If you're planning a wedding with someone you love, you're probably excited to find the perfect wedding band that will symbolize your love for years to come.
But you may be asking yourself, who pays for the groom's ring?
The answer to that question is different for everyone. It depends on factors such as if you're a traditional couple or not, how you split up finances and more.
Who Buys The Groom's Wedding Ring?
If you enjoy sticking to tradition, then the bride should pay for the groom's ring. The bride can either pick out the ring with the groom or make it a surprise. Some parents of the bride with a traditional mindset will help pay for this expense, but many brides also pay for this expense on their own. If you're a bride and your family is helping with wedding expenses, have a discussion with them about the groom's ring and about how much you should budget.
When To Break Wedding Ring Purchasing Etiquette
If you're a modern couple, you might consider breaking from tradition. Here are some instances when doing something untraditional is a good idea.
You And Your Partner Currently Split Finances
If you and your fiance already have your earnings going into a joint bank account, then it doesn't matter who pays for what — it's all coming out of the same pot anyway. You can shop for bands together or surprise your partner with a ring you've picked out. Either way, since you are splitting finances, make sure you both understand the general budget for this expense.
If you're a couple that splits things equitably — for example, you pay 30% of the mortgage and your partner pays 70%, weighted by income — then you can take the same approach to splitting the cost of rings and other wedding expenses.
You're Not A Heterosexual Couple
The tradition that the bride always pays for the groom's ring leaves out the consideration that many modern couples have two grooms. If you're not a heterosexual couple, there are two ways you can approach ring shopping:
- Option 1: Each groom picks out a ring for the other groom and pays for their partner's ring.
- Option 2: Both grooms shop for rings together and split the total cost.
It's your wedding, so whether you follow tradition or you choose a modern route, the important thing is to have an open discussion with your partner. You'll be making many financial decisions together in the future, so this is a great way to get started.
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