Brides and Grooms: Remember the Wedding Present for Your Partner

A long-gone tradition in weddings is making its way back—the giving of gifts between brides and grooms.

If you’re reading this article, you’re most likely one of the more than 800,000 couples who have gotten engaged since Thanksgiving and are just now starting to plan your wedding. If so, note to self: Tradition holds that you both exchange wedding presents with one another.

 (No, groom, the engagement ring doesn’t count.)

That being said, now what?

“Gifts should come from the heart,” says WeddingChannel.com.

Natural Color Diamonds Rock Street Style and High Fashion

As warm weather signals the start of wedding season, eager brides and grooms prepare for the big day while guests pour over registries and book hotels. From the guests to the wedding party, the romantic affair screams, “Diamonds!”

Fine jewelry is actually the most popular choice for all of the gifts surrounding the event—a delicate pendant for the bride, chic cufflinks for the groom, glittering earrings for the mother of the bride. Diamond jewelry is no longer just for red carpets or runways. More recently, the versatile rock transitioned gracefully into everyday fashion through trends in pave settings and natural color diamonds.

The Right Engagement Ring: One Step Closer to Yes

There are a few big purchases in life that you really don’t want to mess up—a first house, a health care plan, a new car, and especially, the engagement ring for your loved one.

According to The Knot, a popular wedding inspiration magazine and planning website, the decision is so important it takes consumers more than three months to find the perfect ring, and the average cost is $5,000.

If you’re starting to sweat under the pressure, here’s a step-by-step guide to make your decision easier.

1.    Determine the Metal

Rules of Engagement: What to Know Before Popping the Question

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Helpful Tips for Picking the Perfect Engagement Ring

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