Modern Etiquette

5 Old School Wedding Traditions Worth Keeping Around (And One to Kick to the Curb)

Today’s weddings are all about personalization—how can you make the experience a reflection of you two as a couple?

September 26th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

Six Wedding Traditions Colin Cowie Loves and One He Despises

We know we can always count on celebrity event planner par excellence—and Blue Nile jewelry designer—Colin Cowie for the straight scoop on modern wedding etiquette. He came through for us big time when we queried him on what traditions are worth keeping and which ones can be kicked to the curb. Read on for his thoughts and learn from the master.

March 14th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

6 Wedding Traditions and Their Origins

From the proposal to the big day, the origins of our modern day engagement and wedding can all be traced back to various cultural and religious traditions. While they have evolved and adapted over the centuries, the symbolism behind these romantic gestures remains timeless.

December 7th, 2016
Katie Stam

10 Tips for a Flawless Holiday Proposal

The most popular time to pop the question is between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, when the mood is festive, vacations are planned, and families have gathered to celebrate. Keep the focus on executing your perfect proposal with some of our favorite, season-specific tips.

November 8th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Five Things to Do after the Proposal

You’ve popped the question! Congrats! Take some time to revel in that rosy glow and celebrate the new direction your love is taking you. Then follow these simple next steps to get you that much closer to the altar.

November 2nd, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

How To Prepare For The Holidays Now

We know it’s hard to believe, but the holiday season is just around the corner. There’s much to look forward to: spending time with family, endless holiday parties, spontaneous snowball fights, and best of all, gift-giving (and receiving). With all that shopping headed your way, it’s never too early to start prepping for the season. Here are some of our favorite ways to get holiday-ready without the headache, so all you have to think about is making the most of your moments.

September 30th, 2016
Stephanie Dore

A Guy’s Guide to Pinterest: How to Find What Ring She Really Wants

There’s no doubt that an engagement ring is a big purchase. It may be the most expensive piece of jewelry you buy and that she owns. And while you can do your research of getting the best quality diamond for your money, it may be harder to know the style of ring she’s always dreamed about.

September 13th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

A Modern Guide to Proposal Etiquette

Even though you’re one half of a thoroughly modern couple and pride yourself on your progressive style, there is some retro proposal etiquette that you might want to consider before popping the question.

July 28th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

10 Days of Wedding Tips

Up for offer: 10 wedding tips meant to make your planning more pleasant. From cakes to cocktails; flowers to photography, we’ll be Snapchatting with a smart set of vendors intent on dropping some knowledge while amping up the fun.

June 26th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

10 Sensational Gifts for Your Bride on Her Big Day

Giving gifts to your significant other on the day of your wedding is a relatively new tradition, one with few rules and restrictions. However, you’ll want to give her something classic; something that she’ll keep and wear forever as a reminder of the beginning of her life as your wife.

May 23rd, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Your Mother, Her Wedding Duties, and How to Thank Her

We consulted the guidebook for modern living, also known as The Internet, for etiquette advice on your mother’s role in your wedding journey, from engagement to reception. As expected, we found no lack of information, the best of which we’ve brought to you here, along with a selection of gift ideas to say, “thanks for being there.”

May 6th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

What a Man Should Know About Childbirth

Let’s face it. As men, there’s nothing you will ever go through that will come close to equaling the process of childbirth.

January 22nd, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

4 Holiday Entertaining Tips from Colin Cowie

We’re lucky enough to partner with the very festive Colin Cowie, one of the foremost experts on entertaining. We sat down with him and gleaned the finer points of holiday soirees.

December 14th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Engagement Photo Basics

Once upon a time, the only nuptial photos were the ones taken at the wedding. These days, couples are documenting the whole experience, starting with a photography session to commemorate their engagement.

November 22nd, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

How to Carve a Turkey

The pressures of adult life can be intense, but nothing equals the stress of carving the turkey that will be Thanksgiving dinner.

November 18th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Mr. Modern’s Guide to Gift Giving

Being a good gift-giver isn’t a science, fellas, but it can be distilled down to a few simple steps.

October 15th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

The Modern Registry

Plan right and you’ll use your wedding gifts for a lifetime.

October 9th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

All Tie-d Up

One thing that’s certain about fashion is its tendency to change. And while the necktie has been a staple in men’s fashion for centuries, tie rules are no exception.

September 30th, 2015
Frankie Calkins

A Tweet is Forever: 5 Social Media Best Practices

With every wave of technology comes new etiquette to get used to.

September 11th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

A Whiskey Primer

As the weather cools and the nights get longer, your idea of an after work drink is changing too.

September 7th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Meet the Designer: Colin Cowie

Colin Cowie is a marvel—a whirling dervish of creative energy and an entertaining powerhouse. And we’re proud to have him as part of the Blue Nile family of designers.

August 17th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg