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  • 5 Tips for Summer Outdoor Weddings

    outdoor weddingsWe’re still in prime wedding season, especially for those couples who plan on having an outdoor ceremony. Summer is the perfect season for outdoor weddings whether you’re exchanging matching wedding bands under the shining sun or the glow of the moon. If you’re planning on getting married outdoors sometime soon, here are a couple tips to keep in mind:

    1. Weather

    Rain is not a friend to outdoor weddings. No one wants it to rain on his or her wedding day, but you always need to keep that unfortunate possibility in mind. You need to be prepared for inclement weather and have a backup rain venue or outdoor tents on hold just in case. Figure these "worst case scenario" costs into your overall budget. 

    2. Bugs

    Don’t let pests crash your wedding! Make sure to have plenty of citronella candles or have the area sprayed with repellent before your big day. 

    3. Permits

    If you’re exchanging matching wedding bands in a public outdoor area, do your homework in advance to ensure you are following the law. Some public places require a permit, especially if you plan to serve alcohol at your event. 

    4. Guests

    Be conscientious of your guests when planning your wedding logistics. Consider your area of the country’s weather combined with the time of day you’re having your wedding and plan accordingly. No one wants to sit through a 3 p.m. wedding in Mississippi in August -- the heat index is guaranteed to be over 100 degrees! Also, communicate pertinent environmental factors in your invitation or on your wedding website. For instance, if your ceremony is going to take place in a grassy area, your guests might not want to wear high heels. 

    5. Drinks

    Alcohol is dehydrating, so make sure you’re providing plenty of other hydrating beverages as well, especially if your wedding is taking place somewhere exceptionally hot. Lemonades, teas, and fruit punches are great options. 

    Before swapping vows at your outdoor wedding, check out our selection of matching wedding bands

  • Trends in Same-Sex Wedding Traditions

    We are excited to expand My Trio Rings' selection of options for same-sex wedding band sets and offer helpful planning tips for couples. We recently came across the first-ever same-sex wedding survey, and the results caught our attention. This survey, which was conducted by TheKnot.com and The Advocate, has determined current trends in same-sex weddings, as well as the different ways gay couples are integrating existing marriage traditions into their ceremonies. Here are a few highlights and statistics from this survey:

    1. Proposals

    Same-sex couples are not as likely to have a formal proposal as straight couples. 91% of heterosexual couples experience a “traditional, down-on-one-knee question-popping” (presumably with a traditional engagement ring), as opposed to only 58% of same-sex couples. Of the gay and lesbian couples who reported a formal proposal, “16% opted for the down-on-one-knee approach, while 14% chose to get more creative.”

    2. Wedding Planning

    Only 19% of straight couples split wedding planning duties equally, but a striking 55% of same-sex couples equally split the responsibilities. Another impressive statistic: 86% of same sex couples funded their own wedding as opposed to 40% of straight couples.

    3. Wedding Traditions

    Same-sex couples are not as likely to have a family member escort them down the aisle, and they are not as likely to include religious vows. Same-sex couples are much more likely than straight couples to have their ceremony officiated by a justice of the peace.

    4. Honeymoons 

    Gay and lesbian couples are not as likely as straight couples to go on a honeymoon; however, if a same sex couple does go on a honeymoon, they reportedly spend double what a straight couple spends. 

    You can read this article in full here

    Before making your way down the aisle, make sure to check out our unisex mens wedding band sets and matching lesbian wedding band sets. Also check out this post for a special code to use when checking out. 

  • Same-Sex Wedding Ideas: Part II

    We’re still celebrating the overturn of DOMA, and we have another same-sex wedding ideas post for you soon-to-be married couples out there! We’ve already covered our favorite matching wedding bands for same-sex couples as well as a post about basic wedding ideas. Here, we’re getting a little more into the details, but there are still more posts on the way. For now, enjoy some tips on invitations, traditions, and last names for your wedding. 

    Invitations

    Wondering how to word your invitations? Traditionally, the person(s) paying for the wedding are considered to be the host(s) and are normally on the invitation. However, if you and your partner are paying for the wedding yourselves, your names should be at the top of the invitation. One wedding planning site, theknot.com, gives several different wording templates. For example, one reads:

    "The honor of your presence

    is requested at the marriage of

    Derek Ryan Baker

    to Charles Robert Jacobson

    Saturday, the seventeenth of May

    two thousand and eight

    at half past four in the afternoon"

    Traditions

    Deciding which traditions to include in your wedding ceremony is a discussion all soon-to-be-married couples need to have. You and the love of your life need to decide which traditions are significant to you as individuals, as well as which traditions are important to you as a couple. Decide together whether or not you want a family member to walk you down the aisle, or what kind of vows you want to recite before slipping on that same-sex wedding band set. It’s your wedding-- so above all make sure your ceremony reflects how you both want it to be. 

    Last Names

    Want to change your name to further symbolize your union? Do it! According to an article from advocate.com, approximately 38% of same-sex couples change their name somehow after a union. You and your sweetheart can opt to changing your names in a variety of ways. Both of you can take one or the other’s last name, you can hyphenate the two last names, or you can both adopt a whole new last name together. Of course, if you and your partner want to keep your separate names, you can do that, too. 

    Find the perfect mens same-sex wedding band set or ladies same-sex wedding band sets for you and your partner before saying “I do!” 

  • Romantic Anniversary Ideas: Part II

    Anniversaries are the perfect time to show how much you appreciate and care for your significant other. If you have an anniversary coming up soon, but you don’t have anything planned yet, don’t worry! We have a few romantic anniversary ideas for you to consider:

    1. Give a gift from the heart.

    Consider giving your partner a thoughtful and heartfelt gift; for example: a scrapbook of pictures from the duration of your relationship, a personal video detailing all the reasons why you love him, or even his favorite homemade baked good. The trick is to think carefully about the love of your life and tailor this sentimental gift toward him. 

    2. Take a historical tour of your relationship.

    Take your spouse on a historical tour of your relationship. Think about four or five (or more!) different spots and locations that have played a major role in your relationship. Where was your first date? Where was your first kiss? Where was the first place you each said “I love you”? Where were you married? The thought that will be put into this gesture will really make your spouse swoon by showing how much you care. Maybe one of these locations will present the perfect opportunity to present her with one of our sparkling anniversary bands.

    3. Plan a date-of-the-month.

    This is the gift that keeps on giving! Brainstorm 12 different dates for you and your spouse-- some can be general, but also think of some activities your spouse has always wanted to do or some sights he has always wanted to see. Get 12 envelopes and 12 pieces of paper. On the sheets of paper, tell your partner where to be, what time to be there, and how to dress. Stick them in the envelopes, and label the envelopes by month. On each “monthiversary,” he will open the envelope and follow the instructions. Make sure you make plans in advance and keep a record of what’s in the envelopes so that you don’t forget! 

    Happy anniversary! For more romantic anniversary ideas, check out our previous post

    Browse our selection of anniversary bands

  • Matching Wedding Bands for Your Same-Sex Wedding

    https://www.mytriorings.com/WB137W10K-1/3-Carat-T.W.-Diamond-His-And-Hers-Wedding-Band-Set-10K-White-Gold.htmlBecause of the recent Defense Against Marriage Act ruling, same-sex marriage has been on our minds now more than ever. We are delighted to provide beautiful wedding bands to all couples and know you will find the right fit for you and your spouse-to-be in our selection. 

    In order to better serve our customers who are same-sex couples, we’ve been trying to understand which kinds of wedding ring sets different couples prefer. Over time, we’ll be updating our site based on what we learn from our customers (so please share your feedback in the comments or via email). Until then, however, I’d like to share some of my favorite matching wedding bands that would shine at your same-sex wedding. 

    In each of these matching wedding band sets, there is a “ladies’ ring” and a “men’s ring.” Although each ring in these sets is gendered in name, the rings themselves do not differ much. The “men’s ring” is typically about 1 mm wider than the “ladies’ ring.” These sets would be ideal if one of you prefers a wider band and the other prefers a more narrow band.

    Matching wedding bands are a great option because they emphasize the bond and unity between you and the love of your life. They’re also timeless and elegant without too much masculine or feminine flair.

    We also now offer a discount for buying two wedding bands at once, so you and your partner can have the flexibility to choose your perfect rings, while getting the savings of buying a pair. If you both would like to have exactly the same wedding band or prefer to mix and match rings from different sets, simply add both bands to your shopping cart and use checkout coupon 2BANDS to receive a 10% discount when you buy.  

    Matching Wedding Bands for Your Same-Sex Wedding

    1. These 1/3 carat matching wedding bands with a harlequin-esque pattern are anything but boring. This particular set is made in 10K white gold and features 16 round-cut natural, conflict-free diamonds. The “men’s ring” in the particular set is about 1 mm wider and has a few more diamonds than the “ladies’ ring.”

    2. Want something simple and classic? Consider these 1/2 carat bands, which are made in 14K yellow gold and are encrusted with 28 round-cut diamonds. For this set, the “men’s” ring is only .11 mm wider than the “ladies’ ring;” however, there are 11 diamonds at 1/4 cts in the “men’s ring” and 17 diamonds at 1/5 cts in the “ladies’ ring,” which differentiates the two. 

    3. Check out these bold matching wedding bands! They are 1/5 carat, round-cut, and conflict-free diamonds set in 14K yellow gold rings. Each ring has 6 diamonds, 3 toward the left of the ring and 3 toward the right. The “men’s ring” is around 1 mm wider than the “ladies’ ring” in this set. 

    4. If you and your partner prefer baguette-cut diamonds to round-cut diamonds, this baguette diamond set might be for you. The 1/2 carat diamond rings really sparkle and catch the light. These matching wedding bands are set in 14K white gold. The “men’s ring” is .25mm wider than the “ladies’ ring,” and the “ladies’ ring” has 2 more diamonds than the “men’s ring.”

    If none of these suit you and your spouse-to-be’s taste, check out our entire selection of gay matching wedding rings and unisex ladies wedding ring sets. If you and your sweetheart would like to wear different rings, browse our ladies’ wedding band section and our men's wedding band section and when you add two single rings to cart, use code 2BANDS to receive a 10% off discount that matches the same discount given for buying a typical wedding ring set versus individual rings!

    What kind of rings are you looking for? Tell us in the comments! 

  • Romantic Anniversary Ideas: Part I

    Do you have an anniversary coming up? Congratulations! Anniversaries are a special time when you can show your spouse just how much you care and appreciate him or her. If you don’t already have anything planned, no sweat. Take a look at some of these romantic anniversary ideas that are guaranteed to make your sweetheart swoon.

    1. Plan an anniversary trip.

    This one requires some advance planning and saving, but a trip is a memorable way to mark a special anniversary. You even make it a surprise by asking your partner to take time off work and not revealing the reason until you are in transit or about to leave. You could go back to the city where you fell in love, the place where you honeymooned, or just a place your spouse has always wanted to go. The possibilities are endless! After you figure out where to go, make sure you arrange some activities for you two to do together while you’re there. Go hiking, check out the local shops, or plan a romantic dinner out. Maybe you’ll even find the perfect time to present your sweetheart with one of our splendid anniversary bands

    2. Make a heartfelt list of why you love your partner.

    This one doesn't cost anything but time and thought, but I promise it will mean the world to your spouse. Make an extended list of all the reasons why you love and appreciate your partner, and feel free to be effusive in your praise. Remember: make your list personal and specific, or else it won’t have much impact. Think about what makes the love of your life special and perfect for you. You could even write the list on different strips of paper and leave them around the house for your partner to find throughout the day!

    3. Cook a candlelit meal.

    Does your spouse have a favorite meal? Take time to cook it at home, and surprise your partner with a candlelight dinner for just the two of you. If you have kids, try to arrange for them to stay somewhere else for the night to make it all the more intimate. Or, if you’d rather get out of the house, set up a candlelit picnic somewhere picturesque. If your sweetheart prefers breakfast to dinner, you could prepare a magnificent breakfast-in-bed instead. It’s all about knowing what would mean the most to your spouse on this special day.

    Do any of these sound like winners to you? If not, no problem! I’ll have another post next week with even more romantic anniversary ideas. In the meantime, browse our selection of anniversary bands

  • Same-Sex Wedding Ideas: The Basics

    The Supreme Court’s recent Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) ruling, as well as the decision to overturn Prop 8 in California, are two big steps forward for marriage equality in this country. To celebrate, we’re doing a series on same-sex wedding ideas for couples heading down the aisle. This first installment covers more basic topics for same-sex weddings, but the next few posts will include more specific planning ideas. Stay tuned for info on everything from finding the perfect same-sex wedding band sets to infusing the wedding with your own style and personality.

    Officiants

    There are a lot of options for officiants, but make sure you and your partner find the right one for your union. If you want a religious ceremony, and one or both of you belong to a particular congregation, try asking the minister or the rabbi of that congregation. You can also contact denominations such as Universal Life or Metropolitan Community, which support same-sex marriages. If you and your sweetheart don’t want a religious ceremony, contact a judge or justice of the peace.

    Wedding Party

    If you and your soon-to-be-spouse want your closest friends up there with you as you both declare your love to each other, ask them! The terms “bridesmaids” and “groomsmen” are becoming less and less popular, and the all-encompassing term “wedding party” is becoming more commonly used. Traditionally, the best man and the maid-of-honor are the people who sign as “witnesses” on your legal marriage certificate, but it doesn’t matter who signs as a witness as long as that person is over age 18. Surround yourself with the people whom you want to be with you on your special day. 

    Attire

    This is simple: wear what you want! Your wedding is a celebration of the joining of two lives, and the personality of your wedding attire is an opportunity to show your style as individuals and as a couple. If you’re both brides, maybe you both want to wear the traditional white princess dress. If you’re both grooms, perhaps you both want to wear a tux. Or not! Maybe you both want to keep it casual or untraditional. Maybe one of you wants to be in formal wear and another wants to wear flip-flops. Bottom line: decide as a couple and wear what feels right. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here’s a slideshow from theknot.com that shows various same-sex couples and what they wore on their wedding day.

    Keep checking for our upcoming posts about same-sex wedding ideas in which we’ll be covering topics including decorations, budget, family, food and drink, and so on! 

    Before you and the love of your life walk down the aisle, browse our same-sex wedding band sets which you can view here:

    Mens Same Sex Wedding Bands
    Ladies Same Sex Wedding Bands Sets

  • Planning an Intercultural Wedding

    Let’s be honest:planning a wedding can tricky and time-consuming for everyone involved. However,
    navigating family-related challenges might make your wedding planning even morestressful. As the world becomes more and more connected, people are often finding love with partners who have differentbackgrounds and heritages. If you are planning an intercultural wedding, here are a few tips to make your special day beautiful, inclusive and stress-free. 

    1. Traditions:

    You and your soon-to-bespouse need to have a discussion about which wedding and/or religioustraditions are important to you as individuals. You need to decidecollectively which traditions to include in your ceremony, and you should discuss your plans
    in advance with your families so there are no surprises. Marriage is about the joining of two people, and it is alsoabout the joining of your two backgrounds. 

    2. Family:

    After you’ve selected the traditions to include in your ceremony, talk about whether there will bereadings or other special events during the ceremony that incorporate familymembers. Make sure members of both families are represented equally, 
    and explain anything unfamiliar, emphasizing each part's significance to you as a couple. If you take the time toinvolve your families and show them that you’ll be combining elements from bothbackgrounds, tensions should decrease from those family members who might bemore set in their ways.

    3. Food:

    Food has a way of bringing people together, putting guests at ease and making everyone feel more comfortable. If you and your fiancé(e) love certain foods from your own families or cultures, consider representing both at your reception. (If you believe
    that the way to a person’s heart is through his/her stomach,this tip is especially for you and your wedding!)

    4. Just remember...

    Above all else, this dayis for celebrating your marriage. Cultural differences between families might make you feel anxious, but keep in mind that everyone is coming together because of their love for you. Relax, 
    have funand enjoy yourselves. Remember: this is your wedding day!

    Check out our selection of matching wedding bands before the ceremonystarts

  • Best Places to Propose in Salt Lake City, UT

    Salt Lake City is the most populous city in Utah and doesn't lack in entertainment. It has activities like skiing, mountain biking, and hiking trails for those who love the outdoors, but it also offers attractions like Temple Square for those who are more interested in exploring the city itself. If you find yourself thinking about popping the question in this fantastic city, here are five of the best places to propose. 

    1. Skiing

    Do you and your sweetheart love to ski? Why not take advantage of the many ski resort opportunities in Salt Lake City and propose to the love of your life during a favorite activity? Maybe you could pop the question on the ski lift or right before you take off down the hill, leaving her to chase after you. 

    2. Temple Square

    Temple Square is Utah’s most popular tourist destination, which makes it a great spot for a public proposal. This 35-acre site has a lot to offer: restaurants, tours, and a beautiful garden. This site also offers approximately 2,000 free events each year, so if you plan in advance, you can pick one to propose with a diamond cluster ring

    3. Liberty Park and Tracy Aviary

    If you both love the outdoors, Liberty Park or Tracy Aviary might be the perfect spot to pop the question. Liberty Park offers trails, playgrounds, boat rentals, a duck pond, and much more. The Tracy Aviary is located in Liberty Park and is one of only two free-standing aviaries in the U.S. This would be the place to propose for all those bird-lovers out there.

    4. Hogle Zoo

    If your sweetheart is a big animal lover, the Hogle Zoo might provide the perfect opportunity for you to propose. This zoo, which is home to over 800 animals, has been around since the 1930s and is the top paid-for tourist attraction in Salt Lake City. You can even sign up to have a more hands-on experience with some of the animals.

    5. At a Great Restaurant 

    Log Haven, located in a historic log mansion in Wasatch National Forest, serves New American cuisine and is considered to be one of the most romantic and delicious restaurants in Salt Lake City. The Roof, which has an international menu and offers a magnificent view of Temple Square and Downtown Salt Lake city, is another great restaurant option! 

    Before you get down on one knee, browse our selection of diamond cluster rings

  • 3 Summer Wedding DIY Ideas

    Getting married
    thissummer, and want to keep costs down by doing some of the smaller thingsyourself? You’re not alone. DIY projects for weddings are increasingly becoming a go-tofor soon-to-be-brides. It’s not just about keeping costs down; DIYs are theperfect way
    to infuse your personality into the ceremony and reception. Hereare some great wedding DIY ideas for your summer wedding:

    1. Place Cards

    Place cards for yourguests are one of those small wedding details that are easy to forget about. Ifthey’re done right, however, your wedding place cards can give your reception alot of personality and spunk.

    Here are some great DIY ideas for wedding place cards. This project will give you an ombre place card with the color of your choice.If
    you’re having a backyard wedding, this creative idea could complement your reception beautifully. And these adorable DIY place cards would be great for any summer wedding!

    2. Programs

    Wedding programs areanother one of those details that can be made more personal if done yourself(or with the help of close friends and family, of course!). Programs help yourguests follow along with the ceremony and inform them about what weddingtraditions
    you’re going to incorporate into your ceremony before you exchangethose matching wedding bands. Bonus: they act as a keepsake!

    If you already have anidea of what you want to do for your wedding program, but you also want somegeneral tips for DIY wedding programs, this list is extremely helpful. If you’re looking for more specific ideas,we’ve got you covered! This modern DIY program project has
    room for fun facts about the couple and also acts as a fan tokeep your guests cool if you’re having an outdoor wedding. And this greataccordion fold program booklet DIY, which would work well with any wedding theme.

    3. Favors

    Wedding favors act as a "thank you" to all of your guests for coming and supporting your marriage. Favorspresent an opportunity to give your guests something they’ll love oruse instead of something that will gather dust or get thrown away after thelast
    confetti is thrown.

    The best way to ensureyour guests will love their favors is by having a hand in them yourself. Hereare some great wedding favor DIYs to get your ideas flowing. Having a signaturedrink at your wedding? Send the recipe home with your guests as your wedding favor. Give a present that will live on long past your vows with a beautiful plant wedding favor, or, if you’re having a
    vintage or rustic-inspired wedding, this ribbon bookmark would be a perfect memento. 

    Before you make yourtrek down the aisle, make sure you check out our selection of matching wedding bands!

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Monthly Archives: July 2013

  • 5 Tips for Summer Outdoor Weddings

    outdoor weddingsWe’re still in prime wedding season, especially for those couples who plan on having an outdoor ceremony. Summer is the perfect season for outdoor weddings whether you’re exchanging matching wedding bands under the shining sun or the glow of the moon. If you’re planning on getting married outdoors sometime soon, here are a couple tips to keep in mind:

    1. Weather

    Rain is not a friend to outdoor weddings. No one wants it to rain on his or her wedding day, but you always need to keep that unfortunate possibility in mind. You need to be prepared for inclement weather and have a backup rain venue or outdoor tents on hold just in case. Figure these "worst case scenario" costs into your overall budget. 

    2. Bugs

    Don’t let pests crash your wedding! Make sure to have plenty of citronella candles or have the area sprayed with repellent before your big day. 

    3. Permits

    If you’re exchanging matching wedding bands in a public outdoor area, do your homework in advance to ensure you are following the law. Some public places require a permit, especially if you plan to serve alcohol at your event. 

    4. Guests

    Be conscientious of your guests when planning your wedding logistics. Consider your area of the country’s weather combined with the time of day you’re having your wedding and plan accordingly. No one wants to sit through a 3 p.m. wedding in Mississippi in August -- the heat index is guaranteed to be over 100 degrees! Also, communicate pertinent environmental factors in your invitation or on your wedding website. For instance, if your ceremony is going to take place in a grassy area, your guests might not want to wear high heels. 

    5. Drinks

    Alcohol is dehydrating, so make sure you’re providing plenty of other hydrating beverages as well, especially if your wedding is taking place somewhere exceptionally hot. Lemonades, teas, and fruit punches are great options. 

    Before swapping vows at your outdoor wedding, check out our selection of matching wedding bands

  • Trends in Same-Sex Wedding Traditions

    We are excited to expand My Trio Rings' selection of options for same-sex wedding band sets and offer helpful planning tips for couples. We recently came across the first-ever same-sex wedding survey, and the results caught our attention. This survey, which was conducted by TheKnot.com and The Advocate, has determined current trends in same-sex weddings, as well as the different ways gay couples are integrating existing marriage traditions into their ceremonies. Here are a few highlights and statistics from this survey:

    1. Proposals

    Same-sex couples are not as likely to have a formal proposal as straight couples. 91% of heterosexual couples experience a “traditional, down-on-one-knee question-popping” (presumably with a traditional engagement ring), as opposed to only 58% of same-sex couples. Of the gay and lesbian couples who reported a formal proposal, “16% opted for the down-on-one-knee approach, while 14% chose to get more creative.”

    2. Wedding Planning

    Only 19% of straight couples split wedding planning duties equally, but a striking 55% of same-sex couples equally split the responsibilities. Another impressive statistic: 86% of same sex couples funded their own wedding as opposed to 40% of straight couples.

    3. Wedding Traditions

    Same-sex couples are not as likely to have a family member escort them down the aisle, and they are not as likely to include religious vows. Same-sex couples are much more likely than straight couples to have their ceremony officiated by a justice of the peace.

    4. Honeymoons 

    Gay and lesbian couples are not as likely as straight couples to go on a honeymoon; however, if a same sex couple does go on a honeymoon, they reportedly spend double what a straight couple spends. 

    You can read this article in full here

    Before making your way down the aisle, make sure to check out our unisex mens wedding band sets and matching lesbian wedding band sets. Also check out this post for a special code to use when checking out. 

  • Same-Sex Wedding Ideas: Part II

    We’re still celebrating the overturn of DOMA, and we have another same-sex wedding ideas post for you soon-to-be married couples out there! We’ve already covered our favorite matching wedding bands for same-sex couples as well as a post about basic wedding ideas. Here, we’re getting a little more into the details, but there are still more posts on the way. For now, enjoy some tips on invitations, traditions, and last names for your wedding. 

    Invitations

    Wondering how to word your invitations? Traditionally, the person(s) paying for the wedding are considered to be the host(s) and are normally on the invitation. However, if you and your partner are paying for the wedding yourselves, your names should be at the top of the invitation. One wedding planning site, theknot.com, gives several different wording templates. For example, one reads:

    "The honor of your presence

    is requested at the marriage of

    Derek Ryan Baker

    to Charles Robert Jacobson

    Saturday, the seventeenth of May

    two thousand and eight

    at half past four in the afternoon"

    Traditions

    Deciding which traditions to include in your wedding ceremony is a discussion all soon-to-be-married couples need to have. You and the love of your life need to decide which traditions are significant to you as individuals, as well as which traditions are important to you as a couple. Decide together whether or not you want a family member to walk you down the aisle, or what kind of vows you want to recite before slipping on that same-sex wedding band set. It’s your wedding-- so above all make sure your ceremony reflects how you both want it to be. 

    Last Names

    Want to change your name to further symbolize your union? Do it! According to an article from advocate.com, approximately 38% of same-sex couples change their name somehow after a union. You and your sweetheart can opt to changing your names in a variety of ways. Both of you can take one or the other’s last name, you can hyphenate the two last names, or you can both adopt a whole new last name together. Of course, if you and your partner want to keep your separate names, you can do that, too. 

    Find the perfect mens same-sex wedding band set or ladies same-sex wedding band sets for you and your partner before saying “I do!” 

  • Romantic Anniversary Ideas: Part II

    Anniversaries are the perfect time to show how much you appreciate and care for your significant other. If you have an anniversary coming up soon, but you don’t have anything planned yet, don’t worry! We have a few romantic anniversary ideas for you to consider:

    1. Give a gift from the heart.

    Consider giving your partner a thoughtful and heartfelt gift; for example: a scrapbook of pictures from the duration of your relationship, a personal video detailing all the reasons why you love him, or even his favorite homemade baked good. The trick is to think carefully about the love of your life and tailor this sentimental gift toward him. 

    2. Take a historical tour of your relationship.

    Take your spouse on a historical tour of your relationship. Think about four or five (or more!) different spots and locations that have played a major role in your relationship. Where was your first date? Where was your first kiss? Where was the first place you each said “I love you”? Where were you married? The thought that will be put into this gesture will really make your spouse swoon by showing how much you care. Maybe one of these locations will present the perfect opportunity to present her with one of our sparkling anniversary bands.

    3. Plan a date-of-the-month.

    This is the gift that keeps on giving! Brainstorm 12 different dates for you and your spouse-- some can be general, but also think of some activities your spouse has always wanted to do or some sights he has always wanted to see. Get 12 envelopes and 12 pieces of paper. On the sheets of paper, tell your partner where to be, what time to be there, and how to dress. Stick them in the envelopes, and label the envelopes by month. On each “monthiversary,” he will open the envelope and follow the instructions. Make sure you make plans in advance and keep a record of what’s in the envelopes so that you don’t forget! 

    Happy anniversary! For more romantic anniversary ideas, check out our previous post

    Browse our selection of anniversary bands

  • Matching Wedding Bands for Your Same-Sex Wedding

    https://www.mytriorings.com/WB137W10K-1/3-Carat-T.W.-Diamond-His-And-Hers-Wedding-Band-Set-10K-White-Gold.htmlBecause of the recent Defense Against Marriage Act ruling, same-sex marriage has been on our minds now more than ever. We are delighted to provide beautiful wedding bands to all couples and know you will find the right fit for you and your spouse-to-be in our selection. 

    In order to better serve our customers who are same-sex couples, we’ve been trying to understand which kinds of wedding ring sets different couples prefer. Over time, we’ll be updating our site based on what we learn from our customers (so please share your feedback in the comments or via email). Until then, however, I’d like to share some of my favorite matching wedding bands that would shine at your same-sex wedding. 

    In each of these matching wedding band sets, there is a “ladies’ ring” and a “men’s ring.” Although each ring in these sets is gendered in name, the rings themselves do not differ much. The “men’s ring” is typically about 1 mm wider than the “ladies’ ring.” These sets would be ideal if one of you prefers a wider band and the other prefers a more narrow band.

    Matching wedding bands are a great option because they emphasize the bond and unity between you and the love of your life. They’re also timeless and elegant without too much masculine or feminine flair.

    We also now offer a discount for buying two wedding bands at once, so you and your partner can have the flexibility to choose your perfect rings, while getting the savings of buying a pair. If you both would like to have exactly the same wedding band or prefer to mix and match rings from different sets, simply add both bands to your shopping cart and use checkout coupon 2BANDS to receive a 10% discount when you buy.  

    Matching Wedding Bands for Your Same-Sex Wedding

    1. These 1/3 carat matching wedding bands with a harlequin-esque pattern are anything but boring. This particular set is made in 10K white gold and features 16 round-cut natural, conflict-free diamonds. The “men’s ring” in the particular set is about 1 mm wider and has a few more diamonds than the “ladies’ ring.”

    2. Want something simple and classic? Consider these 1/2 carat bands, which are made in 14K yellow gold and are encrusted with 28 round-cut diamonds. For this set, the “men’s” ring is only .11 mm wider than the “ladies’ ring;” however, there are 11 diamonds at 1/4 cts in the “men’s ring” and 17 diamonds at 1/5 cts in the “ladies’ ring,” which differentiates the two. 

    3. Check out these bold matching wedding bands! They are 1/5 carat, round-cut, and conflict-free diamonds set in 14K yellow gold rings. Each ring has 6 diamonds, 3 toward the left of the ring and 3 toward the right. The “men’s ring” is around 1 mm wider than the “ladies’ ring” in this set. 

    4. If you and your partner prefer baguette-cut diamonds to round-cut diamonds, this baguette diamond set might be for you. The 1/2 carat diamond rings really sparkle and catch the light. These matching wedding bands are set in 14K white gold. The “men’s ring” is .25mm wider than the “ladies’ ring,” and the “ladies’ ring” has 2 more diamonds than the “men’s ring.”

    If none of these suit you and your spouse-to-be’s taste, check out our entire selection of gay matching wedding rings and unisex ladies wedding ring sets. If you and your sweetheart would like to wear different rings, browse our ladies’ wedding band section and our men's wedding band section and when you add two single rings to cart, use code 2BANDS to receive a 10% off discount that matches the same discount given for buying a typical wedding ring set versus individual rings!

    What kind of rings are you looking for? Tell us in the comments! 

  • Romantic Anniversary Ideas: Part I

    Do you have an anniversary coming up? Congratulations! Anniversaries are a special time when you can show your spouse just how much you care and appreciate him or her. If you don’t already have anything planned, no sweat. Take a look at some of these romantic anniversary ideas that are guaranteed to make your sweetheart swoon.

    1. Plan an anniversary trip.

    This one requires some advance planning and saving, but a trip is a memorable way to mark a special anniversary. You even make it a surprise by asking your partner to take time off work and not revealing the reason until you are in transit or about to leave. You could go back to the city where you fell in love, the place where you honeymooned, or just a place your spouse has always wanted to go. The possibilities are endless! After you figure out where to go, make sure you arrange some activities for you two to do together while you’re there. Go hiking, check out the local shops, or plan a romantic dinner out. Maybe you’ll even find the perfect time to present your sweetheart with one of our splendid anniversary bands

    2. Make a heartfelt list of why you love your partner.

    This one doesn't cost anything but time and thought, but I promise it will mean the world to your spouse. Make an extended list of all the reasons why you love and appreciate your partner, and feel free to be effusive in your praise. Remember: make your list personal and specific, or else it won’t have much impact. Think about what makes the love of your life special and perfect for you. You could even write the list on different strips of paper and leave them around the house for your partner to find throughout the day!

    3. Cook a candlelit meal.

    Does your spouse have a favorite meal? Take time to cook it at home, and surprise your partner with a candlelight dinner for just the two of you. If you have kids, try to arrange for them to stay somewhere else for the night to make it all the more intimate. Or, if you’d rather get out of the house, set up a candlelit picnic somewhere picturesque. If your sweetheart prefers breakfast to dinner, you could prepare a magnificent breakfast-in-bed instead. It’s all about knowing what would mean the most to your spouse on this special day.

    Do any of these sound like winners to you? If not, no problem! I’ll have another post next week with even more romantic anniversary ideas. In the meantime, browse our selection of anniversary bands

  • Same-Sex Wedding Ideas: The Basics

    The Supreme Court’s recent Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) ruling, as well as the decision to overturn Prop 8 in California, are two big steps forward for marriage equality in this country. To celebrate, we’re doing a series on same-sex wedding ideas for couples heading down the aisle. This first installment covers more basic topics for same-sex weddings, but the next few posts will include more specific planning ideas. Stay tuned for info on everything from finding the perfect same-sex wedding band sets to infusing the wedding with your own style and personality.

    Officiants

    There are a lot of options for officiants, but make sure you and your partner find the right one for your union. If you want a religious ceremony, and one or both of you belong to a particular congregation, try asking the minister or the rabbi of that congregation. You can also contact denominations such as Universal Life or Metropolitan Community, which support same-sex marriages. If you and your sweetheart don’t want a religious ceremony, contact a judge or justice of the peace.

    Wedding Party

    If you and your soon-to-be-spouse want your closest friends up there with you as you both declare your love to each other, ask them! The terms “bridesmaids” and “groomsmen” are becoming less and less popular, and the all-encompassing term “wedding party” is becoming more commonly used. Traditionally, the best man and the maid-of-honor are the people who sign as “witnesses” on your legal marriage certificate, but it doesn’t matter who signs as a witness as long as that person is over age 18. Surround yourself with the people whom you want to be with you on your special day. 

    Attire

    This is simple: wear what you want! Your wedding is a celebration of the joining of two lives, and the personality of your wedding attire is an opportunity to show your style as individuals and as a couple. If you’re both brides, maybe you both want to wear the traditional white princess dress. If you’re both grooms, perhaps you both want to wear a tux. Or not! Maybe you both want to keep it casual or untraditional. Maybe one of you wants to be in formal wear and another wants to wear flip-flops. Bottom line: decide as a couple and wear what feels right. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here’s a slideshow from theknot.com that shows various same-sex couples and what they wore on their wedding day.

    Keep checking for our upcoming posts about same-sex wedding ideas in which we’ll be covering topics including decorations, budget, family, food and drink, and so on! 

    Before you and the love of your life walk down the aisle, browse our same-sex wedding band sets which you can view here:

    Mens Same Sex Wedding Bands
    Ladies Same Sex Wedding Bands Sets

  • Planning an Intercultural Wedding

    Let’s be honest:planning a wedding can tricky and time-consuming for everyone involved. However,
    navigating family-related challenges might make your wedding planning even morestressful. As the world becomes more and more connected, people are often finding love with partners who have differentbackgrounds and heritages. If you are planning an intercultural wedding, here are a few tips to make your special day beautiful, inclusive and stress-free. 

    1. Traditions:

    You and your soon-to-bespouse need to have a discussion about which wedding and/or religioustraditions are important to you as individuals. You need to decidecollectively which traditions to include in your ceremony, and you should discuss your plans
    in advance with your families so there are no surprises. Marriage is about the joining of two people, and it is alsoabout the joining of your two backgrounds. 

    2. Family:

    After you’ve selected the traditions to include in your ceremony, talk about whether there will bereadings or other special events during the ceremony that incorporate familymembers. Make sure members of both families are represented equally, 
    and explain anything unfamiliar, emphasizing each part's significance to you as a couple. If you take the time toinvolve your families and show them that you’ll be combining elements from bothbackgrounds, tensions should decrease from those family members who might bemore set in their ways.

    3. Food:

    Food has a way of bringing people together, putting guests at ease and making everyone feel more comfortable. If you and your fiancé(e) love certain foods from your own families or cultures, consider representing both at your reception. (If you believe
    that the way to a person’s heart is through his/her stomach,this tip is especially for you and your wedding!)

    4. Just remember...

    Above all else, this dayis for celebrating your marriage. Cultural differences between families might make you feel anxious, but keep in mind that everyone is coming together because of their love for you. Relax, 
    have funand enjoy yourselves. Remember: this is your wedding day!

    Check out our selection of matching wedding bands before the ceremonystarts

  • Best Places to Propose in Salt Lake City, UT

    Salt Lake City is the most populous city in Utah and doesn't lack in entertainment. It has activities like skiing, mountain biking, and hiking trails for those who love the outdoors, but it also offers attractions like Temple Square for those who are more interested in exploring the city itself. If you find yourself thinking about popping the question in this fantastic city, here are five of the best places to propose. 

    1. Skiing

    Do you and your sweetheart love to ski? Why not take advantage of the many ski resort opportunities in Salt Lake City and propose to the love of your life during a favorite activity? Maybe you could pop the question on the ski lift or right before you take off down the hill, leaving her to chase after you. 

    2. Temple Square

    Temple Square is Utah’s most popular tourist destination, which makes it a great spot for a public proposal. This 35-acre site has a lot to offer: restaurants, tours, and a beautiful garden. This site also offers approximately 2,000 free events each year, so if you plan in advance, you can pick one to propose with a diamond cluster ring

    3. Liberty Park and Tracy Aviary

    If you both love the outdoors, Liberty Park or Tracy Aviary might be the perfect spot to pop the question. Liberty Park offers trails, playgrounds, boat rentals, a duck pond, and much more. The Tracy Aviary is located in Liberty Park and is one of only two free-standing aviaries in the U.S. This would be the place to propose for all those bird-lovers out there.

    4. Hogle Zoo

    If your sweetheart is a big animal lover, the Hogle Zoo might provide the perfect opportunity for you to propose. This zoo, which is home to over 800 animals, has been around since the 1930s and is the top paid-for tourist attraction in Salt Lake City. You can even sign up to have a more hands-on experience with some of the animals.

    5. At a Great Restaurant 

    Log Haven, located in a historic log mansion in Wasatch National Forest, serves New American cuisine and is considered to be one of the most romantic and delicious restaurants in Salt Lake City. The Roof, which has an international menu and offers a magnificent view of Temple Square and Downtown Salt Lake city, is another great restaurant option! 

    Before you get down on one knee, browse our selection of diamond cluster rings

  • 3 Summer Wedding DIY Ideas

    Getting married
    thissummer, and want to keep costs down by doing some of the smaller thingsyourself? You’re not alone. DIY projects for weddings are increasingly becoming a go-tofor soon-to-be-brides. It’s not just about keeping costs down; DIYs are theperfect way
    to infuse your personality into the ceremony and reception. Hereare some great wedding DIY ideas for your summer wedding:

    1. Place Cards

    Place cards for yourguests are one of those small wedding details that are easy to forget about. Ifthey’re done right, however, your wedding place cards can give your reception alot of personality and spunk.

    Here are some great DIY ideas for wedding place cards. This project will give you an ombre place card with the color of your choice.If
    you’re having a backyard wedding, this creative idea could complement your reception beautifully. And these adorable DIY place cards would be great for any summer wedding!

    2. Programs

    Wedding programs areanother one of those details that can be made more personal if done yourself(or with the help of close friends and family, of course!). Programs help yourguests follow along with the ceremony and inform them about what weddingtraditions
    you’re going to incorporate into your ceremony before you exchangethose matching wedding bands. Bonus: they act as a keepsake!

    If you already have anidea of what you want to do for your wedding program, but you also want somegeneral tips for DIY wedding programs, this list is extremely helpful. If you’re looking for more specific ideas,we’ve got you covered! This modern DIY program project has
    room for fun facts about the couple and also acts as a fan tokeep your guests cool if you’re having an outdoor wedding. And this greataccordion fold program booklet DIY, which would work well with any wedding theme.

    3. Favors

    Wedding favors act as a "thank you" to all of your guests for coming and supporting your marriage. Favorspresent an opportunity to give your guests something they’ll love oruse instead of something that will gather dust or get thrown away after thelast
    confetti is thrown.

    The best way to ensureyour guests will love their favors is by having a hand in them yourself. Hereare some great wedding favor DIYs to get your ideas flowing. Having a signaturedrink at your wedding? Send the recipe home with your guests as your wedding favor. Give a present that will live on long past your vows with a beautiful plant wedding favor, or, if you’re having a
    vintage or rustic-inspired wedding, this ribbon bookmark would be a perfect memento. 

    Before you make yourtrek down the aisle, make sure you check out our selection of matching wedding bands!

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