Are you thinking of popping the question to your other half and feel baffled about buying a ring? Or perhaps you’ve already picked out a wedding venue and are fretting about where to buy your wedding rings? Don’t worry – as a popular Exeter wedding venue we have plenty of local knowledge about all things weddings, including rings, so let us guide you through all you need to know!
How much should I spend on an engagement ring?
Traditionally, it has always been advised that you spend a month’s salary on an engagement ring, but let’s face it – tradition isn’t always right! Recent research conducted by insurer Allianz found that on average men spend £573 on an engagement ring for their partner, which is actually far less than the average monthly salary, which is around £2,200 in the UK. Some choose to spend more, and others choose to spend less in order to save money for the big day itself.
So, what does this mean for you? Spend as much as you see fit, and don’t get bogged down by tradition or expectation. You’ll want the ring to be of good enough quality that it lasts a lifetime, but if you’d rather stick to a tighter budget in order to enjoy a more luxurious wedding day, then go for it.
How much should I spend on wedding rings?
The average that couples spend on their wedding rings in the UK is £809, so around £400 per ring. There aren’t really any ‘rules’ about how much to spend, but once again bear in mind that the rings should be of good enough quality to last a lifetime, even if they are simple, plain bands.
Do I have to buy diamonds?
Diamonds are often seen as the traditional stone for engagement rings, but more and more people are turning to alternatives in order to be a little different. Sapphires and emeralds are incredibly popular at the moment, and ideal for those who want something out of the ordinary.
Should wedding rings be gold bands?
Although plain gold bands are once again traditional, yellow gold isn’t all that in fashion right now and silver and white gold tends to be the most popular material for wedding bands material. Platinum and palladium are also popular choices as they tend to be more durable than silver or gold, while titanium has a lovely grey tone which is very popular with men. You don’t have to go with a plain band either – many opt for wedding rings with patterns, diamond sets or gemstone inlays instead.
Ultimately, your choice of wedding or engagement ring is entirely up to you – stay true to your personality and sense of style and don’t be afraid to bend the traditional rules!
Top five shops to buy wedding and engagement rings
1. Mortimers – Queen Street, Exeter – http://www.mortimersjewellers.co.uk/
If you’re looking for a classic, luxurious engagement ring, Mortimers is certainly the place to go, as they have a spectacular range of diamond rings. You’ll also find a wonderful range of sapphire, ruby and emerald rings too if you’re looking for something a little more unique.
2. Goldsmiths – High Street, Exeter – http://www.goldsmiths.co.uk/
As the jewellers who made the Rugby League Trophy and the first appointed UK stockist of Rolex watches, Goldsmiths know a thing or two about luxury and quality. If you’re looking for traditional and beautiful engagement or wedding rings, they’re definitely a great place to start.
3. Carol Anne – Roman Walk, Exeter – http://www.carolannejewellery.co.uk/
Owned and run by a husband and wife team, Coral Anne allow you to create your own, bespoke diamond ring. Style, quality, carat weight and precious metal can all be totally customised, which is ideal for those who want their loved one’s engagement ring to be utterly unique.
4. Polka Dot Gallery – Martin’s Lane, Exeter
If you’d love your wedding or engagement ring to be more contemporary, you should definitely check out Polka Dot Gallery. They carry rings from some of the world’s best designers, and have a variety of more unusual styles to choose from, including those with rustic, hand beaten finishes which would look right at home at a castle wedding venue like ours!
5. Jethro Marles – http://jethromarles.co.uk/
You may stumble across some really gorgeous rings when you visit Jethro Marles’ website, since he specialises in buying and selling of jewellery and precious items. He also offers a bespoke jewellery making service if you want to request something totally unique. This is a wonderful shop for those looking for vintage pieces as Jethro regularly has beautiful vintage jewellery for sale.