What to look for in an engagement ring

Shopping for an engagement ring can be a stressful business. Not many of us can call ourselves diamond experts, but when a purchase is so significant – and potentially expensive – it is important to do your research before taking the plunge.

Designer engagement rings can now be bought online as well as in stores. Many online stores provide quality images and some allow you to chat with experts about the diamonds and rings before making a decision. You may decide that going to a local jeweler is the best way forward for you, however. This way you can talk in-person and see the jewelry at the same time.

Whatever you do, take your time. The average man takes three months to find the ideal engagement ring that suits both his budget and his partner’s tastes. There’s no rush with this kind of purchase – you want to get it right, and have the perfect proposal.

Ways to make your wedding unique


Mason jars at a wedding. Not what we’d call unique.

This might be a bitter pill to swallow – but your wedding will never be truly unique. Think about what that word actually means. Then think about weddings mean. They are culturally significant rituals, meaning that the traditions within them span across the society in which we live. And that’s wonderful! It’s what makes it so important to you, after all – that everyone knows what a wedding means. It’s the two of you committing to a life of love together.

That said, you don’t want to have a cookie-cutter wedding. Where you can make things a little more tailored to who you are is in the little details. Think about the most defining times in your relationship. Where were you? What were you doing? You can pay homage to these pivotal, meaningful moments in your ceremony and celebration. Whether it looks like another couple’s wedding is irrelevant. It’s the symbolism for the two of you that matters.

Do you share a favorite cuisine? Make it available at your reception. Choose a dress that truly reflects your own sense of style; you don’t have to go with the usual big white dress. Offbeat brides is a great resource for brides who want to do things a little differently. Unique wedding bands, that have a genuine significance to you as individuals, are a lasting way to remember the most important day of your life.

There are tons of choices that come together to make up this special day. Don’t stress about everything being ‘unique’ though – it’s not a contest. Go with what feels right, and remember; the most important thing is that the two of you are making a deep commitment to each other.

Plain or embellished men’s wedding bands


If you’re shopping for a wedding band – for men or women – that means you’ve probably already bought an engagement ring. Whether you match them is up to you of course; however, it’s important to keep the style of that ring in mind.

Men tend to opt for plain wedding bands in a white metal or yellow gold. However, designer wedding bands for men and women with embellished, intricate details, are becoming increasingly popular. Subtle stylistic elements such as milgrain beading, satin-brushed finishes, and cobalt trims are all features that influence the overall design of a ring. Milgrain will bring a vintage, antique touch, which many love. Satin brush or hammered textures will create a worn, loved feel.

Take a look at a variety of styles and metals – there may be some you’re not familiar with. If you’re looking for something more distinctive, you will be able to find more unusual styles, alongside more classic plain wedding bands. Whatever you’re looking for, make sure it’s a style that you can see yourself wearing every day.