My wedding band budget dilemma

posted 2 years ago in Rings
  • poll: How should I work with my budget?
    Change engagement ring to dream halo + cheaper eternity wedding band : (7 votes)
    30 %
    Keep solitaire engagement ring + more expensive wedding ring : (16 votes)
    70 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    1275 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I had a solitaire and didn’t love it.  I upgraded to a more intricate setting with sidestones and the designer made a matching wedding band for a really reasonable (read: cheap) price.  I am very happy I did it!!!  Now all my wedding photos will have my forever rings in it.  That was really important to me and I knew I just wouldn’t be happy forever with the setting I had originally.

    Post # 3
    Member
    557 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 1993

    Love the halo setting. Can you tell me who makes it?

    Post # 6
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    4939 posts
    Honey bee

    Chicpeas:  The halo setting you like is really beautiful. If your FI is on board with changing the setting for your ERing, then it’s probably a good idea to go that route. You could always go with a cheaper (in price, but not in beauty!) wedding band and, then, get a larger band for an anniversary later on. You could stack them, if you like that kind of thing. Or, you could wear it on a different hand.

    Post # 7
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    1317 posts
    Bumble bee

    Chicpeas:  I do think the wedding band should be more important. Engagement is a step before the commitment of a wedding.. Kinda like a placeholder, however nowadays the ering has taken over. 

    If you don’t hate your ering, it’s a solitatre, it can’t possible be ugly, I’d leave that and get the wedding band of your dreams. That way you get to keep what your Fi got you making it more special AND pick something you love… Best f both worlds. 

    Although i do remember your fi was really cut and upset about you wanting to change your ring. So if you now have him on your side, if you don’t change it, all that heartache and conflict between the two of you would have been for nothing so perhaps stick with your gut and change it. 

    Post # 8
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    1275 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Chicpeas:  Another issue was that I just didn’t see any wedding bands I loved with my e-ring.  Like, nothing wowed me, at all.  I love my rings now!

    Before:

    After!

    Don’t have any of my wedding band with it yet.  Soon my pro pics will be back though!!

    Post # 9
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    3531 posts
    Sugar bee

    Chicpeas:  Why can’t you keep the solitaire and get a wrap that makes it look a halo?

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pricescope.com%2Fforum%2Ffiles%2Fhalo_enhancer_2.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pricescope.com%2Fforum%2Frockytalky%2Fwill-a-halo-overwhelm-my-stone-t180859.html&h=400&w=400&tbnid=MNAmPMs9MLnsaM%3A&zoom=1&docid=ILEw2Wtx7hiUAM&ei=02QSVMXSGdeqyASf9IFQ&tbm=isch&client=safari&ved=0CC0QMygGMAY&iact=rc&uact=3&dur=781&page=1&start=0&ndsp=10

    Like that?  Me personally I’m not a big fan of changing an engagment ring after it’s been received and given your post here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/should-i-keep-my-solitaire-or-change-to-halo-setting/#axzz3D4DsvDXg.  It looks like a nice ring. I don’t see why you don’t just kep the original and just get a really nice wedding band.

    Post # 11
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    637 posts
    Busy bee

    If possible, I would change to the setting you love now – the halo.  It sounds like you’re not really in love with the solitaire and you may look back on your photos with regret if you keep it.  I’d rather get married with the ring I love.

    Post # 12
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    5483 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

     

    208bride:  whoa your reset looks awesome!

    Chicpeas:  i vote keep the solitaire but only because i LOVE the wedding bands you picked. and like pp said, your partner chose one ring and you chose the other and i like that symbolism, rather than changing your ering 🙂

    Post # 13
    Member
    370 posts
    Helper bee

    Remember, with pave there’s the possibility of losing diamonds. There’s lots of posts on here where they love their pave, delicate rings and then loose a stone and are annoyed and devastated. Some even switch to a simpler setting for maintenance reasons even though they prefer pave. I originally wanted pave but for those reasons, I now want a solitaire with a channel band. I would hate it if that happen ed to you and then went back to solitaire due to maintenance. I think you should consider this, I know for me,if my man gave me something that wasn’t my style and I switched it. I’d feel horrible for hurting his feelings and miss it be side it came from him and it was from his heart and represented what he thought would be best for me. Imagine changing it and then people complimenting you on it, and you explaining that you switched it out because you were unhappy with your husbands choice, how will that make him look/feel? Receiving a gift and exchanging from someone you rarely know is one thing but when it’s an important person, it’s hurtful. I hope everything works out for you in the end and you could always get a right hand ring that’s a halo

    Post # 14
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    121 posts
    Blushing bee

    I would keep the solitaire but I do not like halo’s at all. The solitaire is so classic! Why not get an enhancer to make it look like a halo and pick one of those lovely wedding rings?

    Post # 15
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    121 posts
    Blushing bee

    smashleykat:  You’re right about pave!I love pave on the side of a solitaire but choose a channel set for the same reasons.

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