The Cost of Being a Bridesmaid

Written by Nancy Tessier

The Cost of Being a Bridesmaid

How much can you expect to pay if you were to acceptrepparttar role of a bridesmaid in a friend or family members wedding?
Before saying yes and accepting this position, there are a few things to consider. Besidesrepparttar 143401 time and effort it will take forrepparttar 143402 next eight to twelve months (depending on how far in advance you are asked to stand inrepparttar 143403 wedding), there is alsorepparttar 143404 financial obligation involved.

The following is a short list of items you should take into consideration before making that all important decision to include or exclude yourself fromrepparttar 143405 festivities.

    The Dress:
    The bride will most likely expect a specific style of dress and will be instrumental in choosing what you will be wearing. If itís a lavish wedding andrepparttar 143406 bride has already picked out her gown, that would dictaterepparttar 143407 level of formality and therefore could end up costing you upwards of two to three hundred dollars (or more) forrepparttar 143408 dress alone.

    The Shoes:
    Those satin shoes donít come cheap! The bride in all likelihood would expect you to wear satin dye able shoes to matchrepparttar 143409 dress. Shop around forrepparttar 143410 best deals onrepparttar 143411 shoes and find a retailer who will providerepparttar 143412 dying service for free or at a reduced rate ifrepparttar 143413 entire bridal party makes their purchases through them.

    Hats, special brassieres or bustier, pantyhose, hair accessories and jewellery. Normallyrepparttar 143414 jewellery is bought byrepparttar 143415 bride as a thank you gift, if not, be prepared to pay forrepparttar 143416 itemsrepparttar 143417 bride picks out for you to wear.

    Hairstyling and accessories:
    You may be required to pay for your own hairstyling forrepparttar 143418 wedding day. Unless you already knowrepparttar 143419 styles that look best on you,repparttar 143420 procedure would berepparttar 143421 same as that ofrepparttar 143422 bride. First find a style. Second find a stylist you trust. Third, do a dry run by havingrepparttar 143423 stylist tryrepparttar 143424 style on you.

Man Made Diamonds, The Affordable Alternative for Your Wedding Jewelry

Written by Peter Crump

Diamonds may be a womanís best friend, but modern man made diamonds are so good as to be indistinguishable from real diamonds. And when you look atrepparttar huge savings on price, man made diamonds may be a womanís best decision.

Increasingly, engaged couples are consideringrepparttar 143314 cost of some wedding jewelry. In todayís high pressure high cost lifestyle couples are really wondering whether or not it is appropriate to spend big on, say, a diamond engagement ring.

The more spent on wedding jewelryrepparttar 143315 less available later forrepparttar 143316 important things inrepparttar 143317 marriage, like a house. Orrepparttar 143318 kids when they arrive. Is it responsible to spend so much to buy a diamond engagement ring when these more important things may need to be compromised later?

Especially when you consider that good quality man made diamonds cannot be distinguished from real diamonds, even by jewellers.

Faux diamonds are big business. The pearl jewelry industry was revolutionised byrepparttar 143319 advent of cultured pearls. Synthetic diamonds are doingrepparttar 143320 same thing torepparttar 143321 wedding jewelry business.

There are a range of ways to produce synthetic diamonds. Modern technology is very adept at making any product which will sell well and faux diamonds are no exception. Andrepparttar 143322 quality is so good that many ofrepparttar 143323 alternatives to diamonds perform exceedingly well when compared to diamond usingrepparttar 143324 common diamond quality tests.

In such tests as hardness, refractive index, fire, brilliance, luster and othersrepparttar 143325 man made diamonds perform admirably. Sometimes even better.

Brilliance is a test ofrepparttar 143326 amount of light which entersrepparttar 143327 stone and gets reflected back. It is affected byrepparttar 143328 quality ofrepparttar 143329 cut ofrepparttar 143330 stone.

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