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Engagement rings are a big ticket item. For most people, engagement rings are one of the biggest purchases they’ll ever make. And it’s easy to see why people are ready to drop a lot of cash on their ring— after all, engagement rings are meant to symbolize everlasting love and people want the quality of their ring to reflect that. Plus, diamonds appreciate over time, so engagement rings are also an investment purchase that people want to get right. 

So, what exactly are people spending on engagement rings? Across the US, the average amount spent on an engagement ring is $6,351. Though, the amount spent per state ranges from $3,518 to $10,241, with the lowest average coming from Utah and the priciest coming from California. 

While it’s good to consider how much people are spending on their engagement rings, it’s also important to remember that your budget doesn’t have to hit that average number. Every person’s unique situation is different— the most important thing about your engagement ring budget is that it’s comfortable for you. No one wants to start a marriage with strained finances or debt. 

So, how do you buy the perfect engagement ring when you’re working within a budget? We partnered with Fancy Lab to answer that question! The first thing you should do is make sure you know exactly what your budget is. Some people have a range they look within and some people just set a hard upper limit. To figure out your budget, just take an honest look at your finances and think about what you’d be completely comfortable spending.

Once you know your budget, it’s time to start shopping around. If you’ve never bought an engagement ring before, you might not know that engagement ring settings are usually sold separately from the engagement ring’s center stone (which is, traditionally, a diamond). So, keep that in mind while you’re shopping. 

If you’re shopping online, most retailers have handy filters that will allow you to only look at settings or diamonds within certain price ranges. But one online retailer, the luxury jeweler RockHer has taken diamond “filtering” up a notch with their online diamond concierge, ROSI. 

ROSI, a combination of algorithm and AI (powered by IBM’s Watson!), was designed by the team at RockHer to help make what used to be a very difficult shopping decision very simple. Essentially, ROSI works by getting a few pieces of information from whoever’s using her, then sorting through thousands of diamonds and showing the user only the very best ones within their criteria. So, in a nutshell, ROSI helps you find the best diamond within your budget, taking all the confusion and work out of the diamond shopping process. Plus, she does it faster than even an expert gemologist could.

And RockHer is a full stop shop— you can use ROSI to find your ideal diamond and then pair that diamond with your ideal setting right away (or vice versa). They have every imaginable setting style, from intricate vintage settings to sleek modern rings. 

So, the answer to the question of “how to buy the perfect engagement ring without breaking the bank?” Figure out your budget then use ROSI, an AI advanced digital diamond gemologist, to help you sort through the rubble and find your perfect ring. 

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Ok guys. If you weren’t already considering Greece for your destination wedding—you’re definitely about to be. Alexia and Jeremy’s Santorini nuptials are next-level dreamy and filled to the custom-cocktail-brim with bright whitewash and greek blue trimmed architecture, cascading bougainvillea, and those sun-drenched island views you can’t get anywhere else in the world. Alexia’s parents are both from Greece and their wedding planned by White Ribbon Boutique Events was a celebration of love but also of homecoming. A traditional ceremony in a quaint village chapel was followed by an intimate outdoor reception filled with soft white florals by Red Box Days, beautiful personalized calligraphy by Atelier Invitations. With an atmosphere designed to resemble a typical Greek festival, it’s an unforgettable party and Lori Paladino  captured every beautiful moment.

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from the planner: They met at hospital. Jeremy is a doctor and Alexia a nurse. They built a friendship that fell into love. Jeremy proposed to Alexia in Santorini island. The bride’s parents are both from Greece and their wedding was a celebration of love but also of homecoming. The bride wanted to get married on the same date that her grandmother passed away as a symbol of remembrance of her most beloved person in her life and to celebrate in Greece as a sign of return to her routes.

For their ceremony and reception, we proposed to them a small hotel off the tourist track of Santorini that gives visitors the feeling of being in a secluded Cycladic village.  Small white sugar-cube-like houses surround the blue domed chapel built in the 1800’s in the center of the traditional residence.

The bride arrived to the ceremony, with her father accompanied by the sounds of traditional musicians where the couple’s 50 closest friends and family were waiting for her.

After the ceremony guests enjoyed a sunset cocktail overlooking the magnificent scenery sipping Ouzo and tasting local organic delicacies grown on the island. Dinner and dancing followed in the main patio of the hotel. We chose a soft rustic décor focusing on the use of local herbs and greenery with a few golden details in respect of the natural surroundings.

The tables were set under soft string lighting as we wanted to create a cozy and intimate atmosphere to resemble a typical Greek festival.

Although the setting was breathtaking, that day was all about love. Love was present by those surrounding the newlyweds, by the bride and groom but also by those who were there only in spirit.

It was a dream come true for the couple and a wedding to remember for everyone that became part of it.

Photography: Lori Paladino // Wedding Planning & Styling: White Ribbon Boutique Events // Florals: Red Box Days // Invitations: Minted // Reception Stationery: Atelier Invitations // Venue:  Arghios Artemios // Cake: Pavlovs Lab // Bridal Gown: Willow by Watters // Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Grooms Suit: J Crew // Linens & Dishware: White Lilac // Music, Sound & Lights: Events in Santorini // 2nd Shooter: Briana Marie Photography

The perfect mixture of life’s organic treasures tied in with the freshness of spring was dreamt up by Laurel & Fey for this inspiration editorial. The bright shades of green at The Fig House made it the perfect venue to host a modern and organic inspiration shoot while incorporating white, shades of green and earth-tone colors from Archive RentalsThe Bloemist put the focus on natural blooms in the organic all-white bouquet and centerpices. The illustrated and calligraphy paper pieces are by Song & Pen and the delicate silk, hand-dyed laurel leaf headpiece is by Mignonne Handmade. Vanilla Bakeshop  created a show-stopping cake of cascading real-life size magnolias, almost as if they picked them themselves. The team enlisted photograpaher  Ally Burnette  to capture all the details and they’re here for your inspiration in these beautiful images.

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Photographer: Ally Burnette // Style + Coordination: Laurel & Fey // Florals: The Bloemist // Invitation Suite: Song & Pen // Venue: The Fig House // Dress: Loulette Bride // Bridal Boutique: The Blushing Bird // Bakeshop: Vanilla Bakeshop // Headpiece: Mignonne Handmade // Shoes: Harriete Wilde Shoes // Rings: Single Stone // Model: Anna Fricks // Hair & Makeup: Make Up by Fatima // Catering: RoomForty // Bar Catering: Pharmacie Events Co. // Specialty Rentals: Archive Rentals


Laura and Scott’s wedding had us at unruly-purple-wildflower-centerpieces. And that’s just a sliver of the floral-gorgeousness that Fionna Floral brought to the Carmel Valley Ranch wedding planned by Amazae Events. Look for the delicate greenery climbing up the simple wood arbor, huge overflowing white arrangements flanking the ceremony isle, a soft and textured bouquet and stately potted herbs on the escort table. No detail was left un-flowered and we’re loving the way it tied into the vibe of the ranch. The event was completed with invitations by Rachel Brandzel Creative, a dessert bar by Monterey Donuts and Laura’s beautiful tailored lace Lela Rose gown. Lucky for us, Amanda Wei Photography was on hand to capture all the details in these lovely images of the day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

From the very beginning my goal for the wedding was to be a fun, beautiful, and relaxed party, and a great weekend getaway for my family and friends. I wanted the ceremony and reception to be seem personal and intimate. The location, Carmel Valley Ranch, was perfect for these goals! My whole extended family and many friends were able to stay at the Ranch. It was so fun to run into people at the pool, restaurant, and spa before the wedding! The venue for the ceremony and the reception had beautiful views of the valley and the weather was perfect! The activities and relaxed vibe of the venue added to the great weekend getaway. I thought that Amazea did a great job of bringing the aesthetics of the Ranch and Carmel Valley into the decor of the wedding.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I found my gown at Jin Wang in San Francisco. My cousins, aunts, sister, mother, and I all traveled from Seattle to San Francisco for a girls weekend and some dress shopping. Jin Wang was our last stop and the whole experience there was perfect. The dress was a gorgeous Lela Rose, that Jin custom tailored.  It had straps and she made it strapless. Also, she took in the bottom layer to make it more of a sheath fit and left the lace overlay A-line. The dress was light weight and fit perfectly. The lace had this wonderful silver threading that added just the right amount of shimmer.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My husband’s best friend did the ceremony. I thought it reflected our personalities and our relationship. We had signature drinks, Moscow Mules (my favorite) in copper cups, which tied in to the decor.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

This is always the hardest question to answer because everything was memorable! I loved the dancing! I also loved right after the ceremony being with just Scott and then being joined by the bridal party and our immediate families to celebrate for just a few minutes on our own. We had some champagne and toasted the occasion!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Scott and I met through mutual friends when we were living in Manhattan. The first long trip we took was a ski trip to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, where we decided we needed to get out of Manhattan and be closer to family, nature, and skiing (for my husband). Shortly after we moved across the country to Seattle (where I am from). We took a trip to Alaska to ski. On a beautiful drive from the city up to the mountains Scott pulled over so we could take pictures. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was very surprised because I didn’t expect he would propose on the side of the road. We also honeymooned in the mountains in Japan!

Photography: Amanda Wei Photography // Coordination: Amazae Events // Florals: Fionna Floral // Invitations: Rachel Brandzel Creative // Wedding Stationery: The Quill // Venue & Catering: Carmel Valley Ranch // Hair & Makeup: Melissa Hoffmann // Linens: WildFlower Linen // Rentals: Chic Event Rentals / Williams Party Rentals // Dessert Bar: Monterey Donuts // Entertainment: The Lucky Devils Band


Romantic florals in an unexpected ocher and bubblegum pink combo take center stage in this inspiration shoot set at the industrial Cotton Factory in Ontario. With creative direction by Lindsay Plank Events, the aesthetic is inspired by sculptural and delicate ikebana Japanese-inspired florals by La Petite Fleur, handmade artisan goods, a fresh take on raw crystals, chiffon with pops of pink and traditional garden roses creating a wedding story that’s functional, and sophisticated. Stand out details include the gold and marble cake with delicate sugar flowers by Pearls & Spice, orchids in the bouquet and a sculptural centerpiece. The team enlisted the skills of Jennifer Xu to style and photograph the stunning editorial and the images are all here for your perusal.

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Photography & Styling: Jennifer Xu // Planning & Creative Direction: Lindsay Plank Events // Floral Design: La Petite Fleur // Calligraphy & Stationery Suite: Flourish & Quill Paper Co. // Venue: Cotton Factory // Dress 1: Carol Hannah // Dress 2: Elizabeth Dye // Dresses: Sash & Bustle // Hair & Makeup: Paje Honor // Bridal Accessories: The Loved One // Cake & Sweet Treats: Pearls & Spice // Tabletop Decor: The Perfect Table// Wedding Rings: Carey Pearson Designs // Furniture Rentals & Styling: Tufts & Toile // Raw Crystals: Atlas Trove // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bridal Robe: Sarah of By CATALFO // Model: Melody from Plutino // Venue Consultant: Venue Counsellor, Laura Beck