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Complete Wedding Budget Guide – Part 5: The Wedding Rings

One of the most important things you will buy as you prepare for your wedding are your wedding rings. They’ll also be one of the most expensive.

But luckily, there are a couple of ways you can save money on the price of your wedding rings. Here are 3 of the easiest ways, so let’s go through them one by one:

Buy Secondhand Wedding Bands

You will be surprised at just how much money you can save by buying second hand wedding bands. And with the price of gold at an all time high, you could save as much as 50% on the price of your wedding rings by buying pre-owned rings.

With this in mind, it’s well worth considering.

One of the best places to look for second hand rings is in the antique stores. Head for the stores that specialize in jewellery. This is where you will always find the best selection of pre-owned rings at bargain prices.

And it’s worth remembering that most antique shop owners are always willing to negotiate.

Buy rings on-line

Buying wedding rings on-line might be something you’ve never even considered before, but personally, I think buying wedding rings from a reputable on-line jeweller is a really good way to get the rings you want at a discount price.

Just look at some of the advantages:

  • you can choose rings in the comfort of your own home
  • it’s easy to compare different sites
  • no sales person to deal with
  • much wider selection than the high street
  • lower overhead costs mean lower prices

Choose a Different Metal

Until recent times, wedding rings tended to be plain gold bands. But over the past few years more and more couples are choosing not to go with this tradition.

One of the reasons for this is the continuing rise in the price of gold and platinum. New metals are now gaining in popularity.

Take a look at these two:

Titanium

Titanium wedding rings are becoming increasingly popular, mostly due to their durability and good looks and the fact that they can cost less than half the price of gold and platinum rings.

Titanium is non-toxic which makes it a great choice for people with allergies and sensitive skin.

If you are looking for wedding rings that will not only look good, but will last a lifetime, and won’t cost a fortune, then you should seriously consider titanium bands.

Palladium

Palladium is a metal from the platinum family. It also looks like platinum, which makes it a perfect choice for couples who would like platinum rings, but are on a tight budget.

It is extremely durable, and very light weight –  in fact just half the weight of platinum. It is also resistant to tarnishing, and to most chemicals.

Add to that the fact that a wedding ring made from palladium will cost around 70% less than a platinum ring, it’s no wonder this is fast becoming a fashionable metal in the making of wedding rings.