Today we at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel are featuring guest poster Cheryl Anderson Brown of the Princess Palace blog! She knows everything there is to know about royal weddings and adding a touch of royal class to any ceremony. Who says princesses don’t get married in Vegas?
Every bride wants to feel like a princess on her wedding day. You can start getting the royal treatment even sooner by choosing the right engagement ring. Don’t start thinking that the bigger the diamond, the more regal you’ll look. In fact, the diamond engagement ring is a relatively new tradition and, for princesses, other aspects of the ring tend to be more important.
When selecting your ring, consider the following royal ideas:
- Add a splash of color. You’ll probably recall that Princess Diana’s ring featured a gigantic sapphire, a popular stone among English royals. Princess Anne, Princess Alexandra, Princess Alice, Princess Marina and the Queen Mother all had sapphires. Princess Margaret and Fergie had rubies. The American-born Duchess of Windsor, whose husband gave up the throne to marry her, had an emerald.
- Select something symbolic. The future Queen of the Netherlands sports an orange diamond, a surprising choice, unless you know that her husband is the Prince of ORANGE. Danish Prince Joachim presented his bride an equally sized ruby, diamond and sapphire to represent the flag of her native France.
- Infuse a family tradition. Most English royal wedding bands have been made from a single nugget of Welsh gold. If your families don’t have chunks of gold lying about, you can use other bits to connect your ring to your histories. Queen Elizabeth’s main stone is a diamond taken from a tiara that belonged to her mother-in-law.
- Get matching rings. Princess Martha Louise of Norway and her husband have matching white gold bands inset with diamond lilies.
- Create it yourself. Many royal grooms design the rings themselves. Prince Albert designed Queen Victoria’s snake ring (symbolizing eternal love) which was encrusted with emeralds (her birthstone).
- Choose what YOU like. Whether your ring is traditional or unusual, you can still feel like a princess. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden will be wearing her diamond solitaire when she marries her former personal trainer later this month. Meanwhile, American-born Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece wears an asymmetrical setting of a large cabochon-cut sapphire and smaller heart-shaped diamond.
No matter your budget, many jewelers have a variety of settings and loose stones for you to experiment. You can place gemstones of various colors, shapes and sizes in the available settings. That way, you can create your own regal engagement ring.
For more from Cheryl Anderson Brown, visit the Princess Palace Blog.