Choosing a wedding ring is one of the biggest decisions you can make, after all, it’s a symbol of your marriage and you will be wearing it every day for the rest of your life, so how do you narrow down your choices and make sure you pick the perfect wedding ring for you?
“Picking the right ring is one of the hardest parts of planning a wedding, with so many types to choose from it can be a long process choosing the perfect one.” Says Sara from www.orlajames.com
There are so many factors to consider when choosing a ring – is it going to match your fiancé’s? Does it need to fit with your engagement ring? What kind of style are you looking for? What kind of precious metal should it be made from? We realise it can be confusing so we have put together the five best ways to pick a wedding ring, to help you out.
1Have a discussion with your partner first
You need to talk to each other about ideas for the rings to make sure you are on the same page, as a starting point. For example, are you both going to wear rings and if so, do they need to match? Do you want to opt for plain bands, or prefer those with engraving or stones? It’s important to narrow down your choices and make sure you are both happy and in agreement with the ring buying plan. If you are opting for matching rings, then it would be wise to do the ring-buying shopping together to make sure.
2Make sure you have plenty of time
Don’t leave ring shopping to the last minute as they can take months to be hand-made or to order, so make sure you have plenty of time. Shop around, browse jewellery shop windows and try them on to make sure the style you think you like does actually work once it’s on your finger. If you need to customise a ring with engraving, for example, you need to add even more time in for it to be created ready for the wedding day. It’s also important to shop for your rings at the right time so that you can make sure you get the right size ring for your fingers. Remember, most people wear them their whole lives so you need to get the fit right to start with. Avoid ring shopping at times when your fingers might be swollen, such as first thing in the morning, straight after exercise and if you are too hot or too cold. All of these factors affect the size of your fingers so shop at the right time of day.
3Agree and keep within a budget
Make sure you and your partner have an agreed budget for the rings before you set out to buy them and be aware that they might be more expensive than you think particularly if you are having any kind of personalisation on them, such as engraving the date of the wedding on the inside. Although you need to keep to your budget, it’s best not to skimp on the price of a ring as you are planning to wear it for many years so make sure you look out for quality marks. All wedding rings should have two marks inside the band – this is the manufacturer’s trade mark and the quality mark to prove the metal is genuine.
4Don’t go too trendy with the design
While there is nothing wrong with trying something different, and you should try on all kinds of styles to see what suits you, it’s a good idea to remember that this ring will be on your hand for a very long time so think about long-term durability. Make sure it’s comfortable to wear and will fit in with your lifestyle and also avoid something so trendy that it will soon look very outdated. Choose something that matches your personality rather than the latest designer fashion.
5Looking after your ring
When you are choosing a style, think about how you will need to maintain the ring, for example, washing it and keeping it clean if it has stones in it, will be trickier and potentially costly than keeping a simple gold band clean. Also think about durability. If your lifestyle involves using your hands a lot which will expose the ring to the elements and water, then think about a more hardy material such as platinum, to avoid the ring becoming scratched and spoilt over time.
Hopefully this guide will help you when you come to pick your own wedding ring, and don’t forget if you can’t find what you want in the shops, there are now many workshops around which let you make your own rings so it’s all a matter of narrowing down your choices.