Monthly Archives: January 2011

Great Gift Ideas – Charm Bracelets

A charm bracelet is perhaps the most thoughtful gift that you could ever give to someone. A sterling silver charm bracelet has got so much meaning to it, because each and every one of the charms that are on it have got a different meaning. There may be a huge selection of charms on the market these days, but in fact there are only two styles of charm bracelet to choose from. On the surface both of these styles may appear to be the same. They have both got the ability to hold many different charms to them, but the way in which the charms are attached to the bracelets are completely different on each one.

With Italian charms all of the individual charms attach to the charm next to it, but with a European charm bracelet the charms are strung in a fashion similar to pearls, this lets the charms hang down off of the wrist. The European style is the most popular choice, mainly because of them being simple to use and also easy to keep clean. The European styles also tend to cost quite a bit less than the Italian charm bracelets.

If you plan on assembling your own bracelet and adding new charms to them all the time then the European bracelet is the one you want to go for. You will have to get a good strong chain with a strong clasp, and that fits the wearer perfectly. The choices of charms are many, from silver charms to match the bracelet, or more interesting pieces like Murano glass or Swarovski crystals. You could even give precious stones some thought if they are not too expensive.

You have got to make sure the chain is the right length, this is very important. The best way to ensure this is to use a clothing tape measure, or perhaps even a piece of string. After taking the measurement, you should add roughly 2cm to the length, so that that chain will be loose on the wrist but wont fall off. Children’s bracelets should be a little bit bigger to accommodate for their growth.

Wedding Flowers – From Bride Bouquet to Outdoor Receptions

There is much to be organized as a wedding approaches and choosing the correct wedding flowers plays a vital role in setting the perfect mood at the church and reception.  From the bride bouquet to the decorations in the church and the reception room, flowers provide the icing on the wedding cake.  Guests gathered at the church for the wedding ceremony will have their eyes fixed on the bride and her bouquet and photographs will always include the wedding flowers.  It is therefore required to give them much thought.

The bride bouquet is made up of a number of flowers – commonly miniature roses -which come in colors such as yellow, red, pink, orange and white. Bouquets carried by the bride should complement the wedding dress worn. If the flowers in the bouquet are of color that is a complete contrast to the wedding dress, then the ensemble can have a haphazard look to it that does not befit the occasion.

The size of the flower bouquet carried by the bride should match her body frame. For a bride who is short the bouquet should be compact enough for her to carry it comfortably. If it is too heavy or wide then it might look a bit odd in her hands and make the bride look small.  Similarly, taller and well-built brides should have a much bigger bouquet than the bouquet carried by a shorter bride.

Wedding florists have considerable experience in arranging flowers for special occasions, particularly weddings. The wedding couple is always free to give their suggestions or requirements to the florist.  Flower decorations in the church and the reception hall should virtually always be handled by a florist or a professional wedding planner, even if the budget for the wedding is quite short.  There are design complexities involved in making flower decorations to tastefully cover the length and breadth of the reception hall.

Wedding flowers that are used for decorating the reception hall can be white in color to match the color of the wedding gown worn by the bride, but the availability of flowers is mostly dependent on the season in which the wedding is held. A wide variety of flowers are available during the spring and summer season, but choices are more restricted for a winter wedding. The higher quantity and wide variety of flowers available in the summer and spring can lower the cost of wedding flowers during these seasons.

A spring or summer wedding affords the additional choice of holding the reception or even the wedding outdoors, and if this is chosen by the bride and groom then beautiful outdoor flowers can complete a perfect outdoor wedding.

About the author:

Claire Jarrett runs Marketing By Web and recommends Anne Harding, who are a wedding shop Bristol