Wedding Band Shopping 101: 5 Key Things to Consider

Engagement Rings

Most brides have likely hinted to their future husbands about what type of engagement ring they'd like when the special time comes, but didn't actually partake in the shopping and selection. But that all changes when it's time to shop for wedding bands. Take advantage of being able to select the special symbolic piece together this time around by considering these important factors before you say "I do" to the perfect wedding ring.

This is the most important decision that needs to be made before you head to the jewelry store. While most couples go shopping for wedding bands in the throes of wedding planning, it's so important to "know before you go." Trust us, it's easy to get carried away surrounded by stunning sparklers, but by having a discussion about cost beforehand, you'll be able to stay within your means, stress-free, and pick out the perfect rings for both of you.

While shopping for the perfect band to compliment your engagement ring, many brides-to-be opt for matching metals to complete their left-handed ensemble. Others opt to mix yellow gold, rose gold, platinum, white gold, and more (SO on trend at the moment) for an eclectic mash-up. Whichever you choose, knowing the metal you are looking for can help guide you in shopping and selecting the ring, as well as your budget, too.

Would you like your band to rest flush against your engagement ring? Do you want it big enough to stand out on its own, or to perfectly match in width? Does the setting of your engagement ring allow for an "underneath" fit, or do you need a custom divot or contour to accommodate wearing both? On the surface these types of questions may seem like minutia, but it's important to cover all bases to make sure BOTH rings fit comfortably, and in the best way unique to them.

Pavé, eternity, stacked, contour, enhancer, hand-engraved... The list goes on, but these are all terms you should be familiar with before beginning the hunt. Knowing the style and cuts you favor before you shop is a must to help guide your selections. Just remember to keep an open mind, and try on things that otherwise may not have caught your eye, as you may end up with something you haven't yet envisioned. (Just like when wedding dress shopping!)

Are you tough on your hands? Do you work with materials that can be harmful to your jewelry? Are you a lefty or righty? These are questions that you may not have considered previously, but they're important to think about now. (Especially if you're considering a diamond eternity band!) By communicating this information to the jewelry store, they can help guide you to the right styles and metals for you. Bonus idea for brides that love bling: Opt for a secondary, economical single gold band to sport on more casual, adventurous or physical occasions.

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