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The Sottero Midgley Fall 2014 Collection

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‘Tis the Season…Engagement Season

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‘Tis the season…engagement season, that is! From Thanksgiving until Valentine’s Day, couples will be getting engaged left and right (and all over Facebook). As we head into another season filled with sparkly rings and viral video proposals, here are three trends we’re really hoping to see.
1. Women getting involved in the proposal.
Lately we’ve been seeing more straight women proposing to their guys and/or buying them engagement rings, and we hope this trend continues to grow! First, because the whole “waiting for a proposal” thing is downright torturous for a lot of women…but also because planning a proposal and buying a ring is simply fun, and too many women are missing out! (Not sure you are comfortable proposing to a guy? Consider proposing back — i.e. planning your own special date night and presenting him with a ring in the weeks after he proposes to you.)
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2. Low-key proposals.
Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a flash mob, but a proposal isn’t a competition. Rather than trying to create the most over-the-top, totally-gonna-go-viral proposal spectacle imaginable, some couples just want to do something a little more…chill. And if that’s your thing, you shouldn’t have to worry that your proposal isn’t “good enough.” In the past couple of years, we’ve seen more and more couples skipping some of traditional aspects of weddings and opting for authentic and meaningful weddings instead, and we expect to see more couples choosing small, private, and meaningful engagements in 2014.
engagement inspiration, blue knit sweater, outdoors
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3. Thinking beyond the ring.
While some women love jewelry and are super excited about the idea of a shiny new ring as an engagement gift, there are plenty of women who aren’t crazy about it. But there’s no rule that says a ring has to accompany a proposal! We’d like to see more couples embracing non-traditional engagement gifts that feel right to them. Whether it’s a down payment on a condo, a fabulous trip, or a cool piece of art, the only real requirement is that it’s meaningful to the couple. The world is ready for creative engagement gifts…seriously, who could say no to an engagement puppy?!

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By Rachel W. Miller for Lover.lyvia~ Huffington Post

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Sottero and Midgley Behind the Scenes – Spring 2014

Ready for another sneak peek? Take a look at the Sottero and Midgley behind the scenes video and get a glimpse into what it’s like behind the scenes at one of their photo shoots! In this collection, look for pearls and jeweled embellishments, plunging necklines and daring backs… perfect for today’s discerning bride. Indulge in this collection, inspired by the drama and artistry of the legendary Art Deco era! Which one is your favorite? Will you choose a slinky sheath with opulent beading? Or will you pot for a modern twist, with an asymmetrical neckline? Whatever your preference, take a look at the new Sottero and Midgley!

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What are over 17,000 Brides are saying….

XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO; www.xogroupinc.com), a global media and technology leader and creator of the top two wedding websites, TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com, today released the results of its annual Real Weddings Study. This comprehensive report surveyed more than 17,500 US brides married in 2012. TheKnot.com & WeddingChannel.com 2012 Real Weddings Survey captures detailed information on wedding budget, style preferences, event characteristics and other key statistics related to the bridal demographic.

“In 2011, budgets increased for the first time since the economic downturn, and this past year, in 2012, we saw that wedding budgets are continuing to rise even more and to an all-time high since 2008,” said Carley Roney, co-founder of The Knot. “Couples are increasingly less concerned with the economy and are comfortable investing more than ever in the once-in-a-lifetime experience of planning their wedding and making it a fabulous experience for their guests.”

2012 Wedding Statistics

  • Average Wedding Budget: $28,427 (excludes honeymoon)
  • Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan, $76,678 average spend
  • Least Expensive Place to Get Married: Alaska, $15,504 average spend
  • Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,211
  • Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29; Groom, 31
  • Average Number of Guests: 139
  • Average Number of Bridesmaids: 4 to 5
  • Average Number of Groomsmen: 4 to 5
  • Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (16%)
  • Average Length of Engagement: 14 months
  • Most Popular Month to Get Married: June (17%)
  • Popular Wedding Colors: Blue (33%), Purple (26%), Green (23%), Metallics (23%)
  • Percentage of Destination Weddings: 24%

2012 Average Wedding Budget Breakdown

Category 2012 National Average Spend 2011 National Average Spend

Overall Wedding (excluding honeymoon)

$28,427 $27,021
Venue (reception hall) $12,905 $12,116
Photographer $2,379 $2,299
Wedding/Event Planner $1,847 $1,753
Reception Band $3,084 $3,122
Reception DJ $988 $929
Florist/Decor $1,997 $1,894



Wedding Dress $1,211


Groom’s Tuxedo $230


Wedding Cake $560


Ceremony Site $1,711


Ceremony Musicians $554


Invitations $453 $440
Limousine $708 $669
Favors $289 $285
Rehearsal Dinner $1,135 $1,078
Engagement Ring $5,431 $5,130

Catering (price per person)

$63 $61

About TheKnot.com & WeddingChannel.com 2012 Real Weddings Survey
The 2012 Real Weddings Survey captured responses from nearly 17,500 US brides married between January 1 and December 31, 2012; respondents were recruited throughout the year from TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com membership, which represents nearly 80% of brides nationwide. Brides received survey invitations shortly after their wedding date and were asked a comprehensive series of questions about the event and their planning process. All qualified respondents attested that they:

Were 18 or older
Had a wedding in 2012

Survey respondents represent a variety of ethnicities and educational and income levels, and are geographically dispersed across the country. The survey and data management partner for the study was Decipher Inc.

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