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Now that you have finally decided to finally spend the rest of your life with her and you’re ready to make it official by getting down in one knee, the next step is to figure out what ring to proffer on that very special moment. Tradition says go for a diamond engagement ring, but of course you have the option not to follow suit. Whether it’s a sparkly stone that looks almost exactly as the real thing or a unique coloured gemstone, we’ve rounded up eight gorgeous non-diamond alternatives for a proposal ring.

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1. Sapphire
Typically, sapphires are blue stones, but they also come in white, yellow, peach, pink, and green. Ranked as the third hardest mineral, getting a 9 on the Mohs scale, and about a third of the price of a diamond, no wonder this makes a perfect non-diamond alternative for an engagement ring. Although white sapphire don’t sparkle as brilliantly as a diamond, if it’s well cut it can look just as good, giving more bang for your buck if looking for a larger stone.

2. Amethyst
This purple stone gets a 7 on the Mohs scale. It may not be as hard, but still very durable and is much more affordable. Pair it with rose gold or silver for a classic setting or with some other hue for a quirkier look.

3. Emerald
With its distinct green tone, emerald exudes luxurious and precious beauty, making it a popular choice of stone for Singapore brides. While they have seemed to fall out of style over the recent years, if you find the right engagement ring in Singapore that can be paired with a modern setting, this stone can look classy and chic. And with a scale of 8, emeralds can be forever, too.

4. Garnet
Garnets typically come in pinky-red hue, but it also comes in all sorts of colours. Often paired with antique bands, these gems look especially beautiful when matched with pearls and other coloured stones. Scoring between 6.5 and 7.5 in Mohs scale, they are not as durable as rubies, though this reflects in the price. Indeed, a gorgeous option for a much more affordable wedding ring.

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5. Moissanite
If searching for the best diamond alternative, without the skyrocketing price tag, a moissanite could be the perfect stone to purchase. Often mistaken as diamonds, these stones rival the durability of genuine diamonds with hardness level of 9.5 on the Mohs scale. As second hardest mineral, next to diamond, moissanite makes the perfect substitute for a traditional diamond engagement ring.

6. Topaz
Topaz, with its array of glamorous hues and crystal clear clarity, is among the top options for wedding rings. While each of this stone differs in mineral content, topaz gemstone gets a hardness level of 8. Pure topaz is actually colourless, and its hues are created by the flaws in the stone. Imperfection indeed makes up beauty and uniqueness, making this stone a meaningful gift to offer to your beloved on your engagement.

7. Ruby
Along with diamond, emerald, and sapphire, ruby is one of the four precious stones. With a hardness level of 9, this blood-red gemstone can stay beautiful and durable forever even on the busiest hands. This is reflected on its price though, with the finest ruby competing with its diamond counterparts. When shopping for ruby, consider the same four Cs, with rich colour being the priority.

8. Aquamarine
Aquamarine, a pale blue gemstone, also makes a durable option for a proposal ring, with a hardy level of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale. It also has enough clarity that makes it look expensive and is known as “the lucky gemstone”—a perfect charm to have as you start your marriage.

Proposing with the right ring to proffer is crucial as it symbolizes the love and commitment a man has for her woman. However, a diamond is not the only beautiful gemstone there is. Many others offer the same beauty—or even more—and are much more reasonably priced than the traditional gem.

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One of the main highlights of any wedding are the photos that’ll serve as a keepsake for the most special day of your life. While it’s a great way to help you relive your wedding, planning a photoshoot can actually be pretty mind-boggling as there are lots of things to think about – your outfit, makeup, hairdo, the lighting, weather, poses and so much more. No need to worry though, since we’re here to give you some great tips on how you can possibly have an amazing Korean wedding photoshoot in Singapore.

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  1. Decide on Your Photoshoot Theme. One of the first steps that you should do while planning your pre-wedding shoot is choosing a theme. Doing so is what makes your photoshoot unique and adds a hint of your personality to your photos. Some of the best themes are movie-themed shoots, offbeat pre-wedding shots, adventurous themes and nostalgic photoshoot themes.

 

  1. Choose Your Backdrop. Deciding as to what your backdrop will be depends on your photoshoot theme. Think about whether you want to do a night or day shoot, whether you like land, beach or cityscape, or if you’re considering going overseas for your photoshoot. Just be sure to choose a location with comfort rooms nearby so that you can do some quick outfit changes and makeup touch-ups.

 

  1. Add Some Story to Your Photos. As the saying goes, ‘A picture speaks a thousand words’ and your wedding photos can be just that – a true embodiment of your love story. You can have your photoshoot done at the place where your love story started, or the place where you first met each other. That way, you’ll be able make your photoshoot more meaningful.

 

  1. Set the Budget For Your Photoshoot. The budget you’ll allocate for your photoshoot depends on the Korean wedding package you’ll take, as well as how important your shoot is to you. If you value your shoot’s output, then it’s only reasonable that you spend quite a portion of your budget here. The services of a Korean pre-wedding photographer often range from a few hundred to a few thousand depending on the popularity and experience of the photographer that you’ll hire.

 

  1. Decide on Your Photoshoot Outfit. Are you planning to have a full bridal shoot or are you just going for a more casual photoshoot? Whichever it is, you should already start thinking about your hairdo, makeup, outfit and accessories for your shoot, as well as to which bridal studio or vendor you’ll get them from. As early as possible, start short-listing vendors that can provide the services that you need at your estimated price range to avoid settling for a second-rate bridal boutique in the last minute of your shoot.

 

  1. Pick Your Photographer. One essential part of a pre-wedding or actual day shoot is finding and hiring the right photographer. Simply short-list some of the best budget-friendly photographers in your area and check out each of their portfolios. Once you’ve decided on your top potential photographers, try scheduling a meetup with them before you decide on which Korean pre-wedding photographer to go for. You’d definitely want to work find and work with someone whom you’re comfortable with.

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If you’re on a tighter budget, however, do consider asking your shutterbug friend if he/she can carry on with the work of a wedding photographer. Otherwise, consider doing a DIY wedding photoshoot if you happen to own some photography equipment.

 

  1. Consider Getting a Videographer. Planning to have a ‘behind the scenes’ of your photoshoot? Then consider hiring a videographer too, since it’s unlikely that the same person can do the shooting and filming. Also, consider having your behind-the-scenes filmed separately from your photoshoot. It’d also be a good move to hire your photographer and videographer from the same studio or vendor so that you’ll be able to negotiate for the package price.

 

  1. Plan Out Your Poses Beforehand. Thinking and researching some good poses for your shoot will help you ease the stress during the day itself. Doing this will definitely help you avoid extra charges for the services of your photographer, and you’ll also be able to make the most out of the shooting time with your pre-planned poses.

 

  1. Schedule Your Photoshoot. Plan enough buffer time between your shoot and when you’ll need the photos, since an unlikely event like a bad weather or a last-minute crop-up might cause your shoot to be postponed. Also, make a booking with your photographer ahead of time, as well as with the venue of your shoot if it’s not a public one.

 

  1. Visit Your Shoot Location Ahead of Time. If you have some free time, we suggest that you visit your photoshoot location beforehand. Note the days and spots that are less crowded. Also, find out where the nearest toilets on your locations to make all the makeup touch-ups and costume changes a lot easier for you. If possible, you can also ask your photographer for some advice about locations as he would probably have done photoshoots in those places before.

 

  1. Ask About Photo Print-Outs. Some Korean wedding photography vendors include print-out services in their packages. So ensure that you clarify what’s included in your package, since some photographers only specialize in the shooting and will only provide with the digital version of his shots once you’re done with the photoshoot.

Planning a pre-wedding photoshoot can be really stressful, but by keeping these tips in mind, you’ll definitely get the best wedding photoshoot that you could ever have.

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