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Would You Split the Cost of the Engagement Ring?

One of the week’s big online debates has been whether or not a bride should split the cost of her engagement ring.

The supporters of splitting the cost argue that you can get a bigger ring if you split the cost. It also sets up the financial relationship that will need to carry through the rest of your wedding planning. As fewer couples have their parents paying for their weddings, the bride and groom themselves have to work out how to budget the wedding costs themselves. In this case, the engagement ring becomes part of this budgeting.

Those who are against splitting the cost see it as a non-traditional move, and unromantic. The engagement ring is something that is meant to be a surprise to the bride. When she pays for half of it, or even helps with the shopping, it takes that away. As a result, it lacks the romance of having him get down on one knee and pop the question.

What is your opinion on splitting the cost of the ring? If you’re planning your Connecticut wedding, you’ll want to meet the best vendors. Coming to one of our upcoming bridal shows is an excellent way to do your planning and loads of fun.

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How Early Should You Begin Planning?

The average engagement lasts around a year, so that would mean that wedding planning also lasts around a year, right? Think again. According to recent surveys, many women are starting their wedding planning long before the proposal.

A survey of British single women showed that over half began planning without being engaged, and some admitted that their early planning had scared off previous boyfriends. Eleven percent had chosen their wedding dress, and a third of those had made the purchase.

It makes sense that wedding planning is starting earlier, though. With so many great wedding websites to give inspiration, it’s easy to come up with plenty of firm ideas about what you do or don’t want for your wedding day.

When it comes to planning your Connecticut wedding, though, there will be some big parts that can’t be done until after you’ve said yes and chosen a date. For all of these elements, and more, attending a Wedding Steps bridal expo is a great way to make your planning easy and fun. Find out about our upcoming shows here.