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An Affordable Wedding Ring Set Shopping Schedule

by Kelly Smith Monday, 16 January 2012 Ceremony

Okay, guys. You know that you’re ready to marry her. You’re just itching to pop the question. How soon do you need to pick out an inexpensive diamond cluster engagement ring and plan a surprise proposal? Well, if you don’t feel the need to have a ring in hand, then you can ask her whenever the time feels right. But if you want to wow her with a beautiful, affordable wedding ring set, then here is a tentative schedule to get you started. (Of course, if you are in a hurry, you can do it much faster, but this timeline gives you plenty of time for browsing and planning!)

Six weeks before engagement

Start thinking about creative engagement ideas and preparing yourself for the process.

Four weeks before engagement

Start comparison shopping for the ideal inexpensive diamond cluster engagement ring. Look around online to determine what style and what characteristics are most important to you. Observe your girlfriend’s style of dress, home décor, and jewelry selection for helpful hints.

Two weeks before engagement

Select and order an affordable wedding ring set that fits your budget and your bride-to-be’s style. Consider an affordable wedding ring set with an inexpensive diamond cluster engagement ring in addition to a men’s and ladies wedding band to get your budget off to the right start.

One week before engagement

Receive your affordable wedding ring set in the mail (My Trio Rings offers fast, free shipping. Your rings will ship out within two business days of your order). Make sure that the set meets your standards, insure the rings, and find a safe place to keep them.

A few days before engagement

Finalize your proposal plan and rehearse what you want to say. Make a date with your girlfriend so that you are sure she is available at the appointed time.

The day of the engagement

Set the stage for your proposal. Hide the inexpensive diamond cluster engagement ring in your pocket or wherever it needs to be to pull off your proposal. Take a deep breath and do it!

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How to Make Budget Wedding Memories Last a Lifetime

by Kelly Smith Sunday, 15 January 2012 Ceremony

As you are planning for your budget wedding and deciding what your priorities are, consider that your wedding day will be a beautiful day, but it is also likely to be a busy day. Make sure that you are making plans that will help you make budget wedding memories that will last a lifetime.

Make Budget Wedding Memories for a Lifetime

1. Get Married When You Both are Ready

When you are thinking about picking out an affordable wedding ring set and planning a wedding, make sure that you are both ready to get married and commit to each other for a lifetime. Read these tips to help you decide whether you two are ready to take the plunge.

2. Choose Real Diamonds

When you are selecting an affordable wedding ring set, be sure to choose real diamonds. Real diamonds are certainly more expensive than alternatives such as cubic zirconia, but fake diamonds do not have the strength and history of real diamonds, and they are not likely to last a lifetime. If you want to save money on real diamonds, simply consider purchasing diamond cluster rings that are part of an affordable wedding ring set from a reputable online jeweler. This is a wise investment at a great price, and it will last you a lifetime.

3. Hire a Professional Photographer

Many wedding planners and brides who have been there would agree that one of the most important things to NOT skimp on during your budget wedding planning is photography. If you want to share your wedding memories with your children and grandchildren in the years to come, then hire a professional who knows how to best capture your special day on film. In addition to ordering prints, it is also worthwhile to splurge on digital copies of your wedding photos, so that you can be sure to preserve those memories for a lifetime.

4. Preserve Your Dress

If you might want to pass your wedding dress on to a daughter or granddaughter today, don’t just throw it up in the attic. Protect your budget wedding dress investment by taking your dress to the cleaners or to a bridal shop to get it preserved in a special airtight box that will help your dress last much longer.

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How to Protect Your New Trio Wedding Ring Set

by Kelly Smith Monday, 09 January 2012 Wedding Rings

Purchasing a trio wedding ring set is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion for most people, and you will want to be sure that you get it right. If you purchase real, conflict-free diamonds from a reputable jeweler, then you are off to the right start. If you consider purchasing your trio wedding ring set from an online jeweler that offers affordable diamond cluster rings, then you are on the road to staying within a reasonable budget.

But one of the most important things to do to complete your trio wedding ring set purchase is to promptly protect your investment through your insurance company. Even if you have a safe place to keep your rings both before and after your engagement and wedding, even if you take proper care of your affordable diamond cluster rings, things happen. Even if you found a great price and made a smart purchase, it is likely to be a purchase that you don't want to repeat. So the best thing to do is consider the purchase incomplete until you have added the rings to your insurance policy.

It is usually quite easy to insure your rings with the company you already use for rental insurance, homeowners insurance, or car insurance, and you will often get a discount for having multiple policies with the same company.

Just call your insurance agent to make an appointment to bring in the trio wedding ring set along with all paperwork from your jeweler. It should be quick, easy, and inexpensive to get the policy started, and you could even do it before you pop the question, if you feel confident that your bride-to-be shares your taste in affordable diamond cluster rings and won't want to take advantage of the 30 day free return policy on trio wedding ring sets.

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Where Does Your Diamond Cluster Ring Come From?

by Kelly Smith Sunday, 08 January 2012 Wedding Rings

Being a modern consumer means not knowing firsthand where exactly all of your purchases come from and in what condition they were produced.

Do you know the farmer who grew your sweet potatoes? Do you know exactly where your gas comes from? Have you been to the country where your running shoes were manufactured? What about the real diamond cluster ring you hope to purchase as an engagement ring?

When it comes to diamonds, your assurance as a consumer comes from the Kimberley Process. Slightly more than a decade old, the Kimberley Process is an international diamond certification scheme that is intended to reassure consumers that the diamonds they are purchasing were mined and sold under fair conditions and that the proceeds from these jewels that symbolize eternal love are not being used to fund things such as armed conflicts. The Kimberley Process is certainly reassuring, but it is not without its problems.

There are difficulties inherent to regulating and monitoring the diamond trade, especially in areas experiencing civil unrest. This is why many different groups are involved in keeping tabs on the diamond trade under the auspices of the Kimberley Process, specifically in regions of the world undergoing political turmoil. In early December 2011, one of the watchdog groups, Global Witness, dropped out of the Kimberley Process, voicing their disagreement about certain diamonds of questionable origins being released into the world market from Zimbabwe. Despite this action, the United Nations supported the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme in a December 20, 2011, press release, and they promised global diamond consumers that they will help further strengthen the system.

As a consumer, you are not likely to travel to Africa, where a large percentage of the world's diamonds are mined, and you are not likely to have the ability to personally check up on diamond mines. Instead, you rely on the Kimberley Process to ensure that the diamond cluster ring you have your heart set on is in fact made from conflict-free diamonds. How can you do this?

1. Only purchase wedding jewelry from a jeweler who can guarantee that your ring of choice is in accordance with Kimberley Process regulations, meaning that to the best of their knowledge, it is made from conflict-free diamonds. My Trio Rings is dedicated to providing consumers with diamonds that are certified conflict-free, as regulated by the United Nations and the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. In fact, our organization is one of the 72 companies in the world that has the ability to buy diamonds from De Beers. Since we only use diamonds that were bought from the De Beers mines and were cut in our factories, we are able to guarantee that all the diamonds are Kimberly-certified. 

2. Compose emails, write letters, or make phone calls to your state and national representatives, asking them to support the United Nations promise to strengthen the Kimberley Process. Your input can further ensure that American consumers are able to continue to purchase certified conflict-free diamonds with confidence.

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Affordable Wedding Rings Don't Have to Match

by Kelly Smith Tuesday, 03 January 2012 Wedding Rings

A coordinating trio wedding ring set can save you a great deal of money, but what if you and your bride-to-be don’t share the same taste in jewelry? What if she wants something extravagant and romantic, and you are a keep-it-simple kind of guy? Don’t worry. You can still get affordable wedding rings, even if you don’t purchase them together as a trio wedding ring set.

Choose a more ornamental bridal ring set for your girlfriend with a coordinating engagement ring and wedding band that fits her style (and your budget). Then browse the more simple wedding band options for your own ring, and choose a basic style that will look good with anything.

Consider, for example, a 10 K white gold wedding band with 1/4 Carat of diamonds lined up along the band. It is a very simple ring with a solid band of white gold and a straight line of diamonds. Purchased separately, it costs $305.99. It is plain and simple, and it could match a wide variety of other rings, from a romantic floral set of affordable wedding rings for $713.99 to a bridal ring set featuring more modern lines for $397.99 to a simple modest ring set for $285.99.

There is a variety of simple men’s affordable wedding rings to choose from. The rings with more simple lines, such as a straight band of diamonds, are more likely to look good with a wider variety of ladies rings. More simple men’s wedding bands include rings such as a 14 K white gold band with 1/4 Carat of diamonds in a straight line for $407.99. If you prefer yellow gold, you might like a 14 K yellow gold band nestled with a straight line of 1/5 Carat of diamonds surrounding the middle of the band for $397.99. Now all you need to agree on is whether you should both wear the same color gold!

Give Diamonds as a Wedding Anniversary Gift

by Kelly Smith Sunday, 01 January 2012 Wedding Rings

After picking out an affordable wedding ring set, and planning a surprise proposal, you will likely be a part of a whirlwind of budget wedding planning. And after the big day, it won’t be long before you need to start thinking about a new kind of purchase – a wedding anniversary gift!

Some couples choose to celebrate their years of wedded bliss with a special meal out or a romantic weekend trip. Others choose special gifts for each other to commemorate their love. Still other couples like to stick to wedding anniversary gift-giving traditions.

In the U.S., there is a list of traditional gifts for each year of marriage. The first wedding anniversary is traditionally marked with a gift of paper, the second is cotton, the third is leather, the fourth is linen or silk, and the fifth is wood. It is not until the 60th anniversary that diamonds are suggested as a wedding anniversary gift.

However, there is also a more modern anniversary gift list. Some think that the modern list more accurately reflects today’s lifestyles, as it includes gifts such as appliances and even eventually automobiles.
 
On this list, the tenth wedding anniversary is considered to be the diamond anniversary. So if you wish to eventually upgrade your affordable wedding ring set, that may be the anniversary to aim for. If you could not initially afford diamond wedding jewelry when you got married, perhaps the tenth anniversary would be a good goal for choosing some. Or if you think you want to celebrate your enduring love with more diamonds, you could consider asking a jeweler to add stones to an existing ring or purchase a coordinating diamond ring to wear on another finger. Other diamond wedding anniversary gifts could include diamond earrings, a necklace, or a bracelet to coordinate with her affordable wedding ring set.
    
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Are Diamond Cluster Rings Forever?

by Kelly Smith Thursday, 29 December 2011 Wedding Rings

Whether your diamond cluster rings are populated with diamonds large or diamonds small, diamonds many or diamonds few, if you take proper care of your wedding jewelry, it can last even beyond your lifetime to become family heirlooms to pass on to your children and grandchildren. And it can grow in value, too!

Ensure the Longevity of Your Diamond Cluster Rings


1. Select Real Conflict-Free Diamonds

The first and most important way to make sure that your diamond cluster rings will last forever is to select rings made with quality materials such as real gold and real diamonds. Real diamonds, unlike fake diamonds or other jewels, have stood the test of time. They have a long history and are known to be incredibly strong and durable and difficult to damage if they are cared for properly.

2. Take Proper Care of Your Conflict-Free Diamonds

Although real diamonds are extremely strong, they will last even longer if you take good care of them. It is a good idea to take off your rings when using harsh chemicals, digging in the dirt, or doing physical activity that could put your rings in harm’s way. Jewelers recommend periodic inspections of your diamond jewelry as well, so remember to take your rings once a year to be inspected and cleaned. Many jewelers offer this as a free service to their customers, making sure that the diamonds are well-secured in their setting.

3. Choose Diamond Cluster Rings with a Timeless Look

Another excellent way to make sure that your diamond cluster rings will last a lifetime is to select a style that will age gracefully. Don’t choose a style that matches your dream wedding dress but might look out of place with your everyday attire. Choose a ring crafted from conflict-free diamonds that you will continue to love and enjoy throughout the years and that you will be proud to bequeath to your grandchildren someday.

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Wait on a Trio Wedding Ring Set

by Kelly Smith Monday, 26 December 2011 Ceremony

You’re ready to spend your life with your girlfriend. You feel excited about proposing marriage. You are starting to hunt for the perfect…three rings?

Perhaps the idea of purchasing three rings at once, especially if you are surprising your girlfriend and making the decision on your own, seems a little too much. If that is the case, don’t worry! It’s okay to wait. You can still save a great deal of money on wedding jewelry without purchasing a trio wedding ring set all at once. Here’s the plan:

1. Select a diamond cluster engagement ring that best fits your girlfriend’s taste.

Think about her style of clothing, jewelry, accessories, and even home decor. Try to remember specific pieces of jewelry you have heard her admire, in case she was trying to drop you a subtle hint. Does she have a more modern style? Is she a traditional woman? Is she a die-hard romantic? Does she prefer things to be plain and simple? Or does she have a more showy style? Plan to spend between $160 and $615 on the diamond cluster engagement ring that your girlfriend will love the most.

2. Purchase the ring.

3. Plan a proposal.

4. Purchase matching wedding bands.

If you purchased a diamond cluster engagement ring from My Trio Rings that your fiancé loves, it is easy to purchase the coordinating wedding bands. Let’s say you chose this 1/2 Carat diamond-studded engagement ring set in 14K white gold for $489.99. If you scroll further down the page, you have the option to look at the wedding bands designed to go with that very ring. For $785.99, you can purchase the men’s and ladies’ wedding bands that are also studded in lustrous, real diamonds, thus giving you a complete trio wedding ring set.

5. Enjoy your savings!

Although it is a little more expensive to purchase the diamond cluster engagement ring separately from the wedding bands rather than purchasing the entire trio wedding ring set all at once, it may be worth your piece of mind if you don’t feel comfortable purchasing all three rings simultaneously without your girlfriend’s input. Either way, you will still be likely to spend less money on all three rings than you would on a single diamond solitaire engagement ring.

Trio Wedding Ring Sets are Tried and True

by Kelly Smith Monday, 26 December 2011 Wedding Rings

Are you ready for marriage but terrified by the idea of diamond shopping? Are you in the dark about the seemingly mysterious language of the 4 C’s? Are you uncertain about how to save money on real diamond wedding rings? Are you unsure of what trio wedding ring sets are? Do you feel undecided about whether to shop in person or online for diamond cluster rings? Look no further than the advice and testimonials of wedding ring shoppers just like you. Here’s what they have to say:

1. Ordering trio wedding ring sets online is straightforward and easy.

“I just have to say that My Trio Rings is fantastic! From the time we ordered our rings and to the day they were delivered, I was really truly impressed. I must admit I had reservations about ordering our set online, but throughout the process I was always updated either through chat or email and or the phone. I cannot express how much we were impressed with the quality and the professionalism with which we were treated.”

-C. Ecker, March 2011

2. Diamond cluster rings are both high-quality and stunningly beautiful.

“I just want you to know that I love your website. I recently purchased a trio ring set. Let me just say I LOVE THE RINGS, I LOVE THE RINGS, OH, CAN I SAY IT AGAIN, LOVE THE RINGS. LOL needless to say I am very pleased with the rings, and your customer service is out of this world. One of your service reps called me on Wednesday to verify my billing address. He stated that I should get them in 2 business days. I received them the very next day. My husband-to-be and I opened up the box, and we both said, “Wow!” at the same time. I just want you to know that we are telling everyone we know about your website and your quality rings that you sell.”

-E. Henson, March 2011

3. Shopping online for trio wedding ring sets equals excellent service and no pressure.

“Dear My Trio Rings, My new rings are BEAUTIFUL! I love them! They are so sparkly!! The customer service was out of this world. Too bad other internet companies don't have the same standards. We are 100% satisfied with our purchase! Thank you "My Trio" for your exceptional customer service, your lightning fast shipping, and your excellent quality of rings! I will cherish my rings for many years to come and I will be sure to let anyone who asks know exactly where they came from. You guys are awesome! Keep up the fantastic work!!”

-L. Fowler, April 2011

Read more testimonials from other wedding jewelry customers or share your own story.

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Christmas Proposal Lights Up the Neighborhood

by Kelly Smith Monday, 26 December 2011 Ceremony

Tens of thousands of CNN.com readers have been enchanted by this photo, which tells the story of a Virginia man who proposed to his Christmas-loving girlfriend this holiday season with a holiday light-inspired Christmas proposal on the rooftop of their home. Many more Americans have enchanting holiday proposal stories of their own.

If you have already purchased an affordable wedding ring set, then you might want to consider whether this is the right time of year for you to come up with a creative Christmas proposal of your own.

Why Propose at Christmas?


1. The Mood Lighting

At Christmas time, many places around town are lit with romantic candles or twinkling Christmas lights, so just about anywhere can be a romantic location to surprise your girlfriend with the affordable wedding ring set of her dreams.

2. The Togetherness

For many people, the holidays are a time for gathering together with family and friends. If you propose at Christmas, then it will be easy to spread the good news with loved ones already gathered around to celebrate!

Why Wait to Propose?


1. The Surprise Factor

Christmas and Valentine’s Day are two days during the year when women are more likely to have an inkling that a proposal might be on the way. As popular times of year to express love, those two days might not be as good of an opportunity to knock your girlfriend’s socks off with a surprise proposal.

2. The Emotional Turmoil

For some, Christmas can be a difficult time of year with uneasy family relationships or unpleasant memories. If your spouse-to-be starts to seem a little Grinchy around Christmas for these or other reasons, then she may prefer a proposal at a different time. Perhaps you could wait until New Year’s Eve?

Do you have a Christmas proposal story to share?

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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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