The whole wedding concept these days is so enormously expensive that it is easy to see why many couples decide to remain single. Couples are saving for years to pay £20000 or more for a fashionable, stylish wedding. It’s easy to see why when the designer bridal gown, shoes and accessories can total £2000 or more. Then there are cars, photos, videos, groom, best man, and not forgetting bridesmaids. Not least, the Banqueting Hall for grand reception.
Yet, the most symbolic memory of the wedding is of course, the wedding ring. Gold is the ultimate choice; it is beautiful, everlasting and has the power to evoke deep emotions. Platinum is also a popular choice, pure white and eternal. Designer wedding bands can cost over £2000, but a perfect choice as this is one element of a couple’s love that is worn every day and can’t be skimped on. The groom also may choose a wedding band and £500 or more can easily be spent on this item. Bridal earrings are also expensive but can be ‘borrowed’; otherwise diamonds can cost £100 or more. Many brides choose diamante headbands and as these are only worn once, costume jewellery can be chosen, which is much less expensive. About £50 can be spent on this item.
The bridegroom may choose to give the bridesmaids a token to wear on the ‘Big day’, like little heart-shaped gold pendants costing upwards of £100 each which look sweet and delicate on young children.
Ultimately, bridal jewellery, particularly wedding bands, is symbolic of a couple’s love and it is worthwhile spending whatever can be afforded.
How much would I spend on bridal jewellery? That’s easy for me to answer as before my wife and I got married, I bought her a stunning diamond pendant. It was a sort of satire cluster of diamonds encrusted into pretty gold back and on a slender gold chain.
It cost me a small fortune, but I believe that good jewellery should last you a lifetime. I remember buying it and it was just about as expensive as the engagement ring that I had purchased for her some time earlier. I’m not quite talking a month’s salary is traditional, but it wasn’t far short of the mark.
I presented it to her on the day of the wedding. Well, actually, I had it presented to her as I didn’t see her until we got to the church. She replaced her original necklace with the diamond pendant and it was sparking furiously in the halogen lighting of the reception hall. Everybody commented on how beautiful it was that day and she wears it at every given opportunity since we got married. Now that’s a good investment!