Poundland claims to have already sold 20,000 of its Bling Ring engagement rings at the low low price of just £1 each.
A person's wedding day is supposed to be one of the happiest days of their lives. For the most part, that is indeed true. For a great many of us, it is also one of the most expensive. By the time you have booked the venue, ordered the cake, and bought the dress, your bank account will look a lot emptier than it did before you popped the question.
Speaking of popping the question, we haven't even mentioned the rings yet. Tradition dictates that a man should spend three times his monthly salary on an engagement ring. That means no matter how much you earn, if you follow said tradition when buying that ring it is going to be a significant financial blow.
What if we told you that if you are willing to break tradition, you can buy an engagement ring for just £1, or $1.29 according to the current exchange rate? That is exactly what the budget UK chain Poundland is currently offering up. They are called Bling Rings and come in a variety of different sizes and designs including silver and gold and "gemstones" such as diamond, ruby, and topaz are available.
You might well be reading this thinking it's the most stupid idea you have ever heard. Well, according to The Guardian, Poundland has already sold 20,000 of its Bling Rings. What we should point out is that the ring is intended to be a placeholder. Poundland's Frances O'Sullivan even said "these are beautiful placeholder rings because we know they'll want to buy their own." Just make sure you mention that when you slide it on to the lucky lady's finger.
We understand that when it comes to tradition, especially with things like marriage, many people are unwilling to stray from the path. We also understand that some people simply have to. We don't know about you, but the thought of spending three months wages on one item in one go makes our blood run cold. We're not saying that the only alternative is Poundland's Bling Ring, but that might be a nice placeholder while searching for a happy medium.