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Inspirational Wedding Photos and Ideas

Inspirational Wedding Ideas

If you’re looking for inspirations for an elegant wedding, take look at these beautiful photographs. If you’re tempted to shop, stop by Macy’s Wedding Shop to find clothing, accessories, decorations and gifts for your wedding party.

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The Perfect Gift for the Perfect Woman

07/07/2012Shopping

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Perfect GiftHaving trouble coming up with the perfect gift for that special woman in your life? Whether it’s for your wife, your girlfriend or your sister, shopping for women can be a challenge. But one gift that never goes unappreciated and is considerably more personal than a gift card is a charm from Tiffany’s.

Tiffany’s hand crafted charms come in a huge variety of styles and mediums, although gold and silver are the most popular. They are sorted in groups and collections, such as “Love” which consists of hearts and the word love in many variations; “Tiffany Locks” which has little heart padlocks; and “Travel & Hobbies” which includes some of my favorites —a little silver and Tiffany blue convertible, an 18k gold and diamond camera, a sterling silver Eiffel tower, and a silver and blue enamel Scooter.

All in all there are close to three hundred different charms to choose from. Some of the high end charms even have moving parts, such as lids that open and close. The charms can also be engraved, either by machine or if for a little extra by the hands of a skilled engraver, with the recipient’s initials, to allow for even more customization. Charm prices range from $65 for basic sterling silver discs to over $8,000 for two of Jean Schlumberger’s designs.

If you do a Google search for Tiffany charms, you will get over 7 million hits. However, know that the vast majority of those sites do NOT sell authentic Tiffany charms. Tiffany’s do not have an outlet, nor do their charms ever go on sale, so stay away from sites that mention anything along those lines. Also watch for “Tiffany style” or “Tiffany inspired” —again, not the real thing. The safest places to shop are either at a Tiffany store or on their website. Sure, it’s tempting when you see one of the high end charms for half the price, but if you want a true Tiffany charm, or if you’re giving one as a gift, don’t fall for it.

Tiffany’s charms are admittedly on the pricey side, and few of us are able to stroll in and impulse buys an entire bracelet, but I think collecting them slowly over the years is part of the fun. And as your tastes and likes change, so will your bracelet. If you build it up over a period of 10 years, it will become a little memoir on your wrist. And a valuable one to boot!

Camilla Hughes blogs at Charms Guide where she covers all aspects of charms and talks about her favorite designers, such as Pandora, Tiffany Co Thomas Sabo, Camilla and others.

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Shopping for Wedding Gifts the Right Way

07/07/2012Shopping

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Wedding Gift GuideYou’re looking for a special wedding gift, and don’t want to simply choose something from the registry. You want unique and memorable wedding gift ideas. Every couple is unique. So here are a few surefire tips to help you find wonderful and unforgettable wedding gift ideas that match the couple perfectly.

Today’s weddings are as unique as the people involved. The wedding day is one of the most memorable and special events in a person’s life; and the means by which the day is celebrated and executed, are no longer routine. So you’ll want to make sure your wedding gift ideas as are tailored to suit the event and the couple.

If you know the theme of the wedding, your shopping time could be cut in half. Simply choose a unique gift, they both will enjoy that concentrates around the theme. If you don’t know the theme of the wedding, think about the couple. What is their couple “identity”? For example, if they take a trip together… Do they go camping, skiing, golfing, to the beach, to the mountains?

Another approach… what’s their entertainment style? What do they do in their free time? The concept is to come up with something you know they both love and then choose your gift to match the topic. Here’s a sample:

A friend of mine knew my husband and I had a small vacation home on one of the North Carolina beaches. She also knew that whenever we could get away, that’s where we went. For our wedding present, she gave us a book full of photographs and information on the North Carolina coast. Inside the book were two gift certificates, one for a day at the spa for me, and one for a massage for him. It has been almost fourteen years and we still have the book and remember the gift.

If you want your gift to be as memorable as their wedding day, here are two gifts that will do the trick:

Buy the bride and groom engraved keepsake boxes to safely place the special items they’re sure to accumulate as the day goes by. The boxes will safely and securely protect precious memories of the day they married for years to come. For something very special, as you’re choosing the boxes, go beyond the typical keepsake box. Specialize each box to depict the personality of it’s owner.

Watercolor wedding paintings make a sentimental and unique gift. You give a gift certificate that allows the bride and groom to send in pictures from their wedding day that are used to do a watercolor painting. The couple will have a one of a kind painting of their favorite photo that keeps the memories alive for years to come.

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