Every girl knows that diamonds are forever, but it shouldn’t have to take your future fiance forever to save up for one.  Enter SoKoBe.  Why put your fiance through the financial stress and yourself through what seems like an impossibly eternal wait, when this online jeweler is offering a diamond for your thoughts?  Or hopefully mine – in which case there’s still something in it for you.  Keep reading.

The blog title pretty much says it all – HelpMePayForMyWedding.  While I strongly encourage utilizing the donate button to the left (pretty please?  It’s good karma), many of you are helping me pay for my wedding in other ways – through your kind, supportive emails (I heart you, cheerleaders!), helpful budget-savvy suggestions (who knew that wedding cakes were sometimes half styrofoam?), and hilarious comments… even those disgusted with my cluelessness and wedding non-etiquette have helped me out by blogging about how gross I am – press is press, people!  You’re helping spread the word!  So I owe you all a gigantic thank you, but I’m thinking that SoKoBe might have a way to help me help you (which in turn helps me) – if they’re game.

OK, so they’re giving away diamonds.  Yes, you read that correctly.  They’re giving away diamonds and I’m trying to get my hands on one.  What’s in it for you, you ask?  A girl can never have too many diamonds, but I don’t need an engagement ring – I have a gorgeous one on my finger already.  But maybe some of you might want one?  Maybe it might speed up that proposal you’ve been waiting forever for?  Or for you fellow recessionista brides-to-be, maybe you got engaged but an engagement ring is on hold until the economy turns around?  Fear not!  If SoKoBe decides I’m worthy of the $4,600 diamond ring they’re giving away, I’m going to turn around and give it to one of you – raffle style.

Many of you super-generous folks have donated a buck or two out of the kindness of your hearts, and haven’t expected anything in return except a shout-out in my thank-you’s.  Well, if I win the diamond ring, you can enter to win it through this blog – $1 an entry.  So if you donate $5, that’s five chances to win a freakin’ amazing $4,600 diamond ring!  That’s $4,600 more to spend on bacon-wrapped scallops for your cocktail hour!  🙂

SoKoBe, you even win in this deal.  Your contest technically ends on 6/24, but if I win, I’ll keep it going for you.  (Not sure how long yet – maybe a month?  Let’s not get ahead of ourselves).

So, you want a story in exchange for a diamond?  I have a good one and it starts with my very first post back on March 29.  It’s the story of a recessionista bride getting creative in trying to fund a fabulous wedding in this dismal economy.  Help me write the next chapter!  (Hint: make it a happily ever after fairy tale).

And to all my loyal readers, harsh critics, and HMPFMW junkies – if you have an amazing story, you should totally enter this contest!  All’s fair in diamond giveaways, after all.

**Disclaimer – if I win the earrings, I’m keeping them.  I’ll need some extra bling on my big day!

PS – I was wrong about the $37 per person venue.  I should have known there was a catch.  That’s just for open bar per person.  Can you believe that?  Their “platinum package” is $225 per person!  Back to the drawing board.