Wedding planning is inspiring, but it is also an extremely stressful affair. There are so many things to do – booking a venue, inviting guests, matching RSVPs, deciding the menu, getting a caterer, ordering a cake, dress shopping, etc. Wedding planning is a flurry of activity, and one of the most critical tasks involved is wedding ring shopping. Wedding rings or bands are an essential part of the ceremony. However, inadequate attention is devoted to them because of stress and tension.
A wedding band maybe just a simple piece of jewellery but it is also a symbol of love, union and devotion. That is why you should devote special attention to the task of choosing and purchasing a wedding ring.
Here are some tips that will help you to decide on and buy the perfect set of “rocks” for your big day:
- Give Yourselves Time
The biggest mistake most couples make is that they leave ring buying until the end. That gives them very little time to find and buy the rings that suit them best. The rings have to go with the overall theme and decor of the wedding. They also have to be durable and sturdy enough so that they can be worn every day for the rest of your lives. It would help if you started shopping for rings at least 3-4 months before the wedding. That way, you can explore all the options that you have – from solitaire wedding rings to unique matching wedding bands.
Wedding ring shopping would also be a fantastic way for you and your significant other to spend some time together. Trying on the rings for size would also ensure that there are no hiccups on the big day. Ideally, your rings should be ready and in your hands at least three weeks before the D-Day.
- Decide the Ring Metal
One aspect of ring shopping today is that there is a huge variety of metals for you to choose from. It can present itself as an advantage as well as a disadvantage. A lot of people feel overwhelmed by the choices offered to them. Traditionally, a lot of couples go for gold wedding rings that are made out of 18 karats yellow gold. However, if you’re both open to it, you can try other options like rose gold, white gold, platinum, silver, palladium and titanium. You can also check out the mixed metal options that a lot of online and offline jewellery stores are offering now.
- Decide Whether You Want A Stone
Not every couple decides to get wedding rings that have gemstones in them. A lot of couples go for the minimalistic and elegant option of wedding bands. However, if you would like to add diamonds or other stones to your wedding rings, then you can do that as well. Engagement rings usually place the gemstone centrally, so that it is in the foreground. Wedding rings tend to be more subtle when the stone placement is concerned. That is why diamond wedding rings are more understated, elegant and simple when compared to diamond engagement rings. Another consideration you should make while making this decision is comfort and the kind of work you and your spouse do.
- Consider Engraving Your Rings
A unique way to commemorate your wedding day is to engrave a message inside each other’s rings. A small yet poignant message of love is one of the best ways to celebrate your union. The engraving can be anything small and simple. Examples include the date of your wedding, your initials or only each other’s names. You and your spouse-to-be can pick the engraved message together while shopping for your wedding rings. You can also decide to get the engraving done after the ceremony. Another thing a lot of couples do is get engravings done on milestone anniversaries, to commemorate their years of being happily married. If you like this idea, you both should choose a band that leaves enough space for you to do this later on.
- Band Size
Band size varies from person to person and depends entirely on the finger width of you and your spouse-to-be. Traditionally, men’s’ wedding bands are thicker than women’s and lie between 5 mm to 8 mm. On the other hand, women’s wedding bands lie somewhere between 2 mm to 5 mm. However, there is no fixed rule that you have to follow because the jeweller will customize the rings in a way that you both are most comfortable. Do not discard designs you like if they are uncomfortable. They can be modified later on.
With the help of these tips, you will be able to purchase the perfect wedding rings for your big day.