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8 Little Things that Show You're a Perfect Match

by Gillian Burgess Wednesday, 20 January 2016 Informational

If someone asked you to describe what you love about your partner, what would you say? You might start with the big qualities you value – he’s kind, generous and funny; she’s smart, loving and creative. But when you dig down deep into the reasons you fell in love and are ready to slip on wedding bands sets, it’s really the accumulation of a thousand little things.

UK-based artist Philippa Rice has created a beautiful visual record of some of these small ways you show love in her comic series Soppy. Each illustration captures a sweet, private moment shared between Rice and her boyfriend, and the collection is something everyone in a serious relationship can relate to.

 

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Inspired by Rice’s art, here are eight of our favorite little signs that you’ve found your perfect match.

1. Even the boring stuff is fun when you’re together.


Grocery shopping, making breakfast, doing laundry. These day-to-day activities can range from mundane to dreadful, but when you’re together, they immediately become more enjoyable. You share a glass of wine while the pasta is boiling, or you make up silly games to cope with that interminable line at the store.

2. You like doing your own thing, but you also like being in the same space.


He’s an avid reader, you’re always working on something crafty; she’s a programmer, you’re a gamer. Sometimes you need to do your own thing separately, but sometimes it’s also nice to be in the same room, working on different projects in companionable silence.

3. You can talk about anything.


From how you’d handle the zombie apocalypse to where you want to be in 10 years, you two aren’t afraid to tackle the important topics. Even if you’ve been together for years, you still surprise each other and remember why you fell in love in the first place. You make an effort to keep learning about one another, from the silly to the serious.

 

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4. You empathize with each other.


You feel awful when he’s having a bad day, and you’re on his side when he’s coping with conflict. You notice when she’s upset by something, and you listen to understand her feelings. You show each other consideration and compassion in small daily interactions, and you know you have each other’s back.

5. You’re affectionate in your own unique way.


Maybe your style is to hug and kiss as much as possible; maybe it’s to hold hands or fall asleep with your legs intertwined. Whatever it is, you show each other affection every day.

 

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6. You do nice things for one another.


You go to the post office to mail a package for him when he has to work late; you make dinner for her because you know she’ll be tired when she gets home. You try to let go of keeping score and instead make an effort to do the things you know your partner will appreciate.

7. You get past challenges without lashing out at each other.


When you have to get through something unpleasant together – paying bills, building IKEA furniture, narrowing down your wedding guest list – you take a deep breath and try to do it with good humor. At best, you end up having fun with it; at worst, you’re civil and you can breathe a sigh of relief when it’s done.

8. You don’t need much to enjoy yourselves.


Whether it’s hibernating with Netflix and takeout or checking out a new corner of your neighborhood, you two are guaranteed to have a good time. When you’re together, you bring out the best in each other – day in and day out.

Have you found your perfect match? Find the matching wedding bands sets to show the world.

 

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5 Things Your Significant Other Should Know Before Meeting Your Family

by Gillian Burgess Thursday, 14 January 2016 Informational

So you’re ready to meet each other’s families for the first time.

You probably already know what a big deal this is. Knock it out of the park, and you’re set up for years of pleasant get-togethers. Strike out, and you’ve got some damage control to look forward to. After all, there’s a reason meeting the parents is such a classic trope for sitcoms and rom-coms.

 

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There’s a lot of pressure to make a great impression, but this can be challenging since every family has its own unique dynamic, quirks and rules. Before you bring your beloved home to meet your family, here’s a quick rundown of what he or she should know before you two exchange wedding bands sets.

1. Do your homework.

Start off on the right foot by asking your partner for an insider’s perspective on the family. What overall background should you know? Are there any sensitive subjects you should avoid? Any topics you should know more about? Get all the info you can – her parents’ work, her siblings’ school, her favorite cousin’s hobbies – and brainstorm a few conversation starters to fill awkward silences.

2. Show genuine interest.

Here’s where all your research comes in handy. Find common ground on topics you can discuss with his family members – and when in doubt, ask questions. If Dad is an avid birdwatcher who loves to travel, ask about trips he’s taken and what destinations are on his bucket list. If Mom runs her own small business, ask about her current projects and what she’s learned from being an entrepreneur. Be a good active listener: give good non-verbal cues that you’re interested, and don’t interrupt. This is a simple but effective way to show you’re engaged in what the other person is saying, and you are immediately perceived as more friendly and likeable.

3. Be the best version of yourself.

Think of meeting your significant other’s family as a slightly more relaxed job interview. You want to impress them, but you don’t want to come off as a robot with no personality. Dress nicely, taking your style up a few notches from what you’d wear out with friends. Use the rules you’d apply to chatting with your own grandparents or relations you don’t know well – be warm and polite, avoid cursing, and stay away from controversial topics like politics or religion if possible.

 

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4. Pay attention to their cues.

Some families are casual and low-key, and the parents will insist you call them by their first names right away. Others are more traditional and appreciate formality until you’ve established your place in the family. Err on the side of politeness, and adapt as you go. Defer to the house rules, and follow your partner’s lead. If you’re staying over and you’re expected to stay in separate rooms, do so without comment. Go with the flow, and recognize you’re a newcomer. If things get tense or uncomfortable, pretend you’re an anthropologist studying the ways of a foreign people. Take notes, sit out any family drama and try not to take anything personally.

5. Be courteous and considerate.

Most parents simply want their children to find partners who will treat them well and make them happy. Demonstrate from the beginning that you are that person, through how you interact with everyone around you. Be considerate and respectful toward your partner in front of her family. If you’re visiting their home, bring a small gift – a bottle of wine or flowers – when you arrive. Offer to help prepare or clean up after the meal. Even if they decline, you’ll win points for asking. Give honest compliments freely – about the house, the food, the neighborhood. Write a short thank-you note afterward – it’s simple and old-fashioned and always appreciated.

Follow this advice, and you’ll be well on your way to calling your future in-laws Mom and Dad!

Already there? Browse our elegant wedding bands sets.

 

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Why You Shouldn't Get Wedding Ring Tattoos

by Gillian Burgess Thursday, 17 December 2015 Informational

Matching wedding bands are meant to symbolize your permanent bond and commitment to one another as a couple. But a recent trend has been taking the “permanent” concept very literally: wedding ring tattoos. Some couples are opting for ink – ranging from simple black bands to intricate lettering or designs – instead of traditional diamond and gold wedding rings.

While tattoo rings might seem interesting right now, their appeal (but not their mark) will likely fade over time. Here are a few reasons you should think carefully before making a decision you can’t easily undo.

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1. Wedding ring tattoos aren’t timeless (though they are permanent).

Think about the styles and fads you’ve adopted over the years, the ones you were obsessed with 10 or 20 years ago that now cause you to blush at old photos (I’m looking at you, Rachel haircut and ‘70s throwback polyester pants). Would you want to be forced to keep wearing those styles now? For another 10 years? Forever? Your style preferences change over time, and it’s a big gamble to assume you’ll love the same wedding tattoos for the rest of your lives.

With matching wedding bands, on the other hand, you can select a style that reflects your personalities and preferences. But if you decide in a decade or two that you’re ready for a change, you can update the setting, the stones or the band – or upgrade your rings to celebrate a milestone or anniversary. No painful removal procedures necessary.

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2. It’s possible your relationship status will change.

I know, it’s a huge downer and I’m the worst for even bringing it up. But there’s always a possibility that a marriage won’t last forever. It’s probably not your situation, but it’s worth considering what would happen if you did split up. Imagine how much more difficult and painful it would be to have to decide whether to keep or remove your wedding ring tattoos, in addition to everything else.

3. Sparkle, not ink, is a better option.

If you and your partner are already tattoo fanatics who already get tats to commemorate every occasion and milestone, feel free to ignore me and do your thing. But if this is a new idea you’re toying with, think about it carefully before taking the leap. Ask what you really want to represent your marriage, day in and day out. Imagine what you will want to be wearing for many years to come.

If ink seems more like a passing fancy and not a lifelong commitment, look for matching wedding bands that fit what want long term. You can find minimalist and chic, vintage-inspired and classic, modern and striking. Diamond wedding rings are anything but boring – you just have to find the right ones.

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Photo credit: Flickr/ruthsilva; Flickr/rannbran1209

 

My Trio Rings vs. Jared: Layaway Plan and Shipping for Diamond Rings

by Kirsten Clark Friday, 30 October 2015 Informational

We’re one of a kind here at My Trio Rings. We strive to give our customers the best possible wedding ring shopping experience they can have by combining an unmatched level of service and a wide selection of quality wedding ring sets. In fact, this is such a cornerstone of our business that we don’t think you’ll find another retailer that compares – either online or in store.

 

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To prove it, we’ve been sizing up our competition. In a previous post, we compared our layaway plan to Walmart’s layaway plan. This week, we’re looking at the Jared the Galleria of Jewelry and examining what makes My Trio Rings an easier and more convenient shopping experience for finding your perfect wedding ring sets. 

 

 

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Jared offers a credit financing plan. While this is convenient for some customers, it is highly dependent on past credit history and can also make their purchase far more expensive when factoring in high interest rates. To take advantage of this program, you must open up a Jared credit card and either follow a 12-month plan or an 18-month plan.

Just by taking a quick look at this comparison, it’s clear that the My Trio Rings layaway plan is more convenient and customer-focused. We don’t call it a financing plan because you don’t need to open up a credit card account with us for a flexible payment option.

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Customer service and convenience are always top of mind at My Trio Rings? Check out the differences between our policies and Jared's when it comes to shipping.

Our Shipping Policy: Free shipping on orders within the U.S.

Jared’s Shipping Policy: Free shipping to any of their stores. Shipping charges will apply when the jewelry shipped to your home.

When you buy with us, we want to make your purchase as easy and enjoyable as possible. That’s why we deliver your glittering diamond rings right to your doorstep for free!

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Zales In-Store Credit vs. My Trio Rings

by Gillian Burgess Wednesday, 28 October 2015 Informational

 

Where you buy your wedding jewelry is a big decision. It’s not every day that you make such a large, meaningful purchase – after all, you'll be wearing your wedding ring sets day in and day out for years to come. Even when your search is focused only on affordable engagement rings and wedding bands, it’s not an investment you want to make lightly.

 

Before you fall in love with any wedding ring sets and get caught up in the moment, it’s a good idea to sit down as a couple and come up with a plan to pay for them.

  • What is your realistic budget?
  • When is the best time for you to make the purchase?
  • Is a layaway payment plan best for your timeline?
  • Are you using a credit card or another payment method?
  • What are the extra costs you need to figure in (deposits, interest rates, other fees)?

A mistake that many people make with a major purchase is to opt for a store-branded credit card that promises low interest rates – but those rates jump dramatically after a set period of time.

A recent Reuters article stated:

"U.S. retailers dangle enticing bait to sign up for store-branded credit cards but biting could be a costly decision for consumers, particularly for pricey items like engagement rings, computers or dining room sets that may take months, or even years, to pay off.

A recent analysis of 64 cards from 42 retailers by CreditCards.com (creditcards.com) found that the average interest rate for a store-branded card is more than 23 percent. Jewelry chain Zales topped the list with a rate of 28.99 percent, followed by office supply store Staples at 27.99 percent. The average credit card has an interest rate of 15 percent."

The Zales in-store credit option can look appealing at first glance to couples looking for affordable engagement rings and wedding ring sets. But it’s important to read the fine print and be realistic about how long it will take you to pay off a big-ticket item. Will you have to carry a balance on the store credit card? For how long? If you’re paying a high interest rate for months or years, you’ll end up spending far more than you’ve budgeted for over time.

Compared to the Zales in-store credit option, the My Trio Rings layaway plan is a more practical and economical choice for couples on a budget.

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With our free layaway plan, you get your dream wedding ring sets without out stress or worry:

  • No down payment
  • No interest
  • No fees
  • A customizable payment schedule to fit your budget

Divide the payments into weekly, bi-weekly or monthly payments in the way that makes the most sense for you. Once you have made all the payments, we'll ship your rings!