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.
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Your puppy is all over your Instagram, Facebook and fridge, so there's no reason not to include him in your engagement pictures too. The best engagement photos give viewers a peek into your life. If you’re a dog owner, take this opportunity to show off your pooch, like these 22 couples did! And we can't thank them enough.
While we do love crazy, funny and over-the-top engagements, sometimes there's just nothing like a proposal with a heartfelt story behind it (warning: you might need some tissues). We've rounded up some of the most romantic wedding proposals from couples across the country, so keep scrolling for seven of our favorites:
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.