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Engagement and Wedding Ring Budget Tips | Vermont Bride Magazine | Nuptials and Niceties Boutique
Colette Kulig Photography

THE ENGAGEMENT RING:

Per a 2015 US Survey, the engagement ring accounts for a 4th of the overall wedding expense; averaging  $5,871.  80% of grooms pay for the ring and half the brides in Western Countries choose their ring.  99% of grooms do the proposing; 16% occurring in December.  The average engaged period last 14 months. 

If choosing an engagement ring, you and partner should spend time researching rings; keeping record of those particularly liked.  35% of couples spend 3 months or less researching while 24% spend a little longer and the average spend 4-6 months with the internet being their main source.   56% of brides have decided upon a setting prior to purchasing ring with 23% having a particular stone in mind. 

If preferring the traditional romantic practice of a surprise engagement ring, either put your trust in your partner’s ability to select one you will be happy with or make your preferences known; i.e., metal, single/multiple diamond/gemstone, setting,  size/shape, if to match wedding band and your ring size. 

When contemplating an engagement ring, you should consider if the ring of your dreams is affordable?  If not, do you really want to go into debt to have such a ring?  Ask yourself if doing so would make you happier or would spending beyond your means put a financial stress on your marriage?  Of 3000 adults surveyed, those who spent $2,000-$4,000 on an engagement ring were 1.5 times more likely to divorce versus those who spent $500-$2,000 Those who spent under $500 had a higher divorce rate.  Thus, the diamond size doesn’t have to be equal to your love; the importance being the promise of pledging yourselves to spend the rest of your lives together in marriage!  

It is essential that you give serious consideration to your overall wedding budget in determining an available amount for both the engagement and wedding ring(s).  Should your budget, require that you finance the engagement ring, take into account monthly expenses before agreeing upon a monthly payment.  Be assured of your ability to make such payments without creating a financial struggle. 

THE WEDDING RINGS:

It is recommended that you spend some time researching the wedding ring(s) while doing so for an engagement ring.  In so doing, establish the specifics of your preferences; i.e., to match the engagement ring, metal, size and weight.    As with engagement ring, consider what your wedding budget will allow to spending on the wedding ring(s); average cost being $1,575.  Be sure to order your wedding ring(s) at lease four (4) months prior to the wedding; assuring sufficient time for possible resizing and engraving.  

In our next blog, we will address budgeting for 2) The Honeymoon of the Series “Creating/Working with a Wedding Budget”.

This post is republished courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique. 

 

Elizabeth & Dylan Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Waitsfield Vermont Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth and Dylan’s relationship evolved from friendship to something more during their time at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. On their eighth anniversary they planned a hiking trip in New Hampshire but what Elizabeth thought would be a day trip was really a romantic weekend getaway in a log cabin that Dylan had planned. On the first evening while sitting by a waterfall at sunset, Dylan proposed!

Elizabeth grew up in Vermont and always envisions having her wedding there someday. The couple wanted a vanue that was both indoors and outdoors, with a beautiful view. The Skinner Barn had everything on their checklist, and more. While the day of their wedding seems like a blur of amazing events, the feeling of love and support from their friends and family is what stands out to them most. An indescribable feeling of joy to accompany a surreal weekend of celebrating their relationship and marriage.

Elizabeth and Dylan have this advice for other couples: “All the details are fun (and sometimes stressful) to plan but remember what it’s all about.  No matter what the details look like, it will be the most amazing day, celebrating you and your partner with so much love from family and friends.  One thing we did is we took a moment to ourselves right after the ceremony, we walked down the aisle and went straight to the side of the barn, where they had set up a glass or champagne for us and we just had a few minutes to reflect and be alone, it was one of the most memorable moments of our wedding.  So even if it’s only a few minutes, take it, spend a few minutes alone with your new husband/wife.”

Elizabeth & Dylan Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Waitsfield Vermont Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth & Dylan Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Waitsfield Vermont Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth & Dylan Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Waitsfield Vermont Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth & Dylan Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Waitsfield Vermont Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth & Dylan Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Waitsfield Vermont Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth & Dylan Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Waitsfield Vermont Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalVENUE: THE SKINNER BARNPHOTOGRAPHER: JAMY BEECHER PHOTOGRAPHYCATERER: CATERING BY DALE | BOUQUETS AND BOUTONNIERES: MAD RIVER GARDEN CENTERDJ: DJ LUIS CALDERINCAKE: MIX CUPCAKERIEWEDDING GOWN: MAGGIE SOTTERO | GOWN BOUTIQUE: CAMILLA’S BRIDAL | FORMAL WEAR: BANANA REPUBLICMAKEUP ARTIST: VIVIAN INFANTINOHAIR STYLIST: KRISTEN JARVIS | REHEARSAL DINNER: MAD RIVER BARNPHOTO BOOTH RENTAL: MICHAEL TALLMAN PHOTOGRAPHYRENTALS: VERMONT TENT COMPANY | TRANSPORTATION: ALPINE TRANSITFAVORS: CARMAN BROOK FARMINVITATIONS: RUSTIC PAPERSWEDDING OFFICIANT: LINDSEY FARRELL

 

Erin & Paul Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Mountain Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Erin had no idea that she would meet her future husband when she embarked on her Appalachian Trail thru-hike (hiking the entire trail from Maine to Georgia), but when she met Paul on a section of the trail in Sunfish Pond, New Jersey they swapped emails after eating lunch together. Paul had hiked from Georgia to Maine the year before and was working as a Ridge Runner on the trail. He met up with Erin for one of her final weeks of her hike and they had their first date. The Sunfish Pond section of the trail would later have even more significance as it is the spot where Erin proposed to Paul! She convinced him to go on an impromptu hike on their way to Vermont for Thanksgiving and surprised him with handmade wooden engagement rings.

Erin and Paul decided on Vermont for the location of their wedding because it fit the bill for the outdoor, mountain wedding they wanted. It also helped that Erin’s parent’s home was the perfect location to hold it. Included in their invitations were prayer flags, which they asked their guests to do something creative with and mail them back. The couple then took the flags and hung them in the trees at the site of their ceremony.

Erin & Paul Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Mountain Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Erin & Paul Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Mountain Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Erin & Paul Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Mountain Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Erin & Paul Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Mountain Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Erin & Paul Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Mountain Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Erin & Paul Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Mountain Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Erin & Paul Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Mountain Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Erin & Paul Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Mountain Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Erin & Paul Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Mountain Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsPHOTOGRAPHER: ARTSINFOTOSTENT & EVENT RENTALS: CELEBRATION RENTALSCATERER: WOODBELLY PIZZAFLORIST: AMANDA’S GREENHOUSEACCOMMODATIONS: FAIRBANKS INN, THE COMFORT INNMUSICIANS: KATIE TRAUTZ AND THE GREEN MOUNTAIN BOYSHAIR & MAKEUP: WILLA’S BEAUTY SALON | FAVORS: CUSTOM ART (LINOLEUM BLOCK PRINTS CREATED BY THE GROOM), AND A BLUEBERRY MUFFIN | INVITATIONS: PETITE RUEWEDDING OFFICIANT: JEREMY GABRIELSON, BROTHER OF THE BRIDE

 

Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristin and Ian grew up not too far from each other - she in Massachusettes, and he in nearby Vermont - but it was at a bar in Boston that fate arranged for them to meet. After Kristin's friend literally pushed her to strike up a conversation with Ian (she really did nudge them together!), the rest was history. They both love to travel and the couple even lived in Nicaragua for a few months and have been back to visit several times since. But it was back in Vermont, while snowshowing on Ian's mother's property in Woodstock, that he proposed.

Kristin and Ian decided to hold their wedding at Ian's family's farm for the woodsy, rustic vibe they were looking for. Kristin even held a yoga class for friends and family in the upstairs of a barn on the morning of the wedding. The ceremony was held on a small hill overlooking the pond with a reception under a tent nearby. Wild flowers and mason jars adorned the tables and the couple gave out seeds as favors. Kristin's father is Armenian and her whole family joined him on the dance floor for a traditional Armenian dance called a "Baurd", and set the tone for the party for the rest of the night!

Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsPHOTOGRAPHER: KRISTIN CHALMERS PHOTOGRAPHY | CATERER: COVENTRY CATERING | DJ: DJ ARTISAN PRODUCTIONS | MAKEUP ARTIST: KRYSTAL B. | FLORAL DESIGNER: VALLEY FLOWER COMPANY

 

 

Kristina & Alain Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Elopement on Valentine's Day | Hotel Vermont Burlington | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristina and Alain met on a balcony at a mutual friends party. When the crowd dissipated and they were the only two people left outside, Alain took the opportunity to kiss Kristina, and their love story began! One of their first getaways as a couple was to Burlington, Vermont - just a short drive from their hometown of Montreal. They immediately fell in love with the scenery, food, and amazing people in Burlington. When Kristina received an email from Hotel Vermont advertising their elopement package, she knew it was the perfect option for her and Alain.

Hotel Vermont took care of all the details for the elopement, so all Kristina and Alain had to do was hire a photographer. They chose a dark red and deep purple color palette- perfect for their Valentine’s Day wedding. Despite the chilly temperatures they opted for an outdoor ceremony, fireside, and took the opportunity to take photos on Church Street with all of the twinkling lights. They even braved the wind for photos on the lake at sunset. It might have been the coldest weekend of the year, but seeing the sunset on the lake ended up being one of their favorite moments of the day.

Krstina and Alain’s advice for other couples planning their big day: “Make sure you hire reputable vendors and do all of your planning ahead of time so you can relax and take in the day because even though we eloped it went so fast.  Remember nothing is ever ‘perfect’ and it’s the things that don’t go as planned that make it the most memorable.”

Kristina & Alain Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Elopement on Valentine's Day | Hotel Vermont Burlington | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristina & Alain Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Elopement on Valentine's Day | Hotel Vermont Burlington | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristina & Alain Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Elopement on Valentine's Day | Hotel Vermont Burlington | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristina & Alain Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Elopement on Valentine's Day | Hotel Vermont Burlington | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristina & Alain Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Elopement on Valentine's Day | Hotel Vermont Burlington | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristina & Alain Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Elopement on Valentine's Day | Hotel Vermont Burlington | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionals | VENUE & ACCOMMODATIONS: HOTEL VERMONTPHOTOGRAPHER: COLETTE KULIG PHOTOGRAPHYCATERER: PIZZA VERITASFLORIST: CLAYTON FLORALCAKE: MIRABELLES CAFEWEDDING GOWN: DAVID’S BRIDALFORMAL WEAR: KENNETH COLEMAKEUP: SEPHORA WEDDING | OFFICIANT: CAMERON KEITEL FROM THE HOTEL VERMONT | JEWELRY: SWAROVSKI