(Closed) Ring Shopping Question

posted 6 years ago in Waiting
  • poll: Would you ask the budget beforehand
    Yes, I'd ask him what the budget is on the way over to the store : (53 votes)
    65 %
    No, I'd wait for the clerk to ask him the budget at the store : (15 votes)
    18 %
    Something else (see comments) : (14 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    3150 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I don’t think you need to worry about the budget. Ring shopping can happen in a few different ways. Perhaps you will browse and show him the style(s) of rings you like. It doesn’t have to be the time where he buys the ring- sounds like he just wants to get some ideas. Follow his lead on this.

    Post # 4
    4439 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    You guys are about to be married so you’d better get comfortable discussing finances!

    Have you looked at rings?  When I looked I found that anything over $3k I wasn’t really a fan of it was either too big or over-ornate (if that’s possible, LOL)

    My Fiance also had no idea about the 3 months salary idea, so I think you should talk about it before hand.

    I really suggest picking out the ring and then monitoring it’s price for awhile, Fiance and I saved about $600 this way.  Don’t think just because you go that day you have to buy at that store!  I did A LOT of lookin’!

    Post # 7
    4439 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    @fingerscrossed:  I did an edit to address this. He needs to go ahead and get the engagement done because he’s the one who wants to get married in 2013 now…

    I know how you feel there!  My Fiance wanted to get married in 2012 but waited until Nov 2011 to propose so I told him that probably wouldn’t happen!

    Post # 9
    1059 posts
    Bumble bee

    Do you know if he has anything in mind? My SO and I have insanely different ideas of what an appropriate budget for a ring is (I sent him some rings I liked and he laughed at me and called me cheap. Though it is true, I am cheap, haha), and I cannot in a million years have imagined asking him what a budget was etc. since I would prob have been like huh? seriously? by his answer.

    If he has something in mind, then maybe you could say something like oh let’s see how much a ring like that would cost, and then be like it cost xyz dollars, did you have a budget in mind? You know, something that sounds natural (but was totally scripted on WB!).

    Post # 10
    337 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    @MariaW:  +1 Everything you said!!!

    Post # 11
    1839 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    i think it’d be better to ask him prior to “on the way over”

    Post # 12
    2143 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    We talked about budget beforehand. We are pretty open and talk about anything, so I straight up asked him one day while we were talking about duetting engaged etc. I was basically like “so what were you thinking for ring budget?” Although he wants to buy the ring “by himself,” we’ve discussed that the money in both of our bank accounts is “our money”. 🙂 

    Post # 13
    1402 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    We discussed the budget beforehand.  I also took the reins on ring shopping because my SO was rather intimidated by jewelry stores, so that was something I needed to know to tell the people at the jewelry store so we didn’t accidently go over budget.

    Post # 14
    2606 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I don’t think you need to make it a big deal discussion. I’d just ask him in the car “so, what kind of price range should we be looking for?”

    I didnt’ ask for a budget, but I made sure to look for a wide range of price points.  I shopped alone and gave my SO a list of my 5 favourite rings, ranging in price from about $1000 to $4500 (for the mount only) and he picked the most expensive one lol.

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