• Planning

    5 Things to Do When You Get Engaged Infographic

    Unless you’re Emily Blunt or James Segel’s characters in Five Year Engagement, your time as fiance/fiancee is fairly short. The average length of an engagement is about a year. While it’s easy to get lost in the blur of wedding planning and getting married, being engaged has its perks too! We’ve made this infographic for all the folks who got proposed to over the holidays. It does not include wedding planning at all, but the etiquette monster does raise its ugly head. On the plus side, social conventions have definitely relaxed so most social faux pas can be fixed. Perhaps this is an idea of a future infographic? But don’t…

  • Creativity

    Engagement Announcement Downloadable

    Just in time for Christmas, we’re releasing our very first downloadable! Choose from two options for a cute engagement announcement. We have an adorable icon of a kiss and a classier ring design created by our graphic design team. Print them on your home computer or at your local print shop. You can even post it on your Facebook account to let your loved ones know that you’ll be walking down the aisle very soon. Download the full size of our ring design here. Download the full size of our kissing couple design here. Download the full size of our engagement announcement back here. Download all of them all in…

  • News

    Five Easy Ways to Liven up Your Engagement Photos

    You have the engagement ring, now you need the pictures. Yet, with more and more inventive engagement photos popping up, how do you make yours stand out in a crowd? Well, we here at Simply Bridal have five ideas you can incorporate into your engagement photos Have a Love Affair with a Location Paris, New York and Rome have caused multitudes of people to fall in love with them throughout history. Granted, I’m not suggesting that you fly to one of those cities for your engagement photos, but I am suggesting that you choose a location with a special meaning to the both of you. This could be the lakefront…

  • Planning

    How to Make an Awesome Engagement Story

    You will tell your engagement story over and over again. Eventually you will probably add a few things that didn’t even happen. You believe they happened, but if you could rewind time you would be shocked to see the truth. Instead of telling a story that begs for embellishment, get everything just right the first time. Now that you feel sufficiently pressured, you might want to rely on some great ideas that other people have used to make their engagement stories worth telling. Let Everybody Know with Public Radio Skywriting only works in perfect conditions, so why not use a more reliable method to share your love with the world.…

  • News,  Planning

    Engagement Facts and Trends

    At SimplyBridal, our work usually starts well after the wedding. Brides-to-be come to us to help choose their dream wedding dress, coordinate their bridesmaid dresses, or pick out a veil or a piece of jewelry. However, we were always curious about the proposal. So many of our Bride of the Month stories talk about that magical moment when he pops the question. So we did some delving, and here are some facts and trends we found! Please check out our other jewelry-focused infographics here: Put a Ring On it: a flow chart to find his or her size! Jewelry Flow Chart : a guide to matching your jewelry to your…

  • Planning

    Put a Ring On It

    Did you know that five percent of men now receive “man-gagement” rings? We had all heard that women can propose, but it seems that couples are now putting it into effect! We were wondering how these ladies were picking out their rings for their lucky gents (or lady loves), and we were surprised that there wasn’t that much information. So we gleaned several men’s magazines to find the craftiest, sneakiest, and just-plain silly strategies, men have resorted to finding their partners’ ring sizes. Some include just happening to go into jewelry stores and looking at cuff links while sneaking glances at which rings make their honey babies gasp and coo.…

  • Planning

    Survive Your Season of Bridal Showers

    What’s a groom-to-be’s worst nightmare? An invitation to a bridal shower! While once a female-only domain, more and more grooms are being told to come along. Here is one man’s tips to survive bridal showers and it works for brides-to-bes too! As if brides-to-be didn’t have enough to worry about, someone had to invent bridal showers. If you’re lucky enough to only have one or two showers, then you can relax and enjoy yourself. Unfortunately, it’s easy to have too much of a good thing. If you have the kind of family, co-workers, and friends that insist on throwing party after party, you might need some help surviving the months…

  • Planning

    New Infographic: Anatomy of an Engagement Ring

    If you liked our last infographic on celebrity engagements, you’ll love our new one about the ins and outs of an engagement ring. Did you know that there are many calculators on the internet that will help you and your partner find the right amount to invest on a ring? According to People’s Magazine, the average price of engagement ring $2100. This infographic walks you through the basics of stone, cut, and setting. Did you known the hardness of rocks on the Mohs scale? Anything less than an eight may chip so if you plan to wear your ring day in and day out, try something a little more tough.…

  • Planning

    Summer Cocktail Hour Inspiration Board

    During this weekend, the temperature soared up to 90 degrees and it was just the beginning of May! It looks like this summer is off to a hot start, and I spent a lot of time thinking of icy cold treats to keep cool. This inspiration board is made up of quick easy bites that are light and delicious. Since they come on sticks or in stick form, they’re also finger friendly and you can eat them one-handed. While these picks would be fantastic for a casual summer wedding cocktail hour, they’re also equally fitting for one last engagement party or part of a summer barbecue. Nothing says celebration like…

  • Planning

    Top 5 Celebrity Engagement Rings

    Here in the SimplyBridal office, the girls are constantly getting into friendly discussions about everything. From who brought in the best lunch, to who in the celebrity world would be perfect together. This week, our attention was entirely focused on the future Mrs. Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and her brand new engagement ring, featuring a massive giant emerald-cut stone, set in platinum. If that wasn’t enough, it was has side stones that encircle her finger, and holds an estimated value of $500,000. Is that all?! Naturally, the whole office was abuzz. Some girls thought this was the best ring ever, other thought it looked too manly. We then spent a…