Friday, December 29, 2017

A Little Sparkle for the New Year

The Petite Diamond Band from Noemie 

Happy New Year! Hoping 2018 is full of love and laughter (and a bit of sparkle) for you all. Some links for you, or perhaps your significant other, to enjoy! 

Mr. HVG gifted me this ring, shown above, for Christmas. It is truly petite but adds the perfect amount of sparkle. Using reclaimed gold and conflict-free stones, Noemie is a company that lives its social ethics. Click here for $50 off (!!!) your purchase.  

And if glimmer isn't your thing, how about a ring comprised of nontraditional materials? 

The glass and stone inlays of Bentwood rings are simple but unique. Or check out this walnut and diamond dust ring from Simply Wood Rings

Or perhaps a whiskey barrel/elk antler ring from Staghead Designs. Oh so cool. 

Happy 2018! 
Photo Credit: Neomie Jewelers

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Reading for the Week!

Hi there! Hope you are enjoying the weekend! 

We spend a lot of time here on HVG focused on wedding planning and not so much on marriage planning. Marriage is a wild ride and it can be difficult to see through the messiness of life - work deadlines, sick kids, leaky roofs - to find your partner, let alone focus on them. But losing sight of your significant other can be detrimental in so many ways. Here are some links that just might resonate with you and your partner. Enjoy! 

Interested in this book. Perhaps I'll add it to my Christmas wish list.  Would also make a good bridal shower gift.

Some tips for a happy marriage. #relationshipgoals. 

How to have a better relationship

A great TEDx talk by John Gray. So funny and on point.

And one thing that Mr. HVG and I are working on...starting the week by asking each other this: "what is one thing that I can do to make your week easier?". Such a small thing but it makes a world of difference. From Cup of Jo reader, Lauren.

Happy Planning (and Loving!), 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Reading for the Week!

Hi there! I was in NYC this weekend to celebrate my beautiful friend's 40th birthday and on my walk through the East Village, I spotted this graffiti. How fitting! Hope you all had a great weekend!

Some fun love-related links from around the web...enjoy!

Did you know you can get married at Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown Heights (Westchester Co.)? 

Should your spouse be your best friend? Some food for thought.

A vintage wedding dress. It's bra-friendly and costs $62. The Etsy shop Velvet Pin Vintage has an amazing assortment of retro gowns for fantastic prices. 

I've been searching for a great new perfume and was excited to discover Phlur. Conscientious fragrance...I'm going to ask for two sample sets from Mr. HVG for Christmas!

How pretty is this engagement ring? Subtly stylish. And if it couldn't get any better, Bario Neal specializes in ethically made jewelry. Support the businesses that are doing some good in the world!

Happy Planning, 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Thrifty Bridesmaid Dresses!

Weddings can be expensive....especially for the bridesmaids. The expenses associated with the bridal shower, bachelorette bash, bridesmaid dresses and accessories, and the wedding gift can easily exceed $1,000. It's a lot to ask of your closest friends and family, so do those lovely ladies a solid and don't make them wear a $300 dress that they will never wear again. 

Mismatched but coordinating bridesmaid dresses are trending now...not only does it allow your bridesmaids to select a dress that is comfortable, fitting their personal style, body type, and budget, but also adds real visual interest to wedding photos. 

Luckily for you, ThredUp, the biggest online thrift store, has just opened their online bridesmaid dress shop, appropriately dubbed "The Mismatched 'Maid". 

The brains behind The Mismatched 'Maid went ahead and categorized the dresses by color, designer, and style so online shopping is a cinch. There's even a "funky tie dye" category. 

The majority of dresses cost less than $50...sometimes much less than $50. There are several dresses currently available for just $7.99!

Consider shopping at ThredUp to go green and save green for your wedding! 

Happy Planning, 

Photo Credit: KT Merry Photography. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Reading for the Weekend!

Hi there! I'm taking a quick, solo trip to Boston this weekend to visit with my oldest friend and my most beautiful cousin. I'm looking forward to being a tourist in Bean Town and hanging out with two very lovely ladies. Hope you have a great weekend, too! 

A few love-related links from around the web...enjoy! 

Love crossing cultural and religious divides. "We found peace in a conflict region."

This vintage wedding dress. So simple and so pretty. 

If you love someone and that someone loves autumn and ethically concocted fine chocolates, you should get them these.

For some moody wedding inspiration, check out this styled bridal shoot. That dress! Those flowers! Swoon. 

And lastly...

The US has taken a pummeling lately...wildlife fires in the west (and most recently, Napa), multiple hurricanes, Vegas. It's been a rough few months but here are some news stories that will warm your heart. Amidst all of the darkness, there is light and lots of it. Let's not lose sight of that.

Happy Planning,