There is so much talk about engagement rings that it can be easy to forget about another just as important jewelry piece: wedding rings! The wedding ring shopping process can be exciting and fun, but it also requires a good amount of research and planning ahead. If you are about to start the process of picking out your wedding ring, follow these tips to help you find your perfect piece!
Give Yourself Time
Buying a wedding ring and band is a big deal. This is something you’ll wear for the rest of your life. You don’t want to be rushed into the decision! Make sure you start your shopping on the early side, at least 3 months before your wedding date. This will give you time to research your options, compare prices, shop around, and ultimately pick your perfect choice.
Create Your Budget
Make sure you include bands and rings in your wedding budget. Typically, they can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. Knowing how much you are able to spend will help you narrow down your choices, so starting the shopping process with your budget in mind will guide you to the perfect selection.
Make a List of The Styles You’re Interested In
There is an abundance of wedding ring choices out there—you could spend hours just browsing through window displays or online stores! In order to use your shopping time wisely, you should start the process by focusing in on what styles you are interested in. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to help get the ball rolling:
- What metal do I want? Do I want it to be the same as my engagement ring?
- Do I want a simpler style, or more embellished?
- Should my wedding ring match my partner’s wedding band/ring? What style components do we want to match (metal, ring style, etc.)?
Don’t Feel the Need to Match Your Partner
Sure, it may feel symbolic to have a wedding ring that complements your partner’s ring or band. However, you shouldn’t feel like you have to match if you have opposing styles or preferences. One may be into silver and simple, while the other may be into gold and bold. You shouldn’t choose a ring that you aren’t in love with just because you think it should match your partner. The meaning behind the rings is what is important, not the style!
Consider Your Typical Routine
This is a piece you’ll be wearing regularly, so you’ll want something that meshes well with your lifestyle. More active people, or people who work with their hands, may choose to leave out diamonds or gemstones that can loosen up in their setting. Certain people also may choose to go with a more durable metal like platinum, so that they don’t have to worry about maintenance as much. When you go in to try on rings, try doing some typical tasks (like writing with a pen or typing on a keyboard) to make sure certain rings don’t feel uncomfortable or get in the way.
Pick Something That Works with Your Daily Fashion
While a bolder style might be tempting, keep in mind that you’ll be wearing this piece day after day. Many women choose to wear just their wedding ring on a regular basis, so your piece should be versatile. You are going to want something that will seamlessly match with every outfit in your closet, and that you’ll be happy to wear in the long-run.
Keep Maintenance In Mind
Some rings require a good amount of maintenance, while others don’t need much attention at all. If you don’t want to have to spend time taking care of your ring, talk to your jeweler about what options are best for you. Typically, rings with gemstones require a bit more work (soaking in water and brushing with a toothbrush), while simpler rings made with metals like gold, titanium, or platinum just require a quick wipe-down with a dry, soft cloth.
Know Your Warranty Options Before You Buy
Before making your final decision, it is vital that you know what warranty comes with your ring. You are going to want coverage that will help you out if your ring gets damaged or a gemstone gets loose. Many jewelers also offer free resizing and cleaning, which can be a useful benefit down the line.
If you are in the process of planning your wedding, come to the next Georgia Bridal Show near you to connect with wedding vendors in Georgia and the Southeast. These impressive professionals of all talents will help bring your wedding vision to life!