How to Choose the Perfect (Yet Affordable) Wedding Band

Despite its diminutive size, the search for the right wedding band can prove to be downright stressful. For many modern shoppers in a less-than-perfect economy, tight finances can play a major factor, with would be brides and grooms worrying that they'll have to settle for lesser bands. 

Fortunately, modern times also bring a greater variety of options, and finding your dream wedding band is often just a matter of shopping smart. Here are four tips on how to pick the perfect wedding band without depleting your bank account.

Know what really works for you. While many people have some sort of vision of what their dream wedding ring will look like, not everyone considers the practicalities of everyday wear over a prolonged period of time. For example, someone who frequently works with their hands may not be an ideal candidate for a softer metal like gold, regardless of how much the natural yellow sheen of the material might appeal to them.

There are a few major factors to take into consideration when choosing your wedding ring material, even if you think you’ve already settled on a particular material (more on this in a minute). First and foremost, seriously outline your wedding band budget, including identifying your ideal price and your absolute maximum price. What color of band do you most prefer? Do you have sensitive skin and require a hypoallergenic ring? Would you like a lightweight, mid-weight or heavyweight ring? Do you require a low maintenance ring? These are all good things to take into account before absolutely settling on one material or another.

Consider the alternatives. While precious metals like gold and platinum are classic choices for wedding rings, they are not your only options. Contemporary materials (also sometimes referred to as alternative materials) are available at a fraction of the price of precious metals yet often offer increased benefits over precious metals, such as greater durability and strength. Tungsten, cobalt chrome, ceramic, stainless steel and titanium wedding bands are all popular contemporary choices, with tungsten and titanium wedding bands being particularly popular with shoppers. 

Do a little legwork to familiarize yourself with the various contemporary options. Titanium wedding bands are a good choice for people who want lightweight yet durable wedding rings that are crack-resistant. Tungsten rings are better for those who want weightier, scratch-resistant rings. Cobalt chrome offers a more traditional white metal look that resembles platinum or white gold. Ceramic rings are lightweight and have an edgier look, while stainless steel rings are dependably rugged and often the least expensive choice.

Comparison shop. If your heart is set on a band that is slightly out of your budget, try looking around before resigning yourself to an alternative style. For materials like gold that offer different purity grades, consider choosing a less expensive grade – in the case of gold, something like 10K would offer a balance of quality and affordability. 

Don’t forget to comparison shop online, as the best prices for wedding bands are most often found on the internet. You can easily find the best prices on a particular item by using a shopping aggregate service or by searching Google Shopping. Keep your eyes out for seasonal promotions, special coupons and other money saving offers like free shipping or sales tax. 

Remember that less is more. While many shoppers think they want an over-the-top wedding ring, over time they may very well feel that they would have preferred opting for a less ostentatious choice. While there is a fair amount of overlap between wedding bands and fashion rings, your wedding band should ultimately be classic enough for wearing every day, and not something that might easily clash with other accessories and wardrobe items.


Tanya Naouri
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