9 Sep 2014
I don’t think I could name my website Everyday Mrs if I didn’t talk about the ring.
I got married when I was 21 (almost a year ago, I can’t believe it!) so needless to say we
weren’t aren’t made of money. That doesn’t mean that you have to settle for something that you don’t love though. I fell in love with my engagement ring about a year before my husband proposed. My sister and I were out shopping at a local jewelry shop and were looking at rings, because girls like to dream right, when I stumbled upon this beauty. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. When the time came and Isaac went with my sister to look the ring was still there…fate right? He happened to go when they were having their annual sale and also did some haggling, thanks love! Had this ring been somewhere like Kay Jewelers, Zales, Helzbergs etc I guarantee the price would have been severely heightened.
When ring shopping its important for both you and your man to know several things. You really should educate yourselves about types of rings, metals, diamond qualities and most importantly: set a budget before you start shopping. Also, know you don’t have to shop at the “main” places like I mentioned above. Rings at those places often don’t always have the best quality for the best prices. However, we did purchase my wedding band from Zales. I find their trendy pieces are often less expensive (especially when paired with a sale such as Memorial/Labor day) than their engagement/solitaire rings.
For both Isaac and I it was important that I got the ring I wanted as I don’t want to upgrade later on. I like the idea of always wearing the ring that I got married/proposed to with, though that isn’t forever and I reserve the right to change my mind 😉 It was also very important to us though that we absolutely would not go into debt over a wedding ring and wouldn’t spend a fortune. I think too many times we get overwhelmed with all the wedding craziness and don’t think sensibly (or at least I hope I’m not the only one who doesn’t think sensibly sometimes!) and end up falling in love with a ring that is way out of our budget. Remember his money (or lack thereof) will be yours also once you get married!
Another way to save money is on your man’s ring. I don’t know if you’ve checked out men’s wedding bands prices but they. be. crazy. for what they are. My husband is a simple man (thankfully one of us is!) and wanted a plain silver band, no frills, no fuss. We found his ring on Etsy for a seriously reasonable price and I surprised him with the engraving!
Another option if your budget is really tight, or you just like it better, is a ring tattoo! A ring tattoo was something I’ve thought I wanted for a while before and since we got married. While I absolutely, seriously, literally am in love with my rings (and my husband- a lot) I wanted to still have a symbol of our marriage when not wearing them-at home, working out, running errands, outdoors etc. About a month ago I took the plunge and went for it, took about 5 minutes from set up to finish and I am so happy with the outcome! Facing me it’s a lowercase “g” for our last name and facing others it’s an uppercase “I” for Isaac, super thankful for my genius friend who thought of it!
No matter what ring option you opt for the important thing is that you love it. At the end of the day its not the size of the diamond, the shape of it, or how much it costs that matters. Everytime I look down at my rings or my tattoo I smile because of the one who gave it to me and how much love that man has for me. Any type of ring he gave me would have told me that, but it doesn’t hurt that he chose the one I loved so much because he knew that would make me happiest. That means the most to me!