As you build-up to the long-awaited “I do,” the engagement ring is often the center of attention.
However, despite all the jealous gazes falling on the beautiful gemstone in that ring, it’s the wedding bands that will become a sign of your lifelong love and commitment.
Though there’s often less fanfare around these simpler wedding bands, it can be surprisingly tricky to find options that fit both the groom and the bride’s taste. But with the big day looming on the horizon, it’s time to start shopping for the perfect wedding ring.
Here are some tips to help you choose!
1. Set Your Budget
Whatever you envision for your dream wedding bands, at some point that vision will need to meet your budget. Sit down and work out what the two of you can realistically afford to spend on your wedding rings.
Depending on the style and material, wedding bands can be costly—especially if you add in consultations with jewelers, custom designs, or stone embellishments.
As you consider the cost, don’t forget that you should only spend what you feel comfortable with.
2. Discuss It Early
It’s a good idea to start discussing and envisioning your wedding rings early to make sure your ideas align.
Do you want platinum, gold, or silver wedding bands? Do you want your rings to be identical matches, or will you mix up metals and styles? Will the band be solid, or do you want intricate custom designs?
As you make plans, it might be a good idea to talk to trusted friends and family for advice, and looking at their rings for inspiration.
3. Don’t Wait to Search
It’s easy to get caught up in the fervor of wedding planning and save the wedding ring search for later. But selecting the right ring can be a very personal journey, so it’s a good idea to afford it as much time as you can. Besides, logistically speaking, you should plan to have your rings ordered at least 6 weeks before the wedding.
4. Consider Your Lifestyle
You’ll be wearing this ring for the rest of your life, so you want to find an option that meshes seamlessly with your lifestyle.
If you play an instrument, work with your hands, play sports, you may want to choose a slimmer wedding ring without delicate carvings or high gemstone settings. With more active lifestyles, you may also want a fuss-free design that you don’t have to spend time cleaning or maintaining as well.
5. Know Your Size
Your jeweler can help you with this consideration, but there are also a few extra tips every buyer should know when it comes to measuring your ring size. Above all, make sure to try your ring on with calm hands at room temperature, and make sure you have to pull a little to get it off your finger.
Get Ready to Say ‘I Do’ With the Right Ring
These seven ring tips offer a great foundation for choosing the perfect bands to last a lifetime.
Don’t put the choice off, and don’t forget to check out our other posts for other wedding and lifestyle tips to help you as you move toward your big day!