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How to Propose: The Do’s & Don’ts of Marriage Proposals

Planning to pop the question to your boyfriend or girlfriend? Read our infographic to learn how to propose with our essential do’s and don’ts of marriage proposals. In this article, we break down some of the most popular proposal methods and offer some tips on how to make sure everything goes smoothly.

The Stats on Marriage Proposals

Did you know that the average proposer spends 4.4 months planning their proposal? These days the surprise proposal is a rarity; according to a survey by Zola 94% of couples discuss marriage before getting engaged. However, some still need a gentle nudge towards the conversation with 70% of brides-to-be admitting to dropping hints about getting hitched.




How to Propose – Some General Tips

When you’ve found your soulmate, it’s important to make sure that your proposal is as special as they are. A proposal is a very personal thing, so it is absolutely essential to put some serious thought into creating a truly memorable experience. The devil lies in the details so be sure to tailor every aspect to your beloved’s unique tastes and personality. Some general tips include:

  • Do keep the wording simple. Over 50% of UK women want their partner to just say “will you marry me?”
  • Do get opinions on the ring from their closest friends to ensure that they will love it!
  • Don’t assume your sweetheart wants you to ask their parents for permission. Find out beforehand whether they see it as a romantic gesture or a sexist one.
  • Don’t hide the ring in your food like they do in the movies. They might choke on it!
  • Don’t completely sneak it up on them. For example, let him or her know if you are going out so that they can dress up.

How to Propose on Holiday

If you are planning to pop the question on a romantic getaway with your sweetheart, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Firstly, make thorough preparations and plan a back-up just in case. If you are staying at a hotel, liaise with the concierge beforehand so they can provide on-the-ground assistance. If you are planning a surprise trip, don’t forget to book time off work for your partner. Another good idea for surprise trips is to get help from one of their friends while packing their bag, so you know which outfits to bring. Do hide the engagement ring deep in your luggage so your partner can’t find it. Our final piece of advice is not to put it off – pop the question on day one so you’re not wracked with pre-proposal jitters for the rest of the holiday.

The word 'marry me' written on the sandy beach

How to Propose in Public

In recent years, our social media feeds have been brimming over with unique public proposals. If you like the sound of a surprise choir or a flash mob, then this approach my be for you. Before choosing to propose in front of a crowd, you need to be absolutely sure (a) that you’ll get a ‘yes’, and (b) that your partner won’t be totally mortified. Just remember to keep the proposal personal, and not to treat it as a performance. Research the venue beforehand and make sure you are aware of anything that may affect your plans.

How to Propose at Christmas

Did you know that Christmas is the most popular day to pop the question? Remember that the Yuletide season is all about family, so be sure to include your loved ones and try to be mindful of family traditions. Don’t share the news on social media until you’ve told your family at the holiday gathering. If you’re planning to propose on Christmas morning, just don’t make the mistake of putting the ring under the tree as the box will be too easy to spot!

How to Include Your Pet In Your Marriage Proposal

45% of millennial pet-owners say that it is more important to them to get their pet’s approval of a new partner than that of their family. It’s not surprising therefore, that so many pet owners want to include their furry friend in this special moment. When planning a pet proposal, you will first need to consider your pet’s personality and capabilities. Plan something simple that your dog or cat should be well able to do. Your location is also important as you don’t want to go somewhere where your pet could get distracted. You may also want to consider using a fake ring so if something does go wrong then at least you have a back-up!

Finding the Perfect Engagement Ring

When planning your proposal, one of the questions you will need to consider is if you will choose a ring or if you should shop for one together. Picking out the engagement ring yourself can be nerve-wracking (will they like it? Will it fit?), but with the right help it is very do-able. However, these days many couples these days are choosing to shop for the engagement ring together. The quest to find the perfect bit of bling typically lasts about three-and-a-half months and it usually takes about 26 tries to find “the one”.

Read our infographic below for more tips and tricks on how to plan a proposal that is full of magic and romance!

Infographic- Marriage Proposals

How to Use Pinterest for Wedding Planning

Pinterest is a wonderful way to gather wedding ideas and inspiration. Our infographic provides some handy pointers to help you learn how to use Pinterest for your wedding planning.

Did you know that 40 million people use Pinterest to plan their weddings each year? Over the past decade, Pinterest has become the planning tool of choice for brides and grooms to be. With its billions of beautiful pictures of everything from wedding rings to flowers, Pinterest is an immensely useful resource that can be called upon time and time again while inspiration-hunting for the big day.

Pinterest 101

Pinterest is the top “social bookmarking” application on the web. In other words, it allows users to save, organise and share content (e.g. images, videos, audio, links and more) on categorised “boards”. As it is a social network, users on Pinterest are encouraged to interact with each other through liking, commenting, re-pinning and private messaging each other.

How to Use Pinterest

If you have never used Pinterest before, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the enormous volume of content. Therefore, when planning a wedding it’s best to take a strategic approach so as not to get too distracted by the billions of beautiful wedding pins.

The Best Wedding Pinners to Follow in 2019

In addition to outlining how to use Pinterest, the below infographic also shares a list of our favourite wedding-themed accounts to follow. One of the great things about Pinterest is that no matter your taste, budget or personality, there will be a wealth of great pinners to learn from.

Our top five wedding pinners for 2019 are:

  1. Brooklyn Bride
  2. Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings
  3. Style Me Pretty
  4. Chic Vintage Brides
  5. The Broke-Ass Bride

You can also follow The Wedding Band Shop on Pinterest for wedding and engagement ring ideas plus much more!

How to Plan a Pinterest-Perfect Wedding

This handy infographic offers a step-by-step guide on how to use Pinterest specifically for wedding planning. It also includes some highlights from the most recent Pinterest wedding trend report and features a list of the top five must-follow wedding-themed Pinterest pages.

Read the infographic below for more tips and tricks on how to use Pinterest for your wedding planning.



Have You Found Mr./Mrs. Right? (Infographic)

You think you’ve found the love of your life, but how can you be sure they are “the one”? When we start to think about settling down with the person of our dreams, the one question that looms over all the others is – “Am I sure I have found my Mr. / Mrs. Right?”


With seven billion people on the planet, finding the magical “Mr/ Mrs Right” seems like finding a needle in a haystack. If you think you might be ready to propose, but aren’t 100% sure yet, the below infographic may be helpful. This handy graphic puts together some age-old knowledge about the signs you should look out for that you’ve found “the one.”

It’s also important to remember that the success of a relationship doesn’t solely depend on picking the right person, it also hangs on nurturing the relationship. As such, this infographic also offers some useful tips on how to keep the flame alive over the course of a long-term relationship.

By taking the time to reflect on your relationship, you’ll become certain as to whether they are the one person who will bring you joy for many years into the future. As a first step, think about you want from a long-term, committed relationship. Then consider the values that are important to you and whether your prospective life-partner should share these. Then reflect about your relationship and consider if there is still space for growth?

To learn more about whether you have found Mr. / Mrs. Right, take a look at the infographic below.



Kids At Weddings 101 (Infographic)

Wondering whether or not you should invite kids to your special day? Read our latest infographic to learn more about the etiquette of inviting children to your wedding.

There’s no doubt that the topic of children at weddings is one that divides opinions. While some couples think that children add excitement to the day, others see them as an expensive disruption. Whether you’ve decided for or against inviting kids to your big day, or are still on the fence, you should read our latest infographic guide to help you plan your day – with or without children!

If you have decided to invite children to your wedding, you will need to think about how to keep them entertained for the day. Weddings can be a bit of a slog for little guests and they can get bored easily… and bored can become bold very fast. This is easy to prevent with just a little forward-thinking. For example, the kids may get a little bored during the speeches so it’s a good idea to put entertainment packs at tables to keep them occupied.

Many couples are now opting for ‘adults-only’ weddings. This often boils down to budget, however many couples simply want to avoid the disruption that young children can bring to the ceremony, speeches and the meal. Deciding not to invite children is an etiquette minefield and requires a great deal of tact. For example, you should try to tell the guests early as they may need to book a babysitter well in advance.

See the infographic below to learn more tips and tricks about children at weddings. It will highlight the key parts of the day when kids might become difficult and also includes handy advice on how to entertain kids at weddings. For those who have chosen to go with a more adult affair, we have provided some pointers on how to phrase the invites.

kids at wedding 101

Should You Elope 101 (Infographic)

Small, intimate and romantic – elopements offer a welcome alternative to the pomp and ceremony of big weddings.

For many, the word eloping conjures up images of starry-eyed lovers spontaneously running away from disapproving parents. However, in modern times eloping presents couples with a small-scale alternative to the grandeur (and expense) of a large, traditional wedding. Eloping no longer necessarily means excluding family, as some couples may choose to invite only their very nearest and dearest to the ceremony.

Should You Elope?

When it comes to eloping, there is no right and wrong. Each and every couple has their own unique definitions of what it means to elope, the most important thing is that the couple is true to their own desires and follows whatever path makes them happy.

When deciding whether or not you should elope, you must take the time to reflect on your motivations – do you really want to elope or are you simply running away from the responsibilities and pressures of wedding planning. Following this, be sure to weigh up the various pros and cons with your partner.

Planning Your Elopement

No matter how small and spontaneous your elopement, planning your elopement still deserves a little thought. Just because you’re forgoing the big wedding, doesn’t mean that your day doesn’t have to be any less special.

If you’re thinking of planning a wedding for two, why not check out our handy infographic guide on how to elope. Not only does it take you through the process of deciding to elope, but it also features some the must-dos, and the most definitely don’ts to get you on your way…

Should You Elope?

The Ultimate Guide to Summer Wedding Flowers

It is a truth universally acknowledged that any couple in want of a beautiful summer wedding must have flowers. For those who don’t know their daisies from their daffodils, selecting the perfect floral touches can be a challenge. Fortunately, our crack team of wedding experts have put together a comprehensive guide which will provide you with the know-how to choose your stems like a pro.

How to Find the Perfect Flowers to Go With your Summer Wedding

The first thing you will need to do is decide on your flower aesthetic. Are you aiming for something classic brimming with old-time elegance or are you going for a more natural, laid-back look? Once you have identified this, it will make it easier to work with a florist on finding just the right arrangements to complement and enhance your overall wedding theme.

For example, if you are planning on a casual wedding you may want to consider the deep-blue hues of the cornflower which would look stunning against a vintage-style white dress. Alternatively, brides who want to capture the full glory of summer in their wedding may want to incorporate colourful and delicate cosmos in their bouquets and centrepieces.

How to Choose a Wedding Florist

Wedding flowers are one of the most important elements of your big day, so it’s important to find a florist to help you make the right decisions. A good wedding florist will make wedding planning a breeze by providing expertise on what’s in season, what’s in budget and what looks pretty. Our infographic outlines some key considerations you should bear in mind when selecting your florist to make sure you get the best buds and blooms for your big day.

Read our infographic below to get the low-down on the most beautiful flowers for your wedding and to learn more about finding the perfect summer wedding florist.

The Ultimate Guide to Summer Wedding Flowers

Platinum or Palladium Wedding Ring?

Palladium is the new kid on the block, and for that reason many people are unfamiliar with it as a choice of metal when choosing a wedding ring. In this blog post, we discuss the pros and cons of choosing a palladium wedding ring or a platinum wedding ring to help you make an informed decision on a piece of jewellery that you will wear for a lifetime.

Most of our customers  in the market for an engagement or wedding ring don’t know what palladium is, but it’s one of our favorite metals to use for wedding jewelry for many reasons. Palladium rings are often presented as an alternative to platinum rings. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between the two.

Palladium vs Platinum Appearance

Both platinum and palladium are naturally white metals and, unlike white gold, will stay white forever. Both metals will look the same, although palladium will have a very slightly darker hue as it is one shade darker than platinum. However, when highly polished, the difference in appearance of both metals would not be noticeable.

Because gold in its natural state is yellow, we need to rhodium plate white gold wedding rings to prevent the yellow tinge showing through. Platinum and palladium rings on the other hand have a naturally bright white colour. This is a real advantage over white gold as they need far less maintenance. In fact, both palladium and platinum develop a patina finish over time that requires even less maintenance.

What is Patina?

Patina refers to the look that platinum and palladium rings develop over time. When a white gold ring is scratched the gold actually is removed from the ring and over time the ring develops a scratched surface. On the other hand, when palladium and platinum rings get scratched, the metal moves around on the surface. Over time, this gives the ring a matte-finish appearance known as patina.

Most people are excited for their ring to develop a patina finish because of the beautiful look it gives to a ring. However, if you don’t like the look of the patina, you can always have both a platinum or palladium ring re-polished which will bring it back to its original shiny state. Alternatively, you can opt for a white gold ring which doesn’t develop patina.

palladium wedding ring with matt finish

Palladium wedding rings are available in a range of contemporary styles.

 Palladium vs Platinum – Durability, Hardness & Strength

Palladium is a harder metal than platinum, which means a palladium ring is harder to scratch compared to a platinum ring. However, a wedding ring will be worn everyday, so regardless of what metal you choose, your ring will pick up scratches from general wear and tear, so this should not be a deciding factor.  Additionally, as mentioned above, both palladium and platinum rings will develop a patina finish. If you don’t like the patina finish, just like a gold wedding ring, you can get it  re-polishing every now and then to restore it to shiny new. Platinum and palladium are very strong metals suitable for wedding rings to be worn everyday.

Weight of a Palladium Ring vs a Platinum Ring

Platinum is more dense than palladium, making it almost twice as heavy . A palladium wedding ring weighs about the same as a 14k gold ring, so weight should not be considered a major deciding factor. Some people love the heavier weight platinum rings, but some find the lightness of palladium rings to be more comfortable.  So it really comes down to a personal preference.

palladium and gold wedding ring

Today’s wedding rings are available in a whole range of metals and finishes

Is Palladium or Platinum Better for Allergies?

Platinum and palladium are known as hypoallergenic metals, which means that they will not cause skin irritation. If you notice an allergic reaction to gold or silver jewellery, then one of these white metals should be a good option. Also, none of our palladium or platinum rings have any nickel in the alloy, which is generally the main main culprit of allergies in engagement rings and wedding rings.

Palladium vs Platinum Cost

The primary reason platinum rings are more expensive than palladium rings is because platinum is much more dense than palladium (almost twice as dense)! This means to make the same ring, we need to use more grams of platinum than grams of palladium. However, this is not the only determinant of price. Really, the jewellery industry is a secondary market for both platinum and palladium. Both metals are used by the car industry as a component of catalytic converters. So, the price of the metals is driven by the perceived demand from that industry. If the financial industry thinks that Chinese are going to build a lot of cars, then the price goes up.

Over the past five years or so, we have seen a surge in popularity of palladium wedding rings over platinum because if its cheaper price relative to platinum. Traditionally, a palladium ring costs half of what a platinum ring would cost. However, since 2016 the price of palladium has doubled, so we are beginning to see this significant price change being reflected in shop windows. When making your decision on what metal to choose for your wedding ring, bear in mind that just because one metal is cheaper that the other does not mean that one is inferior in any way.


William and Kate’s 5th Anniversary

Imagine a marriage to a Prince. An unlimited budget, Westminster Abbey for the ceremony and back to the Palace for the Reception. In our latest infographic, we look back at William and Kate’s wedding – 5 years ago this month!

A royal wedding is an extravagant affair.

The Most Engaging Time of The Year

Did you get engaged over Christmas? If so, you are not the only ones. In our latest infographic we look at the facts and figures behind engagements in Ireland.

Christmas is the most popular time to 'pop the question'

Christmas is the most popular time to ‘pop the question’

View our stunning range of engagement rings on our website or at our showroom on Fitzwilliam Street.