Although it is something small, your wedding ring is something that requires a lot of thought as you’ll want to wear for the rest of your life.
Before saying “yes” to the perfect wedding ring, check out our guide on points to note while choosing the right wedding ring.
1. Narrow down your options
Diamonds or gemstones, platinum or gold – narrowing down your ring options may seem overwhelming, but don’t panic. Just take it one step at a time.
Select a few wedding ring samples for you and your partner to choose from. Pinterest is your friend, as well as the good old Google Images. We have a Pinterest board just for engagement and wedding rings, do check it out here.
Ask each other if you want a matching wedding ring or not, and find something that you both love. Consider buying your wedding rings together so that you can both discuss your requirements and budget with your Jeweler so as to get a selection of rings matching your unique specifications.
2. Start the ring search early
Once you have a basic idea of the kind of ring you’d like, it’s time for the fun part: trying them on! Also, keep sizing in mind.
Most people rarely take off their wedding bands; they wear them through seasons, activities, pregnancies – times when your fingers swell and contract from heat, cold, water retention or weight gain. To find the right size that will best weather all of those changes, schedule your final ring fitting at a time when you’re calm and your body temperature is normal.
Give yourselves two to three months before the D-Day to ring shop. You’ll need this time to browse, research prices and revisit rings that you fancy. If you have your heart set on a custom ring, you’ll probably need even more time. And keep in mind: extras like engraving can take up to one month.
3. Mix it up
Don’t fret if you like platinum and your partner likes yellow gold. There’s no rule that says you have to choose the same metal or even style. You could compromise with braided bands that blend the two metals together or just be totally different – the key to finding something you both love is choosing wedding bands that reflect your individual styles.
4. Keep your lifestyle in mind
Remember, you’re pretty much going to wear this band every day, so you might as well choose something that seamlessly becomes a part of your life. If you play sports or an instrument, a slimmer ring with rounded edges (appropriately called the “comfort fit”) may be most practical. If you work with your hands, you may want to search for a simple, solid metal ring and avoid gemstones that can come loose, or carvings which can trap dirt. If you’re super active, go for platinum, which is extra durable (when scratched, the metal is merely displaced and doesn’t actually wear away).
5. Consider long term and maintenance.
Whilst you shouldn’t be afraid of being trendy, make sure the style you choose is something you’ll want to wear for, say, the next 40 years. Just don’t stress too much: You’re not married to the ring and can always make changes to it (add diamonds or go from white gold to platinum) later on to mark a special anniversary.
To keep a wedding band with stones clean and sparkling, you’ll need to wash and soak it in warm sudsy water, then gently brush it with a soft toothbrush or eyebrow brush (too much pressure can loosen the stones from their setting), rinse it and pat it dry with a soft lint-free cloth. Sound like too much upkeep? You may want to opt for a fuss-free gold or platinum ring – simply rub it with a soft, lint-free cloth (chamois works well) and you’re good to go.
6. Consider purchasing a bridal set
Rather than purchasing the wedding band after the engagement ring, many individuals choose a bridal set. A bridal set contains both the engagement ring and a matching wedding band. Bridal sets have a cohesive style, shape, metal and proportions you would be required to match on your own after the fact, which can be challenging. With a bridal set, you’ll have the assurance that her engagement ring and band will fit together seamlessly.
A bridal set is a great option for couples who purchase the engagement ring together, or if you are confident you know the bride-to-be’s style. Most bridal sets are also sold in separate pieces, so you can purchase the engagement ring first and then purchase the matching wedding band later to complete the set.
Get a sense of what you are willing and able to spend for your wedding ring. Set your budget appropriately, while also keeping in mind your future financial goals for budgeting your wedding.
If you want to save some money on your wedding rings and wedding bands, always look out for major holiday and seasonal sales event which offer upto 70% discount and are great way to grab a good bargain.
Photo: Ben Ngoma Photography