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  • Best Sites for Budget Wedding Splurges

    Are you dreaming of a day at the spa with your maid of honor? Do you have a honeymoon bucket list that's way out of your price range? Do you wish you could afford that designer wedding gown? Are you frustrated that you can't find beautiful and original wedding accessories within your budget – from affordable wedding rings to vintage-inspired veils?

    Some couples feel frustrated planning a budget wedding, because they wish they could stretch their wedding dollars a little further.

    But the good news is that it's never been easier to find secret deals to make your wedding dreams come true – even on a tight budget. The Internet to the rescue! Here's what you need to know to get the most out of the web while wedding planning. 

    Budget Wedding Planning Like a Pro

    1. Groupon or Living Social

    Groupon or Living Social, two indispensable daily deal sites, feature a ton of fantastic offers on everything from international trips to spa days to cases of wine. 

    But both are unpredictable in their offerings, so you won't want to wait until the last minute to find a great deal on your wedding essentials. It's a good idea to make a list of your wedding priorities before you get started.

    Depending on how long your engagement will be, you probably want to go ahead and make arrangements for the basics (ceremony site, wedding gown, food, affordable wedding rings) and leave Groupon and Living Social for the elements that allow for a bit more flexibility.


    What to Look For

    As interesting items become available on Groupon or Living Social, you might find that you're able to get great deals and splurge on things you didn't think you could afford:

    • A huge discount at a chic spa to purchase massages for you and your husband-to-be as a wedding gift, or manicures and pedicures for your bridal party.
    • An amazing travel deal for a honeymoon destination – think: Costa Rica, Iceland or Australia.
    • A fantastic restaurant deal for a girls' night out before the wedding.

    2. Ebay

    Ebay is a great place to start budget wedding shopping, because you can bid just as much as you are willing to pay for an item, and no more. You just enter your maximum bid, and you will find out at the end of the auction whether you won the item you hoped to buy. On Ebay, you can search for just about anything you can think of. Tradesy, OnceWed and PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com also have a fantastic selection of pre-worn (often designer) wedding and bridesmaid dresses. 

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    What to Look For

    • A stunning designer wedding dress or bridesmaid dresses for a fraction of the retail price
    • A vintage lace veil to complete your bohemian look
    • Funky wedding decorations for your reception venue 

    3. Etsy

    If you are planning a wedding on a budget, then Etsy is an excellent site for finding lovely, eclectic, handmade touches, often at an excellent price. Independent vendors sell both their own creations and secondhand treasures – whatever your unique budget wedding vision, you are likely to find something creative and beautiful that fits the bill on Etsy.

    What to Look For

    • A vintage-inspired 1950's wedding dress or bright pink peep-toe pumps 
    • Custom-designed stickers to place on the bottom of Hershey's Kisses as favors on the reception table
    • Handmade photo booth props and decorations 


    4. My Trio Rings 

    Of course we couldn't talk about planning a beautiful budget wedding without just a little shameless promotion. It often seems impossible to find authentic and affordable wedding rings that match your unique style, but that's exactly what we offer at My Trio Rings. 

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    What to Look For


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  • Reasons You Shouldn’t Have a Wedding Party

    wedding-partyOne of the many wonderful things about wedding planning in 2015 is that there aren’t any hard and fast rules anymore. You get to do things your way, which often means blending the traditional with the new: wearing your grandmother’s wedding dress but buying your bridal set rings online, hosting a formal sit-down dinner at your reception but sending eco-friendly paperless invitations.

    Modern couples have a lot more freedom to create customized weddings. Together you can choose which traditions are meaningful to you and which new symbols and practices you want to adopt.

    Having a wedding party, like many other “must-haves” from the past, is optional and up to you as a couple. Are you on the fence about having bridesmaids and groomsmen? Here are six reasons you might want to consider opting out.

    You’re just not into the whole wedding party thing.

    If this is the case, then it should be an easy decision. If you’re not excited about the idea of bridesmaids and groomsmen, skip the wedding party. There’s no rule that you have to go that route, and you’ll just create unnecessary stress for yourself.

    You’re having a low-key wedding.

    If you’re striving for a casual affair, you might not want the formality of a traditional wedding party. Instead of choosing bridesmaids and groomsmen, you could incorporate your nearest and dearest into your wedding in other ways. For example, asking your sister and best friend to help you get ready before the ceremony or your best guy friends to do a short toast at the reception. Skipping the wedding party lets everyone relax and have fun.

    You and your friends are on a budget.

    Let’s be honest: a wedding party can be expensive for everyone involved. Bridesmaids have to buy dresses, shoes and accessories. Groomsmen have to rent tuxes or suits. Everyone has to pay for plane tickets, hotel rooms, gifts and other extras. And you and your spouse-to-be will also end up throwing down some cash for hair and makeup artists, dinners out, wedding party gifts, etc. All these expenses are worthwhile if you truly want to have your closest friends and family in your wedding party. If not, they can feel like a burden.

    You don’t want one more thing to organize.

    You two have a lot to juggle with your wedding planning, from bridal set rings to hotel room blocks. If wrangling a wedding party is going to be just another item on your to-do list, then opt out.

    You don’t want to pick favorites.

    Choosing who stands next to you as you say your vows can be an emotional and difficult task. You may have a large group of close friends from different parts of your life, and you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by picking a select few for your wedding party. If you want to avoid any drama, keep it simple.

    You want the focus to be on your union.

    At its core, your wedding day is about you two making a lifelong commitment to each other. Everything else is just gravy. Your friends and family will be honored to be there to support you when you say your vows – whether or not they’re in your official wedding party.

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  • Eco-Friendly Wedding Ideas on a Budget

    green-wedding-ideasWhen you plan a large event, like a wedding, you might be surprised by how much waste you produce by the end of the day. Leftover food, empty bottles, plastic packaging, abandoned decorations and party favors… not to mention the fuel required to ship items from distant locations.

    If you are environmentally conscious and want to reduce the impact your wedding has, it can be intimidating once you start looking at the cost of green alternatives. Planning an eco-friendly wedding while sticking to your budget is a challenge, but you can do it with a little advance planning and creativity. Here are a few ideas to help you throw a gorgeous wedding that represents your values and stays within your means.

    Green Wedding Planning Tips

    Buy secondhand.

    Remember that not everything has to be brand new to be beautiful. Vintage and thrifted items add stylish and unique touches to your wedding, while reducing your footprint and your expenses. Look for a one-of-a-kind vintage wedding gown on Etsy, or shop at garage sales or thrift stores for antique vases for table centerpieces.

    Keep the future in mind.

    While shopping for everything from wedding jewelry to reception decorations, ask yourself, “Will I ever use this again?” Avoid cheap, flimsy items that you’ll throw away after your wedding day. Look for opportunities to reuse items in the future. For example, choose wedding jewelry you would wear again for a fancy dinner out or potted plant centerpieces that double as wedding favors.

    Choose a naturally beautiful setting.

    To save money and reduce waste, opt for a wedding venue that has its own natural decorations. Get married in a botanical garden or a funky art museum where the decor is already stunning.

    Stay close.

    For a more eco-friendly wedding, cut down on the amount of transportation needed. Plan the ceremony and reception in the same place or within walking distance of each other. 

    Go paperless. 

    Use Paperless Post or a similar service to create elegant paperless save-the-dates and invitations.

    Pick green wedding vendors.

    Ask your wedding caterer, florist and other vendors if they offer any environmentally friendly options. For example, can you find a caterer who will use mostly local products, offer many vegetarian options and compost food waste? Can you find a florist who will make bouquets only from local, in-season flowers?

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  • 8 Instagram Accounts to Follow for Wedding Planning Inspiration

    Instagram, with its neverending feed of stunning photos from around the world, is ideal for an inspiration boost when you are planning your wedding.

    Not sure what style of men’s wedding bands or bridal ring sets to choose? Having trouble making decisions about flower arrangements or invitations? Instagram has the answers to all of your wedding planning questions.

    Here are just a few of our favorite Instagram accounts to follow while planning your wedding:

    1. HowHeAsked

    It’s OK if you get a little misty-eyed when scrolling through this one. It features photos of “proposal stories, engagement rings, and all things love,” and you can tag your own proposal photo with #HowHeAsked.


    2. Loverly

    This feed is beautifully curated with photos from real weddings and links to wedding planning tips, with a focus on personalized details.

    3. Brown Paper Design

    This California-based event design company has a swoon-worthy lookbook of everything from floral arrangements to inventive space design.

    4. Kleinfeld Bridal

    Fans of “Say Yes to the Dress” will need no convincing. Drool over Kleinfeld’s incredible selection of wedding gowns.

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    5. Sugar Flower Cake Shop

    Warning: do not look look at this account if you are hungry! Sugar Flower Cake Shop in New York City creates gorgeous cakes with realistic-looking sugar flowers.

    6. David’s Bridal

    Scroll through an extensive collection of wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, wedding jewelry and other details, plus photos of real weddings.

    7. Dauphine Press

    This artisan letterpress shop creates handcrafted wedding invitations that jump off the screen.

    8. My Trio Rings

    Of course no list would be complete without our own fabulous Instagram account! Follow to find your perfect rings - including diamond engagement rings, women’s wedding bands, men’s wedding bands, trio ring sets and bridal ring sets.


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  • Ideas for Wedding Day Attire: Something Old, New, Borrowed & Blue

    something-blue“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…” You know the old saying, but are you planning to incorporate this tradition into your wedding day attire for good luck?

    There are many different ways you can find your own unique something old, new, borrowed and blue. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

    Something Old

    This item can be an accessory you already own and love or something vintage you find secondhand. Start by looking through your own closet and jewelry box to see if you have a pair of shoes or a bracelet or a shawl that would complement your wedding attire. Then search at antique stores, thrift shops and Etsy stores for unique vintage finds. You can also take pieces of lace or material from a secondhand piece of clothing and use it in your wedding outfit. For example, make a handkerchief from the lining of an old coat belonging to your father, or sew lace from a thrift store dress onto your clutch.

    Something New

    This should be the easiest one to check off your list! You’ll likely be purchasing at least one new piece for your wedding day attire - from your dress and shoes to your veil and wedding jewelry.

    Something Borrowed

    An especially meaningful way to honor the past is to wear a borrowed item from a close family member or friend. This might mean incorporating something your mother or sister wore on her wedding day or a memento from someone who has passed away. Choose to wear one piece of wedding jewelry from someone special to you - earrings, a necklace, a brooch. You could also use jewelry as an accent on your bouquet or as hair accessories (transforming an antique pin into a hair comb for a fascinator, for example). Or wear a veil, headpiece, shawl or purse borrowed from a family member.

    Something Blue

    Even if blue isn’t one of your wedding colors, you can add a tiny accent into your wedding day attire. Wear azure or turquoise shoes (or paint the soles blue). Add blue stitching to your veil, purse, undergarments or handkerchief. Sport pale blue nail polish or eyeshadow. Incorporate blue flowers into your bouquet.

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  • How to Block Hotel Rooms for Wedding Guests

    blocking-hotel-rooms-for-weddingIf many of your guests will be traveling from out of town to attend your wedding, one of the most common questions they will ask you is: Where should we stay?

    You can provide guests with a list of a few hotel options for different budget ranges, but it’s considerate (and will ultimately save you time fielding logistical questions) if you reserve a block of rooms at a hotel near your wedding venue. You can often get a discounted room rate for groups, and it’s convenient to have many guests staying in the same location. Here are a few tips on how to block hotel rooms for wedding guests like a pro.

    Search for convenience.

    A hotel that’s a 45-minute drive from your wedding venue won’t be ideal for out-of-town guests. Look for a hotel that is easy to reach from your venue on foot, by public transit or via a short taxi ride. Pay attention to handy extras offered by the hotel, like an airport shuttle, free breakfast or family rooms for people with kids.

    Get to Googling.

    Research different hotels in the area, and compare prices and amenities to narrow the choices down to a short list. Also search for any large events that are going on around your wedding day - games, conventions, graduations, conventions. Any event that will flood the city with out-of-towners can affect the supply and price of hotel rooms.

    Look at different price ranges.

    When blocking rooms for wedding guests who are already traveling for your big day, pay attention to cost. Find a hotel with mid-range room rates, or Consider reserving room blocks at two different hotels, one that is more of a budget option (appealing for your cash-strapped peers) and one that is a more upscale choice (better for your older, more established relatives).

    Estimate rooms needed.

    Look at your guest list, think about who is likely to come and determine a realistic number of rooms you’ll need. Call your short list of hotels, and ask about pricing for blocking this number of rooms - keeping in mind you will probably want the rate for at least one day before and one day after your wedding. Ask for a detailed list of conditions from the hotel to secure this rate - for example, what percentage of rooms will need to be filled to avoid penalty, what the cancellation limitations are, if there are any hidden fees, etc. Ask if it’s possible to get a comp room for you and your spouse-to-be when blocking rooms for wedding guests.

    Notify guests.

    Set a cut-off date for room reservations, and let wedding guests know the details as soon as possible. Put the info on your wedding website if you have one, and tell guests to share far and wide.

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  • 9 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Venue

    wedding-venue-questionsWhere to host your ceremony and reception is one of the most important - and most difficult - decisions in the wedding planning process. The ideal wedding venue must meet a specific set of criteria - price, location, size, appearance, etc. - to be the right choice for your celebration. Have you narrowed down your options to a short list of venues? Here are the essential questions you need to ask before making a decision and signing a contract.

    1. Do you have experience hosting weddings or other large events (such as birthday parties, corporate events, rehearsal dinners)?
    You will want to make sure they have the capacity to handle an event with many guests, vendors and other moving pieces.

    2. Is it possible to host both the ceremony and the reception here?
    You can often save money and make logistics easier if you choose a single venue in which to exchange matching wedding bands and dance the night away. Ask if this is feasible, and follow up with specific questions about the space available and the work required to convert it from dining room to reception area.

    3. What are the rates for different days of the week, months of the year or times of day? Do you offer different packages, or are prices customizable? Are there any additional service fees or charges?
    Be very straightforward when you start talking about payment. Ask for all the options so you can compare prices and make the best decision for your wedding planning budget and timeline. Get a written list of all the rates if possible.

    4. Are there any restrictions on which vendors we can use (for example, only using the in-house caterer or choosing from a list of approved vendors)?
    This is an important question to ask if you have your heart set on a certain catering company, florist or DJ. Make sure you know how much choice and flexibility you have around vendors.

    5. Do you have a facility director or event coordinator who will be here on the wedding day?
    It’s extremely helpful to have go-to person to manage everything at the venue on your wedding day. Ask if this person will be present and what his or her responsibilities will be.

    6. What is the deposit to reserve the venue for our date? What is the cancellation policy?
    Verify the total amount you will need to pay for the reception, as well as the deadlines for each stage of payment.

    7. Are children allowed? Is there an age cutoff?
    This is especially important if you have your heart set on your friends’ children coming to the reception or your little nephew carrying the matching wedding bands down the aisle as the ring bearer.

    8. Is there a time limit or are there any noise restrictions we should know about?
    Be clear about the kind of wedding reception you plan on throwing - if you want a late-night dance party with a full bar but the venue prefers a subdued string quartet and wine and beer only, now is the time to find out.

    9. Are there any recent clients I can speak to?
    If a venue makes referrals available, take advantage of them! Ask previous clients about their personal experiences and recommendations.

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  • 4 Perfectly Personalized Wedding Ideas

    personalized-wedding-ideasThere is a wealth of wedding planning information available for engaged couples. Websites, blogs, magazines, books – the list goes on. While it is often a blessing to have so many helpful ideas and resources at your fingertips, it can also become a burden when you are trying to make decisions. Different sources offer conflicting advice, and after a while, you may find that you are losing sight of what you want and what others say you must have.

    When this happens, it’s a good idea to take a break and focus on what type of wedding you two want. How can you infuse your personalities and styles into your celebration? How can you incorporate small touches that are memorable and unique? Check out these personalized wedding ideas, and brainstorm your own list.

    Wedding Planning With a Personal Touch

    1. Find an officiant who knows you.

    Your wedding ceremony will have greater significance if your officiant shares genuine reflections and experiences about you as a couple. If you can, ask someone you know – a religious leader from your place of worship or a family friend who is licensed to legally marry you in your state. If you are looking for someone you don’t already know to be your officiant, take the time to get to know him or her and vice versa. Ask questions, and share details of your relationship, from how you met to what your plans are for the future. Look for someone who you will feel comfortable with when you exchange trio ring sets and say “I do.”

    2. Select readings and songs with personal meaning

    .Choosing the music and readings for your wedding can be one of the most challenging parts of wedding planning, whether you are having a religious ceremony or not. Ask the venue where you are getting married if there are any restrictions in advance (for example, if it will be a problem to use a pop song when you walk down the aisle in a Christian church). Have trusted friends and family members do some research and make suggestions. Look outside the standard wedding selections, and try to find reflections that speak to you as a couple.

    3. Add flavor.

    Make the food you serve at your wedding reception a reflection of your family, your culture or your region. For example, the appetizers you serve could be a nod to recipes your family loves to serve at holidays, or the traditional wedding cake could be replaced by a favorite dessert from your home state.

    4. Combine past and present.

    Set up a table at your wedding where you can display framed photos from both of your families. For example, photos of your parents or grandparents at their weddings, photos of family members who have died or photos of the two of you growing up. On this same table, you can also include a traditional guest book or something a little different: for example, a box where guests can write marriage advice or date ideas on slips of paper for you to read later. 

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  • How to Crowdsource Your Wedding Photos

    crowdsourcing-your-wedding-photosWhile 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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  • 5 Fun & Casual Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Ideas

    crawfish-boil-rehearsal-dinnerWait, we have to plan yet another big party in addition to the one we’re already planning? You’ve gotta be kidding me!

    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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