Hello, beautiful people! So what’s the first that happens when you see someone for the first time after you’ve gotten engaged? “Let me see the ring!!” We’ve discussed how to chose the perfect diamond ring before on this post, and even how to choose a conflict free diamond here. However, we never really touched on the cost of the diamond and if it even matter if it’s a diamond to begin with?
I’m sure we’ve all seen this picture circulating around social media over some time. And we all have our opinions on whether it’s appropriate to propose with this ring or not. I recently read an article on Huffington Post Weddings that suggests the more money you spend on the ring, the more likely you are to end up in divorce. Hold up?! You mean to tell me if my man drops $10,000 on a ring that doesn’t equate to love and happiness? Here’s the two major takeaways from the article:
“1)Men who spent $2,000 to $4,000 on engagement rings were 1.3 times more likely to end up divorced than men who spent $500 to $2,000. Women who received expensive engagement rings also experienced higher rates of divorce. 2)Women whose weddings cost $20,000 or more were 3.5 times more likely to end up divorced than women who spent $5,000 to $10,000. (According to The Knot, the average cost of a wedding in the U.S. is $30,000).”
The article also mentions that “couples who had more guests—–not spend more money—-led to longer marriages.” Which a friend of mine pointed out that it probably had alot to do with having a larger support system. However, I would like to add in my opinion that it’s definitely the quality of guests..not the quantity.
There’s alot of emphasis put on the ring and the cost and how big the diamond is. But, at the same time there are some women who would prefer another stone, maybe a pearl or something of more sentimental value. With that said, I can’t speak for the findings of the study but I will say that stay true to who YOU are. Don’t get caught up in the hoopla of the ring and the cost of the ring or how big your diamond is. Think about what it actually represents: Two people committing to building a life together. And that my friends is priceless….
For the full article on Huffington Post click here. And be sure to check out the short video about why one bride decided against an engagement ring all together.
I’d like to know your thoughts! Does the cost of the ring really matter?