Jewel Boxes” that, for the first time, allow sales associates and customers to work side-by-side rather than over a counter…
A digitally enhanced environment…
And SO MUCH MORE that you just have to see for yourself…including some amazing mall signage to make sure you find your way…
Hope to see you there!
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Some of us will get engaged just sitting on the couch at home. Some will get engaged at a romantic dinner or walking along a beach. And some will see their name and proposal flash across a Jumbotron or fly by with an airplane sign.
But what if your proposal was even bigger?
As we all know, the perfect proposal starts with a perfect ring, but lately I have heard some totally off-the-wall ideas (and real-life examples) for making your engagement really stand out. Not sure they are my style, but here are 5 of the craziest proposal ideas yet:
We’re not sure whether it’s the power of true love or g-force, but a gravity-defying proposal is proven to give a girl butterflies. One guy, for starters, took his fiancé–to-be up 30,000 feet in a Boeing 757 zero-gravity airplane to propose while they floated in mid-air. Another took his true love skydiving and sewed “the question” into his parachute harness so he could propose mid-freefall.
Since we use technology for work, entertainment, and to connect with friends, why not use it to propose? Hackers-at-heart will appreciate the genius who built his own version of “Bejeweled”, the popular mobile game, to ask his girlfriend to marry him mid-game (the maker of the app ended up giving the game free to everyone who showed up to the wedding). Or there’s the gamer who created a custom level in Halo 3, he and his girlfriend’s favorite game, so he could virtually drop to one knee and ask his fellow combatant for her hand in marriage.
Enlist the Help of a Celebrity
A few guys have decided that in order to really stand out, they need to use a celebrity who’s famous to help propose. In one public display, a guy enlisted the help of Scrubs actor Zach Braff to ask his girlfriend to marry him. Another tapped into the superstar status of Tom Cruise, who actually popped the question on the man’s behalf (she said yes, immediately). There’s also the guy who worked with the Goo Goo Dolls’ PR team to record a music video and organize an on-stage shout-out from the band to round out his proposal.
Scare the Daylights Out of Them
No matter how you pop the question, her heart will likely skip a beat. But apparently some guys want to take it a step further and make her heart to stop altogether. Like the guy who literally stopped traffic on a California freeway with a biker gang, so he could get off of his bike and propose. He even installed special tires that would emit girly-pink smoke as they skidded against the road. Another guy convinced a cop to fake-arrest his girlfriend before he asked.
Involve a TON of people
How many movies have you seen where the guy yells to a street full of people that he loves his woman and doesn’t care who knows it? For a really crazy proposal, think one of those moments times 10,000. Take Rand Fishkin, founder of Moz.com, who rallied the Internet with a Kickstarter campaign to help him buy a superbowl ad in which he would propose. He didn’t raise the $2.5 million he needed, but he raised enough to buy an advertising slot during his girlfriend’s favorite show, Veronica Mars. Another great example of a crazy proposal is Isaac Lamb’s lip-dub performance with more than 60 people that became one of the most heartwarming proposals in Internet history. And of course, there’s always the flashmob.
Loving these ideas? Go even further by combining multiple proposal tactics to win the prize for the most over-the-top proposal ever.
Do you have a crazy way to propose that I missed?
One of the perks of working for a diamond jewelry brand is wearing the beautiful diamond jewelry. I love to integrate diamonds into my everyday fashion, as well as use them for dressing up for a special event.
As a fashion-forward woman – well, at least I like to think so – I am especially intrigued by trying new designs and layering pieces among each other. But, I realized lately there is one constant in my HOF collection…the Illa Pendant.
This diamond necklace (available in white, yellow and rose gold) is incredibly dainty and seems simple, but it honestly just goes with everything. And it has more of a trendy twist than just a classic round pendant – with its beautiful star shape that just dazzles. I get questions and compliments on this necklace every time I wear it…not kidding!
It got me thinking about “why” – why are stars so popular? What is it that makes even the simplest star pendant something every girl yearns to own? I think this quote says it best…
P.S. this necklace has an amazing price point and makes a great gift! Those holidays will be here before we know it!
Quotes that make me smile on Fridays