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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.

My Trio Rings Diamond Wedding Jewelry Testimonials 

Rich and Tamara from Maryland ordered their affordable wedding rings from My Trio Rings in May of this year. Here is what they have to say about their experience:

My Trio Rings definitely delivered excellent customer service, beautiful rings, and a unbeatable price to my wife and I. The construction of the rings are superb. During my purchase process Mr. Punit Shah was available for me immediately. My wife and I were away on our honeymoon when an incident happened with her engagement ring. I was able to contact Mr. Shah while abroad and he made himself available and took care of our concerns within days, not weeks or months. He is committed to his customers. As a consumer I only expect the very best, and My Trio Rings gave me nothing but the very best. Thank you for the superb rings, superb customer service, and for being there for us. Thank you for the very best service and superb BLING BLING!!!

Alice and Derrick are another happy couple who used My Trio Rings for their affordable wedding rings. They write:

Before my fiance and I ordered our trio wedding rings, we were skeptical in regards to the value and quality of the rings. But once I had taken the time to look at local jewelry stores as well as the stores on line, I realized that the value of the rings we saw in person, as well as pricing of the rings we saw in person, did not come close to what we saw we could get on this website. So after taking it into some serious consideration, we decided to give My Trio Rings a try. We were even pleased to know that the BBB has this company rated at an A-; that was also refreshing to know. Customer service was smooth sailing with ordering. Our wedding date is set for August 18th, and we are looking forward to receiving our rings in the very near future.

Shop for your affordable wedding rings today!

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Best Places to Propose in St. Thomas

by Melia Dicker Thursday, 21 June 2012 Proposal

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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.

A Diamond Cluster Engagement Ring Like the Stars

by Kelly Smith Monday, 11 June 2012 Wedding Rings

Former 49er Eric Johnson gave his fiancé Jessica Simpson a ruby and diamond cluster engagement ring designed by Neil Lane when he proposed in 2010. This ring features a center ruby with side diamonds, and he planned to design a coordinating piece of diamond jewelry for Jessica as a gift to celebrate the recent birth of their daughter Maxwell.

One lovely Neil Lane diamond cluster engagement ring features a central round diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds, with diamonds also lining the platinum band. As a designer well-known and much used by some of Hollywood’s finest, it isn’t a surprise that a price for this ring is not listed on Neil Lane’s website. General wisdom would tell us that this particular ring is far out of the price range of most of us.

Ladies, if you want the look of a Neil Lane engagement ring, here are a few ideas to get you started. Fortunately, My Trio Rings offers a few much more affordable options.

1. My Trio Rings sells a 5/8 carat total weight diamond cluster engagement ring that is set in 14 K white gold. This ring features a central round cluster of diamonds with a cluster of side diamonds, set in a slightly wider band. This ring will cost you $599.99.

2. If you like the look of the Neil Lane ring, you might also want to consider a 1/2 carat diamond engagement ring with a more defined round central cluster of diamonds, and a thinner band of diamonds set in white gold curving around the sides. This ring is only $469.99, a steal compared to the tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars that celebrities spend on Neil Lane jewelry. Yes, Neil Lane does not make affordable wedding jewelry.

3. Another option is the gently curving diamond-encrusted band of this diamond cluster engagement ring offered by My Trio Rings. For $499.99, you can own a 1/2 carat engagement ring with 14 K white gold, a piece of beautiful yet affordable wedding jewelry.

And if you don’t see the ring of your dreams, you can even work with a My Trio Rings designer to create one – for much less than the price of a Neil Lane. Get started today!

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Best Places to Propose in Tampa, Florida

by Melia Dicker Thursday, 07 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.

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Tampa is the laid-back cousin of party city Miami. Located on Florida's west coast, Tampa has plenty of culture and beautiful outdoor spaces. There's a streetcar that runs downtown, beautiful white sand beaches, and plenty of culture. If you're ready to propose, consider one of these settings.

Where to Propose in Tampa

1. On a romantic stroll

Bayshore Boulevard is famous for being the world's longest continuous sidewalk, running six miles along the waterfront. Walk hand-in-hand and take in the views of the city at sunset, then get down on one knee and present her with a diamond cluster ring.

2. During a classy dinner

Take your sweetie out for a candlelit Italian dinner at Bella's Italian Cafe. It's a cozy restaurant located in the popular entertainment district of Tampa called SoHo (short for "South Howard Avenue"). The waitstaff will bring you fresh bruschetta upon seating you, and warm bread and butter throughout the meal. Saangria, wood-fired pizzas, and tiramisu are among the delicious menu options. Enjoy the friendly service and the warm ambience. 

Nothing says romance like a dinner cruise. Reserve a window seat on the Yacht StarShip in advance for a gorgeous view, and an enjoy a three-course meal (a fourth appetizer course is optional) from the seasonal menu. After dinner, enjoy a 360-degree view of Tampa Bay from the Promenade deck as you toast with champagne. 

3. On a lighthearted adventure

If your lady is a kid at heart, she will love the Airheads Trampoline Arena. Laugh yourselves silly as you literally bounce off the walls, because they're made of giant trampolines. On certain days, you can even play dodgeball. Surprise her by popping the question as you step out of the arena with your adrenaline pumping and your faces flushed. 

Another destination to delight your inner child is Gaspar's Grotto. Located in Tampa's historic Latin quarter and entertainment district, the pirate-themed bar was founded by a retired sea captain and his wife. If your lady loves animals, she'll appreciate that the casual outdoor patio encourages dogs (there's even a plate for dogs on the menu!). When you're ready to propose, contact the management and see if they can help you plan a special surprise.

If you're looking for delicious food and drink in a one-of-a-kind environment, consider Ciro's Speakeasy and Supper Club. Find the unmarked wooden door in the seemingly random location and say the password that you received when you made your reservation. Inside, you'll be transported back to the 1920's. Nestle into a candlelit private booth secluded by curtain,s and order a Prohibition-era cocktail and small plates, like black truffle popcorn or chicken and waffle sliders. As the evening comes to a close, giving your lady a diamond cluster ring will make the experience truly unforgettable.

Ready to propose? Find a trio ring set at My Trio Rings that your bride-to-be will love.

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Creative Proposal Ideas For Ladies

by Kelly Smith Monday, 04 June 2012 Proposal

Not all proposals are extravagant affairs. Not everyone has elaborate creative proposal ideas. Sometimes you just know after your first date at the miniature golf place that you are going to get married. Sometimes you just agree in the store when you are picking out a telephone together that you want to spend the rest of your lives together. Sometimes it is just as simple as, “Should we?” “Of course!”

A proposal does not have to be dazzling to be romantic or heartfelt. It doesn’t have to be made by a man to be valid. And you don’t even have to wait until the next leap year to propose. Ladies, if you are ready to pop the question to your boyfriend, here are some ideas to get you started.

Creative Proposal Ideas

1. Arrange in advance to make an announcement over the loudspeaker at the big game, or get your special question posted on the scoreboard during halftime.

2. Prepare a hearty meal of his favorite foods and a bottle of champagne. Propose picking out a diamond cluster ring set together for dessert.

3. Go fishing together, and carefully tie a men’s wedding band to his favorite fishing lure. Just make sure that he sees the ring before he casts off into the water!

4. Write him a message in the wet sand on a romantic weekend getaway to the beach.

5. Wrap a diamond cluster ring set in a smaller box, then package it up in progressively larger boxes. Give him the giant box as a gift for his birthday or another gift-giving event.

Ladies, share your creative proposal ideas in the comments!

Pick out a diamond cluster ring set together today!

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The Time is Right for a Wedding Ring Set

by Kelly Smith Tuesday, 29 May 2012 Proposal

It seems as though romance is in the air this week, as creative proposals go viral on the internet. Is it time for you to get inspired for a marriage proposal of your own?

1. Lip Dub Proposal

It doesn’t get much more romantic than this creative proposal, in which a few dozen people lip synch and act out the lyrics to Bruno Mars’s song “Marry You” for  a beautifully choreographed musical proposal. “Don’t say no, no, no, no, no, Just say yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, And we’ll go, go, go, go, go, If you’re ready, like I’m ready,” the couple’s family and friends sing in flash mob style to the now bride-to-be in the back of a slowly-moving SUV. We may not all be nearly as creative as this, but it is sure to get you in the mood for love. I just hope he remembered to buy a wedding ring set!

2. First Date Proposal

One less successful proposal in the news this week was the first date proposal by a man who hoped to have an arranged marriage. Pallavi Reddy’s parents hoped to arrange a marriage for her with a successful man of common heritage. When she finally agreed to a date with the man of their choosing, it became quickly clear to her that she could not marry him. Before the date was over, however, he proposed marriage without the answer he had hoped for. The lesson? Hold off on purchasing a wedding ring set, no matter how inexpensive it may be, until you are certain that her answer will be yes.

3. Brainy Beach Proposal

This past week, a brilliant young brain surgeon decided to propose to his girlfriend on their trip to the beach. His idea was to bury the engagement ring in the sand and have his bride-to-be dig it up. Several hours later, with the help of several beachcombers and a metal detector, the ring was recovered. Fortunately, she thought that the whole thing was quite funny, and she said yes. It was certainly a proposal to remember, and at least he didn’t bury the entire wedding ring set.

Pick Your Wedding Ring Set!

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Best Places to Propose in Brooklyn and the Bronx

by Kelly Smith Monday, 28 May 2012 Proposal

Whether you are on the West Coast, the East Coast, or somewhere in the middle, the best places to propose are not necessarily the places that are the most expensive or picturesque. The My Trio Rings Best Places to Propose series continues this week with a peek into Brooklyn and the Bronx, with a little bit of a walk on the wild side.

If you live in or around New York City, you have a wealth of fine dining and amazing culture right at your fingertips. But not everyone needs to get engaged during high tea at the Plaza Hotel. If you’re hoping to propose on a budget in boroughs such as Brooklyn or the Bronx, you may wish to consider a few less traditionally romantic places for a unique and memorable proposal.

1. The Bronx Zoo

Step into another world when you enter the steamy, tropical paradise that is the Bronx Zoo butterfly garden. Without spending the money on an exotic vacation, you will find yourself transported to a virtual Eden. For only $3 above the standard zoo admission, this striking exhibit offers an excellent location to propose on a budget. Just find a hidden corner as you meander through the lush foliage, and get down on one knee to pop the question.

2. The New York Botanical Garden

For the last 120 years, the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx has been one of New York's most beautiful places. Plan a walking tour through different gardens and exhibitions using the NYBG app, then propose in the fragrant Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden or one of the four colorful "rooms" of the Perennial Garden

3. Coney Island

Coney Island is a long-standing Brooklyn landmark, and it offers a wide variety of options as you consider the best places to propose. You can choose to propose on a blanket on the beach under the fireworks on summertime Friday nights. You might find it romantic to propose at the top of the Wonder Wheel at sunset, or perhaps your spouse-to-be would prefer a more high-speed proposal on the Cyclone roller coaster (if you choose that option, it might be best to pull out the diamond cluster engagement ring after the ride has come to a complete stop!). Or perhaps the best moment of all will be when you are walking hand-in-hand along the boardwalk.

Which ring will you choose?

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Your Affordable Diamond Wedding Jewelry Questions, Answered

by Kelly Smith Wednesday, 23 May 2012 Wedding Rings

Are you looking for an inexpensive wedding ring set? If you’re like many couples, then you may feel confident in your choice of mate, excited about your life together, but uncertain about the process of buying affordable diamond wedding jewelry. If this sounds like you, then you might benefit from the help of common questions that couples in search of an inexpensive wedding ring set ask.

1. If I order a ring or rings online, how will it get to me?

If you order affordable diamond wedding jewelry from My Trio Rings, then your ring will arrive at your doorstep in a beautiful ring box via insured FedEx shipping. This service is included with your order for free. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase for any reason, such as if the inexpensive wedding ring set doesn’t fit properly, then you have 30 days to return your purchase and get your money back.

2. What if I have questions about my affordable diamond wedding jewelry order?

One of the many benefits of ordering jewelry online from My Trio Rings is the lack of pushy salespeople. However, if you have any questions, a staff of experienced and helpful customer service representatives is ready to assist you through a live online chat or by telephone.

3. Why are these rings so inexpensive? Where do they come from?

My Trio Rings is able to sell affordable diamond wedding jewelry for a couple of reasons. First, it is an online retailer that does not have the over head costs of maintaining a high end brick and mortar retail store. Second, My Trio Rings sells rings in coordinated sets, which saves on marketing and manufacturing costs. Lastly, My Trio Rings features many diamond cluster rings, beautiful wedding jewelry made from clusters of high quality diamonds in smaller sizes for a similar visual impact but much lower cost than diamond solitaires. And My Trio Rings has privileges at the Kimberley Process certified De Beers mines and owns its own factory in India, so you can be certain that your jewelry is ethically sourced.

Start shopping for your rings today!

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Best Places to Propose in Manhattan

by Kelly Smith Monday, 21 May 2012 Proposal

This post is part of My Trio Rings’s continuing series about the best places to propose in the United States, based on Mashable’s list of the best places to propose. So far, we’ve covered such cities as Baltimore, Houston, and Chicago.

If you live in New York City, the world is truly your oyster. You can find almost any interesting cuisine and find a very diverse range of exciting activities, right at your fingertips. But a wealth of shopping, dining, and entertainment options doesn’t necessarily make romance much easier without a little thought. So where are the best places to propose in Manhattan?

Scenario 1

Visit the tiny French bistro La Bonne Soupe. Order the fixed price meal for two, and enjoy decadent French food in an intimate atmosphere, topped with French wine and rich chocolate mousse. During your meal, reminisce about special times you have shared. Then once you are done eating, hold hands on the short stroll to Central Park, one of the best places to propose in Manhattan, as well as one of the most popular. Take a horse and carriage ride around the park. As the driver guides the horses along the meandering paths, pill out your diamond cluster ring and ask you’re her to share her life with you.

Scenario 2

Make a beeline for the Empire State Building, one of the best places to propose in New York City, at sunset after purchasing advance tickets to ride to the top of this iconic landmark from such romantic classics as “An Affair to Remember” and “Sleepless in Seattle.” If it is a movie romance experience you are looking for, celebrate your engagement afterwards at such Manhattan film classics as Gray’s Papaya (“Fools Rush In”), Café Lalo (“You’ve Got Mail”), or Serendipity (“Serendipity”).

What is your Manhattan proposal story? Share it in the comments!

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My Trio Rings CEO weighs in on "Show rooming" on CBS and FOX News!

by Punit Shah Tuesday, 15 May 2012 Informational

Major retailers across the country including Best Buy and Target stores have recently denounced a long standing practice among price conscious consumers who visit physical retail stores to preview a product and purchase at home from other online retailers.  But should consumers who are looking for the best deal really be to blame? Should companies like Best Buy and Target focus on innovating further to offer additional services and unique products? Our CEO Vipul Lakhi was called upon to share how we’ve helped customers find the lowest price, often after they’ve already visited a local jewelry store franchise.

(Source: CBS Philadelphia - Showroom Showdown, See below for additional broadcasts across the country)

While show rooming is typically associated with physical stores, it is quite common for online retailers as well. At My Trio Rings, we must maintain a digital showroom that enhances the buying experience and better educates customers while differentiating from online competitors in the same industry. We’ve served thousands of customers by focusing on educating our customers, and providing shopping benefits like 30 day returns, free shipping, no fee layaway, online promotions, and even free ring sizers by mail. Online retailers face the same show rooming practices as brick and mortar retailers.

In the jewelry industry, high-end retailers have placed dizzying markups on diamond and gold jewelry, often creating a barrier for everyday Americans' to experience the traditions of marriage with authentic jewelry. Companies who innovate on their business models will be the only ones who can continue to operate. Our prices are 65% lower than in store retailers because we’ve focused on innovating in every aspect of the business model, from procurement and manufacturing to eCommerce and efficient inventory management. What will remain constant in the world of retail is that whether a customer is in a physical or digital showroom, they will always buy from the retailer offering the lowest price for the best quality and service. This has been a consumer practice since commerce and trade originated and it will continue to impact how physical and online retailers market in today’s mobile internet age. 

See below for additional broadcasts of Vipul's interview below!

(Source: ABC LA)

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Best Places to Propose in Cleveland

by Melia Dicker Tuesday, 15 May 2012 Proposal

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

When you think "Cleveland, Ohio," what probably comes to mind first is American manufacturing, or perhaps the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But there's also a romantic side to Cleveland, full of restaurants and natural spaces -- including a few prime spots to propose marriage. Here are a few.

1. Against a natural landscape

There's nothing like being surrounded by flowers and greenery to put you in a romantic mood. The Cleveland Greenhouse, which was built at the turn of the 20th century, is the perfect setting for a relaxing day with your fiancee-to-be. Explore 270 acres of outdoor gardens, spending time in the lovely Japanese garden and admiring the vibrant orchids in the tropical garden. If you're ready to propose around the holidays, consider asking for her hand in the indoor gardens bursting with colorful poinsettias. 

Pack a picnic and head to the beach at Edgewater Park before sunset. Take a stroll on the sand, then find a spot to lay down a blanket and sit awhile. Sip some wine and watch the sun sink low over Lake Erie and the city skyline. When you present your love with a diamond cluster ring, the twinkling stars and city lights will make it sparkle.

2. At an upscale restaurant

Lola, a classy bistro owned by celebrity chef Michael Symon, has been rated by Zagat as the most popular restaurant in Cleveland. Select a bottle of wine from the extensive list (which your server will present to you on an iPad) and browse a menu full of fresh, local ingredients.

If you're ready to propose, consider spending an evening romancing your lady in Little Italy. Osteria Di Valerio & Al is full of charm, with happy guests drinking wine and dancing to Frank Sinatra tunes played by a live band. 

3. At a classy bar

Stepping into The Velvet Tango Room is like traveling back through time. The sconces on the wall softly illuminate the roomy couches and dark wood, while live jazz and black and white movies play in the background. Make sure you're dressed to the nines, like your fellow ladies and gents will be. Order a martini or a lime fizz, which chef Michael Symon raved about on Food Network as the best thing he ever drank. As you toast to your love, surprise your lady with a diamond cluster ring. The entire evening is sure to be unforgettable.

Plan an evening in Ohio City, Cleveland's walkable artisan neighborhood, which is dedicated to creating a thriving community of local merchants. The Market Avenue Wine Bar has a funky charm, with exposed brick walls, soft lighting, and a blend of antique and modern decor. In the spring, request a seat on the patio and enjoy people-watching as you relax with a drink. The servers are knowledgeable about the wine selection and can recommend food pairings (try a fruit and cheese plate or the baked brie with warm bread).

Get ready to propose by finding a stunning, affordable engagement ring at My Trio Rings.

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Planning a Wedding on a Budget – With Food Allergies

by Kelly Smith Monday, 14 May 2012 Ceremony

One of the easiest ways to derail a grocery budget – or a wedding budget! – is cooking for people with food allergies. Products that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and the like can be significantly more expensive. If you are planning a wedding on a budget, then you will want to think carefully about how to handle your food choices in such a way that will fit your needs and wants while also staying within your budget.

Budget Wedding Food Scenarios

Scenario 1: You have severe food allergies or specific dietary needs, but your guests don’t.

If you have a strict diet for religious reasons, moral choices, or food allergies, then you already know how to cater to your own diet. But will you ask your guests to eat the same way? There are two basic choices in this scenario. One option is to serve your guests a meal that adheres to your vegan diet, your kosher diet, your gluten-free diet, or the like. This is the preference of many couples, but it can also become very expensive to create a meal based around special diets, and it might be out of your price range if you are planning a wedding on a budget. Another choice is to offer more standard fare to your wedding guests but to have a special meal prepared to suit the dietary concerns of the bride and groom.

Scenario 2: You eat a standard diet, but some of your guests have strict dietary concerns.

This is a tricky scenario to deal with, because you want your guests to be happy and comfortable, but perfectly meeting everyone’s different dietary needs and preferences perfectly at your budget wedding just isn’t possible, especially if you are having a large wedding. Not everyone can eat dairy or gluten. Not everyone chooses to eat meat. Many people avoid carbs or sugar like the plague. So what is the savvy bride to do? Fortunately, most people with food allergies or strict diets know how to manage their own diets when they are eating out. They may choose to eat before they come, or they may pick and choose what foods best fit their dietary needs. One of the most practical food options for a group of guests with diverse dietary needs might be to offer a buffet with a variety of food choices and small cards that list the ingredients in each dish, to assist those guests with dietary concerns.

Are you planning a wedding on a budget with diverse dietary needs? Share your tips with us!

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Best Places to Propose in Seattle

by Kelly Smith Wednesday, 09 May 2012 Proposal

My Trio Rings continues to bring you information about the best places to propose around the country. This post is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which uses Mashable's Top 10 Cities for Getting Engaged list for inspiration. 

If you live in Seattle and love the romance of a grey day, or galoshes in the rain, then you safely propose at any time of year. But if you would like to propose marriage in the sunshine, then summer is the time to do it, when you can count on many warm and sunny Seattle days.

The Best Places to Propose in Seattle

1. Check on the forecast, grab your diamond cluster engagement ring, and head to Pike Place Market. Hold hands as you wander the shops and stalls in search of the freshest fruit, baked goods, cheese, and wine for an al fresco lunch along the Puget Sound that includes a surprise course – diamonds!

2. For a more weather-proof dining destination, consider getting reservations at the popular restaurant Maximilien, near Pike Place Market. If the weather is nice, you can sit on the patio and enjoy the waterfront. If the weather turns, you can still enjoy a romantic meal indoors, with regional specialties prepared with a French twist.

3. If sitting down for a meal together at a nice restaurant doesn’t land on your list of best places to propose, then you may wish to consider walking around the shops and galleries of historic Pioneer Square or the bookstores and antique shops of the Queen Anne neighborhood, then finding an appropriate bench. Or you may prefer the idea of bringing your diamond cluster engagement ring along on a horse-drawn carriage ride along the stunning Seattle waterfront.

4. Does your girlfriend make you feel like you are on top of the world? Your ideal proposal spot may be at the top of the Seattle Space Needle, 600 feet above the city. Call ahead to find out the least busy times to visit this popular tourist destination, and make a plan to pop the question surrounded by gorgeous views of the Seattle city scape.

Do you live in the Seattle area? Share your proposal story with us!

Choose a diamond cluster engagement ring and start planning your perfect proposal today!

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Diamond Cluster Ring or Affordable Solitaire Engagement Ring?

by Kelly Smith Thursday, 03 May 2012 Ceremony

If you’re looking for an engagement ring on a budget, you have a variety of choices. Your standard solitaire engagement ring in a brick-and-mortar jewelry boutique is likely to be quite expensive. However, My Trio Rings now offers both diamond cluster rings and affordable solitaire engagement rings to fit into your wedding budget. If you thought that a solitaire diamond ring was out of your reach, consider the new line of affordable solitaire engagement rings from My Trio Rings.

1. Did you ever think you could get a solitaire engagement ring for as low as $349.99? Consider this ring, a 1/3 carat solitaire engagement ring set in 10 K white gold. The ring features a central solitaire diamond nestled between two smaller diamond clusters shaped like leaves.

2. For $599.99, you can choose an affordable solitaire engagement ring with 14 K white gold band, a central round-cut solitaire diamond, and a ring of smaller diamonds in a straight line around the band of the ring. The total diamond weight for this beautiful ring is 1/2 carat. If you are interested, each of these diamond solitaire rings also can be paired with a matching wedding band set for an affordable price.

3. If you are hoping to pick a solitaire ring over a diamond cluster ring, you might consider this 1/2 carat ring from My Trio Rings which features a 14 K yellow gold band, a solitaire princess-cut diamond, and a small line of clustered diamonds on either side of the solitaire head.

Start shopping for affordable solitaire engagement rings today!

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Best Places to Propose in Milwaukee

by Melia Dicker Tuesday, 01 May 2012 Proposal

This post is part of the My Trio Rings Precious Places series, which uses Mashable's Top 10 Cities for Getting Engaged list for inspiration. 

best places to propose in Milwaukee

Milwaukee may be known more for its beer than its romantic destinations, but if you're ready to propose, the lakeside city just might surprise you with all that it has to offer. 

Where to Propose in Milwaukee

Against a beautiful outdoor backdrop

Milwaukee Riverwalk is one of the city's most beautiful walkable areas. Three miles long, it stretches through the heart of downtown and features public sculptures, scenic views, and restaurants and breweries. Take a 360-degree tour online and pick out the spot where you'll present her with a stunning diamond cluster engagement ring.

Consider bringing an evening picnic to watch the sunset at South Shore Park in Bay View. Eat a romantic dinner together at one of the picnic tables and go for a leisurely walk on the beach. When the moment is right, kneel down in the sand and pop the question. 

If you're ready to propose in the spring or summer, Bradford Beach is a perfect choice. Enjoy the sunshine together, sip a tropical drink at the tiki bar, and splash around in Lake Michigan. Take a stroll on the soft sand and find the right moment to ask her to marry you.  

During a romantic dinner

Lake Park Bistro is well known as one of the most romantic restaurants in Milwaukee. Reserve a lake view table at sunset and choose from the extensive wine list. Whatever you order from the menu of French cuisine is sure to be delicious, whether it's filet mignon or fresh fish. The terrace is a beautiful place to present a diamond cluster engagement ring after the meal and ask for her hand.

A three-course dinner cruise on Lake Michigan is a beautiful place to propose. The Edelweiss has several options for two-hour cruises, where you'll enjoy a three-course meal with wine while gazing at spectacular views of Lake Michigan at night.

If you're ready to propose to someone who loves Italian food, make a reservation at The Pasta Tree. The restaurant has won many awards for Best Italian Food and Most Romantic Restaurant in Milwaukee. The homemade pasta melts in your mouth, and the secret garden patio will make you feel as if you're actually in Bella Italia. 

Before you propose in Milwaukee, select a diamond cluster engagement ring that she'll love -- without straining your budget.