How do you know you’re ready for ‘I Do?’

How do you know you’re ready for ‘I Do?’

Marriage is a huge step in a relationship. If you’re at the point in yours where you’re considering tying the knot, you might be wondering if you’re truly ready. After all, marriage is a lifelong bond. Taking that next step might seem a little frightening. So, how do you know you’re really ready to get hitched? Here are the eight major signs that you’re ready to say “I Do.”

  1. Your Communication Skills Are Top Notch

Communication is perhaps the most important element of making a long-term relationship work. When you have trust and openness with your partner, you can talk about anything with them. When you can talk openly and honestly in your relationship, you’ll avoid many problems and be able to clear up your disagreements much more easily, as well as be able to understand your partner’s perspective.

  1. You Accept Each Other For Who You Are

This might seem like a simple one, but not every couple can check this one off the list. Some people might like their partner, but think of them as more of a “fixer upper.” Or they might think that marriage will change them, and all the problems in their relationship will go away once they exchange vows. But this kind of wishful thinking is merely fantasy. Marriage does not magically change a person. Before you say “I do,” make sure you love your partner for who they already are, flaws and all.

  1. You’re On The Same Page About The Future

Marriage is about spending the rest of your life together, so you need to make sure you and your partner have similar plans for the future. This can be everything from whether or not the two of you want children, to where you ultimately want to live, to how you like to save and spend your money. Whatever your plans for the future are, you’ll want to be sure you and your partner are on the same page.

  1. They Lift You Up

A healthy relationship should make you feel like the best version of yourself. Being with someone who believes in you and cheers you on (in all aspects of your life) can drastically improve your life. If your partner supports you and makes you feel like a winner, you’ll have a much happier life together.

  1. You Know You’re Ready To Stop Playing The Field

If you’re thinking of getting married, you’re also thinking about the end of your dating life as you once knew it. Since marriage is a lifelong commitment, you need be confident that you’re done with dating other people before you make or accept a proposal.

  1. You Want A Marriage, Not Just A Wedding

Are you excited about the thought of spending the rest of your life with your partner, or just excited about the wedding day festivities? A wedding should be merely the side effect of having found your partner, not the main thing you want. Make sure it’s your partner you’re excited about and not just the idea of an extravagant party.

  1. Your Family And Friends Approve

Marriage is not just a merging of two people. There’s a common saying that when you marry someone, you also marry their family. Before you say “yes” to marriage, make sure your trusted friends and family approve of your partner.

  1. You Can’t Imagine Your Life Without Them

The last, and most telling, sign of whether you are ready to say “I Do” is if you can’t imagine your life with out your partner. If, when you think of your future, you simply can’t imagine a life without your partner in it, you might be ready to finally tie the knot. If you can’t see a future without them, it’s probably time to ask them if they feel the same way.

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Once you know you’re ready to pop the question, there are only two things left to do: plan the proposal and get the perfect ring!

RECAP: The 2016 EMMY’s Red Carpet Fashion & Jewelry

RECAP: The 2016 EMMY’s Red Carpet Fashion & Jewelry

The 68th Emmy Awards hosted by Jimmy Kimmel back in September 2016 were filled with Trump mockery and heartfelt speeches, while the cast of Stranger Things passed out sandwiches on bicycles. Overall, a very cultural and fun-filled show. Big winners included Game of Thrones and Veep.It all started on the red carpet, however, where the stars arrived in award season fashion. Here’s a rewind of the noteworthy accessories styled with breathtaking gowns and some matching items you can find for yourself.

Kristen Bell

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In attendance for her role in the NBC show, The Good Place, Kristen Bell looked stunning in a Murad dress and a glittering cluster diamond bracelet. Similar to the diamond cuff sported by the actress is this brilliant princess-cut accent bracelet.

Tatiana Maslany
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This Orphan Black actress made a bold appearance on the carpet with a daring red Alexander Wang gown and subtle drop earrings. Resembling such are these white gold diamond strand earrings. She also impressed by taking home the award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Olivia Culpo
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Olivia Culpo brought the glam to the carpet with this strapless sheer Zac Posen gown. Her silver theme also carried on into her accessories. These white gold diamond drop earrings are a prototype of such shimmering earrings worn by Culpo.

Claire Danes
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Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, the Homeland star appeared on the carpet in an over-the-top gold Schiaparelli dress. Her look was up for debate, as some critics thought the gold was overdone, especially her spray tan. Things were toned down, however, as the metallic gown was paired with simple yet chic studs. Get Claire’s look with these white gold diamond halo stud earrings.

Miranda Kerr’s Engagement Ring – Get the Look with Natalie K!

Miranda Kerr’s Engagement Ring – Get the Look with Natalie K!

We looooooove Miranda Kerr‘s new engagement ring! She just got engaged to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel and announced it via Instagram.

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Want to get this classic look?! Look no further than your local Natalie K jewelry store. Seeing Miranda’s engagement ring and how vintage-looking it is made me go through the vault and I found some Natalie K dupes that will be sure to please. The sideways trapezoids are a classic look that we have several variations of. Check out these classic Natalie K engagement ring styles:

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These beautiful variations of this classic look can be ordered through your local Natalie K jeweler. Find a store here.

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3 Subtly Obvious Ways to Hint @ the Engagement Ring You Want

3 Subtly Obvious Ways to Hint @ the Engagement Ring You Want

Engagement rings and proposals are tricky because, of course, you want the proposal to be a complete surprise but, of course, you want the ring that you want. How do you find a happy medium between the two that doesn’t include you shopping for your own engagement ring with your future fiance? Some women prefer that approach which is great! For others, here are a few tips for leaving subtle, yet obvious clues as to exactly what engagement ring makes your heart sing.

1. Tape a Picture to the Fridge

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So simple. So obvious. Slightly devious. What person doesn’t visit their fridge at least once a day? This is especially subtle if you both have a lot of things on your fridge like magnets and pictures. Sneak in a pic of an engagement ring you’ve printed out from online or cut out of a magazine.

2. Tag Them Online

 

Feeling a little pink today. How about you? #NKrings #nataliek #rosegold #engagementring #diamonds #pinkdiamond #bridal

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Ahh the beauty of the digital age. See an engagement ring you love on Facebook, Twitter, or IG? Tag your sweetheart and call it a day!

3. Wear A Ring Similar to the One You Want

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Sometimes you have to just put it all out there. If you just so happen to see a sterling silver copy of the ring you want or something similar, buy it, wear it and make sure he notices. One of the girls here in our office did that and she said he definitely got the hint. So why not give it a shot?

How did you make sure your fiancè got the ring you wanted? Any clever tricks and tips to share? Let us know in the comments!