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5 Cozy Fall Proposal Ideas
It’s always sad to see the end of summer, but it’s hard not to get excited about the beginning of fall. Cozy weather and beautiful scenery make this one of the most romantic times of the year – perfect if you’re planning to propose to that special someone. Make it a moment you both will never forget with one of these fall proposal ideas.
1. Horseback Riding
A relaxing ride through the countryside or mountains is the ideal way to appreciate the gorgeous fall colors. Arrange to take a leisurely horseback riding excursion for two. When you stop to take in the view, surprise her with a stunning engagement ring set.
Take advantage of your last chance to go camping before the winter weather sets in. Drive to a campsite with plenty of warm gear, or go the glamping route and rent a secluded cabin with a fireplace. Enjoy this blissful one-on-one time together with no distractions. Open a bottle of wine, start a fire and make gourmet s’mores with her favorite kind of chocolate. Propose over the firelight.
3. Local Flavor
Find a nearby brewery or winery, and make a reservation for a private tour and tasting. Sample the fall-themed beers or the most recent vintage, then arrange for the staff to bring you glasses of something special you know she’ll like. Pair your toast with a diamond engagement ring.
4. Corn Maze
Find a fall corn maze near where you live, and have a blast running through it like little kids. When you get lost in the maze, away from the crowd, tell her you want to take a short break. Then get down on one knee with the gorgeous engagement ring set she’ll love.
5. Surprise Trip
Plan a day trip to a place you’ve never been before, but don’t tell her where you’re going. Pick a charming small town or a city with a lot of character. Stock the car with her favorite snacks and tunes, and enjoy a scenic drive with a backdrop of changing leaves. Have a romantic lunch, then explore the town on foot. Find a quiet spot to pop the question.
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8 Tips For Buying Wedding Jewelry in 2015
When you get into wedding-planning mode, you have a lot of important decisions to make. Big or small guest list? Traditional or alternative ceremony? Band or DJ? Chocolate or vanilla cake?
As you delve deeper into this list, you run the risk of becoming overwhelmed by too many choices and burning out.
Don’t let shopping for your wedding jewelry become a symptom of the problem. Note the warning signs at each stage of this cycle:
Excitement: Yay! We’re getting married. This is so amazing. We’re going to wear these rings forever as a symbol of our love, and it’s going to be perfect.
Wonder: Wow, there sure are a lot of choices. Look at this store! And this ring! And this one! There are just so many options.
Overload: THERE ARE JUST SO MANY OPTIONS. WHY ARE THERE SO MANY OPTIONS.
Apathy: I guess I like that one. Sure, round-cut is fine. White gold, yeah. Whatever, let’s just make a decision and get some food.
Exhaustion and Eventual Purchase: Yayyyy...
This is definitely not the experience you want when going ring shopping. Here are 8 tips for making this process simpler, more affordable and a lot more fun.
1. Buy online.
Going into an actual store is much more of a production than, say, browsing wedding jewelry from your phone or tablet on the couch on a Sunday afternoon. When you shop online, you can look at a much wider selection than most stores have in stock. Plus, you can stay in your PJs.
2. Read the fine print.
Do your homework before committing to an online store, and be wary of online stores without clear policies. Does the store offer a certificate of authenticity? What’s its return policy? Does it offer free shipping or any other perks?
3. Read reviews.
This is important if you’re buying wedding jewelry from an online or retail store. Read customer reviews on the company’s website, Yelp, Google Plus or other resources. Pay attention to what customers love about their rings. Do they value the same criteria you do? Be wary of any complaints or red flags that might be dealbreakers for you.
4. Buy ring sets.
A little-known fact about wedding jewelry shopping is that you can save a significant amount when you buy rings in sets. For example, our trio ring sets – which include an engagement ring, plus two wedding bands – are beautifully matched and can save you up to 65% off retail prices. We also offer flexible plans, including our She Said Yes! special that allows you to buy an engagement ring first, then pick out matching wedding bands later on for a 10% discount.
5. Have a style in mind.
You might be browsing trio ring sets and immediately fall in love with “the one,” but usually it’s best to have a few ideas of styles you’re looking for. By narrowing the options in advance, you’ll spend less time searching through rings you have no interest in. Plus, it’ll push you and your partner to define what you actually like and dislike.
6. Set a budget.
It’s a good policy to set a range of how much you’re willing to spend before you start looking (and fall in love with something you can’t afford!). Have a discussion about it as a couple, and settle on a ballpark figure you’re both comfortable with.
7. Find a flexible payment plan.
It’s understandable if you’re not prepared to pay for your wedding jewelry all in one go. Look for a store that offers a flexible payment plan that will meet your financial needs. My Trio Rings’ payment plan, for example, is totally customizable. You set the schedule, and there are no fees or deposits.
8. Fall in love.
Just like picking your perfect match in a relationship, you want to fall head over heels with your rings before you commit. You’ll know when you can’t wipe that dopey grin off your face.
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Is a Diamond Right for You?
Your Shared Plans
When you and your partner are starting to talk marriage, a lot of important topics come up in conversation. What do you want your partnership to be like? What are your big plans and dreams? How will you spend and save? Where do you want to live? Kids or no kids?
It’s exciting (and occasionally a little overwhelming) to have these discussions as a couple. You explore what you want as individuals and as a unit – and you get stronger as you go.
Of course your engagement and wedding planning form only a small part of this process of building a life together. But this time is a great opportunity to get to the core of your unique preferences and styles. No other couple will do things exactly the way you two do, and it’s important to listen to what you want and not what others expect from you.
For example, what type of wedding do you want to have? A huge, 300-person celebration or a small, intimate affair?
Your Personal Style
Along the same lines, what wedding ring sets are the perfect match for you as a couple? These are the rings you’ll exchange with your vows and wear every day to symbolize your union, so it’s a very personal choice. Do you have visions of a classic, elegant diamond engagement ring and wedding bands? Or are you looking for something less traditional and more alternative?
Maybe you’ve always dreamed of a solitaire diamond engagement ring and complementary wedding rings, but your partner thinks diamonds are a bunch of marketing hype and would rather buy simple silver bands instead.
It’s important to talk through what you both want and why (for you, the rings symbolize your lifelong investment in the relationship; for your partner, they are just accessories) before you make a decision.
A diamond isn't right for you if:
You don’t really care about diamonds. You and your partner just aren’t into diamonds. You don’t want to feel pressured into buying diamond wedding jewelry because you think it’s expected. Instead, you are searching for jewelry that reflects your personal style.
You value the unconventional. You like to do things a little differently than everyone else. Maybe you’d prefer to sport plain titanium wedding rings, emerald-studded bands or tattooed designs. Or perhaps you’d rather opt out of rings altogether and save the budget for a kickass honeymoon or a down payment on a house.
A diamond is right for you if:
You value tradition. You have always wanted that sparkling diamond on your finger, and it’s part of the narrative you have about your marriage. Maybe you simply love the fairy tale of the proposal with the perfect ring, or you want to follow the example of your parents, who have been wearing their wedding ring sets for 30 years.
You value authenticity and quality. You appreciate the rarity and beauty of an authentic diamond. You think nothing can compare to the wow factor of an expertly mined, cut, polished and hand-set diamond, and you’re happy to invest in jewelry you’ll be proud to show off for years to come.
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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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