Congratulations on your engagement! Now that you’ve got one ring on your finger and a date penciled in for the ceremony, the chances are that you’ll be looking for the perfect ring for your big day. Below, we’ve put together some tips and tricks on finding the ultimate ring to symbolize your love for your partner and ensure your “I dos” go off without a hitch…
Start your search now
As soon as you’ve got your wedding venue booked, start the search for a wedding ring. Head to your local high street to try on rings and give yourself enough time to browse, look into pricing, and revisit the rings that you like the look of the most. The last thing you want to do is pressure yourself into choosing something you’re not in love with at the last minute.
There’s nothing stopping you from choosing a totally different color and design wedding ring to your partner, so be adventurous and choose something that represents you as a person and as a couple. Alternatively, if one of you prefers a platinum ring and the other gold, you could consider wearing the two together – braided bands are growing in popularity and are a great way to symbolize coming together. Keep an open mind and see what takes your fancy.
Be aware of your budget
According to some research, couples spend around three to five percent of their total wedding budget on a ring, so do some calculations and work out exactly how much you want to spend. As soon as you start customizing the ring and adding things such as diamonds, engraving, and embellishments, the costs can quickly add up, so be realistic and decide whether you need an all-bells, all-whistles ring or whether you can make a compromise.
Hark back to your past
Another way to choose the right ring is to pay tribute to your heritage and past, especially if you are bringing two cultures together. Claddagh rings, for example, are a beautiful Irish tradition, a famous token of love that dates back more than 300 hundred years, honoring love, friendship, and loyalty. Today, many celebrities (both Irish and non-Irish) wear the ring, and you’ll even see one worn by Walt Disney on his iconic statue at Disney World. Magic!
Think about the future
Though you shouldn’t buy a ring based on what might happen in the future, you should also be cautious of the fact you’re going to wear it for the rest of your life. Trends are cool, but keeping it traditional is the best way to guarantee the longevity of your ring. However, you can add to your ring in the future, such as adding diamonds or switching from white gold to platinum to mark anniversaries or to treat yourself, so try not to stress too much about this.
Finally, don’t forget about maintenance. You’ll need to wash and soak your wedding ring and diamonds regularly to avoid the build-up of dirt and grime. If you’re worried your ring is going to require too much hard work, opt for a fuss-free alternative like a plain platinum ring. Not only are such rings understated and elegant, but they require much less maintenance.
There you have it – just some of the ways you can choose the right wedding ring. Whatever you pick, we wish you the very best of luck on celebrating your wedding day. Have fun!