Monthly Archives: April 2016


Advice for After the Wedding and Honeymoon

Wedding planning is all at once exhilarating and stressful. There are a million details that you may never have previously thought about. Nor knew how important something particular may be for your special day. Once it’s all over, hopefully you have a million awesome pictures and even more awesome memories to last a lifetime.

But what happens when the honeymoon is over? And it’s just the two of you? Where do you turn for advice?

Many younger couples tend to live together prior to their wedding. However, some do not. Suddenly waking up next to someone on a daily basis may need some adjustment. There will be good days, bad days, wonderful days and boring days. It’s important to remember that marriage is a long, winding road with bumps and turns. One day will be smooth. The next might be lousy. And you won’t always get along. Here are some common but sometimes overlooked issues you will probably face after the honeymoon is done.

Talk about Finances: Have a talk about debts, spending habits, budgeting, and whether or not you’ll have joint banking accounts.

Reconnect with Friends and Family: Wedding planning can be long and drawn out. You sometimes don’t realize that you’ve been neglecting your friends. Now is the time to wind down and get back to socializing with friends, family, and even other couples.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: It is important to pick your battles wisely. This is especially important. It is common to go through arguments about things. But don’t let it carry over to the next day.

Cry Around Each Other: Crying in front of the other person is a milestone. Especially an ugly cry- it means that you’re totally at ease with one another.

It’s Okay to Have Alone Time: Everyone gets moody. It’s okay to just take a second to yourself. Or a minute, or an hour. But try not to take more than an hour. Things can fester. As mentioned before, it’s better to resolve a dispute sooner rather than later.

Sounds easy – doesn’t it? Hopefully there will be plenty more good days than bad. Building a happy life can be hard work. It may even be easy at times. But it definitely will not be the same for every couple.

Best of luck to all!


What Do You Know About Palladium?

Novell palladium wedding bands

Novell’s American-created wedding bands can be made in platinum, palladium or gold. Just ask your local retailer!

Just about ten years ago, Novell Design Studio started offering palladium as an option for our precious metal wedding bands. Not all manufacturers or jewelers work with palladium well, but we’ve been very successful utilizing it. Surprisingly, its popularity has had highs and lows. It really is a great choice for your wedding band when platinum is not an option, but has yet to catch on among the brides and grooms-to-be. At bridal jewelry events all across the country, consumers do ask about this white metal. However, most choose white gold even though palladium may be the better selection.

If you haven’t heard of palladium, here are some basic facts:

  • Palladium is a precious metal, so it can be resized and refinished. Alternative metals such as titanium or tungsten cannot be sized.
  • Palladium is part of the Platinum Group Metals family.
  • Palladium is naturally white. Keep in mind that white gold is not, and may turn yellow over time.
  • Palladium is hypoallergenic.
  • Although similar looking to platinum, palladium is not as dense.
  • Platinum is the superior metal for bridal jewelry. Palladium is a good choice if platinum is not an option due to its price.

Need more help? Take a peek at our metals chart to compare the pros and cons of all popular wedding band metals side-by-side.


The 5 Stages Of Getting Invited To A Destination Wedding

Well, here it is! The wedding season is upon us, especially since Spring has rolled in. As the weather warms and the snow melts, you can actually feel nuptials in the air. These days, destination weddings are very popular. But not everyone can afford it. So what’s one to do if they get invited, but unsure if they can afford the expense?

Elite Daily’s new video 5 Stages Of Getting Invited To A Destination Wedding is a humorous interpretation of how many might feel after getting a destination wedding invitation in the mail. Sometimes there’s happiness and joy. But sometimes there’s anxiety or issues. Which side of the fence are you on?


Dream Big for Your Destination Wedding!

Most little girls dream of meeting a prince, marrying a millionaire or having a destination wedding that will be truly unforgettable. Of the three, the latter is probably the most realistic. All over the world, there are all sorts of unusual places that double as seriously impressive spots where you can say “I do.” Imagine the pictures!

Well, you don’t have to imagine any more. Elite Daily’s new article These Badass Destination Weddings Take Fairytale Endings to a New Level features breathtaking images of truly spectacular destination wedding settings. They will inspire you to think outside the box. Dream big! Why not tie the knot in a stunning locale that will make your special day simply unforgettable?