The Cost of Being a Bridesmaid

Written by Nancy Tessier

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The Bridal Shower:
Bridesmaids andrepparttar maid of honour are required to host a bridal shower and dividerepparttar 143401 cost among themselves. Depending on what you have planned, this could be very costly.

If you have children, you may need to get a sitter forrepparttar 143402 day. Do not assume they are invited guests simply because you are inrepparttar 143403 wedding party. If they are invited, you may need to make special arrangements to have childcare available duringrepparttar 143404 wedding ceremony and reception since your job really isn’t over until afterrepparttar 143405 dinner and speeches have wrapped up.

Even though you have already spent a great deal of money to get ready for your friends wedding, you still have to purchase a gift forrepparttar 143406 bride and groom. A sentimental gift is best but most often bridesmaids choose to give money in an envelope with a nice card. How much to place inrepparttar 143407 envelope is entirely up to you as well asrepparttar 143408 standards and trend in your area.

Thank you note:
Finally afterrepparttar 143409 wedding you should sit down and write a nice note torepparttar 143410 newlyweds, thanking them for allowing you to be part of their important day.

After taking all this into consideration, you will be able to make a more informed decision and should be able to either accept or decline this invitation.

About the author: Nancy Tessier is owner of Bridal Basics and is an industry professional specializing in the design and creation of wedding related items. For other articles, please visit her site at

Man Made Diamonds, The Affordable Alternative for Your Wedding Jewelry

Written by Peter Crump

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Fire isrepparttar ability ofrepparttar 143314 stone to break light down into it’s component colors and is also affected byrepparttar 143315 cut. “Fire” can be seen as color coming out ofrepparttar 143316 stone.

Luster isrepparttar 143317 amount of light reflected back fromrepparttar 143318 surface ofrepparttar 143319 stone.

Moissanite, for example, outperforms diamond in brilliance, fire and luster and is only very slightly lower onrepparttar 143320 hardness scale. In fact a special piece of testing equipment had to be designed so that jewellers could tell moissanite from diamond as so many were unable to.

And, of course, moissanite is much cheaper than diamonds. And if most jewellers cannot tell it apart from diamonds, could you?

There are a range of different processes used to produce a stone which is a good diamond alternative. Most produce fine quality stones which produce stunning quality jewelry which any woman would be proud to wear.

Moissanite is not strictly a man made diamond though, as it is, in fact, naturally occurring. Unfortunately it doesn’t occur in sufficient quantities to be commercially viable for mining. But technology has come torepparttar 143321 rescue by devising a method of producing high quality crystals.

Our preference forrepparttar 143322 best alternative to diamonds? Moissanite. A fine jewelry stone which will make a stunning engagement ring, or other jewelry piece. And you can buy moissanite wedding jewelry at a fraction ofrepparttar 143323 price of diamond wedding jewelry.

And whenrepparttar 143324 kids come along, buy them something extra from us fromrepparttar 143325 money you’ve saved.

Find out more about Moissanite as well as Moissanite engagement rings, moissanite bridal rings and moissanite stones at Peter's website, The Magic of Moissanite. © 2005 Peter Crump.

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