Though most weddings tend to be in the fall or summer months, there is nothing better than a perfect springtime wedding. The air is fresh, the grass newly green; if you’ve always wanted a spring wedding look no further. Here is a guide to the perfect spring wedding!
Color Scheme: When picking colors out for a spring wedding, there are couple things to keep in mind. Choose colors that encompass spring like pinks, greens, yellows, and purples. Pastels are often associated with the spring time as well! Either way you can’t go wrong; go for what you love! Here are some of our favorite combinations.
Pastels: cream, mint, mauve, lilac, and pink!
Navy blue and blush pink: a beautiful contrast of colors for a perfect wedding.
Lemon Lavender: lavender, light grey, pale yellow, lilac, and lemon yellow
Mint and Grey: mint, jade, and pewter grey.
Champagne and grey: blush, gold, champagne, and grey.
Pink, Orange, and Blue: turquoise, tangerine, and fuchsia.
Flowers: Picking flowers for spring are relatively easy; there are many flowers in bloom during the springtime, so there are many to choose from! Almost every flower can come in a wide variety of colors, so choose which flower you like best and the rest can almost always be customized. Tulips are iconic for spring, but here are a few of our favorite options.
The Dress: A big trend for spring wedding dresses is lace. We love these looks by Ellie Saab and Marsheca in their 2017 Spring Collection; when shopping for a dress, keep your eyes out for lace, floral undertones, sweetheart necklines, and A-line dresses.
Hairstyles: Spring time means flowers and greenery! We love the look of adding a floral piece to your hair for the most spring-y look. Loose braids and barrel curls are a few of our favorite as well! Go for a fishtail down the back or a french twist with babies breath pieces added for extra flair.
These elements add a touch of spring to your wedding hairstyle!
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If you are looking for the perfect wedding band to go with your engagement ring, here are a few popular styles we have seen lately for women.
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Stackable wedding bands have become a big trend among women. They are nice to wear if you want to wear multiple rings on one finger. They are called stackables for the obvious reason that they stack easily on the fingers! This style of wedding band is becoming very popular especially with geometric shapes in the band of the ring.
Complimentary wedding bands are called complimentary for, again, the obvious reason that they compliment the engagement ring! They will not necessarily match, but can be used to mix and match different styles. For example, if you have a simple solitaire engagement ring, you could get a wedding band that is a different style and color to wear. Great for someone who likes more than one style!
Matching wedding bands -you guessed it- match the engagement ring! This can easily be achieved by getting a ring with same setting so the two rings match completely (besides the big rock missing from the wedding band.) A great look that cannot go wrong!
Eternity bands are wedding bands with diamonds covering the entire band. This style matches every kind of ring, and can be worn for extra sparkle on the finger! It can be worn to match the stone on the engagement ring (example: getting a diamond eternity band in oval cut diamonds if the engagement ring has an oval cut diamond on it.)
Plain rings are simple bands that are usually in white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold, depending on the color engagement ring. They can vary in band thickness (2 mm to 10 mm) and are used by many people for a simple, everyday, easy to wear look.
A fool-proof guide to the different stones used for each different anniversary milestone. Use this to celebrate your continuous love!
First year Anniversary: Gold
Gold does not corrode and so it became a symbol of immortality and power in many ancient cultures.The value and beauty of solid gold made it an ideal material for particularly important political and religious objects such as crowns, symbolic statues, and offerings. Since the first year is such a wonderful milestone, what better way to celebrate than with a gold wedding band for him and her. Gold is also used for the 50th anniversary. Symbolizing prosperity, strength, and wisdom, it represents the essence of what a fifty-year marriage should be.
10th year Anniversary: Diamond
Diamonds have a long history as beautiful objects of desire. In the first century AD, the Roman naturalist Pliny stated: “Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world.” Upgrade your original wedding bands with beautiful new diamonds to celebrate ten years of unconditional love. Diamonds are also used for 60 year anniversaries! You can bring it back full circle as you reminisce on your time picking out her first diamond. Treat yourselves to gifts of diamond jewelry that you both can enjoy!
15th Anniversary: Ruby
Symbolizing love and passion, the ruby is one of the most desired gemstones of all. Early cultures treasured rubies for their similarity to the redness of the blood that flowed through their veins, and believed that rubies held the power of life. As a symbol of passion, ruby makes an ideal romantic gift. Like the 15th year anniversary, the 40 year anniversary is also celebrated with rubies. Within this stone is thought to lie a flame of fire that grows brighter with each passing year, just like the flame of a forty-year marriage. Express your gratitude and love with this elegant red stone.
20 Year Anniversary: Emerald
The emerald is used to celebrate the 20th anniversary. The emerald was once cherished by Spanish conquistadors, Inca kings, and pharaohs. The beautiful green stone represented royalty and wealth.This beautiful stone celebrates a radiant and growing marriage; choose from many emerald pieces at weddingbands.com.
25th Anniversary: Silver
Twenty five years uses silver to celebrate! It comes from the Latin word “argentum” which means “shiny” or “white.” Like silver, may your marriage and love continue to shine in splendor and radiance as you grow old together. At weddingbands.com, we have many silver wedding bands along with silver jewelry to help you both celebrate.
30th Anniversary: Pearl
Thirty years means pearls! Symbolizing hidden beauty, the pearl reminds the maturing couple that what is most valuable is the shared experience of life with another. Celebrate three whole decades together with beautiful pearl pieces.
Did you know blue is the most common favorite color in the world for both men and women? It’s no wonder people love sapphires. This beautiful gemstone has always played a role in history. In Ancient Rome & Greece, it was believed those who worn the stone were protected from envy & harm. Here are 5 things you need to know about sapphires:
- Sapphire is the birthstone of September. It’s also the 5th and 45th wedding anniversaries. What better way to celebrate these moments with a sapphire.
- Sapphire is part of the corundum family; along with ruby. It comes in an array of colors; aside from the ruby red. Colorful sapphires are called fancy sapphires and come in a rainbow of colors; from yellow to violet. There are also color changing sapphires that alter colors based on the lighting. There are so many different options with sapphires; you could easily create a beautiful anniversary ring as well as a birthday gift.
- The most famous sapphire engagement ring is Princess Diana’s and now Kate Middleton. Using sapphire in an engagement ring is a great option for those who want something less traditional or want a specific color in the center rather than a white diamond.
- Sapphires are 9 on the Mohs hardness scale. A diamond is 10 on the Mohs hardness scale. If we were to recommend a color stone in an engagement or wedding ring; we would recommend a sapphire; because of the hardness.
- The symbolism of sapphire is truth, loyalty, and sincerity; among others. When you give a sapphire, you are professing your loyalty to your loved one.
With all these great features to a colored gemstone; you can’t pass up the opportunity to add sapphire jewelry to your collection.
You have the engagement ring. It was all that you imagined. He got the perfect ring. Now, it’s time to find a matching diamond ring. In the past, it was customary to get a band that match exactly your engagement ring or your future husbands wedding ring. You would solder the two together and wear them all the time. But in today’s world, the matching ring can compliment your engagement ring and be worn alone while you travel or exercise. Maybe you have a halo engagement ring or a simple solitaire; there are many diamond rings that will add to your engagement ring. Here are our picks of four diamond wedding rings that compliment any engagement ring, including that curved halo engagement ring.
1. Eternity rings set in prongs
This style is great for basically any engagement ring. It’s simple, it’s a classic and can be worn alone or with the engagement ring. An eternity ring symbolizes the eternal love you have for each other. Diamonds are set around the whole band. The diamonds can either be set in a smooth channel or with prongs. We think a simple eternity ring is a perfect compliment to any engagement ring.
2. Channel set diamond ring
If your engagement ring is a classic and elegant solitaire with smooth edges, then the channel set diamond ring is a great compliment to your engagement ring. The diamonds are set perfectly in a smooth channel with either platinum, gold, white gold or rose gold surrounding them. This style of diamond wedding ring is another great option to wear alone while traveling.
For someone who likes the idea of getting something different and unique from the classic styles; a ring with the diamonds scattered on the ring is a great fit. Depending on how the ring is styled, it could fit well with either a classic solitaire engagement ring or a vintage engagement ring.
4. Pave diamond wedding ring
Pave diamond wedding rings generally include multiple smaller diamonds set closely together. You can get either one row or multiple rows of pave diamonds, depending on the style of your engagement ring. It’s a great fit for vintage and halo engagement rings.
All four options are wonderful for your engagement ring. You will be able to wear all styles either together or by itself.
Every year millions of couples plan their weddings and the start of the rest of their lives. Whether you’re searching for a classic wedding band, diamond wedding ring, or a piece of contemporary art to occupy your ring finger, here are some trends to keep an eye out for 2016.
5.) Sleeker Lines: With more bridal jewelry designed by CAD programs and created using advanced robotic machinery, we’re in an age of physic defying jewelry designs. Part of that progress means more defined and finished lines in bridal ring designs.
Look for more elegant carving and etchings throughout rings. It’s where science meets art as deco designs with smooth lines make way for evolved ivy and floral etchings.
4.) Color Stones: Black diamonds, lavender sapphires, and color gemstones Oh My! 2016 will see a rise of more bridal jewelry incorporating color precious stones throughout the designs. Diamond eternity rings, may come with sapphires and secret settings for on the side or in the shank may offer more color.
We will see more people using gemstones with the same color theme as their weddings. As well as, diamonds with other precious gemstones. Emeralds, rubies, pink sapphires, and color diamonds.
3.) Rose and White Gold Two-Tone Wedding Bands: We’ve seen it more and more in years past; adding rose gold to white gold to create an elegant and modern Wedding ring. Rose Gold offers a contrast that’s both unique and classic in ways many other trends cannot.
Taking it a step further we may see more teal gold pop up as well. With a pastel look that offers an interesting and elegant sheen to the gold. Both rose and teal gold will be partnered up with white to create beautiful wedding rings.
2.) Stories: Everyone wants to be able to tell a story about the wedding band that represents their eternal love. The history of the ring, who made it, what the design was inspired by, and even where the gold and diamonds came from are all fair game.
Who can blame people for wanting this? It’s far more romantic knowing your wedding ring came from someplace special than the factory it was built in. At the end of the day, as buyers we’re looking to differentiate ourselves from the next person. With over 5,000 unique styles made to order on WeddingBands.com we can guarantee a unique wedding band made for you and only you.
1.) Lacy Finishes: With the increase in technology in jewelry making you’ll see plenty of lacy, thinner, designs that previously were difficult or even impossible to make. Start browsing lacy finishes to wedding rings here with the Verona Lace Line, which are modeled after the forever love between Romeo and Juliet.
Complex lace designs all along the top of the ring is an instant classic design that even though is modern will be around for years to come.
It is said a wedding band has no beginning or end, which represents the boundless love and devotion that a marriage provides. Your perfect wedding band is the emblem of love you show to the world and something you will wear for the rest of your love. With such massive responsibility tasked to a tiny ring, it is no wonder shopping for the perfect ring can be stressful for bride and groom.
However, the right guidance makes this tradition not only hassle-free, but save you cash in the process. Below you will find eight tips that will help your search for the perfect wedding band.
1.) Know your size
This will not only save a lot of back and forth sizing and resizing but it can help cut those costs. Knowing your correct size is the first piece of information needed when buying your perfect wedding band. WeddingBands.com offers a free ring sizing kit to anyone who wants to size their finger from home.
A proper fit for a ring is for the ring to go on with ease, and come off with some resistance. The ring should be comfortable on your finger, but if you’ve never worn a ring before, it may take a couple of days to get used to the ring.
2.) Comfort fit vs. Non-Comfort Fit.
The differences between comfort fit and non-comfort fit rings are minuscule in features but massive in characteristics. Comfort fit wedding rings could be slightly thicker all around the ring and have a curved edge to them so slides on your finger easily.
3.) Find the metal that fits your style and feel.
Everything that sparkles in jewelry is not gold. While the vast majority of wedding bands still sold are made of precious metals like gold wedding bands, palladium and platinum wedding bands. Gold wedding bands stamped as 14K, 18K or 585 and 750 to show the purity of the gold. Platinum and palladium wedding bands stamped as 900, 950 “Palladium” or “Plat”. WeddingBands.com carries only 950- palladium and 950-platinum. Make sure the manufacturer’s trade mark and metal content is stamped inside the ring. Not only will your gold, platinum and palladium wedding band be priceless to you, it will also be priceless to your children.
Recently alternative metals such as titanium, tungsten carbide, and cobalt chrome are being used in wedding bands.
Both traditional and alternative metals have their benefits and detriments. Gold, palladium, and platinum will last longer and can be sized if needed; while titanium, tungsten, and cobalt chrome are budget friendly alternatives and the rings cannot be sized.
The material of your ring can determine not only the cost, but also the weight, color, and overall style. Whether you want a shiny, brilliant or a dull, matte look your metal choice will play a large part in this. Another piece to this is the finish of the metal.
4.) Know the metal finish that best fits your style.
Every ring style can have an infinite number of looks just by changing the finish of the metal. The finish can range from a basic high polish to a hammered finish and everything in between.
A wedding ring’s style can be customized through the metal’s finish. A matte, sandblasted finish can make a plain ring more dramatic. A Florentine or brushed finish can ensure small scratches will not be noticeable. Look through all the possible finishes and talk to your jeweler to ensure they understand the look you want.
5.) Narrow or wide band?
6.) What message do you want to engrave in your wedding bands?
The inside of your band is a perfect place to engrave a secret message or simply the date of your wedding.
7.) Take your time.
A wedding band that will become the most important piece of jewelry you own is not something to compromise on. While most purchases for the wedding last a day or a month; the wedding band will be worn for the rest of your life.
It is recommended to shop for your wedding bands well before the wedding. This will give you time to explore your options to find the perfect wedding bands for you and your partner to wear forever.
8.) Know your diamonds and the 4Cs.
Usually you would see this tip for engagement rings. However, diamonds in wedding rings are seeing a resurgent in the last 5 years so it is important to know what kind of diamonds you are buying.
The 4Cs of diamond buying are simple enough in concept; cut, color, clarity, and carat; but details of each get confusing due to fact that we assign massive value difference to tiny differences in rocks.
To keep it simple for your sanity follow this simple guide. Everything VS in clarity or better looks the same to the naked eye. Some jewelers use lower clarity and charge the same as though they are higher clarity. Make sure you know what you are buying.
Color of the diamonds is graded using letters between D-Z. Where D-J are colorless and near colorless and K-Z color show some tint of yellow and are less desirable. It is difficult tell the difference between colors D to H when set in a ring. The better cut diamonds sparkles more where poor cut diamonds sparkle less. Carat is the weight of a diamond and total carat weight is the total weight of all the diamonds in the ring.
There are many heated discussions, seminars and articles written lately about this subject about diamonds; and some confusing advertisements. As long as the lab grown diamonds can be identified their value will never be the same as rare natural diamonds. In fact, the easier production technologies developed the lower the value will be.
Value comes from supply and demand.
Gem industry is not independent of this relation. That has been tested in Lab Grown Rubies, Sapphires, Emeralds and other gems.
Lab grown emeralds or rubies could be better looking gems than natural ones but they are not valued on the same scale.
The same thing is valid for diamonds, coins, and art pieces. A reproduction of a Rembrandt could be as beautiful as the real one; but the value will be a value for reproduction, not the value of a real one. Wedding bands made with moissanite instead of diamonds, could be as beautiful as natural wedding bands; but they will never have the value of the real ones.
So far the lab grown diamonds whether are produced with HPHT or CVD are identifiable; so as moissanites and any other imitation. The price of moissanite and other lab grown gems started high and went down by time. The easier, better cheaper production methods develop; the lower the value becomes. That same process was valid for emeralds, sapphires, emeralds etc. That does not mean lab grown gems are less beautiful. WeddingBands.com can manufacture the diamond wedding bands, anniversary rings or eternity bands using either real or lab grown diamonds. From the experience we have seen in rubies, emeralds, moissanites, etc. we can conclude that lab grown diamonds will always be less valuable. Their value will go down as long as they can be identified; because they are not natural, they are not real, they are not rare.
Real is rare, real is beautiful.