I may be a high-strung, emotional individual, but that doesn’t change the fact that I have a very low tolerance for sentimental drivel. I’m not a “Disney person,” I HATE being sung to, and most romantic comedies have me injuring my eyes from rolling them too hard.
You know all the tropes: someone gives a big, heartfelt speech in the middle of someone else’s wedding? The lovable, goofy guy who’s taken just happens to have a shrew for a girlfriend, so we root for someone else to steal him (hate this one)? Two characters who despise each other end up FALLING IN LOVE?!
Who ever could have seen it coming? | Dripping sarcasm via GIPHY
If you’re screaming “Sixpence, are you dead inside? I love those kinds of films!!” I will say this: I’ll eat my own words when it comes to a certain few “wedding movies.” The following manage to warm even my cold, stony heart:
Brace yourselves: This is a LONG post. But there are pictures. Scroll to the end if you just want to see what venue we picked.
After we picked a date, I told myself I wouldn’t sweat planning. I’d relax, enjoy being engaged, and take my time.
Then I had a panic dream—I was standing in the middle of downtown Chicago, in a gown (an ugly gown, might I add) with no CLUE where my wedding was taking place. And with that one dream, my “wait to plan” went flying RIGHT out the window…but there’s a silver lining.
We’re about seven months from the big day, and I’m mostly done with wedding planning, and FULLY embracing engaged life.
There seems to be a common theme in every wedding planning article I’ve come across: figure out your venue, and the rest will begin to fall into place. Selecting our ceremony site was simple, but searching for a reception venue was downright horrifying at times.
Has anyone had this experience? You visit a venue’s website, like the photos, think you can make it work, and then you open their pricing list.
An actual clip of my reaction when I read “$20,000 FOOD AND DRINK MINIMUM” | GIF via Giphy
We considered—and eliminated—quite a few venues early on, but ultimately it came down to a few criteria:
Although pear and marquise diamonds are not the most popular cuts from the hive, there are some gorgeous and well loved engagement ring submissions from you guys in this category. Keep reading to see beautiful real diamond pear engagement rings and diamond marquise engagement rings.
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!
tipsydipsy‘s pear cut diamond solitaire with baguettes on either side set in platinum
Why did you or your FI choose this ring?I fell in love with this style AFTER my FI was well in the process of having a vintage-style ring made with diamonds and sapphires. Luckily, he was able to switch gears!
I really like the way the pear shape sits on my hand, and I love the way that the ring looks delicate and simple. It is a very elegant ring.
Four years ago it was was pouring rain in my mom’s backyard in Brockville, and I was sitting outside by myself, sheltered under the gazebo, eating cold pizza crusts, staring at the outdoor setup for our wedding, and hoping the sun would find its way to us. Hours later, the seats had dried, the sun peeked out from behind the cloud cover, and we were married in the glow of daylight—light that stuck around and fended off the rain for the rest of the ceremony and into our reception. It didn’t rain a single drop more.
And now I’m here in my house in northern Ontario. My mornings look a lot different these days. There is no leisurely pizza eating. It’s usually a whirlwind of trying to evict our almost-three-year-old out of her bed, or OUR bed, scheduling showers and scarfing cereal and packing preschool bags and crossing my fingers that I can throw some coffee into my mouth before I have to navigate the strange circle that is the childcare drop-off parking system because people don’t understand physics at 8:30 AM.
I wasn’t ready to hit the ground running once we got engaged—I wanted to chill out and soak in the engagement. But I also knew we didn’t want a super long engagement. After all, we’ve already been together six years. Why wait longer at this point?
But it seemed like the SECOND I told someone about the engagement, they asked “when’s the wedding?” And in my mind, that meant we were supposed to have a plan. I mean, what do I know? I’ve never done this before. So we figured once we told all the important players that we got engaged, we’d nail down a wedding date and general location and then chill out.
So one Saturday morning, between a two hour marathon play session at the dog park and a trip to the grocery store, we came up with a date-setting strategy.
Let’s be honest…the dog park is EVERYTHING.
Step 1: Nail down the list of total VIPs who must be there (parents, siblings, offspring, etc.), and find out their schedules for the next 12 months.