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authorized dealer

If you’re in the market for a high-end timepiece, it’s important to make your purchase from a reputable authorized dealer. Buying from a manufacturer-authorized retailer ensures that the timepiece you buy is new, genuine and covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, and that all the information you’re given about the timepiece is accurate.

You may be tempted to purchase a discounted watch on what’s called the “gray market” — a store (either online or brick and mortar) that is not an authorized retailer of that particular watch brand. When you buy from an unauthorized dealer, you have no way of knowing when the watch was made and what may have happened to it before it made its way to you.

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An authorized retail channel, on the other hand, works like this: A brand manufactures watches, which are sold to official distributors throughout the world. The distributor then sells the watches to authorized retailers, which sell the watches to retail customers.

When you purchase a luxury timepiece from an authorized dealer, you can trust that you are purchasing a new watch — one that has not been stolen, has a serviceable warranty and runs no risk of being repossessed.

An authorized agent provides:

  • Physical interaction with the timepiece — you can handle and try on the watch before you buy it
  • Easily comparable models/brands
  • Superior customer service and quick answers to questions
  • Coverage of a manufacturer’s warranty
  • Immediate gratification
  • Complementary sizing done correctly with watch purchase
  • Faster after-sales service
  • A personalized buying experience and a relationship with the agent
  • Access to manufacturer-authorized servicing. If you bring a watch purchased from an unauthorized dealer to be serviced by an authorized dealer, they will be unable to service the watch.

How can you tell if you’re working with an authorized dealer? 

authorized dealerThe majority of online dealers are offering grey market pieces. If a watch is offered at a discount you are most likely looking at a grey market timepiece.

The bottom line is: If you’re going to invest in an expensive timepiece, you should do so from a reputable, authorized dealer, like Eiseman Jewels.

To shop our incredible selection of authorized luxury timepieces, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

accessories blog

We could all use a little inspiration when it comes to polishing our look — and men are no exception. These 9 elegant-yet-masculine artisanal accessories will not only complement your current wardrobe — or the wardrobe of that special man in your life — but will prove useful in everyday life, as well.

William Henry Studio Pocket Knife

Men's Accessories

For a pocket knife that looks as sharp as it cuts, go with a piece from William Henry Studio. A study in elegance, each William Henry piece takes more than seven months to create, incorporates the work of more than 30 artisans and is individually and uniquely engraved.

Pens by Montegrappa

For more than a century, Montegrappa has provided its customers with a truly authentic and custom service. Using ages-old techniques and traditional tools, their craftspeople hand-engrave or hand-paint an image of your choosing on a high-quality writing instrument. The result is a work of art that’s like no other pen on Earth.

Deakin & Francis Cufflinks and Stud Set

Men's Accessories

The Sterling Silver Black Spinel Spider Cufflinks and Stud Set from Deakin & Francis add personality and style to any button-down shirt. Exquisitely crafted, these sterling silver spiders are encrusted with black spinel semi-precious stones and ruby eyes. The cufflinks feature a contrasting rose gold plated web, making them the ultimate edgy finishing touch.

Underwood London Watch Winder

Men's Accessories

The Underwood London Biometric Thirty-Module watch winder protects up to 30 timepieces in a secure safe with the exclusive biometric lock system. The cabinet has a smooth calfskin leather exterior with hinged doors and fingerprint plate window on the bottom. The interior has 30 individual compartments for rotor boxes, which are removable and operate independently.

Cartier Gold and Steel Santos

Men's Accessories

Image courtesy of Cartier.

Inspired by his friendship with famous Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos Dumont, Louis Cartier created the Santos watch. The rounded angles of the dial, the seamless curve of the horns and the exposed screws made for an iconic watch that inspired countless reinterpretations. Today’s Santos watch features a mechanical movement with automatic winding, sapphire crystal and two bracelets — one steel with 18-karat yellow gold screws, and one calfskin leather with steel double adjustable folding buckle.

Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Tourbillon

Men's Accessories

Image courtesy of Ulysse Nardin.

The essential beauty of the Executive Skeleton Tourbillon’s inner workings is obvious thanks to its bold, aerial design. Its look is punctuated by oversized Roman numerals, sword markers and a raised rectangular bridge. With its exceptional power reserve of 170 hours, sapphire crystals and 18-karat rose gold case with ceramic bezel, it’s a celebration of the technical savoir-faire, pioneering expertise and artistic sensibility of Ulysse Nardin.

Louis Moinet Mecanograph

Men's Accessories

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The Mecanograph Calibre LM31 is the perfect marriage between an exclusive Louis Moinet chronometer-certified movement and the brand’s incomparable aesthetics. Its pure mechanical beauty is on display through both the half-dial on top and the display-back underneath. The right half of the dial boasts stylish and emblematic Côte du Jura guilloche, while the left half shows off the escapement, screwed balance, lever and gear train of the 182-component, COSC-certified automatic movement. From the display-back, you can see that the bridges — anthracite-treated and enhanced with 26 jewels and blued steel screws — are adorned with a Côtes du Jura motif, as is the bi-directional winding rotor mounted on a high-tech ceramic ball bearing.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris

Men's Accessories

Image courtesy of Jaeger LeCoultre.

With a subtle blend of timeless elegance and athletic spirit, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris automatic timepiece boasts all the features of watchmaking elegance, including a sleek dial with delicate numerals and hour markers, serrated crowns, short lugs and a polished and brushed finish on the case. Its sporting character is enhanced by the two off-center crowns — one at 2 o’clock to adjust the rotating inner bezel and another at 4 o’clock to adjust the time.

MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual

Men's Accessories

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MB&F and independent watchmaker Stephen McDonnell have reinvented one of the most complex traditional watchmaking complications: the perpetual calendar. The result is the Legacy Machine Perpetual, featuring a visually stunning in-house movement developed from the ground up to eliminate the drawbacks of conventional perpetual calendars. Its fully integrated and purpose-built 581-component movement has been designed for user-friendly use. Thanks to an innovative “mechanical processor,” skipping dates and jamming gears are a thing of the past.

Let our experts show you how you can elevate your men’s accessories game. Visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

 

significant timepieces

This year, watchmakers have pulled out all the stops to create timepieces showcasing both contemporary styling and enduring appeal. No matter the technology employed, however, well-made watches aren’t rendered obsolete upon the introduction of newer models. As these exceptional luxury timepieces prove, today’s in-demand accessories are tomorrow’s cherished classics. 

Rolex Pearlmaster 34

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The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster 34 is one of Rolex’s crowning jewelry watches. Its diamond-paved dial is a work of art in itself, and Rolex’s gem-setters have painstakingly worked to achieve the precise alignment and orientation of these stones. Moreover, like sculptors, they’ve expertly carved the dial’s precious metal — an exclusive 18-karat pink gold alloy patented by Rolex and cast in its own foundry — to hand-shape the seat in which each gem is perfectly lodged.

The Pearlmaster 34 is also Rolex‘s first model to be equipped their new Syloxi hairspring. It delivers the supremely precise, self-winding caliber 2236 movement you expect from a certified Swiss chronometer. And we can’t forget that this remarkable timepiece features one of Rolex’s most distinctive and recognizable enhancements: their date-magnifying Cyclops lens.

Specifications:

  • Bezel: Set with diamonds.
  • Bracelet: Diamond-set Pearlmaster, rounded five-piece links.
  • Caliber: 2236, manufactured by Rolex.
  • Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date.
  • Functions: Center hour, minute and second hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting.
  • Model Case: Oyster, 34 mm, Everose gold and diamonds.
  • Movement: Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding.
  • Power Reserve: 55 hours (approximately).
  • Water-resistance: Waterproof to 100 meters / 330 feet.
  • Winding: Bidirectional self-winding via perpetual rotor.
  • Winding Crown: Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system.

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time

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Anyone who loves fine watchmaking will be captivated by the platinum Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time from Jaeger-LeCoultre. Its Gyrolab balance wheel-driven orbital flying tourbillon animates a map of the world with subtle, sophisticated and scientifically accurate movement.

The watch’s carriage performs a complete rotation each minute, and the orbital flying tourbillon makes one complete turn of the dial every 24 hours, taking the entire dial with it on its diurnal journey. Yet, despite its many intricacies, the Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time could not be easier to adjust. In fact, all its functions are controlled by a single crown.

Of course, the Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time is also an object of great beauty. The dial’s silvered continents feature satin-brushed and sunray finishes, while the map’s waters are embellished with a fine, deep blue guilloché motif evocative of ocean waves.

 Specifications:

  • Bracelet: Leather.
  • Caliber: 948.
  • Case: Platinum.
  • Dial: Blue.
  • Functions: Hour and minute, map of the world, tourbillon with ellipse isometer escapement, 24 time-zones, world time.
  • Movement: Automatic, self-winding. Components: 375. Vibrations per hour: 28800. Jewels: 42.
  • Recto Hands: Bâton à facette.
  • Water-resistance: 5 bar.

 

The Panthère de Cartier

 

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In 1914, Louis Cartier commissioned a watercolor from painter George Barbier. The resulting “Woman With A Panther” enthralled its new owner. That same year, Cartier produced its first timepiece to feature panther motif — a bracelet watch, set with diamonds and onyx. In the years since, the panther has become synonymous with the timeless elegance of Cartier’s designs.

The Panthère de Cartier is an exquisite timepiece that also happens to be a stunning piece of jewelry. Its white gold case, bracelet and crown sparkle with 497 brilliant-cut diamonds. Sword-shaped hands of blued steel sweep its petite square face, and it measures a slim 6 mm in thickness. Arnaud Carrez, Global Marketing Director of Cartier, suggests that women will like to wear the Panthère loose like a bracelet or with a stack of Cartier bracelets.

Specifications:

  • Bracelet, Case and Crown: Rhodiumized 18-karat white gold and diamonds totaling 4.12 carats.
  • Functions: Hour and minute.
  • Movement: Quartz.
  • Water-resistance: 3 bar.

 

Discover our luxury Swiss timepiece collection on your next visit to Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

mb&f

After spending decades learning the rules of watchmaking at legacy manufacturers like Jaeger LeCoultre and Harry Winston Rare Timepieces, Maximilian Büsser broke away in 2005 to start his own company.

MB&F (Maximilian Büsser & Friends) is an artistic concept laboratory based on a simple idea: assembling collectives of independent watchmaking professionals to develop radical horological masterpieces.

Eiseman Jewels sat down with Büsser to talk entrepreneurial spirit, high-end horology and what it means to join the MB&F Tribe.

Tell us a little about how MB&F came to be. Was there one pivotal event thatpushed you to start the company? 

For me, MB&F was a life decision, not a business decision. Watchmaking saved my life. It’s given me a purpose and a surrogate family. I did not create MB&F thinking it would flourish. I created it to be proud of something, even if it wasn’t successful. The company started with just me working alone in my flat for two years without a salary, having poured every cent I had into it.

Today, it’s a small manufacturer made up of 23 people. Over the last 12 years, MB&F has been an incredible entrepreneurial and creative adventure. During that time, we have created 14 fully new calibers and changed our industry.  

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For us, watchmaking is an art that demands experimentation and pushes us out of our creative comfort zone. We deconstruct stunning traditional watchmaking and reconstruct it into pieces of kinetic art, which also happen to give time. Giving time is not the purpose — the sculpture and the story that gave it life is.

MB&F is not a company — it is a philosophy. The machines we create are only the result, not the objective.

What is one thing we may not know about you or MB&F?

I was a kid who didn’t fit in, and I suffered a lot because of it. Many years later, I not only discovered that it is OK to not fit in, but I actually made a life out of it. There’s also the fact that we try to help all the artists we curate at our M.A.D. Galleries.

What is one word you would use to describe MB&F’s creations?

Soulful.

How would you describe the difference between the Horological Machines and Legacy Machines?

mb&fThe creative processes behind both lines are totally different. Horological Machines are a free-thinking exploration of my childhood and what made me emotional along my fifty years. They are creatively raw, and come from the gut.

Legacy Machines, on the other hand, derive from a completely intellectual process. They are a tribute to the great master watchmakers who, between 1720 and 1870, created virtually every “complication” we know today. They were the giants, the real icons. With Legacy, I wanted to revisit the elegance and subtlety of their genius with a 3-D, 21st-century twist.

What makes MB&F different from other manufacturers?

I feel like just about everything makes us different, from concept to philosophy to business model. The results are creations like no other.

Any favorite pieces in the current collection?

mb&fAs I create for myself, every piece is my ideal piece — at the time of creation. And then I move on to the next. The next one is always what gives me an adrenaline rush. Watchmaking is a very frustrating world in that every new movement takes between three and four years to come to completion, and so we are working at any given time on four to five completely different concepts and calibers, going from one to another on a daily basis.  

When designing pieces, who do you envision wearing them? Do they have a certain style or life?

I create solely for myself. And more often than not, I am terrified that no one will like, buy, or want to wear what we have spent years and millions of dollars creating! I like to think that anguish is an important part of the creative process. 

When a customer purchases an MB&F machine, they don’t just get a new horological masterpiece — they join a tribe. What is the significance behind MB&F owners joining the Tribe?

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Our creations are extremely polarizing. Over the years, we’ve noticed that our clients all over the world — whatever their culture, language, religion or upbringing — actually resemble each other quite a lot.

By registering their new timepiece on the MB&F website, our clients become part of the Tribe. Not only do they benefit from an extra two-year warranty, but they get all of the insider news we share only with our clients and opportunities to meet up with other Tribe members, if they wish. This includes invitations to our events including Baselworld and Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH).

You can now peruse a stunning selection of MB&F creations at Eiseman Jewels in NorthPark Center in Dallas, the manufacturers’ only Texas retailer.

 

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At Eiseman Jewels, we love being a part of our customers’ love stories. Couples like Natalie and Houston make our work so fulfilling. Natalie was kind enough to share some of the details of her engagement to Houston, as well as their ring shopping experience at Eiseman Jewels.

Was this your first purchase with Eiseman Jewels?

Yes, my engagement ring and our wedding bands were our first purchases from Eiseman.

Can you tell us a little bit about how you and Houston met? 

We met through a mutual friend in the summer of 2012. I grew up in Savannah, Georgia and attended college in Dallas at SMU, while Houston grew up in Dallas and went to the University of Georgia in Athens, so essentially we swapped states.

He moved back to Dallas after graduation and became roommates with a friend of mine. Houston and I quickly became great friends, but we didn’t start dating until a few months later. We both say that being friends before we started dating really was the best foundation for our relationship.

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How did you two select the ring? Did you give Houston any hints about the style you wanted, or did he choose it all on his own? Did anyone specific at Eiseman assist you with your purchase?

Eiseman Jewels was our first stop when we started looking at engagement rings. Richard Eiseman, Jr. was actually the one who picked out the ring I fell in love with. I immediately knew that a round center diamond with two canary half-moon side stones was just what I had been looking for. A few weeks later, I brought up the ring and Houston told me that the diamonds had been sold, which left me heartbroken. But little did I know that it was Houston who bought them!

Richard helped us with the whole process. André worked with Houston to design the setting and ring, which is absolutely gorgeous. And Karen helped find and design our beautiful wedding bands.

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Tell us how he proposed! 

We got engaged on a joint family trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico on August 8, 2015. After having a drink together at the Four Seasons, we decided to take the scenic route home. It was so beautiful. The sun was setting and there was a rainstorm off in the distance. I asked him to slow down so I could take a picture. He said, “No, let’s pull off and take a picture together!” We got out of the car and he started snapping selfies while my back was to him. I turned around and saw that he was on one knee. He said, “I want to spend the rest of my life with you, Natalie. I love you so much. Will you marry me?”

I started crying and I didn’t even wait for him to put the ring on my finger — I grabbed it and put it on myself! Later, I asked him how he was able to replicate the diamonds that I fell in love with at Eiseman, and he said that he was the one who bought them. It was an amazing surprise. We capped off the day with an amazing dinner at our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe to celebrate our engagement!

 

Visit Eiseman at NorthPark Center in Dallas and let us help you choose the most important piece of jewelry for the most important person in your life.

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On Friday, April 1, 1–5 PM and Saturday, April 2, 10 AM–6 PM, Eiseman Jewels will celebrate Perfect Pairs, its second-annual wedding band event. Whether you’re looking for just the right set of bands for your wedding or a special piece of jewelry to commemorate an anniversary, visit Eiseman’s NorthPark Center salon to enjoy light refreshments and shop the latest collections from renowned designers like Bez Ambar, Crown Ring, JB Star, Precision Set, the Eiseman Collection and Furrer Jacot.xmascard-quer_matterhorn.jpeg

Speaking of Furrer Jacot, there are few people in the world more qualified to speak on wedding bands than Lucas Ruppli, who’s been Head of Design at Furrer Jacot for the last 25 years. Born in Schaffhausen, a small town in Switzerland famous for its gold and silversmith ateliers, Ruppli spent his childhood collecting gemstones, which ultimately inspired him to become a goldsmith.

We caught up with Mr. Ruppli to get his thoughts on wedding band trends for the year ahead.

What are your favorite wedding band trends for 2016?

Straightforward wedding bands with subtle details are in this year, and so are bands constructed with new and different materials.

How will these trends be incorporated in Furrer Jacot styles?

This year, we are launching our new Furrer Jacot Milgrain Collection. Our milgrain is different than others on the market—it is like a row of small pyramids, which reflect more. At the same time, it is very smooth and elegant.

How have wedding bands and wedding traditions changed over the last 20 years?

Jewelry design is a lot like every other type of design in that trends wax and wane from narrow and thin to wide and heavy and back; from deep yellow gold to white gold and back.

Today, diamonds play a more important role on men’s bands than 20 years ago. Also, men are a bit more adventurous overall in terms of designs and materials. Our Carbon Collection is very popular; it features hand-wound carbon fiber application on precious metals.

Where does your inspiration come from and how does it translate into your designs?

Sometimes I just start drawing, but I usually get my inspiration from nature and architecture. If I am in Japan or in New York, I draw differently, since it has to do with the feelings a place brings out in me. The inspiration for Furrer Jacot’s latest collection, for example, was sports. We used carbon fiber to create something very sporty, contemporary and linear. Therefore, this collection was actually inspired by the new material itself.

What do you most love about bridal jewelry?

Diamonds!

What is your favorite new style or collection this year?

It’s definitely the new Furrer Jacot Milgrain Collection. I think that the twist on this classic design form has turned out to be very attractive on these rings.

What does a man’s wedding band say about his personality?

In order for a wedding band to express a man’s personality, he has to be true to himself. He can’t choose the band according to trends. He must choose the band he loves. If he is daring, his choice should reflect that. If he is a classic guy, then a straightforward, beautifully crafted band will reflect his personality best.

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How does someone go about selecting the perfect band?

Lifestyle plays a role. Someone who works with his or her hands or who is a sporty, outdoorsy type will need a stronger band than someone who works mainly in an office. In either case, the band will show some wear and tear after a while, which will only add charm and character.

What advice do you have for young couples choosing their wedding rings?

They should really spend some time together thinking about what their symbol of union and love means to them and then find a style that represents it.

For beautiful, unique wedding bands — including bands by Furrer Jacot — visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 during our Perfect Pairs Wedding Band Event. Plus, don’t forget to follow Eiseman on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.



wedding checklist

Just when a newly married couple thinks they’re safe from to-do lists, they’re faced with an entirely new set of tasks to tackle once the big day has come and gone. Here’s our quick and easy post-wedding checklist to help you tie up loose ends after your wedding day:

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Eiseman couple, Aaron & Whitney

PRESERVE YOUR GOWN

Whether or not you decide to have your gown preserved, you should at least have it professionally cleaned within six months of your wedding. If you do decide to preserve your dress, ask your seamstress or the store where you purchased the dress to recommend a skilled preservationist. Once it’s been preserved, store the box in a place where it’s protected from heat, moisture and direct sunlight (like an out-of-the-way closet, not the dank basement).

If you decide not to preserve your gown, consider donating it to charity or consigning it to help women with smaller budgets find a gorgeous gown.

WRITE THANK-YOU NOTES

Most couples don’t look forward to handwriting 100+ personalized notes after their wedding, but there are ways to make the task more manageable. As soon as you return from your honeymoon, get a jump-start on writing your thank-you note—especially if there were a lot of guests at the wedding. They’ll take more time to write than you think!

To avoid becoming overwhelmed, calculate the number of notes you need to write and break that number into manageable chunks—say 10 notes a night. Print off address and return address labels on your computer if you can—it’s neater and will save you a ton of time. Finally, get your husband involved! Have him tackle the notes to his friends and family while do yours (though you should each sign your names on every card). You should have all of your thank-you notes in the mail by, at most, two months after the wedding.

TELL EVERYONE YOUR NEW ADDRESS

If you’re moving after your wedding, it’s perfectly acceptable to send a mass email with your new address to friends, family and colleagues. But if you’re going the traditional route, paper moving announcements can be slipped in with your thank-you notes.

RETURN WEDDING GIFTS

Now’s the time to return multiples, items you didn’t register for or things simply don’t like or won’t use. Bite the bullet and return these items within two months of your wedding. You don’t want all those toasters collecting dust for the next six months. Plus, the sooner you return them, the more certain you are to receive their full value back (and possibly receive less of a hassle from retailers). Your reward will be spending the value of the returned items on something else on your registry that you may not have received (or on something else you love!).

CHANGE YOUR NAME

If you plan on taking your husband’s name, there are many forms that need to be filled out, including those regarding your driver’s license, Social Security card, bank accounts and passport. Ideally, you should change all your IDs within 90 days of the wedding.

LOOKING FORWARD

Now that you’ve officially tied the knot, there are a lifetime of birthdays, anniversaries and other holidays to look forward to! Just as we helped you select the perfect ring and bands, the specialists at Eiseman are looking forward to helping you mark all of your milestones as a couple.

Just think: The sooner you check these tasks off your list, the sooner you’ll be able to truly relax and enjoy your new life together!



Wedding planning

Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You want everything to be perfect—and that’s why it’s best to look to the experts. Luckily for modern brides-to-be, there are countless online planning resources out there for every kind of wedding these days. Here are a few of our favorites.

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THE KNOT

As one of the most popular and comprehensive wedding-planning websites around, The Knot has everything you need to plan the perfect wedding. You’ll find information on dresses, planning tools and local wedding vendors as well as plenty of ideas and inspiration. They’ve even got a special feature called Real Weddings to which couples can submit wedding photos for consideration for their site and magazine.

WEDDING WIRE

Wedding Wire provides an easy way to find local wedding venues, cakes, dresses, invitations and more. There are tools that let you design your floor plan and map out a seating chart, a wedding-planning checklist that can be filtered by month or category, and links to lots of handy wedding apps.

MARTHA STEWART WEDDINGS

You can always count on Martha for entertaining advice—especially when it comes to the biggest party you’ll likely ever throw in your life. She’s got tips on everything from gowns and bouquets to invitations and traditions. Martha Stewart Weddings also features registry tips, gift-giving ideas and—of course—an etiquette advisor.

SQUARESPACE

In today’s digital age, plenty of couples opt to create their own wedding websites in order to share details and updates with friends and loved ones leading up to the big day. Squarespace, an easy-to-use website-building tool, offers mobile-optimized templates that make it easy for couples to tell their unique stories online. Use it to create RSVP forms, registry links, maps, photo galleries and more.

EISEMAN JEWELS BLOG

The experts at Eiseman Jewels have been helping brides and grooms find the perfect engagement rings, wedding bands, wedding day accessories and bridal party gifts for 50 years.

Visit the wedding experts at our store at NorthPark Center in Dallas, and peruse our extensive blog archive for ideas and advice on just about everything you need to know about planning your big day, including:



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The Setting: Breathtaking Breckenridge, Colorado, near Lake Dillon.

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The Proposal: Andrew and Raquel were at dinner and began a prayer before beginning their meal. Andrew gave thanks for having Raquel in his life, and after they said “Amen,” he got down on one knee and proposed.

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The Reaction: She said yes! And she was completely caught by surprise.

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The Ring: A stunning, princess-cut diamond.

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The Team Behind the Scenes: Andre E. Vorster and Megan Martin at Eiseman designed Raquel’s engagement ring. Andrew made it a point to mention that he went to every major jeweler before settling on Eiseman Jewels. And that it was Megan and Andre together—and their industry knowledge and customer service—that made it, by far, the very best experience.

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The Big Day: The happy couple is making arrangements to tie the knot on October 6, 2016.

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Congratulations, Andrew and Raquel!

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Sharing Your Engagement on Social Media

Couples who got engaged before the digital age just had to celebrate with family and call close friends to announce their engagement before sending out save-the-dates and preparing for the wedding. Today, there’s a whole new element to sharing engagement stories: social media. And while it’s only natural to want to take to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to share all the details, it can be tricky to decipher how much is too much. Here are some tips when it comes to navigating the countdown to your big day.

Sharing Your Engagement on Social Media

Groom-to-be
Secretly hire a photographer to capture the engagement. It will all become a blur, and you’ll both appreciate having the moment captured on film so you’ll be able to look back on that magical moment for years to come.

Bride-to-be
Go ahead—take that classic “hand photo” of your gorgeous new ring. It’s the first thing most people will ask about when you tell them you’re engaged, anyway, so show it off! But the caption that goes along with your hand photo should focus on your joy and excitement rather than the ring itself.

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Savor the moment! You want that feeling of giddiness to last—and you’ll want to remember it forever, so soak it in together. Then tell your parents and close friends before posting on social media. They deserve to hear it from you in person (or by phone).

Tell your story! People want the scoop. This will not only provide a sweet story for friends and family to see, but could also save you from having to re-explain the story 30 more times.

Asking friends to be in your wedding is a big deal, so treat it like one. Get your gang together for a happy hour or invite them lunch and ask them one by one. Give it the pomp and circumstance it deserves. In other words, do not make this important request through Facebook.

Professional forums like LinkedIn are not the place for announcing your engagement. The time to share your wedding news on business related social networks is once you’re married and have to change your name on your profile.

Photos of milestone events like your engagement party and bridal shower are fine to share, but not everyone needs to know every detail of your wedding planning process. Refrain from turning your social media pages into a seemingly endless stream of status updates and pictures of cake tastings and floral choices. You want to maintain a little bit of the surprise!

You can’t please all of the people all of the time—especially people who see your engagement and wedding posts but who aren’t involved in your big day. Consider making a specific list of your closest friends and post most of your updates to that list. That way, fewer posts go out to your public list on Facebook.

Decide how much you want to share—and how much you want others to share about your wedding online—and take control of the situation by letting your feelings about that be known.

Last but not least, don’t feel badly about sharing your excitement. It’s your big day!