Unique Diamond Cuts
We’ve shared the round diamonds and the cushion cuts, the pears and the squares…but there are some diamond cuts that don’t quite fit into any of our categories. Check out the beautiful unique diamond cuts we’ve got for you today, from real brides in the hive, as always.
For those playing catch-up, we launched a set of ring surveys, starting with 15 different styles of engagement rings (you can find them here and at the bottom of this post, as well as on the Boards as a stickied post). All you do is fill out the survey corresponding to your ring style (round diamond, moissanite, sapphire, etc.), which will prompt you to upload your ring photo to the Weddingbee Gallery, and then once at least 10 people with that style of ring have filled out the survey, it will become a post on the Weddingbee blog!
The posts will continuously be updated to reflect new ring submissions, and eventually we hope they will be an amazing repository of REAL engagement rings to inspire bees for years to come.
Note: If you’ve filled out the survey but haven’t yet submitted a photo, it’s not too late to be included in this post! Simply email your photo along with your Weddingbee username and ring style category to mouse (at) weddingbee (dot) com, and we’ll add it to the post!
Submit your ring deets here:
- Cubic Zirconia (or other lab grown; all cuts)
- Diamond Asscher
- Diamond Cushion
- Diamond Emerald
- Diamond Other Cuts
- Diamond Oval
- Diamond Pear or Marquise
- Diamond Princess or Square
- Diamond Radiant
- Diamond Round
- Moissanite (all cuts)
- Morganite (all cuts)
- Non Stone (e.g., claddagh, knot, milgrain, etc.)
- Sapphire (all cuts)
- Other Gemstone (all cuts)
OK bees, get ready for some unique diamond other cuts from Weddingbee members.
bauhinia‘s Old European cut diamond ring with side baguettes
Why did you or your FI choose this ring? This was a family heirloom. The diamond came from my great-grandmother’s Edwardian era tiara.
Where did you purchase your ring? heirloom
Carat size: 3.8
Secular Wedding Ceremony
Mr. Feather and I decided early in the planning process that we would write the script for our secular ceremony as well as our own vows. It was a ton of work, but absolutely worth it in the end to have a ceremony that included everything we felt strongly about. I’ve included a few snippets from our ceremony text—hopefully they can help another couple looking for something similar!
Welcome & Moment of Silence
We started our ceremony with some brief words of welcome and thanks for the role our family and friends have played in our lives, both together and apart. Almost all of our guests traveled from hundreds of miles away to watch us get hitched, which meant so, so much to us.
We are launching several new editorial series on the Weddingbee blog, and we need our hive members to participate in order to bring them to life. If you recently got married and would love to show off your wedding to the hive, we’d love to feature YOU! Keep reading to see ALL of our featured series below.
This week, the spotlight is on…
Real Wedding Playlists
We want the inside scoop on your wedding playlists, whether it’s ceremony, dinner, or dancing music, or even your “do not play” list!
If you’d like to share your playlist, send the following in an email or Google Doc to guest (at) weddingbee (dot) com:
- What type of playlist is this? Ceremony? Dinner? Dancing? All of the above?
- What songs/artists were on your playlist?
- Describe the vibe of your wedding playlist in a few words or sentences. (i.e., moody, bubbly, romantic, pop, indie, etc.)
- What was on your “do not play” list?
- What did you want your guests to feel when they heard the music at your wedding?
- What were the biggest hits or misses?
Be sure to include photos of your guests rocking out on the dance floor if you have them! If you submit professional photos, please credit your photographer.
Formal Bridal Portraits
All these photos are thanks to the one and only Amilia, of Amilia Photography.
Before I interrupted your regularly scheduled recap with a details post about our wedding day, we left off with us and our fabulous, fun bridal party down a trail in the woods. Before I jump into the beginning of our ceremony, I wanted to share some photos with you that I sort of hesitated to share at first. As a bit of introvert who is shy and self-conscious about pretty much everything, it is really hard for me to love, or even like, photos of just me. While I will share the crap out of a photo of Mr. Blue Moon and me (I mean, he’s so handsome), or myself in a group picture with family or friends, I am really not about being photographed by myself.
Though our photographer includes a separate day for bridal portraits (another popular Southern wedding tradition) in most of her packages, I firmly vetoed it because I just couldn’t imagine anything more horrible than spending hours being photographed by myself, being told how to pose, and (potentially) screwing it up with all of the weird and awkward stuff I do. Though I know Amilia would have done a lovely job, bridal portraits with anyone sounded like a special form of torture to me.
Sparkly Bridal Accessories
Along with the shoes, I don’t know what I’m doing about jewelry, but I’ve got a few ideas. I just have to nail down a color palette first. Do I go gold or do I go silver. Do I mix metals? If I go gold, does it matter that my engagement ring is white gold?
Annnyway—here’s what I’m thinking:
- Skip the earrings: For some reason my ears are super sensitive…no matter what kind of metal I wear. I want to be at least somewhat comfy on my wedding day, and not worrying about sore ears is a good step.
- Statement necklace: Something eye catching, sparkling and unique—MAYBE something colorful?
- Hair bling: Maybe a headband, maybe a comb or clip—something vintage inspired, sparkly, and pretty. I AM wearing a veil (more on that in another post), but I’m not wearing it the whole night. So something pretty.
Wedding Day Timeline
Sorry, hive, for being a bad bee. I’m back to finish off these recaps. Let’s go.
I wanted to quickly share our wedding timeline in order to provide some context to my recaps. Feel free to steal and alter this timeline. It worked great for us—I wouldn’t change a thing. We didn’t feel rushed while getting ready, had plenty of time for photos before our ceremony, and felt like our reception was well timed.
Mr. H and little H enjoy a quiet moment on our wedding day. “Why does the timeline say ‘drop off at dog sitter’ for me?” | Source: personal
A note that this is more of a “people logistics” timeline. Our coordinator set delivery times with our florist/baker/other vendors that aren’t included in this timeline.
Our timeline, for our 4:30 PM ceremony, looked like this:
We’re not quite sure what we did before Wayfair came around. If you’re outfitting a new house or apartment, you know exactly how thrilling it is to find the perfect piece of furniture at a price you can actually afford. With one of the largest and most versatile selections of furniture and home goods in the world, it makes total sense that Wayfair is getting in on the registry game. Wayfair wants you to be one of the first to experience their brand spanking new registry—and while you’re at it, enter to win their sweepstakes.
One lucky couple will win $20,000 (YES, you read that right) to put toward their big day. To enter, just add at least $1,000 worth of gifts to your Wayfair registry—no purchase necessary!
With Wayfair’s registry you can choose from millions of products in every style imaginable—from Scandinavian to farmhouse chic. Whatever your style, there are newlywed staples such as dinnerware and kitchen essentials, as well as furniture, fun decor pieces, and home upgrades perfectly tailored for every couple and every home.
Be sure and check out their Curated Collections, which are a great place to start if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the whole registering thing.
We had a blast scrolling through their pages of goodies to pick our favorites. Keep reading to see our top registry picks from Wayfair that you won’t find at any of the traditional registry shops.
It’s no secret that Chip and Joanna of HGTV’s Fixer Upper have helped bring modern farmhouse style to the mainstream. This creamy white pitcher would be right at home in their Texas farmhouse kitchen, serving up some lemonade with a big plate of cookies.
So technically you probably don’t NEED a wine flight kit…but how cute would this bamboo and slate tray be for a romantic evening at home with your newly minted spouse?
If you like the sleek and simple look when it comes to flatware, this five-piece set is perfection.
This cutting board with the diamond cut-outs makes a bold and fun accent for your kitchen.
How amazing are these art deco inspired plates for a mid-century style home? Great Gatsby dinner parties, anyone?
Use your wedding registry as an opportunity to upgrade your Craiglist or hand-me-down furniture with fun pieces, like this bold striped chair, which makes the perfect accent piece for a neutral living room.
We fell in love with this sweet little lacquered box with an agate accent on top. Available in three sizes, it’s perfect for holding your sweetest keepsakes (or for stashing your remotes in the prettiest way).
This versatile statement decor piece would look at home with so many different styles. Instant room makeover!
These bowls are the perfect pop of color for a floating shelf or a dining room table. Or just for eating ramen in your PJs on the couch.
Start your first DIY project as a newlyweds and add this gorgeous chandelier to your dining room or foyer. Boom! Instant rustic appeal.
If these picks aren’t exactly your cup of tea, no worries—there are so many items to scroll through, and the variety offered by Wayfair is off the map.
Wayfair’s registry also offers these convenient features:
- FREE shipping and extended 90-day returns
- Group Gifting for big wishes—great for furniture (hello, new sofa!) or splurge-worthy appliances like a Vitamix
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- Dedicated Registry Specialists to help couples and guests every step of the way
- Curated Collections, Ready-Made Registries, and more inspirational ways to discover gifts
- Exclusive inspirational content from their editors
This post is sponsored by Wayfair.
Wedding Table Numbers on Copper Stands
dpollock212 is selling a set of wedding table numbers on copper stands. She is asking $140 for table numbers 1–14.
Have a wedding item for sale? Post it with pictures in the Weddingbee Classifieds, and you might see it featured on the blog!
Other great items for sale:
Outdoor Bridal Processional
While MOH R, Bridesmaid A, and I hid behind some well placed bushes, the processional started up. First, our officiant and groomsmen/co-best men A and B entered from the side.
Next came my uncle, with my mom on his arm. I’d originally planned to have my uncle walk my grandmother in and my mom walk in with my brother, but I found out about a month before the wedding that he would not be able to make it.