He proposed, you said yes, and now you have the most exciting day of your life to get ready for – and a lot of expenses. You might be searching for your dream home, still in college, or looking forward to the perfect honeymoon. Finding an engagement ring is likely at the top of your list, but with a bit of effort and creativity, it doesn’t have to cost the traditional three months’ wages.
While it may not seem like the most romantic way to plan for your special day, looking for an affordable engagement ring can be fun. Don’t be scared to visit high-end stores for inspiration, and then to seek out a similar style with a more reasonable price tag. And don’t be overwhelmed by the sheer number of styles, shapes, metals and gems. The following out-of-the-box ideas can help you navigate online stores and brick-and-mortar jewelers. If you play your cards right, you can have the engagement ring of your dreams, and wear it too.
01. Antique rings
It might take a bit more effort than visiting a retail store, but shopping for antiques is a fun and creative way to buy your ideal ring at an affordable price. Hit the pavement and visit some pawn shops or search Etsy to find the perfect ring. The online marketplace features crafts and jewelry for a range of prices, and you can contact the seller directly.
2. Vintage Rings
Vintage rings are not only budget-friendly, they’re often one-of-a-kind too. If you’re a lover of filigree or art-deco styles, a vintage engagement ring might be more up your alley than a more modern band. Amazon is a great place to pick up period pieces for attractive prices.
3. Family Heirloom Rings
It’s hard to think of a more romantic way to pop the question than to propose with a ring that has been in your family for generations. Some grooms are reluctant to ask their relatives for a family heirloom, but chances are your parents or grandparents will be thrilled for the ring to become part of a legacy. And even if you only use the setting or the gem, you are still sure to make a significant saving.
4. Last Year’s Popular Ring Styles
While you might change your wardrobe every year, engagement rings are meant to last a lifetime. You might well find a style you love for a significant discount among last year’s collection. Search online or in store at jewelry outlets for retired designs for the perfect ring on a budget.
5. Custom Made Rings
Using 3D imaging, Internet-only stores can cut costs by making rings to order. Unique wedding rings by Vidar Jewelry, adjust the type of metal, stone and style to the customer’s needs, but without breaking the bank. Since no materials are wasted on manufacturing stock, the prices are lower, and you get a personalized ring, too.
6. Matching Rings
It might take a bit of planning, but you can usually negotiate a better deal by buying several rings together. Buy your wedding ring to match your engagement ring, and while you’re shopping, buy the groom’s ring at the same time!
7. Clearance Sales at Big Stores
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