30 September 2014
I have such a treat for you today – diamond wedding jewellery and lots of it – with 15% off for Monty Manatee Blog readers. They’re diamonds but as not as you know them. Instead of being traditionally set, these beautiful rocks hang from their chains and frames like gems. They’re available from brand new Antwerp-based company Nude Diamond and shipped out worldwide with no postage cost to you. The company is so new that their launch party was just a few weeks ago. We are lucky enough to have an interview with Fabrice Elfassy, one of the co-founders. See the bottom of the post for your exclusive discount coupon – valid until December 2014.
Interview with Nude Diamond
Monty Manatee Weddings: Hi Fabrice, to begin with could you tell us a bit about how your company, how you got started and what sort of products you offer?
Fabrice: Gary Pill and myself founded Nude Diamond this year, but the concept for this collection goes back to a few years ago actually. Aside from the technical challenge of unsetting diamonds, there was also a question of whether the market was ready to take in such a different kind of jewellery. In the end, here we are and we must say that the response is beyond our expectations! Our collection, only available on www.nude-diamond.com, comprises rings and engagement rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. All our pieces are customizable, from the size and number of diamonds, to the gold color. And we ship around the world for free!
MMW: Your jewellery designs are gorgeous, really different. Tell me about the inspiration behind your ranges
Fabrice: The general concept behind Nude Diamond is to create modern, simple, sensual jewellery. So hopefully people can see that at first glance when they look at our pieces. Then I’d say the inspiration for our ranges essentially comes from the diamonds themselves…For instance marquise-shaped diamonds can make us think of an eye, so we designed the Esmeralda necklace to look like an “eye of Fatima”…Then we just designed the Shamal earrings to match with the Esmeralda necklace, so they could be worn together.
Other times, if we can put our hands on unique, singular diamonds, then the stone is the design, like for the Stephanie and Audrey necklaces.
MMW: Which are your most popular designs?
We get a lot of demand for all of our ring models, because they can be worn as regular accessories or as engagement rings! And they fit all budgets, which is a something very important to us. We find out that people like to make up their own stories when they customize their ring too: 2 diamonds to symbolize a union, 3 diamonds for the birth of a third child. And the list goes on…
Other than the rings, we sell a lot of Lueur and Esmeralda necklaces, and Venus bracelets too…
MMW: What should couples look for when choosing diamond jewellery to ensure they get the best quality?
When choosing diamond wedding jewellery, we refer to the Four C’s (cut, clarity, color, carat) as the international standard.
You must know that each diamond is carefully examined and appraised before we buy it. By doing so, not only do we guarantee diamond quality but also best value-for-money.
MMW: Do you offer bespoke services for couples getting married? If so, what’s the best way for them to get in touch with you?
We do! In fact, we recently received a request from a lady in the UK who wanted us to design a bespoke model for her, using the diamond from an old family ring. After removing the diamond from its setting, we then created a specific necklace design for her diamond and just gave it a new life. The easiest way to get in touch with us is to e-mail us at email@example.com, with the details of your request, and we’ll happily help you make your own, personalized piece.
MMW: The nude diamond official launch has just taken place. How did it go?
It was a glam-chic, red carpet event with lots of fabulous guests, great music (and lots of bubbles too!)
Cherry on the cake, was when one of the attendants was lucky enough to go back home with a Nude Diamond necklace around her neck! The launch was last Friday night and it was a blast! Check out the pics on our Facebook page:
Here is your 15% off coupon. Click to get to the Nude Diamond website:
31 August 2014
Elizabeth and Robin got married at the Carbis Bay Hotel in St Ives in June of this year. We’ve got an amazing interview with the bride about how the couple met (on World of Warcraft), how they finally got together and the story of the dramatic proposal. Many thanks to their photographer David, from Alchemy photography.
World of Warcraft from Sweden to St Ives
Elizabeth: “We met in a quite unconventional way. We both enjoy playing computer games, one in particular; World of Warcraft. This is an online game where you can play with millions of people around the world. I met Robin whilst playing this game around 8 years ago. Our friendship blossomed and we became closer, until after a couple of years where we decided to meet! Robin lived in Sweden at the time and flew over to England to meet me and my family, after which we considered ourselves in a relationship. For a few years after this we both flew back and forth between England and Sweden until November 2011 when Robin finally decided to move to England.”
28 August 2014
The wedding wine you choose should compliment the food you and your guests will be eating on your big day. Personal tastes are obviously a factor in your decision, as is price, but for those of you really don’t know where to start, I thought I’d post this guide. It highlights wine which has been recommended by the Roberson Wine experts and gives you an idea of the types of food it can be paired with. A bit of wine knowledge never goes amiss, especially when you’ve got a lot of people to impress! (You don’t want them thinking “Oh my, I’d never have put a full-bodied red with sushi!!”) So drink and be merry on your wedding day, but do it in style!
26 August 2014
Do you really need to apply for a wedding loan to pull off a beautiful wedding? The answer could be no. Without a doubt, planning for your upcoming wedding is the most exciting time in anyone’s life. However, this excitement may dim a little when you look at your finances and realise that you’re in need of some budget-friendly tips to cut back on the costs to save some cash. After all, your wedding is just the start of your married life. More than ever, it is important that you start your life as a couple not financially burdened with debt.
Here are 7 cost-cutting, proven ideas to pull off a budget-friendly, but beautiful wedding:
Host at Home
Throwing a wedding party at the fanciest hotel might be a trend in your area, but it is growing in popularity. Getting married in your family home can be a beautiful and more intimate way to celebrate your union as a couple. Bringing together both families and your friends in this personal environment is casual, friendly and welcoming. Many couples choose to be married in a house of worship. This way, you can still have the ceremony where you want and invite guests back to your house for the wedding banquet.
Invitations, napkins, place cards, ceremony programs and the likes are all little details that many couples want to include, but they can actually end up costing you quite a bit of money. Visit your local craft shop not only to gain inspiration, but also to check out DIY kits. When you opt to make some of these fun features yourself, you save a lot on having to spend money to hire a professional to do it. This is where Pinterest comes into its own. And where you’ll waste days, even weeks of time browsing for ideas.
Choosing a wedding ring goes far beyond buying a sentimental piece of jewellery. Not only does it consecrate a union of commitment and love, it also serves as a symbolic reminder that will sit with you for a lifetime. With such a joyous occasion ahead, founder of Vashi.com, Vashi Dominguez has put together a guide of five important things to consider when choosing the right wedding ring for you.
* Engagement Ring vs Wedding Band
* Matching Rings
Vashi’s top FIVE tips to choosing the right wedding ring for you
Style is down to individual taste and there is no wrong or right way to encapsulate this in your wedding ring. With that in mind, consider styles that you think you will love over time, especially if you think your taste is likely to evolve and change. Diamond encrusted rings, gemstones or plain wedding bands are definitely ones to consider especially when deciding between a more traditional or trend-led wedding ring. It’s important to do your research and once you’ve narrowed it down, you can shop for the best quality ring and style that will have you delighted for years to come.
Singer Alicia Keys sealed her vows with a stylish three tiered canary and white diamond wedding band in platinum. Away from the traditional plain wedding band, Alicia has encapsulated the presence of her dazzling 7 carat canary diamond engagement ring into an elegant and classy wedding band that can stand on its own.
Diamond and Blue Sapphire Wedding Ring – £799