Post # 1
I was watching Say Yes to the Dress last night, with much grumbling from my husband, and saw that they were advertising for a contest on the TLC website called ‘Ring Bling’. The idea is that girls submit a photo of their ring to be judge by others in hopes of winning an Apple Ipad.
I think I have a problem with this. I understand that whoever submits their ring photo for judging needs to know that they might get a negative score because others may not like their ring as much, but I just think the whole contest is, in my mind, stupid. Rings are not meant to be judge by others. Yes some girls might get larger rings than others, some my prefer a different stone than others etc… it’s all personal preference and most of all a symbol of your love between you and your future spouse.
Now just for clarification, I’m not to saying I have a problem with Wedding Bee. I think it’s awesome that girls can share their rings freely here on this board in an open and friendly environment. It’s nice to have a place where future brides-to-be can exchange advice and ideas with others, without feeling like they are being judge when they post of photo of their ring. I just have a problem with this TLC contest because it provokes negativity towards other people’s ring, a ring in which the owner of it could be madly in love with what their FI has given them. I just don’t think that it’s anyone else place but the bride-to-be’s to judge their ring. To me, it just shows how materialistic our society has become.
And that is my two sense.
Post # 3
I see what you’re saying, and I agree our society is too materialistic. But I don’t have a problem with the contest and I don’t see it as negative… I think it’s intended to be more positive. As in, here ladies, show off your beautiful rings and see which one gets the most votes.
Just because someone’s ring doesn’t win, doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful or that others don’t appreciate it. And no one’s feelings should get hurt because their ring didn’t get the most votes. My humble opinion.
Post # 4
I don’t see how this is any different from Four Weddings… lol but I haven’t seen the commercial for the ring bling contest yet.
Post # 5
I agree with OP. I don’t get it. Our rings are symbolic and personal.
Post # 6
@BelliniChic: That is true also! I can see how people can view the contest in different ways. I guess I started to feel this way after viewing how low most of the scores on the website were, and I felt bad for all the girls that only got between 1-2 out of 5 for their ring! I probably wouldn’t be a good contestant for the contest because if I saw how low others scored my ring, I would be sad.
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Post # 8
Sometimes I think wedding shows are stripping the soul out of weddings. A gown can be beautiful without being a Pnina Tornai, a bride can enjoy her day in a single gown, a ring can be lovely without blinding people from a 100ft away because it’s so massive, and weddings don’t have to rival the rose parade in the number of flowers. I think television is putting way too much pressure on brides and pushing them to spend way more than they need to for the sake of living up to the ideal being pushed on them.
Post # 9
Hmm. Took a look at the photos, thought that perhaps it’d be a question of larger diamond = higher vote. But it appears more that prettier photo = higher vote.
I agree that we can take it lightly, as we should, but I wouldn’t submit my ring. Not interested in having anyone else tell me what it’s worth.
Post # 10
@care06: I get what you’re saying and mostly agree with you. However, the people who post their rings on there have to know that some people might not like their rings. Just like with Four Weddings. I personally hate the idea of turning your wedding day into a contest. They have to know there’s the chance that others won’t like their rings/wedding.
I went through and voted “5 stars” for as many rings as I had patience for. Just cause.
Post # 11
@Cappugcino: Hear, hear! When planning my wedding, I was appalled at what I was expected to do according to some wedding shows. I raged against that machine and made nearly everything (with the help of bridesmaids and in-laws)– centerpieces, lanterns, bouquets. I’m very proud of how it turned out.