How To Care For Your Engagement Ring

  • by Sam Rogers
  • 20 March 2018 2018-03-20T00:00:00+0
How To Care For Your Engagement Ring
How To Care For Your Engagement RingHow To Care For Your Engagement Ring

You've been dreaming of that ring for years, now that you finally have it make sure that you keep it as sparkly and shiny as the day you first got it by following these easy tips...

Ensure your ring as soon as possible

Sounds simple, but so many brides and brides-to-be don't. Protect your financial investment because you never know what will happen. The number of stories we've heard about brides losing or having their rings stolen are really heartbreaking; make sure you're not one of them! 

Clean your ring regularly

Elizabeth Taylor famously cleaned her jewels with hot water, a toothbrush and gin. If you want to do a similar DIY job, we recommend swapping the gin for a mild dishwashing liquid. Firstly, soak your ring in warm water with dishwashing liquid then scrub it with a toothbrush.

Of course, to make sure your ring truly sparkle, the best option is to take it to a professional jewelry cleaner, especially if your ring is 14k white gold so your jeweler can have it rhodium plated.

Don't wear your ring to the gym

Unless you're planning to just go for a walk or jog, pop your ring away when exercising. Wearing your ring while doing weights or boxing can put pressure on the metal and risk bending the ring. Equally, if you wear your ring while playing a sport or swimming, you run the risk of losing it.

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Image credit: Rachel Levine

Or when cleaning

Dealing with bleach or other harsh cleaning agents? Take your ring off! Many cleaning products can dull your ring or erode the metal setting. Especially if it is a gemstone instead of a diamond - emeralds and bleach are not friends!  

Keep it on when in public

Many women take off their rings when they go to wash their hands, but if you are in a public loo the danger is that you will forget them - or even worse - drop them in the sink. Is it worth the risk? No… didn't think so.

Schedule maintenance appointments with your jeweller

Your jeweller will be able to spot when a diamond is coming loose or there's a hairline crack long before you will. By booking regular maintenance appointments you'll be able to ensure your ring is in optimal condition.



Wedding Order of Service Templates and Ideas

Wedding Order of Service Templates and Ideas

A wedding order of service is designed to help inform your guests as to how the wedding ceremony will unfold. By providing the order of service to guests, this helps everyone know how long the ceremony will take and also help to ensure no one misses seeing the exchange of vows.

Your wedding order of service can often be printed in the same style as your wedding invitations, or you can opt for them to look different if you'd prefer them to be more low key.

Handing out the wedding order of service to guests on arrival is a job that's traditionally given to the wedding ushers.

While some weddings will include a complete breakdown of everything that is set to happen during the ceremony, including the names of the various readings, poems or speakers, you can also opt to keep it simple with a general outline of the day.

How much detail you provide is up to you, but if you're looking for guidance we recommend asking the person who will be carrying out the wedding ceremony or service. It's also important to show them the final details before the order of service goes to print. The order of service may also differ depending on whether you are having a religious ceremony or a civil ceremony.

Wedding order of service for a religious ceremony template

Name of wedding venue

Couple's name

Wedding date

Entrance of bride

Reading or hymn - including the reading name and author, and who it is read by, or lyrics

The marriage ceremony


Reading or hymn

Signing of the register

Wedding order of service for a civil ceremony template

Entrance of the bride

Welcome by celebrant


Including the reading's name, author and who it is read by

The marriage ceremony

Reading - including the reading's name, author and who it is read by 

Signing of the register 



14 Questions with Wedding Planner Elizabeth Walshe

14 Questions with Wedding Planner Elizabeth Walshe

Having worked in the fashion industry for over 20 years, producing catwalk shows for top designers and labels, Elizabeth Walshe moved into wedding planning after she planned her own wedding in 2016 and loved ever minute of it. Offering a friendly and bespoke wedding and event planning service, Elizabeth brings her incredible eye for detail and effortless elegance to all of her events. Wondering how she does it, we quizzed Elizabeth on her job and what goes into planning the perfect wedding. 

1. The Elizabeth Walshe motto is …

"Stay Calm" I am well known for always smiling and remaining calm; there is no problem that can't be solved or at the very least put right. My secret is to always be extremely organised so that if a problem arises, I am ready to deal with it!

2. Four things you can't produce a wedding without…

A concept, a budget, a checklist and a timeline

3. What has been your career highlight to date?

Producing Beyonce's first ever catwalk show in London

4. The best wedding we ever produced was….

Having recently got married, I would have to say my own because I loved every second planning our day and it inspired me to expand my fashion events company into wedding planning.

My husband and I are both born and bred in London and so that became our wedding theme for the day. Our wedding invitations incorporated beautifully hand drawn maps of London illustrating the route from where we were married at Farm Street Church in Mayfair to the ICA on the Mall where we held our reception.

I wanted the reception to feel like we were in an English country garden in the middle of London so we filled the ICA with beautiful white hydrangeas, peonies and roses - we even designed and included an arbour and a love seat. The iconic British designer and stylist, Kate Halfpenny, designed my dress; it was stunning and I felt incredible! It really was the most wonderful day!

5. When planning a wedding, always be mindful that…

This is your day! Decide on what you want and stick to the plan, you can't please all of the people, all of the time. Make a list of what's most important to you and don't be persuaded to go off track.

6. Who is your favourite person to follow on Instagram and why? 

It has to be Brides Magazine! I am passionate about weddings and Brides Magazine is always full of such inspiring articles and pictures.

7. Our dream celebrity /'it girl' to plan a wedding for would be…

Emma Watson, I love her style! She is chic, unique and a little quirky. She recently quoted Jean Cocteau in an interview saying "Style is a very simple way of saying complicated things." She is a firm believer in gender equality and has been appointed as a UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador. I think she is great role model for young women and that's something I am also passionate about.

8. What does wedding style mean to you?

Your wedding style should reflect your own personal style. It is not so much a theme as a concept and it is important to conceptualise the event so that it looks and feels cohesive. Once you have decided on the style of the day then stick to "the bigger picture" and eliminate anything that doesn't fit. But remember you don't have to be too literal and can choose the essence of an idea as opposed to obvious choices, making it feel less themed, but well thought out; for me wedding styling is all in the detail.

9. What are the key trends for receptions at the moment?

My favourite trend this season is transparency. I have always been a huge fan of glasshouses they make stunning reception spaces. You can also hire marquees with transparent ceilings. Glass and acrylics can be used as stationary, welcome signs and seating plans. I would then add beautiful glassware to the table setting. 

10. How do you see the Royal Wedding being styled?

I think it will be classically beautiful, full of grandeur with all the usual pomp and ceremony, but with a modern twist that will personify Meghan's style.

11. Do you have a signature aesthetic or personal style that you put into the weddings you've planned?

My personal style is contemporary and elegant; my aim is to make weddings look effortlessly beautiful. I have a keen eye for detail and love to add in a twist. I enjoy creating magical moments, I like to tell a story throughout the wedding day and then make sure those moments are captured within creative settings making beautiful memories, which will last forever. Having worked as a stylist and a show producer for many years I know exactly how to style the bride, the venue and the event to create a unique wow factor for each couple that I work with.

12. What's your favourite part of your job?

Conceptualising the event and bringing all the elements together so that every detail is in keeping with our concept. As a producer that's exactly what I have been doing for over 20 years. It is my job to keep everyone involved on track so that the big day looks and feels as stunning as the bride and groom hoped and imagined it would.

13. And the worst?

Packing up and de rigging once the party is over, it's a service that I offer so that the bride and groom can leave their celebration without a care, but by that stage all I really want is to go home and have a cup of tea or a large glass of wine!

14. And finally, what's next...

We have lots of different events on the horizon and it is this eclectic mix that keeps us inspired and a little different to your average wedding planner. We offer a completely bespoke service: full or partial wedding planning or we can simply style and design the day. We also offer personal styling sessions to help brides find the perfect dress. We are talking to a number of newly engaged couples and are super excited to start planning their special days, but couldn't possibly reveal any of their closely guarded secrets ….



13 Wedding Transportation Ideas

13 Wedding Transportation Ideas
13 Wedding Transportation Ideas13 Wedding Transportation Ideas13 Wedding Transportation Ideas13 Wedding Transportation Ideas

Your wedding transport might not be at the top of your wedding planning to-do list but give it a little thought and it can be a great way to make a entrance on your big day. Whether for the bridal party or groomsmen arriving at the ceremony, or the bride and groom entering the reception, choosing a unique style of wedding transport can really make your wedding, and your wedding photos, truly memorable. Below we've listed just some of our favorite wedding transport ideas. For more inspiration, click through the gallery.


The classic wedding day transport option, a limousine is ideal if you're wearing a large ball gown and need as much spare room as possible. You can also opt for a stretch if you want to arrive in the same car as your wedding party.

Vintage Car

Whether it's a VW convertible, a classic Rolls-Royce or a retro mini, a vintage car is bound to make a statement and set the tone for the style of your wedding. Plus, how often do you get to ride around in a vintage car? Driving to your wedding will feel like a once-in-lifetime journey. 

Horse and carriage

If you aiming for a fairytale theme for your wedding, it won't be complete without arriving in a horse and carriage. Perfect for the brides dreaming of being Cinderella on their wedding day.

Kombi van

The retro van is perfect for brides looking for a laid-back bohemian wedding, plus with its spacious interior, your bridal party will also be able to come along for the ride. 

Scooter or motorbike

For the daredevil brides out there, arriving at your wedding on a scooter or motorbike is guaranteed to grab your guests attention. Plus it'll makes for fantastic wedding photos of you and your groom. This mode of transport though does come with a wedding dress warning as it's not very ball gown or wedding train friendly. You've been warned! 

Double-decker bus

Perfect for transporting not just the bride and groom, but the whole wedding party, a double-decker bus is a fun way to make the most of every minute of the wedding and mingle with guests while you travel from the ceremony to the reception.


If you want a wow-factor, no type of transportation makes more of a statement than arriving in a helicopter. Ideal for remote wedding locations, arriving in a helicopter is bound to make sure your guests remember your wedding for years to come.