A waking nightmare... Ringless to Ringful... | The Budget Savvy Bride
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First off, sorry this is a little late this morning folks. Photobucket was denying me access all morning… BOOO! So I’m running a little behind. Anyway this is a little off topic… not what I planned on blogging about today… but I couldn’t help it. I just needed to get it off my chest…

You see, yesterday was a weird day for me. A day unlike any other I’ve experienced since being engaged. What made it so weird was the fact that I… forgot to wear my engagement ring! DUN DUN DUNNNNNNN!

Terrifying isn’t it? I was so sad when I realized that my ring was missing from my finger. In a mad dash from my apartment to the office, I just forgot to grab it off the nightstand and slip it on before running out the door. Upon realizing my mistake, I felt sad. I felt lonely. I felt… incomplete. A part of me was definitely missing and I didn’t like it. I was so relieved when I got home last night and put it back and my finger. Ahhhh…

Have any of you ever freaked out about forgetting to wear your engagement ring? I couldn’t believe how weird it made me feel!

Well, since we’re on the topic of rings, I thought I’d share with you a little story about mine. E & I had been talking about getting married for a while, so I decided it was okay for me to start looking at rings back before Christmas. One Saturday, me and the girls from work went and took in a movie and then did a little shopping. While shopping we just ‘happened’ to pass by a jewelry store, so we went in. The girls I work with are both already married, and while we were in the store, they got their rings cleaned. They encouraged me to try on rings while we were there, as they knew that eventually I would be getting engaged and said I needed to get an idea of what I liked. I tried on some rings and I really liked one in particular. It was a square shape with pave around the center stones- there were 4 square stones that made up the center diamond. I didn’t think anything of it but really got excited when I tried on this ring.

When E proposed I was shocked when he gave me the exact same ring I had tried on in the jewelry store. The crazy thing is- the girls from work did NOT tell him about the ring that I had liked so much. He picked it out all by himself! One thing he did that made it special was he had the four center diamonds replaced with one larger diamond. I was so impressed that he had thought to do that himself- it makes me feel like he really took the time to think about what I would like and what he thought I deserved. Lucky for us, my ring came with a matching band that fits perfectly with my engagement ring. For months I would try on the band with my engagement ring pretty much every day… (how bad am I?!?) But I just couldn’t help it- I loved putting them on together and seeing what it would be like when we are married. :) Of course, being the silly girl I am- I decided that wouldn’t it look SO much prettier if I had a band on each side so it would look more “even?” These silly things we do to ourselves. I suggested that E get me another band for me as his wedding gift to me. He laughed in my face when I told him of this idea… I was a sad panda.

In June, we were in Nashville for a wedding. We were bumming around the mall- picking up E’s tux and such when we passed the jewelry store. There was a huge sign out front that said 30% off bridal jewelry! That was all it took, we were in the door immediately. We looked at some bands for him, and then we looked at my original band- it was on sale for nearly 40% cheaper than the original price. E whipped out his card and bought it right then and there. So that, my friends, is how I ended up having 3 rings. Here’s some pics for your peruse-ment. :)

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1 ring 2 rings, 3 rings… Bwa ha ha ha
(a la The Count from Sesame Street)

 

Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  1. hahaha, great minds think alike, I made Mr. W read this post to prove I am NOT crazy.
    I have the same style ring but with a cushion cut diamond, and also a thin pave wedding band.
    I’ve been playing with it, while I wait for the official proposal (I’m thinking our trip to Portugal in 2 weeks is a good time)

    anyway, I totally agree, I’ve asked for another band for either a wedding present, or first year anniversary present.

  2. I left the house in a huge rush the other day, got halfway down the block, realised I didn’t have my ring on and raaaan back to the house. Still made my bus, too! :D

    Love the extra band with your ring – it really makes it pop!

  3. they always laugh at first, but then they always come around :)

  4. Um, I like the two rings better ;)

    • Guilty Secret
    • July 25th, 2008

    Ha ha yeah I forgot my ring once and couldn’t wait to get it back on again… but I don’t think it was so much because it was my engagement ring, but because I have worn a diamond ring for so long (Baddie gave me one long before we were engaged that I wore on my right hand).

    I actually prefer the look of two rings too, just because the traditionalist in me loves the symbolism of the plain wedding ring on the inside and fancy engagement ring on the outside. But I have thought one day down the line I might add an eternity ring on the outside… but I’m thinking 10 years minimum and even then only maybe…

    But I think we should all pick and choose the traditions that appeal to us so if you prefer three rings, lucky you that you got that third one!

    Oh, and (as if this comment isn’t long enough…) that is an amazing story that he picked the ring you loved AND made it even better. WOW!

  5. I didn’t forget my ring, I had one of my diamonds on the outside fall out!!! Horror!! So I was ringless for about a week while they fixed it, and I felt so weird without it.
    You have a beautiful ring! I also like the 2 bands together, like everyone else. I will only be having 1 band, for now…. but maybe in a few years??

    • budgetsavvybride
    • July 28th, 2008

    @ Laura- That’s so exciting!! We want to hear details about the official proposal whenever it happens! Portugal?! That sounds amazing! :)

    @ Marianne- HAHA! That is too funny! I didn’t realize until I was already at work otherwise I might have gone back for it!

    @Guilty- I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels weird without my ring! I thought I was being silly. :)

    @Rachel- OMG I would totally freak out if a diamond fell out! I bet you were SOOO glad to get it back!

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