Finding the perfect ring is one of the most important things you can do as you plan your wedding.
After all, this will be something you will wear on your finger for the rest of your life! Although a wedding ring may seem like a relatively simple thing, there are many variants and factors to consider.
As you decide which wedding ring to pick, consider these important 8 factors to make sure you make the best choice to demonstrate your love for one another.
Allow Plenty of Time
First thing’s first: make sure that you start early in looking for your wedding ring. Finding the right ring involves considering a lot of different styles and options, and once you finally choose the perfect ring you may need to allow time for shipping (if ordering online) or wait for your retailer to receive a shipment (if buying in person). Quite often, people find that they need to have their wedding ring resized, and this takes time also. So make sure to start the ring shopping process several months at least ahead of your wedding.
Decide on Plain or Gemstones
With so many choices and options, start by narrowing down the ring you want in general terms. A good place to start is by deciding if you want plain wedding rings, or those which include diamonds or gemstones. There are generally two main types of wedding bands: those which incorporate one or more precious stones, whether diamonds or gemstones, and those made from precious metals only.
This is ultimately personal choice, but generally a plain band is a more traditional, classic look, whereas those which incorporate gemstones are more lavish and impactful. Start by deciding which of these two general styles suits you best.
Pick the Metal
The next decision to make which will effectively narrow your search is what metal you want for your wedding bands. When it comes to wedding bands the two most common precious metals used are gold and platinum. Gold is more traditional, as this has been used to make wedding rings for many years. Platinum, on the other hand, is more modern and is seen by some as a more elegant choice. This will largely come down to your personal taste and which look you prefer.
Consider Something a Little Different
The next factor to consider is whether you want to choose a purely main-stream style of wedding band or opt for a more individual style. Celtic wedding bands, for example, are one way to introduce your individual taste and style.
Remember that this is something you will be wearing for the rest of your life, so you want the ring’s style to suit you. If you are more conservative in your personal style, a more traditional ring is probably most appropriate and something that you will feel comfortable wearing. However, if you are a little quirky in your own style you may find that a more original ring is much more “you”.
Consider Your Budget
Once you have a general style in mind, it is important to be practical. Consider how much you can really afford. Although a wedding ring is important, it is not worth putting yourself under financial stress! Before you go ring shopping, sit down and plan out a sensible budget. Having this budget clearly set in advance will not only focus your search but it will protect you from making unwise purchasing decisions!
Look to The Future
Now that you have a general picture of the wedding ring you want, in terms of style, materials and budget, it is time to look at specific rings and make some choices! As you are looking at different options, keep in mind that you will be wearing this ring for decades to come. Therefore, it needs to be something that doesn’t just suit your style and lifestyle today, but that you will be happy to wear in years to come. In this way it may be a good idea to avoid overly fashionable or trendy rings which will likely date badly.
Think About Your Daily Life
Because a wedding band is something that you wear every day, you need to make sure whatever ring you choose is suitable to your lifestyle. If you have a particularly active lifestyle which involves a lot of physical activity or exercise, make sure that the ring you choose fits you well and is not likely to come loose and become lost. Equally, if you work with your hands as part of your profession, such as through manual labour or a trade, you want to make sure the band sits flush to your hand without protruding elements which may catch on things.
As something you will be wearing day in, day out, your wedding band needs to be comfortable. As you are trying on rings be sure to really think about how they feel. Are they comfortable to wear? You may find certain styles or thicknesses more comfortable than others, so learn which types of rings feel comfortable on you and look to these as the best options.
Remember, of course, that rings can easily be resized, so if it is simply a matter of fit this can be addressed. If it is more to do with the thickness, edges or shape of the band that you find uncomfortable, this may be one to skip.