OUR LUSH LIST

Taa Dah!….

Our LUSH LIST is finally  launched!

A fabulous collection of our favourite Welsh Wedding suppliers. All hand picked by us and highly recommended by our readers.

LUSH LIST MAP

To access this awesome directory, press the LUSH LIST icon sitting on the right hand side (if viewing on a computer or tablet)- Scroll down if you are using a phone.

It looks like this:

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Simply click on it and it will take you to a page that looks like this:

lush list iconsSelect the category you need and then choose from our list of highly recommended suppliers.

All the companies listed have links to take you to their own websites, Facebook page & Twitter feed. This is a great way to follow them if you’d like to get to know them a bit more before booking.

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Most of these companies will already be featuring our approved vendor badge on their websites too. This is to give you peace of mind that we’ve either worked with them, Used their services or some of our readers have highly recommend them.

So, there you have it. We do hope you love it and find it a valuable resource to your wedding planning. Have a good look around the directory, click on a few links and let us know what you think. You can send us your feedback here.

We will be adding LOTS more suppliers to our LUSH LIST throughout the year so do keep popping back. We’ll also be inspiring you more by sharing their work over on our Facebook page.

If you run a lovely welsh wedding business (especially in North Wales!) and would like us to consider you for our Lush List. You can get in touch with us here.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday evening xxx

 

Alternative Engagement Rings

We know a few of you got engaged over the holidays, so SarahDIY bride Sarah is here with a guide to alternative engagement rings – in case a big sparkly diamond isn’t your cup of tea! :)

Ring shopping isn’t always as easy as it first appears. I remember being adament that I wanted  a princess cut diamond (that’s a square one for those not in the know), for years and years – but as soon as a tried one on I realised how stubby it made my fingers look. Similarly I thought solitaire diamonds were too boring and traditional, until I tried one on and thought “hrm, actually, this looks way better….”.

Not everyone knows what type of ring they want, and that’s okay! Some people don’t want to wear rings at all and some people want something a little less flashy than your traditional bling. Here at Cwtch we’re proud of the diversity of our readers, so I thought I’d put together a little round up of slightly more alternative engagement rings, for those people who don’t like or choose not to go with societal norms. After all, it would be boring if we were all the same, right? :)

Click on any photo to see a larger version and, where appropriate, a link to purchase it

Vintage rings

First up, the vintage rings! :) A lovely way of getting something unique, with a vintage ring you have the added bonus that you might get a wonderful story along with your new piece of jewellery, plus they tend to be a little cheaper – perfect if you’re on a tight budget or feel a little queasy at the idea of paying thousands for a ring.

Etsy is a great source for vintage engagement rings if you’re shopping online (you can even find some on eBay.) Alternatively pop into your local independent jewellery store – if they don’t have any they should at least be able to point you in the right direction :)

It doesn’t have to be a diamond

We say tradition shamition – if you don’t want a diamond (for ethical reasons perhaps) or simply don’t like the look of them that much then there are a wealth of other sparkles for you to choose from. Emeralds, sapphires, garnets – if everyone is different then why pigeonhole ourselves into only choosing one gemstone? :)

Plain & simple

 Don’t want a big sparkly thing at all? No problem! Your engagement ring doesn’t have to look like the stereotypical engagement ring to be an engagement ring, so if big gems aren’t your style try some of these alternatives instead.  You can get a sterling silver plain band for less than £7 if you’re not bothered about cost (and no one is saying you have to be! Your ring, your rules).

Of course if you do want a diamond but fancy something a little more subtle then this rose gold ring is a beautiful choice and uses an eco friendly diamond to boot! :)

Ethical choices

Speaking of eco friendly diamonds – it’s worth knowing where your diamond comes from before you hand over your credit card. Try and look for terms like eco friendly, ethical diamonds or green diamonds (not to be confused with the colour) as that should ensure that your diamond hasn’t come from a less than desirable place. You can even buy diamonds that have been grown in a lab now, as opposed to mined, with is a far more ethical choice! :)

Here are some of my favourites – Etsy has a great range of eco diamonds too (although a lot of them are based in the USA so don’t forget to factor postage costs into the equation if you decide to go down that route).

Would you choose an alternative engagement ring? Or did you go for something more traditional? :)

Love

Sarah