Setting A Budget For Your Wedding Ring

If you look online, you can find lots of information on different websites on how much to spend on an engagement ring, as well as how to get the most for your money. However, there is not a lot of information on how much you should spend on a wedding ring, so here is some advice to help you decide on how much you should spend on your wedding rings.

Consider Your Lifestyle

You will want to take into account your lifestyle when deciding on the rings that you will wear, as this will dictate on how much wear and tear your rings will receive. If you are always active and have lots of things to do, you may wish to consider a type of metal for your ring that is strong and durable and will not scratch or dent easily. Platinum is an excellent choice for this, and you can find platinum wedding rings for her and him relatively easily, but they are at the more expensive end of the scale. A great alternative is Palladium, which is just as robust and durable as Platinum, but lighter and also much cheaper.

Sometimes Less Is More

For many people, the engagement ring is where the budget is spent, as this is often more ornate and fancy than the wedding ring. Because of this, you will not want to detract away any attention from the engagement ring so choosing an understated and simple ring to complement it is usually a good alternative. Rather than spending more money on a flashy wedding ring, find your perfect engagement ring and then choose a complementary wedding ring that is going to be hard wearing and last you a lifetime.

More Money For Your Engagement Ring

When you choose a cheaper style of wedding ring, it also allows you to dedicate more of your budget to your engagement ring. You will often find that a quality jewellery company will usually even have sets of engagement rings and wedding rings which match perfectly to each other, without detracting from one another. When you purchase a set of rings like this, you can often get good deals on the set, so it is often a good way to make your budget stretch just a little bit further.

What You Can Afford

There are wedding rings that suit all types of budgets and tastes, so no matter how much money you have to spend there is a suitable alternative available for you if you look hard enough. However, your wedding day is something that will hopefully only come around once, so it is worth the extra effort to make sure that you buy the perfect wedding rings for each other. If you have to spend less on drinks and food to get the rings of your dreams, then maybe that is a sacrifice that you should be willing to make. It is, after all, your special day, so make sure that you get the perfect wedding ring to top off the perfect wedding day.

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Three Digital Entertainment Trends to Look Out for in 2017

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The world of digital media doesn’t seem to be slowing any time soon and as the number of UK households with access to the internet reaches almost 90% and three in four UK adults own a smart phone, there is little area of our lives that isn’t being affected by the move to all things digital.

From the way we order our Friday night take away to the way we transfer money – digital has well and truly become an everyday part of the average Briton’s life and it is only predicted to continue growing. 2016 saw the launch of the UK’s first Digital Entertainment Festival – running alongside the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe – further highlighting just how much is influenced by the digital sphere.

As with the years before, 2016 has been another year for digital firsts and as we look forward into 2017 the way we consume our entertainment is about to undertake it’s biggest make-over yet.

Goodbye to TV Packages

2016 was the first year that some of the world’s most popular television series were never actually shown on television – but rather through apps, the internet or the ever-popular smart TVs. So many people are switching to the internet to catch their favourite shows that for the first time in it’s history the BBC made the controversial decision to charge a TV license for on demand and catch up television.

Many of the UK’s entertainment providers have been quick to jump on the digital bandwagon, launching apps and “red button” style on-demand services – however with some of the biggest names in entertainment streaming launching their own television shows, experts impatiently anticipate what British television providers will pull out the bag in 2017.

The Reduction of Highstreet Booking Shops

2016 saw the merger of two of the biggest high street bookies – which is predicted to close almost 400 booking shops up and down the country. Figures have shown that an increasing amount of revenue comes from online gambling, whilst the revenue from physical betting shops is decreasing year on year.

As the world of gambling follows the rest of the entertainment industry into the digital sphere, 2017 is thought to bring even more options to the market – and with so many attractive sign up bonuses to chose from, we can only guess that revenue from online gambling will continue to increase throughout 2017 and beyond – if you find yourself stuck sifting through the many sites, offers and bonuses www.allgamblingsites.com offers a useful guide.

Wish you Were Here

Live streaming has been available to smartphone users for a couple of years now, however as seen in 2016 the practice is becoming increasingly popular and is now available across a number of our social media platforms. Gone are the days of sharing photos of our holiday or favourite concert through various social media pages – now with live streaming we can share our experiences with loved ones, live as it happens.

In addition to the launch of live streaming across multiple platforms, 2017 is predicted to be the year VR (virtual reality) becomes part of our everyday entertainment – with smartphone users soon being able to upload their own 360 degree photos – potentially changing the way we consume entertainment for the foreseeable future.

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A Look at the Most Stylish and Popular Pattern and Colour Trends for Autumn/Winter 2016

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The autumn and winter season is definitely upon us, and this is the perfect time to dress according to the trends of this magical season. Have you taken out your wardrobe for the season yet? If you haven’t, it’s time to get those knee-high boots out and stay warm and comfy yet stylish in the best winter dresses, coats, and jackets. But first – it’s also time to get to know the trends when it comes to colours and patterns. Needless to say, there are certain colours and patterns which are beginning to stand out. To establish your perfect look for the season, here’s what you need to know about autumn/winter 2016’s colour and pattern trends. 

The hottest patterns and prints for A/W 2016

Granted, there are many patterns and prints from which you can choose, but according to the experts, there are two main patterns and prints that you should be watching out for: the Prince of Wales checkered pattern, and the ever-popular animal print. The Prince of Wales checkered print has always been a classic, but this season, it has made a definite surge in popularity. But apart from the Prince of Wales check, there are other patterns currently making waves, such as the Houndstooth pattern, the well-loved plaid, and tartan.

When it comes to prints, animal prints are definitely ‘in’ once again. Animal prints are the epitome of style this season, with many famous designers making use of animal prints for all-in-one looks.

The hottest colours for autumn

Autumn is known for its colours, and this season’s colours are a varied combination as well. Pantone colours such as Riverside and Aurora Red are some of the most popular, but there are other colours which offer a great look as well. Let’s start with Riverside – Riverside blue is immensely popular, especially with its cool, strong, and calming effect. Aurora Red, on the other hand, is fast becoming a favourite of fashionistas simply because it’s an unforgettable colour – bold, bright, yet sensual at the same time.

Yet one more colour which is making waves this autumn and winter season is Lush Meadow, which, as its name implies, is a rich, almost (but not quite) emerald green. This vibrant, striking colour is not only beautiful – it’s chic and sophisticated as well.

Other colours, such as Airy Blue, Dusty Cedar, and Spicy Mustard are exceedingly popular, as confirmed by style experts at www.jdwilliams.co.uk. Airy Blue, for one, is similar in shade to sky blue, and this light and relaxing colour is a great autumn/winter choice. Dusty Cedar is an attractive reddish-brown colour, which also evokes memories of spring. Another colour, Spicy Mustard, is a nod to the harvest season, with its yellowish tinge that goes well with geometric, abstract accents.

 

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The Most Essential Factors You Need to Consider when Choosing a Diamond Engagement Ring

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If you’ve decided to ask your beloved to spend the rest of her life with you – if you’re ready to make that commitment – then it pays to think about the process of choosing an engagement ring. It’s a momentous occasion, after all, and it should be considered carefully. Diamonds may or may not be a girl’s best friend (depending on the girl, of course), but choosing the wrong diamond engagement ring is really not the best way to start a life-long commitment. So what exactly should a prospective husband be looking for? For those who want to put their best foot forward, here are the most essential factors you need to consider when choosing a diamond engagement ring.

Think of shape first

A diamond can be cut into various shapes – from more or less round, to oval, to more angular such as square or rectangular. Round ones are the most popular, so in case of doubt, go for the round one. Unless your precious one has a specific shape in mind (and you are sure she prefers it), stick with the round one. On the other hand, buying her a diamond that does not conform to the traditional does make the diamond original.

Does size matter?

Yes – but make sure you stick with your budget and don’t think that buying the biggest stone in the shop automatically means you’re getting the best deal. There are a lot of other factors involved, such as cut, shape, colour, and other factors that affect quality. Furthermore, since it’s an engagement ring (which, we assume, will be worn for a long time to come), it should not interfere with her everyday activities.

On quality

Many factors affect quality, such as cut (which is basically a mark of the workmanship), colour (most people prefer the colourless – or white – variety) and clarity (which is usually determined last and graded in different ways). The quality of the stone is highly dependent on the person who made the rough diamond into the stone it is one the ring.

You may also want to consider where the diamond comes from – where in the world it was mined, which company cut it, and how it actually came to be in your hands and eventually around your loved one’s finger. Ask for certificates – not just to ascertain that it is, in fact, a real diamond you’re going to give, but also to ensure that you have indeed the right size, right grain, right amount of carats, right colour, and right clarity. It’s all about making sure you’re getting what you’re paying for when it comes to diamond engagement rings, after all. You’re making a commitment (in more ways than one), so it should be done the right way. Congratulations in advance!

 

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The Tech That’s Changing The Face Of Business

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There’s never been a point in history where the progress of technology has sat still, and in 2016 it’s evolving at a truly incredible rate! Barely ten years ago touch-screen phones were considered something revolutionary. Now, we can wear similar devices on our wrists! If you want your business to be as successful as possible, then you need to be on top of all the relevant tech trends. Here’s some of the ways that tech is changing business.

3D Printing

Although the initial hype explosion over this tech has settled, 3D printing is a niche that’s growing at an incredible speed. International shipments for 3D printers doubled in the year 2015, and have doubled again in 2016. With this massive expansion, user adoption is also expected to grow. Like many entrepreneurs, you might see 3D printing as a form of manufacturing. If you’re not in the secondary sector, you don’t have to worry, right? Wrong! While 3D printing has made a huge splash in the manufacturing sector, it’s also going to revolutionise the way we create prototypes. More and more medical applications are also coming to light. Furthermore, the equipment required for 3D printing is expected to become progressively cheaper, meaning reduced costs for any business that utilises it.

Drones

Drones have only really come into the public’s eye in recent years. When you first saw one of these things whizzing around the sky, you probably saw it as a toy; at best a niche hobby. These days, there are countless business applications opening up for them, and some of the biggest corporations are gobbling it up. Amazon Prime Air is poised to change the way we order products online forever. Some universities are looking into robotic drones, capable of acting as tour guides for their campuses. Drones have made a huge impact on the construction industry as well, with BIM systems and aerial photography of construction sites. Although there are still a few legal grey areas tied to drones, they’re certainly not going to disappear!

Wearable Tech

Google Glass may be defunct, but this certainly hasn’t marked the death of wearable tech. The release of the Apple Watch in 2015 marked the start of a smartwatch craze that’s only expected to grow. When enough people adopt this kind of tech, more and more mobile searches will be voice-activated and more dependent on geographical location. This is expected to completely change the SEO niche, and the way all kinds of businesses tackle their marketing. Interactive content will skyrocket in demand, with virtual data being blended with the real world. Furthermore, we may see a big shift in web design, and a totally new format of app which will be more friendly to wearable tech. This may sound irritating if you’ve only just hit your digital marketing on the head. However, it will pay off big time to start preparing for this kind of tech.

There’s no real way to predict how the evolution of technology will impact your bottom line. However, planning ahead is always a good idea!

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