Post # 17
I don’t think that what people are generally spending for wedding bands is going to be all that helpful to you. I spent $155 on NotFroofy’s ring, but it was a plain 22 karat gold band, so the cost isn’t remotely comparable.
Post # 18
Since I don’t want diamonds the bands I’ve been looking at are in the $400-700 range. But for diamonds and platinum I don’t think the price you’ve been quoted is unreasonable. 🙂
Post # 19
Edit: I didn’t answer your question at all. Disregard my post!
Post # 20
I agree with spending what you can afford. I’m planning on spending about $5k on my platinum and diamond wedding band.
Post # 21
I say spend what it is worth to you as well as what you can afford. DH and I could have purchased more expensive bands but we didn’t want to. DH is not flashy and wanted the simplest band available. He even suggested we go to Wal-Mart! I figured I would just bang mine up (and I do!). So we chose really inexpensive bands. It’s not about the band so much for us. It is what the band symbolizes (to others I suppose). Actually, I’m thinking of buying DH a few inexpensive bands for our first anniversary so he can have at least one in the car for the days he forgets to put his band on when he leaves. And also a somewhat dressy one for when he is dressed up. I don’t plan to spend more than $200 for 2-3 bands.
Post # 22
Thanks for all your replies! I guess the answer is to spend what you’re comfortable spending without breaking the bank! It seems like a big range of prices in terms of what ppl are spending. The ring is def meant to be symbolic but a nice piece of jewelry is an added plus! 🙂
Post # 23
@Shell29: I don’t think that’s too much. I haven’t purchased one yet but the one I like is about 3k, not including sales tax which is about 10%.
Post # 24
Negotiate!! We went to the same store we bought my e-ring from. On Wed, one guy that work there quoted us 1800, we went back on Sat and talk to an owner, he told us 1600 off the bat. We ended up talking him down to 1100. It’s platinum with about a 1/3 carat half eternity. What we actually did was shop around a little bit to find something similar first before going back on Sat and actually found a store that was selling the same thing for 1100, except the prongs looked different. So when we told hiim 1600 was too high and he asked us what we want to pay, we told him 1100. He was shocked and asked us why we would pick *that* number, so we told him we saw the same specs at the jeweler that happen to be right downstairs for that price, but we really wanted to work with him instead since we got the e-ring there. So he gave in and matched the price.
Post # 25
Buy what you love and can afford. I had my wedding band made to match my ering, its a 1.2 tcw half eternity band in platinum. It cost us about $2700 and I’m pretty sure we got an awesome deal on it.
Post # 26
We’re getting married with family heirlooms and then plan to purchase the custom band to my ring after the wedding when we’re feeling more flush. Any expenditure that we can put off until after the wedding, the better!
Post # 27
The ring I got was on a crazy sale special plus I got a more of the price knocked off by putting down a percentage upfront so total its costing only about $200!!!
Shopping around definitely pays off, you may find rings that look exactly alike but cost completely different amounts in different stores. I’m in NY so prices vary wildly depending on how “upscale” of an area you are in.
Post # 28
Mine was plain 14k white gold, but heavy (thick, but narrow.) It was $200.
Post # 29
Any thing you love is worth the money for a wedding band (in my opinion).
My e ring cost $3500 & I expected to be paying around $1500 for the matching band. Thankfully the stOrr had a massive sale on that day and it only cost $560!
Post # 30
I think I was quoted around $1400 dollars for my custom wedding band set in 18K white gold. I’m not sure of all the diamond specs, because it’ll match whatever is in my e-ring. I know it will have 7 little diamonds total, 3 pronged, and 4 channel set (2 on each side).
Our jeweler, who is a little more expensive than some (his work is real quality, though), said that the price of gold is just so expensive right now. A plain, simple gold band a few years ago that would have cost $200, now costs $800. So when you add diamonds to it, you’re going to get quotes over $1000 dollars.
Post # 31
I think the cost of your band is proportional to the cost of your ring, so get what you want, it’s gona be there forever.
Mine would’ve costed $800 retail, got it for $200!! Incredible! and it’s a 1/2ctw!