How to Find the Perfect Wedding Ring Set
There’s nothing like falling in love and finding your soulmate. Now it’s time to shop for rings.
While some couples know without a doubt what kind of ring they want, others agonize over whether they should go traditional, or make their own statement with an alternative wedding band.
Don’t let ring shopping overwhelm you. Make it a fun event just like searching for your dress, choosing your wedding colors, and finalizing your honeymoon plans.
We’re here to help! We’ve put together a guide for couples who want a little help selecting the perfect set of rings for their nuptials.
Before you begin shopping for your wedding ring, here are some things to consider.
Set a Budget
Whether you’re planning a small intimate wedding or a lavish ceremony and black-tie dinner, you have a budget. The rings are part of the wedding budget.
You’ve likely heard the rule about spending 2-3 months salary on the engagement ring.
It’s a myth and goes back to the 1980s when a well-known diamond company launched a marketing campaign. The campaign compared the engagement ring budget to the worth of the relationship.
In 2018, the engagement ring made up 14 per cent of the wedding budget. Couples spent 3 percent on the wedding rings.
Don’t worry about the old advice. Instead, spend the amount you can afford and are comfortable spending without going into debt.
Whatever budget you come up with, you’ll find a wide variety of wedding sets suitable for you and your partner’s taste.
The Diamond Wedding Ring Set
Walk into any jewelry store and you’ll see how popular diamonds are for wedding rings. You’ll also notice several different types of diamond bands including:
- Multi-Row Pave
- Shared Prong Basket
With so much beauty to choose from, how will you ever learn how to select the right ring?
To start, look at the engagement ring. If you’ve chosen a solitaire, you can go glitzy with a diamond-laden band, or go classic and choose a plain band.
For other styles of engagement rings, you can always consult with a jeweler. Jewelers can help narrow choices down by budget and individual preferences.
The Perfect Match
In the past, couples often chose matching wedding bands. This was a tradition that symbolized two individuals coming together as one. It also showed that a couple shared the same taste.
While there’s nothing wrong with tradition, many couples today choose non-traditional rings.
Each partner selects their band based on their own unique taste and style. Feel free to choose a wedding band you love and let your partner find one that fits their personality.
Keep in mind, what looks amazing on your hand might not look attractive on your partner, and vice versa.
Choose Your Metal
Another thing you’ll notice is the variety of metals available for engagement and wedding rings.
Platinum is a wildly popular choice for wedding rings sets. It’s a heavy and hard metal, it’s rare, and it has a beautiful natural sheen that won’t change color.
The other traditional wedding ring metal is gold. If you have a gold engagement ring, a gold wedding band makes for a perfect choice. That said, you can pair different shades of golds together.
Gold metals include yellow, white, and rose. If you’re looking for something other than the traditional platinum or gold metals consider one of these:
Don’t let the number of metals overwhelm you. Instead, have fun trying on a variety of rings until you find the one that makes your heart melt.
Consider Your Lifestyle
If you think you’ve fallen in love with a ring, consider one more thing before you put it on your finger for the rest of your life.
How will this ring fit your lifestyle?
Think about your profession. If you work in a creative field like fashion design or one like sales where you meet with high profile clients, go dramatic. Dazzle the world with large stones and plenty of bling.
In some professions, making a more subtle statement may work better. For example, if you work as a police officer, consider avoiding a large brilliant stone. For everyday wear, a ring with smaller diamonds and a simple metal band might make more sense.
If you work with your hands, avoid a high-mount stone. Otherwise, you risk catching your ring on something and damaging it. Sports and fitness buffs should look at heavier scratch-resistant metals.
Still set on the big dazzle? Buy the ring of your dreams and purchase another more subtle set you can wear at work and during workouts.
A Ring for Him
In the past men’s wedding bands come in silver or gold. Not anymore! Men can now choose from several alternative metals. You’ll notice a few of these are popular for both men and women’s rings.
- Alternative metals include:
- Stainless Steel
Stainless steel, sometimes called the original alternative metal, is strong and affordable. You can choose from several different finishes and colors. Gunmetal and black are both popular with the guys.
Cobalt has a bright white tone and is incredibly strong. It’s crack and scratch resistant. If you work with your hands, cobalt is an excellent choice.
Originally used for industrial applications, titanium is a low-density metal. It’s lightweight and ideal for the man who doesn’t enjoy the feel of wearing a heavy ring. If you choose a titanium ring, you have the options of black, grey, or silver.
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There’s nothing as special as the rings you wear to commemorate the commitment of a lifetime. Hopefully, we’ve inspired you to make the final choice for your wedding ring set.
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