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Marriage Advice from the World’s Longest-Married Couples, Part 1
Marriage is one of the most wonderful gifts in the world, but it is definitely not easy. Giving your whole heart and the rest of your life to just one person might sometimes seem scary or even impossible. But don’t throw away those customizable engagement rings yet! Think about how nice it is to see couples who have done it and lived to tell the tale. There’s nothing that brings a smile to my face as quickly as seeing an elderly couple hold hands. There’s just something about it.
So, if you’re nervous about marriage, maybe it’s a good idea to ask for some advice and words of encouragement from loved ones you know who have had those his and hers wedding bands on for a long time. Before that though, you should check out these beautiful pieces of marriage advice from two of the world’s longest married couples.
Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher
Let’s start with Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher, who were once the longest married couple in the entire world! In fact, they broke The Guinness World Record for the longest marriage! These two lovebirds were married for a whopping 87 years. In 2010, they did a Twitter Q&A where they gave some great advice. Here are some of the best tidbits:
“Remember marriage is not a contest – never keep a score.”
“We grew up together and were best friends before we married. A friend is for life; our marriage has lasted a lifetime.”
“Respect, support, and communicate with each other. Be faithful, honest, and true. Love each other with ALL of your heart.”
Jon and Ann Betar
This couple eloped on November 25, 1932, and they actually weren’t ever supposed to be married in the first place! Ann’s father had arranged for her to marry a man 20 years older than her. And, when she ended up eloping with Jon, the father told her previously betrothed not to worry--that the marriage wouldn’t last. Boy, was he wrong. In this article, Jon and Ann pass on some of the wisdom they've accrued over the years, including:
“Devote your time to understanding one another.”
“Be content with what you have and what you’re doing.”
“Marriage isn’t a lovey-dovey think, y’know, for 80 years. You learn to accept one another’s way of life.”
Stay tuned for the next part in this series that will have even more marriage advice for you to ponder! In the meantime, take a look at our customizable engagement rings and our his and hers wedding bands.
Tips for Planning a Wedding Last Minute: Little Details, Part 1
Planning a wedding can be extremely time consuming and stressful, and planning a wedding on a time crunch multiplies the time commitment and stress level immensely. But you don’t have to do it alone. I love wedding planning, so I’m here to help! I’ve already given you some tips for picking a venue, choosing a wedding dress, and selecting his and hers wedding bands, but now it’s time to talk about all those pesky little details you need to take care of before the big day. Ready to get to work? Let’s get to work!
1. Pay the Bills
Hopefully throughout the wedding planning process, you’ve been keeping an accurate total of what you owe and to whom you owe it. If not, you need to make a spreadsheet stat. You shouldn’t be stressed about money on your wedding day, so take care of all your final payments before then. Here’s another helpful idea: when you give a vendor a payment, have them sign something saying they received it. This way, you have proof if one says they weren’t paid.
2. Check in with the Vendors
The week of your wedding, you need to call all of your vendors and make sure everything is ready to go. Make sure they have the correct address for the ceremony and the reception. You also want to make sure they have a few different people’s contact information--just in case your point person can’t answer the phone at the moment when they call.
3. Ring Cleaning
Here’s a small detail that can go a long way: the week before your wedding, take your engagement ring and your wedding bands to get cleaned. Trust me, you’re going to want everyone to see the full brilliance of your rings on your wedding day. And don’t forget about your partner! If he or she has one of our customizable engagement rings or a wedding band, take those to get cleaned as well.
4. Talk to Your Photographer
Do you have specific ideas for photographs? Then you need to tell the person taking the photos! Don’t expect the photographer to read your mind. Write down a list of your ideas ahead of time. You also need to write down which groups of people you’d like photographed so that you won’t forget anyone. Get this to the photographer the morning of the wedding.
5. Appoint a Coordinator
You should be relaxed on your wedding day. You need to be able to take the time to take everything in and enjoy yourself--after all, you (hopefully!) only get to do this once. You don’t need to be worrying about the caterer getting there on time or the ring bearer having your his and hers wedding bands. Instead, the only thing you should be concerned with is getting down that aisle! That’s why it’s a good idea if you appoint a day-of coordinator. (If you have a wedding planner, then you’ve already got this covered.) Make sure to choose someone that’s organized and that you trust--this is the person that’s going to make sure your day goes as smoothly as possible. Give all your vendors his or her contact information so you don’t have to answer calls about flower deliveries while you’re sipping champagne and getting ready.
There are still more things that need to be done, so stay tuned for my next set of tips! Be sure to let me know if you’re having a last minute wedding in the comments.
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5 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Online Jewelry Store
Making a large purchase online can seem scary, but it doesn’t have to be! If you know and trust who you’re buying with, making a big purchase online can be a lot easier than making one in-store, especially when it comes to jewelry like customizable engagement rings. For example, when you customize a ring online, you can see exactly how the finished product would look--a perk that isn’t possible at a brick-and-mortar store. However, not all online jewelry stores were created equal. That means you’ll need to do some research, and we’re here to help. After you’ve found the online jewelry store you’d like to buy from, you need to ask yourself the following questions:
1. How established is the jeweler, and what are their credentials?
You should get to know a little bit about the business you’re going to be buying from. The more you know, the more comfortable you’ll feel. Plus, starting a relationship with a retailer might prove useful when you’re ready to buy your his and hers wedding bands or even a 10 year anniversary present.
2. Can they help you find what you’re looking for?
You should figure out how easy it is to contact them and how good they are at customer service. One way to do this is through referrals or customer reviews. For an online jewelry store, you can also do a test run on live chat, phone, or email to test their knowledge and customer service skills.
3. What types of jewelry do they offer?
Different retailers specialize in different things. For example, one of the things we’re passionate about are his and hers wedding bands and My Trio Rings’ sets. We love matching rings, but we also know that all of our customers might not. That’s why we also offer a variety of products ranging from customizable engagement rings to promise rings.
4. Do they offer a warranty and certificates of authenticity?
This is a big one. Would you ever buy a brand new TV without knowing that it’s 100% real? What about buying it without a warranty? Probably not. That’s why certificates of authenticity and warranties are so important. If you buy with us, you’ll get a certificate with every ring you buy that states the gold and diamond content of each ring. Each ring also comes with a one year warranty--it’s our promise to you that you’re getting the best quality products we have.
5. If you don’t like it, can you return it?
No matter how hard an online jewelry store might try, it’s possible that your rings might not look the same to you in person as they did online. If that happens, you’ll probably want to return your rings. Save yourself a massive headache later and make sure your online jewelry store has a return policy before you buy.
Do you still need to get a ring before you pop the ultimate question? Check out our selection of customizable engagement rings!
3 High-Tech Proposal and Wedding Trends
Have you been keeping up with the latest engagement and wedding trends? If not, no problem! I keep up with what’s going on in the industry, so I can bring that knowledge to you; for example, trends for bridal ring sets. Lately, there are new technologies and fads that brides and grooms are integrating into the engagement and wedding experience, such as using social media during weddings. Have you heard of any of these latest engagement and wedding trends?
1. Ring Cam
Do you want to capture the exact moment of your engagement while also keeping it an intimate moment? Ring Cam allows you to record every smile and tear on your own, without the help of a videographer. It is a specially made engagement ring box that has a video camera inside of it. The ring box looks completely normal, and since you’re the only one who knows the camera is there, you can catch your love’s completely surprised reaction when you present her with one of our customizable engagement rings. You can buy a Ring Cam for around $200 or rent one for $100.
2. Bouquet Cam
One creative couple came up with a genius way to record their wedding: through a small camera in the bride’s bouquet. This allowed the couple to get shots of guests faces as the bride walked down the aisle and close ups of them as they exchanged rings. This isn’t something you can buy ready-made, but you can buy a tiny camera and attach it to your own bouquet.
Have you heard of a photographer named Jeffrey Lewis Bennett? He stitches consecutive engagement and/or wedding photos together to create a GIF, and the results are simply amazing. What makes these more special than a traditional photo shoot or wedding video? Bennett says, "I believe the best GIFs communicate the feeling of the infinite. Like how a great kiss can feel like it's lasting a lifetime while the rest of the world spins on outside of your private moment." Take a look at some of these and see if you agree.
Wedding trends come and go, but these three seem like they could stick around for a while. As technology advances, people are finding new ways to capture their special moments and share them with others. Do you think you would use any of the above techniques?
Tips for Planning a Wedding Last Minute: Ring Edition
It’s time to move on to another important aspect: your wedding rings! From the engagement ring (like our new customizable engagement rings) to the bands, wedding ring sets serve an important purpose. They’re the outward facing symbol of your love and commitment to each other. It's no easy task to choose rings that you not only adore but that also perfectly symbolize your love. And when you add a time crunch on top of that, it can really be challenging! That’s why I’m here to help with these tips:
1. Know Your Budget
Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite topic: money. Some of us have more of it than others. Luckily, wedding ring sets are available at all different price points. Figuring out how much you would like to spend on wedding rings upfront will prevent you from looking at rings you can’t afford. Figure out your number and only look at rings below that price point.
2. Know Your Ring Size
Your ring size is the next thing you need to figure out. You can walk into any jewelry store and have this done. Here’s how you know when you’ve found the perfect ring size: your ring feels comfortable, but it’s a little hard to get off. That way, you can wear your ring without any discomfort without having to worry about it slipping off your finger. It should just fit over the largest part of your finger. Remember: you’re looking for a nice, snug fit. Fun fact: your finger is largest at night, so it would be best to get it measured later in the day. To measure your ring size at home, you can print out a ring sizer guide here.
3. Figure Out What You Like
Now that you know your budget and your ring size, you can start the fun part of the process! Maybe you’re one of those people who has always known what type(s) of rings you want. If so, skip to the next tip. If not, it’s time to start looking. There are a lot of decisions you’ll need to make: white gold or yellow gold? Solitaire or cluster? The list goes on. Do some research, and decide on the basics. Once you know what you’re generally looking for, you can scope out your options!
4. Buy a Set
Here’s another helpful hint: instead of buying your rings separately, buy a set! Wedding rings sets make this important purchase much simpler. They usually come at a lower cost, and, if you’re a fan of matching wedding bands, you can easily get a set that matches. If you really want to cross wedding rings off your list, you can buy a set with all three rings--something we like to call a My Trio Rings Set. Wedding rings sets come in all shapes and sizes, so you’re bound to find one that has the design you’ve been searching for.