When the honeymoon is over, the flowers are gone, the dress has been stored and the tux returned, your wedding band will always be right there on your finger, a constant reminder of your wedding day. Wedding bands are an important element of your wedding ceremony, but they are also a symbol of your everlasting love to each other. Because wedding bands are so important, it’s hard to know what kind to buy and how much to spend. Should you buy your husband’s ring and he buy yours? Should you just buy them together? Should they match? Should you get them engraved? There are many questions to be answered, so we’ve created an easy guide with advice on how to buy and save money on wedding rings.
Traditionally, the bride will buy the wedding band for the groom, and vice versa. This is a romantic tradition because both bride and groom are presenting the wedding bands to one another as a gift. The new trend is that couples are ring
shopping together and choosing their own bands. I think this is a great trend because style is personal, and with a ring you’ll be wearing for the rest of your life, you want to make sure you like it. Recently, more and more couples are combining finances before the wedding, so buying the rings together is becoming more common. You can also save more money by buying your rings from the same jeweler. When shopping, be sure to ask if they can give you a break on the price if you buy both rings there.
No matter your budget, you can find beautiful wedding bands that will be a constant symbol of your love and your union. From $100 to $100,000, you’ll find all sorts of options that will work for you. Your budget can be tricky to determine, but it’s best to figure out how much you want to spend before you go ring shopping. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the options once you’re at the store, but by setting a strict budget, you can control one factor in your decision.
With a wedding band, remember where you are at this point in your life. Maybe you don’t have a lot of money or you’re purchasing a home. Don’t go for your dream ring if it’s too much money. It will only be a source of stress instead of a symbol of your love. Stay within your means and remember, you can always add on later. Also remember that this is a ring that you’ll have for the rest of your life, so if you can afford to get your dream ring, go for it.
Many jewelers have quite a bit of wiggle room in their prices. Always try to negotiate. When I went ring shopping, the ring I wanted was $700 over my budget. It took some back and forth talking with the owner of the jewelry store, but I was able to get my ring for the price I could afford. The store would rather make the sale for a bit less than lose your business all together. As I said before, set a budget and stick to it.
Style & Practicality
There are so many styles to choose from that it would be impossible to tell you which one is right for you. There really is no right or wrong answer. When buying a ring, think about your day to day life. Think about your personal style. Do you work with your hands? Would an ornate ring get in the way of day-to-day tasks? For example, if you work construction, you wouldn’t want a delicate ring because the chances of it getting damaged are good. A ring that will be worn every day must be durable and able to withstand your daily activities.
It’s also important to think about materials. Titanium or tungsten are strong as opposed to gold which is more delicate. Gold and other precious metals will scratch and bend more easily. Consider the comfort on your finger. You wouldn’t buy high heels to wear in a marathon, no matter how great they looked. Therefore, you shouldn’t buy a ring that doesn’t feel right on your finger, because you’ll be wearing it for a long time. Some couples choose wooden rings, some want diamonds, some choose simple bands. Choose a ring that will work for you and your lifestyle.
Gold, Silver or Platinum?
Many couples choose the metal for their bands by matching it to the engagement ring. However, each of you can wear a similar style in different metals. Consider which metals each of you wear regularly – is most of her jewelry silver or gold? Couples don’t have to match if they don’t want to. It’s all about personal preferences. The most common choices are yellow gold white gold, or platinum. Platinum is the hardest and most expensive metal. If platinum is too much money, don’t be afraid to ask about alternative metals. Many jewelers offer titanium, tungsten, palladium, and even aluminum.
The ring on the left is platinum, the one on the right is palladium. Can you tell the difference? The rings are virtually identical, the real noticeable difference is weight. Platinum is heavier than palladium, but they look almost the same. If your dream ring in platinum is too much, ask about alternative metals. You can usually get the same look for less.
Getting your rings engraved is a thoughtful and romantic way to add a little something special. You can simple put you wedding date, or even include intials or a special message. Many couples wait and get their rings engraved for a wedding anniversary. Just remember you have very little space to work with, so keep your engraving short and simple.
In the end, your wedding ring is a reflection of your relationship and your personal style. Visit as many jewelers as possible to compare prices and styles. Think about your lifestyle, your tastes, and trust your gut. You can’t go wrong!