At Indian Creek, we think that one of the most exciting parts of getting engaged and starting the wedding planning process is picking out rings! An engagement ring is usually pretty important to brides because they have to wear it forever. The same goes for the actual wedding bands that you and your spouse pick. Again, these will be worn forever, so most couples find these to be pretty important decisions.
If you are starting the process of looking at engagement rings or wedding bands, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by choice and options. There are a lot of different styles and kinds to choose from, which is why we are here to help! If you need help making the perfect choice, we have some tips!
Set a budget
This may seem like a no brainer, but before you even start looking you should be setting a budget. You will probably set an additional one later to determine your budget for venue costs at Indian Creek, catering, decor and other elements. Establish how much is reasonable for you and your partner to be spending on your engagement ring. If you are looking for an estimate of how much to spend on the ring, you have probably heard that you should be saving up about three months of salary; however, that may not be the norm anymore. It is actually shown that the national average price that people are spending on an engagement ring is $5,900.
Even with this national average, don’t feel obligated to spend that much if you cannot afford it. The best practice here is to choose a ring that you can afford and that you and your partner are happy with. Ultimately, it is what it represents that is most important - your marriage.
Once you have your budget set, you can begin looking at what you like! There are so many different styles to choose from so you will definitely want to do a lot of research. You may want to start by looking online at different jewelers or Pinterest boards. This is a great way to get an idea of what styles you are drawn to. After you have decided on the overall style, a good idea is to go into a jewelry store and try some on! This is the best way to see if you like a style and if it looks good on your hand.
If you are struggling to figure out what kind of style is right for you, there are lots of online articles that can help you and you can definitely ask one of the jewelers to help you out! If you want a fun way to start looking, here is a quiz to give you an idea of what type you may like!
After you have chosen your engagement ring and have begun planning the wedding, you and your spouse should begin looking at wedding bands. If you are a bride or already have an engagement ring, it really is up to you whether you add on an additional wedding band or not. If you choose to, try to find one that compliments the ring you already have. Again, jewelers can usually help you find one that fits best with your current setting. The average price spent on a men’s wedding band is about $600. This all depends on the style and what type of material you choose for the band. Like we said before, don’t focus as much on the price and just pick one that goes with his style and that you both like!
At Indian Creek we know that planning a wedding can be difficult, which is why we want to help as much as possible! If you need tips or ideas, give us a call today and let’s start planning the wedding of your dreams!