While my sweetie and I DO want to exchange rings, we DON’T want to spend a lot of money on them, and we have no interest in traditional, mainstream wedding rings.
We want something simple, and different.
We live in a town that doesn’t have anything like that, so online is our best bet.
But once we start looking around for wedding bands, all we find are expensive, boring, overly-decadent gold and diamond style rings…
There’s just too much online to know where to start! -Sara
I applaud your decision to go the non-diamond, inexpensive route for your wedding rings!
Diamonds are grossly overpriced, and of course there’s that whole blood diamond thing, so you’re so much better off going for either a different stone or no stone at all.
First things first: are you SURE there aren’t any custom jewelry makers in your neck of the woods?
There’s nothing more awesome than designing your own bands, and if you find a good jewelry maker they can usually work within your budget.
Plus, it’s cool to support a local artisan.
That said, if there really aren’t any around, you’re right: there are TONS of online options. We feature tons of our favorites in the Offbeat Bride Vendor Guide!
Here’s a first tip: Don’t look for “wedding rings” — they always cost more! There’s this strange phenomenon of somehow if it has to do with a wedding it costs twice as much. Seriously. This isn’t just for rings, it’s for dresses, flowers, suits, chair rentals, everything. It’s a total racket.
So when shopping online for rings, don’t search for “wedding bands.” Just look for rings that you like.
Let’s start with non-traditional wedding rings that are a bit gothic minded…
‘Til death do we part can be a more literal vision for your wedding ring. We’ve got coffin-shaped stones, skull-minded rings, and more things!
Next, how about some geometric wedding rings?
We’ve seen some amazing hexagonal diamonds and kite-shaped gemstones, all with intricate and bold angular settings and dramatic shapes. From Bauhaus-inspired to Art Deco to the Mines of Moria, these geometric-inspired rings are ready to change the way you look at nontraditional wedding rings…
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