After all the hype around the engagement ring, it’s easy to forget about the wedding band up until the last minute, but don’t let that happen to you. The more you prepare and plan, the easier and more enjoyable it will be.
Choosing your wedding bands is often a task that is left behind, as whatever the style of your wedding, the overwhelming excitement of organising venues, caterers and of course the dress is bound to take over! However, wedding bands should be considered soon after the engagement, so you don’t have to rush through it. Shopping for wedding bands may seem less glamorous, but if the engagement ring was a surprise, this is something you can shop for together. The wedding band will be the finishing touch to your bridal or wedding jewellery and it’s the symbol of love and commitment that both of you will wear.
Choosing your wedding band requires a similar process as the engagement ring – setting a budget, being armed with all the relevant knowledge and having an idea on style, will give you confidence, allowing you to enjoy the buying experience a lot more. Give yourself at least two months to browse and think about your options.
If you’re both pleased with the engagement ring, consider purchasing the wedding bands from the same jeweller, to save you looking around too much. Do you want simple or elaborate wedding bands and do you plan to match the metal of the engagement ring or choose a contrasting metal? You’ll also want to discuss whether you’d like your wedding bands to match each other. If you decide on having bands inlaid with diamonds or other gemstones, remember the 4Cs.
Think about your lifestyle and how often you plan on wearing the bands too. If you plan on wearing it every day, you’ll want something comfortable, with smooth edges that won’t catch on anything. You can look into more detailed, ornate design if you’ll only wear your bands on special occasions.
Before you start browsing or weighing up your options, set a budget and try to incorporate this into your overall wedding planning. Your wedding rings will last a lifetime, so think about setting a worthy budget – it should be in-line with or above ‘the top shelf champagne’ or your three-tier wedding cake. However, the price-range of wedding bands can range depending on the metals and any stones inlaid within it. There are plenty of options to suit all budgets!
There are no rules on having matching wedding bands; it’s completely down to personal choice, lifestyle
and your tastes as a couple. If you agree on having the same style band, remember the hand size - you may want
his band thicker and her band slightly slimmer.
You don’t have to match completely, if he wants a simple band and she wants something feminine and embellished, you can opt for the same metal, stones or design element to complement each other beautifully. For more information on matching rings, read our guide on Style Considerations.
Try not to think of this as another wedding related task but more of an experience in choosing the jewellery
you will wear together for a lifetime. Turn a shopping trip into an event by combining with a lunch date or
dinner at your favourite restaurant – take your time in discussing your budget and style options. Prepare to
reason and make compromises in order to reach an agreement you’re both happy with.
Start the process early to avoid the stress and panic of time limitations; you want the experience to be relaxed and romantic. You’re choosing the sentimental piece of jewellery that everyone will recognise as a symbol of your eternal love. Think about looking back on this moment and remember how special and romantic it was choosing your wedding rings together.