June 30, 2004
In the Details
We're beginning to knock off a lot of the smaller details now that we're inching closer to the big day. L and I finalized the text of our ketubah on Monday and yesterday L found a scribe to write it. We looked at wedding bands at two stores in the diamond district yesterday and also went to Tiffany to see their selection. I learned three things: white gold is a hell of a lot cheaper than platinum, wears a lot better as it is shows fewer scratches, and is not carried by Tiffany. I had never spent a lot of time in the famed 5th Avenue store, but I didn't leave with a great impression. In fact, why anyone would buy anything at Tiffany is beyond me. It didn't help that we met with a very rude saleswoman and were treated much better by the independent jewelers 47th Street. Human beings are funny creatures, what with our incredible concern for status, but why pay a premium just for a blue box?
We're headed to Chicago this weekend for a wedding and while in that part of the country, we're swinging by the bakery in Milwaukee to finalize our cake. Nothing like an hour drive capped off with three big slices of buttercream-iced cake.
All these little details, coupled with the fact that we're hearing from friends who have received their invitations, makes everything feel less abstract. The weekend is shaping up and we're begining to have a more complete picture of what it will look like.
Posted by The Groom at June 30, 2004 09:39 AM
I got the same impresson from Tiffany when I was helping Jake pick out a ring for his beloved. Tiffany felt like an assembly line and the sales associate seemed bored out of his mind. Bored, I say!
Depends entirely on the Tiffany's. I went to one of the locations here in Denver. I showed up in jeans & keds to one of our swanky boutique malls (where women who lunch shop). Saleswoman treated me like I drove a Beamer instead of a Civic. Answered all my questions, gave me a little book on diamonds and her business card. (Of course in Denver it is harder to tell social class just by clothing, people pulling in a million a year are just as likely to wear $28 jeans.)
I had asked a question about "comfort fitting" on the ring - where they round off the underside of the ring so it doesn't dig into your finger. A friend mentioned it to me and I thought it was worth asking about and when I did, the saleswoman looked at me as if I had just asked if Tiffany sold cherry Slurpees or trucker hats. "We don't have anything called 'comfort fit'," she said. They did, however, have rings with rounded edges, so I don't know why the saleswoman couldn't have just figured out what I meant and adjusted her response to whatever it is that Tiffany calls their style of rings, even if they just call them "rings with rounded edges." L and I were VERY turned off by the experience. We found a great jeweler on 47th St and will likely give him our business soon.
Rose and I got our wedding rings -- also white gold -- at the Clay Pot in Park Slope. Not an enormous selection, but they have some unusual designs, and the staff is very cool and friendly, yet knowledgeable. Worth a look if you're still interested in shopping around.