The Wedding Affair Perfect Planning Guide… How To Find That Perfect Wedding Ring
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After having a few weeks break from The Wedding Affair’s Perfect Planning Guide, to make way for some super talented new suppliers that have joined us here at The Wedding Affair, we are back and continuing where we left of with the letter ‘R’. We are talking all things wedding band and ring related, and, no we don’t mean the ‘music band’ either. So, if you are struggling to know where to look, or what potential styles will be good for you, don’t worry, we have all the low down and fingers crossed, some little pointers to help you out.
On with the sparkle…
First of all, consider what you really want to wear on your finger for the rest of your life; could it be platinum, diamonds, gold or just a statement silver band?
Narrowing down your ring options may seem overwhelming, but don’t panic. Just take it one step at a time. Start with style: Are you envisioning a simple band or one with detailed embellishments? Do you want your wedding ring to be the same metal as your engagement ring? Do you think you and your partner’s rings should match? Work out these kind of questions beforehand so you can zero in on exactly what you’re looking for, then start shopping around for them sparkling rings (the best bit, of course).
Consider Buying Your Ring and Your Bands Together
If you prefer to be surprised by the engagement ring, this may not work, but knowing what bands go with the engagement ring can help you make a decision. For example, if you have a unique engagement ring, you may want a simple, no-fuss band, whereas a simple engagement ring may call for the added sparkle of a diamond pavé band. Also, think about how the rings fit together. If you’re planning on wearing your engagement and wedding ring side by side, look for a contour or shadow band designed to interlock with the matching engagement ring. If you’re planning on wearing your wedding ring alone, you may want a more intricate style that will look great with or without your engagement ring. Talk to your jeweller about finding a band that works with your ring (some can even create both at the same time).
Bespoke may just be the road to go down…
Mix It Up…
Don’t fret if you like platinum and your partner likes yellow gold. There’s no rule that says you have to choose the same metal or even style. You could compromise with braided bands that blend the two metals together or just be totally different. The key to finding something you both love is choosing wedding bands that reflect your individual styles. Remember this when shopping for rings!
The Budget (!)
Of course, this is something that is individual to each couple. Some, prefer to spend way more on their rings than anything else, as this is one of the precious things that stays with you for the rest of your lives, where as others just go for a simple ring and low cost in order to spend more on the actual wedding itself. It’s up to you what budget you set, but please remember to stick to this, as with all your wedding planning.
Take into consideration the extra cost’s of getting your ring engraved and adding embellishments such as diamonds.
Your lifestyle and maintenance…
Remember: You’re going to wear this band every day, so the goal is to choose something that seamlessly becomes a part of your life, right? If you play sports or an instrument, a slimmer ring with rounded edges (appropriately called the “comfort fit”) may make the most sense. If you work with your hands, you may want to search for a simple, solid metal ring and avoid gemstones that can come loose or carvings, which can trap dirt. If you’re super active, go for platinum, which is extra durable (when scratched, the metal is merely displaced and doesn’t actually wear away).
This too applies for looking after your ring, if you are one to avoid fuss and definitely aren’t one for cleaning then a simple gold or platinum ring may be the right choice for you. Choosing diamonds could mean that they end up damaged if not cleaned properly.
The right Jeweller…
When choosing your wedding band, no matter what budget you are opting for, make sure you carefully select one that cares about their work and produces rings and jewellery of a high standard.
Remember, quality control applies to all rings, not just your wedding bands. Make sure the ring has two marks inside the band: the manufacturer’s trademark (this proves they stand behind their work) and the quality mark, 24K or PLAT, for example, this proves the metal quality is what the retailer says it is.
P.S – You can fine an AMAZING bunch of jewellers here that have some super gorgeous rings, we have everything from bespoke, to ones that even can do consultations from the comfort of our own home.