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One of the number one questions we’re asked at Southern Weddings is “What should I give my bridesmaids?” We LOVE that question, because it means that y’all are practicing graciousness–a quality we believe is so important, especially in a bride! So many people come together to love and support you during wedding planning, and it’s always worth the time and effort to make sure these people know how much you appreciate them. We teamed up with Zales to share some of our favorite gift ideas for not only your bridesmaids, but the groomsmen and your parents as well!

Don’t feel like you need to get the same gift for all of your gals–these are your BFFs, so show them how well you know them! Since people can be picky about necklace lengths and styles, bracelets or earrings are often a safer bet to guarantee you’ll choose something everyone loves. Choose pieces in each girl’s birthstone or favorite color for an extra dose of personalization.

Clockwise from top left: Lab-Created Blue and White Sapphire Earrings in Sterling Silver, Oval Lab-Created Ruby Tennis Bracelet in Sterling Silver, 6.0mm Peridot Crown Earrings in Sterling Silver, Pear-Shaped Tanzanite Line Bracelet in Sterling Silver

Gents are notoriously hard to shop for, don’t you think? My go-to is something that is classic and useful, but that he wouldn’t necessarily splurge on himself. A monogrammed money clip is a great option, and any groomsman would appreciate a dapper pair of cuff links to wear on the big day.

Clockwise from top left: Men’s Engraved Money Clip in Sterling Silver, Men’s Polished Oval Monogram Stainless Steel Cuff Links, Gun Metal Engraved Money Clip, Men’s Round Mother-of-Pearl and Onyx Cuff Links in Sterling Silver

As well as your bridal party, your wedding is the perfect opportunity to thank your parents for all they have done leading up to that day, long before you had a ring on your finger. Classic and lovely pearls are our go-to for mama (and your groom’s mama, too!), while a watch or wallet with a sweet engraving is a favorite for dad.

Left to right: Men’s Citizen Eco-Drive™ Watch with Black Dial, Men’s Citizen Eco-Drive™ Watch with Silver Dial, Blue Lagoon® by Mikimoto 5.5-6.0mm Cultured Akoya Pearl Stud Earrings in 14K Gold with Diamond Accents, Blue Lagoon® by Mikimoto 5.0mm Cultured Akoya Pearl Bracelet in 14K White Gold

We’d love to know, did you give gifts to your bridal party and parents? What did you choose?

This post is brought to you by Zales Jewelers – thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

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    If there’s one thing I think every bride-to-be wants in an engagement ring, it’s sparkle–I joke that I got nothing done the day after I got engaged, because all I wanted to do was stare at my new ring in different lights! Tons of sparkle can sometimes mean tons of dollar signs, though, which is why I was excited to learn about the Endless Brilliance collection from Zales. These rings all feature a center cluster of diamonds that create the big impact that sparkle-loving brides love, but at an affordable price point. I shared what I learned about the collection, and some of the most popular styles, in the latest episode of Southern Weddings TV–take a look below!

    Quad, or princess, designs are a little bit edgy, but still elegant enough for a traditional bride. They feature four center stones arranged in a square. I think they’re especially show-stopping when paired with a sparkly wedding band!

    Clockwise from top left: 2 CT. T.W. Quad Princess-Cut Diamond Framed Three Piece Bridal Set in 14K White Gold, 1-1/2 CT. T.W. Princess-Cut Quad Diamond Frame Bridal Set in 14K Gold, 1 CT. T.W. Princess-Cut Quad Diamond Three Stone Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold, 1/2 CT. T.W. Princess-Cut Quad Diamond Frame Ring in 10K White Gold

    The flower design is a great fit for a bride who loves the look of a round stone–this is such a fun take on that classic shape! It features a round center cluster of stones that sits against several layers of stones on the band.

    Clockwise from top left: 1/2 CT. T.W. Diamond Cluster Frame Ring in 10K White Gold, 1/2 CT. T.W. Diamond Cluster Square Ring in 10K White Gold, 1/3 CT. T.W. Diamond Cluster Frame Ring in 10K White Gold, 1/2 CT. T.W. Composite Diamond Engagement Ring in 10K White Gold

    Still not enough sparkle for you? Enter the cushion designs, where stones are layered on top of one another to create rings with major wow factor. How stunning are those emerald shapes?

    Clockwise from top left: 1 CT. T.W. Multi Baguette Diamond Frame Ring in 14K White Gold, 1-1/4 CT. T.W. Baguette Diamond Frame Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold, 1 CT. T.W. Composite Diamond Frame Bridal Set in 10K White Gold, 1 CT. T.W. Diamond Marquise Cluster Engagement Ring in 10K Gold

    Which of these rings is your favorite? I think the yellow gold princess ring (top right) is incredible, but the cushion ring on the bottom right is the winner for me!

    This post is brought to you by Zales Jewelers – thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

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      Once I had an engagement ring on my finger, I had a pretty good idea of what type of wedding band I wanted right away. Dave, on the other hand, who has never worn a ring before, wasn’t quite sure, and as we started our search, we were a little taken aback by all of the choices! There are no rules anymore when it comes to choosing a ring for your groom–rather than just something that matches yours, the options are out there for him to choose a ring that fits his personal style to a tee. I recently had the opportunity to chat about the men’s wedding bands at Zales Jewelers for Southern Weddings TV–check it out below!

      Let’s take a closer look at some of the options that will fit each gent’s style, shall we?

      The Traditionalist: I think a lot of Southern grooms fall into this category–they want to wear the same types of rings that their dads and grandfathers wore. For these grooms, keep the ring simple and classic with a white or yellow gold band with a smooth finish and rounded edges. Bonus: these rings will never go out of style, and would be perfect to pass down to future generations!

      Clockwise from top left: 5.0mm Comfort Fit Wedding Band in 10K Gold, 4.0mm Comfort Fit Wedding Band in 14K White Gold, 4.0mm Wedding Band in 10K Rose Gold, 5.0mm Comfort Fit Wedding Band in 14K Gold

      The Active Groom: Marissa’s baseball-playing beau shared a tip with us for “the active gent”–the outdoorsman, the athlete, or any guy who works with his hands a lot, and needs a ring that is super durable. He has a formal wedding band that he wears on days off, but he switches it out with a sturdy black titanium ring when he’s on the baseball field. Tungsten is another great option that comes at an affordable price point.

      Clockwise from top left: Edward Mirell Men’s 6.5mm Black Titanium Wedding Band with Grey Edges, 9.0mm Black Titanium Comfort Fit Wedding Band, 8.0mm Comfort Fit Carbon Fiber Inlay Black Titanium Wedding Band, 8.0mm Comfort Fit Hammered Black Cobalt Wedding Band

      The Businessman: A groom who lives in a suit needs a ring that is stylish, but not too flashy. For a boardroom-appropriate look, stick to a classic shape with some interesting detailing, like a hammered finish or a beveled edge.

      Clockwise from top left: 8.0mm Hammered Comfort Fit Wedding Band in Titanium, 6.0mm Wedding Band in 14K White Gold, 6.5mm Beveled Edge Wedding Band in 14K White Gold, 6.0mm Satin Stripe Wedding Band in 10K White Gold

      The Fashion-Forward Gent: For a gent who wants a ring as modern and edgy as he is, a two-toned ring is a fun, trendy style. My favorite combinations are charcoal rhodium and rose gold and white and yellow gold. If he wants a little bit of bling, Zales also has options featuring diamond or colored stone details.

      Clockwise from top left: Princess Cut Blue Sapphire Diamond Slant Band in 14K White Gold, 6.0mm Comfort Fit Wedding Band in 10K Two-Tone Gold, 1/10 CT. T.W. Diamond Three Stone Comfort Fit White Tungsten Wedding Band, 14K Two-Tone Gold Hammered 6mm Wedding Band

      What “category” does your groom fall into? What type of ring does/will he wear? We’d love to hear!

      This post is brought to you by Zales Jewelers – thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

      lisa Written with love by Lisa
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      1. avatar Dana reply

        you’re such a celeb, Lisa!

      2. avatar Michelle reply

        Beautiful rings !

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