This post is a continuation from my Wedding Updates No. 2 (Part 1) post. If you missed it and would like to catch up, you can find it here. You can also watch the full update video below, or by clicking here. Or finish reading the post below 🙂
Ok on to the next thing! This post is turning out a lot like the video, much longer than I was planning!
So a quick little update on my engagement ring. Prior to getting engaged, I wore a promise ring from Melissa for 2-3 years. My promise ring is a size 4, and while I never had a problem with it sliding off or anything, I felt it was a little loose. So I wanted to try and size down a little with my engagement ring, which is why we got it in a size 3.75.
This size worked perfectly for a couple months. While it was a little snug sliding over the knuckle, it seemed like it was a good size, and it fit. Until around February (3 months after getting engaged), when it started getting harder and harder to get over my knuckle, and the sides of my knuckle were actually starting to callous.
We assumed this meant the ring was just too small, so we made the decision to get it sized back up to a 4 like my promise ring. So a few weeks ago, we took it back to the jewelers to get it resized. While it was with them, I also had them shave down one side of the setting where the halo sort of juts out. This will allow my future wedding band to sit flush with the engagement ring, instead of being pushed away by the halo setting. (You can get a look at what I’m talking about in the video at around 19:06)
I also got my ring appraised while it was getting worked on. While you will never be able to replace the sentimental value of your engagement ring if something were to ever happen to it (knock on woood), it is so necessary to know that your financial investment will be protected.
Our jeweler (and my research online) said ring insurance should cost around $10/year for every $1,000 of your ring value, which I think is super reasonable. It was also recommended to get the insurance added on as a rider to your home/renters insurance, which is what Melissa and I will probably do.
Ok so that’s all that’s happened on the engagement ring front. But we have also been doing a little work on picking out our wedding bands. I am going with a simple and traditional white gold band, in either 1.5-2mm. Our jewelry store does not carry bands in 1.5mm, but I was told they could simply file down a 2mm band to fit my needs. I thought that was pretty cool, so if you’re in a similar situation ask your jeweler if that’s an option!
Melissa has picked out a 3mm yellow gold pipe-cut brushed-finished ring, and oh my gosh you guys it looks so freaking cool with her black diamond eternity engagement ring! The traditional ring set is so perfect for me, but I am so in love with Melissa’s unique and personalized ring combination.
Ok, last thing! Thanks for hanging in there with me if you’ve made it this far 🙂
So Melissa and I have decided to organize our wedding registry through The Knot’s system. We really liked how they connected all your various registries into a single location. Since all of the stores we were previously planning to register with (and a few we hadn’t thought of!) are supported by The Knot, and it simply and easily connected with all outside registries, we decided to it was perfect for our main ‘registry hub’.
I had looked into a few other online registry type places, like Zola, but none of them really fit into what we wanted out of an online registry. Either the site made it too complicated to connect to store registries, or there were charges involved, or something else just wasn’t as easy and simple as The Knot’s. So if you’re looking for a place to corral all your various registries, I highly recommend The Knot.
Now literally our entire registry will be displayed on a single page, which I will link to from our wedding site. So easy and simple. To top it off, our registry site has the beautiful and clean design of The Knot, so everything is all pretty :).
What super sealed the deal for me with The Knot registry however, is their charity option. The Knot lets you pick a charity of your choice (Melissa and I picked the Humane Society of the United States), and for each gift purchased off your registry, The Knot will donate to your charity, at no additional cost to you or your guests.
How freaking amazing is that?! I mean seriously, it makes me so incredibly happy to know that our wedding registry will not only help Melissa and I start our life together, it will also be helping out animals that need it the most
As far as what we’re registering for, it’s a lot of the basic registry stuff. While we have all the registries set up and connected to our The Knot Registry, we haven’t started adding too much yet. The very first thing we did decide on however, was our flatware. For some reason that was like priority numero uno, and was the first major registry decision we tackled. If you’re curious we’re going with the Pottery Barn Luna.
We also attended a Sip & Scan at Crate & Barrel, which was super fun. And if you’re engaged I highly recommend you do as well. Just for attending their registry event, we were gifted a set of stemless wine glasses and a cute little embroidered wine bag that says ‘congrats’!
I haven’t heard of any other stores doing something like this, and it really made the whole experience of registering with them (we were already planning to before we heard about the free loot) that much more pleasant. Not to mention the fact that they’re super awesome and have LGBT friendly wedding stuffs!
So while we were at the sip & scan we did add a few things to our registry, like wine glasses and other kitchen paraphernalia. If you’d like to see what we’re registering for, to get ideas for your registry or if you’re just curious, you can check it out here.
OK! Well I think that wraps it up! I hope you’re enjoying following along with our wedding plans! Let me know if there are any questions you’d like me to answer in my next update, or if there’s something in particular you’d like to hear about, just let me know! Until next time!