There is an axiom that applies to many things in life, including engagement rings: the bigger, the better. And judging by the blinding light refracting off subway cars and office corridors since the start of the new year, the holidays were a very popular time for betrothals and, in certain circles, big (and bright) is still the gold standard. But there is also a quiet, but equally powerful movement afoot when it comes to engagement rings: the desire for discretion. More and more women are opting for beautiful, smaller pieces (in same cases—gasp!—with no diamond at all) to celebrate and signify one of life’s great milestones. As one newly engaged Vogue editor said: “There is something about a big ring that makes people think they can come up and ask you a million questions. I like the idea of it being a bit more personal.” For those who share the sentiment, here are ten of our favorite, under-the-radar rings.
Cathy Waterman Love of My Life the Thorn ring, price upon request, ylang23.com
Most of these are absolutely lovely. I have never bought into the bigger is better for rings (or any of the rest of the wedding). My husband and I decided we'd rather not finance our rings or wedding. I know from experience that one can have a formal, classy wedding without going into debt to the tune of the price of a new car or down payment on a house if you really look around and don't have to have the most in-favor-at-the-moment locale, the 2-carat ring, the designer gown, etc. You'll still be just as married and your guests will still enjoy your celebration.
It would be amazing if the first step in planning a wedding was actually cake-tasting or searching for your dream gown, but before the real fun can begin, step one is determining exactly what you have to spend on the big day and how it should be divvied up.
When we recently uncovered some surprising facts behind the wedding traditions we’ve all come to know, we also came across some pretty unbelievable global wedding traditions we had never heard of. So, without further ado, here are five “say what?” big-day customs.
As much as you’d like to think your guests will love every single aspect of your wedding, the truth is you really can’t please everyone. However, you can try to avoid ticking them off too bad. Here’s how.
You know the warning signs — toddler-like tantrums, mascara-stained cheeks, immaculately organized wedding binders that weigh more than a flower girl — yet somehow it’s happened to you … You’ve become a Bridezilla. You may think this overused title is solely reserved for reality TV and romantic comedies, but the reality is high expectations mixed with unexpected circumstances — also known as wedding planning — can be a cocktail of disaster that even the sanest souls can’t stomach. If you suspect the process might be getting the better of you, here are eight ways to tell you’re entering the Bridezilla danger zone.
Whether it’s the guest whose cell phone shrills in the middle of your vows or a inappropriate, drunken declaration made from your dance floor, there are just certain people who can put a crimp in what should otherwise be your carefree wedding day. Here, we identify seven key culprits and dish out tips that will keep them from getting under your skin.
With your wedding day fast approaching, you’ve likely sorted out most of your important details. The dress has been altered, your reception venue paid for, and the menu chosen. But one important detail you may be forgetting to work on the logistics of? Changing your name!
When you’re busy planning a life with someone else, it’s easy to forget about something: yourself! But before you get married, there are a few single-girl to-dos you must accomplish. We’ve rounded up five things — some practical, some fun — that every bride-to-be should do before she walks down the aisle.