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Wedding Rings

I think it is fair to assume that no one will be consulting me for advice on the most appropriate order in which to attack a wedding to-do list. At a little under a year before the wedding John and I picked out and purchased our wedding bands.

I know, I know…the wedding is a YEAR away. Our original plan was to price bands out and look at different styles to see how they worked into our budget. We started at a well known store where the selection for women’s bands wasn’t exactly stellar. We looked around for a bit and decided to check out some other options. At the second store we pulled up some chairs, sat down, and were shown a variety of beautiful bands. John wanted something simple and found rings that he liked at both stores. I, on the other hand, was a bit more picky “that band is too thick, that band is too thin, those diamonds are too big” (Okay, you got me, I didn’t say that last one). Because, apparently, I am a wedding band snob (who knew?!). I couldn’t find something that was exactly right. Luckily, the second store offered to custom make a band that matched my engagement ring with just the right size and number of diamonds on just the right width band.

After going through the process and feeling good about what we liked and figuring out the price range, we were completely prepared to walk away and come back in six or so months to make our purchase. When I mentioned this to the jewelwer/salesman I inadvertently began a game of haggling/hard ball/bargining. He started clicking away on his little calculator showing me lower and lower numbers, throwing in lifetime warrenties (which I’m pretty sure are included regardless). He knew what he was doing because before I knew it  John and I were stepping away to discuss the possibility of making a purchase on the spot. We went back and forth multiple times knowing that it was a little bit crazy to buy wedding bands this far out. We immediately rationalized our possible decision to go for it by discussing the obvious fact that we would eventually need to buy them and these were just right at just the right price. With just a little gentle nudging and a couple of favorable price discounts from the jeweler (this guy was good)  we made our purchase. We walked out with John’s ring and we’ll go back in a week or two when the mock-up of my ring is done in order to test it out before they actually make it. In a couple of weeks our rings will be sitting side by side in a super secure and secret location 😉 for the next ten months.

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