While the engagement ring gets all of the hype, wedding bands symbolize “I do” until “death do us part.” It’s also your opportunity to choose a piece of jewelry that represents both of you, your love, and the unique style you share.
That said, buying wedding rings isn’t quite like picking out a pair of socks; it’s an involved process, the results of which will stay with you and your spouse for the rest of your lives. As such, there are a number of questions you’re going to need answers to — and we’re not just talking about ring size. Do you know when to buy wedding bands? Are you planning for something especially symbolic? Are you taking practicality into account?
If you’re wondering how to buy wedding bands, here are a few things you need to know.
First Things First: What is a wedding band?
A wedding band is a ring that is traditionally exchanged during the marriage ceremony. While the engagement ring (which is usually given earlier during the proposal) acts as a symbolic representation of a couple’s agreement to be married, the wedding ring represents an official commitment within the bond of marriage. Customs and personal preferences may determine how and when wedding bands are exchanged, and who gets to wear them, but it is common for these rings to be exchanged directly following the couple’s vows, and for both the bride and groom to each receive a ring from the other.
When buying wedding bands, couples may choose to shop together or individually, but either way, they should have a clear idea of what styles, materials, stones, and budget they want to focus on.
No, They Don’t Need to Match.
Matching bands were more popular a generation ago than they are in the present day. Instead, many couples will opt to stick with the same type of metal. There is always the option to have matching patterns as well.
When it comes to buying wedding bands, many grooms wonder if the wedding ring needs to match the engagement ring they just purchased. Some brides will stack the rings together on their left hands, thus having some type of stylistic alignment (e.g. white gold with white gold; platinum with platinum, etc.) is always helpful. Others will opt to wear their wedding band and engagement ring on separate hands, allowing you the freedom to do something different.
What’s the Symbolism?
Wedding bands symbolize unity and commitment between the married couple. The circular shape of the ring represents eternity and infinity, while the hole through the ring signifies a doorway leading to events in the future.
What Types of Wedding Bands Are Available?
Wedding bands come in a range of styles and settings, and some couples choose to work directly with jewelers to create something completely customized. That said, most diamond retailers have a diverse selection of style options, making it easy to find something already made that’s still uniquely you.
For diamond wedding bands, some of the most popular options are solitaire, halo, classic, and vintage styles. Likewise, prospective buyers will be able to choose from multiple stone options, settings, and metals. Bridal sets and wedding ring sets are also available, for those who want to be sure that the rings match and stack perfectly. Simply put, if you have a clear idea of what you want (or even a less-than-clear idea), a trained diamond professional should be able to help you find the ring of your dreams.
She may be used to wearing jewelry 24/7/365, but he’s probably not. Find wedding bands that you’ll be comfortable wearing day-in and day-out. Materials like white-gold will not tarnish but will need to be polished and rhodium plated periodically to maintain the bright white finish.
Also, this is where longevity comes into play. You want to buy a wedding band that you’ll feel comfortable wearing to events 10 years, 25 years, or even 50 years from now. It’s why every ring in our Diamond and Eternity bands collections are designed to stand the test of time.
We’ve discussed the three-month rule for engagement rings already, but wedding bands are more open to interpretation. He may opt for something more simplistic, while she prefers a little shine. On average, expect to spend anywhere between $1,500 to $5,000 for the two of you.
When Is the Best Time for Buying Wedding Bands?
When to buy wedding bands — it’s a question that can have a huge impact on your options and your budget. After all, if you wait until the last minute to do your band shopping, you’re not going to have the freedom to shop around. We suggest giving yourselves at least 3-4 months before the wedding daydate to find the right ring shop. You’ll want this time to browse, research prices, revisit bands that catch your eye, and eventually, place an order.
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