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Put a Ring on it!

Engagement rings often steal the spotlight when it comes to wedding excitement—so much attention is given to them that wedding band details are overlooked. We chatted with Long’s Jewelers to redeem the humble wedding band. They gave helpful tips and advice that will help you figure out what type of ring you should go for, plus what’s the jewelry buzz at the moment. After all, these are the rings BOTH of you will be wearing for a lifetime!

Photo courtesy of Long's Jewelers

Photo courtesy of Long’s Jewelers

But let’s talk for a bit about the basics first…

Surprisingly, Long’s Jewelers recommends NOT going for the gold when it comes to metal type. Good ol’ platinum is the best type of metal. It’s virtually perfect due to its durability, and it’s hypoallergenic for those with sensitivities. Try to avoid tungsten rings at all costs, because they can’t be resized and can’t be easily removed if they ever get stuck on your finger (and no amount of butter is worth greasing that finger up to pop off a ring). Even white gold isn’t as practical as platinum, as it will have to be rhodium plated frequently to maintain its finish.

So how do you know you’ve got a legit ring? It’s as easy as squinting really hard and checking out the inside of the band, which should state the metal type and grade. If you’re in the business of buying rings and you’re not seeing that info, run the other way. You want to know exactly what you’re paying for—after all, it’s a nice chunk of change you’ll be spending!

Long’s Jewelers suggests giving yourself at least two months before the big day to special order your ring, and factor in as many costs as you can beforehand to lessen the sticker shock. Consider metal type, total diamond carat weight, and finger size, and keep in mind that with diamond or gemstone bands, the larger the finger size, the higher the band cost will be as more stones will be used. This leads us to believe that perhaps there really is something behind the whole wedding diet fad…

Now that we have the fundamentals out of the way, we can talk what’s hot. Long’s Jewelers was able to give us some insight on what’s popular in ring world and according to them, trend-seeking ladies should look for:

  • Delicate stacking bands
  • Rose gold and yellow gold metals
  • Diamond eternity bands
  • Sapphire and diamond bands
Diamond eternity bands. Photo courtesy of Long's Jewelers.

Diamond eternity bands. Photo courtesy of Long’s Jewelers.

Rose gold and yellow gold rings. Photo courtesy of Long's Jewelers.

Rose gold and yellow gold rings. Photo courtesy of Long’s Jewelers.

Sapphire and diamond bands. Photo courtesy of Long's Jewelers.

Sapphire and diamond bands. Photo courtesy of Long’s Jewelers.

For rings fit for a fashion-centric groom, try one of these menswear hits:

  • Carbon fiber accents
  • Two-tone metal bands
  • Beveled edge bands
  • Hammered finishes
Carbon fiber accents. Photo courtesy of Long's Jewelers.

Carbon fiber accents. Photo courtesy of Long’s Jewelers.

Two-tone bands. Photo courtesy of Long's Jewelers.

Two-tone bands. Photo courtesy of Long’s Jewelers.

Beveled edge ring. Photo courtesy of Long's Jewelers.

Beveled edge ring. Photo courtesy of Long’s Jewelers.

Hammered finish. Photo courtesy of Long's Jewelers.

Hammered finish. Photo courtesy of Long’s Jewelers.

And if you really want to take your rings to the next level, Long’s Jewelers also offered up these unique ideas:

  • Personally engraving a message in your handwriting
  • Choosing a mixed metal ring (for example, yellow gold + white gold + rose gold)
  • Choosing a colored gemstone band instead of traditional diamonds
  • Engraving your partner’s fingerprint on your band’s interior through the brand Furrer-Jacot
Furrer Jacot fingerprint. Photo courtesy of Long's Jewelers.

Furrer Jacot fingerprint ring. Photo courtesy of Long’s Jewelers.

 

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Nautical Invitations

Nautical is a popular theme for a wedding, but what we love to see is how couples make it special and unique to them. Your invitation suite sets the tone for your event and more often than not ends up being a keepsake for your guests. Here are a few of our favorite nautical invitations from the leading designers of paper goods!

Coral Pheasant

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Photographed by Erin McGinn Photography

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Behind the Scenes of the Glam Bake

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Get an inside look at how the Glam Bake came together courtesy of our friends over at Artistic Wedding Films!

Video: Behind the Scenes

 

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Glam Bake in Cape Cod

We couldn’t be more excited for this 4th of July weekend! What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than with a Glam Bake on the seaside of Cape Cod?! This styled shoot is an elegant twist on the traditional backyard clam bake, focusing on the more glamorous side of life on the island.

The dazzling deck overlooking the salt marsh and beaches of Sandy Neck made for the perfect setting for this end of summer soiree we like to call: Glam Bake. We called in the professionals over at Compton Clambakes and Catering to serve a plated bake made a bit classier with custom linen napkins and china plates from Be Our Guest. The tables were decorated with vivid florals and glass votives in varying heights thanks to the talented Karen Taddei of Lilacs. The theme was carried out through the dessert course with seaside treats like starfish cupcakes, s’mores pops, and strawberry shortcake parfaits from Artisan Bake Shop.   

A Glam Bake wouldn’t be complete without a custom lounge area. Ours featured a lavish cabana with chandeliers and elegantly draped embroidered organza created by Ryan Designs, and a craft beer bar! The craft beers were hand-selected from the regions finest breweries by Luke’s Super Liquors.

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