Wedding Rings Buying Guide

Looking for beautiful wedding rings? We’ve put together an easy-to-follow guide to help you make a confident decision, and buy bands to last a lifetime.

Planning your wedding ring purchase

With all the excitement of the engagement ring, it can be easy to forget about the wedding bands. However, with the ring playing an important part of the ceremony and being the ultimate symbol of love and commitment, it’s important to take some time browsing for wedding rings that you will see and wear for years to come.

Here are the important things to consider when researching and choosing your perfect bands.

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Budget: how much do wedding rings cost?

The price of a wedding ring can vary massively, from less than £50 to something more luxe that runs into the thousands. The cost depends on a range of variables such as:

  • Material
  • Design or shape
  • Size and width

Weddings can be expensive. Alongside the rings you need to think about a venue, the dress, the suits, the food… the list is long. It’s important to set a realistic budget when choosing your rings, so consider your options carefully to find the ones you want and love. If you’re looking to spread the cost, some wedding rings can be purchased on 0% finance, allowing you to pay in monthly instalments at a more purse-friendly level.

Who buys the wedding rings?

Traditionally, the bride and groom would buy each other’s wedding rings. In modern times, couples often favour shopping together for the rings, frequently in search of matching or complementary designs.

When should you buy the wedding rings?

Generally speaking, there’s no hard and fast rule on when to buy your wedding rings. But bear in mind that if your chosen ring is to be engraved or needs to be made to order, there will be a lead time which can be up to a few weeks. If that’s the case, it’s best to be prepared and choose your bands before the last rush in the lead up to the big day.

If it’s a short engagement, you may not have as much time to make up your mind, but it’s still worth looking around and popping into your local H.Samuel store to see your options in person.

Wedding ring styles and designs

Wedding rings come in all shapes, sizes, styles and different precious metal settings. So, there’s a lot to consider. Sometimes there is an obvious co-ordinating ring to match your engagement ring. Otherwise, particularly if you’re looking for something unusual or unique, you’ll have more options to ponder.

From a variety of golds, platinum and silver; sparkling diamonds; precious gems; bridal sets or matching bands; the exciting world of wedding ring shopping awaits.

wedding rings in hand

What width of wedding band should you choose?

One of the key considerations of buying a wedding ring is the width.

Traditionally, the wedding ring is worn first, followed by the engagement ring. This is so the wedding band is placed closest to your heart. As both rings are worn together, it’s important to consider the widths of each of your rings, as well as their overall width when nestled collectively.

Slimmer width wedding rings can flatter narrow, smaller and delicate hands. Regardless if you have long or short fingers. 2,3 or 4mm bands tend to look the best.

Most wedding band styles are unisex. Men tend to favour a wider band, typically 5mm to 7mm. Ladies, when also taking into account their engagement ring, tend to choose 4mm.

A favourite choice for men’s wedding rings, wide, thicker bands between 7 and 9mm look fantastic on those with broader fingers.

Wedding ring sizes

Not sure which wedding ring size you need? For more information on sizing, check out our dedicated ring size guide.

Don’t forget, you can also call into your local H.Samuel store to try on different styles and sizes to help you find the perfect fit.

Shape and fit

There are three main types of wedding ring shape: court shaped, D-shaped and shaped.

Some engagement rings work well with a traditional court band. For those with a more pronounced setting, a contoured wedding ring that curves to follow the line of the engagement ring can work better. Other wedding rings may have a little indent to enable the engagement ring to fit over.

Court shaped rings

Court wedding rings are one of the most classic styles of bands. Straight all the way round the top and bottom. Softly rounded on the inside and outside, this shape offers a comfortable fit.

D-shaped rings

D-shaped wedding rings are straight all around the top and bottom and are curved on the outside and flat on the inside. This creates a D shape which gives this ring style its name.

Shaped Rings

A shaped wedding ring has a curve at the top to fit comfortably around an engagement ring. The exact shape required will depend on your engagement ring style.

Wedding band settings & metals

As with engagement ring settings, there are several wedding band settings to choose from. From stone-set to patterned, plain or grooved, there is every style combination to decide upon.

Wedding ring metals

When it comes to choosing a wedding ring, the type of metal can determine a band’s style and longevity. Precious metals, such as: gold, rose gold, silver, platinum, palladium and titanium all have their particular qualities. Here are some pointers to help guide you.

Men's wedding rings

The notion of men’s wedding rings is (relatively speaking) a fairly recent one – it was only in the 20th century that males were first thought to have started wearing them to represent their marital status. This originated during the wartime years, when soldiers would wear the ring as a way of remembering their spouse whilst away in the trenches.

Wedding ring traditions and origins

Did you know that the wearing of a wedding ring on the third finger of the left hand, began with the Ancient Egyptians? They believed that this finger contained the vein of love directly to the heart. So, placing a ring on this finger meant the endurance of everlasting love.

The circular shape of a wedding ring is also thought to symbolically represent the idea of neverending love.

Ready to make a purchase

Now you know everything you need to know about buying a wedding ring, you should have a much better idea of what you’d like.