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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.

The Art of Wedding’s 10th Anniversary Bridal Showcase

The Art of Wedding's 10th Anniversary Bridal Showcase

We are so excited for the tenth annual Art of Weddings Bridal Show! We started with a vision on a napkin while chatting with a friend at a coffee shop and it has grown ever since. The goal was and has always been to keep the event relaxed, fun and non-pressured. We think you should be able to meet and talk to vendors without feeling like you have to book them on site. Of course you can if you fall in love but the goal is for your and your fiance to celebrate your engagement in a stylish atmosphere.

If you haven’t already, now is the time to reserve your tickets online. Get a discounted price of only $8 each when you enter the code: PCS online and you will also be automatically entered for the opportunity to win a whole wedding from the Lucky in Love contest (valued at over $20,000). Otherwise get them at the door for $15 each.

We always love having it at the modern and beautiful Gerding Theater at the Armory in downtown Portland. Parking is on street and in nearby lots. Coat check on hand in case it’s a rainy evening.

View stunning photography, sample culinary delights, snack on a sweet cupcake and hop in a photo booth for some silly memories. Stay around for a featured fashion show by local fashion designer Michelle DeCourcy and walk away with ideas to plan your perfect wedding day! See you this Wednesday evening from 6-9pm!

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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

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Sponsorship Spots Available

Sponsorship Spots Available

Are you an amazing vendor who would like to be a part of the longest running bridal boutique show? Do you have an amazing service or product that you want to get out in front of brides? Then sponsorship is perfect for you! We only have a few spots available for sponsoring the bridal show which will take place March 26th, 2014 from 6-9pm at Portland Center Stage at the Armory. This show is classy, high-end and has a relaxed feel. It has been the show that all others copy and we are flattered but there is only one Art of Weddings! No other bridal show has the social media following we do. You will reach newly engaged couples via facebook, twitter, pinterest, radio, postcards, Oregon Bride Magazine and on our popular blog!

Contact us today to find out how you can reserve your spot in this exciting bridal show. Deadline is October 28th to sign up for a sponsor to take advantage of all the social media benefits. Email us today at, we look forward to hearing from you!


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2014 Event will be located at: Portland Center Stage at the Armory