HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU SPEND ON AN ENGAGEMENT RING?
TL;DR: Buy an engagement ring for as much as you can afford to spend. The rule of two to three months' salary is unworkable and out-of-date. Additionally, you can find some really chic rings at a great price.
If you're getting ready to propose, you're probably considering a lot of details like carat weight, ring style, and how to pop the question. All of that costs money. But exactly how much are you expected to spend on the large ring? We understand how stressful it can be to sort it all out, but take a deep breath—we've got this. The financial aspects of getting engaged are covered in this guide, including who pays for what expenses and where to find an ideal, affordable engagement ring that your future spouse will adore.
The 100-Year-Old Two-Month Salary Rule
The two-to-three months' salary rule is often cited when researching engagement ring prices. This tradition states that the engagement ring should cost two or three months' salary. If you earn €3,000 per month, your ring should cost between €3,000 and €9,000.
You don't need to spend that much
Here's the thing: Back then, life was simpler financially. Since 1930, living costs have skyrocketed. Houses, tuition, transportation and groceries were much more in line with what average individuals made in days gone by; prices were set so people weren't forced to live above their means.
In 1930, the average annual wage was only around €2,000 but the cost of a new home was around €3,800 and a car an additional €400. Today's average annual wage is €50,000 but housing costs hover around €266,000 while automobiles cost an additional €37,000 - showing how far your dollars don't stretch as far as they did then.
Imagine being able to purchase a brand-new car and home for two years' worth of work? Unfortunately, that's far from being the reality for many people today, which makes spending two or three months of pay on an engagement ring seem so crazy. Indeed, spending multiple months of salary may not always be the best financial decision. So the short answer: Nope - you don't need or should spend that amount on an engagement ring.
Budgeting for Your Engagement Ring
It's ultimately up to you how much you feel comfortable spending. If you have a full-time job, a good rule of thumb is to not spend more on the engagement ring than one month's salary, advises personal finance expert Dave Ramsey. He recently said on his radio show that "a lot of people get married on a very cheap ring, and it lasts very well."
Before choosing a budget, you should consider your particular situation, preferences, and financial situation. When setting a budget for the engagement ring, you should consider the following issues:
Are you prepared to incur debt in order to purchase the engagement ring?
Are you prepared to give up some things, such as a trip or a few months of eating out, in order to pay for the engagement ring?
Can you cut back on the honeymoon or other extras to free up money in your overall wedding budget to pay for the ring?
Is worrying about the cost of the engagement ring keeping you from concentrating on the marriage and wedding's more crucial elements?
If your future spouse is okay with it, are you open to splitting the cost of the ring?
When looking for a traditional engagement ring, are factors like insurance, shipping, and sizing taken into consideration? Notably, a lot of that is handled when you shop at Brother & Sisters.
The bottom line: Don't follow societal pressures and norms that are frequently completely arbitrary; instead, do what's right for you and your relationship.
Speak with your future spouse
You should talk to your partner about your budget before you spend any money on the ring, which is a crucial reminder before you spend any money on the ring. Your future spouse likely has strong feelings about the subject. Perhaps they desire a pricey ring with large, expensive stones. On the other hand, they might discover that spending a lot of money was a waste. Regardless of your own opinion, you should take into account the validity of both points of view.
Finding an Affordable Engagement Ring
We hope we've given you the go-ahead to put money aside and keep your ring spending on the lower end. If you choose to go that route, make sure you bear a few important considerations in mind when looking for the large but reasonably priced ring. Observe the following:
Affordable Doesn't Always Mean Cheap
When looking for affordable engagement rings, there are tiers to take into account, just like in everyday life. You have a wide range of options to choose from: From a flimsy gumball machine ring to a precious metal beauty that substitutes an equally stunning (yet significantly less expensive) imitation gem for the expensive diamond. Here are some qualities of a premium yet affordable engagement ring to look for:
Remember What It’s All About
At the end of the day, when searching for engagement rings and setting a budget, remember what this whole process is about: celebrating your love with your significant other. At Brother & Sisters, we make it our goal to help you celebrate that love in an appropriate way that honors both of you perfectly. Take some time to explore all of our engagement rings to find one style that perfectly embodies both of these elements without breaking your budget.