Is the thought of picking out your wedding ring stressing you out?
Choosing a wedding ring is a big decision. And while wedding planning always has its stressful moments, this process should be mostly fun. But, if the stress is getting to you and you want a plan of action for buying your ring, just keep reading.
We’ve got the top tips on how to choose the perfect ring that you’ll love forever.
Narrow it Down
Before you waste too much time perusing online or dragging your partner to stores, try to narrow down your preferences a little bit.
Take it one step at a time and ask yourself some simple questions.
For example, do you want a gold band or a silver band? Do you prefer a diamond or a gemstone? Do you want a simple design or are you a fan of embellishments? Do you want your ring to match your partner’s in some sort of way?
Answering these questions before you start your search will help narrow things down and keep you from feeling completely overwhelmed.
Consider Your Engagement Ring
Knowing what bands go with your engagement ring can also help narrow down your decision.
For example, if your engagement ring is simple, you may want to opt for something a little more extravagant looking for your wedding ring. If you are planning to wear the two rings side by side, look for a contour or shadow brand that is designed to interlock the two rings together.
If you are planning to wear your wedding ring alone, it may be a better idea to opt for a more intricate design.
Start Your Search Early
It’s never too early to start shopping for your wedding ring. (Well, you’ll want to be engaged first of course.)
Allowing yourself at least three months will give you enough time to browse, research prices, and reevaluate your top selections.
Also, keep in mind that you’ll need to have extra time for any extra additions such as engravings.
Set a Budget
Yes, now comes the time to talk about the not so fun part about purchasing a wedding ring- setting a budget.
A good rule of thumb is to shop for a ring that is 3 per cent of the cost of your total wedding budget. Don’t forget to factor in additional costs for embellishments or engravings.
Engraving prices vary according to the font, number of characters, and whether the ring was engaged by hand or by a machine (hand ones are typically more expensive).
Listen to the Jeweller’s Suggestions
Of course, you know your own personal tastes a lot better than a jeweller does. However, keep in mind that jewellers are lifelong style experts when it comes to wedding rings. So even if you have a set idea of what you want, still have a chat with your jeweller beforehand and take their input into consideration.
You may discover a style that you love just based on their suggestion!
Do a Comfort Test
While style is obviously at the forefront of everyone’s minds when selecting a wedding ring, don’t forget to take comfort into consideration as well.
Don’t just try a ring on and hold it up to a mirror. Walk around with it on and type something on your phone with it as a test for comfort.
Keep In Mind Your Lifestyle
Remember, this ring is going to be on your hand every single day.
Therefore, your ultimate goal should be to choose a ring that seamlessly fits into your everyday life. For example, if you play sports or an instrument, you may want to go for a ring with rounded edges and a slim fit (also known as a “comfort fit” ring).
If you’re someone who gets their hands dirty a lot, it’s prudent to avoid rings with carvings, as dirt can easily get trapped in these.
Think Long Term
Just like any other article of clothing, trends come and go. What may be a popular style for a wedding ring today may not be so popular in a few years down the road. And while there’s nothing wrong with buying a trendy ring, just make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. That is, make sure you choose the ring because you truly love it, not because it’s what’s hot at the moment.
Size it Right
Remember, fingers swell due to weather and pregnancy. Be sure to do your final fitting when your body temperature is at its most normal.
Hopefully, reading this article helps you feel less overwhelmed about selecting your wedding ring! Remember, wedding ring selection should be fun, so don’t forget to enjoy the process!
Please feel free to drop a comment if you have any questions about choosing the right ring!
Author Bio: Marcus Rose is the owner of Charles Rose Jewellers, a fine diamond house and bespoke jeweller established in 1923 and one of the leading diamond houses in Australia. The experienced team of diamond experts and skilled craftsmen are well known providers of top quality diamond rings and jewellery, specialising in handmade wedding jewellery and engagement rings.