With only 46 days to go until our big day, things have been a bit wedding crazy recently. My dad has officially bought his suit (praise the Lord, I was worried he might turn up in his shorts and Tee), most of our decorations are either bought or thought out, and our table plans are kind of finalised.
I wasn’t sure what to write about for today’s post because there isn’t much I can say now without giving massive chunks of information out, that we should probably keep secret. The best WW posts are definitely going to come after the wedding itself.
For the past couple of weeks I’ve been umm-ing and ahh-ing over whether I should show you our wedding rings. Are they meant to be secret until the wedding? Well, I hope not because I’ve decided to show you them anyway.
When we started our search for our rings, Bradley’s sister, Megan, recommended we look around Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. I went with the expectation that everything would be really nice as well as really expensive. But we actually found that the price tags were incredibly decent compared to what the high-street Jewellery stores had on offer.
We both had an idea of what we wanted. Bradley wanted something slightly different from the generic men’s wedding ring, and I wanted something simple, delicate, sparkly and beautiful to compliment my engagement ring.
Both of us found exactly what we wanted within 15 minutes. Bradley fell in love with the palladium hammered effect. We shopped around, going into the majority of stores within the JQ and found that Diamond Dealers Direct offered us the best quote, priced roughly £50 cheaper than the others. The total price of his ring was £240.
I fell in love with what I knew I would fall in love with. My only concern was the price tag attached to my dream ring. Most of the stores within the JQ were asking for £800 plus for the type of ring I wanted. They insisted that I would need to have it made alongside my engagement ring so that the diamonds would line up nicely and it would literally be perfect.
However, when I went into M&J Jewellers, opposite the shop Bradley got his ring from, they had the most beautiful ring. It matched my engagement ring perfectly, meaning that nothing would need altering/changing/or making from scratch. We spoke to the man who worked there for a while, and he told us he could knock a bit off of the original price. We bought my ring for £300.
We’re both so happy with our rings. I’m glad we went to the JQ and not just a high-street jewellers. I feel like it adds a touch of originality to the experience. And admittedly, I really loved our little Birmingham wedding-ring trips.