Cheapest Way to Get Married - The Rings

Getting married is expensive enough and that’s before you’ve got the rings sorted! We’ve brought you some tips on how to save money on rings when it comes to the engagement and the wedding. We will bring you tips on how to choose the perfect engagement ring for your spouse. You can save yourself money if you know the tricks of the trade

Diamond Colour

Diamonds The colour of diamonds ranges with the most expensive and fully colourless ring being the rarest. If you’re not a diamond expert then the chances are you will not be able to tell the difference between a fully colourless ring and a slightly cheaper less clear one. Choose a ring which looks good to your eyes and the chances are your partner will agree with you.


Each diamond has a clarity rating depending on how many blemishes or inclusions each one has. The most expensive is rated FL or flawless and then there are various grades depending on the inclusions such as VVSI - very very slightly included or I3 - eye visible inclusions. To get the best deals, look out for SI - slightly included rings. Unless your partner is going to sit and check the ring under a magnifying glass it is likely they won’t even notice. 

Opt for an Alternative

RingsIf you are on a really tight budget and want to buy the perfect ring, opt for an alternative stone to a diamond such as a sapphire or a ruby which will be significantly cheaper. If your budget is really small try and buy a cubic zirconia ring which will be extremely good value. It should be the thought that really counts.




Ask Relatives

Another option to save money on engagement and wedding rings is to check with your close relatives to see if there are any heirlooms waiting to be passed down. Perhaps your parents have their grandparents old rings just sat in a drawer waiting for them to be used. Not only is this potentially a free option, it can be much more meaningful and significant knowing there is a history behind the ring.

Ring Metal

Ring buyers need to consider the type of metal used in the ring as the price can vary depending on the type and may determine your budget. Platinum is generally the most expensive but by choosing a good quality white gold you can save money with the same aesthetic and look. Most people opt to match their engagement ring metal with their wedding ring so try and gauge what your partner is looking for to give you more of an idea so you can budget accordingly. Opt for silver plated rings like the ones we have listed available here and get yourself an incredible deal.


Peaks in proposal seasons will often mean a peak in the ring pricing. Christmas Eve is the most popular day of the year for men to propose followed by New Years Eve and Valentines Day. Men can often panic in the run up to Christmas meaning they will spend more money as they are likely to be under pressure the closer it gets towards the end of the year. If you are planning on buying that ring, do some research and give yourselves plenty of time to find one within your price range. If you do plan on popping the question during the festive period, get that ring bought way before the prices increase! H Samuel often has sales, check out their current sale for updates.

Buy Antique

Many antique jewellers will stock second hand unique rings at cut prices. These rings will be unique and although they won’t be the same style as modern rings available they also won’t have the modern price tags. Second hand often gives great value!

Cut and Carat

Ring CaratA well cut stone will look larger and will sparkle more. It can also hide flaws a lot better than a poorly cut one so it is best to choose the greatest cut you can afford. Cuts are ranked from excellent to poor and some jewellery shops will have their own signature cuts which are graded higher than excellent. When it comes to choosing a carat, dipping just below a round number or ‘’buying shy’’ could save you money. Buying a 0.95 carat ring instead of a 1 carat one can mean you get great savings with very little noticeable difference to how the stone looks. With a limited budget it is best to focus on getting the best cut and carat for your money.

Try Online

Even the experts agree that anyone buying an engagement ring should buy online and skip shopping at high street retailers. Internet only retailers can offer the best deals as they don’t have to pay any associated costs with running a shop. Make sure you shop around for the best deal and compare different cuts, carats and clarity ratings. Choose a shop with a good reputation and excellent genuine reviews and that the rings come with a GIA certificate (this is the industry standard in terms of grading). You will also have the pick of hundreds of rings instead of the handful your local jeweller will stock. Check out our link to online ladies clearance jewellery to see if you can grab a bargain.

Go Without

The most effective way to save money on rings is to not buy them! A marriage proposal doesn’t cost a penny and it’s the thought that counts. If someone really wants to marry you, they will regardless of whether or not there is the offer of a huge diamond. Chose a token ring such as this 9k gold engagement ring for just 99p! You could let your partner choose their own ring at a later date to save money at that time and make better use of it towards your wedding instead. Some people would rather just wear a wedding band so it is worth discussing this with your partner  instead of spending the money for no reason.

What is the Verdict?

MoneySavingPigWill you be taking these tips on board to save yourself money? How did you save money on your wedding or engagement rings? Check out our Wedding Bargains page for even more bargains on engagement and wedding rings. We love feedback so please use the comment section below. 

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