If you read the saga of our wedding planning, you would know that the whole process has been in a sort of limbo for me since I got engaged a year and a half ago. Though I honestly still don't know what path we are going to take, we've made a conscious decision to start planning anyway. I'm hoping the vision (and lots of problem solving) will transpire organically along the way.
Honestly, it's not been easy on me for two main reasons:
1. We are working with a really low budget.
2. What I envision for myself is very alternative compared to most standard wedding fare.
So that is the inspiration behind this new Bride on a Budget series. I'm going to be sharing a couple of times a month what my personal experience has been like as well as give some ideas for people who are looking for some out-of-the-box ideas on a budget.
But before I put the bridal cart before the horse, the first step in the wedding planning process (and so far the only one I've actually accomplished) is getting engaged! But what do you do if you are on the hunt for a ring and you're not much of a Tiffany's princess cut kind of girl? Well, I've rounded up some of my favorite alternative ring selections to suit your fancy, and at under $2000 each, they'll also suit almost any budget!
ila & i | kataoka | grace lee
Who doesn't love a good vintage style? Colored stones and delicate filigree add an unexpected twist to a traditional- and very romantic- style.
kismet | mjm grey | mjm gold
If no muss, no fuss is your motto, these cool, modern pieces will be the perfect accent to your everyday wardrobe.
bario neal | erica weiner | bittersweets ny
Rough stones and nature motifs add a touch of whimsy to the classic engagement ring.
variance | lauren wolf | sylva & cie
If precious is not your thing, celebrate your inner anarchist with a ring that is just as edgy as the rest of your look.
maria black | jennifer meyer | ruifier
Honor a love of great design with unexpected colors and geometric shapes.
mirlo | blanca monros gomez | jennie kwon
And if you don't want to stray too far from tradition, but still want something totally unique, try a ring with one unexpected element, like an unexpected shape or nontraditional stone.
I love the idea of getting something super on-trend and not spending a ton of money, because it gives you freedom to change your mind a few years down the road when you've ditched today's style for the next big craze. And after all, who said you can only have one engagement ring? No one, that's who. ;)
Would you ever dare to sport such a bold engagement ring? Tell me your favorites and whether or not this look is for you in the comments!