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Zales In-Store Credit vs. My Trio Rings
Where you buy your wedding jewelry is a big decision. It’s not every day that you make such a large, meaningful purchase – after all, you'll be wearing your wedding ring sets day in and day out for years to come. Even when your search is focused only on affordable engagement rings and wedding bands, it’s not an investment you want to make lightly.
Before you fall in love with any wedding ring sets and get caught up in the moment, it’s a good idea to sit down as a couple and come up with a plan to pay for them.
A mistake that many people make with a major purchase is to opt for a store-branded credit card that promises low interest rates – but those rates jump dramatically after a set period of time.
A recent Reuters article stated:
"U.S. retailers dangle enticing bait to sign up for store-branded credit cards but biting could be a costly decision for consumers, particularly for pricey items like engagement rings, computers or dining room sets that may take months, or even years, to pay off.
A recent analysis of 64 cards from 42 retailers by CreditCards.com (creditcards.com) found that the average interest rate for a store-branded card is more than 23 percent. Jewelry chain Zales topped the list with a rate of 28.99 percent, followed by office supply store Staples at 27.99 percent. The average credit card has an interest rate of 15 percent."
The Zales in-store credit option can look appealing at first glance to couples looking for affordable engagement rings and wedding ring sets. But it’s important to read the fine print and be realistic about how long it will take you to pay off a big-ticket item. Will you have to carry a balance on the store credit card? For how long? If you’re paying a high interest rate for months or years, you’ll end up spending far more than you’ve budgeted for over time.
Compared to the Zales in-store credit option, the My Trio Rings layaway plan is a more practical and economical choice for couples on a budget.
With our free layaway plan, you get your dream wedding ring sets without out stress or worry:
- No down payment
- No interest
- No fees
- A customizable payment schedule to fit your budget
Divide the payments into weekly, bi-weekly or monthly payments in the way that makes the most sense for you. Once you have made all the payments, we'll ship your rings!
Our Wedding Rings Layaway Plan
We do everything here with our customers in mind. We want your ring buying process to be easy, stress-free and enjoyable. Wedding ring sets are an investment, and even with our affordable prices, it may be best for your wedding budget to space out several payments instead of having one lump sum.
That’s why we offer a convenient and customizable wedding rings layaway plan. With our layaway plan:
- You can break your total amount into achievable milestones and pay for it over time
- You can even tailor your plan to your preferences by scheduling weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly payments, which can start on any specific date you choose
After you set up your schedule, we’ll automatically charge your debit/credit card based on your plan. Once all the payments have been made, we’ll box up your wedding ring sets and send them to you!
Did we mention that our layaway program has no fee? That’s just one of the reasons our plan is one of the best out there.
For the sake of comparison, let's look at our plan side by side with Walmart's wedding rings layaway plan:
Not sure what schedule is best for you? We even offer a wedding rings layaway plan calculator to take the guesswork out of your payments. Just put in the total payment amount and your planned payment schedule. Then the calculator will break down the details of your payment plan!
Ready to get started with your layaway plan? Follow these simple steps:
Is a Diamond Right for You?
Your Shared Plans
When you and your partner are starting to talk marriage, a lot of important topics come up in conversation. What do you want your partnership to be like? What are your big plans and dreams? How will you spend and save? Where do you want to live? Kids or no kids?
It’s exciting (and occasionally a little overwhelming) to have these discussions as a couple. You explore what you want as individuals and as a unit – and you get stronger as you go.
Of course your engagement and wedding planning form only a small part of this process of building a life together. But this time is a great opportunity to get to the core of your unique preferences and styles. No other couple will do things exactly the way you two do, and it’s important to listen to what you want and not what others expect from you.
For example, what type of wedding do you want to have? A huge, 300-person celebration or a small, intimate affair?
Your Personal Style
Along the same lines, what wedding ring sets are the perfect match for you as a couple? These are the rings you’ll exchange with your vows and wear every day to symbolize your union, so it’s a very personal choice. Do you have visions of a classic, elegant diamond engagement ring and wedding bands? Or are you looking for something less traditional and more alternative?
Maybe you’ve always dreamed of a solitaire diamond engagement ring and complementary wedding rings, but your partner thinks diamonds are a bunch of marketing hype and would rather buy simple silver bands instead.
It’s important to talk through what you both want and why (for you, the rings symbolize your lifelong investment in the relationship; for your partner, they are just accessories) before you make a decision.
A diamond isn't right for you if:
You don’t really care about diamonds. You and your partner just aren’t into diamonds. You don’t want to feel pressured into buying diamond wedding jewelry because you think it’s expected. Instead, you are searching for jewelry that reflects your personal style.
You value the unconventional. You like to do things a little differently than everyone else. Maybe you’d prefer to sport plain titanium wedding rings, emerald-studded bands or tattooed designs. Or perhaps you’d rather opt out of rings altogether and save the budget for a kickass honeymoon or a down payment on a house.
A diamond is right for you if:
You value tradition. You have always wanted that sparkling diamond on your finger, and it’s part of the narrative you have about your marriage. Maybe you simply love the fairy tale of the proposal with the perfect ring, or you want to follow the example of your parents, who have been wearing their wedding ring sets for 30 years.
You value authenticity and quality. You appreciate the rarity and beauty of an authentic diamond. You think nothing can compare to the wow factor of an expertly mined, cut, polished and hand-set diamond, and you’re happy to invest in jewelry you’ll be proud to show off for years to come.
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Last-Minute Honeymoon Ideas for a Summer Wedding
So you’ve had a lot on your plate lately, what with planning a wedding down to the last detail, from the perfect his and hers matching ring set to the best reception playlist.
But in that whirlwind of activity, you didn’t get around to one small detail: planning your honeymoon. Now, as your wedding date approaches, you’re starting to get a little nervous, worrying about high-season airfares and sold-out accommodations.
Relax. You still have time for planning your honeymoon. In some cases, procrastinating can actually pay off when you are able to snag some last-minute deals.
To get you started - and excited about your romantic trip - here are a few last-minute honeymoon ideas that won’t deplete your budget or add to your stress.
Look for last-minute travel deals
It’s counterintuitive, but sometimes you can find excellent airfares, cruise packages and hotel room rates when you wait to book until just before your trip. You will have to be willing to be flexible and play a bit of travel roulette, however; you might not find the Costa Rican resort vacation you had your heart set on, but you could find a great deal on a stay in Istanbul instead.
Keep an open mind, and search these websites for last-minute honeymoon ideas:
- TravelZoo: airfare, hotels, cruises, spas and more
- Vacations to Go: cruises discounted up to 82%
- Groupon: flight, hotel and activity packages
- Costco Travel (for members): vacation packages, hotels cruises and theme parks
- Priceline (name your bid): hotels, flights and rental cars
Consider the off season
Think creatively about where you’d like to spend your honeymoon, and explore travel destinations that are not in season in summer. For example, look at mountain ski resorts that offer horseback riding, spa treatments and nature hikes in the summer. You’ll often find good rates for places when tourists aren’t flocking there in high season.
Don’t underestimate the romantic destinations that are right in your backyard! Research places you could drive to within a few hours - from state parks and mountain getaways to seaside villages and charming small towns. Follow your interests, whether the two of you enjoy wine tasting or cycling or camping.
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6 Important Questions to Ask a Wedding Planner
Whether you decide to hire a wedding planner or not will depend on your budget, the type of event you are hosting and the amount of help you need. Some couples prefer to save money on a wedding coordinator and do more of the hands-on work themselves. Others think it’s a worthwhile investment to hire a professional to handle all the arrangements and details for a more stress-free wedding day.
If you do decide to use a professional wedding planner for your special day, do your homework in advance to make sure you find the right person for the job. A great wedding planner will do everything he or she can to make your wedding run smoothly so you can enjoy your celebration - whether that’s by getting the best deals from vendors or troubleshooting a crisis right before you walk down the aisle to exchange wedding ring sets.
Here are five of the first questions to ask a wedding planner before committing:
1. What wedding planning services do you offer? Do you specialize in any area?
Get an idea of what she offers clients. Does she customize full-service packages to each wedding - offering everything from event design to day-of coordination? Does she offer a la carte services or smaller packages as well? Does she handle coordinating rentals, vendors, contracts and all the details you want her to manage? Ask her to tell you about a few specific examples of different weddings she has managed so you can get an idea of her style.
2. Have you worked with our wedding venue or vendors before?
It’s helpful if he has worked on an event at the location you’ve chosen or has existing relationships with your florist, photographer or other vendors. But if you are still searching for service providers, he can also be a valuable asset in this process. Ask if he has strong contacts in certain industries, and get a feel for how he chooses the right vendors for a wedding.
3. Do you work alone or with a team?
Ask for a breakdown of her wedding planning team - what each person’s expertise is and what he or she is responsible for. Be clear on who you will be working with and who will be there on your wedding day.
4. How do you handle tricky situations or things that don’t go as planned?
This is one of the most important questions to ask a wedding planner, so don’t let him off the hook with a generic response. Weddings can have emotionally charged or challenging moments - guests showing up who haven’t RSVPd, flower arrangements showing up late, wedding ring sets getting temporarily misplaced by the best man. You want to know the wedding planner you hire can keep his cool and fix any problems that arise (preferably without you having to get involved at all). Ask for examples of times he’s successfully managed crises.
5. How does your wedding planning process work?
Ask her to outline how she usually works with her clients, including how often you will meet and the best way to communicate. Be clear about what you are looking for - if you need someone to take a strong lead with all aspects of planning, for example - and see if your two styles will algn.
6. How do you charge? Is there a minimum budget you work with?
Wedding planners charge in different ways - some quote a flat package rate or a percentage of the total wedding budget (often 10 to 20%), others charge hourly. Ask for a detailed quote, including any extra expenses, such as transportation or travel fees.
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Diamond Clarity: What to Know When Choosing Wedding Rings Sets
With such an important investment on the line, it's essential to do your homework before you go wedding ring shopping. The 4 C's - cut, color, clarity and carat - are quality standards that will guide you to make an educated decision about your wedding rings sets. Let's take a closer look at diamond clarity and how it affects the appearance of your rings.
What is Diamond Clarity?
Clarity is a quality that determines the internal characteristics - called inclusions - and external characteristics - called blemishes - of a diamond. When diamond clarity is evaluated, five factors of these characteristics are considered: size, number, position, nature and color.
Internal Characteristics: Inclusions
Inclusions - structural imperfections that occur inside the stone - can make a diamond appear cloudy or a whitish color. Most inclusions aren't perceptible to the normal eye, though large inclusions can limit the way a stone scatters light. Some types of inclusions are:
- Laser lines
- Internal graining
- Crystals and minerals
External Characteristics: Blemishes
Blemishes appear on the surface of a diamond and can occur when the stone is being cut, polished or worn. Most blemishes are too small to see by anyone but a trained professional. Some types of blemishes are:
- Polishing lines
How Diamond Clarity Works
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has established a diamond clarity grading scale with six different categories:
- Flawless (FL)
- Internally Flawless (IF)
- Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2)
- Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2)
- Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2)
- Included (I1, I2 and I3)
How to Shop for Diamond Clarity
Because clarity is very difficult to determine with the naked eye, it's not necessary to buy rare and expensive flawless diamonds to show off stunning wedding ring sets. Many diamond wedding rings sets have small imperfections that aren't noticeable to observers - they'll look beautiful and be much more affordable.
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She'll Say Yes! Valentine's Day Wedding Ring Set Specials
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 Trio Ring Set
This wedding ring set has everything you need for both the bride and groom: an engagement ring, women’s wedding band and men’s wedding band. Find a perfectly matched set that suits you as a couple. A few favorites:
- 1 3/4 Carat T.W. Diamond Trio Matching Wedding Ring Set 10K White Gold
- 3/8 Carat T.W. Diamond Trio Matching Wedding Ring Set 10K Yellow Gold
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:
- 3/8 CT. T.W. Diamond Women's Bridal Wedding Ring Set 10K White Gold
- 3/8 CT. T.W. Diamond Ladies' Bridal Wedding Ring Set 14K White Gold
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:
- 1/2 Carat T.W. Diamond Women's Engagement Ring 14K White Gold
- 3/8 CT. T.W. Diamond Ladies' Engagement Ring 14K White Gold
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!
5 Winter Wedding Trends You’ll Want to Follow
A winter wedding may not have the outdoor appeal of a summer affair, but it more than makes up for it with its own brand of atmospheric romance. Cold-weather weddings can be cozy and personal, elegant and sophisticated or eclectic and spirited. The small details, from the lighting to the cocktails, can make a big difference.
See which of these winter wedding trends will set just the right mood for your perfect day!
1. Long-sleeved dresses
This trend is both practical and pretty. Long-sleeved bridal gowns keep you warm in drafty churches or during outdoor photo sessions, but they also have a beautiful vintage look. Explore sleeves in different styles, such as sheer, solid, lace and beaded, and imagine the gorgeous photos your photographer will capture as you exchange matching wedding ring sets.
2. Romantic and modern decoration
Find a balance between classic styles and bold, modern accents in your decor. Incorporate a color palette with subtle whites, creams or greys, mixed with splashes of amethyst purple or rich marsala (Pantone’s color of 2015). Arrange dining tables with some traditional elements - such as candelabras and monogrammed napkins - with unexpected touches - such as modern-art-inspired picture frames or handmade placecards.
3. Playful footwear
Get ready to dance with one of the most fun winter wedding trends - shoes that show your personality. Skip the formal heels and men’s dress shoes, and look for options that you would wear again - whether they’re Victorian-inspired lace-up boots, colorful Oxfords, hipster sneakers or suede slip-ons.
4. Tasting sessions
Instead of opting for a standard open bar, consider setting up a few drink tasting stations with unique offerings. If you two are crazy about craft beer, pick a few of your local favorites to have on tap. If you love wine, put together a flight of three of your top picks. If you can’t get enough of bourbon or gin, create a signature cocktail. With a little planning, this can be a fun and tasteful way for guests to sample great beverages - while keeping your bar budget down.
5. Wild flowers
Talk to your florist about different combinations you can create that go beyond just one type of flower or one color. Pick one word that would describe the look you are going for, and ask advice on how to achieve it. Be open to unconventional additions to your bouquets, such as greens, berries, acorns or other non-living accessories.
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Best Places to Propose in Birmingham, AL
Have you been thinking about your romantic proposal for some time, plotting the perfect spot and secretly browsing engagement rings and wedding ring sets?
Consider Birmingham, Alabama for your location! It is a relaxed and vibrant Southern city, offering a hearty helping of fantastic music, culture, cuisine and green space. It has a temperate climate year round - with an average low of 51 degrees, it is a great city to put on your list if you are looking for places to propose this winter.
Enjoy Live Music
Birmingham has a thriving music scene with a little something for everyone. Start your evening with a live show. If you think a public proposal would make your sweetheart swoon, try asking the venue if you can pop the question on stage. If you think a more private moment is better, wait until after the show and go on a walk or drive to a place to look out over the city at night (Red Mountain Park - more about that below - is a local favorite).
Venues to check out:
- Moonlight on the Mountain: This intimate venue features acoustic performances from artists in a variety of genres - bluegrass, country, folk, rock. It doesn’t serve food or drinks, so you can pack a picnic of your favorite foods and a bottle of wine to enjoy during the show. It’s cash only at the door (no advance tickets), so get there early and stake out a seat.
- Iron City Grill: Iron City is a hip music venue, restaurant and bar. Eat a delicious meal made with organic and local ingredients, savor a local craft beer and then see a show from performers such as O.A.R., Neko Case, North Mississippi Allstars or John Butler Trio.
- Bottletree Cafe: Bottletree Cafe is a fun and funky venue that showcases indie bands, comedians and local musicians and has a great menu (including a killer brunch).
- One of the most thrilling places to propose in Birmingham is the Red Ore Zip Tour at Red Mountain Park. Ask her to marry you at the top of a treehouse high above the woods, then celebrate by soaring through the air on a zipline.
- Spend the day at Railroad Park, a 19-acre sprawling green space in the heart of downtown Birmingham. Pack a picnic and propose on a walk along one of the trails, or check out one of the seasonal special events, such as Sunset Cinema in the fall, the Happy Holidays tree-lighting ceremony and carnival or the Relax by the Tracks concert series in the spring.
- Head to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Mountain Brook Village, and find a quiet spot to propose in one of the dozens of gardens.
What would you add to this list of best places to propose in Birmingham? Leave a comment!
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3 Reasons to Customize Wedding Ring Sets This Holiday Season
The holidays are still a few months away, but it’s not too early to begin envisioning your magical holiday proposal and designing your customized wedding ring sets. If you start planning now, you will have plenty of time to create a stress-free romantic proposal with the perfect amount of sparkle.
Why Design His and Hers Rings for the Holidays
1. Give Thanks
Thanksgiving is a meaningful holiday to plan your proposal around. At this time of year, you are spending time with family and friends and reflecting on the blessings in your life. Get input from her close girlfriends in advance to create the perfect his and hers rings for you as a couple. When you propose, tell your sweetheart why you are thankful to have her in your life and why you want to spend the rest of your life together. Present her with the matching rings as a symbol of your unity and love.
2. Deck the Halls
Christmas presents don’t get more thoughtful and romantic than personalized wedding ring sets. Make this Christmas morning an extra memorable occasion by designing an engagement ring and two complementary wedding bands she will love and hiding the trio ring set in plain sight. Sneak out to the Christmas tree before she wakes up and hang the rings on a bit of ribbon along with the other ornaments. When it’s time to open presents, have her search around the tree for her special gift.
3. Make a Shared Gift
If you aren’t sure which style of his and hers rings to choose or think that your bride-to-be will want to be involved in ring shopping, make the design process part of the fun. Find a stunning My Trio Rings diamond engagement ring and pop the question, then when she says “yes,” design customized wedding bands as your holiday gift to one another. You can decide together exactly what you want, and you’ll get a 10% She Said Yes! discount.
Create Gorgeous Wedding Ring Sets:
- Go to the Trio Ring Sets page and click “view customizable rings” on the top right.
- Choose your stone cut.
- Choose the size of the stone.
- Filter the list of results by gold type.
Find the his and hers rings of your dreams!
Design Your Customizable Trio Ring Sets
When you say “I do,” you want to exchange wedding bands with your beloved that represent your relationship and enduring commitment to one another. It may seem like a tall order to find beautifully crafted wedding ring sets that match your taste and personality (and are within your budget), but My Trio Rings makes personalization part of the process.
You can browse the My Trio Rings online store and select exactly what you want in our customizable trio ring sets, featuring an engagement ring, a women’s wedding band and a men’s wedding band. Cut, stone size, band style - it’s all at your fingertips to decide what goes on your finger!
Here are a few examples of the gorgeous customizable trio ring sets you can design:
1. 3/4 CT. 10K White Gold Trio Ring Set
The diamond engagement ring in this trio ring set is the star of this show, featuring a princess-cut solitaire diamond surrounded by 20 sparkling round sidestones. The classic elegance of this ring is eye-catching without being over the top. The women’s wedding ring is the same width and carries over the style with 23 round-cut diamonds set in the band. The men’s wedding band is perfect for the gentleman who isn’t into a lot of bling: it’s a simple 5 mm, rounded, high-polish band.
2. 1 3/8 CT White Gold Trio Ring Set
If you like to make a statement with your style, go big and dramatic with this trio set. The elaborate engagement ring has a 5.2 mm 14K white gold band and a leaf-shaped centerpiece and two rows of round-cut diamonds on either side. The men’s wedding band also shows off a bold style, with three short rows of round-cut diamonds set in a 7.1 mm band. The women’s wedding ring is more understated, with a slim 3mm band highlighting 11 round-cut diamonds.
3. 1 1/5 CT Yellow Gold Trio Ring Set
Modern and classic elements blend harmoniously in this stunning and affordable 10K yellow gold wedding band set. The engagement ring shines with a princess-cut solitaire stone, offset by baguette-cut diamonds. The slim, elegant wedding bands are set with a combined 27 baguette diamonds for a subtle sparkle.
Ready to design your own wedding ring sets? Here’s how:
1. Go to the trio ring sets page and click the “view customizable rings” button on the top right.
2. Choose your stone cut.
3. Choose the size of your stone.
4. Filter the list of results by white or yellow gold and 10K and 14K gold.
Browse all of our customizable trio ring sets to find your perfect match.
Tips for Planning a Wedding Last Minute: Dress Edition
Recently, I gave some tips for picking a venue for a last-minute wedding. Now, a venue is important, but something that has even more emotional significance is your wedding dress. It's the dress you’ll be wearing when you exchange one of our wedding ring sets. It’s the dress you’ll be wearing when you take your first set of pictures as a married couple.
But finding that perfect dress isn’t easy, even when you have all the time in the world. A time constraint can make your hunt even more challenging. That’s why today’s topic on planning a wedding last-minute focuses on finding your perfect wedding dress.
1. Be Open
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably had an idea of what kind of wedding dress you would wear since you were 5. (White, strapless, vintage-inspired ballgown, thank you very much.) However, if you need a dress sooner rather than later, you should be open to different styles. You’ll be subject to what’s available, and that will mean trying on dresses you never thought you would like. A lot of times, these dresses end up looking great on you. Don’t judge a dress on its hanger -- try that baby on, and be wowed!
2. Think About Alterations
You might not have time for alterations. That means you need to find something in the store that fits and flatters you without any (or very minimal) alterations. This applies to larger sizes, too. You don’t have time to order a dress in a larger size, only to see it still doesn’t fit correctly. This could cause you to get stuck swapping his and hers rings in a dress you don't feel right in. Not good. Plan in advance, and you can get alterations that make a dress fit beautifully.
3. Pre-Owned Dresses
Here’s another option: search the Internet for pre-owned dresses. There are a ton of websites you can look at. However, if it's a possibility to try a dress on before buying it, take advantage of that opportunity. Look at people who are selling dresses in your area. Ask to visit and try on the dress, and then you can see whether it’ll work or not.
4. Look Other Places
Don’t just stick to bridal salons. In fact, most bridal salons are going to charge you a rush fee if you order a dress within 6 months of your date. Instead, you can try looking online or visiting other retailers that sell styles you normally love. For example, J. Crew has a gorgeous line of wedding dresses. The dress you exchange his and hers rings in doesn’t technically have to be a “wedding” dress, either. If you find a dress you love that you think fits the occasion, wear it!
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Tips for Planning a Wedding Last-Minute: Venue Edition
Are you in the middle of planning a wedding that won’t happen until next year? How many times have you thrown up your hands and just wanted to say, “to hell with it all!” Wedding planning can be fun, but it can also be extremely stressful. If you’re one of those people who’d rather just get married and be done with with it, BUT you also don’t want to elope, it might be time to start thinking about moving up your wedding timeline.
One of my close friends decided a few weeks ago to move up her previously planned spring 2015 wedding to this November. And, you know what? She couldn’t be more excited.
If you’ve chosen to do this or you’re thinking about doing it, you’ll know that a crunched timeline means that your options might be limited and decisions have to be made quickly, which is a pretty difficult combination. That’s why I’ll be doing a series of blog posts with tips that are aimed to help make planning a wedding last-minute as smooth and wonderful as possible. Today’s post is all about choosing your venue.
Finding and Choosing a Last-Minute Venue
1. Go With What You Have
Do you have a big, beautiful backyard? If not, do any of your friends or family members have a house or yard you can use to exchange your his and her wedding bands? Instead of searching all over town (or country or world) for a venue, try making a list of places already available to you. However, keep in mind that if you use someone else’s house, you’ll need to make sure everything gets cleaned up and the house goes back to the way it was before the wedding. In addition, you might not have to pay for the venue, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do something nice for the host or hostess.
2. Stick to One Location
Don’t book one venue for the ceremony and another for the reception. Make it easy on yourself and exchange your wedding ring sets in the same place you’ll get down on the dance floor. If your space isn’t big enough to have each portion of the festivities take place in a different spot, you can always hire someone to take down things from your ceremony and put up chairs/tables/decorations for your reception. Or, you could always just use the same layout for both!
3. Think Outside the Box
That friend I mentioned earlier? She’s be exchanging his and her wedding bands on a boat. Instead of looking at traditional venues, you might have to start getting inventive. Try to come up with venues that you know would be available at the time of your wedding. For instance, my friend had no problem reserving a large boat for November in Mississippi. Here are some other ideas: a public garden or park, a restaurant, a photography studio, etc.
4. Guest List
Last, but not least, you should take a good look at your guest list. If you’re having your wedding at a small house, then you don’t need to invite 150 people. Think about the people that you need there. Who would you miss? Whose absence would devastate you? Let these questions guide you.
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Diamond Wedding Ring Stuck on Finger: Send Help!
Imagine this scenario. You did your research and took your time browsing through countless wedding ring sets to find the perfect pair. You decide to try on your diamond wedding ring to make sure it fits before the big day, slide it on your ring finger and … it gets stuck!
Maybe you ordered a size too small, or maybe your fingers are swelling because it’s a hot day. Whatever the reason, your beautiful wedding band is now firmly wedged on your finger, and you are starting to freak out.
Calm down. Breathe. It’s going to be OK. No need to call the paramedics with a “ring stuck on finger” red alert just yet. Here are a few DIY tips that will help you get your wedding ring unstuck with tools you should have around the house.
3 Tricks for Getting a Ring Unstuck
1. The Windex Trick
Remember how the father in My Big Fat Greek Wedding swore that Windex was the solution to all problems? He may have been onto something! Commercial glass cleaner, such as Windex, is a lubricant and may also help reduce the swelling of your finger. Spray a bit of the liquid on your finger, rotate the ring and gently try to slide it off your finger.
2. The String Trick
If the Windex trick doesn’t help you get your diamond wedding ring unstuck, try this next method, using a pair of pliers and a piece of string or dental floss (you’ll need someone else to help you with this one).
Using the pliers, slide one end of the string underneath your ring toward your knuckle. With the part of the string pointing toward your fingertips, twist in a tight spiral, wrapping your finger from your ring outward toward the center of your finger. Secure the end of the string in the middle of the finger by tucking the loose end under the loops. Go back to the end of the string underneath the ring and carefully unwind the coil, pushing the wedding ring off the finger.
3. The Elastic Band Trick
This last trick uses the same idea as the string method, but the elastic should help you constrict the finger even further to help you slide off that stuck diamond wedding ring. Take an elastic band, and wrap it tightly around the finger, moving from the fingertip to the wedding band. Use tweezers or pliers to feed the end of the elastic band underneath the ring. Unwind the elastic slowly, and slide the ring off.
Have you ever gotten a ring stuck on your finger? Any tricks to share?
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My Trio Rings Q&A: Online Rings
Wedding planning consists of a lot of decision-making, but not all decisions are created equal; some are definitely harder than others. Let’s take a step back from the more difficult choices you’ll have to make over the next few months and focus on a fun and painless (we hope!) one: your wedding rings.
Last month, we told you we’d be periodically covering some of your most frequently asked questions about wedding rings. Our first post covered some FAQ’s about diamonds in general, but this month we want to cover three questions that deal with purchasing rings online.
- Where should we look for matching wedding rings?
- Are rings online real?
- Do you have any tips for finding inexpensive wedding ring sets?
1. Where should we look for matching wedding rings?
Matching wedding rings are a great choice! Normal wedding bands signify your commitment to each other, but I’ve always thought that having bands that match symbolize and project that commitment even further. It just so happens that My Trio Rings specializes in matching ring sets. Our sets cover a wide range of styles - white gold, yellow gold, simple, intricate, classic, modern - which means you’re bound to find a style that you love and that matches the engagement ring you've selected. In addition to our matching ring sets with a ladies’ band and a men’s band, we also have same-sex matching ring sets.
2. Are rings online real?
Yes. I promise: we are not selling you rings that fall short of the quality we advertise. All of our rings are 100% authentic. If we sold fake rings, we wouldn’t be in business! And we wouldn’t have all these glowing customer reviews. Every piece of jewelry we sell comes with a certificate of authenticity. It will state the gold and diamond content of each ring, so you’ll know exactly what you’ve purchased.
But if you’re not happy, we’re not happy. While we’ll never give you anything less than the real deal, we know people change their minds. That’s why we also have a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not absolutely thrilled with your wedding rings, send them back to us for a full refund or exchange.
3. Do you have any tips for finding inexpensive wedding ring sets?
Most people would tell you to wait for a sale or even to possibly lower your standards when it comes to the 4 Cs--the cut, the color, the clarity, and the carat of the diamond(s) in your rings. Some might even tell you to look for rings without diamonds altogether. But…
We’re not most people. At My Trio Rings, we’re able to offer you top quality rings and unbelievable prices. Our prices are typically 65% below normal retail prices, and you can sometimes find our wedding ring sets for even less than that! And there’s no hidden reason why we’re able to offer you such beautiful rings at unbelievable prices. We simply don’t have the fees that non-online retailers have. For example, we don’t have to pay rent on a showroom. This allows us to focus on giving you the best customer experience possible.
Do you have any questions you’d like us to address? Let me know in the comments!
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3 Budget His and Hers Wedding Ring Sets
Does your wedding to-do list look anything like this?
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If so, we’re about to help you check one more thing off that list. We know you have a ton of things to do in the weeks and months leading up to your wedding, so we try to make it easy and fast as possible to get your wedding rings. Instead of running all over town and looking at showrooms, you can look at our selection of wedding ring sets from the comfort of your own home (which is a priceless perk after running wedding errands all day!). We also are able to get your rings to you quickly and for free! But here’s perhaps the best perk of all: our his and hers wedding ring sets are affordable and fit within your wedding budget.
So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at some of these affordable wedding ring styles that you’ll love:
1. 1/8 CT. His and Hers Wedding Ring Set
If you’re looking for a set that’s simple, elegant, and not too matchy, this 1/8 CT. set might be the one! The ladies’ band is just a simple, narrow band with 21 round-cut, sparkling diamonds that will complement any style of engagement ring. The men’s band doesn’t have any diamonds (which is perfect for guys who aren’t big on flash), but has a beautiful engraved design on the white gold band. You can get this set made with either 10K or 14K white gold. While this set would normally retail for $2,899.99, we sell it for $1,199.99.
2. 1/15 CT. His and Hers Wedding Ring Set
Looking for something a little that’s more matching, a little less expensive, but still is just as fabulous? Check out this 1/15 CT. set matching wedding rings set. The delicate detailing is worthy of attention, and each round diamond sits perfectly in the curved grooves. This set is made with 10K white gold and has a total of 10 natural, conflict-free diamonds, These rings would normally retail for around $1,299.99, but we sell them for $499.99.
3. 1/5 CT. His and Hers Wedding Ring Set
This 1/5 CT. wedding ring set is a happy medium between the first two wedding ring sets we've described above -- the rings in this set aren’t identical, but they both have a similar style. For example, the ladies’ band has three slanted indentions with diamonds, while the men’s ring only has one. These rings are made with white gold, but you can choose whether to have them done in 10K or 14K gold. There are 14 total glittering diamonds in this set, which makes the price even more astonishing: the set is only $699.99!
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Wedding Trends: the Great Social Media Debate
To tweet or not to tweet? Surprisingly, this seems to be a big point of contention for couples planning their weddings these days. It’s hard to argue against the fact that social media has changed the way most of us live our lives on a day-to-day basis, and it can affect your wedding planning process, too. (In fact, Pinterest was practically made for wedding planning, but you can read more about that here.) Let’s take a look at some of the ways social media has caused a shift in weddings and engagements.
How many of you announced your engagement via Facebook? And how many of you invited all of your Facebook friends? I would guess that you wanted to share your exciting news with everyone but won't be able to accommodate your several hundred (or thousand!) connections. That’s just one example of how social media has changed wedding and engagement culture -- you make an announcement, you post engagement photos, you get badgered for an invitation from one of your Facebook “friends” who you never even considered inviting, etc.
Enough about the announcement. What about the actual ceremony? Will your ceremony be pro- or anti-smartphone? Let’s look at a few of the pros and cons:
Pro: You can create your own #hashtag for any pictures taken during the festivities so you can easily track and save them.
Con: There are many flashes going off in your face while you’re exchanging one of our wedding ring sets.
Pro: You could live-stream the event for family members who could not make the event for some reason.
Con: Your friend from college who posts that video of a drunk family member knocking down a table is shared with everyone. Oops.
Pro: Your friends and family will be excited to be involved in capturing memories from the wedding.
Con: All of your professional photographer's photos will feature a sea of guests holding up their smartphones.
Now these are just a few points to consider, but they should definitely get some thoughts brewing about whether or not social media should play a role on your big day. 44% of people in this survey thought digital rules should be in place at a wedding. So, maybe you can strike a compromise: allowing cell phones but asking attendees to follow a set of pre-established rules.
For our super social-media-savvy couples out there who want to make it a huge part of their wedding, have no fear! It looks like something called a “social media concierge” might become a more and more common service. Would you pay for someone to document all your wedding festivities on each social media platform?
What’s your stance on social media and weddings? Post in the comments!
While you’re thinking about that, mosey on over to our wedding ring sets and pick out the perfect set for you and your partner!
Comparing Wedding Costs: the 1930s and Today
Have you ever stopped and thought about just how much weddings cost today?
Pop quiz: what was the average cost of a wedding in 2013? Did you guess about $30,000? If so, you’d be right! The average is actually $29,548 -- does that shock you at all? Take a second to think about all the things $30,000 could be used for. A new car. A down payment on a house. Even a long, extravagant trip to Europe. Instead, people are spending it on one day. Granted, this day will be one of the most memorable, but after seeing that staggering average cost, you’re probably thinking: when did people start spending this much on weddings?
So, we already know the average cost of a wedding today is $29,548, but what about the 1930s? The average wedding costs back then were $392.30 (which is $6,481 when adjusted for inflation). Now, that might seem like a large difference, but it’s important to keep this in mind: the Great Depression was happening during the 1930s. During this time, unemployment rates ranged from 17% to 20%, so spending this much on a wedding is still significant.
Today, the average wedding cost is about 49% of the median household income. In the 1930s, it was 25%. This just shows that Americans have been doling out big sums for weddings for a long time.
When you start comparing specific costs from today to the 1930s, the cost similarities are even more striking. For example, a bride today pays an average of $1,281 for a wedding dress. And the average cost of a 1930s wedding dress? $1,092 (in today’s dollars). 80 years -- and there’s only a difference of $189! The difference between the cost of present and past grooms' suits is even more interesting. The average groom suit today is $248, down $505 from the 1930s (which is probably due to mass production more than anything else).
Let’s not forget about our favorite topic: wedding ring sets. The cost of the average engagement ring has shot up significantly. The article notes that one-third of engaged couples didn’t have an engagement ring at all. The average cost of one in the 1930s was $1,824 (in today’s dollars). Any idea on how today’s average cost of a diamond engagement ring compares? It’s staggeringly high: $5,600. And if that’s just for the diamond engagement ring, think about what the average for all three wedding rings must be.
Of course, there’s no reason why you should pay $5,600 for just one ring when you can get one of our gorgeous wedding ring sets for less than $1,000 (which is even less than the average of one ring in the 1930s!). We pride ourselves on being able to offer high-quality products at very affordable prices, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t take advantage of it. Think of all the other places you could use that money, Maybe you’ll put it toward the rest of your $30,000 wedding budget. Or maybe you’ll take that trip to Europe after all.
Planning to get down on one knee? Take advantage of our She Said Yes! special - buy an engagement ring now, and get 10% off a future wedding band set.