Getting Engaged

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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1168 posts
Bumble bee

I think the ring is just incidental! To me, it’s about the fact that you’re marrying the man of your dreams. Maybe you could get the setting you like in gold or platinum and just trade the CZ center stone out for a real diamond after the wedding? 

Post # 3
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1362 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with upgrading.  I did it myself (though with a moissy, not a diamond).  I don’t think putting all of your cards on the wedding money to fund your upgrade is a good idea, though.  

Post # 4
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653 posts
Busy bee

 

Watergrl523:  Upgrading is  the way to go 🙂 get the setting you want and make sure the diamond you have been dreaming about will fit in the setting. that way your wedding band will match the e-ring. sometimes it’s hard finding a perfect set. don’t count on getting a lot of money from people at your wedding, i had 100 people at mine and only got about 300 dollars. These people were pretty well off, we got a LOT in gift cards, though.

Post # 6
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430 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 1994

Watergrl523:  Berricle is online, has beautiful high quality AAA czs, some wedding sets too.  Even ascher cuts. Rings are silver.  Sale on site right now 30% off thru October.  Rings and sets are under $100.  I wear a 2ct halo from them all the time and get compliments everywhere. Plus they ship fast!!!

Post # 8
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370 posts
Helper bee

Maybe purchase a small diamond from online that has a 100% upgrade policy. Where when your ready, you can trade in your diamond for one that you want. Contact the people on pricescope.com they help alot of people do this. They will even find settings and diamonds within your designated price range. 

Post # 9
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1517 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I would be careful about counting on cash from guests. While we didn’t have to worry about getting money (I’m an older bride), my friend’s niece was hoping to put a large payment down on her mortgage and it didn’t happen.  

Not even close.

With 100 people in attendance, she only got a shade over $900.00. Probably enough to cover one monthly payment. 🙁

I had 27 people in attendance (29 including ourselves) and we got 3 or 4 donations to an agreed upon charity and gift cards while others attended without giving a thing.

We still had a blast.

Upgrade or buy just a wedding band until you can afford what you want but my point is don’t rely on anyone other than you and your FI to finance your ring.

 

Post # 10
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1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I would definitely not count on getting enough money from guests to upgrade to your dream ring.

Get yourself a ring you can afford now, then just wait until you’re more financially secure and can pay cash for an anniversary upgrade in a few years.

Post # 12
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430 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 1994

Some cz is low quality. Some metals are cheap. Some settings are poorly done.  There are high quality czs set in gold, but you will pay more.  

Oh,  my, though , if you can up the budget a wee bit moissanite and the new amora gem are awesome diamond alternatives. Google moissanite and amora gem.  You’ll be amazed. 

Post # 13
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996 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Definitely do some research on cheaper options. The ring is not worth putting a marriage off for, or losing significant finances. 

Post # 15
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430 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 1994

No,  moissanite and the new amora gem are both forever stones,  nearly as hard as diamonds too. Like a diamond,  keep them clean and they will sparkle like new.

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