Planning a wedding can end up claiming more of your time than you’d initially expect. The details and decisions, big and small, add up fast—and the resulting to-do list can grow long. But there’s no need to get bogged down in the details.
One of the easiest ways to reign in the time commitment of wedding planning is looking for smart ways to streamline. That means choosing elements that are a top priority and optimizing the hours you devote to them.
Every minute is precious for couples leading up to their wedding, and no one knows this better than James and Natalie Neumann, owners of Riverside Men’s Shop and S&E Jewelers in Depew. In fact, that’s exactly why their shops now share a location.
“You can check two things off your list in one visit,” says Natalie. That means making tangible planning progress—selecting your wedding bands and choosing the attire for him and his groomsmen—in just one outing.
The husband-and-wife duo unveiled their open-concept approach to these long-established businesses back in 2017. Riverside Men’s Shop has been suiting up the men of WNY for over 100 years, since 1918, while fine jewelry has been the specialty of S&E Jewelers for more than 70 years.
Here’s how their combined expertise and two-stores-in-one style can help simplify your planning process:
Shop together or divide and conquer. Two distinct specialties in one large open-concept lets you tailor your shopping experience. He can browse for suits while she scopes out wedding band options (and other jewelry to complete her look)—then easily regroup to make final decisions.
It pays to buy (not rent). Prepare for perks: When you outfit your groomsmen at Riverside Men’s Shop, your groomsmen will own their own suits for the price of renting, and the groom's suit is free with the purchase of five or more. Best of all, alterations are free. "My heart is to put a suit into these young men's closets, not return it in a bag the next day," says Natalie.
Get exactly what you want. Find that just-right wedding band in S&E Jeweler’s extensive collection or craft your own custom design with their on-site goldsmith. They've been creating wedding bands for generations, from vintage looks to modern-day trends. Your love has a unique ring to it...and you'll find it at S&E.