So, he proposed, you said yes, and now it’s time to plan the wedding! The dress, the music, the guest list, the venue…where do you start? We look at some fabulous, fun, and funky engagement rings, and predict how brides with these rings might plan their dream weddings.
Sugar and Spice
Ring: 1-carat round solitaire on an 18k rose gold band.
Theme: Sweet and romantic.
Celebrity Inspiration: Marion Cotillard.
Dress: Three words: Lots. Of. Tulle.
Hairstyle: Wispy, delicate bun.
Other Jewelry: Thin golden bracelet and matching necklace.
Signature Cocktail: Lavender lemonade.
Cake: Strawberry-vanilla marble cake with French silk buttercreme, fondant design, and pink and white ombré flower.
First dance: “At Last” by Etta James.
Dream venue: The location of your first date.
Wow Factor: Writing your own vows – not a dry eye in the house! So it’s lucky you went with those…
Wedding Favors: Hand-embroidered handkerchiefs commemorating the date.
Honeymoon: Paris, the City of Love!
Ring: Platinum triple-strand ring with 2-carat round center diamond and 1.5 carat halo and micropavé setting
Theme: Over-the-top party ‘til the break of day!
Celebrity Inspiration: Kim K., of kourse!
Dress: Designer, of course…we’re thinking Vera Wang. Then you’ll switch into a slinky, sexy little number for the reception.
Hairstyle: Dramatic veil.
Other Jewelry: Chandelier earrings and a statement necklace…the blingier, the better.
Signature Cocktail: Pink Dom Pérignon from the champagne fountain.
Cake: Five-tier chocolate hazelnut crème supreme cake with 23 karat edible gold leaf and gold luster dust.
First Dance: “She’s a Star” by James. Because, I mean, you are!
Dream Venue: So you can’t totally copy Kimye and go with Forte Di Belvedere, but a castle in France would do.
Wow Factor: It’s so hard to choose! There’s the champagne fountain, of course, but that dove release when you said your vows was pretty impressive, too. And who could forget the life-size ice sculptures of you and your beloved?
Wedding Favors: Paperweight crystal replicas of your engagement ring.
Honeymoon: A few weeks in Bali, catching up on your beauty sleep and getting a fabulous tan.
Hippie at Heart
Ring: White gold micropavé band with a total of 1 carat in diamonds and four ¼ carat pink topaz gemstones.
Theme: Bohemian. Whether it’s a garden or a mountaintop, you want your guests to connect with nature.
Celebrity Inspiration: Drew Barrymore
Dress: Casual, simple, relaxed…something you can move in!
Hairstyle: A wildflower crown, freshly picked.
Other Jewelry: Nothing too fancy; maybe just a necklace that has personal meaning for you.
Signature Cocktail: Organic apple ale.
Cake: Rather than just one wedding cake, you’re going with a dessert table featuring your favorite flavors of homemade pies.
First dance: “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
Dream venue: Anywhere outdoors- a garden, the beach, a grassy field – Mother Nature is the world’s greatest florist!
Wow Factor: The incredible natural setting – especially that gorgeous waterfall.
Wedding Favors: Succulents. They’ll grow anywhere, and will make cute centerpieces, too!
Honeymoon: Hiking in Hawaii.
Ring: Vintage 2 carat square diamond with pavé band.
Theme: Old Hollywood glamour.
Celebrity Inspiration: Audrey Hepburn
Dress: Sophisticated, formal, but not too princessy. Scarlet lips are a must.
Hairstyle: A sweet, classy chignon.
Other Jewelry: Diamond earrings to match your ring and an antique pearl necklace.
Signature Cocktail: Sloe gin fizz
Cake: Astoria red velvet cake with decadent buttercream decorated with sugar roses, pearl frosting, and an antique brooch.
First dance: “Cheek to Cheek” by Irving Berlin.
Dream venue: The Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Wow Factor: 16-piece jazz band playing all night long!
Wedding Favors: Snapshots from the vintage photo booth.
Honeymoon: You’ll be renting out a villa in Tuscany. Live like the stars, right?
Ring: 2 carat heart-shaped diamond with triple prong setting and pave accents on an 18k black gold band.
Theme: Untraditional, with a touch of punk rock.
Celebrity Inspiration: Gwen Stefani
Dress: Military boots and a funky hat? Why not? A little bit of black, some flounce, an asymmetrical bodice…as long as it’s not a white ball gown, you like it!
Hairstyle: Highlights to match your wedding colors.
Other Jewelry: An ear cuff and your favorite nose ring.
Signature Cocktail: Absinthe.
Cake: Something whimsical – square tiers, polka dots, crazy colors…anything goes!
First Dance: “White Wedding,” by Billy Idol.
Dream Venue: Renting out the hottest nightclub in town – along with the best D.J.
Wow Factor: Definitely the laser light show on the dance floor.
Wedding Favors: Rock candy!
Honeymoon: Amsterdam. You can’t wait to hit up some of those nightclubs!