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Find Your Ideal Engagement Ring Style with Our Handy Guide

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If you can envision your sweetheart getting down on one knee and saying YES to forever with your favorite person, you’ve probably already started thinking about your dream engagement ring. Rocking that sparkly new ring is oh-so-exciting, but the choices can be overwhelming!

If you’re not sure which style would suit you best, scroll through our handy (no pun intended) guide for more info on all the most popular engagement ring and wedding band styles. Whether you plan to go ring shopping together at a local Oklahoma jewelry store or just want to give subtle hints and let your S.O. surprise you, we hope this guide helps!

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The Most Popular Engagement Ring Gemstone Cuts

Round cut: a classic circle shape also known as “standard round,” this cut flatters all fingers and because of the cuts made to the diamond and the way light reflects off those facets, is also the most sparkly!

Cushion cut: somewhere between a circle and a rectangle, the cushion cut has rounded edges and corners and offers exceptional brilliance with a vintage aesthetic. This style is flattering on wider fingers.

Oval cut: a universally flattering cut for any hands, ovals have great brilliance and uniqueness.

Princess cut: the square shape that looks great on any hands, the princess cut can be both classic or contemporary, depending on how it’s set.

Emerald cut: with its mirror-like, elongated rectangular cuts, the linear facets on emerald-cut diamonds create eye-catching flashes of light rather than a typical dazzling sparkle. This cut is totally vintage in nature and has a finger-elongating effect.

Asscher cut: known for its exclusive X shape, the Asscher cut is similar to the emerald cut because of its mirror-like, step-down facets and overall brightness, rather than sparkly brilliance. This cut is perfect for the bride who appreciates Gothic or Art Deco style.

Pear cut: another elongating style, the pear cut resembles a teardrop and offers a dainty, timeless look.

Marquise cut: similar to a football shape, the marquise cut is less popular and a great choice for the bold, one-of-a-kind bride!

PRO TIP: Keep in mind that elongated cuts like oval, pear and marquis will offer more bang for your buck, as the surface area is large compared to the actual carat size. You’ll be able to get a larger-looking diamond for a lower price.

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The Most Popular Engagement Ring Settings

Solitaire: the most popular, classic style where the diamond shines alone on a simple metal band and is held up by metal claws known as prongs (typically 4 prongs, but for larger stones, 6 prongs is a great choice and offers extra security).

Cathedral: in this style, the metal of the ring swoops up on each side to “meet” the diamond, accentuating the height of the stone and offering a gradual ascension, rather than the striking-ness of a pronged solitaire.

3-Stone: a timeless setting for the classic bride, 3-stone can work beautifully with round cut, princess cut or emerald cut stones, featuring 2 equal-size smaller stones flanking a larger stone in the center. Extra-dazzling!

Channel Set: similar to the pave style with tiny diamonds all in a row along the band, the channel setting has a line of small stones set in between metal “walls”, so the top of the stones are flush with the metal and the sides of the diamonds are protected.

Baguette: a twist on the 3-stone style, the baguette is a vintage-inspired style where tapered, horizontal stones flank the center stone.

Halo: with an outline comprised of either pave-set or channel-set smaller stones around the main stone, a halo (or double halo, or triple halo!) is a great way to create the appearance of a larger diamond without the price tag.

Alternative Gemstone Colors for Your Engagement Ring

Wanting something that feels more like YOU and less like everyone else? Consider a colored stone instead of a diamond! Show off your personality – there are no rules when it comes to your engagement ring!

Sapphire: the royal weddings of years’ past have inspired many brides to choose this dreamy deep blue stone. If timeless, classic and feminine describe your personal style, a sapphire might be for you!

Emerald: striking and bold, an emerald green stone is both unique and durable and perfect for the bride who appreciates an artsy, vintage style.

Topaz: this light blue stone also comes in a white variety, which can mimic the look of a diamond for a fraction of the price.

Ruby: a wonderful selection for the boho, romantic bride, a ruby red stone evokes feelings of a fairy-tale love as well as a vintage feel, especially with a gold band.

 

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The Most Popular Wedding Band Styles

Once you’ve honed in on an engagement ring, it’s time to pick a coordinating wedding band. Gone are the days where wedding bands have to match as a perfect set with your engagement ring. Many brides are choosing a more mix-and-match style when it comes to wedding bands, and stacking various bands together is also a popular choice! For the guys, picking a durable material is as important as picking the color, finish and thickness. Your jeweler can help you decide what’s best based on your lifestyle and needs.

Classic: It doesn’t get classier or more timeless than a simple gold or silver band accompanying your engagement ring.

Pave: Pronounced pah-vay, this French word literally means “to pave” and the idea is that the ring resembles a street paved with diamonds. The space between the tiny stones is so minimal it’s hardly noticeable, which means the sparkle factor is unreal!

Eternity: On an eternity band, the stones go all the way around the band in an “infinite” circle, symbolizing endless love. Eternity wedding bands are popularly worn as standalone rings for those who choose to forego an engagement ring altogether.

Contour: A contoured wedding band fits snugly around an engagement ring, hugging its curves and completing a matching set. This style is great for oblong stones like marquis and pear, as well.


Ready to narrow down your engagement ring search? Head to your local fine jeweler and try a few styles on, but remember, it’s smart to try on multiple ring styles. You may end up loving a style you wouldn’t have expected. Happy ring shopping!

Celestial Wedding Inspiration That’s Truly Out of This World

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On the topic of styled shoots that are absolutely out of this world, we couldn’t not talk about this celestial wedding inspiration perfected with subtle bohemian elements! Held at The Legacy at MK Ranch, wide-open spaces were up for grabs, and we love how these wedding creatives put them to use. A gorgeous moon-shaped arbor created with pampas grass galore and peach and toffee-toned roses, a stunning star-detailed dress, and an opulent gold headpiece are among our favorite details to be found in these celestial wedding scenes! The phrase “and they danced in the light of the moon” on star-studded signage by Katie’s Custom Decor is so whimsical and sweet, and her custom calligraphy can be seen in a few other areas of this styled shoot, like on adorable acrylic table numbers. The Flower Shop Pryor pretty much hung the moon (pun intended) with the fabulous floral design on this celestial arbor installation, but they still left no table unturned and bohemian centerpieces in sandy shades are the cherry on top of these reception tablescapes. For tasteful decor and rentals, calling Party Perfect Event Rental + Design – navy linens elevate any affair instantly! Angela at Sweet Devotion Cakery has absolutely outdone herself with this magical, marbled four-tier wedding cake adorned with gilded details and a golden crescent moon. We want a slice, like, yesterday! Read on for a note from the venue owners of The Legacy at MK Ranch about the vision behind this celestial wedding inspiration’s organic and elegant design. Cheers!

Photo // Haley McElroy Photography

From the venue owners of The Legacy at MK Ranch: “This celestial styled shoot was my personal favorite. It is such a rare look, but so beautiful. This whole team came together and worked so well with each other. We had a gorgeous round arbor with flowers in the shape of a moon, an amazing star-detailed dress from Tesori Bridal and the most extravagant desserts by Sweet Devotion Cakery and My Girl Bakery.”


Still on the hunt for more gorgeous inspo? Check out all our styled shoots and curated wedding inspiration here.

Wedding Invitations 101: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

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Is there anything as beautiful as well-designed wedding invitations? It’s a perfect little preview of your special day that can whet the appetite of your guests and let them know what they can expect on the big day. 

You’re planning the wedding of your dreams — now it’s time to talk about the wedding invitations. (Because you’re going to want someone there to witness this romantic celebration.) Nothing can trip engaged couples up quicker than invitation etiquette. When do we send save the dates? Do we list our registry? Should we use a calligrapher to address the envelopes? From timelines and etiquette to finding the perfect wedding stationers and calligraphers, we’ve got answers to all your wedding invitation questions right here! 

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Photo // Laurel & MarieEver Something, Erin Wilson Photography

WEDDING INVITATIONS 101

Wedding invitations have come a long way. In the 1400s they were typically sent out by the town crier, and that meant everyone was invited. However, the nobility could afford invitations hand-crafted by monks skilled in the art of calligraphy. A few hundred years (and major technological inventions) later and every couple can send wedding invitations out like royalty. (You get hand-lettering and you get hand-lettering!) And thanks to the post office you can keep your guest list as limited as you want. 

Let’s cover some basic terminology to keep you in-the-know as you start your wedding invitation journey. 

Stationer: A person or store selling paper, pens, and other writing materials. This is a common term when referring to where to find your wedding stationery. 

Wedding Invitation Designer: A graphic designer that will create a custom or semi-custom invitation set for your wedding.

Calligrapher: A person who uses special tools and ink to create ornamental writing in a range of fonts and styles. They can tackle any wedding project from addressing envelopes to custom signage. 

Semi-Custom: This term refers to a design that has already been created and you have the option to add small custom touches such as color, personalization, and printing style. 

Custom: This term refers to a fully-customized wedding invitation set including original design and print style. 

Bespoke: This is similar to custom, with a focus on heirloom qualities.

Wedding Invitation Suite: This includes your save the dates, wedding invitations, detail card, RSVP, and can often include programs and more depending on where you purchase this. 

 

WEDDING INVITATION COMPONENTS AND TIMELINE

Save the Date

This is card includes the couple’s name, the wedding location, and the wedding date with the statement, “Formal invitation to follow.”  In some cases, couples include their wedding website information, so guests can gather more details about accommodations, venue, and registry. 

When to Order: 1-3 months ahead of sending them. 

When to Send: (Destination) 8-12 months (Local) 4-10 months before the wedding date. 

Average Cost: $150-$1,200+ 

 

Wedding Invitation

Today, etiquette is much more flexible on what content to include in an invitation. Traditionally you will include who is hosting, the couple’s name, the wedding date, time, venue name, location, dress code, and if reception is to follow.

When to Order: An average of 6 months ahead of sending them. 

When to Send: (Destination) 3 months (Local) 6-8 weeks before the wedding date. 

Average Cost: $400 -$2,500+ 

Note: This average cost range includes suites with and without the other elements listed below.

 

Response Card or RSVP

This can be a traditional card or postcard and is used to have the guests indicate their response to your invitation as well as marking any preferences for food and anything else you’ve asked them. Remember, it’s proper etiquette to pre-stamp these response cards for your guests. 

When to Order: An average of 6 months ahead of sending them.

When to Send: This is sent with the invitation.

Deadline for Return: 2-3 weeks before the wedding date. Remember, you need this total to tell the final count to finalize the seating chart and give a headcount to the caterer. It’s perfectly okay to contact guests who haven’t RSVP’d by the deadline. 

 

Enclosure or Details Card

This is where all the other information can be placed and is entirely up to the specifics of your event. For example, if you didn’t have save-the-dates, this is where you can put your wedding website information. It’s always worth noting here that it is never proper etiquette to list your registry on your wedding invitation suite. You can, however, add it to your wedding website. You can also put dress code information here if it didn’t fit on the invitation. 

When to Order: An average of 6 months ahead of sending them.

When to Send: This is sent with the invitation.

 

Map and/or Direction Information Card

Depending on the type of venue or style of wedding, maps and directions are often best included as their own piece of the wedding invitation suite. Many couples opt for custom maps to add fun details about their hometown or destination wedding with tips on places to visit.

When to Order: An average of 6 months ahead of sending them.

When to send: This is sent with the invitation.

 

It is considered mandatory to include the invitation, directions, response card, and envelope as well as mailing envelope and postage. 

Optional elements include reception cards, accommodations cards, or weekend schedule cards. 

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QUESTIONS ABOUT GETTING STARTED ON YOUR WEDDING INVITATION 

When should I order my wedding invitations? 

The answer varies depending on your specific event, but a good rule of thumb is 6 months ahead of your wedding date. A good window of time is 4-9 months, but try to stay within that window. Here’s why. This allows time to get on the vendor’s project list, it allows for any delays or mixups as well as allowing time to add the embellishments and calligraphy for addressing the envelopes. Essentially, most couples have more than one vendor touching their wedding invitations, so you want to give as much time as possible to give each vendor ample time to work on them and still get them mailed in time to your guests. 

Try to order your wedding paper with the same company so you can get the benefit in pricing as well as project priority. 

 

How do I choose my wedding invitation design? 

It’s important to know your wedding style ahead of time. Will it be formal or casual? Will it be modern or boho? Next, you want to know your colors. This is where it is helpful to have your wedding planner selected first because they will help you create your color scheme and mood boards to use as a guide throughout the selection process. If you will be working with a local vendor on custom or semi-custom invitations, they will also be able to help you make this selection. A wedding invitation should be a preview of what guests can expect at your wedding celebration. That’s the best guide to keep in mind as you select your wedding invitations. 

 

How do I choose a calligrapher for my wedding invitation envelopes? 

First, you’ve made a great choice going with a calligrapher! Hand-lettered envelopes just add such a beautiful, personal touch and make such a beautiful keepsake. Second, we recommend going local to save time and make it all the more convenient for getting them the invitations to address. You can find local calligraphers on our vendor page here. Check out their Instagram and Facebook pages to see previous work and learn more about them. If you find a calligrapher you like, but want to see if they can do a unique style that you have in mind, create a little Pinterest board with samples that you can share with them. 

 

PRO-TIPS FOR ORDERING YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS 

  • Have a pro address your envelopes. It’s more personal. 
  • Reduce your invitation count, by checking your list. Couples only need one invitation, families get one invitation, however, children who no longer live at home should get their own invitation. 
  • Be sure to add a stamp to any items you want to be returned such as the reply cards. (Double-check that you have the correct postage because it can change. It’s also good to check so that you don’t overpay. While you’re sending out a large envelope, the reply card is smaller and doesn’t need as much.)
  • Always order extra invitations. A good rule of thumb between 15-25 just in case you need to resend an invitation, something goes wrong while addressing them, you forget someone, or just for a keepsake. 

You’re ready to find the wedding invitations of your dreams! Head to our local vendors’ page for wedding invitations and calligraphy to find the best of the best to make your dream wedding a reality. 

5 Oklahoma Rooftop Proposal Locations Perfect for Popping the Question

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Making the decision to propose to your significant other is an amazing, life-changing one that requires a little forethought. Does your partner prefer an intimate setting or would they like all your friends and family to be around? Will you have a photographer present? Whether you are actively planning the perfect proposal or you’re just thinking ahead, we found five Oklahoma locales ranging from Oklahoma City to Tulsa with romantic rooftop views fit to set the mood for popping the question that will change your life! A rooftop proposal is so easy to orchestrate, and we promise the payoff will be well worth it! Keep reading to plan the proposal of your partner’s dreams.

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1. Packard’s

The rooftop patio at Packard’s New American Kitchen is located on the second floor of the Packard building, and has the best view of downtown anywhere in the city! The rooftop patio is open to the public as a full-service bar throughout the week while its not rented privately, so scope it out sometime if you’re thinking it might be the right spot to pop the question.

Photo: Chandler Rae Photography

 

 

 

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2. The Tulsa Club Hotel

The Tulsa Club Hotel is a spot for those with chic affairs in mind – a historic 1927 Deco hotel offers luxury amenities as well as a 2-level ballroom space for your reception needs. Their rooftop event space offers an outdoor terrace and views of the eastern skies all the way from the 11th floor!

Photo // Chloe Reed Photography

 

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3. The Mayo Hotel

For a proposal they will never forget, opt for iconic and head to The Mayo Hotel. One of the most exquisite places to see and be seen in Tulsa, their rooftop will provide a gorgeous scenic view of Tulsa while surrounded by luxuries of the hotel! This uniquely luxurious wedding venue offers nine individual event spaces, gourmet catering, state-of-the-art audio visual capabilities and a full-time wedding planning team, just in case you decide you really, really like it there.

Photo: Kyra Kellye

 

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4. The Capitol View Event Center

The Capitol View Event Center offers a unique space for those who desire an elegant and modern affair. Where else can you have a Roof Top Terrace with unrivaled views of downtown Oklahoma City and the State Capitol Building? As a blank canvas, the open and industrial rooftop venue sparks creativity and lends itself to any type of design. Whether you envision a simple setting or lavishly decorated proposal, the space can easily transform into the beautiful scene of your dreams!

Photo: Courtlyn Stout Photography

 

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5. Walker Terrace

The Walker Terrace is located on the 3rd floor of The Walker Building, located in Midtown OKC. Completed in 2017, the new space can seat up to 80 guests inside, with additional seating and standing room on the spacious rooftop deck so you can surprise your partner with all your closest friends and family waiting close by afterward! The venue boasts floor-to-ceiling glass windows with the most picturesque views of Midtown. 


Once you pop the question, the next step is finding a place to be wed! Check out Oklahoma wedding venues here, or browse real wedding inspiration here. Cheers!

Wedding Hair and Makeup 101: What to Know Before Booking Your Beauty Team

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When your wedding day arrives, you want to not only feel beautiful, but look your very best, too! That’s why it’s important to find a professional wedding hair and makeup team you trust to help make sure you look incredible. Most beauty teams offer both hair AND makeup, while others specialize in one or the other. Regardless of whether you book them separately or together, you’ll want to keep these tips in mind!

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Hair + Makeup: Profile Beauty Nook // Photo: Andi Bravo Photography

When to book wedding hair and makeup

If you have your heart set on a certain hairstylist or makeup artist, it’s never too early to reserve your date! Many artists book out a year in advance. Beauty companies with several stylists on their team can often accommodate multiple weddings per date, so depending on who you’re booking, you could book 3-6 months out from your big day. We don’t recommend cutting it too close, though – have someone booked by 3 months out!

What to consider when choosing a bridal hairstyle and makeup look

  • Hair length and texture – certain hairstyles work best on longer hair, fine hair or hair that holds curl extremely well, while others are best for thick or textured hair. Your stylist can help determine if the style you’re considering is realistic for your hair type.
  • Dancing – do you plan to dance the night away and get crazy on the dance floor? You’ll want a hairstyle that can withstand those moves!
  • The weather – are you having an outdoor ceremony with potential for wind or humidity? Keep that in mind when thinking about your bridal look.
  • Your dress – your hair and makeup look should not only compliment your natural beauty, but the style of your gown, as well! Whether you’re going for boho, glam or classic, you’ll want to have a cohesive aesthetic.

Trust your stylist(s) and ask for their advice when it comes to styles, color palettes and more. They’re the experts, and can offer insight you may not have considered!

Consider these details when it comes to wedding hair and makeup

  • What will your number of attendants be and who will be getting which services done? Don’t forget moms, grandmas, junior bridesmaids, house party attendants and flower girls.
  • Will you’ll want your bridesmaids to have half-up/down hairstyles or an updo? Updos often take longer and that time needs to be accounted for. some brides prefer their bridesmaids to have a uniform look when it comes to hair and makeup, others aren’t picky – either way is fine, you’ll just need to decide before it’s time to finalize hair and makeup plans and costs.
  • What time your ceremony will start and what time photos need to start? Your hair and makeup artists will need to know what time they’ll need to be finished by in order to calculate their start time.
  • If you don’t have access to your venue until a certain time and hair and makeup will need to start before then, you’ll need to have another location in mind for getting ready. A hotel is a common, convenient option – consider a home rental, too! They often offer much more space to move around natural window light than hotels, which also makes for beautiful photos!

Who pays for bridesmaids’ hair and makeup?

Generally speaking, bridesmaids are responsible for paying for their own hair and makeup, as long as they have the option to do their own. If you as the bride are requiring your bridesmaids and attendants to have their hair and makeup professionally done, it’s generally expected for you to cover the cost. Again, if you’re giving them the option to do their own hair and makeup OR have it professionally done, it’s acceptable within modern wedding etiquette to expect your attendants to pay for those services. That said, how much should you budget for wedding hair and makeup?

How much should I budget for wedding hair and makeup?

Beauty services will vary from region to region and company to company, but generally speaking, brides can expect to spend anywhere between $200 and $600 total on their wedding hair and makeup. If you’re wanting special services like airbrush makeup, false lashes or an intricate hairstyle, expect for that cost to be higher. Bridesmaids’ and other attendants’ hair and makeup costs are often slightly lower than the bride’s. Remember, you’re paying for your artists’ time, talent and product. And don’t forget you’ll need to tip for a job well done!

Do I really need to do a hair and makeup trial?

If a trial isn’t included within your bridal beauty booking, you’ll absolutely want to invest in both a hair and makeup trial so you can make sure your look is spot-on for the big day. You may discover that the hairstyle you had in mind doesn’t work as well as you thought with your particular hair type – or maybe the makeup color palette you were considering doesn’t look quite like you expected. This is the time to be honest with your stylist(s) – speak up if there’s something you don’t like! The trial is the perfect time to make adjustments or to go in another direction if you don’t feel comfortable with the look.

Pro tip: many brides have their stylists coordinate with their photographer so their hair and makeup trial can take place on the same day as their bridal session!


Ready to get wedding hair and makeup on the books? Peruse our recommendations for Oklahoma beauty teams ready to rock your big day!