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Best Places to Propose in Long Beach, California

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 05 May 2015 Proposal

places-to-propose-long-beach Long Beach is only about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, but it has its own distinct atmosphere and personality. With a population of close to 500,000 (compared to nearly 4 million in L.A.), it combines the thriving culture of a big city with the natural beauty of an upscale beach town.

Long Beach is full of stunning views and seaside scenery that make perfect places to propose. It also boasts lovely weather almost year round, so it’s easy to find just the right moment to pop the question. Shop for beautiful and affordable engagement rings, pick the one she'll love and plan a day to remember. 

Romantic Places to Propose

Gondola Getaway

No need to book a ticket for Venice - you can arrange a romantic gondola ride for two right here in Long Beach. Book a private hour-long tour of the Naples canals, timing it so you get to enjoy the sunset. You are allowed to bring your own food and drinks, so bring along a bottle of bubbly and some antipasti to enjoy. It’s supposedly good luck to kiss under every bridge, so uphold the tradition. Under one of them, take out a diamond engagement ring and ask her to marry you. If you’re lucky, you’ll even get one of the singing gondoliers who can serenade the newly engaged lovebirds.

Peaceful Garden

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is located on the CSU Long Beach campus, and it offers a serene oasis within the city. Explore the 1.3 acres of gardens, trees, ponds, statues and bridges. Buy fish food so you can feed the colorful koi swimming in the ponds, then sit down for a picnic in a quiet area. Present her with a ring along with her favorite dessert.

Island Escape

Catalina Island is just an hour away from Long Beach by boat, but it feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and it’s one of the best places to propose in the area. Take a day trip or stay in one of the small hotels on the island for a weekend getaway. Explore the charming town of Avalon, go snorkeling or rent a golf cart (full-sized cars are restricted on the island) to see more of the wild landscape. Find a spot with a gorgeous view (they are everywhere), get down on one knee with a diamond engagement ring and propose.

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Engagement Etiquette 101: Do’s and Don’ts

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 24 March 2015 Informational

engagement-etiquette Congratulations! You are newly engaged. You might feel both giddy with excitement and a bit overwhelmed as you are sharing your news and planning your wedding. Here are a few basic engagement etiquette tips to set you on the right track.

Engagement Do’s and Don’ts


Tell your family about your engagement before posting on social media.

Believe me: your mom will be livid if she sees your diamond engagement ring selfie on Facebook before you tell her yourself. It’s normal to want to shout the news from the mountaintops… but tell your family first. If you can, share the news in person. If not, call, Skype or FaceTime them. Then get in touch with rest of your inner circle: grandma, your siblings, your closest friends. Now you’re free to broadcast the news to your wider circle of friends on social media - and enjoy the excitement and congratulations.

Talk incessantly about your upcoming wedding in front of people who won’t be invited.

It’s natural to be enthusiastic about getting married, especially when wedding planning is going to be taking up a lot of your time and energy. But be conscious of who you are gushing to about the diamond engagement ring, the reception venue and the wedding party attire. It would be impolite to talk an acquaintance’s ear off about all your plans if you have no intention of inviting her to the wedding. Keep your sharing to a minimum in front of those not on the guest list, and save yourself some awkward questions down the road. This goes for social media posting as well!

Ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen to be part of the wedding early.

Once you start planning your wedding, make your list of attendants one of your earliest decisions as a couple. You’ll want to ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen with plenty of notice. Share any details and logistics you have already - location, tentative dates, attire, any costs you’ll be covering, etc. - and let them know that you’d be honored if they can do it but you will understand if they can’t for any reason.

Feel that you have to have an engagement party.

Plenty of couples want to celebrate their engagement with a party with friends and family, but plenty opt out of this event. If your parents are dying to host a party as soon as you announce your news, go for it and enjoy yourselves. If it seems like another expensive item on your to-do list that you’re not looking forward to, skip it and save your energy for wedding planning.

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Best Places to Propose in Spokane, Washington

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 03 March 2015 Proposal

arbor-crest-wine-cellars Spokane - located in the northeastern part of Washington state - isn’t as well known as metropolitan Seattle, but the city lives up to its slogan: "Near nature. Near perfect."

Spokane is a stone’s throw away from breathtaking natural beauty - the Cascade and Rocky Mountains, 76 lakes and rivers, gorgeous trails for hiking and biking. It is also a city known for its excellent food and wine, so it has great appeal for outdoor enthusiasts and gourmets alike.

If you are planning a romantic proposal in the Spokane area, you have plenty of locations to choose from. Here are a few of our favorite places to propose in Spokane.

Ride a 100-Year-Old Horse

Head to Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane, and buy tickets to take a spin on the exquisite Looff Carrousel, built in 1909. Pick one of the brightly painted, hand-carved horses (or a tiger or giraffe!) to ride with your sweetheart, and have fun trying to catch the brass ring as you go around. Present her with another ring - a sparkling diamond engagement ring - and ask her to be your wife.

Drink in the View of Spokane Falls

Also located in Riverfront Park is the SkyRide Over the Falls attraction - a cable car that offers stunning views of Spokane Falls (the second longest urban falls in the United States). Arrange in advance to get a cable car just for the two of you (perhaps buying tickets for all six seats in the car to guarantee privacy). Take in the view of the falls, City Hall, Huntington Park Natural Area, the Spokane River and the Monroe Street Bridge. Find the right moment when it feels like you’re at the top of the world, and pop the question.

Hit the Centennial Trail

The Centennial Trail is 37.5 miles long and begins at the Washington-Idaho state border. It crosses through downtown Spokane in Riverfront Park, then extends into the countryside in east and west directions. Spend the day doing an outdoor activity you both love on the trail - whether it’s hiking, biking or horseback riding. Take a break for a leisurely picnic lunch, and hide the diamond engagement ring in a box at the bottom of the picnic basket for her to discover.

Toast With a Glass of Award-Winning Wine

Arbor Crest Wine Cellars is one of Washington’s oldest wineries and has earned awards and accolades for its wines from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast. The winery’s estate sits 450 feet above the Spokane River and offers spectacular panoramic views of the Spokane Valley and downtown. Book a private tour at Arbor Crest, and let them know about your plan, asking about the best places to propose on the estate. After your personalized grounds tour and wine tasting, find a private moment and ask her to marry you with a backdrop of gorgeous vineyards.

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She'll Say Yes! Valentine's Day Wedding Ring Set Specials

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 03 February 2015 Wedding Rings

1 3 8 CT. T.W. Diamond Ladies  Engagement Ring 14K White Gold BT539W14KE Now that you’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, it’s time to start planning your romantic proposal. My Trio Rings has the perfect wedding ring set for you both - whether you are looking for a stunning engagement ring, a bridal set or a trio ring set.

We have hundreds of options to fit your style and your budget. Select from our curated ring sets or customize your own design with the click of a button. Browse our Valentine’s Day ring specials, and make this holiday one you both will remember forever.

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A Bridal Ring Set

Our bridal ring sets include a diamond engagement ring and a complementary women’s wedding band and can be customized just for her personal style. A few favorites:

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An Engagement Ring

Make your Valentine’s Day proposal shine with a brilliant diamond engagement ring. If you’re not yet sure which wedding bands to buy to complete a full trio ring set, don’t worry. Take advantage of our She Said Yes! Special and receive 10% off any future wedding band set purchase. A few favorites:

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Need some help planning a romantic Valentine's Day proposal? Get some inspiration on how to pop the question from the My Trio Rings blog, and share your ideas in the comments below! 

Best Places to Propose in Baton Rouge

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 06 January 2015 Proposal

places-to-propose-baton-rouge Louisiana’s capital city is often overshadowed by New Orleans, its wild little sister to the south. But Baton Rouge has more to offer than just Tigers football. Discover the best places to propose in Baton Rouge - and start narrowing down your list of perfect budget engagement rings to get ready for the big event!

The Shaw Center for the Arts

Catch a beautiful view of the Mississippi at the Shaw Center for the Arts, a multi-use museum, theater and arts complex and one of the most stunning places to propose in Baton Rouge. Visit an exhibit at the LSU Museum of Art or watch a performance at the Manship Theatre, then head up to Tsunami for a fresh and inventive sushi dinner. Ask for a table with a good view, and pop the question over dessert or sake.

Blend Wine Bar

Blend is a gorgeous spot to enjoy a gourmet dinner and a wide variety of wines. Call well in advance to ask about booking the perfect table for two. Or plan a small private party in the restaurant’s loft for a surprise engagement party with your closest friends and family members. Toast to your future health and happiness over a glass of fine bubbly.

The Myrtles Plantation

Take a trip outside the city for a bit of history and mystery. Visit The Myrtles Plantation, about 40 minutes from Baton Rouge, rumored to be one of the country’s most haunted homes. Take a guided tour during the day or in the evening and explore the beautiful grounds and the home’s antebellum architecture. Have a delicious dinner of Cajun and Creole specialties in the plantation’s Carriage House Restaurant, and if you’re feeling brave, stay the night in one of the guest rooms. Hide one of our beautiful budget engagement rings in your pocket, and find a quiet moment to propose on the property’s wide verandah or underneath one of the sweeping live oaks.

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Best Places to Propose in Rochester, NY

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 02 December 2014 Proposal

best-places-to-propose-in-rochester Rochester, New York, located in the northwestern part of the state, is a beautiful spot to experience the best of all four seasons and appreciate nature, music, wine and culture. If you are starting to shop for affordable wedding bands and looking for the perfect way to pop the question, here are a few of the best places to propose in Rochester.

Proposal Ideas in Rochester

1. Outdoor winter fun

During the snowy season, Ellison Park - a 447-acre woodland area - is a magical place to get cozy as a couple. Go sledding together on one of the two sledding hills, or go ice skating while holding hands. Pack some snacks to bring with you - a thermos of hot chocolate, her favorite cookies or brownies, simple sandwiches. Take a break to eat, and when there is a lull in conversation, take out the diamond engagement ring and ask her to marry you.

2. Romantic music

Book seats for a concert at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, which hosts events from holiday pops and big band jazz to classical concertos and tango dance performances. Get dressed up for a romantic evening out on the town, and spring for box seats so you have more privacy. Pick a moment when she’s captivated by the show, and get down on one knee with the ring, waiting for her to look over and see you before you pop the question.

3. Under the stars

Head to the Strasenburgh Planetarium and marvel at the awe-inspiring wonders of the universe. Watch a star show or go to a Saturday night laser show, then go for a walk afterward. Tell her how she is the most important person in your world and you want to continue to explore together for the rest of your lives.

4. Cruising on the water

If you’re proposing from early May to mid-October, head out on the water on a Sam Patch cruise. Book one of the special summertime wine cruises, and enjoy a relaxing tour of the Erie Canal and Genesee River. Find a quiet place away from other people to propose, or wait until you’re back on solid ground - eating dinner or dessert at a favorite restaurant.

What do you think are the best places to propose in Rochester?

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How to Use Our Wedding Rings Layaway for a Holiday Proposal

by Gillian Burgess Thursday, 13 November 2014 Wedding Rings

holidiay-proposal Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve are just around the corner, so if you are getting ready for a romantic holiday proposal, you are probably starting to get butterflies in your stomach. That nervous excitement will build as you begin to plan what you will say, where you will pop the question and how you will celebrate. 

One thing you don’t want to feel nervous about when you propose is your finances. You should never have to worry how you’re going to pay for the perfect engagement and wedding rings, nor should you rack up any credit card debt in the process. Financial stress is no way to start a marriage!

At My Trio Rings, we know how important it is to buy rings you both love and to make sure that purchase is well within your long-term budget. Because our shop is all online and we don’t have the high overhead of a traditional jewelry store, we are able to offer finely crafted, authenticity-certified diamond engagement and wedding rings at very affordable prices. But in addition to that, we have a no-fee wedding rings layaway plan that takes the stress out of the ring shopping experience.

Here’s how you can use it for your holiday proposal:

  • If you want to calculate your wedding rings layaway plan options before you check out, use our handy calculator to see how you can break the amount into smaller payments over time. You can choose weekly, bi-weekly or monthly payments, starting on any date you specify, and your credit or debit card will receive a charge on that schedule automatically. Once all the payments are made, we will ship your rings. Use this calculator to see which payment schedule will work for your budget and your holiday proposal plan. We also offer free ground shipping in 3-5 business days, plus affordable two-day and overnight options, so you will get your rings quickly. 
  • When you’re ready to order, follow the checkout and registration instructions.
  • Select “Layaway Plan” from payment options.
  • Place your order, and you’re all set!

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Creative Ideas for Proposing at Comic-Con

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 11 November 2014 Proposal

proposing-at-comic-con If you and your significant other are comic, fantasy or science fiction fans, going to Comic-Con is probably on your bucket list.

Since Comic-Con started in San Diego in 1970, it has offered a creative outlet for comic book, movie and sci-fi enthusiasts. Over the years, Comic-Con has grown to be a huge four-day event that features exclusive panels, seminars, screenings and exhibitions from a wide range of genres.

Are you getting ready to propose - spending a lot of time browsing engagement rings and wedding rings for her and thinking of the perfect way to pop the question? As you start to look toward the new year and plan a personal and meaningful proposal, think outside the box. If the two of you love comics, sci-fi or pop culture and would be in your element dressed up as your favorite characters, why not consider proposing at Comic-Con? Comic-Con 2015 isn’t until next July, so you would have plenty of time to plan, and pre-registration just opened this month.

For inspiration, watch this video of a Dr. Who fan who spent two months building a life-size replica of the T.A.R.D.I.S. to propose to his girlfriend. He wrote, "Will you marry me?" on the top panel of the police box (and she said, “Yes!”).

Here are a few costume ideas if you are thinking about proposing at Comic-Con:

Batman and Catwoman

Create a bat signal (some DIY ideas here) in advance, and reach out to event organizers to find a time when you could take advantage of a darkened room to put it to use (for example, before one of the smaller screenings you attend). Enlist the help of friends to turn on the signal when the two of you are together. Move her toward the beam of the light, and get down on one knee when you reach it.

Han Solo and Princess Leia

This is one of sci-fi’s quintessential love stories, and she won’t be able to resist such a dashing rebel. Build a replica of the Death Star out of papier-mâché or something similar, and hide the engagement ring in a box at the very center of the layers. Recruit a group of friends to dress up like the other main characters from Return of the Jedi - Luke, Chewbacca, Ewoks, Lando, etc. - and stage a scene where you destroy the Death Star, making sure that Princess Leia is the one to uncover the ring box.

Superman and Wonder Woman

When proposing at Comic-Con, it’s all about the grand gestures and elaborate scenarios. Take a page from the Dr. Who fan and create an elaborate life-size replica of Superman’s phone booth. Go in as Clark Kent, and come out as Superman… with a diamond engagement ring for his Wonder Woman.

Have you ever thought about proposing at Comic-Con? How would you do it?

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4 Tips for Planning a Stress-Free Holiday Proposal

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 07 October 2014 Proposal

holiday-proposal If you are thinking about getting down on one knee this Christmas or New Year’s Eve, now is the time to start making preparations for your romantic moment. If you are thoughtful and thorough in your planning now, you can relax and enjoy this life-changing event.

1. Think about what would make her light up.

There is no “one size fits all” proposal that is right for every woman. You know your partner better than anyone else, so spend some time asking what would make a holiday proposal most memorable and meaningful to her. What is most important to her in your relationship? How does she like to be shown love and affection? What proposal story would she love to tell for years to come? Brainstorm a few different scenarios, and go for the one that feels right for her.

2. Decide how you want to involve loved ones.

You may want your proposal to be a private moment for just the two of you, but your families and friends will also want to be a part of your celebration in some way. If you are planning to see your loved ones at the holidays, it could be a perfect opportunity to arrange a casual get-together, dinner or cocktail party after you propose.

3. Make arrangements and reservations as early as possible.

The holidays are a busy time for special events, so as soon as you decide on how you want to propose, organize and confirm all the arrangements you need well in advance so you’re not scrambling for something important at the last minute. Reserve a room at that romantic B&B in the mountains, book the table with the best view at your favorite restaurant or make the shopping list for the incredible meal you are going to make her. Browse affordable engagement rings in different styles, and order the one you know she’ll love.

4. Have back-up plans ready, just in case.

It’s likely that your holiday proposal will go just as planned, with nothing more to worry about than the butterflies in your stomach. You will have researched affordable engagement rings well in advance and have the perfect ring ready for the right moment. The location you chose will be just as you imagined it, and everything will be easy and stress-free. But just in case, have a Plan B for your own peace of mind. Select another restaurant you’d be happy with in case your first choice has to close unexpectedly. Have a second florist or tour guide or horseback riding instructor programmed into your phone on the off chance that any of your arrangements fall through at the last minute.

What are your planning tips for a stress-free proposal?

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Ready to Propose? 5 Lessons from "The Bachelor"

by Melia Dicker Tuesday, 13 March 2012 Proposal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. Choose a romantic backdrop.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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Ready to Propose? 5 Ways to Pop the Question This Fall

by Kelly Smith Wednesday, 14 September 2011 Proposal

Are you ready to propose? Indiana National Guardsman Jesse Fordyce was very ready recently. The Iraq war veteran held up a giant hand-painted sign at the airport with the help of family and friends to propose to his girlfriend Kelly, who also serves in the military. As Kelly descended the escalator to baggage claim, she was surprised to see the giant sign and her boyfriend on one knee with an engagement ring nestled in a grey box.

If you’re ready to take a similar plunge, then pick an affordable engagement ring set crafted with real diamonds, and craft a creative fall proposal using some of these ideas as a starting point:

5 Creative Fall Proposal Ideas

1. Get your fall on at the pumpkin patch. Jump on the hayride, sip some cider, and pick the perfect pumpkins with your future bride. Make plans to carve the pumpkins on a later date, and hide the affordable engagement ring set inside of a scooped-out pumpkin.

2. Take a hike together to enjoy the fall colors. When the moment is right, simply get down on one knee in the middle of the path with the ring box in your hand, and think of a creative way to tell your bride-to-be that you have fallen for her and are ready to propose.

3. Give thanks for your love at Thanksgiving. Nestle an engagement ring in the middle of the apple pie (plan well, so no one swallows it!), or slip a ring onto her finger during the Thanksgiving grace when everyone is holding hands around the table.

4. Dress up as a vampire for Halloween. Instead of using your best fake Transylvanian accent to say, “I vant to suck your blood,” find the perfect moment to cry out, “I vant to marry you!”

5. Invite your future wife over for an old-fashioned leaf-raking party. Challenge her to see who can rake the biggest pile of fallen leaves, and then reclaim your youth by jumping into the piles. When you are both lying in leaves and laughing, pull the affordable engagement ring set out of your pocket.

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5 Signs that You Are Ready to Propose

by Kelly Smith Tuesday, 17 May 2011 Proposal

ready-to-proposeMany guys have trouble deciding when it is the right time to propose to their girlfriends. Guys get a lot of ribbing because of this, but healthy fear of commitment is not a bad thing. You want to be certain that you are getting married for the right reasons. You want to be sure that you are choosing the right person to spend your life with. Here are some signs that it might be time for you to start seriously browsing diamond cluster ring sets and coming up with creative proposal ideas to make a commitment to spending a lifetime with your girlfriend.

1. You think about her all the time.

If you would rather spend all of your free time with the guys, then this might be a sign that you are not passionate about spending time with your girlfriend. If you have been dating for quite some time, however, and you are still excited about hanging out with your girlfriend, then that is a good sign that your relationship has lasting passion, and you might be ready to propose.

2. You like to talk to your girlfriend.

If you are equally excited about going to the big game with your girlfriend and accompanying her to a chick flick, then you have a healthy balance in your relationship. If you are just as happy hanging out, making dinner at home, and talking with your girlfriend rather than going on an exciting date, then you are more prepared for the realities of married life, and you might be ready to propose.

3. You can’t imagine life without her.

If your vision of your future includes your girlfriend, and you can’t imagine a future without her, then it might be time to take concrete steps towards creating that future together. If you know that she feels the same way, you may wish to start looking for the right diamond cluster ring to make your love official in front of your family and friends.

4. You share values and future goals.

Married couples don’t always see eye to eye on everything. However, if you and your girlfriend share similar values and goals, then you have a much more solid foundation for a strong partnership in the future. This is especially true for more potentially controversial issues such as money, religion, and raising children. If you are on the same page for important issues, then you might be ready to propose.

5. You have helped each other through stressful situations.

When you get married, you vow to be there for each other for better or for worse. If you have successfully helped each other navigate major life changes and other stressful situations, then you are more prepared to be supportive partners to each other when unexpected stress arises in your lives and in your marriage. Even doing something like taking care of a pet together or taking a trip together can help to show you whether you are compatible and supportive in stressful situations. If you are, then you might be ready to propose.

What are other signs that you’re ready to pop the question?

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Creative Proposal Traditions from Around the World

by Kelly Smith Thursday, 10 March 2011 Proposal

creative-proposalYou love to spend time with her, and you can’t wait to spend your life with her. If you’re ready to propose this spring, and you are looking for creative proposal ideas, think about bypassing the more common down-on-one-knee proposal. Instead, consider modifying wedding and proposal traditions from other cultures around the world.

Rings of all kinds have been exchanged to symbolize engagement or marriage since ancient times. The Egyptians believed that the round ring symbolized eternity, and they advocated wearing the ring on the fourth finger of the left hand as many Americans still do today, because they believed that a vein in the ring finger leads directly to the human heart.

The first documented exchange of a diamond ring to signify an engagement occurred in 1477 when Austrian Archduke Maximilian proposed to Mary of Burgundy, but until the 19th century, engagement rings were not as popular as other engagement gifts, such as sewing thimbles or livestock. Since the 19th century, though, diamond rings have become the standard symbol of engagement in America. Today, 80 percent of American women receive (or help choose) a ring when they become engaged, and they wear a wedding ring set that includes both an engagement ring and a wedding band after the marriage.

Choose a beautiful and affordable wedding ring set that includes an engagement ring for your bride-to-be. Then read the ideas below to help inspire a creative proposal that your girlfriend won’t forget!

Chinese Proposals

The families of the bride-to-be and groom-to-be have traditionally been very involved in the proposal process. Once the couple decides to get married, the families often get together to exchange gifts: money wrapped in red envelopes, tea, wine, and sweets, such as a double happiness cake decorated with traditional Chinese symbols. If you want to modify this tradition, gather your families together for an Asian-inspired evening complete with a double happiness cake from your local bakery. Pop the question with the whole family there to share in your happiness.

Kenyan Proposals

Wedding and proposal traditions vary widely among different African cultures. In the Rendille tribe in Kenya, a man sends beads to the woman he is interested in marrying. If she keeps the beads, then the couple is considered to be engaged. The woman’s family then gives her a special ornament to add to her beads if they also accept the engagement. If you wish to copy this tradition for your creative proposal, consider purchasing a special fair trade necklace in addition to a conflict-free diamond ring.

Swedish Proposals

In Scandinavian countries, men and women often both wear a ring to symbolize their engagement. If you want to copy this tradition, pick out a ring for yourself to coordinate with your fiancée’s ring. This ring can double as your wedding band, or you could pick out another ring as a wedding band. In Sweden, men also give their brides an additional ring at the wedding, the ring of motherhood. If you choose to use these traditions, a more standard wedding ring set package would not work for you, but your jeweler might be willing to work with you to customize a set.

Women’s Proposals

Although it is still traditional for men to propose to women, there is one day a year when women have historically proposed to men. Ladies, if you want to propose to your fiancé, the traditional day is February 29. The English traditionally considered this day to be outside of law, which meant that it was a day when women could be free from conventional gender restrictions. The next leap year is less than a year away, so start planning now if you want to surprise your boyfriend with a creative proposal in 2012.

What are the most creative marriage proposals that you’ve heard about?'

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Creative Proposal Ideas from Books and Movies

by Kelly Smith Wednesday, 12 January 2011 Proposal

creative-proposal-ideaTwo of the most popular times of year to propose marriage are Christmas and Valentine’s Day. It is too late for a Christmas proposal unless you want to plan ahead for next year. However, Valentine’s Day is a little over a month away. You still have time find the best possible deal on an inexpensive diamond cluster ring and come up with a creative proposal idea if you start planning now. There are many ways to create a memorable proposal. One technique is to use your partner’s favorite book or movie proposal as an inspiration. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. The Impromptu Proposal

In Little Women, there is a misunderstanding when Professor Bhaer comes to Concord as a surprise with the manuscript of Jo March’s book. He believes that Jo has married someone else. Once she discovers the misunderstanding, Jo chases after him as he walks to the train station in the rain. She asks him to stay, and he offers his hand in marriage at the spur of the moment as they stand together under a shared umbrella in the rain. Have your diamond cluster ring at the ready to propose to your girlfriend at an unplanned romantic moment when she least expects it.

2. The Classic Proposal

Mr. Bingley falls in love with Jane Bennet at the beginning of Pride and Prejudice, but it is not until close to the end of the novel that he realizes she loves him, too. In the newest film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Bingley visits the Bennets’ house and asks to have a private audience with Jane. Once alone with Jane, Mr. Bingley walks over to Jane and gets down on one knee. This may not be the most creative proposal idea, but if your girlfriend is traditional, she may value the classic down-on-one-knee approach.

3.  The Simple Proposal

As is typical in many romances, circumstances have separated Gilbert Blythe and Anne Shirley until nearly the end of Anne of Avonlea. When Gilbert recovers from his long illness, he asks Anne to join him on a walk. He pauses on a bridge over the lake at sunset and takes her hand. Gilbert uses simple language to tell Anne that he doesn’t have much to offer and they won’t be able to get married right away, but he wants to spend the rest of his life with her. To take a page from Gilbert’s book, choose a beautiful landscape that is special to the two of you, and bring a diamond cluster ring in your pocket when you go.

4. The Bilingual Proposal

In Love Actually, Jamie and Aurelia quickly fall in love, but their language barrier (Jamie speaks English, and Aurelia speaks Portuguese) prevents them from communicating much with each other verbally. When he gets back to England, Jamie takes a crash course in Portuguese. He flies back to propose to Aurelia in her own language on Christmas Eve in the middle of the restaurant where she is a waitress. He is surprised when Aurelia accepts his proposal in English, as she also decided to learn his language “just in cases.” Surprise your girlfriend by learning her native language as a creative proposal idea that is full of romance.

What are your favorite proposals from books and movies?

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10 Romantic Ways to Propose this Christmas

by Kelly Smith Tuesday, 07 December 2010 Proposal

diamond-cluster-ringYou hate to spend time away from her. Your friends like her. Your mom loves her. You know that she is the one and can’t wait to start your life together. You have even saved up the money to purchase a beautiful diamond cluster ring. Now it is time to secretly find out her ring size, purchase an affordable trio ring set, and come up with a romantic way to propose this Christmas. Here are some Christmas proposal ideas to get you started:

1. Hide a diamond cluster ring in the toe of her Christmas stocking.

2. Bury the ring box under a pile of packing peanuts in a giant wrapped gift box.

3. Create a personalized proposal Christmas ornament at a make-your-own pottery studio, such as Color Me Mine.

4. Tie a trio ring set with a ribbon and hand it to her like a Christmas ornament to hang on the Christmas tree.

5. Wrap up a travel Scrabble set with the words “Will you marry me” spelled out on the game board.

6. Arrange for the Santa Claus at the mall to give your girlfriend a ring box when she tells him what she wants for Christmas.

7. Hide an engagement ring in the bottom of her glass of champagne (or tie it to the stem if you’re safety-minded!).

8. Slip a diamond cluster ring onto her finger as you say grace before Christmas dinner.

9. Create a Christmas scavenger hunt that ends with a proposal spelled out in Christmas lights.

10. Have a bakery make a special Christmas cookie decorated with the words “Will you marry me?”

What are your own ideas for romantic Christmas proposals?

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4 Romantic Ways to Propose

by Kelly Smith Wednesday, 13 October 2010 Proposal

diamond-cluster-ringYou have discovered your girlfriend’s ring size. You have shopped around for affordable engagement ring sets. You have picked out the perfect diamond cluster engagement ring. Now it is time to plan the perfect proposal. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Give her the best gift of her life.

Collect square boxes of all sizes, from very large to very small. Put the diamond cluster engagement ring into the smallest box and wrap it. Tape a note on the outside that says one of your favorite things about your girlfriend. Put the wrapped box inside of the next largest box and wrap it. Write another note. Continue to nest the box into larger boxes and wrap with pretty wrapping paper topped with a sweet note. Once you have wrapped the largest box, tie it with a big bow and give it to her for her birthday. Or slip the engagement ring into the toe of her Christmas stocking and cover it with other gifts before hanging it back on the mantel.

2. Plan a picnic.

Ask your girlfriend to meet you for a picnic at your favorite park. Pack a picnic basket with your girlfriend’s favorite foods. Fill a cooler with ice and a bottle of champagne or sparkling cider. Bring a big picnic blanket to sit on. Don’t forget to bring her diamond cluster engagement ring in your pocket. Make a toast to your future together and pull out the ring to propose before you eat. Or have a local bakery create a cake or cookie with your proposal written in icing, and present it at the end of your meal.

3. Make memories at the movies.

Plan a dinner-and-a-movie date. Take your girlfriend to her favorite restaurant and go all out. Order an appetizer, wine, and dessert in addition to the meal itself. Next, take her to see a romantic movie at the theater. Be sure to sit on her left. Hold her hand during the movie, and at one of the most romantic moments of the movie, use your other hand to slip her diamond cluster engagement ring out of your pocket and onto her finger.

4. Put it in writing.

Based on your girlfriend’s interests, think of a creative way to put your proposal in writing. If she loves the ocean, plan a day at the beach when you will write the proposal in the sand. Does she spend a lot of time at the computer? Write one word on each post-it note to spell out “Will you marry me?” Stick the notes along the top of her computer monitor. Is your girlfriend a word lover? Create your own crossword puzzle with a proposal hidden in the clues to slip inside the morning newspaper. Or write a proposal with a magnetic poetry set on the refrigerator.

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