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Engagement Rings for the Vintage Bride

We constantly see trends come and go, but one trend that has stood the test of time is that of vintage engagement rings. Recognized for their intricate details and romantic designs, these one-of-a-kind rings are perfect for the modern woman...

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9 Rings for the Alternative Bride

Why settle for the same old solitaire when you can create something unique, alternative, and totally unexpected. Mix your metals with a two-tone setting, or mix and match the color of your lab-created diamonds and/or lab-created gemstones – the possibilities...

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Let's Get the Party Started!

With so much wedding planning going on, it can be confusing as to whether you should have a bridal shower, bachelorette party or both. Our suggestion...both!

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Getting Her Ring Size

You’ve met the one and are ready to purchase the ring, only now you are left wondering how to choose the right ring size? If you are wanting to keep this a secret, as most often do, don’t fret friends,...

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Fall Bridal Guide - Wedding Inspiration

Good news folks, our Fall Bridal Guide looks are in! From vintage classics to modern-day trends, there is so much to FALL IN LOVE with this wedding season! Here's a collection of our favorite fall inspired Wedding Styles… Destination Details:...

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The Ultimate Wedding Playlist

If a 10-piece string quartet or hiring a wedding DJ isn't exactly your jam, then why not take your wedding playlist into your own hands and create your own. Or, even better, check out ours on Spotify. We've created MiaDonna's...

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Spring Bridal Guide - Wedding Inspiration

Spring is here - the flowers are blooming and the rain is falling. Did you know? In many cultures rain on your wedding day is considered good luck, which makes Spring a beautiful time of year to say "I do." ...

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Best Man Gift Ideas

He's your best mate, best friend, brother from another mother (or maybe even the same) and now you've asked him to stand by you, on your big day, as your Best Man. Since he has been there for you through it...

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10 Honeymoon Essentials You Must Pack

With all the stress of planning your wedding, it's easy to overlook your honeymoon essentials. And, since your packing list will be primarily determined by your honeymoon destination, we thought we help get you started by sharing our top 10 must...

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8 Non-Traditional Solitaire Engagement Rings

Solitaire engagement rings are considered the most classic and traditional style of engagement ring. However, as trends shift, we're seeing more and more couples choosing unique and non-traditional engagement rings, and this fun trend includes solitaire engagement rings too. From...

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Choosing Her Wedding Band

Wedding Bands universally symbolize commitment and everlasting love between a couple, but the way they look or how they “match” your engagement ring is entirely up to personal taste. According to Brides.com, your engagement ring and wedding band should complement...

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Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Today’s bride is all about style and personal touches. While white gold is still the frontrunner when it comes to engagement rings and wedding ring sets, we have seen a significant increase in brides (and grooms, YES even grooms) choosing...

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The Perfect Wedding Speech

Let’s face it, we are all not public speakers, but as tradition goes you will need to put pen to paper, or mouth to words on your big day, so we are here to help you out, with our three...

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You're Married, But Now What?

Congratulations! You are finally married, could life be any better? The stress of the wedding is over and now your days can be spent making memories as a married couple and planning your future together. There is only one small catch...

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5 Best New York City Honeymoon Ideas

New York City is rich in culture and taste and makes the perfect honeymoon destination for couples looking for a a lively getaway. From the hustle and bustle of the city to the calming outdoors, we’ve got our top picks...

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Honeymoon in Santorini

Full of breathtaking views of the historical town surrounded by the deep blue Mediterranean, we see why many newlywed couples choose to honeymoon in Santorini. With its rich culture and lively history, this Cyclades island is a stunning honeymoon destination....

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The 5 Best Tulum Honeymoon Attractions

Along the Yucatan Peninsula lies the historic town of Tulum, Mexico. Known for its unique archeological past and stunning waterfront views, it is the perfect honeymoon getaway for couples looking for the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. Check out...

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Tips for Taking the Perfect Engagement Ring Selfie!

Let’s face it, in today’s culture getting engaged comes along with the social pressure (and desire) to share a photo of your new engagement ring. However, before you share that first photo with everyone you know, we have a few tips to...

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5 Eco-Friendly Wedding Tips

Planning a wedding can feel overwhelming at times, however, with these tips, planning your dream eco-friendly wedding just became much, much easier. 1. The Ring First comes love, then comes the ring...while finding an engagement ring may be easy, finding...

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13 Romantic Halo Engagement Rings

Featuring a center stone encircled with diamonds every halo engagement ring makes a unique statement, from vintage inspiration to modern details, Halo Engagement Rings are a fantastic choice for any bride-to-be. Renee Engagement Ring The Renee Antique Engagement Ring features...

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5 Maui Must-Dos for the Best Hawaiian Honeymoon

Hawaii offers some of the most beautiful beaches and breathtaking views on the planet. When it comes to honeymooning, Maui is undoubtedly the ultimate romantic getaway. From tropical rainforests to soft-sand beaches, there’s something for all couples to explore on...

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Bridesmaid Gifts & Wedding Day Bliss

As traditions go, first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes....wait, wait, let me back up a second - getting married is huge, so let's stop there. A lot goes into your big day from financial planning, down to the tedious...

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How to Choose the Right Engagement Ring for You

With so many engagement ring styles to choose from it can be difficult to know how to choose the right engagement ring style. That is why MiaDonna's team of engagement ring experts has come up with six style classifications to...

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New Year’s Eve Proposal Ideas

Were you dreaming of a white Christmas proposal, but that moment didn’t work out? Maybe the timing wasn’t right, the engagement ring was delayed or it simply didn’t snow…Well, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your perfect...

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Planning the Last Hurrah!

The infamous bachelor party; your last night as a free man! But how will you be sent out? Here's our guide to throwing a bachelor party you won't regret in the morning.

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Portland Proposal Ideas

Portland is more than just hipsters and craft beer - Portland is frequently recognized as one of the most environmentally conscious cities in the world because of its high walkability, large community of bicyclists, farm-to-table dining, expansive network of public...

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The Perfect Guest List

Wedding dress shopping and cake tasting might be more enjoyable than say, drafting and editing the perfect guest list - however, this critical wedding detail is one you can’t procrastinate about. Why? Because most other decisions (aside from budget), like - cost...

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Eco-Friendly Honeymoon Destinations

Why not use the money you saved by purchasing a lab-grown diamond engagement ring and splurge on an eco-friendly honeymoon destination? At least, that is what we would do. Did you know? Many of the world’s most luxurious hotels and...

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Introducing MiaDonna 5.0

I’m so excited to announce that the new and totally revamped MiaDonna website is officially live. It's the 5th website we’ve designed since I started the business 12 years ago, and just like me, it keeps getting better with age....

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Celebrity Engagement Rings

When it comes to bling, no one does it better than Hollywood A-listers. From three stone rings to solitaires; rings with side stones and rings with halos; vintage to custom made styles, celebrities rock them all. Check out some of...