A Pet Person’s Proposal

I came across the cutest, most romantic commercial with a unique proposal idea.  It’s the Fancy Feast® Cat Food spot called The Engagement. Has anyone seen it?  In it, Sean surprises his girlfriend Lisa with a new kitten.  As Lisa picks up her new pet, we are made aware of the kitten’s name tag which reads, “Will you marry us?” 

I am a huge pet person, so I’d love that type of proposal, but as cute and clever of a proposal as that is, it might not be the right proposal for everyone.  This is especially true if the recipient is unable to give the pet a forever home and care for it for life.  It is a great proposal for an animal lover who is already considering a pet though.

As far as commercials go, I think it’s pretty good too.  Check it out and let us know what you think.

Diamond Jewelers: Biggest Sale of the Year!

Shopping for a wedding ring? Then be sure to stop by Diamond Jewelers this Saturday March 5th for their biggest sale of the year! Save 50 to 70% off wedding rings. Offering the best price, quality and selection in the region. (Located in tax free NH.)

Here are some of the amazing savings they are offering:  $25 off a $300 order | $50 off $750 | $100 off $1,500 | $200 off $3,000. Visit their website or store for more savings.

Sharing Holidays after Marriage

It’s great to spend the holidays with relatives, but now that you’re engaged, you’ll have to figure out how to split the holiday dinners, parties, gift spending, etc. between the two families. If the stress from this new dilemma is making you say, “Bah, humbug,” here are a few tips to make sharing the holidays go smoothly:

- You can divide the holidays between the families, for example, Christmas Eve with one family, Christmas with the other.  Sharing these special days with each family separately allows you to celebrate the traditions of each individual family and gives you time to bond with your future in-laws.

- If your two families live near one another, perhaps you can do dinner at one house and dessert at another.  Then switch it up for the next year, giving each family equal time.

- If you are really brave, you can host the holiday festivities yourself and invite both families.  This could be a great way for your two families to get to know each other.

Most importantly, avoid drama by talking to your fiancé about your expectations, time commitments and gift budget ahead of time so you are both on the same page and be sure to take some time to make new holiday traditions of your own.

What’s your solution to sharing the holidays?


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Newlywed Gift: stylish + versatile

This Contemporary Acrylic Photo Frame is both stylish and versatile.  Have it personalized and give it to the newlyweds as a gift or decorate your reception table or ceremony site with it.  Magnet closures make these very simple to use.  Engrave the frame with either a monogram, your names and wedding date at no additional cost.

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Budget Friendly Engagement Rings

It’s proposal season and many couples were wondering how to get married without blowing their bank account (especially since the average engagement rings and wedding band costs $6,000). Debi Wexler, CEO of Whiteflash.com, is here to show you some recession-friendly wedding ring trends-after all, you’ll want to save that money for the Big Day.

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Alternative Metals
• Platinum and gold are the go-to metals for wedding rings-but they come with a hefty price tag
• There are plenty of metals on the market that are still beautiful, elegant and less expensive
• Palladium is a growing trend that happens to have a similar look and feel to platinum, but can cost about 75% less
• If you’re more of a traditionalist, choose white gold over platinum. White gold costs 45% less than platinum

Simple Settings
• For the past couple of years there’s been a trend towards micro-pave diamond bands, diamond halos, etc., which can all add to the overall cost of a ring
• These days, some brides-to-be are opting for a more simple, subtle and chic setting
• Diamond Solitaires are less expensive than embellished options, like three-stone rings
• A simple, traditional prong setting or channel set band is also more cost-efficient than an elaborate tension or bezel setting

Double Duty
• Who says you have to have an engagement ring and a wedding band?
• One hot new trend is choosing a beautiful wide band with multiple rows of diamonds and making that your engagement ring and wedding band. Although the ring may cost more than a regular engagement ring, this double-duty ring can help you save more in the long run since you won’t need to buy a wedding band too

Colored Gemstones
• Call it hue-love, but brides are branching out of diamonds! Colored stones like topazes, sapphires, emeralds and rubies are becoming increasingly popular
• Luckily for grooms, they can get a more impressive-sized rock for their money by choosing a gemstone instead of a diamond
• If your bride-to-be loves colored diamonds à la Heidi Klum’s canary diamondthen pop the question with a yellow sapphire. Or try a tourmaline if you’re looking to replicate a pink diamond look.

Buy Shy and Save
• Shop for diamonds that weigh just under certain weight thresholds. You won’t even notice the difference in size
• Buy a .90-carat diamond instead of a 1-carat diamond and save more than $1,000. Plus, the diameter of a 1-carat diamond is 6.5 millimeters, versus a .90-carat diamond’s 6.3 millimeters.
• A 2-carat diamond will cost approx. $19,000 to $20,000+, whereas a “shy” 1.90 diamond of the same quality will cost you $15,000 to $16,000. That’s at least $4,000 in savings!

Additional Money-Saving Tips
• Match Away: You’ll spend half as much if you buy a matching or coordinating ring/band set, as opposed to choosing individual rings. You’ll save even more if you buy a “trio” (engagement ring, and his/her band set)
• Negotiate: Many retailers dramatically inflate prices to make a higher margin-but there’s always room for negotiation, so don’t be afraid to go after a deal. Never settle on the sticker price unless you’ve shopped around and you know it’s already a fair price.

Browse wedding rings and bands at Whiteflash >

Bella Swan’s Engagement Ring Now Available

Ok, I am a giant fan of the “Twilight” series by Stephanie Meyer but I am not so sure what I think of a new product Meyer co-designed with Infinite Jewelry Co., an exact likeness of the engagement ring Edward gives to Bella in the book “Eclipse.” Yes, you can now buy a real engagement ring that was made to fit the description Meyer wrote about. The ring is offered at three price points, there’s the “genuine” version, the “fine” version, and the more affordable “fashion” version and each style is available in white or yellow gold. I think the ring itself is kind of cool with its vintage look but would you still want a replica of Bella Swan’s ring when you’re married for 10, 20, 50 years? I don’t know. I guess you’d really have to love the ring or still be a huge “Twilight” fan! What do you think?
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Visit Infinite Jewelry for details.

You can also see the ring in the trailer for the upcoming movie, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,”

A Common Place

One of Massachusetts beloved historical landmarks is Boston Common. This park is the oldest in the country and what was once filled with important historical figures, today is filled with Boston locals.

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No matter what the season: Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, the Common is visited by many couples to shoot their 
engagement photos. It’s no secret that New England is known for its beautiful foliage and the Boston Common is a great place to see it. The beautiful landscape of trees and shrubs burst with color during Autumn.    

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Fall: Water, Bench, Trees, Bridge

During the Spring & Summer months these grassy hills are filled with couples on picnics, sunbathers, and happy children enjoying a day on the swan boats. 

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 Spring & Summer: Swan Boats, Buildings, Flowers, Statue, Frog Pond

The Common becomes a winter wonderland at the first site of snow. Many enjoy the fresh winter air while gliding along a famous frozen surface know as Frog Pond. After a day on the ice, sip hot cocoa and enjoy the city lights.

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Winter: SunsetFrog Pond , Swans, Walkway

Here are some engagement photos by some local Boston Photographers:bostonengage2
Bob Goguen Photography
Diaz Digital Photography