In this article we are going to talk about how to find the perfect alliance for your engagement ring.
Above:Blue Nileit has the perfect tool that I would recommend to you; more on that below.
He finally proposed to you and you're engaged! After a sigh, tears of joy and a big kiss you managed to say "YES!" accept.
The anticipation and preparation for the moment when you can place this beautiful stone on your finger for the first time is over. The wait may have been long, but who cares? you are part ofrecently engagedClub, and a shiny ring is proof of that!
"I can't wait to see what my wedding ring looks like," you announce to your fiancé. A panicked expression spreads across his face. Hesitantly, he asks, "Should I buy that too?"
In reality, many men may not realize this.A woman really gets two rings, not just the big rock engagement ring we all dream of.
After securely securing the engagement ring on your finger, don't forget to plan your purchase of matching wedding rings.
Looking for a matching wedding ring
Finding a matching wedding band for your engagement ring can be a daunting task. You roam the mall, pacing between jewelry stores, taking rings on and off your fingers in the hope that your wedding ring will magically appear.
Eventually you get frustrated and angry.Just pick one.You could try on rings all day, but you have to go home to plan the rest of your wedding. And you're not the type to spend a lot of time on the jewelry sales team.
Similar to shopping for an engagement ring, you should not rush into the decision to purchase a matching wedding ring. These two rings will be your favorite pieces of jewelry to wear, admire, and remember for years to come. You will want to love your wedding ring set for a long time! With that in mind, here are some tips on how to find the perfect wedding ring.
Tips for buying the perfect wedding ring
set a budget
It's tempting to walk into a jewelry store and be tempted by all the sparkling diamonds just by looking beyond the price tag. Our suggestion is to set a budget well before you walk into the store, or even work with the jeweler to show you what's in your price range before the other rings call you mermaids. Just remember that the more carats, the higher the price and any extras like diamonds, accents or engravings add even more.
Buy the bridal outfit together
Some jewelers offer matching bridal sets that include the engagement ring and wedding ring together. And just as you two were made for each other, where are those two rings? Bridal games make choosing wedding rings very easy.
In the past, many couples chose sets combining metal bands as a way of expressing that they had become one and belonged together. Well I'm about to step out with the old and into the new! There's no rule that says you should choose matching metals for your wedding bands, and you won't be any less married if you do. It's a very personal preference, and many couples today take the unconventional route: choosing a wedding ring that they love and that suits their individual style.
Your lifestyle and attitudes
When my husband and I bought my matching engagement ring and wedding band at the jewelry store, I have to admit I was taken aback by the gorgeous multi-diamond bands.Advice to all of you: they are not that good at maintenance.
Last year I was turning a corner at our house and I went sideways and my arm decided not to go around and I ended up slamming my ring hard against the wall. I immediately looked at my ring in horror because I had visions that the diamond would chip.
Thank goodness everything looked good until later that night when I went to bed and saw what appeared to be a black hole. I accidentally dropped one of the smaller diamonds (never to be found again I might add).
My lesson to you, especially if you like the look of multiple diamonds, if you use your hands a lot or are rough with your jewelry, these bracelets may not fit you. When I took it to my jewelry store to get it fixed and cleaned, my lovely jeweler told me that the process they use to clean jewelry is a machine that shakes the jewelry, something like that.Ultrasonic jewelry cleaning, and there would be a risk of dropping the smaller diamonds.
She advised meNOHave a professional clean the ring. He wasn't thrilled to learn that he chose to omit that little bit of information when we purchased the ring. Either way, many diamonds are beautiful, but not necessarily suitable for everyday wear. Definitely get to know your lifestyle and know your ring preferences before you shop.
You might like the idea of buying a ring online, but go to a jewelry store first to try out different styles and get an idea. You may end up surprising yourself and liking a style you never imagined.
Like a car, fine jewelry requires maintenance. The prongs of the diamonds will wear down/bend, which means the diamonds will become loose and require periodic visits to the jeweler for a ring inspection. Experts recommend 2-3 times a year. While some metals require professional polishing to prevent scratches, other metals, such as white gold, require regular plating to maintain their beautiful white gold finish.
Don't wait until the last minute
Finding the right band for your engagement ring can take some time. It's best to start your research early (at least 2-3 months before the big day) so you have plenty of time to research, browse, and get a night or two of sleep. This time frame is particularly accurate if you decide to go the individual route and engrave one of your rings. So make sure you give yourself at least a month to do this service.
Choose your alliance style
Finding the perfect wedding ring can be daunting, especially when you have the option of adding gemstones and diamonds and choosing from all the types of metals available. We believe that it is best to go step by step, starting with the style.
- Are you drawn to a simple band or one with a little more sparkle?
- Do you want metal to match your partners?
- Do you want the metal band to match your engagement ring?
Once you've answered a few of these questions, you'll have eliminated many immediately, making alliance hunting a bit easier.
There are a few different styles and things to consider when choosing your wedding rings:
- Years:If your engagement ring is yellow gold, choosing the right metal for your wedding ring is a good rule of thumb. You will sometimes find rings that incorporate both yellow gold and white gold into the design, which is beautiful and perfect for someone who tends to accessorize with a variety of different types of jewelry.
- stone shapes:Most things in life are better with consistency. If you are looking for an alliance with stones, I recommend using a cut stone similar to the one in the engagement ring. For example, if your engagement ring is a round solitaire and you would like a little more sparkle on your wedding ring, a round diamond eternity ring would perfectly complement your engagement ring.
- stone colors:If your engagement ring has acolored gem, try to find a wedding band that contains the same stone color for a good match. Pay attention to the center stone as you don't want the wedding band to take it away or compete with it. Another option is to alternate diamonds with colored stones to balance the ring.
- Perfect combination:Engagement rings and wedding bands are perfect because they are designed together. However, if you choose a bracelet that's the same shape (and made from the same type of metal), they'll pair well even if they weren't designed together.
Free game:Choose a wedding ring that complements the engagement ring and makes it a set, even if they weren't made together. Just make sure you choose something that won't distract from the main diamond in the center.
- Old vs. New:If you want your grandmother's engagement ring, the best thing to do is try to find an antique wedding ring that fits her. If you choose a modern-style engagement ring, you're better off sticking with a complementary contemporary wedding ring.
Design style number three from above really caught my eye. When shopping for your band, make sure you get a style that isall the diamondswith metal engagement band. This creates a unique look that is becoming increasingly popular with brides.
Choosing a man's wedding ring
the hunt for yourswedding ring menIt can be a lot of fun, especially if you leave a surprise element where you make the final pick and choose her ring from a few she likes. That is exactly what I did for my husband!
For more information, see:Unique wedding rings for men.
recordingYour ring with a special message is a great idea, an extra touch that she will love. I engraved my husband's ring with a special (and whimsical) message, sort of an inside joke for both of us.
Useful tool for matching wedding rings.
My husband and I were lucky enough to purchase my engagement ring with the matching wedding band. You don't have to lug around the mall for hours to find a matching band.
If you're not so lucky and your engagement ring doesn't come with a matching band, that's fine. My contacts at Blue Nile alerted me to a major problem online.Toolhave been developed to help you find the perfect wedding band to match your engagement ring.even if you didn't buy them your engagement ring.
How cool is that!
I was playing around with the online tool to choose an engagement ring that was similar to mine. I have some suggestions for combining wedding bands. You can spend hours playing with this tool from the comfort of your home. Also, don't worry if you feel like you're wasting the sales team's time.
Blue Nileonline toolI wish I needed a different wedding ring. Then I could swoon in another beautiful wedding ring!
Despite her dream lifestyle as a wedding blogger, Meredith runs ClassicVeils.com by day and is a full-time mom to an active toddler. If she could, Meredith would spend her days going on cruises, helping animals in need, and watching Big Brother!
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Traditionally, the wedding band is made using the same type of metal as the engagement ring (yellow gold engagement ring = yellow gold wedding band, platinum engagement ring = platinum wedding band, etc.), but there's nothing set in stone that says the metals have to match.Are engagement rings and wedding rings supposed to match? ›
There are no rules that dictate what you can and can't do with your engagement and wedding rings. You might prefer to have a completely matching set, while others might want a mismatched pair, might only wear one ring, or might wear their wedding ring and their engagement ring on different hands!Can you mix and match engagement ring and wedding band? ›
Start by answering two questions: (1) do you want your rings to be an exact match to each other and, (2) do you want them to be soldered together? After that, you can choose your wedding band design and how you want to style it with your engagement ring. You can also mix and match style and colors.How should an engagement ring fit a wedding ring? ›
Engagement Ring One On Finger, Wedding Ring on the Other
Some prefer wearing their engagement ring on their left ring finger and their wedding band on their right ring finger. Though not a traditional choice, it's great for those who don't have a matching set or don't like the way the rings sit together on one finger.
After your wedding ceremony, you will continue to wear your engagement ring along with your wedding band. So, yes. Feel free to stack on the jewels and show that stunner off!Who pays for groom's ring? ›
Tradition has it that each person pays for the other person's ring. So in a traditional wedding, the groom or his family would pay for the bride's ring, and the bride or her family would pay for the groom's ring.Do I wear my engagement ring during the ceremony? ›
It's perfectly natural and very common for the engagement ring to remain on the wedding ring finger during the ceremony. Although it's tradition for the wedding ring to sit underneath the engagement ring, you can simply swap these over later.What ring do you give the bride at the wedding? ›
Traditionally, the wedding band goes first on the finger so it's closest to the heart. To ensure the proper position, some brides temporarily move their engagement ring to their right hand. Then, after the nuptials, they return the ring to their left hand over the wedding band.Do you wear your engagement ring when you walk down the aisle? ›
Traditional Ring Etiquette
Traditional etiquette would require the bride to wear her engagement ring on her right ring finger to walk down the aisle. During the exchanging of the rings, the groom would place the wedding band on the bride's left finger.
Ring 3: The Anniversary or Push Ring
The third ring is given after one of two events: an anniversary or the birth of a couple's first child. Some men choose to give their wives another ring to mark an anniversary. This is usually an important one like the first, five-year or 10-year anniversary.