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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!3
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.2
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 Villa1
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!0
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 Williams1
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!0
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.1
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.1
Your wedding ring is the single most important piece of jewelry you will ever wear. It's a sign of everlasting love and commitment. Many grooms and brides have opted to engrave their spouse's wedding ring with a touching phrase, the wedding date or something else that's special to the two of them. Below you will find some helpful information that will help you determine whether you should engrave your ring.
Photo: Jeff Loves Jessica, Jewelry: Bergstrom
Band Width and Type -
Some rings are simply too small to be engraved - that includes rings that are smaller than 3 millimeters. Between 4 and 6 millimeters is the perfect size for engraving and larger than this creates an opportunity to have two rows of text. Make sure your ring is large enough to be engraved, or the words may come out illegible and it may not look that great. Also, think about your wedding ring type.
If it's gold, you might consider getting it hand engraved by an artist who can provide the lettering you want. Gold gives way nicely under a hand engraver's tools while Platinum and other metals are more difficult to engrave this way. For those metals, consider having them laser-engraved. This is usually done by a machine which can provide several different kinds of lettering and even symbols.
What Will You Say?"I Got You Babe." "You Are My Sunshine." "Forever and Always." "My Other Half." "Forever My Darling." "What Have We Done?"
If you have decided that you should engrave your ring, there are many different possibilities. You can stick with the traditional idea of placing your name, your spouse's name and the wedding date - or your can do something a little more personal. Some individuals place phrases from a favorite song, poem, scripture or something else that means a lot to the couple. It can be sentimental, funny or however you want it. Below you will find a few examples of engraved messages:
Depending upon your personality and your spouse's personality, you may opt for a funny message that only your spouse would understand and cherish - or something sentimental and sweet.
Important Tips -
There are a few things you should make sure of when you decide to engrave your ring. First and foremost, ask for samples of the engraver's past work so you can determine whether he or she should be the one to do the work. Also, ask whether the engraving will be done in house or sent out - and whether it's insured if it is sent out. Then, determine how long it will take to be completed so you can ensure that it will be done before the ceremony.
An inscription on a ring is sure to be cherished for many years to come. By going over the basics, you can make sure you actually want to engrave it and that it will be done correctly.0
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Diamonds have long been a symbol of love and commitment, the preferred stone adorning the ring fingers of the engaged. For ring shoppers, the sparkly options seem endless. The cut of the stone, setting style, band metal and personal style all factor into finding the perfect ring.
The most popular diamond shape is the round diamond, often called the round brilliant. Fifty-eight triangular facets direct light from the bottom of the diamond through the crown for that ultimate sparkle. Created by Marcel Tolkowsky in 1919, diamond cutters have been perfecting this particular cut for nearly 100 years, giving you a versatile stone that shines in both modern settings and elaborate designs.
The princess is the most popular non-round choice with brides-to-be. First created in London during the "swingin' sixties," this many-faceted, pointed-cornered gem varies in shape from square to rectangular and has a mirrored effect. While stunning as a solitaire, the princess works very well in eternity bands, as the edges line up to create a seamless wall of stones.
The emerald cut diamond is one most associated with the term "ice." The art deco shape earned its name in the 1920s when the cut was used primarily for emeralds. Its flat surface with lean rectangular facets spotlights the stone's clarity.
The Asscher cut is named for the Asschers of Amsterdam, gem cutters for Britain's royal family, who designed the shape in 1902. It's essentially a square version of the emerald, with a high crown and stepped sides. The dramatic profile was popular through the ‘30s, and is perfect for vintage lovers.
This brilliant-cut stone flatters the finger with its distinctive elongated shape. The Marquise diamond works well with others; consider setting it with round or pear-shaped stones. The gem can be worn either vertically (as Victoria Beckham does) or horizontally (as per the preference of Catherine Zeta-Jones).
The oval's brilliance and versatility can rival that of a round, but with the added advantage of its shape accentuating slender ring fingers.
The rectangular radiant diamond is known for its trimmed corners. First introduced in the 1970s, the long step-cut and triangular facets optimize its light refraction.
The pear is also known as the teardrop. The unique shape boasts a single point (facing up) and rounded end. Keep in mind that this unusual and feminine diamond often goes solo as few wedding bands can fit beneath this stone's underside.
The unique shape and obvious symbol of love make the heart-shaped stone a distinctive and romantic option. Louis XIV had heart-shaped diamonds in his collection.
The cushion-cut diamond, also known as "pillow-cut," is a square stone with rounded corners and large facets to ensure maximum brilliance and making it a popular choice for more than a century. More shine than sparkle, this diamond is often set with surrounding tiny diamonds.
There are numerous ways to set a ring. Prongs, usually three to six of them, hold a solitaire diamond. This is the most popular engagement ring setting, centering the diamond to reflect the most light.
A three-stone setting lines up three diamonds that represent the past, present and future.
The increasingly popular bezel setting encases a single stone in a collar of metal. This modern style is a great design for active brides, and the encircling metal ring both protects the diamond's edges and makes it appear larger.
The boxter setting features a frame of little diamonds surround a central diamond. This makes a small gem appear larger and creates a unique feminine statement.
Platinum and gold are the top picks when it comes to band metals. Platinum is considerably more expensive but is also the strongest jewelry metal and won't tarnish or wear away. Most jewelers recommend the more secure platinum prongs in solitaire settings, even if the band is gold. Yellow gold provides a warm hue and traditional look, whereas white gold provides a more affordable non-yellow option. Gold is a softer, more malleable metal, yet the 18k gold band remains the most popular engagement band choice.
Custom bands with floral motifs and geometric shapes are also on the rise. Some brides prefer a band as their engagement ring; with the dazzling options and a less-expensive price tag, the eternity band continues to be a favorite.
Choose a ring she'll want to wear forever.
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