Some fall madly in love, some jump into quick decisions because there is not much time left, some need a friend next to them: every day all day. But whatever the reason pushes people to get married; one essential thing they consider is finding the perfect wedding ring. After all, it is a piece of jewelry you are going to wear for the rest of your life. So, it pays to spend a bit of time finding the perfect wedding ring.
It is always a matter of taste: plain or diamond set, classic or contemporary, timeless or a little unusual. But you should put your taste to a side for a minute. As the decision is almost as big and important as getting married itself, there are tips that can help ease your life.
#1 DO IT TOGETHER
The whole wedding planning can get out of hands sometimes. And buying a wedding ring is one of those. Moreover, it is one of the activities that you can do as a couple. So find a free weekend or two and shop for your wedding rings together. Try and visit more than one jeweler. That will help see different styles and variety before making the big final decision.
Some couples choose not to wear and matching the ring. And that is fine. Maybe you can do that too. And don’t forget to have fun while running around, looking for the perfect ring.
#2 DON’T LEAVE IT TO THE LAST MINUTE
Keep in mind that you are going to have a lot to do during the wedding planning period. And start your search as early as you can. That way you can get that one thing out of your way and continue the preparation of the big day. And don’t forget that it will give you a chance to browse, research and revisit rings that catch your eye.
#3 CHECK YOUR POCKETS
And when I say check your pockets I mean remember about your budget. Some couples forget to include the wedding rings into the overall wedding budget. And that just creates a whole mess that you have to deal with later. But you want to be on the safe side, right? And since you are going to wear that ring for a very long time if not forever, spend a little bit more than you would on your regular jewelry.
#4 WHAT SHAPE? WHAT SIZE?
As you probably already know, since you are in this whole wedding mood, wedding rings come in different shapes and sizes. For the groom, different metals and styles may be an important factor. On the other hand, for the bride, careful consideration needs to be taken, especially if you have an uncommonly shaped engagement ring.
Some people are into rings. And some people are not. So maybe your groom is not used to wearing a ring or has never worn one before. It is always a good idea to have a wax mold created to wear for a few weeks. That will give an idea of what it is like to have a piece of metal on your hand, all day, every day.
Moreover, bespoke jewelers can help you understand what metals and styles are the best when it comes to your wedding rings.
#5 WHAT ABOUT THE RIGHT METAL?
Wedding rings can be designed in a number of different materials. Usually, for the bride, it is common to choose a metal that will go with the engagement ring. Well, because we always try to match our clothes, furniture and everything else. Why not match your rings, too? To name a few, material options for wedding rings include gold, white gold, rose gold, silver, platinum, palladium, titanium, and zirconium.
#6 DON’T FORGET ABOUT COMFORT
Don’t go and buy a wedding ring that looks good but does not feel comfortable on your finger. Your jeweler will have a special ring size guide in order to measure exactly what size your wedding rings will need to be ordered in. And even though the size of your finger can change over time, having your wedding ring re-sized is always an option in the future.
#7 WEDDING INSURANCE IS WHAT YOU NEED
Since you are going to spend a whole bunch of money, consider purchasing wedding insurance: just in case something goes wrong. And besides wedding insurance, it is always recommended to include your wedding rings and the bride’s engagement ring on your household insurance. It is done to protect you in case it gets stolen or goes missing in the future. You would be surprised to know how easily wedding rings can get lost.
Now, since you know what to keep in mind when shopping for your wedding ring, let’s go over some precious metals that your wedding ring could be made of. There are a number of metals available. All have different properties and styles that make some more suitable than others.
Are you a traditional bride and groom? If yes, then yellow gold if for you. Generally, 22ct gold is too soft to wear every day, so consider buying an 18ct, 14ct or 9ct gold wedding ring. These rings are combined with stronger metals and to better suit to the demands of day-to-day life.
If you have a platinum engagement ring, then a wedding ring with white gold is the perfect choice for you. White gold wedding rings are often plated with rhodium. It helps enhance their appearance. You may be thinking that this plating can wear off over time. Don’t worry: it can be easily reapplied and make your wedding ring look as good as new.
If you are looking for something new and popular in the modern day, then you should go with platinum. The white-colored metal is extremely tough. It stands up like a boss to everyday wear. However, it is way more expensive than other metals. But it has a benefit: a platinum wedding ring will last forever. But if you can’t go overboard and afford platinum there is an alternative: Palladium. It has a similar color and is more affordable.
Weddings are one of the most important events of our lives. And, so we try to make them as perfect as possible. That includes finding the right wedding ring. If you follow these steps you will have an easier time trying to find the exact ring you are looking for.