Picking out your wedding ring is a choice of a lifetime, and we mean that in the literal sense! This small sentimental piece will adorn you and your partner’s fingers as you journey through this exciting new adventure together. Being such a huge decision, it can be surrounded by anxiety and stress, making it an intimidating step in the wedding planning process. Before you panic and tackle the endless choices, we have a few tips to help alleviate some of that stress and find the ring that best symbolizes the love you both share.
Give Yourselves Plenty of Time
Timing is everything. Both in a relationship, and when it comes time to shop for your wedding bands. We recommend giving yourselves at least twelve weeks prior to your wedding date to shop, try on, and decide on your perfect rings. Shopping together for engagement rings and wedding bands has become a new tradition couples are taking part in, and it can be a fun and special memory you and your partner reflect on, so you don’t want it to feel rushed like the rest of planning process may feel. Shopping weeks in advance gives you time to learn each others desired styles, decide if you want to personalize your rings with sentimental engravings, and allows plenty of time to make any adjustments when it comes to sizing.
Stick to a Budget
Setting a budget can help to limit financial stress when it comes time to purchase your rings, especially with the other wedding essentials making up a majority of your budget. Leaving about 3% of your budget to be put towards your engagement ring and wedding bands can help to limit stress, and narrow down your choices. It can also allow for a little room to decide on personal touches, like diamond settings, shape, and personal engravings that can vary in price depending on lettering and method. Be sure to review these options with your jeweler to ensure the price lies within your budget range. Be completely transparent with your partner about price range, and you are both comfortable with the desired amount to refrain from any tension or miscommunication when shopping. Check out this helpful budgeting guide to get you started and financially prepared to start shopping!
The Lifestyle Factor
Considering your daily routine and activities is an important step when picking out your rings. It can help to determine the right material, shape, and even color. For those who work in a more physically demanding profession or one where they work with their hands or machinery, are choosing rings made from softer materials like silicone. This helps to prevent injury by allowing more flexibility. Dark colored bands are also instyle to allow damage and discoloration from being noticable. Durable metals like tungsten and platinum are great options as well, along with a comfort fit design. Brides are considering these factors when it comes to choosing their engagement ring too depending on their profession, with many opting for the comfort fit as well.
Don’t Be Afraid to Mix and Match
If you prefer to stray away from the more traditional styles when pairing your wedding band and engagement ring, take a more personalized approach, and mix and match styles! This is a trend that many brides are experimenting with, and allows you to express your style in a unique and personal way. It can also make the buying experience more fun, and allow your partner to be adventurous with their wedding band choice as well. If you have differing styles, it can be a great way to compromise and find the rings that feel like the best fit for your individual tastes and reflect your personalities. After all, they do say that opposites attract! It is also becoming common for brides and grooms to mix metals and designs of their separate wedding bands. Websites like Blue Nile, offer a diverse selection of wedding bands you can peruse with your partner to find inspiration and determine your individual styles. This can take some stress out of the endless decisions and allow you to better narrow down which ones speak to you and your partners differing tastes.
Size Size Size
Getting the sizing right for your ring will prevent an awkward moment, like if your partner can’t place your wedding band on your finger because it’s too small during your vows, or it falls off completely because it’s too loose as you dance the night away at the reception. You may not think about it, but your fingers fluctuate in size throughout the day and can depend on factors like weather, activity, and even diet. Knowing this, schedule your last ring sizing session when your hands have not been subject to changing temperatures and water retention from salty foods or intense exercise. That way your ring fits to your natural finger size. Ask for a little extra room if your fingers are prone to the factors above routinely throughout your day to refrain from any discomfort. Most individuals rarely ever take off their wedding rings, so you want to make sure they are right size for you.
Finding the perfect ring to symbolize you and your partners love for each other and this exciting new chapter in your relationship may seem like one of the most important decisions you will make as a couple. But, we hope these tips have made the decision seem a little less daunting, and can take the stress out of what should be a fun and memorable moment in your wedding planning, that you can share together.