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Ideas for a $10,000.00 Engagement Ring

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Well, you have reached that special moment that so many long for – the time to buy an engagement ring for that special someone. You of course need it to be special, and you have some cash to spare. So, with ten thousand dollars to devote to the ring of her dreams, where do you start?

In this article, we will spend some time looking at what this amount of money will buy you in the ring world, and just how unique you can make your purchase. Let’s dive into some ideas for a $10000 engagement ring!

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How Many Carats?

This is the question that most people seem to start with when ring shopping. Generally, engagement rings can range anywhere between .25 carats and up to 3 or higher. For simplicity’s sake, we will look at some prices from the site Blue Nile to help. On this website, we have found some truly beautiful gems of various shapes.

You can easily afford a diamond of pretty good quality, though maybe with some inclusions, for less than $7,000.00.  This will get you about half a carat or so. If you buy the whole ring, setting and all, you may be able to get over a carat on some sites for around this price.

What about quality?

From this same site, we can tell that the quality of a stone will be pretty good under $7,000, which will still leave some room for the setting. In fact, on the same page as above, you will notice several diamonds of more than half a carat with very little coloring and great quality cuts. Not bad!

Examples to Help You Get Started

All this sounds great, but perhaps you would like to see some more rings, rather than just the diamonds and prices. Below we will check out a couple different sites within your price range.

From the same Blue Nile, we found a ring that comes in around $8500, saving you some cash. It is perfect in all its simplicity, with a lovely center stone and gorgeous little bits of sparkle built in around the sides. A true classic, which can be viewed here:

Let’s check another favorite, James Allen, for more ideas. This stunner of a gem is exactly right for those wanting to make an impression and show off a large center gem. Check out all that sparkle!

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And if that isn’t enough, you can even create your own ring, which we did on James Allen. We came up with this amazing design. The braided look of the band perfectly complements the bold squared off halo and circular gem. View it here, less than $10,000!

Other Options

Perhaps you are going for a look that’s a little less traditional. There are a million ways to do this, from mixing metals, to using a sapphire or garnet as a center stone, or even mixing diamond and other precious gems. Here are a couple of amazing rings we found in the ten thousand realm.

We checked out the popular site Etsy and found this amazing deal. A huge deep blue sapphire coupled with a sleek band for $10,000.00! Check it out:

And if you are all about what’s classy and sassy, you will enjoy this sky-blue engagement ring from Tiffany & Co. It combines the best of all gems into one perfect ensemble.

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View it for yourself:


Now that you have had a chance to see the beautiful rings available to you for $10,000 or less, your engagement ring choice should be all that much easier. Sure, the process can take a while, but armed with this information, you will have no problem finding what you need. We have covered carats, quality, and many examples for what you may be looking for in this particular piece of jewelry.

As a final reminder, take the time to gather information before purchasing. Don’t buy the first thing you see. Look at many sites and maybe in stores, as well. Try to have a good idea of what your fiancé wants, too. Keeping these things in mind, your journey will be a major success!

Contemporary Vows

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Getting married barefoot at the foot of a volcano instead of a church? How about underwater or by a skydiving justice of the piece? Well, traditional vows may not be for you and your partner.

Contemporary vows are just as accepted in wedding ceremonies as dressing up like Elvis and a Las Vegas showgirl. They are a personal statement about your relationship with your partner and will make you wedding day special and unique. However, not everyone has the same ideas about what vows should mean or say.

For some people, writing vows can become very difficult. Some grooms may find them to be too “mushy” while brides may not think they are romantic enough. Furthermore, words like “everlasting love” and “eternal soul mate” may not be in your natural language, and may feel strange to say in front of family and friends.

Contemporary vows may be as simple as one sentence or as ornate as a fifteen minute speech. It’s your wedding and so you can make it what you want, but the most important thing is that you and your partner both agree on them. If your partner wants to write vows that rib you about how he “promises to love you in sickness or in health, and even when you walk around the house in your bathrobe,” let him know if this would be embarrassing or hurtful. There’s nothing worse than writing surprise vows only to find out they are less than flattering at the altar.


When writing contemporary vows, you can also consider how they might reflect you as a couple. If you and your soon to be spouse enjoy kidding around and laughing, then joke-filled vows may just be for you. If you or your spouse is a singer, perhaps you could write them a song and sing your vows instead. Vows can also be said in different languages if you are creating a bi-lingual household and union, and can also mix the vows of the different cultures that you may be marrying into.

If you do decide on writing your own vows in a contemporary style, run them by a few friends first, perhaps your bridesmaids and groomsmen to see what they think. What may be hilarious to you and your spouse may be offensive or strange to others, and you may not realize it until you’ve read them to someone else. Getting a green light from friends on your vows is also a good idea so that they can time you and tell you if you need to make your vows longer or shorter.

Whether you are getting married from 10,000 feet or in a church and want to seal the deal of your marriage your own way, contemporary vows are for just about anyone. Just remember to make sure that you and your partner approve of each other’s vow before you walk down the aisle, and make them a reflection of your love for one another.

A Real Wedding Story~ Top Tips from the Maid of Honor

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Happy Wedding Wednesday everyone!

As we all know, wedding planning can be a bit stressful at times for all parties involved. If you are part of the bridal party, it’s also a huge honor as well as a huge responsibility. I’ve been a bridesmaid a few times myself and even though I have many years of wedding planning experience, it can still become stressful because emotions are running high. But just remember, as a member of the bridal party, it’s your job to help the couple and continue to remind them that everything will be ok! A wedding is a day filled with love and joy!

Morgan Gray is a real maid of honor. Her sister’s wedding is coming up in the next couple of weeks, so she decided to share her journey with us and some tips to help other maid of honors. So you’re going to be a Maid of Honor? What’s next?

Take it away Morgan……

So you’ve been chosen to be the maid of honor for one of your best friends in the world. Now what? It’s an incredible honor, but with it comes great responsibility. You are an essential part of the bride and groom’s special day, and you have certain duties and obligations that are all part of agreeing to serve as the maid of honor. It’s your job to assist, or serve, the bride in any way you can. You need to help make the entire wedding process a joy and a blessing for her.

I’ve been in your shoes. My sister asked me to serve as her maid of honor, and of course, I was thrilled. But I was also a bit overwhelmed and didn’t quite know where to start. There is so much that goes into a wedding that it can seem impossible to know where to start. But there is hope, here is some advice on how I managed my maid of honor duties and made sure my sisters wedding was everything she wanted and more.

A Real Wedding Story~ Top Tips from the Maid of Honor

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So first thing my sister and I did was sit down and draw out a roadmap of everything that was needed before the big day. There are so many moving parts involved in a wedding that it can be easy to lose track of who is at what stage, who needs to get paid when, taking care of all the invites, and of course the wedding gifts, which my sister specifically wants to be personalized.

Once we had this all figured out we put it all the vendors into an excel spreadsheet. We had it set up so we could see who the vendor was, what and when they needed to be paid, and whether or not there were any special notes involved. Having everything in one spot to reference is a great way to stay organized and stay on top of things.

The Toast

Ah the dreaded toast, scary enough to make any girl think twice before accepting maid of honor duties. How are you supposed to sum up all of your feelings about the bride and groom and present them in front of a crowd of their closest friends and family. Also if the reception is being taped your toast is going to be etched forever in their home video collection to be watched for generations to come. But don’t worry it is manageable.

First thing I did was make an outline, I had an intro, an anecdote about my sister, a story about her and her husband, then I threw in some heartfelt comments and asked everyone to raise their glasses. Nice and clean and all in under five minutes. There’s nothing worse than a long bad speech, well maybe two long bad speeches.

The Big Day

Ok this is it, all the plannings over, it’s go time. On the day off the bride should have nothing to worry about besides getting married. One thing I recommend is making itineraries for everyone involved in the bridal party. This way everyone will know where they have to be and when, instead of people scrambling around and everything falling behind schedule. Also I recommend packing an emergency kit with anything you may need.

Any sort of beauty supplies or miscellaneous items you think may come in handy during the day, pack them. Also at some point don’t forget to take it all in. One of the most important people in your life is about to get married and they asked you to be there next to them. It’s easy to get swept up in the hysteria but take a moment and reflect on how special this day actually is.

Being a maid of honor can seem like a curse more than a blessing at times but you will be so glad you did it afterwards. Just be sure to take everything one day at a time and try to stay organized and on top of things as the day gets closer. Remember: the bride chose you for a reason.

A huge thanks to Morgan for this wonderful guest post!

Happy planning loves!