(Closed) when setting your ring budget

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@janie-janie: I almost made a similar mistake with my ring. I almost passed up on my wedding band because it was over budget (even though I cried when I put it on) and Darling Husband looked at me and said, you realize this cost less than your dress and you’re only wearing that for 12 hours. This you will wear for the rest of your life. 

DAMN SKIPPY! We bought my wrap and I’m so glad my hubby is so smart and convincing 🙂

Post # 5
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129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am in the process of upgrading to a real diamond and I can not get hubby to set a budget. I tell him that if I don’t know how high I can go, I can fall in love with something that will be really expensive and then what would he do. Nothing I say can get him to set a budget and he chose one out last night and *I* almost passed out when I saw the price.

I originally low balled myself and we both decided to go with a real stone over the synthetic one I have now. So now, I think he has taken that to heart and won’t let me get anything less that what he feels is right.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@janie-janie: I agree, I’m glad someone posted this.  Our wedding will cost less than my ring and for that, I am SO happy!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@janie-janie: Actually it’s a great ring, but we are having a small reception (50 or under).  Just think about all those weddings under $5k : ) 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Are you talking about your wedding ring? My wedding ring cost about 650 including the lifetime warranty, and its still a lot cheaper than our limo, hotel or many other wedding related things. I dont think the ring has to be more expensive than everything else. Ultimately its just important that you like the ring

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

“the one thing about the wedding that I would wear every day!”

We ended up spending more on my rings than originally anticipated.  We’re eloping, so the budget is smaller (under 10grand), but it was a bit of a shock to realize that mu rings together cost roughly what we’re spending on the wedding trip!  In the end, that’s exactly the phrase we used to soothe ourselves.  “I’d rather spend it on my ring than on a dress I’ll wear for only a day”

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@janie-janie: I second this advice. I say go for what makes you swoon (within your budget, that is).

And I love your set btw- it’s beautiful!

Post # 12
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772 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Honestly, I know so many people who don’t even wear their (expensive) engagement rings a few years after the wedding. Do what is right for you–make INTENTIONAL decisions with money that put it toward what you value and can afford and it will all come out fine in the end.

I chose a cheaper ring with an eye toward hubby getting to pick out a nice upgrade at some point in the future that matches his expectations of what he initially wanted the e ring to be.  I just couldn’t justify spending the money now in our situation, but we made the choice for us.

Of course, I LOVE your argument about the dress!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I totally made this mistake too. I wasn’t thinking when I picked out my wedding band and I knew I’d eventually have my e-ring reset so I didn’t want to spend too much. Big mistake and now I can’t go back, so very good advice!!

Post # 14
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3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Just to clarify, I am speaking about both rings in my case (wedding, plus engagement).  They are very important to me, because they are forever. 

I’d rather spend less on a DJ, photographer, ect!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@janie-janie: Awwww, so what are you going to do with the rings?  Can you have the first one made into a necklace or something?

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