Joe + Lauren’s Horse-Drawn Proposal

Joe + Lauren’s Horse-Drawn Proposal

During one of the last snowfalls of the season, Joe arranged an entire evening to make sure his proposal to Lauren, his high-school sweetheart, was perfect.

Their first stop was for drinks at the Nicollet Island Inn, where a horse-drawn carriage arrived to pick them up. They would spend the next hour of their evening cuddled up under a blanket, touring the city. When the horse and carriage stopped on the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, the stage was set. Ashley Elwill Photography was ready and waiting to capture that once-in-a-lifetime moment. As Joe and Lauren stepped out of the carriage to take in the view, Joe got down on one knee with their ring box in hand and he asked, “Will you marry me?” and of course Lauren said yes.

Once the newly engaged couple warmed up from the chilly evening, they celebrated at Bar La Grassa and stayed the night in Downtown Minneapolis.

Being so chilly the night of their proposal, Joe and Lauren met up again with Ashley, their proposal photographer, to take more photos on a day that was a bit more comfortable. They returned to their memorable spot on the Stone Arch Bridge, and Ashley captured some really beautiful moments of the soon-to-be bride and groom!

We love being able to team up with local photographers, like Ashley Elwill Photography, to capture the moment our client presents the ring to their new fiancé. Not only does it allow us to be a part of our clients’ stories all the way through to their engagement, but then we get to share these amazing moments and photos with you!


Fact or Fiction: When it Comes to Lab Grown Diamonds

Fact or Fiction: When it Comes to Lab Grown Diamonds

Time to reveal fact from fiction when it comes to one of the most controversial products in today’s jewelry industry today. Lab grown diamonds have not only made their debut, they are here to stay. To debunk all the myths that have recently been put out there, Wedding Day is here to show you just how cool and better lab grown diamonds are and why ECO 4 diamonds, exclusively at Wedding Day, should be on the top of your list as a choice when shopping for that perfect diamond.

We’ll give it to you straight.


Fiction: Lab grown diamonds are made in a microwave.

Fact: That microwave statement may sound quite familiar right now and it couldn’t be farther from the truth. ECO 4 lab grown diamonds are created using a very sophisticated scientific process that took decades to perfect. (Scientists have found a way to duplicate the earth’s process, which took millions of years, and speed it up into a few short weeks.)


Fiction: Lab grown diamonds are fake like cubic zirconia or other simulants.

Fact: ECO 4 Lab Grown Diamonds are diamonds. Period.  They are physically, optically and chemically identical to earth mined diamonds. The main difference is where they come from. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If they do, they are simply misinformed of what an ECO 4 Lab Grown Diamond truly is.


Fiction: Earth mined diamonds hold their value and are a good investment.

Fact: Earth mined diamonds, when purchased at retail price, have never been good investments. If you tried to sell your diamond, you would easily lose 50-90% of its value. But remember, buying a diamond as an investment is not the reason you should purchase one in the first place. A diamond is meant to symbolize the love you have for each other. (Makes no difference where it came from.) If you are purchasing a diamond now to set in a piece of jewelry, selling it for a profit down the road should not be your first thought.


Fiction: ECO 4 Lab Grown Diamonds will have no value in the future so you shouldn’t buy one today.

Fact: Our ECO 4 Lab Grown Diamonds will NEVER lose their value. You will always be able to trade in your ECO 4 Lab Grown Diamond at Wedding Day for another one and you will get every dollar you spent towards a new one. The same holds true for our earth mined diamonds. Nothing’s changed.


Fiction: Lab grown diamonds are not as beautiful and will not hold their sparkle like an earth mined diamond.

Fact: ECO 4 Lab Grown Diamonds are grown from the finest diamonds on earth and are considered type IIa diamonds. Out of all the earth mined diamonds available, only 2% of them are type IIa. But 100% of ECO 4 Lab Grown Diamonds ARE type IIa. They are also cut and polished the exact same way an earth mined diamond is but in most cases, when compared side by side, you will see that ECO 4 Lab Grown Diamonds are actually more beautiful and have more fire than an earth mined diamond. And because they are diamonds, they will last forever.


Fiction: Diamond mining has little to no effect on our planet or human race.

Fact: Diamond mining is incredibly destructive to our planet. Just think, there are approximately 25 million carats of diamonds that are mined from the earth, cut and polished every year. That amount of excavation would bury an area larger than the state of West Virginia 1 foot deep. And on top of the earth’s destruction, many of these mines are in areas of the world where civil wars and other conflicts are funding these efforts, making it impossible to uphold basic human rights to the citizens living there. With ECO 4 lab grown diamonds, Wedding Day is able to step back from these challenges and offer an alternative that will in turn help guide us in taking better care of our planet and the people that live here.



Bottom line and most important:  Your love is pure, and so should the history and origin of your diamond. Our exclusive ECO 4 Lab Grown Diamonds are just that.


Our Clients Offer You Their Best Advice

Our Clients Offer You Their Best Advice

We asked and you answered! We went straight to our fans and clients on Facebook to get real life advice from those of you that have already been through the sometimes stressful and confusing task of finding the perfect engagement ring. To make this easy we condensed the responses and put them into categories. With that let’s get started, shall we!?


First piece of advice: Choose what ring YOU truly love

The majority of advice people offered were to get what you truly like, not just what is popular at that time. Buy what you love and not what everyone else has. We love this piece of advice because trends do come and go, but the symbol of your love will always represent your relationship and that won’t change. If you like halos pick a halo if you like rose gold go with rose gold! Even if what you love isn’t currently on trend that doesn’t mean it won’t be in the future. And you’re the one who has to look at the ring every day; shouldn’t you be the one who really loves it?


Second piece of advice: Shop together

We were honestly kind of surprised by this response. Today we see a lot of couples who shop together but there are still those that shop alone and are sticking with that traditional route. Many people said to go shopping together so that you can be on the same page about what you like. They even offered up suggestions of how to still keep it a surprise! Abby said “go shopping together and pick out a few different options that you like, then let him make the final decision, that way it will still be a surprise!” Still not sold on shopping together for this purchase? Start dropping hints about what you like, create a Pinterest board, point out styles in magazines that you love, or go opposite and tell them what you HATE so they can steer clear of those styles and still surprise you with an amazing ring.


Third piece of advice: Budget

I know budget sounds boring and not something we all want to think about, but it’s a reality. Many of our respondents said to stay within your budget. You are most likely still able to get the ring of your dreams within your budget, especially when it comes to the style and shape of your diamond. (Insider tip: Our Client Advocates are experts at this…)When you stick to your budget you will get the ring you love while keeping your spouse happy and won’t cause undue stress before they pop the question. And hey, if by chance you can’t seem to afford your dream ring now, consider upgrading in the future! It’s a great way to celebrate a big anniversary down the road. Don’t want to wait to upgrade? Check out our amazing financing options that could help make your dreams come true.

Do you have any advice that we didn’t cover? Leave a comment below!

How to Spoil Yourself Without Emptying Your Bank Account

How to Spoil Yourself Without Emptying Your Bank Account

When I first started working at Wedding Day over 4 years ago, I thought my jewelry wardrobe was pretty complete. I had my wedding ring set, my favorite watch, a small diamond necklace that I love, and a few other items in my jewelry box. Sure, I have had my share of “costume jewelry” with CZ’s and the like. But all of these pieces had become old and “used” looking, so I donated them to charity after a while because I never wore them. Plus, I wasn’t exactly in a position to start buying diamond and gemstone jewelry. We have an amazing line of beautiful fashion jewelry here at Wedding Day, but these pieces are real diamonds and gold; the type of item that my husband might buy me for a special birthday or anniversary and not in my “wardrobe” budget.

A year later, we started carrying a new line of high-quality cubic zirconia and genuine, as well as lab created, gemstone jewelry from a company called Lafonn , and it is AMAZING. Lafonn is a design house and manufacturer that creates works of art. Everything is expertly crafted in sterling silver bonded with platinum, which allows the jewelry to wear more like gold or platinum, but at the price-point of sterling silver. The best part is: the silver isn’t going to tarnish. Ever. They are hand-set with the world’s finest cubic zirconia, genuine gemstones, and lab created gemstones. Some pieces are also available plated with yellow or rose-gold. Every Lafonn piece is exceptional. You would never know it wasn’t “real.” That is what I hear all of the time from my friends and family who compliment me on my jewelry!

At Lafonn, they have always believed that a woman’s desire to look and feel beautiful should not be reserved for a privileged few. Every woman of any age, ethnicity and lifestyle should be given the opportunity to own a beautiful, well-made piece of jewelry at a price within reach.  And when I say within reach, I really mean within reach! You would not believe the prices! Literally a Lafonn pendant that looks like it costs $3,000 could retail for just $140 and it looks just as beautiful as the $3,000 one!

I wear my Lafonn jewelry almost every day. I have several pairs of earrings, a couple of pendants, and I have given many pieces as gifts. I cannot begin to tell you how many compliments I get. What is really impressive is that Lafonn pieces hold up perfectly over time. The stones are perfectly brilliant and clear, the metals never tarnish or scratch, and the pieces look the same today as they did 3 years ago. I happen to have a sterling silver necklace from a very well-known jewelry company, but it is tarnished and needs polishing to make it look brand new again. This never happens with my Lafonn pieces.

Best of all, we can order any Lafonn piece at Wedding Day. Just browse our collection at, or go to the Lafonn website and we will order it for you! Happy shopping!

First Snow of the Year: Elliot’s Proposal to Annie

First Snow of the Year: Elliot’s Proposal to Annie

It happened on the first cold day of the year, during the very first snow fall. Elliot had the entire afternoon planned out. He had picked out the ring of her dreams and the perfect diamond to compliment it. His plan was to take Annie out to lunch and out for their first walk across the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, and the weather was not going to stop him. Nerves started to give him away when he couldn’t eat much of his lunch, and Annie started to suspect something when he still wanted to walk the bridge in the 30-degree weather. When they parked the car to begin their walk, Annie asked, “Isn’t the pretty end on the other side?” She may have started to get an inkling of what was happening. Being the first cold day of the year, the bridge was fairly empty and perfect for an intimate winter proposal.

Lucky for us, our photographer Ashley Elwill was there, hiding, waiting to capture that perfect moment. And we’re so glad she was because these pictures are gorgeous. Elliot and Annie are going to have these photos to look back on, of this exact moment for the rest of their lives. That is why we love giving away these proposal photography packages to our clients. This is such an important moment in their lives and it just doesn’t last long enough. It doesn’t quite feel real and it’s gone before you know it, but with the photos, you can hang onto that moment forever.