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One of the wonderful things about choosing your wedding bands: there are no set rules! (expert advice)
One of the wonderful things about choosing your wedding bands: there are no set rules! You can be as creative as you like and it's all about what speaks (or shines) to you!
Remember that this ring is forever -- so choose a style that you could envision wearing 20 years from now. That said, here are some stylish and popular options of bands that will look fantastic with your brand new engagement ring!
When it comes to wedding bands, you can never go wrong with the traditional, smooth-lined band. This classic style looks amazing and fits snugly with nearly any style of engagement ring, including solitaire, three-stone or five stone engagement rings. You will love this band for years to come!
This pave-set diamond band is another heartwarming option, which looks stunning when accompanying a pave diamond engagement band of the same size. There are all different shapes and sizes of pave diamond bands to match your unique engagement ring. There is always the option to add some sparkle to a plain engagement ring setting as well!
It's the blingin' band that really makes a statement! Brides love this eye-catching diamond eternity ring, with its sculpted-edge band. It looks gorgeous when paired with a plain engagement band, and could clash a bit with certain pave-style engagement rings so make sure you try it on first to see the set together.
Brides, including actress Zooey Deschanel, are opting to bring a burst of color to their ring fingers with this channel set, sapphire and diamond ring. It's a great compliment to either a channel-set or plain band engagement ring.
Similar to the pave-setting, the diamonds are placed differently into thischannel-set diamond wedding band. It has a very polished appearance and looks best when paired with a channel-set engagement ring. It also works beautifully with a plain band as well.
If you want to go "custom," this prong-set diamond curved wedding ring is made specifically to align with your engagement diamond. It looks amazing when paired with a plain banded engagement ring.
The whimsical, starlight diamond eternity ring is creative, playful and adds personality to a traditional engagement ring.
We are in love with these radiant rubies in this channel-setting ring!
This trio micropave diamond band, with three rows of diamonds, is to die for! We love that you could wear this without the engagement ring and it is simply stunning.
Images courtesy: Blue Nile
Whether you choose to wear a veil or headpiece (or none at all), make sure it enhances your overall wedding day look. Tip: Pick your wedding dress first and hairstyle second. Choose your veil or headpiece last. Here are 8 headpieces we love to inspire you:
1. Feather Fascinator
Photo by Jessica Lorren Photography
2. Pearl Brooch
Photo by Nancy Aidee Photography
3. Chignon Clip
Photo by Abby Grace Photography
4. Three-Tiered Silk Headband
Photo by Untamed Petals
5. Sparkling Diamond Crown
Photo by Michelle Warren Photography
6. Gold Emblem Headpiece
Photo by Jen Huang Photography
7. Floral-Shaped Crystal Brooch
Photo by Jason and Anna Photography
8. Beaded Bobby Pins
Photo by Jessica Lorren Photography
Which headpiece would you choose? Let us know in the comments below!
Your wedding band is a sign of commitment that lasts beyond the wedding day – far longer than flowers or music or cake. Make sure you factor this important symbol of commitment into the earliest stages of planning your wedding budget.
Talking to Each Other
Stay connected with matching his and her wedding bands that talk to each other. Complement each others’ style in this classic tradition that is the physical symbol of your bond.
Bold and Beautiful
There are no rules when it comes to wedding bands! Loving something a little different? Then make a statement with 18k red gold.
You can add dimension and dazzle by opting for a wedding band like this one – which features three rows of brilliant round diamonds!
Going to the gym? Cleaning house? Travelling? There are times when you will prefer not to wear your engagement ring, and will prefer to simply wear your wedding band. Consider this when making your decision. Does your wedding band stand alone – and still look gorgeous?
Did You Know?
Gold is a metal that stands the test of time. Color options include white, yellow, red and rose.
Pass it On!
You may want to pass your wedding band along to your children someday – so choose wisely. Tacori is famous for creating beautiful heirlooms to be treasured for generations.
Check out our jewelry picks for every bridal style! Bohemian Go for leafy gold earrings or a necklace of loosely braided beads for a relaxed, boho-chic look. Photos by (from left): Natalie Neal Photography, Anjuli Paschall Glamorous Sparkle and drama are a must for a glam bride. Get the look with a glitzy bib necklace or diamond chandelier earrings. Photos by (from left): Sarah Seven, Jessica Lorren Organic Photography Classic Go with something understated and elegant, like a single strand of pearls or delicate diamond drops, for a timeless look. Photos by (from left): Jen + Ashley Photography, Abby Grace Photography Vintage An antique locket, a classic symbol of love and romance, is the perfect choice for a bride going for vintage style. Photos by (from left): Oh Darling! Photography, Luna Photo Preppy Go for pretty and polished with oversized rose-pink pearls or simple halo studs. Photos by (from left): Erin Hearts Court, Paper Antler Trendy We love a chunky, geometric neckalce or a stack of shiny silver bangles for a contemporary, experimental bride. Photos by (from left): Jagger Photography, Shoot in Love Whimsical Playful, daydreamy pieces like this light dew-drop cuff or trickling quartz earrings are lovely choices for a whimsical look. Photos by (from left): Mikan Designs, Jose Villa
Photo by Jose Villa Photography
Despite De Beers’ “A Diamond is Forever” 1947 clever marketing campaign advocating that the average cost of an engagement ring is worth up to three months’ salary, the average salary is much higher today than it was almost 30 years ago. (The U.S. national average man’s salary is $43,000.)
Let’s face it--engagement rings are pricey, depending on its “Four C’s”, which are cut, clarity, color and cut, but that doesn’t mean your soon-to-be husband has to spend a fortune. Make clear what your expectations are because the average cost of an engagement ring starts at $3,500. And surprisingly, that’s only worth about one months’ salary.
Do you think this a myth or fact? Let us know in the comments below!
Give your bridesmaids a little extra sparkle on your big day with some fun pieces of jewelry. We’ve rounded up our favorite bridesmaid jewelry looks for your inspiration! Bright Statement Necklaces You can’t go wrong with a fun, fresh pop of color! Photos by (from left): Jillian Mitchell, Jackie Cooper Photo Cluster Earrings These flatter all face shapes and look especially sophisticated and chic against a pulled-back ‘do. Photo by: Anne Robert Photography Cuff Bracelets We love the way these pretty cuffs complement the bridesmaids’ bouquets. Photo by: Geoff White Photography Costume Pearls Glam up those necklines with dramatic clusters of oh-so-lovely pearls. Photos by (from left): Ann Taylor, One Love Photography Cocktail Rings Your maids will be “cheers”-ing in style with these bold baubles! Photos by: Stephanie Williams
Photo by Blueberry Photography
Congratulations on finding the woman of your dreams--now it’s time to start thinking about popping the question along with the bling! Here’s how to buy the perfect rock:
What is the budget?
The standard rule is up to three months’ salary, but that’s a myth. It’s better to figure out how much you’re willing to spend upfront, so she can look (or hint) accordingly.
What are the 4 C’s?
Cut, clarity, color and carat -- are the 4 C’s to choosing an engagement ring. Clarity are those letters and numbers that represent the internal flaws of a diamond which include: FL - flawless, IF - internally flawless, VS-1 and 2 - very slightly included 1 and 2, VVS-1 and 2 - very, very slightly included 1 and 2 and SI-1 and 2 - slightly included 1 and 2. Remember, clarity tends to stand out more in the light. Color is those alphabetical letters from D to Z that represent how close a diamond reaches colorlessness. Carat represents the weight of a diamond, and cut represents the shape or style of the diamond.
What style ring do she want?
It’s imperative that you know which type of setting, shape and metal she prefers. After all, the engagement ring will be on her finger for FOREVER! Shapes include: emerald, asscher, round, marquise, oval, pear, princess, cushion, radiant and heart. Settings include: halo, solitaire, prong, tension, channel, bezel and gypsy. Metals include: platinum, gold, rose or white gold or titanium.
Where is the best place to purchase?
It’s financially intelligent to purchase an engagement ring online. You will have much less overhead as well as lower prices at an online retailer whereas you will have much more overhead as well as higher prices at a store retailer. However, purchasing at a store retailer allows you to see the overall look and feel of the engagement ring in-person whereas an at online retailer, what you see in the pictures is what you get.
What is the jewelry company’s return policy?
Whether you’re purchasing online or in-store, the diamond should come with product documentation that specifies characteristics from the Gemological Institute of America. Most online and store retailers have a 30-day money back guarantee for returns as long as the engagement ring is in the same condition it was purchased in. Keep all product documentation and receipts!
Looking for a wedding day present or anniversary gift that will commemorate your special day? These simple, sentimental gold pieces will definitely do the trick -- and we bet she'll wear them as often as she wears her engagement ring.
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Yes, it's crazy expensive. But the way this simple bracelet works is so romantic we had to include it: the gifter puts it on the giftee, locks it with the screwdriver, and then holds on to the screwdriver. Think of it as a more modern twist on the "he hold the key to my heart" symbolism. Love Bracelet, from $6350 at Cartier.
A modern, minimalist (not to mention highly affordable!) way for her to wear your anniversary around her neck. Numerical Pendant, $28 each at BaubleBar.
Commemorate the first kiss, where you got engaged, or even where you exchanged vows with this gorgeous bracelet. Lattitude and longitude are listed on the outside, and a custom engraved message can be added on the inside. Meridian Bracelet, $214 at Coordinates Collection.
Make like newly married Kaley Cuoco and wear your wedding date on a calendar around your neck. The Calendar Necklace, $675 at Dalla Nonna.
A cute little somethin' to give her on your wedding day so she can wear the letters of her new last name on your honeymoon. Gorjana Alphabet Stud Earrings, $30 on Amazon.
The perfect wedding day accessory. Keep it in your pocket, then slip it round her neck between the ceremony and reception. Kate Spade New York Say Yes Bridal Necklace, $78 on Amazon.
Photo by Nami Dadlani Photography
Dare to channel your inner royal with a sapphire engagement ring. Colored diamonds have been making a comeback ever since Kate Middleton became engaged to Prince William in 2010. Sapphires, in particular, are known to symbolize an everlasting marriage. Why not walk down the aisle with this superstition already promised if you had a “something blue” engagement ring on your finger? Check out engagement ring photos in our boards for even more trending eye candy.
Diamonds are not always a girl's best friend and it is not uncommon for brides-to-be to prefer an alternate wedding stone for their ring. However, when considering the many different precious and semi-precious alternate wedding stones calling your name at the local jewelry store, it is important to take into consideration the level of durability that your final choice possesses. Also, keep in mind that smaller sizes tend to crack and fall out too easily.
A few popular alternate wedding stone choices include:
This alternate wedding stone represents the birthstone for September babies, representing serenity and truth – perfect attributes for getting a wedding off on the right foot, don't you think? With a typical blue color, sapphires possess an ancient quality that also comes in pink, green, yellow, lilac, and white. I suggest seeking out an Australian sapphire for a deep blue (almost black) alternate wedding stone.
As the birthstone of July, this alternate wedding stone infuses love, enthusiasm, and strength into a ring. From deep blood red to the lesser-known light pink, gorgeous rubies often come from South East Asia, Burma, Tanzania and Kenya. Can you imagine that during the 19th century, the ruby was thought more valuable than the diamond?
Representing love and fidelity, the emerald would make an exceptional alternate wedding stone – quite valuable in the world of jewelry. To actually get your hands on a flawless emerald is highly uncommon. However, the emerald is a brittle stone and could easily chip or crack if not properly taken cared of. If green is your favorite color, I suggest giving the emerald a try, which is also the birthstone for May.
When looking for a stunning alternate wedding stone combination, consider blending the pale, blue shade of aquamarine with diamonds set in a platinum or white gold band. Plus, you'll find no trouble locating this particular stone, as it is mined in countries, from Russia to Argentina. To choose an aquamarine ring is to also embrace the March birthstone, which stands for happiness and understanding.
Pair the semi-precious garnet with diamonds to capture the fiery birthstone of January that most often offers the flash of red or orange, but also exists in a shade of green. A garnet engagement or wedding ring stands for eternity, truth, and faith.