Every love story is unique: For the bride, an alternative engagement ring becomes her outward symbol of a one-of-a-kind love. Unusual rings are embraced by the bride who requires statement-making jewelry, and her choice of style runs the gamut from quietly minimalistic to exuberantly ornate.
Sure, the white round diamond has long been the classic engagement ring, but many gorgeous options exist beyond that typical style. Some are rendered unique due their setting design, be it modern or vintage-inspired. Others stand out due to their metal, ranging from rose gold to a highly-polished platinum band. A constellation of gemstones is there for one's choosing, including deeply red rubies, ink-toned sapphires, blushing morganites and opalescent pearls. Here, we've selected the most stunning alternative engagement rings from Nordstrom, Macy's, Neiman Marcus and more.
You might be the star of this show, but when your ring bearer makes his way up the aisle, step aside: All eyes will be on him. And this diminutive darling should carry a pillow that is as stylish as the wedding itself. The wedding ring bearer pillow carries a special symbolism, since it is the vessel upon which the couple's wedding bands sit. Today, many artisans have focused on creating gorgeous ring bearer pillows that live up to this important task. If your nuptials will be on a farm, the pillow can take rustic inspiration. For a glamorous affair, there are pillows trimmed in bows, lace and crystals. Garden or beach-inspired weddings can be well-served by pillows that bring a combination of fabrics and trims reminiscent of the sea. Whatever your wedding style, here are the 10 sweet ring bearer pillows from Etsy, David's Bridal, Amazon and more.
The tea kettle, that humble household necessity, has historically conveyed the notion of comfort. Steeping tea to be served with cookies (or "biscuits", per the English) is a time-honored symbol of hospitality. Then in 1980s America, tea kettles became status objects: Italian architect Aldo Rossi designed a sleek number for Alessi and architect Michael Graves designed his famous kettle topped by a red, chirping bird. It was the whistle heard around the world.
Today, tea kettles are must-haves on any wedding registry. Coveted styles include the retro SMEG design and the super cute kettles from Kate Spade. Even if you don't drink tea, a kettle is a must-have for boiling the water used in a French press for coffee or for hot chocolate. No hostess is prepared without one, particularly while hosting a brunch, a book club or holiday parties. We've rounded up the best tea kettles for your wedding registry from Anthropologie, Neiman Marcus, Williams-Sonoma and more. (And don't forget the Fortnum & Mason Wedding Bouquet Blend, a tea developed to commemorate the marriage of Prince Henry ("Harry") of Wales and Meghan Markle!)
Dating back to the 1600s, cufflinks have long been the choice of nattily-attired men for securing the French cuffs on their dress shirts. These small ornamental clasps, once called "sleeve buttons," were made of silver and gold that was often encrusted with precious gems.
Today, one needn't be a true gentleman with an estate and butler to wear cufflinks to a special event. In fact, for a wedding we'd expect no less: After all, cufflinks are a must-wear, especially if yours is a black tie wedding. Plus, they're a great way to add a commemorative piece of jewelry to the occasion. They can announce his style, celebrate your bond or underscore his passion for a movie, book or vehicle.
Ah, the honeymoon: It's the glittering light at the end of the wedding tunnel. It lures newlyweds to the getaway car with a siren's song of romance, self-indulgence and drinks topped with little paper umbrellas. There's only one stressor: What to pack? No worries. Like James Bond on a jet, we'll have you readily prepared for foreign travels and relaxing vistas with our list of must-pack honeymoon items. The goal is to keep the luggage light by packing wrinkle-resistant clothes and comfy-yet-stylish shoes that go the distance. Taken together, these items provide ease, comfort and style, along with day-to-night dressing. If the sun is on your horizon, you should also pack the requisite beauty products to keep your hair glistening and your skin sunburn-free. Read our list of travel must-haves from Anthropologie, Tory Burch, Nordstrom and more. Then hit the open road safe in the knowledge that you've got this honeymoon in the bag!
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Lenox - Lenox Butterfly Meadow (Stainless) Medium Solid Cold Meat Serving Fork - Stainless,18/10,18/8,Butterfly,Glossy
Imperial Glass-Ohio - Imperial Glass-Ohio Imperial Glass Coin Plate With Box 1 - Crystal; Front And Reverse Of Us Coins
Fostoria - Fostoria Jamestown Pink Iced Tea - Stem #2719, Heavy Pressed
Imperial Glass-Ohio - Imperial Glass-Ohio Broken Arches Punch Cup - Pressed, Starburst/ Fan Design, Clear
International Silver - International Silver Persian (Silverplate,1871) Youth Fork - Silverplate, 1871, No Monograms
International Silver - International Silver Persian (Silverplate, 1871, Monograms) Fork - Silverplate, 1871, Monograms
International Silver - International Silver Persian (Silverplate,1871) Solid Nut Pick - Silverplate, 1871, No Monograms
International Silver - International Silver Persian (Silverplate,1871) Solid Piece Cream Ladle - Silverplate, 1871, No Monograms
International Silver - International Silver Avon (Silverplate, 1901) Sugar Tongs - Silverplate, 1901, No Monograms
International Silver - International Silver Frontenac (Sterling, 1903) Large Ice Serving Tongs - Sterling,1903,Old Estate,No Monog...rams read more
International Silver - International Silver Ancestral (Silverplate,1924) Sugar Tongs - Silverplate, 1924, No Monograms
International Silver - International Silver Danish Princess (Silverplate,1938) Sugar Tongs - Silverplate, 1938, No Monograms
International Silver - International Silver Orient-Venice (Silverplate, 1904) Sugar Tongs - Silverplate, 1904, No Monograms
International Silver - International Silver Arbutus (Silverplate,1908, No Monograms) Tablespoon (Serving Spoon) - Silverplate, 190...8, No Monograms read more
Oneida Silver - Oneida Silver Deauville (Silverplate, 1929) Asparagus Tongs Serving Silverplate HC - Silverplate, 1929, No Monogra...ms read more
International Silver - International Silver Triumph (Silverplate, 1925, NO MONOGRAMS) Tablespoon (Serving Spoon) - Silverplate, 19...25, No Monograms read more
International Silver - International Silver Monarch (Silverplate, 1889, No Monograms) Tablespoon (Serving Spoon) - Silverplate, 18...89, No Monograms read more
International Silver - International Silver Eternally Yours (Silverplate,1941) Sugar Tongs - Silverplate,1941,No Monograms,Pierced... read more
International Silver - International Silver Desire (Silverplate, 1940, No Monograms) Iced Tea Spoon - Silverplate, 1940, No Monogr...ams read more
International Silver - International Silver Lovelace (Silverplate) Tablespoon (Serving Spoon) - Silverplate, 1936, No Monograms
International Silver - International Silver Moselle (Silverplate,1906) Large Solid Tined Sardine Serving Fork - Silverplate, 1906,... No Monograms read more
International Silver - International Silver Ambassador (Silverplate, 1919) Tablespoon (Serving Spoon) - Silverplate, 1919, No Mono...grams read more
Westmorland Silver - Westmorland Silver Lady Hilton (Sterling, 1940, No Monograms) Ice Serving Tongs Large HC - Sterling, 1940, No... Monograms read more
International Silver - International Silver Berkshire (Silverplate, 1897) Tablespoon (Serving Spoon) - Silverplate, 1897, No Monog...rams read more
International Silver - International Silver Gardenia (Silverplate,1941) Tablespoon (Serving Spoon) - Silverplate, 1941, No Monogra...ms read more
International Silver - International Silver Crown (Silverplate, 1885) Tablespoon (Serving Spoon) - Silverplate, 1885, No Monograms... read more