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7 Tips for a Dazzling Engagement Ring Selfie
Be honest. You can’t stop looking at your shiny new diamond engagement ring. She’s a beauty, isn’t she? So sparkly and bright. You and your fiancé are still giddy with the news: you’re getting married!
If you haven’t already shouted it from the mountaintops, you’re probably dying to tell your friends and family. Posting social media is a fun and easy way to share the news with your extended circle, but if your Facebook feed has been an engagement explosion over the last few years, it’s worth putting a little extra thought into how you make your announcement.
(Before you read any further: call your mom and dad if you haven’t already. Then all your close friends and family. Trust me on this one. Some old-fashioned conventions are worth keeping. Your sister will not appreciate hearing the news through Instagram.)
The truth is that while your friends and acquaintances will be happy for you, they don’t want to read a moment-by-moment account of the proposal or see 100 pictures of your diamond engagement ring. What you think of as magical and romantic can come off as braggy and obnoxious if you go too far overboard.
Less is more. Share a single, beautifully shot image with a simple caption, and people will be genuinely excited for you. And you can bask in all the likes and congratulatory messages! Here are some pro tips on how to take a fantastic engagement ring selfie: all you need is your phone, your gorgeous ring and a little imagination.
First, use a microfiber cloth to wipe off your phone’s camera lens. A lot of dust and grime can build up there over time. Take a few test shots to get comfortable with your phone’s settings. Turn off the flash, and turn on the grid feature to make it easier to use the rule of thirds. Set up a small, flexible tripod if you have one (and enlist help from a friend if you need it). Remember you can tap the screen to focus and meter on different parts of the image (for example, if you are trying to get just the right focus and lighting on the setting of your ring). Try not to zoom because you’ll lose clarity in the final image.
Find a background more attractive than your laptop or your messy bedroom. This could be the park where you got engaged, a clear blue sky or a colorful scarf you can drape over a table. Think of what background will complement your diamond engagement ring without distracting from it.
Natural light is your best friend when taking an engagement ring selfie. Go outside or find an area inside that has windows that let in a lot of light. Bright, direct sunlight (especially in the middle of the day) will probably be too harsh and wash out your photo. Look for soft, slightly diffused lighting; the morning or evening are often good times of day. Pay attention to which direction the light is falling, and move to illuminate your ring from the best angle.
A photo showing your hand intertwined with your new fiancé’s is simple but meaningful (and it puts the emphasis on your future together… not just your beautiful ring). Take several different shots with your hands in different positions; try to hold hands in a natural way to avoid looking overly posed.
Pick a favorite feature of your engagement ring – setting, cut, size, etc. – and look for photo angles that show it off. Put on a little lotion, and hold your hand up above your head for 30 seconds before taking your ring selfie to minimize the appearance of veins. Relax your hand slightly – if it’s too tense, you won’t end up with a flattering picture.
Photo filters can bring out the color and sparkle in your engagement ring selfie. Test out different options on your iPhone camera, Instagram or an editing app such as Afterlight. Choose one that is subtle and enhances the natural beauty of your ring.
Now that you have your perfect engagement selfie, you’re ready to publish on social media. Add a sweet caption, and celebrate!
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Stalk Her Pinterest Boards to Find the Right Diamond Engagement Ring
But no pressure!
Engagement ring shopping is a stressful endeavor, no matter how well you know your girlfriend’s preferences. It’s a big and meaningful purchase, so you want to make sure she loves the ring. Unless you already have an exact photo of the ring she wants, this means you’re going to have to do a little detective work.
You’re in luck because your girlfriend has already put together an in-depth visual record of her style and taste in pretty much everything.
It’s called her Pinterest profile, and you’d be wise to spend some time getting to know it inside and out. It will help you make an educated decision as you’re browsing affordable engagement rings. If you’re feeling intimidated, ask her sister or one of her close friends to help you interpret the data and crack the code (this is a good rule of thumb for ring shopping anyway).
Obviously, if you find a Pinterest board called “THIS IS THE DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING I WANT," you don’t need to read the rest of this post. But if not, look for any boards or pins that feature jewelry she likes. Pay attention to the captions she includes on pins. Which ones does she gush over or use multiple exclamation points for? Look for trends and themes in the styles she gravitates toward. Does she have a weakness for white gold or vintage accessories or lots of sparkle?
Many women create “someday” Pinterest boards for wedding ideas they love. These will give you valuable insight into her ideal wedding style. Has she pinned a lot of classic, storybook wedding dresses or rustic-chic, laid-back reception venues? How would you define the overall vibe of her wedding pins - elegant, glamorous, simple, vintage, traditional?
Your girlfriend’s clothing Pinterest boards might not have anything to do with affordable engagement rings, but they will give you the inside scoop on what she aspires to wear. What types of clothes are most pinned? Red-carpet ball gowns? Chic pencil skirts? Romantic A-line dresses? Everyday casual outfits? Does she admire the look of certain celebrities? (If these ladies have engagement rings, Google those styles immediately!) Use all these pins to flesh out the style profile you’re putting together.
Browse her other boards - music, books, home decor, travel, etc. - for any other clues. Does she have a long list of 1920s books she wants to read? Is her travel bucket list full of quirky, off-the-beaten-path destinations?
After you complete your Pinterest stalking, you should have a well-rounded view of what your girlfriend’s unique style is and what diamond engagement ring she will love.
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Summer Sale! 4 Trio Ring Sets We Love
If you and your sweetheart are planning a summer wedding, it’s probably a whirlwind of activity right about now as you settle all the last details. The good news is that one of those decisions is about to get a lot easier! My Trio Rings is having a summer sale, offering huge savings on our already affordable ring sets. Our specials run until a set is sold out or until the end of the month, whichever comes first!
Here are just a few of our favorite trio ring sets that are on sale:
The Center of Attention
2 CT. T.W. Diamond Trio Ring Set in 14K White Gold
This his and hers matching ring set makes a big splash with a modern design and 2 carats in total. The wide wedding bands complement one another, and each is set with six round-cut diamonds. But the real eye-catcher is the engagement ring, which features a striking princess-cut solitaire stone and four round-cut side stones.
A Modern Classic
3/8 Carat T.W. Diamond Trio Ring Set in 10K White Gold
This trio ring set combines contemporary and classic styles for a unique design. It features an engagement ring with a gorgeous halo setting and 27 diamonds, plus elegant wedding bands set with round-cut diamonds.
1 3/8 CT. T.W. Diamond Trio Ring Set in 14K Yellow Gold
This affordable ring set has more than a little bit of classic glitz and glamour, showcasing 81 round-cut diamonds. The engagement ring has a stunning cluster head, and the matching wedding bands stand out with angled geometric shapes and round-cut channel stones.
1 Carat Diamond Trio Ring Set in 14K White Gold
This his and hers matching ring set is both dramatic and delicate, featuring an engagement ring with a sparkling flower head and sleek wedding bands with round-cut side stones.
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Places to Propose in Fort Lauderdale
Take advantage of the area’s sunny beaches and open spaces and plan an unforgettable romantic proposal. Here are a few of the best places to propose in Fort Lauderdale.
Reserve a quiet table at Casa d’Angelo Ristorante, a sophisticated Italian restaurant with a fresh seasonal menu and an extensive wine list, and propose on a moonlit walk through the canals after dinner. Or opt for the cozy patio at Cafe de Paris for a traditional French meal, and ask the pianist to play your song as you present her with a diamond engagement ring.
Out on the Water
Since Fort Lauderdale has no shortage of waterfront property, heading out on a boat gives you access to some of the best places to propose in the area. Rent kayaks or canoes at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, a 180-acre space on a barrier island, and take a leisurely tour of the coastal dune lakes. Pack a picnic and pop the question over lunch on the beach.
Or explore Fort Lauderdale’s reputation as the “Venice of America” and take the Jungle Queen Riverboat tour through some of the area’s 300 navigable waterways. Find a quiet moment alone overlooking the water to ask her to marry you.
Or for the true Venetian-inspired experience, book a private tour with the Las Olas Gondola for your romantic proposal. The two of you will enjoy a slow cruise through the canals, and it includes a rose and a personalized engagement message in a bottle to present at just the right moment.
Just south of Fort Lauderdale lies Hollywood Beach. Walk along the 2.5-mile 1920s boardwalk, and enjoy a seafood dinner at one of the many restaurants along the water. Catch a free outdoor concert or movie, and propose with a diamond engagement ring under the stars.
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5 Steps for a Stress-Free Wedding Week
The countdown is on, and you’re just a few days from getting hitched. This is the time in wedding planning that is equal parts exciting and stressful. You can almost kick back, celebrate and enjoy your party, but you still have so many things to do.
With everything going on, it’s easy to get tied up in tension and frustration just before you get married - but that’s probably not how you want to mark this important milestone in your life. Here are a few simple and practical tips to help you keep your sanity and create a happy, stress-free wedding week.
1. Recognize that it’s OK to stop caring about things.
You will probably have at least one moment during this last week where you throw up your hands in exasperation and say, “You know what? Screw it; it doesn’t really matter.” This is OK - healthy even! So you discovered that the 150 programs you ordered have a glaring typo on the first page. Big deal. Or the flowers were underordered by about half. Meh. Embrace these moments of apathy because, really, these things don’t matter in the long run. .
2. Write up a wedding weekend itinerary.
Capture all those pesky wedding planning details running through your head and put them down on paper. Make a bulleted list of everything that needs to happen each day, big and small, and cut out unnecessary items. Mark who is in charge of each task, and delegate as much as you can to your wedding planner or trusted friends and family.
3. Accept that your itinerary will not go as planned.
That said, your carefully crafted plan will inevitably shift in real life. Cross your fingers, be flexible, and try to roll with the changes.
4. Get enough sleep.
Taking care of yourself and getting enough rest can fall by the wayside during the last few days before your wedding, but it’s essential for a stress-free wedding week. Scrap something from your to-do list if necessary, and go to bed at a decent hour. You’d hate to be a zombie on your wedding day or get sick right before your honeymoon.
5. Take some time alone together.
When things start to get crazy, sneak away as a couple for a few quiet moments. Grab an ice cream cone or a coffee - just the two of you - and remember exactly why you’re celebrating.
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