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5 Golden Budget Wedding Rings

by Kelly Smith Friday, 23 December 2011 Wedding Rings

When the Christmas season rolls around each year, economists reveal the Christmas Price Index, which is a calculation of the cost to purchase all of the gifts in the popular holiday song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” This year, the Christmas Price Index checks in at a whopping $101,119.84 to purchase all of those French hens and maids-a-milking. However, if it is just golden budget wedding rings that you are looking for, you may be able to spend significantly less than this year’s Christmas Price Index.

Christmas is a popular time to propose marriage, whether you hide a set of diamond cluster rings in the toe of a Christmas stocking or have a waiter bring out a glass of diamond-studded champagne at your favorite restaurant. The best way to keep on a budget for both Christmas AND your wedding is to consider purchasing high-quality trio wedding rings sets that are composed of real diamond cluster rings.

If golden budget wedding rings are on your Christmas list (and in sets of three rather than sets of five), then here are a few options for you to consider:

1. Budget Wedding Rings: Floral

If your bride-to-be is a lover of gardens and all things floral, consider a trio wedding ring set that includes a cluster of diamonds on the engagement ring which is arranged in the shape of a stunning flower. This set includes not only the flower-centered engagement ring, but also two other diamond cluster rings: two wedding bands that are set with a more simple pattern of diamonds in a straight line in the 14 k yellow gold that will allow the engagement ring to really stand out. For only $836.99 for all three rings, you are sure to come in way under this year’s Christmas Price Index.

2. Budget Wedding Rings: Modern

For a more modern look, consider this set of budget wedding rings which features a large square-shaped cluster of diamonds in the engagement ring. All three rings in the set feature a pattern of angular lines to complement the visual statement of the engagement ring, and the wedding bands are both set with diagonal stripes of lustrous diamonds. At $1019.99, this set costs about one hundred times less than the Christmas Price Index for this year.

Diamond Cluster Rings for Any Budget

by Kelly Smith Friday, 23 December 2011 Wedding Rings

If you purchase a trio wedding ring set, then you will be better able to stick to your wedding ring budget. This is especially true if you choose a trio of diamond cluster rings, which will save you even more money. Whatever your budget is for a set of three real diamond rings (an engagement ring plus two wedding bands), you are likely to find something in your price range that fits your style. Certainly a higher budget offers more choices in just about any situation, but a jeweler like My Trio Rings offers something for everyone at any price.

$600 Wedding Ring Budget

Spending only $600 on three coordinating diamond rings is a true bargain. If this is your budget target, then one option is a set of diamond cluster rings that features a total weight of 1/2 carats of diamonds set in 10 K white gold. This particular set features a simple, modern look with a straight line of diamonds nestled within a band of white gold. For only $550.99 (and free shipping!), such a trio wedding ring set could be on its way to you.

$800 Wedding Ring Budget

For $775.99, you can come in under your $800 budget for three diamond cluster rings if you choose another set with clean, modern lines. This particular set of inexpensive, high quality wedding rings contains a total weight of 1 carat of diamonds clustered together in 14 K yellow gold. These diamonds, rather than appearing nestled within the gold band, reach almost to the edge of the band, giving a striking appearance, especially in the engagement ring, which also features a large 9-diamond square cluster as its centerpiece.

$1000 Wedding Ring Budget

If you are seeking a trio wedding ring set for under $1000, then you are hoping to spend on average less than $333 per ring. This is still a significant savings over purchasing typical diamond solitaire rings separately from a brick-and-mortar jeweler. Within this price range, you have many choices from a jeweler such as My Trio Rings. Indeed, one such choice is a romantic three-piece set that includes 1/2 carat of diamonds set in 14 K white gold. This romantic look dazzles with diagonal bands of diamonds with swirling accent lines. Such rings could coordinate well with more old-fashioned gowns as well as with more modern, asymmetrical wedding gowns that feature a diagonal swoosh in the bodice.

Peace, Love, and Conflict-Free Diamonds

by Kelly Smith Thursday, 22 December 2011 Wedding Rings

With all the war in the news today, with all of the high-profile celebrity break-ups splashed in the deadlines, it is best to avoid conflict as much as possible in our own personal lives. Engaged couples, and soon-to-be-engaged couples, actually have an important role to play in promoting such peace and harmony worldwide.

Besides getting premarital counseling, one of the most important things that a couple can do is to seek out conflict-free-diamonds when they are in the process of selecting affordable wedding rings. Fortunately, today it is relatively easy to find beautiful and affordable diamonds that are also certified conflict-free.

Why Choose Conflict-Free Diamonds?

Most of the world’s diamonds are mined in Africa, and some of the most unstable countries in Africa have a wealth of diamond mines. Unsurprisingly, with the high demand for real diamond wedding jewelry, there is a lot of money to be made in the diamond industry. For this reason, there have historically been some unsavory political regimes that have engaged in unethical practices and have used the money from mining diamonds to fund anything from minor corrupt political practices to genocide and war. These diamonds which are tainted by human blood and human conflict are often referred to as blood diamonds.

In the last decade, it has become increasingly simple to shop for diamonds that are not sold to fund conflict in corruption. As a result of the independent Kimberly Process Certification Scheme, a large majority of diamonds on the market today are certified conflict-free diamonds. Most major brick-and-mortar jewelers and online jewelry retailers can provide their customers with the assurance that their affordable wedding rings are made from diamonds which meet high ethical standards. Indeed, a diamond ring does not need to be expensive to be conflict-free. Be certain to shop smart and invest in beautiful, affordable conflict-free diamonds to celebrate your love.

1/15 Carat T.W. Diamond Men's Wedding Ring 14K White Gold - BT176W - Product Review

by William Acevedo Thursday, 22 December 2011 Wedding Rings

Choose My Trio Rings For Unbeatable Value

My Trio Rings offers beautiful wedding jewelry at a very affordable price. One shining example of the high quality jewelry that the company supplies is the 1/15 Carat T.W. Diamond Men's Wedding Ring in smooth 14 karat white gold. This sophisticated Trio ring features 3 round cut diamonds on each side of the center design. The diamonds are naturally mined and guaranteed to be from a reputable and conflict-free source. The band has a width of 6.01mm which provides a look that is both substantial and understated. 

This ring is available individually as well as part of a Trio wedding ring set which includes an identical wedding band and coordinating engagement ring for the bride. It is priced at $642.99 and arrives ready for presentation in a free, white leatherette ring box. 

Trio is so confident that you will love this ring that they offer a free, 30 day return policy. The policy states that if the ring is not satisfactory, regardless of the reason, it can be returned within 30 days of shipment for either a refund or an exchange. In order to make the process as easy as possible, My Trio Rings will cover the cost of return shipping. That is an unbeatable value for a ring that you are sure to cherish for a lifetime.

Budget Wedding Knock-Offs

by Kelly Smith Sunday, 18 December 2011 Wedding Rings

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Are You Ready to Get Married?

by Kelly Smith Thursday, 15 December 2011 Wedding Ideas

Many couples today are uncertain about whether they should get married and at what point in their ready-for-budget-weddingrelationship it is the appropriate time to do so. There are a lot of practical reasons why couples choose to get married: tax benefits, legal protection for children, expectations of family members and friends, sharing health insurance benefits. But regardless of all of the practical considerations that might encourage some to rush into marriage (or the undeniable excitement of wedding gowns, diamond cluster rings, and honeymoons, the best time to get married is when you both feel ready to commit to spending your lives together – not just when you are ready to plan a budget wedding or when other people are ready to see you walk down the aisle.

How will you know when you are ready? Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. You want to spend your lives together, regardless of whether your budget wedding plan involves a simple trip to the courthouse or an extravagant trip to the Mexican Riviera.

2. You are prepared to stay together through thick and thin, regardless of future employment, future health, future lifestyle, or future residence. This is the person you are excited to share your life with, through all the ups and downs.

3. You share important values and are able to compromise and come to consensus on important issues as well as seemingly trivial disagreements. You have discussed everything from religion and children to household chores and spending styles, and you know you are compatible. Remember, no couple has a perfect relationship or a completely smooth road ahead in their lives. The important thing is that you are prepared to support each other and work together in good times and in bad. If you think you are ready for wedding bells to be in your future, keep in mind that the time for choosing diamond cluster rings for a Christmas proposal is drawing near. But if the time isn't quite right, then wait until you both are ready before you jump into planning the budget wedding of your dreams. How did you know you were ready to get married? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Twilight Fans Covet Budget Wedding Dress

by Kelly Smith Monday, 12 December 2011 Wedding Rings

This just in: just a few short weeks after the most anticipated film wedding of the year debuted in theaters, you can budget-wedding-twilightnow get your own wedding dress in the style of the Twilight series’ Bella Swan. A modest, long sleeve, fitted gown with an ornate, revealing back, Bella’s designer wedding gown is rumored by some sources to be worth in excess of $35,000. That is not exactly a budget wedding dress, since it costs more than the average cost for an entire wedding in the United States.   However, bridal designer Alfred Angelo now offers a slightly more budget wedding friendly copy of Bella’s wedding gown for $799. Engaged women around the country are flocking to try on Bella’s dress in the course of their wedding planning, even if it does not fit their own personal wedding style. Some frustrated retailers report that many non-engaged women are also filling their stores, pretending to be engaged, in order to try on Bella’s dress.   Bella’s extravagant outdoor wedding, planned by her vampire sister-in-law Alice Cullen, is perhaps out of reach for most couples, but besides a more budget wedding friendly copy of her dress, couples can also choose to purchase a copy of Bella’s diamond cluster engagement ring. A version with fake diamonds runs about $40, while a full-blown diamond cluster engagement ring made from real diamonds that matches the description in Stephanie Meyer’s book actually costs more than $2000, which is probably out of the budget of many couples.   But if you wish to take ideas from this year’s much-anticipated wedding of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, you don’t have to copy Bella’s dress or the engagement ring that belonged to Edward’s long-dead human mother in the novel Breaking Dawn. Instead, you could choose your own modest wedding gown and old-fashioned engagement ring and mimic the atmosphere of Bella and Edward’s outdoor wedding. In the Cullen family, money is no object, but a bower of white flowers in a backyard wedding with a flowering vine-covered arbor could be easy to achieve quite inexpensively if you have a green thumb. Photo Credit: Flickr (magesomido)

Start Smart with an Inexpensive Trio Wedding Ring Set

by Kelly Smith Friday, 25 November 2011 Wedding Rings

In today's climate of extreme budgeting and cutbacks, you might not feel certain that you can afford the wedding of your dreams – or even the wedding ring of your dreams. However, an inexpensive trio wedding ring set might be just the answer you are looking for to find timeless, elegant style at an affordable price.

Some jewelers offer better prices on three rings purchased together as a set an engagement ring, a ladies' wedding band, and a men's wedding band than these three rings purchased separately. Basically, an inexpensive trio wedding ring set saves you money because it saves the jeweler money. It is less expensive for a jeweler to manufacture, ship, and market coordinating rings as a set, and it saves you time and money, too.

You are likely to save even more money if you are willing to forego a diamond solitaire ring and instead invest in a diamond cluster ring. Just like a solitaire ring, a diamond cluster ring is made from real diamonds that are certified conflict-free. However, instead of one big expensive diamond, the ring is made from a cluster of smaller high-quality diamonds. The visual impact of a diamond cluster ring is the same as a solitaire ring, as the grouping of diamonds gives both elegance and luster. However, the cost is much less, since it is cheaper to mine perfect diamonds that are smaller in size.

An inexpensive trio wedding ring set that is comprised of diamond clusters will save you even more money, but they will still last you a lifetime. You will likely wish to insure your wedding jewelry, just as you would for more expensive selections, and you care for the jewelry in the same way. Now all you need to do is decide what style suits you best!

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Unconventional Budget Wedding Gift Ideas

by Kelly Smith Friday, 25 November 2011 Budget Buy

Perhaps you aren't a very by-the-book kind of person. Perhaps walking down a straight aisle in a white strapless gown in front of 100 guests just isn't your fantasy wedding. Perhaps you feel a little bit uncomfortable about registering for 12 place settings of china on your wedding registry.

If you don't fit in the typical $25,000 wedding box, never fear! From an original trio wedding ring set to creative wedding gifts, from unconventional wedding ceremony sites to eccentric wedding cake choices, there are a lot of different ways to make your budget wedding your own. Here are three ideas to get you thinking about a different kind of wedding registry.

1. Eclectic Budget Wedding Gifts

With such websites as My Registry or Amazon, you can create one single registry with a variety of different lovely and unconventional items from local family businesses, your favorite environmentally friendly companies, or even your favorite homemade items from stores like Etsy.

2. Intangible Budget Wedding Gifts

Perhaps you both already have your own homes and already have a lot of stuff. You may be planning to downsize rather than scale up after yourwedding, with a trio wedding ring set being the only new item you wish to bring into your home. If that is the case, consider a honeymoon registry to fund the trip of your dreams or perhaps a charitable gift registry to help people in need, rather than feeling committed to a more conventional registry populated with hand towels and waffle makers.

3. Homemade Budget Wedding Gifts

If the best present would be having your guests give of themselves for your wedding gift, then consider asking friends to prepare and bring their favorite dish for you, either for a potluck reception or to stock your newlywed freezer. Or ask a friend to host a wedding shower to which everyone brings a favorite plant from their garden to help get yours started. If you're crafty and have crafty friends and family, consider asking each wedding guest to create a quilt square for you. Just send a small square of plain fabric in each budget wedding invitation and ask family and friends to use fabric, fabric pens, embroidery floss, or other washable materials to create a special square that you can incorporate into a memorable wedding quilt.

What are your unique weeding registry ideas?

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The 5 Best Budget Wedding Apps

by Kelly Smith Tuesday, 22 November 2011 Budget Buy

budget wedding appsIt seems like there is an app for everything these days – getting restaurant reservations, quizzing kids on spelling words, checking traffic conditions, and so much more. In today's increasingly digital world, many people spend much of their day glued to a cell phone, even at work. Now if only you could find an app to help you select the perfect inexpensive wedding ring set before you pop the question!

Believe it or not, you can get a free wedding proposal app in the iTunes store for your iPhone, which also includes tips about selecting an inexpensive wedding ring set.

Additionally, there are many popular free or relatively inexpensive budget wedding planning apps that might be helpful to you and your spouse-to-be as you try to keep track of your wedding budget and wedding plans.

1. TheKnot.com offers a free wedding planning app, Wedding 911, with popular wedding advice from TheKnot.com as well as the ability to post questions for input from fellow app users, anytime, anywhere.

2. iWedding is a more pricey purchase, at $6.99. It includes features such as planning and tracking a budget, managing guest lists, and staying on top of to-do lists.

3. A different budget wedding app that you may choose to purchase is the $4.99 Bride Guide, another app which purports to be a comprehensive wedding planning resource, from budgeting to buffeting. You probably only want one of these more comprehensive budget wedding planning programs, since it might get confusing to switch between programs.

4. Keep on top of your budget wedding dress shopping with iBridalGown, a virtual dress-shopping helper which you can purchase for $3.99.

5. If it is your registry you are working on, apps such as the free Amazon Mobile might be a good resource for keeping your gift ideas all in one place at your fingertips.

What apps have you found helpful in your wedding planning?

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Budget Wedding Music Ideas

by Kelly Smith Friday, 11 November 2011 Ceremony

Pachelbel? Tchaikovsky? Beethoven? Mendelssohn? Many brides and grooms feel perplexed when they hear all of the options available to them, even if they are choosing to have a traditional budget wedding. Many people fret about finding an affordable wedding ring set, but that process can actually be far easier than finding affordable wedding music.

Perhaps you feel equally out of your league. As you start to make decisions about your budget wedding music, you may wish to consult comprehensive guides from The Wedding Channel and TheKnot.com. Both sites offer comprehensive wedding music guides that list a wide variety of music options for all the different parts of your budget wedding ceremony and reception, including a variety of different musical styles.
Additionally, if you are having a church wedding, your pastor or your organist might already have a small selection of standard music they use in weddings at the church. A few popular wedding ceremony hymns include “Amazing Grace,” “For the Beauty of the Earth,” “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” and “Day by Day.” A soloist might sing more beautifully, but you will save money if you ask your guests to sing your hymns of choice during the ceremony. And the more familiar the song, the more lovely the sound will be.

Many wedding planners strongly recommend sticking to professional musicians and professional DJs for your wedding, but as with hunting for an affordable wedding ring set, your budget is your budget. If the best ceremony music you can afford is singing hymns with your guests, embrace that and make the best of it. The same is true if your budget wedding reception music needs to be an iPod playlist of your favorite songs played over a loudspeaker. But before you resign yourself to a purely DIY music approach, consider these possible sources of affordable wedding music:

1. University music students
2. Talented friends and family
3. New DJ’s
4. Church organists and choirs

What music are you most excited about including in your wedding?

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Budget Wedding Tips from the Victorian Era

by Kelly Smith Friday, 11 November 2011 Wedding Ideas

You probably don’t like the idea of importing the rigid gender dynamics of the Victorian Era into your own wedding and marriage. You probably also don’t want the added expense or diminished privacy of a female chaperone accompanying you on your honeymoon. But if a budget wedding is on your mind, there are many bygone customs that just might fit the bill.

1. Host a morning wedding.

For much of the Victorian Era, it was the law that weddings take place in the morning. A morning wedding could be an excellent choice for your budget wedding, because it might make the venue less expensive to rent, since morning weddings are not as common today. Also, a wedding breakfast could be significantly less expensive than a meal at another time of day, since there would be less expectation of alcohol or expensive meat or seafood entrees. Light pastries and fruits, for example, could be an economical choice for a wedding breakfast.

2. Use vintage clothing and décor.

You may be able to find a vintage look wedding gown from a thrift store or antique store for a much better price than at a modern wedding boutique, or you may be able to borrow one from a costume rental store. White was not a common wedding gown color during the Victorian age, so you could also cast a wider net and look for a range of pastel shades, which would give you more budget wedding dress choices. Just be certain to pair your dress with a long lace veil, a fashion started by Queen Victoria herself.

Whether you choose a new diamond cluster ring or vintage wedding jewelry, look for more intricate, old-fashioned styles.

For your wedding decorations, look for intricate and frilly touches at garage sales, antique stores, and even in Grandma’s attic. Those old crocheted doilies could be re-purposed for centerpieces at the reception tables. Some stores might even let you simply rent or borrow such used decorations inexpensively rather than buying them.

3. Go easy on the flowers.

The bride only needs a small, tightly clustered budget wedding bouquet for an authentic Victorian wedding. Instead of expensive, exotic flowers, pick simple flowers with sentimental meanings. White carnations, for example, signify pure love, while red roses indicate true love. For an authentic Victorian touch, add some ivy to the bouquet like Queen Victoria. She started a tradition of planting wedding bouquet ivy, which symbolizes endurance in the language of flowers, and passing on cuttings of the ivy to her children and grandchildren in later years. Besides, fewer flowers mean more attention on your diamond cluster ring!

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Plan Ahead to Save Money on a Budget Wedding

by Kelly Smith Friday, 11 November 2011 Wedding Ideas

In today’s fast-paced world, flexible bargain hunters can often find amazing deals on anything from clothing to vehicles to travel to food. However, bargain hunting is not an exact science. When it comes to planning a budget wedding, it would not be smart to wait until the last minute looking for the best possible deal, not find a deal, and then need to go far over your budget in order to find a caterer or other service provider available at the last minute.

No, the best idea is to plan ahead. From picking an inexpensive trio wedding ring set to booking a venue, sooner is generally better. If you have more time to plan a wedding, then it gives you the time for things like getting a ring resized or a dress altered without the stress (and added expense) of needing a quick turnaround, and it gives you more of an opportunity to look around for the best deal before you absolutely need to make a decision.

How Planning Ahead Saves Budget Wedding Bucks

1. Purchase your budget wedding dress several months in advance. This gives you plenty of time to order the dress without paying for more expensive shipping and handling. Most bridal stores do not sell off the rack, so it often takes several weeks for your dress to come in. This also gives you more time to shop around for a good deal or to hire a seamstress to copy a designer dress for you at a much more reasonable cost. And if you need alterations made, having a few months as a cushion also saves you from having to pay significantly more to a tailor for a rush order.

2. Select and order your inexpensive trio wedding ring set with months to spare before the wedding. Ordering ahead allows you the luxury of time to choose the right rings for your budget, saves you money on shipping, and gives you the chance to get the rings resized if they don’t have the perfect fit when they arrive.

3. Allow yourself plenty of time to shop around for the venue, caterer, photographer, etc. that will give you the best value for your money. You might even have the time to take on a few DIY projects to save a little cash. But at some point, you will need to make a decision and commit to your choices. The perfect deal may not be out there, but at least you won’t be trying to scramble at the very last minute to find a professional and reasonably priced wedding photographer who isn’t already booked. And if you are not in a rush, you can make plans to book an off-season budget wedding to save even more money.

What are your tips for planning ahead to save money? Share them in the comments.

How to Find Designer Budget Wedding Dresses

by Kelly Smith Friday, 11 November 2011 Wedding Dress

Perhaps you are determined to buy your own budget wedding dress. But think about it this way – it is something you will only wear for one day, and then it will live in your attic forever. Your possible future daughter may not want anything to do with wearing your dress. It is a lot of money to spend on a gown that may only ever see the light of day one time.

Some brides are making a different budget wedding decision. They are choosing to rent anything from a budget wedding dress to a designer wedding dress, rather than try to buy or make one. If you are interested in an expensive designer look, this can be an excellent way to pull it off on a budget, while keeping the memories and the photos long after you return the dress. And your guests never have to know that you didn’t purchase the gown!

Sites such as Rent the Runway offer a wide selection of designer dresses and accessories. RTR does not specialize in weddings, but with over 35,000 dresses and 20,000 accessories available for rental much more cheaply than you could buy them, you’re sure to find something that fits the bill for yourself or even for your bridesmaids. When you’re finished, just mail your rented items back in an envelope, and enjoy the memories of your designer look!

Similar sites include Bag Borrow or Steal and Adorn.com. Adorn.com actually specializes in renting out diamond jewelry to brides. You obviously don’t want to rent out a trio ring set, which will be an important keepsake and accessory throughout your marriage, but you might like to select from a wide variety of diamond earrings, bracelets, and necklaces that could complement your diamond cluster wedding and engagement rings. After investing in a trio ring set, you might not have much money left over in your jewelry budget, but you, like many other modern brides, might have room in your budget to rent some stunning diamond jewelry just for the big day.

Would you consider renting a wedding dress or accessories for your wedding day? Share your thoughts in the comments.

What to Bring to Your Wedding

by Kelly Smith Friday, 11 November 2011 Ceremony

It is not uncommon for even the most organized bride to arrive at her own wedding flustered and later than planned. With so many details to coordinate and so much to be done even on the day itself, it is too easy to get off schedule. This is why it is good to have a wedding planner help you out on the big day, even for a budget wedding.

But a wedding planner is not likely to be at your home in the morning, reminding you of all the things you should not forget to bring to your budget wedding, besides something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.

1. His and hers wedding bands

Be certain that the person who is in charge of the his and hers wedding bands remembers to bring them to the wedding. These rings are an important part of a wedding ceremony, and it would be a shame to forget them on the kitchen table.

2. Driver’s license and cash

No matter who is driving who, be prepared in case you need to drive for an unexpected reason. And cash is a good idea to have on hand for unexpected tips or other emergencies, such as an urgent need for a caffeinated soda or a snack.

3. An emergency snack and drink

Despite all the planning that you and your spouse-to-be have put into your budget wedding food, it is a sad fact that you are unlikely to get the chance to eat much of it. If you have a very good bridal party, then you may find yourself getting the opportunity to eat more than most brides, but chances are, you will have toasts to listen to, relatives to talk to, cakes to cut, and dances to do that may prevent you from eating much. In order to keep your energy up, be certain to eat before you arrive and also have an emergency stash of food and drink for a quick pick-me-up.

4. A toiletry kit

Be prepared to freshen up after rushing to the ceremony location or after sneaking a quick snack. Come prepared with toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, makeup, baby powder, perfume, bobby pins, hair spray, and whatever else you might need to look and smell your best. Don’t forget to stick a handkerchief or a pack of tissues in the bag, just in case!

5. An emergency kit

In your hurry to arrive at your budget wedding, it is possible that you might snag your pantyhose or rip a seam. Create a small kit with emergency supplies such as clear nail polish to stop a pantyhose run, personal care products, medications, safety pins, and a needle and thread to help you solve last-minute problems. The needle and thread could also come in handy to sew your his and hers wedding bands to the ringbearer pillow.

What are your budget wedding must-haves?

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A Different Kind of Bridal Ring Set

by Kelly Smith Monday, 24 October 2011 Wedding Rings

One cultural stereotype that many people have of a bridal ring set, which often shows up on television or in movies, is a single diamond solitaire ring on a thin band of gold (or silver), paired with a plain circle of gold (or silver) as a wedding band.

However, instead of choosing a bridal ring set with two straight bands that coordinate with each other, some brides prefer the look of an engagement ring plus a ring enhancer (also sometimes known as a ring wrap or a ring guard) as a wedding band. A ring enhancer is a diamond cluster ring that would look a little funny to wear on its own without an engagement ring. It is shaped in such a way to nestle against an engagement ring and encircle or envelop its central cluster of diamonds.

Instead of a coordinated bridal ring set, the overall effect of a diamond cluster ring as an engagement ring plus a ring enhancer as a wedding band is that the bridal ring set looks more like one larger, unified ring rather than two separate rings. Some women even choose to ask their jeweler to fuse the two rings together after their wedding to create one united piece of wedding jewelry.

With certain bridal ring set styles, an enhancer can be added on to either side of the engagement ring, so one enhancer could serve as the wedding band, and another ring enhancer could be added on years later for an anniversary gift or other special occasion, creating a piece of jewelry with even more visual impact.

By choosing to purchase diamond cluster rings, which are composed of clusters of smaller (and consequently less expensive) diamonds, rather than larger diamond solitaires, the engagement ring plus the ring enhancer offer an impressive visual impact for a much lower price than even our cultural stereotype of a plain diamond solitaire plus matching wedding band.

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3 Budget Wedding Tips for a Fall Wedding

by Kelly Smith Sunday, 02 October 2011 Wedding Ideas

One of the best ways to stick to your budget wedding plans is to plan a wedding in the fall or winter, when fewer couples are tying the knot. Many wedding planners agree that choosing to get married in the off season is an excellent way to save money. So after you order your affordable wedding rings online, pop the question, and start thinking about budget wedding ideas for a fall celebration.

Here are 3 fall budget wedding tips:

1. Decorations

Instead of shelling out a lot of money to the florist, consider using seasonal flowers and foliage as decorations at your fall wedding. Ask your favorite local florist if you can pay a small fee to rent potted seasonal flowers, such as mums, to decorate your ceremony or reception venues. Choose a flower color that will coordinate with your bridesmaid dresses. Or purchase inexpensive glass vases for each table at the reception, and fill the vases with small branches of colorful fall leaves and grasses collected by friends and family. Better yet, choose an outdoor venue and let the beauty of the natural world serve as your free decorations.

2. Food

Work with your caterer to create a budget wedding menu that includes fruits and vegetables that are in season. This choice is better for the environment and may also save you a fair amount of money by selecting produce that is plentiful and available at this time of year. Butternut squash, pears, and tangerines are just some of the bounty of the fall harvest. Butternut squash bisque, a mixed greens salad with tangerine dressing, and pear tartlets all sound delicious and seasonally appropriate for a fall wedding.

3. Attire

If you get married in the fall, you may benefit from bridal stores attempting to mark down the wedding gowns they still have in stock after the spring and summer wedding seasons. If you are having an indoor wedding, then a sleeveless wedding gown will still serve you well for a fall wedding. If you are planning an outdoor celebration, then you may wish to find a coordinating lacy shawl or elegant shrug to stay warm. If you find a more elaborate shawl, then it would likely be best to opt for a very simple gown. Or perhaps you wish to find accessories that will coordinate with your affordable wedding rings.

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What if I Don’t Need a Trio Wedding Ring Set?

by Kelly Smith Friday, 30 September 2011 Wedding Rings

Your fiancé purchased a beautiful engagement ring for you and proposed. Or perhaps he gave you an heirloom engagement ring that has been in his family for generations. Now it is time to choose wedding bands for yourself and your husband-to-be, and you would like to get the best possible price. You are not looking for a good deal on a trio wedding ring set, which is a great way to save money, because you already have an engagement ring. Fortunately, some online jewelers such as My Trio Rings offer discounted wedding band sets to help you stick to your wedding budget even if you already have an engagement ring on your finger. It is easy to pick a ring set that works for you.

How to Choose an Inexpensive Wedding Band Set

1. Decide on a budget before you start looking. If you don’t already have a plan in place, it can be easy to trick yourself into thinking that you can afford something after you fall in love with it, when in fact the opposite is true. If you are on a tight budget, your best bet is to crunch the numbers ahead of time. High-quality, low-cost gold and diamond wedding band sets start at $326.99 from My Trio Rings.

2. Agree on a look for your inexpensive wedding band set that you can both agree on. You will want to pick a ring style that reflects both of your tastes and personalities, as well as a style that will coordinate well with the engagement ring that is already on your ring finger. If you wonder what will look best if you are not purchasing a coordinating trio wedding ring set, then your best bet may be to choose the most simple style that fits your budget. Otherwise, consider choosing a modern wedding band set to go with your modern style engagement ring, or a classic wedding band set to match your classic style engagement ring. If your engagement ring is a plain diamond solitaire ring, then it is likely to coordinate with a variety of wedding band styles, depending on your taste.


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