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Monthly Archives: September 2013

  • New Trend: Cocktail Rings at the 2013 Emmy Awards

    cocktail ringDid anyone else watch the Emmy Awards this past Sunday? What about the red carpet shows leading up to it? I have to admit: I’m a huge television and pop culture junkie, so award season is definitely something I look forward to every year. If you were watching the Emmy’s along with me on Sunday, you might have noticed that many of the attendees were rocking gorgeous cocktail rings. It seems like the statement necklaces have taken a back seat this year to bangles, earrings, and cocktail rings.

    If you and your loved one are into cocktail rings or even just grand engagement rings, we have a few styles for you to check out.

    Cocktail-Style Engagement Rings

    1. This 1 carat diamond bridal wedding ring set would make a luxurious engagement ring. Or, if you’re already married, imagine surprising your spouse with this on a milestone anniversary. These rings have 24 round, princess-cut, conflict-free diamonds. This set also comes in yellow gold.

    2. If you or your sweetheart prefer round cut diamonds, this 1 ⅝ carat diamond ring might be for you. This gorgeous ring is made with 14k white gold and 45 round cut, natural, and conflict-free diamonds. 

    3. Here’s another round cut ring for you: a 1 carat diamond ring. This ring is made with 14k white gold and has 15 round cut diamonds. And, lucky you, this style is now on sale! 

    What do you think of the new cocktail ring trend? What was your favorite moment from the Emmy Awards? (For me, it was definitely Tina Fey and Amy Poehler pestering Neil Patrick Harris during the opening number.) Add your thoughts in the comments! 

  • 3 Fall Wedding Proposal Ideas

    As you see the leaves start to change color, you might be thinking that it’s time for a change in your life as well. Fall is a wonderful time of year to propose. The temperatures are dropping slightly to get to that perfect crisp weather, and the holiday season is fast approaching. Have you been waiting for this time of year to propose but aren't quite sure how you want to do it yet? Don’t worry! We have three great fall wedding proposal ideas to share.

    1. Pumpkin Proposals

    It’s pumpkin season! Autumn pumpkin carving provides a unique opportunity to propose in a creative way. Buy two pumpkins, one for you and one for your spouse-to-be. On your pumpkin, carve out “marry me?” or something similar. Be very secretive about what you’re carving on your pumpkin so that your significant other becomes increasingly interested. When you’re ready, present the carved pumpkin to her/him in a grand fashion. Then get down on one knee and present the love of your life with a diamond cluster ring

    2. Leaves

    The color-changing leaves of fall is always a beautiful sight to behold. Yet, someone still needs to rake them up after they've fallen. The abundance of orange, red, and yellow leaves on the ground presents a few different proposal opportunities. First, you can try to casually start a leaf fight with your loved one, then end it with a romantic proposal. You can also rake the leaves into a heart and propose in the center, or you could rake them into a “marry me?” question. 

    3. Hayride

    If you and your sweetheart aren't allergic to hay, a hayride might present the perfect moment for you to propose. This idea is a flexible, too. You could take a ride to look at the changing fall scenery or take a haunted one at night (if you and your partner are fans of spooky scenes). You can even arrange to have a private hayride set up just for you two.

    Stay tuned for more proposal ideas coming soon! (You'll have to wait until October for the Halloween proposal ideas.)

    Make sure you have your sparkling diamond cluster ring ready.

  • The Biggest Celebrity Weddings of the Past Five Years, Part II

    biggest celebrity weddingsIt’s been about a month since I wrote about the biggest celebrity weddings of the past five years, but now I’m finally able to add some more grand weddings to this list. Let’s discuss three more celebrity weddings that people went crazy over.

    1. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds 

    The world didn’t even know these two crazy kids were engaged when we heard about their wedding! This surprise wedding took place in September of 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina. The event was insanely private-- only 35 of the couple’s closest friends and family were in attendance. In the past year, we’ve only been privileged to see one glimpse of the couple on their wedding day. In fact, while you can find only one photo of them, you can find many different photos of the scrumptious food they served at their reception. Blake reportedly wore a couture Marchesa ball gown while her hubby wore a custom Burberry suit. This marriage was the second for Ryan (who was previously married to Scarlett Johansson) and the first for Blake. 

    2. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries 

    Even though it ended badly, this wedding, which took place in 2011, was one of the most talked about events in television history. A two-part special showing of Kim’s show Keeping Up with the Kardashians was dedicated to showing the nuptials. Kim wore three different Vera Wang wedding dresses: one for the ceremony (where they exchanged matching wedding bands), one for her first dance, and one for the rest of the reception. People Magazine reportedly paid around $1.5 million for exclusive rights  to run the first photos from the wedding. The wedding reportedly cost around $20 million total (although Kim and Kris received a lot of things free for promotional purposes). You can see a breakdown of costs as well as a comparison between the costs of the British Royal Wedding (one of my other biggest celebrity weddings!) and Kim’s wedding. Of course, we all know how this union ended: 72 days after the ceremony, Kim filed for divorce.

    3. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel 

    Justin and Jessica were married last October in Italy after dating on and off for five years. When Jessica walked down the aisle in her custom pink Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown, Justin serenaded her with a song he wrote specifically for her and her walk down the aisle. Jessica opened up to Elle Magazine about why she chose a pink dress, and People Magazine was once again the winner of exclusive photo rights. Guests in attendance included Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg, Timbaland, and Beverley Mitchell. The couple honeymooned in Tanzania and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. 

    Which one of these celebrity weddings were you most excited about? Do you have a different favorite celebrity wedding? Let us know!

    Before you walk down the aisle, make sure you check out our matching wedding bands

  • Must-Watch Viral Video: Home Depot Same-Sex Proposal

    Have you seen this video of an adorable same-sex marriage proposal that took place at Home Depot?

    Shopper Dustin just thought he was going into the store to help his roommate pick out something for the apartment. Little did he know that he was about to experience a life-changing moment. His friends and family do a flash mob dance to Betty Who's "Somebody Loves You." The actual proposal begins when Spencer, Dustin's boyfriend (and now fiance!), comes out with a lyric from the song on a poster board: "If I'm good to you, won't you be good to me?" Watch for yourself (but you might just get a little misty-eyed, so have those tissues ready...):

    {youtube}l4HpWQmEXrM{/youtube} 

    If you’re getting ready to propose to the love of your life, make sure you have your mangagement ring ready - browse our selection of diverse rings for your perfect fit. And, if you’re getting ready to walk down the aisle, we’re happy to say that we've gotten our same-sex wedding band pages up and running! We have a wide selection of both male same-sex matching wedding bands and female same-sex matching wedding bands. Take a look, and let us know what you think!

    You never know...maybe the next time you go to Home Depot, there could be a flash mob waiting for you.

    Are you sure you’ve found “the one,” but you’re both just not ready for a proposal yet? Try presenting your lady with a promise ring instead! 

  • Best Places to Propose in Alaska

    best places to propose in alaskaThere’s no denying it: Alaska is breathtakingly beautiful. There’s no shortage of scenic views, no matter if you’re there to see mountains, glaciers, or the ocean. A big vacation is the perfect way to hide an upcoming proposal, so grab your loved one and head for the biggest state in America-- but only after I tell you the best places to propose there.

    1. On a train

    One of the best ways to see what Alaska has to offer is through the first-class Alaska Railroad. You and the love of your life will be treated to magnificent views of mountains, waterfalls, rivers, forests, and more. It’ll be near impossible for your partner to turn down a proposal against these spectacular views, especially if you have a sparkling diamond cluster ring on hand.

    2. On top of a glacier

    Imagine proposing on top of the world...that’s what it’ll feel like if you decide to propose to your loved one on top of a glacier. You and your sweetheart can take a plane up to the glacier. Make sure you talk to the pilot and tell him/her your plans so he/she is prepared to snap a picture! 

    3. Misty Fiords National Monument

    This area, which is 22 miles east of Ketchikan, and it has been described as “the Grand Canyon of the North.” It is a protected area of untouched sea cliffs, ocean inlets, rain-forests, wildlife, and more, which is why this awe-inspiring stretch of land and sea is one of the best places to propose. You can take a float plane to see the area, or if you’re a more adventurous couple, you could explore the area via kayak. 

    4. On an Alaskan Cruise

    If you want to see Alaska by sea, you should definitely consider taking an Alaskan cruise. A cruise also offers a variety of options when it comes to proposing. You can get suggestions from your cruise director. Or, you could just propose one night on the boat, under the stars, with a bottle of wine. Sounds romantic, doesn't it?

    Before you head up to Alaska, make sure you have your diamond cluster ring ready!

  • The Pros and Cons of Eloping

    pros and cons of elopingWe know, we know. The stress of planning a wedding can be extremely overwhelming. Don’t you sometimes just want to throw your wedding plans away and elope? That might be a good option for some couples, but definitely not all. To know whether eloping is actually a good idea for you and your partner or it's just the wedding planning stress talking, let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons.

    PRO: Time and Energy.

    Let’s be honest: planning a wedding takes a lot of time and energy. If you want to forgo the hassle, eloping might be a better option for you. You no longer have to stress about who will sit next to whom at the reception or who should or shouldn't be in your wedding party. 

    PRO: Costs.

    Weddings are also expensive. Very expensive. You can cut costs immensely by choosing to elope. Forget about the down payment on your DJ/band, the flowers, and the caterer. Instead, you can probably buy a beautiful promise ring, take an even more extravagant honeymoon and still end up saving!

    PRO: All about you as a couple.

    Even though a wedding is supposed to be a celebration of you and your sweetheart as a couple, a lot of time is spent worrying about guests, the wedding party, family members, and so on. When you elope, you have the opportunity to truly make the day about you and your fiancé. You no longer have to stress about Uncle Joe drinking too much or the friends who didn't make the guest list.

    CON: Gifts, showers, and parties.

    More often than not, when you make the decision to elope, you’re forgoing the “right” to any parties, showers, or wedding gifts. Don’t expect any crazy bachelor or bachelorette parties, bridal showers, or brand new toaster ovens. Of course, this might be a minimal price to pay for those who have their hearts set on eloping.

    CON: Hurt Feelings.

    Yes, when you elope you can make the ceremony more about you and your partner and avoid the drama of planning an extravagant wedding. However, most of your family, friends, and loved ones probably aren’t going to be too happy when they've found out you’ve gotten married without them present. Be prepared to deal with the backlash, especially from parents, siblings, close friends, and others who felt like they should have been invited or involved.

    CON: Could feel anticlimactic.

    Have you spent your whole life dreaming of your perfect wedding ceremony and that perfect moment after you and your partner exchange matching wedding bands and kiss as a married couple? If so, you might be disappointed if you decide to elope, and you might feel that your union was anticlimactic. If you've always wanted a big wedding, don’t let the stress and costs discourage you. Countless people have planned weddings and seen them through. Don’t just elope on a whim. You might find yourself regretting not having your dream ceremony and reception.

    If you want to elope, but also want a celebration, a growing trend is to throw a party for friends and family after you elope. It might be the best of both worlds-- a private ceremony for you and your fiancé and then a chance to celebrate it with your loved ones.

    Whatever your perfect wedding is, make sure to check out our selection of promise rings and matching wedding bands!

  • Fall Wedding Planning Ideas, Part I

    fall wedding planning ideasFall is a beautiful time to get married. The not-too-cold and not-too-hot weather and the red, yellow, and orange leaves are just two of the many reasons why. If you’re planning a wedding for this coming fall, but you don’t have every detail worked out yet, we’re here to help! Take a look at these wedding planning ideas before you exchange those matching wedding bands

    Wedding Favors

    Here’s another great thing about having your wedding in the fall-- all the fall-themed wedding favors! If you’re using pine cones as a decorative accent in your wedding, you might want to consider handing out these adorable pine cone candles as a favor. Other good ideas include these cute leaf-shaped soaps and this leaf wine stopper

    If you’re more of a DIY person, here are some great projects for fall DIY wedding favors. If you want to make an edible wedding favor, try wrapping a seasonal fruit in a custom printed tissue. Or, you could always stick to an autumn classic: caramel apples! If you want something non-food-related, check out how to make a simple candle a charming wedding favor

    Cakes

    Capture the elegance of autumn by incorporating fall colors or leaf accents into your cake. For example, this cake with yellow and orange rose accents and this cake with fall leaves seem to capture the essence of autumn perfectly.

    If you want to your cake to be a little more subdued, try something like this ombre cake. It uses hints of orange to subtly complement the season. 

    Food

    Since you don’t have to worry as much about matching food to temperatures (i.e. serving hot food in the winter and cold food in the summer), try to incorporate seasonal foods. For example, use apples, pears, squash, figs, and pumpkins in creative ways. To see what the food trends are for weddings this fall, check out this video from the Huffington Post for some ideas. 

    If you’re looking for tips on wedding dresses, decor, and flowers, stay tuned for our second fall wedding planning ideas post. Also, make sure you have your matching wedding bands ready for that trip down your autumn aisle. 

  • Best Places to Propose in Yosemite National Park

    best places to propose in yosemiteIf you and your significant other are nature lovers, Yosemite National Park might be the perfect place for you to pop that all-important question. Yosemite is one of the most beautiful spots in the country... but where in Yosemite should you choose? This national park spans across 1,200 square feet, so let’s discuss the best places to propose within this magnificent park.

    1. During an Activity

    Did you know you can go horseback riding in Yosemite? And that’s only one of the many activities the park offers. Take your sweetheart hiking, fishing, or rock climbing. If you and your partner are the active type, consider presenting a sparkling diamond cluster ring in the middle of one of these exciting activities. You can even plan it with your guide to make sure you propose in the best spot!

    2. Sentinel Dome 

    If you want a spectacular view of Yosemite as the backdrop of your proposal, look no further than Sentinel Dome. This is located on the south wall of Yosemite Valley, and it will probably take you an hour or two to hike there, but it’s worth the effort. It’s not just the breathtaking scenery that makes this one of Yosemite’s best places to propose-- it’s also home to one of the world’s most famous dead trees, Jeffrey pine (which was made famous by this photograph). 

    3. Tuolumne Meadows 

    If you’re looking for a peaceful spot to get on one knee, consider Tuolumne Meadows. The Tuolumne River runs through this meadow, which makes this location even more tranquil and dreamy. Imagine having a picnic with the love of your life in this meadow and suddenly turning to him or her with a diamond cluster ring in hand. Sounds pretty fantastic, right?

    4. Yosemite Falls

    There are very few things more romantic than a waterfall. Yosemite is home to countless waterfalls, but Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America, which makes it one of the more popular and magnificent falls in the park. The best time to visit this waterfall in during May, and if the view of the fall isn't enough at the base, you can hike to the top! You can check out the fall from this live webcam feed.

    Make sure you have that gleaming diamond cluster ring ready for your proposal.

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Monthly Archives: September 2013

  • New Trend: Cocktail Rings at the 2013 Emmy Awards

    cocktail ringDid anyone else watch the Emmy Awards this past Sunday? What about the red carpet shows leading up to it? I have to admit: I’m a huge television and pop culture junkie, so award season is definitely something I look forward to every year. If you were watching the Emmy’s along with me on Sunday, you might have noticed that many of the attendees were rocking gorgeous cocktail rings. It seems like the statement necklaces have taken a back seat this year to bangles, earrings, and cocktail rings.

    If you and your loved one are into cocktail rings or even just grand engagement rings, we have a few styles for you to check out.

    Cocktail-Style Engagement Rings

    1. This 1 carat diamond bridal wedding ring set would make a luxurious engagement ring. Or, if you’re already married, imagine surprising your spouse with this on a milestone anniversary. These rings have 24 round, princess-cut, conflict-free diamonds. This set also comes in yellow gold.

    2. If you or your sweetheart prefer round cut diamonds, this 1 ⅝ carat diamond ring might be for you. This gorgeous ring is made with 14k white gold and 45 round cut, natural, and conflict-free diamonds. 

    3. Here’s another round cut ring for you: a 1 carat diamond ring. This ring is made with 14k white gold and has 15 round cut diamonds. And, lucky you, this style is now on sale! 

    What do you think of the new cocktail ring trend? What was your favorite moment from the Emmy Awards? (For me, it was definitely Tina Fey and Amy Poehler pestering Neil Patrick Harris during the opening number.) Add your thoughts in the comments! 

  • 3 Fall Wedding Proposal Ideas

    As you see the leaves start to change color, you might be thinking that it’s time for a change in your life as well. Fall is a wonderful time of year to propose. The temperatures are dropping slightly to get to that perfect crisp weather, and the holiday season is fast approaching. Have you been waiting for this time of year to propose but aren't quite sure how you want to do it yet? Don’t worry! We have three great fall wedding proposal ideas to share.

    1. Pumpkin Proposals

    It’s pumpkin season! Autumn pumpkin carving provides a unique opportunity to propose in a creative way. Buy two pumpkins, one for you and one for your spouse-to-be. On your pumpkin, carve out “marry me?” or something similar. Be very secretive about what you’re carving on your pumpkin so that your significant other becomes increasingly interested. When you’re ready, present the carved pumpkin to her/him in a grand fashion. Then get down on one knee and present the love of your life with a diamond cluster ring

    2. Leaves

    The color-changing leaves of fall is always a beautiful sight to behold. Yet, someone still needs to rake them up after they've fallen. The abundance of orange, red, and yellow leaves on the ground presents a few different proposal opportunities. First, you can try to casually start a leaf fight with your loved one, then end it with a romantic proposal. You can also rake the leaves into a heart and propose in the center, or you could rake them into a “marry me?” question. 

    3. Hayride

    If you and your sweetheart aren't allergic to hay, a hayride might present the perfect moment for you to propose. This idea is a flexible, too. You could take a ride to look at the changing fall scenery or take a haunted one at night (if you and your partner are fans of spooky scenes). You can even arrange to have a private hayride set up just for you two.

    Stay tuned for more proposal ideas coming soon! (You'll have to wait until October for the Halloween proposal ideas.)

    Make sure you have your sparkling diamond cluster ring ready.

  • The Biggest Celebrity Weddings of the Past Five Years, Part II

    biggest celebrity weddingsIt’s been about a month since I wrote about the biggest celebrity weddings of the past five years, but now I’m finally able to add some more grand weddings to this list. Let’s discuss three more celebrity weddings that people went crazy over.

    1. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds 

    The world didn’t even know these two crazy kids were engaged when we heard about their wedding! This surprise wedding took place in September of 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina. The event was insanely private-- only 35 of the couple’s closest friends and family were in attendance. In the past year, we’ve only been privileged to see one glimpse of the couple on their wedding day. In fact, while you can find only one photo of them, you can find many different photos of the scrumptious food they served at their reception. Blake reportedly wore a couture Marchesa ball gown while her hubby wore a custom Burberry suit. This marriage was the second for Ryan (who was previously married to Scarlett Johansson) and the first for Blake. 

    2. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries 

    Even though it ended badly, this wedding, which took place in 2011, was one of the most talked about events in television history. A two-part special showing of Kim’s show Keeping Up with the Kardashians was dedicated to showing the nuptials. Kim wore three different Vera Wang wedding dresses: one for the ceremony (where they exchanged matching wedding bands), one for her first dance, and one for the rest of the reception. People Magazine reportedly paid around $1.5 million for exclusive rights  to run the first photos from the wedding. The wedding reportedly cost around $20 million total (although Kim and Kris received a lot of things free for promotional purposes). You can see a breakdown of costs as well as a comparison between the costs of the British Royal Wedding (one of my other biggest celebrity weddings!) and Kim’s wedding. Of course, we all know how this union ended: 72 days after the ceremony, Kim filed for divorce.

    3. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel 

    Justin and Jessica were married last October in Italy after dating on and off for five years. When Jessica walked down the aisle in her custom pink Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown, Justin serenaded her with a song he wrote specifically for her and her walk down the aisle. Jessica opened up to Elle Magazine about why she chose a pink dress, and People Magazine was once again the winner of exclusive photo rights. Guests in attendance included Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg, Timbaland, and Beverley Mitchell. The couple honeymooned in Tanzania and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. 

    Which one of these celebrity weddings were you most excited about? Do you have a different favorite celebrity wedding? Let us know!

    Before you walk down the aisle, make sure you check out our matching wedding bands

  • Must-Watch Viral Video: Home Depot Same-Sex Proposal

    Have you seen this video of an adorable same-sex marriage proposal that took place at Home Depot?

    Shopper Dustin just thought he was going into the store to help his roommate pick out something for the apartment. Little did he know that he was about to experience a life-changing moment. His friends and family do a flash mob dance to Betty Who's "Somebody Loves You." The actual proposal begins when Spencer, Dustin's boyfriend (and now fiance!), comes out with a lyric from the song on a poster board: "If I'm good to you, won't you be good to me?" Watch for yourself (but you might just get a little misty-eyed, so have those tissues ready...):

    {youtube}l4HpWQmEXrM{/youtube} 

    If you’re getting ready to propose to the love of your life, make sure you have your mangagement ring ready - browse our selection of diverse rings for your perfect fit. And, if you’re getting ready to walk down the aisle, we’re happy to say that we've gotten our same-sex wedding band pages up and running! We have a wide selection of both male same-sex matching wedding bands and female same-sex matching wedding bands. Take a look, and let us know what you think!

    You never know...maybe the next time you go to Home Depot, there could be a flash mob waiting for you.

    Are you sure you’ve found “the one,” but you’re both just not ready for a proposal yet? Try presenting your lady with a promise ring instead! 

  • Best Places to Propose in Alaska

    best places to propose in alaskaThere’s no denying it: Alaska is breathtakingly beautiful. There’s no shortage of scenic views, no matter if you’re there to see mountains, glaciers, or the ocean. A big vacation is the perfect way to hide an upcoming proposal, so grab your loved one and head for the biggest state in America-- but only after I tell you the best places to propose there.

    1. On a train

    One of the best ways to see what Alaska has to offer is through the first-class Alaska Railroad. You and the love of your life will be treated to magnificent views of mountains, waterfalls, rivers, forests, and more. It’ll be near impossible for your partner to turn down a proposal against these spectacular views, especially if you have a sparkling diamond cluster ring on hand.

    2. On top of a glacier

    Imagine proposing on top of the world...that’s what it’ll feel like if you decide to propose to your loved one on top of a glacier. You and your sweetheart can take a plane up to the glacier. Make sure you talk to the pilot and tell him/her your plans so he/she is prepared to snap a picture! 

    3. Misty Fiords National Monument

    This area, which is 22 miles east of Ketchikan, and it has been described as “the Grand Canyon of the North.” It is a protected area of untouched sea cliffs, ocean inlets, rain-forests, wildlife, and more, which is why this awe-inspiring stretch of land and sea is one of the best places to propose. You can take a float plane to see the area, or if you’re a more adventurous couple, you could explore the area via kayak. 

    4. On an Alaskan Cruise

    If you want to see Alaska by sea, you should definitely consider taking an Alaskan cruise. A cruise also offers a variety of options when it comes to proposing. You can get suggestions from your cruise director. Or, you could just propose one night on the boat, under the stars, with a bottle of wine. Sounds romantic, doesn't it?

    Before you head up to Alaska, make sure you have your diamond cluster ring ready!

  • The Pros and Cons of Eloping

    pros and cons of elopingWe know, we know. The stress of planning a wedding can be extremely overwhelming. Don’t you sometimes just want to throw your wedding plans away and elope? That might be a good option for some couples, but definitely not all. To know whether eloping is actually a good idea for you and your partner or it's just the wedding planning stress talking, let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons.

    PRO: Time and Energy.

    Let’s be honest: planning a wedding takes a lot of time and energy. If you want to forgo the hassle, eloping might be a better option for you. You no longer have to stress about who will sit next to whom at the reception or who should or shouldn't be in your wedding party. 

    PRO: Costs.

    Weddings are also expensive. Very expensive. You can cut costs immensely by choosing to elope. Forget about the down payment on your DJ/band, the flowers, and the caterer. Instead, you can probably buy a beautiful promise ring, take an even more extravagant honeymoon and still end up saving!

    PRO: All about you as a couple.

    Even though a wedding is supposed to be a celebration of you and your sweetheart as a couple, a lot of time is spent worrying about guests, the wedding party, family members, and so on. When you elope, you have the opportunity to truly make the day about you and your fiancé. You no longer have to stress about Uncle Joe drinking too much or the friends who didn't make the guest list.

    CON: Gifts, showers, and parties.

    More often than not, when you make the decision to elope, you’re forgoing the “right” to any parties, showers, or wedding gifts. Don’t expect any crazy bachelor or bachelorette parties, bridal showers, or brand new toaster ovens. Of course, this might be a minimal price to pay for those who have their hearts set on eloping.

    CON: Hurt Feelings.

    Yes, when you elope you can make the ceremony more about you and your partner and avoid the drama of planning an extravagant wedding. However, most of your family, friends, and loved ones probably aren’t going to be too happy when they've found out you’ve gotten married without them present. Be prepared to deal with the backlash, especially from parents, siblings, close friends, and others who felt like they should have been invited or involved.

    CON: Could feel anticlimactic.

    Have you spent your whole life dreaming of your perfect wedding ceremony and that perfect moment after you and your partner exchange matching wedding bands and kiss as a married couple? If so, you might be disappointed if you decide to elope, and you might feel that your union was anticlimactic. If you've always wanted a big wedding, don’t let the stress and costs discourage you. Countless people have planned weddings and seen them through. Don’t just elope on a whim. You might find yourself regretting not having your dream ceremony and reception.

    If you want to elope, but also want a celebration, a growing trend is to throw a party for friends and family after you elope. It might be the best of both worlds-- a private ceremony for you and your fiancé and then a chance to celebrate it with your loved ones.

    Whatever your perfect wedding is, make sure to check out our selection of promise rings and matching wedding bands!

  • Fall Wedding Planning Ideas, Part I

    fall wedding planning ideasFall is a beautiful time to get married. The not-too-cold and not-too-hot weather and the red, yellow, and orange leaves are just two of the many reasons why. If you’re planning a wedding for this coming fall, but you don’t have every detail worked out yet, we’re here to help! Take a look at these wedding planning ideas before you exchange those matching wedding bands

    Wedding Favors

    Here’s another great thing about having your wedding in the fall-- all the fall-themed wedding favors! If you’re using pine cones as a decorative accent in your wedding, you might want to consider handing out these adorable pine cone candles as a favor. Other good ideas include these cute leaf-shaped soaps and this leaf wine stopper

    If you’re more of a DIY person, here are some great projects for fall DIY wedding favors. If you want to make an edible wedding favor, try wrapping a seasonal fruit in a custom printed tissue. Or, you could always stick to an autumn classic: caramel apples! If you want something non-food-related, check out how to make a simple candle a charming wedding favor

    Cakes

    Capture the elegance of autumn by incorporating fall colors or leaf accents into your cake. For example, this cake with yellow and orange rose accents and this cake with fall leaves seem to capture the essence of autumn perfectly.

    If you want to your cake to be a little more subdued, try something like this ombre cake. It uses hints of orange to subtly complement the season. 

    Food

    Since you don’t have to worry as much about matching food to temperatures (i.e. serving hot food in the winter and cold food in the summer), try to incorporate seasonal foods. For example, use apples, pears, squash, figs, and pumpkins in creative ways. To see what the food trends are for weddings this fall, check out this video from the Huffington Post for some ideas. 

    If you’re looking for tips on wedding dresses, decor, and flowers, stay tuned for our second fall wedding planning ideas post. Also, make sure you have your matching wedding bands ready for that trip down your autumn aisle. 

  • Best Places to Propose in Yosemite National Park

    best places to propose in yosemiteIf you and your significant other are nature lovers, Yosemite National Park might be the perfect place for you to pop that all-important question. Yosemite is one of the most beautiful spots in the country... but where in Yosemite should you choose? This national park spans across 1,200 square feet, so let’s discuss the best places to propose within this magnificent park.

    1. During an Activity

    Did you know you can go horseback riding in Yosemite? And that’s only one of the many activities the park offers. Take your sweetheart hiking, fishing, or rock climbing. If you and your partner are the active type, consider presenting a sparkling diamond cluster ring in the middle of one of these exciting activities. You can even plan it with your guide to make sure you propose in the best spot!

    2. Sentinel Dome 

    If you want a spectacular view of Yosemite as the backdrop of your proposal, look no further than Sentinel Dome. This is located on the south wall of Yosemite Valley, and it will probably take you an hour or two to hike there, but it’s worth the effort. It’s not just the breathtaking scenery that makes this one of Yosemite’s best places to propose-- it’s also home to one of the world’s most famous dead trees, Jeffrey pine (which was made famous by this photograph). 

    3. Tuolumne Meadows 

    If you’re looking for a peaceful spot to get on one knee, consider Tuolumne Meadows. The Tuolumne River runs through this meadow, which makes this location even more tranquil and dreamy. Imagine having a picnic with the love of your life in this meadow and suddenly turning to him or her with a diamond cluster ring in hand. Sounds pretty fantastic, right?

    4. Yosemite Falls

    There are very few things more romantic than a waterfall. Yosemite is home to countless waterfalls, but Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America, which makes it one of the more popular and magnificent falls in the park. The best time to visit this waterfall in during May, and if the view of the fall isn't enough at the base, you can hike to the top! You can check out the fall from this live webcam feed.

    Make sure you have that gleaming diamond cluster ring ready for your proposal.

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