Buying wedding rings can be one of the most expensive things you'll face as a wedding cost. If you do a little planning, this can actually be a painless process.
First, visit a jewelry store to look at what there is available in the line of wedding jewelry. Remember, you are not obligated to buy anything. The purpose of this visit is to get accurately sized so you know exactly what size ring you need for your finger. Jewelry stores have a specialized set of rings that are gauged in 1/4 size increments to give you a better idea of what you require. Rings are rarely sold this accurately sized unless they are custom made for the client. Some are actually sold by 1/2 size differences, and it is always better to choose something a little bigger than smaller. There are small devices that can be purchased from a jeweler that are relatively inexpensive to help size the ring for a better fit.
One method to buy wedding rings on a budget is to look for a plain band, either in gold or silver. There are several available styles that can be purchased at commercial retail stores like Wal-Mart or Kmart that can be purchased for under $ 100. If you know what size you need and they have your size in stock, chances are that you can take the ring with you that day. If not, the store can order it for you in a fairly short time. Be sure you try the ring on prior to accepting it to make absolutely certain the ring will fit you.
Another source for a budget wedding ring is to check a local pawn shop to see what is available. Be aware that it is highly unlikely you and your partner will be likely to find matched rings. You WILL be more likely to find ones made out of gold, and many will have precious or semi-precious stones in them.
If you are not set on having a gold band, but would be happier with a more intricate band in silver, there are several ways that you can accomplish this. There is any number of venues where specialty silver rings can be found. If, for example you are looking for something that has Celtic knot work on it, there are multiple Celtic events where rings of this type are available for under $ 75. Chances are that the vendor has enough stock that a couple can find matching bands. Other sources can be at Sci-fi conventions or other fandom conventions that afford the couple to find specialty bands that might have meaning or a special significance to the couple.
There are also online sources such as eBay where you may go to search for wedding rings on a budget. Numerous pawn shops have begun to list their stock either as an auction item or as part of a "store" where a consumer can go to find what's available out there. The same is true for vendors who offer specialty rings like silver bands that have an Elvis inscription on the inside.
By purchasing your wedding rings through a place like eBay, you are afforded a measure of protection in the instance where you believe the merchandise is not as you expect it to be. The company can aid in negotiating with the vendor in the case that the merchandise needs to be returned, and can act as a liaison in the event there are problems with the vendor.
To your beautiful wedding!