Offbeat Bride in Elle Canada #Offbeat in the news#canadian press#Offbeat Bride: the book May 17 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel An excerpt from the book recently ran on Elle Canada's website. Granted, it was pretty sanitized (I curse a lot in the book — I guess Elle readers aren't as foul-mouthed as I am), but you can check it out over here: The ring with the bling: Who needs an engagement ring? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Meadow Stallings Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. @offbeatariel @offbeatbride PREVIOUS Offbeat Bride on Metroblogging LA NEXT High maintenance or offbeat: Which bride are you? Toggle comments [ 2 ] It was definitely an exercise in inner strength and self-assurance not having an engagement ring. I had to consistently remind myself that everyone ELSE was ridiculous — when eyes dart to your hand every time you meet someone you almost feel like you have to explain, and it's so unnecessary. However, now I'm so proud to not be a part of the blood diamond industry, nor did I contribute to the environmental destruction required to mine Canadian diamonds. Be strong, ladies. Don't let the lemmings pull you in! Reply Yeah, I got a weird perspective on this issue when I was in Vancouver, and some folks from Urban Rush were like "Ooh, the guys here in the studio are real excited about this — is it true that you say people don't need engagement rings?" It made me realize just how much icky stuff is tied up with the engagement ring, ie "Hey, fella: HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE ME?! Prove it with the size of a rock! If you REALLY loved me, you'd spent more." These folks were laughing because it was like "Aww yeah: you're saying guys are off the hook for having to prove themselves! You're letting men weasel out and that's AWESOME!" I could hardly wrap my head around it at the time … my then-fiance had proven himself to me every day for six years. It's not like no having an engagement ring meant he could be some fucked up lazy slouch … it just meant that despite all my materialism, I'm keenly aware that the ability to buy a ring with a rock doesn't in ANY way relate to your ability to be good partner. Anyone can go put a $5k ring on a credit card once. A REAL spouse has to actually come through every single fucking day with love and care and communication and logistics and all the other things that make a functional longterm relationship. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.