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He proposed! Now what?



Let me first start off by saying, congratulations! The moment you have been anxiously anticipating is here! The man of your dreams proposed and you are on cloud nine! This is such an exciting time in your life. It can also be a very confusing and frustrating time. You have the ring, you have your beau, but now what? Let us help you with a step-by-step, play-by-play!

  1. By now, I’m positive you have told everyone. Family and best friends should know first. Now it’s time to take it to social media. Post a picture of the proposal with an adorable caption that will have everyone swooning! It’s your time to shine, don’t be shy!
  2. Get your ring insured! Yes, this is so important. If a diamond falls out, it drops down the garbage disposal, gets lost, ETC. you will be ever so glad that your precious stone is insured.
  3. Stop by your favorite salon and get a manicure! Everyone’s eyes will be on your hand, so grab your best friend or fiance, splurge on a professional manicure, and start flaunting!
  4. Set up an Engagement shoot! These are super fun and you will completely regret not taking these photos. You can use these pictures to send out as your Save the Date invitations, at your wedding, or to send out with your formal invitation. Tip- make sure you and yours are wearing something with a pop of color, it definitely helps the pictures to stand out!
  5. Pull out your calender! Start thinking of important dates such as, your wedding date, when to send out invites, when to have your bachelor and bachelorette parties, and much more! Set aside your own agenda dedicated to your wedding. This will help you remember vendor meetings, tours, fittings and much more! It is crucial to stay organized as a bride-to-be! Tip- having an agenda set aside for your wedding will also be a great keepsake to have and look back on!
  6. Call StudioWed! We help you find the perfect vendors and venues that will fit your style, personality, availability, and budget! Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!
  7. Hire a wedding planner! Yes!! You do need a wedding planner on your special day. This person will make sure your wedding is executed perfectly. Everything will be in tip top shape and everyone will be on their ques.
  8. Enjoy this time! Don’t let your engagement pass you by too quickly. Capture these moments. Start dreaming and planning out your ideal wedding (now you have an excuse to spend all of your time on Pinterest :) ) Make sure you’re making your special someone feel included in the planning process. Schedule dates and fun outings that will continue to bring you two close together. Share ideas and thoughts of your special day with one another!
Bakery Spotlight : Nashville Sweets

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Resetting an Heirloom Ring



Heirloom stones passed down through the family are perhaps the most meaningful for an engagement ring, linking you to the generations of giddy brides-to-be who preceded you. That said, what if you like the stone but hate the setting? Perhaps it doesn’t reflect your personality, is completely impractical for your lifestyle, or is just plain hideous. Tread carefully: Before you reset, consider the following to keep the stone—and the spirit in which it was given to you—intact for the next generation.

Resetting Etiquette

Being offered an heirloom stone can be tricky territory. On one hand, it’s a sign of family acceptance and trust, plus it saves your future fiance a lot of money! On the other hand, perhaps you’ve had a vision of your dream engagement ring since grade school, and it looked nothing like what’s been offered. Two options: Accept it graciously and scrap those childhood fantasies, or reset the stone to make it your own.

Tread Carefully

Before you head down to the jewelry store, consider this cautionary tale: When Julie, a magazine editor, discovered that her fiance was proposing with his mom’s engagement ring, she was thrilled—about the stone. “It was a beautiful diamond in an ugly yellow-gold, dainty, high prong-set setting. It looked like an old lady’s ring, and I’ve always hated yellow gold, so my fiancé and I made immediate plans to reset the stone in something more me,” Julie says. They chose a substantial platinum setting with two trilliant-shaped stones flanking the now low prong-set family diamond. Everyone thought it was beautiful, except Julie’s future mother-in-law. “We didn’t think to tell her our plans because we assumed that the stone was the important part, not the ring, but she felt that our rejection of the setting was at best rude, and at worst a rejection of her.”

A Little Finesse

The moral of this story: If you and your fiancé plan on resetting the stone, discuss your intentions with the person who gave it to you. This shows respect, and a genuine interest in his or her blessing. Make it clear how honored and thankful you are, but [insert one of following]:

  • You’re worried about wearing it every day in its current setting (you’re an elementary school gym teacher, avid rock climber, potter, or chef, to name a few hands-on careers and hobbies).
  • The setting needs repair but the expertise involved would be prohibitively expensive.
  • You’d like to add your own personal touch—baguettes from your mom’s engagement ring, for example.
  • It doesn’t flatter your hand—it’s visually too big or small for your finger.
  • It won’t work with the wedding bands you’ve chosen.

If the ring has gone unchanged for generations, you may have to suck it up—and wear it only when you’re with members of the family from which it came!

Safety First

You’ve had a heart-to-heart, you’ve gotten the green light and you’re ready to reset. The first step is to get the stone appraised for insurance and identification purposes, but also so that you know exactly what you’re dealing with—the older the stone, the greater the chance that it has been chipped or cracked along the way (even if you don’t see visible flaws). When you have a complete description of its properties and stability, you can choose an appropriate setting. For example, if the stone’s girdle (perimeter) is chipped, you may want to choose a bezel setting over prongs to conceal the imperfection and protect it from further damage. Work with a jeweler whom you absolutely trust (and who ideally has experience working with antique or estate jewelry) to be sure you’re truly getting the ring of your dreams.

Photo of the Week : Courtney Davidson Photography

We are so excited to welcome one of our newest photographer vendors, Courtney Davidson! She does fantastic work! Here is one of her photos that we absolutely fell in love with! If you are interested in Courtney Davidson, be sure to check out more of her work!