Well, it looks like it’s the beginning of wedding season. The abundance of winter bridal shows in Toronto tells me so!
It can be pretty complicated to budget for your wedding, large or small. Especially since there seem to be more ‘must haves’ each year. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk about some inexpensive wedding ring ideas – all under $500!
Sterling Silver Wedding Bands: $195-$500
Sterling silver is a great inexpensive wedding ring option. Typically wedding rings in silver range from $195 to $500 for plain bands without stones and depending on the design. As sterling silver is a soft metal it’s better to choose designs that can be made thicker so there is less chance of the ring becoming misshapen over time. By ‘thicker’ I’m referring to the metal thickness of the ring from the surface of your finger to the top surface of the ring, not necessarily the width. Due to the softness of the metal it’s also likely that your ring will receive more scratches and dings with daily wear. A good idea may be to select a wedding ring design that already has a pattern on it so the scratches are not so obvious.
Also, you should be aware that sterling silver rings have the potential to tarnish or oxidize. Usually when a ring is worn everyday the natural oils in your fingers tend to keep the ring polished but, if there are any little nooks and crannies in your ring, you may expect tarnish to develop there.
Alternative Metal Rings: $195-$500
Alternative metals such as titanium, tungsten and stainless steel are great for inexpensive wedding ring ideas. The price point can’t be beat and they are extremely durable. On the down side they aren’t sizable due to their very specific and difficult working properties. Also, if you were ever to find yourself in the emergency room and needing to get your ring off in a hurry, you should know that they are extremely difficult to remove via cutting. So if you ever felt that your ring was getting tight on your finger, for any reason, you’d want to take it off before it becomes too difficult to remove. On the plus side if you ever needed to keep an elevator door open you probably could do it with your super ring!
10k Gold Wedding Bands: $295-$500
Gold rings vary in cost depending on the amount of metal required. Therefore the smaller the size and the smaller the width, the less expensive they are. These considerations tend to coincide with many ladies rings because they tend to have a smaller finger size and prefer thinner bands. This being the case, there are many styles of wedding bands in 10k gold that can come in under $500!
Finally, on a personal note, I do feel that traditional wedding band metals such as gold and platinum are traditional for a reason. They really are the most durable and workable metals out of all of the options. I say this not because I want you to spend more money, only because they really are the best suited to the purpose. And of all the investments that go into the big day, your wedding rings are the items that you will be taking away with you for a lifetime. That being said, there’s nothing to say you can’t go with an inexpensive option in the meantime and upgrade later for a special anniversary! Ultimately I think you should always try to focus on what is most important to you and your partner.
If you have any questions about these rings, please get in touch!
In the meantime I hope that this has given you some inexpensive wedding ring ideas and….happy wedding season!!!