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Choosing an Engagement and Wedding Ring

Engagement rings and wedding bands represent a commitment to your partner and a constant reminder of your love story. For many people, a wedding ring is the most expensive piece of jewelry they’ll ever own. It’s also one they’ll wear daily, so it’s important to get right! It’s no wonder that it’s become more common to choose your own ring style rather than leaving it up to your partner to decide. While some couples may still go the traditional route, increasingly the ring-wearers are playing an active role in the selection process.

 

Before you decide on where you’ll make the big purchase, how much you’ll spend, or whether you want a vintage ring, take some time to understand the different styles and designs available. Once you have a sense of what best fits your personality and lifestyle, you can begin shopping. Some local engagement ring and jewelry stores in Kitchener-Waterloo include Franks Jewellers, Arman’s Jewellers, and Michael Hill. First, we have aspects to review before making a choice on something you’ll be wearing for the rest of your life!

 

Know the Ring Cuts

As you begin window shopping for the perfect ring, start by comparing the different gemstone cuts that show up most frequently for engagement rings. Emerald, oval, heart, pear, cushion, marquise, round – the options may seem overwhelming at first! Ultimately, though, the choice comes down to aesthetic preferences. Don’t get caught too caught up in classifications when first browsing. Instead, pay attention to how a particular shape makes you feel. If you find yourself gravitating to one shape over another, consider why it appeals to you. Finding a shape that speaks to you can help you narrow the field of options.

The most popular cut, round, has the most sparkle and is easiest to find in jewelry shops in Kitchener-Waterloo. Princess-cut stones are also popular, especially when placed in a round or geometric setting. Marquise and pear-shaped stones can help fingers look longer and leaner. Cushion cuts are ideal for a vintage look, whereas emerald and asscher-cut rings offer a more elegant, sophisticated aesthetic.

 

Tradition – With a Twist

While diamonds have been the go-to gemstone for engagement rings for decades, they weren’t always the favourite option. In the Victorian era, sapphires were in vogue for young engaged couples, leading to the proliferation of sapphire engagement rings currently available in the vintage market. The ancient Romans believed the opal was the most powerful stone of all and used them frequently in engagement rings, armour, and even weapons.

If you have your heart set on a diamond, none of these stones may interest you. They’ve been incredibly popular since their discovery in India more than 6,000 years ago for good reason! Many modern brides and grooms, though, are rethinking the traditional choice and opting for other precious gems instead. Whether the history, symbolism, colour, or degree of sparkle matters most to you, be sure to choose one that reflects your taste, not the trends. After all, you’re the one who will see your ring each day!

If you decide to opt for an unconventional engagement ring, do your homework before buying. Some stones, while beautiful, are incredibly fragile. You’ll want to choose something that can hold up to daily life. Pearls, amethysts, and moonstones, for instance, may scratch when you’re washing dishes or closing a car door. There’s a reason why diamonds have persisted as the most popular choice through the decades: they’re the hardest precious gemstone around.

 

The Right Ring for Your Lifestyle

Finding the perfect ring isn’t so different from finding your soulmate. While an initial attraction can be a good sign, it’s worth considering how your ring will fit into your lifestyle. Those who do a lot of work with their hands, for instance, may not want a large stone catching on the materials they’re handling. By staying mindful of the pros and cons of a particular style, you’ll be sure to find the ideal engagement ring for your lifestyle.

Shopping for engagement rings can be thrilling. It’s the first step in an exciting series of events that will ultimately lead to your happily ever after! Be sure to capture that special moment to cherish for years to come with the help of our stellar videographers. No matter what your road to the altar looks like, Complete Weddings + Events is here to help make the journey go off without a hitch. Get in touch now to make sure your special moments happen precisely how you imagine. We love bringing your dreams to life!

Laura + Bradley’s September Wedding at The Lavender Farm

Laura and Bradley said their “I do’s” on a beautiful September day at The Lavender Farm in Ayr, Ontario. The day was truly gorgeous as the sun shined down with not a cloud in the sky. The bridesmaid’s dresses were shades of blue. Their bouquets matched with beautiful greenery and white roses. Bradley and his groomsmen wore grey suits with navy blue accents to match the bridesmaids. Laura wore a timeless lace bodice dress with a V cut that was elegantly stunning.

Their decor was simplistic but beautiful, full of warm sunflowers, greenery and flowing white linen. Candles set the mood and the barn was the perfect setting.

This was one fun couple to party with and we captured their unique interests in every detail of their day. Laura and Bradley love to laugh and make each other laugh and their love for each other showed all day long. Laura and Bradley danced as husband and wife for the first time to “Is That Alright” by Lady Gaga. After that, the bride and groom tore up the dance floor with their friends and family for the rest of the night.

Erika & Ryan’s St.Jacobs Wedding

Erika and Ryan tied the knot on 8.17.19 at Cellar 52 in St. Jacobs. It was a romantic occasion with a classic, warm small-town feel to it – perfect for a St. Jacobs wedding. The ladies wore champagne pink dresses that had a beautiful modern yet 1920’s Great Gatsby feel while Erika’s dress was a stunning, form-fitting, lace mermaid style that made everyone swoon. And we couldn’t get enough of the guy’s classic black suits! The colours complimented each other very well and made for incredible images! Erika and Ryan’s wedding day was full of beautiful details. Their ceremony was held inside Cellar 52, surrounded by friends and family, Erika and Ryan said their vows, promised to love each other as long as they both shall live, kissed and said a simply true “I Do”.

Their reception was beautiful! There was plenty of fresh and natural lighting which complemented the summer theme. The decor included fresh greenery, succulents & warm wood tones. DJ Brandon put on a production they would never forget! As Erika and Ryan’s friends and family danced the night away, the newlyweds snuck away for some sunset photos with their photographer, Jessica! Overall, their special day was truly magical; full of light, warmth and love.

Congratulations to Erika + Ryan and thank you for letting us COMPLETE your wedding!

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