Who Pays for the Wedding Rings?




 
Who pays for the wedding bands, the bride or groom?
 Many people assume that the groom buys the wedding bands because chivalry is not dead, right?  The answer to this question is much more complicated than that.  The most traditional way to go about this would be the bride pays for the man's wedding ring plus a gift and the groom pays for the engagement ring and matching wedding band for the bride.  Today, a more modern approach by many couples would be to accept the wedding bands as a joint investment by both the bride and groom.  Perhaps there is no real answer, with the best option being what is most comfortable for the unique relationship that each bride and groom have.

Things to consider when deciding who pays for wedding rings include:
With any big purchase, it is prudent to talk to your significant other about it.  Budgeting and communication is the key to a successful wedding.

How much do the wedding rings cost?
The cost of wedding bands in total is a big factor to consider when deciding who pays for them, especially if we're talking about purchasing the diamond engagement ring.

Q: Do you share finances?
A: This is a very important question to ask when considering who pays for wedding rings.  If you share finances, then this is a no brainer and you should split the cost of the wedding bands evenly or on agreed upon percentage. 

Q: Who earns more in the relationship?
A: If the bride earns much more than the groom for example, then logically the bride should pay for the bands if not a higher amount if split.  Same logic applies if the groom earns significantly more.

Q: Who is paying for other aspects of the wedding?
A: Wedding rings are a tangible object that symbolize your love for your significant other and you can't have a wedding without wedding rings, but it can be far from the most expensive thing on the purchase list.  When deciding on who pays for the wedding rings, you should definitely consider the other wedding expenses being covered as well.

Consider All the Options When Deciding Who Buys The Wedding Rings
If the answer isn't clear to you after asking the above questions about your relationship, then perhaps considering the options available might be best.  A fairest option (and probably the cutest) is to pay for each others wedding rings.  By buying each others wedding bands for each other, it makes it just a little bit more special.  If you've always shared finances equally, then the option of splitting the cost of the wedding bands is also a fair and viable option.  The most traditional option would be having the groom or groom's parents pay for the rings.

Make Each Others Wedding Rings instead of buying them!
Many crafty brides and grooms have also taken it upon themselves to create their own wedding rings instead of purchasing them.  DIY wedding bands include a wide range of materials, including exotic woods and highly malleable metals such as gold and silver.  If you're worried about the cost of your wedding bands, perhaps creating your own might be cheaper, so you don't have to worry so much about who pays for them!