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Wedding Band Trends

by: Chelsea, ECC

Photo credit: Captured Memories Photography

While wedding band sets are still sold, we’ve seen more and more brides looking for unique pieces instead of a complete set that matches. Brides and grooms used to have a very small selection of styles for their wedding bands.  Now with all three (engagement ring, wedding band and the groom’s wedding band) mainly being sold separately, you can add uniqueness and have the style of your choice for your wedding bands.  With the price of gold rising, light metals have become very popular.  But what is the main trend now?  We’d have to say individuality.  It is all about having your own style and making your wedding bands about you and your husband.

Yes every woman loves diamonds, but that is what the engagement ring is for.  Now brides are making their wedding bands a little more vintage and simple with maybe only one small diamond.  The director of marketing and communications at Frank Adams Jewelers, Billie Jo Newman says that the guard rings are becoming a new trend.  “A lot of people are doing one on each side, the trend being toward vintage-looking rings, the fine detailed ring that lends itself to this style.”

The eternity band and channel ring are also increasingly popular.  With the eternity band, that is where the gem or diamond travels all the way around the ring.  As for the channel ring, this is where the gems or diamonds are placed into the band.  This is usually on the engagement ring around a bigger diamond but now is very popular on wedding bands all the way around the ring.

As for the engraving on the inside of the band, that is still popular and going strong.  It keeps the uniqueness and special warmness of the wedding band.  Most couples usually get their initials and their wedding date.  But now people are starting to get a little more spontaneous and more personal, engraving nicknames or even having the bride write something for the groom and the groom do the same for the bride and then have it be a surprise and their wedding day to each other. We’ve even seen a push for fingerprints on the rings (where they have their bands specially made with either the bride or grooms finger prints in the ring–clearly it needs to be a larger band). Another fun trend we’ve seen is incorporating colored stones into the wedding band. The engagement band may stay simple, but brides are becoming more daring adding rubies, emeralds, sapphires and other stones to their wedding bands. What a stunning way to add a little color to your life!

So as the new trends come again every year, individuality will always be the main key.  Every couple is different and has something of their own in mind.  So talk to each other pick something you both will love, because the wedding band is a symbol of the two of you coming together as husband and wife and starting a life together.  As Billie Jo Newman says, “Every couple needs to decide what’s right for them, to evaluate what their story is about. Choose what works for you to represent your marriage.” We couldn’t agree more.

Until next time, happy planning!

Vendor Gratuities

By: Nancy, ECC

It is hard to make tipping sound festive.  Is parting with your money ever festive?  But for all of us who have worked in the service industry, we really do appreciate it.  Weddings involve a multitude of vendors and service industry personnel.  So, as you plan for your nuptials and reception, let’s talk a little about tipping.

There are universal norms to tipping – tip when and as much as you feel it is merited, but don’t make it obvious.  And these norms hold true for the wedding industry as well. Read you contracts!  Some vendors will include gratuities in the bill, and some may have a policy against tipping at all.  Since vendor owners negotiate their own prices, no further compensation is required.

Most vendors are compensated as they would be at any other time – hair stylists, make-up artists, chauffeur, bar tenders, delivery and set up staff.  But don’t for get the others.  If you opt for live musicians tipping is not required but $10 to $20 per musician would be appreciated.  Some DJ’s do a spectacular job making sure your dance floor stays busy all night, their tip would be $50 to $150 and if there is more than one, split the tip between them.  Videographers and photographers capture the joy of your day for you to reflect on for years to come, the customary gratuity is $50 to $200 per vendor.  Catering companies almost always build in gratuities in their contracts, but if they haven’t, 15 to 20% is customary. Event planners and coordinators ensure everything runs smoothly before, during and after your big event.  Gratuities are not required, but always appreciated, $50 to $100 is generally considered appropriate.

Contrary to common belief, your ceremony officiates are not tipped. A donation to the church can be made in lieu of a tip. Should your ceremony require alter boys, or girls, $10 to $15 is appreciated. And you can tip your wedding coordinator at the church, who may have helped you with your music selections and readings.

That all said, money is not the only way to show your appreciation, especially if you know the vendor involved.  Gift baskets and other small thoughtful gifts are appropriate.  Alter boys and girls will appreciate movie tickets as much as cash.  If you know your Dj, why not give him/her a gift basket of all the things they like to eat and drink during a job?  Event centers love copies of your best wedding pics.  Don’t be afraid to step out of the box and use your creativity.

We hope you receive great service from all you vendors, for those you feel provided a service well above what you expected, tip accordingly.

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