Post # 1
We just got back from browsing wedding bands at the jewelry store he bought my e-ring from and I’m a little discouraged because I didn’t think they’d be THAT expensive. I’m just looking for something plain, maybe a little bit of sparkle, but I definitely don’t need it and I certainly don’t want or expect my Fiance to drop another couple to few grand on my wedding ring. I know he doesn’t want me to spend a ton on him either.
We didn’t think they’d be as pricey as they were and we aren’t looking to spend that much. Is that bad?!? I feel guilty admitting that me might be cheaping out on this aspect of the wedding. In reality, I know very few couples that have been married for 30+ years (like my Fiance and I hope to be some day), that actually have their original bands. In some cases (like my parents) they’re on their 2nd or 3rd set of bands for whatever reasons, ie. getting lost, went down the drain, garden gnomes stole them, dust bunnies ran away with them….whatever!
Am I alone in thinking that there’s little need to go and spend even more than a few hundred dollars on wedding rings knowing pretty well that despite all of our best efforts, we’re very likely to end up having to get new ones down the road? The rings we end up with will be blessed and they will mean the same to us no matter what we end up spending but I feel so much pressure to spend big bucks on something I hate to admit, he may lose/misplace down the road. Am I being too pessimistic?! Watch, we’ll spend little to nothing on our rings and end up having those suckers forever !
Post # 3
I am there with you! We are budgetting 1K total for both of our bands! You can still get something with sparkle for that much 🙂
Post # 4
I was shocked at the price of the wedding bands too!! I definitely lucked out that the Fiance picked a band that was only $85 (titanium, i think it was). Mine… wow. The setting for my Engagement Ring was about $300 .. the wedding band which is the same size, thinner, same quality (14k white gold) was $100 more. I was… very shocked since i thought it would cost LESS than the ering setting since there was less metal to it.
Post # 5
My FH and I set a $1500 limit for me and a $700 limit for him…and came in a bit under at $1400 for me and $500 for him and we LOVE our rings!
I got 2 bands…1/2 carat TW each (so about 700 each) and LOVE the sparkle! I looked/tried on the 1 carat TW but they made my solitaire look smaller (lol) and I wanted it to be the center of attention, anyway 🙂
Post # 6
I got my plain white gold band for $130 from an etsy vendor. It is super thin, and exactly what I wanted.
Post # 7
The same thing happened to us… I had no idea just plain bands would be so expensive!
We ended up spending a little over 1k for ours. mine was around $350 (just plain, my ering is enough sparkle for me!) and his was around $700.
Post # 8
I agree… I’m leaning toward a plain white gold band and most people I talk to are dismayed that I’m not going for heavy bling on the wedding band. So I will probably end up buying a wedding band that costs less than some of my purses. I don’t care, I think the plain metal bands will hold up the best over time and I kind of like the traditional classic look. I don’t think the dollar cost of the ring is what makes it meaningful.
Post # 9
I’m planning on wearing my set for a long, long time. I felt terrible about my band costing so much, but at the time, my husband was like, “Um…I got you that ring so that you can get the matching band. I don’t care how much it costs!” So, I wasn’t going to argue. I love my set though and don’t see myself replacing it in the future.
You could always do a less expensive band now and upgrade later to a nice anniversary band at 5, 10, 15 years…
Post # 10
My wedding band happened to be 40% off the day we got it which put it right under $1k. His band will end up being around $100 I think.
Post # 11
I spent $200 on my husband’s tungsten wedding band, and he spent $700 on mine. Mine is 2 mm wide and has diamonds around half the band, to match my e-ring. I wouldn’t have spent more than $1K on my band, and that would only have been if there were diamond around the whole thing, which I didn’t want anyway.
Post # 12
You need to do what’s right for you. Fiance and I had my engagement ring made with the idea that we would not be upgrading or trading in my ring down the line so we are in turn spending a little more money on my wedding band as well. But I know plenty of people who have upgraded their bands or traded them in later. My mother is on her 3rd set. So don’t stress yourself and only spend what you feel comfortable spending and if years down the road you regret your decision, there are always upgrades to be made.
Post # 13
I couldn’t believe the cost either! His comfort fit platinum band is going to be about $800
Post # 14
You may want to look at a gold & silver exchange type place (they sell diamonds, as well). The one my fiance and I went to was Dallas Gold & Silver Exchange. For men’s bands, they had a lot more options (plus better prices) than other retail stores and I feel you can haggle a bit more.
I had budgeted for $1K but we found the ring he loved for $600…and they gave it to me for $400. They had to order his size, but it was delivered in 2 or 3 days. All in all, I was very happy with the entire process!
Post # 15
We got the rings with the idea that they are forever. I want to wear the same band that Fiance married me with for the rest of my life. But in case we do lose them, it’s not an issue since they are fully insured.
We spent about $1200-$1400 total on ours at Blue Nile. Mine was Platinum with diamonds, his white gold. We found the prices there to be better than any jewelers.
Post # 16
My e-ring and band came as a set and we paid a little over $3500. FI’s band was custom-made with gold and diamonds we already had. He said if we didn’t have it it would have been about $1200 dollars. Luckily with the credit and a discount from the jeweler (FI’s mom practically lives there) we got it for just above $600.