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The Guy’s Guide to Engagement Ring Gemstones

Thinking of popping the questions but not sure which gemstone will make your beloved’s eyes pop? Read on to learn about diamonds and gemstones–which ones are birthstones, their colors, and their meanings! This quick guide should get you started on your quest for the perfect ring! Go get ’em, Tiger! Hey, John! HELP! Engagement season

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Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Part 6: 2011 to 2024

In this last chapter, let’s look at what has trended for bridesmaids’ dresses as well as the predictions for next year’s trends. If you are a bride or a bridesmaid, read this series to determine which styles and colors appeal to you…and which don’t. Knowing this makes it easier for you to identify what you

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Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Part 5: 2000 to 2010

AHA! We finally made it to this century! While brides still select the color scheme, let’s see how much freedom brides give their bridesmaids to wear what they want within that color scheme. Read on to find out more style trends! We started in 625 B.C. During the Roman Empire, bridesmaids were part of the

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retro Barbie fashions

Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Part 4: 1950-2000.

When America economically prospers, hemlines are raised! In the Roaring 20’s and the Baby Boom of the 1950s, America experienced a booming economy and shorter skirts. Think glamorous Barbie in the late 1950s and you catch the vibe. Read on to find out more! Although the Barbie doll didn’t debut at the American International Toy

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Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Part 3: 1905-1945

When King Edward succeeded his mother, Queen Victoria, bridal fashions changed rapidly. In fact, in the first half of the 1900s, bridesmaids dresses changed more times than in the entire 1800s! Read on to find out more! In Part 2, we followed the all white dresses trend which slowly changed to bridesmaids’ dresses in colors.

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Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Part 2: The Victoria Era

Until 1840 when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, brides and bridemaids wore dresses in every concievable color and pattern. When the queen married her prince, she wore a beautiful white dress which set a whole new fashion trend that we still see today! Read on to find out how this trend came to be! In

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2024 Wedding Trends: A 2 Piece Wedding Dress!

While this trend dates back to 1978 when a hood was detachable from a wedding dress to create two different looks, for 2024 this trend is coming back with several fabulous options! Read on to find out more! Hey, Christie! Alex and I are getting married next summer at Ainsworth House & Gardens. Yes! Is

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Super Cool Wedding Trend: The Flower Grandpa and Flower Grandma!

To honor the special roles their grandparents have played in their lives, more brides and grooms are asking a beloved grandparent to be their esteemed Flower Grandpa or Flower Grandma at their weddings. Find out more about this sweet wedding trend! Hey, Christie! Michael and I are getting married at Ainsworth House & Gardens next

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2024 Engagement Ring Trends!

Every year, jewelry designers create even more beautiful engagement ring trends! Check out these trending designs for 2024. The vast majority of engagements occur between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. Be ready with an on trend engagement ring to propose to your beloved! Hey, John! This New Year’s, I’m planning on asking Melissa to marry me.

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Hilarious Epic Married Name Fails

Sometimes, real life is funnier than any situation comedy. Epic married name fails are a case in point! Read on to find out how getting married can have humorous side effects. (Besides, this is break from all the serious wedding planning you’re doing. Right? Right!) When two people with very interesting last names get married,

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California Poppy

Your Summer Birth Month Flowers & Your Wedding!

Each month of summer has two birth month flowers. Read on to find out how you can include these flowers in your wedding! (P.S.–If a cherished family member or friend passed on, you could honor them by including their birth month flower in your bouquets!)   Hey, Christie! Andrew and I are getting married next

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sweet pea flowers for wedding arrangements

Your Spring Birth Month Flowers & Your Wedding!

One way to select your wedding flowers is to consider the birth month flowers for you and your partner! Read on to find out the six fabulous birth month flowers for Spring! Hey, John! Casey and I are getting married next May at Ainsworth House & Gardens. Right now, we are working on flowers. We’ve

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wedding carnations in 3 colors, lavender, white, and red

Your Winter Birth Month Flowers & Your Wedding!

Winter–January, February, and March–have the most gorgeous birth month flowers of the year! Find out what these beautiful flowers are and how you can include them in your wedding any time of year! Hey, Christie! Craig and I are getting married at Ainsworth House & Gardens. Yeah!!!! And then this came up: My sister mentioned

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Your Autumn Birth Month Flowers & Your Wedding!

Did you know that in addition to your birthstone you have 1 or 2 birth month flowers? Each flower has a meaning! For that reason, you might want to include your birth month flowers in your wedding. Read on to find out more! Hey, John! Barbara and I are renewing our vows next Christmas at

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Agapanthus, or Lily of the Nile or Blue African Lily

The 8 Most Gorgeous Flowers for Your September Wedding!

September is a wonderful month to get married at Ainsworth House & Gardens in Oregon City, Oregon! The days are still crisp and clear while being cooler than the warmth of summer. To help you plan, here is a list of 8 beautiful, in-season flowers for your September wedding! Hey, Christie! Tyler and I are

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Wait! Do I NEED a Dowry?

The custom of a dowry is older than the Ancient Roman Empire. Read on to find out if it’s still practiced in United States today. Hey, Christie!!!!!!!!! I don’t know what to do. Please help me! I am engaged to Hudson, a wonderful guy. He earned his bachelor’s in European history and loves sharing his

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Our Favorite Wedding Songs

Like almost everything in life, what is “on trend” can change at any time. Here is a list of music for weddings that is on trend in 2023. Read on & learn more! Hey, John! Laurie and I are working on our wedding playlist. Could you help us out by finding the favorite wedding music

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7 Sweet Tips for Your Tech-Savvy, Wedding

Hosting a tech Saavy wedding is not only on trend, it makes your wedding more sustainable! Read on to find out more! Hey, John! My fiancée, Liz, and I are both software engineers. Since we are comfortable with technology and starting to plan our fall 2024 wedding, are there ways we can use technology to

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