Price of ring compared to wedding cost?

posted 2 months ago in Parties
  • poll: Which did you spend more money on?
    Rings : (23 votes)
    17 %
    Wedding : (99 votes)
    73 %
    About the same : (14 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 61
    Member
    54 posts
    Worker bee

    With my first marriage the wedding was way more than the ring:

    ering – $6,000

    wedding band – $1500

    Wedding – $30k

    I wanted the wedding because it was my first marriage and I really romanticized the experience, lol. I wanted the big white dress and the beautiful day. And it was beautiful. But I’m over it and totally don’t need or want to do it again. It was way too much trouble, headache, and expense for the experience. However, it’s also one of those things that I had to do. No one could have told me it wasn’t worth it because I wouldn’t have believed them. I had to experience it for myself.

    This go-round I couldn’t care less about the wedding. We could go to the courthouse for all I care. But I was determined to get the exact ring I wanted:

    ering – $22k

    wedding rings (getting a stack) – ??. Haven’t found the rings yet.

    Wedding – $1,000 or less.

    Post # 62
    Member
    62 posts
    Worker bee

    kittycatcat :  kittycatcat :  Every time I hear Sweet Caroline on the radio, I remember that this song played as my former roommate walked down the aisle (I know there were two other songs too-I think Sweet Child of Mine was another one). It makes me so happy to think of their wedding every time those songs play. I also remember that the mother/son dance was to First Day of my Life by Bright Eyes. They had a Habit Burger food truck-there’s no forgetting that! I remember the decor for another former roommate’s wedding quite well because we lived together while she was planning and prepping everything. I remember being in a big circle and signing along to YMCA with all the guests at another friend’s wedding as well as how much fun I had talking with the other guests-I didn’t know anyone but the couple. Years before these weddings, my nextdoor neighbors got married and invited my family. I’ll never forget the incredible fruit-flavored filled cupcakes with whipped cream frosting. The wedding was about 14 years ago and I’d do anything for more of those cupcakes! I also remember the bride had a red Chinese-inspired dress. 

    Post # 63
    Member
    1195 posts
    Bumble bee

    People have very different relationships with their rings. My best friend just got married and she bought herself 2 rings and based on moods changes them. My mum buys herself a new cheap ring whenever rshe finds one she likes and wears it on her ring finger. My colleague wears her ring if she remembers to put it on in the morning after gym. Few friends wear it day and night and never takes it off. So I guess the cost really depends on what makes sense. I’m not sure there is necessarily relationship between ring price and wedding price since there are so many factors and usually significantly more people paying.

    Post # 64
    Member
    1079 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2019

    My ring has more significance to me than the actual wedding (besides the actually getting married part, obviously that’s the most significant, but that can of course be done for very cheap). However, I don’t and never did want an expensive ring. I got exactly what I want, which is a purple sapphire ring. I don’t know the exact cost, I think it ended up being around $2000.

    Our wedding will most likely end up being ~$18,000 for about 175 guests. We didn’t want to spend a ton on the wedding, but obviously with 175 guests for a Saturday evening wedding, there’s only so much you can do to cut costs (without sacrificing guest comfort). What is important to us is that all of our friends and family are there, and that everyone has a great time and our guests are well provided for.

    I never would have thought to compare the price of my ring to the cost of our wedding. In both cases, we spent the amount of money that we felt was necessary to achieve what we wanted for my ring and for our wedding.

    Post # 66
    Member
    531 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2019

    Our rings are about $4,500 and our wedding is about $8,500 – $9,000 (haven’t gathered official numbers yet). Our wedding is an actual elopement / 10 day honeymoon though so it’s a little different than a traditional wedding.

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