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How to Crowdsource Your Wedding Photos

by Gillian Burgess Wednesday, 11 March 2015 Wedding Ideas

crowdsourcing-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.

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Customer Favorites: Reviews of Trio Ring Sets

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 10 March 2015 Wedding Rings

trio-ring-sets-reviews Couples love the selection at My Trio Rings because it features diverse styles at affordable prices. You and your spouse-to-be can find the engagement and wedding rings that fit your personalities, your taste and your budget - all without leaving home.

Our online store takes the hassle and headaches out of the ring shopping experience. You can browse all of our rings, filtering by gold purity and color, carat size, ring width, price and availability. You can also create your own rings with our customization tool, so you get exactly what you want.

If you are getting ready to walk down the aisle but still haven’t decided on which wedding rings are right for you, take a minute to browse a few My Trio Rings customer favorites. Our customers are constantly adding new reviews of all of our rings - here are a few recent highlights about our stunning trio ring sets. See which rings other couples have selected and what they have to say about their purchases.

Popular Trio Ring Sets

Perfect Fit


“Sarah helped us a lot during the process of placing the order for these rings. My fiance and I wanted to see real pictures of the rings and Sarah sent me the actual pictures which helped us a lot to make our final decision. The rings arrived exactly on time. And we are absolutely in love with them. They are a little smaller than how they appear in the picture but just perfect for my tiny fingers. Can't wait to wear them soon.” - Arezo S D., Denton, Texas

Each ring in this 1/4 CT. T.W. Diamond Trio Matching Wedding Ring Set in 10K white gold shows off seven round-cut diamonds, and the engagement ring steals the show with its gorgeous setting.

Creative Customization


“The site had an excellent selection of rings and some really cool customizations. Sizing was easy and when the rings came they were exactly how they looked in the picture with the right size. I had no issues with sizing and because I was able to find the metal I wanted for the ring my fiance didn't have a reaction to it. My trio ring did awesome. Thanks.” - Jesse K., La Crosse, Wisconsin

The unique curved design of this 1/4 Carat Diamond Trio Wedding Ring Set in 10K white gold is one of a kind.

Stunning Beauty


“I can't even begin to tell you how STUNNING this piece is.. We [were] blown away by its beauty as soon as we opened the box. We couldn't be more satisfied. Two thumbs up!” - Norlisha H., Raleigh, North Carolina

In this 3/8 Carat Diamond Trio Wedding Ring Set in 10K yellow gold, the two wedding bands show off a modern simplicity, while the engagement ring wows with a 21 diamonds and an eye-catching flower cluster center.

Everyday Classic


“Beautifully elegant, simply stunning, understated class. I loved this set. It wasn't as large in person as it seemed online, but I found that this made me more comfortable wearing it. It is sparkly, beautiful and its hard to be unsatisfied or not thrilled with this ring. I can't stop staring at it!” - Sorphira B., Brooklyn, New York

Our 1 1/2 CT. T.W. Diamond Trio Matching Wedding Ring Set 10K White Gold sparkles with a total of 50 round-cut diamonds. The rings are slim and elegant, but the engagement ring is reminiscent of a breathtaking Jazz Age flair.

Awe-Inspiring Rings


“Hey you guys are the best, we love the rings. When i popped the question and she saw it, she was in awe of how beautiful it really is.Everyone who sees it can't stop talking about it. Thank you, you blow me away with the ring and expedient service.” - Jamil J., Road Town

Diamond fanatics will go crazy over our 1 1/2 CT. T.W. Diamond Trio Matching Wedding Ring Set in 10K white gold: 67 diamonds set in a dramatic and stylish design.

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Wedding Etiquette Tips: How to Plan a Child-Free Wedding

by Gillian Burgess Thursday, 05 March 2015 Informational

child-free-wedding Wedding planning can sometimes be an exercise in walking on eggshells, trying not to hurt feelings or step on toes, while still staying true to what you want as a couple.

One of the big questions that can cause the most controversy is: do we invite children or not?

There are many reasons you might want an adult-only celebration. For example, you are planning a glamorous black-tie wedding that wouldn’t be well suited to little ones, or you want to keep the guest list on the small side to keep the catering bill down. It is perfectly acceptable to decide to have a child-free wedding, but it can be a touchy subject with friends and family you’re inviting.

Here are a few wedding etiquette tips on how to handle the situation both clearly and gracefully:

Address the invitations carefully.


Writing “adults only” or “no children” on the invitation can come across as impolite and may ruffle feathers. Instead, address the invitation envelopes with care, writing, “Mr. Tom Figueroa” or “Ms. Amy Schmidt-Fuller and Mr. John Fuller,” without including the children’s names or “and family.” People should gather that it’s not a kid-friendly event, but if you are worried there will be confusion, ask your inner circle of family and wedding party members to spread the word in a subtle way to the wider guest list.

Plan an evening wedding.


It’s more challenging to host a child-free wedding at a daytime or more casual event. If you plan an evening wedding, particularly if it is a formal affair, it is easier to explain to friends and family why kids aren’t invited.

Arrange child-care services.


If you are having an adult-only wedding, especially if many people are traveling to it from out of town, it is a generous gesture to arrange to have a babysitter (or small team of sitters) take care of the kids while the adults have fun.

Be consistent.


Inviting some children and not others can cause problems, so it’s best to pick a rule and stick with it. For example, you may want your sister’s son to be the ring bearer in charge of presenting the trio ring sets at the ceremony, so you could invite kids from your immediate family only. But to avoid hurt feelings, you should hold fast to this rule and not make exceptions.


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Best Places to Propose in Spokane, Washington

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 03 March 2015 Proposal

arbor-crest-wine-cellars Spokane - located in the northeastern part of Washington state - isn’t as well known as metropolitan Seattle, but the city lives up to its slogan: "Near nature. Near perfect."

Spokane is a stone’s throw away from breathtaking natural beauty - the Cascade and Rocky Mountains, 76 lakes and rivers, gorgeous trails for hiking and biking. It is also a city known for its excellent food and wine, so it has great appeal for outdoor enthusiasts and gourmets alike.

If you are planning a romantic proposal in the Spokane area, you have plenty of locations to choose from. Here are a few of our favorite places to propose in Spokane.

Ride a 100-Year-Old Horse


Head to Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane, and buy tickets to take a spin on the exquisite Looff Carrousel, built in 1909. Pick one of the brightly painted, hand-carved horses (or a tiger or giraffe!) to ride with your sweetheart, and have fun trying to catch the brass ring as you go around. Present her with another ring - a sparkling diamond engagement ring - and ask her to be your wife.

Drink in the View of Spokane Falls


Also located in Riverfront Park is the SkyRide Over the Falls attraction - a cable car that offers stunning views of Spokane Falls (the second longest urban falls in the United States). Arrange in advance to get a cable car just for the two of you (perhaps buying tickets for all six seats in the car to guarantee privacy). Take in the view of the falls, City Hall, Huntington Park Natural Area, the Spokane River and the Monroe Street Bridge. Find the right moment when it feels like you’re at the top of the world, and pop the question.

Hit the Centennial Trail


The Centennial Trail is 37.5 miles long and begins at the Washington-Idaho state border. It crosses through downtown Spokane in Riverfront Park, then extends into the countryside in east and west directions. Spend the day doing an outdoor activity you both love on the trail - whether it’s hiking, biking or horseback riding. Take a break for a leisurely picnic lunch, and hide the diamond engagement ring in a box at the bottom of the picnic basket for her to discover.

Toast With a Glass of Award-Winning Wine


Arbor Crest Wine Cellars is one of Washington’s oldest wineries and has earned awards and accolades for its wines from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast. The winery’s estate sits 450 feet above the Spokane River and offers spectacular panoramic views of the Spokane Valley and downtown. Book a private tour at Arbor Crest, and let them know about your plan, asking about the best places to propose on the estate. After your personalized grounds tour and wine tasting, find a private moment and ask her to marry you with a backdrop of gorgeous vineyards.

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Should You Buy Wedding Insurance?

by Gillian Burgess Thursday, 26 February 2015 Informational

outdoor-wedding You have a lot of big - and often big-ticket - decisions to make when you are planning your wedding. Some are easier than others - who to include in your wedding party, which bridal ring sets are perfect for your style, what song to play for your first dance - but others are nuanced and complex. One big question for couples is: should we buy wedding insurance to protect against unforeseen crises?

What is Wedding Insurance?

The average cost of a wedding in the US in 2014 was around $28,000 - a significant amount for most couples. Wedding insurance safeguards this investment in case something outside your control forces you to change, postpone or cancel your big day, or you suffer property damage or loss.

What Does Wedding Insurance Cost?

Policies vary depending on their coverage, but most won’t be more than about $500 for basic protection. Insurance companies like Fireman’s Fund and Travelers offer customizable options for different fees.

What Does Wedding Insurance Cover?

Again, policies vary widely, so be sure to ask questions and read the fine print, but these are some common wedding insurance coverage options:

Extreme Weather: If you have to postpone your wedding because of a hurricane or blizzard, for example, the policy should cover the rescheduling costs.

Missing Vendor or Officiant: If someone essential to the wedding - your caterer, priest or rabbi, for example - goes out of business or doesn’t show up, you should be able to be reimbursed for the cost of postponement.

Illness, Injury or Bereavement: If there is a death in the family or someone involved in the wedding - a close family member or member of the wedding party - suddenly falls ill or is injured, you should be able to reschedule and recoup some of the costs.

Site Problems: Check with your wedding location to see if it has its own insurance, but if not, wedding insurance should be able to cover costs associated with unavoidable cancellation. For example, there is an electrical fire in the kitchen at the reception venue or the wedding site closes unexpectedly the week before your ceremony.

Wedding Attire and Jewelry: If your wedding gown and tuxedo or bridal ring sets or matching wedding bands are lost, stolen or damaged, the policy should pay to replace or repair them.

Liability: Most sites have liability insurance, but if you are having your wedding at someone’s home, this would protect you in case a guest were to be injured at the wedding.

Military Service: If the bride or groom is active duty or reserve status and suddenly has to leave because of work, the policy should pay for the expenses due to rescheduling.

Note: Cancelling a wedding due to cold feet is not usually covered. Fireman’s Fund has a “change of heart” policy you can opt for, but it only applies if someone calls off the wedding 365 days before the first covered event.

Do We Really Need Wedding Insurance?

It’s ultimately a personal decision and one you should make as a couple - along with parents or anyone else helping to pay for your wedding. If you are having a very small budget wedding, you may not feel you need insurance. But if you are spending a moderate sum or more on your wedding, a few hundred extra dollars for a bit of peace of mind may be well worth it.

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