Selfie in the salon mirror #noshame / Personal photo
Before I left the salon, Mini told me I had to do something with Mr. PB that day—after all, I had a fun new hairdo and she took the time to curl it for me. Mr. PB and I had been talking about going to look at wedding bands, and I used my fancy hair to my advantage. Off to Kay we went!
We worked with a friend of a friend to purchase my engagement ring, and he was working on Saturday. When we got there he was with a client, so we putzed around and browsed until he was available. Seeing as my engagement ring was a wedding band with a solitaire diamond added, I figured I didn’t really need to pay much attention to the women’s wedding bands because I would just get the same band as my ring. To make it a little more special, I’d add some gemstones that coordinate with our wedding palette. Boom, bam, done. We looked at some ring options for Mr. PB and, after some time, the salesperson was ready for us.
We plopped down in front of the women’s bands and I began to look around the case, not noticing my band right away. Turns out it had been discontinued. Hmph. I didn’t expect to have to think about options, so I was a bit thrown off as different ring ideas were being shown to me. I was really in love with the idea of gemstones in my wedding band; we are having jewel tones as our colors, so it just makes sense.
Option 1: A similar band of smaller straight diamonds, and add gemstones to that.
- The stones in the ring were smaller, just enough to seem off compared to the stones in my e-ring.
- We would purchase the band as is (with the 11 diamonds) and then have them add the six gemstones in, leaving us with six small loose diamonds that were too small to do much with.
Option 2: Two thinner bands of diamonds to go on each side of my e-ring.
- The bands were thinner and the diamonds smaller, so they look slightly off compared to my e-ring.
- With the size of the diamonds being smaller and there being two bands, it wouldn’t make sense to change diamonds out for gemstones.
- Option 2 is more expensive than option 1 (but double the diamond weight).
I was debating between the two, but Mr. PB was all about option 2. He said, “You only get wedding rings once, might as well go big.” How is it the groom is more in love with bling than the bride? There must be something wrong with me! The salesman agreed with Mr. PB, and I decided it was indeed better to go big or go home. I carried the rings around with me as Mr. PB checked out wedding band options and kept looking at them, trying to make sure that I made the right choice. Each time I looked at my ring finger, I felt like it was a big band of bling, three straight lines of diamonds together. My poor e-ring seemed to be getting lost among its new neighbors. As I was distracted by all the bling, Mr. PB quickly decided on a cobalt ring.
Mr. PB and I brought our wedding bands home that day, but I left my e-ring at the store to be serviced in preparation for our engagement photos. I kept thinking about the wedding bands and whether it was too much with my engagement ring, but haven’t been able to look at them all together since then. I even went onto the Weddingbee Boards to try and get some help. With more than 130 votes in the poll, 65% of hive members said to stick with the double rings and 35% said to change it for something different.
So what do you think? Should I stick with the double bands and write off my ring regret as being silly? Or should I go back to the drawing board and find a way to include the gemstones like I originally wanted?