Saturday, June 6, 2009

While listening to the classic "Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend" song in the store I came to the realization that they haven't always been the go-to rock or tradition!
The tradition of engagement rings dates back to the Classical era, and for the first few hundred years of the tradition, only the wealthiest nobles could afford precious stones. Most rings were actually just simple metal bands! The tradition of the ring finger came from the belief that there was a vein running straight from what is now known as the left "ring finger" to the heart.
When a larger portion of the population became able to afford rings with precious stones (not just diamonds) engagement rings became highly symbolic. Sets of stones would have personal meanings. A ring style commonly made used the birth stones of the engaged as well as their parents to create a ring. The Victorian tradition of engagement rings included precious stones such as Lapis Lazuli, Opal, Vermarine, and Emerald which spells Love! Some engagement rings during this era also contained compartments for a lock of the betrothed's hair (ahh really?).
The tradition of diamond solitaires actually all began with a campaign by De Beers in the 1940's!
Some other food for thought is that diamonds can actually be a boys best friend too... it is still traditional is some places for the man to wear an engagement ring too!

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Top 10 Advice on finding the DRESS!

  • Number One Rule: Be open minded! What you think reminds you of your grandmother's dress on the hanger, may in fact be the dress of your dreams.
  • Bring someone that knows your style better than their own. I'm sure the groom doesn't want to see you in something that your bestfriend would wear on her wedding day
  • DON'T PURCHASE YOUR DRESS ONLINE! You miss out on the whole experience.
  • Don't worry what the groom will think. If he loves you, he will love what you pick.
  • Have fun! Remember that you have been dreaming of this day since you were five. Don't let the decision put a cloud over your head
  • If you hate the little bow on the dress, ask the consultant if you can order it Chances are you can. Keep in mind (contrary to what the magazines always say) there might be a charge for it. It won't lower the cost of the dress.
  • Price vs. Love: If you love the dress, GO FOR IT! Don't settle for less on what your wearing for your big day. You can always take some of the budget from the centerpieces and so on. No one will know and we won't tell.
  • Research designers online and make a scrap book of styles that you like. Do keep in mind, that it may all change when you start trying on.
  • Save the group shopping for the mall. This should be a personal experience that you should only share with one or two.
  • When you find it, you find it. Don't second guess yourself or you will pick your second favorite.