*It's hard to think of this without cringing, but the truth is, accidents happen and things go missing — even wedding rings. Our etiquette experts help you handle this stirring situation without completely losing your cool. *
Please, have your rings insured. No really, go do it right now. Because if one slips down the bathroom sink or a diamond falls out while you're running, they need to be insured in order to be replaced. That way, if the sparkler disappears well before the big day, you'll have plenty of time to handle the situation with your insurance company.
If it's moments before the wedding, begin by retracing your steps. Did you take jumping pictures outside? Could they be swept up in towels in the bridal suite? Appoint a few bridesmaids in charge of looking rather than doing the legwork yourself, because everyone will notice if the bride is in a stressful tizzy and before you know it, all the guests will be participating in ring-hunt. This way you can stay focused on the task at hand, because rings or no rings, you're walking down the aisle.
We know you love your rings, but try not to panic. Even if we're talking about a third generation family heirloom, at least try not to panic. With any big event in life that's required long-term planning, the high levels of anticipation mean there's bound to be at least one snafu, and it's important to remember why you're here: marriage. Losing your rings is devastating — and we would absolutely shed a sympathetic tear for your loss — but they'll only ruin your big day if you let them.