How to find Bespoke Wedding Rings on a Budget
So you are planning your wedding! And no doubt your head is bursting with ideas, Pinterest boards and of course the less welcome anxiety of the dreaded budget. Even for the savviest of brides, weddings can be an expensive time, both for the happy couple and their wonderful (at times infuriating) families but that shouldn’t be an opportunity for businesses to capitalise on your special day.
You will find many suppliers and small businesses; such as myself who’s passion lies in always offering the customers the best value possible and working with even the most modest of budgets. A wedding ring is incredibly sentimental and should be treated as such through the entire process; it shouldn’t be an anonymous reference number shuffling through a factory being mass produced, with quality that’s subsequently reduced. It is easy to fall for that £109.99 wedding ring, glamorously photographed and slapped on the side of a bus thanks to a million pound advertising budget but what are you really getting for that money? Large high street jewellers are reluctant to divulge the real specification of their jewellery and why is that? Far too many times I have dealt with blubbering brides devastated to find that their dream wedding ring is either hollow or thinner than kitchen foil and would struggle to last the wedding night; let alone a life time of marital bliss.
If you are working within a tight budget, that doesn’t mean you should have to scrimp on the quality of yours and your dearly beloved wedding rings especially when they should last forever. Gold, and other precious metals have a value per gram which is determined by boring economic nonsense and although in the UK gold isn’t sold per gram the weight of the metal is a massive determining factor in pricing jewellery so if a company isn’t happy to freely inform you of the weight of your wedding band be aware!
Small independent jewellers are often fighting a constant battle with the high street big boys which is something that you as a consumer can use to your advantage, haggle! Maybe not Tenerife market style but don’t be afraid to ask if they can do a slightly better price, more often than not you will find they are happy to give you a small discount as well as size the ring for no extra charge without having it sent away for weeks or even months. The high street big boys can’t compete with that!
Another fantastic and rarely thought of option when it comes to affordable wedding rings is going retro! Ok maybe a vintage style isn’t for you but when it comes to saying ‘I do’ fashions haven’t deviated much over the years so whether it be second-hand, preloved or preowned you’ll find exactly the same styles available for approximately 50% of the price and once polished up these little beauties are as good as new.
My favourite option when it comes to your perfect wedding bands, and of course I am bias, is having them custom made and I am keen to dissolve the myth that this is the expensive option. At Sophia’s Pearl and Bead we specialize in hand crafting bespoke bridal jewellery including the most important piece of all- your wedding ring. What better way of symbolising your love and commitment than having your wedding bands specially made uniquely for you; not only does this add incredible sentiment but it also allows you complete freedom with the design, down to the smallest detail!
Having a skilled goldsmith forge your rings isn’t as expensive as you might think and they will be able to talk you through all of you options with years of knowledge and understanding of the work and materials involved. Be it Gold, Silver or Platinum, you can make an informed decision on what is best for you; taking in consideration the right metal, correct sizing, weight, shape, style, finish, stone setting or to engrave or not engrave. The level of freedom within the design process allows you to work totally with your budget without having to compromise.
The best way I have found to allow my customers to have their perfect rings while being budget friendly is by using recycled gold, which can easily be melted down and reworked into your design for a fraction of the cost. This method of smelting down metal also allows customers to contribute their own metal (if you have a cheeky stash). Whether it be a collection of old jewellery you no longer wear or you have something sentimental such as a family heirloom you’d like us to use to create your new bespoke wedding bands, that is perfectly possible and will serve to keep the price down.
Well that’s enough now of me trying to convince you to support small, to support craftsmen and artisans and ultimately I’m confident my prices with do enough convincing for me. Sophia Lee Jewellery offers FREE, NO OBLIGATION QUOTATIONS.