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95 Days-Planning a Wedding is a Dangerous Ordeal!

8 Mar

As you may have read in the last blog, Jeremy and I may not have the most meticulous wedding planning agenda.  Yesterday we decided it would be a wonderful idea to look at tuxes and wedding bands.  The last thing we expected was to be injured or caught in a mall fire.

We’ve known what colors we wanted for the men’s tuxes for awhile but haven’t determined where to rent them.  We went to Tuxedo Junction, which I would not recommend! No one ever came to help us, the place was dirty, and they have a small variety of colors in super odd patterns.  

Next stop, Zales.

I’m slightly ashamed to do this, but a theknot.com community member deserves kudos.  Now a crazy number of people have replied to my question and one gave me a morsel of fantastic advice:  Zales makes a thin white gold band to match the ring exactly. It is inexpensive, around $150.

After our anticlimactic trip to Tuxedo Junction, the exuberance of the Zales Professional Jewelry Consultant was suffocating. (Over the phone she corrected someone to let them know Zales didn’t have sales people it had Professional Jewelry Consultants. )

But, THEY HAD THE RING!!! It’s simple, low priced, and I love it!

I adore my engagement ring and don’t want anything to take away from it.  So, this plain band is PERFECT! 

The Professional Jewelry Consultant made very clear that she wanted to make my engagement ring as sparkly as possible to “keep the haters hating”.  It seems that she’s an overexuberant cleaner too. The last step of the “sparkling” process is to steam the ring.  Well, steam from boiling water+metal=PAIN.  My ring was SO hot that it burned my finger! GAH! 

Amazingly, being burned on my finger was the least dramatic moment of the evening. Next stop, Fossil.

They recognized us when we walk in the door; in fact, the sales associate said “It’s great to see you guys again!  Last time you were here I remember you were getting your rings sized.” Wow.

As a side note, if someone would like to offer us a gillion dollar gift card to Fossil, we would be much obliged. 🙂

From Fossil, we grabbed a bite (or several) to eat and then it happened… Strobe lights started flashing all over the mall, fire alarms were blaring, and MASS CHAOS INSUED!

Or not… Truly everyone stayed rather still, looking around, waiting for a loudspeaker, and wondering if this was real.  After responding similarly, Jeremy and I slowly began walking out of the mall.  We smelled smoke, our pace quickened; we saw smoke and started walk/jogging, ducked under the Barnes and Noble gate as it was closing down on us, and raced to the car, periodcially choking from the smoke.

Moral of the story: Wedding planning is dangerous!!