Raining Diamonds! Donors Drop Engagement Rings, Wedding Bands, Other …
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Salvation Army gets engagement rings, diamond cross and more in their red kettles. The precious jewelry donations inspired other donors to make similar donations.
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Generous donors drop engagement rings, wedding bands and other jewelry in Salvage Army’s trademark red kettles.

A widow’s sentimental gift to the charity has led to more donors dropping valuable jewelry in the red kettles. It all began when an anonymous donor donated her diamond cross pendant, which had a value of about $ 1,500, into one red kettles.

The donor wrote that she was actually inspired by another widow who donated her engagement diamond ring and her late husband’s wedding band to help buy toys for deprived children. Both jewelries were in turn bought by another widow who spent $ 21,000 to buy them so that she can return them to the real owner.

Salvation Army also revealed that the women met each other and returned the rings to the real owner.

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Woman’s missing wedding rings found
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KEARNEY — Kearney resident Arlene Johnson calls the return of her missing wedding rings her Christmas miracle.

Johnson said she was devastated earlier this month when she realized she’d lost the rings somewhere after a night out dining with some friends.

Her husband of 54 years, Rodney, had died in May, and she had taken to wearing his wedding band with her wedding rings.

“These were my very original rings,” Johnson said. “I never had a desire to get a different ring like some people do. I’d had them for 54 years. I can’t explain my grief in losing them.”

A couple of days after searching her house and retracing her steps to no avail, she mentioned her loss while on a visit to her chiropractor’s office. The office manager, Janis Robbins, remembered seeing a Kearney Area Exchange Facebook post about some rings that had been found. The description in the post matched Johnson’s description of her rings.

Robbins sent a message to Madison Bressman, who’d found the rings on the floor at Napoli’s restaurant where she worked. That’s the restaurant where Johnson had dined with her friends.

Bressman said she posted her message about the rings because, “I just thought if I lost mine, I’d be devastated.”

Johnson and Robbins said they appreciated Bressman’s honesty in trying to find the rings’ owner.

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EXCLUSIVE: Billie Faiers makes wedding planning her New Year’s resolution
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BILLIE Faiers and her wedding day have been the talk of Essex for a whole year now.

But the wait could officially be over as she told OK! Online exclusively that next year she WILL start planning it all.

Billie Faiers has told OK! Online 2015 is the year for all things wedding [Wenn]

All set to walk up the aisle, the TOWIE star said her New Year’s resolution is to get things into action so she can become Mrs Shepherd once and for all.

Sam Faiers’ sister told us: “I’m so excited for the wedding but we’ve actually not planned anything yet. 

“We started looking for venues when I was pregnant but I just didn’t have the energy.”

And now little Nelly is here, Billie is all set to turn her big day dreams into a reality. And trust us, they sound pretty massive.

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Lufkin wedding planner accused of stealing $ 15K in services, items indicted
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An Angelina County grand jury indicted a 50-year-old wedding planner in connection to allegations that he took more than $ 15,000 for services and items that he never provided.

Aleck Kim Bridwell, of Lufkin, was indicted on a state-jail felony theft charge. His bail was set at $ 5,000, according to the grand jury indictment list the East Texas News obtained earlier this week.

Bridwell was arrested and charged with state-jail felony theft back in August.

According to a previous East Texas news story, the investigation started in May, when Lindsey Rae Syler, 31, filed a report with the Lufkin Police Department that accused her wedding planner of taking more than $ 15,000 for services and items that were not provided. The report listed the offense as misappropriation of fiduciary or financial property between $ 1,500 and $ 20,000, which is a state-jail felony.

“Her big day was ruined,” Syler’s attorney, Jimmy Cassels said in a previous story.

According to the narrative of the police report, Syler hired Bridwell to be her wedding planner on Oct. 30, 2013. She told the Lufkin Police Department that she signed a contract with Bridwell in which he estimated his part in the planning the wedding to be $ 4,000. He also charged her an additional $ 1,200 for the clean up after the ceremony.

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Lance Bass & Michael Turchin Used Kim And Kayne’s Wedding Planner For …
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As reported, Lance Bass and Michael Turchin got married last Saturday and we’re learning more details about the star-studded affair!

The celebration was orchestrated by wedding planner Sharon Sacks — who also did Kim Kardashian and Kanye West‘s wedding — and featured a unique, unorthodox ceremony where the wedding party consisted of the couple’s three dogs and a fleet of supermodels as flower girls!

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Ashton Kutcher And Mila Kunis’ Wedding Planning Is Under Way
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Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are rarely seen out and about unless it’s at a sporting event. The other day the two were front row at the Lakers game, and were caught on the kiss cam. During that moment some fans pointed out that Kunis was already wearing a wedding band, which sparked rumors that the pair might have gotten secretly hitched.

However, E! is putting that rumor to bed. The outlet has been the first to report on many big life changes in Kutcher and Kunis’ life including their engagement, their pregnancy, and the birth of their daughter.

The site spoke to sources close to the couple, and according to those unnamed people Kutcher and Kunis are not married yet but are now planning the upcoming wedding.

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Spc. Bob Siess: Planning a wedding while separated by war
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It’s not the shape of their cake or the guest list for their wedding that mattered to Mandy Koch and Bob Siess.

For the young couple, challenged to plan their wedding while separated by war in Afghanistan, all that mattered was a lasting, loving marriage.

“It definitely taught us the importance of some things and the non-importance of others,” said Spc. Bob Siess.

Spc. Bob Seiss plays with his dog Marissa on his living room floor in Fayetteville on Nov. 19, 2014. He returned from a nine-month deployment in November. The two things he missed the most were his fiancee, Mandy, and his dog. By Abbi O’Leary

The couple had already selected their venue, photographer and music before Siess deployed. Koch was tasked with all the “girly” things, including picking out the navy blue bridesmaid dresses and her gown.

Koch, 23, said she became focused on the details – round cake versus square cake, three-tier versus four-tier – until Siess, 24, reeled her in.

“When we picked out our cake, I asked him about colors and style,” Koch said. “He’s easy to please, and it doesn’t matter what the cake looks like.”

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Posted by admin | 22/12/14 | Tagged Wedding Gifts

Wedding Q.&A.
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Wedding gifts in a college world
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Gifting in general can be a laborious, stressful process. Whether it’s for a birthday or holidays, it’s difficult to be completely sure that the gift you’re giving will be a winner.

Buying gifts for a wedding is no less of a challenge, especially when you’re going to be among a large group of other gift givers.

Before delving into department store bins or looking up every store the wedding couple is registered for, it is best to first reflect upon your relationship with the couple. Do you know both individuals well or are you closer to one more than the other? Are these people your coworkers or old, school friends? Are you in the wedding party?

Answering these questions can help determine your level of intimacy with the couple, where you fall on the gift scale and what expectations there might be.

Your own financial situation should also be taken into consideration. If you’re a college student and expect many of those invited will also be in college or recently transitioned into a postgraduate position, it may be safe to assume that the couple has taken these things into consideration, thus alleviating any obligation to produce an overly lavish gift.

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Considering how much lame-duck Gov. Pat Quinn bragged about lowering the state’s unemployment rate, you’d think a talented top aide would be unafraid or even eager to try his luck in the private-sector job market now.

Why do any such thing when you have a calling to public service —  and when Quinn has such a lucrative, taxpayer-funded parting gift for you?

This week, the outgoing governor’s appointees at an obscure yet highly important stadium agency obliterated any lingering doubt that he’s anything other than an old-school Illinois politician, the sort who places greater value on who you know than what you know.

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Quinn’s legacy was sealed when he arranged a soft landing for Lou Bertuca. The 30-year-old manager of the failed $ 30 million re-election campaign got a two-year contract Monday to run the $ 51 million-a-year Illinois Sports Facilities Authority. Known as ISFA, it’s the state-city agency that owns and operates U.S. Cellular Field and that financed the renovation of Soldier Field.

To the losers apparently belong at least some of the spoils in Illinois, at least until the new governor is sworn in. Bertuca’s share will mean he actually gets a raise. He’ll now make $ 160,000 a year at ISFA, compared to the $ 92,004 that taxpayers spent for his work as a “sp…………… continues on Chicago Sun-Times

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‘Last Man Standing’ fall finale recap: Christmas wedding gifts
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What is it about Ryan that always rubs Mike the wrong way? Usually it’s his political views. This time it’s his religious views. The Baxters are a Christian family who raised their children to uphold those same values. Ryan respects different cultures’ religious practices, but—as he said in “Sinkhole”—he doesn’t personally believe in God. In the fall finale, Last Man Standing tackles religion again when Ryan and Kristin have to decide what kind of ceremony they want for their wedding.

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Mike and Vanessa are expecting Kristin to get married in a traditional Christian ceremony, but all of that changes when Ryan starts planning an outdoor Native American wedding. Mike even offers to put $ 20,000 toward their wedding, but Ryan and Kristin decline because they don’t want to get married in a church. Ryan doesn’t want to be a hypocrite just because he needs the money.

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$ 21000 Offered For Wedding Rings Donated To Salvation Army
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BOSTON (CBS) — An anonymous donor has offered $ 21,000 for two rings dropped off at a Salvation Army Kettle earlier this month.

On Dec. 10, a woman put her wedding ring and a diamond engagement ring valued at nearly $ 2,000 into a donation kettle at North Station. In a note accompanying the rings, the woman explained that she gave the generous gift in memory of her late husband.

Offers have poured in to buy the rings, and the Salvation Army said Monday they’ve accepted the $ 21,000 donation made by a former bellringer who wants to see the rings reunited with the original owner.

“I want to be involved in this because it’s about the spirit of Christmas, the spirit of giving,” she told Salvation Army officials. “My wish is that the rings can be returned to this woman who gave them up in memory of her husband for the sake of children at Christmas.”

The woman said she related to the story because she is also a widow.

“I miss him dearly, but my husband would be happy that I am doing this,” she told the Salvation Army.

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Christmas Engagement 2014: How To Shop For Wedding Rings, Propose …
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and not just because Santa Claus is coming to town. For thousands of couples across the globe, the holiday season is also wedding engagement season. Jewelers are eagerly anticipating another year of high December sales for wedding and engagement rings, with the month being one of the more popular times for men to propose. 

“Despite the tradition of going on bended knee on 14 February, we see far more sales of diamond rings during the festive season,” Alice Rigby, a jewelery buying manager, told The Guardian. “Many customers, men in particular, get panicked the closer it gets to Christmas. The more under pressure they are to find the perfect present, the more cash they will spend – and what better surprise on Christmas morning than to open a box containing a beautiful sparkling rock.”

For future husbands looking to pop the question, the holiday season is ripe with opportunity. A ring can be tucked away under the tree to be opened on Christmas morning, used to stuff a Christmas stocking, or presented near a romantic, roaring fire with family members gathered around. The more ambitious can write “Will you marry m…………… continues on International Business Times

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12/13/14 weddings mean a date to remember

Posted by admin | 15/12/14 | Tagged Wedding Planning

12/13/14 weddings mean a date to remember
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Couples who married en masse on Saturday at the Fort Worth Stockyards got a celebratory cupcake after they said “I do.”

If you didn’t look at a numerical calendar yesterday, you might have missed it.

Dec. 13, 2014.

12/13/14.

These numerically significant dates have been coming and going since the start of the new millennium. Remember 11/11/11? Or 7/7/07?

This time, couples looking for a special way to mark their wedding crowded altars Saturday, the last shot at celebrating a consecutive date like this until the next century.

TheKnot.com, a website for engaged couples and wedding planning, said couples were four times more likely to get married on 12/13/14 than they would normally. About 14,000 of their members planned weddings on Saturday.

For Lela Robinson of Dallas, the date was a way to stand out. Her husband proposed on her birthday 10 months ago at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, and she didn’t want a long engagement.

Robinson said when she saw 12/13/14 was on a Saturday, she knew she wanted to lock in that date.

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Wedding Planning4 tips for having a holiday ceremony
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Elton John Is Reportedly Planning a Holiday Wedding
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Nearly a decade after exchanging vows in a civil partnership, Elton John and David Furnish are rumored to be planning a wedding.

The couple, who were one of the first to take advantage of the U.K.’s move to allow civil partnerships in 2005, are said by Ireland’s Mirror tabloid to be holding a “small and intimate” wedding ceremony on Dec. 21.

It’d be the latest in a series of commitments John and Furnish have made to one another since starting their relationship more than 20 years ago — a list that now includes a pair of young sons, both of whom will reportedly “play a special part” in the ceremony.

No sources are named, of course, but the Mirror lists Ozzy Osbourne among the rumored guests, saying it’ll be a star-studded but modest event and quoting a “friend” of the couple as saying, “Elton and David have been planning this for months. Elton is fla…………… continues on Ultimate Classic Rock

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Couples rushing to altar for cool wedding date
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It’s crunch time for wedding planner Abby Sander. She’s one of thousands of wedding planners across the country getting ready for a wedding on Saturday. Read more at http://m.kshb.com/1BEhgz7

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