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The In’s and Out’s of the Ring Buying Process

The In's and Out's of the Ring Buying Process

I’m excited to have a guest post today from Wilson Diamond’s. We all know that buying the engagement ring is one of the most exciting and stressful things for the groom to do. It is also something that will be worn for a very long time and possibly passed down to your child when they marry. It is a family heirloom and you shouldn’t just jump into buying it. Take time to research and learn the in’s and out’s of the ring buying process.

First of all, congratulations on finding that special person you want to spend the rest of your life with! Now, for finding the ring. We know it has to be perfect, so here is a guide to help make sure you don’t forget any details along the way. I’m sure you’ll end up wowing her with an amazing ring!

Budget- It is important to set a budget for the top amount that you are willing to spend on a ring. There are rings in the millions, and there are also rings in the hundreds. So, don’t be discouraged by how much you have to spend. It’s a good thing to be able to tell to jewelers right off the bat, so that you don’t end up falling in love with rings you can’t afford. They can immediately steer you toward things in your price range, and you can leave with an excellent ring without feeling “sold.”

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4 C’s- This is the lingo that jewelers use to distinguish the quality of a ring. They are cut, clarity, color, and carat. The cut is not the shape of the diamond, but how it is cut deep or shallow. There are very precise ways to cut a diamond to get it the optimum amount of light so that it can sparkle. If it is cut too deep or too shallow, this lowers the cost and quality. The clarity is the amount of inclusions or imperfections in a diamond. Diamonds with a low clarity rating would have specs in them that are noticeable to the naked eye. The perfect diamond is completely colorless, and the range goes down to a very yellow, dingy looking diamond. Diamonds come with all different costs based off of those three elements. A diamond’s carat weight is it’s size. The cost will change based off of these 4 elements.
Her Style- Many couples now are choosing to go ring shopping together and pick out their own rings. This is becoming popular because you can still have the surprise of the proposal, but you can have your ring exactly how you want it. If you are doing it the old fashioned way and picking out a ring for her, you need to know what style of ring she likes. There are many different shapes and aesthetics to choose from. There are very simple solitaires and very ornate vintage rings as well. See if she likes princess, cushion, or pear shaped diamonds.

The Specifics- Many times the groom will find out the bride’s ring size before ring shopping to surprise her with a perfectly fitting, ring of her dreams. This is incredibly difficult to do without the girl finding out because most girls don’t already know their ring size. However, you don’t always need to worry about this before proposing. You can just estimate, and then after the proposal take it in to get sized. You also don’t have to feel tied to getting a diamond at all. If her birthstone is just as meaningful to her, go for that!


The Timing- She needs to let you know first that she is 100% ready to get engaged. So, in a way, she needs to know that the proposal is coming without fully knowing that the proposal is coming. You still want her to be surprised by it, but don’t spring it on her before you know she’s at that level of commitment with you. Also, it may be a good idea to find out if she wants the proposal to be public or private. This sets you up for success instead of surprising her in front of a lot of people and then finding out that she thinks that was impersonal.

Find the perfect engagement ring at Wilson Diamonds.

Love is in the Air

Love is in the Air

Valentines Day is right around the corner. For men, it can a bit of a holiday that stresses them out. They know that they their lovely lady is expecting something on this red and pink holiday. So where do you start? Something thoughtful is always gonna win out but if you are short on time or happened to have snowed in for the last four days then we have some ideas for you!

If you have been planning on popping the question this is an excellent day to do it. So many fun ways to hide the ring, inside a box of yummy chocolates, dropped in a glass of champagne, delivered with dessert at your favorite restaurant or presented in a beautiful keepsake box. Whatever you do she will love it!


If you are already engaged or married then look no further. Some of our favorite wedding vendors have some great gifts for you to give.

Flowers- Geranium Lake

Sweet Treats – Miss Zumstein & Cupcake Jones & Le Cookie Monkey

Jewelry – Grayling Jewelry and Betsy & Iya

Lingerie- Oh Baby



Artistic Reception Food Displays

Artistic Reception Food Displays

By the time the reception rolls around everyone is excited and ready to celebrate! They just got done witnessing two people joining their lives together and they couldn’t be more thrilled for both of you. The reception is also a time for everyone to meet, re-meet and gather to share in food and drink. Why not steer away from the boring ol’ buffet line and and some artistic flare to the food! We love seeing food as art and the visual displays will add as decor at your reception. Here are some stunning examples of what your caterer can do. We have many in Portland that love creating unique food displays. Try contacting The Art of Catering, Devil’s Food Catering and Vibrant Table. Note, they book up fast so be sure to contact them once you have your date and venue booked.


cheese burger station

Cheeseburger in paradise…I like my with lettuce and tomato. Ok enough singing, isn’t this a fun idea? Build your own mini burger bar.


Stunning chocolate treats display! Almost too pretty to eat, but we think we’ll be ok testing them out.


artistic food display

Modern seafood display. Great for a Northwest wedding.
milk and cookies


How can you go wrong with chocolate chip cookies and milk? Make it more modern in this lovely display.






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No matter if it’s sweets or savory food ask your caterer how you can make a visually unique presentation for your guests. They will be talking about it for weeks after the event and licking their lips wishing they had seconds or thirds!

Wedding Signage

Wedding Signage

I’m a sucker for graphic art. I almost became a graphic designer in college but thanks to a professor who was not so nice to me I changed my major to fine arts. Either way, my love for graphic art and design hasn’t faded one bit. I love the use of fonts to evoke emotion and a beautiful graphic that stands on it’s own. So when it comes to a wedding, what a fun opportunity to add some graphic elements to your event. Guests are often a little confused and need some direction. So signs are the perfect way to get them included and let them know what is happening next at your wedding!

Let’s start with a sign that you can easily do yourself. List out the timeline of the days activities and have it displayed so all the guests can see it as they arrive.


Add a sign to each of your chairs. Especially if you are not having assigned seating. This way the two of you will know you have a seat reserved where you want and next to each other!



Set up a lovely sign that marks the date of your event with your names. Another easy DIY wedding project to personalize your day.


You can’t stop your guests from using their smart phones so instead encourage them to share the photos they take on a wedding instagram site you have set up prior to the event.


The groom is already on pins and needles waiting to see you walk down the aisle. Take a little bit of the edge off with a cute sign held by flower girls or ring bearers. This will give him an instant smile!


Gonna have drinks at your party? Then have a sign hanging next to the bar to let your guests know you are ready to have some fun!

bar sign

Last but not least, a sign with the direction of activity is a unique way to guide your guests in the direction they want to go. Yard games, to your left! Photo booth, turn your right! This is another project that can easily be made with scrap wood from your local recycling center. Whatever you decide to do, you can easily and affordable add a few of these wedding signs to your event!

reception sign

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