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Just Said Yes June 2021

Choosing Wedding Bands?

Erin, on October 21, 2020 at 11:42 AM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 13
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I am getting married in June 2021. When is it time to purchase our wedding bands? Also, are there any "guidelines" for how much to spend on wedding bands? Is it based on how much the engagement ring costs or just whatever is in the budget? Thanks for any advice Smiley smile

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Latest activity by Yasmine, on October 23, 2020 at 12:18 PM
  • Shelly
    Devoted January 2022
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    I'm not sure if there's a set 'time' when to start looking and purchasing, but def. give yourself at least a month before the wedding to make sure everything is right! As for the price, it really depends on who you are as a couple. We're getting his band from Hitched, and I'm looking at Etsy or Gorjana for mine. We chose to go this route because it makes more sense financially.

    I'm sure if you're wanting to be more traditional, there's articles or even members on here that will know how much you are supposed to spend. My FH and I are not big on following traditions to a T, so hence why we're buying online and being cost efficient!

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  • Chrysta
    Master November 2022
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    I don’t know of any etiquette for the cost of wedding bands. I think it is just whatever you like & is within your budget. As far as when to order them, it really depends on where you go and what you get. If you go to one of the well-known chain stores, you can probably have your ring in hand within a couple weeks. If you go to a local jeweler, it depends heavily upon what you choose. If you buy some thing in their case, you can take it home immediately. If it’s some thing that has to be ordered, it could take 4 weeks. If it’s something you design from scratch together, it could be 8-10 weeks. Just to be safe, I would say to allow yourself at least 12 weeks.
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  • Samantha
    VIP October 2020
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    Both my husband and I went to a local jeweler and walked out with our rings that day. As far as cost, we spent about a 10th of our budget on rings, but it’s really whatever you’re comfortable with. I wouldn’t worry too much about rules dictating how much to spend.
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  • L
    Expert September 2020
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    In general, engagement rings cost way more than wedding bands unless you get a super blinged out one. I would personally choose whatevers in your budget especially with the man’s wedding band because to be frank most of those look exactly the same haha. And if youre ready to order now, you can just to get it out of the way and avoid shipping delays
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  • Hannah
    Rockstar July 2019
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    I would start shopping like 4 months out. As other posters have said, if you find something you like on stock, you can take it home that day. However, if they need to order it in your size or resize it or make something custom, it can take a bit of time. As far as budget goes, it's really however much you are comfortable spending.
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  • Adrienne
    Dedicated October 2021
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    We had ours custom made in early september for our october wedding - our friend's dad is a jeweler so he did it really fast for us (within 2 weeks). I'm a fan of the earlier you plan the better, you can always just keep them stored at home until time to wear, but if you wait too long, you won't be able to get them in time or other headaches and money woes.

    as for budget: it's based on what you want. My fiance's ring cost $500, mine cost $800 - his is 14k yellow gold mines 18k yellow gold. Take a look at styles on big websites and see what the prices are and then go based on that. I wanted mine pretty thin cause i want to wear it with my engagement ring, so i chose based on something that would go with the ring and not be clunky on my finger.

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  • Meghan
    Rockstar October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    There is not really a certain time to start shopping for bands. You can really do it whenever you and your fiancé have time. I believe we started wedding band shopping around 4-5 months before our wedding. If you have to have a band sized or special ordered, it could take several weeks, so keep that in mind.

    As far as how much to spend, that is a personal preference. It has nothing to do with the cost of your engagement ring, but more what you and your fiancé can afford.

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  • Super August 2020
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    I would recommend that you start looking to see what you want (and how much that costs) ASAP. We had looked at some wedding bands when I got my engagement ring resized but then kind of put off thinking about them. And then covid happened. So for now, we're wearing silicone rings that we ordered online. Covid probably won't shut down all of your local jewelry stores for four months, and you can always order something online, but you never know what's going to come up so I would err on the side of starting early.


    (Also, this wasn't part of the question, but if your weight stays relatively stable I'd also recommend starting your dress alterations earlier than you think you need to.)
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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
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    We finalized our wedding ring orders 6 months before our wedding. We started early because my finger is not a typical size (4.25) and it needed to be custom made. Production time was around 3 months and it arrived in plenty of time. You should spend whatever you feel comfortable spending.

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  • Jessica
    Devoted February 2021
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    I’d buy sooner than later if you want it to match your engagement ring perfectly. Sometimes they need adjustments. My ring has been at the jeweler 16weeks so far. Plus with Black Friday coming up you may score a deal.
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  • MOB So Cal
    January 2019
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    Daughter and SIL bought theirs on Black Friday, just because it was the best price on the rings they wanted.

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  • Kate
    Beginner October 2021
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    Originally, we were planning on using my grandmother's engagement ring and purchasing a pair of vintage wedding bands. However, after visiting a jeweler, we learned that it would cost more than the rings were worth to repair and resize. Therefore, we chose to purchase new.


    We didn't have a budget in mind, but we knew what style, metal, and gemstones we wanted. I happened upon a beautiful wedding band and calculated the price–I thought, "I'm going to be married to my partner for life, and this band will be a happy reminder of the promises he made to me on our wedding day; $35/day is worth it to me." Once satisfied, I asked my future husband to choose a band for himself; he decided on one that complemented mine, which was really sweet.


    The bands we chose were custom-made and hand-crafted. The turn around time would have been two-to-three weeks, but due to COVID-19, the jewelry designers were working with a third of their staff. It ended up taking two months for us to receive our rings. Thankfully, the bands fit perfectly, so we don't need them to be altered/resized.


    I highly suggest leaving yourselves some time to shop around, decide what matters to you (finances, aesthetics, etc.), and verify that the rings you want fit.

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  • Yasmine
    Rockstar October 2020
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    I purchased my husbands about 2 months before we were married and I believe he purchased mine about 2 weeks after I purchased his.

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