What to consider when buying your wedding rings

18 Aug 2017

Your wedding rings are one of the most important parts of your wedding. Bethany Turner tells us the key things to consider when ring hunting

Photo: Wesley Tingey / Unsplash

Once you’re engaged, wedding planning goes into overdrive. There’s so much to organise, so much to buy and your big day will creep up on you faster than you think. However, one of the most important things you and your partner will need to decide on is your wedding rings.

The wedding bands you wear for the rest of your life are a symbol of your marriage, which is why you’ll want to consider all of these things before you buy them:

Study the style

There are lots of options when it comes to wedding rings, from the metal they’re made from to the gemstones or diamonds that are or are not included. You may find all of this choice a little overwhelming, but start by thinking about your style.

Do you want your wedding band to match your engagement ring? Do you want to keep it understated or would you like to embellish it with stones? Do you want matching rings for you and your partner? Ask yourself these questions before you start shopping around because this will help you narrow down your choices.

Set yourself a budget

Another important thing to do before you start shopping for your rings is to set a budget. Due to the huge variety that’s on offer, it’s easy to get carried away with elaborate styles and expensive designs. Calculate the figure you’d be happy spending on both of your rings so you can limit your search within your budget. Equally, if you’re going to get the rings engraved or you’re adding stones/diamonds to the rings, you will need to allow for these additional costs.

Think about your lifestyle

This may sound like we’re putting a bit of a dampener on your search, however, it’s important that your wedding rings are practical as well as stylish. If you play a lot of sports and don’t want to take your ring off to do this, a ‘comfort fit’ ring with a slimmer design and round edge is ideal. Or, if you work a lot with your hands, a metal ring that’s solid in design and doesn’t have any engravings or embellishments is your best choice.

Break the mould

If you and your partner don’t like to stick to the stereotypes, don’t be afraid to mix things up when you’re shopping for your rings. You might like to choose individual rings that don’t match or you might like to add your own personal touches so your rings stand out from the crowd.

Oftentimes, ring shopping can be just like wedding dress shopping. What you thought you wanted before might not be the design you fall in love with when you start trying rings on. So, have an open mind when you first start your search, trying on different rings to get an idea of the design that’ll suit your hands and your own unique style.

After you’ve discovered the type of ring you like, make sure you allow plenty of time for your ring search. This isn’t something you’ll want to rush so give yourself a good two to three months before your wedding to find the perfect ring. 

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