6 Things You’ll Need for Your Engagement Ring

It’s engagement season! Here’s what you’ll need for your engagement ring. P.S. Follow along now or you’ll be out of the loop!

This weekend, two of our close friends, Holly & Mike, got engaged (congrats, you guys)! We can’t wait to see her gorgeous engagement ring + hear all about the the proposal. So it got me to thinking, with all these engagements and proposals and engagement rings, we wanted to share some things you’ll need for engagement ring care. Plus, we’re even giving away one of these pretty finds to one lucky reader. Read on for more!

engagement ring photo
photo: j may photography

6 Things You Need After the Ring

1. A Photo + a Mug

Snap a photo of that sparkler! Here’s one adorable announcement for your Instagram:

i said yes

And seriously, check out these adorable engagement ring selfies to inspire your own, where we spotted this one.

Oh, and you can show off that sparkler at the office with one of these clever mugs, too!

let the adventures begin via e and h creates | does this ring make me look engaged via the apothecary bee

2 A really fun manicure

Everyone’s going to want to see that ring. And seriously, if you’re not going to get a manicure now, when WOULD you get one? ;) These nail wraps make it so easy to have perfect nails that last.

via so gloss

3. Cleaner

For engagement ring care, you’ll definitely need a good cleanser. Since soap and water can dull the band and stone, you’ll want to use a gentle cleanser to keep it in tip top shape. This stuff works wonders. You’ll want to pair it with one of these cloths, for quick gentle shine-ups.

clean that ring | via http://emmalinebride.com/bridal/engagement-ring-care/

4. Ring Dish

When you’re washing dishes, doing laundry, working out, painting, etc., you’ll want a safe place to keep your ring. A ring dish will do the trick! Here are a few of our faves from ring dish expert, Elycia Camille:

ring dish | via Engagement Ring Care http://emmalinebride.com/bridal/engagement-ring-care/

via elycia camille

5. Warranty

Know your warranty info just in case your ring is lost and needs to be replaced.

6. Peace of Mind

Some people recommend insurance, and that’s great if it gives you peace of mind. I opted out of ring insurance because I never, ever take it off and because it’s one more thing to add to your monthly expenses (and we hate to do that to you). However, it’s worth noting because some brides really find it gives them peace of mind knowing their ring is protected.

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Now that you know of some essential engagement ring care tips, it’s time for a giveaway! ↓

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Drink Koozie Wedding Favors (+ Name Tag)

We love when we find an amazing wedding favor that crosses off two wedding tasks at once. Take these drink koozie wedding favors, for instance! They function as a place to keep drinks cold, but they can also be a place card for guests. Simply write each guest’s name on the drink koozie and set at his or her seat before the reception begins. Finally… a favor guests will actually use.

drink koozie wedding favors hello my name is

via rook design co.

via rook design co.

You can see more here, like this one which is downright hilarious.

What do you think of these drink koozies? Would you use them as wedding favors?

xo
-E.

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Giveaway: Win a Handmade Wedding Bouquet!

Did you know Emmaline Bride has more giveaways than any other wedding blog? It’s true. And they’re all totally FREE. Be sure to subscribe, though, or you’ll totally miss out.

*Note: This has been edited. See giveaway details below for update.

Are you looking for a perfect, forever-lasting handmade wedding bouquet? We’ve found a perfect one for you! And today is your lucky day because we’re giving one away courtesy of The Sunny Bee Boutique! Get the full scoop below, including some photos of this beautiful item. The winner will receive a bouquet similar to the one below, custom-made for you! Eeeeeee! (Can you tell we’re excited?)

Handmade Wedding Bouquet

blue ivory bouquet

bouquet 3 large

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How to Properly Wear a Statement Necklace

Wondering how to wear a wedding dress with statement necklace? We’ll show you! But first, don’t forget to do this + follow this.

Hello, loves! Ok, so let’s chat: what do you think of statement necklaces? I love the look, but just between you and me, it took me awhile to get to the comfort level of wearing them. At first, it felt like, hey, what is this gigantic thing on my neck. And then I finally got to the point where I could piece together an outfit and work the heck out of it. Okay, maybe I didn’t, but I had enough confidence to feel like I was really pulling it off, and that’s all you really need, right? ;)

Today we’re talking about bridal statement necklaces and answering the burning question of what wedding dress looks best with one. If you’re dress shopping, keep in mind some jewelry that you really want to wear — it will help when you make your decision. We were inspired to write this by an Ask Emmaline question that came in to the inbox from reader, Ashleigh. She says…

“I want to wear a statement necklace for my wedding jewelry but I’ve never worn one before. How big is too big and what type of wedding dress looks best with one? Thanks in advance!”

Ashleigh, your question rings true to so many brides-to-be! When it comes to picking a wedding dress with a statement necklace, two styles you’ll want to consider are:

o strapless
o v-neck

*If you’re going with a v-neck wedding dress, we recommend one with small straps.

We’ve found that any other dress style besides strapless or v-neck tends to overwhelm your look. I love pairing a sweetheart neckline with a bib or statement necklace because it really fills in the empty space and ties the whole look together. Also, in response to your question on how big is too big, the answer is totally up to you. If you feel comfortable wearing it, go for it! There is no particular one-size-fits-all here. To inspire you, we’ve rounded up photos of a few Real Brides rocking their own statement necklaces, along with a few handpicked statement necklaces we think you’ll love. Enjoy!

Wedding Dress with Statement Necklace

statement necklace | photo: red white and green photography | via Wedding Dress with Statement Necklace http://emmalinebride.com/bridal/wedding-dress-with-statement-necklace/statement necklace worn by bride with sweetheart strapless gown

photo: red white and green photography via style me pretty

statement-necklace-bride

photo: brooke courtney

bride with statement necklace strapless gown

photo: sarah sousa via style me pretty

statement necklace with vneck gown

photo: one tree photo

And some statement necklaces to inspire you…


left: lottie da designs | right: abigail grace bridal


left: lottie da designs | right: abigail grace bridal


left: lottie da designs | right: sukran kirtis jewelry


left + right: queen me jewelry llc

statement necklace | via Wedding Dress with Statement Necklace http://emmalinebride.com/bridal/wedding-dress-with-statement-necklace/

by abigail grace bridal

And check this out: it’s a rhinestone bolero. We’ve never seen anything like this! Ah, so pretty.

rhinestone-bolero

by abigail grace bridal

rhinestone-bolero-back
by abigail grace bridal

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