Albert’s Diamond Jewelers
Valentine’s Day engagements are a welcome tradition for jewelers, of course, that can bring a flurry of post-December sales. At Albert’s Diamond Jewelers, a family-owned company in Schererville, IN, Valentine’s Day weddings have become a tradition, too.— Eileen McClelland
This article originally appeared in the September 2015 edition of INSTORE.
This year, on the day before Valentine’s Day, a couple came to Albert’s and bought a $14,000 engagement ring. When they announced plans to wed at city hall, says Albert’s president Joshua Halpern, he was thrilled to be able to tell them, “You can get married here tomorrow!”
“So they ran down to the courthouse to get a wedding license and came back the next day.”
Sixteen couples in all got married in the store this year on Feb. 14.
THE IDEA: A SENTIMENTAL GESTUREJosh Halpern’s parents, Fred and Donna Halpern, were married 47 years ago on Valentine’s Day, making the holiday a sentimental one for the whole family. The tradition of holding free wedding ceremonies at the store began in 1998 when Fred and Donna decided to renew their wedding vows there. “We’re in the love business and what better way to help our customers share their love than to offer free wedding ceremonies on the national day of love, Valentine’s Day?” Josh Halpern says.
“I thought if we could expand it to include pieces from other jewelers, it would make a bigger impact and raise more for Massey,” says Fornash.
A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO WED
Although there is no dress code, most brides wear wedding gowns or cocktail dresses, and their grooms dress formally, as well.
“It’s a beautiful setting,” Halpern says, “We built a beautiful chapel in the store. It’s much nicer than going to the justice of the peace.”
Albert’s sets up about 50 chairs for spectators, and the weddings are open to the public. Wedding parties in the store have brought along as many as 75 people.
THE REWARDS: FOSTERING RELATIONSHIPSHalpern has witnessed more than 300 couples wed in the store over the years. Most years, 20 to 30 couples sign up for an in-store ceremony. Couples do not have to buy their rings in the store — or anything else — to be eligible to get married there, but the event does build loyalty and foster relationships.
“The community loves it,” Halpern says. “People who were married here come back and thank me on Valentine’s Day. It’s overwhelming the gratitude we see for doing things like this.”
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