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Best Places to Propose in Raleigh, NC
Although Raleigh, North Carolina is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., it still maintains a small-town Southern charm. But though this city has the approachability of a classic Southern town, it does not lack for things to do. If you plan to pop the question in Raleigh, here are five of the best places to propose:
Are you and your sweetheart museum buffs? You’re in luck because Raleigh has a number of great museums. If you’re interested in the natural sciences, consider the Natural Science Museum. Interested in art? Check out the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design. If your partner is more of a history buff, check out the North Carolina Museum of History. None of these sound like your cup of tea? Check out all the museums that Raleigh has to offer. Bonus: many of these museums are free of charge!
2. Sarah P. Duke Gardens
If you imagine proposing in a beautiful, sprawling garden, then you should consider the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. There are some spots in this expansive garden that make you feel like you’re in your own little private world, which is one reason it’s one of our best places to propose. The garden is free to the public and is open from 8 a.m. until dusk.
3. Jordan Lake
Envision this: presenting the love of your life with a sparkling diamond cluster ring and asking him or her to marry you on a boat in the middle of a lake at sunset. Sounds pretty great, right? This state park facility also offers fishing, hiking, bird watching, and other activities if boating isn't the ideal way for you to propose. Jordan Lake also hosts several events during the year that might present the perfect situation for you to propose.
4. Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern
Want to pop the question at a nice restaurant that perfectly embodies Raleigh, NC? Try Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern. This restaurant is located in an old Victorian home, which contributes to the romantic atmosphere. It has several different rooms, each with its own theme, and even though there might be other people eating there on any given night, the restaurant manages to make you feel as though you’re alone with your partner. If you need any more convincing: the food is distinctive and delicious.
5. Historic Yates Mill County Park
If you or your spouse-to-be is interested in North Carolina's agricultural heritage, this would be the perfect place for you propose. Even if agriculture isn't interesting to you, the Historic Yates Mill County Park is incredibly scenic and would make a great backdrop to any declaration of love. The park is an impressive 174 acres, which includes a wildlife refuge and an environmental research center.
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4 Summer Wedding Proposal Ideas
There’s nothing like being in love in the summertime. That’s why this summer just might be the perfect time for you to propose to the love of your life. If you’re not quite sure how to do it yet, no problem! Here are four great summer wedding proposal ideas:
1. Under a Fireworks Show
Is there anything more exciting or breathtaking than a well-done fireworks show? July 4th makes it easy to propose with a beautiful backdrop of fireworks; simply choose a romantic location and pop the question. If you want to be even more dramatic, you can splurge and arrange for a private fireworks show in a spot that’s meaningful to both of you as a couple.
2. In a Photo Booth
Photo booths are everywhere these days, and a photo booth would provide a perfect opportunity for you to surprise your girlfriend with a diamond cluster ring and capture her reaction on film. Photo booths take pictures quickly, so make sure you’re ready for lights, camera, action!
3. At the End of a Scavenger Hunt
This type of proposal takes a lot of planning, but it’s worth it if you can pull it off. Plan out your sweetheart’s whole day, and leave her directions of where to go next with the loved ones she’ll be with-- a scavenger hunt for a special surprise. For example, when she wakes up in the morning, a note could read, “Your mom will be here to pick you up at 9:30. Make sure you’re wearing comfortable clothes.” Then her mom would take her to breakfast and a manicure and then hand her the next set of directions. At the end of the day, she will find you waiting on one knee.
4. In a Hot Air Balloon
Taking a hot air balloon ride with your girlfriend would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to do together and the perfect romantic activity for the warm summer weather. While you’re up in the atmosphere admiring the sunset or the night sky, why not ask your sweetheart to marry you?
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Affordable Engagement Rings for Any Budget
It really is possible to find high-quality diamond engagement rings that fit your budget. We know that you have many expenses when planning a wedding, and you can use the money you save on rings on a variety of other purchases, from your dream honeymoon to a beautiful wedding cake.
Here are three examples of affordable engagement rings that are also stunning. You'll find a great many other options at each budget level by browsing the Engagement Rings section of the My Trio Rings website. You can purchase any of these My Trio Rings engagement rings in diamond ring trios, as well.
$200 Engagement Ring Budget
If your bride loves the look of a solitaire ring, but you don't have the budget for a single-stone setting, an illusion solitaire head can have even greater impact. In profile, the ring head of this 1/4 carat engagement ring has the same triangular shape as a classic solitaire ring, but it has a diamond cluster head. The 10K white gold band is popular because it has the appearance of silver, while being more durable and resistant to tarnishing. Best of all, it's priced at $199.99.
$400 Engagement Ring Budget
The floral diamond cluster head of this impressively affordable engagement ring makes it stand out above the rest. So does the curvy diamond pattern on the surface of the 14K white gold band. The suggested retail price of this ring is $899.99, but our price is $349.99. The 4.8 mm band embedded with 15 natural, conflict free diamonds gives this ring a big impact.
$600 Engagement Ring Budget
This 1/4 carat diamond women's engagement ring offers so much sparkle, it's hard to believe the price: $599.99. The suggested retail price is $1,499.99, which means you will save an unbelievable $900. On the 14K white gold band and the head of the ring, your bride-to-be will be wearing 23 natural, conflict-free diamonds on her finger. The diagonal diamond cluster patterns on the band highlight the ring's princess head.
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Are Diamond Cluster Rings Forever?
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.
Budget Wedding Knock-Offs
It is not unusual for companies to create and market budget wedding knock-offs – dresses and jewelry and other wedding accessories that strongly resemble diamond cluster rings worn by royals or gowns worn by celebrities. After this year's marriage between Prince William and Kate Middleton, for example, many designers copied Kate's wedding gown and her sister Pippa's bridesmaid dress to create budget wedding gowns more widely available to customers for less money.
What is less common is for the designer of the object in question to also design a knock-off. However, designer Sarah Burton, who designed Pippa Middleton's draping silk dress, has just released a knock-off of her original design, which features a zipper in back, unlike Pippa's original buttons.
This knock-off dress, however, is not exactly a budget wedding dress. Instead, it costs over $3,000 to purchase – out of the price range of many brides. The Bridal Association of America reports that an American bride pays an average of $1,500 on a wedding gown, even if she is not on a budget. So spending over $3,000 on a knock-off designer gown is indeed far beyond the reach of many. If you are planning a budget wedding and hoping to save money on a variety of items such as wedding gowns and diamond cluster rings, then perhaps avoiding such knock-off gowns in general might help you save a little money. If you make selections based on your own personal style, it could be far less expensive than trying to imitate the style and taste of someone famous, who probably has a great deal of money to spend on wedding accessories without thinking too much about a budget.
Alternately, you may just want to avoid the big-name jewelry and gown designers altogether and instead browse the styles of lesser-known retailers who can offer the same quality at a much lower price. What are your tips for sticking to your wedding budget without compromising your style?
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Show Some Sparkle with Affordable Wedding Rings
You put a lot of thought into choosing diamond cluster rings that fit both your style and your budget. Now that you have picked out and purchased your affordable wedding rings, how can you have some free fun with the beautiful rings that you picked out?
1. Get your affordable wedding rings cleaned.
One of the best ways you can take care of your diamond cluster rings is to periodically get them cleaned and inspected. Many jewelers offer free ring cleaning and inspection, especially if you take them to a local jeweler rather than a big jewelry chain store. Free ring cleaning is a very inexpensive thrill. Even if your ring didn’t look dirty to you, you will be excited to see the intense sparkle of your real diamond ring afterwards.
2. Get a manicure.
No, a manicure at an expensive spa is not a free wedding ring thrill. But if you get together with a friend and pool your nail care stashes, you can give each other manicures for free. File your nails, smooth them with lotion, and have a friend paint your nails with a long-lasting neutral shade. Now your hands will be ready to be grabbed by inquisitive friends and family who want to admire your engagement and wedding rings up close.
3. Take a photograph of your affordable wedding rings.
Once your diamond cluster rings are cleaned and your nails are manicured, get a friend to take several pictures of your sparkling fingers. Or, if you already have professional engagement or wedding photography planned, ask your photographer to take pictures of your rings on your fingers for your memories. Some couples like to have a picture of their hands to be enlarged and framed for their new home. Others like to have an informal snapshot of their ringed hand as a Facebook profile picture to announce their engagement or marriage.
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Protect Your Trio Wedding Ring Set
You and your fiancé picked out and purchased the trio wedding ring set of your dreams. You’re now married, and you take excellent care of your rings by cleaning them regularly and protecting them from damage. Your diamond cluster rings are an investment in your future together, and they are also a sound financial investment, as the gold and diamonds appreciate in value over the years of your marriage. Unfortunately, some couples don’t realize that they are not protecting this investment until it is too late. Are your rings well protected?
Most renters insurance or homeowners insurance policies do not automatically cover jewelry, so some couples find themselves out of luck if a ring is stolen or accidentally flushed down the toilet. Even if you got an excellent deal on your diamond cluster rings when you purchased them, you may not be able to afford to go out and replace them immediately if something happens to them. There is obviously no way to insure the sentimental value of your trio wedding ring set, but at least it is relatively easy to insure their financial value. Here’s how:
1. Get your rings appraised.
2. Call the insurance company that you use for renters insurance, homeowners insurance, or car insurance.
3. Ask your insurance agent to add a rider to your insurance policy for each ring.
4. Pay a small yearly fee (usually only about $1 per $100 replacement value, or $10 a year for a $1000 ring) to keep your ring insurance current.
5. Keep all receipts, appraisal paperwork, and insurance paperwork together in a safe place in case something ever happens to your trio wedding ring set.
6. Relax, knowing that you’ve made a smart financial decision and have done the best you can to protect your diamond cluster rings.
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