Of course, go ring shopping!
I found the perfect place for you and it’s in St. Charles. Located on North Main Street there’s a quaint, yet progressive jewelry store that is probably the most customer oriented in town. You guessed it, its Walter’s Jewelry Store, located at 230 North Main. They specialize in customization, personalization and making each customer feel special. If you are looking for one-of-a-kind wedding sets, Walters has a staff to design the perfect one for you.
Walters offers very competitive pricing, compared to the competition and large chain stores. They also maintain a large stock of loose cut diamonds. When you go in the store, it glitters with everything from silver, gold to crystal to most precious stones, including some of the most beautiful diamonds I’ve ever seen.
Tom Wapelhorst runs this truly amazing business, with his son, Chris, and a great lady by the name of Connie Buffington. Walter’s Jewelry is a family run business and has a constant stream of satisfied customers who return frequently.
Charles Walters started St. Charles Music and Jewelry on November 28, 1916. In 1935 the business found its home at the current location on North Main Street, changing its name to Walter’s Jewelry. This year will mark their 100th anniversary of providing outstanding service to the St. Charles Community.
If you are looking for a beautiful wedding set, earring for the bride, cuff links for the groom, or gifts for your wedding party, stop by Walters today. They are the friendliest people around town. Their service is outstanding and they care about each customer. I would recommend them for your wedding needs.
Now that we’ve talked about where to buy your rings, let’s review what to look for when picking out your diamond. For most people, buying a diamond is a new experience, but that doesn't mean it should be overwhelming. Understanding a diamond's quality characteristics is straightforward and simple. Think of buying a diamond as the four C’s.
The Four C's- cut, color, clarity, and carat weight are the most important characteristics of buying a diamond. But a bride always has a shape in mind first.
As the name suggests, shape (round, princess, radiant, etc.) describes a diamond's form, primarily as viewed from above. All diamond shapes have different attributes, but overall the beauty of the individual shapes is a matter of personal taste.
Almost all diamonds have tiny imperfections. Diamonds with few or no imperfections receive the highest clarity grades.
The cut of a diamond determines its brilliance. Put simply, the better a diamond is cut, the more sparkle it will have.
This is the term with which people are most familiar, but bear in mind that carat is specifically a measure of a diamond's weight.
A diamond's color grade actually refers to the lack of color. In other words, diamonds that are white, containing little or no color, receive higher quality grades than those with visible color.
I hope you find this information useful. It can sometimes be difficult to find a trusted merchant to help select the perfect rings to last a lifetime.
If you have further questions about Walter’s Jewelry, give me a call or send an email.
Now let’s finish the Groom with the all important accessories!
Last week we talked about the four main pieces of the groom’s wedding day attire. But let’s not forget about what makes his outfit rock! As a wedding consultant, it is my duty and job to keep up on what is popular with all aspects of weddings. And the groom is no exception.
Should you wear a tie, a bow tie or go open collar? And have you thought about your socks? Yes, socks!
When it comes to ties, the options are endless, you can go for silk, wool or tweed, opt for a bright hue, a pin stripe or a coordinating color to your shirt, your jacket, or even the bridesmaids.
We love a skinny tie for a cool, modern look.
Bow ties are now for the really cool groom.
When it comes to bow ties, there are three ways to buy them, pre-tied, self-tie or clip on. While pre-tied can look neater, we love a guy who can tie his own bow, and it also looks great hanging open at the end of the night.
As for styles, the Butterfly is the big blousy kind you see most often, the Batwing is neater with straight sides, the Club Round is a retro style more common among old school waiters, and the Diamond Point is a sharper, more unusual style that’s increasingly stylish. I have a very good resource, Beau Ties LTD of Vermont for bowties that will cover all your man’s needs.
Vests look great on grooms, either as part of a three-piece suit, or as an alternative to a jacket for a casual wedding or a hot weather destination. Vests always adds distinction to the three-piece suit.
– As with the blazer or trousers, you can choose to match your suit, or opt for a contrasting fabric, color or pattern.
– Your vest should be long enough to cover your shirt at the front and sit just over your belt. It can be a little shorter at the sides and back, showing a little shirt.
– Choose a vest with a smooth fit and a tapered waist, if you need a little more breathing space (after your third slice of wedding cake), open the bottom button of your waistcoat.
– If opting for a three-piece suit, the V of your waistcoat should be small enough so it can be seen under your jacket.
Casual threads are becoming increasingly popular for grooms as couples plan rustic, informal weddings.
While jeans, chinos, plaid shirts, or tennis shoes all look cool, pair them with more formal touches like blazers, suspenders, or bow ties, for a contrasted casual look.
Top Tip: Make sure you check with your other half if you’re going casual.
The groom can wear basically anything on his feet for his wedding day, and there aren’t many rules.
Casual shoes are becoming more popular, with tennis shoes pretty popular, as are cowboy boots for a more polished, yet personal finish.
As for colors, keep black shoes for black suits, and brown shoes for navy. Grey suits will go with both, though lighter shades call for a lighter shoe.
Pointy toes look cooler and more modern than round and chunky styles, laced up looks more sharp, and think of retro styles like spats and tasseled loafers for something a little more fashion forward.
Buttonholes and boutonnieres are the classic lapel adornment for your wedding day, and lets everyone know you’re the most important guy at the party!
Match your boutonniere to the rest of the day, usually complimenting the bride’s bouquet. The boutonniere can also match the wedding theme, whether it’s the decorations or centerpieces. While flowers are most popular, we’ve seen lots of succulents, feathers, and foliage of late.
Don’t put on your buttonhole until the last moment to keep it looking as fresh as possible for the photographs.
Pocket squares are a really slick and effortless way to add a pop of color and a stylish finish to your suit. You can choose a pattern to match your tie or a contrasting color for your handkerchief.
Choose a precise Presidential Fold for a sleek sixties look, a Puffed Fold for a flamboyant finish, or a Pointed fold to show off your pocket square expertise.
Cuff links are an essential part of formal dressing, and a great opportunity to show off your personality with your wedding day look.
Choose between fun looks, or opt for something vintage with added meaning behind it. Maybe Grandpa’s cuff links will add to the meaning of the day. This could be the groom’s something old!
Whether you choose blue Lego blocks, simple silver pins, or the brass monogrammed pair passed down from your grandfather, make sure your cufflinks reflect you and your style.
Grooms love socks! Personalized initials, bright colors, or bold prints, socks are another aspect of your attire where you can have a little fun.
Think about your groomsmen, and come up with something meaningful, whether it’s your favorite football team or your favorite super heroes, to sport on your socks as a team for your wedding day.
There’s something special about a man wearing suspenders on your wedding day.
Not only do they keep your pants up, but they look really elegant and handsome too.
Wear suspenders, and you’ll look sharp all day long, even when your tie is lost, your jacket abandoned, and you’re moving on the dance floor like a crazy man.
5 EXPERT TIPS FOR LOOKING SHARP ON YOUR WEDDING DAY
1. If Wearing a Bow Tie, Prep it!
Did you know that only 1% of adult men actually know how to tie their own bow ties? While it is a skill that is easily learned, don’t wait until the day of the wedding.
You will probably be nervous, already had a drink to two with the boys, and there simply isn’t enough time to search YouTube for the perfect bow tie tutorial.
2. POLISH YOUR SHOES
Nothing looks more out of place on a formal ensemble than dirty dress shoes.
Give your shoes the extra shine for your big day, and in case you are wearing new shoes, use shoe trees a few weeks prior to your wedding day to stretch them out a little
3. WEAR A BOUTONNIERE
The boutonniere is a perfect accessory to set yourself apart from your groomsmen and your guests.
This is especially important if you are having a black tie event with everyone dressed in a black tux, white shirt, and black bow tie.
4. LIGHT ON STARCH
Starch will add stiffness to your shirt’s collar and cuffs.
While a nicely shaped collar will give you sartorial style points, don’t overdo it. Tell your dry-cleaner to go “light” on the starch.
5. TIE YOUR TIE TO THE RIGHT LENGTH
If wearing a regular tie, of distinction, of course, tie your tie so that the tip ends near the center of your belt buckle.
A tie that is tied well past your belt or way too short looks way out of place and people will notice.
There you have it! If you have questions or need more information, contact me. I have a fashion marketing degree, along with being a wedding consultant that can make your day awesome.
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Here’s just a few ideas that might be a perfect fit!
Let’s talk about Grooms and how the importance of what they wear on their wedding day adds to the mix. When it comes to dressing for a wedding everyone thinks guys have the easy job. But looking, and feeling great on your wedding day is more than just a matter of “putting on a suit”.
Grooms need to think about the cut, color, size and style of what they wear and how it works with the overall theme of the wedding. Do you want top hats and tails, a classic tuxedo or a jaunty tweed suit or maybe you want something a little more modern or laid back?
I’m here to demystify some of the rules and options available to you. I’ll also give you some ideas of how to spruce up your digs for that all important day.
Dress by My Fair Lady 1950 on Etsy
Notice the wonderful hat/headpiece that enhances the wedding dress, bringing the wedding ensemble together. Starry Night Events offers handmade headpieces/fascinators in white silk dupioni or floral prints.
Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore wedding dress / Photo: Twah Dougherty Photography
Lavender and white with a medium bustle and train makes this bride perfect for an enchanted forest wedding.
Dress, by Rani Zakhem
The beautiful fabric in this wedding gown will make the bride float down the aisle. If you want something completely different, don't limit yourself to just the bridal collections, keep an eye out in the occasion wear and evening wear sections from designers, and have a look around the high street. Keep in mind the collections are improving with every season. There are some great options to be had everywhere.
If you want to see more, send me a note and I’ll hook you up with the greatest styles in the country.
Here’s some out-of-the-box ideas.
Why not get your guests involved and provide some of the night’s entertainment? There’s a lot of people out there that love to show off and perform karaoke. This is a great way have fun and bring the crowd some laughter. You might even find the next Adele.
Everyone Likes Bubbles
How about some bubbles for the wedding guests? We have a feeling some of the adults might even get into this basket too! This could be used at the reception for a stress reliever or just for fun.
Guest Scavenger Hunt
Get creative and plan a fun photo or video scavenger hunt. Think of items that make the crowd roar. Here’s a couple ideas. Break your guests into four teams and give them a list of 10 to twelve items to bring back to the bride and groom. Bring back someone that is cuter that you. Or maybe bring back two empty wine bottles. Or even one of the bridesmaid’s awesome slippers. So, the quicker you get down the list the chances your group has to win.
Photo Credit: rusticweddingchic.com
Ice Breaker Games
Icebreakers are the perfect game for guests to get to know each other! And think of how it could help take introductions off your list of things to do. Think of ideas that make your guests go to everyone around the table and find interesting facts about each other.
Walk Down Memory Lane
Make the guest feel like integral parts of the day by incorporating them into the décor — in a gallery of meaningful photos. "We do something we like to call 'memory lane,'" says Northern California event planner Sasha Souza. "We hang pictures of the bride and groom with friends and family along the walk from the ceremony to the reception. It's a fun cocktail party conversation starter." As guests take a leisurely stroll and find pictures of themselves with you, they can reminisce and socialize.
And let’s not forget something as fun as caricatures! No one is too old for caricatures. This takes a little time, but will entertain several of your guests. Lots of fun if you plan ahead.
I've got lots more ideas to make your wedding event full of fun and games. Contact me for more ideas.
Icebreakers photo credit: Style Me Pretty
Memory photo credit: Rochelle Mort Photography
Caricature photo credit: snapknot.com