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These Ring Dishes in Gold are Absolutely Beautiful

Happy Saturday! Emma here and I’m popping in today to share my latest obsession: gold ring dishes. The more gold leafing the better, I say! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ring dishes to share with you, all of which are handmade, gold inspired, and perfect for gifting. They’re also functional, too: ring dishes are designed to hold your rings when washing your hands or doing housework, as a safe spot for keys, or just to temporarily hold your favorite jewelry pieces.

Read on to see what I’ve discovered in this latest gold rush! And tell me: which one is your favorite?

Gold Ring Dishes

hammered gold ring dish

dish: modern mud

Cute Wedding Countdown and Decor Sign All-in-One

Wait until you see this adorable engagement gift idea! The front side of this sign has a chalkboard countdown for the number of days until you’re married; the reverse side is a painted sign with a sweet love quote on it. Use it as a countdown at your bridal shower and the reverse as decor at your reception (and at home). This sign is completely hand-painted and hand-lettered — no vinyl or stencils used here! That means each piece is completely one-of-a-kind… and we love that. By Prairie Boutique.

Wedding Countdown Sign

How many days until you’re married? One of my friends is getting married in thirty-seven short days! And I can’t wait to celebrate!

days until mr and mrs

by prairie boutique

other side of sign

by prairie boutique

This is such a brilliant idea. Find out more here and tell us what you think in the comment box below!


How To: Buying Engagement Ring on Etsy / Online

Are you thinking about buying an engagement ring online? Here’s what you need to know to do it right. Be sure to read the post below (and get on the list to stay in the loop).

Hi, loves! We’re curious: are you considering buying an engagement ring on Etsy, Big Cartel, Artfire, Amazon, or another retailer with an independent owner? Or, should you buy in-store because you are not sure that buying online is a good idea? Well, here’s the honest truth: buying an engagement ring online is just as good as in-store, as long as you take a few precautions. Since we’re The Handmade Wedding Blog, we’ve had the honor to work with handmade artisans on a regular basis, as well as couples on the search for handmade everything for their wedding — right down to the perfect engagement ring.

pear moissanite ring | via How To:  Buying Engagement Ring on Etsy / Online

by andrea bonelli

And along the way, we’ve learned how awesome it is to work with handmade artists. Plus, they offer so many custom options you’ll never find in-store (like band width, settings, diamond shape, size, pricing, style… just to name a few). You get to speak directly to the maker of the ring. And your ring is made, just for you (or your soon-to-be spouse). We think that’s pretty incredible.

So, if you’re looking for the perfect engagement ring online, don’t let fear get in the way. Instead, read these important tips so you can buy with confidence. Oh, and be sure to get the proposal on camera because we love when couples do that.

proposal on camera
photo: jaclyn l photography

Ready to get started? Here are the top tips, along with a few of our favorite handmade engagement rings. And we want to know… would you buy a ring from Etsy / online? Why or why not?

eco friendly handmade engagement ring via How To:  Buying Engagement Ring on Etsy / Online

by andrea bonelli

diamond ring | How To:  Buying Engagement Ring on Etsy / Online

by lily emme jewelry

Buying Engagement Ring on Etsy / Online

1. Read reviews.

When you are buying an engagement ring on Etsy or online, make sure you read PLENTY of reviews before you buy. An engagement ring is too important of a jewelry piece to leave to chance, so make sure others have dealt with the seller and have positive reviews.

2. Do your homework.

It’s great to see positive reviews, but make sure you look a little bit further. For instance, when you see five star reviews, read into it and see how many sales, how long the seller has been in business, and whether the reviews are legit. Some companies will have a 100% rating, but only three or less reviews in a short period of time (which leads us to believe the reviews could be fabricated). Look at the timestamps on the reviews, too. Many companies that are reputable won’t open a shop and have a ton of sales with 5-star reviews within days. You get the idea.

3. Check out their certifications.

A reputable jeweler will mention GIA certifications, what types of metals they use, gemstones, diamonds, etc. This is very important, since you’re most likely purchasing a diamond ring, since you don’t want to buy a faux diamond.

4. Get in touch with the seller first.

If you have any questions on particular pieces, custom designs, or need a rush order, make sure you get in touch with the seller directly. If you go to their ‘About’ page, or ‘Contact’ page, you can usually find an email address or phone number to speak with someone. Before you order anything, talk to the seller first.

5. Make sure you take accurate measurements.

Use a ring sizer to get an accurate size. (If you’re reading this and plan to propose as a surprise, use one of her rings with the ring sizer. It’s a sneaky way to get the right size without ruining the surprise.)

6. Find out about return policy / warranty.

Always read the fine print.

7. Save all of your paperwork and communication.

You may need to refer to warranty information, exchange information, or certification details in the future, so make sure you save those emails and statements.

Engagement Rings to Inspire You

Now that you know some tips to buying an engagement ring online, here are some beautiful options we’ve found!

sparkly round engagement ring

by jamie kates jewelry

custom handmade engagement ring

by andrea bonelli

white sapphire engagement

by alchemy house

petite engagement ring
by torchfire studio

rose cut diamond ring

by andrea bonelli

by andrea bonelli

rose gold princess cut
by jamie kates jewelry

by elizabeth scott botanical jewelry

diamond engagement ring rustic twig

by kristin coffin

P.S. See, when it comes to ordering custom rings, you’re not limited to traditional engagement rings alone. Since you can work one-on-one with the artist, you can custom create your perfect ring. It doesn’t even have to be a diamond, if you don’t want it to be. For instance, check out this topaz ring. It’s stunning, yes?

topaz ring

by andrea bonelli


Santa Fe Springs Engagement Session: Kelly + Joshua

What does love look like? It looks like Kelly and Joshua’s e-session. This Santa Fe Springs engagement session is full of love! These two have a fantastic story about how they met, their engagement, and photo session. It’s always great to see photography that captures the raw feelings between two people. Is these photos you’ll see the excitement, happiness, and the love of two best friends. Their incredible engagement session was captured by Marisa and Tim from Peterson Design & Photography. Read their story…

Santa Fe Springs Engagement Session with couple holding each other in greenhouse

Santa Fe Springs Engagement Session

Marisa tells us, “We love these two! Kelly and Joshua met at Starbucks over 3 years ago after noticing each other several times and finally working up the courage to say hello. :) They got got engaged at sunset on the beautiful sands of Laguna Beach in November 2012. They have so much fun together and we love spending time talking with them; in fact, at our first meeting we spent almost three hours talking, coincidentally enough, at a Starbucks!”

Santa Fe Springs Engagement Session with couple kissing

Santa Fe Springs Engagement Session, couple laugh and smile

“For their engagement session we went to the beautiful Heritage Park in Santa Fe Springs which features a historic greenhouse, windmill and orange grove. It is an absolutely gorgeous location! When we were talking about what kind of feel they wanted for their engagement session, Kelly inspired me to create a custom flower crown, just for our session! She was our first client to wear one and we are so excited to be providing them as a prop option to our brides.”

Santa Fe Springs Engagement Session with future bride showing off ring

Santa Fe Springs Engagement Session couple embrace and show off engagement ring

Santa Fe Springs Engagement Session couple stand in front of greenhouse

Santa Fe Springs Engagement Session, he kisses her hand

Santa Fe Springs engagement session, couple stare into each others eyes

couple kiss outside greenhouse at Santa Fe Springs engagement session

couple embrace at Santa Fe Springs engagement session

he holds her at their Santa Fe Springs engagement session

engagement session kiss by flowers in Santa Fe Springs

engagement ring with purple flowers in the background

couple holds a chalk board sign that says

“We also designed their wedding invitations and spent some time writing the letters in the same font as their invitation on one of my favorite props: the chalkboard heart. We love creating a consistent look across the paper products and photos we create for our clients according to their tastes and vision!”

chalk board engagement sign

black and white photo of chalkboard engagement sign

romantic photos of engaged couple at their Santa Fe Springs engagement session

he holds her at their engagement session

he kisses her forehead at their Santa Fe Springs engagement session

black and white photo of couple at their California engagement session

sun shines on couple at their Santa Fe Springs engagement session

she gazes at him on their Santa Fe Springs engagement session

couple look happy at their Santa Fe Springs engagement session

she holds him and they smile at their Santa Fe Springs engagement session

Impressed by this engagement session’s photography? Then you need to check out Peterson Design & Photography! This husband and wife photography team know how to capture couples in their own best light. You can also visit their preferred California wedding photographer listing in our wedding vendor guide.

Twig Princess Cut Moissanite Ring

We’ve noticed some new readers in the audience (hello!) like Kate who tells us that she’s “not even engaged yet but hoping” and has been hooked on handmade finds for awhile now! (We love that.) Welcome, welcome! We’re happy to see you here. From time to time, we showcase our favorite engagement rings so you can hint at your favorite style. Here are some ways to do it: pin this find to your Pinterest board, leave this window open on your partner’s computer, or, you know, casually mention how much you happen to love a particular style. See? So easy. ;)

Today we’re sharing a brand new find: a princess cut moissanite ring. Moissanite is an alternative to a diamond and we think it’s gorgeous! This handmade princess cut moissanite ring features an elegant twig-like band (perfect for rustic-loving brides!) and is crafted with love by Efrat Deutsch. And this, love, is just one of many gorgeous rings from within her shop, so be sure to pop in for a visit to see more.

Princess Cut Moissanite Ring

This engagement ring features a classic four-prong basket setting in solid 14k rose gold. The moissanite stone is 6mm in size (the equivalent to a 1.25 carat diamond).

Twig Princess Cut Moissanite Ring

Twig Princess Cut Moissanite Ring

As always, there’s more inspiration coming up next! Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss it. And, if you have a minute, pop in to see what wedding giveaways are happening now!


I Said Yes Engagement Tote Bag

It’s time for the first official giveaway of the year! We love wedding giveaways here at Emmaline Bride + we have so many amazing ones to share with you all year long. Let’s kick off the fun!

Engagement Tote Bag – Giveaway

One lucky bride-to-be will win this adorable engagement tote bag brought to you by A Stylish Design. This canvas bag is perfect for toting around your wedding day essentials or planning tools (like this, this, a notebook, and a pen). It helps to also carry swatches of your bridesmaid dress colors and wedding color palette (you never know when you’ll need to coordinate colors).

Canvas Bag measures 13 x 17.5. This bag is perfect for using to…

o Meet with vendors – carry your books, samples, etc.
o Use on your wedding day – You’ll have a lot to carry!
o Use on your honeymoon – great for the beach!

i said yes tote bag

i said yes tote bag 2

➳➳ Enter for a Chance to Win!

o Enter between 1/6/15-1/12/15 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: One (1) I Said Yes engagement tote bag, as shown above, by A Stylish Design
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o Shipping included to U.S.
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $24.50 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter


Twig and Leaf Engagement Ring

Engagement season is upon us, and you know what that means: beautiful new engagement rings popping up all over the place! We love sharing the most gorgeous, custom-made engagement rings around, which is why we couldn’t help ourselves when Kristin Coffin made this little gem. The twig and leaf engagement ring is ideal for the nature-lover, the bride-to-be who loves nature inspired jewelry paired with an exceptionally unique rose-cut diamond. As Kristin puts it, “It is a celebration of our environment and a great alternative to a traditional engagement ring.” It is a perfect everyday piece and one you’ll get compliments on for years to come.

Twig and Leaf Engagement Ring

Here, take a look!

by kristin coffin

You can find this gorgeous engagement ring and others at Kristin Coffin.