The Do’s and Don’ts When Buying Wedding Rings
The big day is approaching, and you still haven’t bought your wedding rings! While you’ll have pictures from the ceremony, your wedding ring is the one thing that will last a lifetime. Finding the perfect wedding ring takes time and consideration – especially because you’ll want to wear it for the rest of your life. To help you narrow down the search, we’ve compiled a list of do’s and don’ts on how to buy the perfect wedding ring.
Do… Narrow down your choices
There are lots of options out there, from colours and metals to shapes and gemstones. This may seem overwhelming but choosing something as simple as your favourite colour can help narrow down your options significantly.
Let’s start with metal. Gold is one of the most popular choices and comes in multiple colours like yellow, white and rose. These options are attractive, dazzling and classic, and are one of the more affordable options compared to other metals, like platinum. It’s also important when choosing materials to take your lifestyle into account. If your job or hobbies have you using your hands regularly, you’ll want to choose a metal that is sturdy and doesn’t scratch easily.
For shape, you can pick a simple round cut or be more creative and pick something pear-shaped or in an Art-Deco style. Russian wedding rings – three overlapping bands of rose, yellow and white gold - are becoming more sought-after. Each band signifies something different – rose for love, yellow for fidelity and white for friendship – but when combined, they symbolise eternal love.
Finally, you can pick a gemstone. While gemstones are normally reserved for engagement rings, setting jewels like diamonds into a band adds extra sparkle and meaning. You can go traditional with diamonds, sapphires or emeralds, or go for something more modern, like morganite or citrine.
Don’t… Leave your search to the last minute
Similar to your wedding dress, you need to look for your wedding ring early. Wedding rings can be expensive and it’s important that you get the one that’s a perfect fit. Looking for your rings early ensures that they’ll be ready on time. It also gives you time for them to be refitted if there are any issues with them. We’d recommend starting to try on rings 2-3 months before your wedding date. If you want a custom or bespoke wedding ring, you’ll need to start looking a bit earlier and engravings can take some time too.
Do… Compliment your engagement ring
To make choosing your wedding ring easier, picking a band that compliments or accompanies your engagement ring can help you decide. For example, if your engagement ring is white gold with an emerald stone, compliment it with a similar coloured wedding band with diamonds or emeralds set in. You can go OTT with gems and colours for both or laidback and simple as well – it’s all down to personal preference. Considering how the rings will fit together and their carat is also important if you’re planning to wear your rings side by side and don’t want one to wear down the other. Pick a flattering shape and contour that will fit easily on your finger and compliment both bands.
Don’t… Forget your budget
When wedding planning, it’s easy to get carried away to make the day of your dreams the best it can be. Wedding rings – and weddings in general - aren’t cheap but it’s important to set a budget for your rings and consider all the ‘extras’ you’ll want with them. The cost of a wedding ring depends on many factors, but they can range from as little as £100 up to £1,000 and the more extravagant can be even more than that. Remember to keep to your budget while also making sure you get the perfect wedding ring for you and your husband or bride to be.