For thousands of years, wedding bands have been used to symbolize a couple’s eternal bond of love. While the first wedding bands were made of hemp or reeds, today’s wedding bands are made of sturdier (and much more varied) materials. From simple golden rings to diamond studded bands, there are almost limitless options to choose from. So, how do you know which is right for you? Keep reading to see our simple guide to choosing your wedding rings, where we’ll guide you through every step of the wedding ring shopping process.
1. To Match or Not To Match
The first step in the wedding band shopping process is deciding whether you’ll be shopping for two different styles or agreeing on one. It’s a common misconception that wedding bands have to match. While you and your partner can certainly choose to wear matching wedding bands, it’s actually much more common today for the bride and groom to wear bands in different styles.
Both matching wedding bands and non-matching wedding bands have their advantages. Many couples appreciate the traditional romance of wearing matching bands, while other couples love getting to personalize their wedding bands to each of their unique styles. There’s no right or wrong choice when it comes to matching or not matching. Just talk with your partner and decide which option is best for you.
2. Narrow Your Options: Pick Your Styles
A romantic vintage-inspired wedding band with lovely arching lines and elegant diamond details.
Wedding bands come in a huge array of styles. There are many classic, modern, and vintage-inspired designs to choose from. Which is right for you will depend on your personal style.
Classic rings are best for those who love traditional simplicity, while vintage style rings are a great option for those who love the romantic, detailed look of years past. And those who love contemporary design or trendsetting fashion might prefer a modern style wedding band. If you narrow in on which ring style best fits your personal style, you can start shopping within that category and focus in on which specific rings you love the most.
3. Metals Matter
The intricately detailed Victoria wedding band is available in platinum, 14k yellow gold, 18k yellow gold, 14k white gold, 18k white gold, and 14k rose gold.
Once you’ve got your style in mind, it’s time to start thinking about which precious metal would be right for you. It’s common for wedding bands to come in different precious metals, like white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, and platinum. You can choose your precious metal based on which best fits your personal style or which best compliments your skin tone, but remember to also consider your lifestyle.
Certain metals are sturdier than others. Platinum is the most durable of the precious metals, which often makes it a great choice for those who are highly active. While all gold is a bit less durable than platinum, it is still a durable metal and it does offer much more style variety. If you want a gold wedding band but are concerned about durability, you can always choose a lower karat gold, which will be harder and less prone to scratching or denting.
4. Set Your Budget
This attractive vintage-inspired wedding band comes at an equally attractive price point to fit any budget.
Because wedding bands come in so many different styles, they also come at many different price points. Wedding bands can cost as little as a couple hundred dollars (for simple metal bands) or as much as many thousands of dollars (for gemstone or diamond set bands). There’s no rule to how much or how little you need to spend on your wedding bands. Just consider your personal preference and decide on a budget that’s right for you before you start seriously shopping.
5. Know Your Ring Size
Once you’ve found the perfect wedding bands, there’s one final step to take before you buy: making sure you know your ring size. While its true that some wedding bands can easily be resized, it’s always best to not take that risk, as it can be difficult or impossible to resize certain styles.
Finding out your ring size is simple. You can get sized at any local jeweler, order a ring sizer online, or you can use our convenient printable size finder. Once you know your ring size, you can buy your wedding band with confidence.