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Engraving Ideas for Wedding Band Sets
There is no better way to personalize your wedding rings than to engrave them with a message that is meaningful to you both. When you buy an engagement ring, wedding band sets and/or trio ring sets from My Trio Rings, you can have them engraved for a small additional fee.
Here’s how it works:
- Go to our ring engraving page and select which rings you’d like engraved.
- Select standard or cursive font.
- Write the message you’d like engraved - up to 15 characters. Double and triple-check it to make sure it’s spelled correctly! (We’ll also email you to confirm the message before we engrave it.)
- Add it to your cart with your rings.
- Your rings will arrive beautifully engraved with your personalized message.
Are you and your partner not yet sure what you want to engrave on your wedding band sets? Here are a few engraving ideas that will last the test of time.
Commemorate the date you met, the date you started your relationship, your wedding date or your two birthdays.
Names or initials
Keep it simple and classic by using your initials - “JB + ML” - or first names if they fit - “Tom + Sarah.”
Expressions of love
Je t’aime, ti amo, te quiero. Engrave a heartfelt “I love you” on your rings.
Lyrics from your song
Do you two have a song? Engrave a short line that is meaningful to you - “All I want is you” or “At last” or “I’m yours.”
If you and your spouse-to-be share a common faith, engrave a Bible verse that is going to be a reading at your wedding - such as Ephesians 4:2-3 ("Be completely humble and gentle; Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.") or Mark 10:9 (“Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.")
Line of poetry
If you two love a certain poem, select a short excerpt of it to engrave on your wedding bands - such as “How do I love thee” or “Love one another”
Choose just one word that represents your bond - such as “forever,” “always,” “together" or “yes.”
Reaffirm your wedding vows every day with an engraving that says, “I do,” “ever after,” or “I choose you.”
What are your ring engraving ideas? Share them in the comments.
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Engagement Etiquette 101: Do’s and Don’ts
Congratulations! You are newly engaged. You might feel both giddy with excitement and a bit overwhelmed as you are sharing your news and planning your wedding. Here are a few basic engagement etiquette tips to set you on the right track.
Engagement Do’s and Don’ts
Tell your family about your engagement before posting on social media.
Believe me: your mom will be livid if she sees your diamond engagement ring selfie on Facebook before you tell her yourself. It’s normal to want to shout the news from the mountaintops… but tell your family first. If you can, share the news in person. If not, call, Skype or FaceTime them. Then get in touch with rest of your inner circle: grandma, your siblings, your closest friends. Now you’re free to broadcast the news to your wider circle of friends on social media - and enjoy the excitement and congratulations.
Talk incessantly about your upcoming wedding in front of people who won’t be invited.
It’s natural to be enthusiastic about getting married, especially when wedding planning is going to be taking up a lot of your time and energy. But be conscious of who you are gushing to about the diamond engagement ring, the reception venue and the wedding party attire. It would be impolite to talk an acquaintance’s ear off about all your plans if you have no intention of inviting her to the wedding. Keep your sharing to a minimum in front of those not on the guest list, and save yourself some awkward questions down the road. This goes for social media posting as well!
Ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen to be part of the wedding early.
Once you start planning your wedding, make your list of attendants one of your earliest decisions as a couple. You’ll want to ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen with plenty of notice. Share any details and logistics you have already - location, tentative dates, attire, any costs you’ll be covering, etc. - and let them know that you’d be honored if they can do it but you will understand if they can’t for any reason.
Feel that you have to have an engagement party.
Plenty of couples want to celebrate their engagement with a party with friends and family, but plenty opt out of this event. If your parents are dying to host a party as soon as you announce your news, go for it and enjoy yourselves. If it seems like another expensive item on your to-do list that you’re not looking forward to, skip it and save your energy for wedding planning.
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Diamond Cut: What to Look for in Engagement Rings & Wedding Band Sets
The 4 C’s are essential to understand when you are shopping for diamond rings: cut, color, clarity and carat weight. Together the 4 C’s determine a diamond’s value. In this series, we’ll look more closely at each of the 4 C’s - what each one means and what you should be aware of when shopping for diamond engagement rings and wedding band sets.
First up: diamond cut!
Diamond Cut vs. Diamond Shape
People often confuse diamond cut with diamond shape. A diamond’s shape is its appearance - such as round, square, rectangular or oval.
A diamond’s cut, on the other hand, is its ability to reflect light; how well it is cut affects its facets and angles and how the light reflections appear. If a jeweler cuts a diamond too deep or too shallow, light escapes from the sides or the top - leading to lackluster engagement rings or wedding band sets. Diamond cut is evaluated on a scale ranging from excellent - reflecting as much light as possible - to poor - losing light on different sides. The most common diamond cut is the round brilliant, which features 58 flat, polished facets that reflect the maximum amount of light.
Diamond cut influences three important factors:
- Brilliance: the white light reflections combined from the surface and the inside of a polished diamond
- Scintillation: the flashes of dark and light that cause a sparkle when the light source, the diamond or the observer moves
- Fire: the flashes of color you see when light is dispersed throughout the visible spectrum
- Scintillation is often thought of as contrasting dark and brightness that alternates from facet to facet and attracts our eyes as the diamond, the illumination or the observer moves.
Diamond Cut Guide
The Gemological Institute of America has an interactive tool on its website that allows you to see how a diamond’s cut affects its brilliance, scintillation, fire and overall quality.
8 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding
At My Trio Rings, we firmly believe that you can plan the wedding of your dreams - from the guest list and the menu to the diamond trio ring sets and the flower arrangements - without cleaning out your savings.
You and your future spouse want to celebrate a life-changing milestone with the people who are most important to you, but you also don’t want to start your marriage carrying a huge financial burden. Here are a few planning tips to help you save money on your wedding without feeling like you’re missing out on anything.
Budget Wedding Planning Tips
1. Shop trio ring sets - which include an engagement ring, a women’s wedding band and a men’s wedding band - to save up to 65% off retail.
2. Plan a wedding outside of the peak spring, summer or holiday season. Ask the venues you are interested in what time of year is most affordable. You may find that shortening or lengthening your timeline can help keep costs down.
3. Set a firm guest list number, based on your budget, and stick to it. It’ll be tempting to let the number keep inching up, but hold firm and save yourself future headaches.
4. Think outside the Saturday evening schedule. This is usually peak time for weddings and other events, so price out Friday nights or Sunday afternoons instead.
5. Choose flowers that are in season and available locally to cut down on shipping costs. Use more greenery and fewer flowers for striking - but more affordable - centerpieces.
6. Question the extras that tend to add up in a wedding - the champagne toast, the favors, the top-shelf full bar, the sit-down dinner. Ask yourselves which you have your heart set on and which aren’t important. Cut the latter.
7. Look at different photography package and shooter options at the studio you choose. Sometimes the principal photographer charges significantly more than an associate photographer who will also take beautiful pictures.
8. Keep your wedding party small. You’ll have fewer people to coordinate, and you won’t have as many expenses such as bouquets, attendant gifts and hair and makeup costs.
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How to Crowdsource Your Wedding Photos
While some couples are opting for “unplugged weddings,” where they ask guests not to use their phones to take photos or videos, most people look for a good middle ground for technology usage on their wedding day.
Sometimes your wedding guests are able to capture some of the most candid and fun moments throughout your ceremony and reception. Your uncle in the first row of the church catches you both getting misty-eyed when exchanging your his and hers matching ring set. Your best friend from high school takes an epic group selfie of the whole gang on the dance floor.
But at the same time, wired weddings have the potential to get out of hand, with every person glued to a phone the entire day - live-tweeting and Instagramming instead of enjoying the celebration.
So how do you crowdsource your wedding photos - collecting all the great shots from friends and family - without going over the top? Here are a few tips on keeping it fun, while making sure guests still have a good time in the moment.
Discuss what you want with your partner in advance.
What friends’ weddings have you been to that found a good balance with technology? What did they do? What are your personal pet peeves (for example, guests who get in the way of the professional photographer while snapping their own pictures)?
Talk to your guests.
On your wedding website or as part of the invitation materials you send, tell your guests what you have in mind. If there are any times you don’t want them to take photos - for example, in a place of worship that doesn’t allow flash photography - ask them politely to refrain. Same with social media - if you prefer people don’t post photos to public sites, let them know in advance. But otherwise, encourage them to enjoy themselves and capture relaxed moments during the wedding and share them with you in a simple way.
Set up an account for crowdsourcing your wedding photos.
Find a website or mobile app where you can easily gather all the photos friends and family members take. For example, WedPics is a fantastic app that lets you collect unlimited photos and videos from your wedding day - and it’s free and secure. Guests just have to download the WedPics app to their iPhone or Android phone and use the unique ID you set up for your wedding, then they can upload all their photos and videos to one location. After the wedding, you can download photos at full resolution to save, display or print.
Find the his and hers wedding ring set that will make your wedding picture perfect