THE 4CS OF PICKING OUT AN ENGAGEMENT RING

Marilyn Monroe famously sang, "Diamonds are a girl's best friend." That line couldn't be truer as your significant other presents you with a gorgeous rock in the form of an engagement ring.

But have you ever wondered what goes into picking the right diamond for your ring? There is a science to it, something known as the "4Cs". If you haven't heard of the acronym yet, here is Harsanik's simple breakdown that will come in handy as you—or your fiancé to be!—are imagining the ring of your dreams.

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THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO YOUR WEDDING DAY SHOT LIST

Here's a fact. You're going to take an infinite number of photos on your wedding day. Prepare yourself (and your mouth, for the record!) to smile ear to ear from AM to PM. But the great news is that it won't be so hard to do, right?

What may be a little difficult to keep track of is the actual photos you are taking, since that's more or less up to your photography crew. However, as much as your photographer is going to capture every second of the Big Day, it may be a good idea to get a list together of who or what you'd like to take photos of so that no important or special moment is missed. And, it'll also be helpful for your photographer to have this list on hand so he or she could better organize his or her own check list for your event.

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The team at Harsanik has compiled a photo guide to help you compile your shot list for your wedding day.

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CHRISTINE'S STORY: CHOOSING OUR WEDDING FAVORS

Wedding favors are an easy and simple way to show gratitude for your guests. After all they do to be there for you, you want to show them that you care and that you are thankful. When it came to favors we wanted to stay away from chocolates, which are traditionally used as wedding favors. We wanted to have something that people would not only like but that they would keep.

Christine's Bridal Shower Favors

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THE ART OF CALLIGRAPHY

From wedding invitations to place and escort cards, we love the look of handwritten calligraphy. Calligraphy adds a personal touch and sense of style with beautiful handwritten lettering and creative design. The art of calligraphy has been around for thousands of years but recently calligraphy, in traditional form as well as with modern twists, has become a major trend in the wedding industry.

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We spoke with Los Angeles based calligrapher, Angela Kazanchyan, at truly.madly.ink. (formerly known as Angela Calligraphy) to share all the details about the art of calligraphy. Here's our interview...

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6 OUTFIT IDEAS FOR YOUR BRIDAL SHOWER

The moment you are dubbed "bride to be," consider yourself the center of attention leading up to the Big Day. You'll soon realize your wardrobe, too, will need a bridal refresh as events galore begin to populate your calendar.

One of the most special occasions tied to your wedding is your bridal shower, where your outfit should be a representation of your personality and/or theme. As you start envisioning your outfit, consider these trends that'll make you standout from your guests and add a unique flare to your attire.

1. Lace

Lace screams bridal! This midi dress from Lulu's with a floral lace bodice and beige lining is the perfect blend of sweet and fun.

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TALAR'S STORY: BOOKING OUR HONEYMOON

Serj and I couldn't have been any more different when it came to suggesting places for our honeymoon. The two things we did know were that we did not care to go any island or water related location and we did not want to go immediately after our wedding. So we each had a suggestion. Serj wanted to go to Europe, specifically France and Italy, and I wanted to go to somewhere adventurous such as South Africa. 

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PROPOSAL TIPS TO MAKE HER SAY YES!

Whether you're a lucky fellow on the brink of proposing or an enamored girlfriend dreaming of the moment when he'll pop the question, it's never a bad thing to envision what your proposal will look like, is it?

Getting engaged to your significant other is one of the most important decisions you'll make. So we recommend you give the proposal a bit of thought since this will be one story that your bride-to-be will be sharing over and over...

Proposal Tips

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So you've talked to her friends and family, swearing them to secrecy, and have picked out the ring. You're almost there. However, you may be wondering where to even begin start piecing together "the moment"? One easy way to start is by thinking of it all as a moment in time, sort of like a still image. What would you want your picture to look like? We've put together a few tips for you to consider:

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17 IRISH WEDDING CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS

There are many wedding traditions around the world. These traditions vary from culture to culture, nation to nation. Incorporating traditions or customs into your wedding, add meaning and history to your special day. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we're sharing some of our favorite Irish wedding traditions.

1. Claddagh Ring:

The Claddagh ring is an old Irish tradition. The Claddagh ring is either passed down from one generation to the next or given by Irish men to their girlfriends. The ring represents love, friendship, and loyalties. Single girls wear the ring on their right hand with point of the heart facing the fingertip. When in a relationship, the ring is flipped to face the wrist, symbolizing that the heart has been captured and the lady is not available. When engaged to be married, the ring is switched to the left hand with the point of the heart facing the fingertip. Lastly, at the wedding the ring is flipped to face the wrist! This is similar to the Armenian tradition of wearing the engagement ring on the right hand and moving it to the left hand at the wedding.

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5 IDEAS FOR A ROMANTIC WEDDING

As we transition into a new season and spring forward, take a whiff around you—love is definitely in the air!

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If you're planning your summer or fall nuptials and are brainstorming potential décor ideas, there's nothing easier or simpler to execute than the classic theme of "Romance." Your wedding day is already a celebration of love... why not amplify it and share the romantic vibes with your guests?

Check out the categories below to help you build your vision on the most romantic day of your life. We hope you love them as much as we do!

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TALAR'S STORY: BUYING ALCOHOL FOR OUR WEDDING

Our venue, Metropol Banquet hall, similar to many other halls requires us to bring our own alcohol. Some may think that this is an easy task, but I can assure you that it isn't. First, there was deciding what type of alcohol we wanted. We knew we wanted vodka and whiskey, but didn't know if we wanted red or white wine, or both. We decided on red wine only.

Wedding Reception at Metropol Banquet Hall

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