Choosing your wedding band is a big deal, but often when we talk about wedding rings, the conservation tends to focus largely on engagement rings. There is less attention and focus on wedding bands, despite the fact you’ll be wearing this piece of jewellery for the rest of your life.
It’s important that your wedding rings aren’t chosen on a whim, detailed thought and consideration needs to surround selecting the bands of your choice. Yes, while the engagement ring tends to be the main talking point, when it comes to wedding rings you need to think about the following….
Your Metal of Choice
A silver engagement ring and a gold wedding band may not be the best choice unless you’re happy to mix metals, so the first step in choosing the perfect wedding ring is to match your engagement ring metal. If the question has been popped and you’ve already been presented with a beautiful ring, there won’t be a large amount of thought required here, but, if you are involved in the ring decision-making process from start to finish then you have a bigger task at hand.
Traditionally, platinum has always been the preferred metal for wedding rings, this is due to its long-lasting qualities, it is less likely to fade or change colour over time. A more affordable choice, however, is silver but be warned, this can lose its shine quicker and may requires a higher level of upkeep. Whichever metal you opt for, it’s important that your ring is regularly maintained.
Choosing a Design
Another important factor in choosing the perfect wedding band is the design you go for, and how this pairs up with your engagement ring. Your two rings should work together in harmony like Sonny and Cher or Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. They need to complement each other, which is why design is oh-so-important. You don’t want your rings to clash, for example, an engagement ring with a coloured stone wouldn’t pair well with a wedding band featuring a different coloured stone. The easiest option is to pick a simple yet elegant wedding band, which could feature engraving to add a personal touch if you’re worried about it feeling too plain.
A diamond wedding band can add a glamorous touch if your engagement ring is relatively simple but you’ll also need to consider the shape of the band you choose and how this sits on your finger with your engagement ring, for example, engagement rings with large diamonds will require a slightly different shaped band to avoid any gaps between the two rings.
Sticking to the Classics
When selecting your wedding bands, it’s best to stick to the classic, timeless styles that won’t go out of fashion in a few years’ time. There’s a time and a place for fashion trends, and your wedding isn’t one of them. This rule also goes for wedding dresses and accessories, remaining faithful to classic styles will always pay off in the long run and save you looking back at your wedding albums in shock. Why did we think those meringue bridesmaid’s dresses were a good idea in the 80s? Choose a wedding band that doesn’t follow any trends, and you can’t go too far wrong.