This is the next part in a 20-day long series. If you’ve missed any of it, you can find all of the tips in the category: Do it Yourself Wedding Plans.
These are all of the steps you need to schedule your time and budget for when you’re planning a DIY Wedding. The who’s, what’s, where’s as well as the when’s and how’s.
Most brides imagine wedding rings that glitter with diamonds and gold.
Not all of us can afford a 4 carat diamond on a shoestring budget, but you can select your wedding bands in a fashion that gives you the most for your money!
If your groom-to-be already selected your engagement ring and you love it, good for you both!
Did he already buy a matching wedding band for you?
No sweat, we can take care of that, too.
Most jewelers offer a line of credit that will help you afford a more expensive ring.
This is okay to use, as long as you don’t go too over the top.
You can always pay it off early, too.
They also offer a cheaper selection of rings that may have been returned for any number of reasons.
These are great money-savers if you can find a ring you adore!
Be sure that any jewelry you buy for you or your groom is insured!
If you lose a diamond, they can be costly to replace.
I know you’re asking yourself how that’s even possible and how likely it is, but I lost three in the first year after our engagement.
Most insurance policies require regularly bringing it to the jewelers for a cleaning and an examination.
I assure you, this is so worth it.
Besides, it will keep your wedding ring bright and shining for many years to come!
Style is key for choosing the best rings.
Does he want diamonds, too?
Do you prefer yellow or white gold?
What about gems?
There’s no law saying your engagement ring HAS to be a diamond, you know.
Do either of you have a job that requires manual labor?
Buy rings that will stand up to scratching.
Some engagement rings come with a band already.
You can get them joined together as one ring after the wedding if you choose.
You can also look at thrifty jewelry shops or pawn shops for inexpensive rings.
Just because they cost less doesn’t mean they aren’t going to be beautiful!
Sizing your ring can take some time and I know you’ll want to keep it on your finger as soon as you get it, so get this done ASAP so you can wear your ring without losing it!
Most experienced jewelers will tell you that your hands are smaller in colder weather and larger when it’s hot out, so keep that in mind when you’re getting your ring sized.
Remember, your rings don’t have to match your groom’s.
If you want white gold, but he is a landscaper, he’ll probably want something that’s more resistant to scratching or getting dirty.
If you want a ruby, but he wants diamonds on his ring, that’s fine, too.
Let him pick out his own wedding ring.
He’s going to be the one wearing it for the rest of his life, he should love it as much as you love your own!
Be sure to check back tomorrow for the next step of many that you’ll need to attend to for planning your Do it Yourself Wedding.