We’re getting married!! ????
My fiance and I have done things a little less than conventionally, and after almost two years of working hard together raising our daughter and building a family together, we’ve decided to tie the knot!
So here’s the thing, though. Getting married can get expensive. I mean, what are people even thinking?! A $13,000 wedding is “modest”? Yikes!
You know we won’t be going into debt to have a nice wedding that makes the day memorable for us, and I was so proud of my fiance (yeah, that isn’t getting old yet!) for starting our frugal wedding with a secondhand piece for the engagement ring.
OMG I’M GETTING MARRIED ???? ⠀ Ahem… Sorry for shouting, girl. I’m excited! ⠀ Starting this week, expect a new regular segment on the #fairandfrugalco blog: WEDDING ? ⠀ Our goal for the #FairandFrugalWedding is to keep the budget for a full wedding and reception under $2,000! Is that crazy talk?? I guess we’ll see ? ⠀ So far, so good: This ring was given to my mom by my dad over 20 years ago. He passed in 2003, and when my fiancé (omg ?) told my mom he planned to ask me, she gave him this. Even better, it was already second-hand when my dad got the ring in the first place! ⠀ TOTAL SO FAR: $53 (ring re-size) ⠀ Are you married? Have you ever planned a wedding? I need all the help I can get!!
How can you save money on the engagement ring, so you’re not spending through your wedding budget before Day 1?
Hit the pawn shops
Pawn shops can have beautiful, quality pieces at bargain prices. Because you know they buy the piece at a low price from the seller (c’mon, we’ve all seen Pawn Stars), you can try to haggle the price down a little bit — especially if you’re planning to buy it upfront.
Skip the diamond
Okay, bear with me for a moment. I know this one can be a difficult consideration. In case you’re unaware, the diamond industry is fraught with unethical business practices, including child labor. It is a dangerous task to be a diamond miner, and many people around the world are exploited to put something shiny on our fingers.
Not a great way to start your beautiful journey of marriage, huh?
If you choose to use a different precious stone, like rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, you’re going to be looking at a much smaller price tag.
Bargain shopping online
We live in a world where everything is available to you at the touch of a button! With eBay, Facebook sellers, and more secondhand retailers online, you can bargain shop ’til you drop.
Pro-tips for Buying Online: Make sure you are ALWAYS using a safe form of checking out if you’re buying directly from a seller. PayPal offers buyer protection if you get scammed by someone online, so make sure you’re buying safely with an invoice — not sending money as “Friends and Family” to avoid fees for the seller. Never give anyone your banking information!!
This should be obvious, but you don’t need a diamond the size of your knuckle — especially if you’re trying to plan this wedding on a budget. At the end of the day, a ring is just a ring. It’s the marriage you’re starting and the meaning behind it that matters.