How-To Personalize Your Wedding

You’re in full wedding planning mode and of course you want to make your big day as unique and special as possible.  What better way to achieve this than by adding personalized details throughout your wedding?  Today we are excited to share with you Part 1 of 2 on how-to personalize your wedding, where we will look at adding those personal touches to your ceremony, reception and favors. There are so many options that we couldn’t fit them all into one post! Be sure to check back for Part 2, coming soon.

Personalizing Your Ceremony

Aisle Runner

Walking down the aisle is a major moment. Rolling out a monogrammed aisle runner and backdrop will up the ‘wow’ factor without blowing your budget out of the water.

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Featured above: Aisle Runner: Monogram Simplicity Personalized / Backdrop: Floral Dreams Personalized

Unity Sand Ceremony

The sand ceremony is a timeless tradition that makes for your own personalized unity ceremony. Customize the colors to match your wedding design and add a monogram to the vase to take it to the next level. The vase set can become a keepsake in your home as a reminder of your union.

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Featured above: Sand Ceremony Set: Free Spirit Personalized

 

Personalizing Your Reception

Personalized Napkins

Personalized paper napkins are a great way to add that extra touch to your wedding reception.  The options are endless with the ability to choose a custom logo, color, and personalized message.  It’s these dazzling little details that will make for a completely coordinated experience for your guests.

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Featured above: Printed Napkins: Best Day Ever Personalized

Personalized Glassware

Glassware is everything! The perfect combination of function and favor. This year’s trend is personalized wedding day glassware that can double as a unique favor for your guests!

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Featured above: Flutes: Twisted Stem-Printed

Personalizing Your Favors

Personalized Matches

Matches have been a favorite for decades, but we’ve made them cool again. Put your personal spin on this popular favor with just the right logo and message to complement your big day.

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Featured above: Matchboxes:Personalized / Matchbooks:Personalized

Personalized Mason Jars

The oh-so-popular mason jar is a favorite! With a personalized printed design you are taking a favor and adding so much more meaning. Some top trends for goodies to fill the jar with include jam, candies, bath salts and hot cocoa and….

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Featured Above: Mason Jar: Gold Solid Lid / Twine: Metallic Gold / Place Card: Lace Medley

For finishing touches think about adding those extra details to your favors.  Stickers,tags and personalized ribbon will take your look and really make it personal.

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Featured above: Bottle Stopper: Dainty Gold Bow / Ribbon: White / Tag: Celebration Small Rectangular

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Mother’s Day Spa Tote How-To

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This Mother’s Day you could treat your mum to the usual weekend brunch, complete with classic mimosas. Not entirely a bad option. Or you could skip what’s standard and send your mom on a spa date for one, complete with a goodie filled tote that perfectly sets the tone for some well deserved me time. We’re thinking that sounds like a pretty darn good idea. And thanks to Weddingstar’s new gift line, everything you need to make it happen is just a quick online shopping trip away {spa not included}. Here’s the lowdown on everything you need to make this thoughtful Mother’s Day gift a reality.

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in the bag
featured here: bliss striped black and white tote personalized to say ‘best mom ever’

personalized tote

black and white cosmetic case

match set
featured here: colourblock cosmetic bag

personalized cosmetic case

personalized compact

water bottle label

cheers to me time
featured here: aqueous water bottle label in pastel pink

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bath towel

cozy comforts
featured here: mr. + mrs. towels {sold in sets of two}

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xo flip flops

best foot forward
featured here: white xo embossed flip flops

best day ever sandals

floral bath robe

wrapped in luxury
featured here: watercolor floral silky kimono robe on pink

personalized silk robe

double heart necklace

a bit of bling
featured here: heart frame necklace

personalized necklace

xoxo.

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Style Spotlight: Dreamy and Sweet

Dreamy and Sweet Wedding Dessert Table

There is no doubt that great weddings are made up of two amazing people in love. But what makes them remain a favorite in your guests’ minds comes down to the overall guest experience. One way to make anyone happy, whether at a wedding or not, is with really good food. Sweet potato fries, anyone? So today we’re featuring some of our favorite ways to get your guests’ taste buds revving, including one of our favorite dessert displays (shown above) from the 2016 Weddingstar magazine. Is your mouth watering yet?

Idea 1: The Dessert Station

The dessert station is always a favorite and allows guests to choose from other desserts besides the wedding cake. This is a great way to cater to everyone’s sweet tooth whether they love pie, cake or candy. Plus, having these smaller bites to choose from gives guests something to nibble on throughout the night, or take home with them to enjoy later on.

Oh So Sweet Gold Acrylic Cake Topper
Wedding Favors in Clear Favor Box Purple and Pink Donuts
Mini Pie Pops in Galvanized Tin

featured above: Cake Topper: Oh So Sweet Acrylic Topper | Favor Box: Clear Acetate | Twine: Gold Metallic | Tin: Galvanized Metal | Tag: Geo Marble Small Tag

Idea 2: The Welcome Drink Station

While food is a definite must at weddings, so are the drinks. And what sweeter way to welcome guests to your reception than by displaying a table of drinks ready to enjoy right by the entrance. Whether it’s your favorite mixed drink, a bottle of beer or a glass of wine, it’s sure to be appreciated. Just don’t forget to set out some non-alcoholic options for those that prefer otherwise. Cheers!

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Personalized Shot Glasses Personalized Glass Flask
Personalized Flutes with Marble Print Paper Coasters

featured above: Backdrop: Agate Allure | Drink Dispenser: Clear Glass | Shot Glass: Tall Personalized | Flask: Clear Glass with You’re A Gem Etching | Flute: Classic Glass – Printed | Coaster: Agate Allure Card Set

Idea 3: The Popcorn Station

Popcorn is a great choice to serve at weddings and is a favorite for all ages. Create a self-serve popcorn station with dip-dyed baskets full of plain popcorn, then set out mini shakers filled with a variety of popular seasonings. You can even pre-fill these shakers with seasonings for guests to take home as favors.

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Wedding Popcorn Flavor Shaker Favors Personalized Wedding Popcorn Sign
Personalized Wedding Popcorn Flavor Shakers

featured above: Goodie Bag: Ikat Print | Picnic Basket: Large Decorative | Scoop: Candy Scoop in Ivory | Shakers: Mini Jar Shaker Favors | Stationery Holder: Antique White | Sign: Ikat Open Format

Idea 4: The Chili ‘n Fries Station

And now for something completely different – delicious, hearty, homemade chili because, why not!? Served grab-n-go style in mingle−friendly bowls that are just the right size, your guests will love this fan favorite. And for those who may not be a fan, have some sweet potato fries at the ready for a snack that’s sure to satisfy. You can even pre-package your favorite chili sauce or spice rub as a favor your guests can use at home.

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Sweet Potato Fries Wedding Favor Personalized Canvas Favor Bag with Stamp
Sauce and Spice Rub Wedding Favors

featured above: Bowl: Mini Pinch Pot | Spoon: Eco Wood Utensil Set | Tag: Geo Marble | Twine: Metallic Gold | Sign: Geo Marble Open Format | Frame: Self-Standing Antique Wood Finish | Glass: Mini Martini Glass | Pouch: Mini Linen with Drawstring | Stamp: Diamond Shape Personalized | Jar: Mini Glass Bottle Favor with Snap Lid | Sticker: Geo Marble Small Sticker

We want to know – what are you serving at your wedding for dessert or snacks? Tell us below!

See wedding style spotlights + more in our Weddingstar Magazine available here or on a newsstand near you.

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Credits:

Planner and Styling: Style and Swoon / Photography: A Lovely Life Photography / Flowers: Style and Swoon / Cake and Desserts: Fabulous Cakes / Favors, Decor and Accessories: Weddingstar

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Terrarium Place Markers

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It would be a serious understatement to say that I’m over the moon excited about today’s post. Not only is it a lovely little creative spin on a traditional place card concept, it also happens to be the first exclusive look into the amazing content gracing the pages of the new 2016 Weddingstar magazine. And when I say this is but a tiny glimpse at a mass of unique wedding ideas, all pulled together to help brides everywhere celebrate beautifully, I’m hardly doing the magazine justice. But no need to take my word for it. Take a peek at the cover reveal concluding today’s post and follow the link to get your hands on everything pretty. And in the meantime, here’s how to make these little lovelies.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: pull a small mound of faux moss off the ribbon backer. Using a small paint brush, apply mod podge (or any white all purpose glue) to the base of the bell jar and apply the moss. Leave to let dry.

Step 2: once the moss has set, using your twigs create a tunnel in the center of the mound. Apply a small dab of hot glue to the bottom and quickly insert your twigs. Hold until the glue has set and the twigs are securely in place.

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Step 3: once your place card has been written out, using the end of your paintbrush, curl the ends of the card. For an authentic scroll effect, angle your brush and do so in opposite direction on either end.

Step 4: hot glue your scroll card to the twigs.

The End Result

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Want More?

To see the complete Rustic Glam themed setup these markers were a part of, plus 100s of additional inspired wedding ideas designed to help you celebrate beautifully, pick up a copy of the 2016 Weddingstar magazine here.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Product Spotlight – The Titanium Signature Frame

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As our regular blog visitors know, and as the post name suggests, we usually reserve Wednesdays for the sharing of our favorite DIY how tos. But every once in a while a really cool standalone concept comes up, needing no DIY’ing but definitely begging to be featured. Today is just such a day and the Titanium Signature Frame Kit is just such a concept. Arguably the ultimate alternative option for the traditional paper guest book, this piece of art serves the same purpose but with a much more decorative finish. The included personalized inscribable  mat allows your guests to leave their well wishes, and the stylish frame provides the opportunity for the perfect at home display. Here’s what you need to know about this keepsake concept.

The Complete Kit

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Includes:

  • inscribable pen, guest instruction card (for display at the event), frame cleaning cloth and a hanging hook
  • available in three various sizes, each with a proportional photo opening

The Details

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Breakaway Centerpiece

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Want to know how to add even more wow factor to your already gorgeous centerpieces? It all comes down to a giveaway. Treating your guests to share in the pretty, sending them home with a few of your stunning stems, not only avoids a lot of wasted loveliness, it’s also a gesture that will not go unnoticed. And it’s as simple as creating a breakaway centerpiece concept to adorn your table. Whether it’s a medley of minis that stand on their own, or a grouping you add to a larger statement piece, breakaway centerpieces always come together to create the same end result, guaranteed eye candy that’s sure to wow. Here are a few of our favorite ways of creating the concept.

Breakaway Centerpiece 1 – Tea Time

 

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 Breakaway Centerpiece 2 – Purple for Days

 

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Breakaway Centerpiece 3 – Pretty Petals

 

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: For the Wine Lovers

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Cabernet, Chardonnay, Malbec and Pinot. There’s nothing like a great bottle of wine to celebrate a special occasion, toast a milestone, or simply to enjoy over an intimate dinner for two. The tradition of wine making has been around for thousands of years, and the popularity of incorporating the drink into wedding festivities continues to grow in spades. Love the idea of making the drink part of your day? Here are our top three wine inspired wedding ideas.

The Perfect Pairing

Enhance your wedding ceremony with a sentimental love letter exchange that you later lock away for safe keeping until you’re ready to revisit it over a glass of wine toasting a special anniversary. Complete with etched wine glasses, custom stationery and a lock and key, this contemporary wooden box set makes for a stylish and meaningful addition to your vow exchange and future celebrations.

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A Custom Blend

Get personal with the wine you serve by putting your mark on it. Go with personalized wine labels that customize the look of the bottles served at your wedding reception, or those you give away as your wedding day favors.

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wine label designs featured here, from left to right: lavish monogram, classic script, vintage lace, expressions and fanciful monogram

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Cheers to Them

Send your guests home with their own little wine lovers treat with a stylish wine stopper or bottle opener favor. Pair it with your favorite bottle of wine or simply gift in the pretty packaging they all come complete with.

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xoxo.

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Ceremony Trends: Beyond The Traditional Wedding Ring Pillow

Put a ring in it…Or on it, but if you’re reading this then he’s probably already taken care of that! Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the 2015 edition of the Weddingstar magazine that’s all about our favorite new (and completely unique) ways to present your rings at the ceremony. So, if the traditional pillow isn’t quite your style, here are some unique ways to show off your shiny new bling.

The Dish

Not just for soap anymore, unique dishes have become a popular trend at weddings as a way of presenting the rings. We’ve fallen in love with the idea and the fact that these ring dishes will also look gorgeous on your dressing table at home. Not only are these ring dishes pretty, but their heirloom qualities may inspire a new family tradition. Pass along to your future Mr. or Mrs. for use on their wedding day.

Delicately Detailed

This exclusively designed Porcelain Leaf Ring Plate has a unique leaf shape making it a perfect choice for nature lovers. Made from high quality porcelain it has a delicately embossed pattern and if you look closely you will notice a pair of sweet lovebirds. Designed with openings for ribbon or twine, this pretty plate allows your rings to be safely secured inside.

Not just a ring dish

Not necessarily just for your rings, this vintage inspired Feather Wing Dish can serve another purpose as well. Cast from iron with a distressed white finish it has a unique small shape that fits snugly into the palm of your hand, making it the perfect size to present your wedding rings at the ceremony. It’s dual purpose? This little beauty sits so pretty at place settings you may also want to gift it as a favor your guests are sure to find completely irresistible.

The Box

The ring box is not just any box. It is the box that every bride (and bride-to-be) is restlessly waiting to see before her. It’s an expression of both your personal and wedding style. The way in which you display your rings as they are carried down the aisle is becoming yet another lovely way to personalize your day. And these not-so-ordinary boxes bring on the lovely tenfold. So if you’re trying to think outside the box when it comes to choosing your ring holder, these stunners may just reel you right back in.

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This is one box that you can truly make your own thanks to its versatile design. From custom etched monograms to all the personal touches you can place inside (some of our favorite fillers are petals, feathers and moss to name a few), this Acrylic Ring Box will never be replicated. And with a see-through riser to hold your rings, they will appear as if they are floating in your very own display case.

Just the right size

Because of its unique shape, this handcrafted Wooden Ring Box is not your traditional box. It’s a presentation all its own. This adorable keepsake is the perfect size to tuck safely inside any jacket pocket. Made from hand polished dark wood, personalize both the outside and inside with your names, wedding date or your own special message.

The Frame

Commonly used to accent pieces of art or photography, the frame has now been re-designed to hold something else you love and cherish—your wedding rings. The clever combination of a pillow and frame makes this an exceptional way to show off your new rings. This Framed Ring Cushion will look stunning at any vintage or shabby chic affair, not to mention on display in your home long after the wedding. And for a pretty piece of personalization you can call your own, the idea of wrapping the removable pillow in a piece of fabric from your mother’s wedding gown (as shown here) simply makes our hearts sing.

Stick With Tradition

Is the classic pillow still your pick? See and shop our more traditional ring pillow designs right over here. But first, take a look at this adorable miniature version that we couldn’t resist sharing!

The Mini

Perfect for tiny hands, this petite pillow is the sweetest accompaniment for your ring bearer’s walk down the aisle. Made from off-white raw silk, the hand beaded detailing is unmatched in quality and provides a soft, plush surface that will allow your rings to shine. Complete with white satin ribbon, your rings will sit pretty (and securely) in place on this delicately beaded ring pillow.

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Make Your Mark: 15 Creative Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Day

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What’s the one thing that all weddings have in common? It’s that every single one has a couple at the helm who’s looking to create an event that’s completely unique to them. Regardless of choice thematic design, budget point and geographic location, every couple strives to create a day that’s infused with personality and character. It’s an easy decision to make and natural goal to set, the challenge is in figuring out how to bring the concept to life. To get your creative juices flowing, from ceremony set up to reception setting details, here are 15 creatives ways to succeed flawlessly at this important planning task.

1. Ceremony Stunner.

Make the spot at which you’ll exchange your vows just as special as the moment itself. Create a beautiful theme infused backdrop to frame the two of you as you make it official.

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featured here: boho inspired custom ceremony backdrop created using decorative paper flowers

2. White Carpet.

It’s a major moment, roll out a monogrammed white carpet and walk it proudly.

3. Grand Entrance.

Get creative with how you arrive on the scene. Make it unique. Make it special. And make it grand.

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4. Ring Love.

Leave no detail behind. Trade in a traditional ring pillow for a custom design ring plate.

5. A Special Send Off.

Make your send off a meaningful moment. Pass up on the regular rice toss and go for something that’s unique to you.

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featured here: a ceremony toss created using a white linen drawstring favor bag personalized with a feather whimsy stamp, customized feather whimsy design square tag and mini white wooden clip

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6. Sentimental Sparkle.

Add a touch of sparkle and sentiment to your bridal bouquet with an heirloom brooch, an accessory that personalizes like few others.

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7. Guide The Way.

Guide your guests to where the need to go with a pretty pathway they can easily follow.

8. Table Trim.

Welcome your guests to the party with decorative details that set the stage for a night of lovely.

9. Make a Statement.

It’s your day, mark your main reception spot, the head table, with a perfect spotlight statement set up.

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feather butterflies

featured here: custom head table frame made with beautiful butterfly cake sets

10. Specialty Seating.

Spice up your reception set up by incorporating specialty seating for select common areas or for your bride and groom chairs.

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11. Unconventional Centerpieces.

Skip the simple vase arrangements and go for unique vessel options for your reception table centerpieces.

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12. Monogram It.

Get crafty with how you make your mark by using a personalized embosser to infuse it into as many little details as you can think of.

13. Little Extras.

Make your guests feel just as special as you do by ensuring every part of their experience at your wedding is memorable, starting with a little surprise to greet them at their seats.

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featured here: floral place setting detail presented in a mini beveled mirror box

14. Fresh Favors.

Trade in the sweets for some major eye candy. Give your guests a fresh floral favor for the prettiest of takeaways.

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featured here: mini decorative birdcage filled with purple hydrangea and moss

15. Subtle Signage.

Own the room with subtle signage that also acts as major table charm.

Easy Fix

Beyond the many creative ways you can personalize your day, there are plenty of simple and easy fixes. Visit weddingstar.com to shop all the stamps, stickers and tags, ready to be personalized with your mark.

xoxo.

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The WS Stylist Series – Part 4: The Engagement Ring Guide

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We’re coming to the end of our Stylist Series and we seem to have saved the best for last, that is if you like big sparkly gorgeous diamonds! So far we’ve shared with you the essentials to getting gorgeous (here and here) and we’ve helped your guy get styled (here), and for this one we’re bringing it back to the most important of the basics, the engagement ring. It might seem kind of counterintuitive to some, wouldn’t the planning bride already have her ring? But the reality is that today’s savvy bride starts planning her big day even before the official “will you”. Couples are taking more time to enjoy one another before the chaos that comes with wedding planning, while still talking about the eventual life step, and more and more grooms-to-be enlist aid in making the big ring purchase. So for you ladies who’ve yet to get the ring, grab your guy and get to reading through our guide to the perfect engagement ring, coming to you from the people who know them best, the diamond experts at Maple Leaf Diamonds.

Mass Appeal. The Most Popular Engagement Ring Shapes.

most popular diamond shapes

1. The Princess Cut.

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Its name is no coincidence. Dramatic in appearance and yet still elegantly feminine, this shape has been a trending choice for the last several years.

2. The Cushion Cut. This diamond, cut to shine clear and bright, has become the choice stone among top celebrities.  The square cut with rounded corners is slowly surpassing the princess cut for the most purchased diamond shape.

3. The Round Brilliant.

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Long standing as the shape of choice for most couples. Its classic beauty is undeniable, and it shines in its  simplicity.

Understanding What’s Right For You. The Personality Match.

Classy, Elegant and Simple? You’ll feel best rocking a traditional solitaire. Sleek and timeless, this is one you will love for a lifetime.

Glitzy and Glamorous?

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You’ll want to flaunt your glistening ring from afar. Go with a single or double halo, with an emphasized center stone that shines bright.

Artsy and Unique? Popular choices won’t do. Go with an extraordinary cut like the Emerald or Pear to ensure you stand out from the crowd.

Trendy and Chic?

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A single diamond or halo with a rounded pave shank is both gorgeous and fashionable. This accentuated stone is the most ‘show for your dough’ piece.

Earth Loving and Free Spirited? Rough diamonds give a nice natural, unpolished glow. With no two rough stones alike, you’ll have a truly unique, organic, untouched diamond carefully chosen by your groom.

Above and Beyond

The cardinal, first and most important rule to purchasing an engagement ring is to remember that it’ll always be brilliant because of what it represents. Color, clarity, carat and cut aside, all engagement rings shine bright when purchased with love.

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About Maple Leaf Diamonds

Maple Leaf Diamonds were formed underground over three-billion years ago in Northern Canada, where they lay dormant waiting to be discovered. Today, the pristine Canadian North has become symbolic of the purity and beauty of these natural and untreated Canadian diamonds, which are ranked among the world’s most exquisite and brilliant gems. For the nearest Maple Leaf Diamonds dealer, located across North America, the UK, Ireland and Australia, please visit mapleleafdiamonds.com.

xoxo.

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