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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 Carat: What to Know When Ring Shopping
For the last few weeks, we have been taking a closer look at the 4 C’s - the most important guidelines for diamond ring shopping. When you are trying to choose the perfect diamond wedding ring sets for him and her, it can sometimes feel overwhelming, but these four standards make the process more accessible. We have already covered color, cut, clarity and finally, we arrive at our final characteristic: carat.
What is a carat?
A common misconception is that carat refers to the size of a diamond. A carat is actually a measurement of a diamond’s weight, defined as 200 milligrams (and there are 142 carats to an ounce).
Each carat can be further subdivided into 100 points, which allows us to measure each diamond precisely, to the hundredth decimal point. For example, you can have a diamond that is .75 or 2.09 carats.
Why do we use carats to measure diamond weight?
The origin of the carat system dates back to early gem traders who used carob seeds - because of their uniform weight and size - to determine the weight of stones. Now we use incredibly sensitive scales to determine a diamond’s weight.
How does diamond carat influence value?
Larger diamonds are more rare, so they usually carry greater value per carat than smaller diamonds. But because carat is only one of the 4 C’s, the value of diamonds also are greatly influenced by color, clarity and cut.
How should you think about diamond carat to find the best value when ring shopping?
Because one large diamond will cost more (sometimes much more) than several stones equaling the same weight, it’s a good idea to shop for wedding ring sets for him and her that are made up of many smaller diamonds, or diamond clusters. These rings have just as much eye-catching sparkle - but they often cost a fraction of the price of rings set with larger stones.
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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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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.
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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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The Facts Behind Your Diamond Engagement Ring
Last night, I watched Inside: DeBeers, a documentary available on Netflix streaming that goes behind the scenes of one of the biggest diamond producers in the world. The documentary provided some interesting tidbits about DeBeers. For example, did you know that De Beers’ employees traveled over 1.3 million miles last year in search of diamonds? That’s almost as many miles as it would take to (literally) go to the moon and back three times!
The family business that started My Trio Rings is a DeBeers Siteholder, and many of our diamonds come straight from the mines through DeBeers before being set in our rings! I found the other facts about diamonds equally fascinating. Have you ever thought about how the diamonds in our wedding ring sets get there? No? Let’s dig in:
A Diamond in the Rough
1. In order to get that sparkler on your hand, those diamonds have to be mined. Millions upon millions of dollars are spent on the equipment used to get diamonds from the ground and onto a diamond engagement ring.
2. Only about 20% of rough diamonds are sold and used for luxury items. The rest are used for industrial purposes. Once you get that 20%, the sorting begins.
3. Diamonds can be classified in more than 12,000 categories, but the most important are the 4 C’s -- color, cut, clarity, and carat.
4. Each diamond is then analyzed by a machine in order to figure out how the diamond should be cut to yield the greatest value.
5. Finally, the stone is cut, polished, and ready to be sold.
Isn’t that fascinating? It’s easy to forget that so much work goes into each stone. Now that you know a little about the diamond manufacturing process, check out these other fun facts!
Diamonds are Forever
1. 43% of the world’s diamonds come from South Africa.
2, Diamonds are found all over the world: deep on the ocean floor, beneath an arctic lake, etc.
3. DeBeers is actually credited with making the connection between engagements and diamonds after their revolutionary “A Diamond is Forvever” campaign.
3. However, giving a diamond engagement ring isn’t the trend everywhere. China and India used to be gold-only markets, but diamonds are now starting to become a part of engagement culture.
4. Diamonds aren’t actually the rarest stone -- rubies are.
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Wedding Ring Sets: ???
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
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.
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Buying Your Wedding Ring Sets Online: True or False?
How many things in your house have you bought online? What about the phone, computer, or tablet you’re reading this on now? I’m willing to bet that most of us have purchased something online, whether it’s clothes, books, or a gift for a loved one. Why, then, does buying something significant, like one of our diamond ring sets online seem intimidating?
There is clearly a difference between a book and wedding rings. Wedding ring sets have much more sentimental and monetary value, and you want to make sure you're making the right decision. But just because it’s a more important purchase doesn’t mean that online shopping isn't the right fit for what you need. If you’re skeptical about buying your wedding rings online, we're here to help. Here are some common reservations about buying rings online and why you should shop with peace of mind with My Trio Rings.
1. If I buy online, I can’t try the rings on.
This is true. However, we take every step we can to make sure you know exactly how your ring will fit when you order it. There’s even a rotating, 3D view of each of our wedding ring sets. You can also estimate size based on past rings, print out a sizing chart, or request a ring sizer in the mail from us for free. However, if that doesn’t work, you can always return it... which brings me to #2…
2. If I buy online, I can’t get a refund.
Not true! If you’re not happy with your wedding rings, then we’re not happy. If you don’t absolutely love your rings, you can return them to us for a full refund or an exchange. We have a 30-day satisfaction guarantee return policy.
3. If I buy online, the quality of the rings won’t be as high.
Not at all! We’re proud of the fact that we’re able to offer our rings at such low prices, but let’s make something clear: our costs are lower because we’re an online store, not because we compromise on the quality of our products. Because we don’t have an actual store, we don’t incur the costs that come with a storefront: rent, a showroom, salespeople, etc. That allows us to give you high-quality rings at affordable prices.
4. If I buy online, I might get fake jewelry.
You should always do your research to make sure you know you are working with a trusted retailer. My Trio Rings is a trusted source with many satisfied customers. After all, if we sold fake wedding ring sets, we couldn’t continue to exist as a business! To be able to make a confident decision about where to get your rings from, learn more about us. Learn more through our About Us section, our customer testimonials, and our certificate of authenticity that we guarantee with each purchase.
What are you waiting for? Start browsing our diamond ring sets!
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 you to space out several payments instead of paying all at once.
That’s why we offer a convenient 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 customize 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 rings and send them to you!
Did we mention that our layaway program has no fee? That’s just one of the reasons we think our plan is one of the best out there. Let's compare our plan with Walmart's wedding rings layaway plan:
Our Layaway Plan
Down Payment: $0
Minimum Purchase: None
Days to Pay: 6 months
Layaway Available: Year Round
Walmart's Layaway Plan
Down Payment: $10 or 10%
Minimum Purchase: $50
Days to Pay: 60
Layaway Available: Holiday Season
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 five simple steps:
1. Add your desired rings to your cart.
2. Follow the checkout and registration instructions on the screen.
3, Select “layaway plan” as your payment method.
4. Create a payment schedule and enter your billing information.
5. Press “place order,” and you’re done!
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Start 2014 With Savings: Wedding Ring Sets on Sale!
Happy New Year! As we celebrate the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, we want to make sure you’re aware of the holiday sales we have going on right now. If you’re planning on getting engaged or walking down the aisle within the coming year, check out our wedding ring sets on sale. We guarantee that you won’t be able to find more beautiful rings at these prices. Take a look at some of our holiday special diamond rings:
Wedding Ring Sets
1. 1/4 CT. Trio Matching Wedding Ring Set
If you’re looking to buy all of your wedding rings at once, check out this 1/4 CT. diamond trio set. All three rings are made with 14K white gold and round diamonds. All three of these rings combined have over 30 glittering diamonds! The retail price for this set is $1499.99, and we usually sell it for $589.99. Right now, it’s on sale for $549.99. Our customers love this set just as much as we do:
“This 1/4 CT. T.W. Diamond Trio set, in White Gold, is the perfect fit for my personality. Not to flashy or big; I love that the actual ring is thinner then your normal ring. The shape of the diamond is unique and when offset with a band of diamonds, it looks like a 1 CT ring. I love how elegant and sophisticated this ring appears. Plus the price for all three is something that can't be beat!” - Erin. L.
2. 1/2 CT. Trio Matching Wedding Ring Set
If you’re looking for a wedding ring set with a classic feel, look at this 1/2 CT. diamond wedding ring set. These diamond rings are made with 10K white gold. There’s something truly special about sharing matching wedding rings with your significant other. This set gives you that opportunity at a rock-bottom cost. The retail cost of this set is $1999.99, and we normally sell it at $799.99. You can get it on sale today for $749.99! Here’s a customer review about this particular set:
“I love this set. It is petite and elegant. It's got a nice blingy sparkle to it, but is still subtle enough to not be ostentatious.” - Stephanie B.
Wedding Band Sets
1. 1/4 CT. Wedding Band Set
If you already have the engagement ring but want matching wedding bands, here’s a wedding band set for you to consider. This 1/4 CT. diamond wedding band set is made with 10K white gold, and the rings have a combined total of over 35 round, conflict-free diamonds. The retail price for this set is $1299.99. We normally sell this set at $509.99, but you can get it today for $479.99.
2. 1/10 CT. Wedding Band Set
If you’re looking for matching wedding bands that incorporate both white gold and yellow gold, you’ve found it! This 1/10 CT wedding band set will match a wide variety of engagement rings. Each ring has 3 natural diamonds in a diagonal line. The retail price for these diamond rings is $999.99, but we usually sell it for $399.99. It’s currently on sale for $369.99. Here’s a customer review about this gorgeous set:
“Love this set of rings. They look so natural and beautiful. And the price is very good for the quality you get.” - Vijeta A.
Take a look at all the wedding ring sets we have on sale right now!
What You Should Know When Buying Trio Ring Sets
Shopping for trio ring sets can be overwhelming at first. What's the difference between a princess cut and a baguette cut? What is a carat, and what difference does it make? We're here to help you make sense of the terms and options you'll come across when shopping for wedding ring sets.
Let's start with the 4 C's of diamond classification. When buying a diamond, it's important to know the 4 C's of diamond classification: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. Collectively, the 4 C's tell you the value of a diamond.
Many people consider cut to be the most important of the 4 C's. The cut of each diamond is intended to maximize its sparkle and visual impact. The cut may also refer to the number of facets, or flat surfaces, a diamond has. Keep in mind that cut is different than shape.
The most classic and valuable type of diamond is colorless. Colored diamonds, which come in just about every color from blue to pink to orange, contain small amounts of impurities. The more colorless a diamond, the purer and more expensive it is. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) grades diamonds on a color scale from D (colorless) to Z. Diamonds become more yellow as they approach the bottom of the scale.
A common misconception is the carat describes the size of a diamond. In fact, it measures a diamond's weight. A carat is equal to 200 milligrams, and typically jewelry is measured in 1/4 carat increments. The higher the carats, the higher the cost. This is especially true of single stones, because large diamonds are rare.
A diamond is more valuable the more perfect it is. Being natural gemstones, diamonds can have a range of internal and external irregularities that interfere with light passing through the stone. The GIA grades clarity on a scale that ranges from flawless (FL or IF) to imperfect (I).
If you'd like to know more, My Trio Rings has created an illustrated guide to the 4 C's.
Popular diamond shapes include round, princess, and baguette. Here are some examples, with descriptions from our Diamond Cut Shapes page:
The round brilliant is the most popular and common diamond shape. It is mathematically designed to provide maximum scintillation, beauty and 'fire' in the diamond. It has 58 facets, and follows the natural shape of rough diamond crystals.
A princess cut diamond is shaped like an upside-down pyramid, with a square base. The shape creates a bigger top facet and accentuates the natural 'fire' of a diamond. It has grown in popularity recently as an alternative to the traditional round brilliant cut.
The baguette shape, named after the French bread, has a long rectangular shape. The baguette shape accentuates the diamond's natural luster and is well suited to accompany other different shaped diamonds. It is rarely made in larger sizes, but works well to complement other bigger diamonds used in a design.
One advantage of buying wedding ring sets is that you don't have to choose between diamond cuts. You can choose a set that includes rings with two different cuts!
My Trio Rings offers wedding ring sets to suit any budget. In our Shop section, search by price range in the left sidebar on to find the perfect one for you!
4 C's images courtesy of GIA
Wedding Ring Sets Testimonial: Kyle and Tiffany
One recent My Trio Rings customer, Kyle, proposed to his fiancée in a very unorthodox manner. Since his girlfriend is the one who generally checks the couple’s mail, he used the ring sizer package from My Trio Rings to propose to his now fiancé before they even selected their affordable wedding rings. Read on to learn more about their proposal story.
We met at work on what was each of our first day in training. We were sitting across from each other at the table, and we ended up being put in the same department. From there we went from going to lunch with each other for a few weeks, to going to movies after work and hanging out with each other on our days off, to dating - and that’s been 5 years ago now!
I knew she was the one when I realized how she was by my side every time through all the ups and downs that I had put her through.
How did you know that you were ready to get married?
I knew I was ready to get married when I knew that I wanted to be a father and I wanted her to be the mother of our child!
How did you choose My Trio Rings for wedding ring sets?
I chose My Trio Rings when I read an article on Yahoo about affordable wedding ring sets. The article stated that My Trio Rings is a growing business because the rings aren’t one giant diamond – each ring has a lot of smaller diamonds which makes them affordable. And buying online basically cuts out the middle man. So I went to the website, looked around for a bit, liked what I saw, then bookmarked the website. I ordered a ring sizer in the mail about a week later.
How did you choose your affordable wedding rings?
We chose the rings we wanted by just going through every style on the website. She wanted white gold and a smooth surface, and I wanted whatever she wanted! Haha!
How easy was it to purchase your affordable wedding rings online?
It was very easy, especially with the ring sizer. Once we found the rings we wanted, I put our address in and purchased them.
How did you propose?
I proposed with the ring sizer package, actually. When the page came up asking for the address, I was thinking she would see it in the mail anyways since she primarily checks it. So I put in the First Name blank "Will You Marry Me,” and then in the Last Name blank, I put Tiffany.
At first she was confused because she did not order anything from My Trio Rings, and then she saw the “Will You Marry Me” part. When I got home from work, she said “What’s this?” She didn’t believe it at first - haha! So then I proposed in person, and she said of course!
Congratulations from My Trio Rings, Kyle and Tiffany!
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