Discount Wedding Bands
If you decide to go for discount wedding bands you shouldn't assume that your choice
will be restricted.
There are many types of metal available both online and locally and
has its own unique pros and cons. So before you go dismissing a
particular metal because you instinctively feel you can't afford it
carry out a little research by first reading this article and then
checking my related articles to see if there's a way of getting your
first choice for less.
Only when you have exhausted all your options should you consider alternatives to your first choice.
information below should help you decide which metal is best for you
and your budget when trying to choose discount wedding bands.
- Titanium - this is the hardest metal in the world. It's actually three times stronger
than steel but it' actually very light. It's a silvery-grey colour and
in its purest form is
(like gold and platinum) hypoallergenic so it won't cause skin
titanium wedding ring is also more resistant to scratches and marks than
gold, silver or platinum.
- Gold - this option is still popular with many couples, however the white metals like platinum,
palladium and white gold are overtaking it. The normal
choices for gold are 9ct, 14ct or 18ct (the higher the number of carats the more
gold in it and therefore the higher the price). An 18ct.
gold ring is also harder than a 14ct. ring and will therefore wear
You can even choose the colour of the gold for your ring i.e. white,
yellow or rose.
White gold is more expensive while yellow and rose gold cost
approximately the same. White gold however, is rhodium plated which
will wear off over time meaning you will have to get it re-plated from
time to time.
- Platinum -this
is currently very popular for wedding rings. It's a white metal, very
hard wearing and very dense. Because of this it will feel heavier than
an 18ct. gold wedding ring and it will be more expensive (like
for like platinum is approximately twice the price of gold). At the
current pace platinum wedding rings
could soon become the most popular choice with young couples.
- Palladium - this is a precious metal from within the platinum family. It looks and feels
like platinum but it is quite a bit cheaper (around ⅓
the price of platinum).
The down side is that it's also softer and won't wear as well as
platinum. (I got a platinum ring and, as my other half wasn't as fussy
about his cheap wedding ring he got a palladium ring to help keep our
overall cost down). It's worth remembering men's wedding rings tend to have more metal so can be quite expensive
- Silver - this
is the softest and cheapest option. It can oxidise i.e. turn black, it
scratches more easily than the harder metals here and will therefore mark during every day wear.
However on a positive note it is a great metal choice for discount
wedding bands if you're on a very tight budget as it's the cheapest
you'll get. Plus as it's easy to work with you could get your own unique or custom designed wedding rings made up for a lot less than you'd think.
- Gemstones -when
deciding whether or not to use gemstones in the rings you should
consider your lifestyle; as sports or manual labour etc. could cause
gemstones to become loose and fall out. Also the overall strength of the
metal will affect how strong the mounting for your gemstones are. So
silver isn't a great choice as its mounts would be very soft.
first step towards getting your discount wedding bands is to decide the
colour of wedding ring that you want, then figure out a style and
finally choose a metal that you can afford and will work with the design
that you want. Alternatively, if your budget is your priority the
cheapest option will always be silver wedding rings.
Then in the
future you can decide if you want to upgrade your rings (perhaps as
anniversary presents to each other). That said I know my other half has
told me that he wouldn't want to upgrade his discount wedding band
because then it wouldn't be the ring that I gave him on our wedding day
(Ahh, bless him).
Oh and don't forget to take your time, do your homework and haggle. Oh yes… I almost forgot… ENJOY YOURSELF! It’s supposed to be fun.
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