Monday, May 30, 2011

One easy shopping trip

Wedding planning always goes more efficiently when Mr. Snow Cone's in the mix.  While I like to take a look at all the options available to me, he likes to make a decision and move on.  Even though his decision-making process is quite different than mine, including him in the wedding planning is always a breath of fresh air because he recognizes that there are many ways to achieve happiness so it's not necessary to experience a buttload of stress trying to find the singular best option.  Just find something that makes you happy and keep on keepin' on.

With that being said, it's really no surprise that our ring shopping consisted of one stop to one store to try on a very small handful of rings.  We popped into Brooks Diamonds in the Clark Building of downtown Pittsburgh, where Mr. Snow Cone designed my e-ring.  My ring shopping experience was pretty darned simple because of some forethought on Mr. Snow Cone's part.  When he designed my e-ring, he opted to place a prong setting on top of a diamond wedding band, with the intention of me getting that exact same band without the prong setting as my wedding ring.  All I can say is, the boy has good taste.  I slipped the band on with my e-ring, stared at it for a few seconds, and then promptly decided that would be it.  One ring, one decision.  Not too shabby.

Here's a picture of my e-ring flying solo:

And here's my ring with its matching band:

We discussed purchasing me two bands, to sandwich my e-ring, but we ultimately decided to start with one and maybe pick up a second along the way for an anniversary present.  I was a little nervous that the band would be too narrow for my taste, but I think it's perfect for my e-ring and my hand!

Unfortunately, I was just too excited about my own ring success to remember to take any photos of Mr. Snow Cone's ring selection.  But here's a picture to give you an idea of what he picked:

It took him a little bit longer to land on his final choice (AKA he tried on about four compared to my one), but he couldn't be happier.  He proudly wears a silver watch and a yellow gold Pitt class ring, so the two-tone look is a perfect complement to both of those pieces.  Plus, the yellow gold matches the metal in my set, while the white gold kind of plays off the diamonds on my rings, so I think they'll look marvelous next to each other. 

And just like that, we had our wedding rings!  They're nestled in a safety deposit box right now, to ensure that we don't misplace them and to quell the temptation to wear them needlessly.  As of now, we don't have anything engraved on the inside of them, but that is hopefully not going to be the case come w-day...

Was it easy or difficult for you to select your wedding ring?  Does your fiance make wedding planning decisions more easily than you?

(all photos personal unless noted.)