What to Know Before Engagement Ring Shopping

Becoming engaged is very exciting.  While your friends and family will be eager to congratulate you, more than likely their first words will be, “Let me see that ring!”  It will be with you always, so if you are beginning the selection process, here is a guide for choosing your style. 

Shape and Texture

Typically, the shape of the diamond if the first thing you will select.  Square, round, and pear-shaped stones are very popular this year, and each of these options are stunning and timeless.  But, keep in mind the difference between shape and cut of your stone.  While the shape reflects its appearance, the cut describes its ability to reflect light.   Try on a variety of options, as one may look better on your finger than the next.

After you decide which shape and cut you prefer, pay choose attention to its texture. Note your preference to the stones that are smooth on the top vs. the ones with more of an angle. It may be the determining factor between a few of your top choices. 

Color

While you may already know if you prefer a gold or silver band, you may be surprised to find that adding color into your ring gives it a beautiful edge.  Look at a variety of colored diamonds and even branch out into rings with alternative stones. For example, sapphires, emeralds, and amethyst are beautiful and each carry a special meaning. Diamonds aren’t for everyone. 

Yes, some couples like to shop for engagement rings together, but you may find that your significant other will surprise you! If you have a unique preference in mind, don’t be afraid to speak up…and no need to be conventional.  

Exciting Ways to Announce your Engagement

Congratulations on your engagement!  Now it is time to share your excitement with the rest of the world.  If you are wondering how to get your news to the masses, here are a few options.

Face to Face

Parents and close friends will want to hear the great news directly from you. If you live close by, or can travel a short distance, your news is worthy of a special visit.  Before post anything online, this concise list of folks will want to hear first. You may confront hurt feelings if they find out your news along with the rest of the world.

Throw and Engagement Party

We can’t think of a better reason to pop the champagne, and your friends and family will feel the same.  Time to celebrate!  Gather everyone together for an intimate party and allow yourself the opportunity to let your loved ones lavish you with joy.  You can let the announcement be a surprise at your party, or just host a soiree to rejoice.

Creative Photos

Many engagement announcements are now shared online.  Get creative with your new fiancé and take some photos to express a post-worthy message.  Use props and backdrops for enhancement and have fun with it. No need to be serious here!  Here are a few Pinterest worthy examples:

Engagement Announcement
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Video Message

Maybe you can’t share your good news with everyone face to face, but you may still want an individualized touch. If so, video messages are a great option.  You can say exactly what you want with as much dramatic effect as you like.  Here you can make a special shout out to those closest to you or even add that extra personal message that you wouldn’t be able to include on a handwritten or printed announcement.

Snail Mail

It may take a little extra time, but printing an engagement announcement to mail is not just a thing of the past.  People will love to hang on to your card as a special keepsake.  Some brides choose to tie in their engagement announcements and Save-the-Date cards.  Both options will let your loved ones know a wedding is happening soon.

Newspaper Announcements

Grandmothers everywhere will be please to know that newspapers still publish engagement announcements.  This is a traditional way to get the word out to your community, including those not included in your mailing list.  Old teachers, neighbors, and family friends of long ago of will be able to hear of your future nuptials.

Getting the word out is one of the first and most exciting things you will get to do when planning for your wedding. Get creative and enjoy the extra attention!

 

 

Engagement Photo Shoot Ideas

Engagement photos are a wonderful way for you and your fiancé to connect before your wedding.  Plus, many photography packages include an engagement session in their cost. These photos can be showcased at your reception, included in your save the date cards, and stored in a photo album to remember the beginning of your lifelong journey together.  Here are a few creative photo shoot ideas to help you decide what style works best for you.

Be Romantic

 

Romantic Engagement Photos

 

 

 

 

 

Cute and Sweet

 

Cute and Sweet Engagement Photos

 

 

 

 

 

Show Your Playful Side

 

Playful Engagement Photos

 

 

 

 

 

Be Creative

 

Creative Engagement Photos

 

 

 

 

 

Include Nature

 

Nature Engagement Photos

 

 

 

 

 

Once you have found your favorite engagement photo style, be sure to have fun with it!  The more spontaneous and casual you are, the better the photos will turn out.  These moments will be saved and cherished for years to come!