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Should You Plan a Mini-Moon?

by Gillian Burgess Thursday, 07 May 2015 Honey Moon

plan-a-mini-moon Many couples dream of the glamorous honeymoon they will take together right after they say exchange matching wedding bands and say, “I do.” This vision is often of a faraway location (preferably with room service, beautiful scenery and no reminders of work back home).

But, while you might want to hop on a plane for Bali or the Amalfi Coast, you might not have the time, the finances or the energy right after your wedding. If that’s the case, how do you celebrate the huge milestone of getting married while not putting any more strain on your resources?

Enter: the mini-moon.

What is a mini-moon?


A mini-moon is the same concept as the traditional honeymoon - you two take a romantic and relaxing trip together before starting your new married life. The difference is that it takes the pressure off of you to go halfway around the world or plan a long and lavish trip. The perfect mini-moon can be a quick drive or plane ride away and last as long as you want. It can even be right in your own city - staying in a nice hotel and playing tourist for a few days (and not telling anyone you’re in town!).

What are the benefits of taking a mini-moon?


The great thing about a mini-moon is that it lets you to take time to appreciate each other and the importance of what you just did. As newlyweds, you deserve to revel in your new married status and not have to go right back into the daily grind. If you want to save up money and vacation days to take a big trip in six months or a year, you can and should. But a mini-moon allows you to do something special without causing stress or financial strain.

What are some good ideas for planning a mini-moon?


Mini-moon planning is a fun exercise to do together. Browse local guidebooks and magazines. Look at maps for nearby destinations. Research cheap short-distance flights. Find a location you are genuinely excited about visiting - especially if it is a good attraction for something you enjoy doing together, such as wine tasting, hiking, eating or gallery hopping. Look into the California wine country, upstate New York, big Southern cities like New Orleans and Austin or small Midwestern towns like Lanesboro, Minnesota and Nashville, Indiana. Plan a mini-moon you will remember for the rest of your lives.

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8 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 17 March 2015 Informational

wedding-planning-tips At My Trio Rings, we firmly believe that you can plan the wedding of your dreams - from the guest list and the menu to the diamond trio ring sets and the flower arrangements - without cleaning out your savings.

You and your future spouse want to celebrate a life-changing milestone with the people who are most important to you, but you also don’t want to start your marriage carrying a huge financial burden. Here are a few planning tips to help you save money on your wedding without feeling like you’re missing out on anything.

Budget Wedding Planning Tips

1. Shop trio ring sets - which include an engagement ring, a women’s wedding band and a men’s wedding band - to save up to 65% off retail.

2. Plan a wedding outside of the peak spring, summer or holiday season. Ask the venues you are interested in what time of year is most affordable. You may find that shortening or lengthening your timeline can help keep costs down.

3. Set a firm guest list number, based on your budget, and stick to it. It’ll be tempting to let the number keep inching up, but hold firm and save yourself future headaches.

4. Think outside the Saturday evening schedule. This is usually peak time for weddings and other events, so price out Friday nights or Sunday afternoons instead.

5. Choose flowers that are in season and available locally to cut down on shipping costs. Use more greenery and fewer flowers for striking - but more affordable - centerpieces.

6. Question the extras that tend to add up in a wedding - the champagne toast, the favors, the top-shelf full bar, the sit-down dinner. Ask yourselves which you have your heart set on and which aren’t important. Cut the latter.

7. Look at different photography package and shooter options at the studio you choose. Sometimes the principal photographer charges significantly more than an associate photographer who will also take beautiful pictures.

8. Keep your wedding party small. You’ll have fewer people to coordinate, and you won’t have as many expenses such as bouquets, attendant gifts and hair and makeup costs.

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4 Tips for Planning a Small, Budget Wedding

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 27 January 2015 Wedding Ideas

planning-small-wedding Last week, we talked about how to plan a gorgeous budget wedding with a large guest list. Today, let’s focus on the opposite side of the spectrum: how can you plan the small, intimate wedding of your dreams?

Maybe you want to keep the guest list on the small side because you only want to celebrate with your nearest and dearest. Or maybe you’d rather have a more modest wedding day and save money for your honeymoon or future life together. Whatever your reasons, here are a few tips for making your day special from the moment you say “I do” over your trio rings till the last guest leaves after the reception.

Define “small.”


You may want a very intimate wedding of just immediate family and a few close friends, but your spouse-to-be might think “small” is closer to 100 guests. Talk about it as a couple, and ask what type of atmosphere you want for your wedding day. Will you be overwhelmed by more than 50 guests? Will you be disappointed if you don’t have the lively celebration a bigger group would bring?

Be prepared for other people’s reactions.


You may disappoint or even anger some people in your life by keeping your wedding on the small side. Be ready to field questions from your parents about why you’re not inviting all of their second cousins or co-workers and deal with distant acquaintances dropping hints that they’d love an invitation. Have a polite but firm, “We wish we could invite everyone, but we decided to keep it very small” or similar response prepared.

Estimate a budget.


See what you can realistically spend on your budget wedding without putting stress on your future finances. The good news is that with a smaller guest list, it will be less challenging to stay within your means, and you may have room for a few splurges. Prioritize what is most important to you both in your wedding day and what is a “nice to have” but not essential. Celebrate the fact that your diamond trio rings will help you stay within your budget!

Hold the ceremony and reception in the same venue.


Simplify your rental and transportation costs by hosting your entire wedding in one location. With a smaller party, you may have access to unique venues that aren’t available to larger weddings. Keep an open mind, and research private homes, gardens, libraries, B&Bs, restaurants, galleries and event spaces that might fit your needs.

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3 Tips for Planning a Big Wedding That’s Still a Budget Wedding

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 20 January 2015 Wedding Ideas

big-backyard-wedding When you are planning a wedding on a tight budget, one of the first things to usually go is the large guest list. While scaling back the number of people who attend your wedding is a good way to keep costs down, it’s not the only way. You can stay within your budget by saving in other areas - such as choosing an off-season month for your wedding date or buying a his and hers matching ring set online instead of at a jewelry store - and freeing up money for the things that matter most to you.

If you know you want a big wedding - you’re from large families, you have many close friends, you are part of several communities that are important to you - this is still an achievable goal, even if you don’t have a lot of money to work with. Be flexible, get creative and be open to unconventional ideas, and you can get exactly the kind of wedding you want.

Ideas for a Large Budget Wedding

Find a venue through your networks.


The cost of renting location for your wedding can take up a lot more of your budget than you anticipate. See if you can work your personal connections to find a discounted (or even free) venue perfect for your big wedding. Brainstorm all of the cool spaces that friends, family members and acquaintances have access to - from your parents’ backyard and your cousin’s farm to the rooftop of the building where your best friend works and the back patio of your favorite coffee shop. Tell everyone you know what you’re looking for, and don’t be shy about asking about spaces you’re interested in. You could find the perfect place to exchange your his and hers matching ring set - for the perfect price.

Opt for casual cooking.


You want to feed your guests well, but that doesn’t mean you have to serve filet mignon. Call your favorite local hotspots for hearty homecooking or excellent takeout, and ask if they cater for large parties. Your budget wedding just may serve the best food your guests have eaten in a long time - pulled pork sandwiches and mac and cheese from the BBQ joint or lasagna and caprese salads from the mom and pop Italian restaurant.

Make it a block party.


Look for a big space where you and your guests can dance till the wee hours of the morning, and think outside the traditional reception halls. Rent a big picnic area of a local beach, and have the ceremony in the sand with guests sitting on blankets or folding chairs. Then enlist your family members’ help to set up a bonfire, casual self-catered BBQ and stereo system for burgers, beers and dancing by the water. Or rent out the auditorium of a school or community center for the night during a quiet season for events, and ask guests to bring potluck dishes in lieu of gifts or order pizzas from your favorite local spot.


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4 Things You Don’t Need to Buy for Your Budget Wedding

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 23 December 2014 Wedding Ideas

wedding-vows When you are planning your wedding, everyone seems to have an opinion, and it can be overwhelming to think of everything you need to buy or do before the big day. Just looking at the different checklists is enough to send you into a cold sweat!

Luckily, not every item on every to-do list is an actual necessity. When you plan a budget wedding, you have to prioritize and decide what is actually important to you… and what is just important to other people. Give yourself permission to let go of the things you don’t really want or need, and just focus on what is most meaningful to you as a couple. Through these small choices - saving money on details you don’t care about and buying affordable his and hers wedding bands - you will have more freedom to splurge on other items.

1. Wedding Favors


Buying a small gift to send home with each wedding guest is a nice gesture but not a requirement. If you decide not to buy favors, you could save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on your budget wedding, and your guests won’t even miss them. They’ll be having too much fun celebrating your special day.

2. Videographer


If you can’t think of a time when you will want to sit down and watch a video of your entire wedding day, this might be an area where you can save. Many couples spend thousands of dollars on a professional videographer, only to watch the final product one time. Instead, ask trusted friends to capture a few of the important moments - exchanging his and hers wedding bands and saying your vows, cutting the cake, dancing for the first time as a married couple. You can also have your maid of honor or best man ask guests to send candid video clips and photos after the wedding so you can compile a highlight video later on.

3. Flowers


This recommendation goes against tradition, but if you are working with a limited budget, consider not having flowers at all at your wedding. Flowers are beautiful but can quickly get expensive for bouquets, venue decor and and table arrangements. Look at alternatives, such as grains, leaves, fruit or other seasonal and regional decorations.

4. Programs or Invitations


Designing, printing and mailing costs can add up when you multiply by 100 or 200 or more guests. Though many modern couples still opt for traditional printed invitations, RSVP cards and ceremony programs, they aren’t mandatory. A well-designed wedding website and paperless invitations can communicate all the information you need your guests to have at a fraction of the cost.

What would you add to the list?

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3 Tech Tips for Budget Wedding Planning

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 09 December 2014 Wedding Ideas

budget-wedding Modern technology has made it easier than ever to plan the wedding of your dreams - whether it’s an intimate affair with your nearest and dearest or an elaborate celebration with 300 guests. Wedding apps and websites help you stay organized, but they can also help you save a ton of money when planning a budget wedding. 

A recent Fast Company article featured the story of Naa-Sakle Akuete and Kyle Healy, who are getting married in New York City - traditionally one of the most expensive places in the country to plan a wedding. The price tag for a fully catered wedding with 130 guests? Less than $10,000! That’s compared to a New York City average of $86,916 and a national average of $29,858.

So how did they plan a budget wedding in an infamously pricey city? They used tech tools, creativity and their own time to save:

They found their spectacular Williamsburg roof-deck location on Airbnb, invited guests using Paperless Post, set up a wedding website on The Knot and a registry on Wedding Republic, and jointly planned the event on a Google Drive spreadsheet. Using TaskRabbit, they are staffing the event with waiters, cleaners, cooks, and photographers. Instacart will deliver food and beverages directly to the site, while decorations will arrive via Amazon Prime. When her favorite wedding gown (the Nadia) sold out at the J.Crew store, Akuete managed to find the same brand new dress on eBay in her size for less than the listed price. Finally, instead of hiring a DJ, the couple have been slowly working on a Spotify playlist that will set the mood for each segment of the evening’s events.

Here are a few tips for following in this innovative couple’s footsteps when planning your own budget wedding:

1. Do as much as you can online.
Design elegant e-invitations through Paperless Post or Green Envelope for a fraction of the price of paper invitations. Order matching trio ring sets online and pay much less than you would in a brick-and-mortar store. Look for the decorations, attire, favors and other main purchases on Etsy, Amazon, eBay or other websites where you can find unique and high-quality items for a deal.

2. Seek out venues that don’t typically cater to weddings.
Spaces that are used all the time for weddings often become more expensive. Think of some of the places you love as a couple that might not scream “wedding venue” but are still cozy or charming or elegant. Look on Airbnb for places that might be interested in renting to events, or call your favorite restaurants, art galleries or other businesses.

3. See what can be a DIY project.
You’ll probably want to pay professionals to do many tasks, but for others, be open to doing them yourself or enlisting the help of talented friends and family members. Designate someone the reception DJ, and someone else the centerpiece designer.

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Use Your Tax Refund Estimate in Your Wedding Budget

by Kirsten Clark Thursday, 27 February 2014 Informational

shutterstock 113785513 One of the best times of the year is fast approaching: tax return season! We know how much planning a wedding can cost, which is why most couples opt to stick to a strict budget. However, if you’re planning a wedding for this spring or summer, remember to take your tax refund estimate into account. You can use this money to significantly supplement your wedding budget if you need or want to. After all, you only get to have the wedding of your dreams once, so you should make it count. Here are a few ways you can incorporate your tax refund estimate into your wedding budget:

1. Matching Wedding Rings

Have you had your heart set on a pair of matching wedding rings that were originally out of your budget? Allocate some of your tax refund to this part of your budget. After all, this is one of the most permanent parts of your wedding. You’ll wear these rings forever, so you shouldn’t settle -- just like you didn’t settle for your fiance. Get the matching wedding rings that you’ll never tire staring at, and with My Trio Rings' already affordable prices, you won't have any regrets. 

2. Ceremony and Reception

Did you have to make cuts to your original wedding plans because of lack of funds? Now that you know your tax refund estimate, see what you can afford to incorporate back into the wedding of your dreams. Use it for a little splurge or two on things that are important to you - the fresh flowers along the aisle or the DJ or band that knows how to groove and can play your wedding song perfectly. If you’re not sure what to use the money on, ask yourself this question: when I look back in 10 years, what will I wish I’d done differently at my wedding? Will you wish you’d used fresh flowers instead of imitation? If not, find somewhere else to invest your money. One option is to invest it into a professional photographer who will capture the photos you’ll look at for a lifetime.

3. Honeymoon

If you have already planned the wedding you’ve always wanted, save the money from your tax refund and use it on your honeymoon! A lot of couples opt to spend less on their ceremony and reception so that they can spare no expense on their first trip as a married couple. Your tax refund estimate can open up a lot of doors for you --instead of going to Florida, maybe now you can go to Hawaii or Jamaica. The money can also allow you to try once-in-a-lifetime experiences like skydiving on your trip that would otherwise be out of your budget. Maybe you’ve been married for a while and postponed your honeymoon until you had enough funds. If so, your tax refund might present the perfect opportunity!

4. Vow Renewal

Perhaps you were married years ago, but you weren’t able to have quite the wedding you wanted because of money limitations. If so, now may be the right time to celebrate. Use your tax refund estimate to plan a vow renewal ceremony on your anniversary. This way, you can finally have that dream wedding. You can even get new matching wedding rings to commemorate the occasion!

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Spring Wedding Ideas: Favors, Food & Cakes

by Gillian Burgess Thursday, 14 March 2013 Wedding Ideas

Spring is in the air! (And if winter is still clinging on where you live, we hope it reaches you soon.) Spring is a beautiful time of year to say, “I do,” and start your life as a married couple. Here are a few fresh spring wedding ideas to help you bring out the flavors and favors you love (without breaking the bank). 

Wedding Favors 

  • Give guests a memento that will last long after the ceremony. Buy small packets of seeds for your favorite flowers, herbs or vegetables and give them as favors, or get crafty with this easy DIY seed matchbook project.
  • If you have a favorite local specialty in the place you’re getting married, such as apricot jam, acacia honey or Texas hot sauce, find small, attractive jars or bottles to give to guests.

Food

You’re in luck! Spring has an abundance of seasonal produce that you can incorporate into the menu of your budget wedding reception. These spring wedding ideas are sure to be crowd-pleasers:

  • Asparagus: Crispy asparagus and cheese wrapped in puff pastry for an appetizer or roasted asparagus with browned butter as a side dish
  • Apricots: Fresh apricot, walnut and goat cheese tarts for an appetizer
  • Arugula and strawberries: Side salad with arugula, strawberries and almonds 

Cakes

Get colorful and flavorful with your wedding cake! 

  • Incorporate in-season fruit into the filling or decorations, or adorn the top of the cake with bright, fresh flowers.
  • If you’re not really a cake person, explore other dessert options, such as cupcakes, fruit tarts, ice cream sundaes or easter egg candies.

What budget wedding ideas do you recommend for a spring wedding? Share your ideas in the comments!

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How to Create a Crowd-Pleasing Wedding Reception Playlist

by Gillian Burgess Thursday, 24 January 2013 Wedding Ideas

The important thing to remember when you are planning your budget wedding reception is that you want to be able to enjoy your own party. The reception is the time when you can finally relax, let down your hair (or kick off your uncomfortable shoes) and dance the night away with your new spouse, your best friends, your parents and even your 90-year-old grandmother. 

Creating the perfect wedding reception playlist is one of the most fun parts of the planning process, and it gives you an excuse to rock out to “Billie Jean” over and over again. 

Tips for Picking the Right Budget Wedding Reception Music 

1. Compare costs.

You may have your heart set on a live rock ‘n’ roll cover band for your reception, but before you make a decision, find out how much it will cost. A wedding band can provide lively and high-quality entertainment, but it often costs much more than a DJ. If you are trying to keep costs down, research DJs who have good recommendations and are within your budget, or look into the completely DIY route. With a rented sound system, an excellent iPod playlist and a music-savvy friend to keep things moving smoothly, you could create a great dance party for a fraction of the cost.

2. Consider your audience.

Whether you decide to hire a DJ or do the music yourself, you will want to come up with a list of songs that you definitely want to hear at the reception (as well as those you definitely do NOT want to hear). When you start to brainstorm your ideal wedding reception playlist, take into account your own personal tastes as well as those of your guests. Try to find a good mix tunes from different genres, eras and tempos that will get everyone out on the dance floor. For example, throw a slow song in for every five fast songs, and choose a little hip-hop and ‘80s pop for your college friends, some old-time rock ‘n’ roll for your parents and their friends and some Rat Pack crooners for your grandparents. You don’t have to go for all crowd-pleasers or wedding standards, but remember that getting too obscure will probably result in an empty dance floor. For example:

Slow Songs

"You Send Me" - Sam Cooke 

"Fly Me to the Moon" - Frank Sinatra 

"The Luckiest" - Ben Folds 

"Dance Me to the End of Love" - Madeleine Peyroux 

"If I Fell" - The Beatles 

"Always Be My Baby" - Mariah Carey 

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Dance Songs 

"Single Ladies" - Beyonce 

"Footloose" - Kenny Loggins 

"P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" - Michael Jackson

"The Twist" - Chubby Checker

"Push It" - Salt ‘n’ Pepa

"Say Hey (I Love You)" - Michael Franti & Spearhead 

"Runaround Sue" - Dion & the Belmonts 

3. Leave room for flexibility.

Have a Plan B in case your selections don't seem to be clicking with your guests. Talk to the DJ in advance and give him the freedom to shake up the playlist and rely on his expertise to play songs that will get people moving. If you are going DIY, have a few close friends make back-up playlists on their iPods in case you want to swap them in.

What are your tips for creating the perfect wedding reception playlist?

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Beautiful Music for Your Budget Wedding

by Kelly Smith Thursday, 20 December 2012 Informational

What are your wedding budget priorities? Do you have a beautiful and affordable trio wedding ring set picked out? Did you find a gorgeous gown on sale? What about music? Having the right music to set the mood at your budget wedding and reception is important, but it can also be expensive.

Generally, it is cheaper to pay for a DJ than for live music. It can also be more affordable to book wedding music for off-peak times of year or even times of the week.  Ask your family and friends for recommendations in your area, and ask around for the best rate before you commit. Once you find the best budget wedding music, it is time to sit down with your DJ and plan out a kick-butt wedding playlist. You may already have a few songs in mind, or maybe just a general genre, but the more your DJ understands your taste in music, the better the party will be.

Wedding Playlist Ideas

“What I Like About You” by The Romantics

“All I Want Is You” by Barry Louis Polisar

“You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC

“Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service

“In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel

“Something in the Way She Moves” by James Taylor

“Eternal Flame” by The Bangles

“If I Were a Carpenter” by Johnny Cash

“Dancing Queen” by ABBA

“Happy Together” by The Turtles

“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

“Marry You” by Bruno Mars

“At Last” by Etta James

“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepson

“I Wanna Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles

“The Story” by Brandi Carlisle

“Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts

“Better Together” by Jack Johnson

Use this list of wedding playlist ideas to get your wheels turning about what you would most like to hear your DJ or band play at your budget wedding reception. And join in the conversation in the comments to share your favorite wedding songs!

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A Budget Wedding and Budget Honeymoon in One!

by Kelly Smith Monday, 26 November 2012 Honey Moon

If the idea of planning a budget wedding makes you break out in hives, then perhaps coordinating all the details of a more conventional wedding just isn’t for you. Some couples opt for more simple, budget-friendly options such as tying the knot at city hall and then hosting a small reception at a favorite restaurant. Other couples like the idea of combining their wedding and honeymoon in one package with a destination wedding or a budget wedding at sea on a cruise. Indeed, a cruise can be an affordable way to integrate a budget wedding and a budget honeymoon.

Benefits of a Budget Wedding on Open Water

1. Someone Else Will Be in Charge

If you plan a budget wedding on a cruise ship, most of the work is already done for you. You just need to bring a wedding dress and inexpensive wedding rings. Many cruise ships even offer tuxedo rentals on board. You can kick back, relax, and enjoy each other’s company while someone else takes care of all the wedding details, such as arranging music, food, and photography as part of your cruise wedding package.

2. You Will Be Pampered

Even if you stay in the least expensive stateroom with no extras, you can’t avoid being pampered. Someone else makes your bed, takes out your trash, and brings your free room service. Gourmet three-course dining is likely also included in your package, with a few specialty restaurants available for an additional splurge. If you want to splurge, you can also spend time being pampered at the ship’s spa, perhaps indulging in a couple’s massage before or after the budget wedding. Whether or not you decide to partake in some of the extras onboard ship, just remember to include tips in your budget wedding / budget honeymoon cost estimates so that you can show appreciation to the people who do the pampering.

3. You Will Be Entertained

Amenities differ by cruise ship and cruise line, but most have something for everyone to enjoy. While you are on the cruise ship, you can likely kick back by the pool, read in the library, have a mini-golf competition, learn to ice skate, unwind in the hot tub, view free theatrical performances, take classes, or participate in a wide variety of other free activities.

4. You Can Have Adventures

When the cruise ship is at port, you can venture off on your own to enjoy a more private budget honeymoon or participate in adventures with your wedding guests. You can probably go parasailing, take a jeep tour, explore ancient ruins, go swimming with dolphins or sea turtles or sting rays, ride on a pirate ship or glass-bottom boat, climb a waterfall, take a horse and carriage ride, go scuba diving, take a hike, go shopping, or relax in a hammock on the beach, depending on where you are and depending on your budget and tastes.

You can make a luxurious, all-inclusive cruise vacation work well for your budget wedding and honeymoon. Get started by picking affordable rings today!

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Planning a Dream Honeymoon on a Budget

by Kelly Smith Monday, 12 November 2012 Honey Moon

One of the best ways to unwind and relax after the budget wedding and reconnect as a couple is to get out of town together. When you are planning a honeymoon on a budget, it is important to find the balance between getting away together on an incredible journey of relaxation or adventure and staying within your price range. Expected travel expenses include such things as transportation, lodging, food, entertainment, and even souvenirs. Fortunately, there is a website that can help cut costs significantly.

If you are planning a honeymoon on a budget, consider using airbnb. Airbnb is a website with listings for rooms, houses, apartments, treehouses, RVs, and other lodging opportunities worldwide. Rather than staying in an impersonal hotel room, you could spend your honeymoon in an authentic home abroad, shopping at local markets, and cooking and living like locals in another country. Or perhaps you would prefer to stay somewhere closer to home after your budget wedding.

Picture this: use frequent flier miles to help pay for your airfare, or drive a fuel efficient car to the honeymoon destination of your choice. Rent a home for a week or two. Plan on most of your culinary adventures taking place in the kitchen, thus saving  great deal of money. And consider some of these amazing lodging deals or others like them for your honeymoon on a budget:

1. A modern flat in Croatia for $39 per night

2. A southwestern schoolhouse in New Mexico for $129 per night

3. A treehouse in Hawaii for $40 per night

4. An Airstream trailer in Portland for $50 per night

5. A luxury villa in Kenya for $83 per night

6. A private cabin in Belize for $40 per night

7. A cottage on the Aeolian islands for $65 per night

Where is the honeymoon of your dreams?

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Top 10 Reasons to Propose this Fall with a Trio Wedding Ring Set

by Kelly Smith Monday, 24 September 2012 Proposal

The sun is shining through the colorful leaves. Delicious fall breezes are blowing. Change is in the air. Is it time for you to make a change in your life? Perhaps you are considering a proposal this fall, but you are still on the fence. Is now the right time for you to propose?


10 Reasons to Propose this Fall

1. You know that he is the one.

Maybe you have had many boyfriends, or maybe it has always been him. Regardless, you know in your heart that he is the person that you want to spend the rest of your life with, the person you want to share for better or for worse with.

2. You see eye-to-eye on important issues like money, religion, and children.

You have a solid foundation for starting a life together with compatible values, attitudes, goals, and dreams. You’ve discussed the future and have a shared vision for what it might look like as a couple.

3. You are ready to start your life together.

It is fun to go on dates and spend time together, but you are ready to start creating an entire life together.

4. You know that he is ready, too.

Sometimes women are more ready for commitment than men, but you feel secure in your relationship and confident that you are both ready for taking the next step forward together.

5. You are a confident woman.

You are a confident go-getter. You are sure of yourself and don’t feel the need to wait for him to plan a proposal.

6. You can afford a trio wedding ring set.

You are ready to purchase a trio wedding ring set for the two of you, or maybe you have a couple of possibilities bookmarked to show him after you pop the question.

7. You can afford a budget wedding.

You are in a good financial situation as a couple to be able to afford to plan and execute a budget wedding in the near future.

8. You have an exciting proposal plan.

Maybe you want to propose to him at a baseball game before the end of the regular season, or you have another proposal idea in mind that you are ready to act on.

9. You might want to plan a budget wedding for the fall or winter.

If you want to get married soon, then you will want to get married even sooner

10. There is no time like the present!

Are you ready to propose? Get started with a trio wedding ring set today!

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A Vision of an Outdoor Budget Wedding

by Kelly Smith Monday, 06 August 2012 Ceremony

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

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

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

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

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

Start planning your budget wedding with My Trio Rings today!

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Best Budget Wedding Dances

by Kelly Smith Monday, 30 July 2012 Wedding Ideas

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

1. The Whole Wedding Party Dance

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

2. Father - Daughter Dance

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

3. Bride and Groom Dance

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

Plan an original budget wedding today!

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Surprise Your Man with a Trio Wedding Ring Set

by Kelly Smith Monday, 16 July 2012 Wedding Rings

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

A Trio Wedding Ring Set for Every Guy

1. The Sports Fan

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

2. The Sensitive Guy

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

3. The Outdoorsman

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

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

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Best Sites for Budget Wedding Splurges

by Kelly Smith Monday, 18 June 2012 Wedding Ideas

Are you dreaming of a day at the spa with your maid of honor? Do you wish you could afford that designer wedding gown? Are you frustrated that you can't find affordable and original wedding accessories? Some couples feel frustrated planning a budget wedding, because they wish they could stretch their wedding dollars a little further. Fortunately, there are many different helpful sites on the internet that can help you do just that.

Planning a Wedding on a Budget Online

1. Groupon or Living Social

If you want to use Groupon or Living Social to allow you to make some budget wedding splurges, then you might first wish to make a list of your wedding priorities. Both Groupon and Living Social are unpredictable in their offerings, so you won't want to wait until the last minute to find a great deal on your wedding essentials. Instead, depending on how long your engagement will be, you probably want to go ahead and make arrangements for the basics (ceremony site, wedding gown, food) along the way as you begin planning a wedding on a budget.

But as interesting things become available on Groupon or Living Social, you might find that you are able to get great deals that allow you to make a few splurges on extras. Maybe you will get a huge discount at your favorite spa to purchase massages for yourself and your husband-to-be as a wedding gift, or manicures and pedicures for yourself and your bridesmaids. Perhaps you will find an amazing travel deal for a budget honeymoon destination. Or maybe you will purchase an amazing restaurant deal for a girls' night out before the wedding.

2. Ebay

Ebay is a great place to start budget wedding shopping, because you can bid just as much as you are willing to pay for an item, and no more. You just enter your maximum bid, and you will find out at the end of the auction whether you won the item you hoped to buy. On Ebay, you can search for dresses, veils, shoes, wedding jewelry, unused wedding favors, wedding decor, and just about anything else you can think of.

3. Etsy

If you are planning a wedding on a budget, then Etsy is an excellent site for finding lovely, eclectic, handmade touches for your wedding, sometimes at an excellent price. What about a vintage inspired 1950's ivory wedding dress for $105? Or custom-designed stickers to place on the bottom of Hershey's Kisses as favors on the reception table, only $13 for 540 stickers? Whatever your unique budget wedding vision, you are likely to find something creative and beautiful that fits the bill on Etsy.

Plan your budget wedding today!

Photo Credit: Horia Varlan

Planning a Wedding on a Budget – With Food Allergies

by Kelly Smith Monday, 14 May 2012 Ceremony

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

Budget Wedding Food Scenarios

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

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

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

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

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

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