(Closed) which wedding band would you choose?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which wedding band should I get?
    Save your cash and get the cheaper online one - they are practically the same thing! : (29 votes)
    55 %
    Go with the local jeweler, don't cheap out on this aspect of the wedding! : (24 votes)
    45 %
  • Post # 3
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    1776 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Go with the cheaper ring.  I bought mine at Kay’s for $250 on sale over the summer.

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    If it’s at all within my ability to afford, I always opt for a local merchant over an online dealer. I like to support small businesses and it’s like investing in your community. Also, a local jeweler will provide you with support after the purchase, fixing anything that might be wrong, replacing it if necessary, working with you to make sure it fits and looks great, and will provide complimentary cleanings and tune-ups (tightening the settings) going on into the future. You don’t get any of that relationship from a website.

    Post # 5
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    7587 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    Don’t cheap out on it!!! The ceremony and reception thoughts will eventually fade. Your ring however will be staring you in the face for a very long time!

    Post # 6
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    1184 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    nothing makes me happier (well, there are some things…) than saving money or getting a good deal, but this is one thing that even i would go for the more expensive version of. you’re going to be wearing it for the rest of your life. if the difference in price was $1000+ i would feel differently, but even the more expensive one is a decent price and if you love it, i would buy that one.

    Post # 7
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Higher price doesn’t necessarily mean better. It sounds like the two rings in question are about equal, go for the cheaper one. Remember that traditional jewelery stores have to charge more because they have more overhead expenses.

    My wedding band from an online jeweler is going to cost about 1/3 as much as it would from the traditional jewelry store I originally saw it at ($900 versus $2500). And it’s just as good, if not better, quality!

    Post # 8
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    149 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I would prefer to save the money if it was the same ring, but I would not buy it online. I think it is nice to be in person to see the ring and try it on etc. I do not know anything about the clarity specifics posted, but IMO I would go to the local jewelry store 🙂 

    Post # 9
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    1729 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @abbyful: Ditto, ditto, ditto!

     

    E-weddingbands has a great reputation. Just because they have cheap prices doesn’t mean their products are cheap! I would definitely go with a band from their site.

    Post # 10
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    996 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I think you should wait and look around a little more because $799 plus tax seems like a lot for .3 carats. Since your not getting married until June I would wait for the Christmas and Boxing Day sales. Your bound to get a better deal then.

    Post # 12
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    561 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Hmmm that’s a tough one. I think I’d wait a bit longer to see if I could get a better deal on a better ring.

    Post # 13
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    13101 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’d get the one online – it’s practically the same ring!  Why spend more than you have to?  I also wouldn’t worry about the color/clarity too much.  Smaller diamonds used as accents and such rarely have the specs of a larger center stone (or if they do – you pay a pretty penny for it).

    Post # 14
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    1297 posts
    Bumble bee

    @future Mrs.M:  I would go with the local jeweler like you said you have to wear this forever.  You mine as well have something that you love on your finger forever than something your not completely happy with.  Although they aren’t that far away in color but if color is important then look for another ring.  I personally like eweddingbands.com  I plan on getting my future wedding band from them one day but it’s going to be a classic plain band for $156.  Their prices are great IMO.  I hope this helps.

    Post # 15
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    232 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    Go with the local jeweler, esp. if you love this ring. I was thinking about ordering one online, but I like to see how a ring looks on my finger with my e-ring first.

    Post # 16
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    1675 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I’m in Canada too, so I totally understand about the duty and all that (SO annoying!).

    Honestly, I would keep looking. That seems high for the TCW you’re looking at. Have you tried overstock.com’s Canadian site? A quick glance over there shows similar bands with higher TCW for ~$600.

    Another option: not sure where you are, but I’m within an hour of the border. If you are as well, then I always, always, always recommend hopping across the border and shopping in person. You may still have to pay duty/tax (depending on how forgiving the border agents are on any given day!), bit it’s worth it to shop in person. I would wait until after American Thanksgiving or Christmas and hit the sales – if it’s possible for you to do this I think you will find the savings are significant.

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