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Best Places to Propose in San Diego

by Kelly Smith Wednesday, 15 August 2012 Proposal

This post is part of the popular Precious Places series.

San Diego is a friendly, laid-back city. It has something for everyone, from sunny beaches to hip shops, from diverse cuisines to popular museums. Its relaxed atmosphere and ease of getting around set it apart from many other big cities. Wherever you decide are the best places to propose in San Diego, its summer vacation vibe is certain to create a memorable proposal.

So what ARE the best places to propose in San Diego?

1. Over Pasta

The Gaslamp Quarter offers a wide variety of lovely and romantic restaurants, from authentic Mexican to Afghan cuisine. Take an evening stroll past the shops and restaurants together. On 5th Avenue, you will find Acqua Al 2, an Italian restaurant with roots in Florence, Italy. Sit outside and watch the people walk by in the cool evening air. Or choose an intimate table indoors. The menu offers many amazing dishes that aren’t found at most stateside Italian restaurants. The farfalline alla zucca, a pasta with zucchini, garlic, and parmesan, is outstanding, although you can’t go wrong with any of the menu choices. Your most important decision will be whether to pull out the affordable wedding ring set before or after the torta di cioccolatta.

2. In a Garden

The Balboa Park area is another beautiful area to wander and explore together. In Balboa Park, you will find the acclaimed Japanese Friendship Garden.  Each area of the garden is simultaneously breathtaking and peaceful and would make a lovely outdoor proposal spot. One of the best places to propose in the garden is under the fujidana trellis overflowing with wisteria. Look across the garden to water meandering past rocks amidst the timeless beauty of lush trees and flowers.

3. On the Beach

And if neither of these is quite right for your vision of the best places to propose, don’t worry. You can always choose the beautiful California beaches at sunset.

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Affordable Engagement Rings for Any Budget

by Melia Dicker Tuesday, 14 August 2012 Wedding Rings

It really is possible to find high-quality diamond engagement rings that fit your budget. We know that you have many expenses when planning a wedding, and you can use the money you save on rings on a variety of other purchases, from your dream honeymoon to a beautiful wedding cake.

Here are three examples of affordable engagement rings that are also stunning. You'll find a great many other options at each budget level by browsing the Engagement Rings section of the My Trio Rings website. You can purchase any of these My Trio Rings engagement rings in diamond ring trios, as well.

affordable engagement ring$200 Engagement Ring Budget

If your bride loves the look of a solitaire ring, but you don't have the budget for a single-stone setting, an illusion solitaire head can have even greater impact. In profile, the ring head of this 1/4 carat engagement ring has the same triangular shape as a classic solitaire ring, but it has a diamond cluster head. The 10K white gold band is popular because it has the appearance of silver, while being more durable and resistant to tarnishing. Best of all, it's priced at $199.99. 

$400 Engagement Ring Budget

The floral diamond cluster head of this impressively affordable engagement ring makes it stand out above the rest. So does the curvy diamond pattern on the surface of the 14K white gold band. The suggested retail price of this ring is $899.99, but our price is $349.99. The 4.8 mm band embedded with 15 natural, conflict free diamonds gives this ring a big impact. 

affordable engagement ring$600 Engagement Ring Budget

This 1/4 carat diamond women's engagement ring offers so much sparkle, it's hard to believe the price: $599.99.  The suggested retail price is $1,499.99, which means you will save an unbelievable $900. On the 14K white gold band and the head of the ring, your bride-to-be will be wearing 23 natural, conflict-free diamonds on her finger. The diagonal diamond cluster patterns on the band highlight the ring's princess head.

To find diamond ring trios to fit your budget, read "Diamond Cluster Rings for Any Budget." Enjoy free shipping and a 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee on all orders! 

Best Places to Propose in the U.S. Virgin Islands

by Melia Dicker Thursday, 09 August 2012 Proposal

If you're ready to propose, the beautiful U.S. Virgin Islands await you and your sweetheart. (For tips on St. Thomas, see "Best Places to Propose in St. Thomas.") This post will focus on St. John and St. Croix.

St. Croix is the largest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, and it's full of culture, nightlife, and outdoor activities such as diving. St. John, an island with an area of 28 square miles, has many beaches where you can snorkel, sail, or dive. St. John is also home to Cruz Bay, its main town and port.  

The Virgin Islands National Park encompasses half of St. John island, and the land is preserved.  You'll find plenty of hiking trails, including Cinnamon Bay trail that passes a former sugar factory and many native tropical trees. Here are a few ideas for places to propose that she'll never forget.

At an all-inclusive resort

There's nothing like a tropical resort to pamper yourself as a couple. The job of the staff is to make sure that you have not a care in the world. Enjoy room service and schedule a massage at the spa. 

At the Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, you can enjoy ocean views from your room, a screened-in private patio, and gorgeously landscaped grounds. On the beach, put up your feet on one of the dozens of chairs set out for guests. Go for an evening walk, and when the sun drops low over the water, take advantage of the moment and present her with a diamond cluster ring

The Westin St. John Resort & Villas has 47 acres nestled into Great Cruz Bay. The white sand shores are lined with palm trees, and a bevy of sailboats float on crystal blue waters. Enjoy outdoor activities such as swimming, kayaking, tennis, and snorkeling. Browse the resort's Romance Packages, including the Honeymoon Package that includes special rates, couples' massages, snorkel gear, and a picnic basket.

In a waterfront restaurant

The Galleon in Christiansted, VI, is a splurge, but it is well worth the investment for a romantic evening. As if the view of the marina weren't enough, the fresh food and the extensive wine list will make you feel like royalty. 

Many reviews of Waterfront Bistro say things like, "This was our best meal on the island!" and "Great views!" Try the fresh fish with dishes like ceviche and mahi salad. The open air restaurant with breathtaking views is the perfect place to present your lady with her diamond cluster ring

In a lovely outdoor setting

When you're ready to propose, plan a day sail trip to St. Croix's Buck Island Reef National Monument. Buck Island contains 800 acres of nature reserve, a gorgeous beach, and snorkeling. The underwater life will take your breath away; you'll see turtles, colorful tropical fish, and maybe even nurse sharks (they don't bite). You can also hike on Buck Island, so bring your walking shoes. Check out companies like Buck Island Tours that will take the lead so you can sit back and relax.

The National Park at St. John has a large variety of coral reefs, beautiful beaches, hiking trails, and historic ruins. You can enjoy all kinds of outdoor sports, such as scuba diving, kayaking, and camping. Think about taking a sailing or snorkeling tour with a private company like Cruise Ship Excursions.

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A Vision of an Outdoor Budget Wedding

by Kelly Smith Monday, 06 August 2012 Ceremony

You’ve found the love of a lifetime. You’ve proposed. You’ve chosen a trio wedding ring set together. But now that the time has come, what will your budget wedding actually be like? Feeling stumped? Picture this possibility:

It is a gorgeous fall day. The sun shines brightly through the changing leaves that rustle in a gentle breeze. You and your groom stand hand-in-hand by the lake at the local state park, surrounded by your closest family and friends. You are holding a bouquet of seasonal wildflowers in front of your mom’s altered wedding dress. He is wearing his favorite suit.

Your minister marries you as a flock of geese flies over the glistening lake. After the kiss, you and your new husband wander together over to the picnic shelter where your budget wedding feast is waiting. Since you saved so much money by choosing an outdoor wedding with a small guest list and modest attire, you are able to splurge on a catered gourmet picnic lunch.

With your beautiful trio wedding ring set on your fingers at last, you are both able to relax and enjoy the moment together with a small, intimate group of guests. Unlike many couples, you actually are able to sit down and enjoy your own wedding food. While you are kicking back with the people you love most, your favorite wedding photographer will continue to take breathtaking pictures to help you remember this day for years to come.

You and your guests savor the fresh air and sunshine while eating pan seared lemonfish, grilled asparagus, a mixed greens salad with apricots and toasted hazelnuts, and a crisp white wine. For dessert, you chose the nicest bakery in town to make a luscious almond wedding cake topped with raspberries. And before you know it, it will be time to depart on your budget honeymoon!

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Best Places to Propose in New Orleans

by Kelly Smith Thursday, 02 August 2012 Proposal

New Orleans is a city that stands out in the South. It offers diversity and mystery and is like a little taste of Europe stateside. Take a trip with your true love and explore the romance of sunset on the bayou, hidden architectural treasures on cobblestone streets, avenues lined with ancient oaks, and street cars that drive you to candlelit bistros.

Best Places to Propose

1. In a Restaurant

New Orleans is a melting pot of cultures and traditions. It offers some of the most interesting and diverse food of the gulf south. Decide on a cuisine that suits your fancy – French? Cajun? Italian? Indian? – and make a reservation at one of New Orleans’ many small, intimate neighborhood restaurants. Or for a more spontaneous proposal experience, wander Magazine Street and choose one of the best places to propose on the spot as you stroll by the wide selection of restaurants and bars.

2. Under the Trees

Audubon Park is full of gorgeous old live oak trees that offer both shade and romance. Relive your childhood by climbing the low limbs, and pull out a diamond cluster engagement ring for a surprise proposal among the leaves. Or if you’d prefer to keep both feet on the ground, pack a decadent picnic lunch of prepared food and fresh fruit from Whole Foods Market. Wander the park and spread a picnic blanket under the trees. And if you want to make a day of it, nearby attractions include the botantical garden, zoo, and art museum.

2. On the Water

For a proposal that is unique to New Orleans, choose to propose on or along one of its many bodies of water. One of the best places to propose from this perspective is on a swamp tour. There are many opportunities for such adventures in south Louisiana. Consider a Honey Island Swamp Tour, which is a little off the beaten path from most New Orleans area attractions, but which is worth the drive. Ride through a mysterious world of ancient reptiles and birds, still waters, and Spanish moss until the moment is right to pop the question.

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Best Budget Wedding Dances

by Kelly Smith Monday, 30 July 2012 Wedding Ideas

When you are planning a budget wedding, one challenge is to find the best prices and prioritize your hopes and dreams without scrimping on creativity and individuality. If you can find a good deal on your reception music, one fun way to express yourselves as a couple is during the dancing. You have a groom. You have a date. You have a venue. You have an inexpensive wedding ring set. Now is the time to plan the dances! Here are a few creative ideas to get you started.

1. The Whole Wedding Party Dance

If you have a wedding party that is made up of good dancers, or at least people who would be willing to get out there and try, then you might want to recreate something like this couple, who started their first dance as a married couple to a sedate slow dance, but one minute in broke out into a snappy number from “Grease,” with the assistance of their entire wedding party. A dance like this could be choreographed with a live band or with a DJ, depending on your budget and music preferences.

2. Father - Daughter Dance

If some members of your wedding party have two left feet or a little bit of stage fright, how about Dad? Would he be excited about making some moves for a memorable father - daughter dance at your budget wedding reception? This dad has very smooth moves and appears to have a playful sense of humor as he dances his daughter into her new life. The father – daughter dance is a time when most of the attention is on the bride, her wedding gown, and her inexpensive wedding ring set. It is a great time to shine and express some originality.

3. Bride and Groom Dance

How well does the new bride and groom work together? This couple shows off their romantic side when they start dancing slowly to “Unchained Melody.” Then all of a sudden, the couple breaks into a marvelous rendition of “Baby Got Back,” with wild cheers from all of their guests.

Plan an original budget wedding today!

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Best Places to Propose in Orlando

by Kelly Smith Wednesday, 25 July 2012 Proposal

Orlando is a city where magic happens. From castles and carriages to coasters and crocodiles, you can live your dream at any age. Orlando is a particularly excellent proposal spot because it is a place where only your imagination is the limit.

Best Places to Propose

1. The Magic Kingdom

Disney offers many different options for proposals depending on your particular romantic persuasion. For thrill seekers, a proposal in the Haunted Mansion, in the dark caves of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, or even racing downhill on a roller coaster might be just the ticket. Of course, if you choose this kind of proposal, you may wish to leave the trio wedding ring set back at the hotel. For a more romantic proposal, you might consider proposing under Cinderella’s Castle beneath the Nighttime Spectacular fireworks display or finding a quiet spot to pop the question in the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse.

2. Epcot

If international travel is more your speed, Epcot may be one of the best places to propose in Orlando. Craft a proposal that includes a decadent meal such as feeding each other Mexican treats at La Cave del Tequila, indulging in Moroccan pastries at Restaurant Marrakesh, or staring into each other’s eyes over spaghetti and meatballs at Tutto Italia or Via Napoli.

3. Universal Studios

Create a truly magical proposal at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Orlando. You choose the best places to propose: surprise her with a trio wedding ring set over a butterbeer in the Three Broomsticks pub, in a bag of treats from Honeydukes sweet shop, or while flying over the grounds of Hogwarts Castle on the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride.

Choose your trio wedding ring set and plan your magical proposal today!

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Is a Conflict-Free Diamond Ring Right For You?

by Kelly Smith Monday, 23 July 2012 Wedding Rings

So often it seems like it costs more money to make the better choice. The printer paper made from recycled paper costs more. The organic milk costs more. And we all know that the Hawaiian honeymoon costs a wee bit more than a trip to the state park. Fortunately, even if you are planning a wedding on a budget, there are many excellent choices you can make without sacrificing beauty, quality, or integrity. One of those choices is quite simple: choose a conflict-free diamond ring.

1. Do you want a beautiful ring?

Choose a ring made from gorgeous conflict-free diamonds. You can choose a conflict-free diamond ring in just about any style and price range that you have in mind. With My Trio Rings, you have the assurance of a jeweler that has privileges with Kimberley Process certified De Beers mines, so you can be sure that your ring is not only gorgeous, it is actually conflict-free and affordable.

2. Do you want a ring that will last a lifetime?

Just because you are planning a wedding on a budget doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice quality. Don’t choose anything less than a ring with real diamonds that are certified conflict-free. Fake diamonds and lesser metals might save a few dollars in the short run but a real conflict-free diamond ring with real gold will save a lot of heartache in the long run.

3. Do you want to celebrate your love of a lifetime with a piece of jewelry that honors human life?

Celebrate your love with a conflict free diamond ring that promotes sound human rights practices and strengthens economies of equality. With My Trio Rings, you can find the integrity, quality, and beauty you desire at a price you can afford.

Start shopping for yours today!

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Best Places to Propose in Honolulu

by Melia Dicker Thursday, 19 July 2012 Proposal

If you and your sweetheart are planning a trip to the Hawaiian island of Oahu and you're ready to propose, take advantage of the opportunity to pop the question in paradise! Hawaii is known for its natural beauty and welcoming spirit of aloha. The Honolulu area has plenty of fine dining options and adventurous activities, so it will be easy to romance your bride-to be.

No matter where you propose in Honolulu, order a flower lei in advance that you can gift to your lady after you present her with the diamond cluster ring of her dreams. A local florist can recommend the best kind of flower for the occasion. 

Where to Propose in Waikiki

Waikiki is the famous resort area located on the south shore of Honoloulu. The main street, Kalakaua Avenue, is the hub of shops and restaurants. The brilliant blue waters of the Pacific and waving palm trees are as romantic a setting as you could imagine. 

If your girlfriend is the outdoorsy type, she will love a proposal in Waikiki. Think about planning a hike to the top of Diamond Head crater, a well-known landmark of the island of Oahu. The hike isn't easy, but the ocean view is completely worthwhile and provides a perfect backdrop for a proposal.

After you've placed the gorgeous diamond cluster ring on her finger and you've hiked back from Diamond Head, you'll have worked up a strong appetite. Take her to the brunch buffet at Duke's Waikiki to celebrate. Located right on the beach, it's a beautiful place to toast to your future with champagne.

For dinner, an excellent choice is Roy's, the first of Roy Yamaguchi's famous restaurants. The steak and seafood house with Asian influences serves up signature dishes like "Roy's Original Blackened Ahi with Spicy Hot Soy Mustard Butter Sauce." If your mouth isn't watering yet, just think about the chocolate molten lava cake, which you absolutely cannot miss.

Where to Propose in Downtown Honolulu

If you can, plan your proposal around First Friday Honloulu Gallery Walk in Chinatown. It's a free, lively outdoor event on the main drag of downtown Honolulu between 5 and 9 pm on the first Friday of every month, with late night parties happening at the bars in the area. Stop by the galleries and shops and then head to dinner at one of the amazing restaurants downtown.

Many say that their dinner at Chef Mavro was the best they've ever had. Once you're ready to propose, make a reservation here for an Asian fusion/French multi-course meal your sweetheart will never forget. The attentive staff and the impeccable ambience will complement the diamond cluster ring that will take her breath away. 

After dinner, head to Indigo for drinks. The bar is known for its delicious, affordable cocktails, like lychee marinis and lemon drop martinis for around $4 each. Catching a show at the Comedy Club at Indigo will cap off a night that neither of you will forget.

When you're ready to propose, pick out the perfect engagement ring at My Trio Rings! Check out the new videos that showcase our wide selection. 

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Surprise Your Man with a Trio Wedding Ring Set

by Kelly Smith Monday, 16 July 2012 Wedding Rings

Ladies, are you ready to get married? Are you fairly certain that your guy is also ready to take the plunge and start planning a budget wedding with you? One good sign is that he initiates conversations about a shared long-term future together and can’t wait to spend his life with you. Just because he is ready to commit doesn’t necessarily mean that he has worked up the nerve to propose yet! Fortunately, there is no rule that says that you can’t be the one to pop the question. To get started, choose a trio wedding ring set that incorporates your style with his.

A Trio Wedding Ring Set for Every Guy

1. The Sports Fan

If your guy would rather be glued to a sports game than doing just about anything else, then you might want to consider a trio wedding ring set such as this one that has a thicker men’s wedding band with styling reminiscent of a class ring or sports ring. The ladies’ wedding band is a smaller version of the men’s wedding band, and the engagement ring features sixteen princess cut diamonds in a central square feature set in yellow gold. All this bling can be yours for you and your husband-to-be for $799.99.

2. The Sensitive Guy

Some guys prefer a more masculine design, while other guys lean towards the romantic for their wedding band. If your guy has fun cooking dinner with you, discussing your favorite novels, or catching the latest rom com together, then he might like a wedding band with more subtle and elegant styling, such as this one carat diamond trio wedding ring set that is set in white gold. In addition to tastefully stunning diamonds, these rings also offer romantic detailing on the bands, all for $1049.99.

3. The Outdoorsman

If your husband-to-be is happiest stomping through the woods, fishing by the lake, or just spending time soaking in the great outdoors, then you might like to choose this ring set that features a curving leaf-like design. This 14 K white gold ring set includes ¼ carat total diamond weight for only $579.99

Even if your guy doesn’t fit into any of these categories, keep shopping around for the budget wedding ring set that is right for you. Now you are well on your way to planning your budget wedding!

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4 Creative Proposal Ideas from Celebrities

by Melia Dicker Thursday, 12 July 2012 Proposal

creative-proposal-ideas-from-celebritiesJust because you're planning a budget wedding doesn't mean that you can't have a proposal story as romantic as a celebrity's. Take inspiration from these 4 romantic celebrity proposals and put your own personal spin on them. 

1. Sweet surprise at home

While his girlfriend Christine Taylor was away, Ben Stiller visited her house and adorned it with candles and rose petals. Christine came home to find Ben down on one knee. He'd forgotten only one thing during his careful planning….the ring! As he went to give it to her, he remembered that it was still in his bag in another room. But she didn't seem to mind. She accepted his proposal!  

When you know your lady will be out of the house, decorate it with her favorite candy and flowers. You could write love notes and stuff them inside of balloons before filling them with helium, or write on the balloons themselves once they're inflated. Just show her how much thought you've put into coming up with unforgettably creative proposal ideas. 

2. Dramatic public proposal

Singer Pink proposed to motocross racer Carey Hart at the Pro 250 class finals in Mammoth, California. As Hart was making his third lap, Pink held up a pit board in front of the grandstands that said, "Will You Marry Me?" When he made the next lap, she added the words, "I'm serious!" to the board. At that point, Hart pulled his car off to the side of the track and picked up Pink, allowing the other racers to pass him.

If you know that your love would enjoy celebrating with a crowd -- and you're absolutely sure that she'll say yes! -- plan a grand, sweeping gesture in a public place. You could arrange for "Will you marry me?" to appear on the scoreboard at a sports event, or on a banner pulled by an airplane flying overhead. If you're planning a budget wedding, you can plan a proposal that doesn't cost anything, like a serenade in the town square before you get down on one knee and present her with a ring.

3. Holiday celebration

During the holidays, we're feeling merry and tend to be surrounded by family, so it's no wonder that many couples get engaged between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Michael Douglas hosted a party at his Aspen home on the New Year's Eve before the millennium. After celebrating the new year, Douglas gave Catherine Zeta-Jones (who was two months pregnant with the couple's son) a 10-carat antique diamond ring.

Before this holiday season comes, brainstorm some creative proposal ideas, like wrapping the ring box inside a series of bigger boxes, which your bride-to-be will open like nesting dolls. Other ideas are to place the box at the bottom of her Christmas stocking, under several smaller gifts. If she's close to her family, you might think about popping the question during a toast at the big holiday meal.

4. Walk down memory lane

Katherine Heigl met musician Josh Kelley when she starred in the video for "Only You" as his love interest. The video was filmed in a bungalow in Venice, California, and after several years of dating, Kelley tracked down the house and got permission from its residents to take Katherine to dinner there. He arranged for a car to pick her up, and he set up a table with a white tablecloth, roses, and chocolate cake. During dessert, he proposed, and the happy couple took a walk afterward on the beach that was also a setting for the video shoot. Hear Josh Kelley tell his sweet proposal story.

To come up with creative proposal ideas, think back on some of the best experiences you've had together. You may have dined at a certain restaurant on your first date, which you can romantically recreate. If you took a day trip to the beach, pack a picnic, take a walk, and suddenly drop to one knee before proposing. She will be moved by the thought you put into returning to a place that means a lot to both of you.

Even if you'll be planning a wedding on a budget, you'll find the trio ring set for you at My Trio Rings.

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Best Places to Propose in Philadelphia

by Kelly Smith Monday, 09 July 2012 Proposal

This post is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which introduces you to the best places to propose around the country.

Philadelphia is a beautiful city where old meets new. From winding historic walks to gorgeous gardens, a person with an eye for the romantic can find many special places to propose.

3 of the Best Places to Propose in Philadelphia

1. At a Museum

Do you want to propose in Europe without paying for plane fares? On the second floor of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, go to the European art gallery. In the middle of that gallery, you will find a dimly lit room. The room features a rebuilt cloister that has elements from the medieval French building the Abbey of Saint-Genis-des-Fontaines. The cloister offers a quiet, romantic setting for an unforgettable, European-style proposal in any weather.

2. Over Chocolate

Are you unsure about how to best surprise your bride-to-be with a diamond cluster engagement ring? Appeal to both her sweet tooth and her romantic side with a guided Philadelphia chocolate tour. Wander the historic streets of Philadelphia and duck into hidden cafes and chocolate shops. Decide for yourself where the best places to propose are along the way. Just don’t forget to give her the diamond course in between chocolate tastings!

3. Among the Flowers

Is she more of an outdoor woman? Head to one of Philadelphia’s most beautiful spots, the Chanticleer pleasure garden. From the meandering waterfalls of Bell’s Run Creek to the stately Ruin and Gravel Garden to the lush bower of the Cut Flower and Vegetable Garden, this historic garden estate certainly features some of the best places to propose in the greater Philadelphia area.

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Best Places to Propose in Jacksonville, Florida

by Melia Dicker Thursday, 05 July 2012 Proposal

Where to propose in JacksonvilleNestled in the northeast corner of Florida close to the Georgia state line, Jacksonville offers a little bit of everything: arts and culture, fine dining, and outdoor excursions. Jacksonville Landing is full of options for shopping, dining, and having drinks, and Jacksonville Beach is a 20-30 minute drive outside downtown. Here are a few creative proposal ideas in Jacksonville to give your bride-to-be an experience she'll never forget.

1. In the Open Air

Plan a romantic evening with reservations on a dinner cruise on the St. John's River. Your choices include the Jacksonville Princess II, a luxury yacht that is usually available for charter by groups but is open to the public at certain times of the year. The Lady St. Johns is a great choice for those who like the nightlife, as it has two dance floors, two full bars, and a capacity for 250 passengers. The Annabelle Lee is a smaller, classic steam wheel ship with a charmingly decorated salon. The Lady St. Johns and Annbelle Lee are owned by the same company; for more information, visit www.jaxrivercruises.com.

At the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, admire the private art collection of Arthur and Ninah Cummer in the cozy museum (which is free on Tuesday evenings), then spend time walking around the beautifully manicured gardens and past the giant oak trees. Pass serene reflection pools and fountains on your way to admire the view of the river. There, you can present her with a sparkling diamond cluster ring that will be even more breathtaking than the view.

2. Out at a Show

If your lady loves arts and entertainment, think about creative proposal ideas that involve taking in a show. If she's the theatrical type, she won't mind drawing a crowd when you drop to one knee in the lobby during intermission and declare your love for her. 

A great many well-known broadway musicals visit Jacksonville as they tour the country, from West Side Story to Billy Elliot. Check the listings in advance to find one that your sweetheart would love to see.

The historic Florida Theatre, which opened in 1927, is one of the most eclectic venues around. Take a look at the event listings and you'll see that in a single month, the theatre may host a mainstream comedy show, a variety of classic films, a blues concert, and a live children's show. 

3. At a Romantic Restaurant

The Patio at Pastiche is a favorite of many Jacksonville locals. The small, intimate restaurant serves comforting American and Southern cuisine and has a remarkably friendly staff. If the weather is nice, ask to dine in the garden, which is lit with strings of pretty lights. Make sure to order dessert, and after you are both happily stuffed, surprise her with a diamond cluster ring. It will be the best meal of her life.

Everything about Orsay says class: the decor, the service, and the food. The cuisine is traditional French with occasional influences from the American South. "Out of this world" is how many diners describe the dishes they've eaten here, from the French onion soup to the mussels in white wine, garlic, butter, and thyme. Your mouth will water just looking over the menu. Order a decadent dessert, like vanilla bean creme brulee or a chocolate espresso torte, and sip a glass of wine before you ask for her hand in marriage.

Let your creative proposal ideas be inspired by the selection of engagement rings at My Trio Rings!

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4 Budget Honeymoon Ideas

by Kelly Smith Thursday, 05 July 2012 Honey Moon

If you are planning a wedding on a budget, chances are that you are also trying to put together a budget honeymoon filled with romance and relaxation. There are excellent websites across the internet for booking inexpensive, all-inclusive vacations that could be used quite easily to plan a honeymoon at a reasonable price. One of my favorite discount travel sites is TravelZoo.

Budget Honeymoon Ideas from TravelZoo

1. Jamaica

For as low as $479 per person, including airfare, you can fly to Jamaica’s all-inclusive Braco Village Resort and Spa for a four-night luxury honeymoon. Enjoy unlimited food and alcohol from five onsite restaurants and seven onsite bars.

2. Mexico

Stay in Cabo at an all-inclusive beach resort for $69 per person, per night. This resort package includes free food and alcohol, exciting activities, multiple pools (including a pool with a swim-up bar), and even free Internet – perfect for a budget honeymoon.

3. Caribbean Cruise

If you can sail out of New York City, you can enjoy a nine night Caribbean cruise on Norwegian Cruiselines. The cruise ship offers a wide variety of dining and entertainment options on board for you to enjoy when you’re not anchored in Puerto Rico, St Maarten, St Thomas, or the Dominican Republic.

4. Arizona

You need to relax and unwind after planning a wedding on a budget. Reward yourselves with a romantic honeymoon at the Carefree Resort and Spa. A two night stay is only $99, and you might have a little extra wiggle room in your budget for dining under the stars at the gourmet hotel restaurant, getting a couple’s massage, or taking a hot air balloon ride together.

Whatever your budget honeymoon dreams, you may be able to make them happen with an discount travel website. Just remember, the best travel deals probably sell out quickly.

Find beautiful wedding rings that fit into your budget.

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Best Places to Propose in St. Louis

by Kelly Smith Wednesday, 27 June 2012 Proposal

This post is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which introduces you to the best places to propose around the country.

St. Louis is a city that is well-known for its pizza, its baseball, and its majestic stone arch. It is also a city with a wide variety lovely places for the romantic-minded to propose, whether you're in the mood for someplace romantic or someplace more authentically St. Louis, or whether you're in the market for a little of both!

Where to Propose in St. Louis

1. At a Museum

The City Museum is a museum unlike many others and is hands down one of the best places to propose in St. Louis. From enchanted caves to a rooftop carousel, the City Museum offers a wide variety of magical worlds for exciting proposal options. If your heart is set on the museum rooftop or the aquarium for proposing, just be certain to budget in a little extra for the additional admission fee required for those areas. 

2. Over a Pizza

Maybe for some of you, there is nothing about a pizza place that says romance. But imagine a shadowy Italian restaurant with flickering candlelight at a secluded table, a glass of chianti, and the most amazing pizza you've ever eaten. If this sounds promising, then consider Katie's Pizzeria Cafe as one of the best places to propose in St. Louis. Leek, fontina, and pine nut pizza? Yes, please! Or if you're looking for a more upscale Italian meal, then you might like gnocchi alla bolognese at Dominic's, lasagna napoletana at Trattoria Marcella, or risotto Milanese at Tony's don't forget to share a dessert after you propose with a beautiful trio wedding ring set!

3. In a Jewel Box

Park the car and wander through the grass and gardens together. Nestled in St. Louis's Forest Park is an impressive glass conservatory known as the Jewel Box. Despite its tall stature, inside, it is full of vibrant plant life, sparkling sunshine, and intimate corners perfect for a proposal. It is a popular location for weddings and other events, so if you want to be sure that it is open to the public at the moment of your choosing, then you may wish to call the Parks Division to check. Admission to the Jewel Box is $1, but entry is free on Monday and Tuesday mornings, if you're looking for an even less expensive proposal option.

When you are ready to propose, pick out your ideal trio wedding ring set from My Trio Rings.

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Affordable Wedding Rings For Anyone

by Kelly Smith Monday, 25 June 2012 Wedding Rings

How did you make the decision about what cell phone to buy? Was is a television commercial? An excellent special deal? Have you been a loyal customer of the same cellular provider for years? Or were you swayed by a friend's experience to try something new? And how on earth will you make the decisions you need to make about purchasing affordable wedding rings? Comparison shopping? Asking your best friend what she did? Walking the mall? Surfing the Internet?

It can feel overwhelming to make such a big decision, but it doesn't have to be. My Trio Rings is a well-established online jeweler that sells conflict-free diamond wedding jewelry in a variety of beautiful styles for any budget. And even if your best friend spent a little too much money at the brick-and-mortar jewelry boutique downtown, you can still get an amazing deal on real diamonds at this one stop online shop. But you don't have to take our word for it.

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Best Places to Propose in St. Thomas

by Melia Dicker Thursday, 21 June 2012 Proposal

best places to propose in st thomasBest Places to Propose in St. Thomas

This post is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which introduces you to the best places to propose around the country.

St. Thomas is a gem of the Caribbean, one of three main U.S. Virgin Islands (the other two are St. John and St. Croix). It is perfect for those who love the water. There's no end to the activities that happen on, in, or near the water, including windsurfing, parasailing, kayaking, and diving. If you're ready to propose, St. Thomas is the perfect tropical destination.

Where to Propose in St. Thomas

On a spectacular beach

Located on St. Thomas' north coast, Magens Bay is known as one of the world's most beautiful beaches. You can snorkel and see the rays and turtles, have a frozen drink at the bar and a meal at the restaurant, or just lounge on the sand. The beach stretches out for a mile, so you can take your lady on a walk on the white sand and dip your toes in the crystal blue water. As the sun sets, drop to one knee and present her with a sparkling diamond cluster ring.

Another breathtaking beach on St. Thomas is Secret Harbour. The calm waters are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. After an active afternoon, sit on the patio of the Cruzan Beach Club at the Sunset Grille. It's right on the beach and serves pizzas and tropical appetizers like ahi nachos. Order a cocktail and surprise her by popping the question as you toast. 

At a luxury resort

When you're ready to propose, the family-run Bolongo Bay Resort on the south shore of St. Thomas will be ready to receive you and your bride-to-be. Choose from beachfront rooms, from which you can walk out your door onto the sand, or upper floor rooms that have balconies with ocean views. There are also oceanfront condos just down the beach with living areas. Bolongo Bay also offers romantic packages complete with chocolates, champagne, and meals included. The resort arranges diving excursions, so you can leave the planning to the pros and completely relax.

Crystal Cove Resort on Sapphire Bay is a privately owned resort located on the east coast of St. Thomas, close to nearby town Red Hook, which has all the shops and restaurants you could want, and the ferry to St. John. You'll feel right at home in the large, comfortable condos, with a white sand beach just steps outside your door. Pack a picnic and have a romantic dinner on the beach. Then, as you're unpacking dessert and champagne, present her with a box containing a gorgeous diamond cluster ring

Exploring the wonders of the sea

In St. Thomas, you have a great many options for renting a boat and relaxing out on the water. Companies rent power boats for half-day or full-day excursions, which are great for swimming and snorkeling excursions. You can also rent a luxury yacht or sailboat -- it all depends on the kind of experience you're looking for. 

If your lady is an animal lover, take her to Coral World Ocean Park, where she can experience the magic of the Caribbean's marine life. The aquarium houses hundreds of species of aquatic creatures, and in the touch pool you can gently handle animals like starfish and sea cucumbers. Exhibits include the Shark Shallows, the Stingray Lagoon, and the Turtle Pool. The awe in her eyes as she observes these beautiful creatures will turn to surprise when you present a diamond cluster ring and ask for her hand.

When you're ready to propose, pick out the perfect trio wedding rings at My Trio Rings.

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Best Places to Propose in Miami

by Melia Dicker Thursday, 14 June 2012 Proposal

where to propose in miamiThis post is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which introduces you to the best places to propose around the country.

From Little Havana to South Beach, Miami is full of life and culture. No matter what type of romantic experience your sweetheart would enjoy, you'll find it here. Pick out a trio ring set and choose where you'll propose.

1. On The Beach / On the Water

South Beach is known for its calm, clear blue waters and soft white sand. It's about two miles long, bordered by a boardwalk, perfect for a sunset stroll. If you'd like to plan an extra creative proposal, consider hiring a company like Team Sandtastic to create a sand sculpture that incorporates "Will you marry me?"

South Pointe Park on Miami Beach, set on the outlet of the port of Miami, is a lovely place for a picnic on the shore. If your lady loves the water, take her on an adventure on the deep blue sea. Plan a sunset cruise with a company like Play Time Water Sports, where you can reserve a cozy spot on a catamaran and enjoy an open bar and snacks. Catamaran Sailing Miami even has bed and breakfast cruises for 2-4 people on a catamaran. Contact owners Mike and Sandy in advance to arrange an extra special proposal. And get your trio ring set ready before you set sail!

2. In a Beautiful Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is the perfect place for a nature-lover. Wind through a two-acre rainforest lush with orchids, palm trees, and waterfalls. Visit the Fairchild Arboretum, which is filled with more than 700 species of tropical flowering trees, as well as gorgeously colorful tropical flowering vines. For a creative proposal, take a walk through the butterfly garden and get down on one knee as butterflies flutter around you and your bride-to-be. 

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens was built in the Jazz Age of the early 1900s to be the winter residence of a wealthy American industrialist. It was designed to look like an Italian estate, with surrounding gardens that took seven years to perfect. Enjoy admiring the expensive antiques and furnishings in the 34 decorated rooms. Then enjoy a walk around the lovely gardens and present her with a ring as breathtaking as the backdrop.

3. On the Town 

Tonight's the night you ask her to marry you, so give her an evening she'll never forget. At Catharsis in Little Havana, enjoy Latin and Italian dishes and a romantic ambience, with sconces glowing on whitewashed walls. On Saturdays, enjoy live music. If your lady is the adventurous type, keep your eyes out for one of the "Dining in the Dark" events and make a reservation for a dinner that you eat while blindfolded. 

Miami is famous for its lively bars and dance clubs. Magnum Lounge takes the energy level down a few notches, creating a softly lit atmosphere. The European style piano bar has the velvet decor of an old-world cabaret, and the outdoor shack bar serves excellent cocktails. 

Once you're ready to propose, pick out the perfect trio ring set at MyTrioRings.com.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user emilio labrador.