Bride-to-be Blogger Alyse: Shopping For Our Wedding Bands!


Kevin and I just got back from a whirlwind trip to the Philly area where we met with the band, photographer, videographer, florist and cake baker (much more on all those things in later posts). I am exhausted just thinking about it, but planning a wedding from out-of-state requires that these marathon planning weekends take place.

First, though, on our agenda was a trip to the jeweler. I needed to get my ring re-sized, and I didn’t know how long it would take, so I wanted to go right away. For the past ten months, I have been walking around with a too-big engagement ring. In the summer (because of the heat) and in the fall (because of the beer), my hands swelled a little so it wasn’t a pressing issue. But recently, the ring had been falling off, so I knew I had to get it re-sized ASAP. We decided that now was a good time to start looking for wedding bands, too, so we headed to Benari Jewelers in Newtown Square—where Kevin got the engagement ring—to accomplish both of these tasks.

The person who sold Kevin the engagement ring helped us out a lot with the selection. He first pulled out several options for me, and after looking for a little, I said I couldn’t decide and wanted to pick Kevin’s first. After about one and a half minutes, and with a very simple band on his finger, Kevin announced that he had decided. I tried to give some significance to the moment by asking, “Is this . . . the one?” Because it wouldn’t be an official wedding decision if this question wasn’t asked and answered with enthusiasm. He looked at me and just said “Yeah.” Okay then, one down.

We went back to the rings set out for me and tried on a few different styles. I wound up deciding on one that matches the width and style of the setting for my engagement ring. We put at deposit down for the rings, and we can just pick them up at some time before the wedding. The whole process was simple and easy—going to the same jeweler really helped, because he already knew what we were looking for and our general budget restrictions, so there was very minimal explanation or awkward pressure. I am also re-appreciating having a classic-style engagement ring, because almost any style band went well with it – and now, it fits!

How did you pick our your wedding bands? Did you have a hard time deciding? Did he?


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