Most Repinned Engagement Rings

Who doesn’t love to look at beautiful engagement rings? When you get engaged, one of the first questions you’ll receive is “Can I see the ring?” Even those of us who aren’t engaged stare at pictures of engagement rings, and pin them like crazy! Which is why we’re excited to share our top 5 most re-pinned engagement rings from our Once Wed Pinterest.

1. This simple and delicate engagement ring made the top of our list! Beautifully photographed by Rylee Hitchner, this ring has been repinned hundreds of times! You can see the post where it was originally featured by clicking here.

2. (Pictured Below) Not every engagement ring has to be a diamond! We love this vintage pearl ring from an inspiration shoot with Pearl and Godiva. Check out the entire feature for more beauty. 005362-R1-0063. This vintage halo engagement ring is timeless! See the full Springtime Maidens shoot for how Ginny Au styled this lovely ring. vintage-halo-engagement-ring4. Classic and elegant- we love this ring shot from Rylee Hitchner from a stunning wedding in Mexico this year. 030114-P-136-25. And finally- this breathtaking collection of jewelry, including the bride’s engagement ring, from an elegant castle wedding in Barcelona! Wedding_0176a

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10.24.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

How to not Invite Some People to your Wedding

One of the hardest parts of planning a wedding is creating the perfect guest list. Whether you’re trying to keep a very small guest list or trying to keep the guest list to those that matter the most in your life, almost every bride will run into the question and debate of how to keep their guest list to their desired size. Don’t feel bad or guilty about this! On your wedding day, you’re meant to be surrounded by your nearest and dearest friends and family- not people you’ve never met or barely know. But we understand that it may be difficult to avoid inviting some people, so here are a few tips that should make it a little easier:

Family: Stress the importance of an intimate guest list to your parents and your fiancé’s family. Remind them that you want every person at the wedding to have a close relationship with you and your future spouse. Unfortunately, many family members don’t fall in to that category so, to help your parents out, be sure to give them a specific number of invitations to the wedding they may extend to family members and friends. If they feel strongly about having all of the second-cousins there, encourage them to host a party in their hometown to “meet the newlyweds.”

Plus ones: Minimize your “plus ones” to those in serious relationships or to those who will not know other guests at the wedding.

They invited me to their wedding: You don’t have to invite everyone who has invited you to their wedding. Friendships change. For example, a sorority sister who got married 8+ years ago may not be a current friend that needs a wedding invitation.

Work: Don’t feel pressured to invite work colleagues just to make people feel included. 

The one year test: Have you maintained a close relationship with the person in question for the last year? Do you see yourself maintaining this relationship in the future? If so, invite the guest. If not, reconsider them.

Using these tips should help you break the news a little more easily, and remember, some people may be hurt that they’re not invited, but ultimately, your wedding is about you and your families. Do what makes you comfortable, and eventually everyone else will understand.

Article by: Virginia Edelson of Bluebird Productions | Photography: Jillian Mitchell Photography

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10.23.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Delicate Boudoir Ideas from Girl with a Serious Dream

We were instantly enamored when we received these images from Lauren Kinsey that she shot for the Spring 2014 Girl with a Serious Dream lookbook. We love the idea of a bride wearing something special, like these pieces from Girl with a Serious Dream, before or after her wedding. The getting ready attire also acts as an heirloom for such a special and cherished day. Being able to wear a delicate lingerie piece long after the wedding is a small yet lovely reminder of that special day. How nice would it be to wear something again that makes you feel just as special as you do when you walk down the aisle?

Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding Photography | Hair & Makeup: Eulanna Bloodworth | Bridal Robes, Cover Ups & Veils: Girl With A SeriousDream | Styling & Floral Design: Alee Willis Creative | Venue:Maclay Gardens

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10.22.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Protect your Big Day with WedSafe

Yay- you’re engaged! One of the first things you’ll do once you start planning, is choose your wedding dress. Choosing your dress is one of the most special parts of wedding planning, and you’ll remember the day you find “the one” for the rest of your life. And let’s not forget that you’ll be looking at photos for years to come of that dress, and potentially even pass it down to your children.

But what comes after you find the dress?  A lot can happen from saying “yes” to the dress to then saying “I do” to the groom.  Did you even know that there are certain insurance policies, yes wedding insurance, that provides coverage against losses such as stained, ruined or damaged special attire, including your wedding dress!

What if it gets stained? What if it gets torn during fittings? Or even the old “the dog ate my…dress?” After finding the perfect gown, you want to make sure it’s protected. That’s just one small area where wedding insurance with WedSafe can come in handy. Not only can it help you get reimbursed for your gown-gone-wrong, but it can also protect other elements of your wedding day, from vendors to venues, all for a low cost!  No one foresees or wants any problems on their special days, but the fact is that some bad things do happen occasionally, from a no-show vendor, to a forced cancellation or postponement.  Wedding and event cancellation insurance with WedSafe can help protect against financial loss, and provide some peace of mind too.

Look beautiful in your gown and be smart about your planning. Learn why wedding insurance can be among the best investments you make at

Photography: Rylee Hitchner

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10.22.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog