5 ways younger millennials & Gen Z are changing the wedding game

A few things we know about the next generations of couples: they're getting married later in life, deeply fear divorce, are less apprehensive about prenups, and are changing the wedding game in a lot more ways than just adding social media tags to their photos. Millennials and Generation Z (those born between the mid-'80s and 2000) are shaking up traditions in mindful ways that make a lot of sense. From microweddings to lab-created diamonds, let's see what changes we'll see in the coming decade…

Our obsession with raw diamonds intensifies with these edgy & chic rings

If there's one type of engagement ring that always gives me the lusties, it's a raw diamond ring. So whenever I end up down the rabbit hole of the shinies and pretties at The Raw Stone, I get all giddy. Let's deep dive into the stunning world of raw diamonds and if we can find on that tickles your fancy…

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Are these alternatives to earth-mined diamonds ethical & budget-friendly? Let's find out…

We may tout a lot of colored gemstones around these parts, but we know a lot of you are totally down for that classic diamond look. And these days, you really don't have to feel guilty about snagging a real diamond from ring designers who source ethical and conflict-free diamonds. But there are other options you might want to know about which are created without any impact to the earth AND are more budget-friendly. We reached out to our custom-ring wizard partners at Joseph Jewelry to get the scoop on diamond alternatives such as lab created diamonds and moissanite engagement rings.

Totally custom & sustainable wedding rings? Oh it's possible and easy with W.R. Metalarts

Y'all know I love when readers of Offbeat Bride are also vendor partners with Offbeat Bride. Such is the case with husband and wife custom wedding and engagement ring artisans Will Alderfer and Rosie Nevins-Alderfer. They have created over 200(!) custom wedding rings through their custom jewelry business, W.R. Metalarts and I can't get enough of ogling their creations. Plus, their rustic style, gender-neutral options, and sustainable practices totally fit our M.O.

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These gorgeously geeky engagement rings (hy)rule!

Inspired by nature and science fiction, our sponsor Metal Wendler Designs creates engagement rings and wedding bands that combine a love of nature and fandom that you have to see to believe!

From realistic tree bark textures, to fan-inspired wedding and engagement rings, these are one of a kind geeky engagement rings and bands that you won't see ANYWHERE else…