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Wedding Trends: the Great Social Media Debate
To tweet or not to tweet? Surprisingly, this seems to be a big point of contention for couples planning their weddings these days. It’s hard to argue against the fact that social media has changed the way most of us live our lives on a day-to-day basis, and it can affect your wedding planning process, too. (In fact, Pinterest was practically made for wedding planning, but you can read more about that here.) Let’s take a look at some of the ways social media has caused a shift in weddings and engagements.
How many of you announced your engagement via Facebook? And how many of you invited all of your Facebook friends? I would guess that you wanted to share your exciting news with everyone but won't be able to accommodate your several hundred (or thousand!) connections. That’s just one example of how social media has changed wedding and engagement culture -- you make an announcement, you post engagement photos, you get badgered for an invitation from one of your Facebook “friends” who you never even considered inviting, etc.
Enough about the announcement. What about the actual ceremony? Will your ceremony be pro- or anti-smartphone? Let’s look at a few of the pros and cons:
Pro: You can create your own #hashtag for any pictures taken during the festivities so you can easily track and save them.
Con: There are many flashes going off in your face while you’re exchanging one of our wedding ring sets.
Pro: You could live-stream the event for family members who could not make the event for some reason.
Con: Your friend from college who posts that video of a drunk family member knocking down a table is shared with everyone. Oops.
Pro: Your friends and family will be excited to be involved in capturing memories from the wedding.
Con: All of your professional photographer's photos will feature a sea of guests holding up their smartphones.
Now these are just a few points to consider, but they should definitely get some thoughts brewing about whether or not social media should play a role on your big day. 44% of people in this survey thought digital rules should be in place at a wedding. So, maybe you can strike a compromise: allowing cell phones but asking attendees to follow a set of pre-established rules.
For our super social-media-savvy couples out there who want to make it a huge part of their wedding, have no fear! It looks like something called a “social media concierge” might become a more and more common service. Would you pay for someone to document all your wedding festivities on each social media platform?
What’s your stance on social media and weddings? Post in the comments!
While you’re thinking about that, mosey on over to our wedding ring sets and pick out the perfect set for you and your partner!
Comparing Wedding Costs: the 1930s and Today
Pop quiz: what was the average cost of a wedding in 2013? Did you guess about $30,000? If so, you’d be right! The average is actually $29,548 -- does that shock you at all? Take a second to think about all the things $30,000 could be used for. A new car. A down payment on a house. Even a long, extravagant trip to Europe. Instead, people are spending it on one day. Granted, this day will be one of the most memorable, but after seeing that staggering average cost, you’re probably thinking: when did people start spending this much on weddings?
So, we already know the average cost of a wedding today is $29,548, but what about the 1930s? The average wedding costs back then were $392.30 (which is $6,481 when adjusted for inflation). Now, that might seem like a large difference, but it’s important to keep this in mind: the Great Depression was happening during the 1930s. During this time, unemployment rates ranged from 17% to 20%, so spending this much on a wedding is still significant.
Today, the average wedding cost is about 49% of the median household income. In the 1930s, it was 25%. This just shows that Americans have been doling out big sums for weddings for a long time.
When you start comparing specific costs from today to the 1930s, the cost similarities are even more striking. For example, a bride today pays an average of $1,281 for a wedding dress. And the average cost of a 1930s wedding dress? $1,092 (in today’s dollars). 80 years -- and there’s only a difference of $189! The difference between the cost of present and past grooms' suits is even more interesting. The average groom suit today is $248, down $505 from the 1930s (which is probably due to mass production more than anything else).
Let’s not forget about our favorite topic: wedding ring sets. The cost of the average engagement ring has shot up significantly. The article notes that one-third of engaged couples didn’t have an engagement ring at all. The average cost of one in the 1930s was $1,824 (in today’s dollars). Any idea on how today’s average cost of a diamond engagement ring compares? It’s staggeringly high: $5,600. And if that’s just for the diamond engagement ring, think about what the average for all three wedding rings must be.
Of course, there’s no reason why you should pay $5,600 for just one ring when you can get one of our gorgeous wedding ring sets for less than $1,000 (which is even less than the average of one ring in the 1930s!). We pride ourselves on being able to offer high-quality products at very affordable prices, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t take advantage of it. Think of all the other places you could use that money, Maybe you’ll put it toward the rest of your $30,000 wedding budget. Or maybe you’ll take that trip to Europe after all.
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Buying Your Wedding Ring Sets Online: True or False?
How many things in your house have you bought online? What about the phone, computer, or tablet you’re reading this on now? I’m willing to bet that most of us have purchased something online, whether it’s clothes, books, or a gift for a loved one. Why, then, does buying something significant, like one of our diamond ring sets online seem intimidating?
There is clearly a difference between a book and wedding rings. Wedding ring sets have much more sentimental and monetary value, and you want to make sure you're making the right decision. But just because it’s a more important purchase doesn’t mean that online shopping isn't the right fit for what you need. If you’re skeptical about buying your wedding rings online, we're here to help. Here are some common reservations about buying rings online and why you should shop with peace of mind with My Trio Rings.
1. If I buy online, I can’t try the rings on.
This is true. However, we take every step we can to make sure you know exactly how your ring will fit when you order it. There’s even a rotating, 3D view of each of our wedding ring sets. You can also estimate size based on past rings, print out a sizing chart, or request a ring sizer in the mail from us for free. However, if that doesn’t work, you can always return it... which brings me to #2…
2. If I buy online, I can’t get a refund.
Not true! If you’re not happy with your wedding rings, then we’re not happy. If you don’t absolutely love your rings, you can return them to us for a full refund or an exchange. We have a 30-day satisfaction guarantee return policy.
3. If I buy online, the quality of the rings won’t be as high.
Not at all! We’re proud of the fact that we’re able to offer our rings at such low prices, but let’s make something clear: our costs are lower because we’re an online store, not because we compromise on the quality of our products. Because we don’t have an actual store, we don’t incur the costs that come with a storefront: rent, a showroom, salespeople, etc. That allows us to give you high-quality rings at affordable prices.
4. If I buy online, I might get fake jewelry.
You should always do your research to make sure you know you are working with a trusted retailer. My Trio Rings is a trusted source with many satisfied customers. After all, if we sold fake wedding ring sets, we couldn’t continue to exist as a business! To be able to make a confident decision about where to get your rings from, learn more about us. Learn more through our About Us section, our customer testimonials, and our certificate of authenticity that we guarantee with each purchase.
What are you waiting for? Start browsing our diamond ring sets!
Best Places to Propose in Nashville
Calling all music lovers! It’s time to head to the music capital of the South -- Nashville, Tennessee. For more than 130 years, Nashville has been called the world’s Music City... and for good reason, too. It’s home to the Grand Ole Opry, United Record Pressing (the largest volume producing vinyl record plant), the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and much more. Artists ranging from Bon Jovi to Michael Buble venture to Nashville to record and write, as well as to find inspiration.
This city is a living and breathing ode to the love of music, and it’s this love that connects the city to its people. So if music means a lot to your sweetheart or you as a couple, Nashville might be the perfect city to get down on one knee with an engagement ring. Let’s look at some of Nashville’s best places to propose:
1. The Ryman Auditorium
This item on our best places to propose list is for all the country music lovers. This national historic landmark used to be home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. Even before that, the Ryman Auditorium was used as a cultural epicenter. You can take a guided group tour or a self-guided tour. If you want to propose here, I recommend calling ahead to see if they can assist in some way (for example, clearing a spot for you or doing a guided tour with just the two of you).
2. Arrington Vineyards
The Arrington Vineyards aren’t technically in Nashville, but they’re only 25 miles away and too beautiful not make this list! If you’re looking for a picturesque spot for a picnic, this is ideal. They also host free wine tastings everyday and have live music on the weekends. Just imagine sitting under the sunset while listening to music and sipping a crisp glass of wine. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect opportunity to present her with a sparkling diamond engagement ring?
3. Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge
Want to gaze at the city in all its glory? Take a trip to the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, one of the most romantic places to propose in Nashville. There, you’ll find a gorgeous view of the Nashville skyline. This would be another perfect spot for a sunset proposal. Or, if you want it to be a little more intimate, try persuading your sweetheart to go on an early morning stroll with you. Then, use the skyline at sunrise to as a backdrop when you propose with the perfect diamond engagement ring.
4. Opryland Hotel
This expansive resort is right on the banks of the Cumberland River. The Opryland Hotel and Resort has climate-controlled glass atriums and more than nine acres of indoor gardens. In those gardens, you’ll find several intimate waterfalls...and I’m not sure it gets much more romantic than waterfalls. If you want to make a big event out of the proposal, you could surprise your partner with a trip to this resort that includes a spa package and a romantic dinner. After she’s been pampered and well-fed, lead her into the gardens and pop the question!
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My Trio Rings Q&A: The Basics of Diamond Rings
When you’re getting married, there are a thousand questions running through your mind about each individual aspect. Take the wedding flowers, for example. What types of flowers will you have? What colors will they be? Will the flowers in the centerpieces be different than the ones in the bridal party’s bouquets? The questions go on and on.
Now, we might not be able to help with floral arrangements, but we can help with all your questions regarding bridal ring sets, diamond engagement rings, and matching wedding bands. If you’ve got a question about wedding rings--we can (and we will!) answer them. This post is just the first in a series of Q&A’s we’ll do to make your decisions a little easier. Today, My Trio Rings is answering three questions about diamonds:
- Why should I buy a diamond ring?
- Should I buy a diamond or a cubic zirconia (CZ)?
- What is the difference between a lab-made diamond and a real diamond?
1. Why should I buy a diamond ring?
Think for a minute: when you see a diamond ring on someone’s left hand, don’t you automatically assume that he/she is engaged or married? Diamond rings have become a cultural norm. However, that’s not the real reason you should buy a diamond engagement ring. The simple fact is this: diamonds are special. They catch the sunlight and sparkle like no other gemstone. If you’re looking to wow passers-by or just simply commemorate a life-changing event, there’s no better choice.
Need more convincing? Here are some more reasons you should by a diamond ring:
- A diamond engagement ring will match every single piece of your fiancee's wardrobe. You can’t say the same about a gemstone.
- Diamonds are thought to be one of the most durable substances on Earth, which means a diamond ring won’t give up on you.
- Because they’re so durable, diamonds are associated with enduring love.
- During the Middle Ages, diamonds were thought to have healing powers. Talk about a bonus!
2. Should I buy a diamond or a cubic zirconia (CZ)?
Cubic zirconia is an often-used diamond substitute. To an untrained eye, CZ indeed looks like a diamond. If you are looking for a long-lasting stone, cubic zirconia is not the ideal choice. Unlike diamonds, CZ will dull and lose its sparkle over time. Cubic zirconia is also more likely to scratch. Although bridal ring sets with cubic zirconia might be cheaper in the long run, you might find yourself paying more money to replace the stones every few years than you would have if you’d chosen a diamond in the first place. Bottom line: a diamond engagement ring is a piece of jewelry that will last a lifetime.
3. What is the difference between a lab-made diamond and a real diamond?
Did you know that scientists can create diamonds in a lab that are virtually indistinguishable from naturally mined diamonds? They have the same physical and chemical makeup as “real” diamonds, and they’re typically cheaper. However, there are some drawbacks. First, laboratory grown diamonds are normally smaller than natural ones. Also, some people find that lab grown diamonds diminish the gemstone as a symbol. Instead of taking millions of years to form, lab-made diamonds just takes days. Currently, lab diamonds must be labeled as such when being sold.
Do you have any questions for My Trio Rings? Put them in the comments below!