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  • Do Budget Weddings Lead to Stable Marriages?

    1 2 3 Carat T.W. Diamond Ladies  Engagement Ring 14K White Gold ST505W14KEA lavish fairy tale wedding may not lead to a fairy tale marriage, according to a new study.

    Researchers at Emory University studied 3,000 married couples to determine factors that predict if a marriage will last or not. Their study found that couples who spent more on engagement rings and wedding expenses were more likely to divorce than couples who went for affordable engagement rings and more modest budgets: “Overall, our findings provide little evidence to support the validity of the wedding industry’s general message that connects expensive weddings with positive marital outcomes.”

    Here are some of the interesting results from the study:

    Affordable engagement rings are a wise investment.

    Spending a more modest amount on an engagement ring is linked with a longer-lasting union. Men who spent between $2,000 to $4,000 on an engagement ring had a 1.3 times greater risk of divorce than men who spent between $500 and $2,000.

    Budget weddings are prudent.

    Though wedding costs continue to rise in the US - according a national survey conducted by TheKnot.com, the average wedding cost was $29,858 in 2013 - keeping expenses low is advisable. Weddings that cost more than $20,000 were more significantly associated with divorce than those with a lower price tag.

    The size of the guest list is important.

    The study results suggest that couples should strive for budget weddings, but that doesn’t mean you should head to Vegas to elope. Couples who have a large wedding ceremony attendance are more likely to stay married. In fact, couples who elope are 12.5 times more likely to end up splitting than couples who have 200+ guests at their wedding.

    A longer courtship relates to a longer marriage.

    Couples who dated longer before their engagement were less likely to split than those who dated less than a year (1-2 years: 20% less likely; 3+ years: 39% less likely).

    Going on a honeymoon is a good idea.

    Book those plane tickets! Couples who took a honeymoon were 41% less likely to get divorced than those who didn’t.

    Some conclusions we can draw from the study are:

    • Knowing each other well is an essential part of a stable marriage.
    • It’s important for a couple to be surrounded by friends and family who support the marriage.
    • More expensive is not better when it comes to weddings. Affordable wedding rings and more modest wedding budgets may alleviate the financial stress and debt that can come with more lavish weddings.

    Find affordable engagement rings ideal for your budget 

  • 4 Ideas for Affordable Altars and Arches

    3045391386 d7299bf7de zThe place where you and your spouse-to-be exchange vows and matching trio rings should be stunning and complementary to the setting. Renting or buying altar decorations can be expensive if you are on a budget. With a little bit of time, DIY know-how and creativity, you can create gorgeous and affordable altars and arches that are perfect for your ceremony.

    DIY Altars and Arches

    1. Wedding Chuppah

    At a Jewish wedding, the couple is married beneath a canopy or chuppah - which means “covering” or “protection.” The chuppah symbolizes the couple’s new home together. Renting a chuppah from a florist or event company can be expensive, but they are easy, inexpensive and customizable if you build one yourself. This step-by-step tutorial uses materials you can find at most hardware stores, including PVC pipe, connectors, cinder blocks, fabric and plaster. 

    2. Church Altar Decorations

    If you are getting married in a church with a beautiful altar, you will be able to save money by using the decorations that are already there. If you want to personalize the space, ask the church what is permitted and add simple touches, such as flowers, candles or fabrics.

    3. Ladder Arch

    Form an arch from simple wooden ladders, and decorate with flowers, garlands, ribbons, lanterns, candles or other accessories. This lovely archway is perfect for rustic chic wedding decor, and it’s a snap to put together.

    4. Natural Wedding Arch

    If you are getting married in a forest or anywhere that has uniquely shaped trees, you could take advantage of this natural beauty for your wedding altar. Sheath downward facing branches in lace, chiffon, ribbon or other fabric in your wedding colors. Use this arch to frame you as you’re saying your vows and putting on your matching trio rings for the first time.

    Looking for more DIY inspiration? Check out these beautiful pinterest boards for tutorials, tips and real-life examples. 

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    Alternative Wedding Arches: everything from handwritten backdrops to living wall altars

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    Rustic Wedding Arches: combining natural elements, such as wood, flowers and vines 

    diy-arches

    DIY Wedding Arches: inventive ideas that you can create easily yourself 

    Find customized matching trio rings for your wedding day

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  • Use Your Tax Refund Estimate in Your Wedding Budget

    shutterstock 113785513One of the best times of the year is fast approaching: tax return season! We know how much planning a wedding can cost, which is why most couples opt to stick to a strict budget. However, if you’re planning a wedding for this spring or summer, remember to take your tax refund estimate into account. You can use this money to significantly supplement your wedding budget if you need or want to. After all, you only get to have the wedding of your dreams once, so you should make it count. Here are a few ways you can incorporate your tax refund estimate into your wedding budget:

    1. Matching Wedding Rings

    Have you had your heart set on a pair of matching wedding rings that were originally out of your budget? Allocate some of your tax refund to this part of your budget. After all, this is one of the most permanent parts of your wedding. You’ll wear these rings forever, so you shouldn’t settle -- just like you didn’t settle for your fiance. Get the matching wedding rings that you’ll never tire staring at, and with My Trio Rings' already affordable prices, you won't have any regrets. 

    2. Ceremony and Reception

    Did you have to make cuts to your original wedding plans because of lack of funds? Now that you know your tax refund estimate, see what you can afford to incorporate back into the wedding of your dreams. Use it for a little splurge or two on things that are important to you - the fresh flowers along the aisle or the DJ or band that knows how to groove and can play your wedding song perfectly. If you’re not sure what to use the money on, ask yourself this question: when I look back in 10 years, what will I wish I’d done differently at my wedding? Will you wish you’d used fresh flowers instead of imitation? If not, find somewhere else to invest your money. One option is to invest it into a professional photographer who will capture the photos you’ll look at for a lifetime.

    3. Honeymoon

    If you have already planned the wedding you’ve always wanted, save the money from your tax refund and use it on your honeymoon! A lot of couples opt to spend less on their ceremony and reception so that they can spare no expense on their first trip as a married couple. Your tax refund estimate can open up a lot of doors for you --instead of going to Florida, maybe now you can go to Hawaii or Jamaica. The money can also allow you to try once-in-a-lifetime experiences like skydiving on your trip that would otherwise be out of your budget. Maybe you’ve been married for a while and postponed your honeymoon until you had enough funds. If so, your tax refund might present the perfect opportunity!

    4. Vow Renewal

    Perhaps you were married years ago, but you weren’t able to have quite the wedding you wanted because of money limitations. If so, now may be the right time to celebrate. Use your tax refund estimate to plan a vow renewal ceremony on your anniversary. This way, you can finally have that dream wedding. You can even get new matching wedding rings to commemorate the occasion!

    Before you walk down the aisle, make sure you have the perfect set of matching wedding rings.

  • Why Engagement Ring Shopping is Better Without a Showroom

    Here at My Trio Rings, we pride ourselves on being able to give our customers a unique engagement ring shopping experience. We don’t think that any other online jewelry store can compare, and we definitely don’t think that showrooms can compare to what we offer our customers here. Let’s discuss why engagement ring shopping is truly better with us and without a showroom:

    1. Availability

    We know you’re busy. You work long, tiring hours and when you get off work, you probably don’t want to do anything but relax. Sometimes you might even come home to a long list of other things to do. That’s where we come in. You don’t have to worry about making it to a jewelry store before they close. We’re open 24/7 and are accessible wherever you have an Internet connection. That means you can shop with us from home in your comfy pajamas at any hour you want.

    2. Prices

    Since we’re an online jewelry store, we don’t have to worry about the costs of renting a showroom, employing salespeople, or setting up fancy showcases. That means one really awesome thing for our customers: low, low prices. We love being able to make beautiful diamond engagement rings a realistic and affordable option for couples in love.

    3. No Pressure Sales

    Want to shop in peace without pushy sales staff looking over your shoulder? No problem! You can shop at your own pace. We want you to find the ring you love and we're not trying to earn a commission by encouraging you to buy something that's at a higher budget. We want you to take your time, explore all your options, and find the ring that really speaks to you. After all, you’ll be wearing it for the rest of your life! But you dont have to sacrifice a personal connection, if you have any questions at all, you can always reach us by phone, email or live chat!

    4. Shipping

    Here’s another great My Trio Rings perk: free shipping! No one likes to pay extra fees. That’s why we make it simple. We ship your rings for free to any U.S. location. We even can ship internationally. It doesn’t matter where you are, we can get your rings to you.

    Need more proof? Check out our customer reviews.

  • 6 Etsy Wedding Finds: Table Numbers & Cake Toppers

    When you’re planning a wedding, most of your attention is focused on the big picture: the location, the dress, the food, the guest list. You don’t want to get too caught up in the small stuff and make yourself crazy, but you still want to include all those little unique wedding details that reflect who you two are as a couple.  

    The trick to finding this balance is cutting out the details you don’t care about and focusing on items that do matter to you. Favors not your thing? Great, scale back or eliminate them and focus on finding the quirky cake topper you really want. 

    Browse Etsy wedding shops for affordable and artisan-made wedding decorations that capture your style and personality. 

    Stylish Wedding Details 

    Table numbers

    1. Tie the Knot 

    These rope knot table card holders add a sophisticated, nautical look to your wedding reception. They are ideal for coastal or warm-weather weddings.

    2. Rustic Burlap 

    Each of these hand-cut burlap tags is stamped with a number in the color of your choice, treated to prevent fraying and includes a jute string for hanging. Attach table numbers to mason jars, vases or picture frames for a rustic chic look. 

    3. Cubed 

    These elegant table numbers are printed in black ink on textured ivory paper and held in place in beautiful walnut-stained wooden cubes. 

    Cake Toppers 

    1. Love Birds 

    What better way to celebrate you two lovebirds? This Etsy wedding shop personalizes food-safe porcelain birds perfect to perch on your wedding cake. 

    2. Classic Bride & Groom 

    Send this Etsy artist photos, and she will paint detailed vintage-style wooden cake topper dolls to look like you. The design comes with a wood base and a customizable banner with four fabric flags on twine. 

    3. Two Hearts 

    The simple wedding details are often the best. This set of two heart-shaped cake toppers is personalized with your initials and wedding date. 

    What Etsy wedding shops have you discovered? Share your favorites in the comments! 

    Browse our selection of matching wedding bands 

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  • Surprise Her with a Trio Ring Set for Valentine's Day

    Romance is in the air this month. After all, Valentine's Day is the perfect time to propose! To gather inspiration, read through our posts, Creative Proposal Ideas for Valentine's Day and 5 More Creative Proposal Ideas for Valentine's Day. Then pick out the perfect engagement ring. Save big by choosing a trio ring set, which includes the three matching rings you need for your wedding: a ladies' engagement ring, a ladies' wedding band, and a men's wedding band. 

    You'll find rings to suit every style and price range. Here are three examples:

    1/2 Carat Diamond Trio Wedding Ring Set 10K White Gold

    Our Price: $639.99  Retail: $1,599.99  You Save: $960.00

    What better way to say "forever" than a white gold trio ring setThe sleek, classical style of these rings is designed to show the timelessness of your love. The diamonds are carefully embedded in the ring, lined up to draw attention to the stunning centerpiece of the engagement ring: a round-cut diamond. Each ring contains five diamonds. White gold is both durable and stylish. Watch the videos on the product page to see 360 degree views of each ring!

    trio wedding ring set1/3 Carat Diamond Trio Wedding Ring Set 14K White Gold

    Our Price: $899.99  Retail: $2,299.99  You Save: $1,400.00

    The elegant curves of this trio ring set make a lasting impression. The wavy ridges are sleek and polished, complementing the sparkle of the diamonds with the shine of white gold. The ladies' engagement ring is set with seven round diamonds in a beautiful flower. This floral design, offset by the flowing lines that suggest ocean waves, gives these rings a touch of the natural world. See 360 views of each ring by watching the videos on the product page.

    trio wedding ring set1 1/4 Carat T.W. Diamond Solitaire Trio Ring Set 14K Yellow Gold

    Our Price: $1,299.99  Retail: $3,299.99  You Save: $2,000.00

    The warm hue of the 14K yellow gold against the sparkling diamonds in this trio ring set create a big impact. This set contains a total of 24 princess cut natural, conflict-free diamonds. The ladies' engagement ring has a classic solitaire setting, and the design of the three rings are united by a unique cross design on either side of the channel settings. 

    Take advantage of our Valentine's Day Sale by February 7 and get $50 off!

    Purchase any Trio Ring Wedding Set or Bridal Ring Set until Feb 7th  to save over 65% off retail prices. All orders are guaranteed to be delivered in time for Valentine's Day. See over 100 d deals going on now on our Valentine's Day Specials Page.

  • Why Buy Inexpensive Wedding Jewelry Online

    If you are ready to getmarried and
    are looking for affordable engagement rings or inexpensive weddingjewelry, then one of your best options is to shop online. One nice thing aboutshopping online is that you can do it from work, or from anywhere, so you cankeep your proposal a surprise
    if you wish. You can also ship the jewelry toyour place of employment, to a friend’s house, or somewhere else to keep thepurchase even more secret.

    Why Choose E-Commerce forInexpensive Wedding Jewelry?

    1. You Can Get the SameDiamond Online for Less

    Diamonds are gradedaccording to color, cut, and clarity. If you look in a traditional retailestablishment, take note of the characteristics of the rings you are mostattracted to, and
    jot them down. You can then search online using those exactparameters and find much more affordable engagement rings set with a stone thatwill look just like the diamond you fell in love with in the store.

    2. You Can Cut Out ExtraExpense

    For a jewelry store tooperate an in-person retail store, it has much higher overhead costs, such as employeesalaries, rent, utilities, security, and the inventory itself. These costs, inaddition to distributors, marketing, etc., only increase the prices
    you payfor diamonds. If you want inexpensive wedding jewelry, then online retailersare the way to go, since their costs are much lower.

    3. You Can AvoidHigh-Pressure Sales Pitches

    There are many of us whoare very susceptible to sales pitches and have a hard time saying no, even ifsomething is out of our budget. If you shop for affordable engagement ringsonline, though, then you get the benefit of clarity of judgment. You can shoparound,
    find the ring or rings that best fit your style and budget, and thenmake a level-headed, informed decision at checkout that you will feel goodabout for years to come!

    Shop for InexpensiveWedding Jewelry Today!

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  • A Budget Wedding and Budget Honeymoon in One!

    If the idea of planning a budget wedding makes you break
    outin hives, then perhaps coordinating all the details of a more conventionalwedding just isn’t for you. Some couples opt for more simple, budget-friendlyoptions such as tying the knot at city hall and then hosting a small receptionat a favorite restaurant.
    Other couples like the idea of combining theirwedding and honeymoon in one package with a destination wedding or a budgetwedding at sea on a cruise. Indeed, a cruise can be an affordable way tointegrate a budget wedding and a budget honeymoon.

    Benefits of a Budget Wedding on Open Water

    1. Someone Else Will Be in Charge

    If you plan a budget wedding on a cruise ship, most of thework is already done for you. You just need to bring a wedding dress andinexpensive wedding rings. Many cruise ships even
    offer tuxedo rentals onboard. You can kick back, relax, and enjoy each other’s company while someoneelse takes care of all the wedding details, such as arranging music, food, andphotography as part of your cruise wedding package.

    2. You Will Be Pampered

    Even if you stay in the least expensive stateroom with noextras, you can’t avoid being pampered. Someone else makes your bed, takes outyour trash, and brings your free room service. Gourmet three-course dining islikely also included in your package, with
    a few specialty restaurantsavailable for an additional splurge. If you want to splurge, you can also spendtime being pampered at the ship’s spa, perhaps indulging in a couple’s massagebefore or after the budget wedding. Whether or not you decide to
    partake insome of the extras onboard ship, just remember to include tips in your budgetwedding / budget honeymoon cost estimates so that you can show appreciation tothe people who do the pampering.

    3. You Will Be Entertained

    Amenities differ by cruise ship and cruise line, but mosthave something for everyone to enjoy. While you are on the cruise ship, you canlikely kick back by the pool, read in the library, have a mini-golfcompetition, learn to ice skate, unwind in the hot
    tub, view free theatricalperformances, take classes, or participate in a wide variety of other freeactivities.

    4. You Can Have Adventures

    When the cruise ship is at port, you can venture off on yourown to enjoy a more private budget honeymoon or participate in adventures withyour wedding guests. You can probably go parasailing, take a jeep tour, exploreancient ruins, go swimming with dolphins
    or sea turtles or sting rays, ride ona pirate ship or glass-bottom boat, climb a waterfall, take a horse andcarriage ride, go scuba diving, take a hike, go shopping, or relax in a hammockon the beach, depending on where you are and depending on your
    budget andtastes.

    You can make a luxurious,all-inclusive cruise vacation work well for your budget wedding and honeymoon.Get started by picking affordable rings today!

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  • Planning a Dream Honeymoon on a Budget

    One of the best ways to unwind and relax
    after the budget weddingand reconnect as a couple is to get out of town together. When you are planninga honeymoon on a budget, it is important to find the balance between getting awaytogether on an incredible journey of relaxation or adventure and
    staying withinyour price range. Expected travel expenses include such things astransportation, lodging, food, entertainment, and even souvenirs. Fortunately,there is a website that can help cut costs significantly.

    If you are planning a honeymoon on a budget, consider usingairbnb. Airbnbis a website with listings for rooms, houses, apartments, treehouses, RVs, andother lodging opportunities worldwide. Rather
    than staying in an impersonalhotel room, you could spend your honeymoon in an authentic home abroad,shopping at local markets, and cooking and living like locals in anothercountry. Or perhaps you would prefer to stay somewhere closer to home afteryour
    budget wedding.

    Picture this: use frequent flier miles to help pay for yourairfare, or drive a fuel efficient car to the honeymoon destination of yourchoice. Rent a home for a week or two. Plan on most of your culinary adventurestaking place in the kitchen, thus saving great
    deal of money. And consider some of these amazing lodging deals orothers like them for your honeymoon on a budget:

    1. A modern flat in Croatia for $39 per night

    2. A southwestern schoolhouse in New Mexico for $129 per night

    3. A treehouse in Hawaii for $40 per night

    4. An Airstream trailer in Portland for $50 per night

    5. A luxury villa in Kenya for $83 per night

    6. A private cabin in Belize for $40 per night

    7. A cottage on the Aeolian islands for $65 per night

    Where is the honeymoonof your dreams?

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  • 5 Secret Ways to Measure For An Inexpensive Engagement Ring

    If
    you are planning a secret proposal, then chances are thatyou want your inexpensive engagement ring purchase to be a secret. You want her to be surprised and teary as she slipsthe
    beautiful diamonds onto her finger and it is the perfect fit. So how canyou pull off a ring measurement on the sly? Here are a few tips to get youstarted.

    Buy an Inexpensive Engagement Ring That Fits!

    1. Download a free ring sizer from MyTrioRings.

    2. If she falls asleep on your couch watching a movie, get apiece of string, and use it to measure the ring finger on her left hand. Besure not to choose something like yarn or something stretchy, because thatcould give you an inaccurate measurement.
    Instead, opt for something inelasticlike plain waxed dental floss. Or slip your ring sizer onto her finger if youdon’t think it will wake her.

    3. If she wears jewelry on a regular basis, pay attention towhether she ever wears a ring on her left ring finger. If she does, then makesure to measure it one day if you spot it on her dresser when you are on yourway to the bathroom.

    4. Try on jewelry when you are out together at a craft fairor festival of some kind. Hand her the silliest ring and have her try it on,while you do the same to avert suspicion. See if the size you handed her fits.Pay attention to whether she tries a different
    size. Some women might even makeyour job a little easier at this moment and drop a little hint about her ringsize.

    5. If all else fails, you can always ask her mom or sisteror best friend to see if they know what size ring you should choose for herinexpensive engagement ring, or they might be able to find out in a less obviousmanner. Just swear her to secrecy so she
    doesn’t eclipse your secret proposal!

    Start shopping for engagement rings today!

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