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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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5 Creative Wedding Reception Ideas
Want to make sure that your guests have the time of their lives at your reception? Think outside the box when wedding planning, and try one of these creative wedding reception ideas that are sure to win you the “most fun wedding of the year” award.
1. Set up a SpeechBooth
Not all of your friends and family have the opportunity (or inclination) to give a toast in front of everyone, but many would still love to have the chance to offer their love, congratulations and advice more privately. SpeechBooth offers the perfect way to do this - with minimal expense and hassle. Simply order a DIY kit, and set up a video booth that is easy for guests to use to record their personalized messages throughout your reception. After the wedding, you’ll receive a professionally edited compilation video and all the raw footage of guests’ messages.
2. Offer a Respite from the Dance Floor
Even the most enthusiastic dancers at your wedding reception will need a breather from time to time. Set up a relaxing lounge area away from the dance floor with sofas, comfy chairs, water bottles, games and flip-flops for weary feet. It will be more comfortable and appealing than camping out at the reception tables.
3. Ask for Requests
If you want everyone to bust a move on the dance floor, one of the simplest creative wedding reception ideas is to let your guests contribute to the DJ’s playlist. At the beginning of the wedding reception, ask the DJ to announce he or she will be taking song requests for a set period of time. Let people write down their faves, and get ready for a great dance party.
4. Make Dessert Extra Refreshing
Instead of serving traditional wedding cake, opt to rent a retro ice cream, frozen yogurt or snow cone cart to serve refreshing desserts. Pick a few of your favorite ice cream flavors to serve, or create a signature daiquiri that can be enjoyed with or without alcohol added.
5. Serve Late-Night Munchies
The golden rule of wedding planning is to make sure your guests are well fed. A few hours after the dancing starts - well after dinner has been served - hire a local food truck to make a surprise appearance at your wedding reception. Guests will love refueling on tacos, mini sandwiches or other tasty treats.
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How to Care for Your Diamond Trio Wedding Ring Sets
You want your beautiful trio rings to be just as sparkling 20 years from now as the day you say, “I do.” Follow these simple steps to care for them, and your wedding jewelry will last a lifetime.
Do’s and Don’ts of Taking Care of Trio Wedding Ring Sets
Maintain and clean your rings.
Take your wedding jewelry to a professional jeweler to be cleaned and inspected (for example, having settings tightened or any damages repaired) once or twice a year. In between visits, use a commercial jewelry cleaner and a soft brush to remove dirt and dust.
Use harsh chemicals while wearing your rings.
Chlorine, bleach and other harsh chemicals can damage or discolor the diamonds and gold in your wedding jewelry. Remove your trio wedding ring sets before cleaning with chemicals or taking a dip in a chlorinated pool or hot tub.
Take off your trio rings when you shower.
Soap can build up on gold jewelry over time, leaving a thin film on the surface. Take off your wedding and engagement rings when you shower to cut down on how often you have to clean them.
Handle your rings harshly.
Your diamond rings are made of resilient materials, but that doesn’t mean you should put them through unnecessary wear and tear. Take off your rings before doing any work - such as auto repair, woodworking or even dishwashing - where you may accidentally knock them against hard objects.
Insure your rings.
Your trio rings are a long-term investment that you want to protect. Have your rings appraised, and create an insurance policy for each of them. The small yearly fee will be well worth your peace of mind.
Find a safe place to store rings.
When you do take off your rings to work, clean or exercise, you’ll want to have a safe location where you can stash them - without fear of losing or damaging them. Find a secure box or safe where you can leave them until you put them back on.
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Engraving Ideas for Wedding Band Sets
There is no better way to personalize your wedding rings than to engrave them with a message that is meaningful to you both. When you buy an engagement ring, wedding band sets and/or trio ring sets from My Trio Rings, you can have them engraved for a small additional fee.
Here’s how it works:
- Go to our ring engraving page and select which rings you’d like engraved.
- Select standard or cursive font.
- Write the message you’d like engraved - up to 15 characters. Double and triple-check it to make sure it’s spelled correctly! (We’ll also email you to confirm the message before we engrave it.)
- Add it to your cart with your rings.
- Your rings will arrive beautifully engraved with your personalized message.
Are you and your partner not yet sure what you want to engrave on your wedding band sets? Here are a few engraving ideas that will last the test of time.
Commemorate the date you met, the date you started your relationship, your wedding date or your two birthdays.
Names or initials
Keep it simple and classic by using your initials - “JB + ML” - or first names if they fit - “Tom + Sarah.”
Expressions of love
Je t’aime, ti amo, te quiero. Engrave a heartfelt “I love you” on your rings.
Lyrics from your song
Do you two have a song? Engrave a short line that is meaningful to you - “All I want is you” or “At last” or “I’m yours.”
If you and your spouse-to-be share a common faith, engrave a Bible verse that is going to be a reading at your wedding - such as Ephesians 4:2-3 ("Be completely humble and gentle; Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.") or Mark 10:9 (“Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.")
Line of poetry
If you two love a certain poem, select a short excerpt of it to engrave on your wedding bands - such as “How do I love thee” or “Love one another”
Choose just one word that represents your bond - such as “forever,” “always,” “together" or “yes.”
Reaffirm your wedding vows every day with an engraving that says, “I do,” “ever after,” or “I choose you.”
What are your ring engraving ideas? Share them in the comments.
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How to Crowdsource Your Wedding Photos
While some couples are opting for “unplugged weddings,” where they ask guests not to use their phones to take photos or videos, most people look for a good middle ground for technology usage on their wedding day.
Sometimes your wedding guests are able to capture some of the most candid and fun moments throughout your ceremony and reception. Your uncle in the first row of the church catches you both getting misty-eyed when exchanging your his and hers matching ring set. Your best friend from high school takes an epic group selfie of the whole gang on the dance floor.
But at the same time, wired weddings have the potential to get out of hand, with every person glued to a phone the entire day - live-tweeting and Instagramming instead of enjoying the celebration.
So how do you crowdsource your wedding photos - collecting all the great shots from friends and family - without going over the top? Here are a few tips on keeping it fun, while making sure guests still have a good time in the moment.
Discuss what you want with your partner in advance.
What friends’ weddings have you been to that found a good balance with technology? What did they do? What are your personal pet peeves (for example, guests who get in the way of the professional photographer while snapping their own pictures)?
Talk to your guests.
On your wedding website or as part of the invitation materials you send, tell your guests what you have in mind. If there are any times you don’t want them to take photos - for example, in a place of worship that doesn’t allow flash photography - ask them politely to refrain. Same with social media - if you prefer people don’t post photos to public sites, let them know in advance. But otherwise, encourage them to enjoy themselves and capture relaxed moments during the wedding and share them with you in a simple way.
Set up an account for crowdsourcing your wedding photos.
Find a website or mobile app where you can easily gather all the photos friends and family members take. For example, WedPics is a fantastic app that lets you collect unlimited photos and videos from your wedding day - and it’s free and secure. Guests just have to download the WedPics app to their iPhone or Android phone and use the unique ID you set up for your wedding, then they can upload all their photos and videos to one location. After the wedding, you can download photos at full resolution to save, display or print.
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Customer Favorites: Reviews of Trio Ring Sets
Couples love the selection at My Trio Rings because it features diverse styles at affordable prices. You and your spouse-to-be can find the engagement and wedding rings that fit your personalities, your taste and your budget - all without leaving home.
Our online store takes the hassle and headaches out of the ring shopping experience. You can browse all of our rings, filtering by gold purity and color, carat size, ring width, price and availability. You can also create your own rings with our customization tool, so you get exactly what you want.
If you are getting ready to walk down the aisle but still haven’t decided on which wedding rings are right for you, take a minute to browse a few My Trio Rings customer favorites. Our customers are constantly adding new reviews of all of our rings - here are a few recent highlights about our stunning trio ring sets. See which rings other couples have selected and what they have to say about their purchases.
Popular Trio Ring Sets
“Sarah helped us a lot during the process of placing the order for these rings. My fiance and I wanted to see real pictures of the rings and Sarah sent me the actual pictures which helped us a lot to make our final decision. The rings arrived exactly on time. And we are absolutely in love with them. They are a little smaller than how they appear in the picture but just perfect for my tiny fingers. Can't wait to wear them soon.” - Arezo S D., Denton, Texas
Each ring in this 1/4 CT. T.W. Diamond Trio Matching Wedding Ring Set in 10K white gold shows off seven round-cut diamonds, and the engagement ring steals the show with its gorgeous setting.
“The site had an excellent selection of rings and some really cool customizations. Sizing was easy and when the rings came they were exactly how they looked in the picture with the right size. I had no issues with sizing and because I was able to find the metal I wanted for the ring my fiance didn't have a reaction to it. My trio ring did awesome. Thanks.” - Jesse K., La Crosse, Wisconsin
The unique curved design of this 1/4 Carat Diamond Trio Wedding Ring Set in 10K white gold is one of a kind.
“I can't even begin to tell you how STUNNING this piece is.. We [were] blown away by its beauty as soon as we opened the box. We couldn't be more satisfied. Two thumbs up!” - Norlisha H., Raleigh, North Carolina
In this 3/8 Carat Diamond Trio Wedding Ring Set in 10K yellow gold, the two wedding bands show off a modern simplicity, while the engagement ring wows with a 21 diamonds and an eye-catching flower cluster center.
“Beautifully elegant, simply stunning, understated class. I loved this set. It wasn't as large in person as it seemed online, but I found that this made me more comfortable wearing it. It is sparkly, beautiful and its hard to be unsatisfied or not thrilled with this ring. I can't stop staring at it!” - Sorphira B., Brooklyn, New York
Our 1 1/2 CT. T.W. Diamond Trio Matching Wedding Ring Set 10K White Gold sparkles with a total of 50 round-cut diamonds. The rings are slim and elegant, but the engagement ring is reminiscent of a breathtaking Jazz Age flair.
“Hey you guys are the best, we love the rings. When i popped the question and she saw it, she was in awe of how beautiful it really is.Everyone who sees it can't stop talking about it. Thank you, you blow me away with the ring and expedient service.” - Jamil J., Road Town
Diamond fanatics will go crazy over our 1 1/2 CT. T.W. Diamond Trio Matching Wedding Ring Set in 10K white gold: 67 diamonds set in a dramatic and stylish design.
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5 Fun & Casual Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Ideas
Unfortunately, this is how many couples feel when they think about their wedding rehearsal dinner. When you are in middle of organizing and paying for the main event - from making decisions about bridal ring sets to ordering all the last-minute details - it’s hard to muster a lot of enthusiasm for putting together a pre-party.
Don’t worry. You are not obligated to do anything elaborate or expensive for your rehearsal dinner. It should be a fun and relaxing occasion to spend time with a smaller group of friends and family than will be attending the wedding. This might mean you and your immediate families cooking dinner together at someone’s house or you take over a bar for happy hour with a big group. Keep it fun, casual and affordable, and you’ll be able to enjoy yourself with some of your favorite people. Here are a few simple wedding rehearsal dinner ideas:
1. Takeout or DIY Dinner Night
Treat it like a laidback house party, and ask a family member or close friend to host. Order pizza, Chinese food or some other takeout option, or prepare simple dishes that are great for a crowd, like tacos, salads, burgers or wings. Buy wine or beer, and you’re done! Everyone will have a great time catching up or getting to know one another, and you can have a stress-free evening.
2. Bowling or Game Night
Who needs to have a sit-down wedding rehearsal dinner? Reserve several lanes in a bowling alley, or take over a big arcade and hand out buckets of tokens to everyone. This is a fun option particularly if you have kids joining your party. You can arrange to pick up the tab for beer and pizza and nachos, and let people cut loose and play.
3. Backyard BBQ
If the weather is nice, enjoy the sunshine at a cookout someone’s backyard or a local park. Grill burgers and hot dogs, serve sodas and beers and pick up prepared salads and side dishes (or ask people to bring a dish, potluck-style).
4. Seafood Bake or Boil
If you are getting married in an area with delicious seafood close by, take advantage of it for your rehearsal dinner. Host a clam bake or a crawfish, crab or shrimp boil. Ask for a few friends or family members to help you out with the cooking, and tell everyone to dress prepared to get their hands dirty.
5. Drop-in Drinks
Organize a cocktail hour at the hotel bar where everyone is staying or at a relaxed neighborhood pub. Invite guests to drop by and have a drink and hors d’oeuvres after the rehearsal. It will be a fun and low-stress way for people to mingle and have a bite to eat.
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6 Vintage Chic Ideas for Your Spring Wedding
The small personalized details you incorporate into your wedding day make the celebration uniquely yours. Are you dreaming of a gorgeous, vintage-style wedding? Here are a few affordable and DIY ways to add the perfect finishing touches.
1. Classic Bridal Ring Sets
Find engagement and wedding rings that capture the vintage look you love, and you’ll have classic jewelry that never goes out of style. We have a stunning collection of bridal ring sets with vintage flair, such as this 5/8 CT. ring set and this 1 CT. ring set, both in 14K white gold.
2. Fabulous Fascinators
Represent vintage chic from head to toe with a fashionable fascinator instead of a traditional wedding veil. Make your own, or find one that is designed with lace, feathers, a broach or beads, and play up the 1920s glamour.
3. Bookish Centerpieces
Visit your local used book store and pick up copies of hardcover vintage books with interesting binding or covers. Look for favorite novels, collections of poetry or philosophical texts, and stack them to create literary centerpieces for each table.
4. Birdcages & Baskets
Incorporate vintage chic into your spring wedding with unique repurposed items found at secondhand stores or yard sales. Repaint old birdcages and put flowers or candles inside. Use wicker baskets to display wedding programs or placecards. Find mismatched wooden boxes to hold reception table numbers.
5. Decorative Bottles
Decorate tables, bars or serving areas at your wedding reception with glass bottles in various shapes and sizes to add a romantic vintage feel. Use them as vases or candle holders or as presentation for wedding favors.
6. Classic Cars
Make a memorable exit and entrance by renting a classic car to take you from the ceremony to the reception. If you luck out with warm weather for your spring wedding, you can put the top down or roll the windows down to take in the scenery. The photos will be gorgeous, and you and your new spouse can take the scenic route to enjoy a few quiet moments together before joining the party.
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Customer Favorites: Reviews of My Trio Rings Bridal Ring Sets
It is no easy task to select the jewelry you will wear every day for years to come. Though shopping for bridal ring sets should be an exciting activity, it can also cause anxiety when you start to think of all the decisions you have to make. White gold or yellow gold? What cut of diamond? How many carats? What style?
Whew. Take a breath and relax. We’re here to destress the ring shopping process and make it fun again. It can feel overwhelming to narrow down choices for an important purchase like bridal ring sets, but you can start by taking the advice of people who have already been through it.
Each of the My Trio Rings customer reviews comes from someone who has already browsed our selection, made a purchase and decided to share an honest opinion about our rings. Customers are adding new reviews all the time of our diamond engagement ring sets, bridal ring sets and trio ring sets, and every review includes a photo and a link back to the product page. Read other people’s feedback, and use it as a helpful starting point as you make your own ring shopping decisions.
Here is a recent sample of our bridal ring sets’ customer reviews:
“The layaway plan is awesome and they will work with you when you need it. A very professional and helping customer service and my rings were on my doorstep long before the expected time.” - Jarrod W., McKee, KY, January 31, 2015
The 7/8 CT. T.W. Princess, Round Cut Diamond Ladies Bridal Ring Set in 10K white gold sparkles with 41 natural diamonds and a slim, classic design.
“My husband and I were browsing online for wedding sets when we came across this site. I found the set similar to what I’ve been wanting and he ordered it. I was nervous at first but when it arrived I was so excited. Now just a couple weeks left until I can wear it. I can’t wait. It’s beautiful.” - Manuel M., Haines City, FL, January 27, 2015
The heart-shaped design of the diamond engagement ring is the focal point of this 1/2 Carat T.W. Diamond Ladies' Bridal Wedding Ring Set in 10K white gold, and the complementary women’s wedding band is simple and elegant.
“I didn't know much about rings before I purchase this ring. After I purchased it through layaway. I started doing research. I could have purchased a better quality and was very very nervous about how the ring would look when it arrived and would she like it. well, she didn't like it ...she loved it. The rings looked fantastic! Thanks My Trio Rings!!!!”
- Alexander A., Hammond, IN, December 23, 2014
Our 5/8 Carat Diamond Bridal Wedding Ring Set in 14K white gold is simply stunning. The channel, invisible and side-stone settings give the rings a unique and timeless look.
Center of Attention
“I LOVE Love love my rings! They are so beautiful and shiny and I get tons of compliments on them. Thank you so much for the flexible payment plan, my husband and I love everything about the rings and will be coming back in 20 years to upgrade!” - Sheena M., Knoxville, TN, December 22, 2014
This bridal ring set is not for the timid! 81 round and princess-cut diamonds dazzle in our 3/4 Carat Diamond Bridal Wedding Ring Set in 10K white gold.
“Love my rings. Absolutely gorgeous. I would recommend My Trio Rings to anyone!” - Travis C., Decatur, IL, December 19, 2014
Our 1 CT. T.W. Round Cut Diamond Ladies Bridal Wedding Ring Set in 10K white gold displays 63 shimmering round-cut diamonds.
Which rings will steal your heart? Browse our bridal ring sets and find your perfect match.
4 Things You Don’t Need to Buy for Your Budget Wedding
When you are planning your wedding, everyone seems to have an opinion, and it can be overwhelming to think of everything you need to buy or do before the big day. Just looking at the different checklists is enough to send you into a cold sweat!
Luckily, not every item on every to-do list is an actual necessity. When you plan a budget wedding, you have to prioritize and decide what is actually important to you… and what is just important to other people. Give yourself permission to let go of the things you don’t really want or need, and just focus on what is most meaningful to you as a couple. Through these small choices - saving money on details you don’t care about and buying affordable his and hers wedding bands - you will have more freedom to splurge on other items.
1. Wedding Favors
Buying a small gift to send home with each wedding guest is a nice gesture but not a requirement. If you decide not to buy favors, you could save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on your budget wedding, and your guests won’t even miss them. They’ll be having too much fun celebrating your special day.
If you can’t think of a time when you will want to sit down and watch a video of your entire wedding day, this might be an area where you can save. Many couples spend thousands of dollars on a professional videographer, only to watch the final product one time. Instead, ask trusted friends to capture a few of the important moments - exchanging his and hers wedding bands and saying your vows, cutting the cake, dancing for the first time as a married couple. You can also have your maid of honor or best man ask guests to send candid video clips and photos after the wedding so you can compile a highlight video later on.
This recommendation goes against tradition, but if you are working with a limited budget, consider not having flowers at all at your wedding. Flowers are beautiful but can quickly get expensive for bouquets, venue decor and and table arrangements. Look at alternatives, such as grains, leaves, fruit or other seasonal and regional decorations.
4. Programs or Invitations
Designing, printing and mailing costs can add up when you multiply by 100 or 200 or more guests. Though many modern couples still opt for traditional printed invitations, RSVP cards and ceremony programs, they aren’t mandatory. A well-designed wedding website and paperless invitations can communicate all the information you need your guests to have at a fraction of the cost.
What would you add to the list?
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3 New Year’s Eve Proposal Ideas
Magic is in the air on New Year’s Eve, whether you are celebrating with a swanky big-city bash or a mellow night at home. If you’ve been trying to find the perfect occasion for your romantic proposal, this might be the one. After all, what could be more romantic than starting the new year off with a promise to be together for all the years to come?
Here are a few New Year’s Eve proposal ideas that will make it easy for you to ask the big question. Then you can relax and get down to the fun of planning where to exchange vows and which affordable wedding bands to choose!
New Year’s Eve Proposal Ideas
1. Make your resolutions
Tell her that you’d like to make New Year’s resolutions and share them with each other on New Year’s Eve. Find a quiet and romantic place - whether that’s on a winter walk around your neighborhood or over dinner in your favorite restaurant - and let her share her resolutions first. Read your list, making each one about her and how you’ll be there for her, love her, support her, make her laugh. Let this list reflect your personality and your relationship, and include inside jokes and references to shared experiences. Make the last item on your resolution list, “Spend the rest of my life with…” and propose.
2. When the clock strikes 12
Plan something festive for New Year’s Eve where everyone will be counting down till midnight. A few minutes before the ball drops, find somewhere away from the crowd where you can have a bit of privacy. Tell her how much you love her and want to spend the next year and all your years with her. When the 10-second countdown begins, get down on one knee and tell her the biggest reasons she is the one for you. Ask her to marry you and celebrate with your first kiss of the new year.
3. With a surprise
Tell her you’d like to take it easy and skip the big parties this New Year’s Eve - just a romantic night for the two of you. Do something the two of you love doing together that evening - eating at a favorite restaurant, cooking dinner at home, walking around an area all lit up for the holidays, seeing a movie. Find the right moment and ask her to marry you. Make up an excuse to leave where you are and head to another location… where you’ve staged a surprise engagement party with your friends and family. (This is definitely a plan to go for only if you have discussed marriage at length and you know she will say “yes”!)
What New Year’s proposal ideas would you add to the list?
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Styles for 2014 Bridal Rings
It’s a new year, which means new styles for bridal rings. Styles change in many ways from year to year: clothes, colors, patterns, and so forth. So it makes sense that certain styles would come and go for bridal rings. For example, white gold rings have currently been more in style the past few years than yellow gold rings. But a ring can be both en vogue and timeless. (In fact, we dare you to point out any of our rings that won’t stand the test of time!) Let’s see what’s all the rage is for bridal wedding ring sets in 2014:
Solitaires with Halos
Solitaire diamond rings are simply classic. If you have an elegant and polished sense of style, a solitaire diamond ring might be the way to go. There’s a new trend with solitaires for 2014: putting a halo around it to give it a more dramatic effect. The halos are usually square or circular, and you’ll often see them around a smaller solitaire setting.
Here’s another trend to look for in the new year: bridal wedding ring sets with bands on either side of the engagement ring. If you’re already married, you can buy another band for your anniversary to attain this look. If you fall in love with a particular style of wedding ring, you can simply add an extra ladies’ band to your order to get the look!
Cluster Diamond Heads
If you’re looking for a ring that’s not a solitaire, a cluster or composite ring might be the way to represent your personal style. These rings will give you a more dramatic look and are very much in fashion this year. They have a striking look with small but numerous glittering diamonds.
It’s back! Yellow gold rings are making a comeback this year. Many brides-to-be are going back to this traditional style because overall jewelry trends are leaning back toward yellow gold. Rose gold is also an up-and-coming contender.
Petite Ring Settings
Petite ring settings make your center stone look bigger, so it’s no wonder that they’re rapidly becoming one of the hottest bridal ring styles for 2014. Smaller ring settings especially work well with solitaire heads. Bonus: petite ring settings are less expensive!
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5 Golden Budget Wedding Rings
When the Christmas season rolls around each year, economists reveal the Christmas Price Index, which is a calculation of the cost to purchase all of the gifts in the popular holiday song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” This year, the Christmas Price Index checks in at a whopping $101,119.84 to purchase all of those French hens and maids-a-milking. However, if it is just golden budget wedding rings that you are looking for, you may be able to spend significantly less than this year’s Christmas Price Index.
Christmas is a popular time to propose marriage, whether you hide a set of diamond cluster rings in the toe of a Christmas stocking or have a waiter bring out a glass of diamond-studded champagne at your favorite restaurant. The best way to keep on a budget for both Christmas AND your wedding is to consider purchasing high-quality trio wedding rings sets that are composed of real diamond cluster rings.
If golden budget wedding rings are on your Christmas list (and in sets of three rather than sets of five), then here are a few options for you to consider:
1. Budget Wedding Rings: Floral
If your bride-to-be is a lover of gardens and all things floral, consider a trio wedding ring set that includes a cluster of diamonds on the engagement ring which is arranged in the shape of a stunning flower. This set includes not only the flower-centered engagement ring, but also two other diamond cluster rings: two wedding bands that are set with a more simple pattern of diamonds in a straight line in the 14 k yellow gold that will allow the engagement ring to really stand out. For only $836.99 for all three rings, you are sure to come in way under this year’s Christmas Price Index.
2. Budget Wedding Rings: Modern
For a more modern look, consider this set of budget wedding rings which features a large square-shaped cluster of diamonds in the engagement ring. All three rings in the set feature a pattern of angular lines to complement the visual statement of the engagement ring, and the wedding bands are both set with diagonal stripes of lustrous diamonds. At $1019.99, this set costs about one hundred times less than the Christmas Price Index for this year.
Show Some Sparkle with Affordable Wedding Rings
You put a lot of thought into choosing diamond cluster rings that fit both your style and your budget. Now that you have picked out and purchased your affordable wedding rings, how can you have some free fun with the beautiful rings that you picked out?
1. Get your affordable wedding rings cleaned.
One of the best ways you can take care of your diamond cluster rings is to periodically get them cleaned and inspected. Many jewelers offer free ring cleaning and inspection, especially if you take them to a local jeweler rather than a big jewelry chain store. Free ring cleaning is a very inexpensive thrill. Even if your ring didn’t look dirty to you, you will be excited to see the intense sparkle of your real diamond ring afterwards.
2. Get a manicure.
No, a manicure at an expensive spa is not a free wedding ring thrill. But if you get together with a friend and pool your nail care stashes, you can give each other manicures for free. File your nails, smooth them with lotion, and have a friend paint your nails with a long-lasting neutral shade. Now your hands will be ready to be grabbed by inquisitive friends and family who want to admire your engagement and wedding rings up close.
3. Take a photograph of your affordable wedding rings.
Once your diamond cluster rings are cleaned and your nails are manicured, get a friend to take several pictures of your sparkling fingers. Or, if you already have professional engagement or wedding photography planned, ask your photographer to take pictures of your rings on your fingers for your memories. Some couples like to have a picture of their hands to be enlarged and framed for their new home. Others like to have an informal snapshot of their ringed hand as a Facebook profile picture to announce their engagement or marriage.
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The Roots of the Diamond Engagement Ring
The history of the wedding ring is not fully understood. Many sources cite ancient Rome as the original birthplace of the wedding ring, but others cite ancient Egypt as the home of the wedding tradition centuries before. And these ancient Egyptian rings were pretty different from today’s gold and diamond wedding bands. Brides wore rings woven from plants that grew alongside the Nile River. These makeshift rings, a far cry from a diamond cluster ring of today, usually did not survive very long with daily wear. Later, women were given more long-lasting metal rings. At the time, iron was the preferred substance to make these rings, but iron rings had the problem of growing rusty.
As the tradition of wedding rings passed from the Egyptians to the Greeks to the Romans, and all over Europe, the use of more precious metals and jewels became increasingly common. In fact, in Ireland, it was considered bad luck to use any metal besides gold for a wedding ring. Diamonds became popular due to their strength and durability. Interestingly, the use of more expensive materials to create wedding rings transformed the ring into a symbol of an economic contract between families more than a sacred contract between two people.
Although there is no mention of wedding rings in the Bible, some wedding ring traditions do originate from the Catholic Church. Indeed, in the 13th century, Pope Innocent III standardized marriage practices. One change he instituted was an expected waiting period between an engagement and a wedding. He also mandated that a different ring should be used to formalize each contract. That is why women generally have both an engagement ring and a wedding ring today.
For centuries, it was women alone who wore wedding rings. That changed in the twentieth century. World War II brought about the change for many countries. The tradition of wearing a wedding band expanded to men so that they would have a happy reminder of their lives back home with them when they went off to fight. Wedding ring traditions continue to grow and change around the world. In some cultures, gold and diamond wedding bands are traditionally worn on the toe rather than on the finger. In other cultures, it is traditional to give an additional diamond cluster ring for a major wedding anniversary.
Whatever your religious or cultural tradition, you can find a diamond cluster ring set that best reflects your own relationship, while continuing a tradition that has become an important symbol of the marriage vows.
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Buy a Trio Ring Set for Your Summer Proposal
Summer is almost here, and you’ve been thinking that you are ready to propose to your girlfriend. Pick out an inexpensive trio ring set that includes a beautiful real diamond engagement ring, and surprise your girlfriend with a proposal at your closest beach. Here are a few creative proposal ideas to get you started.
1. Find a large stick to write “Marry me!” in the wet sand close to the water. Be certain that your girlfriend reads your message before the waves wash it away. Slip the engagement ring from the trio ring set onto her finger when she says yes.
2. Take your girlfriend on a special picnic at the beach. Tie the engagement ring to the handle of her fork while packing the picnic, or hide the ring box in the picnic basket until the perfect moment to unpack it.
3. If you’ve got a bigger proposal budget, hire an advertising airplane to fly a banner over the beach that says “Will you marry me?” while you are splashing in the waves or soaking in the sun with your girlfriend.
4. Take a walk on the beach at sunrise or sunset with the engagement ring from the trio ring set in your pocket. Get down on one knee in the sand when the moment is right.
5. Get tickets for a short whale-watching trip or a dinner cruise if neither of you is prone to seasickness. When you are out on the water, find a private moment to pull your girlfriend aside and ask her to share your life.
6. Build a sand castle with your girlfriend. When she is not looking, put the ring box in her bucket, on her shovel, on top of the castle, or some other place where she will see it right away.
For more proposal inspiration, you may wish to read 5 Creative Proposal Ideas for Easter, Creative Proposal Traditions from Around the World, Creative Proposal Ideas from Books and Movies, or 10 Romantic Ways to Propose this Christmas.
A Wedding Ring's Significance
In a previous blog post, we discussed the origins of the wedding ring and why it has been a significant part of wedding ceremonies for centuries now. However, there is also a great deal of significance to the shape, composition, and placement of the wedding ring, which also date back to centuries ago.
For one, the shape of the wedding ring is extremely significant and not to be taken for granted. The wedding ring and especially the wedding band signify a continuous level of commitment and faith in the relationship. Because a circle has no beginning and no end, it is seen as a fitting symbol for marriage, which in theory also has no end. The circle has been a symbol of eternity for many ancient cultures, including the Egyptians, who worshipped the shape in the form of the moon and the sun. The hole in the center of the ring is considered to be the symbol of a gateway leading to new things.
Many people place the wedding ring and wedding band on the third finger of their left hand, but don’t exactly know the reason behind this. The reason for this is that there was an ancient belief that the vein of the third finger traveled directly to the heart. The Romans adopted this legend, and called this the ‘vena amoris’, which is Latin for ‘the vein of love,’ and placed wedding rings on this finger to symbolize the romantic aspect of marriage. This concept that wedding rings lie within a direct path to our hearts is something that many couples find comfort in when they get married.
When the art of metallurgy came about, and rings were made as metal, they were often made of numerous different types of metal, including copper, brass and iron. However, iron tended to rust quickly, and was not a good choice. Other metals were experimented with, and eventually gold became the metal of choice for wedding rings. Part of the reason for this is that Irish folklore considered it bad luck to be married with a ring not made of gold, and a gold ring also showed that a groom trusted his bride with valuable property.
The wedding ring is the most prominent symbol of love, devotion and fidelity today, and the exchange of rings is highly regarded as one of the key pieces of any wedding ceremony. However, no matter what the origins of the ring or superstitions out there, it is important to get the ring that you want, and one that you will be proud to wear for the rest of your life.
While there is a rising trend today of wedding ring upgrades, it is important to make a careful and well thought out decision when choosing a his and her wedding ring set. There are many things to consider, so when shopping for an engagement ring on our website, feel free to email questions, or to engage with a customer service representative through live chat.
The History of the Wedding Ring
The wedding ring, whether or not as a trio ring wedding set, is a ubiquitous symbol of love, devotion, and faith. However, not many know how the concept of a wedding ring originated and why it is significant. The wedding ring has a long and mysterious history, and has evolved from humble beginnings. The concept of a wedding ring has been around for centuries, and is now a mainstay within most cultures and religions today. It is the most prominent symbol of the institution of marriage, but many don’t know the true meaning or beginnings of it and simply take the ritual for granted.
The wedding ring has roots in Ancient Egypt, where the custom was established of placing a ring on the finger of the bride, as a sign that the groom had confidence in the ability of the woman to take care of his house. These first wedding rings were made of reeds and plants growing on the banks of the river Nile, which were twisted and braided into shape.
In the Middle Ages, marriage was largely a financial arrangement, and the wedding ring served as a crude sort of deposit on the bride. Arrangements for weddings were made far in advance, so the groom presented the bride and her parents with a valuable wedding ring as a sign that he was committed to the marriage and would not back down. The family would safeguard the ring until the wedding, when the ring would be presented to the bride.
The ritual carried on but gained momentum in the 9th Century when Pope Nicolas I made a gold ring a wedding requirement as a way to show wealth to prove the groom’s ability to care for a wife. The first recorded diamond engagement ring dates back to 1477, and was given to Mary of Burgandy by Archduke Maximillian of Austria. At this time, diamonds were considered to have almost magical powers to help make the marriage more stable and pure.
While engagement rings have been around for centuries, the men’s wedding band is only a recent trend. The men’s wedding band gained momentum during World War II, when men who were faced with separation from their brides wore rings as reminders of their commitment to their loved ones. While the first wedding bands were simple gold rings, they today tend to be intricate and diamond studded to help signify the level of commitment the man has to his wife.
While the origins and the significance of the wedding ring has evolved drastically over time, the core message remains the same. A wedding ring is proof of a commitment, selflessness, and devotion. Each person and each couple has a different take on the ritual, and try to find ways to personalize their experience. For example, many customers at My Trio Rings request that their rings be engraved with a personalized message. This helps make couples feel more involved in the process, and shows an extra level of caring and commitment to their loved one.
No matter what your motivations and aspirations for your upcoming wedding, My Trio Rings has a wide selection of diamond and gold his and her wedding ring sets. To help ensure that your experience happens exactly the way you always pictured it, we are happy to customize your experience for you. This includes custom engraving, unique ring boxes, and the ability to mix and match wedding ring sets to come up with the combination that works best for you. Whatever your concerns, feel free to contact us to help you write your own wedding ring history.