Special to OneWed from Platinum Guild International
1. Start Shopping six months before the wedding
Most wedding bands need to be special ordered, and you may want to have them personalized and engraved with a special message or your wedding date (a popular trend). Ordering rings can take up to eight weeks, so don’t wait until the last minute and be forced to settle for something you aren’t completely thrilled with, you’ll be wearing your ring every day. Make sure this is an item on your wedding to-do list.
2. Don’t skimp on the wedding band budget
Wedding bands are forever. While the engagement ring may be the symbol of your promise to each other, the wedding band is the symbol of your lifelong commitment and marks a true change in your life and status. Make sure you assign an appropriate budget to the wedding bands to ensure that you’re happy with it for life. Make sure that the bands will wear well over time and not wear down easily or need re-plating to maintain their color.
Many people use a “two-month salary guideline” for the engagement ring and a “one-month salary guideline” for the bands.
If you can’t afford the rings you truly want, consider buying less expensive bands down, and saving up for your permanent bands. This is a better option than spending a lot of money on something you don’t like.
3. Work together
Wedding bands don’t have to match, but they should be complementary and say something about the fact that the two people wearing them are “together.”
Women do not have to wear their wedding band together with the engagement ring on the same finger. Many active women prefer to wear their band for daily wear and their engagement ring for special occasions. Some women wear their engagement ring on the right hand, and the wedding ring on the left. If you plan to do this, you may need to have your engagement ring resized, as your fingers may be slightly different sizes.
4. Pick a design that works with your style and your hand
Look at a variety of widths and finishes to see how they work on your size and shape of hand. If you have shorter fingers, stick to narrower widths of bands, or opt for a ring that is less horizontal in design and more vertical in orientation (something that goes from knuckle to fingertip). You may want to go with a nontraditional type of ring and not a band style. Don’t overwhelm your hand merely for the sake of “bling.” If you’re going to wear your wedding band with your engagement ring, don’t upstage the engagement ring with a band that’s too flashy or fancy on its own.
5. Try returning to your engagement ring jeweler
Chances are that the jeweler who sold you the engagement ring that you’re happy with will have wedding bands that work perfectly with that engagement ring. If you were happy with the service and selection the jeweler showed you when shopping for the engagement ring, most likely you’ll be happy a second time.
This is also a good time to have the diamonds or gemstones in your engagement ring checked by a professional to ensure that everything is secure and clean and there is no chance of loss. Have your jeweler clean and check your engagement ring at this point and make any necessary repairs.
6. Purchase a wedding band that is made of the same material as your engagement ring
Different metals wear at different rates. If you are wearing your wedding band on the same finger as your engagement ring, the two rings will inevitably be rubbing up against each other. If one ring metal is harder, stronger or more dense in nature, than the other, predominant metal will win, and wear away at the other.
Thanks again to PGI for sharing their expertise.