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Engagement and Wedding Ring Budget Tips | Vermont Bride Magazine | Nuptials and Niceties Boutique
Colette Kulig Photography


Per a 2015 US Survey, the engagement ring accounts for a 4th of the overall wedding expense; averaging  $5,871.  80% of grooms pay for the ring and half the brides in Western Countries choose their ring.  99% of grooms do the proposing; 16% occurring in December.  The average engaged period last 14 months. 

If choosing an engagement ring, you and partner should spend time researching rings; keeping record of those particularly liked.  35% of couples spend 3 months or less researching while 24% spend a little longer and the average spend 4-6 months with the internet being their main source.   56% of brides have decided upon a setting prior to purchasing ring with 23% having a particular stone in mind. 

If preferring the traditional romantic practice of a surprise engagement ring, either put your trust in your partner’s ability to select one you will be happy with or make your preferences known; i.e., metal, single/multiple diamond/gemstone, setting,  size/shape, if to match wedding band and your ring size. 

When contemplating an engagement ring, you should consider if the ring of your dreams is affordable?  If not, do you really want to go into debt to have such a ring?  Ask yourself if doing so would make you happier or would spending beyond your means put a financial stress on your marriage?  Of 3000 adults surveyed, those who spent $2,000-$4,000 on an engagement ring were 1.5 times more likely to divorce versus those who spent $500-$2,000 Those who spent under $500 had a higher divorce rate.  Thus, the diamond size doesn’t have to be equal to your love; the importance being the promise of pledging yourselves to spend the rest of your lives together in marriage!  

It is essential that you give serious consideration to your overall wedding budget in determining an available amount for both the engagement and wedding ring(s).  Should your budget, require that you finance the engagement ring, take into account monthly expenses before agreeing upon a monthly payment.  Be assured of your ability to make such payments without creating a financial struggle. 


It is recommended that you spend some time researching the wedding ring(s) while doing so for an engagement ring.  In so doing, establish the specifics of your preferences; i.e., to match the engagement ring, metal, size and weight.    As with engagement ring, consider what your wedding budget will allow to spending on the wedding ring(s); average cost being $1,575.  Be sure to order your wedding ring(s) at lease four (4) months prior to the wedding; assuring sufficient time for possible resizing and engraving.  

In our next blog, we will address budgeting for 2) The Honeymoon of the Series “Creating/Working with a Wedding Budget”.

This post is republished courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique. 


Vermont Bride Winter/Spring 2017 Issue | BUY NOW

The Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Vermont Bride Magazine is finally here! We have been working non-stop for the last couple of months putting together this fabulous issue. It is full of inspiration for any style and budget- from a outside-the-box space inspired wedding to vintage, cozy, and intimate celebrations complete with Grandma's homemade jam. We have curated images from all over Vermont, and beyond, to help you plan the wedding of your dreams. Inside the pages of our magazine you can get tips for choosing the right hairstyle, see how a lovely couple from the city pulled off a winter wedding in Vermont, find the perfect vendors to help make your vision a reality, and explore the option of a honeymoon in St. Lucia.

Whatever type of wedding you are thinking of having, if you are planning a wedding in Vermont or New England then Vermont Bride is a must have resource. You can find copies for sale at area retailers throughout New England, or you can purchase it here on our website - and maybe even a couple of the past issues for further research! ;-)

Here is a little sneak peak of some of the inspiration features you will find within the pages of our magazine:

Vermont Bride Winter/Spring 2017 sneak peak | Bygone Romance | Nostalgic Wedding Inspiration

A Bygone Romance featuring: PHOTOGRAPHER: Wedding Photography by TSM | COORDINATOR & FLORAL DESIGN:  Unveiled Design & Events | VENUE:  Rand-Bryan House | DESIGN & DECOR: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | GOWN: Blush Bridal | HAIR STYLIST & MAKEUP ARTIST: Brittany Campbell, Sunshine Makeup and Artistry | CAKE: T-Tuttlecakes | STATIONERY: Scrappy Seahorse Designs | MODELS: Candice & John

Vermont Bride Winter/Spring 2017 issue Sneak Peak | Farm Fresh Wedding Inspiration

Farm Fresh Inspiration featuring: PHOTOGRAPHER: The Light + Color Photography | STYLING & DETAILS: Sarah Jo Willey | FLORAL DESIGN: Creative Muse Floral Design | GOWN BOUTIQUE: Fiori Bridal Boutique | GOWN DESIGNER: Lillian WestVENUE: The Barlow House | MODELS: Allison Machia, Allison Gervais, Anna Willey, Ella Willey

Vermont Bride Magazine Winter/Spring 2017 Sneak Peak | Derby Devine Wedding Inspiration

Derby Devine Inspiration featuring:  PLANNING & DESIGN: Jaclyn Watson Events | PHOTOGRAPHY: JAGstudios | VENUE: River Road Farm | CATERING: Forks & FingersDESSERTS: Birchgrove Baking | RENTALS: Chase Canopy | DRAPING: Drape Art Design | FLORAL DESIGN: Apotheca FlowersSTATIONERY: Admire Design | GOWNS: A Little Something White | JEWELRY: Libero Jewelers | MAKEUP & HAIR STYLIST: Dana Bartone & Co.

December 9, 2016  TAGS:  EVENTS  RESOURCES

95 Triple X Bridal Show


95 TripleX 2017 Bridal Show | Vermont Bridal Show | Wedding Vendors | Vermont Bride Magazine

The 30th Annual 95 Triple X Bridal Show is being held on January 15th at the Champlain Valley Expo Center in Essex Junction. The show will be from 12 - 3 and will feature many of the area's finest wedding professionals. Fiori Bridal Boutique will be hosting a fabulous wedding gown show and Milne Travel is giving away a grand prize vacation! If you are planning a wedding this is a must-attend event. Connect with vendors, be inspired, and maybe even win some prizes! Get your best girls together for a fun afternoon of oohing and aahing, or bring your husband-to-be for a romantic afternoon of dreaming about your big day. Either way, it is sure to be a fabulous time!


This is a four part series of posts courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique on being organized and planning checklists in the months leading up to your wedding.  

Wedding Planning Checklist - Two Weeks To The Day Of Your Wedding | Niceties & Nuptials Boutique | Vermont Bride Magazine

Our last Wedding Planning Checklist posting covered the periods of “Three-to-Two Months” and “One Month” in Advance of Your Wedding. 

In this blog, we will address the Checkpoint Periods of “Two Weeks”/“One-Week” in Advance of Your Wedding and “Wedding Day”; thus completing our Four Series “Wedding Planning Checklist”.


  • Non-RSVPs: Again, follow up with guests who failed to respond to wedding invitation.
  • Wedding Shoes: Start breaking in wedding shoes for a comfortable fit on wedding day.
  • Wedding Day Tasks: Delegate people to handle wedding day tasks; assisting bride and carry her things, provide needed guest directions, distributing corsages/boutonnières, in charge of guestbook, overseeing gifts (giving care to cards containing money), in charge of disposable table cameras, in charge of personal videoing, to distribute cash tips to service personnel, to interact with each vendor in your behalf, etc.
  • Post-Wedding Day Tasks: Delegate people to return rented tuxes/shoes along with other rental items and someone to handle your wedding dress.  The wedding dress should be taken to an appropriate dry cleaner known to professionally dry cleans wedding dresses.   Thereafter if desired, it should be carefully packaged and shipped to the Restoration Facility of your choice.

Reception Songs/Scripts:  Review with appropriate people any changes made to your reception songs/readings list.

  • Final Music Playlists: Review your final ceremony/reception music playlist with contracted musicians/bands/DJ.  Provide a list of special announcements you desire to be made; i.e., noting table pads for song requests and table cameras for taking pictures.
  • Limo/Transportation: Confirm your final directions with the wedding day limo/transportation drivers.
  • Pets/Plants: Make necessary arrangements for care of your pets/plants during honeymoon.
  • Honeymoon: Pack for your honeymoon.  Be sure to include passports, daily medications, contact lenses/solutions if used, plenty of sunscreen, and emergency/sewing kits.  Especially when traveling abroad, we recommend that you bring the following medicines along:  pain reliever (such as Tylenol), for inflammation (such as Advil),  heartburn relief(such as Maximum-Strength Zantac 150), anti-diarrheal (such as Imodium A-D+), cold reliever (such as Coricidin HBP—good for high blood pressure),and sore throat lozenges (such as Chloraseptic); can be pack in carry-on luggage except for solutions to be packed in checked-in luggage.


  • Wedding Dress: If felt necessary, arrange for a final wedding dress fitting.  Otherwise, pick it up or arrange for a delivery.  Be sure to hang it in a spacious closet.
  • Vendor Arrival Times: Reconfirm wedding day arrival times with all contracted vendors.
  • Final Guest List: Provide your final head count to all venues, baker and cater(s) hosting your wedding-related events; typically required 72 hours in advance of wedding date.
  • Photographer/Videographer:  Provide your final photo/video requirements in writing to contracted photographer/videographer; including a list of moments and people you want captured.   Be very specific in this regard!  Request if desire a photo CD/CVD made in addition to the video DVD; specifying quantity of each.  Also schedule an after wedding appointment with photographer for your wedding photo/album selections.
  • Emergency Kit: Prepare a wedding day emergency kit; including threads and needle, hair pins, double-stick tape, fresh wipes, etc.  A mini-cosmetic kit should also be prepared for necessary touch-ups.
  • Bridal Party: Provide bridal party with copies of your wedding day timeline; including contact information for all members.  Also include the names and phone numbers of people assigned to interface with vendors in event of a problem arising.
  • Final Vendor Payments: Prepare final vendor payments and set aside cash tips for service personnel; placing in envelopes to be handed out at reception; unless required in advance.
  • Spa Treatment: Make an appointment for your manicure, pedicure and a stress-relieving massage; as well as for your bridal party if budget allows.
  • Guest Welcome Baskets: Assemble your guest welcome baskets and deliver to hotel or bring to reception for distribution.
  • Wedding Clothes: Lay out your wedding clothes.
  • Flower Girl/Ring Bearer: Deliver flower girl basket to flower girl and ring pillow to ring bearer.
  • Wedding Rehearsal: Meet with Officiator and wedding party to rehearse your wedding.
  • Rehearsal Dinner:  Relax and enjoy your wedding rehearsal dinner.  Remember to hand out your wedding party gifts; including for parents and for others whom you may have gifts.


  • Good Breakfast: It is very important to begin your day with a nutritional breakfast.
  • Hair Appointments: You along with bridesmaids want to be on time for hair appointments; to assure a stress-free wedding day.
  • Good Lunch: As with breakfast, have a nutritional lunch as your wedding meal is apt to be much later in the day.
  • Bride’s Preparations: Begin preparing for your wedding along with assistance from family and chosen friends.  If arranged, be sure that wedding photographer is present to capture priceless moments as they occur.  And remember to include the “something old”, “something new”, something borrowed” and “something blue” as part of your wedding attire.  
  • Wedding Day Timeline: Throughout the remainder of the day, follow the flow of events on your Wedding Day Timeline; assuring a stress-free, enjoyable and memorable wedding day and celebration!  And also remember to have a copy of the Wedding Day Timeline with you.

In our next blog posting, we will address “Wedding-Related Contacts” and “Wedding-Related Contracts”.



This is a four part series of posts courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique on being organized and planning checklists in the months leading up to your wedding. 

Wedding Planning Checklist - Three to One Month Before Your Wedding | Niceties & Nuptials Boutique | Vermont Bride Magazine

The Second Posting in our Series of Wedding Planning Checklist covered the periods of “Eight-to-Six Months” and “Five-to-Four Months” in Advance of Your Wedding. 

In this blog posting, we will address the Checkpoint Periods of “Three-to-Two Months” and “One Month” in Advance of Your Wedding.


  • Wedding Bands: Purchase wedding bands; allowing time to resize and engrave.
  • Wedding Invitations: Mail wedding invitations along with RSVP card, menu card and directions eight to six weeks prior to ceremony; specifying RSVP cutoff three weeks after the mailing.  RSVP Responses: Maintain records of RSVP acceptances vs. non-acceptances.  NOTE:  Recommended to be included in your wedding invitation record database.
  • Floral Selections: Make final selections of flowers with your contracted florist(s) for the wedding party, attendants, both sets of parents and grandparents, other family/friends involved in the wedding, venues, cake, decorations, etc.  And remember the bride’s toss bouquet.
  • Reception Menu: Make final reception menu selections with your contracted reception venue(s) or caterer(s) as required.  Order menu cards to be mailed with wedding invitations.
  • Rehearsal Dinner Invitations: Mail your rehearsal dinner invitations to wedding party and decided upon invitees; including selected out-of-town guests.
  • Bridesmaids Dress Fittings: By now dresses should have arrived.  Arrange for individual fittings; to include undergarment and shoes.
  • Wedding Programs: Decide upon your wedding program and have printed; or can easily be done on a computer.
  • Ceremony Songs/Readings: Decide what songs/readings you desire for your ceremony.  Provide your selections to chosen people and include in your ceremony timeline. 
  • Ceremony/Reception Timelines: Create an order of events for your ceremony and reception; providing copies to your Wedding Officiator, Reception Coordinator, vendors and wedding party; allowing ample time for feedback and changes if necessary.
  • Reception Toasts: Decide and make a list of whom you wish to speak/make toasts at the reception; making your desires know to them as well.
  • Ceremony/Reception Seating: Plan seating arrangements for the ceremony and reception.   Consider outlining the reception room on a large sheet of paper.  Then draw the various table shapes onto the paper; assigning table numbers starting with the bridal party table.  Proceed by placing sticky notes for the number of settings onto each table.  On each note, write the table number and name of guest assigned to that table; allowing you to move guests around as required but be sure to change assigned table numbers to notes accordingly. To simplify, you may want to use difference sticky note colors for female versus male. 
  • Favors: Order reception favors for your guests.  Favors representing your city or state are a good bet; i.e., jelly/syrup, chocolates, pottery, mini plants!  
  • Wedding Purchases: Purchase guestbook/pen, flower-girl basket, ring-bearer pillow, toasting flutes, guest-baskets, disposable cameras, etc.
  • Marriage License: Apply for your marriage license; obtaining a few extra copies.
  • Wedding Announcement: Submit your wedding announcement and wedding photograph to your local newspaper.  Check their publication’s website in advance of doing as some have strict requirements regarding wedding photos.
  • Officiant Review: Meet with officiant to review ceremony details.
  • Wedding Registries: Review and update wedding registries as required.
  • Wedding Dress Restoration: Research Wedding Dress Restorations to determine how you wish to have your wedding dress treated for restoration; after being professionally cleaned.
  • Music Play List: Finalize your chosen music play list with contracted musicians, band or DJ; providing a list of your selections along with specific requests and restrictions.  During the meal, it is appropriate to request the music volume be lowered.  Also, a nice touch is to have small pads of paper on each guest table to allow them to write down song requests.
  • Photographer Meeting: Meet with contracted photographer to discuss your desired photographs and specific people you wish to be photographed with; creating a detailed list of your desires.  It is recommended that you and photographer walk through the ceremony and reception facilities to establish desired photo locations and shots.  Decide if photographer will be required during your wedding preparations and/or prior to the ceremony; making arrangements for at this time.
  • Wedding Vows: It is time to start writing your wedding vows.
  • Dress Fittings: Be sure that all fittings are scheduled for the entire wedding party and parents.
  • Old/New/Blue: Decide on the “something old”, “something new”, “something borrowed” and “something blue” to carry on your wedding day.
  • Spa/Beauty Treatments: Schedule Spa/Beauty treatments for you and your bridal party.
  • Wedding Day Timeline: Finalize your wedding day timeline for ceremony and reception and provide to your vendors, officiator and wedding party.
  • Wedding Day Transportation: Finalize the wedding day transportation requirements with contracted transportation vendor(s).  Provide written ceremony and reception timelines and overall directions for driver(s).
  • Attendants Gifts: Purchase gifts for all wedding attendants; to be presented at the rehearsal dinner.  Personalized gifts are always a great idea!  NOTE:  Be sure to browse Nuptials & Niceties Boutique Website ( or for a wide selection of gifts your bridal parts, family members and friends; including an array of personalized items.
  • Reception Seating: Finalize your reception seating arrangements with reception coordinator.
  • Bachelorette Party: Usually the maid-of-honor arranges your night out with girlfriends.  If not mentioned, however, it is permissible to inquire about it.  ENJOY!
  • Honeymoon Itinerary: Write out your honeymoon itinerary; leaving a copy with family at home.


  • Late RSPVs: Phone people who have not yet responded to your invitations.
  • Rehearsal Dinner: Mail the rehearsal-dinner invitations.  Be sure to include all the wedding party, family and friends involved in the wedding and selected out-of-town guest desired.
  • Vendor Confirmations: Reconfirm date, arrival times and locations with all contracted vendors.
  • Wedding License: Pick up your marriage license along with three extra copies as requested.
  • Honeymoon: Confirm all honeymoon reservations and pack for honeymoon.
  • Wedding Rings: Pick up resized and engraved wedding rings.
  • Wedding Programs: If ordered, pick up wedding programs.
  • Wedding Dress Fitting: Schedule another dress fitting with undergarment and shoes.  Allow for one more fitting the week prior to your wedding date to assure a proper fit; can cancel.
  • Hair/Makeup Confirmations: Confirm scheduled appointments with hair/makeup contractors for bride and bridesmaids.  Also schedule to get your hair cut/colored if desired.
  • Vehicle Driver(s):  Confirm transportation date, times and directions for vehicle drivers; allowing chauffeurs required time to establish necessary routes.
  • Reception Bar: Determine reception bar allowances; i.e., drinks covered through entire reception, within an established timeframe or up to a total dollar amount.  Understand how bar charges will be handled; requesting to see prior to paying incurred bar tab.
  • Thank You Notes: Be sure to send thank you notes for wedding gifts received early.

In our final Wedding Planning Checklist, we will address the periods of “Two Weeks” and “One Week” in Advance of Your Wedding.