Whether you’ve already popped the question or are “just thinking about it", finding the perfect wedding rings likely isn’t too far from your mind. Fortunately, there is been a sea change in the way many people think about wedding and engagement rings that give you a lot more flexibility than your parents or grandparents might have had.

Practically speaking, this means that you have the option of choosing a ring that truly expresses your identity, not only as an individual, but as part of a couple. Here are some ideas to get you started.

General understanding of the cost

How much you spend on your wedding ring depends on several factors, including the metal used to make the ring, The size and thickness of a band, and whether you are buying an engagement and wedding ring as a set.

Generally speaking, men’s wedding bands cost significantly less than those for women. A simple thin gold band might run a few hundred dollars, whereas a larger, thicker band of higher-quality may run between five and $800.

The cost for a woman’s engagement ring and wedding band set around a thousand dollars in 2018 on average. Again though, there are a number of factors that affect price. For example, gold is always more expensive than silver, and gold prices can and do fluctuate.

Wedding ring metals

There are a lot of factors that will affect the cost of wedding bands. The first deciding factor is the metal that you choose. A plain, white gold band will be less expensive than the same band in platinum, and will definitely be less expensive than any band with diamond embellishments. But, remember that you are getting what you are paying for. For example, in recent years a comfort fit, tungsten wedding band has been rising in popularity for men, which is considerably less expensive than the same band but in rose gold, but you can't resize or repair tungsten, so if your finger changes sizes, you have to get a whole new ring! Wedding bands also come in different widths, so the more metal that is in the ring, the more it will cost.

tungsten ring

Adding diamonds to the band

Adding diamonds into the wedding band is going to cost you more. And, according to recent polls, most brides today want diamonds in their wedding bands. If you want a diamond band, or an eternity (or infinity) band that features diamonds all the way around, the carat weight of the diamonds, the quality of the diamonds, and the amount of diamonds are going to determine the price of the ring. To get an idea of prices, you can browse a sample of the rings that we carry online.

Matching your engagement ring

The price for your band may also increase if you decide to custom design a ring in order to have it perfectly match your unique engagement ring. Many brides end up picking a wedding band that doesn't exactly match their engagement rings, but "goes" in terms of style and color, which is a great option as well.

Ring engravings

Another factor which may add on to the cost of your band is if you decide to get your bands engraved or not. At Find U Rings, adding a personalized engraving to your wedding band is free. But that's not always true with every jeweler, and the costs will go up if you get your ring hand engraved versus machine engraved.

In the end, it's important to take in account your budget, but to also remember that your wedding rings are one of the only things from your wedding that will last forever and you will enjoy every day for a lifetime!  Sacrifice somewhere else in your total wedding spend! Another thing to remember is that you're not married to the ring, so you can always upgrade your wedding ring later on...the perfect solution if you have a tight budget now.