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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. 

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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.

Best Places to Propose in Houston

by Melia Dicker Tuesday, 24 April 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.

Houston, Texas, may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think "romantic." Nonetheless, the city may be just the place for a creative proposal. Houston holds many natural and cultural gems, some of them just off the beaten path. 

Where to Propose in Houston

1. In a natural setting

The Houston Arboretum is full of opportunities to romance your sweetheart. Read through the trail descriptions and plan a day outdoors together. Consider visiting the Carol Tatkon Sensory Garden, in which you can touch and smell the fragrant garden around you. On the eastern edge of the Arboretum, spend time in the meadow where you can listen for bullfrogs and songbirds and watch wildlife in its natural habitat. While you can't picnic in the Arboretum, you can do so next door at Memorial Park. When the moment is right, kneel down on the grass and present your lady with the perfect diamond cluster ring.

Another possibility is proposing in one of the many beautiful areas of Hermann Park, on the spot that overlooks McGovern Lake, or next to the large reflection pool surrounded by oak trees. The peaceful stone paths and bridges of the Japanese Garden are romantic, as well. 

Discovery Green is one of the most popular community gathering spaces in Houston. In the heart of the park, walk along the promenade and see 360-degree views of the city skyline. During the summer, you can catch live concerts on the lawn at lunchtime and after hours, or see outdoor movies on a big screen. For a creative proposal, pack a picnic and choose a film that you know she likes. Bring a bag of popcorn with the ring box nestled in the middle. Imagine her surprise when she dips in for a handful of popcorn and discovers a diamond cluster ring!

2. At an upscale restaurant

Esquire has called the cozy Mockingbird Bistro "one of the best new restaurants in America." The head chef describes the seasonally updated menu full of colorful, fresh ingredients as "country-French-meets-American." Try the steak or scallops and order a glass of bubbly to top off the meal.

If you're looking for magnificent views of Houston's skyline, make a dinner reservation at The Spindletop, the only revolving rooftop restaurant in the downtown area. Enjoy complementary valet parking and ride up in the glass elevator. Take in the view as the restaurant slowly spins, watching the compass points on the windows to keep your bearings, and try the champagne pairings with the dessert menu for a decadent experience. Consider this creative proposal: ask your server to place the ring in the bottom of your champagne glass, so when you make a toast, the glint of a diamond will catch her eye. 

On its website, the Lexington Grille says that it's "the best restaurant you have NEVER heard about…and that's just how we like it." Expect a quiet, romantic ambience with white table linens, candlelight, and elevated American cuisine.

3. At a world-class hotel

The concept suites at the elegant Hotel ZaZa set the mood for a romantic getaway: themes include "West Indies" and "Moulin Rouge." Request that chocolate-dipped strawberries and champagne await you when you arrive. After you settle in for the night, share a meaningful toast that you've prepared and present her with the diamond cluster ring of her dreams.

Although the Houstonian Hotel, Club, & Spa is located within two miles from the best attractions of Houston, staying there feels like you're tucked away in the country. Ranked by Travel & Leisure magazine as one of the world's best hotels, the Houstonian is set on 18 wooded acres visible through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the rooms. The Houstonian's fitness club and spa are first-class and offer a wide variety of classes and treatments. If you're up for a splurge, indulge in the Tranquility for Two spa package that includes stone therapy massages and lunch or dinner. 

Before you plan your creative proposal, pick out the perfect diamond cluster ring.

The Affordable Wedding Ring of Every Man's Dreams

by Kelly Smith Monday, 23 April 2012 Wedding Rings

Popular culture tells us that every woman fantasizes about her perfect wedding and her ideal diamond cluster engagement ring from childhood. And popular culture also teaches us that most men are not quite so quick to dream about marriage. But whatever the truth is, guys, you are planning a wedding now, and you are looking forward to creating a life with the woman of your dreams. You’ve shopped for a diamond cluster engagement ring for your wife-to-be. You’ve planned the perfect proposal. So here’s the question – have you thought about your own affordable wedding ring?

How to Pick an Affordable Wedding Ring for Men

1. Choose a Coordinating Ring

If you’ve already selected a beautiful diamond cluster engagement ring and matching wedding band for your bride-to-be, or if you have already chosen a bridal ring set together, then you may have an easy decision ahead of you. My Trio Rings offers three ring sets for purchase that include an engagement ring as well as wedding bands for the bride and groom. If you like the men’s wedding band that coordinates with your fiance’s set, then your decision is as easy as ordering the coordinating affordable wedding ring.

2. Decide on a Price Range

If you are having a hard time deciding on a wedding ring, and you are on a very tight budget, then the easiest thing to do may be to first narrow the possible ring options to a more manageable pool to choose from by simply eliminating any rings that don’t fit into your target budget. If you wish to stay under $300 for your wedding band, for example, then My Trio Rings offers five different ring choices in that price range, and it is up to you to decide whether you prefer a style that is more simple, more modern, or more organic.

3. Determine Your Style

If you’re like most guys, you may not have spent much time contemplating jewelry before. If this is the case, then you may need to take some time to narrow down your affordable wedding ring style choices. Do you prefer yellow gold or white gold jewelry? Are you more classic or contemporary? Do you prefer straight lines or curves? Do you prefer a lot of diamonds or just a few? If you can narrow your search, then it will be easier to know when you have found the right ring.

Start shopping today

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Diamond Cluster Rings of the Rich and Famous

by Kelly Smith Wednesday, 18 April 2012 Wedding Rings

Seven years after becoming a couple, and six children later, Brad Pitt has decided to make it official with his long-time girlfriend Angelina Jolie. CNN confirms that Brad Pitt spent over a year working with a California jeweler named Robert Procop to design a diamond cluster ring to best fit his bride-to-be’s finger as well as her personality.

As of yet, the media has not gotten a good look at the diamond cluster ring that Brad Pitt designed for Angelina Jolie, but a recent Glamour blog post speculates about what the ring might look like. All that we know is that Pitt and Procop spent a long time searching for the perfect center diamond for the ring, and that a ring of side diamonds surrounds Jolie’s entire ring finger. Some experts are guessing that the center diamond is a large emerald-cut diamond.

Would you like a diamond cluster ring that looks like Angelina Jolie’s? Here are some affordable wedding rings that may look something like hers.

1. One option is a 3/8 carat white gold engagement ring with a center square of sixteen small diamonds and parallel bands of diamonds leading down around the side of the ring. This custom My Trio Rings engagement ring is $399.99.

2. Another ring choice is a 1/2 carat diamond cluster ring set in 14 K white gold. This ring has 9 small diamonds arranged in a central square, with small side diamonds along the band for $399.99.

3. A different 1/2 carat diamond cluster ring with 14 K white gold features a square-shaped arrangement of small diamonds in the center, with parallel bands of side diamonds for $469.99.

And don’t forget, you can always ask the My Trio Rings designers to customize an affordable wedding ring that best fits your taste. Get started today!

Best Places to Propose in Baltimore

by Kelly Smith Monday, 16 April 2012 Ceremony

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.

Baltimore is a gorgeous city that is a short distance from Washington, D.C., and it offers many unique places to propose. If you are ready to start planning a proposal, then here are a few ideas to get your wheels turning.

1. Places to Propose: At the Park

Baltimore’s oldest park is Patterson Park, a large nineteenth century space with walking trails, playgrounds, fountains, a swimming pool and splash pad, fields, woods, and even a lake. Located in southeastern Baltimore within blocks of Johns Hopkins Hospital and Fell’s Point, Patterson Park is a vibrant community getaway within the city. If you are ready to propose in Patterson Park, consider a picnic on the fields just below the Pagoda, where you have an excellent view overlooking the park and the city. Another lovely Patterson Park proposal would be a stroll on the walking trails down to the lake, then sitting on a bench near the lake, near the middle of the park.

Another of Baltimore’s well-known parks is Federal Hill Park, on the south end of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Federal Hill Park is not as well maintained as Patterson Park, and it does involve a rather steep hike to the top of the hill, but the views of the harbor and the city are hard to beat.

2. Places to Proposes: On the Water

One of the things that makes Baltimore stand out is its abundance of waterfront property. If you are ready to propose in a romantic location, then finding a likely place by the water is a good start. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor offers a wide variety of shops and restaurants, outdoor entertainment, places to walk around, and even an old-fashioned carousel. Another option is proposing on a boat in the harbor, such as a harbor cruise or a water taxi ride. For more privacy, consider renting a paddleboat and proposing out on the open water in a boat made for two.

3. Places to Propose: Over Dinner

Like many big cities, Baltimore offers a wide variety of dining options, from its Little Italy area to an abundance of fresh seafood restaurants. One romantic dining destination is Tapas Adela, located in the Fell’s Point neighborhood along the water. Tapas Adela offers elegant indoor seating as well as outdoor tables perfect for people watching and breathing in the harbor breezes. A meal of fresh and innovative Spanish tapas dishes in small portions offers ample opportunity for talking, sipping wine, and lingering – a recipe for the perfect romantic proposal.

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Are you ready to propose? Start shopping for a diamond cluster engagement ring today!

Purchase Affordable Wedding Rings Online

by Kelly Smith Wednesday, 11 April 2012 Wedding Rings

Not so long ago, buying something like diamonds on the Internet may have seemed unusual to many people. But these days, if you are looking for affordable wedding rings, it is much easier to engage in comparison shopping and find the most beautiful rings for the best price online. Reputable online jewelers such as My Trio Rings offer helpful customer service agents, fast and reliable shipping, and free warranties and returns. If you are planning a wedding on a budget and are still searching for those perfect affordable wedding rings, then look no further.

Is it safe to purchase affordable wedding rings online?

One recent customer reports:

My fiance and I were very skeptical about making and important purchase, like our rings, online. However, we followed our hearts and ordered our wedding rings with My Trio Rings, and we cannot begin to tell you how satisfied we are. We love the bling, and we got it at a reasonable price. Your representatives did all in their power to assist us all the way in the sweet island of St. Lucia, located in the Caribbean. Everybody instantly falls in love with our rings...but we love them more than they do! WOW...I recommend this company 100%...look forward to doing business with you in the future (renewal of vows).” – March 2012

Another customer, this one from Alabama, adds:

I wouldn’t have thought that an online company could be so courteous and true to their word. The ring I got for my fiance is beautiful and fits perfectly. He loves it! The customer service is so friendly and helpful. No complaints at all! I recommend this site to everyone! Thanks My Trio Rings!” – February 2012

In Pennsylvania, one woman writes:

My husband and I were VERY skeptical to make such an important purchase online, however, My Trio Rings has exceeded our expectations!!! We found beautiful rings that were within our budget, and along with superb customer service, who could ask for more? Both of us find ourselves just staring at our rings and watching them sparkle. We couldn't be more pleased. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” – March 2012

From the Caribbean to the Erie Canal, our customers agree that when it comes to purchasing affordable wedding rings online, or even getting tips for planning a wedding on a budget, My Trio Rings is an excellent one-stop shopping destination. Get started today!

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Best Places to Propose in Chicago

by Melia Dicker Tuesday, 10 April 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.

If you're ready to propose, Chicago is a city that's brimming with possible settings for your special moment. The city has made it easy for you to scout out places to propose: It has a great variety of online tours of Chicago, with themes ranging from Parks to Music & Art. 

When you've picked out the perfect diamond cluster ring, consider popping the question in one of these romantic places.

Where to Propose in Chicago

1. In a beautiful outdoor setting

One of the most popular spots in the city is Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. The fountain lit up at night is breathtaking. 

Lincoln Park has many lovely spots for those who are ready to propose. Lincoln Park Zoo is free of charge and open 365 days per year. It features a full calendar of special events, including tours of the beautiful gardens. Take a walk to the Alfred Caldwell Lilly Pool or pack a picnic to enjoy at sunset by Lincoln Park Lagoon and get down on one knee in the grass. Remember to bring champagne!

Millennium Park also offers a number of charming places to propose. Consider a leisurely stroll in Lurie Garden, or visit Cloud Gate, a giant public sculpture nicknamed "The Bean." It reflects the city skyline in its face of polished stainless steel. Stand under the archway of The Bean together when you pop the question. The reflection of the diamond cluster ring in the metal sculpture will dazzle her! 

2. Over a romantic dinner or drinks

North Pond is a favorite for many locals and visitors in Chicago. Nestled within Lincoln Park and set beside a pond, the restaurant has a romantic view of the city skyline. The menu at North Pond sources fresh ingredients from local farmers. Splurge on the seasonal tasting menu for your special occasion.

There are few meals more romantic than fondue, and Gejas Cafe doesn't disappoint. Choose from the extensive wine list and enjoy dinner with live flamenco music in the background.

Take her breath away with a view of the Chicago skyline at night from the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor of the John Hancock Center. You'll love the premium martinis and gourmet menu, which will complement her diamond cluster ring perfectly.

3. On a lighthearted adventure

If your lady loves cheesecake, take her to the famous Eli's Cheesecake for a tasting. If you call ahead and explain that you're ready to propose on-site, you may be able to convince the staff to prepare a couple of slices with "Will You Marry Me?" written on them in icing.  

A boat tour of lake Michigan is a beautiful excursion by day or night. There are so many companies and routes to choose from that you're sure to find a trip that she'll love.

Catch an evening comedy show at the renowned Second City, which has graduated performers including Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey. The actors are so accustomed to improvisation that they may enjoy incorporating your proposal into a skit. If you know that your lady will be thrilled by receiving a diamond cluster ring onstage before an audience, then this is the opportunity of a lifetime!

If you think you might be ready to propose, take a look at our selection of diamond trio rings and see which set speaks to you!

Budget Wedding Registry Tips

by Kelly Smith Wednesday, 04 April 2012 Wedding Registry

If you are planning a wedding on a budget, then you are probably planning to start your life together on a budget, too. Think ahead carefully about what you might need in order to maximize the usefulness of your budget wedding registry. Before you start drooling over the enticing catalogs of your favorite expensive kitchen stores, take stock of what you already have. If you each already have a home, then you probably already have some duplicate items that you may want to sell or give away. Regardless of the situation, it is best to make a list of what you need first, then think about what you want, and then start looking at the catalogs and websites to craft your budget wedding registry.

Budget Wedding Registry Tips

Items to Choose

1. Select long-lasting, high quality items for your wedding registry. Don’t choose items just because they are inexpensive, because then you may need to replace those items in a few years.

2. Select solid colored or neutral patterned pieces when you are choosing items that will be around for a lifetime. If you ask for high quality white dishes, for example, it will be much easier to match those dishes to different seasonal décor or your own changing tastes over time.

3. Do choose items for your registry in a variety of price ranges so that none of your budget wedding guests feel left out.

4. In addition to more practical items, consider asking for some memorable items that will always remind you of your wedding each time you look at them and the person who gave the gift, such as a really beautiful wooden fruit bowl or handmade pottery mugs.

5. If you’re already pretty well set for items for the kitchen, bed, and bath, then don’t forget to consider having a honeymoon registry instead to help pay for your budget honeymoon!

Items to Avoid

1. It can be tempting, but don’t ask for a bunch of fancy appliances that are likely to gather dust. If you’re not likely to make homemade pasta or funnel cakes but once in a blue moon, you may  be best off asking for a multi-purpose electric griddle and borrowing the other items from a friend on occasion.

2. Don’t select items that are so expensive or fragile that you would be too intimidated to use them – or that none of your guests would be able to afford!

3. Just because you’re planning a wedding on a budget doesn’t mean that you don’t have an eye for quality! Items that are too inexpensive or cheaply made, such as particleboard furniture, is not long-lasting and may not make it to see your first child, let alone your grandchildren!

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Best Places to Propose in Hamilton, Ohio

by Melia Dicker Tuesday, 03 April 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.

Who knew that Hamilton, Ohio, was one of the most popular places in the U.S. to propose? Part of the Cincinnati metropolitan area in Southwestern Ohio, the historically industrial Hamilton is known as "The "City of Sculpture" because it is attempting to revitalize itself through the arts. 

Where to Propose in Hamilton, Ohio

Though it may not be as well known as nearby Cincinnati, Hamilton is a great town in which to carry out your creative proposal idea -- if you know where to look, that is. Here are a few of the coolest places to propose:

1. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum

This park is one of the most beautiful highlights Hamilton has to offer. When the weather is nice, take your loved one on a walk (you have 265 acres to choose from!) and admire the many different sculptures that grace the landscape. A particularly unique feature of the park is the 10,000 square foot Ancient Sculpture Museum that displays Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Etruscan sculpture. Pyramid Hill's ultimate goal is to be the only art park in the world to represent the complete history of sculpture of mankind, and it's well on its way. Scout out the grounds in advance to find a sculpture that represents your relationship with your bride-to-be. When you come back with her by your side, present her with a diamond cluster ring and share why you chose this sculpture as your romantic backdrop.     

2. Holiday Auto Theatre 

What could be more romantic than watching a drive-in movie with your sweetheart? Drive-in theaters are hard to come by nowadays, which will make the experience at the Holiday Auto Theatre all the more exciting. Choose a romantic film or a lighthearted comedy, something that you know she'll enjoy. Pay a $5.00 fee to bring in your own food, or stop by the Refreshment Center and buy some popcorn and her favorite kind of candy. Cuddle up during the movie, and as the credits roll, surprise her by popping the question. When you tell the story of your engagement later, you'll receive a lot of compliments for your creative proposal idea!

3. Hanover Winery 

An unexpected find in Hamilton is Hanover Winery, which produces more than 20 wines on site and holds wine tastings and community events on their beautiful grounds. Choose an event -- such as an outdoor concert -- from the schedule on the winery's website. Bring a blanket and picnic, and pick up a bottle of wine in the tasting room. As the sun sets, present your lady with a diamond cluster ring that will sparkle with the fading rays of light.

4. Flub's Dari-Ette 

If your loved one is a kid at heart, consider this creative proposal idea: asking for her hand in marriage at this old-style ice cream shop. Flub's Dari-Ette has been serving up frozen treats for more than 40 years, including soft-serve cones, slushies, and cyclones (with delicious names like "Mike's Chocolaty Marshmallow"). Imagine her surprise when she reaches for her order and turns around to find you on one knee!

5. Hamilton Oktoberfest 

The Oktoberfest celebration in Hamilton is more than 45 years old. It's held by the Liberty Home Association, a German club that brings authenticity to the annual event. Enjoy the freshly made bratwurst, sauerkraut, and other German foods (make sure to bring some breath mints!) and sample the liberally flowing beer. Once you surprise your lady with a diamond cluster ring, you can celebrate by sharing your news with the multi-generational partygoers and dancing to live music. Prost!

Pick out a special engagement ring to add the perfect touch to your creative proposal idea, or save by selecting a trio ring set. 

by Kelly Smith Wednesday, 28 March 2012 Wedding Rings

If you are searching for the most affordable wedding ring sets, then the way to go is diamond cluster rings. But if you just can’t quite give up on the idea of solitaire engagement rings, then you may wish to investigate My Trio Rings’ pre-launch of a line of affordable solitaire engagement rings. Compare these similarly styled ring choices below to get a better idea of your options.

1. 3/8 Carat Diamond Cluster Engagement Ring - $397.99

This diamond cluster engagement ring from My Trio Rings features 3/8 Carats of diamonds nestled in 14 K white gold. The ring is designed with seven small diamonds arranged in a circle, in the shape of a solitaire diamond. The band is encrusted with a straight line of small diamonds. It is a diamond cluster ring, but it looks like a solitaire engagement ring.

2. 1/2 Carat Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring - $699.99

This new engagement ring from My Trio Rings has a central, round cut solitaire diamond with a straight line of 20 conflict-free diamonds wrapping around the band. In style, it looks very similar to the diamond cluster engagement ring also offered by My Trio Rings, but this one is a solitaire engagement ring.

3. 1/2 Carat Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring - $999.99

This diamond solitaire engagement ring from Zales also features a central round cut diamond, in a square setting, with a straight line of diamonds nestled into the band. In style, it is very similar to both rings from My Trio Rings. However, it is $300 more expensive than the comparable solitaire engagement ring from My Trio Rings, and it is more than $600 more expensive than the diamond cluster engagement ring. Whether you prefer a solitaire style or a diamond cluster style, My Trio Rings is the clear choice.

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Best Places to Propose in Washington, D.C.

by Kelly Smith Monday, 26 March 2012 Wedding Ideas

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.

Lately, the internet has been abuzz with the best places to propose. If you are looking for creative proposal ideas, be certain to keep up with the My Trio Rings Precious Places series. This week, our destination is Washington, D.C. So if you are ready to pop the big question, then pick out an affordable wedding ring set, and ponder the following proposal venues.

Creative Proposal Ideas in Washington, D.C.

1. Blooming Cherry Blossoms

One of the things that Washington, D.C. is best known for outside of government and politics is its extravagant display of blooming cherry blossoms around the perimeter of the Tidal Basin. If you live in the D.C. metro area, consider a springtime stroll around the lake. Find a bench to sit on, and declare your desire to spend the rest of your lives together. Another romantic option would be to pack a picnic blanket, a basket of gourmet goodies, a bottle of champagne, and an affordable wedding ring set and set up camp for a picnic proposal under a blooming cherry blossom bower.

Alternative: There is also a lovely, meandering rose garden, the Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden, outside of the Smithsonian Castle that offers a longer growing season and more opportunities for creative proposal ideas in the great outdoors.

2. Delicious Ethnic Cuisines

We’ve all seen the movies with the candlelit Italian restaurant and glasses of wine. While there is nothing wrong with the tried-and-true romantic classics, you may also wish to consider more creative proposal ideas, such as a different kind of culinary venue. Washington, D.C. is uniquely suited for food adventures with its wide variety of different ethnic restaurants. For something different, start the adventure of a lifetime at an Ethiopian restaurant such as Meskerem, where you will sit on intricately patterned cushions and eat with your hands. Talk about your future hopes and dreams while you feast together. Then slip the engagement ring from your affordable wedding ring set onto her finger while you wipe each other’s hands with a warm, wet cloth after your meal. For a more romantic experience, consider requesting a private room at the restaurant of your choice or getting reservations for a time when you may have the restaurant mostly to yourselves.

What is your Washington, D.C. proposal story? Share it with us!

Pick out an affordable wedding ring set today!

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$68 million to spare? This bad boy can be yours!

by Punit Shah Monday, 26 March 2012 Wedding Rings

Three years in the making, jewelers at Shawish Jewelry in Switzerland have announced the creation of a 150 carat faceted diamond ring! The kicker - the entire ring is made from one stone! As Mohamed Shawesh, CEO of Shawish, describes, it wasn't an easy task!

"The most important aspect is preserving the integrity of the diamond and of course the most difficult phase is precision cutting an entire stone into a ring."

Our gemologists at MyTrioRings.com estimate the 150 carat ring was likely cut out of a rough diamond weighing between 400-500 carats (the size of a tennis ball). With a ring that trumps Kim Kardashian's mega 22 carat ring, our guess is another celebrity will be quick to scoop this up. Either that or one of the many elusive diamond investors throughout the world!

Check out an incredible video that shows the ring in 3D below

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Planning a Wedding on a Budget – at the Last Minute

by Kelly Smith Thursday, 22 March 2012 Wedding Ideas

When you’re ready to get married, you’re ready to get married. But according to some sources, most Americans are engaged for over a year before they tie the knot. Some couples need time to save up for their wedding, and others feel the need for plenty of time to plan the perfect wedding. Whatever the reason, many couples like having a lot of time between their engagement and their wedding. But believe it or not, if you’re ready to get married sooner, planning a wedding on a budget at the last minute is easy to do with a few easy tips.

Planning a Wedding on a Budget – Fast!

1. Food

If you are planning a wedding on a budget, then it is a wise move to avoid a wedding that coincides with a meal time, no matter what your time frame is for making wedding plans. It is much cheaper to serve your guests appetizers, champagne, and wedding cake than a full-on catered meal. Even cheaper would be just cake and champagne. If you’re hoping to plan a wedding in a short amount of time, then your best wedding cake option is probably a large grocery store bakery. They are likely to have more last-minute availability and lower prices than dedicated wedding cake bakeries, and they will still taste delicious.

2. Décor

Get married in a beautiful outdoor setting or a gorgeous church if you want to save your decorating dollars. Or plan an impromptu flash wedding in an art museum, like in the recent romantic movie “The Vow.” If flowers are important to you, consider planning a last minute wedding in the spring, when lots of flowers are in bloom. If you’ve got a green thumb, you could host a wedding in your own backyard garden, or you could at least grow your own bouquet or flowers for the reception.

3. Attire

If you are planning a wedding on a budget, then you can easily shop for affordable wedding band sets online and have them shipped quickly. The wedding clothing might seem more complicated than the wedding jewelry, but that is not necessarily the case. Last-minute tuxedo rentals are not too difficult to come by, especially if you avoid a date that coincides with local high school proms. And as for wedding gowns, look into gown rental at local bridal shops or costume stores, or buy a dress straight off the sale rack and have it altered. And if you’re thinking of a spring wedding, there is no shame in choosing a less expensive white prom gown!

What are your last minute wedding planning tips?

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Best Places to Propose in Los Angeles

by Melia Dicker Tuesday, 20 March 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.

Ready to propose? Los Angeles offers a great many romantic settings, and you're sure to find one that suits the personality of your bride-to-be. Whether she's a nature lover, a true romantic, or a gal who loves a good show, you'll find a spot that she'll remember for the rest of her life.

Where to Propose in Los Angeles

1. In a picturesque garden

With 134,000 square feet to choose from at the Central Garden at the Getty Center, you're sure to find a spot for your proposal. The description from the garden website says it all: 

The walkway traverses a stream that winds through a variety of plants and gradually descends to a plaza where bougainvillea arbors provide scale and a sense of intimacy. Continuing through the plaza, the stream cascades over a stone waterfall or "chadar," into a pool with a floating maze of azaleas. Specialty gardens encircle the pool. All of the foliage and materials of the garden have been selected to accentuate the interplay of light, color, and reflection.

The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is full of quaint proposal spots. The Queen Anne Cottage is set on the edge of a lake and is surrounded by magical-looking Blue Gum Trees. Consider presenting her with a diamond cluster ring in front of Mayberg Waterfall, a relaxing destination surrounded by tropical plants.

2. At a romantic restaurant

Il Cielo Restaurant in Beverly Hills is known as one of the most romantic restaurants in L.A. and often makes "Best Places to Propose" lists. Sit on the garden patio, which glows with tiny white lights. Enjoy decadent Italian food before presenting your sweetheart with a diamond cluster ring after the meal.

Geoffrey's Malibu is a favorite for couples who love an ocean view. Request a table by the rail and breathe in the sea breeze as you dine on fresh seafood and New American cuisine. After dessert and wine, take a walk on the beach below and take a knee on the sand as you pop the question.

3. At a show or theme park

Hollywood is, of course, world famous for its entertainment industry, and nearby Anaheim is well known for its theme parks. When you're ready to propose to a woman who loves arts and entertainment, you have your pick of venues. 

The improv comedy troupe at M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theatre in Santa Monica will actually work your proposal into a sketch if you email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

If your lady loves theme parks, think about proposing at Disneyland, "The Happiest Place on Earth." The Sleeping Beauty Castle makes for a beautiful backdrop, and the fireworks show will make her diamond cluster ring sparkle.

If you're ready to propose, choose from our wide selection of high-quality, affordable diamond engagement rings.

Wedding Ring Sets Testimonial: Kyle and Tiffany

by Kelly Smith Thursday, 15 March 2012 Wedding Rings

One recent My Trio Rings customer, Kyle, proposed to his fiancée in a very unorthodox manner. Since his girlfriend is the one who generally checks the couple’s mail, he used the ring sizer package from My Trio Rings to propose to his now fiancé before they even selected their affordable wedding rings. Read on to learn more about their proposal story.

Kyle, how did you meet your fiancé?

We met at work on what was each of our first day in training. We were sitting across from each other at the table, and we ended up being put in the same department. From there we went from going to lunch with each other for a few weeks, to going to movies after work and hanging out with each other on our days off, to dating - and that’s been 5 years ago now!

How did you know that your girlfriend was “the one”?

I knew she was the one when I realized how she was by my side every time through all the ups and downs that I had put her through.

How did you know that you were ready to get married?

I knew I was ready to get married when I knew that I wanted to be a father and I wanted her to be the mother of our child! 

How did you choose My Trio Rings for wedding ring sets?

I chose My Trio Rings when I read an article on Yahoo about affordable wedding ring sets. The article stated that My Trio Rings is a growing business because the rings aren’t one giant diamond – each ring has a lot of smaller diamonds which makes them affordable. And buying online basically cuts out the middle man. So I went to the website, looked around for a bit, liked what I saw, then bookmarked the website. I ordered a ring sizer in the mail about a week later.

How did you choose your affordable wedding rings?

We chose the rings we wanted by just going through every style on the website. She wanted white gold and a smooth surface, and I wanted whatever she wanted! Haha! 

How easy was it to purchase your affordable wedding rings online?

It was very easy, especially with the ring sizer. Once we found the rings we wanted, I put our address in and purchased them.

How did you propose?

I proposed with the ring sizer package, actually. When the page came up asking for the address, I was thinking she would see it in the mail anyways since she primarily checks it. So I put in the First Name blank "Will You Marry Me,” and then in the Last Name blank, I put Tiffany. 

At first she was confused because she did not order anything from My Trio Rings, and then she saw the “Will You Marry Me” part. When I got home from work, she said “What’s this?” She didn’t believe it at first - haha! So then I proposed in person, and she said of course!

Congratulations from My Trio Rings, Kyle and Tiffany!

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Ready to Propose? 5 Lessons from "The Bachelor"

by Melia Dicker Tuesday, 13 March 2012 Proposal

ready to proposeSeason 16 of "The Bachelor" ended last night with the most controversial outcome in the history of the show: Bachelor Ben Flajnik proposed to contestant Courtney Robertson, whom America loves to hate. Many doubt that the couple will survive the media firestorm that they've faced since this season began airing. When Courtney's unkind treatment of the other contestants has come to light, Ben pulled away from Courtney and even briefly called off the engagement. 

Despite the challenges that may lie ahead for Ben and Courtney, there are several tips that you can glean from the steps leading up to his proposal. These lessons will be useful even if you're planning a wedding on a budget.

1. Make sure that you're ready to propose.

As Ben narrowed down the group of women from 25 to the final two, he asked himself whether he could picture a future with each woman. The women who were most open with him, the adventurous ones, and the ones with whom he could be completely himself were the contestants who made it until the end. When it came time to pick out an engagement ring, Ben said that he had only one woman in mind to receive it. Though he was nervous, he felt completely ready to propose to Courtney.

Lesson: Figure out your own set of "must-haves" and deal breakers. Envision yourself proposing to your loved one and see how it makes you feel. Is this the person for you? Are you ready to propose?

2. See how you fit into each other's families.

Once Ben had chosen his final four contestants, he traveled to meet each of their families. He felt comfortable with three out of four of the families, and the parents of each of those women gave their blessing to an engagement. Ben said that he could see himself naturally fitting in with each of them. However, the family of the fourth woman, Kacie Boguskie, was aloof and revealed to Ben some fundamental differences between him and Kacie. Though it was difficult for both of them, he decided to end their relationship. 

Lesson: It's important that you and your partner know each other's families and understand what you'll be marrying into. Is it essential to you to be close to your partner's family, or is it OK with you to keep your distance if you don't get along? 

3. Choose a romantic backdrop.

Ben proposed to Courtney in picturesque Zermatt, Switzerland, with the Matterhorn in the background. Neither could stop talking about how breathtaking they found the views, and how the setting felt like part of a fairy tale. It was an unforgettable place to propose.  

Lesson: Even if you'll be planning a wedding on a budget and can't afford to whisk your love away to Switzerland, you can choose a romantic setting for your proposal. Take her to the place where you had your first date, or where you said "I love you" for the first time. Arrange for an inexpensive weekend getaway to a charming town nearby. Choose a setting that will complement the beautiful moment you're about to share. 

4. Select a diamond ring that she'll love.

In keeping with "Bachelor" tradition, Ben proposed to Courtney with a sparkly Neil Lane diamond ring. The center stone is cushion cut, and pavé diamonds surround it and line the band. Ben reportedly designed the ring just for Courtney, and upon receiving it on last night's finale, she gushed about how gorgeous it was.

Lesson: Engagement rings on "The Bachelor" typically cost around $60,000, and if you're planning a wedding on a budget, there's no way you can spend that kind of cash. Fortunately, you have a wealth of options for a high-impact diamond engagement ring that is also affordable. Consider buying a trio wedding ring set will be cheaper than buying each ring individually.

5. Prepare a few romantic words to share when you propose.

When Ben proposed to Courtney, he said, "Whenever I'm with you I have these incredible moments. You know, I thought to myself I could see myself with this woman for the rest of my life. I want you to know that I think you're an incredible woman." He continued, ""I have waited a really long time to tell you that I am in love with you more than you will ever know and this whole experience and journey has been worth it every step of the way." He ended with, "You are my forever." 

Lesson: Think about the words you'd like to share with your bride-to-be that capture how she makes you feel, and why you want to spend the rest of your life with her. You don't need to write a speech, but do say a few heartfelt words before the four most important: "Will you marry me?"

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