Non-Traditional Engagement Rings

by Jenny Bryde 22. September 2014 00:56

A diamond is a girl's best friend, but you know us gals.  We're pretty accpeting of lots of friends, right?  Lately I've been noticing a trend of some up and up with-it couples going against the grain and choosing engagement and wedding bands that have nothing to do with diamonds at all.  Once diamonds are off the table, the possibilities are endless!  Check out my favorite finds from this week of non-diamond engagement rings.


This trend is hot with celebrities and royals as well!  My favorite non-traditional ring is of course Kate's who rocks (pun intended) a huge sapphire engagement ring.

The ring shape doesn't even have to be symmetrical or balanced.  I love this nest ring!

I love the details and imperfections in this stone.  Not sure if it's an unrefined diamond or other clear stone, but it's gorgeous!


This aquamarine stone gives just the right pop of color!  So pretty and delicate!

You cannot go wrong with gold and turqouise.  Ever!


Who says the shape even needs to be predictable.  This ring looks like a piece of art or a stained glass window!


This pale acquamarine is my favorite in the group.  So lovely!

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New Non-Traditional Engagement Rings

by Jenny Bryde 4. June 2012 00:45

On my hand sits a beautiful ring that my husband picked out for me...very classic, and I love it!  I love it because my husband picked it out himself and because of what the ring represents, of course.  Before my now-husband popped the question, we had had some conversations that were steering us towards the aisle, so naturally a girl has to be prepared, right?  I ring window-shopped with the best of them, and had a pretty good sense of what my ideal ring would look like should my husband want input.  He did actually end up trying to be sneaky and have a friend figure out what I wanted and then found his own spin off of that.  It was perfect, and every time I look at my hand, I am reminded of what he means to me and how life is so...right. 

Looking at my own engagement ring and wedding band, I started thinking about what others are wearing on their hands.  I have a good friend whose husband proposed with the most beautiful turquoise ring that I have ever seen.  It was original and totally them!  She loves her ring as well. 

So somewhere between classic and uniqueness, your perfect ring awaits!  Here are some examples of more non-traditional engagement rings that I've found recently...


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There are a couple of these rings that I am tempted to buy for myself just because they are so beautiful! Yes, ladies and gents, I would probably need to propose to myself, but I think it's a safe bet that I'd say yes!

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Ceremony Music Suggestions: The Vitamin String Quartet

by Jenny Bryde 9. October 2010 02:15

When it came time for us to pick out our wedding ceremony music, I hesitated.  Hesitation turned into procrastination, and procrastination led to us picking out ceremony music a few days before the actual ceremony.  For someone who is so overly decisive with usually too many ideas to pick from, why did I find finding music so difficult?  

I think that it boiled down to the these factors:  1)  I don’t know a lot about music.  2)  I haven’t ever been exactly moved by music at wedding ceremonies that I’ve attended.  3)  I wanted our ceremony to match the fun and relaxed atmosphere that we were going for with the reception.  

All these ideas in my head made finding music for the ceremony tricky for me.  I didn’t want to have like an all out jam session for the ceremony; I mean, we did want to have a somewhat traditional look/feel to our ceremony.  On the other hand, I didn’t want to pick out music that felt cliched or boring to me.  So in short, I wanted our guests to listen to the music and say “Hey this is a ceremony AND I really like this music!”  

In an offbeat random spurge of luck, I stumbled upon a discussion board talking about the Vitamin String Quartet.  Wha??  I had never heard of them, but all I saw were rave reviews from many, many people who also dropped some key words such as “non-traditional” and “fun” in their comments.  I was intrigued, so I hunted down a few tracks of theirs to listen.

What did I find, you ask?  A goldmine of appropriate and fun music selections for all parts of our ceremony.  Basically the Vitamin String Quartet is your traditional string quartet, but they only play versions of classic rock and pop songs.  The result of their genius are tracks that sound totally appropriate for a special occasion that people can relate to because they sit and listen and start to think to themselves, “Hey, isn’t this ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by GNR???”

Here are some of the tracks that we ended up using for our ceremony prelude music:


The effect was exactly what we wanted.  Judging by our guests who were standing in the cold mist to attend our ceremony, the music was not putting them to sleep, nor was anyone yawning.  Later, one of the biggest compliments we had was our music.  People loved it!  If you'd like to see more songs by the Vitamin String Quartet, click here to go to their YouTube channel where there are dozens of other memorable songs turned into "classical-esque" remixes. 

What have you decided on for your ceremony music?  Something traditional?  Something trendy?  Something in between?  Share your thoughts on the message board!  

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