My Trio Rings Blog provides useful information about how to experience the timeless traditions of marriage on an affordable budget
Should You Change Your Name?
A few generations ago, women were expected to change their last names after getting married. Until the 1970s, some states even required women to use their husbands’ names to vote, get a driver’s license or do banking. But times have changed, and modern couples can decide for themselves how they want to navigate the name-change question.
To Change or Not?
There’s no universal right or wrong decision. Some same-sex and straight couples keep their current names. Some hyphenate or combine both last names to create a shared new one. And some women or men decide to take their spouse’s name. Since it’s often an emotionally loaded topic, it’s important to think through your personal preferences and discuss them with your partner in advance. You may find that you both feel strongly about it and have to work through a compromise. Or you may learn that it’s not really a big deal to your partner either way.
By the Numbers
Around 20% of women married in recent years have decided to keep their names, according to a Google Consumer Survey conducted by The Upshot. And another 10% chose an alternative option, such as hyphenating their name. Since gay marriage has only been legal nationwide since 2015, there is not yet much data on the trends for same-sex couples.
For Your Consideration
If you’re not sure if you want to change your name or not, start by asking yourself open-ended questions. Pay attention to any gut reactions you have, and talk about your perspective with your future spouse.
Questions to get you started:
- What feelings do you have when you think about changing or keeping your name? What do you want to do?
- How does your name influence your identity? Does changing your name affect this?
- What factors (personal, political, historical, religious, etc.) are important for you in this decision?
- If you and your partner want to have children some day, what last name do you want them to have? Is it important for you all to have the same name?
- Are there any professional or financial concerns you have about changing your name?
Here are a few naming options to explore:
- Keep your name
- Take your spouse’s name, or have your spouse take yours
- Take your spouse’s name, and use your last name a middle name
- Hyphenate your two last names
- Merge your two last names into one
- Pick a completely new last name
Ultimately there is no one right answer to this question. You and your partner may have differing opinions on this topic, but the most important thing is to give each other the ability and space to share your feelings, and to make a decision based on what you both value together.
How to Shop Online for Budget Wedding Rings this Thanksgiving
The holiday season is officially here! Thanksgiving is in just a few days – which means you'll soon be able to take advantage of fantastic Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales. If you're planning a romantic holiday proposal or a last-minute holiday wedding, this is the perfect time of year to shop for stunning engagement rings, wedding bands or trio ring sets.
Savvy shoppers do their homework for such a big and important purchase. We already shared a list of expert tips for in-store holiday ring shopping – now here are our recommendations on how to get the best value when you buy rings online. Make an educated decision, and save thousands of dollars!
Tips for Online Ring Buying This Thanksgiving
- Receive personal attention. Online retailers like My Trio Rings offer 24/7 availability on a massive selection of rings. We are not commission based, and we provide personalized support through phone, email, and live (text or video) chat. Our training is based off four generations of expertise in the industry, and we are here to help!
- See it live. Make sure there's no mystery to what you're buying. Look for an online retailer that shows detailed photos and HD videos that show Rings on Hand from multiple angles.
- Get guarantees. Does the website offer a See it, Wear it, Love it Guarantee, Certificates of Authenticity, and Crafter's Warranty? My Trio Rings sells ONLY real diamonds and gold, so the authenticity of your purchase is guaranteed.
- Get a second (and third! and fourth!) opinion. Don't take the retailer's word for it; read reviews that reveal what real couples have to say. Browse updates from social media and the news.
- Use buying tools. Does the website offer easy-to-use filters, virtual TryItOn, digital layaway plans or financing, a digital ring size finder, free ring sizers and customization?
- Clarify the important stuff. Does the website clearly show pricing and delivery dates? (At My Trio Rings everyone gets the best price up front)
- Prioritize security. Look for SSL certificates or signs of encryption to ensure your payment information remains safe. (My Trio Rings uses SSL encryption & Visa Owned Authorize.net for payment processing)
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How to Shop In-Store for Budget Wedding Rings this Thanksgiving
It’s that time of year again. Food, family, football and Black Friday Frenzy! There's so much to love about Thanksgiving, and it's coming up fast.
If you’re planning on making an important purchase for a certain big milestone this Thanksgiving (ahem, romantic proposal and engagement announcement), now is is an excellent time to take advantage of holiday sales. Many jewelry stores will be holding Thanksgiving weekend specials on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, so you could find gorgeous trio ring sets or engagement rings on sale for a fraction of their normal price.
To get the best deal this Thanksgiving weekend, it's smart to do your homework before you hit the stores and start your ring buying quest. With four generations of expertise in this industry, we've had some time to take notes and develop a few expert tips for holiday ring shopping. After you've had a chance to browse through stores to get a feeling for what you like, head on over to our online buying checklist to learn how modern couples are saving thousands by buying risk free online!
Cultural Differences: Wearing Bridal Rings on the Left or the Right Hand
Around the world, wearing a wedding ring sets the tone for the commitment of marriage, as it is a public symbol of one’s wedding vows. The traditional practice of exchanging of rings and wearing them on the fourth finger has a history and significance that has changed over thousands of years. Depending on people’s country of residence and religion, they may wear their engagement and wedding rings on the left hand or the right.
People wear wedding rings on their left hands in many Western countries, such as the United States, Mexico, Chile, Slovenia, Iran, and European nations including the UK, Italy, and France. In Asian countries, people also tend to wear the band on the left hand.
In Northern and Eastern European countries, including Denmark, Norway, Russia, Poland, and Bulgaria, it is more common to wear the wedding ring on the fourth finger of the right hand. In Portugal, Spain, and Greece, this is also the custom. Swedish brides wear unique wedding ring sets of three: the engagement ring, the wedding band, and the ring of motherhood.
Traditional Indian practice is to wear the wedding ring on the right hand, because the left hand is considered unclean. However, modern Indians may wear the ring on the left hand to match the custom in countries such as the United States. Orthodox Greeks also wear the wedding ring on the right hand, in accordance with Roman tradition; the word “left” in Latin means “sinister,” whereas the word for right is “dexter,” the root of “dexterity.”
In Brazil, the fiancÃ© and fiancÃ©e wear plain bands as engagement rings on their right hands, and upon saying their vows, they switch the rings to the left hand. It is common in Germany and Netherlands to do the opposite: that is, to wear engagement rings on the left hand and wedding rings on the right.
In the Jewish tradition, the groom slips the ring on the index finger of the bride because it is the most prominent finger. Today, the bride typically moves the band to her ring finger after the ceremony.
Whether one wears engagement and wedding rings on the left hand or right varies by country and religion. However, there are wedding ring sets to suit any tradition, and the customer service staff at My Trio Rings is more than happy to help find the set for you.
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