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How To Pick The Perfect Engagement Ring

Hello and welcome to 2016! It’s the start of a brand new, bright year, so what better way to kick-start our blog than with a post about some shiny new diamonds?!

It is proposal season after all, and no proposal is complete without a bit of sparkle, which is why we’ve put together the ultimate guide for you (with a little help from the folks at Tiffany & Co who make us feel some serious diamond envy).

 The 4 Cs


The Cut:



When we think about a diamond cut, we think about the shapes, whether it be round, emerald, pearl or so on. However, a diamond’s cut grade is really about how well its facets interact with the light. Out of all the diamond 4Cs, it is the most complex and technically difficult to analyse.


The Colour:


You evaluate a diamond on the absence of colour. For example, a chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond without any hint of colour (like a drop of water) has a higher value. The most widely accepted grading system is the D-to-Z colour-grading system, which measures the degree of colourness by comparing a stone under controlled lighting and precise viewing conditions.


The Clarity:



Evaluating the clarity of a diamond involves determining various characteristics such as the number, size, relief, nature and position of the stone as well as seeing how they affect its overall appearance. While no diamond is perfectly pure, the closer it comes, the higher its value. There are usually 6 categories, with 11 specific grades used to determine the value, with many inclusions and blemishes unnoticeable by the naked eye, which is why an accurate assessment from an expert is so important.


The Carat:


This is the measurement of weight. Each diamond carat is subdivided into 100 points to allow very precise measurements to the hundredth decimal. Therefore a diamond can even weigh as little as 0.25. Typically, the price of a diamond increases with its diamond carat weight, however you should remember that even two diamonds of equal carat weight can have very different values depending on the other Cs.

If you’re looking for someone to accompany you on your diamond shopping trip then give us a shout. We’re always happy to shop for something new and sparkly. Jokes apart though, we hope your 2016 is full of many bright and shiny moments.


You’re Engaged! What Should You Do Next?

He’s finally popped the question and you’re enjoying copious amounts of fizz and chocolate. Go for it, it’s a time for celebration after all! But once word has got around and the congratulations messages have slowly stopped coming in, it’s time to get serious. Your mind is probably buzzing with so many unanswered questions that you have no idea where to start. But don’t worry, here’s our top 5 guide on what you need to do straight after you’ve announced your engagement:

1. Set a date
Have a chat with your other half, your parents and anyone else who you feel should be included in the decision making process (i.e siblings). The first priority is to set a date because everything else will follow. Once you’ve got a date in place notify your guests – which leads us on to point number two.

2. Know your numbers
Start making a guest list for two main reasons; 1) It will enable you to send out save-the-dates to everyone to ensure they keep the date free, while you work on the finer details of your big day. 2) You need to know what sort of numbers you’re dealing with when you’re conducting your venue search.

3. Set a budget
Let’s be honest, when it comes to weddings everyone tends to get carried away. We mean EVERYONE. Think about how much money you realistically want to spend and then work your way backwards. Think about the things you want to prioritise and which you’d be happy to spend more on (we tend to suggest things like venue, caterers, and any video/photographers).

4. Know your style
What kind of couple are you? Think about your style and the type of look you want to go for on the day. You might want vintage, rustic, traditional or modern chic. Don’t rule out any unconventional themes or settings. Look at all the possibilities. Think bridal magazines, blogs, websites and Pinterest. These will become your best friend.

5. Start venue hunting
Once you have an inkling of the type of setting you want, start looking at venues. This is arguably one of the most important decisions you’ll make when it comes to your wedding day, as things like timings, logistics, food etc will all be determined by the venue itself. Make a prior note of any questions you need to ask on your visit, if you have a wedding coordinator then he or she will prompt you on these and most likely accompany you on any visits.

If you have any further questions or would like to arrange a complimentary event consultation with our event experts, send across an email to enquiries@carriagesevents.co.uk

Team Carriages