How to Save Money on Your Wedding Rings
When it comes to buying your wedding rings, it’s easy to lose control over the price tag. After all, it’s the outward symbol to the world that you are committed to your spouse. But when you’re planning a wedding on a budget, there are several ways to save money on this purchase, but not feel like you’re going without a precious piece of jewelry that you’ll wear for the rest of your life.
1. Metal Choice: When it comes to the type of metal you choose, there are many options that will look just as nice and last as long as the platinum bands. A few to keep in mind are sterling silver, white gold, and even titanium as options for your rings.
2. Stones: While diamonds are the standard stones set into engagement and wedding rings, they can easily be one of the most expensive parts as well. Look at other stones such as your birthstone or those that come in your favorite colors as an alternative.
3. Vintage or Auction: Browse estate sales or auctions for older pieces of jewelry. Traditionally, you can make a more valuable purchase than if you bought brand new from a sales floor. This may allow you to buy a more traditional style of ring without blowing the budget. Also, auctions in person or online may provide you with another way to save money.
4. Buy as a Set: If your engagement ring isn’t meant to be a surprise, you should be able to purchase the engagement and wedding rings as a set. These are usually offered at a discounted rate since you are buying multiple pieces. Be sure to shop around to see what company is offering the best deal on the type of rings you want to buy.
5. Family Heirlooms: You may be lucky enough to have a ring or set of rings that has been passed down through the family. These are often beautiful and sometimes unique pieces that aren’t made anymore. Plus you have the family history behind it which adds to the value when you’re wearing it.
6. Shop Online: In today’s world, even jewelers are listing their stock online for customers to browse. There’s less overhead and operating costs with no storefront, and often, those savings are passed on to you when you make your purchases.
7. Upgrade Later: If you can’t afford what you call your “dream” rings, then go ahead and find pieces you would like to wear for the beginning of your marriage and start saving for an upgrade to come at a future anniversary. By then you should be settled and financially able to afford a more expensive set of rings than when you’re first starting out married life.
Overall, no matter where you make your purchase, just remember these are symbols to everyone else that you’re married. You don’t have to have the biggest diamond or the thickest band; every time you see it, you’ll feel the love between you and your spouse, not that it was on sale or from an online store.