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I took FI's budget and selected the stone and custom design myself. I talked to him about my research and what I had learned about stones and asked him for input on the design. He really didn't have much to contribute although he thought the CAD designs of the setting were really cool and was impres...

by gryffindor

May 17th, 2009, 9:37 pm

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: is it not so romantic when i''m in the ering process?

Replies: 22

Views: 573


Very nice, congrats!

by gryffindor

May 4th, 2009, 7:56 am

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it... and he did!!!

Replies: 33

Views: 915


Yay congrats!!!!!

by gryffindor

April 26th, 2009, 8:43 pm

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: Surprise!!

Replies: 52

Views: 1085


Yay, congrats! I hope you enjoyed your tea/engagement party, sounds fun!

by gryffindor

April 19th, 2009, 3:48 pm

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: Some girl got engaged...

Replies: 47

Views: 1257


Our e-ring stone + custom setting came in at a little over 15K. I''m going wedding band shopping right now, as soon as I can peel myself off PS! However, I''ve already seen some stackable bands that I liked at the jeweler''s that were under $1K for two, so it''s exciting that one of our purchases is...

by gryffindor

April 19th, 2009, 9:02 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: i don''t mean to pry, but how much did you spend on your e-ring and w-band?

Replies: 82

Views: 3161


I always thought I''d be married while still in my 20s, but FI''s family doesn''t want to cram a wedding in before the end of 2009 while I''m still 29. So I''ll take sooner rather than later and we''re looking at April 2010 and I''ll be 30 and he''ll be 29. I feel like I should have been married yea...

by gryffindor

April 19th, 2009, 8:54 am

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: Crazy about dates?

Replies: 10

Views: 337


I wish when I moved for residency that my BF had helped me move or even made a trip to see me in the first few weeks to help get settled. He wasn't so committed or concerned and my situation was similar to yours - this residency will let us have the lifestyle and job security for our future. In the ...

by gryffindor

April 19th, 2009, 8:45 am

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: Maybe I just need someone to slap me hard and tell me to stop whining?

Replies: 55

Views: 1579


Congrats! I love the profile, I love being able to see the culet out of the bottom.

by gryffindor

April 15th, 2009, 8:51 am

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: Engaged!!

Replies: 51

Views: 1039


Here is the planning book I bought that I am really liking:

http://www.amazon.com/Brides-Book-Lists-Things-Questions/dp/1586633104

There were also other spiral-bound planning books, but this was the most concise one I found that didn't break the bank.

by gryffindor

April 14th, 2009, 10:13 am

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: Any other LIW worrying about wedding costs?!?

Replies: 43

Views: 862


Just to add on some of the things here... I went to the library to look for books on wedding planning, but the selection at our library was practically nonexistent. Slim pickings at the nearby Borders as well. However, I drove out to a Barnes and Nobles further in the suburbs and they had a HUGE sec...

by gryffindor

April 14th, 2009, 10:10 am

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: Any other LIW worrying about wedding costs?!?

Replies: 43

Views: 862


I get overwhelmed every time I look at my calculator. Weddings don't come cheap at all in NJ where we are getting married. My parents and I have been to so many weddings in the past 15 years where we've had a good time so now it is our turn to invite everyone to celebrate. "Family and close friends ...

by gryffindor

April 11th, 2009, 8:17 pm

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: Any other LIW worrying about wedding costs?!?

Replies: 43

Views: 862


We had just started looking for diamonds, and I couldn't shake off the sleazy feeling I got every time I visited local B&M stores around here. So I started doing some research about diamonds online for myself. FI's friend took me to visit his diamond guy, and I got a very bad vibe from this guy. He ...

by gryffindor

April 11th, 2009, 7:26 pm

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: What lead to you being a LIW?

Replies: 14

Views: 518


I don''t know why your current doctor and staff isn''t giving you clear answers. I work in a university ortho clinic and I would never recommend anyone to have treatment here if you could afford a private doctor in the community - my point is, not all offices are the same. Many orthodontic offices w...

by gryffindor

April 9th, 2009, 7:28 pm

Forum: Bride World Wide & Grooms Grooves

Topic: Braces blues

Replies: 11

Views: 491


Love it! Now I know to check out the BCBGs around here this weekend.

by gryffindor

April 6th, 2009, 8:34 pm

Forum: Bride World Wide & Grooms Grooves

Topic: BCBG Rehersal Dinner Dress!! OMG

Replies: 37

Views: 1726


Wow what a picture, awesome ring. Congratulations!!!

by gryffindor

April 5th, 2009, 2:05 pm

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: Engaged!

Replies: 48

Views: 1607


I had my initial stone that I was mentally making my own and so close to committing to bought out from under me too. My jeweler brought in at least 10 more stones in the general range of the sold one. I found my current stone with higher clarity and better cut than the original one. Although it is a...

by gryffindor

April 4th, 2009, 11:49 pm

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: Ladies, I need to vent!

Replies: 12

Views: 483


I''m researching receptions right now and every time someone quotes me a price, all I can think is "hmmm I wonder how bad they want us and what they''ll negotiate." Luckily my parents drive a hard bargain and I''m not entirely sold on any one place so I''m prepared to walk away. Please share more st...

by gryffindor

April 3rd, 2009, 3:06 pm

Forum: Bride World Wide & Grooms Grooves

Topic: Reception Bargaining

Replies: 7

Views: 261


I work in a dental clinic and I don''t wear my ring when I am working with patients. Not only do I find hand washing to be unsatisfying with my ring on, but we also do a lot of plaster and metal/soldering work in the laboratory setting and I''m afraid I would damage it. I keep it at home and since I...

by gryffindor

April 1st, 2009, 11:40 am

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: Do you wear your ering?

Replies: 59

Views: 2094


Congrats! Reading your story is making me hungry!!!

by gryffindor

April 1st, 2009, 11:17 am

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: Gwen and J are engaged!!! ...if anyone bet on March 31st, you won! ;)

Replies: 223

Views: 5790


As I read my own thread I can see how absurd this sounds yet how much it worries me. I am recording this as my first official bridezilla moment. Image

by gryffindor

March 30th, 2009, 2:52 pm

Forum: Bride World Wide & Grooms Grooves

Topic: Seasonal Allergies & Wedding Date

Replies: 3

Views: 271
Seasonal Allergies & Wedding Date

I've been sneezing and miserable since I returned back to Nashville yesterday. This morning I found some Zyrtec out of my medicine drawer and immediately took it. Still I sniffled, fought a runny nose and felt tired all day. We're talking about an April 2010 date in New Jersey, but now I'm afraid of...

by gryffindor

March 30th, 2009, 2:52 pm

Forum: Bride World Wide & Grooms Grooves

Topic: Seasonal Allergies & Wedding Date

Replies: 3

Views: 271


Yay!!!! Congratulations! Vegas sounds like a fun place to be for a proposal.

by gryffindor

March 23rd, 2009, 5:01 pm

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: *Does a lil dance* I''m engaged!!!

Replies: 37

Views: 1479


I will take his last name. Each of our last names are very representative of our common ethnicity and have exactly 3 letters in them. His last name is easier because his last name is a common American first name so it is familiar sounding in the US. My last name, even though it only has 3 letters is...

by gryffindor

March 23rd, 2009, 3:03 pm

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: Are you/FF planning on changing your name(s)?

Replies: 64

Views: 1260


Welcome! Image

by gryffindor

March 11th, 2009, 4:32 am

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: Hello Everyone! I''m new

Replies: 66

Views: 1094


Heck I would''ve proposed to him but it wouldn''t have been worth my time. Lots of people on here mentioned "boy ready time" takes much longer versus "girl ready time." His "boy ready time" was double my girl ready time. If I had proposed to him even after he was ready, he would''ve given me the "wh...

by gryffindor

March 11th, 2009, 12:38 am

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: Would you ever consider proposing to your guy?

Replies: 33

Views: 720


Fi has been whining about a Tag watch for a while now. We looked at some at Macy''s before Christmas and he even picked out one he liked, hoping he could guilt me into buying it for a Christmas present. I said no way, I can''t afford it. He proceeded to complain about the expense of my ring compared...

by gryffindor

March 11th, 2009, 12:26 am

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: Corollary question to proposing to your boyfriend

Replies: 21

Views: 543


Oh wow, beautiful stone!

Thank you so much for sharing your story. I was thinking of a getting a bank box myself for my ring since my family has always stored their jewelery at the bank. Now I know to absolutely have a thousand copies of ownership of that box.

by gryffindor

March 10th, 2009, 7:31 am

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: Panic!

Replies: 153

Views: 3425


Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU everyone for your well wishes!!!! I''ve been taking the ring off when I go to work to see patients because I don''t want to get it banged up with all the gloves going on and off all the time. Since I live right next door to work, I come home often and put it back on w...

by gryffindor

March 10th, 2009, 7:24 am

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: Airport automated voice made me suspicious (proposal + pics inside!)

Replies: 57

Views: 1236


The numbers GIA Certified Oct 2008 Shape: Round Brilliant Carat: 1.72 Color: H Clarity: SI1 Cut: Excellent Symmetry: Excellent Polish: Excellent It is absolutely eye clean and sparkles like a disco ball having a seizure. I have to give credit to Randy Barker at Barker Diamond Company here locally in...

by gryffindor

March 9th, 2009, 2:29 pm

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: Airport automated voice made me suspicious (proposal + pics inside!)

Replies: 57

Views: 1236


The best top view of the tapering sides I have for now

by gryffindor

March 9th, 2009, 2:17 pm

Forum: Ladies in Waiting

Topic: Airport automated voice made me suspicious (proposal + pics inside!)

Replies: 57

Views: 1236