Along with venue, catering and photography, the bride’s and groom’s rings can be some of the biggest single expenses for any wedding. While nobody wants to skimp on the quality of their wedding band, paying so much for something so small (despite its massive importance) can be tough to wrap one’s mind around. This is especially true of the groom’s band, which is generally purchased towards the end of the planning process, and often when expenses have tightened up considerably.
Fortunately, it’s possible to get your dream ring even if you’re on a shoestring budget. Here are three ways to save money on your wedding band – without looking like you spared a dime.
Get creative with material
While most couples getting married are familiar with classic (and pricy) wedding band materials like gold and platinum, the ever-growing contemporary materials market offers far more budget-friendly options. Materials like titanium and tungsten have particularly enjoyed a surge of popularity thanks to their low price points and impressive strength.
For those looking to buy a wedding ring that more closely resembles a precious metal like platinum, both cobalt chrome and Argentium silver are excellent options. Durable, hypoallergenic, affordable and with a lustrous silvery white hue, cobalt chrome is a fast rising star in the affordable wedding ring market. Argentium silver is a sterling silver alloy that employs a small amount of the metalloid germanium for increased tarnish-resistance and durability. Both metals are considerably lower in price than their precious metal counterparts, and unlike white gold, neither will ever need to be re-plated to maintain their naturally silver tone.
If you have a particular ring in mind, or even if you have a general idea of what kind of wedding ring you are looking for, it’s time to start putting your Googling skills to the test. It should come as no surprise that the best deals for women’s and men’s wedding bands tend to be online. While some people hate the idea of “bargain shopping” for their wedding rings, there’s no point in paying more for the exact same band that is significantly less expensive elsewhere.
Use free price comparison tools like Google Shopping and other shopping aggregate sites to find the lowest price for your band, but make sure to take other important factors into account, such as if the retailer offers free shipping and if you will need to pay sales tax. Make sure to also check on their return policy and if they offer any sort of in-house or manufacturer’s warranty on the item that you purchase.
Not getting married within the next month? If you have a little time before you absolutely have to purchase your wedding band, try to shop at peak discount times for retailers. In addition to Black Friday and Cyber Monday in November, many retailers discount items immediately after Christmas as well as just before the New Year. Other holidays throughout the year – such as Valentine’s, President’s Day and Labor Day – as well as slow shopping seasons (like summer), can often offer significantly slashed prices. Make sure to check back on your favorite jewelry shopping sites during these times to see if pricing has been reduced on your favorite ring.
Saving money on your wedding ring will allow you to put in a little extra to your wedding festivities, or simply to start saving for your future life together. With a little creativity and investigative skills, it’s entirely possible to get the wedding band of your dreams without paying a small fortune.
Tanya Naouri writes articles on fashion for grooms and men’s wedding bands for JustMensRings.com.