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How To Budget For Your Wedding

Getting engaged is one of the most exciting parts of any couple’s life. However, it can also lead to a huge amount of stress. This is because weddings are huge events that require endless planning. Additionally, anything “wedding” related is extremely expensive. Whether it’s the photographer, the restaurant hosting the rehearsal dinner, or the flowers, adding the word “wedding” increases the price. These days, the cost of the average American wedding is upwards of $35,000. In order to help you best prepare for your dream wedding, we’ve put together some helpful tips to budget for your wedding.

How Large Is Your Guest List?

The biggest costs will your wedding will be dependent upon the size of the guest list. Large weddings require large venues, and these will be exponentially more expensive. Additionally, consider the location of your wedding. A rustic barn wedding venue will cost less than a destination wedding. Weddings in major cities like New York or Los Angeles will also be much more expensive than weddings in rural Arkansas. Also, large weddings mean massive catering bills. The average cost per plate at a wedding is $68, which means you should probably consider how much you want to invite your third cousin Jimmy. Finally, a big wedding reception wouldn’t be the same without alcohol, and an open bar will quickly rack up a high tab. Essentially, the larger the wedding, the bigger the bill.

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It’s simple math: the larger the wedding, the bigger the bill.

Where Can I Save Money?

The list of places to save money when figuring out how to budget for your wedding is extensive. However, the smarter list is to figure out where NOT to skimp. Most married couples point to three places to splurge: the photographer, the wedding rings, and the wedding coordinator. Since the photographer will be the primary source of memories, it is important to have an exceptional documentation of your big day. The wedding coordinator will help prevent any mishaps and keep the day running smoothly even if there is a last minute catastrophe. Finally, the wedding rings are the ultimate representation of your marriage. While it may seem like a fun idea to get matching tattoos or picking up a wooden ring from the local farmer’s market, the smart move is to buy wedding rings online. Not only will you still save money over shopping at a mall jeweler, your gold or diamond wedding bands will last forever. When planning your wedding budget, definitely set aside money for wedding rings, a photographer, and a day of coordinator.

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Planning A Valentine’s Day Proposal? Start Planning The Wedding, Too

If you are one of the many men who are currently plotting out the details to a Valentine’s Day proposal, get ready to start thinking about the wedding! While presenting your bride to be with the gorgeous custom designed engagement ring of her dreams will be a thrilling moment, wedding planning will start almost immediately. Be prepared to answer lots of questions from your friends and family regarding the wedding date, the size of the wedding, and more.

When’s The Date?

If you’re planning to propose soon, you better have a wedding date in mind, too. If you know your future bride is set on a summer wedding, then proposing on Valentine’s Day either means a short or long engagement. A short engagement can be very stressful because of the amount of wedding planning involved. However, a long engagement can also feel endless to couples who are ready to be married. The average engagement period in the United States is about 14 months, so a Valentine’s Day proposal is perfect for brides who want an early summer wedding.

Big Celebration or Intimate Ceremony?

In addition to the wedding date, the next big question will be about the size of the wedding. Depending on the size of the families, the guest list can get very long very fast. If you know her mom has 8 siblings, then you better expect a big wedding. One thing to keep in mind, though, is a wedding ceremony is the day of the bride and groom.  Be sure to make the wedding day special for the both of you, even if you’re getting help paying.

Matching Wedding Rings

While it may not seem important when you’re deciding between rose gold engagement rings and white gold engagement rings, another thing to consider with your Valentine’s Day proposal is the wedding bands. Many brides prefer to have a diamond wedding band that matches their engagement ring. Additionally, some couples prefer both to have matching wedding rings as a couple, too. Although its a smaller detail, its another big questions. Definitely consider matching bands when planning your Valentine’s Day proposal this year.

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Fully Customized Matching Wedding Bands

When searching for wedding rings, one thing many women prefer is a matched set. This means that the wedding band is a perfect match for her engagement ring. Often times, though, a woman’s engagement ring does not have a direct match. In these cases, it is necessary to have a custom wedding band made. Not only will this wedding ring be the perfect pair to the diamond engagement ring, it will also prevent damage to either ring. Since both the wedding band and engagement ring are a matched set, they nestle together without creating friction damage.

Matched Sets

If your engagement ring has a matching wedding ring, then find the right matching wedding bands for your ring is no sweat. However, just because Adiamor carries the matching band does not mean it can’t be customized to your tastes. Our expert designers and certified gemologists work together to create beautiful wedding jewelry, but we understand the desire for something unique. We can take one of our existing women’s wedding bands and customize it. Whether you’d like to add diamonds or change the ring metal, we can create the perfect matching wedding band for your engagement ring.

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A customized matching wedding band for our French cut basket setting.

Customized Rings and Bands

Over the years, we’ve created thousands of engagement rings for our customers. One of our most popular items, though, is offering the ability to design your own engagement ring from scratch. By selecting a diamond and an engagement setting from our collection, we customize an engagement ring just for you. However, we can also create customized wedding bands. If we already have a wedding band you like, we can modify it to your needs. Even if you purchased your engagement ring elsewhere, we can create something unique that matches.

Contact Us Today About Matching Wedding Bands

There are two ways to contact us about customized wedding bands. The most direct option is to call an Adiamor customer service representative at (877) 627-5094. One of our experienced reps will walk you through the process of creating a custom band. Another way to is to fill out our online form for custom rings. Then we will contact you to start the design process.