Tony Winyard: Master of Ceremonies

Tony Winyard: Award-winning Wedding DJ, Wedding MC and Celebrant

“Tony was brilliant, the music was brilliant, and he’s the ultimate professional. We didn’t want the party to end!”

If you want your wedding to be really fun, really different, and really special, or you’d like your guests to call it the ‘wedding of the year’ or even ‘best wedding ever’ then call Tony Winyard.

Tony is an award-winning wedding DJ, wedding MC and celebrant, although, for short, most happy couples call him the ‘wedding maker’. Because that’s exactly what he does: he makes a wedding. He makes it fun, he makes it memorable, he makes it exciting and enjoyable for everyone involved, including you, the wedding party and all your guests.

Which is why he was rated by couples as the ‘UK Wedding DJ of the Year’ at the Wedding Industry Awards.

“Whether I’m working as a wedding DJ, master of ceremonies or as a celebrant, my role is to orchestrate the experience. I’m partly a wedding planner and partly a wedding host with a bit of a toastmaster thrown in! It’s my job to create a fabulous atmosphere and to get people laughing, dancing and enjoying themselves. But most of all, it’s my job to ensure you have the absolute best day of your lives.” – Tony Winyard

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Essential Tips for Purchasing Engagement Rings

Essential Tips for Purchasing Engagement Rings

Buying an engagement ring can be an intimidating experience. For many of us, it is our first time buying a diamond or shopping for expensive jewellery. You want your proposal to be perfect, but you don’t know where to start when shopping for a ring. 

Fortunately, there are general tips you can follow to make a smarter engagement ring purchase. These tips are not only good for helping you avoid spending more than you need to, but they will also help you select the right ring.

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Start Planning

The cost is one reason shopping for an engagement ring can be so stressful. You might not have the money to pay for it yet, and you aren’t even sure about what you can afford. That is why you should plan the purchase at least a few months in advance. 

With time to prepare, you will be able to save money and set a budget. Start putting away a little money every time you get paid. If you can, find ways to earn a little extra money. Maybe you could take some extra hours at work or you could consider selling some things you no longer need. Even selling diamond jewellery you no longer wear or you inherited could be a great option here. 

Once you have a reasonable amount of money saved up, set a budget for the ring purchase and make sure you stick to it. It might be possible to finance part of the cost of an engagement ring, but you do not want to put yourself in deep debt just to get the ring. 

Learn About Diamonds

You should learn the basics about diamonds before you shop for an engagement ring. As it concerns this purchase, you will want to learn about the 4 Cs of diamond valuation: carat, cut, clarity and colour. 

You won’t be able to develop an expert eye before making a purchase, but you want to know what you are looking at. Furthermore, jewellers will use these terms when they are trying to explain the value of different diamonds and you will want to understand what they are talking about.

Consider the Ring

Beyond the stone, you will also need to consider the setting. You will have to choose a metal for the ring, and you also have a wide variety of engagement ring styles to choose from. 

As far as metals go, gold is the most popular material for the setting of an engagement ring. Other popular choices include sterling silver and platinum. Any one of these metals can make an attractive engagement ring, but they have different qualities. Before deciding, you should take the time to learn about the different metals.

For picking the right style of ring, consider her taste in jewellery. You could consider taking some pictures of rings she already has to show the jeweller. If she has a friend that knows her style well, you could ask the friend to come with you.

Compare Some of Your Options

You don’t want to buy from the first jeweller you find. Go to different jewellers and compare your options and the prices. You should also ask the jewellers if they have certificates to back the stones they are offering. When a diamond has a certificate, it means that it has been assessed by an independent agency and that will tell you it is genuine and that it is really worth the price.

Beyond that, you should also ask the jeweller about their guarantees. You might need to resize the engagement ring, and you want to know that the jeweller will do that for you. You should also ask if you can bring the ring back for a refund. If the ring needs to be returned, you want to know that you will be able to get some of your money back.

As an alternative to meeting jewellers in person, you could consider shopping for a ring online. With online shopping, you can compare more rings with less effort and there are a lot of options for online ring shopping. Some sites even let you design a custom engagement ring.

Buying an engagement ring is a big step, and you don’t want to get it wrong. As a final tip, consider bringing her with you when you go ring shopping. It might not be a surprise, but it will help you pick a ring that she is guaranteed to love.

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5 ideas for celebrating a postponed wedding day at home

5 ideas for celebrating a postponed wedding day at home

With lockdown forcing many soon-to-be-weds to move their wedding day, Jack Jahan, from jewellery specialists Ramsdens Jewellery, shares some tips for celebrating the original date at home.

If you’re one of the many people who’ve had to postpone their wedding plans because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s understandable to feel a little disheartened as the intended date gets closer.

However, rather than thinking about what could have been, why not use the occasion as another excuse to celebrate your future as a couple? This way, not only can you turn what was once a negative into a positive, but you can start the countdown to your delayed nuptials in style.

To help you out, I’ve put together a few ideas for celebrating your postponed wedding date at home.

Host a lovely, socially-distanced garden party

Here in the UK, lockdown conditions are starting to lift, allowing us to see people we don’t live with. At the time of writing, we’re allowed to see up to six other people from different households as long as we’re socially distanced and outdoors. This is subject to change so please check the current rules.

So, why don’t you and your partner invite four others from your wedding party for a lovely garden gathering on your original date? You could host some of your bridesmaids and groomsmen or both sets of parents. It will be a nice occasion surrounded by your nearest and dearest as you all look to the future and the real day further down the road. Just remember to practice social distancing!

Exchange gifts to mark the occasion

On your intended wedding day, you would have been exchanging vows and rings, which is why it’s a great idea to reflect this sentiment while celebrating your postponed date. One way of doing this is by exchanging some symbolic gifts that signify your love for each other.

For instance, you could buy matching jewellery, such as a necklace or bracelet, engraved with your initials and the date of your original wedding. That way, you’ll always be able to remember that you supported each other through a difficult time and your love triumphed despite the challenges. .

Organise an online wedding reception

While we’ve mentioned it’s possible to have a few friends and family around for a garden party, it’s also worth think about how to mark the occasion with people further away or who aren’t in your wedding party. You could organise an online wedding reception over video chat that gives everyone a chance to celebrate a day when they would have all been together.

Remember to let everyone know if you’d like to do something special on the video call in advance, whether it’s getting some champagne in for a few toasts or asking them to dress up for the occasion. You could even create some mock wedding invites that tell them the details, time and date of how and when you would like them to log on.

Bring a taste of your honeymoon to your home

If you were all set to go on a honeymoon abroad after your wedding, it’s likely you’ve had to delay that as well. But, don’t despair, as there are still ways you can celebrate at home. For example, if one of the activities you were looking forward to doing was hitting the spa, you could order a pampering kit for couples and enjoy an afternoon of rest and relaxation at home. Or, if you were heading to a foodie destination, like Italy, Mexico, or Spain, you might want to try recreating your favourite dishes in that cooking style or even seeing if a local restaurant does a delivery.

Have a private, low-key celebration

While there are plenty of fun ways to mark your original wedding date and share it with others, it’s also completely understandable if you’d prefer a low-key celebration with just the two of you. There are plenty of ideas for making a private moment a significant one, such as reading your original vows to each other or dancing to your wedding song together without everyone watching. Whatever you decide to do, remember to choose something that you both feel comfortable with.

There’s no two ways about it, delaying your wedding day will always be a disappointing moment. But when that original date rolls around, be sure to change that negativity into positivity together and celebrate the hopeful future of your marriage.

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