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10 Bridesmaid Questions Answered: Who To Ask, What To Expect And More

09 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

10 Bridesmaid Questions Answered: Who To Ask, What To Expect And More

It’s just not a wedding without Bridesmaids. Whether you have one or 10, they’re the ladies who are going to make sure you have an awesome bridal shower and a bachelorette party you, inadvertently, may not remember.

The bride/Bridesmaid relationship is a tricky one, though. You already have a solid relationship with these women, yet you are asking a lot of their time and resources in order to be in your wedding.

We found and answered 10 of the biggest questions about Bridesmaids. How many do you need? Who should even be one? Can you ask them to go tanning before the wedding? Everything you need to know is below.

1. Q. Who should I ask to be in my wedding?

Your wedding party should be made up of people who play an important role in your life: your sister, your old college roommate, etc. The party can be as big or as small as you like, just know you don’t have to ask your entire sorority pledge class, no matter what you promised 10 years ago.

2. Q. When should I ask people to be in my wedding?

You’ll first need to figure out the size of your event. If you’re having a small wedding, a large wedding party may seem off-balance. Once you have a date set, start asking people so they can block out the date.

Be sure to ask everyone around the same time, especially if the bridal party knows each other. Check out some of our creative ways to ask someone to be your bridesmaid.

3. Q. I don’t really get along with my future sister-in-law. Do I have to ask her to be a Bridesmaid?

Depends on the wedding you’re having. While it’s good form to include her, etiquette dictates that you’re not obligated. If you’re having a small wedding party — just a maid of honor and a best man, then you don’t have to. Most people don’t mind not being in the wedding party. It’s one less thing they have to worry about. There will be plenty of other family photos that they will be in. You’re the bride and can design the wedding party however you like — with or without unlikable in-laws.

4. Q. I have two best friends – how do I choose my maid of honor?

You don’t have to! If you have two close friends — or even two sisters — they can both me maids/matrons of honor. This may even be an advantage since it’s helpful to have an extra person when planning bachelorette parties, organizing the shower, etc.

5. Q. My Bridesmaids are annoying me – can I demote them?!

Given that they are your Bridesmaids, you had a strong relationship with them before you got engaged and hopefully will have one afterwards. That said, think about specifically what it is about the Bridesmaids that is driving you crazy. Are they not buying the dress you asked them to? Are they slow to plan a shower? (Maybe it’s a surprise!) When you feel annoyed, single out what behavior is annoying you and then you can work on fixing that problem.

If you have frustrations, be sure to address them in person. Problem solving needs to happen over a conversation, not a barrage of e-mails and text messages.

Make sure you are not the problem. Are you making unrealistic demands, such as making everyone wear the same, expensive shoe or getting their hair done at a pricey salon? Check out our piece about how to get your bridesmaid not to hate you. Sometimes little things, like overtly asking them not to get you a wedding gift or easing up on the hair requirement, goes a long way.

6. Q. What can I ask my Bridesmaids to do?

Don’t they know they have to fan you while feeding you grapes? In all seriousness, there’s lots that they can help you do that is completely reasonable:

Pre-wedding tasks: Things like stuffing envelopes, welcome bags, putting together favors, folding programs, etc. Ply them with some booze and it becomes a bonding experience.

Pay for the Bridesmaid ensemble:  This includes the dress, its alterations and accessories. Sometimes brides like to make a gift of the jewelry, which is a nice gesture. Be upfront if Bridesmaids will have to pay for their own hair appointments on the wedding day. If you can afford to pick up the tab, by all means do so.

Help plan or co-host the bridal shower and/or bachelorette party: This doesn’t necessarily mean they have to pay for theses events — sometimes the Mother of the Bride or another relative likes to pick up the tab for the shower — but they should offer to help in some way. Bachelorette parties are usually paid for by everyone who attends — both Bridesmaids and other non-wedding party attendants.

Attend the rehearsal dinner and rehearsal ceremony: They should also attend at least one shower, unless they live far away.

Be social, act as a defacto hostess: If you know a shy cousin will be coming, ask a Bridesmaid to chat him up and make him feel comfortable. Naturally they should all be polite to the other guests, be feel free to point out guests who may be coming alone, etc.

Run last-minute errands: Someone may have to go on a last minute run to Walgreen’s, and the bride is not that person. You can ask Bridesmaids to do last minute chores, or even to greet vendors the day of if you don’t have a wedding planner.

Hold your dress while you peeSomeone has to. Ask the Bridesmaid with the biggest sense of humor.

7. Q. My husband has more groomsmen than I have Bridesmaids, what should I do?

The wedding party should be made up of your nearest and dearest — even if that is an uneven number. Don’t worry if there are more on one side than the other. It’s much better than asking a random person to be in it to even out the numbers. You can sort out how to get everyone up and down the aisle at the rehearsal.

8. Q. I think one of Bridesmaids may not be able to afford the dress, etc.

No matter how well you think you know someone, never assume you know anything about their finances, no matter their lifestyle. Just because your grad student friends lives on Ramen noodles it doesn’t mean she can’t afford to be in your wedding. Maybe she just really likes Ramen?

Once you have your bridal party set, send an e-mail outlining the projected costs. ($200 for the dress, $50 for hair the day of, etc.) People appreciate understanding costs ahead of time. If they don’t think they can afford it, they will let you know. Encourage Bridesmaids to share hotel rooms, etc. Be sure to add a note that if anyone needs help to let you know. The cost of a quietly paying for a Bridesmaid dress for your grad student friend is tiny compared to everything else you’re paying for in the wedding.

9. Q. One of my friends has put on some weight. Can I ask her to lose it before the wedding?

Short answer? No. You can’t ask people to adopt different grooming or lifestyle habits such as losing weight, tanning or changing their hair for your wedding day. When you’re asking someone to be in your wedding party, you’re asking them the way they are. If your friend has let themselves go a little, perhaps being in someone’s wedding is exactly the motivation she needs to get back to her healthy, svelte self.

10. Q. I was in a friend’s wedding four years ago. We are not close anymore. Does she have to be in mine?

There is no quid pro quo when it comes to weddings. You don’t even have to invite someone to your wedding just because you went to theirs. Your friend is probably aware that you aren’t close anymore, either. Since she played an important part in your life before, be sure to invite her as a guest.

How the Mother of the Bride’s Duties Differ from the Mother of the Groom’s

08 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas
How the Mother of the Bride's Duties Differ from the Mother of the Groom's

Photo: Kate Webber Photography

When it comes to wedding planning, there’s enough work to go around — and both your mother and mother-in-law to-be will want to pitch in. So here’s how the most important women in your life should divvy up their wedding duties.

The mother of the groom should…
— Offer your beau financial assistance — if desired — for those things traditionally paid for by the groom’s family, such as your bouquet and the rehearsal dinner. (But don’t be offended if she doesn’t — many couples are now paying for their weddings solo.)
— Attend the bridal shower with a gift and a smile.
— Check in with your mom about her wedding-day attire — their looks should complement and not compete with one another — and shop for her outfit up to six weeks before the big day.
— Plan and host the rehearsal dinner, which could take up to six months to organize.
— And dance with her son at the reception, of course!

See More: 7 Things Every Mother-of-the-Bride Should Do

The Mother of the Bride should…
— Discuss your wedding budget with you, and the ways she and your father would like to contribute.
— Be the back-up contact for wedding professionals, including your planner, caterer and florist.
— Help you choose your wedding gown — tears aren’t required, but definitely appreciated!
— Ask your opinion on what she should wear for the big day, and purchase her attire up to six weeks before the wedding.
— Attend or even organize your bridal shower, depending on what you decide with your ‘maids.
— And be there for any pre-wedding breakdowns, crisis and moments of pure joy!

Both mothers should…
— Help spread the word on where you’re registered to their family and friends.
— Seek out recommendations for wedding professionals and ceremony and reception sites — as long as you’ve asked for their input.
— And see you off from the reception as the two of you embark on your new life together!

What do you wish your mother and future mother-in-law would do for your big day?

10 Things Every Bride With A Small Budget Should Know

06 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

10 Things Every Bride With A Small Budget Should Know

If you didn’t get the memo about the sky-high cost of weddings, you’re not alone, by any means. When exactly were you (or your loved ones) supposed to squirrel away $25K (the national wedding cost average) between high school, college, crappy first jobs, crappy third jobs, etc? More bad news: if you’re in a major city like NYC, that wedding cost average nearly doubles. If you’re working with a budget of significantly less than either of those figures, I do have some good news for you. It doesn’t cost $25K to get married. (There’s a big difference there.)

There’s no need to despair – you can absolutely have a fabulous big day for far less than five figures. So before you start racking up the wedding-related credit card debt, and buying in to every bit of wedding-related hoopla in the known universe, read these 10 things every cash-poor bride should know before you begin your wedding planning journey.

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1. The wedding industry doesn’t want you to think you can have a truly awesome wedding for less than 25K. But you absolutely can. It might not have all the bells and whistles of an “as-seen-on-TV” wedding, but it can still be beautiful, memorable, and most importantly, budget-friendly.

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2. Some wedding vendors may sneer at your small budget. They’ll insist that you can’t have a “decent” wedding for less than five figures, and they’ll make you feel crappy about your wedding choices. Don’t reward them with your business. (They’re totally wrong, btw. Your wedding is going to be awesome.)wedding-cake-serving-set.jpg

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3. Planning a wedding is like taking on an unpaid part-time job, no matter what your budget. You’ll probably put in 20 hours a week on Pinterest alone. However, if you have the time to plan your own wedding, skipping on a wedding planner will save you thousands.


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4. Proceed through bridal magazines with caution. The wedding glossies frequently feature wedding items that are way out of your budget. Do your research on designers and brands before you give your heart to a $4000 Wedding Dress. (The same goes for bridal salons – be sure to ask about price points before you shop. For more dress shopping tips, check out our ultimate guide to Wedding Dress shopping!)

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5. Gorgeous examples of budget weddings can be found at any price point. Don’t believe me? Google “$5000 wedding”, or “10K wedding”. You’ll find enough budget-friendly inspiration on the interwebs to fill three weddings. Trust me, it’s out there.

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6. Know that you’re not alone – and finding a supportive, like-minded community of brides will make your wedding planning journey so much easier. There are tons of resources out there for budget-minded brides – blogs like The Broke-Ass Bride, or The Budget Savvy Bride, and SHEfinds, of course!

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7. Pick the three things that are most important to you – now you know where you’ll be allocating most of your wedding budget. (Do remember that the food is usually the biggest wedding expense, and if it doesn’t appear on your top 3, you can save a lot by not serving a full sit-down meal.)

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8. Still feeling self-conscious about your small budget wedding’s status? A smaller guest list will allow you to devote more of your budget to food, flowers, and decor – which will make your wedding look much pricier.


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9. Don’t be quick to turn down free help when it’s offered. If your Aunt wants to bake your wedding cake as her gift to you, let her do it. Likewise, if your Maid of Honor wants to help you tackle every wedding-related project that comes up, by all means, let her tag along!

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10. If certain wedding traditions don’t speak to you, they’re not worth spending your hard-earned money on. Axe them. It’ll leave more room in your budget for the things that truly matter.

10 Gorgeous Oversized Wedding Bouquets

04 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

An oversized bouquet has a dramatic look for the flower-loving bride. This is a stunning idea for outdoor and boho weddings with a focus on freshness and color. These bouquets can be your main floral arrangement if you’re having smaller floral pieces in the rest of your decor. We’ve picked out 10 gorgeous oversized wedding bouquets to inspire you.

1. Summer Pinks

Peonies, garden roses, decorative kale and green hydrangea are the perfect ingredients for a fresh and colorful summer bouquet. The large blooms make this DIY bouquet an easy one to construct and has such a lovely result.

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2. Botanical 

This modern mix of flowers and foliage has a distinctive botanical feel. With touches of copper added to the palette, it creates an enviable mid-century look.

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3. Peaches and Succulents 

Succulents are a bouquet fave for a reason. They effortlessly enhance the other flowers in the bouquet and work well with neutral tones. Make the succulent a centerpiece by choosing one in a significant size.

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4. Bold Brights

For double the impact, go for both color and size. Vibrant reds teamed with slightly burnt orange blooms are a great pairing for larger bouquets. Leaving the stems bare, also creates an informal look to balance everything out.

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5. Pink Blossoms 

A feminine, elegant and ethereal take on an oversized bouquet. As light pink is such a delicate color you can get away with having more blooms.

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6. Clean and Simple 

If you’re weary about going for such a bold piece, you can keep the bouquet clean with white and cream flowers. This will give you the opportunity to play around with the size of the bouquet without it being too overwhelming.

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7. In the Wild 

This lush bouquet with hints of lilac and peach has a wildness to it that goes hand in hand with a garden affair.

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8. Deep tones 

For fall weddings, deep and rich autumnal tones work especially well in larger arrangements. Blending these with trailing greenery finishes the piece.

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9. Whimsical Paper 

For a touch of whimsical charm, go for oversized single paper flowers. A quirky look that would fit in perfectly in a woodland wedding. Extra bonus points if you fancy a challenge and decide to make them yourself!

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10. Cascading Bouquet

A cascading bouquet is a true statement piece, which gives you the opportunity to play around with proportions and the dimension of your bouquet. It is a lovely way to complement the silhouette of your dress.

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40 Trendy Medium Hairstyles for Women For 2015

02 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Hair

May it be a 18 year old teenager or a working mother, showcasing the attitude with the personality is of utmost importance since that outer thing is what everybody is going to see first. Beauty and elegance impresses anybody at a single glance.
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Who likes having a same hairstyle for a long time? The basic necessities of women lies in being hot and shocking the world around them with their ever new look. Try these Trendy Medium Hairstyles for Women and watch how your crush feels Goosebumps on his skin after encountering you. Stay stylish! Give yourself the gift of new and refreshing hairstyles this summer to both be comfortable and look great.

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Best for the women of all age groups since it is the style of the decade. It looks cool on professional dress code to outfit for DJ nights. You may put on the colour on your hair as to highlight it and get stylish.

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Yes, you got it right! These are asymmetrical bangs which looks classy and gorgeous on a formal outfit, though people wear this hairstyle in parties as well. You, preferably, tilt your hair to either right or left side of your head to avoid encounter with eyes.

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  • Forget about the attention that people around will die giving you, think of the moment when you will find yourself having the most unique and gorgeous hairstyles with headbands.
  • A hot pop star, Lady Gaga has finally got this wonderful hair style as to define a new style by her name.
  • You don’t even need to colour your hair as the natural shine looks great.

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  • Girly hairstyle and a good choice by women since it look great with hot one piece and formals as well.
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Indeed, why do boys have all the fun? This hairstyle was ruled by several men out there but now women have snatched the incredible grace and charm on the earth of fashion. Highlighting the tips of hair with bright and funky colors looks damn glamorous since it is a new fashion statement.
If you have a sleek and straight hair, you turn your hair curly or wavy and then go for this gracious haircut style. Tilting hair on either side by layering up hair asymmetrically looks sassy. You may put on head band of colors similar to your dress for an elegant feminine sensation.

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Get flirty with all these fantastic hairstyles to make guys turn and stay awestruck by watching your hearty hairstyle. These Trendy Medium Hairstyles for Women will suit every kind of faces and surroundings. Congratulations for now you have a distinct set of awesome haircut styles. Do share your views and queries, if any.

Reception and Evening Dresses by Tarik Ediz | 2015

01 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Evening Dresses
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My obsession with turkish designer Tarik Ediz has been well documented on this blog. Between his Tarik Ediz and Tarik Ediz White Collections .. there’s enough style candy for the bride and her Bridesmaids. Tarik dresses have also been a HIT with brides looking for sexier dress changes for their wedding reception. His dresses are feminine, sexy and guaranteed show-stoppers. See and swoon for yourselves.

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Sophia Tolli 2015 Bridal Collection

01 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Dresses
This gorgeous collection of Wedding Dresses is what I call bridal perfection, every single one of these wedding gowns is better than the next one… seriously! Filled with sophisticated pieces and elegant princess moments, the newest collection from Sophia Tolli is a total must-see. If you are looking for the ultimate blend of femininity and glamour for your wedding day look, today is your lucky day because Sophia Tolli 2015 will deliver that and much more. So, don’t miss a minute of divine… Join me for the compilation of dreamy fashion moments!
Please contact Sophia Tolli for authorized retailers near you and pricing information.   

Get The Look: Glossy, bouncy Victoria Secret waves

28 Jan 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Hair

VICTORIA_SECREtIs your hair in need of some joie de voir? Locks looking a little lacklustre? Roots seeming somewhat le flat? It’s as easy as revisiting a classic; loose, bouncy waves! The key to keeping it Victoria-Secret-sexy is texture and bounce with a bit of gloss and shine thrown into the mix. Follow these steps to get super cute cascading strands in a flash.

Step 1: Prep damp hair by applying a styling cream from root to tip. Obliphica Multia-Task Styling Cream is great for straight, fizzy or curly hair types.  If you have fine hair, reach for a product with extra hold and voluminising properties such as Tigi Catwalk Session Series Styling Cream.

Step 2: Create a middle or side part and then divide hair into four sections with clips.

Step 3: Pull each section of the hair taut and blow dry downwards.

Step 4: Once hair is fully dry, use a curling iron or rod to create your waves. Twirl the hair away from your face, keeping the iron at a 45-degree angle and leaving the tips straight for an undone feeling. Switch to counter clockwise twirling on some parts of the hair – the trick to natural waves!

Step 5: Finish up with the final face-framing curls, being extra careful not to create hairline burns.

Step 6: Once all of the waves have been curled, spritz some hair spray over your mane and then gently finger comb the waves out to create a gorgeously undone, loosely woven texture. Create hi-shine gloss by spraying J Beverly Hills Finishing Shine Mist over the top of your handiwork.

And now you’re catwalk ready!

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❤ Kristina xo

On a Tight Wedding Budget? DIY Projects Can Save Money

28 Jan 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Many couples are paying for their own weddings nowadays, and with that can come a lower budget for the event. However, there are many ways that you can save thousands of dollars on your wedding day and that is by doing it yourself, or DIY. Even if you are not the most crafty person, you and your partner, along with help from your wedding party, will be able to do all kinds of projects that will save you lots of money in the long run. If you have time in your week for DIY projects, this may just be for you.

Why Should I DIY?

If you have time in your day, there are a handful of projects that will help you stay within your wedding budget. DIY can be a lifesaver when when paying for an event where you can have hundreds of people attending! The projects may be a little time consuming, but when you are on a tight budget, it is better to DIY than have to scrimp and cut costs where it matters, like catering.

Wedding Favors

These are perhaps the easiest DIY project that you can do with your wedding party. First you have to decide on what kind of favors you would like; edible ones, such as these S’Mores Centerpiece Favors, are always popular because your guests can snack on it on the way home. Another idea: With just some mason jars, a printer, sticky labels and some ingredients from a bulk store, you can make trail mix in different flavors for your guests. Top it off with some fabric in the same color as your theme and tie with twine for an extra added touch of elegance. If everyone works well together, this project can be done in an afternoon and can save you hundreds of dollars.

Non-Traditional Bouquets

Nontraditional wedding bouquet idea. Budget wedding DIY brooch bouquet...use jewelry from parents and grandparents to make it an heirloom.A wedding trend that has been steadily gaining attention lately are non-traditional bouquets. These bouquets are usually made of different findings, from beads and broaches to seashells and glitter, many brides have decided to make their own stunning non-traditional bouquet. If you are worried that you may not be able to do such a thing by yourself, check the non-traditional bridal bouquet ideas pinboard for inspiration and the right videos to help you along with your project.

Invitations

Another big cost when it comes to weddings are the invitations. A great way to save on them is to make them yourself, and that way you can make them as busy or as simple as you would like them to be. Craft stores have many different styles of stamps, cards and ink that you can use to make your invitations uniquely yours and you can save hundreds of dollars while doing it. Plus, guests are sure to enjoy something that is handmade instead of printed at a factory.

Place cards and Seating Charts

Two more paper crafts that are exceedingly easy to do, and if you made your own invitations you will already have stamps and ink that you can use. If you have decided on a specific theme, you can design your place cards and seating chart around that theme so that it fits in perfectly at the reception. These do not take a lot of time to do and your wedding party can help you with them if you need a couple extra pairs of hands.

Photo Albums

You do not have to pay a photographer to make up your wedding album. With many websites offering the capabilities for you to design your own wedding albums (most notably Shutterfly), this is a sure fire way to get what you want and save some money as well. You could also choose to scrapbook your wedding, and you can save that for weekends when your spouse and yourself are looking for something fun to do together. It is a great way to relive the day and see it from different perspectives as you put your own album together.

Engagement Rings for Men: 9 Style Ideas & How to Wear Them

28 Jan 2016 Posted by trubridal in Engagement Rings

If women can wear engagement rings to announce their status, why can’t men? Well, there really is no reason. Historically, the wearing of men’s engagement rings is more common in other countries, but we expect the tradition to spread as more U.S. couples prefer the man–or men, if the couple is same-gender–to wear evidence of their status.

Engagement Rings for Men...Nontraditional, but why shouldn't the guys have a symbol of commitment as well as the girls? Some styles, plus ideas for if and how he should wear it after the wedding. A couple of ideas for gay couples as well.

 

Why Would a Man Want to Wear an Engagement Ring?

Well, for all the same reasons a woman would want to…

It is a symbol of commitment. Like it or not, the presence or absence of a left-hand ring is a cultural cue as to whether that person is available for a more-than-just-friends relationship.

It is a visual representation of involvement in the process. For many, there are certain steps to ending up married: get engaged, set date, plan wedding, become wed. A ring represents the beginning of that journey.

Bling is fun. There is no reason the joy of showing off a ring and sharing stories behind it should be limited to the girls. Right?!

Unlike for women, there is no set “etiquette” involved with the wearing of engagement rings for men. So feel free to make up your own rules. Here are some ideas if you are planning to propose to your guy…

Traditional Ring Approaches

  1. The most straightforward approach is to buy a classic, plain man’s wedding band as an engagement ring, for later use as the wedding ring.
  1. Propose with a narrow gold band, then replace it with a similar, but larger version during the ceremony.
  1. Take a cue from the women and have him emerge from the wedding ceremony with two rings on the left hand: one given upon engagement, with a second added during wedding vows. Because bands come in a variety of widths, from around 2mm up to 9mm or so, the two combined need not be overwhelming.
  1. If you believe “diamond’s are a fiancée’s best friend,” regardless of gender, get him a man’s diamond ring. Depending on the style, he can later wear it as a right hand ring or continue wearing it as a wedding ring after you are married.

Start Your Own Tradition

If none of the above appeal to you, know that any ring can serve as an engagement ring. Upon marriage it can remain on the left hand, be switched to the right, or simply become a keepsake or heirloom for future generations.

  1. Purchase a tungsten, titanium, or other alternate-metal ring for wear during the engagement and opt for a gold wedding ring later, or simply re-designate it as a wedding band at the ceremony.
  1. Choose a unique design, such as a fingerprint ring or one with other textured style, as the engagement band and a shiny-finish version as the wedding band.
  1. Go with a gemstone fashion ring.
  1. Opt for symbols of commitment on the engagement ring, such as the trinity or Celtic knot.
  1. If you are a gay couple and wish to convey it even when you are apart, consider rainbow rings, which include one or more narrow strips of color in the design.
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