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How to Choose the Best Wedding Band for You

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The search for the perfect wedding band is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the wedding planning process. You get to peruse all of the stunning and luxurious options available to you, and daydream about which wedding ring will best suit your needs. The search for the perfect wedding band can be a lot of fun, but we understand that it can also be a little bit overwhelming at times. Shopping for a wedding ring is not the same as shopping for an engagement ring, a watch, or any other type of jewelry. For one thing, there is more pressure to make the right choice when you're shopping for your wedding band, which you'll wear every day once you tie the knot. Once you've tied the knot, you won't be able to take off your ring. In addition, shopping for bridal jewelry in general is an unusual experience because you might be purchasing something that needs to be personalized or that must be made to order.

The fact that shopping for a wedding band is distinct from shopping for other kinds of jewelry can make the overall shopping experience more stressful; however, this does not have to be the case. Finding the wedding band of your dreams can be simple and enjoyable if you educate yourself about the process of shopping for wedding rings and the steps you should take to locate the band that is most suitable for you. Therefore, in order to assist you in having the best possible experience shopping for a wedding band, below you will find a list of the six things that you should do when you are shopping for your wedding band.

Set Your Budget

First things first: determine how much money you can spend on your wedding band before you start looking seriously. It is always a good idea to set your budget for your wedding ring early on, regardless of whether it will be a large amount, a small amount, or somewhere in between. It's a win-win situation if you set a spending limit for yourself because it will help you avoid going overboard with your purchases while also assisting you in narrowing down your style options.

There is no predetermined sum that you have to shell out for your wedding band. It is recommended that you allocate approximately 3 percent of your overall wedding budget to the purchase of your wedding rings (couples often work their rings into their budget). However, we would suggest that you simply think about the things that you want and the personal finances that you have, and then come up with a budget that you and your fiance are both happy and comfortable with.

Choose a valuable metal

If you aren't sure where to begin when choosing your wedding ring, a good place to start is by selecting the precious metal that you want it to be made of. This choice will be an easy one for you to make if you want your wedding ring and engagement ring to be complementary to one another. You simply need to select yellow gold if the metal of your engagement ring is yellow gold, white gold if the ring is white gold, and so on. However, if you are considering having a mixed metal bridal set, you should think about the options available to you and select the combination that appeals to you the most.

Think about style and how it goes with the ring

Wedding ring styles abound. There are classic metal bands, glamorous diamond eternity bands, delicate pavé diamond bands, elegant curved bands, chic half diamond bands, unique gemstone bands, romantic engraved bands, and more. If you're overwhelmed by wedding band options, focus on what you want. Want something striking? Something subtle? Classic? Start by browsing to see what you like. Once you know the general feel you want, you can add specifics.

Consider how your wedding band will look with your engagement ring when choosing a style. Do you want your wedding band to sit flush against your engagement ring? Do you want your wedding band to match your engagement ring's design? If you plan to wear your wedding band alone, consider how it will look. This could affect your final decision.

Know that you don't have to get wedding bands that go together.

A lot of people think that the wedding rings of the bride and groom have to match, but this is not the case. In today's world, it's common for each person in a couple to choose a wedding band that looks different from the other and fits their own style. So, it's not a problem if you want a rose gold ring but your fiance wants a platinum ring. You can wear rings that are completely different from each other, rings with similar details, or rings that match perfectly. It all depends on what feels right to you as a couple.

Start early at the jewelry store

It's best to start looking for your wedding band early so you have time to look around, learn about different styles, wait for your ring to be made or delivered, and get a final fitting to make sure it fits perfectly on your ring finger. After you order your ring, it could take anywhere from a week to a few months to get it. Make sure to order it well before your wedding date.

Think about comfort and usefulness

Style and comfort are important in an engagement ring. Everyday, you'll wear your wedding band. You want your ring to blend into your daily life, not irritate or worry you. Consider wearing and maintaining your ring. If you're active, you may want something durable or easy to clean. You may want a plain metal band with a comfort fit or a diamond wedding band with sturdy bezel settings (instead of prong or pavé). You may decide that a high-maintenance ring's style is worth it. Before you decide, consider your long-term happiness.

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