A wedding day is one of the most memorable days in a couple’s lives. Between spending time with family and friends to eating good food to dancing to the bride and groom starting a new live together with the person they love, wedding days are beautiful and memorable.
What can also make a wedding day memorable is are the wedding bands, which are not only beautiful, but serve as eternal symbols of the love that a newlywed couple has for one another. It’s estimated that half of Americans are married and 88% of Americans marry.
It’s true that a wedding band symbolizes a great deal more than just the money spent on it, but if you’re looking for the perfect wedding band for the big day here a few tips that will help you find it.
- Narrow your choices: There are all kinds of options available with rings these days from deciding between diamonds and other gemstones or platinum, gold or some other medal. The best thing you can do is narrow down your choices by asking yourself a few basic questions. Do you want a simple wedding band or a lavish one? Should the band be the same material as the engagement ring? Should the bands for bride and groom match?
- Buy Together? Depending on what you’re looking for, you may want to keep things simple or add a touch of style. If your engagement ring is unique, a simple wedding band might suffice. Likewise, a simple engagement ring might call for a elegant wedding band. You can look for a band that interlocks with your engagement ring and you might be able to have both an engagement ring and a wedding band created at the same time.
- Search early: It can be great fun shopping for wedding bands, but you want to make sure to give yourself plenty of time to shop. Two to three months before the wedding date is a good timetable. You want to leave yourself this time so you can research pricing and narrow down which rings catch your eye. If you’re leaning toward custom jewelry or having bands engraved, leave yourself even more time.
- Mix things up: If you and your future partner have different tastes as far as overall look and metal I.e. platinum vs. gold, don’t fret. No one says the bands have to match and instead you might even compromise and get something that combines a few metals together. Whatever you choose, make sure it means something special to the both of you.
- Be sure to budget: As you and your future groom shop for all that you’ll need you’re the big day, keep in mind that 3% (give or take) of your budget will be spent on rings. Depending on what you’re going for (carat, metal, stones, style), the cost of a wedding band can add up quickly. Engraving can add to the price as well.
- Think about lifestyle: For all the lavish wedding rings that are out there, keep in mind that your band is something you’re going to wear every single day. That means you might want to pick a band that fits your everyday lifestyle. If you’re an athlete, a rounded band might be preferred. If your job requires a lot of work with your hands, you may consider a band that doesn’t have stones that can come loose. For folks with super active jobs, platinum rings might work best because they’re very durable.
- Dare to be different: As you shop for wedding bands, one of the best things you can is keep an open mind. You may your heart set on a certain type of ring, but once you get inside a jewelry store something else may catch your eye. Consider chatting with a jeweler about your likes and dislikes. They in turn can make suggestions to help you make your decision.
Shopping for wedding bands can be exciting, but it can also be stressful if you don’t know where to start. By setting a budget, narrow your choices and doing some research, you’ll be able to find the perfect band.