How to Find the Perfect Wedding Band for Him (No Matter What Your Budget)
Weddings can turn into an expensive affair. Many couples find that by the point that they’re ready to purchase the groom’s wedding band (usually towards the end of the planning process), their wedding budget has already been exceeded and finances are running a little tight. At the same time, nobody wants to have to scrimp and settle for less when it comes to their forever ring.
Fortunately, the advent of the internet and prevalence of online shopping has done much for finding high quality men’s wedding bands at the lowest prices. Here is how to get the best wedding band for your groom – without draining your bank account.
Set a budget. First and foremost, when buying both women’s and men’s wedding bands you are going to need to set a budget and stick to it. Wedding rings are an emotional purchase, so before you start looking make sure you are firm on what you can comfortably afford. No matter how small you think your budget is, it is virtually guaranteed that you’ll be able to find high quality yet affordable wedding bands that fall within your specific price range.
Decide what you want. Now that you have your budget set, the fun can begin. Think about what you’re looking for in your wedding bands – what color rings do you want? Any metal or material preferences? How about style and any decorative accents? Once you’ve nailed down what you would like, you may need to eliminate some items on your wish list that are highly unlikely to fit your budget – for example, a pure platinum band.
This is also a great opportunity for you to learn about the different kinds of affordable men’s wedding bands. You may or may not already be familiar with some of the high quality contemporary materials currently available on the market. Materials like cobalt chrome and white tungsten have the look of expensive precious metals like platinum and white gold, but at a mere fraction of the cost.
Compare prices. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices to a few select rings, take a look around the market. Chances are that the particular styles that you are looking at are available at more than one online retailer. To find the best prices on men’s wedding bands, use a retail search engine like Google Shopping to find any internet stores carrying your desired rings. If you have more of a style in mind rather than a particular designer, you can also try shopping comparison sites like ShopStyle, Yahoo! Shopping or Shopzilla.
Take other special incentives into account. Inexpensive men’s wedding bands don’t just boil down to sale prices and discount codes. Many internet retailers offer free shipping, but if they don’t, you’ll want to take that into account with your overall purchase price. Another factor that can save you a significant amount of money (or tack more onto the price) is whether or not you’ll have to pay sales tax on your purchase. Currently, any online out-of-state purchase is not subject to sales tax.
Verify your purchasing source. Finally, once you’ve settled on your band and the online store that you’ll be purchasing it from, make sure to verify the trustworthiness of the source, especially if you’ve never shopped with them before. Look for reviews from other customers, any potential complaints with the Better Business Bureau, and use your own judgment and common sense. In most cases, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.
You’ll also want to make sure that they have a flexible return policy in the event that your purchase doesn’t work out and you want to exchange or return it for a full refund.
Tanya Naouri writes articles on men’s wedding bands and fashion for grooms for JustMensRings.com.