Kobe. Wedding Rings. July 22nd , 2018.
Remember: You`re going to wear this band every day, so the goal is to choose something that seamlessly becomes a part of your life. If you play sports or an instrument, a slimmer ring with rounded edges (appropriately called the `comfort fit`) may make the most sense. If you work with your hands, you may want to search for a simple, solid metal ring and avoid gemstones that can come loose or carvings, which can trap dirt. If you`re super active, go for platinum, which is extra durable (when scratched, the metal is merely displaced and doesn`t actually wear away). Try Something Different. You may love the idea of a braided rose gold ring or a diamond eternity band, but once you get to the store, try some rings that aren`t on your inspiration board. Chat with the jeweler, then let them make suggestions based on what you like and don`t rule anything out. Just like with wedding dresses, you may end up loving something you never thought you would. Wear it around the store for a few minutes and while you have it on, try writing and texting as a comfort test. Think Long Term. While you shouldn`t be afraid of being trendy, make sure the style you choose is something you`ll want to wear for, say, the next 40 years. Just don`t stress too much: You`re not married to the ring and can always make changes to it (add diamonds or go from white gold to platinum) later on to mark a special anniversary. Consider the Maintenance. To keep a wedding band with stones clean and sparkling, you`ll need to wash and soak it in warm sudsy water, then gently brush it with a soft toothbrush or eyebrow brush (too much pressure can loosen the stones from their setting), rinse it and pat it dry with a soft lint-free cloth. Sound like too much upkeep? You may want to opt for a fuss-free gold or platinum ring—simply rub it with a soft, lint-free cloth (chamois works well) and you`re good to go. Size It Right. Most people rarely take off their wedding bands; they wear them through summers, winters, exercise, pregnancies—all times when your fingers swell and contract from heat, cold, water retention or weight gain. To find the right size that will best weather all of those changes, schedule your final ring fitting at a time when you`re calm and your body temperature is normal. That means you should never finalize first thing in the morning (you retain water from the night before), right after you`ve exercised (fingers swell) or when you`re extremely hot or cold (which can cause your hands to expand and shrink). Check for Quality. Quality control applies to all rings, not just your wedding bands. Make sure the ring has two marks inside the band: the manufacturer`s trademark (this proves they stand behind their work) and the quality mark, 24K or PLAT, for example (this proves the metal quality is what the retailer says it is).
Congratulations! Whether you’ve decided to go with a ring design that features diamonds a la Elizabeth Taylor or you’ve opted for a plain band with an Elvish inscription, you’ve passed the first hurdle. The next step will be to choose a diamond(s) for your custom wedding ring. Of course, the size of your diamond will vary based on your personal taste and budget. What kind or shape of diamond, however, will depend largely on your style. If you opt for an opulent, Taylor-esque ring, take a look at Asscher cut diamonds (this is the same cut as the infamous Krupp diamond that Taylor received from Richard Burton). If the Elvish engraved band is more your style, consider choosing round or princess cut diamonds. These cuts look dazzling in solitaire settings and will leave you with plenty of room to inscribe a romantic message or date inside the ring. Choose Your Wedding Ring Setting. You already know what style you want, now it’s just time to see if the jeweler you picked already has something, or if you’ll be getting your custom design on more seriously. The setting is what takes your diamond and transforms it from a beautiful stone to a breathtaking wedding ring.
Consider Buying Your Ring and Your Bands Together. If you prefer to be surprised by the engagement ring, this may not work, but knowing what bands go with the engagement ring can help you make a decision. For example, if you have a unique engagement ring, you may want a simple, no-fuss band, whereas a simple engagement ring may call for the added sparkle of a diamond pavé band. Also think about how the rings fit together. If you`re planning on wearing your engagement and wedding ring side by side, 24/7, look for a contour or shadow band designed to interlock with the matching engagement ring. If you`re planning on wearing your wedding ring alone, you may want a more intricate style that will look great with or without your engagement ring. Talk to your jeweler about finding a band that works with your ring (some can even create both at the same time).
If they did, you might decide to go with simpler (read: cheaper) invites. The Cost: Oversize, uniquely shaped, heavy or bulky invitations can cost you about $2 each to mail. How to Avoid It: Skip the fancy boxed invitations and multilayer cards, which can bulk up quickly and cost a lot more than you bargained for. Wedding Dress Alterations and Steaming. Why It`s Hidden: Most stores don`t include alterations (or steaming) in the price of the wedding dress, and they`re not doing it for free—it can take up to three hours just to alter the bustier. The Cost: A simple hem can be less than $100, but completely rebuilding a bodice can send the price up to $500. How to Avoid It: Ask about what the store charges for every alteration you may need before purchasing the gown so you`re not blindsided by the extra costs. Overtime Fees. Why It`s Hidden: Your band, DJ, wedding photographer and videographer are booked for a certain amount of time, so if your wedding runs a little longer than you expected, they`ll charge per hour after they`ve reached the time specified in the contract. The Cost: Starting at $250 per hour (although some vendor`s per-hour overtime fees are more expensive than their typical per-hour charge). How to Avoid It: Factor in additional time for getting dressed and taking photos—that way, you can book your pros for a more realistic time frame. Get overtime costs in writing (they shouldn`t be more than 50 percent more per hour than the regular rate), so you`ll know what to expect if you decide to keep the party going. Welcome Bag Delivery.
Research other roles. You might need ushers to lead the guests to their seats at the ceremony, plus a few people to light candles and distribute programs. But there are a lot of other options as well. Maybe you have a musically inclined friend who would love to play something at the reception. Or what about that friend who is an amazing writer? Have them pen a poem or meaningful essay to share at your ceremony. Tip for the taking: Think twice before offering your friends obscure, not-so-needed positions, like guest book attendant. (Would you want to do that?) Most people would be happier with a VIP corsage and a reserved seat at the ceremony. Kids aren`t required. If there are no children you two feel particularly close to, you don`t need a flower girl and/or ring bearer. And if you have many children you want to include, feel free. Have three little flower girls instead of one and give them each their own basket of flower petals ( boys might enjoy throwing flower petals too!). Or have your two little ones walk down the aisle as pages. They can bear the ring, hold a keepsake or carry a "Here Comes the Bride" sign. Tip for the taking: Having an adults-only wedding? You can still have kids play their roles at the ceremony and not allow them at the reception. If you do that, consider setting up a room for kids with a babysitter during the reception and have some fun foods and activities planned.
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