Post # 1
Will you tell me some creative ideas on how you and your fiance afforded your engagement ring? Just assuming that some of you had to pinch pennies due to this rough economy just like me and my bf. Since we are all a little anxious and women in waiting did you help pay for your ring? Did you guys’ come up with creative tricks or ideas to make your engagement more affordable? Let me know! 🙂 I love hearing the things people will give up for love.. I just read an article on MSN or Yahoo about a guy selling all of his prized baseball cards! I have expressed to my bf that i wanted a pink morganite and found one for under 1K and it is gorgeous. I would love to hear everyones opinion.
Post # 3
My Fiance and I are both in university at the moment, so he worked part-time for a good part of the year, and full-time as a painter over the summer to buy my ring.
Every time I look at it, I remember all the days last summer he came home aching, completely exhausted, and drenched with sweat. It makes me smile every time I think about it, because it reminds me of how much he must love me, to do all that so that I could have the ring I wanted.
Had I known he was going to propose, I would have gladly paid for part of the ring myself (I used to work as a teller at the bank and had saved up more money than he had), but I think it was a matter of pride for him, to be able to give me something that he had worked and paid for himself.
For our wedding bands, his mother (whom I adore :)) donated a bunch of her old gold jewelry that she doesn’t like/wear to be sold, so that it would help defray the cost.
Post # 4
When my hubby and I first started looking at rings I picked one out that I liked alot (at Zales) and one that was alot cheaper (off ebay). I told him that I did not care which one he got me. At the time neither of us had a good paying job. He told me he wanted to wait to get engaged until he could afford to get me the one from Zales. Disapointed, I told him that I’d rather be engaged to him and that I’d wear something out of a crackerjack box. 2 months later we went on a snowboarding trip with some friends and he proposed! I said yes without even looking down at the ring at first and then I realized it was the one from Zales! I asked him how…?? And he said he had a long talk with his dad and his dad wanted to buy the ring for me and that he’s paying his dad back in monthly payments. I was shocked. I did not know his dad liked me that much! Well that was back in Jan 2010. We paid off the ring right before we got married(Jan 2011. For our 1 yr anniversary (Jan 2012) my hubby just upgraded me “just because” he wanted to
Post # 5
@rachelmichelle: that is so precious! you are a very lucky woman :)! men can be so romantic at times.
Post # 6
I knew I wanted an antique ring, and let’s just say, based on prices, they sold themselves 🙂 I found a platinum/diamond ring that I LOVED (obviously if the stone was a tiny bit bigger I wouldn’t have minded 😉 ) but it was perfect and affordable. SO and I are grad students, so he saved over 6 months to purchase it. Still waiting on it… haha!
Post # 7
@JessMorgan777: that’s beautiful! I am so happy you have a good relationship with his father. Not only does the ring mean a lot because he really considered your true wants, he also took the time to sit down with his father and work out the details to make it happen for you. Reading posts like these make me happy for all of you 🙂
Post # 8
Darling Husband and I selected a smaller ring! I am not a flashy jewelry person, and knew that I wouldn’t like anything big. Mine is the perfect size for me, was under a grand for my set, and I couldn’t be happier!
Post # 9
I think that whole rule of a few months salary is total non-sense for a ring. With bills and life it would have taken Fiance forever to save for the ring. I chose a ring that I loved but was also way more affordable. My ring is a halo that is made up of a ton of diamonds, but they are all small. It’s what we could afford now, and then in the future we were thinking we could upgrade to a 1-2 carat diamond for our 20th anniversary or something. This saved us a good chunk of change, and we can use it towards our wedding instead of the ring.
Post # 10
So I have two suggestions: first, my friend did end up getting her ring off ebay and had a wonderful experience! So much so that they ended up getting their bands off ebay as well!
Personally, my fiance and I talked about the ring for awhile (I had always dreamed of a princess cut solitaire). BUT in the end, we ended up taking one of my mothers rings and using the center stone for my ring…Its a round stone, so I compromised…and I ended up choosing a setting with baguettes on the sides instead of going the solitaire route. I LOVE IT! Not only did we save over $5,000 by doing it this way, I will always have a reminder of my mother!
Post # 11
Fiance and I bought my ring at Sam’s Club. We got a gorgeous ring for a lot less than we would have paid at a regular jeweler’s. I was a little weirded out at first, buying an e-ring from a big box store, but at the end of the day – it’s gorgeous, it didn’t break the bank and no one knows where it’s from unless I tell them.
Post # 12
I have no shame to my game, i have looked at ebay, amazon, and a bunch of other lower end places- I would feel too guilty spending outrageous cash on my ring, especially when with the engagement comes the cost of the wedding! I definately pass no judgement when it comes to people and where and how they got their rings, love is love, no dollar amount involved.
Post # 13
I dont want my SO to buy ring beyond his means. I told him to get me anything and not to worry about the money.
Post # 14
My Fiance saved money in a few ways:
1) He bought my ring on ebay. I LOVE it which is all that really matters, but as a nice bonus it appraised for nearly 3 times what he paid for it.
2) I requested an aquamarine instead of a diamond–cost wasn’t the reason I wanted one but that was a plus as well, and I certainly ended up with a much bigger stone as a result (which was a priority to my FI)
As for actually saving up for the ring, he used some of the money from selling his motorcycle (planned anyway because he wanted a different bike) and also just putting a little bit of money away each month.
Post # 15
Fiance and I went to a custom jeweler. We actually ended up spending just as much as at the high end jewelry store, but got a much bigger stone of the same quality for the same price…
Post # 16
My Fiance is really in to stocks and that is how he bought and paid for my ring. He played with his stocks for about a year to make enough money to buy me my dream ring I gotta say I was impressed!